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Wed
28
Jul

Up next at the Pavilion

Up next at the Pavilion

Performances at the Pavilion in Ossian continue this week as The Bruce Bearinger Band will take to the stage on the Ossian Educational and Performance Pavilion tonight (Wednesday, July 28), at 7:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by Fidelity Bank and Trust.

Up next, the New Minowa Players will perform YPP Twelfth Night on Thursday, Aug. 6, at 7:30 p.m. The live performance will be sponsored by the Ossian Crown Club.

 

 

 

Wed
28
Jul

Ossian Fest Grand Parade set for August 7

Jack and Jill toss out some candy to parade goers at the 2019 Ossian Fest Grand Parade, which had the theme of “It’s Rhyme Time in Ossian.” This year’s Grand Parade will be held Saturday night, Aug. 7, with the theme of “Golden Books Come to Ossian Fest.” (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

 

Ossian Fest Grand Parade set for August 7

 

Ossian Fest is back for another day of fun and entertainment around town. This year’s Ossian Fest will be Saturday, Aug. 7, and will include plenty of activities for the whole family.

The Ossian Fest Grand Parade has become one of the most renowned parades in northeast Iowa with hundreds of annual spectators. 

Wed
28
Jul

Holy Name Catholic Church to celebrate 150th Anniversary Sunday

The Holy Name Catholic Church 150th Anniversary Celebration Committee members are (l-r) Bonnie Patrick, LeRoy and Marcia Soppe, Barb and Mike Heins, Don and Donna Baumler, Laurie Thompson, Judy Roach, and Jane Marshall. (Jack Swanson photo)

 

Holy Name Catholic Church to celebrate 150th Anniversary Sunday

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

Holy Name Parish built the first Catholic Church in West Union in 1870.

This Sunday, Aug. 1, the church’s 150th Anniversary is being observed. Although last year was the official anniversary year, the celebration was postponed until this year due to the Covid – 19 pandemic.

This Sunday, Archbishop Michael Jackels from Dubuque will be the mass celebrant, at 10 a.m. Mass will be followed by a free-will luncheon starting at 11a.m.

Wed
28
Jul

The 2021 Fayette County Fair is definitely 'one for the record books'

As the Fayette County Fair came to a close Saturday evening, most attendee’s will agree that the 168th Fayette County Fair is ‘one for the record books’! People turned out in droves to attend the 4H/FFA & Open Class Shows. Early attendance numbers include 1,300 through the line for the sweet corn feed, 1,400 for the races, 3,000 people filled the grandstand for the bus races, 2,000 for the demo derby and a whopping 4,100 individuals packed the grandstand and track area for Saturday’s Gary Allan and Sara Evans concert. (Jason Rubin / JMR Images photos)

 

The 2021 Fayette County Fair is definitely 'one for the record books'

 

When people start talking about great comebacks, it almost a foregone conclusion that this year’s Fayette County Fair will come to mind.

Last year, it was just an accomplishment to have a fair at all, considering the State and the Nation were in full-blown pandemic mode. The Fayette County Fair Board was determined they would have a fair of some type, even if it meant following a strict regimen of guidelines and restrictions, and the fair did come off.

With the pandemic in their rearview mirror, the fair board pulled out all of the stops on this one, and it appears to have paid off. People turned out in droves each day of the fair either to attend all of the community activities, see the livestock shows, look at the 4-H/FFA projects, see the entries in all of the open categories, attend the nightly entertainment, sample all of the different foods, see all of the new accommodations, talk to a queen, ride free carnival rides and more.

Wed
21
Jul

Winneshiek County Fair royalty

The 2021-22 Winneshiek County Fair royalty is Queen Holly Schmitt (left) and Princess Kalissa Schmelzer. Be sure to check out next week’s Ossian Bee for more photos and 4-H/FFA show results. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Winneshiek County Fair royalty

 
 
Wed
21
Jul

Challenge filed to County Supervisor appointment

Challenge filed to County Supervisor appointment

 

 

The Winneshiek County Democrats have filed a petition to call for a special election to challenge recently appointed Winneshiek County Supervisor Gary Rustad on the County Board of Supervisors. Melissa O’Rourke has expressed interest in running for the office when the special election is held.

Wed
21
Jul

County wants to sell Inspiring Lives former Prairie View facilities

County wants to sell Inspiring Lives former Prairie View facilities

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

 

 

 

The Fayette County Board of Supervisors wants Inspiring Lives to pay up. The County wants to sell the building and grounds which was once know as Prairie View, a mental health care facility that the County contracted services for. 

Inspiring Lives now operates the facility privately and provides supportive and skill building services to adults with mental health illnesses. It is located at 18569 Lane Rd., between West Union and Fayette. The County still owns the building and property.

Inspiring Lives, a non-profit organization, submitted a $1 offer to lease the building and grounds for a year. 

“It has been the lease that it would be $1 rent a year. We provide all upkeep and repairs though, even though that isn't how the lease reads,” said Inspiring Lives Administrator Laura Peyton.

“That’s not an offer,” said Supervisor Janell Bradley.

Inspiring Lives Board President Ruth Lau replied, “You said any offer done in good faith. I guess we don’t really know what we are making an offer on. I thought you would give us the parameters before you would reject our offer. ”

Wed
21
Jul

Biggest Fair concert in 20 years

Gary Allan

 

Biggest Fair concert in 20 years

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Where are you going to be this Saturday night? If your answer is anything besides at the Fayette County Fair for the Gary Allan concert, you can be assured that you will be missing out on a night of fun and entertainment. The country music superstar, whose hits have spanned over multiple generations, will be the featured performance of the night as he will take the stage following the Cory Farley Band and Sara Evans (6:30 p.m.).

“I want everyone to come to the show prepared to have a good time,” said Allan in an exclusive interview with the Union-Echo-Leader last week. “We are going to play the hits, some fan favorite album cuts, and a few new songs from my newest album, Ruthless.”

Wed
14
Jul

Winneshiek County Fair is underway!

The 2021 Winneshiek County Fair got underway earlier this week and will run through Saturday in Decorah. Tonight (Wednesday, July 14), the Rogue Rodeo bucks and bulls will be featured for the Grandstand entertainment. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Winneshiek County Fair is underway!

 

 

The 2021 Winneshiek County Fair is officially underway! The Fair got underway Tuesday in Decorah and will continue through the weekend.

Races at Upper Iowa Speedway took place Tuesday night and the Grandstand entertainment action will continue tonight (Wednesday) with the Rogue Rodeo at 7 p.m.

On Thursday night, the NTPA Truck and Tractor Pullers will be in action, beginning at 7 p.m.

Friday night’s entertainment will be highlighted by The Sawyer Brown Band at 9 p.m. on the track and in the Grandstand. The opening act will be the Joe Stamm Band, which will take to the stage at 7:30 p.m.

Wed
14
Jul

SW hires firm to develop plans for new HS facility

SW hires firm to develop plans for new HS facility

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The South Winneshiek school board made a decision at Monday evening’s meeting to begin looking into potential new facilities for the district.

Prior to deciding to hire Straka Johnson Architects to overtake the project, the board discussed the results from a survey that was recently put out to residents within the South Winneshiek school district.

The survey, which had 326 responses (approximately 12 percent of the voters in the district) showed that 74 percent of respondents were in support of a new high school facility and 72 percent of respondents would support a bond levy of up to $20 million to fund the project.

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