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07
Jun

Supreme Court hands down UERPC-Postville ruling

 

Supreme Court hands down UERPC-Postville ruling

By Mike Van Sickle
Contributing editor

The Iowa Supreme Court has upheld two of the three rulings by the District Court in Allamakee County in regard to a lawsuit filed by the City of Postville and City Councilman Jason Meyer against Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC).

The suit was originally filed in October 2010 after the UERPC Board voted by secret ballot Sept. 23 to enter into a contract to purchase property in Decorah for the purpose of relocating UERPC’s central office from Postville. 

Wed
05
Jun

Highway 93 resurfacing part of research program

 

Mark Callahan of the Iowa Department of Transportation (left) answers questions of Stan and Sue Woodson of rural Fayette who live along a portion of Iowa Highway 93 slated for resurfacing this summer. A public meeting on the topic was held Thursday night in Sumner. (Janell Bradley photo)

 

 

 

 

Work to begin by June 24
Highway 93 resurfacing part of research program

 

By Janell Bradley
Contributing writer

 

Wed
05
Jun

Final bell for Hawkeye school

 

There were plenty of mixed emotions at Hawkeye Elementary on Wednesday, May 29, as the North Fayette staff and students celebrated the beginning of summer vacation, but also said their final goodbyes to the building, which has served the local school district since 1970. (Mike Van Sickle photo)

 

 

 

 

Final bell for Hawkeye school

By Mike Van Sickle 
Union editor

 

There was an almost continuous line of individual and group hugs as the students of Hawkeye Elementary filed out and shared their year-end goodbyes with their favorite teachers and staff during the last day of classes on Wednesday, May 29.

Wed
05
Jun

SW tax rate to dip slightly

 

SW tax rate to dip slightly

 

Becky Walz
Editor

 

Thanks to the Iowa Legislature approving 2 percent allowable growth, South Winn school board members received news Monday that the tax rate will drop slightly from $12.68 to $12.63.

“It isn’t much, but at least it isn’t an increase,” said Superintendent Chris Hoover.

Hoover explained that the total district cost for operating during the 2013-14 school is $5,027,266. South Winn will receive $1,159,331 from the Uniform Levy, which is money received by every district in Iowa. State aid contributes nearly $3 million, leaving the local tax levy to provide $867,976.

In an update on the track and football field, Hoover informed the board that the irrigation system was installed in one day, and the sidewalk, which will encompass the track and field, is nearly all poured. 

Wed
05
Jun

Franchise fees continue to be discussed

 

Franchise fees continue to be discussed

By Mike Van Sickle
Union editor

The West Union City Council intends to continue discussions on establishing a franchise fee revenue purpose statement during its Monday, June 17, regular meeting. The discussion will coincide with a public hearing to approve a 25-year nonexclusive franchise agreement with Alliant Energy.

Council members appeared to be in agreement to later establish a franchise fee agreement with both Black Hills Energy and Alliant Energy. Council discussions continue to center around the rate to charge residents and where the future funds would be utilized. 

Due to direct payment to the City by the utilities, the dollar amount generated from a 1 percent franchise fee would be greater than the current 1 percent local option sales tax charged. 

Wed
05
Jun

Barney’s: new owners, same burger

 

 

 

Ron and Beth Aylsworth of Wadena run Aylsworth House Movers, which has been a family business for over 130 years. The business specializes in moving large buildings such as pole sheds, garages, houses and barns. (Brian Smith photo).

 

Barney’s: new owners, same burger

 

Many locals are familiar with the jolly and charismatic Gary (Barney) Bond and have heard his interesting and funny stories. 

Many have heard how Barney got into the bar business due to a $31 bar tab, which led him to work part-time at the bar, then full-time until he bought the bar and named it Barney’s in 1972. 

Wed
05
Jun

Timmermans chosen Tractor Days grand marshals

 

 

Wayne and Betty Timmerman, active members of the Castalia church and community, will reign as the 2013 Tractor Days grand marshals. Tractor Days will be held June 8 and 9. (Photo by Amber Hovey)

 

 

Timmermans chosen Tractor Days grand marshals

If you were to ask the Castalia community about Wayne and Betty Timmerman, many would respond that the couple are Master gardeners or that they are active supporters of the church and community.

But if you were to ask Wayne and Betty, they would tell you that while being chosen grand marshals is an honor, “I don’t know if we deserve it, but we have always been in the community,” said Betty.

“This community is our home, you might say,” said Wayne somewhat sentimentally. 

“I have no idea [why they chose us]; I guess there was no one else left,” he joked.

Wed
05
Jun

Ossian benefits from Eagle Scouts

 

The community of Ossian will greatly benefit from the efforts of Lucas and Logan Brincks (l-r) as the Ossian-area Boy Scouts work to raise funds to erect a 10-foot-tall town clock and LED electronic sign in an effort to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. (submitted photo) 

 

 

 

Ossian benefits from Eagle Scouts

By Amber Hovey
Contributing writer

Logan and Lucas Brincks have been involved with Boy Scouts since they were 10; now the two are hoping to become Eagle Scouts.

To achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, the boys are required to earn 33 merit badges. Both have earned a number of badges in areas such as first aid, wood carving, horsemanship, communications and wilderness survival.

In order to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, each must complete a project that benefits the community. They must also do the fundraising for the project. 

Wed
29
May

Weather - Update

 

From the National Weather Service

National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has issused a Tornado Watch in effect for Fayette County until 7:00 p.m.

 

 

Wed
29
May

Fayette to VRRA trail work to begin in June

 

kicker- Wicks Construction has low bid

Wicks Construction has low bid
Fayette to VRRA trail work to begin in June

 

Janell Bradley
Contributing Writer

 

Low bidder Wicks Construction will soon begin constructing a recreation trail that will connect the city of Fayette with the Volga River Recreation Area. 

Fayette City Administrator Christie Dennis said work on the project will begin as soon as the contract documents are signed by all of the parties involved. A preconstruction meeting is set for June 7. If the weather cooperates, the trail should be complete by mid-August.

As Wicks’ bid of $591,954 was about 50 percent lower than the engineer's estimate, more of the trail can be paved than originally anticipated, Dennis said.

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