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13
Feb

Five SW students charged for assault of student

Five SW students charged for assault of student

 

 

 

On Tuesday, Jan. 15, the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office was notified and began an investigation of two separate incidents involving South Winneshiek High School students.

One of the incidents occurred at the high school in Calmar, while the other occurred in rural Winneshiek County near Fort Atkinson. Both incidents involved assaults that occurred on a student.

On Monday, Jan. 28, the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office completed the investigation and submitted the case to the prosecutor.

As a result of the investigation, the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office filed charges on five current and former South Winneshiek students.

Braxton Smith was charged in adult court with aggravated assault with intent to commit sexual assault, while four additional juveniles were referred to juvenile court.

Wed
13
Feb

'Well-known' grocery store considering Decorah

'Well-known' grocery store considering Decorah

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

A potential suitor for the recently closed Quillin’s Quality Foods in Decorah has emerged as Stephanie Fromm, Winneshiek County Development Director, confirmed that a well-known grocery chain is considering leasing the property.

Fromm went on to say that a developer is in the process of purchasing the 25,000-sq.-ft. building at 915 Short St. in Centrum Plaza and the retailer would employ approximately 20 full-time and 50 part-time workers.

While Fromm was not able to disclose the name of the grocery store, she noted that the business is often requested by citizens in the Decorah area.

 

 
Wed
13
Feb

SW Recreation Department continues to grow

 

In 2018, the South Winneshiek Recreation Department offered a total of 20 different programs, including youth soccer. This year, program director Blake Moen and the rest of the board hope to continue expanding and offering more programs for both youth and adults. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

SW Recreation Department continues to grow

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer

 

 

 

 

When the South Winneshiek Recreation Department first began in 2016, it had a goal to offer an organized system for youth activities and to gradually add new programs for area children and adults to enjoy. Today, after the program’s second full year, the program has met those expectations and will look to continue to grow into the future.

“I think the program has met and even exceeded a lot of the expectations that we set when we first started out,” said program director Blake Moen, speaking on behalf of himself and the South Winneshiek Recreation Department board. “In 2018, we offered 20 different programs and had over 1,200 different student participants.”

Wed
13
Feb

A Second Homecoming for Shahlo

 

Shahlo Alikhonzoda has returned to northeast Iowa to attend college at Northeast Iowa Community College. She was a foreign exchange student from Tajikistan at North Fayette Valley during the 2016-2017 school year. She was hosted by Kristy and and Kevin Meyer of Elgin, who she is once again living with while she goes to college.  Chris DeBack photo

 

A Second Homecoming for Shahlo

 

 

Mala Erickson
Contributing Writer

 

 

 

Shahlo Alikhonzoda celebrated a homecoming of sorts in August 2018, returning from Tajikistan to northeast Iowa to attend Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC).

Readers may remember being introduced to Shahlo in 2016, as she attended NFV High School during the 2016-2017 school year as an exchange student through the Future Leaders Exchange Student (FLEX) program. FLEX is a grant program administered by the American Scandinavian Student Exchange (ASSE). Students from Europe and Eurasia can compete for funding to live and study in the United States. According to the ASSE’s website, since the inception of the FLEX program in 1993, over 25,000 students have participated. Youth are able to study in the U.S. as an exchange student, while learning about privileges and opportunities that are available in the U.S. yet may differ substantially from those available in their home country. 

Wed
13
Feb

Marmann credits his honesty with saving his life

 

Dennis Marmann, owner of Rusty Iron Tractor Restoration, says he is lucky to be alive after triple-bypass surgery on Dec. 26, 2018, saved his life. Marmann is recovering nicely and looks forward to getting back into his shop so he can continue to restore tractors for his customers. (Chris DeBack photo)

Marmann credits his honesty with saving his life

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

A person should always be honest with his or her doctor. Dennis Marmann of rural Fayette will tell you doing just that more than likely saved his life.

In August 2018, Marmann visited his doctor at Covenant Clinic in Waterloo for an annual checkup to get his medications refilled, as he has struggled with high blood pressure since he was 10 years old. Just before he was going to leave the office, his doctor asked him if he ever gets short of breath or has any chest pains. 

His doctor asked him this same question a year ago, and he admits he didn’t answer it honestly. This time around, he did, noting that he would get short of breath when walking uphill while carrying something, and he would feel pressure in his chest. He chalked it up to not getting enough exercise. 

