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Scholarships support NICC student's mission

Kayla Burke, a large animal veterinary technician student at Northeast Iowa Community College and Ft. Atkinson-native, is making the most of the local scholarships she received through NICC and hopes to one day go on to work as a veterinarian in northeast Iowa. (submitted photo)

 

 

Scholarships support NICC student's mission

 

Editor’s note: Story and photo published with permission from Northeast Iowa Community College.

Local organizations that support their future agricultural professionals make an impact on college-bound students with ambitious dreams.

Kayla Burke, a Large Animal Veterinary Technician student at Northeast Iowa Community College’s Calmar campus, is a standout example. Burke plans to serve her hometown of Ft. Atkinson and area farming communities as a veterinarian and, considering the number of local scholarships she received, everyone wants to make it happen.

The scholarships Burke received include the Ray Bodensteiner Family Perpetual Memorial Scholarship, William and Carole Burke Family Scholarship, Keith O’Connell Memorial Scholarship, Young Minds Change Lives Scholarship, Lawler Lions Scholarship, Turkey Valley Music Boosters Scholarship, Turkey Valley Dollars for Scholars Scholarship and the Golden Ticket Scholarship through NICC.

“My goal is to graduate from Northeast Iowa Community College with a Large Animal Veterinary Technician license and find employment as a vet tech while I continue my education at Iowa State University. I plan to study veterinary medicine and hopefully one day obtain my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.). After completing eight years of college to become a veterinarian, finding a job at a veterinary clinic in northeast Iowa gives me an opportunity to help the farming families I have known my entire life!” Burke expressed.

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12
Feb

Ladies Day Out to celebrate 10 years on Saturday

 

Cathy Folsom, Cassie Peterson, and Beth Hunsberger are excited to celebrate 10 years of the Ladies Day Out day out event this Saturday.  The annual event features area crafters and vendors as well as a silent auction. Proceeds from the annual event go to a number of valuable organizations.  (submitted photo) 

 

Ladies Day Out to celebrate 10 years on Saturday

 

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Hey ladies! It’s that time again!  Time to get ready for the annual Ladies Day Out at the Clermont Opera House.  

The annual event will be celebrating 10 years on Saturday, February 15.

“This started 10 years ago as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society,” said event organizer, Cathy Folsom.  “Cancer had hit my family hard, and I wanted to find a way to give back.” 

The annual event features multiple area vendors and crafters.  There is also a raffle for a goody basket donated by the crafters and vendor, including a silent auction.  

Wed
12
Feb

Gilbertson gets extensive Native American display

This is the display of the Native American collection that was donated by the family of Jeffrey Marvin to the Gilbertson Nature Center. The display case was made by Gilbertson maintenance supervisor Isaac Sedlmayr. (Jack Swanson photos) 

 

Gilbertson gets extensive Native American display

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

A new display at the Gilbertson Nature Center near Elgin will give visitors more insight to the culture and craftsmanship of Native Americans.

About two weeks ago the Center received a donation of one man’s lifetime collection of Native American stone artifacts and handcrafted items. 

Jeffrey Marvin was a lifetime collector and enthusiast of Native American culture. Marvin, 60, from Janesville, died last year.  His parents, Mary Kay and Bob Marvin, wanted a place for their son’s collection that he had so passionately collected over the years. 

Marvin’s cousin, Steve Woods, lives right across the street from the Nature Center. Jeffrey’s ties also lead to the Nature Center through a display of an Alaskan Brown Bear that resides there. The bear was harvested in 1968 by his uncle, C. W. Swenson, from the Elgin area. Woods thought his cousin’s items should be placed in the Nature Center. Marvin’s parents thought it was a great idea and their son’s items would soon be on their way to Gilbertson.

Wed
12
Feb

Reierson honored as Outstanding Teacher

On Tuesday, February 5, North Fayette Valley Middle School teacher, Carol Reierson (second from left,) was recognized for her nomination for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.  Pictured (l-r) Iowa Lt. Governor Adam Gregg, Reierson, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, and Iowa Department of Education Director, Ryan Wise. (submitted photo) 

 

Reierson honored as Outstanding Teacher

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

North Fayette Valley middle school science teacher Carol Reierson received the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching last week.

“It was an absolute honor to be recognized for what I do,” smiled Reierson.  “I couldn’t imagine doing anything else each day, and this honor is something that means so much to me.” 

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the nation’s highest honors for kindergarten through 12th grade educators of math and science.

Wed
12
Feb

NFV exploring competition mat options; OK's summer transportation

 

NFV exploring competition mat options; OK's summer transportation

 

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

The North Fayette Valley school board met for its regular meeting on Monday, February 10.

During the meeting, high school principal Todd Wolverton addressed the board regarding the purchase of new wrestling mats.

“I have been taking the time to look at all of the options that are out there,” said Wolverton. 

“I can say I’m glad I didn’t jump into a purchase right away because there are new products on the market that may be a better fit for our needs,” the principal continued.  “It’s been awhile since I priced wrestling mats, and a lot of options have hit the market in that time.” 

