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08
Feb

Nelsons explore Machu PIcchu

 

As a family vacation Dec. 26-Jan. 5, (l-r) Chad, Denise, and Mark Nelson hiked the Inca Trail 27 miles into the historic Incan site of Machu Picchu. submitted photo

 

Nelsons explore Machu Picchu

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

As Mark, Denise and Chad Nelson walked through the “Sungate” high atop the Andes Mountains in Peru, what greeted them was a testament to what early civilizations are capable achieving.

Over New Year’s, the Nelsons traveled to Cusco, Peru, hiked the Inca Trail and visited Machu Picchu. But first, let’s explore a little background on this historical site.

Wed
08
Feb

Hucks eager to share Mink Creek Lodge

 

Mink Creek Lodge, which was completed in 2015, is the perfect getaway for any family or group of friends. The remote location provides plenty of seclusion, as not a single light is within eyesight after dark. The property, which has been in the Huck family for a total of seven generations, including the youngest family members, is situated along Mink Creek near Wadena and offers guests 200 acres of land to explore. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Hucks eager to share Mink Creek Lodge

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Tucked away at the end of a long, curving driveway and behind some of the abundant scenic hills of Fayette County is a hidden getaway. The recently completed Mink Creek Lodge near Wadena is a remarkable 4,000-square-foot cabin that was built by the Huck family.

“Our grandchildren are the seventh generation of our family who have called this land home,” explained Bob and Deb Huck. “We originally decided to build the cabin in 2004, but just recently chose to turn it into a lodge after our son and his family returned to the farm.”

Wed
08
Feb

F3 opens doors in Fayette

Tiffany Kragnes recently opened F3, also known as Fayette Flywheel Fitness, in the office next to Fayette City Hall on Water Street. Kragnes is a certified spinning instructor through Mad Dogg Athletics. The Fayette City Council member held a weeklong grand opening event Jan. 31—Feb. 3

 

F3 opens doors in Fayette

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Fayette Flywheel and Fitness, F3 for short, is hosting its grand opening this week.

The newest specialty business to open its doors in Fayette, F3 offers flywheel stationary bike fitness classes — also known as spinning classes — and is owned, operated and taught by Upper Iowa University professor Tiffany Kragnes.

Wed
08
Feb

Hanken snaps her way to top

 

Rachel Hanken (left) recently won the Photographers of Iowa (PPI) 2017 Non-Masters Photographer of the Year award in Des Moines. She submitted four photos in various categories that each received a score out of 100. The four scores were added together, and because Rachel’s score of 327 was the highest of all other non-master photographers, she was named the Photographer of the Year. She received the award from 2016 PPI president Christina Kjar. 

 

Hanken snaps her way to top

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Ascending to the top of one's craft takes years of dedication and hard work. That drive for excellence paid off for Rachel Hanken of West Union when she hit the summit of the Iowa photography mountain.

Wed
08
Feb

Larson named Master Editor-Publisher at 2017 INA Banquet

 

LeAnn Larson (front right), publisher of The Fayette County Union  and Fayette Publishing, was joined by numerous family members, friends and staff as she was bestowed the honor of Master Editor-Publisher at the 2017 Iowa Newspaper Association Convention and Awards Banquet held Feb. 3 in Des Moines. Immediate family members attending the event were (front, l-r) Abbie (daughter) and Alma Huinker, (granddaughter) of Solon; (back) Nicholas (son) of Denver, Colo, Gary (husband), and Brandon Huinker (son-in-law). Unable to attend the event were Leah (daughter-in-law) and Ellary and Henrik Larson (grandchildren). (Chris DeBack photo)

 

Larson named Master Editor-Publisher at 2017 INA Banquet

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

LeAnn Larson, the veteran leader of The Fayette County Union and Fayette Publishing, was honored with the Master Editor-Publisher Award at the 2017 Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) Convention on Friday, Feb. 3, in Des Moines.

An award 36 years in the making, Larson has helped bring local news and advertising to life for the people of West Union and the surrounding communities.

