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Apr

Fayette chief gets death threats from arrestee in burglary case

Joshua Sargent

 

 

 

 

Fayette chief gets death threats from arrestee in burglary case

 

During the late evening hours of Thursday, March 24, a burglary occurred at a home on Franklin Street in the city of Fayette while the residents were out of town.

During the burglary, Joshua Sargent, 32, and two juvenile males, ages 14 and 17, worked together to commit the crime. The three traveled to the home in Sargent’s red Toyota Scion. Sargent then parked his car at a day-care center directly across from the victim’s home. He then let the two juveniles out of the car, and they ran directly at the victim’s house.

Wed
06
Apr

Moving forward with charter high school

 

Student Hailey Weidemann and her mom Joelene work on filling out the paperwork to enroll into college courses offered through West Central High School. (Gina Hoffman photo)

 

Moving forward with charter high school

 

 

 

Gina Hoffman
Contributing Writer

 

For over 10 years now, West Central (WC) High School in Maynard has been offering junior and senior students a special opportunity to enroll in college classes through a partnership with Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC). This partnership typically allows high school students to earn college credit through Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO), online courses, concurrent enrollment classes taught within the high school, and a head start into several technical programs.

West Central decided to pursue the charter school partnership with NICC in order to decrease open enrollment out of the school district and increase open enrollment in. Unlike many similar programs that other schools may offer, this program is geared toward all students, not just those with honors or high GPAs. All junior and senior students are offered the opportunity to receive college credits while in high school. West Central has graduated several students with success and given many the chances to be the first generation of their family to work toward and achieve a college degree. 

Wed
06
Apr

Better with every batch

 

Local brewmasters Bob Slack and Justin Teff (l-r) enjoy a glass of one of their latest creations as they stand in the brewing quarters of Pulpit Rock Brewing Company in Decorah. The two young beer enthusiasts have been co-brewers at the microbrewery since it first opened in August 2015. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

'Better with every batch'

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

It all started less than two years ago for Pulpit Rock Brewing Company in Decorah. The local microbrewery has seen a great deal of success in its inaugural year of being open for business, something that can be greatly attributed to co-brewers Bob Slack and Justin Teff.

Wed
06
Apr

Rowland to seek fourth term as Supervisor

Vicki Rowland

 

Rowland to seek fourth term as Supervisor

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

Democrat Vicki Rowland is seeking a fourth term as a Fayette County Supervisor in the upcoming fall election.

Rowland was first elected to the Supervisors in fall 2004 and has since won her last two re-election bids.

Wed
06
Apr

Police work is a passion for new WU police chief

 

West Union’s new police chief, Dylan Schauer, was sworn into office on Monday, April 4. He comes to West Union from the U.S. Marshal’s Service, where he was stationed in Wyoming. Chris DeBack Photo

 

Police work is a passion for new WU police chief

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

West Union’s new police chief, Dylan Schauer, was sworn into office at the West Union City Council meeting on Monday, April 4, at the West Union Community Library. A public meet-and-greet with the new chief followed the meeting.  

Schauer comes to West Union from the U.S. Marshal’s Service, where he was stationed in Wyoming. He originally grew up in North Dakota and had his first police assignment as a patrol officer with the Grand Forks Police Department (GFPD) in North Dakota.

Wed
30
Mar

Zurbriggen eager for opportunity to change lives

 

Ryan Zurbriggen will be the Darling Elementary principal in Postville next school year after the Postville school board approved the hire at its meeting on March 14. This will be Zurbriggen's second principal position after a short stint with Denver High School, but his first time as an elementary principal. He is currently curriculum director for the district. 

 

Zurbriggen eager for opportunity to change lives

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Ryan Zurbriggen is ready to face his next challenge head-on. It will come in the form of hundreds of children as he takes over as principal at Darling Elementary School in Postville. The Postville school board approved the hire at its March 14 meeting.

 

Currently, Zurbriggen serves as curriculum director for the Postville school district. Having such a familiarity with the very diverse district will only serve to benefit him during his transition next fall. 

Wed
30
Mar

Winneshiek County Dairy candidates announced

Winneshiek County Dairy candidates announced

 

 

The Winneshiek County Dairy Banquet is right around the corner. That means that a new group of royalty is waiting to be crowned at the April 9 gathering of area dairy producers and supporters.

The 2016 banquet, which is set to begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at DeSales School in Ossian, features four candidates who will be vying for the honor of serving Winneshiek County.

A beef brisket and stuffed chicken breast meal will be served by U2 Barbecue in Calmar, while several DHIA and other individual awards will be handed out before the 2016 royalty is announced.

Wed
30
Mar

Tritt, Lawrence highlight Fair entertainment

Tritt, Lawrence highlight Fair entertainment

 

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

The 2016 Winneshiek County Fair will feature an exciting lineup of entertainment this summer as it will welcome country music headliners Travis Tritt and Tracy Lawrence, as well as the thrills of some of the best stock car racing in the country, plus, the excitement of the National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA) and the CC Bull Riding and Barrel Racing Rodeo.

Wed
30
Mar

Wadena Locker takes home grand championship

 

Tony Harford, owner of Tony’s Wadena Locker, was named the 2016 Grand Champion for his cooked ring bologna in the Iowa Cured Meats Championships at the Iowa Meat Processors Association’s 80th Convention and Trade Show in Ames recently. 

 

Wadena Locker takes home grand championship

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Tony’s Wadena Locker, owned by Tony Harford, was named the 2016 Grand Champion for his cooked ring bologna in the Iowa Cured Meats Championships at the Iowa Meat Processors Association’s 80th Convention and Trade Show in Ames recently.

The Strawberry Point native competed against 23 other entries to earn the top prize for his cured meat. He typically only takes two or three products for judging in Ames, including his jerky.

“The ring bologna is made with love,” Harford explained. “I like cutting meat, doing different stuff. There are hundreds of different ways to cut meat. I take a lot of pride in what I do and doing a good job for my customers.”

Wed
30
Mar

Four contend for crown of Miss Elgin

Four contend for crown of Miss Elgin

 

 

 

Four young ladies seeking the title of Miss Elgin 2016 have come forward to announce their candidacy for Elgin royalty.  ClaiClaire Hanson, Carissa Bausch, and Jaymes Dotzenrod all hope to wear the crown when the new Miss Elgin is crocrowned Saturday, April 2.

 

 

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