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Bakewell approaching 40 years as Ossian City Clerk

 

For nearly 40 years, Ossian’s Joyce Bakewell has worked in her hometown as the City Clerk. The multifaceted role for city clerks in communities similar to the size of Ossian includes many different specialties and responsibilities, making her position vital to the success and betterment of the town. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Bakewell approaching 40 years as Ossian City Clerk

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

While much of what she does on a regular basis goes unnoticed to the majority of the public, the work done by Ossian City Clerk Joyce Bakewell on a daily basis is vital to the functionality of the community. In honor of the upcoming Municipal Clerks Week, which is Sunday, May 5, through Saturday, May 11, this article provides a closer look at the responsibilities and duties of Ossian’s longtime City Clerk.

“I began working for the City of Ossian on August 1, 1079,” said Bakewell, who grew up in Ossian and worked as a city clerk in Urbana for one year prior to returning home. “It isn’t really a job that you can go to school for, although I do have a business administration degree from Luther.”

When Bakewell assumed the duties of clerk from previous city clerk of 21 years Irvin Fosaaen, it was somewhat of a crash course for her.

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24
Apr

'Experience perfection' with Xpedition Archery

 

Curt Headington of Decorah is one of the key leaders of Xpedition Archery in Decorah. The bow manufacturing company is owned by Mark Heck of New Jersey and along with vice president of operations Headington, is led by executive vice president Chris Cobbett of Maine. All three are avid bow hunters and bring unique and important experiences to the team. (Rizen Media photo)

 

'Experience perfection' with Xpedition Archery

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The sports of archery and bow hunting have evolved a lot since the days of Robin Hood. While the concept of shooting an arrow is a fairly simple one, the amount of research and technology that goes into giving the shooter the smoothest and fastest experience possible is one that many could not imagine.

Enter Xpedition Archery; a Decorah-based company that produces some of the highest quality of bows in the industry.

“Xpedition is actually about seven years old,” explained Curt Headington, a Decorah native and the company’s vice president of operations. “It was originally founded by Applied Engineering in Yankton, S.D., which is a notable name in the aerospace industry.”

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24
Apr

Does office manager Knight help the "Sun rise"?

 

Debra Knight is employed with Federal Hybrids, Inc., and the Sunrise Group, Inc., in Elgin where she serves as office manager. 

 

Does office manager Knight help the "Sun rise"?

 

 

Vicki Rowland
Contributing Writer

 

 

Debra Knight is the office manager for the two business enterprises of Tim and Kathy Butikofer and family. 

One is Federal Hybrids, Inc., which markets seed corn, soybean and alfalfa seed products to about 25 distributors throughout the Midwest. The second is The Sunrise Group, Inc., which leases dairy cows to farmers in 48 states. Both businesses are located in the same building in Elgin where Deb has worked since 1999.

As office manager, Deb does considerable writing. She is responsible for coordinating and writing parts of the annual Federal Hybrids seed guide. She helps create the dairy cow lease documents for farmers to sign when leasing cows, and assists with contracts for Federal Hybrids. There are letters to compose for both entities, and important paperwork to file appropriately. She also files milk assignments to the creamery, insurance documents to the insurance company, and the UCC’s to the various Secretary of State offices.

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24
Apr

Davis enjoys successful first year as police chief

 

Ben Davis has enjoyed being police chief of Fayette for the last year. He noted that one of his top priorities when he was promoted to the position was to get his officers involved in community service to continuing building a trusting relationship between them and the citizens of Fayette and students at Upper Iowa University.  Chris DeBack photo

 

Davis enjoys successful first year as police chief

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

It has been a year since Ben Davis was promoted to police chief of Fayette after former chief Richard Pisanti resigned to move back to Florida. 

Over the last year, Davis has provided consistent leadership that has helped the four-officer department thrive in a time where attitudes toward police officers aren’t always positive. Davis has been able to maintain a level of respect between his department and the residents of Fayette by delivering a clear and concise message to his officers. 

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24
Apr

Woods takes a stroll towards a cure

Liam, pictured here with his support dog, Sarge, will be well represented at the third annual 3rd Annual Iowa Strollathon, a fundraiser for Rett Syndrome research at Kinzler Construction in Ankeny on Saturday May 4th from 11a.m. to 2 p.m

 

Woods takes a stroll towards a cure

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

It took just over six years for Alesha Woods and her husband, Danny to get answers for their son, Liam.  

“Early on, he hit a lot of his milestones,” the young mother of two explained of her youngest son who was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome in 2015.  

“Then, at just a few months old he started to fall short with certain benchmarks,” the young mother continued.   “By 18 months he still wasn’t walking.  That’s when we started looking at specialists.” 

