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Pastors Ginny and Phillip Olson have a new "Chome"

Pastors Phillip and Ginny Olson say their ‘CHOME’ (Church-Home) is not only comfortable, it’s everything they could want in a retirement home. The pair recently moved from the St. Peter Lutheran parsonage in Eldorado, to the former First Lutheran Church building that sits along Juniper Road, just inside the Fayette County boundary south of Ossian. (Janell Bradley photos.)

 

Pastors Ginny and Phillip Olson have a new "Chome"

 

Janell Bradley
Guest Correspondent

 

For Pastors Ginny and Philip Olson, the former First Lutheran Church in rural Ossian is not only a place to call home, but a place they can finally call their own.

As pastors, the Olsons, most recently of Eldorado, were accustomed to living in parsonages owned by the churches they served. That also meant pulling up roots, on occasion.

“It’s the American dream to own a house,” laughs Ginny, “and now we know that sense of ownership.”

Having met one another as students at Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, the pastors have spent a near lifetime ministering to others. Their work began as missionaries in Senegal, West Africa, where they stayed until returning to the United States with their first two children, Ana and Martha, about 1978. Three more children, Maryn, Andrew and Amy, would later complete the family. Today, there are also seven grandchildren – all of whom are the biggest fans of their grandparents’ unique retirement home.

Until recently when he took retirement, Phillip Olson was pastor at West Clermont Lutheran Church. Ginny continues to serve as pastor for the St. Peter Lutheran Church in Eldorado – the church that members of the former First Lutheran parish voted to join when they dissolved due to dwindling numbers a few years ago.

As the Olsons began pondering how a church building could become their home, Phillip says he had some very specific ideas. Working with his children and their spouses there was a lot of sweat equity poured into this labor of love. During the de-struct phase, members of the Luther College wrestling squad assisted the Olsons. Work included removal of the stairs to the balcony, taking down the chimney and hauling out everything that had been in the basement.

Wed
13
Nov

City/school election results are in!

City/School election results are in!

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The results are in and changes are coming! The 2019 City/School Election was held Tuesday, Nov. 5, and there will be several new faces in office next year, including a new mayor in Ossian, a new councilmember, and a new school board member.

Wed
13
Nov

Frieden, Hermen, Thomas all win Elgin Council seats

Frieden, Hermen, Thomas all win Elgin Council seats

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

In a six-way race for three At-large council seats, Bob Frieden was the top vote getter according to unofficial results from the Nov. 5, Elgin City election. He had 126 votes.

Next in line was Stephanie Hermen with 90 votes, then Brian Thomas with 83. All three were elected to the Council.

Sarah Rose trailed Thomas by only four votes, 79,  to come up short in the running. The final canvass is Tuesday, Nov. 11. That will determine whether these results will be final.

The other candidates were James Johnson, 46 votes, and incumbent Ronald Hills, 44 votes. 

Wed
13
Nov

Clermont Legion and Auxiliary remain 100 years strong

Clermont Legion Post 375 celebrated its 100th Anniversary Monday evening with a joint banquet with the ladies auxiliary at the Clermont Opera House. Enjoying the celebration were seated Richard Barnes; standing (l-r) Kenny Kohls, Bob Swenson, State Representative Michael Bergan, Bob Fassbinder, Roger Berg, Jerry Anderson, Art Matt, Bob Tillman, Phil Ruckdashel, Bert Henderson, Damien Matt, Ron Jesperson, Dennis Goddard,  Ralph Kneeland and Rod Wagner.

 

Clermont Legion and Auxiliary remain 100 years strong

 

Vicki Rowland
Contributing Writer

 

On Monday, November 11, 2019, members of Clermont Sheehan-Olson Post 375 American Legion and Legion Auxiliary met to mark the 100thAnniversary of their formation.  A catered dinner was served at West Clermont Lutheran Church and a program was held.  

After the First World War a caucus was held in Paris March 15-17. 1919,to form The American Legion. This event was attended by two Iowans.  Later that year, a delegation of thirty-eight Iowans attended a planning caucus in St. Louis. The chartering of local Iowa posts began on May 28, 1919, and the first convention of the American Legion was held at the Hotel Fort Des Moines on September 4-5, 1919.  Therefore, the period of March 15 through September 16, 1919, can be described as the formation period of the American Legion in Iowa.  Governor Kim Reynolds signed a Proclamation proclaiming the 100 Year Anniversary of the American Legion in Iowa.

Wed
13
Nov

Wenthe wins close race to regain Mayor's seat

Wenthe wins close race to regain Mayor's seat

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Mayor Andrew Wenthe was in a close battle with challenger Bobby Jo Larson  in the Fayette City election, Tuesday, Nov. 5, but he did prevail in the end.

Wenthe had 145 votes and Larson had 120.

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13
Nov

Keller promises progress following election win

Kelly promises progress following election win

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Adam Keller regained the mayor’s seat in a commanding manner tallying a total of 326 votes in his win, Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the West Union City election, according to unofficial results.

Keller’s opponent, Lester Hope, had 47 votes.

