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Wed
13
Oct

Hot dog handout at Halloween

This year’s Hot Dog Handout at Halloween will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. on Halloween night (Oct. 31) outside the Ossian Community Center. Enjoying their hot dogs at a past Hotdog Handout are (l-r) Kiley Higgins, Ella Holthaus (front), Jadyn Holthaus, Alaynah Hageman, and Alyssa Holthaus. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Hot dog handout at Halloween

 

 

The City of Ossian and the Ossian Crown Club and the City of Ossian will be hosting a "Hot Dog Handout at Halloween". This special kids' event will be a great way to start the annual Halloween trick or treating around town. The "Hot Dog Handout at Halloween" will include a free hot dog and drink for kids beginning on Halloween night, October 31, at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm or until the hot dogs are gone. 

Wed
13
Oct

Local trick-or-treating hours

Local trick-or-treating hours

The leaves are changing colors, pumpkins are showing up on porches, and the fall season is in full swing. In just a few short weeks, Halloween will be here which of course, means trick-or-treating. A list of area trick-or-treating dates and times is as follows:

  •  Ossian – Sunday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m.
  •  Festina – Sunday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m.
  •  Calmar – Sunday, Oct. 31 from 4 to 7 p.m.

 

Wed
13
Oct

New bleacher/press box project nearing completion

The brand-new bleachers and press box at the South Winneshiek Athletic Complex in Calmar is nearing completion. With work beginning late fall of 2020, the facilities were fully functional this fall for the start of the football season. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

New bleacher/press box project nearing completion

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

If you’ve been to a South Winneshiek football game or visited the athletic complex recently, you likely noticed a different look. While not 100 percent complete, the grounds received a major makeover over the past year as new bleachers and a new press box/concession stand/restroom facility were built.

“We are very impressed with how everything turned out,” said Bruce Gullickson, activities coordinator at South Winneshiek. “There is a little bit of work to be finished up yet, but we are looking forward to having it fully completed and ready for an open house by next spring.” 

Wed
13
Oct

Torkelson's new state-of-the-art body shop, now open

Body Shop Technicians (l-r) Paul Seabrooke and Eric Stone and owner Dirk Torkelson are shown in front of the new paint booth that is inside the new body shop at Torkelson Motors in Elgin. (Jack Swanson photo)

 

Torkelson's new state-of-the-art body shop, now open

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

 

The way Dirk Torkelson tells it, it was 1926 when Torkelson Motors started doing auto body repair at their car dealership in Elgin. The business itself had started about nine years before that in 1917.

“I remember when I was just a little kid, back in the early 60s, and there was a big deal made about new renovations for the body shop,” recalled the present owner of the dealership, once owned by his father.

Those same feelings, but more intense and with more pride, are coming back to Dirk today as he stands in the new body shop with it’s state of the art paint booth and totally upgraded features.

Wed
13
Oct

NFV Marching Band makes history at State Festival with Division I rating

The North Fayette Valley Marching Band performing at the State Festival at West Waterloo High School, Saturday, Oct. 9. They received a Division I rating. (Photo submitted)

 

NFV Marching Band makes history at State Festival with Division I rating

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

The North Fayette Valley High School Marching Band made history over the weekend when it earned a Division I rating at the Iowa High School Music Association State Marching Band Festival.

“I'm incredibly proud of the kids who performed on Saturday and those who were with us when we started this process five years ago,” said band instructor Ted Schacherer.

The Iowa High School Music Association holds its annual state marching band festival over the course of two Saturdays in October. There are eight sites across the state that hold this festival; four in the North on the first Saturday, Oct. 9, and four in the South on the second Saturday, Oct. 16. North Fayette Valley attended the West Waterloo High School site, where a total of 17 schools performed. NFV was the only 2A division school out of four schools to receive a I rating.

