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Wed
07
Jun

4 vie for Miss West Union

 

4 vie for Miss West Union

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

Jayde Blue, Zoey Frey, Lily Poppen, and Josie Roulson all seek to be crowned Miss West Union at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, at the West Union Recreation Complex during The West Union Chamber — A Main Street Community's Fourth of July celebration. 

Wed
07
Jun

'Boom, Flash'

'Boom, Flash'

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Terry Redfearn’s bid of $425,000 for the Signode building in West Union has officially been accepted. 

 Redfearn of Hazel Green, Wis., had attended the live auction on Wednesday, May 24, and placed his winning bid. The owner of the building had a week to reject his offer. He will close on the building on June 26. 

 The new building owner plans to use the 36,000-square-foot former manufacturing facility as a warehouse and retail store where he will store and sell fireworks. Redfearn owns Tri-State Fireworks, LLC in Wisconsin, which sells Class C fireworks. However, because the closing date is so close to the Fourth of July, Redfearn won’t be selling fireworks in time for this year’s holiday, but he plans to have the facility operational for 2018.

Wed
07
Jun

Caution: Detour Ahead

 

The Iowa DOT will be laying down new asphalt on Hwy. 18 from Dairy Queen through the city limits of West Union this summer. Starting after the Fourth of July, Mathy Construction, which also won the Golden Road project, will mill a portion of the road and then overlay it with asphalt. Traffic will be reduced to one lane when crews are working on the road, but will otherwise be open. Mathy Construction has 60 working days to complete the project. Chris DeBack photo

 

Caution: Detour Ahead

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

 

As with any summer, area residents can expect some detours to crop up this year as the road work season hits full swing. We’re going to take a look ahead at what towns, Fayette County, and the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT)  have planned for the summer roadwork season. 

West Union will be an area of heavy construction this summer as the DOT redoes Highway 18 starting at Dairy Queen and continues through city limits to the Golden Road intersection. Work will not start until after the Fourth of July. 

Wed
31
May

Kriener to become new DeSales principal

Kristin Kriener

 

 

Kriener to become new DeSales principal

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

Saint Francis DeSales School in Ossian recently announced the appointment of Kristin Kriener as principal.

Kriener has over 20 years of experience in the education field for several school districts. She received her Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Mount Mercy College and Master of Science in educational administration at Iowa State University. She has also received endorsements in early childhood, reading, and gifted and talented education.

Wed
31
May

Greens are grand marshals at 25th Tractor Days

 

The 2017 Castalia Tractor Days parade grand marhals are Dale and Karen Green of rural Castalia. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Greens are grand marshals at 25th Tractor Days

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

With the small community of Castalia celebrating a big milestone this year, the 25th Annual Tractor Days, it seems only appropriate that a couple with deep local roots serve as the parade’s grand marshals.

Dale and Karen Green of rural Castalia have roots that run quite deep in the northeast Iowa soil they call home.

“My great-grandfather came to the Midwest from upstate New York in the 1850s,” recalled Dale. “He stopped in Michigan for a year, as well as Wisconsin, before finally finding this farm to claim in 1851.”

He went on to say that the nearby spring and the abundant timbers were likely his ancestors’ reason for choosing such a location. They established what is today considered to be one of the oldest industries in the entire state of Iowa.

“Ever since they came to Iowa back in 1851, my family has been making maple syrup with the sap collected from the trees,” explained Dale and Karen, who are the current operators of Greens’ Sugarbush. “It’s a process that we keep doing as a hobby and to honor the tradition. It’s also a great social event, as many of our neighbors pitch in and help out every spring.”

The Greens, who at one point in history collected sap from over 2,200 trees, are now at approximately 1,250 trees. They use the sap to create tasty maple syrup that they sell out of their over-160-year-old farm house.

For Dale and Karen, however, the story starts more recently in the 1960s.

Wed
31
May

Krivachek has sights set high

 

Melissa Krivachek, a native of Fort Atkinson, is determined to become the most influential and powerful woman of her time. The young author has recently published her fifth book to hit the national best-seller list and is well on her way to the top. (submitted photo)

 

Krivachek has sights set high

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

Melissa Krivachek is leaving her mark. The young Fort Atkinson native has accomplished a lot in a short time, including having her eighth book published – which also happens to be her fifth release to make the international best-seller list.

“I write self-help books that are based on my own life experiences,” said Krivachek, a 2005 graduate of Turkey Valley High School. “My books teach people how to have love, happiness, and success all at once. So many people feel as if they have to choose just one of those things, but they really don’t.”

Wed
31
May

Fassbinder Getz honored for her work

 

Dr. Katie (Pleggenkuhle) Fassbinder Getz, formerly of rural West Union, recently received the 2017 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Wisconsin Outstanding Mental Health Professional of the Year award. Last year, she earned the NAMI La Crosse County Outstanding Mental Health Professional of the Year award for her work in the mental health care field. 

 

Fassbinder Getz honored for her work

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

Former rural West Union native Katie (Pleggenkuhle) Fassbinder Getz was recently honored with the 2017 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Wisconsin Outstanding Mental Health Professional Award.

According to a press release from NAMI, Fassbinder Getz was chosen because of her “dedication and commitment to promoting recovery and improving the treatment and quality of life for people affected by mental illnesses.”

A 1995 graduate of North Fayette High School, Fassbinder Getz went on to attend the University of Iowa, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and Spanish in 2000. She was accepted to medical school at the U of I, and it was during her third year that Fassbinder Getz discovered her passion for psychiatry. 

Wed
31
May

The semester of a lifetime

 

Erin Kurdelmeyer of Clermont is pictured in front of the Waipi’o Valley on the island of Hawaii. Kurdelmeyer spent a semester studying in Hawaii at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. She took numerous hikes and spent plenty of time on the beach in the laid-back atmosphere of the Hawaiian Islands. Submitted photos

 

The semester of a lifetime

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

Raise your hand if you're a college student who would like to escape the harsh Iowa winter and instead spend the semester in Hawaii.

  Erin Kurdelmeyer of Clermont experienced what winter is like on the Hawaiian islands when she spent the spring semester of her junior year at Iowa State University (ISU) there. 

  While many students study abroad for a semester, the 2015 North Fayette Valley graduate knew she wanted to experience something new. Rather than going to another country, she found a cheaper route by heading off to paradise. 

Wed
31
May

Daleske excited for public sector work

Ben Daleske

 

Daleske excited for public sector work

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Fayette County has a new assistant county engineer in Ben Daleske. 

Daleske, 25, currently resides in Sioux City, where he works as a design engineer for Sabre Towers and Poles. While the city life is nice, Daleske is looking forward to moving his family back to a small town. 

Wed
31
May

Thompson retires as WC art teacher

 

Lynn Thompson has run a K-12 art program since she started teaching in the Urbana school district 41 years ago. Thompson moved to West Central two years later. Here, she demonstrates to her kindergarten students how to cut the mouth out of a paper plate to create Pac-Man.  (Chris DeBack photo)

 

Thompson retires as WC art teacher

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com
 

 

For 39 years Lynn Thompson, West Central art teacher, has helped students express their creative side.

  On June 6, she’ll stroll away into a picturesque sunset knowing full well she had an artistic impact on each student who walked through her door. Although Thompson is looking forward to retirement, she will miss West Central. 

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