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Wed
21
Jul

Winneshiek County Fair royalty

The 2021-22 Winneshiek County Fair royalty is Queen Holly Schmitt (left) and Princess Kalissa Schmelzer. Be sure to check out next week’s Ossian Bee for more photos and 4-H/FFA show results. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Winneshiek County Fair royalty

 
 
Wed
21
Jul

Challenge filed to County Supervisor appointment

Challenge filed to County Supervisor appointment

 

 

The Winneshiek County Democrats have filed a petition to call for a special election to challenge recently appointed Winneshiek County Supervisor Gary Rustad on the County Board of Supervisors. Melissa O’Rourke has expressed interest in running for the office when the special election is held.

Wed
21
Jul

County wants to sell Inspiring Lives former Prairie View facilities

County wants to sell Inspiring Lives former Prairie View facilities

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

 

 

 

The Fayette County Board of Supervisors wants Inspiring Lives to pay up. The County wants to sell the building and grounds which was once know as Prairie View, a mental health care facility that the County contracted services for. 

Inspiring Lives now operates the facility privately and provides supportive and skill building services to adults with mental health illnesses. It is located at 18569 Lane Rd., between West Union and Fayette. The County still owns the building and property.

Inspiring Lives, a non-profit organization, submitted a $1 offer to lease the building and grounds for a year. 

“It has been the lease that it would be $1 rent a year. We provide all upkeep and repairs though, even though that isn't how the lease reads,” said Inspiring Lives Administrator Laura Peyton.

“That’s not an offer,” said Supervisor Janell Bradley.

Inspiring Lives Board President Ruth Lau replied, “You said any offer done in good faith. I guess we don’t really know what we are making an offer on. I thought you would give us the parameters before you would reject our offer. ”

Wed
21
Jul

Biggest Fair concert in 20 years

Gary Allan

 

Biggest Fair concert in 20 years

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Where are you going to be this Saturday night? If your answer is anything besides at the Fayette County Fair for the Gary Allan concert, you can be assured that you will be missing out on a night of fun and entertainment. The country music superstar, whose hits have spanned over multiple generations, will be the featured performance of the night as he will take the stage following the Cory Farley Band and Sara Evans (6:30 p.m.).

“I want everyone to come to the show prepared to have a good time,” said Allan in an exclusive interview with the Union-Echo-Leader last week. “We are going to play the hits, some fan favorite album cuts, and a few new songs from my newest album, Ruthless.”

Wed
14
Jul

Winneshiek County Fair is underway!

The 2021 Winneshiek County Fair got underway earlier this week and will run through Saturday in Decorah. Tonight (Wednesday, July 14), the Rogue Rodeo bucks and bulls will be featured for the Grandstand entertainment. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Winneshiek County Fair is underway!

 

 

The 2021 Winneshiek County Fair is officially underway! The Fair got underway Tuesday in Decorah and will continue through the weekend.

Races at Upper Iowa Speedway took place Tuesday night and the Grandstand entertainment action will continue tonight (Wednesday) with the Rogue Rodeo at 7 p.m.

On Thursday night, the NTPA Truck and Tractor Pullers will be in action, beginning at 7 p.m.

Friday night’s entertainment will be highlighted by The Sawyer Brown Band at 9 p.m. on the track and in the Grandstand. The opening act will be the Joe Stamm Band, which will take to the stage at 7:30 p.m.

Wed
14
Jul

SW hires firm to develop plans for new HS facility

SW hires firm to develop plans for new HS facility

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The South Winneshiek school board made a decision at Monday evening’s meeting to begin looking into potential new facilities for the district.

Prior to deciding to hire Straka Johnson Architects to overtake the project, the board discussed the results from a survey that was recently put out to residents within the South Winneshiek school district.

The survey, which had 326 responses (approximately 12 percent of the voters in the district) showed that 74 percent of respondents were in support of a new high school facility and 72 percent of respondents would support a bond levy of up to $20 million to fund the project.

Wed
14
Jul

Clermont's Community BBQ in the Park, July 19

 

Steve Schroeder will be performing at the Clermont Community BBQ in the Park, Monday, July 19, starting at 4:30 p.m., at City Park.

 

Clermont's Community BBQ in the Park, July 19

 

Clermont’s Community BBQ in the Park will feature the sounds of Steve Schroeder, Monday, July 19, starting at 4:30 p.m., at Clermont City Park.

Schroeder, a native of West Union, was the opening act for Randy Houser when he performed at last year’s Fayette County Fair. Schroeder lives in La Crosse now. He’s a high school P.E. teacher and has been performing for about three years, and also writes his own songs. 

“I really never thought I would be doing this, but it’s definitely one of my passions now,” he related.

Wed
14
Jul

Elgin's Music in the Park & BBQ this Thursday

Beau Timmerman will be proving the music for the Music In the Park event in Elgin, Thursday, July 15. (Submitted photo)

 

 

Elgin's Music in the Park & BBQ this Thursday

Area musician Beau Timmerman will be performing at Music In The Park and BBQ in Elgin, Thursday, July 15.

The Elgin Homecoming Committee, along with the help of the Elgin Fire Department, is hosting the event.

Members of the Elgin Fire Department will be in charge of the BBQ and grilling. The meal deal includes either hamburger/brat or hot dog, with chips, cookie and bottled water for $5.  BBQ serving time will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  

Timmerman will be playing at City Park from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  

Wed
14
Jul

This 168th Fayette County Fair being billed as 'The Fun Fair'

This 168th Fayette County Fair being billed as 'The Fun Fair'

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

The 168th Annual Fayette County Fair starting next week, July 20-24, promises to offer lots of entertainment, lots of livestock, lots of food, and, according to Fair Board President Kevin Converse, lots of fun.

Wed
07
Jul

Performances at the Pavilion underway in Ossian

Performances at the Pavilion underway in Ossian

 

 

Performances at the Pavilion are back at the Ossian Educational and Performance Pavilion this summer. The weekly entertainment in Carey’s Park is sponsored by The City of Ossian, Ossian Crown Club, and Casey’s General Store. All movies and live performances are free to the public. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the shows!

The remaining 2021 summer schedule is as follows:

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