Wed
01
Feb

'Run, Hide, Fight' training presented at SW

 

During last week’s teacher in-service at South Winneshiek, every district employee learned about the “Run, Hide, Fight” program from Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Management services. The program was designed to provide a plan for school employees to follow in the event of an active threat on school property. Following the presentation, Kris Einck (far left), South Winneshiek superintendent and high school principal, and Jason Halverson (far right), elementary/middle school principal, discussed the districts plan of action with Winneshiek County Sheriff Dan Marx, Winneshiek County Emergency Management coordinator Sean Snyder, and Calmar Police Chief Joe Ward (l-r). (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

'Run, Hide, Fight' training presented at SW

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

For the past five-plus years, the South Winneshiek school district, along with the majority of other area school districts, has turned to the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) program when it comes to preparing faculty for the instance of an active threat on school grounds. This year, however, the district is taking a different approach in learning to deal with a potential threat.

“’Run, Hide, Fight’ is a training program developed in partnership with the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office and Winneshiek County Emergency Management Services (EMS),” said Winneshiek County Sheriff Dan Marx. “This program, which we began implementing in local government organizations, schools, and nonprofit organizations approximately a year ago, will better prepare employees for the unthinkable.”

Wed
01
Feb

39 years of putting the customer first

 

After owning and operating Bucheit Appliance in downtown Calmar for the past 39 years, Jim Bucheit is ready to pass ownership on to Amy Christensen (right) and her husband, Ryan. Bucheit originally bought the store in 1978 and over the years, he developed a one-of-a-kind relationship with each and every customer by taking great pride in providing excellent customer service to the business’s patrons. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

39 years of putting the customer first

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Effective Jan. 3, Sims TV and Electronics, which has locations in West Union and Decorah, officially took ownership of Bucheit Appliance in Calmar.

Ryan and Amy Christiansen are excited to announce that the new location in Calmar, which will change its name to Bucheit Appliance, Inc., will allow the West Union and Decorah store locations to offer an expanded inventory of appliances.

Wed
01
Feb

Swenson excels at Tattoo Arts Convention

 

Brock Swenson, a native of Clermont and owner of Brock’s Tattoo in Decorah, recently took home top honors in the categories of Large Color and Medium Black and Gray at the Minneapolis Tattoo Arts Convention. Swenson, who has been tattooing since he was 19 years old, is pictured next to his trophies and the winning tattoo designs. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Swenson excels at Tatoo Arts Convention

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Confidence is key for Decorah’s Brock Swenson. The young tattoo artist, who was born and raised in Clermont, has developed a winning recipe when it comes to excelling in the tattoo industry, which has paid off with multiple awards over his 14-year tattooing career.

“When I enter a competition, I go in with the mindset that I am going to win,” explained Swenson, who first began his tattooing internship at the age of 16 and officially started his career at the age of 19. “I have been in enough competitions that I know exactly what needs to be done to please the judges and take home first place.”

Wed
01
Feb

Mystery behind UIU's Graf trunks solved

 

Loyal and Norma McLean (pictured) recently donated a pair of steamer trunks to the University Archives on Upper Iowa University’s (UIU) Fayette campus. The McLeans discovered the trunks, originally owned by UIU alumna and accomplished stage actress Zinita Graf (’13), in their attic when they purchased their Charles City home in 1962. The mystery pertaining to how the two pieces of luggage came to be located in the attic was recently solved with the assistance of the daughter of another UIU alumna. (photo submitted)

 

Mystery behind UIU's Graf trunks solved

 

 

Cases closed – literally and figuratively. 

The five-decade-old mystery of how a pair of steamer trunks that once belonged to a talented stage actress ended up in the attic of a Charles City home has been solved.

Loyal and Norma McLean first discovered the two cases in 1962 in the attic of a Charles City home they had just purchased. The luggage remained largely untouched in the family’s attic for the next 54 years when, upon closer examination last year, family members noticed a C.A. Taylor Trunk Works manufacturer’s guarantee on one of the trunks. Dated Sept. 30, 1920, the document included the name Zinita Graf and an address in Fayette.

Wed
01
Feb

North Fayette and Valley special election is Tuesday, Feb. 7

North Fayette and Valley special election is Tuesday, Feb. 7

 

 

The fate of the North Fayette and Valley school districts will be decided in six days when members of those communities head to the polls on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

The patrons of each district will be voting on whether or not to merge the two districts to officially become North Fayette Valley Community School District, and then vote on a Revenue Purpose Statement for the new district.

The Revenue Purpose Statement will remain the same as it currently is, but because a new district is formed, it needs to be voted on again.

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