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Suzuki resigns as principal at DeSales

Therese Suzuki

 

Suzuki resigns as principal at DeSales

 

 

Therese Suzuki has officially resigned from her position as principal at DeSales School. The move was effective Friday, Feb. 5, for the former administrator.

Suzuki began her role as principal of the Catholic school in August at the start of the 2015-16 school year.

The DeSales school board had no comment on the reason for Suzuki’s resignation.

The board held a closed meeting Monday night in Ossian to determine how best to replace Suzuki in the near term.

Church officials were not able to be reached for comment on the future of the administrative role at DeSales. 

 
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Klimesh awarded prestigious Cooley Scholarship

 

South Winneshiek student RaeAnn Klimesh, a senior cross country and track athlete, was recently announced as the recipient of one of the state’s most prestigious scholarships, the E. Wayne Cooley Scholarship. The scholarship, established in memory of the former Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) executive director, is a $15,000 scholarship that is given to only one girl all throughout Iowa who displays excellent character not only in athletics, but also in the classroom, her school, and her community. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Klimesh awarded prestigious Cooley Scholarship

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Klimesh awarded prestigious Cooley Scholarship

By Zakary Kriener

The E. Wayne Cooley Scholarship, plain and simple, is one of the most prestigious scholarships in the state of Iowa. Established in 1993 as a tribute to E. Wayne Cooley, former Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) executive director of nearly 50 years, the award is given to an Iowa girl who exhibits excellent character on the playing field, in the classroom, in her school, and in her community.

The recipient reflects discipline, perseverance, character, citizenship, and leadership – all values that personified the life and expectations of E. Wayne Cooley.

This year, 97 girls were taken into consideration for the $15,000 scholarship. Each Iowa high school is limited to one nomination of a girl who meets a strict criteria of educational- and athletic-based requirements.

South Winneshiek senior RaeAnn Klimesh was one of the nearly 100 Iowa nominees for the prestigious scholarship, who after being nominated by athletic director Bruce Gullickson, later found out that she was one of the six finalists for the scholarship.

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Heart defect can't keep Zach Schroeder down

 

Zach Schroeder enjoys his visit with his pediatric cardiologist, Dr. Ian Law, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Schroeder was about to undergo a stress test to see how his heart performs under physical stress. 

 

Heart defect can't keep Zach Schroeder down

 

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

Life isn’t fair. That is what parents tell their teenage sons and daughters all the time, but for children with heart defects like rural Elgin teen Zach Schroeder, life truly isn’t very fair.

The North Fayette Valley freshman was born with a single ventricle and transposition of the greater arteries. The doctors didn’t test for heart defects when he was born, but during his first five months of life, all the signs were there.

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A Valentine's Day love story

Lloyd and Adeline Meier of Clermont enjoy an afternoon out early in their relationship. (Submitted photo)

 

A Valentine's Day love story

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Valentine’s Day will always hold a special place in the heart of Lloyd and Adeline Meier. That was the day  in 1950 that Lloyd asked Adeline to marry him.

Sixty-five years later, the couple are still fond of that spectacular day. It was like any other for the couple at that time. They had met at a spring banking group meeting. Lloyd worked as a bookkeeper at the bank in Guttenberg, while Adeline carried the same job title for a bank in Strawberry Point.

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Hog Roast on tap again

Hog roast on tap again

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

At its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 8, the Fayette County Fair Board discussed hosting a hog roast fundraiser again this year.

The group discussed a tentative date of June 25 and considered doing away with the live auction, because in the past Fair Board members noticed the crowd fizzling out as the live auction got underway.

The Fair Board is hoping to attract close to 600 people to the event and will more than likely earmark the proceeds for a specific item, area or project at the fair.

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Council approves hire of new police chief

Dylan Schauer

 

 

Council approves hire of new police chief

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

There’s a new Chief in town, and his name is Dylan Schauer.

 

The West Union City Council approved the hire of Schauer from Wyoming as the city’s new police chief by a 4-1 vote at its regular Monday meeting on Feb. 8.

Councilmember Isaiah Stansbery was the lone dissenter of the group. He felt a starting salary of $65,000 was too high for a new City employee.

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In love, from Iowa to Juneau

 

Bill and Ruby Miller of West Union are pictured on the day they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last September with a dinner following services at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Eldorado. (Janell Bradley photo)

 

In love, from Iowa to Juneau

 

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

 

After 65 years of marriage, Bill and Ruby Miller say they would still do it all over again if given the chance.

When Ruby was first introduced to the handsome Bill Miller, who grew up at Fayette’s west edge, he was wearing his military uniform. Miller served two years with the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II. He was a student at Upper Iowa University when he was convinced to attend a dance at The Coliseum in Oelwein. It was there that he caught the eye of a young, pretty, Ruby Koester, who had grown up at the top of the Eldorado Hill. She was working as a stylist at Miller’s Beauty Shop in Oelwein.

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17 State Awards

 

Fayette County Union and Fayette Publishing staff members (front, l-r) Zak Kriener, Danielle Luchshinger, LeAnn Larson, Chris DeBack (back, l-r) Sue Wolf, Stephanie Hermen, Steven Murray, Connie Lauer, Amanda Reiling-Pasket and Brian Smith were honored with 17 awards earned by the local staff at the 2015 Better Newspaper Contests held in Des Moines Friday.Not pictured are staff members Amy Boehm, Jerry Wadian and Jerry Blue. (Jerry Blue photo)

 

17 State Awards

 
 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The Fayette County Union and Fayette Publishing staff was honored with 17 awards at the Iowa Newspaper Association's Convention and Trade Show held Feb. 3-5 at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel.

 

Publisher LeAnn Larson stated, “This year, I am again extremely proud of our entire staff.  It’s not just about individuals winning awards, it’s about the commitment and teamwork from our entire staff to produce quality news stories, photos and advertisements for our four quality publications week after week. I am so very proud of each and every one of them.”

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Keune: God had a hold of me . . .

 

Les Keune of West Union discusses his near-death experience ice fishing with Union reporter Chris DeBack. While traveling on the Mississippi River at the Minnesota Slough near Lansing, his snowmobile fell through the ice. He managed to grab hold of his ice fishing shelter and phone for help, but he was in the ice cold water for approximately 30 minutes. 

 

Keune: God had a hold of me . . .

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Les Keune is an experienced ice fisherman. Having spent a majority of winters in his adulthood out on the ice, last Friday was going to be just another morning with him, the cold and some fish.

Keune was in the Minnesota Slough near Lansing having set out from Armory Road onto the Mississippi with his snowmobile and mobile ice shelter. He made it 1½ miles on the ice before he came to a patch of ice that made him a little gun-shy. He didn’t want to risk an accident, so he got off his snowmobile and began to check out the ice.

“I have fished that place many, many times, and I know the ice down there,” Keune said. “So, I pulled up and stopped, because you can’t drive across the islands. I went down with a spud and sounded out the ice, and it sounded good. There was snowmobile track already through there, so I took off around there.”

Just when he thought he was safe, he felt the snow beneath his snowmobile begin to give. First, the back end of the snowmobile fell into the water and then the front end. He rolled off the snowmobile and began to tread water with his ice armor on.  

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