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24
Jun

St. Lucas Veterans Memorial completed

 

St. Lucas Legion Post 691 Adjutant Melvin Bodensteiner is shown here at the newly constructed Veterans Memorial directly south of the Community Center in St. Lucas. The public is invited to the memorial’s dedication, which will be at 6 p.m. Friday, June 26, with a social hour preceding the event at 5 p.m. State Representative Darrel Branhagen will be a speaker at the ceremony. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

St. Lucas Veterans Memorial completed

 

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer
bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The St. Lucas Veterans Memorial has been completed and will be dedicated in a ceremony to be held Friday, June 26, at 6 p.m during St. Lucas Fun Days. Everyone is invited to attend a social hour beginning at 5 p.m. as well as the dedication to follow. State Representative Darrel Branhagen, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, will be the speaker for the occasion.

“We thought it would be a great time to dedicate the memorial since so many people will be in town this weekend for St. Lucas Fun Days,” said Melvin Bodensteiner, St. Lucas Legion adjutant.

The memorial is located directly south of the Community Center, on land donated by Susan Nusz in memory of her late husband, Lawayne Nusz. St. Lucas Aloysius Schmitt American Legion Post 691, Auxiliary Unit 691, and the City of St. Lucas all worked together to make the memorial a reality.

Wed
24
Jun

Storm takes down house near Maynard

The home of Robert and Ursula Cole, located southeast of Maynard, was blown partially off its foundation sometime after 8:30 a.m. when a storm that caused significant damage in Fayette County on Monday morning, June 22, passed through the area. Mr. and Mrs. Cole were inside the home when the damage occurred. The couple were rescued, with Mrs. Cole sustaining injuries and being transported to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein.

 

Storm takes down house near Maynard

 

 

On Monday, June 22, at approximately 8:30 a.m., a severe storm tore through Fayette County. At 8:47 a.m. the Fayette County Sheriff's Office took a report of a house down with two occupants trapped inside at 10846 80th Street, Maynard.

Fayette County Sheriff's deputies, the Maynard Fire Department and First Responders responded to the scene. Upon their arrival at the scene, they learned that a two-story house had been blown partly off its foundation and had sustained severe damage.

Property owners Robert Cole, 73, and Ursula Cole, 78, were still inside the residence. Rescuers were able to get both subjects out of the residence through an open area in the northwest corner of the house. 

Wed
24
Jun

A difficult journey brings precious rewards

Born March 2, 2013, little Grady Goettsch gave his parents, Heidi and Spencer Goettsch, the family they wanted more than anything in the world.

 

A difficult journey brings precious rewards

 

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

 

Like many other couples they knew, Spencer and Heidi Goettsch wanted more than anything to have a family. Yet they struggled to conceive, and after several rounds of intrauterine insemination, chose to attempt in-vitro fertilization.

The in-vitro procedure was successful and the young couple, married since 2008, learned they were expecting a baby boy in March 2013.

Through the months of struggle and expense to achieve a successful pregnancy, Spencer admits all his hopes centered on the birth of a healthy baby.  "Through this whole process, I just wanted everyone to be healthy," he remembers, also expressing concern for his petite wife.

But on the afternoon of March 2, 2013, as Spencer used a video camera in the Mercy Medical Center delivery room to capture the moment their son entered the world – everything suddenly went awry.

Wed
24
Jun

Miss Hawkeye

Tiffanie Koch was crowned Miss Hawkeye 2015 Friday night in Hauth Park as Hawkeye Fun Days festivities got underway for the weekend. She is the daughter of Dwane and Roni Sue Koch.

 

Miss Hawkeye 2015

Wed
24
Jun

Miller resigns as County Engineer

Miller resigns as County Engineer

 

 

The Fayette County Board of Supervisors accepted with regret the resignation of County Engineer Al Miller at its meeting on Monday, June 22.

 

Miller’s last day with the County will be Sept. 11 before starting the same position with Dallas County on Sept. 14.

 

The board first learned of his plan to resign a week prior, when he made it known he had accepted an offer from Dallas County.

Wed
17
Jun

SW/TV hear from NFV officials

SW/TV hear from NFV officials

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The South Winneshiek Future Direction Committee (SWFDC) met in a special session Wednesday, June 10, at Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar. The SWFDC was joined by the Turkey Valley Future Direction Committee, which is going through the same process of deciding the future of its district. The two committees were joined by officials from North Fayette Valley, who made themselves available for a question-and-answer session.

