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Country music icons highlight 2016 Winneshiek Co. Fair

Country music icons highlight 2016 Winneshiek Co. Fair

 

by Zakary Kriener

 

 

 

Four country music entertainers will highlight the Grandstand events at the Winneshiek County Fair in Decorah this year, including Tracy Lawrence and Travis Tritt.

With the fair set to begin Tuesday, July 12, an exciting menu of entertainment is scheduled to give fair-goers another great experience this year.

Wed
29
Jun

Craig's recovery swift and remarkable

A recent photo shows a happy Natalie Craig (left) with her daughter, Tava, and her late fiancé, Blake Bublitz. Bublitz and Craig were returning May 7 from a benefit motorcycle ride, when Blake lost control of his bike around a sharp corner. Craig was hospitalized for 10 days, but Bublitz didn’t survive the accident. 

 

Craig's recovery swift and remarkable

 

By Chris DeBack

 

 

Natalie Craig has been called many things over the course of her life; now she can add survivor and miracle child to her list.

Craig and her fiancé, Blake Bublitz, were attending “Ride for Jay” on May 7. It was a benefit motorcycle ride to raise money for the couple's friend Jay Maloney, who had been diagnosed with cancer recently.   

After the ride concluded, the couple headed for home in Eau Claire, Wis. At approximately 9:30 p.m., as the couple came around a sharp corner, Bublitz lost control of the motorcycle. Craig, who was on the back of the bike, was thrown 50 feet through the air, landing on a hillside and falling backwards into a ditch.

A local couple came upon the scene about four miles from Eau Claire and found Blake unresponsive underneath the backend of the motorcycle. The husband immediately began CPR on him but it wasn’t until the wife heard Natalie crying from the ditch that they realized he wasn’t alone. She rushed to Craig’s side; Natalie was responsive and talking.

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29
Jun

Area July 4th celebrations

Area July 4th celebrations

 

 

 

   Local Fourth of July celebrations promise a variety of activities and entertainment in addition to the usual oohs and aahs of a traditional fireworks show. Here are some area plans for the Fourth of July 2016:

 

Clermont – A holiday fireworks show for the Valley community is set for Sunday, July 3 at dusk. The fireworks will take place over the campground lake at Skip-A-Way Resort in Clermont.

 

Festina – The Firecracker 5K, sponsored by Festina Improvement Association, will start and finish at Neal’s Auto Body in Festina. Race time is 9 a.m., with prizes awarded to the top male and female finishers and to children 12 and under. Festina’s annual Fourth of July Parade will begin at 11 a.m.

 

Wed
29
Jun

Davis joins Fayette Police Department

West Union native Ben Davis is the newest member of the Fayette Police Department. He is the son of Fayette County Chief Deputy Jim Davis. The father of two is attending Upper Iowa University online, where he is seeking a criminal justice degree.

 

Davis joins Fayette Police Department

 

by Chris DeBack

 

 

 

Meet the Fayette Police Department’s newest officer, Ben Davis.

Davis is the son of Fayette County Chief Deputy Jim Davis and his wife, Kathleen. Born in 1988, he is a native of West Union, but he currently resides in Clermont.

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29
Jun

Palmer Lutheran Health Center and Gundersen create local healthcare system

Beginning July 1, the entrance sign to the hospital and clinic in West Union will take on a new look as the two organizations will combine efforts under the new name Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics. (L to r) Tanya Tysland, chief executive officer at PLHC, and Crystal Goltz, Gundersen's regional clinic manager, look forward to its strengthened partnership. (LeAnn Larson photo)

 

Palmer Lutheran Health Center and Gundersen create local healthcare system

 

 

July 1 will mark an important milestone for Gundersen Health System and Palmer Lutheran Health Center in West Union. That is when the two organizations will combine efforts under the new name Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics.

 

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29
Jun

West Union 4th of July celebration

 

Fun for the whole family can be had at West Union’s annual 4th of July celebration at the West Union Aquatic Center and Recreation Complex. The fun kicks off with a pool carnival starting at 1 p.m. Monday, July 4, sponsored by West Union Parks and Recreation. Festivities begin at the Recreation Complex at 4 p.m., sponsored by the West Union Chamber, A Main Street Community. Ready to have some fun at the pool and then jump in the bounce houses are (l-r) Thomas Sadler, William Sadler, Katelynn Sadler, Anabel Murray, Joslyn Murray, Benjamin Murray and Ethan Murray. Chris DeBack photo

 

West Union 4th of July celebration

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

West Union Parks and Recreation will once again kick off the community’s Fourth of July festivities starting at 1 p.m. with its Eighth Annual Water Carnival at the Aquatic Center.

