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23
Feb

Holthaus enjoys over 35 years of doing what he loves

Ron Hemesath of Ossian spends countless hours in his workshop every week working on building and customizing toy tractors and equipment. He generally uses either photographs or old manuals, like the one pictured, to ensure his work is as close to the real thing as possible. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Holthaus enjoys over 35 years of doing what he loves

 

By Zakary Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

    It’s a hobby that has been a part of his life for over 35 years, but for Ossian’s Ron Holthaus, it’s much more than that.

Wed
23
Feb

New heart valve for Maureen

Maureen Sailsbury works out under the watchful eye of her sister, Vicki Pavlovec, a cardo rehab nurse at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union. Sailsbury underwent heart surgery in August. (Jack Swanson photo)

 

 

New heart valve for Maureen

 

By Sharon Drahn

Contributing Writer

With February being American Heart Month, a time when all people should focus on their cardiovascular health, Maureen (Mo) Sailsbury of West Union has agreed to share her heart journey.

Maureen, who has lived in West Union with her husband, Sean, since 2002, was told that she had a heart murmur as a preteen.

Wed
23
Feb

Louisville retires 'music man's' No. 1 jersey

Al Greener was presented with a framed jersey from University of Louisville Women’s Basketball Coach Jeff Walz at a recent basketball game. Greener retired this year as the university’s pep band director.  (Submitted photos)

 

Louisville retires 'music man's' No. 1 Jersey

 

By Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

He made five Final Four appearances, he was a part of March Madness numerous times and spurred his team on to a National Championship. His jersey was retired this year at the University of Louisville.

Although all of these accomplishments were earned by Al Greener, he didn’t acquire them as a player….well, not that kind of player.  Greener played, or we should say directed the University of Louisville Pep Band for 15 years. In January he retired as the Athletics Pep Band Director. To honor Greener, the University presented him with a framed #1 jersey at a women’s basketball game.

Wed
23
Feb

Volunteers needed to make RAGBRAI in West Union a success

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.

Anyone can serve on the following committees:

Anywhere

Beverage Garden

Budget

Campgrounds & Showers

Communications

Electrical

Entertainment & Special Events

Food & Vendors

Fundraising

Hospitality

Housing

Information Center

Law Enforcement

Medical

Publicity

Ride Right

Sanitation

Transportation

Volunteers

Web & Social Media

Wed
16
Feb

Domestic Abuse Resource Center provides help for NEIA

 

Domestic Abuse Resource Center provides help for NEIA

 

By Zakary Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

The Domestic Abuse Resource Center – a service provided by Helping Services for Youth and Families – is free resource that aims to help anyone in the Winneshiek, Fayette, Allamakee, Bremer, Chickasaw, Clayton, and Howard county areas. The Resource Center and its team of eight advocates and highly trained volunteers has been serving adults, teens, and children who have experienced unhealthy relationships for many years.

“We serve any and all ages and provide help for those who have experienced dating violence, stalking, and more,” explained Kathleen Davis, director for the program. “Physically, we cover a large area, and will do our best to go above and beyond to help our clients wherever they may need help.”

Wed
16
Feb

Riedel named new NICC president

Dr. Herbert Riedel

 

Riedel named new NICC president

 

 

 

The Northeast Iowa Community College Board of Trustees, at a meeting this morning, Thursday, Feb. 10, announced Dr. Herbert Riedel as the College’s next president.

Dr. Herbert Riedel served as president of Lurleen B. Wallace Community College in Andalusia, Ala., where he introduced program offerings in advanced manufacturing, healthcare and short-term skills training, as well as an honor's program and the College's first student housing complex. Previously, Dr. Riedel served as vice president for instruction and student development for Northeast Texas Community College in Mt. Pleasant, Texas.

Wed
16
Feb

City of Fayette offers to buy Big Rock Golf Course for $400,000

Members of the Big Rock Golf Course Board of Directors and other Fayette citizens were at the special City Council meeting, Thursday, Feb. 10, for the discussion and possible purchase of the golf course by the City. Board members included Zach Wulfekuhle (wearing baseball cap, center), Board President Ann Langerman (to Wulfekuhle’s right at table) and the Board’s accountant, Dennis Martin (left of Wulfekuhle). (Jack Swanson photos)

 

 

City of Fayette offers to buy Big Rock Golf Course for $400,000

 

By Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

At a special City Council meeting, Thursday, Feb. 10, the Council voted unanimously to purchase the Big Rock Golf Course for $400,000. That offer has been submitted to the Big Rock Country Club who had not yet responded when the newspaper went to print.

Big Rock Board President Ann Langerman said the entire board has not yet been able to get together but plan to meet this week to act on the offer.

Wed
16
Feb

Public Forum will be held Tuesday, Feb. 22

This year’s RAGBRAI Director Matt Phippen visited West Union on Wednesday, Feb. 9, to give local planners some tips. (Photo submitted)

 

Public Forum will be held Tuesday, Feb. 22

 

By Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

 

West Union Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Matt Marsala said he’s looking for people to serve on committees and for information and suggestions on the upcoming RAGBRAI over night stay.

“We are looking for West Union theme ideas for our shirt and volunteers to help put this event on,” Marsala said, adding that he is hoping to have answers to some of these questions, and a list of volunteers, after a RAGBRAI Public Forum is held Tuesday, Feb. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Dance Pavilion at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in West Union.

Wed
09
Feb

Fayette considers purchasing Big Rock Golf Course

Over seventy residents which included mostly golfers attended a public hearing Monday evening regarding the sale of the “Back 9” portion of the Big Rock Golf Course owned by the city. Residents expressed concern that the proposal was rushed with little transparency or communication with club members regarding the club’s financial position. (Jan Bear photo)

 

Fayette considers purchasing Big Rock Golf Course

 

By Jan Bear

Contributing Writer

 

The Monday, Feb. 7, Fayette City Council meeting was packed with over 70 residents, mostly golfers, attending the public hearing regarding the sale of the “Back 9” portion of the Big Rock Golf Course owned by the city.   

  The council received a proposal from Tim and Nancy Wulfekuhle to purchase the land for $1 plus closing costs with a five-year guarantee that the property would remain a golf course. While the Wulfekuhle’s have an interest in the first nine holes, they asked to purchase the “back 9” since they did maintenance on it to keep the 18-hole course viable. In addition it was stated, if the sales proposal was not accepted at the council meeting, they would simply withdraw their offer.

Wed
09
Feb

Maddie Poppe to open '22 Fayette County Fair!

Maddie Poppe

 

Maddie Poppe to open '22 Fayette County Fair!

By Zakary Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The 2022 Fayette County Fair just got even more exciting! Iowa-native Maddie Poppe, an American Idol winner and well-known singer and songwriter, will join the lineup of Grandstand entertainment and play on Tuesday night, July 19, to kick off the Fair - and the best part is, the concert will only be $5!

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