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Eagle Scout project offers way to give back

 

Kale Rodgers (right) gave the house of Ray Harford and his wife, Marian (not pictured), new life when he donated a roof to the family as his Eagle Scout project. A band of community members volunteered their time to assist Rodgers in the endeavor, which was completed over a weekend, June 24-25. Jerry Blue photo

 

Eagle Scout project offers way to give back

 

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer
bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Eagle Scout project offers way to give back

Brian Smith

 

     An Eagle Scout project has provided an opportunity for many former Scouts and several community members to give back in a unique and personal way. Kale Rodgers of West Union came up with the idea in 2016 while considering what he should do for his upcoming Eagle Scout project.

    “I had gone over to Ray Harford’s house to work on a merit badge, and we had just had a pretty big rain. When we went in, I noticed that their roof was leaking and they definitely had a need for a new one. That is where it all started,” said Rodgers, who began his Scouting career as a first-grader.

Wed
28
Jun

Winneshiek Fair fast approaching

 

 

Winneshiek Fair fast approaching

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Buttons for the 2016 Winneshiek County Fair in Decorah are on sale! The buttons, which are available for $30 in advance and $35 at the gate (ages 6 and under are free), are good for admittance to all five 2017 Grandstand events.

The Grandstand events include stock car racing at Upper Iowa Speedway on Tuesday evening, July 11; National Tractor Pulling Association (NTPA) Truck and Tractor Pull on Wednesday, July 12; America’s premier tribute band Arch Allies, as well as opener Trouble Shooter on Thursday, July 13; country music star Scotty McCreery with opener Drew Baldridge on Friday, July 14; and CC Bull Riding and Barrel Racing on Saturday, July 15.

Wed
28
Jun

'That's what farmers do'

 

Ron McCartney and Kim Dummermuth (l-r), both of Elgin, were among approximately 45 northeast Iowa farmers to travel to a ranch near Ashland, Kan., to help recovery efforts from devastating fires that destroyed over 1.6 million acres across the dry Kansas land. Last week, the group embarked on the two-day journey to help tear down and replace two miles of fenceline on one of the ranches affected. (submitted photo)

 

'That's what farmers do'

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The story begins in March. A recipe that began with brittle-dry grass conditions, a few sparks, and millions of acres of Midwestern land stretched across Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado ended in devastation for thousands of farmers and ranchers.

With 6 percent humidity and over 70 mph winds that fateful spring morning, multiple blazes broke out across the four-state area, but none as big as the Starbuck Fire.

“The fires were so big and fast-moving that many ranchers had only a half-hour notice before the flames would reach their ranch,” explained Elgin farmer Ron McCartney, a nearly 40-year agricultural veteran. “All they could do was try to drive away from the fires and hope the wind would not switch directions and enter their path.”

In total, seven individuals from Texas and Kansas died in the fires as they tried to save their cattle. The fire blackened over 1.6 million acres across the four-state area and caused millions of dollars worth of damage, a figure that is higher than the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina. 

“There were farmers who lost their entire ranch and their entire livelihood,” commented fellow farmer Kim Dummermuth of Elgin, who has over 40 years of experience farming in northeast Iowa. “I got a call from a good friend of mine who was putting together a group of northeast Iowa farmers to travel to the affected area and help with relief efforts. It didn’t take much persuading for me; if something tragic happens here, neighbors come together to help one another out. That’s what farmers do, so I agreed to make the trip.”

Wed
28
Jun

Work begins on Elgin trail expansion

 

Extension of the Turkey River Recreational Corridor Trail officially began as the Fayette County Secondary Roads Department laid down the trail bed from the campground at Gilbertson to the Gilbertson Nature Center in Elgin. Secondary Roads used a donated truck scale to create a bridge over a water channel. Chris DeBack photo

 

Work begins on Elgin trail expansion

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Work has officially started on the Turkey River Recreational Corridor Trail extension from Elgin through Gilbertson Nature Center. 

Fayette County Secondary Roads recently completed the trail bed from the campground in Gilbertson Park to Gilbertson Nature Center and its petting zoo.

Wed
28
Jun

Area Fourth of July celebrations

Area 4th of July celebrations

 

 

 

 

Area Fourth of July celebrations promise a variety of activities and entertainment in addition to the usual oohs and aahs of a traditional fireworks show. Following are some area plans for the Fourth of July 2017:

 

Clermont – A holiday fireworks show for the Valley community is set for Sunday, July 2, at dusk. The fireworks will take place over the campground lake at Skip-A-Way Resort in Clermont.

