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22
Feb

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

 

 

By Chris DeBack

cdback@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. 

Wed
15
Feb

Making Ossian smile for over 35 years

 

C. Patrick Henry, D.D.S., has been putting smiles on local faces for over 35 years. As a second-generation dentist in the town of Ossian, Henry takes great pride in serving his community and providing nothing but the most friendly service. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Making Ossian smile for over 35 years

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

To say that becoming a dentist was the true destiny for C. Patrick Henry, longtime Ossian D.D.S., would be a strong understatement.

“My father, Charles R. Henry, was a dentist here in town for over 40 years, getting started back when there were two dentist offices in town,” explained the dental veteran of over 35 years. “My mother was actually a dental assistant as well. She was actually working in dentistry before my father went to dental school.”

Wed
15
Feb

Effigy Mounds quarter launched

 

A couple employees at Kerndt Brothers Bank in West Union display the new America the Beautiful Quarters that feature Effigy Mounds National Monument in northeast Iowa on the back. The quarters are currently available for exchange only at Kerndt Brothers Bank locations, including West Union. Chris DeBack photo

 

 

Effigy Mounds quarter launched

 

 

The United States Mint recently joined the National Park Service to launch the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program coin honoring Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa. The coin is the first of five America the Beautiful Quarters to be issued in 2017 and the 36th in the series.

 

 

The coin’s reverse (tails) depicts an aerial view of mounds in the Marching Bear Group. Inscriptions are “EFFIGY MOUNDS,” “IOWA,” “2017,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”

Wed
15
Feb

Resale Therapy opens bigger location

 

Resale Therapy recently moved to a new building just south of its former location on Highway 18 in Clermont. Owner (l-r) Chris Larson and employee Jen Hruska, holding her daughter Emmery, have rescued a lot of positive feedback about the move, which has nearly doubled the retail space available to the consignment shop. Chris DeBack photo

 

Resale Therapy opens bigger location

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Resale Therapy in Clermont has moved.

However, the store didn’t move very far as it is now located in the building to the south of its former location, which used to house the former business Grown Locally.

“We noticed the building was up for sale, and we came over and had a look at it,” said Chris Larson, Resale Therapy owner. “We had considered buying the building we were in, but this is a much more affordable option, and it was also more accommodating for our needs.

Wed
15
Feb

It's Comedy Night in West Union Feb. 25

A special Comedy Night, sponsored by the West Union Chamber - A Main Street Community, will feature standup comedian Josh Novey on Saturday, Feb. 25. Tickets are available for $20/person or $140/table for eight.

 

 

 

 

“Josh Novey, a stand-up comedian based out out of Des Moines” is coming to West  Union’s Events Center on Hwy. 18 East on Saturday, Feb. 25.

 

Doors for the event, sponsored by the West Union Chamber a Main Street Community, open at 6 p.m., with a social hour running until 7 p.m. Novey will then take the stage, and his show is scheduled to run through 8:30 p.m.

Wed
15
Feb

Arch Allies to headline 2017 Fayette County Fair

 

Arch Allies will headline the 2017 Fayette County Fair on Saturday, July 29, in the Grandstand on the Fayette County Fairgrounds. Band members include (l-r) Johnny Gangl, bass guitar and vocals; Scott Gunderson, keys and vocals; Dylan Gangl, drums and percussion; Scott Calderwood, lead vocals; and Kevin Todd, lead guitarist and backup vocals. submitted photo

 

Arch Allies to headline 2017 Fayette County Fair

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The 2017 Fayette County Fair will be taking its audience back to the ‘70s and ‘80s when Arch Allies headlines the affair on Saturday, July 29.

The band that pays tribute to superbands such as Boston, Bon Jovi, Journey, REO Speedwagon, Styx, and more will play two 90-minute sets in the Grandstand that evening. A time will be announced at a later date. Tickets for the event will go on sale in the next 30 days.

Wed
08
Feb

Luzum looking forward to retirement

 

Heying Lumber in Calmar has been a familiar storefront for many generations. At the end of January, a new generation of ownership took over as employee Linus Luzum retired after 43 years, including the past 20 as owner. Pictured are Heying Lumber employees (l-r) Greg Formanek, new partner Brent Formanek, Linus Luzum, and partner Jeffrey Heying. Father and son Greg and Brent are the owners of Brenton Buildings in Monona and are working in parternship with the longtime Calmar lumber yard. (submitted photo)

 

Luzum looking forward to retirement

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Linus Luzum is a name familiar to most in the community. The hardworking Calmar native has worked at Heying Lumber for a total of 43 years, including the last 20 years as part-owner.

After building his way from the bottom to the top of the local business and helping construct countless homes, businesses, and other structures throughout northeast Iowa, Luzum is ready to pass ownership onto the next generation and enter retirement.

Wed
08
Feb

Hovden recognized as Driver of the Year

 

Mitch Hovden, accompanied by his wife, Kia, was recently selected as the United States Racing Association (USRA) Driver of the Year at the 2016 USRA Awards Banquet in Kansas City, Mo. The Decorah wheelman is a four-time USRA Stock Car national champion and was chosen out of the nearly 2,500 drivers across five classes to race in a USRA-sanctioned event in the 2016 race season. (submitted photo)

 

Hovden recognized as Driver of the Year

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Last season, a total of nearly 2,500 different drivers raced in a United States Racing Association (USRA) event across the country. Among those entries was Mitch Hovden of Decorah, driver of the No. 15 stock car.

In 2016, Hovden had a year that most dirt track drivers would dream of. Of the 42 races he entered, he managed an impressive 18 wins and 33 top-five finishes. To him, however, it is all in a season’s work.

Wed
08
Feb

Clermont discusses whitewater park

Clermont discusses whitewater park

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The Clermont City Council is in the very early stages of a plan that could make the portion of the Turkey River that flows through the community more exciting.

The City Council heard a presentation from Angie and Ryan Wicks of Manchester about Manchester’s whitewater park. Approximately five years in the making, in 2010 the City of Manchester set out to make a whitewater park on its small portion of the Maquoketa River.

Wed
08
Feb

Frieden recovering from welding accident

 

In late July 2016, Layne Frieden of Frieden Welding had a welding accident that took 75 percent of the hearing in his left ear. Frieden was at a customer’s farm, lying on his right side, cutting bolts away from a stock chopper when a spark ran around the curved edge of the stock chopper and fell into his ear. It burned away 40 percent of his eardrum. (Chris DeBack photo) 

 

Frieden recovering from welding accident

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The saying goes that disaster strikes when a person least expects it.

That saying certainly rang true last summer for Elgin native Layne Frieden.

The owner of Frieden Welding in Elgin was out at a customer’s farm in late July, cutting off some bolts underneath a stock chopper. With Frieden lying on his right side, the portion of the chopper to which he was exposed had a curve to it. Well aware of the sparks flying around him while cutting away the bolts, one spark in particular flew up, traveled around the top of the chopper and fell into his left ear.

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