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Thu
10
Aug

13 train cars derail near Calmar

 

A heavily damaged portion of track near Calmar caused two Canadian Pacific Railroad locomotives and 11 cars containing corn to derail Tuesday morning, Aug. 1. (Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office photo)

 

 

 

13 train cars derail near Calmar

 

 

 

Zakary Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

Canadian Pacific Railroad, a rail company based out of Calgary, Canada, reported a derailment of 13 cars Tuesday morning, Aug. 1, near Calmar.

The span of cars began along 175th Street, also known as the Golf Course Road. The accident forced the road to remain closed for the rest of the day while the train cars were returned to  the tracks and track repairs were made.

Thu
10
Aug

Firefly lights the way to local resident's dream

 

From her stable's most senior resident, Fire (left), to Maverick, (right) its youngest, Lacy Butterfield's love for horses (and her visitors) knows no bounds (Shane Butterfield photo)

 

Firefly lights the way to local resident's dream

 

 

 

Shane Butterfield

Contributing Writer

 

 

On any pleasant summer evening at the rural Elgin property of Lacy Butterfield, fireflies are a familiar sight, as flashes of their sparkling luminescence conspicuously interrupt the falling darkness. 

The seeming omnipresence of these nocturnal beetles, however, was not Butterfield’s motive for naming her enterprise Firefly Stables, the area’s newest equine boarding option and lesson arena. The name, instead, reflects a creative union of the stable’s most senior inhabitants’ names: Fire, a 23-year-old Arabian gelding, and Madam Butterfly, or Maddie, the property’s sole pony. 

These familiar fixtures have been joined in Butterfield’s herd by two more recent additions, a black mare named Lady and Maverick, a 2-year-old grey Thoroughbred gelding, whose curiosity and vigor are both readily apparent. 

To these horses, as well as to a growing number of visitors and boarders, Butterfield’s land is home.

Thu
10
Aug

Casey's building permit request approved

 

Casey's building permit request approved

 

 

Megan Molseed

Contributing Writer

 

 

The Clermont City Council met Monday evening for its regular meeting.  

During the meeting, the council discussed a building permit request from Casey’s General Store, a new local business. The request includes a proposed 34’2” x 40’2” addition to the east end of the former Valley “C” Store building for a fully functioning kitchen and cooking area.  

“They want to expand their food menu down here,” said Mayor Jim Matt of Clermont’s only convenience store’s proposal. “This addition will have pizza ovens, ovens for breads and all of those kinds of things, so they will be able to expand their menu.” 

Thu
10
Aug

Germans visit kin's 'promised land' in Iowa

 

Hawkeye's Hurd Museum hosted the Schlegel family on Sunday, Aug. 6, as the German visitors conducted further research on their family's connections to Fayette County. (L-r) Matthias Schlegel, Cosimo Schlegel, Elke Schlegel, Hurd Museum volunteers Evelyn Schultz and Shirley Gibbs, and Alfred Schlegel.

 

Germans visit kin's 'promised land' in Iowa

 

Shane Butterfield
Contributing Writer

 

 

On a summer trip whose itinerary includes choice accommodations for a solar eclipse, as well as stops in Washington, D.C., Niagara Falls, and Yellowstone National Park, it may seem unlikely that an interlude in northeast Iowa would make any foreign visitors’ agenda.

For the Schlegel family, however, a recent visit to Hawkeye may well serve as one of their excursion’s most memorable engagements.

Thu
10
Aug

Fayette shares post office building with Sumner

 

The Sumner Post Office has temporarily moved its operation to the Fayette Post Office after flooding occurred in Sumner the weekend of July 22. Debra Cushion (left), Fayette postmaster, and Seth Cushion, Sumner postmaster, have worked hard to make sure things run smoothly while the two post offices share a building. It also doesn’t hurt that Debra is Seth’s mother.  Chris DeBack photo 

 

Fayette shares post office building with Sumner

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Fayette shares post office building with Sumner

 

Chris DeBack

 

The Sumner Post Office was in dire need of a temporary home after the town flooded during the week of July 22.

Originally, the post office took its operation 14½ miles away to Fredericksburg — with whom the town shares a school district — but found that the Fredericksburg Post Office building was too small to accommodate the different equipment Sumner needs to operate. 

That’s when the Fayette Post Office, which is 15 miles east from Sumner, opened its doors and invited Sumner to share its building until it could get back into its own. 

Thu
10
Aug

WU sells fire truck to Westgate

WU sells fire truck to Westgate

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

At its regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 7, the West Union City Council voted, 3-2, in favor of selling the West Union Fire Department’s 1993 Toynes Tanker to Westgate. 

 

At the last meeting on Monday, July 24, the council had voted, 2-2, to sell the truck to the Sumner Fire Department. Mayor Kent Halverson and the council thought the mayor could cast the tiebreaking vote, and he did so by voting for Sumner. 

Thu
10
Aug

Voshell's past addictions help others overcome

 

Lonnie Voshell of West Union started Narcotics Anonymous meetings at the West Union Residential Correctional Facility 10 years ago after struggling with a drug addiction for most of his life. Voshell wanted to help others as he was helped when he was dealing with his addictions. He has been clean and sober for 11 years. Chris DeBack photo

 

Voshell's past addictions help others overcome

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

It is called addiction for a reason. Addictions are hard to overcome

Many try, some succeed and others fail. However, failure isn't as simple as an F on a test. Failure with drug addiction means death. 

Wed
26
Jul

RAGBRAI IS HERE!

Jackson Goltz of Ossian helps prepare for RAGBRAI, which will be rolling through town Friday morning. A full slate of fun and activities are planned for the big day, including food, music, and games. (submitted photo)

 

 

RAGBRAI is here!

By Zakary Kriener
zkriener@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

RAGBRAI is nearly here! The annual bike ride across the state of Iowa has officially begun and will be passing through Ossian Friday morning.

Wed
26
Jul

Mother Nature throws haymaker at northeast Iowa

 

 

Mother Nature throws haymaker at northeast Iowa

 

Chris DeBack
cdback@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Thunderstorms, heavy rain and strong winds raged through northeast Iowa on Wednesday, July 19. Damage done by the storm led Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds to issue a disaster proclamation while on a flight to China.

Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg visited Clermont and McGregor on Friday, July 21, to view the damage done by the storm.

In Clermont on July 19, straight-line winds were clocked at 80 mph, according to Lisa Roberts, Fayette County Emergency Management coordinator. Those winds knocked over trees and took out power lines, leaving much of the town in the dark Wednesday evening. However, all power was restored to Clermont by Friday evening.

Wed
26
Jul

Fayette County Farm Bureau: One Century Strong

In the early days, Farm Bureau members wore suits and ties to their open house for their new Fayette County Farm Bureau building held Feb. 23-24, 1951. Board members were (l-r) Henry Bodensteiner, Millard Nelson, Tom Smale, Farm Bureau field man Harold Rall (standing), Kenneth Medberry, John W. Ingels, and E.S. Pardee. 

 

 

Fayette County Farm Bureau:  One Century Strong

By Vicki Rowland

Contributing Writer

 

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