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New light-up stop sign improves safety in Ossian

Thanks to the ingenuity of Ossian city council member Mitch Holthaus, the community was able to add a new lighted stop sign at the Highway 52 crossing near St. Theresa of Calcutta School. The City looked at purchasing a similar sign, but Holthaus was able to design and build his own version at a fraction of the cost. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

New light-up stop sign improves safety in Ossian

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

It’s a win-win situation for the Ossian community as a new LED-lit stop sign will help make the town safer while also saving the City money.

“We began discussing the possibility of adding blinking lights to the stop sign that sits in front of St. Theresa of Calcutta School on Highway 52 before and after school,” explained Mitch Holthaus, who has served on the council for the past seven years. “The sign has been there for years, but we wanted to do something to increase the visibility for drivers. I’ve seen a lot of vehicles blow right through the stop sign, especially traffic coming into town. We wanted something that would help catch the eye of drivers.”

Wed
25
Nov

SW going virtual in place of snow days

South Winneshiek freshman Eric Kriener works on an assignment during a study hall period. While Kriener is one of the face-to-face learners at the school, others students are learning in different ways this year as the school is providing teaching methods through full-time online classes and for remote learners that are isolating or quarantining. With the implementation of virtual learning methods, the district has been able to implement a plan that will allow students to continue learning and not miss a beat on snow/inclement weather days. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

SW going virtual in place of snow days

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the entire world in one way or another over the past several months, one of the most heavily impacted areas has been the education system. With Iowa schools closing doors to in-person attendance last spring and schools taking new approaches toward teaching since the beginning of the 2020-21 school year, districts have had to implement many new ways of educating students including offering online classes. With these new capabilities along with recent legislation changes, South Winneshiek will begin offering remote learning on snow/inclement weather days in place of make-up days.

Wed
25
Nov

Walz family thankful despite life-changing year

For Spillville’s Becky and Jeremy Walz and their family, the past year has been one of the most difficult as Jeremy suffered a stroke in March that left him fighting for his life. Despite the many challenges encountered, the family is extra thankful this holiday season to be able to celebrate together. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Walz family thankful despite life-changing year

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

In the past eight months, Spillville couple Jeremy and Becky Walz and their family have seen their world flip upside down. It was March 8 when 45-year-old Jeremy suffered a stroke that left him with an initial prognosis that he would likely not be able to live without the assistance of a breathing tube. Against all odds, Jeremy and his family – including children Alex, Andre, Ashley, and Allison – fought hard and proved that prognosis wrong.

“This Thanksgiving season, I think the thing our whole family is most thankful for is that we can celebrate together,” said Becky, Jeremy’s wife of 21 years. “This year we learned just how quickly things can change and how important it is to appreciate everything you have.”

The day that their lives changed forever was March 8. It was a typical Sunday for Jeremy and Becky as they made breakfast together that morning and were both enjoying the day off.

“Everything seemed normal. The kids were all home (from where they currently live in Cedar Falls) the night before for a birthday party and nothing was out of the ordinary,” explained Becky. “It was around 3:15 and Jeremy had went to the bathroom. When he came back, I noticed that he was breathing kind of funny.”

Wed
25
Nov

Police, UIU toy drive nets lots of toys for girls and boys

Upper Iowa University Peacocks for Progress members presented the Fayette Police Department with approximately $1,000 worth of UIU community donations to the Christmas Toy Drive on Wednesday, Nov. 18. All funds/toys will go to Helping Services for Youth and Families, and the Riverview Center. Pictured are Peacocks for Progress members (kneeling, l-r) Denyse Turnquist, DeWitt;  Andrew Paskey, York, Pa.; Larissia Bultman, Hampton; (standing) Alex Dombrowski, East Hampton, Conn.; Marissa McAuliffe, Dubuque; Fayette Police Officer Nicole Ball and Fayette Police Chief Ben Davis. (Submitted photo)

 

Police, UIU toy drive nets lots of toys for girls and boys

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

Police may be taking a bad rap in parts of the country right now, but here at home, the Fayette boys (and girl) in blue have went out of their way to make the holidays a lot brighter, for some who might need it the most.

For the second year in a row the Fayette Police Department, with help from Upper Iowa University’s Peacocks for Progress, spearheaded a Christmas Toy Drive.