“Thanks to everyone who voted for me. I see some positive years coming for West Union. We’ll see some changes around that will be even more positive than in the past few years. We’ve seen some good things but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. We will be very progressive and think about not only what we want to do tomorrow, but what needs to be done three, five, 10 years down road. We need to start things now that will have an impact on those things in the future,” Keller said, reacting to his election win.

In the three-way race for the At-large Council seat, incumbent Kennon Gumm came out on top with 192 votes, followed by Linda Croal with 126 and Ann Hutchens with 57. He will served another term of office.

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13
Nov

'Snow Place' like WU for holiday promotions!

Come shop West Union and discover why there is “Snow Place” like West Union during the annual Holiday Punch Card Promotion.  A variety of business such as (clockwise from bottom left) Deb Theis of Moonlight Stitching Studio & Sisters Retreat, LeAnn Larson of the Fayette County Union, Kelsey Exum of Norby’s Farm Fleet, and Ron Saboe of Saboe Jewelry, will be hosting the punch card promo where area shoppers can win a variety of prizes such as gift certificates and West Union Scrip Money. (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

'Snow Place' like WU for holiday promotions!

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

There is “Snow Place” like West Union this holiday season as area businesses join in West Union’s annual Holiday Punch Card Promotion!

Area shoppers are invited to enjoy the festive winter weather as they step out to do a little shopping throughout the northeast Iowa town promoting small business for some great deals and great prizes! 

This year’s “Snow Place Like West Union” punch cards can be picked up and used at the following West Union businesses: 

Old Mill Floral, Loomis Plumbing and Heating, NuCara Pharmacy, Saboe Jewelry, Tap’t Out Stein-N-Dine, All-Stop, Moonlight Stitching Studio & Sisters Retreat, China Kitchen, West Union Hardware, Euphoria, Tindell Shoes, BP Express, Dessel-Roach Furniture and Floors, Fayette County Union, NAPA Auto Parts, Gus & Tony’s Town House, Apheas, Vintage on Vine, West Union Motors, WU Power Products, McJ’s, Sims TV & Electronics, Spahn & Rose, Norby’s Farm Fleet, Unionland Feed & Food Mart.  

Additional sponsor for the holiday promotion is Moss Service Center. 

Each time you shop at one of these local businesses, present you punch card at check out. When your punch card is full, turn it in at any of these businesses and pick up a new card.

A weekly drawing will be held each Monday, beginning November 18 for prizes offering a variety of area gift certificates valued at $25 or more and West Union Script Money.  The final drawing will be held on Monday, Dec. 23.  Winner’s will published in each week’s Fayette County Union.  Prizes can be claimed at the Chamber office in downtown West Union.

 

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13
Nov

LP shortage due to delivery, not supply

Shawn Alber, a certified propane specialist with AgVantage FS, fills a liquid propane tank on Monday afternoon in Fayette County. Much of the Midwest is experiencing difficulties with trying to keep farmers stocked with LP as a mixture of factors have contributed to a heavy-use fall that has depleted many supplies. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

LP shortage due to delivery, not supply

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

For many crop farmers throughout the Midwest, it has been a challenging year. A late planting season now mixed with colder-than-normal temperatures and snowfall throughout the fall has resulted in high-moisture corn for many. Because of the spotty weather, the majority of the region was forced to begin harvesting season at a similar time, which has created a new problem – an inability to keep farmers stocked with liquid propane (LP).

“First of all, there is not a shortage of LP – there is plenty of propane in the region,” said Shawn Alber, a certified propane specialist with AgVantage FS. “We are experiencing rather a transportation or infrastructure issue.”

Northeast Iowa farmers, along with those from all throughout the Midwest, have been greatly affected by the inability to maintain an LP stockpile, as it is the primary fuel source to dry corn in their bins.

Wed
06
Nov

Ossian Council discusses Holiday Train

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be making its first-ever stop in Ossian at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Ossian Council discusses Holiday Train

 

Zakary Kriener

 

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The Ossian City Council met Monday evening for its regular session, which was highlighted by talks of the upcoming Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stop that will be taking place in town.

Mayor Bill Green informed the council that he had spoken with a representative from the railroad earlier in the day.

The train will be arriving in town at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and will include 15 cars. While no official action was taken, the council discussed matters that will need to be addressed before the event.

Among that items discussed, the council talked about decorating the City Park, which is the ideal stopping point for the stage car on the train. The council also noted that the Ossian Fire Department will be blocking the streets around the gathering area for the train.

Wed
06
Nov

Veterans Day programs at SW

Veterans Day programs at SW

 

 

South Winneshiek will host two honorary Veteran’s Day programs on Monday, Nov. 11.

The first program will begin at 8:45 a.m. at the Elementary Middle School when coffee and donuts will be served to local veterans.

Following coffee and donuts, middle school students will read their Veteran’s Day poems to veterans.

Elementary students will be assembling a Veteran Wreath comprised of names of all of the friends and family they know or have known that have served or are currently serving our country. The wreath will be on display for the students and community to admire as they walk the hallway of the school throughout the entire month of November.

At South Winneshiek High School, a Veterans Day program will be held in the gymnasium at 10:30 a.m. and will feature readings from the South Winn student government, music by the choir and band, and an introduction of local veterans in attendance.

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