July 2017

Wed
26
Jul

RAGBRAI IS HERE!

Jackson Goltz of Ossian helps prepare for RAGBRAI, which will be rolling through town Friday morning. A full slate of fun and activities are planned for the big day, including food, music, and games. (submitted photo)

 

 

RAGBRAI is here!

By Zakary Kriener
zkriener@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

RAGBRAI is nearly here! The annual bike ride across the state of Iowa has officially begun and will be passing through Ossian Friday morning.

Wed
26
Jul

Mother Nature throws haymaker at northeast Iowa

 

 

Mother Nature throws haymaker at northeast Iowa

 

Chris DeBack
cdback@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Thunderstorms, heavy rain and strong winds raged through northeast Iowa on Wednesday, July 19. Damage done by the storm led Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds to issue a disaster proclamation while on a flight to China.

Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg visited Clermont and McGregor on Friday, July 21, to view the damage done by the storm.

In Clermont on July 19, straight-line winds were clocked at 80 mph, according to Lisa Roberts, Fayette County Emergency Management coordinator. Those winds knocked over trees and took out power lines, leaving much of the town in the dark Wednesday evening. However, all power was restored to Clermont by Friday evening.

Wed
26
Jul

Fayette County Farm Bureau: One Century Strong

In the early days, Farm Bureau members wore suits and ties to their open house for their new Fayette County Farm Bureau building held Feb. 23-24, 1951. Board members were (l-r) Henry Bodensteiner, Millard Nelson, Tom Smale, Farm Bureau field man Harold Rall (standing), Kenneth Medberry, John W. Ingels, and E.S. Pardee. 

 

 

Fayette County Farm Bureau:  One Century Strong

By Vicki Rowland

Contributing Writer

 

Wed
26
Jul

Archery range dedicated to Avenson

(Don Avenson’s two sons, Clay (left) and Eric, proudly stand beside the sign proclaiming that the archery range at Volga River Recreation Area will henceforth be known as the Avenson Archery Range.)

 

 

 

Archery range dedicated to Avenson

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@fayettecountynewspapers.com

Don Avenson was a former Democratic state legislator from Oelwein who championed conservation and natural resource projects. On Tuesday, July 18, the archery range at the Volga River Recreation Area (VRRA) was dedicated in his memory.

Wed
26
Jul

Duane Martin

Duane Wander

 

 

Duane Wander of Springfield, Ore., died Wednesday evening, July 19, 2017, at his home.

He is the brother of Linda (Jerry) Anderson and Keith Wander of Clermont.

No funeral services have been set at this time.

Wed
26
Jul

Michael Fielding

Michael Fielding

 

 

Michael “Mike” Fielding, 77, died peacefully on Monday, July 17, 2017 in Royal Blackburn Hospital. 

Much loved husband of Val and father to Andrea and Louise, granddad to Jack, Ben, Emma and Mattias, Fielding was a former teacher for over 30 years at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School. 

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 28, 2017, at Accrington Crematorium, followed by cremation. 

Memorials, if so desired, in memory of Mike may be given to: The Alzheimer's Society and/or British Heart Foundation, c/o Clitheroe Funeral Service, 10/12 Whalley Road, Clitheroe, BB7 1AW. 01200 443045.

Mike Fielding was instrumental in establishing the British Exchange program at North Fayette High School. 

Wed
26
Jul

Willys Fritz

Willys Fritz

 

 

Willys “Willie” Fritz, 83, of West Union, Iowa died Monday, July 17, 2017 in West Union, Iowa from injuries sustained in a car accident. 

He was born on Father’s Day on a farm near Alpha, Iowa to Alfred and Elsie (Borcherding) Fritz on June 17, 1934. He was the oldest of two children. 

He was baptized at St. Peter (Richfield) on July 8, 1934 in Sumner, Iowa and confirmed on March 21, 1948 at St John Lutheran Church in Sumner. 

Willie learned the value of hard work at the young age of 13, when he lost his father. His first job was at the Sumner Bakery. He also worked for Sumner Tire where he fixed a tire for 75 cents and cleaned a car inside and out for $1.50. 

He graduated from Sumner High School in 1952. 

Wed
26
Jul

Swimmers 4th at Conference Meet

 

Decklyn Heins flashes through the water, his hand little more than a blur as the West Union swimmer competed in the final home meet of the season Tuesday, July 18, in West Union. At Saturday’s Conference Meet, Heins used this form to win the 50 freestyle. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

Swimmers 4th at Conference Meet

 

 

The West Union swim team finished fourth at the Conference Meet on Saturday in Strawberry Point.

The boys finished the season on a high note, placing second at Saturday’s meet.

Among the quality efforts of the runners-up, were the 15-and-up medley relay of Matt Appler, Mariah Wettleson, Justin Kueker, and Faith   Johnston (third), and the 13-14 medley relay of Nick Koch, Hunter Kent-Thomas, Aiden Nelson and Sam Thomas (fourth). 

Wed
26
Jul

Mr. and Mrs. Don Drahn

Mr. and Mrs. Don Drahn

 

 

Don and Sharon Drahn of Monona will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, July 29. 

Don Drahn and the former Sharon Harris were married July 29, 1967, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids with the Rev. E. W. Koberg officiating.

They are the parents of three children Jeffrey, deceased in 2009; Denise Adam of Cedar Rapids; and Chad Drahn of Monona. They also have three grandchildren.

The couple celebrated with a trip to New York last fall and are planning a trip to Tennessee later this year.

A card shower is being held in their honor, and they would love to hear from family and friends near and far. 

Anniversary greetings can be sent to Don and Sharon Drahn, Box 447, Monona, IA 52159.

Wed
26
Jul

Alexandria Hoover

Alexandria Hoover

 

 

 

Chad and Melissa Hoover of West Union wish to announce the birth of their daughter Alexandria Jo Hoover.

Alexandria was born at 8:24 a.m. on March 3, 2017, at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah. She weighed 7 lbs. 10 oz. and was 20 inches in length at birth.

Alexandria has four sisters, Abby, 8; Bella, 6; Lizzie, 5; and Katie, 22 months.

Grandparents are Gary and Karen Skinner of West Union and Cindy and Dale Olson of Oelwein.

Verna Skinner of Ossian is Alexandria’s great-grandmother.

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