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Wed
17
Jan

WMCF will send 2 locals to diabetes camp

 

For the ninth year, the Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation will be offering camperships for area youth (ages 8-17) to attend Camp Hertko Hollow, a diabetes camp in Boone. Last summer, 12-year-old Breckan Stewart (right) attended the camp, thanks to a WMC Foundation sponsorship. She is pictured alongside camp founder Dr. Edward Hertko. (submitted photo)

WMCF will send 2 locals to diabetes camp

 

 

 

Last summer, 12-year-old Breckan Stewart went to camp.  In some ways, it was like any other camp, with archery, horseback riding and rock climbing adventures.  However, Breckan’s experience, which was sponsored by the Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation (WMCF), included education about Type 1 diabetes, a diagnosis she received just months earlier.

“Breckan was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on January 29, 2017, just days before last year’s camp applications were due.  The timing was perfect,” said Breckan’s mother, Tracy.  

Wed
17
Jan

Franzen 'hooked for life' on deer hunting

 

For the first time in her life, Ossian’s Sara Franzen was recently introduced to the world of deer hunting. In the final weekend of late muzzleloader season, the newfound outdoorswoman dropped her first whitetail. (submitted photo)

 

Franzen 'hooked for life' on deer hunting

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

When it comes to the great sport of whitetail deer hunting, oftentimes patience is key. For many hunters, it took years to get their first deer, but for Ossian’s Sara Franzen, the thrill and excitement of seeing her first deer hit the ground came on her very first weekend since taking up the sport.

“I had absolutely no previous hunting experience before going out last weekend, and I honestly never imagined that it would be something that I would get into,” admitted Franzen, who was first introduced to the sport by boyfriend Nolan Hageman. “I shot a gun a couple of times when I was younger, but this was the first time I actually shot at something besides a target.”

The young outdoorswoman went on to say that her newfound love for hunting began when she took notice of Hageman’s passion for it.

“Nolan is obsessed with hunting. He has been going his whole life,” continued Franzen. “I started watching it on TV when he had it on, and I would always have a good time when we hung out in the garage with his deer-hunting friends.”

Seeing how much fun she was missing out on, Franzen decided it was time to put on some camo of her own.

“I actually wore some of Nolan’s old hunting apparel and used his gun,” she laughed. “We went out in the field one day, and I took a few shots for the first time in a long time. I felt ready to go!”

The young couple went to their hunting spot near Ossian on Saturday night, Jan. 6, and Sara was hooked instantly.

They sat in Nolan’s blind and scouted the area throughout the afternoon as he taught Sara what to look for. After a while, they spotted a deer near them.

“I was really excited at first because it was a decent buck,” said Franzen. “Unfortunately, that night was not my night. I remember going home disappointed that I didn’t get anything and hopeful that I would get another chance before the end of the season.”

While disappointed that she didn’t have success on night number one, Franzen did admit that she found the experience to be very helpful to her.

“I was pretty nervous that night. I was pretty shaky when I saw the buck,” she elaborated. “I felt pretty confident in my aim, but my biggest fear was knowing when the time would be right to take my shot. I think a lot of my nerves were calmed that night.”

Determined to get her deer, Sara and Nolan returned to the blind the following night.

Wed
17
Jan

Mentoring: a valuable exerperience for all

 

 

Clermont Fire Chief Randy Wiedenhoff and his wife, Marcia, owner and operator of Body Kneads in Clermont, both say that becoming involved in the North Fayette Valley Mentoring Program is one of the best choices they have made. Randy has mentored the same student for three years, and Marcia has been a mentor to a student for nearly a year.  (Megan Molseed photo)

 

Mentoring: a valuable experience for all

 

 

Megan Molseed

News Writer
mmolseed@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

“When I started with the mentoring program, I knew I wanted to help where I could,” said three-year North Fayette Valley Mentoring Program veteran Randy Wiedenhoff.  “What I didn’t realize was how much it would benefit me, too.”

“I worked closely with the program for a while,” explained the Clermont fire chief.  “When I saw that we were in need of more male mentors, I didn’t have to think too hard about it.  It was important to me to volunteer and give back. It’s one of the best choices I’ve made.” 

Founded in 2000, the North Fayette Valley Mentoring Program is a subgroup of the North Fayette Valley Community Coalition (NFVCC) and strives to connect youth with positive adult role models who can help them aspire, achieve and develop to their fullest potential.  

“I knew it would be a commitment when I started, but I can say, honestly, it has never felt like that,” noted the dedicated volunteer.  “We always have so much fun together,” he noted of his eighth-grade mentee. “I have to say, it keeps me young!”

Randy, who started his time as a mentor with the same North Fayette Valley student three years ago, has now inspired his wife, Marcia, to take the same leap as she joined her husband in the program earlier in the school year.

Wed
17
Jan

Restoration to begin shortly on Clermont RR Depot

 

Viafield has agreed to deed over the historic Rock Island Railroad depot in Clermont to the Clermont Historical Society, so the Historic Rock Island Railroad Depot Restoration Committee can begin restoring the building. Members from the committee, thanked including (front, l-r) Kathy (Meier) Schultz, Dick Jensen, and Arline Davisson; (back) Becky Brendel, Rod Marlatt, Mary Follett, Steve Follett, thanked Viafield and Steve Bodensteiner, Viafield chief financial officer.  

 

Restoration to begin shortly on Clermont RR Depot

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

It has taken some time, but restoration of the historic Rock Island Railroad depot in Clermont is finally set to begin this spring. 

At a meeting between the Historic Rock Island Railroad Depot Restoration Committee and Viafield, represented by Steve Bodensteiner, Viafield’s chief financial officer, the company has agreed to deed the building over to the Clermont Historical Society. Viafield is asking for an easement to get across the property that would be deeded over. The building is located along Hwy. 18 just across the street from Viafield’s Clermont location. 

