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Wed
22
Feb

RAGBRAI is coming

RAGBRAI is coming!

 

 

By Zakary Kriener

While an official announcement is not expected until March, Ossian mayor Bill Green officially confirmed that he has spoken with RAGBRAI organizers and has been informed that Ossian will be part of this year’s route.

“This will be the first time we have had RAGBRAI come through town since 1999,” said the mayor. “It is exciting news for the community and for all of the organizations that will be helping out to get ready.”

Wed
22
Feb

Winneshiek Co. Fair unveils 2017 entertainment

 

The musical entertainment of Arch Allies will take to the Grandstands of the Winneshiek County Fair Thursday night, July 13. (submitted photo)

 

Fair unveils 2017 entertainment

 

 

 

By Zakary Kriener

The Winneshiek County Fair Board has announced its Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday entertainment for the 2017 event. Running Tuesday, July 11, through Saturday, July 15, fair officials are excited to bring back several annual favorites, as well as an exciting act that will be announced within the coming weeks.

Wed
22
Feb

Historical figures return to life at UIU and Fayette libraries

Historical figures return to life at UIU and Fayette libraries

 

 

With the help of three modern-day impersonators, the University Archives at Upper Iowa University welcomes Civil War-era historical figures Abraham Lincoln, Dr. C.C. (Charles Coleman) Parker and David B. Henderson to its Fayette campus on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Lincoln will also provide a public presentation at Fayette Community Library that day.

Wed
22
Feb

Oppermans buy Charley's Gas Gage

 

 

SueAnne and Bob Opperman (l-r) recently purchased Charley’s Gas Gage in Wadena from Charley Daisy of Arlington. Daisy also sold his Arlington and Volga locations to Zak Lefs of Waverly.  Chris DeBack photo

 

Oppermans buy Charley's Gas Gage

 

 

Chris DeBack

cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

From employee to owner, SueAnne Opperman has had quite the whirlwind week after her and her husband, Bob, purchased Charley’s Gas Gage in Wadena from Charley Daisy of Arlington.

Opperman had been a longtime employee of the former owner. In 1997, she started with Charley’s Quik Stop in Arlington. After several years, she had to quit because of hip issues in 2004, but went back to work for Charley in 2009.

Wed
22
Feb

Housing trust funds to merge

Housing trust funds to merge

 

 

By Chris DeBack

cdeback@thefayetteocuntyunion.com

 

At its most recent board meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 15, the Fayette County Local Housing Trust Fund (FCLHTF) board voted to merge with the Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund (NEIRHTF). Ed Gage of Wadena was the only dissenting vote. 

At its board meeting the following day, the NEIRHTF board voted to merge, as well. Currently, the NEIRHTF is made up of Howard, Winneshiek, Clayton and Allamakee counties.

Wed
22
Feb

Possibilities limitless for Gibbs after surgery

 

Daniel Gibbs is back out hunting with his friends after he had open-heart surgery in November to remove a membrane located in the left atrium of his heart. It was supposed to dissolve away shortly after birth but only partially did, causing the heart to work harder to pump blood throughout the body.  Chris DeBack photo

 

Possibilities limitless for Gibbs after surgery

 

 

 

Chris DeBack

cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

For as long as Audrey Gibbs can remember her youngest son, Daniel, has been consistently sick. She said it never failed, every spring and fall he’d develop pneumonia.  

Pneumonia is an infection that inflames air sacs in the lungs, which can then fill up with fluid. It certainly isn’t life-threatening to a healthy young boy, as long as it is treated correctly. It’s far more deadly to infants and the elderly, whose immune systems are much more susceptible. 

The 18-year-old, who is set to graduate in May from North Fayette Valley High School, began to run a fever one afternoon last August. Audrey didn’t think too much of it. She took Daniel to the Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital emergency room, thinking that it was pneumonia. After the hospital did a chest X-ray, they noted to the mother of five that it wasn’t pneumonia, but they couldn’t pinpoint what was causing the fever. 

Wed
22
Feb

Possibilities limitless for Gibbs after surgery

 

Daniel Gibbs is back out hunting with his friends after he had open-heart surgery in November to remove a membrane located in the left atrium of his heart. It was supposed to dissolve away shortly after birth but only partially did, causing the heart to work harder to pump blood throughout the body. (Chris DeBack photo)

 

Possibilities limitless for Gibbs after surgery

 

 

By Chris DeBack

cdback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

For as long as Audrey Gibbs can remember her youngest son, Daniel, has been consistently sick. She said it never failed, every spring and fall he’d develop pneumonia.  

Pneumonia is an infection that inflames air sacs in the lungs, which can then fill up with fluid. It certainly isn’t life-threatening to a healthy young boy, as long as it is treated correctly. It’s far more deadly to infants and the elderly, whose immune systems are much more susceptible. 

The 18-year-old, who is set to graduate in May from North Fayette Valley High School, began to run a fever one afternoon last August. Audrey didn’t think too much of it. She took Daniel to the Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital emergency room, thinking that it was pneumonia. After the hospital did a chest X-ray, they noted to the mother of five that it wasn’t pneumonia, but they couldn’t pinpoint what was causing the fever. 

Wed
15
Feb

Making Ossian smile for over 35 years

 

C. Patrick Henry, D.D.S., has been putting smiles on local faces for over 35 years. As a second-generation dentist in the town of Ossian, Henry takes great pride in serving his community and providing nothing but the most friendly service. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Making Ossian smile for over 35 years

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

To say that becoming a dentist was the true destiny for C. Patrick Henry, longtime Ossian D.D.S., would be a strong understatement.

“My father, Charles R. Henry, was a dentist here in town for over 40 years, getting started back when there were two dentist offices in town,” explained the dental veteran of over 35 years. “My mother was actually a dental assistant as well. She was actually working in dentistry before my father went to dental school.”

Wed
15
Feb

Effigy Mounds quarter launched

 

A couple employees at Kerndt Brothers Bank in West Union display the new America the Beautiful Quarters that feature Effigy Mounds National Monument in northeast Iowa on the back. The quarters are currently available for exchange only at Kerndt Brothers Bank locations, including West Union. Chris DeBack photo

 

 

Effigy Mounds quarter launched

 

 

The United States Mint recently joined the National Park Service to launch the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program coin honoring Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa. The coin is the first of five America the Beautiful Quarters to be issued in 2017 and the 36th in the series.

 

 

The coin’s reverse (tails) depicts an aerial view of mounds in the Marching Bear Group. Inscriptions are “EFFIGY MOUNDS,” “IOWA,” “2017,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”

Wed
15
Feb

Resale Therapy opens bigger location

 

Resale Therapy recently moved to a new building just south of its former location on Highway 18 in Clermont. Owner (l-r) Chris Larson and employee Jen Hruska, holding her daughter Emmery, have rescued a lot of positive feedback about the move, which has nearly doubled the retail space available to the consignment shop. Chris DeBack photo

 

Resale Therapy opens bigger location

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Resale Therapy in Clermont has moved.

However, the store didn’t move very far as it is now located in the building to the south of its former location, which used to house the former business Grown Locally.

“We noticed the building was up for sale, and we came over and had a look at it,” said Chris Larson, Resale Therapy owner. “We had considered buying the building we were in, but this is a much more affordable option, and it was also more accommodating for our needs.

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