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Wed
26
Jul

RAGBRAI IS HERE!

Jackson Goltz of Ossian helps prepare for RAGBRAI, which will be rolling through town Friday morning. A full slate of fun and activities are planned for the big day, including food, music, and games. (submitted photo)

 

 

RAGBRAI is here!

By Zakary Kriener
zkriener@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

RAGBRAI is nearly here! The annual bike ride across the state of Iowa has officially begun and will be passing through Ossian Friday morning.

Wed
26
Jul

Mother Nature throws haymaker at northeast Iowa

 

 

Mother Nature throws haymaker at northeast Iowa

 

Chris DeBack
cdback@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Thunderstorms, heavy rain and strong winds raged through northeast Iowa on Wednesday, July 19. Damage done by the storm led Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds to issue a disaster proclamation while on a flight to China.

Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg visited Clermont and McGregor on Friday, July 21, to view the damage done by the storm.

In Clermont on July 19, straight-line winds were clocked at 80 mph, according to Lisa Roberts, Fayette County Emergency Management coordinator. Those winds knocked over trees and took out power lines, leaving much of the town in the dark Wednesday evening. However, all power was restored to Clermont by Friday evening.

Wed
26
Jul

Fayette County Farm Bureau: One Century Strong

In the early days, Farm Bureau members wore suits and ties to their open house for their new Fayette County Farm Bureau building held Feb. 23-24, 1951. Board members were (l-r) Henry Bodensteiner, Millard Nelson, Tom Smale, Farm Bureau field man Harold Rall (standing), Kenneth Medberry, John W. Ingels, and E.S. Pardee. 

 

 

Fayette County Farm Bureau:  One Century Strong

By Vicki Rowland

Contributing Writer

 

Wed
26
Jul

Archery range dedicated to Avenson

(Don Avenson’s two sons, Clay (left) and Eric, proudly stand beside the sign proclaiming that the archery range at Volga River Recreation Area will henceforth be known as the Avenson Archery Range.)

 

 

 

Archery range dedicated to Avenson

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@fayettecountynewspapers.com

Don Avenson was a former Democratic state legislator from Oelwein who championed conservation and natural resource projects. On Tuesday, July 18, the archery range at the Volga River Recreation Area (VRRA) was dedicated in his memory.

Wed
26
Jul

Arch Allies headline action-packed fair

Arch Allies headlines action-packed fair

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

When Arch Allies takes the stage on Saturday, July 29, the group will wrap up an eventful 164th Fayette County Fair. 

For the first time in a while, the fair will host an event in the Grandstand every night. All Grandstand events Wednesday through Saturday start at 7 p.m.

It started with “The Johnny Rogers Show: The History of Rock-’n’-Roll  — Buddy and Beyond on Tuesday, July 25. Rogers was ready to wow the audience with song favorites from Ray Charles, Elvis, Buddy Holly and more.

The weekly races at the Fayette County Speedway were moved to Wednesday night for the fair. Don’t miss your favorite racers as they roar around the track seeking to the chance to be named champion in their respective classes. Payouts will be double for all classes this week. 

The events in the Grandstand continue Thursday with the Tuff-N-Nuff Miniature Rodeo Association (TMRA) Show. The TMRA operates the world’s largest miniature rodeo for children 18 years and younger. Any child can sign up to participate in the event, and it is free for those children who don’t seek to score points from the event. 

According to the organization's website, “The mission of the Tuff-N-Nuff Miniature Rodeo Association is to mentor each child in all aspects of the sport of rodeo, to foster compassionate animal care, demonstrate good sportsmanship, build new friendships, and consistently gain confidence one ride at a time.”

Before the rodeo will be the popular calf scrambles, also hosted in the Grandstand. Don’t miss your grandson or granddaughter trying to wrestle down and claim his or her very own calf, which can then be shown at next year’s Fayette County Fair. 

Friday night is the Demolition Derby, which was brought back to the fair last year for the first time in a while. This year, minivans have been added to the hard-hitting fun. The same rules as last year will apply. 

The band Challenger will be performing for free in the beer garden starting at 9 p.m. 

Wed
26
Jul

Police Chief Schauer resigns

 

Police Chief Schauer resigns

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

At its regular Monday meeting, the West Union City Council accepted the resignation of West Union Police Chief Dylan Schauer.

Chief Schauer’s resignation is effective Sept. 5. He has been with the department approximately a year and three months. The former Wyoming resident moved to West Union in April 2016. 

