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NFV offers dual credits allowing students no-cost college courses

North Fayette Valley instructor Kelli Kovarik holds a conference with NFV senior Kailee Ginger. Kovarik and other instructors at the local high school help their students achieve the most that they can, including providing dual-credit courses that will count as college credits upon graduation.

 

NFV offers dual credits, allowing students no-cost college courses

 

By Megan Molseed

mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

“I have spent hours on email or on the phone with advisors from NICC and SDSU to make sure the classes Abby takes are transferable and a good match to her goals,” said Amy Boehm, mother of North Fayette Valley senior, and future South Dakota State University (SDSU) student, Abby Boehm.  

“The biggest message is that parents need to get involved if they or the kids want to take college courses,” Boehm added.  “Find out what they are looking to study in college if possible and compare those requirements to those available through NICC.” 

Wed
07
Apr

County set to take over Oelwein Communications Center

County set to take over Oelwein Communications Center

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Fayette County is planning to take over the operations of the Oelwein emergency communications center, it’s just a question of when and how, it’s going to be funded.

Oelwein representatives approached the Fayette County Board of Supervisors again on Monday, April 5, to discuss how the process is going to happen.

Oelwein City Administrator Dylan Mulfinger pointed out that revenue to operate the center has to be raised somehow.

Wed
07
Apr

Public Health Week: a time to reflect on a year like no other

Fayette County Public Health Coordinator Jes Wagner (center) along with fellow Public Health personnel Julie Creery (left) and Jamie Hoey, all helped with the first Covid – 19 vaccination clinic held at the University of Upper Iowa campus in Fayette. There have several of the clinics there since. (Photo submitted)

 

Public Health Week: a time to reflect on a year like no other

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Public Health across the nation has seen a year that will never be forgotten in the annals of health and world history. The institution has never been put to the test before like it was this year as it worked to help the spread of a pandemic that has killed millions.

This week is National Public Health Week, a time to recognize the contributions of public health.

Wed
31
Mar

WCCF awards over $110,000 throughout county

 

WCCF awards over $110,000 throughout county

 

 

The Winneshiek County Community Foundation (WCCF) has granted $111,201.83 to 26 projects of organizations serving Winneshiek County through its 2021 grant cycle.

“The Winneshiek County Community Foundation Governing Committee extends our gratitude to the nonprofit organizations for sharing their work and projects through the 2021 round of grant applications,” said Marcia McKelvey, chair of the WCCF governing committee.

Wed
31
Mar

Winneshiek County Cattlemen Royalty

The Winneshiek County Cattlemen’s Association announced its 2021 royalty on Tuesday evening, March 23. Pictured are (l-r) Mylee Hageman (Little Miss Cowgirl), Natalie Holthaus (Little Miss Cowgirl), Brooks Courtney (Little Mr. Cowhand), Allysen Smith (Little Miss Cowgirl), and Shayla Smith (Beef Queen). (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Winneshiek County Cattlemen Royalty

 

 

Wed
31
Mar

Area Easter events this weekend

Area Easter events this weekend

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Area 4-H members and the West Union Chamber Committee will be hosting the annual West Union Easter Basket Hunt on Saturday, April 3.  

The event will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m., or until numbers are gone.  

This year, the organizers have designed things to keep those who wish to do the basket hunt on foot separated from those who prefer to participate in the hunt while remaining in their vehicles.  

All drivers are asked to enter the courthouse parking lot where volunteers will be handing out basket numbers for the hunt. 

Walkers are asked to pick up their numbers at the West Union Historic Center. 

Wed
31
Mar

A unique first year

When Carina Crookston, M.D. joined the Gundersen Palmer Lutheran team in January, 2020, she had no idea how much the world was about to change as the COVID19 global pandemic was just around the corner.  Working tirelessly with Gundersen staff such as Laurie Miller (right) the local doctor was able to work through the unusual times.  (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

A unique first year

 

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

“Our Gundersen goal is to enrich lives; and I've seen this in action over the past year both with staff and with our patients,” said Carina Crookston, M.D.  

“My nurses and rooming staff are the best, our lab techs decorate and adorn their masks with lights to help create smiles, our hospital lunch ladies make awesome salads,” Crookston continued with a smile.  “I'm thrilled to be delivering babies with such caring and competent OB (obstetrics) staff!” 

When Dr. Crookston started her position at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran in West Union just over a year ago, she had no idea that her life, the life of her loved ones, and the entire world would change so drastically – altering everything so completely, just a few short months after her arrival.  

Wed
31
Mar

It's all the 'RAGE' at Bristol!

West Union’s Justin O’Brien gets his car ready for action at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn. Over the course of the past few months, the track has been transformed from a ½-mile asphalt speedway into a dirt track. (photo by Landon Briggs)

 

It's all the 'RAGE' at Bristol!

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

“It was an opportunity that we might not ever get again,” said West Union racer Justin O’Brien, who competed at the Bristol Dirt Nationals earlier this month. “We had been thinking about going out since they announced the race and then finally decided a few months ago to actually do it. It was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.”

Wed
31
Mar

16+ become eligible for Covid-19 vaccine April 5

16+ become eligible for Covid-19 vaccine, April 5

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

 

Fayette County Public Health representative Jamie Hoey doesn’t foresee a huge rush for the Covid-19 vaccine once everyone over 16 years old, become eligible to get it.

“From a local public health stance, we may receive more calls, but do not intend on having another community clinic for this population as we feel our Fayette County partners have an excellent process for the community, including 16+. There are many individuals who want it but there are also a great deal who do not. At this time, we have not had much of an increase in calls due to Gov. Reynold’s 16+ guidance starting next month,” she reported.

Wed
24
Mar

Winneshiek County Public Health offering vaccine to those age 40-64

Winneshiek County Public Health offering vaccine to those age 40-64

 

Now through April 5, Winneshiek County Public Health  has opened vaccine distribution to persons aged 40-64 years with chronic health conditions.

Those 40-64 years of age with chronic health conditions without a primary medical provider or pharmacy, can call 563-382-4662 to set up an appointment.

Due to continued limited vaccine distribution received in Winneshiek County, Public Health will continue to focus on the completion of the 65 year and older groups along with all the remaining Phase 1b Tier groups which includes emergency personnel, firefighters, teachers, and others. Winneshiek County continues to receive 300 first time doses a week.

Those 65-years-old and older can call 563-382-4662 to have your name added to the list.

Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah is currently receiving 100 prime (first dose) and 100 booster doses each week.

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