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The COVID effect on a local redemption center

Pat Nervig, owner of Main Street Liquor and Redemption Center in Calmar, stands next to a portion of his can inventory at his local business. Nervig has seen the number of customers coming through his doors, as well as the number of cans and bottles that his business processes, both double through the COVID-19 pandemic. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

The COVID effect on a local redemption center

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on many facets of the economy. One industry that has been affected by it has been within the recycling and can redemption business.

“I’ve been impacted pretty significantly throughout the past 10 months,” said Pat Nervig, owner of Main Street Liquor and Redemption Center in Calmar, which was established in 2014. “There are only two redemption centers in Winneshiek County and maybe five in all of northeast Iowa. Since the pandemic began, I have seen the number of customers that come through my door double since I opened back up in June.”

Wed
20
Jan

New partnership benefits perspective employees and local businesses

A young student gets to experience what it’s like to be at the helm of a piece of heavy construction equipment through a virtual reality simulator. The simulator is used as part of the Northeast Iowa Community College Construction Equipment Operator Earn and Learn course, which is offered in partnership with Reilly Construction in Ossian and JB Holland Construction in Decorah. (submitted photo)

 

New partnership benefits perspective employees and local businesses

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

It’s a unique partnership between a pair established of local construction companies and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) that will provide endless benefits and opportunities for all involved.

“We feel that the new Construction Equipment Operator Earn and Learn program here at NICC is something that greatly benefits both students and those interested in following a career in that line of work, as well as the businesses that have partnered with us to help create this opportunity,” said Wendy Mihm-Herold, vice president of business and community solutions at NICC. “Reilly Construction (Ossian) and JB Holland (Decorah) have both been influential in getting this program up and running and have helped develop the curriculum for these courses to give students a learning experience that will get them where they need to be to be successful.”

Wed
20
Jan

Weber is new Wadena mayor

Weber is new Wadena mayor

 

Randy Weber has become the new mayor of Wadena.

When elected Mayor Jarod Kent recently left office because of moving out of town, Weber, the Mayor Pro-tem, took over Kent’s duties.

Weber has been on the Wadena City Council for the last 15 years. He has been a Wadena resident since 1991. He and his wife, Annette, a teacher at Valley Elementary School, they have two sons; Jordan and Ethan.

Randy is self-employed doing all types of electrical work and construction. 

Wed
20
Jan

Elgin Public Library re-opens for growing options

Elgin Public Library re-opens for browing options

 

The Elgin Public Library is now open for patrons to browse and check-out materials during regular business hours. 

In order to safely re-open the doors to the community, library visitors are asked to use the park-side foyer door upon entering and exiting.  Visitors are asked to use hand-sanitizer when entering, and all visitors are asked to wear a mask while in the building.  An adult must accompany children under the age of 12.  

A 30-minute time limit to each visit will be enforced, however, those hoping to have more time utilizing the library’s free-wifi can contact library director, Lisa Leuck to schedule an appointment.  The library will have two computer stations open, this will help aid in social distancing.  

The Elgin Public Library will also continue to offer their easy-pick-up service through the foyer for those still looking to borrow materials contact free.   

 

Wed
20
Jan

West Union assisted living centers get first round of vaccine

Copper Creek Senior Living Administrator Matthew Marsala encouraged everyone’s participation in getting the Covid-19 vaccination recently.

 

West Union assisted living centers get first round of vaccine

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

The two assisted living homes in West Union got the first rounds of the Covid-19 vaccinations last week.

At Stoney Brook Village, the vaccinations were given Saturday, Jan. 16. According to Administrator Kathryn Moser, the majority of residents and staff received the vaccine.

Wed
20
Jan

Capital improvement project in the works at WU Recreation Complex

It’s snow covered now, but as soon as spring arrives the West Union Recreation Complex will spring to life with lots of activities going on. Recreation Foundation President Norm Einck recently announced a new improvement project in the works that will include paved trails going up both sides of the main entrance, along with extra parking. (Jack Swanson photo)

 

Capital improvement project in the works at WU Recreation Complex

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

“All access to all facilities.”

That is the push behind the new project that the West Union Recreation Foundation is about to embark on.

Wed
13
Jan

Six area fire departments respond to rural blaze

The Decorah Fire Department’s aerial truck was one of many area emergency response resources utilized at a house fire on Tuesday, Jan. 5, in rural Winneshiek County. The Calmar Fire Department got the initial call at approximately 2:30 p.m. that day and was soon after joined by the Fort Atkinson, Ossian, Decorah, West Union, and St. Lucas fire departments. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Six area fire departments respond to rural blaze

 

 

A total of six area fire departments responded to a house fire on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 5, in rural Festina.

According to Sean Snyder, Winneshiek County Emergency Management coordinator, the initial call was paged to the Calmar Fire Department at approximately 2:30 p.m. The Ossian, Fort Atkinson, and Decorah departments were paged shortly after with the West Union and St. Lucas departments being called in later for manpower and to help provide water on the scene.

Wed
13
Jan

SW E/MS to return to five-day schedule

The South Winneshiek school board appointed Craig Nuezil as the newest member of the board during Monday evening’s meeting in Ossian. Nuezil fills a vacancy left by Corey Meyer, who resigned from the board due to a conflict of interest. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

SW E/MS to return to five-day schedule

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The South Winneshiek school board met Monday evening in Ossian with discussions highlighted by the district’s Return to Learn plan.

After hearing from concerned parents of students within the district, superintendent Kris Einck made a recommendation for elementary/middle school students to return to spending five days per week in the classroom. Under the district’s previous plan, students were only in the classroom Mondays through Thursdays.

Einck noted that the governor’s decision to allow full capacity at sporting events, along with South Winn’s mitigation strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19 gave him confidence that students would not be at risk by spending an additional day in the classroom. He also noted that he understands that having Fridays off has been a tax on families as they have had to find alternative daycare.

Wed
13
Jan

First Baby of 2021 at Winneshiek Medical Center

Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah announced last week that baby boy Marcus Wesley Back was the first-born baby of the new year at the facility. He was born on Saturday, Jan. 2, weighing 9 pounds and measuring 21 inches. He is the son of Lauren and Samuel Back of Harmony, Minn., and joins his older brother. (submitted photo)

 

First baby of 2021 at Winneshiek Medical Center

Wed
13
Jan

'Take It Back'

Fayette County Sheriff Marty Fisher recently announced that a new “Take It Back” prescription drug drop off box is now located near the entrance to the Fayette County Law Enforcement Center in West Union. (Jack Swanson photo)

 

'Take it Back

 

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

Fayette County Sheriff Marty Fisher has made it easier than ever to dispose of expired or no longer in use prescription drugs.

A new “Take Back” drop off box is now located right outside the door at the Fayette County Law Enforcement Center in West Union’s Industrial Park. It is available 24-7 for disposal of drugs that people are trying to dispose of.

“Before people had to come inside to drop off the drugs for disposal. Now they can just drive up, get out of their car and drop it off. This works a lot better, especially in this time of Covid,” Fisher pointed out.

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