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Wed
19
Jul

122 closing

122 Closing

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

122 closing

 

Chris DeBack

 

122, Inc. restaurant in West Union will be closing its doors on Sunday, July 30, as owner Travis Rovang looks forward to a new adventure in life. 

After 3½ years owning and operating the local eatery, Rovang will be hanging up his apron and moving to Colorado Springs, Colo., to eventually take on a new business venture with some friends. 

Wed
19
Jul

2017 Fair County Fair Schedule

 

TUESDAY, JULY 25

 :00 a.m. - 4-H/FFA Horse Show Hoof Beat Arena

 0:00 a.m. - Open Class Baked & Canned Goods Judging Project Exhibit Hall

 0:00 a.m. - Open Class Textille Judging Project Exhibit Hall

 0:00 a.m. - Open Class Photography Judging Floral Hall

Wed
19
Jul

Johnny Roger to rock opening night

 

The Fayette County Fair has a jammed packed fair schedule complete with an event in the Grandstand every night. The Johnny Rogers Show: The History of Rock-’n’-Roll — Buddy and Beyond will kick things off in the Grandstand at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 25.  submitted photo

 

Johnny Rogers to rock opening night

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Johnny Rogers kicks off the Fayette County Fair

 

Chris DeBack

 

The 164th Fayette County Fair, July 25-29, will kick off a week of events in the Grandstand with a bang with The Johnny Rogers Show: “The History of Rock-’n’-Roll — Buddy and Beyond.”

Wed
19
Jul

Accident claims life of longtime WU businessman

 

Willys Fritz, 83, of West Union died from injuries sustained in a car accident involving a West Union police officer. Fritz failed to yield as he pulled out of the Quillin’s parking lot into the Hwy. 150 northbound lane and was struck on his passenger side by Officer Bryson Hennigar, 23. Fritz’s truck did a 180 upon impact and came to a rest in the ditch.  (Chris DeBack photo)

 

Accident claims life of longtime WU businessman

 

Wed
05
Jul

'Another tool in the toolbox'

 

Decorah Fire Department’s DJI Inspire I drone has been a game-changer for the local agency’s search-and-rescue capabilities. The small aerial unit, operated by DFD’s Zach Kerndt (left) while fellow volunteers Steve Vanden Brink and Marcus Hageman look on, has an optic and flare (heat-detecting) camera. The drone is capable of traveling 40 mph and has a payload capacity of up to five pounds. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

'Another tool in the toolbox'

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

When it comes to members of the community, visitors, and members of neighboring communities, safety is the number-one goal of the Decorah Fire Department.

While the local volunteer firefighters handle their fair share of fire calls, they do much more than respond to those area blazes.

“We respond to and assist on a lot of search-and-rescue calls every year,” explained Steve Vanden Brink, a Decorah paramedic and volunteer firefighter. “With the rivers we have here in Decorah and around Winneshiek County, a lot of those search-and-rescue calls are on the water.”

To help expand the capabilities of the local department’s search-and-rescue efforts, the Decorah Fire Department purchased a drone approximately one year ago.

Wed
05
Jul

2017 Winneshiek Co. Fair starts next week!

2017 Winneshiek Co. Fair starts next week!

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

It’s here! The 2017 Winneshiek County Fair in Decorah is set to begin next week!

While the official Fair week begins Tuesday, July 11, the 4-H/FFA Dog Show was moved to Monday to accommodate a large number of entries.

In total, the fair will offer five full days of fun and entertainment for visitors of all ages.

A list of every scheduled event this year (Grandstand events requiring a button are bolded), along with its time and location, is as follows:

Monday, July 10

  •  9:30 a.m. – 4-H/FFA Dog Show – Show Barn.

 

Tuesday, July 11

Wed
05
Jul

River Road Show coming to Fayette County

River Road Show coming to Fayette County

 

 

 An Iowa Rivers Revival event, The River Road Show, will be held in mid- July on the Turkey River in Fayette County. The River Road Show is an opportunity to connect citizens and leaders to the 70,000 miles of interior rivers and streams located in Iowa, a valuable natural resource.

    Iowa Rivers Revival (IRR), a nonprofit statewide leader in river education and advocacy, is committed to protecting Iowa rivers and streams. IRR works to engage individuals, organizations, communities, and government leaders in river awareness, responsibility, and enjoyment to improve and enhance the condition of Iowa waterways – ensuring a quality, safe and lasting resource for future generations.

    “The rivers of Iowa have a long and rich story to tell, but the most important lesson we can learn from them is that we are all connected. I look forward to reaching out and connecting with scientists, public agencies and departments, legislators, students, teachers, business leaders, paddlers, and sportsmen and women through events like this one,” said IRR Executive Director Molly Hanson.

    The River Road Show will include representatives from Iowa Rivers Revival, the Fayette County Conservation Board, Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation and Development, the Turkey River Recreational Corridor, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and local legislators.
     “The day will include a working lunch at which leaders can discuss their communities’ unique issues and projects. After that, we will paddle the river, giving participants a chance to view their community from a new perspective, the river’s edge,” noted Hanson.

Wed
05
Jul

Local boy makes it really big

Elgin native Jason Butikofer has been named deputy athletic director at Purdue University. (Submitted photo)

 

Local boy makes it really big

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

When Elgin native Jason Butikofer was the manager for the University of Iowa’s men’s basketball team under Dr. Tom Davis, he dreamed of how wonderful it would be to someday be an administrator of a big-time basketball program.

Last week the former Valley Tiger and stock boy at Moore’s IGA in Elgin surpassed even his biggest childhood dreams when he was hired to be the new deputy athletic director at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.

Wed
05
Jul

More than just a motto to Scout leader Ungerer

 

Having led the Fayette Girl Scout troops for nearly 25 years, retiring troop leader Shirley Ungerer has collected many photos, cards and Girl Scout memorabilia over the years.

 

More than just a motto to Scout leader Ungerer

 

 

Megan Molseed

Contributing Writer

 

 

“…To help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout Law” is the motto that volunteer Girl Scout leader Shirley Ungerer taught her girls.  It’s a motto that she, along with the kids, take to heart.  

“I always wanted to be a Girl Scout, but when I was a kid, we just didn’t have anyone to lead the troops,” recalled the retiring troop leader, as she recounted how she got involved as Fayette troop leader over 25 years ago. “I was looking for a way to help out in the community and this came up.  I was excited to get involved.”  

Every year Ungerer plans a variety of once-in-a-lifetime activities, from whitewater rafting in the Colorado Rockies and helicopter rides over Mount Rushmore in the famous Black Hills of South Dakota to baseball games and “ghost tours” in Tennessee.  

“We’ve had some pretty great adventures,” Shirley related.  

Wed
05
Jul

Playin' on the Plaza to open with Kindred Minds

 

The West Union-based group Kindred Minds will kick off this summer’s Playin’ on the Plaza concert series with their mix of folk, traditional, and gospel music. Members of Kindred Minds are (l-r) Jan Roseland, Art Roseland, Karen Keele Kober, and Greg James.

 

Playin' on the Plaza to open with Kindred Minds

 

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer
bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

    West Union’s Playin’ on the Plaza summer concert series begins on Thursday evening, July 6, with a performance from Kindred Minds. The concert starts at 6 p.m. on the courthouse square and is scheduled to entertain the crowd until 8 p.m.

    A musical group formed over a decade ago at West Union’s United Methodist Church, Kindred Minds includes the instrumental and vocal talents of Art and Jan Roseland, Greg James and Karen Keele Kober. The four-piece acoustic string ensemble includes a hammer dulcimer, guitars and a stand-up bass.

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