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Investors seek to fill vacancies in Professional Building

 

The Northeast Iowa Professional Building, once a men’s dormitory at the edge of the Upper Iowa University campus, was renovated to provide office space for both UIU and various community services, since about 1992. Upper Iowa will be vacating the second floor offices it had been using, by April 30, and Maple Crest Builders will be seeking new tenants.

 

Investors seek to fill vacancies in Professional Building

 

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

 

In their goal to keep buildings occupied in Fayette, the owners of a one-time men’s dormitory at the edge of Upper Iowa University’s campus seek tenants to fill a number of office spaces.

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16
Mar

An Irish romance

Pictured on their honeymoon near Ringarogy in February 2016, Paul Dunworth and Robin Whitford share a moment reflecting on their good fortune to have met one another nine years ago. (Submitted photos)

 

An Irish romance

 

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

 

How does an English major who grew up in northeast Iowa find herself married to a musician and now making her home on the Emerald Isle?

Call it the “Luck of the Irish.”

West Union native Robin Whitford first met Paul Dunworth while she was a student at Simpson College in Indianola about seven years ago.

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16
Mar

TigerHawk Preschool achieves top QRS rating

 

With the help of staff at West Union Elementary, including teacher Renee Larson, who is pictured helping Aubree Espey with her letters, TigerHawk Preschool received a level 5 rating on the QRS by the Iowa Department of Human Services. A level 5 rating is the highest mark a child-care center can receive. Chris DeBack photo

 

TigerHawk Preschool achieves top QRS rating

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The North Fayette and Valley school districts can add another accomplishment to their growing lists as the two districts close in on consolidation.

TigerHawk Preschool in West Union received a level 5 rating in the Iowa Quality Rating System (QRS) by the Iowa Department of Human Services. However, this isn’t a districtwide rating, as each child-care program must apply for its own rating.

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16
Mar

Fair Board approves queen contest changes

Fair Board approves queen contest changes

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The Fayette County Fair Board approved a few changes to the Fair Queen contest, as presented by queen contest coordinator Renee Larson, at its regular monthly meeting on Monday.

Fayette County has been one of the only fairs in the area to only permit town contest winners to run for Fair Queen. With the change, any Fayette County female between the ages of 16 and 21 who is involved with the fair can run for the title. Those not sponsored by their towns will need to find their own sponsors for the event.

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16
Mar

Bowers to bid Adios! after 38 years

After 22 years as Spanish teacher at North Fayette Valley, students and faculty will be saying Adios to the veteran instructor as she retires at the end of this school year. Chris DeBack photo

 

Bowers to bid Adios! after 38 years

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Teachers have come and gone over the last 22 years at North Fayette, now known as North Fayette Valley. There has been one constant presence in the classroom over that two-decade stretch: Spanish teacher Barb Bowers.

In January, Bowers and several other teachers accepted an early-retirement package from the North Fayette school district to leave their classrooms and walk away into the sunset. Her biggest reason for leaving the profession she loves is her six grandchildren.

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09
Mar

'It's elementary, my dear' at Sherlock Shrimp

 

Josh Meyer, a 2010 graduate of South Winneshiek High School, stands atop a stack of shrimp tanks at Sherlock Shrimp in Ridgeway. The 24-year-old aquaculture enthusiast, who has been with the company since nearly day one, works day in and day out to monitor the 46 standing tanks that occupy the former Ridgeway Elementary School. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

'It's elementary, my dear' at Sherlock Shrimp

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

In northeast Iowa, farming is a term that is familiar to everyone. Winneshiek County is plenty familiar with corn, soybean, hog, and cattle farming. Even poultry, goats, and sheep can be found around the county. 

In 2015, however, a new type of farming made its debut in Ridgeway. In what was once filled with chalkboards, books, and desks, Sherlock Shrimp moved into the former Ridgeway Elementary School. The name was derived from a twist on both the building’s history and a phrase spoken by a world-famous detective, its “elementary, my dear.”

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09
Mar

Elgin library's book sale a real treasure

 

Elgin Librarian Lisa Leuck, left, is pictured with Friends of the Library President Carol Katsumes, at the conclusion of this year’s annual book and media sale. The event is much anticipated by the community and others appreciate the opportunity to purchased good, used books, DVDs, picture books and even postcards and puzzles. (Janell Bradley photo)

 

Elgin library's book sale a real treasure

 

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

 

To say the Elgin Library’s annual book sale is a much-anticipated event is an understatement, as anyone who has found a bargain book, puzzle, postcard or music CD will readily attest.

A project of the library’s “Friends” group, the event has been held for a number of years and benefits the purchase of new books and other library projects.

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09
Mar

Peru opens world to student teacher

 

Rachael Strong (right) enjoys some fun time on the swings with her students from Reina de los Angeles during her time student teaching in Lima, Peru.

 

Peru opens world to student teacher

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Student teaching can be daunting enough. It’s the first time an aspiring teacher gets to take control and run his or her own classroom. Add in a foreign country with students who speak rough English, and it becomes even more intimidating.

However, it’s a challenge that rural Elgin native Rachael Strong faced head-on when she student taught in Peru for nine weeks in the fall of 2015.

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09
Mar

Welcome Chase home!

Welcome Chase home!

 

 

Help welcome Chase Aeschliman home between 5:45 and 6 p.m. Friday, March 11, by lining the streets up to the Wadena City Park where he will stop to say hi.

Be sure to break out your #TeamChase gear and signs or make new ones for this joyous occasion and well-deserved homecoming. 

Wed
09
Mar

New county maintenance complex defeated

New county maintenance complex defeated

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The people of Fayette County have spoken after a resounding defeat of the bond for the proposed new Fayette County Maintenance Complex on Tuesday, March 1.

Eight hundred twenty-one people voted down the bond that would have increased taxes by approximately 61 cents per $1,000 assessed value over the next 10 years to pay for the $5 million project. Only 39 percent of voters (526) who turned out to the polls voted in favor of the new complex. The bond needed to pass by a 60 percent majority.

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