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Mar

UIU accreditation put 'on notice'

UIU accreditation put 'on notice'

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

Upper Iowa University’s (UIU) accreditation was put “on notice” by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) for unethical action taken by employees between 2008 and 2013.

According to Andrew Wenthe, UIU vice president of external affairs, the improper conduct by university staff was isolated to UIU’s Fort Polk Center in Louisiana. 

Wed
15
Mar

Friends of 4-H seeking $23,000 for exhibit building renovation

 

A number of volunteers worked together either making quilt blocks, donating fabric and/or services to complete the two quilts pictured behind this group. On Monday night, March 6, the group gathered in Fayette for the unveiling of the fundraising project to benefit the renovation of the 4-H, FFA and Open Class Exhibit building at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in West Union. Raffle tickets are being sold on the quilt at back left, while the quilt at back right was won by Rachel Bushman, area 4-H’er from Castalia. Pictured are (front, l-r) Cindy Jensen, Pat Baumler, Summer Handel, Jeanine Tellin, Rachel Bushman, Cynthia Yearous, Peg Lerch; (second row) Zelpha Henderson, Terri Zuck, Arlene Klatt, Ruth Meyer, Ann Jens, Janell Bradley, Michele Myrom, Meg Moellering, Ebby Whitford, Diane Ihde, Sam Ihde; (third row) Lou Ann Milks, Karen Hamlett, Joyce Knickerbocker, Lois McElvania, Deb Watson, Jane Blumhagen, Peg Sparrgrove, Caroline Bemiss; and (standing in back) Kristin Hamlett, Deb Mueller, Deb Thies, and Janis Breitsprecher.  (submitted photo)

 

Friends of 4-H seeking $23,000 for exhibit building renovation

 

 

 

As Janis Breitsprecher has been telling folks for several years now, “Every quilt has a story, and every story should be told.” For the last several years Breitsprecher, with the help of a few friends, has organized the Arlington Days Quilt Show, which has been increasingly successful.

Upon retiring in January 2015, she created a “Bucket List” of things she planned to accomplish – one of which was winning a blue ribbon at the Fayette County fair.

Wed
15
Mar

It's time to stretch your legs, West Union

 

West Union residents are encouraged to participate in “Whistle Walks” on Monday, April 3. Jessica Wegner, Fayette County Public Health nurse; West Union Police Sgt. Michael Tobin; and Amie Johansen, West Union deputy city clerk, encourage area people to get involved. That day will be the launch of the five-day-a-week Walking School Bus, a Little Library made by Tobin will be revealed and the Whistle Walk will take place at the noon and 6 p.m. whistles. 

 

It's time to stretch your legs, West Union

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

West Union, it’s time to step away from the keyboard, get up and stretch those legs!

The City of West Union and Fayette County Public Health are partnering to launch “Whistle Walks” in the community. 

On Monday, April 3, when the noon whistle blows area residents are to walk from their location downtown to the West Union Civic Plaza. A special guest and program will be presented about the initiative, along with a Little Library ribbon-cutting ceremony. Quillin’s grocery store donated bananas and Easton Water Conditioning will donate water for the occasion. 

Later that day when the 6 p.m. whistle blows, West Union residents are encouraged to walk with their families from their current location to the West Union Recreation Complex for another special guest, program, Little Library ribbon-cutting, frozen yogurt and gifts. 

Wed
15
Mar

FC Pheasants Forever flying high

 

he Fayette County Pheasants Forever chapter ranks first in the nation for habitat expenditures, having expended $767,056. Rod Marlatt, Fayette County Pheasants Forever president, is proud of how the conservation organization has worked since its inception in 1985 to help protect wildlife habitat in the county. Fritz Prairie located near Hawkeye is forever prairie land that can’t be farmed.  Chris DeBack photo

 

FC Pheasants Forever flying high

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

Fayette County Pheasants Forever ranked first in the nation for habitat expenditures in 2016, expending $767,056.

