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Wed
09
Dec

Ossian proceeds with urban revitalization

Ossian proceeds with urban revitalization

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

Mayor Chuck Covell called the Ossian City Council meeting to order for the final time Monday night shortly after new mayor Bill Green and new councilpersons Bryan Beckman and Sue Lienau were sworn in, effective Jan. 1, 2016. 

The meeting, which also marked the final meeting for Councilmen Tom Bushman and Scott Meyer, began with a public hearing on the designation of the 2016 Urban Revitalization Area and the adoption of a plan for the revitalization area.

Wed
09
Dec

Pen pals become gal pals in New York City

 

Amy Cummings was thrilled to meet her longtime pen pal, Angela Jones (right), when they met in New York City after Angela flew there on business from her home in Brisbane, Australia.

 

Pen pals become gal pals in New York City

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

 

After 27 years corresponding through letters and, more recently, social media, pen pals Amy and Angela met one another in person for the first time ever.

The girls’ friendship began with a pen pal program initiated by Amy Cummings’ fourth-grade teacher at South Winneshiek, Mrs. Rothmeyer. In 1988, students in Mrs. Rothmeyer’s class were matched with students having similar interests in a fourth-grade classroom in Queensland, Australia.

Wed
09
Dec

Honey Queen concludes 'Buzzing across America' tour

 

American Honey Queen Gabrielle “Belle” Hemesath of Clermont will soon conclude her one-year reign.

 

Honey Queen concludes 'Buzzing across America' tour

 

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

 

With her year as the reigning American Honey Queen drawing to a close, Gabrielle Hemesath truly has become “Queen Bee” as she’s buzzed from coast to coast in 2015. As the country’s beekeeping ambassador promoting honey and bees, she’s visited 19 states, presented programs to 6,478 students and reached an audience of 1.9 million people.

Wed
09
Dec

'Feathers up' for UIU's Louise Scott

 

Prior to retiring as Upper Iowa University’s dean of student development, Louise Scott recently fulfilled one final wish by climbing the Alexander-Dickman Hall bell tower and ringing the historic bell on the Fayette campus. Scott will retire Dec. 31 after proudly serving the university for 30 years. (submitted photo)

 

'Feathers up' for UIU's Louise Scott

 

 

For 30 years, Louise Scott has walked the halls and grounds of what she refers to “as one of God’s most special places on Earth.” It is due to this resounding compassion for Upper Iowa University and its students that it will be to no one’s surprise if the longtime staff member is still witnessed walking across the Fayette campus long after her retirement as dean of student development on Dec. 31.

Wed
09
Dec

Council to continue K-9 program

Council to continue K-9 program

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The West Union City Council at its regular Monday meeting decided to move forward with the K-9 program with Officer Xena, despite the resignation of Police Chief Matt Walker.

Currently, the force doesn’t have an officer trained to handle a drug dog, and that training could cost upwards of $4,000, Mayor Kent Halverson suggested. As the City searches for a new chief and another new police officer, after Officer Benjamin Baskerville resigned on Dec. 1, it will seek someone, especially in the new officer, has the required K-9 training.

Wed
09
Dec

Farmers hear benefits of cover crops, prairie strips

 

Tim Recker of Oelwein provided an overview on types of waterway construction designed to promote soil conservation at a seminar at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in West Union, Wednesday, Dec. 2. The event was sponsored by the Turkey River Watershed Management Authority and the Iowa Corn Growers Association. (Janell Bradley photos)

 

Farmers hear benefits of cover crops, prairie strips

 

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

 

An Eagle Grove corn farmer who reduced his water nitrate level by 29 percent shared his successes with other Iowa corn growers last week in West Union.

Tim Smith, who received the National Corn Growers’ Good Steward award and the White House Champions of Change honor, described a variety of his conservation techniques for northeast Iowa farmers Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Fayette County Fairgrounds. The event was co-organized by the Iowa Corn Growers Association and Turkey River Watershed Management Authority.

Wed
09
Dec

Poppens/Johansen honored for Messiah service

Linda Johansen, Leslie Poppen and Doug Poppen (l-r) have dedicated ninev decades of service to “The Messiah” among the three of them. They will be honored during the 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, performance at United Methodist Church in West Union. 

 

Poppens/Johansen honored for Messiah service

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

With just over nine decades of experience among the three well-known musicians,  Doug and Leslie Poppen and Linda Johansen will be honored at this year’s performance of G.F. Handel’s “The Messiah” on Sunday, Dec. 13, for their longtime service to the annual presentation.

 

Fri
04
Dec

'Magic of Christmas' this weekend

 

Ken and Lois Zajicek of Ossian are just two of the friendly faces that will be greeting those participating in the “Magic of Christmas” festivities this weekend. The Zajiceks, along with Ron and Brandi Hemesath, DeAnn Hemesath, Harvey and Clarice Timp, and Taylor Made Bed and Breakfast will be featured this holiday season in the parade of homes. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

'Magic of Christmas' this weekend

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

With the Thanksgiving holiday officially in the books, it is now time to switch gears to the Christmas season! Ossian will feature the “Magic of Christmas” Friday-Sunday, Dec. 4-6. The weekend of holiday spirit is hosted by St. Francis DeSales and sponsored by the St. Francis DeSales Rosary Society.

The magic kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday evening with the opening gala at Silver Springs Country Club. The gala will feature a first look at dozens of decorated trees, holiday collections, and holiday tables, all decorated for the season.

Winetasting and a delicious hors d’oeuvres buffet is also including in the evening. Admission for Friday night is $10, with the event set to wrap up at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, the “Magic of Christmas” continues with an all-day celebration from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. 

Thu
03
Dec

From northeast Iowa to the Middle East

Sarah and Jared Staal at the pyramids in Egypt. The Staals live in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, which allows them to travel to a variety of locales in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

 

From northeast Iowa to the Middle East

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer
bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

Growing up in a small community in northeast Iowa, Sarah (Henning) Staal learned a number of things that have helped her become successful in life. Becoming involved in a variety of extracurricular opportunities that included all sorts of different people was the norm in a small school and a small town, where everyone seemed to participate in everything.

           “My parents, family and friends challenged me to keep an open mind, and that has been a catalyst in helping me adapt to new groups, people, and situations in my life. I was motivated to reach for my goals, but was also taught to look for the good in everyone’s heart, no matter where I may travel or live,” said Staal in describing how she was raised.

Thu
03
Dec

Lefse a family's time-honored treat

 

Heidi Eitel rolls out a lefse to then be used on a hot griddle. 

 

Lefse a family's time-honored treat

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

Hawkeye’s Heidi Eitel may not be of Norwegian ancestry, but anyone who’s sampled her lefse would agree: She’s got a knack for turning out the tasty potato-based treats that would make any Norwegian say, “Nydelig!” (delicious)

Heidi grew up in a family that saw her helping to make lefse from the time she was in elementary school. Her mother, Christine Moritz, her sisters and their mother, Lilli Gross, have long made delicious treats like homemade noodles and lefse for local farmers’ markets. As a young girl, Heidi used a stick to “bop” the air bubbles in a rolled potato pastry that’s cooking on the griddle.

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