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Teachers, school board speak on collective bargaining

Teachers, school board speak on collective bargaining

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

 

On Feb. 17, Governor Terry Branstad signed into law a controversial collective-bargaining bill that made sweeping changes to that process. 

Many public employees across Iowa gathered on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the Iowa Capitol to voice their displeasure of the bill prior to it passing in the Legislature. Over recent weeks, local public employees, including many area teachers, have attended town hall events with their state representatives to voice their concerns and objections to the passage of the bill.

Despite the opposition, the bill passed the Iowa Senate, 29-21, and Iowa House, 53-47. However, many Democrats were very critical of the quick passage of the legislation. Shortly after, Iowa Senate Minority Leader Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids called it “a travesty of the democratic system” as well as “a garbage process.”

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Tucker sworn in on Fayette City Council

 

Amy Tucker (left) was sworn in by Mayor Andrew Wenthe at the Tuesday, Feb. 21, Fayette City Council meeting. Tucker was appointed to fill the vacancy of Randy Sandhagen, who resigned in January. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Tucker sworn in on Fayette City Council

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The Fayette City Council met Tuesday evening, Feb. 21, for its regular session. The meeting began with the appointment of Amy Tucker to the City Council. After unanimous “ayes,” Mayor Andrew Wenthe administered the oath of office as she was officially sworn in.

Tucker, whose appointment is filling the vacancy of Randy Sandhagen, who resigned due to personal reasons, will serve until the next city election in November.

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Moore, Decker perform at Carnegie Hall

 

Wartburg junior Dakota Moore (left), a native of Elgin, recently had the opportunity to sing with an honor choir at Carnegie Hall in New York City. His cousin Natalie Moore (center) and mother Gayle Moore were in attendance for his performance on Sunday, Feb. 19. 

 

Moore, Decker perform at Carnegie Hall

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Two northeast Iowa students recently earned the chance of a lifetime when they performed in an honor choir at Carnegie Hall in New York City. 

Former Elgin resident Dakota Moore, who now sings in a men’s choir at Wartburg College, and MFL/MarMac junior Micah Decker were chosen to perform at the prestigious concert venue through Distinguished Concert Singers International. Decker noted that the honor choir was comprised of high school students through adults. The youngest performer was 14 years old, with the eldest, 87. 

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Mar

'A Night of Denim and Diamonds'

 

 

'A Night of Denim and Diamonds'

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Break out your best pair of denim jeans and some sparkling diamond jewelry when you attend the West Union Chamber — A Main Street Community’s annual “Divas & Dining.” 

The event will start with shopping and a social hour at 5 p.m. Friday, March 10, at the West Union Events Center on Hwy 18 east of West Union. This year’s theme is “A Night of Denim and Diamonds.” 

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Feb

RAGBRAI is coming

RAGBRAI is coming!

 

 

By Zakary Kriener

While an official announcement is not expected until March, Ossian mayor Bill Green officially confirmed that he has spoken with RAGBRAI organizers and has been informed that Ossian will be part of this year’s route.

“This will be the first time we have had RAGBRAI come through town since 1999,” said the mayor. “It is exciting news for the community and for all of the organizations that will be helping out to get ready.”

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Feb

Winneshiek Co. Fair unveils 2017 entertainment

 

The musical entertainment of Arch Allies will take to the Grandstands of the Winneshiek County Fair Thursday night, July 13. (submitted photo)

 

Fair unveils 2017 entertainment

 

 

 

By Zakary Kriener

The Winneshiek County Fair Board has announced its Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday entertainment for the 2017 event. Running Tuesday, July 11, through Saturday, July 15, fair officials are excited to bring back several annual favorites, as well as an exciting act that will be announced within the coming weeks.

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Feb

Historical figures return to life at UIU and Fayette libraries

Historical figures return to life at UIU and Fayette libraries

 

 

With the help of three modern-day impersonators, the University Archives at Upper Iowa University welcomes Civil War-era historical figures Abraham Lincoln, Dr. C.C. (Charles Coleman) Parker and David B. Henderson to its Fayette campus on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Lincoln will also provide a public presentation at Fayette Community Library that day.

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22
Feb

Oppermans buy Charley's Gas Gage

 

 

SueAnne and Bob Opperman (l-r) recently purchased Charley’s Gas Gage in Wadena from Charley Daisy of Arlington. Daisy also sold his Arlington and Volga locations to Zak Lefs of Waverly.  Chris DeBack photo

 

Oppermans buy Charley's Gas Gage

 

 

Chris DeBack

cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

From employee to owner, SueAnne Opperman has had quite the whirlwind week after her and her husband, Bob, purchased Charley’s Gas Gage in Wadena from Charley Daisy of Arlington.

Opperman had been a longtime employee of the former owner. In 1997, she started with Charley’s Quik Stop in Arlington. After several years, she had to quit because of hip issues in 2004, but went back to work for Charley in 2009.

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Feb

Housing trust funds to merge

Housing trust funds to merge

 

 

By Chris DeBack

cdeback@thefayetteocuntyunion.com

 

At its most recent board meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 15, the Fayette County Local Housing Trust Fund (FCLHTF) board voted to merge with the Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund (NEIRHTF). Ed Gage of Wadena was the only dissenting vote. 

At its board meeting the following day, the NEIRHTF board voted to merge, as well. Currently, the NEIRHTF is made up of Howard, Winneshiek, Clayton and Allamakee counties.

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Possibilities limitless for Gibbs after surgery

 

Daniel Gibbs is back out hunting with his friends after he had open-heart surgery in November to remove a membrane located in the left atrium of his heart. It was supposed to dissolve away shortly after birth but only partially did, causing the heart to work harder to pump blood throughout the body.  Chris DeBack photo

 

Possibilities limitless for Gibbs after surgery

 

 

 

Chris DeBack

cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

For as long as Audrey Gibbs can remember her youngest son, Daniel, has been consistently sick. She said it never failed, every spring and fall he’d develop pneumonia.  

Pneumonia is an infection that inflames air sacs in the lungs, which can then fill up with fluid. It certainly isn’t life-threatening to a healthy young boy, as long as it is treated correctly. It’s far more deadly to infants and the elderly, whose immune systems are much more susceptible. 

The 18-year-old, who is set to graduate in May from North Fayette Valley High School, began to run a fever one afternoon last August. Audrey didn’t think too much of it. She took Daniel to the Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital emergency room, thinking that it was pneumonia. After the hospital did a chest X-ray, they noted to the mother of five that it wasn’t pneumonia, but they couldn’t pinpoint what was causing the fever. 

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