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Wed
26
Oct

Celebrating an undying friendship

 

Vel Orth (right) invited his friend Dennis Rear to accompany him to Charlotte, North Carolina, as he took some personal items to his son Brad, who lives there. The two went on quite the adventure, from dipping their toes in the Atlantic Ocean at Myrtle Beach to riding in the back of Barney Fife’s police car. Chris DeBack photo

Celebrating an undying friendship

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

For best friends Dennis Rear and Vel Orth, life hasn’t been the easy the last couple of months.

Both men lost their wives just 10 days apart; Rear’s wife, Carla, died on June 18, while Orth’s wife, Mary, died on June 28. While it is hard to lose one’s better half, both men understand that the women they loved are in a better place.

Wed
26
Oct

Trick-or-Treating times

Trick-or-treating times

 

 

Clermont: Before Halloween Costume Party at 6:30 p.m.Monday, Oct. 31.

West Clermont Lutheran Church: Trunk ’n’ Treat 5-6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.

Elgin: Trunk ’n’ Treat 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.

Fayette: 5-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.

Hawkeye: 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30.

St. Lucas: 6-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30.

West Union: 4:30-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31

Wed
26
Oct

Maynard breaks ground on new library

 

A lot of fundraising and grant writing took place to fund the new Maynard Community Library. A majority of the grant writing was done by (l-r) Kelly Beacom, Maynard City Council member; Lezlie Barry, library director; and Judy Hoeger, library assistant. Sixty-two percent of the money raised was from local fundraisers and gifts.

 

Maynard breaks ground on new library

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

It won’t be long before Maynard has a new library.

Chad Heim Excavating and Trucking of Waverly broke ground on the project that has been four years in the making on Wednesday, Oct 19. The project was approved by the Maynard City Council the week prior.

Wed
26
Oct

Five attend candidate forum in Fayette

 

Five candidates attended a forum at the Fayette Opera House on Monday, Oct, 24, including (l-r) Supervisor candidates Janell Bradley and Vicki Rowland, House District 55 candidate Michael Bergan, and Senate District 28 candidate Michael Breitbach and Jan Heikes. Michael Bergan’s opponent, Pat Ritter, was not in attendance. The candidates had approximately an hour to answer written questions provided by the public in an effort to sway their vote.  Chris DeBack

 

Five attend candidate forum in Fayette

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The Fayette Lions Club hosted a candidate forum for local and state level governmental races at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at the Fayette Opera House.

The forum started about 15 minutes late after a small hiccup of trying to gain access to the opera house. In attendance for the event were the candidates in the Fayette County Supervisors race, Republican Janell Bradley of rural Wadena and Democrat Vicki Rowland of Clermont; Iowa House District 55 race, Republican Michael Bergan of Decorah; and Iowa Senate District 28 race, Republican Michael Breitbach of Strawberry Point and Democrat Jan Heikes of Decorah.

Wed
26
Oct

NFV to present 'Alice in Wonderland'

 

North Fayette Valley High School will present “Alice in Wonderland” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, in the Performing Arts Center. The cast includes (front, l-r) Eiler Merkle (Mad Hatter), Hope Wander (Alice’s sister), Lily Poppen (Tweedledum), Helena Fantz (Tweedledee), Alison Ahern (Card), and Sage Matt (Card); (middle) Bethany Merkle (Duchess), Trevor Weideman (March Hare), Savannah Halva (Card), Drew Wedemeier (Alice), Jessica Kamaus (White Rabbit), Paige Woodson (Card), Grace Blanchard (Card), and Zoey Frey (Good Fairy); (back) Jace Wolverton (Cheshire Cat), Taylor Kohls (Tree), Bryce Smith (Robin Hood), Denise Thompson (Queen of Hearts), Allie Winsell (Ghost), Katrina Mikalova (Card), Jordan Weber (Boss), and Ezra Solheim (Tree). Chris DeBack photo

 

NFV to present 'Alice in Wonderland'

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Those looking to escape into the imaginary world of eccentric characters for a night need look no further than North Fayette Valley’s upcoming high school play, Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland.”

Wed
26
Oct

Meet and greet

Meet and greet

 

 

West Union City Hall will host a meet and greet open house for new City Administrator Nick McIntyre from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. This will also give the public a chance to say goodbye to Teresa Pape. Coffee and cookies will be served throughout the day. 

Thu
20
Oct

'Sky is the limit' for SW Rec Program

 

Blake Moen, a 2012 graduate of Decorah High School and 2016 graduate of Luther College, recently began his duties as director of the South Winneshiek Recreation Department. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

'Sky is the limit' for SW Rec Program

 

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

The South Winneshiek Recreational Department, which was established earlier this year to serve local communities such as Ossian, Calmar, and Spillville, now has its program director.

Meet Blake Moen, a 2012 graduate of nearby Decorah High School and 2016 graduate of Luther College, who officially began last week.

Thu
20
Oct

Deadly shooting in Winneshiek Co.

Deadly shooting in Winneshiek Co. 

 

 

 

At approximately 6:36 p.m. Sunday evening, the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office received several 911 calls reporting gunshots fired in the area of Dogwood Road in Freeport  near Decorah.

When a responding deputy arrived on the scene at 2472 Dogwood Road, two deceased individuals with gunshot wounds were discovered.

Thu
20
Oct

Co-op annexation still an option

Co-op annexation still an option

 

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer
bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Annexation of the Elgin Co-op is still an option for the Elgin City Council and was discussed again at Monday night’s meeting. While voluntary annexation seems out of the question at this point, the council is considering pursuing involuntary annexation to capture some revenue from the Co-op.

Wed
19
Oct

Maynard Community Library breaks ground

 

Chad Heim Excavating and Trucking broke ground on the new Maynard Community Library Monday morning, Oct. 17. Members from the Maynard community in attendance were (front, l-r) Mayor Dan Howard; Lezlie Barry, Maynard library director; Ann Jens, Library Board president; Lois Erickson, Library Board treasurer; and Kelly Beacom, Maynard City Council member; (back) Brian Stark, Martin-Gardner architect; Judy Hoeger, Maynard library assistant; Lorraine Eldridge, Library Board member; Stacy Kuennen, Library Board member; and Tim Corcoran, Steege Construction contractor.  The 4,340-square-foot building is estimated to cost $675,000 and will be completed by May 15, 2017. (Chris DeBack photo)

 

Maynard Community Library breaks ground

 

 

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