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Wed
04
Oct

Stouffer, Cowley challenge for Fayette council seats

Stouffer, Cowley challenge for Fayette council seats

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

On Nov. 7, Fayette residents will have the choice of seven candidates, including five incumbents and two newcomers, to fill five available seats on the Fayette City Council.

Matt Cowley and Tiffany Stouffer are challenging the five incumbent City Council members — Curtis Larson, Amy Tucker, Tiffany Kragnes, Nancy Wulfekuhle, and Patty Nefzger — for their sports on the council. . 

This week, the Fayette Leader will take a look at the two challengers while focusing on the five incumbents in next week’s issue of the newspaper. 

Wed
04
Oct

A piece of history returns home

 

Pumper No. 1 returned home to Fayette last spring from Rockford, Ill., after its owner, Jon Knight, who purchased the pumper in a public auction decades before, died. Here, a number of volunteers, including (l-r) Randy Sandhagen, Kenny Schulmeister, and Scott Luchsinger help navigate No. 1 off the trailer into the Fayette Fire Station, while Daniel Streeter steers the antique pumper. (submitted photo) 

 

A piece of history returns home

 

 

Megan Molseed

Contributing Writer

 

 

Down in a picturesque northeast Iowa valley, surrounded by rolling hills, is nestled the town of Fayette, a tiny community known for its all-American charm. Buildings covered in classic Midwestern brick facades pepper the main street with longtime family businesses as far as the eye can see. 

Amidst this classic, all-American charm, sits one of Fayette’s many sources of pride: a newly updated fire station (2008) that houses the offices and lifesaving gear donned in emergencies by some of Fayette’s finest volunteers.

 However, as one looks a bit further into the modern building, complete with some of the latest 21st-century amenities, one will find tucked away in a corner a little – well, not so little, more “truck-size” – piece of the small town’s history.

Tinged brown from age and, who knows, maybe some soot that just did not come off in regular washes, is an old friend of the Fayette Fire Department, a 1930 Reo Speed Wagon, (also known as Fayette’s “Pumper No.1”). It’s an old friend that, after nearly 50 years away, has recently found its way back home.

Wed
04
Oct

Keller wants to focus on future of West Union

Adam Keller

 

 

Keller wants to focus on future of West Union

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

When the final ballot is cast in the Nov. 7 city elections, West Union will have a new mayor. 

Current mayor Kent Halverson announced in early September that he would not seek re-election. Running unopposed for the position is Adam Keller, current West Union Ward 1 City Councilman.

Keller is a transplant to West Union, moving to the area in 2007. The son of a minister, he moved around quite a bit during his childhood. He has laid roots in this small northeast Iowa town with his wife, Amber, and three children. 

A location and equipment manager at NORAG in West Union, he is running for mayor because he wants to be the go-to person for any problem a citizen might have. He noted that it is the mayor that residents call first when they have an issue, and he feels he is up to the task of helping resolve issues that may arise. 

Wed
04
Oct

Fauser announces sale of business

Fauser announces sale of business

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

Fauser Energy Resources in Elgin was sold on Friday, Sept. 29, to Consolidated Energy Company of Jesup.

Consolidated Energy Company also acquired Ron’s LP Gas Service, which was Fauser’s business name in north-central Iowa. 

While headquartered in Jesup, Consolidated Energy Company has 10 locations in Iowa, including Mason City, Independence and New Hampton. The Fauser acquisition brings that number to 20.

Paul Fauser, Fauser Energy Resources CEO/president, is selling the business as part of the process to exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy. He was happy to report that all Fauser locations will remain open and operational and that virtually all his employees were offered or have already accepted positions with Consolidated Energy Company. 

Wed
04
Oct

WU Eye Clinic officially merges

 

 

Dr. Amanda Korth will be the new eye doctor at the West Union Eye Clinic, now owned and operated by Woodland Eye Clinic in Dyersville. Dr. Joshua Woodland, owner of Woodland Eye Clinic, will also help out as needed at his new West Union location.  Chris DeBack photo

 

WU Eye Clinic officially merges

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

The West Union Eye Clinic officially merged with the Woodland Eye Clinic in Dyersville on Sunday, Oct. 1. 

After Dr. Michael Ohlson left the practice to pursue a new career path, Dr. Bruce Landis, who owned the West Union Eye Clinic, was unable to find a replacement for him. The merger includes Landis’ other two locations, Elkader and Guttenberg. 

Dr. Joshua Woodland approached Landis about the merger, noting it was the right time for him to expand his business. 

Now that the merger is complete and Woodland Eye Clinic owns the West Union clinic, some changes will be happening. 

Wed
27
Sep

Lima Leaf Day on Sunday

Lima Leaf Day on Sunday

 

The annual Lima Leaf Day celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, at the Lima Church in rural Fayette. 

 

This year, Lima Leaf Day will feature a meal, craft vendors, a fall auction, and a quilt auction. Plenty of kids’ activities will be available, including barrel train rides, a ring toss, pony rides, a petting zoo, and more. 

 

Wed
27
Sep

Pancake Breakfast in Clermont

Pancake Breakfast in Clermont

 

Boy Scout Hunter Cummings will host a freewill-donation Pancake Breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Clermont Opera House on Hwy. 18 in Clermont. 

 

Proceeds from Cummings’ event will benefit his Eagle Scout project as he looks to raise $15,000 for a digital sign to be placed at the Opera House. 

 

Wed
27
Sep

AcenTek Press Release

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AcenTek Customers

 

KCRG-ABC Significantly Raises Cost For Iowa          

Video Customers; AcenTek Won’t Concede   

 

Wed
27
Sep

Three to vie for pair of at-large council seats

Three to vie for pair of at-large council seats

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

With the deadline passing on Thursday for individuals to file the necessary paperwork to have their names on the ballot in the upcoming November election, three Ossian residents will be challenging for two at-large seats on the Ossian City Council.

Incumbents Mitchell Holthaus and Mike Meyer will each be looking for another term, while newcomer David Knutson will challenge for one of the seats.

With the mayoral seat also up for election, incumbent Bill Green will be the only candidate on the ballot when voters go to the polls in the Tuesday, Nov. 7, election.

Other ballots throughout Winneshiek County will include the following candidates on ballots within each respective voting district:

Wed
27
Sep

'A call to help' in a time of need

 

Calmar resident Jenny Johnson recently spent four days in Florida helping clean up damage caused by Hurricane Irma, including this house that was left completely destroyed. The initial purpose of Johnson’s trip to the Naples, Fla., area was to check on a condominium her family owns, but after finding no damage to her property, she decided to stick around and help others as they began the recovery process. (submitted photo)

 

'A call to help' in a time of need'

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

While over 1,500 miles may separate calm and quiet northeast Iowa from the areas of Florida that were recently affected by Hurricane Irma, that wasn’t enough to keep one local woman from doing her part to help with cleanup efforts in the Sunshine State.

“One of my favorite quotes is from Mother Teresa and goes, ‘If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other,’” recited Calmar resident Jenny Johnson. “That was one of the things that inspired me to help out in whatever way I could.”

Johnson went on to explain that her family owns a condominium in Naples, Fla., one of the hardest-hit areas to be affected by the Category 5 hurricane that approached the Florida shoreline on Sunday, Sept. 10.

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