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Winneshiek County Dairy Royalty

Winneshiek County Dairy Royalty

 

There was a lot of royalty at the 2021 Winneshiek County Dairy Banquet. Pictured (l-r) are 2021 Alternate Princess Ashley Elsbernd, 2020 Dairy Princess Ashley Neirling, 2021 Dairy Princess Emily Carolan, 2021 Little Miss Squirt Kalyse Waterman and Iowa Dairy Princess Amber Engelken.

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Continuing her mission to grow female wrestling

Felicity Taylor (right), a South Winneshiek alum and current wrestler for the McKendree women’s wrestling team, goes head-to-head with a competitor at the USA Wrestling Olympic Team Trials recently. (photo by Jim Thrall) 

 

Continuing her mission to grow female wrestling

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

While in high school at South Winneshiek, Felicity Taylor made a name for herself in the Iowa wrestling community. Today, her name is one that has become familiar with wrestling fans all over the United States and beyond.

In March, the junior 116-pounder for the McKendree University (Lebanon, Ill.) became the first Iowa female to win a national championship as Taylor capped off an undefeated season by winning the title.

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Apr

'21 Beef Royalty

 

The 2021 Fayette County Beef Royalty were crowned recently. The new Beef Queen is Kasydi Meyer (second from right). The new Beef Princess is Isabelle Steinbronn (second from left). Little Miss Cowgirls are Sam Steinbronn and Autumn Miller. The 2021 Beef Banquet will be held sometime in June. (Photo submitted)

 

2021 Beef Royalty

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14
Apr

West Union's 1st Farm Toy Show

Where you find farm toys you’ll usually find discussions about the merits of the actual equipment pieces when they were being used. Many of those discussions will be taking place, like the one here, at the Northeast Iowa Diecast Toy Show this Saturday at the West Union Event Center.

 

West Union's 1st Farm Toy Show

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

“The show must go on,” that’s according to organizer Tracy Johnson who is the driving force behind the first annual Northeast Iowa Diecast Toy Show. It will be Saturday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the West Union Event Center (10201 Harding Rd., Highway 18 east of West Union).

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14
Apr

75 years of sparkling service

When Jill Heins was growing up, one of her favorite things to do was admire the sparkling jewelry at her grandfather Mark’s St. Lucas jewelry store.  Now, 75 years later, Heins is running the show while her own daughter, six-year-old Lynston, finds the same joy in admiring the jewelry.  

 

75 years of sparkling service

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

“It’s exciting,” beamed Jill Heins, owner and operator of Marks Jewelry in St. Lucas.  “It means a lot that we have been a part of the community and the surrounding areas for 75 years, and we are looking forward to many more!” 

When Jill’s grandfather, Mark Mihm, had a dream of opening the jewelry store in his hometown of St. Lucas in 1946, it is clear he knew that the small-town atmosphere would be valuable for the local business. 

“We have grown with families,” Jill smiled.  “I’ve watched little girls grow up. From receiving their first communion jewelry, to birth stones jewelry, to engagement rings, to mothers rings,” she said.  “The meaning, and the jewelry is always timeless, and valuable.”

Wed
07
Apr

Be a part of the Warrior wall!

Be a part of the Warrior wall!

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The South Winneshiek Education Foundation announced its newest fundraising effort as it will sell personalized blocks to be placed near the gymnasium/auditorium entrance on the west side of the high school building in Calmar.

Money raised from the project will go toward funding future educational opportunities for all South Winneshiek students.

There are three different donation options, which include a 12x12” block that features the South Winn cross spear or Warrior head for $150, a 6x12” block that features the South Winn spear for $100, or a 6x6” option that features a “SW” logo or feather for $50. Each option can be customized to include a business or family name, or be in memory of a loved one.

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07
Apr

Waucoma Fire Department upgrades extrication equipment

The Waucoma volunteer fire department recently upgraded its rescue equipment as it acquired two new battery-powered spreaders and a battery-powered cutter. Members of the local fire department were able to practice with the new equipment for the first time at a recent training session. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Waucoma Fire Department upgrades extrication equipment

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The Waucoma Fire Department recently acquired a set of new rescue equipment that will allow its volunteers to work quicker and more efficiently in emergency situations.

“When we’re on a call, whether it’s a fire or rescue, time is critical,” said Jim Franzen, Waucoma fire fighter and head of the fundraising effort for the new battery-powered spreaders and cutter equipment. “Before adding this equipment, we used a hydraulic spreader and cutter, which was not as dependable. We would have trouble with the hoses at times and we had to have the truck close enough for the hoses to reach. With the battery-powered equipment, we can go anywhere.”

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07
Apr

Search warrant discovers two pounds of meth

Last week, a search warrant in Ossian led to the seizure of approximately two pounds of methamphetamine, which is worth over $24,000. The Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office arrested 63-year-old Fred Louis Makaanapuokahomelani Pa of Ossian as a result of the warrant. (submitted photo)

 

 

Search warrant discovers two pounds of meth

 

On Monday, April 1, Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office deputies executed a search warrant at the residence of 306 E. Main Street in Ossian. The warrant, which was the result of a lengthy investigation by the Sheriff’s Office, led authorities to discover approximately two pounds of methamphetamine. The narcotics, which carry an approximate street value of approximately $24,720, was subsequently seized.

Fred Louis Makaanapuokahomelani Pa, 63, of Ossian was arrested and charged with controlled substance violation, a Class B felony; failure to affix a drug stamp, a Class D felony; and felony gathering where controlled substances are used.

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Apr

Winneshiek Co. Dairy banquet set for April 10

Winneshiek Co. Dairy banquet set for April 10

 

 

The 58th annual Winneshiek County Dairy Banquet will be held Saturday, April 10, at the Festina Community Center. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the program scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. The meal will include pork loin, beef brisket, red potatoes with parsley, honey-glazed carrots, strawberry fluff, brownies and ice cream. 

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07
Apr

NFV offers dual credits allowing students no-cost college courses

North Fayette Valley instructor Kelli Kovarik holds a conference with NFV senior Kailee Ginger. Kovarik and other instructors at the local high school help their students achieve the most that they can, including providing dual-credit courses that will count as college credits upon graduation.

 

NFV offers dual credits, allowing students no-cost college courses

 

By Megan Molseed

mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

“I have spent hours on email or on the phone with advisors from NICC and SDSU to make sure the classes Abby takes are transferable and a good match to her goals,” said Amy Boehm, mother of North Fayette Valley senior, and future South Dakota State University (SDSU) student, Abby Boehm.  

“The biggest message is that parents need to get involved if they or the kids want to take college courses,” Boehm added.  “Find out what they are looking to study in college if possible and compare those requirements to those available through NICC.” 

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