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Wed
13
Jan

Clermont's Renew Beauty & Wax Studio ready to make appointments

Jessica Billmeyer is excited to make the finishing touches to her business as she begins taking appointments.  The business, Renew Beauty & Wax Studio, offers a variety of services such as facials, back facials, derma planning and microdermabrassion, lash extensions, lash lifts, full face and body waxing, traditional and airbrush makeup and spray tans. (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

Clermont's Renew Beauty & Wax Studio ready to take appointments

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

“I’m looking forward to seeing all of our hard work that we’ve put into the building pay off,” smiled the area’s newest business owner, Jessica Billmeyer of her newly opened salon, Renew Beauty & Wax Studio. 

For Billmeyer, the journey to open her Clermont salon has been a long one, one that would take her down a variety of paths before she found her perfect spot, right on Clermont’s main street. 

“I got into makeup when my daughter, Nalla, got sick a few years ago,” said Billmeyer of how she first got into the field that would eventually lead her towards owning her own business.  

“I had to stay home to take care of her, and a friend of mine got me involved in a makeup company,” she explained.  “Eventually, I thought I could keep going with that and went to school to become an esthetician not long after that.” 

While Billmeyer knew early on that she would eventually want to open her own salon and studio, she had no idea that she would be making such a move during a global pandemic. 

Wed
13
Jan

Gundersen Palmer welcomes first baby of 2021

Liam Marroquin Rodriquez was the first baby born at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics in 2021. Liam and his parents, (l-r) Soledad and Edwin Marroquin Rodriquez received a number of gifts from local businesses for the distinguished honor. (Megan Molseed photo)

 

Gundersen Palmer welcomes first baby of 2021 

 

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

Liam Arroquin Rodriquez, son of Soledad and Edwin Rodriquez Marroquin, Postville, was given the title of the first baby born at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics (GLPHC) in 2021 when his parents welcomed him into the world late last week. 

Liam was born a happy and healthy baby at 1:40 a.m. on Friday, January 8, weighing 6 pounds and 4 ½ ounces and measuring 19.25 inches long.

Wed
06
Jan

Record year at Holiday Lights

The 2020 Holiday Lights display in Decorah brought in a record number of visitors this season with 6,565 vehicles. (submitted photo)

 

Record year at Holiday Lights

 

 

Helping Services for Youth & Families thanks all of the volunteers, sponsors, and visitors that made Holiday Lights’ 16th season a record year. Holiday Lights continues to be a wonderful community event that also serves as Helping Services for Youth & Families’ most important fundraiser. Helping Services for Youth & Families is a nonprofit organization with programs such as Domestic Abuse Advocacy, Family Education & Support, Substance Abuse Prevention, & Youth Mentoring. Helping Services has a team of 23 staff and a volunteer-run Board of Directors working to promote healthier and safer families and youth residing throughout eight counties in Northeast Iowa. 

Wed
06
Jan

WMC, Mayo Health Clinic announce new chief medical officer

Dr. Thomas Marquardt

 

WMC, Mayor Health Clinic announce new chief medical officer

 

 

Last week, Winneshiek Medical Center and Mayo Clinic Health System leaders announced that Thomas Marquardt, D.P.M., has been appointed to serve as the next Chief Medical Officer of Winneshiek Medical Center.

Dr. Marquardt has been serving in the interim chief medical officer role since September of 2019 after the previous chief medical officer, Robert Flinchbaugh, D.O., returned to his medical practice.  

Wed
06
Jan

COVID-19 vaccinations continue to be administered

Ossian EMT and South Winneshiek school nurse Brandi Hemesath (left) was one of many area volunteer EMTs to receive the COVID-19 vaccination last week at the Ossian Fire Department. The shot is being administered by Krista Vanden Brink, RN and administrator for Winneshiek County Public Health. (submitted photo)

 

COVID-19 vaccinations continue to be administered

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

According to Krista Vanden Brink, administrator for Winneshiek County Public Health, over 500 COVID-19 vaccinations have been given to healthcare workers in the county.

Wed
06
Jan

Elgin Library receives grant; increases catalog by over 100 books

Library Director, Lisa Leuck

 

Elgin Library receives grant

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

“These are books we would not normally be able to afford, so it is very exciting,” smiled Elgin Public Library director, Lisa Leuck of materials recently added to the local library’s extensive catalog through a grant recently awarded to the northeast Iowa library.

The grant, the Children's Book Project grant from the Pilcrow Foundation in Cottage Grove, Oregon was developed to help support local, rural libraries to help ensure an opportunity for active engagement within the community and lifelong learning.

Wed
06
Jan

West Union Chamber welcomes new Director

Lisa Davis

 

West Union Chamber welcomes new Director

 

By Megan Molseed

mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

“I feel like I found my niche when I moved to northeast Iowa,” smiled West Union Chamber/Main Street Executive Economic Director, Lisa Davis.  

“I have lived in the Midwest most of my life,” Davis continued.  “It is full of big-hearted communities with so much to offer!” 

Davis, who is entering her sixth year as owner and operator of her Clermont business, the Green Door, says she is excited about the opportunity to work with area businesses and the community.  

Wed
06
Jan

Our NE Iowa

The Fayette County Courthouse became a winter wonderland as it was perfect conditions for rime ice to coat everything in a beautiful blanket of luminous white. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

Our Northeast Iowa

 

 

Wed
06
Jan

Fayette County EMS, pharmacists, Maple Crest get the Covid 19 - vaccine

Maple Crest Campus resident Rose Hanson said she was thrilled to receive her first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

 

Fayette County EMS, pharmacists, Maple Crest get the Covid - 19 vaccine

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Covid – 19 vaccinations are slowly but surely getting done in Fayette County. Most recently, County EMS members and pharmacists got the vaccine on Thursday, Dec. 31, and Maple Crest Manor in Fayette was one of the first nursing homes to get the vaccine on Wednesday, Dec. 30.

“EMS active members are finally getting there vaccine.  The hope is that in the next two weeks law enforcement and firemen will receive theirs,” said Fayette County Emergency Management Director Lisa Roberts.

Wed
30
Dec

NICC president Liang Chee Wee stepping down

Dr. Liang Chee Wee

 

NICC president Liang Chee Wee stepping down

 

 

Last week, Ken Reimer, D.V.M, chair of Northeast Iowa Community College’s (NICC) Board of Trustees, announced that Liang Chee Wee, Ph.D., will step down as president of the College effective June 30, 2022.

“For the past 10 years, Dr. Wee’s servant leadership has helped Northeast Iowa Community College become a force in the district, engaging in educational and training opportunities for students, businesses and economic development. District-wide and statewide, Dr. Wee is well known, respected, intelligent and hard working. Under Dr. Wee’s guidance, NICC is more agile and resilient in our fast-changing environment. His staff is well-prepared and positioned for continued growth now and into the future. He has the trust of all who associate with him,” said Reimer.

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