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Wed
15
Nov

The results are in!

The results are in!

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The results are in, and it is now official. The Ossian City Council will have a new face on it come January 2018.

In the race for two at-large spots, which featured incumbents Mitchell Holthaus and Mike Meyer as well as new challenger David Knutson, it was Holthaus (99 votes) and Knutson (90 votes) who were elected. Meyer, who was previously the longest-serving member of the Ossian City Council, received 60 votes, and two write-in votes were cast.

In the Mayoral race, incumbent Bill Green retained his seat by gaining 116 votes, with 10 votes being cast for a write-in candidate.

Around the county

Wed
15
Nov

Ossian Ambulance Service a rare breed

 

Members of the Ossian volunteer EMS crew include (l-r) Bonnie Steinberg, Denis Holien (back), Lynette Wenthold, Darwin Linderbaum, Lori Hemesath, Eleanor Drew (treasurer), Jackie Becker, Ana Scott, Terri Wenthold, and Dale Beckman. Missing from the photo is Leland Monroe. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Ossian Ambulance Service a rare breed

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

Initially started in 1973, the Ossian Ambulance Service is currently in its 44th year of service. Serving a community of approximately 800 individuals, as well as the surrounding rural areas and other communities, what makes the local EMS service unique is that it is operated completely by volunteer trained EMTs (emergency medical technicians) and funded by the community.

“In over 44 years of operation, we have responded to several thousand calls and have not billed a nickel to those patients,” noted service director Terri Wenthold. “Currently, we are one of less than 10 services in the whole state that operate in this manner.”

The volunteer service first went into effect in August 1973, when a group of community members saw a need and banded together to form the emergency service.

Wed
15
Nov

Hundreds of memories for Elgin centenarian

 

 Priscilla and her husband, Ernest “Bud” Hilgemann, moved to Elgin and bought a home in 1961.  As she approaches her 100th birthday on Nov. 17, Priscilla still resides in the same home, which is decorated with the many colorful quilts (such as the one hanging behind her) that she, an avid quilter, made over the years.

 

Hundreds of memories for Elgin centenarian

 

 

Megan Molseed

Contributing Writer

 

 

For many, living in the same home for 56 years means they have spent their lives in the same spot.  But for Priscilla (Anton) Hilgemann, those 56 years represent about half of her life’s adventures as the Elgin resident gets ready to join the centenarian club when she celebrates her 100th birthday on Friday, Nov. 17.

“It’s a good life,” reflected Priscilla, looking around her Elgin home that she shares with her oldest daughter, Karen. “Family is what’s important. I’m very well taken care of!”

Born Nov. 17, 1917, the 99-year-old grandmother has seen her share of life events. Born in the throws of the World War I, Priscilla lived in South Dakota for much of her childhood, as her family joined the many others homesteading the harsh terrain of the Great Plains. 

From Mobridge, to Aberdeen to Bath, S.D., where Priscilla attended most of her school years, Priscilla said her time in the “Mount Rushmore State” is full of great memories, but she likes to consider Iowa her home.

“Iowa is better,” Priscilla said with a chuckle.  “The weather is a little bit nicer here.” 

After graduating from high school in Bath, Priscilla attended Northern State Teachers College in Aberdeen, S.D., and then went on to teach at a country school shortly after graduation. After two years there, Priscilla moved on to another teaching opportunity in Leola, S.D., where she met her husband, Ernest “Bud” Hilgemann Jr., who was working as a banker at the same bank his future wife frequented.   

Wed
15
Nov

Fayette P&Z won't recommend rezoning of lot for DG

 

Over 50 Fayette residents attended the Fayette Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on Thursday, Nov. 9, at Fayette Community Library. Many of the residents voiced their concerns over rezoning a residential lot, located at 503 W. Water Street, to commercial for the building of a Dollar General store. The five-member commission heeded the citizens’ concerns and voted not to recommend the rezoning.  Chris DeBack 

 

Fayette P&Z won't recommend rezoning of lot for DG

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

On Thursday evening, Nov. 9, the Fayette Planning and Zoning Commission met for only the third time in the last 15 years to discuss rezoning a property. 

The five-member Planning and Zoning Commission consists of Fayette residents Barb Bowers, Melle Starsen, Don McCombs, Tim Wulfekuhle and Nick Serra. 

Dollar General has proposed building a new store at 503 W. Water Street in Fayette, which is a residential property, and requested rezoning the parcel from residential to commercial. The lot in question is located next to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and near The Pumper gas station, which is at the corner of Hwy. 150 and W. Water Street. 

After hearing the concerns of the citizens of Fayette, the commission voted not to recommend the rezoning of the lot to the Fayette City Council. 

However, that isn’t the end of the rezoning request. The City Council still makes the final decision and could go against the recommendation from its Planning and Zoning Board and approve the rezoning. 

If the council were to do that, it would require an ordinance change, which would require a public hearing, at which time citizens could address the council with their concerns; then three readings would occur. However, the council could just simply deny the request. 

It should be noted that the commission is only recommending not to rezone that specific property for Dollar General, not denying Dollar General from coming to Fayette. 

The hourlong meeting, which saw approximately 60 Fayette residents in attendance, many of whom are business owners in the town, began with those in the crowd voicing their opinions on the matter. 

Wed
15
Nov

Area election results

Area election results

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

Thirteen incorporated communities across Fayette County held city elections on Tuesday, Nov. 7. All those elected or re-elected will take office as of Jan. 1, 2018. 

There were no surprises in West Union. The candidates running for the mayoral position and two city council seats were running unopposed, and all three were elected. 