Wed
25
Nov

Thankful to have survived

When Heidi Henriksen (right) and her granddaughter, three-year-old Lucy (left) were attacked by a dog at a relatives home, Heidi knew she was not only fighting for her life, but for Lucy’s as well.  Heidi sustained multiple injuries in the attack, but thanks to her quick thinking Lucy escaped the ordeal without a scratch.

 

Thankful to have survived

 

By Megan Molseed

mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

They say a mother’s love knows no bounds and that a mother will gain super-human strength when it comes to protecting her own children. If so, it would stand to reason that if a mother’s love is so strong, a grandmother’s love would be even double that.  

For Clermont native, Heidi Henriksen, she learned first-hand how the love of a grandmother works as she fought for her life to protect her young granddaughter, three-year-old Lucy, in a harrowing bid for survival during a potentially deadly dog attack last summer.

“We were visiting family for the fourth of July and the family wanted to say a prayer during the meal,” Heidi explained.  “Lucy was like any three-year-old and decided that was the time to start getting wiggly and she just wasn’t wanting to sit still so she and I went out to the porch to wait for her mother to make her a plate.” 

With little Lucy calming down as she talked with her grandmother outside on the porch enjoying some fresh air, everyone inside went about business as usual - saying a prayer, and serving up some delicious fourth-of-July picnic food.  

Little did anyone know that within an instant, Heidi’s life would change forever. 

“I was standing on the porch, talking to Lucy when all of a sudden I felt a hit and I was nearly knocked down to the ground, ” Heidi recalled.  “The dog had jumped on me and was just biting me all over.” 

Wed
18
Nov

NICC grants help fulfill mission and service to community

Liang Chee Wee, NICC president

 

NICC grants help fulfill mission and service to community

 

 

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) continues to secure additional resources that allow the College to serve the community and fulfill its mission while navigating the challenges of the pandemic.

The College has received several major federal and state of Iowa grants, more than $4.2 million, with much of the funding made possible by strong partnerships with local private and public sector organizations.

Wed
18
Nov

WMC's Test Iowa service relocates for winter

 

WMC's Test Iowa service relocates for winter

 

 

In preparation for colder weather, Winneshiek Medical Center and Steve’s Car Care have partnered to provide an indoor space for Test Iowa this winter. 

Wed
18
Nov

Holiday Lights soon ready for visitors

The 2020 Holiday Lights display in Decorah is set to begin welcoming drive-through visitors on Nov. 25. (Brittany Todd photo)

 

Holiday Lights soon ready for visitors

 

 

Helping Services for Youth & Families is grateful to bring back Holiday Lights for the 16th season, at Pulpit Rock Campground in Decorah. Holiday Lights is a fundraiser for Helping Services for Youth & Families, a nonprofit organization with programs that promote healthier and safer families and youth residing throughout Northeast Iowa.  

Wed
18
Nov

WU police saving on fuel costs with two battery-powered squad cars

Two hybrid Ford Explorers were recently added to the West Union Police Department’s vehicle garage. The vehicles both can be operated on battery power. One of them has been designated the new K-9 vehicle and has special features built into it for the Department’s dog. (Jack Swanson photo)

 

WU Police saving on fuel costs with two battery-powered squad cars

 

By Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

 

 

 

 

The West Union Police Department’s fleet has probably never been more up to date, not only in terms of age of vehicles, but also in technology.

The force now has three new vehicles, two of which are hybrids that run off batteries.

Wed
18
Nov

GPLHC seeing spike in COVID cases

Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Health Center (GPLHC) in West Union is experiencing an uptick in COVID-19 cases, right along with the rest of the hospitals throughout the state, and the country.  Routine screening for all patients and staff as they enter the clinic is one way to make sure the local hospital and clinic helps to slow community spread of the virus. (Megan Molseed photo)

 

GPLHC seeing spike in COVID cases

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

“The goal is to educate, encourage, and inform people,” said Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Health Center (GPLHC) marketing service manager, Jamie Hoey.  

“COVID-19 is community spread and we have been seeing the numbers shoot way up recently,” Hoey continued.  “We hope that with providing the right information people will make informed decisions that will help slow the spread.” 

All across the country, states are seeing the COVID-19 positivity rates soar, and Fayette County is no different.  

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