Shared-superintendant Clark Goltz, who is shared between both South Winneshiek and Turkey Valley, welcomed the room of over 50 attendees. He then turned the floor over to North Fayette Valley Superintendent Duane Willhite.

Willhite began the presentation by describing the process that North Fayette and Valley went through to achieve whole-grade sharing status.

Wed
17
Jun

A little piece of the Rockies in Iowa

 

Dan and Deb Hageman, who moved into their new home in early November 2014, run Serenity Valley Bed and Breakfast in the lower level of the log cabin. It wasn’t until the rural Ossian couple was midway through the design process for the home that they had the idea of starting the bed and breakfast. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

A little piece of the Rockies in Iowa

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

“A house like that should be sitting at the foot of the Rocky Mountains,” expressed Dan and Deb Hageman’s youngest son, Adam, the first time he saw his parents’ new log cabin home/bed and breakfast.

“We love it too much here in Iowa,” replied Deb, “and we don’t have to deal with all of the Colorado traffic.”

Dan purchased the property from his father in the early ‘90s. His father, Arnold, had owned the property since 1976.

When Dan and Deb acquired the acreage near Ossian, it resembled nothing close to how it appears today.

“In 2004, we put in the first and largest pond,” explained Dan. “Over the years, we continued cleaning brush and planting new trees and vegetation.”

In 2010, three additional ponds were added to the evolving property.

“Every year, we clear a little more brush and plant some new trees,” noted Dan, a longtime farmer. “We put in about 50 to 70 trees every year.”

When the Hagemans sat down and started planning their new home, they had no intentions of incorporating a bed and breakfast.

Wed
17
Jun

Making a name for himself

 

Darin Monroe, a 2004 graduate of South Winneshiek, and his 8-month-old daughter, Grace, celebrate Rock Valley’s second consecutive National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) softball championship. Monroe has been the head softball coach at the Rockville, Ill., junior college for four years. (submitted photo)

 

Making a name for himself

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

For Ossian native Darin Monroe, it all started several years ago when he first began coaching Little League.

“I always knew that I wanted to follow in my grandpa’s footsteps,” shared Monroe, whose grandfather Paul Doubek coached the Fort Atkinson Little League program for many years.

Monroe actually got his first taste of coaching in Fort Atkinson, where he began after his freshman year of high school at South Winneshiek.

Wed
17
Jun

Valley board approves administration contracts

Valley board approves administration contracts

 

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer
bsmith@fayettepublishing.co

 

 

            The Valley school board approved a 3 percent increase for all administrators and central office staff, with the exception of Valley Elementary/NFV Middle School Principal Micah Gearhart, who received a 5 percent increase.

           “Due to previous experience as a principal, he has been undervalued in compensation compared to others of his experience level. I also, at his request, recommend making his contract a two-year contract, which we will roll over each year,” explained Superintendent Duane Willhite.

            The board unanimously approved the recommended increases, which will total an increase of $15,157 for the entire package.

Wed
17
Jun

'Music in the Park' in Elgin

Getting ready for the upcoming performance of “Music in the Park: A Musical Review” are members of the cast, (kneeling, l-r) Chloe Cummings, Savannah Halva, Carissa Bauch; (standing) Spenser Schmitt, Jen Hutchinson, Tim Hanson, Liz Roach, Beth Merkle, Marc Cratton, Rod Marlatt, Larry Popenhagen, Kelly Wachal, Donna Bausch, Carol Katsumes, and Jean Merkle. In the foreground is director Mallory Marlatt.

 

'Music in the Park' in Elgin

 

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer
bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Though this isn’t a Homecoming year, you will still be able to enjoy a musical production in the Elgin park this summer. “Music in the Park: A Musical Review” is scheduled for Friday and Sunday, June 26 and 28, and will feature a mixture of classic and modern Broadway songs for all to enjoy.

            “Traditionally, every five years the community of Elgin has celebrated Homecoming, and last year Jen Frieden directed ‘It’s Broadway, Baby! A Musical Review.’ The cast had so much fun doing it that we decided to do a small production every summer on the beautiful stage in Elgin’s downtown city park,” said Mallory Marlatt, the show’s director.

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