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Wed
22
Jul

Lilac Lanes Keeps on rollin' after 55 years

Ron Bills, owner of Lilac Lanes, recently accepted a 55-year- membership milestone award for the West Union bowling center. Since the bowling center opened in 1959, Bills is pleased to credit each of the previous owners with helping achieve this award from the IBPA. (Jerry Blue photo)

 

LIlac Lanes Keeps on rollin' after 55 years

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Lilac Lanes Bowling Center in West Union was recently honored for being a member of the Iowa Bowling Proprietors Association (IBPA) for 55 years.

 

This is an accomplishment of which  current Lilac Lanes owner Ron Bills said everyone can be proud.

 

“[I went] down to Des Moines to receive a certificate on behalf of everybody that has run the center and the people that have supported it to keep us a member for those 55 years,” Bills said.

 

Since the bowling center opened in 1959, it has had a number of different owners, the first of which was West Union’s “Mr. Bowler” Ron Granneman.

Wed
22
Jul

162nd Fayette County Fair 'Growing Strong'

162nd Fayette County Fair 'Growing Strong'

 

 

Brian Smith
bsmith@the fayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The 162nd Fayette County Fair will offer a variety of events and activities to keep just about anyone entertained and “growing strong” Aug. 5-9 at the fairgrounds in West Union. Mark your calendar now for all the events that appeal to you and your family and be sure that you don’t miss out on any of the fun. Here are some of the highlights for Wednesday through Sunday at the fair.

Wed
15
Jul

Tractors, scenery, camaradie highlight rides for couple

 

Chuck and Karla Sprague are pictured by the 1954 Farmall Super M tractor they'll ride to tour the Northeast Iowa countryside as part of the North Iowa Tractor Ride July 17-18. The ride will start and end at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in West Union both days. (Janell Bradley photo)

 

Tractors, scenery, camaradie highlight rides for couple

 

 

Janell Bradley
Contributing Writer

 

 

When the North Iowa Tractor Ride rolls out of West Union on Friday, July 17, Chuck Sprague will be on the seat of his 1954 Farmall Super M. And if her schedule allows, his wife, Karla, will be at his side, on the buddy seat crafted from an old school bus seat Chuck bought from longtime Fayette resident Jim Miller, now living in LaCrescent, Minn.

The Spragues are avid tractor ride participants, whether it's an organized event or simply a drive out into the country on their own. They enjoy the ICATS Ride out of Elgin and the Watermelon Days Tractor Ride.

Wed
15
Jul

Tractor ride to stop in Ossian

 

 

 

Tractor Ride to stop in Ossian

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The North Iowa Tractor Ride will holds its eighth annual ride this week, beginning Thursday, July 16, and wrapping up on Saturday, July 18. The two-day ride will travel along the River Bluffs Scenic Byway in northeast Iowa.

The Fayette County Fairgrounds in West Union will be the headquarters for this year’s ride. Over 200 tractors are expected to join in on the summer fun, which will begin with a tractor parade at 8 p.m. Thursday evening in downtown West Union.

Friday, the tractors will leave the Fayette County Fairgrounds to embark on the tour of scenic northeast Iowa. Day one stops include Fayette, Arlington, and Elgin. The tractorcade will return to the fairgrounds Friday evening before taking off again Saturday morning.

Saturday’s stops include Fort Atkinson and Ossian.

The tractors will arrive at noon at Ossian Lutheran Church. Participants in the ride will have the opportunity to enjoy lunch before getting back on the road.

Wed
15
Jul

DeSales food program yields healthful results

 

Claire Becker of Ossian waits for her breakfast from cook Bev Meyer. An estimated 40 children take advantage of the free breakfast served Monday through Friday, while an average of 140 children attend the lunch meal. The lunches are paid for with state funding and provide children 18 years of age and younger with healthful, well-balanced meals. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

DeSales food program yields healthful results

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

When students across the area began their summer break in May, they were presented with a new opportunity. Children are able to receive a free, nutritious breakfast and lunch at DeSales School in Ossian five days a week via the Summer Food Service Program.

“This program has been wonderful,” stated former DeSales principal Mae Becker, who was influential in establishing the program. “This ensures that every child has the opportunity to receive a nutritional, well-balanced meal during the day while their parents are away at work.”

Wed
15
Jul

TRI-P action ready to roll Sunday

 

The first part of the TRI-P is a paddle competition involving kayaks and canoes. This is a picture of racers waiting for last years TRI-P to get underway.

