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Wed
27
Apr

Seed Savers Exchange workers petition for union election

 

Seed Savers Exchange workers petition for union election

 

Employees of Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) are filing a petition with the NLRB to form a union. The union intends to represent full-time, part-time, and seasonal employees, bridging all departments. The majority of employees support union representation. These employees work together to care for over 25,000 heirloom seed varieties by regenerating them, recording cultural history, sharing seeds, and educating the public about the importance and practical aspects of seed saving.

Wed
27
Apr

Luna Valley Farm wins Outstanding Attraction

 

Luna Valley Farm wins Outstanding Attraction Award

 

By Zakary Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Luna Valley Farm has been selected as the winner of the Outstanding Attraction for the state of Iowa at this year's Iowa Tourism Conference.  

Farmers Maren and Tom Beard added a tourism strategy to their business in 2017 to diversify income, create a community gathering space, and use wood-fired pizza as a way to lift up the narrative of local foods. The approach found wild success and Luna Valley Farm is now a true destination for travelers, serving more than 4,500 wood-fired pizzas each season. 

Wed
27
Apr

Clermont FD ready to put new pumper truck into service

Members of the Clermont Fire Department, including (l-r) Kevin Wescott, Randy Wiedenhoff (chief), Brant Schrader (assistant chief), and Kenny Monteith (secretary), stand in front of the brand-new pumper truck. The truck was ordered two years ago and was finally brought to its new home in Clermont on Friday, where it will soon be put into service. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Clermont FD ready to put new pumper truck into service

 

by Zakary Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

On Friday afternoon, the Clermont Fire Department was able to finally bring home its brand-new pumper truck – an upgrade that will allow the local volunteer fire department to work more efficiently and keep its surrounding community safe.

“We actually ordered the truck about two years ago,” said chief Randy Wiedenhoff. “On Friday, we drove up to Appleton, Wisconsin to go pick it up and bring it back to Clermont.”

Wed
27
Apr

100+ year old stained glass windows get makeover!

Holy Name Church members Leroy Soppe (second from right) and Mike Heins (third from right) traveled to Cathedral Crafts in Winona, Minn., to watch the window restoration work in progress. (Barb Heins photo)

 

100+ year old stained glass windows get makeover!

 

By Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

 

 

 

Parishioners at Holy Name Catholic Church in West Union can now start seeing things in a different light. Well, at least in a brighter and more colorful light.

Cathedral Crafts Inc., out of Winona, Minn., recently finished a complete overhaul of the church’s 24 stained glass windows.

Wed
20
Apr

Can Mountain Day is April 29

Can Mountain Day is April 29

 

 

South Winneshiek high school and middle school students are hosting Can Mountain Day on Friday, April 29, to help raise funds for Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity.

From 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., students will be accepting all Iowa refundable cans and plastic bottles (no glass or water bottles) at the South Winneshiek Athletic Complex (802 West Clay Street, Calmar).

With questions, contact Glenna Munuswamy (gmunuswamy@swinn.k12.ia.us), Mary Kleve (mkleve@k12.ia.us), or Mike Johnson (mjohn-son@swinn.k12.ia.us). 

 

 

 

Wed
20
Apr

Schmitt elected as Iowa FFA secretary

South Winneshiek senior Holly Schmitt was named the Iowa FFA secretary at the Iowa FFA Conference, which was held April 10-12 in Ames. (submitted photo)

 

Schmitt elected as Iowa FFA secretary

 

 

By Zakary Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

In the history of the South Winneshiek FFA program, there had only been one State FFA officer up until 2019. Now, in 2022, that number has grown to three after current senior Holly Schmitt was elected as the Iowa FFA Secretary at the Iowa FFA Conference earlier this month.

“It’s a pretty big honor to be chosen by delegates from all over the state to be secretary,” said Schmitt, who is also the current South Winn FFA president. “I am really looking forward to getting to meet and interact with different FFA members throughout the state and I am excited to make an impact on the over 18,000 members in the state of Iowa!”

Wed
20
Apr

Chris Cagle, Jameson Rodgers coming to Winneshiek Co. Fair

Chris Cagle and Jameson Rodgers

 

Chris Cagle, Jameson Rodgers coming to Winneshiek Co. Fair

 

 

by Zakary Kriener

zkriener@ayettepublishing.com

 

The much anticipated announcement of the Winneshiek County Fair’s Saturday night (July 16) Grandstand entertainment came Friday morning as county music singers Chris Cagle and Jameson Rodgers will take to the stage.

Cagle arrived on the country music scene in 2000 with his debut album, “Play It Loud,” and has since produced four additional albums. Among the Louisiana native’s most recognizable songs are “What Kinda Gone,” “Chicks Dig It,” “Let There Be Cowgirls,” “Laredo,” and “Miss Me Baby.”

Wed
20
Apr

Local organizations recipients of FCCF grants totaling $133,998

 

Local organizations recipients of FCCF grants totaling $133,998

 

By Deb Kunkle

news@oelweindailyregister.com

 

Fayette County Community Foundation (FCCF) held its annual grant awards celebration April 12, and appropriately chose The Grand Theatre in Oelwein as its location for the event.

As the Grand Theatre prepares to celebrate 100 years in Oelwein, it recently completed two renovation/remodeling projects that were made possible through FCCF grants and local fundraising. The first project was new flooring, carpet and seating (last year’s grant award). The second was renovation in the lobby area, which included new energy efficient windows and doors, with this year’s award.

Those attending the awards celebration Tuesday utilized Theatre 2 for the presentations, where they enjoyed free popcorn and beverages while checking out the new roomy, comfortable seating.

Rick Scheffel, chair of the FCCF governing committee, led the presentations, with assistance from board member Erica Bushaw. Scheffel noted that the FCCF received 29 governing bodies and non-profit grant requests for 2022, totaling $217,773.52. After going over all requests, the Foundation was able to award 18 grants totaling $133,998.

Wed
20
Apr

Ordinance set for West Union RAGBRAI vendors, applications available

West Union RAGBRAI Vendor Committee Co-chairs Heather Becthold (left) and Tiffany Koch review the application forms they have received in the last few days. For anyone wanting vendor application forms they can go to the West Union Ragbrai Facebook page for more information on how to apply. (Photo submitted) 

 
Ordinance set for West Union RAGBRAI vendors, applications available
 
By Jack Swanson
 

 

 

 

Heather Becthold and Tiffanie Koch, heading up the vendor committee for the upcoming RAGBRAI overnight stay in West Union, July 29, are hoping that at least 30 food vendors and 10 non-profits will be signing up in the weeks to come to spots on the courthouse square.

“It is our job to feed all participants, with the idea that many in the community will be eating as well. This is not a small job and we need the help of many organizations and businesses. We want every organization and business to be successful, which in turn will make RAGBRAI a success for the whole community,” Becthold said.

Wed
13
Apr

Easter Egg Hunt Saturday in Ossian

Easter egg hunt Saturday in Ossian!

The City of Ossian and the Ossian Crown Club's Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday begining at 11 a.m. The event will be held rain or shine at the South Winneshiek Elementary Middle School Playground. 

The Easter Bunny will be there as well. Bring your camera and your smiles!

 

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