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Wed
19
Jan

Group working on bringing ambulance back to Elgin

Working on becoming EMTs at the class in Elgin are (l-r) Sam Hansel, Sara Rose, Alex Hudson, Brandon Torkelson Jeff Marcks and Kelly Wachal. All of them except for Hudson of Dubuque, will be members of the Elgin Ambulance service once it is up and running. Wade Guyer, not pictured, will also be a member. (Photo submitted)

 

 

Group working on bringing ambulance back to Elgin

 
By Jack Swanson
 

You live in the Elgin area, you’ve got a medical emergency, it won’t be long before help will be available in a few short minutes.

Right now six residents are working to become EMTs and funds are being raised to purchase an ambulance so Elgin can have its own ambulance service.

Wed
12
Jan

Calmer woman wins $50,000 Powerball prize

Michelle Rothmeyer of Calmar claimed her $50,000 in winnings from the Powerball. She matched four of five white balls and the Powerball drawing on Dec. 29, 2021. (submitted photo)

 

Calmar woman wins $50,000 Powerball prize

 

 

By Zak Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

A Winneshiek County woman has won a $50,000 Powerball prize.

Michelle Rothmeyer of Calmar matched four of five white balls and the Powerball in the Dec. 29 drawing. She was one number away from winning that night's $483 million jackpot.

Wed
12
Jan

First Baby of 2022 at Winneshiek Medical Center

William Erik Huegal was the first baby delivered at Winneshiek Medical Center of 2022. He was born on Jan. 2, weighing 6 lbs., 12 ½ oz., and measuring 19 ½ inches. He is the son of Kyle and Erika Huegel of Decorah. (submitted photo)

 

First Baby of 2022 at Winneshiek Medical Center

 

 

Wed
12
Jan

Supervisors don't plan on enforcing vaccine/mask requirements any time soon

 

Supervisors don't plan on enforcing vaccine/mask requirements any time soon

 

By Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

The Fayette County Board of Supervisors are standing put on any kind of regulation requiring Covid-19 vaccinations or mask requirements for any County employees.

Several Fayette County Sheriff’s Office employees along with Sheriff Marty Fisher, and several members of the community, attended a meeting Monday, Jan. 10, for a discussion by the supervisors on the OSHA vaccination and masking requirements that are slated to take effect on Feb. 9. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has already said she will not enforce a federal vaccine mandate for companies with 100 or more employees.

Wed
12
Jan

Gundersen Palmer welcomes first baby of 2022

Victoria Sophia Rivera Davis was welcomed into the world on Sunday, Jan. 9, making her the first baby to be born in 2022, at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union. As “first baby” she and her family received many gifts from local businesses. “We can’t thank you enough,” said her father Christian Rivera Serrano, holding her here. (Jack Swanson photo)

 

 

Gundersen Palmer welcomes first baby of 2022

 

By Jack Swanson

Jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

Victoria Sophia Rivera Davis was given the title of the first baby born at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics (GLPHC) in 2022 when her parents welcomed her into the world Sunday, Jan. 9, at 6:36 a.m.

Victoria was born a happy and healthy baby weighing 7 pounds and 25 ounces and measuring 19 inches long. She is the daughter of Yamile G. Davis Martinez and Christian Rivera Serrano.

Wed
12
Jan

'Makeover Home' 10 years later

Audrey Gibbs stands in her kitchen with natural wood cabinetry and retro looking appliances that complete the farm motif look of the house. The home was built for Audrey Gibbs and her family through the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition show aired 10 years ago. (Jack Swanson photo)

 

'Makeover Home' 10 years later

 

 

 

By Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

It’s been 10 years since they “moved that bus” and revealed the new home for the Audrey Gibbs family of West Union. 

Actually it was the 10-year anniversary of the episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” where the Gibbs family were featured on Jan. 6, 2012. The concept of the show was a design crew comes in and builds a brand new home for a “deserving family” in just seven days. The family doesn’t see the home until a bus is moved from in front of the house for the unveiling.

Wed
05
Jan

Holiday Lights raises $150,000

Holiday Lights raises $150,000

Helping Services for Youth & Families would like to thank all of the volunteers, sponsors, and visitors that made Holiday Lights another success. Having completed its 17th year, Holiday Lights continues to be a wonderful community event that also serves as Helping Services for Youth & Families’ most important fundraiser. Helping Services for Youth & Families is a nonprofit organization with programs such as Domestic Abuse Advocacy, Family Education & Support, Substance Abuse Prevention, & Youth Mentoring. Helping Services is working to promote healthier and safer families and youth residing throughout eight counties in Northeast Iowa.

Wed
05
Jan

Ossian council meeting addresses multiple items

Ossian council meeting addresses multiple items

 

 

By Zakary Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

           The Ossian City Council met Monday evening and discussed multiple important items, including a potential splash pad, financial support for local organizations, and much more.

           Casey Sebastian, a representative for the Iowa Rural Water Association, presented information in regard to a potential splash pad project in Ossian. Sebastian presented his unbiased analysis of the town and its current infrastructure in terms of operating a splash pad. 

Wed
05
Jan

County approved for state funding to consolidate dispatch centers

 

County approved for state funding to consolidate disptach centers

 

By Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

 

The Fayette County 911 Board applied for and was granted up to $338,840.82, based on a 50 percent match of funds, to help pay for the cost of the consolidation of the Oelwein Emergency Communications Center and the Fayette County Emergency Communications Center.

“The grant for the consolidation came from the state 911 wireless fund. We have not yet received the funds,” said Fayette County 911 Coordinator Brenda Vande Voorde.

Wed
05
Jan

New County Shop beginning to take shape

The new Fayette County Secondary Roads shop is beginning to take shape in West Union’s Industrial Park. Construction had been delayed because of shortage of materials. (Jack Swanson photo)

 

New County Shop beginning to take shape

 

By Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

 

The structure of the new Fayette County Secondary Roads shop is starting to take shape. Some of the main steel supporting beams have been erected at the site west of Fahr Distributing in West Union’s Industrial Park.

“All the steel has arrived and we can start expecting some of the cement panels coming in later this month,” said Fayette County Engineer Joel Fantz.

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