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Wed
01
Feb

North Fayette and Valley special election is Tuesday, Feb. 7

North Fayette and Valley special election is Tuesday, Feb. 7

 

 

The fate of the North Fayette and Valley school districts will be decided in six days when members of those communities head to the polls on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

The patrons of each district will be voting on whether or not to merge the two districts to officially become North Fayette Valley Community School District, and then vote on a Revenue Purpose Statement for the new district.

The Revenue Purpose Statement will remain the same as it currently is, but because a new district is formed, it needs to be voted on again.

Wed
01
Feb

Hovden to Hall of Fame

 

NFV head baseball coach Dan Hovden proudly displays the trophy he was awarded after his recent induction into the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Hovden is 25th all-time among Iowa high school baseball coaches in wins with 662; this ranks him eighth among active coaches. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

Hovden to Hall of Fame

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Everyone knows North Fayette Valley’s Dan Hovden is one of the best baseball head coaches around.

After all, his overall record is 662 wins and 397 losses; over 560 of those wins have been in West Union. His win total ranks him 25th all-time in Iowa high school baseball history; he is also eighth among active coaches in total wins.

Since his arrival in 1993, Hovden has won six UIC titles, five District titles and sent four teams to the State Baseball Tournament in either Marshalltown or Des Moines. Hovden has also been named the Northeast Iowa District Coach of the Year three times.

Well, the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association (IAHSBCA) concurs.

Thu
26
Jan

Postsecondary Readiness Report out

Kris Einck, South Winn Superintendent

 

Postsecondary Readiness Report out

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Last week, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds announced a new state website, which shows how prepared students are for success in postsecondary education and training upon graduation from public high schools in Iowa.

South Winneshiek High School received remarkable scores in the report, rating well above the state average and a minimum of 10 percent higher than any surrounding district.

Thu
26
Jan

No better time than now to donate blood

 

With the month of January designated as National Blood Donor Month, Ossian’s Mel Elsbernd is one of many local donors to help save countless lives. Since making his first donation in 1975, Elsbernd has donated a total of 118 times and is approaching the 15-gallon milestone. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

No better time than now to donate blood

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Every January since 1970 has been officially declared National Volunteer Blood Donor Month, and, according to the American Red Cross, it comes with good reason.

Due to often less-than-ideal travel conditions due to the weather, as well as busy holiday schedules and increased cold and flu symptoms, the number of blood donors around the United States sees a significant dip in January. Coupled with an increased number of traumatic injuries due to icy roads, there is no better time than now to donate blood.

For Ossian’s Mel Elsbernd, there is no need to tell him twice about the importance of donating.

Thu
26
Jan

Elgin Council discusses levy, co-op annexation

Elgin Council discusses levy, co-op annexation

 

 

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer
bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

Repairs to the levy and annexation of the Elgin Co-Op dominated the discussion during Monday night’s Elgin City Council meeting.

The council continues to proceed with the necessary paperwork to annex the Co-Op.

Thu
26
Jan

Sometimes it just takes a little kick in the behind

 

Patch Abilities in St. Lucas is a one-stop shop for small-quilt pattern instructions. Owner Julie Wurzer (left) and her customer service representative Brandy Schott display the instruction booklets the company sells. Wurzer also sell hangers to go with each design, along with buttons and other embellishments for the pattern. Chris DeBack photo

 

Sometimes it just takes a little kick in the behind

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Sometimes it takes a brick to the head or a kick in the behind from the universe to set someone on the path he or she were destined for.

For Patch Abilities owner Julie Wurzer, it took just that to start living her dream.

Thu
26
Jan

Spreading the word

 

Kelli Kovarik, a teacher at North Fayette Valley High School and co-owner of K&K Gardens with her husband, Keith, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in November 2016. She had her thyroid removed on Jan. 3, and she now needs to receive a single radiation treatment and CT scan so the doctors can be sure the cancer didn’t spread. She encourages others to get their thyroid checked out, because if it is caught early enough, the cancer has a 98 percent cure rate. Chris DeBack photo

 

Spreading the word

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Living in a small town can be a curse as well as a blessing.

At least Kelli Kovarik of Hawkeye believes so, especially when it comes down to talking about that dreadful “C word,” cancer.

Being a private person, she was a little reluctant to sit down and talk about her ongoing experience with thyroid cancer.

However, a part of her realizes the importance of talking about it, not just for her own sake, but for the sake of others. Whether she’ll ever know it or not, her speaking up could save someone else’s life.

Thu
26
Jan

Putney resigns from Fair Board

Mark Putney

 

Putney resigns from Fair Board

 

 

Mark Putney of Elgin announced his resignation from the Fayette County Fair Board at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17, effective immediately.

Thu
19
Jan

The importance of thyroid awareness

 

Diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2011, Nicole Kriener of West Union underwent surgery to remove her thyroid and several surrounding nodes, allowing her and husband Zak to quickly return to normal everyday activities. (submitted photo)

 

The importance of thyroid awareness

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Throughout the world, approximately 200 million people are affected by thyroid disease. Among those, an estimated 62,450 new cases of thyroid cancer were diagnosed in 2016 alone.

Each and every year, the month of January is dedicated as thyroid awareness month, an effort to increase awareness about thyroid issues and help save lives.

In 2011, Nicole Kriener of West Union was at a routine physical when her doctor recommended that she see an endocrinologist to take a closer look at her thyroid.

Wed
18
Jan

Kuennen cousins enjoy freedom of open trails

 

For cousins Blake and Tanner Kuennen (l-r), snowmobiling has become one of their favorite outdoor winter activities. Riding upwards of 100 miles per day, the two locals take their sleds out for a ride every opportunity they get throughout the winter months. (submitted photo)

 

Kuennen cousins enjoy freedom of open trails

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

For a lot of people in the Midwest, winter is nothing more than a headache. It means shoveling, wearing extra layers of clothing, scraping ice, and often-treacherous travel. For a select group of individuals, however, winter is paradise.

“The perfect day includes plenty of snow, sunshine, and a temperature of about 35 degrees,” explained Blake Kuennen of Festina, an avid snowmobiler who takes advantage of every opportunity to hop on his sled during the winter months in northeast Iowa.

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