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Wed
27
Jun

Levy concerns addressed in Elgin council

Levy concerns addressed in Elgin council

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

The levy within the town of Elgin and an impending bike trail will be placed on top of it as part of a Turkey River Recreational Corridor (TRRC) project were a focus of this week’s Elgin City Council meeting Monday night.

“This is an issue that needs to be in the mind of every City Council member, the City, as well as the taxpayers,” noted councilmember Jim Knobloch as he addressed the council and a group of citizens who attended the Monday meeting.  

“As it stands, we are looking at the potential for immense flooding damage to the community if we leave it the way it is,” explained Knobloch.  “Repairs are necessary, and we are responsible for those since it is considered a City levy.” 

“If they [TRRC] are putting a bike trail right on top of it, shouldn’t the cost and repairs be their problem;” asked Dale Ellis, one of the citizens attending the meeting, referring to a TRRC project that will be running a bike trail through Elgin.  “It is their project, not ours.” 

Wed
27
Jun

Rock Fest memories abound with Barney Bond

Gary “Barney” Bond of Wadena shares some stories of one of Iowa’s most famous events, the 1970 Wadena Rock Fest, during a presentation last week at the Wadena library.  The Rock Fest brought thousands of people from all over the country to a farm just outside of the small town of Wadena nearly 50 years ago.  (photo by Megan Molseed)

 

Rock Fest memories abound with Barney Bond

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

There were questions and stories galore in the packed Wadena Public Library last Wednesday evening as Wadena native Gary “Barney” Bond shared his memories of one of Iowa’s most legendary events, 1970’s Wadena Rock Fest.  

This summer marks the 48th anniversary of the event where an estimated 50,000 people - “hippies” they were called - who had overrun the scenic northeast Iowa town of about 250 people for the ultimate weekend, a Rock Festival that would boast performances by some of the greatest bands of the time. 

Over the years, stories of the festival have been told and passed on from one generation to another.  There are stories that reiterate the unexpectedness of the festival, such as how the concert organizer, a Chicago-based company, purchased the farm where the festival would be held without disclosing its plans. Some stories recounted the numerous planes flying above the enormous crowd, hoping to catch a glimpse of, among other things, the skinny-dippers cooling off at the Volga River.  

Wed
27
Jun

Area Fourth of July celebrations

Area Fourth of July celebrations

 

 

Area Fourth of July celebrations promise a variety of activities and entertainment in addition to the usual oohs and aahs of a traditional fireworks show. Following are some area plans for the Fourth of July 2018:

 

West Union – On Tuesday, July 4, activities kick off at 8 a.m. with a 16-inch softball tournament at the West Union Recreation Complex. The West Union Aquatic Center’s annual pool carnival will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. A historical tour of West Union will begin at the Aquatic Center and run from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost of the tour is $3. The West Union Chamber — A Main Street Community will have games and inflatables for the kids to enjoy at the Recreation Complex starting at 4 p.m. Food will be available throughout the afternoon, as well as music from Adam Beck and Amber starting at 5 p.m. Miss West Union will be crowned at 7 p.m., with the fireworks display scheduled for 9:30 p.m. 

 

Wed
27
Jun

West Union swim team splits

 

Sophie Gardner gives it her all in the butterfly during recent action. Thursday in Cresco, she placed second in the girls’ 8-and-under 50 freestyle to bring back a silver medal. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

West Union swim team splits

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The West Union swim team split a pair of meets last week, beating Sumner at home but falling to Cresco on the road.

The swimmers opened the week at home against Sumner on Tuesday, June 19.

The meet was a close one, but the home team prevailed, 381-323.

Despite the cold weather, West Union set a number of personal-best times.

Wed
27
Jun

Celebrate Independence Day the West Union way!

 

 

 

Celebrate Independence Day the West Union way!

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Don’t miss all the fun to be had at The West Union Chamber — A Main Street Community’s annual Fourth of July Celebration at the West Union Recreation Complex!

The excitement begins with a Chicago-style softball tournament starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 4. Come watch as participants don’t use gloves, and this type of softball involves playing with a 16-inch ball. Games will go until approximately noon with a championship game at 4 p.m. A home run derby will also be taking place at that time. 

That isn’t the only tournament to get a person's competitive juices flowing. The Fourth of July Celebration will also feature a Pickleball Tournament from 2 to 4 p.m. and dodgeball starting at 4 p.m. on the tennis courts at the Recreation Complex. For those who don’t currently own pickleball equipment but would still like to participate, equipment will be available to use. 

Wed
27
Jun

Krooked Halo to inject the area with positivity and relaxation

 

Clermont’s newest business owners Dr. Tanya Tysland (left) and Dr. Jennifer Hutchinson are ready to welcome clients to their wellness spa, Krooked Halo, which is located along Highway 18 in downtown Clermont.  

