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Lake Meyer fishing derby is February 6

Lake Meyer fishing derby is Feb. 6

 

The annual Lake Meyer Ice Fishing Derby will be held Sunday, February 6th at Lake Meyer Park. Registration begins at 12:00 pm at the Lake Meyer Campground shop and fishing runs from 12:00-4:00pm. Registration costs $5 for adults (16 years and older) and is free for all children (15 and younger). All ages are welcome!

Prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd bass, bluegill, crappie, northern pike, and perch. All participants will be eligible for one of many door prizes provided by local businesses. Award ceremonies and prize drawings will be held following the close of fishing.

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Feb

Catholic Schools Week is underway!

Students and staff from St. Teresa of Calcutta schools in Ossian and Spillville are celebrating Catholic Schools Week all week long. The them to this year’s celebration is ‘Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.’ (submitted photo)

 

Catholic Schools Week is underway!

 

By Zakary Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Catholic Schools Week officially got underway Sunday and activities at St. Teresa of Calcutta Schools are underway. The theme to this year’s week-long celebration is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.”

Activities and dress up day themes for the rest of the week are as follows:

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02
Feb

Local mother-daughter duo set to open Vine Street Boutique Saturday

Katrina Schmitt and daughter, Abby, are excited to bring a new boutique to 120 S. Vine St., West Union. The new store will carry clothing for babies, children, teens and moms, plus, a lot of local consignment and midwest items. The store will officially open on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 9 a.m. (LeAnn Larson photo)

 

Local mother-daughter duo set to open Vine Street Boutique Saturday

 

By LeAnn Larson

lanews@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

WesUnion’s newest retail business is opening at 120 S. Vine St., on Saturday, February 5.  The former Vintage on Vine building will now be home to Katrina Schmitt and daughter Abby’s new business venture— VSB Vine Street Boutique. 

Abby had worked over the past year for Andrew & Ginny Boeckman, previous owners of the clothing and gift store on Vine. Katrina added, “She really liked this line of work, and was disappointed when they announced that they would be closing at the end of 2021. I remember my husband Craig saying, “Why don’t you open a boutique!”

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02
Feb

It's official: West Union is RAGBRAI XLIX overnight stop!

This group from West Union representing the Chamber of Commerce/Main Street were present when the route for RAGBRAI XLIX was announced with West Union being one of the overnight stops. The announcement party was in Des Moines, Friday, Jan. 28. Pictured are (l-r) Blake Gamm, Mayor Cam Granger, Tiffany Johansen, Garrett Crandell, Park and Rec Director Trey Kuhens, Chamber Director Matt Marsala, Andy Bilden, City Administrator Aime Johansen and Tracy Weidemann. (Submitted photo)

 

It's official: West Union is RAGBRAI XLIX overnight stop!

 

By Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

“Everyone is incredibly excited for the opportunity and to come together as a community.”

That’s what West Union Chamber of Commerce Director Matt Marsala said following the announcement Friday, Jan. 28, that West Union will be an overnight stop on this year’s RAGBRAI XLIX.

The 2022 Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, which will take place from July 23 to 30, will start in Sergeant Bluff and end in Lansing. In between, riders will overnight in, Ida Grove, Pocahontas, Emmetsburg, Mason City, Charles City, and  West Union, with the ride ending in Lansing.

Wed
26
Jan

Catholic Schools Week begins Sunday

Catholic Schools Week begins Sunday

 

By Zakary Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Catholic Schools Week is set to celebrate its 48th anniversary this year and will be held Sunday, Jan. 30, through Saturday, Feb. 5. The nationwide theme is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.”

At St. Teresa of Calcutta School, the week will be celebrated with daily fun, entertainment, and dress up days.

To start the week on Monday, Jan. 31, students and staff will dress up for Pajama Day.

On Tuesday, Feb. 1, the dress-up theme will be Dress as a person or professional who exemplifies faith, excellence, or service. The schools will also have a free class period.

Wed
26
Jan

County Courthouse demise by fire 100 years ago

This shows the start of the fire that would eventually destroy the Fayette County Courthouse in West Union on Feb. 5, 1922. The 100th anniversary of the fire is being observed by an event Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, hosted by the Fayette County Historical Society. 

 

County Courthouse demise by fire 100 years ago

 

By Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

It was a day that if many people could remember it, they would say, it was like a day from hell.

Ironically, it happened on a Sunday, Feb. 5, 1922.  People were either at church, or about ready to go, when fire was spotted in the northeast corner of the second floor of the Fayette County Courthouse in West Union. That was at about 11 a.m.

A few minutes later the building that had been rekindled from the ashes of a previous fire 48 years prior, became a towering, for that day and age, inferno. Within two hours it had gone almost completely up in smoke. Pieces of charred official County documents were found scattered miles from the site. Burning shingles flew through the air, threatening to set the entire town ablaze and eventually causing the destruction of one home outside the reach of the city’s hydrant system.

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26
Jan

Supervisors take no action on Prairie View sale

 

Supervisors take no action on Prairie View sale

 

By Chris Baldus

editor@oelweindailyregister.com

 

No sale, at least not on Monday, Jan. 24.

The Fayette County Board of Supervisors decided to take no action during its regular weekly meeting regarding the proposed sale of the county-owned former Prairie View building and property located between West Union and Fayette, to the private non-profit headquartered there.

Three neighboring landowners spoke up at a public hearing during the meeting to oppose the sale.

Wed
19
Jan

Smith is newest Winneshiek County Deputy

Casey Smith (right) was sworn in as the newest member of the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office last week. Smith is a Decorah native and has worked for the Decorah Police Department since 2016. (submitted photo)

 

Smith is newest Winneshiek County Deputy

 

 

The Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office recently announced the hiring of Deputy Casey Smith.

Smith joins the Sheriff’s Office as an experienced and certified law enforcement officer. He grew up in Decorah and graduated from Decorah High School in 2011. Casey attended Waldorf University (formerly Waldorf College) where he played baseball. He graduated in 2015 with Magna Cum Laude honors with a degree in criminal justice.

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19
Jan

Ossian Knights of Columbus free throw contest

Ossian Knights of Columbus free throw contest 

 

 

The Ossian Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a free of charge free throw contest for boys and girls ages 9-14 (based on Jan. 1, 2022) on Sunday, Jan. 23 at St. Teresa of Calcutta School in Ossian. Sign up and practice will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the competition will start at noon. 

 

 

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Jan

A mentor match that has spanned the years

Mentoree and Mentor, Carter Schlawin (left) and Chris Schveiger, went deer hunting this fall. It was Carter’s first hunting experience. The two had been preparing for the hunt for several months in advance. 

 

A mentor match that has spanned the years

 

By Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapes.com

 

They didn’t get a deer but for Chris Schveiger and Carter Schlawin it will be a hunting trip neither one of them will ever forget.

Chris and Carter have been mentor and mentee for seven years. Chris took Carter under his wing when he was a fourth grader and has watched and helped him progress into young adulthood. Carter is now a junior in high school. Their experience seemed to culminate this year when Chris took Carter on his first deer hunting experience.

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