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03
Mar

Area residents look at out-of-town vaccination options

Ruth Meyer and Julia Dessel (l-r) both fall in the 65 and older category to receive the COVID19 vaccine.  After waiting to be notified by local vaccine clinics, the two women decided their best bet for receiving their COVID19 vaccine would be to go out of town to a pharmacy in a larger area.  In order to schedule their vaccine appointment, Ruth had to go online to reserve a spot; she did the same for Julia a few days later.  (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

Area residents look at out-of-town vaccination options

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

“I did it for them,” smiled Ruth Meyer as she clutched her sparkling necklace featuring ornaments each representing one of her grandchildren. “I have been doing everything I can to stay healthy and keep my loved ones healthy, and I miss regular life.” 

“I’ve been wearing two masks to go to the store, and I’m always in and out,” agreed Julia Dessel.  “Getting vaccinated will allow me to get to Chicago, Seattle, and New York to see my kids and my grandkids.” 

While both Meyer and Dessel have kept in constant contact via a regular coffee group that first met at the West Union Rec center during the summer and then later through Zoom get-togethers, this marked the first time the two women were in the same room together since the COVID19 pandemic hit nearly a year ago.  

Wed
03
Mar

Public Health will start putting main focus on 65+ for vaccine

Travis Elliot, West Union Elementary principal, was among the North Fayette Valley School staff getting the Covid-19 vaccine at Upper Iowa Campus in Fayette last Friday. (submitted photo)

 

Public Health will start putting main focus on 65+ for vaccine

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

After giving 400 doses of Covid-19 vaccine, either the first shot or a booster, at a drive-through clinic, Friday, Feb. 26, at Upper Iowa University campus in Fayette, Fayette County Public Health has the next tier of receipients in their sights.

“Local public health believes it is close to finishing Tier 1, at which time, we will then focus on allocating vaccine to 65+ before moving on to Tier 2,” said Public Healths spokesperson Jamie Hoey. 

Wed
03
Mar

County taxes going down for next year

County taxes going down for next year

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

It might not be much, but taxes are going down for residents of Fayette County next year.

The Fayette County Board of Supervisors approved a $25.2 million budget for fiscal year 2021-22 that includes a $6.01258 tax rate per $1,000 of taxable valuation for urban areas and a $9.26258 rate for rural areas. Those rates are down a few pennies from the 2020-21 fiscal year rates of $6.0362 for urban areas and $9.2862 for rural.

Wed
24
Feb

South Winn staff receives first round of vaccinations

A total of 106 teachers, administration, and staff at South Winneshiek received COVID-19 vaccinations last week through Winneshiek County Public Health. School nurse, Brandi Hemesath, MSN, RN (left), and Luther College nursing student Tracy Lansing work to keep the process running smooth and keep the school and community safe. (submitted photo)

 

South Winn staff receives first round of vaccinations

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Teachers, administration, and staff at South Winneshiek received their first round of COVID-19 vaccinations on Tuesday morning (Feb. 16) in Ossian. A total of 106 vaccinations were administered thanks to help from Winneshiek County Public Health nurses, local pharmacist Diego Cuevas, local registered nurse Cheryl Hotvedt, and nursing students at Luther College.

Wed
24
Feb

Letters with Ossian ties found in Arizona

Many of the letters discovered in the suitcase were addressed to a Miss Donna Lynch and Madonna Lynch with addresses in Milwaukee, Wisc.; Dubuque, and Ossian. The Arizona Department of Public Safety is hoping to return the letters and suitcase to the rightful owner or family. (submitted photo)

 

Letters with Ossian ties found in Arizona

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Earlier this month, the Arizona Department of Public Safety discovered a black Samsonite suitcase in the back of a stolen vehicle, which was recovered in Tucson, Ariz. After finding the vehicle’s rightful owner, it was learned that the suitcase does not belong to him or her.

Inside the suitcase was hundreds of personal letters, telegrams, and other documents dating back to the 1910’s through 1930’s. Some of the documents are addressed to a Miss Donna Lynch and Madonna Lynch using addresses in Milwaukee, Wisc., Dubuque, and Ossian.

Wed
24
Feb

Remembering the 'Perfect Season!'

Pat Kuhens, a lifelong Fayette County resident and First-Team All-State player on the 1961 Valley High School girls’ basketball State championship team, holds the program from that year’s tournament in Des Moines. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Remembering the 'Perfect Season!'

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

March 11, 1961, is a date that will never be forgotten by many in the Valley community. This year marks the 60-year anniversary of the Valley Tigers girls’ basketball State championship, which was the first and only in the school’s history.

“Back then people didn’t spend much money or go out. There was no social life, but high school sports was something that the community came our and rallied around. Even if they didn’t have kids on the team or in school, everyone was neighbors and would still come out to watch,” recalled West Union’s Pat Kuhens (Larson), who was a First-Team All-State member of the championship team in ’61. “It would be 15 or even 30 years later and people would come up to me and want to talk about basketball. That’s how much the community loved us!”

Wed
24
Feb

Merge of County, Oelwein communications being considered

Sheriff Marty Fisher addresses the Board of Supervisors about the possible merger of the Oelwein and Fayette County dispatch systems. (Jack Swanson photo)

 

Merge of County, Oelwein communications being considered

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Fayette County could broaden its emergency and law enforcement systems and Oelwein could get out of the communications operations business altogether if a proposal before the Fayette County Board of Supervisors is accepted.

Wed
24
Feb

Supervisors question Public Health about vaccination process

Marla Feldman with Kaleidoscope Kids Child Care in West Union, receives the Covid-19 vaccine during a recent clinic at Upper Iowa University in Fayette. (Photo submitted)

 

Supervisors question Public health about vaccination process

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Fayette County Public Health officials said it probably wouldn’t be until April before residents under the age of 65 start getting the Covid-19 vaccination.

That’s at the current rate of vaccine allotments coming from the State. Public Health Director Jes Wegner told the Fayette County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, Feb. 16, that they are only getting 300 doses of the vaccine each week.

Wed
17
Feb

How SW's Return to Learn plan is working

How SW's Return to Learn plan is working

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

At the most recent South Winneshiek school board meeting on Monday, Feb, 8, board members elected to continue the district’s current Return to Learn model. The model features full-time in-person classes for students at the elementary/middle school in Ossian and for high school students, allows for the option of full-time in-person, full-time virtual, or a hybrid schedule.

The board will continue to evaluate its options on a monthly basis, but these options will be continued to be offered through at least early March.

Wed
17
Feb

Ossian Crown Club starts membership drive

 

Ossian Crown Club starts membership drive

 

The month of February is when the Ossian Crown Club starts the 2021 Membership Campaign. 

The Ossian Crown Club is a not-for-profit organization that promotes business and family-centered activities in and around the town of Ossian. Some of the activities and events sponsored by the Ossian Crown Club and completed with the support of the City of Ossian, area organizations and many, many volunteers have included the Ossian Fest, City-Wide Garage Sales, Visit from Santa, Small Business Saturday, the Easter Bunny at the Ossian Hospice, Hot Dog Handout for Halloween, Downtown Beautification, Pavilion Christmas Trees,  and the movies and live entertainment at the Ossian Educational and Performance Pavilion. 

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