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Thu
10
Aug

Germans visit kin's 'promised land' in Iowa

 

Hawkeye's Hurd Museum hosted the Schlegel family on Sunday, Aug. 6, as the German visitors conducted further research on their family's connections to Fayette County. (L-r) Matthias Schlegel, Cosimo Schlegel, Elke Schlegel, Hurd Museum volunteers Evelyn Schultz and Shirley Gibbs, and Alfred Schlegel.

 

Germans visit kin's 'promised land' in Iowa

 

Shane Butterfield
Contributing Writer

 

 

On a summer trip whose itinerary includes choice accommodations for a solar eclipse, as well as stops in Washington, D.C., Niagara Falls, and Yellowstone National Park, it may seem unlikely that an interlude in northeast Iowa would make any foreign visitors’ agenda.

For the Schlegel family, however, a recent visit to Hawkeye may well serve as one of their excursion’s most memorable engagements.

Thu
10
Aug

Fayette shares post office building with Sumner

 

The Sumner Post Office has temporarily moved its operation to the Fayette Post Office after flooding occurred in Sumner the weekend of July 22. Debra Cushion (left), Fayette postmaster, and Seth Cushion, Sumner postmaster, have worked hard to make sure things run smoothly while the two post offices share a building. It also doesn’t hurt that Debra is Seth’s mother.  Chris DeBack photo 

 

Fayette shares post office building with Sumner

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Fayette shares post office building with Sumner

 

Chris DeBack

 

The Sumner Post Office was in dire need of a temporary home after the town flooded during the week of July 22.

Originally, the post office took its operation 14½ miles away to Fredericksburg — with whom the town shares a school district — but found that the Fredericksburg Post Office building was too small to accommodate the different equipment Sumner needs to operate. 

That’s when the Fayette Post Office, which is 15 miles east from Sumner, opened its doors and invited Sumner to share its building until it could get back into its own. 

Thu
10
Aug

WU sells fire truck to Westgate

WU sells fire truck to Westgate

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

At its regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 7, the West Union City Council voted, 3-2, in favor of selling the West Union Fire Department’s 1993 Toynes Tanker to Westgate. 

 

At the last meeting on Monday, July 24, the council had voted, 2-2, to sell the truck to the Sumner Fire Department. Mayor Kent Halverson and the council thought the mayor could cast the tiebreaking vote, and he did so by voting for Sumner. 

Thu
10
Aug

Voshell's past addictions help others overcome

 

Lonnie Voshell of West Union started Narcotics Anonymous meetings at the West Union Residential Correctional Facility 10 years ago after struggling with a drug addiction for most of his life. Voshell wanted to help others as he was helped when he was dealing with his addictions. He has been clean and sober for 11 years. Chris DeBack photo

 

Voshell's past addictions help others overcome

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

It is called addiction for a reason. Addictions are hard to overcome

Many try, some succeed and others fail. However, failure isn't as simple as an F on a test. Failure with drug addiction means death. 

Wed
26
Jul

RAGBRAI IS HERE!

Jackson Goltz of Ossian helps prepare for RAGBRAI, which will be rolling through town Friday morning. A full slate of fun and activities are planned for the big day, including food, music, and games. (submitted photo)

 

 

RAGBRAI is here!

By Zakary Kriener
zkriener@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

RAGBRAI is nearly here! The annual bike ride across the state of Iowa has officially begun and will be passing through Ossian Friday morning.

Wed
26
Jul

Mother Nature throws haymaker at northeast Iowa

 

 

Mother Nature throws haymaker at northeast Iowa

 

Chris DeBack
cdback@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Thunderstorms, heavy rain and strong winds raged through northeast Iowa on Wednesday, July 19. Damage done by the storm led Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds to issue a disaster proclamation while on a flight to China.

Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg visited Clermont and McGregor on Friday, July 21, to view the damage done by the storm.

In Clermont on July 19, straight-line winds were clocked at 80 mph, according to Lisa Roberts, Fayette County Emergency Management coordinator. Those winds knocked over trees and took out power lines, leaving much of the town in the dark Wednesday evening. However, all power was restored to Clermont by Friday evening.

