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Wed
23
Sep

New four-way stop

A new four-way stop was established at the intersection of Brooks and Jessie streets in Ossian last week. The new signage was installed Wednesday morning (Sept. 16) by Adam Brincks, Winneshiek County sign technician (left); and City of Ossian maintenance workers Brian Zweibohmer (pictured) and Don DiLaura. The four-way stop replaces the previous two-way stop and was needed due to the addition of the Military Trails Estate to the west of the intersection. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Wed
23
Sep

Ossian City Park playground gets a makeover

Earlier this summer, the Ossian City Park received an overhaul as the mulch that previously surrounded the playground equipment was replaced with safer and more budget friendly rubber pellets. City of Ossian maintenance employees Don DiLaura and Brian Zweibohmer worked with a Reilly Construction crew to finish the job. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Ossian City Park playground gets a makeover

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Anyone that has visited the Ossian City Park this summer may have noticed a bit of a change to the landscaping surrounding the playground equipment.

Earlier this summer, the City of Ossian removed all of the old mulch that previously surrounded the equipment and replaced it with rubber material. The new rubber pellets will provide a safer play area, which will also save the City money in the long run.

“This stuff won’t break down over time, meaning it is saving the City money,” said Don DiLaura, City of Ossian maintenance. “There is absolutely no metal in the rubber like some of the playgrounds out there. This material is very safe.”

Wed
23
Sep

Fayette County Freedom Rock unveiled

Sharon and John Orr were instrumental in bringing the Fayette County Freedom rock to Fayette. After it’s installation over a year ago, Iowa artist Ray “Bubba” Sorenson painted the rock’s unique design earlier this month.  (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

Fayette County Freedom Rock unveiled

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

After over a year of waiting to be decorated with its own unique design by Iowa artist Bubba Sorenson, Fayette’s Freedom Rock was unveiled Friday afternoon. 

“This is exciting that Fayette gets to be the home of the county rock, and that so much of Fayette, as well as the whole county, is included in the design,” said Fayette mayor, Andrew Wenthe during the unveiling ceremony.  “This will be a piece of our legacy for many years to come.” 

Wed
23
Sep

Gundersen Palmer Community Flu Clinics

Gundersen Palmer Community Flu Clinics

 

 

Gundersen Palmer Lutheran will be hosting Flu Shot Clinics throughout the community.  The flu shots last for an entire year and are important for continued health and safety.

Clinics are Tuesday, Sept. 29 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at West Union Community Health located at 200 Jefferson St.  This is a drive-up clinic, patients can stay in their vehicles; Monday, Oct. 5 10-11 a.m. at Elgin Library, 214 Main Street; Tuesday, Oct. 6 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Oelwein Homecare, 230 2nd Ave. SE.  This will be a drive-Up Clinic; Thursday, Oct. 8 11-12 p.m. at the St. Lucas Community Center, 101 W Main Street; and Friday, Oct. 9 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Hawkeye Community Hall, 102 East Main Street.  

There is NO flu mist offered this year.  The flu shot is recommended for anyone over six-months old, and a high-dose option is available for individuals who are 65-years-old and older.  

Wed
23
Sep

WU hires Johnson as new City Administrator

Tracy Johnson will be taking on the role of West Union City Administrator upon Nick McIntyre’s retirement next month.  (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

WU hires Johnson as new City Administrator

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

The West Union city council met for its regular meeting on Monday, September 21.  

During the meeting, the council approved the hiring of Tracy Johnson as West Union’s new City Administrator.  She will take over for the current City Administrator, Nick McIntyre upon his retirement next month.  

Wed
16
Sep

Auditor says he's 'swamped'

Auditor says he's 'swamped'

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

Winneshiek County Auditor Ben Steines has announced that sample ballots are now available for the 2020 General Election.  Go to: https://www.winneshiekcounty.org/departments/auditor/election-information for sample ballots, election maps, forms, and other election related information.