Through a variety of referrals from the local clinic, the Woods’s finally made their way to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where their son underwent a variety of tests, eventually being diagnosed with Rett Syndrome.  

Rett syndrome is a genetic neurological disorder becoming apparent after six-18 months of early normal development. 

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24
Apr

FCED Board of Directors votes to dissolve nonprofit organization

FCED Board of Directors votes to dissolve nonprofit organization

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

The Fayette County Economic Development (FCED) Board of Directors recently voted to disband its nonprofit organization following the news that Fayette County would be pulling its funding from the organization for the next fiscal year. 

At their meeting on Monday, April 1, the Fayette County Supervisors voted to no longer provide funding to FCED. Fayette County was paying Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission approximately $60,000 for FCED, which is almost, if not more than, half of the nonprofit organization’s budget. It was then paying $28,000 for the Fayette County Tourism director position, which is currently held by Carrie Davis. Davis says that she is an employee of Fayette County Economic Development; however, the Board of Supervisors argues that the 28E agreement, which the FCED followed, says nothing about tourism, nor its funding.

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24
Apr

Life in prison

 

Fayette County Sheriff Marty Fisher (far left) and a Fayette County detention officer escort Alicia Rios (front) out of the Fayette County courthouse following her first degree murder plea and sentencing hearing on Monday morning.  Rios plead guilty to killing her 5 week-old newborn, Lydia, in 2018.  Representing Rios were attorneys (back l-r) Steven J. Drahozal and Teresa Sampson Brown.  (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

Life in prison

 

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

“I just want my daughter to be at rest; to be at peace,” stated a sobbing Alicia Rios, 29, during her first-degree murder sentencing at the Fayette County Courthouse Monday morning, April 22.  

During the hearing, the Elgin woman entered an Alford plea where she was not admitting guilt, but acknowledged a plea to a first-degree murder charge would be in her best interest, in Fayette County District Court in West Union.

The Elgin woman will spend the rest of her life in prison for the death of her infant daughter, Lydia Rios, in 2018.  

“Your daughter was five weeks old and she needed you to protect her,” said District Court Judge Linda Fangman who presided over the case. “You violated that duty in the worst way possible.” 

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24
Apr

Postville man sentenced for sexual abuse

On Tuesday, April 23, a Postville man was convicted in Fayette County District Court of sexual abuse in the third degree and lascivious acts with a child. 

 

The court sentenced Wilmer Elias Soy, 20, of Postville to two 10 year sentences to be served concurrently. Soy will be turned over to the Department of Corrections. 

 

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17
Apr

Iowa Farm Bureau leaders visit D.C.

 

Nearly fifty Iowa Farm Bureau leaders from across the state, including (l-r) Carson Brincks, of Ossian; Mark Buskohl of Grundy Center, Mary Brincks of Ossian, Cassie Hackman of New Hampton; Brian Haeflinger of Elma; and Randy Brincks of Ossian, visited Washington, D.C., recently to discuss critical farm issues during the annual Iowa Farm Bureau Federation national policy trip. (submitted photo)

 

Iowa Farm Bureau leaders visit D.C.

 

 

 

Forty-seven Iowa Farm Bureau leaders from across the state visited Washington, D.C. recently to discuss critical farm issues and their impact with their elected officials during the annual Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) national policy trip.  The Iowa farmers shared their concerns about the lack of progress in trade disputes, resulting in low commodity prices and continued economic hardship in rural communities.  Members from southwest Iowa also shared the impacts of flooding on their farms, which has eclipsed the damage from the 2011 flood, and urged lawmakers to support disaster relief aid.     

The Farm Bureau members met with Iowa’s U.S. House and Senate members as well as top U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) staff, including Deputy Secretary Steve Censky and former Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey, who now serves as USDA under secretary for farm production and conservation.  

The Farm Bureau county leaders shared accounts of tapping into retirement savings, taking off-the-farm-jobs, and even family members being forced to step away from farming all together due to low commodity prices resulting from tariffs and shrinking demand for ethanol.  

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17
Apr

Area Easter egg hunts

Area Easter egg hunts

With Easter only a few days away, the time for fun and exciting Easter egg hunts has arrived. 

 

Details for local Easter celebrations are as follows:

Ossian

Children in second grade and under are invited to the Ossian Crown Club’s annual Easter egg hunt at Ossian Senior Hospice.

The event will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20. The Easter Bunny will be on hand as well.

Bring your cameras and your smiles!

Calmar

The Calmar Community Club Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, April 20, for children ages 0-10. The Easter Bunny will be available starting at 11:15 a.m. with all activities scheduled to take place at the South Winneshiek Athletic Complex in Calmar.

There will be three different age groups with nearly 1,600 eggs available for the hunt.

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