He has decided to move to the Dakotas to work on his father’s ranch, an opportunity that has been available to him for quite a while. 

“I have chosen to accept an opportunity that takes me in a different direction with my career,” Schauer noted in his resignation letter. “Although it is a great opportunity and quite different than law enforcement, I feel that it is the right choice. I have enjoyed being your police chief and thank you for the honor of allowing me to serve in that capacity.”

In other news, the council sold a 1993 Toynes Tanker to Sumner, but the decision didn’t come without controversy. Mayor Kent Halverson broke a 2-2 tie of the council to sell the fire truck to Sumner over Westgate. 

Wed
26
Jul

$2 million in damage

 

Frey Bridge, located on Acorn Road near Wadena, was completely wiped out by floodwaters Saturday morning. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

$2 million in damage

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Thunderstorms, heavy rain and strong winds raged through northeast Iowa on Wednesday, July 19. Damage done by the storm led Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds to issue a disaster proclamation while on a flight to China. 

Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg visited Clermont and McGregor on Friday, July 21, to view the damage done by the storm. 

In Clermont on July 19, straight-line winds were clocked at 80 mph, according to Lisa Roberts, Fayette County Emergency Management coordinator. Those winds knocked over trees and took out power lines, leaving much of the town in the dark Wednesday evening. However, all power was restored to Clermont by Friday evening. 

Wed
19
Jul

Ossian 'worth the stop' for RAGBRAI

Ossian 'worth the stop' for RAGBRAI

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

In just over a week, over 10,000 bicycles are expected to make their way through Ossian as RAGBRAI riders from all over the country embark on their journey across the great state of Iowa.

Bikers will begin the day on Friday, July 28, in Cresco, before heading east to Decorah, and then south to Ossian along County Road W38 (Middle Calmar Road) and Highway 52.

The majority of bike traffic is expected to reach the community of Ossian at approximately 9 a.m., however riders will be passing through for the majority of the morning.

From Ossian, riders will continue along Highway 52 through Castalia and Postville, before heading north to Waukon for its final overnight destination of 2017.

Wed
19
Jul

Halverson to pedal Iowa for 10th time

 

Jason Halverson stands in front of the Mississippi River in Davenport after completing a past RAGBRAI ride. Next week, the South Winneshiek Elementary/Middle School principal will make his way across the state of Iowa for the 10th time on a route that includes  stops in both his hometown of Algona and his current home community of Ossian. (submitted photo)

 

Halverson to pedal Iowa for 10th time

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

RAGBRAI, the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, is a yearly tradition that draws tens of thousands of riders from not only Iowa, but all over the world, to the Hawkeye state for a weeklong trek from the Missouri River to the Mississippi River.

When the ride gets underway Sunday in Orange City, local community member Jason Halverson will be among the riders to begin their journey.

For Halverson, a native of Algona who recently completed his first year as the principal at South Winneshiek Elementary/Middle School in Ossian, this year’s ride is special to him for more than one reason.

Wed
19
Jul

Eggs, baked goods and craft — oh my!

 

Dawn Amundsen began selling farm-fresh eggs at the Elgin Area Growers’ Market three years ago because she was running out of room in her fridge for the eggs her chickens were producing. She has expanded her products to also include small craft items such as pot scrubbers, dog and cat toys, T-shirt bags and feed sack bags, among other items.  (Chris DeBack photo)

 

Eggs, baked goods and craft — oh my!

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

The Elgin Area Growers’ Market on Thursday evenings in Elgin is a great place to find farm-fresh eggs, produce, baked goods, and other local craft items for sale. 

Dawn Amundson of Elgin has been selling her farm-fresh eggs at the Growers’ Market for three years now. It all started because she was simply running out of room in her fridge.

“Some years ago, we bought 12 chicks one time but didn’t expect them all to survive,” she recalled. “Well, they all did, and eventually we started to run out of room in our fridge for all the eggs that were being laid. So, I decided to start selling the cage-free, part-time free-range eggs that our chickens were laying.” 

What makes her eggs unique are the different colors, shapes and sizes that can be found in one carton. 

“I tell people that eggs aren’t perfect,” she explained. “When you buy them in a grocery store, they were carefully selected and sorted, whereas mine, I collect them, clean them and let them dry; then I carton them up and don’t care about matching size, color or shape. I think it is fun.”

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