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Winneshiek County Dairy Banquet Saturday night

 

Winneshiek County Dairy Banquet Saturday night

 

By Zakary Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

The 2022 Winneshiek County Dairy Banquet will be held Saturday night at the Festina Community Center. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the program set to begin at 8 p.m.

Wed
30
Mar

Over 125 years Ossian Bee archives going digital

Stacey Gossling (left), president of the Winneshiek County Historical Society, and Ryan Gjerde, library director at Luther College, were influential in helping bring the Ossian Bee archived issues to a digital format. Gossling and Gjerde, along with Ossian Public Library director Kay Elsbernd, worked to acquire grants and donations to cover the cost of bringing issues of the Ossian Bee from 1984 through 2020 to an online database that will be available to individuals all over the world. (submitted photo)

 

Over 125 years Ossian Bee archives going digital

 

By Zakary Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

In just a few short months, the entire historical archive of the Ossian Bee newspaper will be available online! Thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Winneshiek County Community Foundation, a $5,000 anonymous donation, and a $1,000 donation by the Ossian Public Library, every issue of the Ossian Bee from 1894 up until 2020 will be available online.

Wed
30
Mar

Supervisors race: eight candidates running for two seats

Supervisors race: eight candidates running for two seats

 

By Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapes.com

 

The nomination papers are in and it looks like there will be eight candidates seeking the two open seats on the Board of Supervisors for Fayette County.

Seven of the candidates are running as Republicans and one has no party affiliation. There is no candidate from the Democratic Party. The two seats will be wide open as the two incumbents, Marty Stanbrough and Jeanine Tellin have decided not to seek re-election.

The candidates are Jeffrey Bunn, David Eick, Bruce Lehmann, Bennet David Pattison, Jay Peterson, Robert Sadler, Ray Steffens and the non-party candidate Jesse Maire.

Wed
30
Mar

Exact RAGBRAI Route to and from West Union now known

 

Exact RAGBRAI Route to and from West Union now known

 

By Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

The newly announced pass-through and meet-up towns along the route of the 49th edition of the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa was unveiled Sunday, March 27.

Fayette County towns along the route, besides the overnight stop in West Union, will include Waucoma, Hawkeye and Elgin.

Wed
23
Mar

Things are moving fast at Winneshiek Raceway

Things are moving fast at Winneshiek Raceway

 

 

Things are moving fast at the Winneshiek Raceway in Decorah, Iowa.

Officials recently announced that grandstand admission will be just $5 for Saturday night Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series events. Kids ages 5 and under are free. Pit passes will be $25.

The start times for 2022 will see hot laps at 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7.

The new website at WinneshiekRaceway.com is up and running with more content and information being added every day.

The local race track also debuted its new logo within the most recent weeks. The blue logo features a “W” that resembles bull horns, a tribute to the ¼-mile speedways reputation as a “bullring” racetrack.

For more information on Winneshiek Raceway and the upcoming season, go to www.winneshiekraceway.com or check it out on Facebook and Instagram!

Wed
23
Mar

Decorah man charged with murder of father

Aaron Whittle

 

Decorah man charged with murder of father

by Zakary Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

The Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest in what was initially classified as a missing persons case. Monday morning at 1:30 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged 43-year-old Aaron Gary Whittle of Decorah for first degree murder in the death of his father, Lawrence Paul Whittle.

Lawrence Whittle was previously reported missing on Saturday morning, having last been heard from at approximately 8 a.m. Friday, March 18. Lawrence’s vehicle was located at Moe Park (1278 Old Stage Road in rural Winneshiek County) and an extensive search was executed Sunday morning for the 74-year-old man. 

Wed
23
Mar

Soaring gas prices affect everyone

 

Soaring gas prices affect everyone

 

By Zakary Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

While Americans have seen a slight bit of relief at the gas pumps over the most recent days, nationwide and statewide averages are still soaring. With a nationwide average of $4.25 per gallon (as of Sunday) and an average across the state of Iowa coming in at $3.85 per gallon (as of Monday), everyone is feeling the affects.

“This is definitely the highest prices we’ve seen in a while, if not ever,” said Casey McDermott, owner of the West Union gas station, All-Stop. “One of the biggest challenges from my end is the dramatic fluctuation in prices. Throughout the course of just a day, my price can fluctuate as much as 20 percent.”

Wed
23
Mar

Finding room for riders: RAGBRAI® Housing Committee starts process

RAGBRAI Housing Committee Chair Derek Heins looks over some of the paperwork and applications that are going to be needed to be turned in by any riders seeking private housing when they stay overnight on July 29. (Jack Swanson photo)

 

Finding room for riders: RAGBRAI® Housing Committee starts process

 

By Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Places to stay for RAGBRAI riders on there overnight stop in West Union, July 29, haven’t started filling up yet, but that’s because it isn’t known yet just how many spaces within the community are going to be available.

 

 

He went on to report that all signs so far seem to indicate a good response from residents offering places to stay for riders.

Wed
16
Mar

Nitty GittyDirt Band to take stage at WC Fair!

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has been announced as the Friday night Grandstand entertainment for the 2022 Winneshiek County Fair. The band is most commonly known for their timeless hit, “Fishin’ in the Dark,” but had produced numerous country rock hits over the past 55-plus years. (submitted photo)

 

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to take stage at WC Fair!

 

By Zakary Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The lineup for the 2022 Winneshiek County Fair is coming together! Over the weekend, the Winneshiek County Ag Society announced it’s Tuesday-through-Friday night Grandstand entertainment for the fair, which will take place July 12-16.

Wed
16
Mar

NICC carpentry program experiences record participation

 

NICC carpentry program experiences record participation

 

By Zakary Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

It’s no secret that the Northeast Iowa Community College carpentry diploma program has made its mark on local construction projects, as it has provided yearly new construction projects for many years. This year, the program had a noteworthy year as it saw a record number of students enrolled.

“This has been a crazy, albeit wonderful, school year,” said Brian Ondrashek, who has taught the program since 2008. “We began the fall term with 16 lab students (those who work on the house project) and 19 students in our lecture class, which are both highs since I have been here.”

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