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Wed
26
Jan

Catholic Schools Week begins Sunday

Catholic Schools Week begins Sunday

 

By Zakary Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Catholic Schools Week is set to celebrate its 48th anniversary this year and will be held Sunday, Jan. 30, through Saturday, Feb. 5. The nationwide theme is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.”

At St. Teresa of Calcutta School, the week will be celebrated with daily fun, entertainment, and dress up days.

To start the week on Monday, Jan. 31, students and staff will dress up for Pajama Day.

On Tuesday, Feb. 1, the dress-up theme will be Dress as a person or professional who exemplifies faith, excellence, or service. The schools will also have a free class period.

Wed
26
Jan

County Courthouse demise by fire 100 years ago

This shows the start of the fire that would eventually destroy the Fayette County Courthouse in West Union on Feb. 5, 1922. The 100th anniversary of the fire is being observed by an event Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, hosted by the Fayette County Historical Society. 

 

County Courthouse demise by fire 100 years ago

 

By Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

It was a day that if many people could remember it, they would say, it was like a day from hell.

Ironically, it happened on a Sunday, Feb. 5, 1922.  People were either at church, or about ready to go, when fire was spotted in the northeast corner of the second floor of the Fayette County Courthouse in West Union. That was at about 11 a.m.

A few minutes later the building that had been rekindled from the ashes of a previous fire 48 years prior, became a towering, for that day and age, inferno. Within two hours it had gone almost completely up in smoke. Pieces of charred official County documents were found scattered miles from the site. Burning shingles flew through the air, threatening to set the entire town ablaze and eventually causing the destruction of one home outside the reach of the city’s hydrant system.

Wed
26
Jan

Supervisors take no action on Prairie View sale

 

Supervisors take no action on Prairie View sale

 

By Chris Baldus

editor@oelweindailyregister.com

 

No sale, at least not on Monday, Jan. 24.

The Fayette County Board of Supervisors decided to take no action during its regular weekly meeting regarding the proposed sale of the county-owned former Prairie View building and property located between West Union and Fayette, to the private non-profit headquartered there.

Three neighboring landowners spoke up at a public hearing during the meeting to oppose the sale.

Wed
19
Jan

Smith is newest Winneshiek County Deputy

Casey Smith (right) was sworn in as the newest member of the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office last week. Smith is a Decorah native and has worked for the Decorah Police Department since 2016. (submitted photo)

 

Smith is newest Winneshiek County Deputy

 

 

The Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office recently announced the hiring of Deputy Casey Smith.

Smith joins the Sheriff’s Office as an experienced and certified law enforcement officer. He grew up in Decorah and graduated from Decorah High School in 2011. Casey attended Waldorf University (formerly Waldorf College) where he played baseball. He graduated in 2015 with Magna Cum Laude honors with a degree in criminal justice.

Wed
19
Jan

Ossian Knights of Columbus free throw contest

Ossian Knights of Columbus free throw contest 

 

 

The Ossian Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a free of charge free throw contest for boys and girls ages 9-14 (based on Jan. 1, 2022) on Sunday, Jan. 23 at St. Teresa of Calcutta School in Ossian. Sign up and practice will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the competition will start at noon. 

 

 

Wed
19
Jan

A mentor match that has spanned the years

Mentoree and Mentor, Carter Schlawin (left) and Chris Schveiger, went deer hunting this fall. It was Carter’s first hunting experience. The two had been preparing for the hunt for several months in advance. 

 

A mentor match that has spanned the years

 

By Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapes.com

 

They didn’t get a deer but for Chris Schveiger and Carter Schlawin it will be a hunting trip neither one of them will ever forget.

Chris and Carter have been mentor and mentee for seven years. Chris took Carter under his wing when he was a fourth grader and has watched and helped him progress into young adulthood. Carter is now a junior in high school. Their experience seemed to culminate this year when Chris took Carter on his first deer hunting experience.

Wed
19
Jan

Group working on bringing ambulance back to Elgin

Working on becoming EMTs at the class in Elgin are (l-r) Sam Hansel, Sara Rose, Alex Hudson, Brandon Torkelson Jeff Marcks and Kelly Wachal. All of them except for Hudson of Dubuque, will be members of the Elgin Ambulance service once it is up and running. Wade Guyer, not pictured, will also be a member. (Photo submitted)

 

 

Group working on bringing ambulance back to Elgin

 
By Jack Swanson
 

You live in the Elgin area, you’ve got a medical emergency, it won’t be long before help will be available in a few short minutes.

Right now six residents are working to become EMTs and funds are being raised to purchase an ambulance so Elgin can have its own ambulance service.

Wed
12
Jan

Calmer woman wins $50,000 Powerball prize

Michelle Rothmeyer of Calmar claimed her $50,000 in winnings from the Powerball. She matched four of five white balls and the Powerball drawing on Dec. 29, 2021. (submitted photo)

 

Calmar woman wins $50,000 Powerball prize

 

 

By Zak Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

A Winneshiek County woman has won a $50,000 Powerball prize.

Michelle Rothmeyer of Calmar matched four of five white balls and the Powerball in the Dec. 29 drawing. She was one number away from winning that night's $483 million jackpot.

Wed
12
Jan

First Baby of 2022 at Winneshiek Medical Center

William Erik Huegal was the first baby delivered at Winneshiek Medical Center of 2022. He was born on Jan. 2, weighing 6 lbs., 12 ½ oz., and measuring 19 ½ inches. He is the son of Kyle and Erika Huegel of Decorah. (submitted photo)

 

First Baby of 2022 at Winneshiek Medical Center

 

 

Wed
12
Jan

Supervisors don't plan on enforcing vaccine/mask requirements any time soon

 

Supervisors don't plan on enforcing vaccine/mask requirements any time soon

 

By Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

The Fayette County Board of Supervisors are standing put on any kind of regulation requiring Covid-19 vaccinations or mask requirements for any County employees.

Several Fayette County Sheriff’s Office employees along with Sheriff Marty Fisher, and several members of the community, attended a meeting Monday, Jan. 10, for a discussion by the supervisors on the OSHA vaccination and masking requirements that are slated to take effect on Feb. 9. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has already said she will not enforce a federal vaccine mandate for companies with 100 or more employees.

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