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Wed
02
Sep

2020 NFV Homecoming Royalty

Members of the 2020 North Fayette Valley “2020-A Remix” homecoming court are (back l-r) Kole Johnson, Jackson Blue, Peyton Halverson, Lukas Lau, Samuel Nefzger, (front l-r) Regan Griffith, Lynzee West, Kailee Ginger, Jenna Grimes, and Emma Ney. (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

2020 NFV Homecoming Royalty

 

 

Wed
02
Sep

Fayette County Conservation has new naturalist

Gibbs is the new naturalist for Fayette County Conservation. He is shown here next to the sign at the Gilbertson Nature Center outside of Elgin, where he will be headquartered. (Jack Swanson photo)

 

Fayette County Conservation has new naturalist

 
 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Brian Gibbs is the new naturalist for Fayette County Conservation.

Gibbs came to Fayette County from Stevens Point, Wis., where he had been working for the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point as program director for the Tree Haven Natural Resources Field Station. He worked there for two and a half years.

Originally from Boone, he is a graduate from the University of Northern Iowa, where he earned a B.A. in Outdoor Recreation. 

Wed
26
Aug

Two area linemen part of force sent to restore power to Derecho victims

Jason Nefzger and Josh Abbott were part of this convoy that rolled into Linn County to help restore electrical power after winds caused extensive damage to power poles and lines. (Submitted photo)

 

Two area linemen part of force sent to restore power to Derecho victims

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Perhaps the unsung heroes of the derecho disaster are the linemen and other power line workers who worked tirelessly night and day to bring power back to the thousands who had no electricity.

Two area linemen who helped in the efforts to restore power to the Linn County areas hit by the hurricane like storm were Josh Abbott and Jason Nefzger, both of Clermont and both employees of Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative.

Wed
26
Aug

Covid outbreak at Aase Haugen Senior Services in Decorah

Covid outbreak at Aase Haugen Senior Services in Decorah

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

The Covid -19 virus has recently hit Aase Haugen Senior Services Decorah in a big way. 

The facility reports that 19 residents and eight staff have tested positive for Covid - 19. That puts them in the “outbreak” status.

“We are thankful that we have had 46 residents who were tested with results that came back negative. We are awaiting tests results for eight staff at this time. Positive residents and other residents awaiting test results or those showing signs or symptoms are isolated or quarantined. Staff members have been sent home to self-quarantine/recover. We continue to work with the Iowa Department of Public Health and monitor our residents,” said Communications Director Patty Casterton.

Wed
26
Aug

First day of classes at South Winn

Brand new school supplies were everywhere during the first day of school at South Winneshiek Monday. While the usual supplies were part of the list this year, one new supply, a facemask, made the list this year.  (Megan Molseed photo)

 

First day of classes at South Winn

 

 

Wed
26
Aug

Off to an early start with TigerHawk pride; Homecoming next week!

Off to an early start with TigerHawk pride: Homecoming next week!

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Get ready for the Remix as the North Fayette TigerHawks celebrate homecoming 2020 during the week of August 31 through September 4.  

“Our student council has displayed a tremendous amount of grit and determination in their homecoming planning for this year,” said NFV student council advisor, Jon Kullen.  

“The early homecoming week was confirmed during an early August meeting and the parade was confirmed the following week,” the advisor continued. “Within two days following our initial meeting, our students had completed an entire month's worth of planning and preparation!” 

While the student council’s swift planning and preparation for the 2020 homecoming celebrations was impressive, it was the focus on student and community safety during these unique times that really brought the hard work to light.  

“Our community's safety is at the root of every decision we make and our planning involves maximizing social distance and safety for all of our events and programs,” Kullen continued of the council’s hard work to plan the homecoming celebrations in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.   “They are doing everything in their power to give the community a chance to celebrate NFV.” 

The 2020 Remix homecoming schedule is as follows: 

It will be a day of country music on Monday, Aug. 31 as TigerHawks are encouraged to dress up in their favorite country music gear.  

Tuesday, September 1, hippies will take over the halls as NFV celebrates Hippie/Indie/Folk music as the dress up day.  At 4:15, the cross country team will compete at Oelwein. 

There will be no dress up event on Wednesday, September 2 as that will be the school year’s first entire day of remote learning.  Float building will be held at the Fayette County Fairgrounds from 1-4 p.m.

On Thursday, September 3, TigerHawks will get their “rock on” as they dress up in their favorite Rock ‘n’ Roll gear.  

On Friday, September 4, the theme is Fight Song as all TigerHawks are invited to dress up in their favorite NFV school-spirit gear.  

