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Wed
27
Jan

Mentoring brings out the 'youth' in adults

 

North Fayette Valley Mentor Jennifer Everitt enjoys spending some of her free time with mentee Destiny Quario. The two are pictured looking over a scrapbook of some of the activities they have done together over the last few years. (Janell Bradley photo.)

 

Mentoring brings out the 'youth' in adults

 

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

January is National Mentoring Month, and the North Fayette Valley Mentoring program is promoting greater awareness of the opportunities available both through being a mentor or a mentee.

Mentoring can help youth as they go through challenging life transitions, including dealing with stressful changes at home or transitioning to adulthood.

Jennifer Everitt, a paraeducator at West Union Elementary, has been a mentor for Destiny Quario of West Union since 2008.

Wed
27
Jan

National shifts focus to Iowa for caucuses

Nation shifts focus to Iowa for caucuses

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Nation shifts focus to Iowa for caucuses

 

Chris DeBack

cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

The eyes of the nation will be on Iowa on Monday, Feb. 1, as the Hawkeye state holds it presidential caucuses.

With so many candidates on the Republican side and a very tight race on the Democratic side, the fate of some candidates’ campaigns lies with each individual Iowan who decides to participate.

How do the caucuses work and how do you participate at one of the 1,774 precincts in the state of Iowa?

Wed
20
Jan

Creative Corner coming to Ossian

 

Creative Corner Salon will soon be open for business in Ossian. The small salon, owned and operated by Ossian native Sandy (Nesvik) Havel, will welcome customers to an in-home shop beginning Monday, Feb. 1. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Creative Corner coming to Ossian

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

For 2013 South Winneshiek High School alum Sandy (Nesvik) Havel, working in a hair salon is something for which she has always had a passion.

After receiving a degree in cosmetology from Northeast Iowa Community College, she was able to start her career in Decorah.

“Before I began working at a salon, it had never even crossed my mind to own my own salon,” admitted Havel. “But after I began working in the industry, the idea became something that sounded more and more appealing to me as time went on.”

When Sandy and her husband, Matthew, purchased an Ossian home, she saw it as a perfect opportunity to open her own salon.

Wed
20
Jan

Josey Jewell: Northeast Iowa gem

 

Born and raised in Winneshiek County, Josey Jewell knows a thing or two about hard work and dedication. The Iowa Hawkeye linebacker helped make the 2015 season one of the most memorable ones in history, but he attributes much of his success and work ethic to his rural Iowa upbringing. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Josey Jewell: Northeast Iowa gem

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

When Josey Jewell first stepped onto the practice field in an Iowa Hawkeye jersey three years ago, he was a self-admitted undersized, small-town kid with the odds stacked against him. Today, he is an All- Big Ten linebacker on a team coming off one of its most successful seasons in decades.

“I weighed about 190 pounds when I was a senior in high school,” said the Decorah native, who helped lead his high school team to state runner-up and a state championship during his junior and senior seasons, respectively.

Wed
20
Jan

Local blood donor intentional about giving

 

Elgin resident Greg Kleppe received this certificate from LifeServe Blood Center, which recognizes him as an 18-gallon donor. Kleppe has tried to be intentional about giving blood ever since he was a 19-year-old college student at Iowa State University, when he first donated.

 

Local blood donor intentional about giving

 

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer
bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Giving blood is not something that happens by chance. Those who give must be intentional about doing so, often rearranging their normal routines to allow them the time needed to donate. Though we live in an age in which everyone always seems to be busy with a variety of things, there are those who make donating blood a priority.

Greg Kleppe of Elgin has given blood since 1980, when he was a freshman attending Iowa State University in Ames. He has now given 149 units of blood, which translates to 18 and 5/8 gallons. Though it hasn’t always been easy to donate, Kleppe views giving blood as a way to help others, and has found a way to make it a regular part of his life.

Wed
20
Jan

More important than a text — YOU!

More important than a text — YOU!

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

Paying constant attention to the road is something that every driver, young or older, struggles with, yet it is the single most important aspect of driving.

The distractions are many, from the radio to passengers to using a mobile device while driving, among others.

I struggle with it and have to remind myself to stop staring at the beautiful northeast Iowa scenery as the sun comes up on my way to work and instead focus on the road.

Wed
20
Jan

Local teens/photographer featured in national magazine

Zoe Larson, photographer Morgan LaRue, and Carson Larson (l-r) hold the January issue of Gothesque Jr. magazine, which features a eight-page photo spread of the two sisters submitted by LaRue. 

 

Local teens/photographer featured in national magazine

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Photography is a tricky hobby. It takes practice, patience, and a defined eye to produce a successful photo shoot.

Upper Iowa University student Morgan LaRue is one of those talented individuals. When one looks at LaRue’s work, one would think she is a seasoned veteran with years of experience. That is simply not the case. Though she is still a little rough around the edges, LaRue’s natural gift is easily expressed on the pages of various magazines.

Wed
20
Jan

Bernie Sanders to make stop at UIU Sunday

Bernie Sanders to make stop at UIU Sunday

 

 

 

Mayor Andrew Wenthe announced at Monday’s Fayette City Council meeting that Upper Iowa University will host Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in the UIU Student Center on Sunday evening, Jan. 24.

Wed
20
Jan

Beef Royalty candidates announced

 

Beef Royalty candidates announced

 

 

Brian Smith

Contributing Writer

 

 

 

            Outgoing Fayette County Beef Princess Maria Streif will take on the new title of 2016 Beef Queen at the Fayette County Cattlemen’s Association Membership Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 23. Maria, the daughter of Todd and Heidi Streif of West Union, will accept the crown from 2015 Beef Queen Megan Matt.

Wed
20
Jan

Joyce Rawson exemplifies generosity

Joyce Rawson of West Union talks with Hope Boyer, a nurse from LifeServe Blood Center of Waterloo, as she donates blood at Holy Name Catholic Church on Wednesday, Jan. 6. 

 

Joyce Rawson exemplifies generosity

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

January has been proclaimed National Blood Donor Month by the American Red Cross to honor people like West Union resident Joyce Rawson, who has given blood every chance she’s had for the last 40 years.

Rawson couldn’t say how much blood she has given over those 40 years, but did note that since LifeServe Blood Center in Waterloo started doing blood drives in West Union, she has given over eight gallons.

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