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Wed
05
Apr

30 years in business as Delores' Tax and Accounting

 

Delores Fagle Thom has had her Fayette tax and accounting business, Delores’ Tax and Accounting, for 30 years. After all of these years of doing payroll taxes, accounting, and tax returns for area farmers, businesses, and customers who have become lifelong friends, Thom still says, “I just love my work!” (Vicki Rowland photo)

 

30 years in business as Delores' Tax and Accounting

 

 

Vicki Rowland

Contributing Writer

 

 

Sitting among her numerous, neatly organized files of client records and IRS forms and beneath a wall bearing many awards for volunteerism, you quickly conclude that Delores Fagle Thom is and always has been one busy lady!

We decided to check in with Delores as she winds down the income tax season in her 30th year in business as owner of Delores’ Tax and Accounting in Fayette.  

Delores describes her company as an income tax business January through April that also does accounting and payroll taxes for her clients the remainder of the year. Because of her experience in agriculture, many of her clients are farmers, but she also helps small businesses, rental properties, truckers, and has several Amish accounts. In addition, Delores recently took the part-time Randalia city clerk position.

Wed
05
Apr

Ball is rolling on UTV ordinance

 

At the Fayette County Supervisors meeting on Monday, April 3, there was nearly standing room only during a discussion about a possible UTV ordinance in Fayette County. Chris DeBack photo

 

Ball is rolling on UTV ordinance

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

There was nearly standing room only on Monday, April 3, during the Fayette County Supervisors’ discussion about a possible Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) ordinance. 

Numerous citizens were in attendance for the meeting in support of the County coming up with an ordinance to allow UTVs to ridden on Fayette County secondary roads. Also in attendance were DNR Officers Scot Michelson and Jeff Hildebrand, Fayette County Sheriff Marty Fisher and Fayette County Engineer Joel Fantz. 

Leanne Berns of West Union, who has spearheaded the local effort to get an ordinance created, started the conversation by asking if the Supervisors had looked into what Delaware and Clayton counties have done. Delaware County had recently passed an ordinance, and Clayton County iss in the process of passing an ordinance that deals with UTVs and other vehicles. 

Wed
05
Apr

Britt preserves history with Eagle Scout project

 

Zander Britt of West Union improved Mt. Pleasant Cemetery as his Eagle Scout project. The Boy Scout erected a directory of names and a plot map, so that grave stones could be easily found. He also repainted the white cross, removed brush, and fixed a couple fence posts. Finally, he replaced the flagpole with one that had a solar-powered LED light at the top, so that the American flag doesn’t need to be taken down every night. Chris DeBack photo

 

Britt preserves history with Eagle Scout project

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

On Saturday, April 8, Zander Britt of West Union will become an Eagle Scout.

Every Boy Scout must complete a community betterment project in order to attain the Eagle Scout status.

The Boy Scout Troop 54 youth decided to raise money in order to improve the Mt. Pleasant Pioneer Cemetery at the corner of I Avenue and and 240th Street off Hwy. 18 East just outside West Union. 

Wed
29
Mar

Bohner returning to northeast Iowa

 

Scott Bohner, D.O., will soon be the newest member of the Winneshiek Medical Center (WMC) and Mayo Clinic Health System medical staff in Decorah. Bohner previously practiced in West Union for seven years and three years in Ames before making the decision to move to Winneshiek County. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Bohner returning to northeast Iowa

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Bohner returning to northeast Iowa

By Zakary Kriener

Winneshiek Medical Center (WMC) and Mayo Clinic Health System are happy to announce that Scott Bohner, D.O., will soon be joining the WMC Decorah Clinic. The family medicine physician is currently accepting new patients but will not officially join the staff until May 8.

A native of Story City, Bohner graduated from Central College in Pella with a Bachelor of Arts in exercise science. He went on to earn his Doctor of Osteopathy from Des Moines University before completing his internship and residency at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines in 2008.

