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Wed
04
Apr

25 years of saving lives for E-911

 

For the last 25 years, residents in Fayette County have been able to dial 911 to reach emergency services. Before then, a local resident had to know the phone numbers for the emergency service he or she wished to reach and would be redirected to the correct emergency service if he or she dialed the wrong one. Kelly Fink, Fayette County Dispatch supervisor, answers a staged 911 call to show the different information that is displayed on her monitors. (Chris DeBack photo)

 

25 years of saving lives for E-911

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

While we take for granted dialing 911 in an emergency, there hasn’t always been someone on the other end. 

It has been 25 years since Fayette County’s Enhanced 911 system (E-911) went online in March 1993 and revolutionized how a resident contacts emergency services. A lot of preparation went into bringing the service online. 

Wed
04
Apr

Let the primary season begin!

Let the primary season begin!

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

On Tuesday, June 5, Iowans will head to the polls to cast a vote on whom they want to represent their political party in the local, state, and federal general election in November. 

Now that the filing deadline (March 28) has passed, here are the candidates who will appear on the ballot in the June primary.

 

Local election

With two Fayette County Supervisor seats up for grabs this fall, members on the ballot from the Democratic and Republican parties will be running unopposed in the June election. 

The two Democratic candidates are Tim O’Brien of Fayette, chairman of the Fayette County Democratic Party, and Martin Ray Stanbrough of Fayette, a Fayette County Secondary Roads employee. Incumbent Fayette County Supervisors Jeanine Tellin of Maynard and Darrell Dolf of Randalia will be on the ballot for the Republicans. 

With two seats up for grabs, each party can nominate two candidates to run for the positions. However, there is still the possibility with any election that a write-in candidate could win the nomination. It will be the top two vote-getters that will win the two seats in November. 

Other Fayette County elected officials running unopposed for their current positions includes Kyle Jacobsen, Treasurer; Wayne Sauer, Attorney; and Karen Ford, Recorder. 

For the record, these are the names that will appear on the ballot because these individuals turned in the necessary paperwork. 

Wed
04
Apr

NAMI Family Support Group

NAMI Family Support Group

 

NAMI Northeast Iowa will be holding its monthly family support group, led by trained family members of people with mental health conditions for family members, caregivers, and loved ones of individuals living with a mental health condition.  

 

NAMI Family Support Group will meet April 9th (and the 2nd Monday of each successive month), from 5:30-6:45 pm, at 607 Washington Street, Decorah (The Spectrum Network).

 

For questions or more information, call 563-293-6264 or email namineiowa@gmail.com.

Wed
04
Apr

USDA Reopens Enrollment for Improved Dairy Safety Net Tool

Release No. 0042.18                                                                                                    

Contact:

Justin Fritscher, (202) 720-5776

 

USDA Reopens Enrollment for Improved Dairy Safety Net Tool

 

Bipartisan Budget Act Makes Substantial Program Changes

Wed
28
Mar

All aboard the Bru Hop

 

Standing in front of the new Brü Hop bus is owner Jim Dotzenrod. The new service will transport local beer and wine enthusiasts from area hotels to any of the three local Winneshiek County breweries, including PIVO Brewery in Calmar, Toppling Goliath Brewing Company in Decorah, Pulpit Rock Brewing Company in Decorah, and Winneshiek Wildberry Winery near Decorah. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

All aboard the Bru Hop

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

Over the course of the past 10 years, Winneshiek County has established itself as a premier destination for beer and wine enthusiasts alike. With the emergence of Toppling Goliath Brewing Company (Decorah), Pulpit Rock Brewing Company (Decorah), PIVO Brewery (Calmar), and Winneshiek Wildberry Winery (rural Decorah), the industry is alive and well on a local level.

Emerging as perfect partner for these great establishments in the new Brü Hop bus, which is a 14-passenger bus owned and operated by Jim Dotzenrod of Decorah.

Wed
28
Mar

Clayton Co. Dairy Banquet April 6

 

Clayton Co. Dairy Banquet April 6

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

A number of young Clayton County residents are competing for the titles of Dairy Princess, Little Miss Squirt, and Junior Dairyman, at the 2018 Clayton County Dairy Banquet on Friday, April 6, at Johnson’s Reception Hall in Elkader. 

The meal will begin at 7 p.m. with the program to follow. 

Tickets for the event will be available at the door. 

Additional awards that will be given out at the banquet include Distinguished Dairy Producer, Outstanding Young Dairy Producer, and Senior Dairy Producer. Blue ribbon rosettes and plaques will also be awarded to producers for a variety of herd and individual cow production levels.  

Wed
28
Mar

Miss Elgin crowned

 

The crowning of Miss Elgin was held on Saturday, March 24, at the Elgin Public Library. Miss Elgin royalty includes 2018 Miss Elgin Carissa Bausch (left) and 2018 runner-up Hayley Zeien. (photo by Stephanie Hermen)

 

Miss Elgin crowned

Wed
28
Mar

Fayette Co. prepares for severe weather season

 

Wadena volunteer firefighter Randy Roberts (right) shows Todd Shea, National Weather Service warning coordination meteorologist photos he took of an impending storm, which culminated in severe winds that took down buildings on his farm last spring. (photo by Megan Molseed)

 

Fayette Co. prepares for severe weather season

 

 

Megan Molseed
mmolseed@fayettepublishing.com

 

Preparation, deployment, observation and communication were the name of the game during the biannual SKYWARN Severe Weather Spotter Training in Fayette on Monday evening.

“There is a big difference between storm-chasing and storm-spotting,” noted speaker Todd Shea, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS) in La Crosse, Wis.   “Our goal is to work with county services to help develop a program where severe weather can be identified, reported and, overall, keep the public safe,” he added. 

The event, which is intended for storm spotters such as area volunteer firefighters and EMS workers, was also open to the public.

Wed
28
Mar

Hildebrand celebrates 40 years of service to Fayette

 

 

Fayette mayor Andrew Wenthe thanks Jerry Hildebrand, Public Works director in celebration of his 40 years of service to the City of Fayette earlier this month. (submitted photo)

 

Hildebrand celebrates 40 years of service to Fayette

 

Megan Molseed
mmolseed@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

“Jerry started with the City as a teenager and grew to lead the Public Works Department,” said Fayette mayor Andrew Wenthe of lifelong Fayette resident Jerry Hildebrand, who celebrated his 40th year working for the scenic northeast Iowa town earlier this month.

“He is incredibly dedicated and hardworking,” Wenthe said of the longtime City employee.  “The City of Fayette has been fortunate to have him working for us.”

Mayor Wenthe honored Hildebrand on March 1 40 years to the day of the beginning of his tenure with the town of Fayette. 

Wed
28
Mar

Being proactive to keep students safe

Being proactive to keep students safe

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

With school shootings continuing to dominate national headlines, are our local schools prepared to handle such a dangerous situation? 

Whether one wants to believe that it could happen in rural northeast Iowa or not, area school districts and law enforcement agencies have to be vigilant to the potential existence of such a threat. 

The Fayette County Union took time to speak with Duane Willhite, North Fayette Valley superintendent; Marty Fisher, Fayette County Sheriff; and Paul Becthold, West Union police chief, about the preparation that has taken place. The newspaper also spoke to four students, senior Grace Kerr, junior Drew Berger, sophomore Ian Menne, and freshman Abby Boehm to see if they feel safe attending school in light of recent events nationwide. 

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