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Tue
17
May

Clermont man turns self in, charged with sexually abusing a child

After a nation-wide search was launched for his arrest, a Clermont man turned himself in to authorities on a charge of sexually abusing one child and could possibly be charged for abusing several others.

Matthew Eric Nordrum, 45, turned himself in to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office in West Union, about 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 17, the day after a notice was posted that he was being sought in the case.  He has been charged with sex abuse in the second degree, a class “B” felony, and was held on a $25,000 bond.

Following a two-week investigation by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, it was alleged that he sexually assaulted a child under the age of 5, while the child was at his home in Clermont, as well as several other victims. A child day-care service was located in the home. Authorities said they have no record of the day care being licensed.

Wed
11
May

Ossian quilting group makes a big impact

Local volunteer quilters have been gathering every week for several months every year to sew quilts for others to enjoy. The group has donated countless quilts to the Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation to be given to patients in hospice care and the emergency room. (submitted photo)

 

 

 

Ossian quilting group makes a big impact

 

Each year a group of dedicated individuals gather together weekly in Ossian, IA between October and June to sew over 100 quilts for others to enjoy.  It originated as a group of Red Cross volunteers that came together during WWII to roll bandages.  As the years passed they began making quilts for others instead. It continues today as daughters or other relatives, friends, and community members take a members place.

Wed
11
May

SW commencement ceremony is Sunday

SW Commencement ceremony is Sunday

 

 

South Winneshiek High School Commencement for the Class of 2022 will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at the gymnasium. Graduating members of the class include the following:

Wed
11
May

North Fayette Valley graduation is Sunday, May 15

North Fayette Valley graduation is Sunday, May 15

 

By Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

North Fayette Valley School’s 2022 Commencement is Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m., at the High School Gym in West Union.

This year’s class motto is "I don't know about you, but I'm feelin' the Class of 22."

The class song is “I'll Always Remember You” by Hannah Montana.

The class colors are Columbia blue, black, and silver.

The class flower is a white carnation with ribbon in school colors.

The commencement program will be as follows:

For the Prelude, the North Fayette Valley High School band will play “Symphonic Overture” by Charles Carter. It will be followed by the Processional, “Pomp and Circumstance,” also played by the NFV HS Band, who will go on to perform the Presentation of Colors and the National Anthem.

Wed
11
May

Gardeners being sought to help West Union look its best for RAGBRAI

North Fayette Valley High School students helped beautify the town recently by cleaning up the gardens in the downtown area. Julius Mueller and Clayton Schaefers pitched in to get this spot ready for summer and RAGBRAI. (Jack Swanson photos)

 

Gardeners being sought to help West Union look its best for RAGBRAI

 

By Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

 

The town of West Union has 101 gardens they want to have spruced up in time to greet the riders on RAGBRAI when they hit town on July 29 for their overnight stay. Actually they’d like the work to begin as soon as possible but are hoping the town and its gardens will be in full bloom when the riders arrive.

The majority of these small flower and shrub type gardens are scattered throughout the downtown area and were created as a part of the town’s Main Street Iowa revitalization program that was started in 2006.

Wed
04
May

Taylor earns gold at U.S. Open

South Winneshiek alum Felicity Taylor captured the Senior women’s freestyle national title Friday at the U.S. Open in Las Vegas, Nev. Taylor took first place at 53 kilograms by defeating Alyssa Lampe in the finals via a 14-3 technical fall. (submitted photo)

 

Taylor earns gold at U.S. Open

 

by Zakary Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

South Winneshiek graduate Felicity Taylor, a native of Spillville, had herself a solid showing at the 2022 U.S. Open wrestling tournament in Las Vegas, Nev.

Wed
04
May

Fr. Gross re-assigned, Fr. Huber coming to are parishes

Fr. Gross re-assigned, Fr. Huber coming to area parishes

 

by Zakary Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The Archdiocese of Dubuque announced its official ministry appointments last week and our local Catholic parishes will be seeing change this summer.

Effective on July 12, current pastor at St. Francis DeSales (Ossian), St. Aloysius (Calmar), Our Lady of Seven Dolors (Festina), and St. Wenceslaus (Spillville) Father Robert Gross will be re-assigned as pastor at parishes in Bellevue, St. Catherine, St. Donatus, and Springbrook. Father Gross has served the four area parishes since 2016.

Gross also served as Pastoral Coordinator of St. Teresa of Calcutta School and St. Teresa of Calcutta Faith Formation in Calmar. In his new assignment, he will serve as Pastoral Coordinator of the Bellevue Area Consolidated School and Marquette High School in Bellevue.

Wed
04
May

Frana a true 'Piano Man' at NIACC's Quodlibet

 

 

Frana a true 'PIano Man' at NIACC's Quodlibet

 

By Zakary Kriener

zkrienre@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

“Sing us a song, you’re the piano man. Sing us a song tonight.” Well, for Calmar native Brandon Frana, he not only sang them a song – but also accompanied his performance of Billy Joel’s iconic song, “Piano Man,” by playing the piano and harmonica as well during North Iowa Area Community College’s (NIACC) Quodlibet.

“Being able to just sing with others, make music, and be out there on stage is what I love most about being involved in music,” said Frana, a 2021 graduate of South Winneshiek. “We did about 25 different songs this year at Quodlibet and I was a part of probably 15 of them.”

Wed
04
May

'Ride Right' is what these two RAGBRAI committee chairs strive for

Committee Chairperson Ron Saboe will be showing young riders like Josie Michael, a third grader at West Union Elementary, how to ride a bike safely and use the proper safety equipment, like a helmet, during the Bicycle Rodeo, Tuesday, May 17, at the West Union Elementary School. (Jack Swanson photo)

 

'Ride Right' is what these two RAGBRAI committee chairs strive for

 

By Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Safety, safety, safety!

It will be the key word when over 200,000 cyclists come to West Union for their overnight stay on the 2022 RAGBRAI ride.

No one knows that better than West Union Police Chief Paul Becthold and West Union’s Ride Right Committee Chairperson Ron Saboe.

Although he didn’t plan it, it seemed to work out perfectly that Chief Becthold scheduled a Bicycle Rodeo on Tuesday, May 17, showing all North Fayette Valley School District kindergarten through third graders, how to be safe when riding a bike.

Wed
27
Apr

South Winn Senior Awards Night is May 4

South Winn Senior Awards Night is May 4

 

 

Wednesday, May 4, the Senior Awards Night will honor the South Winneshiek Class of 2022. The program will be in the high school auditorium and begin at 7 p.m. 

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