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05
Aug

South Winneshiek will use 'hybrid' system for school reopening

South Winneshiek will use 'hybrid' system for school reopening

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

South Winneshiek Schools Superintendent Kris Einck has announced that the School District will start the 2020-21 school year with a “hybrid system” of education as an options approved as a Return to Learn delivery model by the Iowa Department of Education.

Per the Dept. of Education, districts may choose to offer educational services through a hybrid model of continuous learning and on-site Learning for at least some portion of the 2020-21 school year. This means services are offered both remotely and at physical school locations. The hybrid model may allow for social distancing while partially reopening school buildings to provide educational services.

Wed
05
Aug

Betty and the Gents perform at the Ossian Pavilion

"Betty and the Gents" will be on the Ossian Pavilion stage for a live performance, Sunday, Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m. (Submitted photo)

 

 

The third of four live summer performances at the Ossian Educational and Performance Pavilion will take place on Sunday, Aug. 9, at 7:30 p.m. "Betty and the Gents" will be on stage for this live performance. 

Tom and Betsy Kirby are the featured performers for this event. Tom, a native of Calmar, is a 7th grade math teacher for the Mason City Community School District. Betsy is a music teacher for the Mason City Community School District. Tom, Betsy and their boys live in Mason City. This live performance is sponsored by the Luana Savings Bank. 

All 2020 Summer Performances at the Pavilion are free. The public can bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the event on the lawn at Carey's Park in Ossian. All those attending the performances are asked to follow suggested Covid-19 guidelines in order to keep themselves and others safe: wash and sanitize your hands often, respect appropriate social distancing at the pavilion venue, wear a face mask even though you are outside and cover any coughs or sneezes. 

Wed
05
Aug

McIntyre to resign as City Administrator

Nick McIntyre

 

McIntyre to resign as City Administrator

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The West Union city council met for its regular meeting on Monday, August 3.  During the meeting, West Union City Administrator, Nick McIntyre announced his upcoming resignation from the position.  

“My time with the City of West Union has been challenging but fantastic,” McIntyre wrote in a letter to the mayor.  “Working with two different mayors and councils, I can appreciate the effort those volunteers give the community of West Union.” 

Wed
05
Aug

It's official: Fayette County has new flag

The new Fayette County flag was designed by Morgan Adams of Arlington. (Photo submitted)

 

It's official: Fayette County has new flag

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

The new Fayette County flag design was approved by the Board of Supervisors this week. Morgan Adams designed the new flag.

Adams lives in Arlington and said she was inspired by the word “progress” when creating the design.

Wed
05
Aug

Groundwork started on new County Shop

Fayette County Secondary Roads has been doing the excavating work to smooth the area for the new county shop. It will be located west of Fahr Beverage, just south of West Union. (Jack Swanson photo)

 

Groundwork started on new County Shop

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

By the looks of it, it would seem the new shop for the Fayette County Secondary Roads Department will be a go, but Fayette County Engineer Joel Fantz says the shop’s fate for the immediate future could hinge on what happens with the coronavirus.

If you look at the area designated for the new shop, behind Fahr Beverage (formerly Bemiss Distributing) on the west side of Highway 150, south of West Union, you will probably notice lots of excavation work that has been done and is being done. This is in preparation for the actual construction of the shop to begin.

Wed
29
Jul

"The Smallest Fair" ended up being big in the hearts of the participants

Calf show competitors included (right to left) Parker Willoughby, 1st Place, Jaylee Nesvik, Second Place, Levi Nesvik, Third Place, Tyler Fels, fourth place, and Kinleigh Fels.

 

"The Smallest Fair" ended up being big in the hearts of the participants

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

When Marcia Nesvik heard on June 1, that the 2020 Winneshiek County Fair was going to be postponed until next year, her heart sank.

She knew how much her grandchildren had been waiting for this year’s fair since participating in the Pee Wee Show at last year’s Fair. There wasn’t a day that went by when one of them wasn’t asking her about getting an animal to show from her and her husband Rick’s dairy herd. Their farm is located a few miles outside of Ossian.