 

Krooked Halo to inject the area with positivity and relaxation

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

It started as a “what if” conversation between friends. A sort of daydream that has now grown into a reality, as Clermont’s newest business, Krooked Halo, prepares to open its doors for business on Friday, July 6.

“I’ve had an interest in this sort of thing since grad school,” explained Dr. Jennifer Hutchinson of what drew her to the business opportunity with friend, colleague, and now business partner, Dr. Tanya Tysland.  

“It was always a little bit of a dream of mine to build a business focused on self-care and alternative treatments.  That’s something the two of us connected on right away,” said Tysland.  “She was always on the medical side of it, I was just the consumer.”

The new business, a wellness spa designed to offer unique treatments such as a Himalayan salt-rock room, a Zen floating pool, as well as sauna and steam treatments, is designed for a variety of customers, from those seeking a comforting escape from everyday stressors to those who hope to find relief in alternative pain treatments.

Wed
20
Jun

Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery name unveiled

 

At a special ceremony Wednesday, June 13, the Decorah Fish Hatchery was renamed Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery in honor of retired DNR director Chuck Gipp. On hand for the ceremony was (l-r) Chuck, daughter Allison, and wife Ranae. (submitted photo)

 

Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery name unveiled

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The Natural Resources Commission voted on May 16 to rename the DNR’s Decorah Fish Hatchery after retired director Chuck Gipp. 

The renamed Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery was officially unveiled at a public ceremony at the fish hatchery on Wednesday, June 13, in Decorah.

"The Natural Resource Commissioners are pleased to name the Decorah Fish Hatchery the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery to recognize and honor Chuck for his many years of public service to Iowans and for his terrific leadership in protecting Iowa's natural resources," stated Margo Underwood, Chair of the Iowa Natural Resources Commission.

Wed
20
Jun

Winneshiek Co. fair time is fast approaching

Fair time is fast approaching

 

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

With fewer than three weeks left until the start of the 2018 Winneshiek County Fair in Decorah, it’s time to start getting ready for another fun and exciting event.

The action kicks off on Tuesday, July 10, with the first of five full days jam-packed with fun and entertainment for people of all ages running through Saturday, July 14.

Buttons for the fair are available for $30 in advance and $35 at the gate (ages 6 and under are free) and are good for admittance to all five Grandstand events.

Wed
20
Jun

Agate Road bridge closed for replacement

 

Clayton County will be closing this bridge on Agate Road between April and Bixby avenues starting today (Wednesday, June 20), weather permitting. The 78-year-old bridge is going to be replaced with a brand-new, 110-foot concrete bridge. Agate Road is a blacktop that runs between Elgin and Gunder.  (LeAnn Larson photo)

 

Agate Road bridge closed for replacement

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Starting today (Wednesday, June 20), weather permitting, Clayton County will be closing a portion of Agate Road between April and Bixby avenues for the replacement of a bridge. 

Depending on weather, the project is slated to last two to three months. Agate Road runs from Elgin to Gunder. The posted detour will take travelers on Canoe Road from Elgin to Clermont and then Apple Road to Gunder. 

“We do know that any time we do a project like this, it is an inconvenience for the people who use the roads, so we appreciate their patience with us. Hopefully, we can maintain the local roads sufficiently enough, and it doesn’t cause too many problems for the people trying to get around the project,” said Rafe Koopman, Clayton County Engineer.  

The 78-year-old bridge has been deteriorating over the last decade. For the last five years, posted weight limits have allowed for semi trucks to pass over the bridge, one at a time. 

Wed
20
Jun

2018 Fayette County Fair is one month away

2018 Fayette County Fair is one month away

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

The 2018 Fayette County Fair is right around the corner! The Fayette County Fair Board started making final preparations at its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 12. 

The Fair Board announced that it has sold out of VIP tickets for the Collin Raye and Sammy Kershaw concert on Saturday, July 28. Track and Grandstand tickets are still available for $40 and $30, respectively.

There will be mutton bustin’ and calf scrambles during the Tuff-n-Nuff Miniature Rodeo on Thursday, July 26. The rodeo is open to any local child willing to participate. To sign your child up, please call Johnny Hopkins, Tuff-n-Nuff Miniature Rodeo president, at (515) 571-6922. 

Gay Bowden, special activities coordinator, noted that the Dance Pavilion is almost fully booked for the Fair. Highlights of what’s going on in the Dance Pavilion include the annual breakfast honoring veterans at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, June 26. Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics’ Annual Health Fair will be at 3 p.m. on Thursday. The Clover Kids will hold a graduation ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28, followed by the 4-H Achievement Auction at 3 p.m. All times are subject to change. More details on Dance Pavilion events will be announced at a later date. 

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