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Wed
07
Oct

Big changes coming to Winneshiek County fairgrounds

Noticeable progress has already been made at the fairgrounds in Decorah as several older buildings have been removed. The site will be the home to an all-in-one Community Building that will be built over the next year with a target completion date of summer 2021. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Big changes coming to Winneshiek County fairgrounds

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Change is coming to the Winneshiek County fairgrounds in Decorah! That’s right, work has already begun on a new project that will include the removal of several current buildings as well as the construction of one new facility to replace the older deteriorating structures.

“This will put everything in one common location and will overall enhance the fairgrounds and make the fair an even better event,” said Becky Winkler, Winneshiek County Fair Board president. “Our main idea is to help out the community with this project.”

Wed
07
Oct

A place for everyone; Valley Childcare prepares to open

Tricia Anderson, Valley Childcare Director and 3-year-old preschool teacher, shows excitement with these little ones as they look forward to the opening of the new daycare center at the Valley campus. Pictured (l-r) are Tricia, Katie Dean, Elise Wenger, Loxley Lerch, Paige Kleve (front), Jax Hart (back), Jace Schupbach and Elloise Durnan. (LeAnn Larson photo)

 

A place for everyone; Valley Childcare prepares to open

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

While this year has brought much uncertainty, one major project in the valley area is coming together just as predicted as the Valley Childcare Center prepares to open its doors next week.  

“We are looking at an October 12 opening,” smiled Valley campus principal, Micah Gearhart.  “We have been working hard getting it all put together and we couldn’t be happier with the results.” 

Wed
07
Oct

Phenomenal season at the Barrel Drive In

Part of the gang at the Barrel Drive In in West Union includes (l-r) Misty Wurzer, Bev Kelck, Grace Kerr, and Krista Kelck. (Jack Swanson photo)

 

Phenomenal Season at the Barrel Drive In

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

 

 

How many of us could say that Covid – 19 is a good thing?

Bev Kelck wouldn’t say it either but she can’t deny that her and her husband Lynn’s business has thrived like it never has before since the virus broke out.

“Phenomenal” was the actual way she described it.

Of course the Kelcks have a business that is custom made for the battle against pandemic. They own the Barrel Drive Inn in West Union. 

Wed
30
Sep

A northeast Iowa 'Jewel' closes its doors

A familiar site along Highway 52 near Decorah, Jewel’s Skate Country has been a popular place for people of all ages for over 30 years. When the skating rink closed down for the summer in March, it would be for the final time as the longtime facility has been sold. (submitted photo)

 

A northeast Iowa 'Jewel' closes its doors

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

It’s a staple of northeast Iowa; a right of passage for many youth to grow up in the area. Now, after 33 years in the business, Jewel’s Skate Country is closing its doors.

“I am definitely going to miss the people,” said Don Jewell, who has owned and operated the skating rink since 1987. “It might not really hit me until everything is moved out, but it has been my life for many years so it’s going to me a little emotional.”

Jewell, a native of Olympia, Washington, moved to La Crosse, Wisc., in the late ‘80s and learned of a new skate facility being built near Decorah. A passionate skater already, he and a group of friends traveled south to check it out.

Wed
30
Sep

Ossian trick-or-treating plans to be discussed

The fate of trick-or-treating this year in Ossian is yet to be determined, as the City Council will discuss the matter at Monday nights regular meeting. Last week, the Center for Disease Control released its guidelines for the upcoming holiday, stating that traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating should be avoided in order to reduce the risk of spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Pictured trick-or-treating in Ossian last year are (front) Alex Holthaus; (back, l-r) Landon Livingood, Kashdon Livingood, Owen Goltz, and Isabelle Goltz. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Ossian trick-or-treating plans to be discussed

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

Just like many activities and previously normal routines in 2020, this year’s upcoming Halloween holiday is expected to be a little different this fall. Last week, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released its Halloween suggestions and guidelines to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The CDC recommends to avoid activities that are higher risk for spread and to consider fun alternatives that pose lower risk of spreading the virus.

The traditional citywide trick-or-treating event in Ossian will be discussed at the upcoming City Council meeting, which will be held at 5 p.m. Monday.

Wed
30
Sep

Jury trial date set in hit and run

Keli Jo Michael

 

 

Jury trial date set in  hit and run

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

Kelli Jo Michael, the woman who was charged in the 2018 death of Kaiden Estling is set to go on trial on October 14.  

A pretrial conference is set for October 5.

On June 28, 2018, fourteen-year-old Estling of Maynard was driving a moped southbound along highway 150 about 2 miles outside of Fayette when he was struck by a vehicle.  

The driver of the vehicle fled the scene without reporting the incident.  

Estling was pronounced dead at the scene, after multiple life-saving attempts.

Wed
30
Sep

USDA extends summer meal program for NFV

Starting this week, and going into the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year, NFV students will be receiving free lunch and breakfast as part of the USDA’s summer meal program extension.  (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

USDA extends summer meal program for NFV

By Megan Molseed

mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

All students in the North Fayette Valley School District can receive a free breakfast and lunch each day as of September 28.   

In March, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service approved a summer food service program to allow students to receive meals in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting school closures.  

Now, the program has been extended through December 31, or until available funds run outs. 

Wed
30
Sep

Voting, absentee and in-person, starts Oct. 5

Voting, absentee and in-person, starts Oct. 5

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

 

 

 

So far, Fayette County Auditor Lori Moellers reports that she has received 4,100 absentee ballot requests for the upcoming Nov. 3 general election.

In 2016 during the last presidential election cycle, 3,618 absentee ballots were cast in Fayette County, state data shows. So it would appear absentee voting this year is going to far outreach that mark.

Moellers reports that there has been lots of questions in recent days about the number of ballot request forms that individuals are receiving. Moellers said that as long as voters get one request in that’s all that matters. They do not have to send in multiple requests.

Wed
23
Sep

New four-way stop

A new four-way stop was established at the intersection of Brooks and Jessie streets in Ossian last week. The new signage was installed Wednesday morning (Sept. 16) by Adam Brincks, Winneshiek County sign technician (left); and City of Ossian maintenance workers Brian Zweibohmer (pictured) and Don DiLaura. The four-way stop replaces the previous two-way stop and was needed due to the addition of the Military Trails Estate to the west of the intersection. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Wed
23
Sep

Ossian City Park playground gets a makeover

Earlier this summer, the Ossian City Park received an overhaul as the mulch that previously surrounded the playground equipment was replaced with safer and more budget friendly rubber pellets. City of Ossian maintenance employees Don DiLaura and Brian Zweibohmer worked with a Reilly Construction crew to finish the job. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Ossian City Park playground gets a makeover

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Anyone that has visited the Ossian City Park this summer may have noticed a bit of a change to the landscaping surrounding the playground equipment.

Earlier this summer, the City of Ossian removed all of the old mulch that previously surrounded the equipment and replaced it with rubber material. The new rubber pellets will provide a safer play area, which will also save the City money in the long run.

“This stuff won’t break down over time, meaning it is saving the City money,” said Don DiLaura, City of Ossian maintenance. “There is absolutely no metal in the rubber like some of the playgrounds out there. This material is very safe.”

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