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Wed
13
Feb

County budget hearing Tuesday

 

 

 County budget hearing Tuesday

The Fayette County Supervisors will host a public hearing on the county’s proposed 2013-2014 fiscal year budget Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Wed
13
Feb

Baumler expansion

aerial view of present baumler

 

 

 

 

Baumler expansion

 

By Rich Holm

Union News Writer

 

It was two years ago this month that Baumler Implements of West Union celebrated its 50th anniversary with a gala open house.

Now brothers Don and Mark Baumler and their families have announced that the business founded in 1961 by their father and uncle, Melvin and Reynold Baumler, has run out of room.

As soon as weather permits in March, a ground- breaking ceremony will be held to begin a $1.6 million expansion project that will greet travelers entering West Union on Hwy. 150 South.

“The community is excited, our customers are excited, our employees are excited, and so are we,” said Mark. “Business is good, and we have run out of room.”

Don Baumler added, “We will be expanding our building to the east toward the highway. We are proud to say all the work is being done locally.”

Presently the New Holland dealership has 16,900 sq. ft. The expansion will more than double that total to 39,000 sq. ft.

The most noticeable change will see a 90’x200’ addition that will move parts and office areas to the front of the building.

Mark said, “We’ve been contemplating this move since December, since the harvest was over. Farming is getting bigger, and so is the machinery.”

The Baumler brothers cited a couple of examples, saying haybines have gone from 9 ft. in size to 15 ft. Field cultivators they sell have gone from 21 ft. to 32 ft.

Don explained, “At the present, we can bring one combine at a time into the shop. When the expansion project is complete, we will be able to fit eight combines into the shop.

“Farmers have a lot of money invested in equipment and are anxious to have them serviced  in the fall and put away before winter gets here. Our expansion will allow our service people to get the equipment back faster,” he added.

Wed
13
Feb

Elgin City Council continues to study center street project

Elgin City Council continues to study center street project
 

Elgin Echo

by Brian Smith

 

Wed
13
Feb

Staff members earn ‘Better Newspaper’ honors

Steven Murray, Mike Van Sickle, Becky Walz, Jerry Blue

 

Staff members earn ‘Better Newspaper’ honors

Wed
13
Feb

Love, trust, and communication leads to 60 years

 

Love, trust, and communication leads to 60 years

Caroline and Joseph Schildmeyer first met in 1951 and knew they were the perfect match for each other. The couple were married Sept. 29, 1952, in Festina and have raised six children in northeast Iowa. 

 

Thu
07
Feb

County fire impacts snow/ice removal

 

County fire impacts snow/ice removal

 

Becky Walz

 

 

Thu
07
Feb

Merchants playing cupid this Valentine’s

 
 
 

Merchants playing cupid this Valentine’s
Local merchants are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to help make this year’s Valentine’s Day a very special occasion for one lucky couple and 24 others during the annual Pampered Night Out promotion in West Union.
The 2013 grand prize winner will win breakfast for two at Tap’t Out, dinner for two at China Kitchen, one dozen roses from Old Mill Floral, and one night’s stay at Best Rest Inn and Suites.
Area shoppers are encouraged to register for gifts at participating merchants through Saturday, Feb. 9. All prizewinners will be announced in the Wednesday, Feb. 13, Fayette County Union.
In addition to the grand prize sponsors, participating merchants and their respective prizes for the 24 other winners include the following:
For the full story see the Feb. 6, 2013 issue at your nearest retailer.
 

Wed
06
Feb

Valley approves FEMA safe room/wrestling room plan

 

Valley approves FEMA safe room/wrestling room plan 

 

Brian Smith

Contributing Writer

 

Tue
05
Feb

Rapper calls Hawkeye home

 

Rapper calls Hawkeye home

 

Kim Bright

Contributing Writer

 

Chris Waters, aka Nathan Summers, moved to Hawkeye in March 2012.  Originally from Philadelphia, or “Philly,” as he puts it, he got his rap name, Nathan Summers, from an XMEN character.  A shy smile crosses his lips as he explains how he thought he could do a lot with the name.

Waters’ interest in music began when he was very young.  At 13 years old, he began to rap.  In earlier days, rap was a very controversial type of music, but in years gone by, it has become very popular. 

Tue
05
Feb

Hawkeye fires city maintenance worker

There was a crowd on hand to hear the Hawkeye City Council discuss the fate of the city ice skating rink, Monday night. At lower left is councilman Don Kelly, and at center, council persons Mark Creery and John Campbell. Resident Keith Kovarik, who was the impetus behind creating the rink on top of the fenced-in tennis courts in Hauth Park, five years ago, resigned as coordinator and park board member after city wastewater and streets director Dana Franzen (pictured at left center) locked him out of the bui

 

Hawkeye fires city maintenance worker

By Janell Bradley

 

HAWKEYE – This town's long reputation for cohesiveness and an ability to accomplish things on a grand scale teetered on the brink of collapse Monday night, but in the end, most hope the community would still be able to work toward a common goal.

Yet at the conclusion of the discussion, which saw council members allege insubordination by their City maintenance man, the council voted, 4-0, to terminate its employment of Dana Franzen.

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