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Wed
16
Mar

Hawkeyes & Elgin notified they will be RAGBRAI pass-through towns!

Hawkeye & Elgin notified they will be RAGBRAI pass-through towns!

 

By Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

RAGBRAI planners have announced that the official daily routes for the ride won’t officially be released until the week starting Sunday, March 27, but prior to that decision, several towns coming in and going out of West Union were already notified that they should plan to be passed through by the 25,000 some riders.

Wed
09
Mar

'Pheasants' artist has long history with West Union and Fayette County

Greg Bordignon is shown with the Iowa Pheasants Forever 2022-23 Print of the Year that he created and recently announced as the winner. This makes him the winner for two years in a row. (Submitted photo)

 

'Pheasants' artist has long history with West Union and Fayette County

 

By Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

For renowned wildlife artist Greg Bordignon, Fayette County has almost always held a warm spot in his heart.

Bordignon of Robbins,  is the Iowa Pheasants Forever Print of the Year winner for this current year and has already won next year’s Print of the Year competition, along with the 2022-2023 Habitat Stamp Print Competition sponsored by Iowa Pheasants Forever.  He swept both competitions held Saturday, Feb. 5. 

Wed
09
Mar

Local Ukrainian family's world stopped when Russia invaded their home country

West Union’s Roman Yasinovskyy (right) and wife Nataliya (left), along with youngest children Julia and Andrew, have spent the last several weeks worrying about their family and friends back in their home country of Ukraine. The family has lived together in the United States since 2009, but still has many close acquaintances in their war-riddled home country, something that has turned their lives upside down. (LeAnn Larson photo)

 

Local Ukrainian family's world stopped when Russia invaded their home country

 

By Zakary Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

“To be honest, no one really knows what’s going to happen next,” opened Ukrainian native Roman Yasinovskyy, who along with wife Nataliya and children, Mariya, Julia, and Andrew now live in West Union. “We can’t stop thinking about our family and friends back in Ukraine. Even though we’re not there anymore or directly involved, all of our worlds stopped on February 24-th when Russian troops began invading our home country.”

Wed
02
Mar

Winneshiek County Beef Royalty

Outgoing and newly crowned/capped Winneshiek County Cattlemen’s Association Beef royalty, along with other county royalty include (front, l-r) Devin Tieskoetter (‘22-’23 Little Mr. Cowhand), Elliott Kuboushek (‘22-’23 Little Mr. Cowhand), Brooks Courtney (‘21-’22 Little Mr. Cowhand); (middle) Jaclyn Holthaus (‘22-’23 Little Miss Cowgirl), Mylee Hageman (‘21-’22 Little Miss Cowgirl), Natalie Holthaus (‘21-’22 Little Miss Cowgirl), Allysen Smith (‘21-’22 Little Miss Cowgirl); (back) Kalissa Schmelzer (Winneshiek County Fair Princess), Holly Schmiitt (Winneshiek County Fair Queen), Ashley Nierling (Winneshiek County Dairy Princess), Alison Leibold (‘22-’23 Beef Princess), Anna Grace Holthaus (‘22-’23 Beef Queen), Shayla Smith (‘21-’22 Beef Queen), and Avryn Sibley (‘22-’23 Beef Royalty candidate). (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Winneshiek County Cattlemen's Association holds banquet

 

 

Wed
02
Mar

Fosaaen's passion for Corvairs leads to YouTube success

Oliver Fosaaen of Ossian is a young entrepreneur with big goals in site. The young car enthusiast owns a pair of 1969 Chrvrolet Corvairs and has a YouTube channel and TikTok page, called Pissed of Piston Garage, which he uses to document his restoration process. Fosaaen has nearly 300,000 follows on TikTok and nearly 13,000 subscribers on YouTube. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Fosaaen's passion for Corvairs leads to YouTube success

 

By Zakary Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

It all started in the middle of a field when Ossian’s Oliver Fosaaen was just 11-years-old.

“I was helping do some work on an old farm with my dad and seen it sitting there,” said Fosaaen, referring to a 1969 Chevrolet Corvair that helped fuel his passion for working on cars and eventually provided the spark for his fast-growing followership for his YouTube and TikTok accounts. “The car had been sitting there in that field since 1984. I didn’t know much about it, but I knew that I wanted one.”

Wed
02
Mar

Ossian spring garage sales are May 6-7

Ossian Spring garage sales are May 6-7

 

 

Mark your calendars! Ossian’s annual spring citywide garage sales will be held Friday and Saturday, May 6-7.

Get your family, neighborhood, service organization, church, or school/community group organized for the scheduled garage sale weekend.

The cost is $5 (check can be made out to Ossian Crown Club). Please send name(s), address, dates, times, and a brief list of items to Clark Goltz at clark.goltz@gmail.com by Sunday, April 30.

 

Wed
02
Mar

Speeding fines go towards paying for 336 bike helmets and funding bike safety rodeo

West Union Police Chief Paul Becthold is hoping that these bike helmets will generate lots of fines. That’s because tickets are going to be issued to youths whenever they are spotted wearing the helmets while biking. The ticket will be good for a free ice cream cone. A total of 336 helmets were purchased with funds generated by the automatic traffic enforcement cameras. They will be given to all youngsters in grades kindergarten through third grade at West Union and Valley elementaries, who will also be invited to participate in a Bike Safety Rodeo, May 17. (Jack Swanson photo)

 

Speeding fines go towards paying for 336 bike helmets and funding bike safety rodeo

 

 

by Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

If you’re wearing your bike helmet in West Union, you’re going to get a ticket.

But guess what? Instead of you paying a fine, you’re going to be able to turn your ticket in for an ice cream cone.

Wed
02
Mar

Volunteers needed to make RAGBRAI in West Union a success

Over 50 people showed up for the RAGBRAI public forum on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the Dance Pavilion at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in West Union. Among those in attendance was West Union Police Chief (center) Paul Becthold.

 

Volunteers needed to make RAGBRAI in West Union a success

 

 

By Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

The West Union RAGBRAI Committee needs volunteers.

That was the message that West Union Chamber Director Matt Marsala related at the first public forum on RAGBRAI. As many as 20,000 bike riders will converge on the town on July 29 for an overnight stay on the next to last day of the ride.

Wed
02
Mar

Higher price tags proposed

 

Higher price tags proposed

 

By Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

It’s going to cost two Fayette County towns more this year to pay for emergency dispatch service, but not as much as what was projected to be the cost increase using a percentage based on number of calls and the amount they pay in taxes into the general fund.

Fayette County Sheriff Marty Fisher presented the Board of Supervisors with a fee proposal for the towns that are provided dispatch for their law enforcement through the County. Those towns include Oelwein, Fayette and West Union. This was at the Board meeting, Monday, Feb. 28.

Wed
23
Feb

South Winn to pause bond initiative talks

South Winn to pause bond initiative talks

 

By Zakary Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

Discussion on the South Winneshiek Community School District’s bond initiative are being put on hold after a decision was reached at last week’s work session following the February board meeting.

“At this time, interest rates are beginning to increase, the cost of products is increasing, and there is a challenge in finding some building products,” explained Kris Einck, South Winneshiek superintendent. “Feedback from Straka Johnson Architects indicates that the same project scope would now cost between $22-24 million versus the original $19.155 million. The district cannot afford a bond of that size.”

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