He also pointed out that the Secretary of State Paul Pate has sent an absentee ballot request form to each registered voter in the state.  Many political parties, candidates, political organizations, and others also send out absentee ballot request forms.  Voters only need to return one of these forms, Steines related.

Wed
16
Sep

Winneshiek County Supervisors endorse mask wearing

 

 

Winneshiek County Supervisors endorse mask wearing

 

The Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors has endorsed the wearing of cloth masks or face coverings as recommended by the Winneshiek County Board of Health.

The Board of Health made their recommendation back on Aug. 5, when the Board issued an official position statement.

That statement reads as follows:

“The Winneshiek County Board of Health strongly recommends that all Winneshiek County residents and visitors wear a cloth mask or face covering when in public and maintain a six-foot distance from others. The Winneshiek County Board of Health asks everyone to recognize and understand that wearing a face mask or face covering and physical distancing protects others.”

 

Wed
16
Sep

Hy-Vee opening next week in Decorah

Hy-Vee opening next week in Decorah

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The day is nearly here! On Tuesday, Sept. 22, the new Hy-Vee grocery store in Decorah will officially be open. 

Remodeling and construction on the former Quillen’s building located on Short Street began earlier this year and is near completion. The 28,000-sq.-ft. facility will offer a full selection of grocery items, a Wall of Values, a full-service meat department, and a floral department. The store will also include a Hy-Vee Market Grille, a Wine and Spirits section, an in-store Starbucks, Hy-Vee Aisles Online grocery services, and self-checkout lanes.

Wed
16
Sep

SW Homecoming this week

Members of the 2020 South Winneshiek Homecoming court include (front, l-r) Madison Kriener, Mary Frana, Presley Bushman, and Rebecca Wagner; (back) Jacob Herold, Cael Kuboushek, Jace Nahl, and Mark Flores. Coronation will be held via a live stream at 2:45 on Thursday (public is not allowed). (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

SW Homecoming this week

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The theme to South Winneshiek’s 2020 Homecoming is quite fitting – “Pandemic! A year like no other.”

This year’s Homecoming week kicked off Monday with students dressing up in Quarantine Clothes. Tuesday, students dressed as essential workers, while Wednesday they are dressed to the theme “You are what you binge.”

For the rest of the week, students will dress like their favorite teacher, coach, or staff member on Thursday and wear their Warrior apparel on Friday for Spirit Day.

The class with the most students to dress up on Monday through Thursday will be announced as winners of the battle of the classes at the football game. A class representative will receive a trophy on behalf of their class.

The dress up days are also open to students who are taking online classes, as they are directed to take a selfie of them in their dress up clothes and upload it to a GoogleDoc.

This year’s Homecoming Coronation will take place on Thursday at 2:45 p.m. The event will be livestreamed for viewing by the student body and community, as neither will be admitted into the gymnasium this year.

This year’s Homecoming court includes Queen candidates Presley Bushman, Mary Frana, Madison Kriener, and Rebecca Wagner. King candidates include Mark Flores, Jacob Herold, Cael Kuboushek, and Jace Nahl.

The evening will be concluded with a football game vs. the Postville Pirates, which will begin at 7 p.m. Homecoming royalty will be announced to the crowd at halftime of the football game.

Wed
16
Sep

Cheer for a Cure!

Bailey Shrubb, Carissa Miller, Jodie Wettleson, Dylan Frieden, Kailee Ginger and Val Boleyn (Megan Molseed photo)

 

Cheer for a Cure!

 

The North Fayette Valley spirit squad will be lighting up the night to fight cancer on Friday, September 18.  The event is to raise funds for the Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Health Center’s Oncology department. Lanterns will be lit for the  “Light up the night to fight Cancer,” following the North Fayette Valley varsity football game. Make-up date will be on the practice field on Friday, October 2. Those interested in purchasing a lantern can contact any NFV spirit squad member or contact North Fayette Valley cheer coach, Stephanie Wagner via call or text at (563) 422-7252. Lanterns will be $15 presale and $20 the night of the event.  If you would like a lantern, but are unable to attend the event, one can be lit for you at your request.  

 

 

 

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