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14
Sep

Councilman Kris McGrane named Fayette City Clerk

 

Fayette Mayor Andrew Wenthe (right) congratulates Councilman Kris McGrane on accepting the position of city clerk/administrator at Tuesday night’s (Sept. 6) meeting in Fayette. McGrane was chosen from a field of approximately 25-30 applicants. He will begin working with current City Administrator Christie Dennis on Sept. 30. Dennis intends to retire on Oct. 28. (Janell Bradley photo) 

 

Councilman Kris McGrane named Fayette City Clerk

 

 

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

 

The Fayette City Council agreed to hire one of its own as Fayette’s new city clerk/administrator, with City Councilman Kris McGrane to start working with current City Administrator Christie Dennis on Sept. 30.

In making the recommendation at a meeting Tuesday, Sept. 6, Mayor Andrew Wenthe said McGrane has great experience with city government from his employment as a dispatcher with the Oelwein Police Department. Wenthe went on to cite McGrane’s strong IT skills (he helped update the City’s website), commitment to community and proven ability as a quick learner.

Wed
14
Sep

Katherine Hannigan publishes 5th book

Katherine Hannigan

 

Katherine Hannigan publishes 5th book

 

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

 

Katherine Hannigan’s website describes her as an author and illustrator. However, those who know the Fayette woman would say she is all that and so much more. Her books not only entertain and delight, but teach young people about the importance of protecting and enhancing the environment.

Hannigan has just published her fifth book, entitled “Dirt + Water = Mud.” She was inspired to write and illustrate “Dirt” as a result of her math background and the imaginative minds of her 9- and 11-year-old nieces living in New York.

Wed
14
Sep

'Friends' to honor Moellering for commitment to WU library

 

For 40 years Bill Moellering has served on the West Union Library Board. Recently, he decided it was time to retire and elected to not seek another term on the board. Tim Fisher was approved to fill the seat he once occupied.

 

'Friends' to honor Moellering for commitment to WU library

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

For the last 40 years, as a trustee member, Bill Moellering has played a part in deciding the fate of West Union Community Library. In May, he stepped away from the position.

“I think 40 years was enough, and it was time to step down,” Moellering said. “I have really enjoyed my time on the board, but I am ready for someone else to take my place and help lead the library forward.”

Wed
14
Sep

Coming home after 75 years

The Rev. Aloysius Schmitt

 

Coming home after 75 years

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The fateful morning of Dec. 7, 1941, is one that will forever be etched in the minds of millions of Americans. It was only minutes after the Rev. Aloysius Schmitt, a native of St. Lucas, completed Mass onboard the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor that a series of four torpedoes slammed into the ship.

With the lower decks of the battleship quickly beginning to fill with water, trapping hundreds of U.S. Navy sailors, Schmitt acted heroically.

Wed
14
Sep

'Labor of love' earns top conservation honor

 

Laura Crowell, Public Affairs Specialist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Des Moines, presented Sue Kuennen Massman with the Iowa Conservation Woman of the Year Plaque at the annual Iowa Soil and Water Conservation District Commissions Convention at the end of August.

 

'Labor of love' earns top conservation honor

 

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

 

Perhaps it’s not surprising to learn that this year’s Iowa Conservation Woman of the Year was in 1969 the first female to join the South Winneshiek FFA chapter in Calmar. And since then, she’s never stopped learning and giving her time to others while making the earth a better place to live.

Sue Kuennen Massman has achieved much: implementing conservation practices on her own farm in rural Elgin, volunteering as a Master Gardener, showcasing her talents at the Norman Borlaug Learning Center, and through helping others reach their own goals and achievements.

Wed
07
Sep

Vigil Rescheduled

Due to inclement weather, the candlelight vigil honoring law enforcement officers that was originally scheduled for Wednesday, September 7, in Fayette has been rescheduled be held at 7:30 p.m. in Grace Meyer Square on the Upper Iowa University Fayette Campus on Wednesday, September 14.

Wed
07
Sep

'The best medicine'

 

For decades upon decades, Fort Atkinson resident Phyllis Doubek (r) has been a fan of many area high school athletic teams and fine arts programs. She has been the number-one fan of her four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, including oldest Madi, as they continue to participate in many activities. (submitted photo)

 

'The best medicine'

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Being a grandparent and great-grandparent is a full-time job. No one knows that better than Phyllis Doubek of Fort Atkinson. The avid supporter of her four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, many of whom attend or are alumni of South Winneshiek, agrees that keeping up with them is something that keeps her going every day.

“They really are the best medicine for me,” said Doubek, who grew up in Decorah and, along with husband Paul, raised her children in the Turkey Valley school district.

Wed
07
Sep

Can't keep the doors closed long

 

Following significant flooding by the Turkey River that filled the Inwood Ballroom at Riverside Park with several feet of water, the cleanup process began. Remaining water, mud, and sand were removed from the historic building, revealing the ballroom’s wood recently installed dance floor. Within 10 days, thanks in large part to volunteers, the historic ballroom was able to open once again for an anniversary celebration on the grounds. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Can't keep the doors closed long

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

It was 1922 – almost 100 years ago – when the iconic Inwood Ballroom first opened its doors for business in the small Czech town of Spillville.

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, Aug. 24, after over seven inches of rain fell throughout Winneshiek County, the banks of the Turkey River began to expand.

The ballroom, which sits inside the beautiful Riverside Park, began to see water levels approach the structure.

Wed
07
Sep

9/11 Service Dedication Meal in Clermont

9/11 Service Dedication Meal in Clermont

 

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer
bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Clermont churches and community organizations will be hosting a 9/11 Service Dedication Meal on Sunday, Sept. 11, as they plan to honor local service personnel who have provided emergency services to the Clermont area.

Wed
07
Sep

A fun ride that started with a simple dream

 

Skip-A-Way Resort in Clermont was inspired by a dream of Justin “Skip” Baker (left) as he walked the banks of the Turkey River. Justin and his partner, wife Bev (second from left), helped the campground grow, which it continues to do under co-owners (l-r) Terri and Steve Baker. (Chris DeBack photo) 

 

A fun ride that started with a simple dream

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

It’s not often you won’t find a phone in Terri Baker’s hand.

The co-owner of Skip-A-Way Resort in Clermont is usually on the phone trying to help a camper with an issue.

On Wednesday morning, Aug. 24, she was on her phone for a different reason. The day before, it had rained approximately 11 inches in Cresco. Fayette County Emergency Management had warned that potential flooding downstream could occur over the next couple of days. With trailers right on the banks of the Turkey River, Baker was on the phone all morning, calling campers to pull their trailers out.

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