The chapter ranked first out of the 740 Pheasant and Quail Forever chapters nationwide. In 2015, Fayette County ranked second in the nation for habitat expenditures and has expended over $2 million since the chapter's inception in 1985.

Wed
08
Mar

TRRC business improvement sessions

Mallory Marlatt

 

TRRC business improvement sessions

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The Turkey River Recreational Corridor will host business training seminars in Elgin, Clermont, and Elkader over the next couple of weeks.

The first one was held in Elgin on Wednesday, March 1; however, due to Ash Wednesday, no one attended the meeting at the Elgin Public Library. Business owners in the area, which can be anyone and not just businesses in Elgin, Clermont and Elkader, can attend the next meeting at at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, at the Elkader City Hall.

The final meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, in the Larrabee Building in Clermont. Note: You only have to attend one of the trainings; TRRC is just making it more accessible by hosting it in multiple locations. 

Wed
08
Mar

Teaching comes full circle for Reinhardt

 

 North Fayette Valley family and consumer science teacher Shirleen Reinhardt helps seventh-grader Korbin Yauk with threading a needle in class. The teacher is taking early retirement after a 34-year career in the profession.

 

Teaching comes full circle for Reinhardt

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Teaching has come full circle for North Fayette Valley Middle School teacher Shirleen Reinhardt.

She got into teaching hoping to one day be a family and consumer science teacher, and now she will end her career teaching that subject to seventh-graders.

Wed
08
Mar

Family Planning Clinic in Decorah to close

 

The Family Planning Clinic in Decorah will shut its doors on Friday, June 30. The Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation Board of Trustees voted on Monday, Feb. 27, to close the clinic when its contract with the Iowa Department of Public Health ends, due to funding concerns. In each of the last two years, NEICAC has put $90,000 into the clinic. Chris DeBack photo

 

Family Planning Clinic in Decorah to close

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation (NEICAC) Board of Trustees voted on Monday, Feb. 27, to close the Family Planning Clinic in Decorah. The free clinic will shut its doors on Friday, June 30, when its contract with the Iowa Department of Public Health ends.

A press release from NEICAC stated, “The decision was very difficult for the board, with a discussion for over an hour about the history of the program and what options were available for the program.”

Wed
08
Mar

'Hoodie' to take center stage at NFVMS

 

North Fayette Valley Middle School will present the play “Hoodie” preceded by a number of monologues at 7 p.m. Friday, March 10, in the NFVMS gym. Each student acting in the play has their own monologue including (l-r) Val B. Madison H., Sophia D., Nathan C., Keely K., Kyella F., and Mariya Y. 

 

'Hoodie' to take center stage at NFVMS

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

North Fayette Valley Middle School will present the play “Hoodie” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 10, at NFVMS in Elgin. 

Preceding the play will be a number of short comedic and dramatic monologues performed by the students. Each of the seventh- and eighth-grade students acting in the play will deliver his or her own monologue. 

Wed
01
Mar

Scotty McCreery coming to Winneshiek Co. Fair

Scotty McCreery coming to Winneshiek County Fair

 

 

 

Platinum-selling country music recording artist and former “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery is coming to the Winneshiek County Fair.

McCreery and opener Drew Baldridge will take to the stage at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds in Decorah Friday night, July 14, to highlight the 2017 Grandstand entertainment.

Wed
01
Mar

Co-op 1 Stop to close

 

Farmers Union Cooperative announced last week that it has sold the Co-op 1 Stop convenience store in Ossian, as well as Pit Stop in Postville, to Casey’s General Store. The Co-op 1 Stop will remain open until May 12. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Co-op 1 Stop to close

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The Co-op 1 Stop convenience store, which has been a part of downtown Ossian since 1990, has recently been acquired from Farmer’s Union Cooperative by Caseys General Store.

The acquisition, which also included the purchase of Pit Stop in Postville, was confirmed last week by Dave Hemesath, Farmer’s Union Cooperative general manager. 

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