Wed
13
Feb

Morses' lives saved by four legged friend

 

 Michelle and Jim Morse (l-r) pet their new puppy Gibbs that Michelle got as an emotional support animal after having her left leg amputated a while ago due to DTV blood clots. The family’s furnace’s exhaust pipe was blocked by snow on the morning of Feb. 5. Gibbs was being rowdy and nagging to go to the bathroom or so Jim thought when he took him. However, the nagging kept happening when they came back inside, so Jim took him out again, which is when he noticed the blocked exhaust pipe.  (Chris DeBack photo)

 

Morses' lives saved by four legged friend

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

“Gibbs is a jumping fool,” laughed Michelle Morse of Maynard, giving the four-month old Lab-German Shepherd mix a quick pet on the head.  

Michelle and her husband, Jim welcomed the young pup into their family a few short months ago after Michelle lost her leg due to DVT blood clots. When the Morses opened their home to the energetic pup, they had no idea how the pup would save their lives just a few short months later.  

It was a cold night on Tuesday, Feb. 5, during the recent winter-weather storms that hit northeast Iowa. Jim and Michelle were fast asleep in their Maynard home until their beloved furry friend woke them up.  

Wed
13
Feb

Local resident invited to State of the Union

 

Jesse Wegner (right) of West Union pictured with Iowa’s First Congressional District Representative Abby Finkenauer outside her office in the House Office Building before the State of the Union address on Tuesday, Feb. 5.  (Submitted photo)

 

Local resident invited to State of the Union

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Every year, each of Iowa’s six congressional representatives get to invite one guest to the State of the Union address. 

This year, West Union resident Jesse Wegner was one of the six lucky Iowans asked to attend the speech when Iowa’s First Congressional District Representative Abby Finkenauer invited him. Finkenauer was impressed by how Wegner, Iowa Association of FSA County Office Employees (IASCOE) president, reached out to her to speak about his constituents concerns during the government shutdown.

Wed
13
Feb

Hospital and Wegner win Healthiest State Initiative awards

 

Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics (GPLHC) and Jessica Wegner (second from right) took home awards at that 2019 Healthiest State Annual Awards in the medium work place and individual categories, respectively. Accepting the award on the hospitals behalf is Julie Creery (second from left), GPLHC’s Clinical Outpatient Services director. Submitted photo Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics (GPLHC) and Jessica Wegner (second from right) took home awards at that 2019 Healthiest State Annual Awards in the medium work place and individual categories, respectively. Accepting the award on the hospitals behalf is Julie Creery (second from left), GPLHC’s Clinical Outpatient Services director. Submitted photo 

 

Hospital and Wegner win Healthiest State Initiative awards

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

West Union was well represented at the 2019 Healthiest State Annual Awards in Des Moines. 

Jessica Wegner, Gundersen Palmer Community Health coordinator, and Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics (GPLHC) took home awards in the individual and medium workplace categories, respectively.   

“The Healthiest State Initiative is proud to recognize our award winners who are doing impressive work across the state,” said Jami Haberl, Healthiest State Initiative executive director. “Each one is an example to other Iowa schools, workplaces, and communities of the strides that can be made towards health and wellness. Each of our winners put ideas into action and created sustainable change in their respective sector.”

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13
Feb

USDA Reminds Producers of Feb. 14 Deadline for Market Facilitation Program

 

 

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2019 – Agricultural producers have until Feb. 14, 2019, to sign up for USDA’s Market Facilitation Program (MFP), launched last year to help producers suffering from damages due to unjustified trade retaliation. Producers can apply without proof of yield but must certify 2018 production by May 1, 2019. Since its launch in September 2018, more than 864,000 producers have applied, supporting those hit hard with nearly $8 billion in estimated payments. 

 

Producers of corn, cotton, dairy, hogs, shelled almonds, sorghum, soybeans, fresh sweet cherries and wheat should apply at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office.

Wed
06
Feb

Raising awareness for Turner Syndrome

 

Calmar native Hattie Frana was diagnosed with Turner Syndrome at the age of 12 and is an avid advocate of promoting awareness for the disease. Turner Syndrome is defined as a chromosomal condition that affects development in females. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Raising awareness for Turner Syndrome

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

February is National Turner Syndrome Awareness Month. Turner Syndrome is defined as a chromosomal condition that affects development in females. The condition affects one out of every 2,500 females and less than 200,000 individuals in the United States every year.

For Calmar native Hattie Frana, a 21-year-old student double majoring in history and philosophy at Clarke University in Dubuque who has Turner Syndrome, she is determined to help raise awareness for the condition while living a normal life.

“I was diagnosed partway through sixth grade. I was 12-years-old at the time and had no idea what most of the medical terminology meant,” explained Frana. “It was discovered when I had my blood drawn and tested because I had fallen further off the growth chart that’s used in the doctor’s office.”

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