 

TRI-P action ready to roll Sunday

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The TRI-P in Elgin that was recently rescheduled due to high water for the third year in a row is now just around the corner.

 

Originally scheduled for June 28, the paddle, pedal and putt triathlon is now tentatively scheduled for Sunday, July 19. with a 9 a.m. start time. It is hosted by the Turkey River Recreational Corridor (TRRC).

Wed
15
Jul

Elgin to host tractors July 17

Elgin to host tractors July 17

 

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer
bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

            Elgin will be the third stop on day one of the North Iowa Tractor Ride Friday, July 17. Over 200 tractors will converge on the City Park beginning at approximately 1:35 that afternoon.

           The two-day ride originates from West Union and will cover a total of 107 miles, taking participants to Fayette, Arlington, and Elgin on day one (62 miles) and Ft. Atkinson and Ossian on the second day (45 miles). The stop in Elgin will be the afternoon break for the drivers and riders, who will be arriving in four separate groups. Each group will be staged about 10 minutes apart and will spend approximately 30 minutes in town. It is estimated that 300 to 400 people will visit Elgin in connection with the ride on Friday.

           “The Elgin Betterment Club and Elgin residents are providing snacks, including cookies, bars, fruit, lemonade, and water, for a freewill donation. We encourage everyone to come out to view the tractors, which will be parked up and down Center Street in front of the City Park,” explained Sara Strong, member of the Elgin Betterment Club.

Wed
15
Jul

Excitement building for St. Paul's celebration

 

The cornerstone for St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Elgin was laid July 15, 1915. The church will host a celebration marking the 100th anniversary of that event July 18-19, including an open house on Saturday and a special worship service on Sunday. (Submitted photo)

 

Excitement building for St. Paul's celebration

 

 

Brian Smith
bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

            Members of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church will host a Centennial Celebration in Elgin this weekend.  There will be an open house on Saturday, July 18, and a special worship service with a meal to follow on Sunday, July 19, to commemorate the laying of the church’s cornerstone, which took place on July 15, 1915.

            “Everyone is so excited about the celebration, and I am just amazed at our church’s long history of worship and service in the community of Elgin. There are a lot of faithful people here, and I am so proud of the work that has been done and is being done here,” said Pastor Hyeunmee Kang, known as Pastor Mee.

Wed
15
Jul

Prochaska, Wilkinson named to UIU Board of Trustees

 

 

 

Prochaska, Wilkinson named to UIU Board of Trustees

 

Dennis Murdock has been named chairman of Upper Iowa University’s Board of Trustees. A 1968 UIU graduate, Murdock has served as a board member since 2005. With nearly 50 years of experience in the electric utility industry, he is currently the executive vice president and CEO of Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) in Des Moines.

Additional officers are Steve Harms, board vice chairman; Richard Andres, board secretary; and John R. Falb, board treasurer.

A ’73 UIU graduate, Harms served as president and chairman of the board for Rain and Hail LLC, Rain and Hail Insurance Service Inc., and Agri General Insurance Company before retiring in 2011. He has served on the UIU Board of Trustees since 2001.

A board member since 2005, Falb is the managing director of The PrivateBank’s Upper Midwest region.

Meanwhile, Andres has served as a board member since 2010 and is currently vice president of client development for Automated Member Services.

Newly selected board members are Mike Prochaska of Stewartville, Minn., and Neil Wilkinson of Fairbank.

Wed
15
Jul

Tornado's fury fails to diminish couple's resolve

 

 

“Come here, Matthew!” Ursula Cole calls out to her grandson, Matthew Dixon, 17, during his visit to see her in the Oelwein Care Center where she is convalescing after being injured in a recent tornado. “He finally got a haircut!” she said, asking him to step closer so she can check him out a little more closely. (Janell Bradley photo)

 

Tornado's fury fails to diminish couple's resolve

 

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

The clocks inside Bob and Ursula Cole's farmhouse will be forever stopped at a little after 8 a.m., when an EF1 tornado wrenched the home from its foundation, gave it  a twist and dropped it leaving more than $120,000 in damage at the residence on 80th Street, rural Fayette.

The whole thing happened in a matter of seconds the morning of June 22, as Bob Cole watched the thunderstorm from his living room, and his wife, Ursula, slept in a nearby bedroom.

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