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Thu
23
Mar

WCCF awards $120,000 to 30 local nonprofits

 

WCCF awards $120,000 to 30 local nonprofits

 

 

 

The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa has approved $120,000 in grant funding on recommendations made by the local Winneshiek County Community Foundation (WCCF).  Thirty (30) area nonprofit agencies and organizations will receive grant funding for 2017.  A total of 50 grant applications were reviewed by the WCCF for potential funding.

Thu
23
Mar

Eagle Scout project flying high

 

Jacob Ling, a longtime Scout, recently completed his Eagle Scout project. The South Winneshiek High School senior purchased and replaced 25 tattered and faded flags at Calmar Lutheran Church. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Eagle Scout project flying high

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

For Ossian’s Jacob Ling, the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts have been a strong influence in his life since joining in first grade. The South Winneshiek High School senior recently completed the necessary requirements to earn his Eagle Scout distinction.

“When you become an Eagle Scout, you are an Eagle Scout for life,” said the young Scout. “It shows that you are a hardworking and trustworthy individual.”

Thu
23
Mar

Pheasants Forever honors Robert Margroff

 

With a love of nature, Robert Margroff of rural Elgin bequeathed Fayette County Pheasants Forever (FCPF) $102,000 when he died in 2015. FCPF honored Margroff by using his money to recently purchase 46 acres of Volga River greenbelt land near Maynard.

 

Pheasants Forever honors Robert Margroff

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The late Robert Margroff of rural Elgin loved nature.

“Margroff had a difficult childhood and became introverted,” said Dick Jensen, one of Margroff’s best friends. “The only solace he found was in the outdoor world. His only friends would have been his dog, his gun and the great outdoors.”

When he died on May 25, 2015, Margroff made sure to honor his one true best friend, the great outdoors, when he bequeathed $102,000 to Fayette County Pheasants Forever and another $50,000 to the Fayette County Soil and Water District Commission.  

Thu
23
Mar

NICC nursing program the best in Iowa

 

 

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Calmar Campus student Leann Bigler-Johnson (right) assesses a fellow classmate during a recent lab exercise at the college. Earlier this year, the NICC nursing program was named the number one practical nursing program in Iowa. (submitted photo)

 

NICC nursing program the bewst in Iowa

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) was recently ranked as the number-one licenced practical nursing (LPN) program in the state of Iowa, an achievement made possible by a passionate faculty, superior clinical sites, and dedicated students.

Thu
23
Mar

$40 VIP price set to attend all Grandstand events

$40 VIP price set to attend all Grandstand events

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

The Fayette County Fair Board set ticket prices for the Fayette County Fair’s Grandstand events at its most recent meeting on Tuesday, March 14.

Ticket prices are as follows: Tuesday, July 25 — Johnny Rogers’ “Buddy and Beyond: The History of Rock-’n’-Roll,” $10; Wednesday, July 26 — stock car races, $15; Thursday, July 27 — Tuff-n-Nuff Youth Rodeo, $10; Friday, July 28 — Demolition Derby, $10; and Saturday, July 29 — Arched Allies Concert, $15.

If a person were to purchase tickets for each event individually, it would cost him or her $60 to attend all events. However, the Fair Board will be offering a $40 VIP ticket that will get a member of the public into every Grandstand event. 

Thu
23
Mar

FC roads continue to be a 'maintenance hole'

FC roads continue to be a 'maintenance hole'

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

Fayette County Engineer Joel Fantz revealed his updated five-year road plan to the Fayette County Supervisors on Monday, March 13.

The map Fantz used to illustrate his plan, showing what will be funded through 2022, remains largely the same from last year other than some minior changes in priorities. 

“The map was largely misunderstood last year when it was in the paper,” Fantz explained. “People looked at it real quick and said, ‘Oh, you're planning on getting a lot done,’ but the important thing is there’s a huge shortfall.”

The county engineer was very direct about the state of hot-mix asphalt roads in Fayette County.

Wed
15
Mar

Merrills 'Press Play' on new business

 

Stacy and Jeremy Merrill of rural Fort Atkinson are excited about pressing “play” on their new business adventure. The local couple recently opened the doors on the new screen printing business, fittingly named Press Play. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Merrills 'Press Play' on new business

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

When Jeremy and Stacy Merrill got their first taste of the business world several years ago, they knew that they wanted more.

“In the fall of 2014, we opened a bed and breakfast cabin on our property,” explained the couple, who live along the banks of the Turkey River near Fort Atkinson. “After running that for a year or so, we decided that we wanted to diversify and discussed getting into screen printing.”

The Merrills discovered a company that provided them with the knowledge and equipment to jump into the screen printing industry and to “press play.”

Wed
15
Mar

SW to present 'Rabbit Hole'

 

The talented South Winneshiek High School drama department, under the direction of Glenna Munuswamy and Kurt Straube, will present glimpses of joy, comfort, love, and overwhelming sadness while examining whether a family can survive the loss of a child, in “Rabbit Hole.” The five-member cast includes (l-r) Madisen Ondrashek, Sawyer Breitsprecher, Danae Taylor, Wyatt Trezona, and Kerrigan Upton. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

SW to present 'Rabbit Hole'

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

South Winneshiek High School drama students will present the Tony Award-winning play “Rabbit Hole” this week. 

The two-act play examines the lives of a New York suburban family struggling with the loss of their 4-year-old son. Each scene takes the audience into a poignant moment in the grieving process of the different characters, showing glimpses of joy, comfort, love, and overwhelming sadness while examining whether a family can survive such a cataclysmic event.

Wed
15
Mar

Guyer hired to help code casino games

 

Brady Guyer of Clermont recently graduated from Full Sail University in Orlando, Fla., with a Bachelor of Science degree in game development. Because of a major bug in his first game, Guyer had to complete the final project twice. The team of game developers he worked with created the game “The Chronicles of Murder Hobo.” He will be moving to Tulsa, Okla., to work for Video Game Technologies, were he will program casino games.  (Chris DeBack photo)

 

Guyer hired to help code casino games

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

Video games are a source of media that transport the consumer into the imagination of their creators. 

From “Pong” to today's AAA titles, such as “Battlefield 1,” video games have come a long way in the last five decades, an industry on the brink of extinction in the ‘80s to being worth billions of dollars today. Video games have an ever-growing, vibrant online community that brings together people from all ages and walks of life. It is truly a global industry.

Looking to make his mark in the world of video games is Clermont resident Brady Guyer. Computer-savvy since preschool, Guyer has always known that making video games was what he wanted to do with his life. 

Wed
15
Mar

Keeping up the greens at Big Rock CC

 

Brent Reck of Independence is Big Rock Country Club’s new superintendent of grounds. The Winthrop native is excited about the challenge of maintaining the golf course. Reck has spent time working with sport turf for minor league baseball teams and the University of Iowa. He was also the superintendent at Buffalo Creek Golf Course in Winthrop. 

 

Keeping up the greens at Big Rock CC

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

Big Rock Country Club in Fayette has a new grounds superintendent. 

Brent Reck, a native of Winthrop, takes over what he calls his dream job.

“This is what I have been training for,” Reck explained. “I am back close to home, and I am very familiar with the territory.” 

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