Wed
26
Jul

Fayette County Farm Bureau: One Century Strong

In the early days, Farm Bureau members wore suits and ties to their open house for their new Fayette County Farm Bureau building held Feb. 23-24, 1951. Board members were (l-r) Henry Bodensteiner, Millard Nelson, Tom Smale, Farm Bureau field man Harold Rall (standing), Kenneth Medberry, John W. Ingels, and E.S. Pardee. 

 

 

Fayette County Farm Bureau:  One Century Strong

By Vicki Rowland

Contributing Writer

 

Wed
26
Jul

Archery range dedicated to Avenson

(Don Avenson’s two sons, Clay (left) and Eric, proudly stand beside the sign proclaiming that the archery range at Volga River Recreation Area will henceforth be known as the Avenson Archery Range.)

 

 

 

Archery range dedicated to Avenson

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@fayettecountynewspapers.com

Don Avenson was a former Democratic state legislator from Oelwein who championed conservation and natural resource projects. On Tuesday, July 18, the archery range at the Volga River Recreation Area (VRRA) was dedicated in his memory.

Wed
26
Jul

Arch Allies headline action-packed fair

Arch Allies headlines action-packed fair

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

When Arch Allies takes the stage on Saturday, July 29, the group will wrap up an eventful 164th Fayette County Fair. 

For the first time in a while, the fair will host an event in the Grandstand every night. All Grandstand events Wednesday through Saturday start at 7 p.m.

It started with “The Johnny Rogers Show: The History of Rock-’n’-Roll  — Buddy and Beyond on Tuesday, July 25. Rogers was ready to wow the audience with song favorites from Ray Charles, Elvis, Buddy Holly and more.

The weekly races at the Fayette County Speedway were moved to Wednesday night for the fair. Don’t miss your favorite racers as they roar around the track seeking to the chance to be named champion in their respective classes. Payouts will be double for all classes this week. 

The events in the Grandstand continue Thursday with the Tuff-N-Nuff Miniature Rodeo Association (TMRA) Show. The TMRA operates the world’s largest miniature rodeo for children 18 years and younger. Any child can sign up to participate in the event, and it is free for those children who don’t seek to score points from the event. 

According to the organization's website, “The mission of the Tuff-N-Nuff Miniature Rodeo Association is to mentor each child in all aspects of the sport of rodeo, to foster compassionate animal care, demonstrate good sportsmanship, build new friendships, and consistently gain confidence one ride at a time.”

Before the rodeo will be the popular calf scrambles, also hosted in the Grandstand. Don’t miss your grandson or granddaughter trying to wrestle down and claim his or her very own calf, which can then be shown at next year’s Fayette County Fair. 

Friday night is the Demolition Derby, which was brought back to the fair last year for the first time in a while. This year, minivans have been added to the hard-hitting fun. The same rules as last year will apply. 

The band Challenger will be performing for free in the beer garden starting at 9 p.m. 

Wed
26
Jul

Police Chief Schauer resigns

 

Police Chief Schauer resigns

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

At its regular Monday meeting, the West Union City Council accepted the resignation of West Union Police Chief Dylan Schauer.

Chief Schauer’s resignation is effective Sept. 5. He has been with the department approximately a year and three months. The former Wyoming resident moved to West Union in April 2016. 

He has decided to move to the Dakotas to work on his father’s ranch, an opportunity that has been available to him for quite a while. 

“I have chosen to accept an opportunity that takes me in a different direction with my career,” Schauer noted in his resignation letter. “Although it is a great opportunity and quite different than law enforcement, I feel that it is the right choice. I have enjoyed being your police chief and thank you for the honor of allowing me to serve in that capacity.”

In other news, the council sold a 1993 Toynes Tanker to Sumner, but the decision didn’t come without controversy. Mayor Kent Halverson broke a 2-2 tie of the council to sell the fire truck to Sumner over Westgate. 

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