Adam Keller is the new mayor of West Union. Taking over for Kent Halverson, he was elected with 177 votes against 36 write-in votes among a scattering of different people. Isaiah Stansbery received 165 votes for his at-large council seat to 29 write-in votes. Neal Bentley will be a newcomer to city government, winning Ward 1 with 81 votes. He takes Keller’s seat as Keller moves to mayor. 

Wed
15
Nov

Stolen Brothers to open at new location soon

 

Stolen Brothers BBQ is close to reopening its doors at its new location in Lilac Plaza in West Union. Taking over the old Pizza Palace location, Stolen Brothers owner Dan Mueller (pictured) will be adding some new menu items and changing to more of a sit-down restaurant. The wait is almost over! Chris DeBack photo

 

Stolen Brothers to open at new location soon

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Stolen Brothers BBQ in West Union will be reopening in the near future at its new location in Lilac Plaza along Hwy. 150 North. 

With a new location, area residents can expect a number of changes from local restaurant owner Dan Mueller, including a new atmosphere and new menu items. 

Initially, the restaurant will have the same hours, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Those hours may change once any kinks have been worked out at the new location. 

 

New menu

With a new location comes an expanded menu. Stolen Brothers BBQ will still carry those classic BBQ items and pizzas local residents have grown to love, but it will be adding more pastas, steaks, fish and a lunch buffet with a salad bar. 

The lunch buffet will be a pasta and pizza buffet complete with a salad bar. The pastas will include spaghetti, mostaccioli, and possibly lasagna. For dinner, Mueller will add ziti, among other pasta dishes, and customers will have a choice from four different sauces: marinara, meat sauce, alfredo, and creamy marinara. The creamy marinara is a combination of the marinara and alfredo sauce. 

“I want to have everyone to be able to enjoy my restaurant, not just the BBQ people,” Mueller said. “I want to be able to have the guy who loves BBQ and his wife who can tolerate it, but wants something different. I want to appeal to everyone, rather than the small niche.”

He will have a soft opening in the coming days, and patrons can expect to see the new menu items sometime in early December. 

Wed
08
Nov

SW presenting 'Bye, Bye, Birdie' this weekend

 

South Winneshiek High School will present “Bye, Bye, Birdie” this weekend with showtimes set for 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at the high school auditorium in Calmar. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

SW presenting 'Bye, Bye, Birdie' this weekend

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

If you’re a fan of funny one-liners and catchy tunes, you will not want to miss South Winneshiek High School’s fall musical, “Bye, Bye, Birdie,” this weekend!

The public can catch the hilarious musical, which is full of 1960s Elvis-style rock-and-roll music, at any or all of three showtimes.

“Bye, Bye, Birdie” will be presented under the direction of Connie Formanek at 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday night, as well as at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Wed
08
Nov

WMC stepping up its game

 

Radiologic technologist Nicole Poirier (standing) positions a patient with new digital x-ray technology at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

WMC stepping up its game

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

Winneshiek Medical Center (WMC) in Decorah recently took a big step forward for its patients. With the world becoming more and more digital every day, the local hospital implemented several major upgrades to medical imaging equipment to bring it up to par with the highest standards and best practices in the industry.

“Digital radiography (DR) combines technology, form, function, and efficiency for our fast-paced radiology environment,” said Sarah Urmanski, WMC director of radiology. “Digital advancements in medical imaging come with advantages for patients by reducing radiation doses and providing quicker images with faster results.”

Within the past year, WMC added two rooms for digital x-ray, a wireless portable x-ray unit that can be used in any area of the hospital, an upgrade to a 128-slice CT scanner, and a new high-definition 3-D/4-D ultrasound.

Wed
08
Nov

South Winn Veterans Day programs

South Winn Veterans Day programs

 

 

 

South Winneshiek students of all ages will do their part to honor U.S. veterans with ceremonies scheduled next week at both the elementary/middle school in Ossian and the high school in Calmar.

With Veterans Day falling on a Saturday this year and no school on Friday, Nov. 10, both South Winneshiek programs be held on Thursday, Nov. 9. 

The first observance will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the high school in Calmar. South Winn Talented and Gifted students will present a video to the veterans in attendance, as well as the rest of the school during a program in the gymnasium.

The South Winn band and choir, as well as the Calmar Legion color guard, will also perform.

Following the conclusion of the high school program, veterans are invited to join students in Ossian for lunch prior to the elementary/middle school ceremony that will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the big gymnasium.

Wed
08
Nov

Chapman to present on 'Overcoming fear'

 

John Chapman and Carmen Franklin (l-r) will be the guest speakers at North Fayette Valley Middle School’s annual Veterans Day program at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in the middle school gymnasium in Elgin. Carmen is one of two daughters that Chapman, a former Marine, has in the U.S. Air Force. (Chris DeBack photo)

 

Chapman to present on 'Overcoming fear'

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

North Fayette Valley Middle School will hold its annual Veterans Day program at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in the middle school gymnasium in Elgin. 

The annual program will feature the posting of flags by area American Legion posts, guest speakers John Chapman and Carmen Franklin, and performances from the K-5 choir as well as the middle school band and choir. A 21-gun salute with the playing of taps will conclude the program. Refreshments will be available for veterans, as well. 

 

Guest speakers

John Chapman and his daughter, Carmen Franklin, have been asked to speak at this year’s Veterans Day program. 

Chapman last spoke at the Veterans Day program in 2011 when it was still Valley High School. 

He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1984 after a year at Iowa State University.

After basic training, Chapman went to infantry training school to be a rifleman and graduated from there just in time for Christmas. He then joined the Marine Corps reserves and re-enrolled at ISU for the 1985 spring semester.  

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