Wed
13
Oct

Trunk or Treat this weekend in West Union

The excitement is mounting for Terry and Shari Lauer’s granddaughters (l - r) 2-year-old Ryleigh Lueder, 4-year-old Reagan Lueder and 2-year old Evelyn Boyer as they anticipate Halloween festivities that are about to begin this weekend. West Union kicks off its annual Trunk or Treat this Sunday, October 17 beginning at 2:00 p.m. on the courtyard square with games & JFK dancers. When the siren sounds at 3:00 p.m., the trunks will open for “treating” and children will have a spooktacular time! (LeAnn Larson photo)

 

Trunk or Treat this weekend in West Union

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Wed
06
Oct

NICC shows off benefits of simulation technology

Joe Keeling from Riceville High School develops his skills with the CDL Simulator at NICC’s Simulator Immersion event last week. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

NICC shows off benefits of simulation technology

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Last week, Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) in Calmar hosted a Simulator Immersion event in an effort to encourage local high school students to enter in-demand, high-paying careers.

“This is something that we have been doing at different schools in our district over the last year,” said Wendy Mihm-Herold, vice-president of business and community solutions at NICC. “Last year, 470 students from 20 high schools participated in the JB Holland Construction Simulator.”

Wed
06
Oct

Holthaus wins Pedal Pull National Championship

Cael Holthaus, the 5-year-old son of Ryan and Molly Holthaus of West Union, proudly shows off his trophy and medal after taking first at the National Pedal Pull Championships. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Holthaus wins Pedal Pull National Championship

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

West Union has another National Pedal Pull champion! Young Cael Holthaus, the 5-year-old son of Ryan and Molly Holthaus, took first place in his division at the National Pedal Pull Championships on Sept. 25 in Mitchell, S.D.

“Dad tells me to just pedal like crazy,” said Cael, who entered seven local pedal pull events throughout the summer and came home with seven first-place trophies. “It’s really fun to win!”

Wed
06
Oct

Let's Block Party Saturday

Members of the ‘Block Party event planning crew’ (front, l-r) Justin Steinlage, LeAnn Larson, Joni Spies, Gail Hackman (back, l-r) Ron Saboe, Deb Theis, Nick Yost and Matt Marsala. are looking forward to a full slate of events planned for Saturday, October 9 in downtown West Union. Join the fun as vendors, a car show and cruise, music and kids games fill the streets. A special Shop Hop promotion is planned for the day with participants urged to shop local, get their cards signed with a chance to win valuable gift certificates. (Melissa Boess photo)

 

Let's Block Party

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

 

 

 

The West Union is having a Block Party and they want you all to come.

 It’s this Saturday, Oct. 9, from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., with all events taking place in the downtown area around the Courthouse Square.

“The big reason to come down to this Block Party is to support your local community. I say community because this goes beyond just our local businesses. This is supporting West Union as a whole. We have our businesses, our School District, our Police and Fire Departments, as well as our City Parks and Rec, all represented,” said West Union Chamber Director Matt Marsala.

According to Marsala, the driving force behind the event is to generate visibility for local businesses and organizations. “What started as a way to bring in more customers, has really turned into a community event, that I know our local businesses will want to continue each year,” Marsala pointed out.

He continued to say, “I personally am proud of these business owners and community leaders. West Union is an amazing place to live. My goal is to continue to foster its growth and help everyone succeed. We've seen some great partnerships and people reconnecting as a result of this project/event.”

The event will feature a “Shop Hop” to help get everyone to all of the West Union businesses that day. 

Here’s how it works:

Each shop offers an in-store special, and a gift certificate. The customers receive a card with the shop’s names on them, the shop initials or stamps the designated spot on the card. The completed cards can be dropped off at any of the participating businesses prior to 3 p.m., and then there will be a drawing for gift certificates. Only customers that have all of the spots stamped are eligible for the certificate drawing. Door prizes will also be given away.

There will be over $650 in prizes and no purchase is necessary to win. It starts at 9 a.m. and is finished at 3 p.m.

Wed
29
Sep

Fall cleanup set for Friday and Saturday

Fall cleanup set for Friday and Saturday in Ossian

Citywide fall cleanup day will be held Friday and Saturday for Ossian residents.

The City of Ossian is sponsoring the event and will have a large roll-off dumpster behind the City shop/fire station (106 W. Brooks Street). The dumpster will be open from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. through noon on Saturday.

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