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Thu
26
Jan

No better time than now to donate blood

 

With the month of January designated as National Blood Donor Month, Ossian’s Mel Elsbernd is one of many local donors to help save countless lives. Since making his first donation in 1975, Elsbernd has donated a total of 118 times and is approaching the 15-gallon milestone. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

No better time than now to donate blood

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Every January since 1970 has been officially declared National Volunteer Blood Donor Month, and, according to the American Red Cross, it comes with good reason.

Due to often less-than-ideal travel conditions due to the weather, as well as busy holiday schedules and increased cold and flu symptoms, the number of blood donors around the United States sees a significant dip in January. Coupled with an increased number of traumatic injuries due to icy roads, there is no better time than now to donate blood.

For Ossian’s Mel Elsbernd, there is no need to tell him twice about the importance of donating.

Thu
26
Jan

Elgin Council discusses levy, co-op annexation

Elgin Council discusses levy, co-op annexation

 

 

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer
bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

Repairs to the levy and annexation of the Elgin Co-Op dominated the discussion during Monday night’s Elgin City Council meeting.

The council continues to proceed with the necessary paperwork to annex the Co-Op.

Thu
26
Jan

Sometimes it just takes a little kick in the behind

 

Patch Abilities in St. Lucas is a one-stop shop for small-quilt pattern instructions. Owner Julie Wurzer (left) and her customer service representative Brandy Schott display the instruction booklets the company sells. Wurzer also sell hangers to go with each design, along with buttons and other embellishments for the pattern. Chris DeBack photo

 

Sometimes it just takes a little kick in the behind

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Sometimes it takes a brick to the head or a kick in the behind from the universe to set someone on the path he or she were destined for.

For Patch Abilities owner Julie Wurzer, it took just that to start living her dream.

Thu
26
Jan

Spreading the word

 

Kelli Kovarik, a teacher at North Fayette Valley High School and co-owner of K&K Gardens with her husband, Keith, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in November 2016. She had her thyroid removed on Jan. 3, and she now needs to receive a single radiation treatment and CT scan so the doctors can be sure the cancer didn’t spread. She encourages others to get their thyroid checked out, because if it is caught early enough, the cancer has a 98 percent cure rate. Chris DeBack photo

 

Spreading the word

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Living in a small town can be a curse as well as a blessing.

At least Kelli Kovarik of Hawkeye believes so, especially when it comes down to talking about that dreadful “C word,” cancer.

Being a private person, she was a little reluctant to sit down and talk about her ongoing experience with thyroid cancer.

However, a part of her realizes the importance of talking about it, not just for her own sake, but for the sake of others. Whether she’ll ever know it or not, her speaking up could save someone else’s life.

Thu
26
Jan

Putney resigns from Fair Board

Mark Putney

 

Putney resigns from Fair Board

 

 

Mark Putney of Elgin announced his resignation from the Fayette County Fair Board at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17, effective immediately.

Thu
19
Jan

The importance of thyroid awareness

 

Diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2011, Nicole Kriener of West Union underwent surgery to remove her thyroid and several surrounding nodes, allowing her and husband Zak to quickly return to normal everyday activities. (submitted photo)

 

The importance of thyroid awareness

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Throughout the world, approximately 200 million people are affected by thyroid disease. Among those, an estimated 62,450 new cases of thyroid cancer were diagnosed in 2016 alone.

Each and every year, the month of January is dedicated as thyroid awareness month, an effort to increase awareness about thyroid issues and help save lives.

In 2011, Nicole Kriener of West Union was at a routine physical when her doctor recommended that she see an endocrinologist to take a closer look at her thyroid.

Wed
18
Jan

Kuennen cousins enjoy freedom of open trails

 

For cousins Blake and Tanner Kuennen (l-r), snowmobiling has become one of their favorite outdoor winter activities. Riding upwards of 100 miles per day, the two locals take their sleds out for a ride every opportunity they get throughout the winter months. (submitted photo)

 

Kuennen cousins enjoy freedom of open trails

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

For a lot of people in the Midwest, winter is nothing more than a headache. It means shoveling, wearing extra layers of clothing, scraping ice, and often-treacherous travel. For a select group of individuals, however, winter is paradise.

“The perfect day includes plenty of snow, sunshine, and a temperature of about 35 degrees,” explained Blake Kuennen of Festina, an avid snowmobiler who takes advantage of every opportunity to hop on his sled during the winter months in northeast Iowa.

Wed
18
Jan

Mentoring 'so gratifying' for Mollie Franzen

 

North Fayette Valley Community Coalition mentor Mollie Franzen (left) enjoys spending quality time with her mentee, Valley Elementary third-grader Haley Voshell. Here, Haley explains her strategy to Franzen while the two play a board game together.

 

Mentoring 'so gratifying' for Mollie Franzen

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

It didn’t take Mollie Franzen long to realize she had made a rewarding decision when becoming a mentor with the North Fayette Valley Community Coalition Mentoring Program.

Franzen’s mentee, Haley Voshell, has learned a lot from the 26-year-old Valley Elementary paraeducator, but one thing Franzen might not have expected was what Voshell has been able to show her.

Wed
18
Jan

Wenthe co-founds new energy coalition

 

 

Wenthe co-founds new energy coalition

 

Andrew Wenthe, mayor of Fayette, and a other Iowa-based leaders have joined together to form Iowans for a Reliable Energy Future, a new coalition that will help drive an ongoing discussion and debate around the energy issues that will impact families and businesses across the state in the years to come.

Wed
18
Jan

A student perspective on reorganization

A student perspective on reorganization

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

It’s the students who will be most affected by the potential consolidation of the North Fayette and Valley school districts.

As voters head to the polls on Feb. 7, it will be important for voters to not only keep in mind how the merger will affect their own lives, but the lives of the students who will attend those schools.

In a recent interview, Duane Willhite, North Fayette and Valley shared superintendent, noted that he has heard nothing but positive feedback from the students on officially becoming the North Fayette Valley school district. The Fayette County Union, Elgin Echo and Fayette Leader asked the opinions of two juniors and an underclassman, who would be most affected by this change.

We spoke with Marrah Burrack, a junior from Wadena; Alexis Gage, a junior from Hawkeye, who attended Valley schools before the merger; and Brooks Hovden, a sophomore from West Union.

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