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Wed
24
Aug

Block Party!

 

Don’t miss the annual West Union Downtown Block Party, which will be held in conjunction with the final Playin’ on the Plaza concert Thursday, Aug. 25. Businesses including (l-r) Brian Gibson of Raymond James Financial, Steve Wedemeier of Winers, Kim Mork of Antiques and Gifts on Vine, Jessica and Katelynn Sadler of McJ’s, Amy Christensen of Sim’s TV & Electronics, Joni Spies and Lloyd Carr of NAPA Auto Parts, and many more will remain open into the evening with specials during the party. Refer to the advertisement on B1 for more detail. Patchy Fog and Aaron Smith from Sumner will entertain on the Plaza starting at 6 p.m.  Chris DeBack photo

Wed
17
Aug

Foland is newest deputy

 

Deputy Mike Foland is excited to be the newest member of the Winneshiek County Sherriff’s Office in Decorah. The eight-year law enforcement veteran and former member of the Navy hails from Independence and was previously a lieutenant with the West Union Police Department. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Foland is newest deputy

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Meet the newest member of the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Mike Foland, who brings with him a resume that includes eight years of experience in the field of law enforcement.

Wed
17
Aug

Radio 'a part of who I am' for Costigan

 

For nearly 34 years, Calmar native Phil Costigan has walked into a studio at KQ98 radio station in La Crosse, Wis. Since 1990, Costigan has co-hosted the station’s morning show, in the process becoming one of the tri-state’s most entertaining and recognizable voices. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Radio 'a part of who I am' for Costigan

 

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

“Good morning, KQ98.”

If you have ever had your radio dial tuned into 98.3 while cruising to work through northeast Iowa in the morning, then you may be familiar with the phrase spoken when a caller phones into the station.

The signature voice behind that phrase is Phil Costigan, Morning Show host of over 25 years.

Wed
17
Aug

Three new teachers walk halls at WC

Three new teachers walk halls at WC

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

With a new school year just over a week away, let's get to know the new teachers educating students in the West Central school district this year.

Wed
17
Aug

WC still happy with new school a year later

 

The new West Central high school completed its first school year with just a couple of minor fixable glitches. Parents, teachers, students and West Central school district residents are happy with the new school. Stephanie Hermen photo

 

WC still happy with new school a year later

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

As the second school year approaches for the new West Central high school, it is often good to reflect on how the first year went in the new building.

Stuart Fuhs, West Central High School principal and athletic director, noted that there weren’t any major issues with the new building after construction was completed. He said the first year ran as smoothly as could be expected. There were some bugs and kinks to work out, as with any new building, but overall, teachers and students adjusted well to the new education environment.

Wed
17
Aug

Coming Soon!

 

Rick and Jackie Trumm of Elgin are pleased to announce that they will soon be opening West Union’s newest retail business, Tindell Shoes, at 100 S. Vine.  The couple formerly owned and operated the well-known shoe store in Postville for many years. The target date for opening will be mid- to late September. Watch for more details in upcoming issues of The Union. (LeAnn Larson photo)

 

Coming soon!

 

Wed
17
Aug

NFV welcomes four new teachers

NFV welcomes four new teachers

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

With a new school year approaching, four new teachers, Jennifer Bliven, Mina Fantz, Megan Gates and Rachel Strong, will be greeting students in the halls of the North Fayette and Valley school districts’ buildings this fall.

Wed
17
Aug

Target WU-Fest for a fun Saturday

Thomas Sadler, Brandy Burgin, Carolyn Weber, Jan Blumhagen, Katelynn Sadler, Jessica Sadler, and Libby Faffler (l-r) are all ready to “target West Union for fun” at this year’s WU-Fest, which will be held 3-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. 

 

Target WU-Fest for a fun Saturday

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

“Make West Union Your Target for Fun” is the theme for this year’s annual WU-Fest celebration, from 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, in downtown West Union.

Wed
17
Aug

Supervisors vote down land purchase for county shop

 

 

 

Supervisors vote down land purchase for county shop

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

In a 2-1 decision, the Fayette County Supervisors voted against the purchase of land for a new county maintenance complex, for now, at its regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 15.

There was interest in purchasing approximately 17.56 acres of land zoned industrial, but classified as agricultural because it is currently being farmed, for $160,000 behind Bemiss Distributing. This is the same location the Supervisors would have built the maintenance complex had the bond referendum passed in March.

Wed
10
Aug

Imoehls to reign over Ossian Fest

 

Nilus and Jenny Imoehl will be riding in style when they make their way down Main Street in Ossian Saturday night in the Ossian Fest Grand Parade. The two longtime Ossian residents, who have been married for 63 years, will reign as this year’s King and Queen of Ossian. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Imoehls to reign over Ossian Fest

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Longevity is a term very familiar to Ossian’s Nilus and Jenny Imoehl. The couple have lived in Winneshiek County their entire lives, with the exception of the two years that Nilus was in the Navy. In 1957, they made the short move from their Festina farm to a new farm closer to Ossian, where they raised dairy and beef cows, hogs, and chickens for approximately 45 years.

More recently, the two moved inside the city limits of town. Jenny currently lives at Ossian Senior Hospice, a mainstay in the Ossian community that Nilus was very influential in helping bring to town over 50 years ago.

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