Wed
22
Jun

Gearing up for the 2016 Winneshiek County Fair

 

Kenzie Monroe and her calf, along with dozens of other youngsters, provided plenty of entertainment during the Pee Wee Show at the 2015 Winneshiek County Fair. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Gearing up for the 2016 Winneshiek County Fair

 

By Zakary Kriener

zkriender@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

With less than three weeks left until the 2016 Winneshiek County Fair in Decorah, it’s time to start getting ready for another fun and exciting event.

The action kicks off on Tuesday, July 12, with the first of five full days jam-packed with fun and entertainment for people of all ages.

Wed
22
Jun

Music in the Park performances this weekend

 

“Oklahoma!” from the musical of the same name is one of the featured songs in the musical revue Music in the Park, scheduled for June 24-25 in Elgin. Singing about where the wind comes sweeping down the plain are (l-r) Larry Popenhagen, Emily Berger, Emily Kullen, Skylar Harnisch, Tim Hanson, and Rod Marlatt.

 

Music in the Park performances this weekend

 

By Brian Smith

 

 

Volunteer performers from ages 7 to adult will be showcasing their musical and theatrical talents in Elgin over the weekend as they perform songs from “Wicked,” “Oklahoma,” “Rent,” “The Sound of Music” and “Annie, Get Your Gun.” Don’t miss your opportunity to  see these and several other selections from popular musicals during Music in the Park 2016. Two shows are scheduled, one on Friday, June 24, and another on Saturday, June 25, at Elgin City Park.

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22
Jun

City to return home to Goodell

 

City to return home to Goodell

 

by Janell Bradley

 

The Fayette City Council discussed the new police officer hire and applications for the city clerk position when it met Monday night.

Police Chief Rich Pisanti advised that newly hired officer Ben Davis has passed all necessary tests and will begin work with the city on Monday, June 27.

City Administrator Christie Dennis informed the council that 14 applications have been received for her position, although the deadline is July 8. As part of her report, Dennis also noted that she and deputy clerk Anne Sellers handled 96 city utility accounts from April through mid-June for people moving out and moving into mostly rental properties.

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22
Jun

Famous auctioneer calls Nabholz Farm auction

 

Joseph Mast (right) is the voice of the auctioneer in a recent Geico commercial. Here, he tries to get a just a bit more money for one of the many heifers sold during the Nabholz Farm Golden Memories Sale Saturday in rural West Union. Meanwhile, owner Norm Nabholz (left) scans his sheet to see what what details he can provide about the next cow to be auctioned.

 

Famous auctioneer calls Nabholz Farm auction

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

World-renowned auctioneer Joseph Mast was the voice of Nabholz Farm Golden Memories Sale on Saturday, June 18, in West Union.

It was through Fasig Tipton in Kentucky, for whom Mast conducts auctions on thoroughbred horses, that Norm Nabholz, host of the Golden Memories Sale, was able to get in touch with Mast. After a short discussion, Mast was onboard to call the sale.

Mast sold a cow named Anastacia for $69,000 to an online bidder from Pennsylvania. That was the highest bid placed on a cow during the sale.

“It was kind of a no-brainer for me because I have sold classic cars for my career, but I grew up milking cows,” Mast said. “It was kind of a throwback for me.”

Having sold all over the world, coming to West Union wasn’t a huge deal for a man with small-town roots. However, Mast admitted that West Union was one of the smaller towns in which he had ever conducted an auction.

The northeast Ohio native grew up on a dairy farm. It wasn’t until his father and uncle sold the farm just after Mast graduated from high school that he thought about a career as an auctioneer.

“My dad brought home a flier one evening for the Missouri Auction School in St. Louis and put it on the table,” Mast recalled. “He said, ‘I think you’d be good at it.’ I always liked being in front of crowds and performing, so I went to auction school and loved it.”

He graduated in 2000 and did a one-year apprenticeship before receiving his auctioneer’s license in 2001. Mast started small, working some estate sales. The first thing he ever sold was a bowling ball and a Little Tikes sandbox.

However, it wasn’t until he got into helping sell wholesale automobiles that Mast really came into his own. He started work with Barrett-Jackson 10 years ago and recently became the head auctioneer for its highly prized collectible cars.

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