Wed
29
Mar

Closing the last chapter on a 40-year career

 

After over 40 years of dedicated service to her job, Vicky Hinsenbrock is set to retire from Winneshiek County Farm Service Agency in April. A small retirement party was held at her Decorah office last week to honor her for her longtime dedication to the organization. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Closing the last chapter on a 40-year career

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

If one were to put together a list of things Iowans are known for, it would be a surefire bet that “hardworking people” and “farming” would be near the top of that list. 

Decorah’s Vicky Hinsenbrock is a perfect example of an individual who would fall into both of those categories. After over 40 years of working for several northeast Iowa Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices, including the past 22 years in Winneshiek County, Hinsenbrock is set to retire on April 3.

“One of the janitors in our building recently told me that he will miss seeing me on the weekends,” laughed Hinsenbrock, who has logged many long days over the last several months on the job to help ease the transition to a new loan manager. “When I first decided that I was going to retire, I was going to be done in January. With early spring being very busy around our office, I decided that I owed it to my co-workers and clients to stick around a little longer.”

Reflecting back on her start as a farm loan manager with the company, a duty that includes making and serving agriculture loans for machinery, livestock, property, and organic operations, it all began when she was a young girl.

Wed
29
Mar

A touch of Southern cuisine in Fayette

 

 

Jeana Allen and Troy Ferrell are going to be bringing a little Southern cuisine to Fayette after the couple purchased the former Boike’s Trailside Inn in Fayette from Deb and Dave Boike. The local couple are going to call the restaurant Charlotte Jean’s Southern Cuisine after Allen’s mother, who died last year.  Chris DeBack photo

 

A touch of Southern cuisine in Fayette

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The former Boike’s Trailside Inn in Fayette has new owners.

Troy Ferrell and Jeana Allen have purchased the restaurant at the corner of South Main and East State streets from Deb and Dave Boike. 

Wed
29
Mar

Fire simulator training 'very realistic'

 

Clermont and Elgin firefighters (l-r) Zach Mitts of Clermont, Doug Schupbach of Elgin, and Kenny Johnson of Elgin enter the fire training simulator hosted by the West Union Fire Department. The firefighters enter the simulator and then travel down a set of stairs on their backsides before fighting fires on the trailer’s main floor. 

 

Fire simulator training 'very realistic'

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

West Union residents may have noticed a large red trailer parked in the empty lot at the corner of West Plum and South Vine streets next to the fire station. 

The West Union Fire Department hosted firefighter training for area firemen on Wednesday and Thursday, March 22-23. The training allowed new firefighters in Firefighter 1 courses to gain valuable experience while giving the veterans a little extra practice. 

Wed
29
Mar

Fauser closes wholesale fuel division

Fauser closes wholesale fuel division

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Fauser Energy Resources in Elgin closed its wholesale fuel division last week. 

“A portion of the business is being wound down because of the actions of a top-ten national bank,” said Jim Harney, Harney Management president. “There will not be sufficient funding to run the wholesale side of the business because that is where all the capital is required, but the remainder of Fauser Energy will stay in business.”

Thu
23
Mar

Old bicycles sought

Old bicycles sought

 

 

 

The Ossian RAGBRAI Committee is looking for "old and used" bicycles for potential art displays and signage for the event as it goes through town this summer. 

The bicycles do not have to be working and all sizes and styles. 

Bikes can be dropped off at Becker Hardware in Ossian. Contact Clark Goltz with any questions at (563) 380-1999. 

Nearly 10,000 riders are expected to go through Ossian on RAGBRAI XLV, which will roll through town Friday, July .

 
Thu
23
Mar

WCCF awards $120,000 to 30 local nonprofits

 

WCCF awards $120,000 to 30 local nonprofits

 

 

 

The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa has approved $120,000 in grant funding on recommendations made by the local Winneshiek County Community Foundation (WCCF).  Thirty (30) area nonprofit agencies and organizations will receive grant funding for 2017.  A total of 50 grant applications were reviewed by the WCCF for potential funding.

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