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12
Feb

Finding a new way to stay on the mat

Maleek Williams, a former NCAA National runner-up wrestler for Upper Iowa University, is making the transition from a college wrestler to a wrestling referee. With 20 years of experience on the mat, the Florida native is making the most of his first year of wearing stripes and a whistle. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Finding a new way to stay on the mat

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

For Florida native Maleek Williams, it’s a job that is over 20 years in the making. The former Upper Iowa University wrestler with an impressive resume that includes being a NCAA National runner-up and four-time NCAA Tournament qualifier, is continuing to leave his mark on the sport that he has been a part of since he was 4-years-old.

“When I was in high school back in Florida, I did a little bit of refereeing for freestyle and Greco wrestling,” explained Williams, who now resides in Fayette and is working toward earning his registered nurse degree at Northeast Iowa Community College. “I wasn’t able to do it while I was wrestling at Upper Iowa, but when I got done, I knew there was a shortage of refs and I was really looking for a way to stay close to the sport, so it was a perfect fit!”

Last fall, Williams began the journey of transitioning from one of the best Division II wrestlers in the country to an official for the sport.

Wed
12
Feb

Who's getting 'Pampered'?

Janet Copp of West Union was the winner of the 2020 “Pampered Night Out” experience!  Copp will be treated to, among other things, a dinner for two, a dozen roses, various gift certificates, a one night stay at the local Airbnb, a night of bowling, and a one year subscription to the Fayette County Union.  (Melissa Boess photo) 

 

Who's getting 'Pampered'

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12
Feb

West Union named 2020 Healthy Hometown

West Union was named one of Iowa’s Healthy Hometown Communities last week.  Aaron Swanson of Wellmark, the company that powers the Healthy Hometown Initiative, presented West Union deputy clerk, Amie Johansen, West Union mayor Adam Keller, West Union city clerk, Nick McIntyre, and Jessica Wegner of Gundersen Palmer with the award, which includes a $5,000 award to go toward continuing healthy initiatives.  (submitted photo) 

 

West Union named 2020 Healthy Hometown

 

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

West Union has been named one of Iowa’s 2020 Healthy Hometown Communities! 

“It’s nice to be recognized for our efforts to improve our city as we have,” noted West Union city administrator, Nick McIntyre.  

“We have been able to receive the recognition we have only through the help and guidance of Gundersen Palmer Community Health,” he continued.  “Jessica Wegner from Home Health has been incredible with finding projects, and coming up with ideas for the community.  I would certainly say this is a group effort!” 

“She has been incredible about helping the city find resources,” added West Union deputy Clerk, Amie Johansen of the Palmer Community Home Health RN. 

“This award is powered by Wellmark, and their representative, Aaron Swanson provides some amazing guidance,” continued Johansen.   “Members of the community, and the city, have worked hard to put these projects together, and the benefits have been wonderful.” 

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12
Feb

Bemiss Distributing sold to Fahr Beverage

Bemiss Distributing, which has been part of the West Union community since 1958, recently announced its sale to Fahr Beverage Inc. of Waterloo. Members of both the current and new team include (l-r) Terry Timmerman, chief operating officer at Fahr Beverage Inc.; Bob Fahr, owner of Fahr Beverage Inc.; Gary Bemiss, Chris Bemiss, Mike Bemiss, and Kevin Bemiss. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Bemiss Distributing sold to Fahr Beverage

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

A big change is coming to West Union. Last week, Bemiss Distributing announced that Fahr Beverage Inc. of Waterloo is planning to purchase the beer and non-alcohol beverage distribution rights of the local West Union company, pending approval of each company’s respective suppliers. The proposed purchase is expected to close on March 31.

Bemiss Distributing got its start in the community in 1958 when Robert Bemiss purchased the rights to Capitol Tobacco. In its early years, the company employed five people and sold 100,000 cases of beer per year.

In 1971, the company was passed on to Gary and Paul Bemiss after Robert and Frances Bemiss died. The two grew the company to employ 19 full-time employees and three part-time, as well as to sell over half of a million cases of beer annually.

Wed
05
Feb

Fire and rescue training facility up and running

A new fire and rescue training facility has been completed and is now being used by the Decorah Fire Department. The facility, located on Old Stage Road near Freeport, features a multi-level building for live-fires and numerous other pieces of training equipment that will not only benefit the Decorah FD, but also other area fire departments in the future. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Fire and rescue training facility up and running

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

When it comes to being prepared for a fire or rescue event, the Decorah Fire Department is doing all it can to make sure it is well prepared. Last year, ground was broken on a new fire and rescue training facility near Freeport and over recent months, the local fire department has been able to start using the grounds for training sessions and practice.

“Experience is the biggest thing that it will provide for our department,” explained Kyle Kohls, a Decorah fire fighter. “What experience we don’t get on calls, we have to get in training. Because of the call volume that we get, it’s impossible to get the proper training just on calls.”

Kohls went on to say that the new training facility is much safer than old training methods, which included multiple locations and means.

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