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17
Feb

South Winn reaping the benefits of SMART Boards

With the help of a SMART Board, music and choir instructor Connie Formanek engages a class of South Winneshiek preschoolers to teach them the basics of reading music. Formanek and band instructor Nathan Miller utilize the technology for music purposes, while the district has two additional Boards that are used in math classrooms. The unique teaching tool is used to teach all levels of students from preschool through 12th graders. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

South Winn reaping the benefits of SMART Boards

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Teaching has had to take on many new forms since the start of the school year last fall. One way that teachers at South Winneshiek have been able to maximize learning for students is through the use of SMART Board technology. “My SMART Board has been an awesome tool, especially with the circumstances this year,” said Connie Formanek, music and choir teacher at South Winn that utilizes the tool for all of her classes. “The possibilities really are endless. Not only do I use it every day to teach, but it has also made it much easier for E-Learning days because I am able to access my Board from home or anywhere that I have an internet connection.”

Wed
17
Feb

It's drive-through for Clermont Fish Fry

It's drive-through for Clermont Fish Fry

 

The annual Clermont Fire and Rescue Fish Fry fundraiser will be held from 4:30-8 p.m. on Friday, February 19.  

While the event is a long-standing tradition in the community, this year it will be a little different forgoing the usual get-together event for a drive-through only meal.  

The meals, which will include fish, tarter sauce, fries, corn, and a bun, will be served to the community at the Clermont Fire Station.  Meals will be $10 each.  Watch for signs to lead you in the right direction!  

 

Wed
17
Feb

Winterfest finally a go this weekend!

 

Winterfest finally a go this weekend!

 

By Megan Molseed

mmolseed@fayettepublishing.com

After rescheduling twice, and weeks of record-breaking lows, West Union’s WinterFest is finally ready to go!      

The second annual event was scheduled to take place earlier this month but had been postponed twice due to record cold temperatures.  

The event will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, February 20.

Wed
17
Feb

Hawkeye Telephone bringing fiber optic technology to West Union

Marshall Wagner installs a box that will be used to bring Hawkeye Telephone’s fiber optic technology into a West Union residence.  (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

Hawkeye Telephone bringing fiber optic technology to West Union

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

It has been popping up in neighboring communities for some time, and now, Hawkeye Telephone Company is bringing its fiber optic network to West Union.

“This is available to anyone in the city limits,” said Hawkeye Telephone employee Brittney Ihde of the expansion. “Getting the fiber installed to a home or business will be at no cost to the owner. All they have to do is call or email us to get on the list.”

Wed
10
Feb

SW extends to Return to Learn model

SW extends to Return to learn model

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The South Winneshiek school board decided to continue its Return to Learn plan for at least the next month after discussing the matter at Monday nights meeting.

The board briefly debated keeping its current model for the rest of the school year, which includes full-time in-person classes at the elementary/middle school and an option for in-person full-time, virtual full-time, or a hybrid schedule at the high school. After deliberation, the board decided to continue monitoring the plan on a monthly basis.

Wed
10
Feb

Bohr family fights rare genetic disorder together

Earlier this year, members of the Bohr family learned that they have the CDH1 gene mutation. All five siblings, including (l-r) Jeff Bohr (Ossian), Kristie Gensch (Onalaska, Wis.), Jessica Higgins (Ossian), Julie Buddenberg (Decorah), and Kevin Bohr (Ossian), elected to have their stomachs removed because of the mutation’s increased likelihood for stomach cancer. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Bohr family fights rare genetic disorder together

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

It’s only been a few months since she and her family learned of their rare genetic mutation, but Julie Buddenberg and her four siblings are well on their way toward doing their part to reduce any additional health risks.

“I was diagnosed with CDH1 gene mutation in July (2020). I did genetic testing following my breast cancer diagnosis a year ago,” explained Buddenberg, who lives near Decorah with husband Bruce. “CDH1 is a relatively new find and is similar to the BRCA gene.”

Wed
10
Feb

Gundersen starts vaccinating those 65+

Gundersen starts vaccinating those 65+

 

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

Healthcare providers and pharmacies in Fayette County are now providing the Covid-19 vaccine as supplies become available.

Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics is currently providing vaccine for there 65 and over age group patients, when it is available.

“If you are a 65+ Gundersen Palmer patient, we assume you want the vaccine and will contact you when an appointment is available. We’re eager to protect you from Covid-19 with the vaccination but our availability to vaccinate depends on our supply from the State, which doesn’t meet our demand. We’re following a framework to vaccine those at the highest risk first,” read a communique from the hospital on Face Book.

The hospital says those seeking the vaccine don’t need to put their names on a waiting list. The hospital said some could be notified through MyChart or by letter, but that they will be calling the 65-plus patients when vaccine and appointments are available.

NuCara Pharmacy in West Union started doing vaccinations this week.

Wed
10
Feb

New County Shop could cost $5.2 million

This is an architects rendering of the south side of the proposed Fayette County Secondary Roads Maintenance Shop.

 

New County Shop could cost $5.2 million

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

The Fayette County Board of Supervisors approved going ahead with building a new Secondary Roads maintenance shop at an estimated cost of $5.2 million at the regular board meeting, Monday, Feb.8.

“It was higher than I thought by about $1 million,” reported County Engineer Joel Fantz, pointing out that prices have went up considerably since the project was in its planning stages.

Wed
03
Feb

GrandPad a vital communication tool for families

In 2013, Isaac and Scott Lien (l-r) founded GrandPad, a tablet device designed specifically for senior citizens age 75 and older. The company has grown significantly since that time and recently reached the milestone of having over one million users. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the service has been extra valuable in helping keep families connected. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

GrandPad a vital communication tool for families

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

In a story published in the Ossian Bee in 2014, Winneshiek county native Scott Lien and his son, Isaac, were just launching their company, GrandPad. The tablet device, which is designed specifically for use by senior citizens, has been a vital tool for helping keep families connected. With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting many families and their ability to visit other members of their family, the importance of GrandPad has grown even more to the point of the company reaching over 1.1 million active users around the world.

Wed
03
Feb

Ordinary assignment turns into surprise book release

St. Theresa of Calcutta preschool student Lewis Lechtenberg (center) drew and colored the artwork for a new book titled “What I Loved About 2020.” The book, which features student responses to what they enjoyed most about the past year, is being sold as a fundraiser for the local Catholic school. Pictured with the cover artist are (l-r) Kristin Kriener, St. Theresa of Calcutta principal, and Jessica Kepp, leader of the project. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Ordinary assignment turns into surprise book release

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

It was quite the surprise for students and staff alike at St. Theresa of Calcutta Catholic School on Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 27) as a brand-new book was released during a school assembly in Ossian.

What made this announcement so special is that the authors of the book, titled “What I Loved About 2020,” are the 243 students of the local Catholic school.

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