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30
Nov

'Christmas cookies, happy hearts' at Zion

 

A specialty for everyone - Zion Lutheran church's annual cookie walk volunteers bake a variety of goodies for the public, from Norwegian specialty Kramkake to basic sugar or chocolate chip cookies.  The annual event will be celebrating it's 25th year on Saturday, December 3 from 8 a.m. until noon.

 

'Christmas cookies happy hearts' at Zion

 

 

 

Megan Molseed

Contributing Writer

 

 

There is a saying, “Christmas cookies and happy hearts, this is how the holiday starts,” and one local church has spent a quarter of a century kicking off the holiday season with just that – cookies and happy hearts.

It is a holiday tradition for many area sweets lovers to don a plastic glove on one hand, while carrying a soon-to-be-full box in the other as they peruse the seemingly endless variety of freshly baked yummies donated by area bakers during Zion Lutheran Church’s annual Cookie Walk.  And this year will be especially sweet, as the West Union event will be celebrating its 25th year of providing freshly baked goodies by the pound.

Wed
30
Nov

My Christmas Wish: Will You Marry Me?

Hunter Harmening (right) and Alex Wille were the first to honor the West Union Festival of Lights “My Christmas Wish: Will You Marry Me?” Wishing Well that is dedicated to Alex’s grandparents, Donald and JoAnn Willie. 

 

My Christmas Wish: Will You Marry Me?

 

 

By Chris Deback

cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The famous words of singer Mariah Carey, “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” took on a whole new meaning at the annual Festival of Lights lighting Friday evening at the West Union Recreation Complex.

Festival of Lights volunteers unveiled one of their new displays, “My Christmas Wish: Will You Marry Me?”, Friday evening, Nov. 25, with quite a surprise.

Wed
23
Nov

Together farmers help friends in need

 

 

Richard and Mary Mattke of rural Sumner watch as their neighbors load the last semi for their 2016 harvest. Regina Panuska photos

 

Together farmers help friends in need

 

 

Regina Panuska

Contributing Writer

 

 

Helping a person will not necessarily change the world, but it will change the world for that person.  On Friday, Nov. 4, several community members of the rural Sumner area came together to do just that. 

Wed
23
Nov

Supervisors purchase maintenance shop land

 

The Fayette County Supervisors purchased 17 acres behind Bemiss Distributing in the West Union Industrial Park for approximately $160,000 from John and Debra Bruihler of Rushford, Minnesota, to eventually build a new Fayette County Secondary Roads Maintenance Shop. Chris DeBack photo

 

Supervisors purchase maintenance shop land

 

By Chris Deback

cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

At their regular Monday session on Nov. 21, the Fayette County Supervisors voted, 2-1, in favor of purchasing land in the West Union Industrial Park for future Secondary Roads Department Maintenance Shop construction.

Wed
23
Nov

Thankful for America and opportunity!

 

Pat Franzen was an orphan during World War II near London, England. She still has 7 brothers and a half sister in England that she keeps in touch with from time to time. Franzen has been a U.S. citizen since the mid 1960s and is grateful for the opportunities her country has provided  her. 

 

Thankful for America and opportunity!

 

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer
bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

For some, life doesn’t always start out on the most positive of notes. While so many of us have been blessed with family, friends, and a feeling of safety and security, there are those who were largely unfamiliar with such things as they started out in life. When one is faced with less than optimal circumstances in one’s youth, it would be understandable if one’s outlook on life should take a negative turn.

Not so, for Pat Franzen of Hawkeye, whose journey has taken her to a very positive place.

Wed
16
Nov

SW approves biggest early-retirement package

SW approves biggest early-retirement package

 

 

The South Winneshiek school board met Monday evening, leading off with a discussion regarding an early-retirement package.

Due to the continuing trend of declining enrollment at South Winn, an estimated negative impact of $225,610 will affect the general fund in the upcoming school year. To help offset the loss, Superintendent Kris Einck proposed an early-retirement package that could potentially save an average of $34,8333 per classified staff member by hiring first-year teachers as replacements.

Wed
16
Nov

Winneshiek Co. Supervisors re-elected, Trump victorious

Winneshiek Co. Supervisors re-elected, Trump victorious

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

As 2016 general election results poured in early Wednesday morning, Nov. 9, Republican Donald Trump emerged victorious over Democrat Hillary Clinton in the race for the U.S. presidency.

With an 81.6 percent voter turnout in Winneshiek County, a total of 11,479 ballots were cast on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Wed
16
Nov

Buhr excited about performing in Fayette County

 

Sean Buhr is a former resident of Wadena who now lives in New York City. He works as an adjunct professor at NYU when not performing in his group called Van and Sean. The duo will be performing at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Williams Center for the Arts in Oelwein. 

 

Buhr excited about performing in Fayette County

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

When Sean Buhr of Van and Sean takes the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Williams Center for the Arts in Oelwein, he does so as a proud former Fayette County resident.

Sean Buhr was born in Dubuque but was raised in Wadena until the age of 5. The talented musician remembers riding his tricycle around the small town and stomping through water puddles in the park.

Wed
16
Nov

Otter Creek Flood Reduction Pilot Project complete

 

The Otter Creek Flood Reduction Project was a pilot project to map and model the impact that certain flood mitigation practices can have. This pond located along Golden Road is one of 28 other structures completed as part of the project. (Chris DeBack photo)

 

Otter Creek Flood Reduction Pilot Project complete

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

While driving down Golden Road between West Union and Elgin, an area resident might notice some new concrete structures along the road.

The structures, along with countless others that can’t be seen from the road, were built as part of the Otter Creek Flood Reduction Project.

The project was paid for with $1.5 million in grant money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that came through the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Otter Creek was one of three watersheds selected for this pilot program, which was created to analyze at the potential impact of flood reduction strategies in different parts of the state.

Wed
16
Nov

Buchholz honored

 

Troy Buchholz (center), a native of Fayette and current family practitioner at Community Memorial Hospital in Sumner, recently received the Iowa Hospital Association Heroes Award. Buchholz is congratulated by Community Memorial Hospital CEO Dustin Wright (left) and the banquet’s guest speaker, Sugar Ray Leonard. (submitted photo)

 

Buchholz honored with Hero Award

 

 

In the state of Iowa, there are over 71,000 hospital employees who commit themselves to serving and caring for those in need. This fall, family practice physician Troy Buchholz, a native of Fayette who currently practices and lives in nearby Sumner, was honored with the Iowa Hospital Association Heroes Award.

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