 

Festina – The Firecracker 5K, sponsored by the Festina Improvement Association, will start at Neal’s Auto

Body in Festina on July 4. 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
28
Jun

Sheriff's Office launches 'eye in the sky'

 

Chief Deputy Jim Davis prepares to launch the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office’s newest tool, a GoPro Karma drone. The aerial “eye in the sky” allows law enforcement to search large areas of land in a short amount of time and is a tool that will benefit the department’s search-and-rescue capabilities. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Sheriff's Office launches 'eye in the sky'

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

“You make it, we’ll take it.” 

When it comes to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office’s policy on drug and crime forfeiture money, that statement pretty well sums it up.

“When we make an arrest in a case, we have a right to seize the illegal items,” explained Sheriff Marty Fisher. “We can take the items or money that the bad guys have profited from their illegal activities to put toward non-line items (not budgeted for) and causes.”

Over recent years, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office has been able to add several key pieces of equipment, including a truck and trailer mobile command center, a utility task vehicle (UTV) for off-road use, and most recently, a drone.

Wed
28
Jun

Fire claims WU man's life

 Brian Dunt of the West Union Fire Department gets ready to enter a house fire at 105 Hollywood Boulevard in West Union at approximately 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 22. The house fire claimed the life of 66-year-old West Union resident Brad Boyle. Zak Kriener photo

 

Fire claims WU man's life

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

A West Union man died in a house fire on Thursday, June 22.

The West Union Fire Department responded to the call at approximately 1:30 p.m. at 105 Hollywood Boulevard, the home of Brad and Charlyn Boyle. The West Union Police Department was first on the scene. 

Brad Boyle, 66, died in the fire. Charlyn was in Decorah at the time of the incident and was notified by police.  

Wed
14
Jun

Love and support are key for Buchheit

 

For Ossian’s Ken Buchheit (far right), a proud father of three, being a dad means being supportive of his children in whatever endeavors they encounter in life. Children (l-r) Derek, Taylor, and Kasey, along with wife Karla, plan to spend Father’s Day 2017 together grilling out and enjoying valuable family time. (submitted photo)

 

Love and support are key for Buchheit

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

In over 27 years of being a father, a lot has changed for Ossian’s Ken Buchheit. His kids’ activities, interests, and relationships with him have changed and evolved immensely, but one thing that remains unaltered is his love and support for all three.

“My wife, Karla, and I met while in high school at South Winn,” recalled the local father. “We got married on April 22, 1989, and had our first son, Kasey, the following year.”

Wed
14
Jun

Wanders achieve Scouting's highest honors

 

Danny Wander recently became an Eagle Scout after completing the review process of his Eagle Scout project last month. Wander helped fix up the Valley Preschool playground by installing a new Valley Preschool sign, building a stage for students to play on inside the playground, and enlarging the playground by moving the fence. 

 

Wanders achieve Scouting's highest honors

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Danny and Hope Wander of Clermont have achieved the highest honors that a Boy Scout and Girl Scout can be awarded.

Recently, Danny became an Eagle Scout, and Hope received the Gold Award.

The siblings are the children of Kyle and Kathy Wander. 

Wed
14
Jun

The might of a small town

 

The new Maynard Public Library opened its doors on Monday, June 5, two doors west of its old location, as 125 patrons came to check out the new library. The old building will be turned into the new Maynard City Hall. 

 

The might of a small town

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Sometimes we need a reminder of what small towns are capable of. 

Maynard proved how small towns band together for a good cause when its new Maynard Public Library opened its doors for the first time on Monday, June 5. 

Expansion had been discussed among Maynard Public Library board members for some time as the former location was overcrowded. However, it wasn’t until 2012 that the ball really got rolling when the Maynard Historical Society approached the group with a donation. The Society had recently inherited a large sum of money and decided to share $150,000 of it for the renovation of the former building. 

In 2014, the board realized that renovation wasn’t the best route and purchased the empty lot just a couple doors to the east of the former location, which is when fundraising really started to get underway. The board credits Lezlie Barry, Maynard Public Library librarian; Judy Hoeger, assistant librarian; and Kelly Beacom, Maynard City Council member, with writing all the grants that were secured for the project. 

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