On top of that, the local co-op has agreed to donate $2,500 from the local branch and secure another $2,500 from a regional co-op in matching funds for new money the committee is able to raise for the project. Viafield is onboard with the project but wants to make sure the depot will be maintained in the future. 

Wed
17
Jan

Cat killed by arrow in Fayette

 

Brenda Flatjord of Fayette found her 18-year-old cat, Vader, dead, shot by an arrow, in her neighbor’s yard. What perplexes Flatjord is that his body ended up in plain view of her kitchen window after she had repeatedly searched the area for the cat when he went missing two months ago. Submitted photo

 

Cat killed by arrow in Fayette

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

On Tuesday, Jan. 9, a Fayette resident found her missing cat dead, shot by a bow and arrow after it disappeared almost two months ago.

Brenda Flatjord said her 18-year-old cat, Vader, went missing the first week of November. It was unlike Vader to disappear overnight, and she became concerned when he still hadn’t returned the following morning. She talked with neighbors and took to Facebook to see if she could find her missing cat. 

Wed
17
Jan

Success abounds for NFVMS LEGO League

 

The North Fayette Valley Middle School FIRST LEGO League team participated in the Iowa FIRST LEGO League Tournament on Sunday, Jan. 14, at Iowa State University. Members of the team include (l-r) Caleb W., Brendan W., Emma B., Taylor L., Nathan C., Keeley K., Kyella F., Davan C., Justine C., Alexis S., Ben G., and Claire B. 

 

Success abounds for NFVMS LEGO League

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

North Fayette Valley Middle School’s For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology (FIRST) LEGO League (FLL) team competed at the FLL Iowa State Championship for the fourth time on Sunday, Jan. 14, at Iowa State University in Ames. 

Although the team didn’t win when it comes to the scoreboard, in the end everyone who participates in FLL is a winner, because of what the students learn in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and teamwork.

Wed
17
Jan

Mentoring relationship about fun, caring

 

 

Chris Schveiger (left) and Carter Schlawin were matched in the NFV Mentoring Program in January 2014. For the last four years, the two have enjoyed playing videos, going 4-wheeling, fishing, and playing outdoors.  Chris DeBack photo

Mentoring relationship about fun, caring

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Schveiger puts his life on the line every day to protect the citizens of Fayette County.

He joined the sheriff’s office in 2013, and while most might feel that serving as a police officer is more than enough service to his community, Schveiger was in search of another way to give back. That is when he discovered the North Fayette Valley Mentoring Program and was matched with his mentee, Carter Schlawin, in January 2014. Four years later, Schlawin, the son of Gary and Eileen Schlawin, is now a seventh-grade student at North Fayette Valley Middle School. 

Wed
10
Jan

WMC welcomes first baby of 2018

 

Carter Egeland was the first baby born in the new year at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah. Arriving at 6:05 a.m. Monday, Jan. 1, Carter weighed 8 lbs. 5 oz. and measured 20½ inches. Welcoming her into the world were (l-r) dad Tyler and mom Lauren Egeland of Ossian. (submitted photo)

 

WMC welcomes first baby of 2018

 

 

 

Welcome, Carter Egeland! Carter was the first baby born in the new year at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah. 

He was born at 6:05 a.m. Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, weighing 8 lbs. 5 oz and measuring 20½ inches. 

Carter was welcomed by his parents, Tyler and Lauren Egeland, of Ossian. 

The family received many gifts donated by area businesses, including the following:

Wed
10
Jan

The path to the top for ISU Cyclones

 

Iowa State defensive end Carson Lensing of Calmar was greeted by his parents, Ernie and Sherri Lensing, following the Cyclones’ 21-20 in the Liberty Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 30, in Memphis. (submitted photo)

 

The path to the top for ISU Cyclones

 

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

The last time the Iowa State University Cyclones were victorious in a football bowl game was Dec. 31, 2009. Lifelong fan Carson Lensing, who is now a redshirt sophomore and defensive end for the ‘Clones, remembers it vividly.

“I was in sixth-grade, and it was the Insight Bowl against Minnesota,” recalled Lensing. “Don’t quote me on any of this, but I believe we won by a score of 14-13.”

It turns out he was spot-on. ISU did indeed beat the Golden Gophers by a score of 14-13, showing Lensing’s dedication and passion for the team he loves. 

Fast-forward eight years to Dec. 30, 2017, and the Cyclones were back in the postseason for the first time since the Insight Bowl. The team entered the 2017 Liberty Bowl with a 7-5 overall record after a breakthrough season that included wins over the No. 3 and No. 12-ranked teams in the country.

“It was very cool to be a part of a team that was able to accomplish so much this season,” said Lensing, a 2016 graduate of South Winneshiek High School, “But we’re not satisfied!”

Wed
10
Jan

Casey's to host grand reopening in Clermont

 

Casey’s General Store in Clermont will host a Grand Reopening event on Friday, Jan. 12, to celebrate the expansion of the business’s building. Casey’s employees, including (front, l-r) general manager Henrietta De La Rosa, Lisa LaBrec, and Michelle Welsch; (second row) Carly Monroe, Tracy Kurdelmeyer, and Karen Fraser; (back) Zachary Monroe and Lorna Chapman are excited to show off the new kitchen. Not pictured are Vickie Chicken, Andrea Dummermuth, Kiana Jones, and Bryce Messler.

 

Casey's to host grand reopening in Clermont

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Casey’s to host grand reopening in Clermont

 

Chris DeBack

cdeback@fayettepublishing.com

 

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