Marcia said she knew she was going to have to “get creative.” With encouragement and help from her daughter, Debbie Waterlander, from New Hampton, they came up with a plan to have “The Smallest Fair.”

Wed
29
Jul

Third Story Walk in Ossian is Friday

Third Story Walk in Ossian is Friday

 

Third Ossian Main Street Summer Story Walk, Friday, July 31, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., features "Peanut Butter and Cupcake". 

According to organizers, “The purpose of the story walk is to encourage reading, get children outside, and provide a great learning experience for children and their family members and to have fun. Children and their families go along the story walk reading pages from the story at selected location.

Wed
29
Jul

Giving the gift of life

 

“Wake, Pray, Transfer Day!” Molli Steffens was eager for the moment the embryo was transferred earlier this week.  While it was pineapples decorating her shirt and mask, Steffens says she was eager to be a “couch potato” for a few days while she let her body do it’s important job following the transfer.  

 

Giving the gift of life

 

By Megan Molseed

mmolseed@fayettepublishing.com

“I had always offhandedly told Justin that I would love to carry other people's babies,” smiled Molli Steffens of her decision to become surrogate, and carry a baby for another couple.  

“As I kept mentioning it, I realized I was pretty serious about wanting to help others realize their dream of becoming parents, and surrogacy was the best way to do that,” the Clermont native continued. “We've had some friends and family members struggle with infertility, so I started doing some research about surrogacy in Iowa.” 

For Steffens, pregnancy had always been easy for her, and while she and her husband, Justin, knew they were done growing their family, the decision to help another family grow was an easy one. 

Wed
29
Jul

Fair board president proud of Fair 2020

Fair board president proud of Fair 2020

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Fair Board President Kevin Converse had nothing but praise for the way things were handled in terms of sanitizing and keeping things clean to help curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus at this year’s Fayette County Fair.

“I’d like to give a big shout out to all our sanitization and cleaning people. I thought they went above and beyond and really worked hard to keep the areas clean. I heard lots of comments how great everything looked,” Converse related.

He also pointed out that he heard lots of comments praising the Fair Board for going a head with their decision to have a fair this year.

“People were constantly coming up to me telling me how appreciative they were that we were able to put on the fair and bring some normalcy back to Fayette County,” he revealed.

He said attendance did not seem to be affected by people being afraid to attend events with crowds.

“Grandstand events went off great with the kind of numbers we had expected Fayette Ambulance, Emergency Management, West Union Police were great assets and worked very hard to do their part,” he said about those who helped check temps and screen audience members before they entered the grandstand on the nights when entertainment was offered.

Converse had nothing but praise for his fellow Board members, pointing out that they all had to work a little harder than usual for this fair to become a reality.

“I’m very proud of the Board They really stepped up and we really worked together to pull this off. It was really a learning experience for all of us and in some ways I think many fairs will be dealing with the issues we dealt with this year, next year and we will be a step ahead,” Converse said.

“As far as the youth side of things, I felt all went very well,” said Fayette County Extension Youth Coordinator Michele Kelly.

Wed
22
Jul

Dick Horne is 2020 Winneshiek County Hall of Fame recipient

 

Dick Horne is 2020 Winneshiek County Hall of Fame recipient

 

This year’s Winneshiek County Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame to recipient is Dick Horne.   

Dick spent 33 years with Extension. He began his Winneshiek County career in 1970 as the 4-H Youth Leader and later became the extension director from 1977-2000. 

“His devotion to the 4-H program continues today as he can be found supporting the 4-H Gala or bringing out the best of kids, on the microphone, at the County Fair Pee Wee Dairy Show for the past 30 years,” said Francesca Reyes, Winneshiek County Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Office Manager.

Dick Horne grew up in Canton, OH. He was the older of two boys. His family lived above a grocery store, and the landlord had a brother that was a dairy farmer. Dick worked at that dairy farm for several summers. He went on to attend Ohio State and pursue his love for Dairy Science. 

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