The student council will hold a Thursday afternoon pep rally at 1 p.m. for grades K-3rd at 1 p.m. at the West Union Elementary and a 2 p.m. K-3rd rally at the Valley Campus.  Both events will be closed to the public to promote safety and social distancing.  

The annual NFV homecoming parade will be held Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. with a special expanded parade route to promote social distancing opportunities.  The grand marshal is former NFV high school principal, Todd Wolverton.  

Friday morning, the student council will hold a 4-8-grade pep rally at 8:30 a.m., and the high school rally at the end of the school day.  Both events are closed to the public.  

Wed
26
Aug

Fayette County sees first COVID death as schools begin classes

NFV superintendant Joe Griffith and Fayette County Public Health coordinator Jessica Wegner (l-r) model proper social distancing (two arms lengths and/or six feet apart) as well as proper protections using facemasks.  (Megan Molseed photo)

 

Fayette County sees first COVID death as schools begin classes

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

The Fayette County Department of Public Health has announced the first death associated with COVID-19 in the county. 

“We wish to extend our sympathy to this individual’s family,” said Jamie Hoey, Public Health Director spokesperson in a recent press release. “Fayette County Public Health and all of our key partners throughout the county and state continue to work to limit the spread and impact of this virus in our communities. This is an unfortunate reminder that the virus is still circulating in our community.”

The individual was within the 61-80-age range.

Wed
26
Aug

Clermont couple survives as car flips during Iowa's Derecho

When Vernon (Fuzz) and Inez Oakland set out for an appointment in Southeast Iowa last month, they had no idea their trip would end in disaster as they faced the August 10 derecho head-on.  While waiting out the storm under an overpass, a piece of flying debris hit their car sending it flying, eventually landing upside down.  

 

Clermont couple survives as car flips during Iowa's Derecho

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

“We live in Iowa, so we weren’t worried about the rain when we were driving down there that day,” said Vernon (Fuzz) Oakland as he remembered the day he and his wife, Inez were caught in the 2020 Derecho that tore across the Midwest on August 10.  

“We didn’t even see much of the storm for the first part of the drive,” he continued.  “It rained on and off, but for a lot of the drive it was nice and sunny!” 

While the Clermont couple are not new to Iowa storms, what they were about to experience that day was beyond anything either one of them could have even imagined. 

“We left at about 10:15 that morning,” Inez remembered of the day she and Fuzz took off for his VA appointment in southeast Iowa.  

The couple had made the appointment for early afternoon so Inez, who had recently undergone cardiac surgery, could attend her rehabilitation appointment in West Union that morning.

“It was a day of appointments,” the Clermont grandmother said with a slight chuckle, adding that they had no idea the day trip would end with the couple facing a Midwestern hurricane head-n and a weeklong hospital stay for Inez.    

“When we left, the skies were clear,” she said.  “We could see that there was rain further down, but we really had no idea we were headed towards something so dangerous.” 

While they were driving, Fuzz could see the front of the storm as they headed along 380.  

“We could see it was a big one,” the local grandfather said of the storm.  “We weren’t worried, though.  Big storms in August are normal here in Iowa.”

However, the local couple would soon learn that this was no regular storm as the straight-line windstorm, otherwise known as a derecho struck the area.  With winds measuring as high as 126 mph in the area, the derecho blew through the area causing catastrophic damage along the way. 

“When the wind and the rain got really bad, we pulled off to the side and drove about 25 to 30 miles per hour to an overpass,” Fuzz recalled.  

The couple remembers the swiftness in which the storm blew in, never hearing a warning as they drove.

Wed
19
Aug

Making school safe is superintendent's top priority as classes set to start

Making school safe is superintendent's top priority as classes set to start

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

As South Winneshiek Schools enter the 2020-21 school year, Superintendent Kris Einck is encouraging the public to become involved in helping the school reopen on Aug. 24 and operate as normal as possible.

“As a community, we must understand that the decisions we make–and the actions we take can either greatly increase or drastically reduce the likelihood of any sustained on-site learning for our students in August, September, and October. We know our staff, parents, employers, and students want our schools to reopen. We need everyone in our community to take purposeful steps to make this happen.  We must be cautious and ease into the new school year.  My thought is to ‘dip our toe’ into the water before jumping in.  This will hopefully avoid us going backwards.  Our top priority is providing a safe learning environment for our students,” Einck pointed out.

Wed
19
Aug

Final summer concert at Pavilion

Steve Schroeder

 

 

Final summer concert at Pavilion

 

The fourth and final live summer performance at the Ossian Educational and Performance Pavilion, featuring Steve Schroeder, is Sunday, Aug. 23 at 7:30 p.m. 

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