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17
Jul

CHWC leaves impression on local communities

Honk 4 Jesus! A group of Catholic HEART Workcamp workers from last week’s service retreat included (l-r) Greg Rayhons, Garner; Brandon Banyas, Altoona; Molly Lorence, Mason City; Lucas Udelhofen, Mason City; and Sabrina Fullenkamp, Rantoul, Ill.. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

CHWC leaves impression on local communities

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Mission has been accomplished for Catholic HEART Workcamp. The nationally known service camp, which aims to promote service, connection, and love, recently completed its job in Calmar – marking the first time that the camp has visited the state of Iowa.

“CFSR (which includes St. Aloysius in Calmar, St. Francis DeSales in Ossian, Our Lady of Seven Dolors in Festina, and St. Wenceslaus in Spillville) has been partnering with Catholic HEART Workcamp (CHWC) for 17 years as our summer service experience and we are happy to have been able to bring the experience home,” said Patty Frana, CFSR director and co-manager of the Calmar CHWC experience along with Kris Smith. 

Frana explained that over the past 17 years, hundreds of South Winneshiek students have participated in CHWC and have traveled to such locations as Trinidad, New Orleans, Chicago, and Minneapolis.

“We’re very proud to have been able to bring CHWC here,” continued Frana. “In the past, it has always been a fun going getaway for the students, but I think it’s important that we realize the need right here in our own community.”

Wed
17
Jul

Ossian Fest to feature The El Caminos

Members of The El Caminos band, which will be performing at Ossian Fest this year, include (l-r) Nick Lenzen, bass guitar; Jeffrey Bahr, drums; James Deeney, vocals; and Jason Herman, guitar. (submitted photo)

 

Ossian Fest to feature The El Caminos

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

This year’s annual Ossian Fest celebration is fast approaching and entertainment for the fun, town-wide celebration has officially been released!

The City of Ossian and Ossian Crown Club’s theme for the 2019 event is “Rhyme Time in Ossian.” The event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 3. Events include a community breakfast, fire fighters’ water ball games, car show, kids’ pedal tractor pull, balloon artist, face painting, kids' games, singer/guitarist Steve Schroeder, food booths, Moo Mobile, Grand Parade and the The El Caminos. 

Wed
17
Jul

9th annual FD golf Tourney Saturday

Clermont Fire Chief, Randy Wiedenhoff, prepares for the ninth annual Clermont and Elgin Fire Department golf tournament at Pleasant Valley Golf and Sports Club in Clermont. In the past, proceeds from the event have gone toward the purchase of a variety of equipment needed for the departments.  This year, the Clermont fire department hopes to purchase a drone with the funds.  (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

9th annual FD golf Tourney Saturday

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

For nearly a decade the Clermont and Elgin Fire departments have been drawing quite the crowd one weekend in July for the annual golf tournament at Pleasant Valley Golf and Sports Club in Clermont. 

“It has been a great fundraiser for the departments,” said Randy Wiedenhoff, Clermont’s current fire chief.  “We have been able to raise funds for many different things over the years.  It’s a fun thing for the public to do and it pays off for the community.” 

In addition to the best-shot tournament, there will also be a raffle, drawing to be held after the tournament.

Wed
17
Jul

RADA thrives under Valley graduates tutelage

Gary Nelson - Class of 1977

 

RADA thrives under Valley graduates tutelage

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

Rada Manufacturing in Waverly has thrived under the watchful eye of company president Gary Nelson. 

Nelson, a 1977 graduate of Valley High School, has seen the small, family-owned business grow from 27 employees when he in 1981 to 124 employees at its peak. 

Born in 1959, Nelson is the second eldest of five children of Art Jr. and Yvonne (Chapman) Nelson. While his parents were from Clermont and Elgin, respectively, Nelson was born in Cedar Falls and spent the first 10 years of his life in Hudson. 

The grandson of former Montauk caretaker Art Nelson Sr., Gary recalled all the fun he used to have visiting his grandparents at Montauk every summer. 

“The house on the property below the mansion was where my grandparents lived,” he said. “That is where I learned to bale hay, milk cows, and mow the lawn. I would come up at least once every summer for a week, and it was the best week every summer.”

Wed
17
Jul

New FC Economic Development meet with potential partners

The new Fayette County Economic Development & Tourism organization held its first official meeting on Wednesday, July 10, with potential partners from Fayette County cities, utilities, and banks gathering to meeting and ask questions of new Fayette County Economic Development Director Mallory Hanson. Chris DeBack photo

 

New FC Economic Development meets with  potential partners

 

By Chris Deback

 

cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

Fayette County Economic Development and Tourism (FCEDT) held its initial meeting on Wednesday, July 10, at its office at 101 North Vine Street in West Union. 

Mallory Hanson, FCEDT director, invited previous partners of the now defunct Fayette County Economic Development, which includes cities, utilities, and banks in Fayette County. In attendance were representatives from the cities of Oelwein, Fayette, West Union, Hawkeye, and Elgin, as well as Allamakee-Clayton REC, East-Central REC, Oelwein Chamber & Area Development, First State Bank in Fayette and Sumner, Fidelity Bank & Trust in Oelwein, Community Bank of Oelwein and Bank Iowa in Waucoma. 

Employees of Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation & Development were also in attendance including Laura Friest, executive director, Paul Berland, who will be executive director when Friest retires, and Amanda Streeper, a RC&D program manager. 

Hanson opened the meeting by introducing herself and the staff members from RC&D in attendance. She noted that the purpose of the meeting was to gather potential partners and let them know how economic development will move forward in Fayette County, as well as allow them to ask any questions or voice any concerns. Friest gave a little history on RC&D.

Wed
17
Jul

Supervisors considering $5 million GO bond

These two core samples from W-14 near Hawkeye that give a snapshot of the asphalt road’s life showing the base, hot-mix asphalt layers, and seal coats that have been put on the road. The core on the right is particularly concerning because it shows a road that has a failing inner layer. If the Supervisors are able to bond for $5 million reconstruction of W-14 from Hawkeye to Highway 93, which was slated to be done in 2021 will be moved up to summer 2020.  Chris DeBack photo

 

Supervisors considering $5 million GO bond

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

The Fayette County Supervisors are exploring the idea of bonding for $5 million to repair asphalt roads in dire need of reconstruction. 

At their meeting on Monday, July 8, Fayette County Engineer Joel Fantz brought two core samples from W-14 to his weekly update. One sample, that held together, showed that cold in-place recycling would be possible for the project. The technique recycles preexisting asphalt on the road as a layer before two more asphalt lifts are laid down at a later date. 

The other sample showed a dreary picture of a road that is failing. When the sample was cored out, the middle layer of the road crumbled and broke away from the top and bottom layer, so that the sample was in three pieces. Fantz said that shows that the inner layer of the road was failing. W-14 isn’t the only asphalt road in the county with similar problems. 

“Not all of our center layers are failing, but there are enough of them that we can’t afford to wait,” said Fantz. 

Wed
17
Jul

Something for everyone at the 166th Annual Fayette County Fair

Something for everyone at the 166th Annual Fayette County Fair

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The Fayette County Fair will be kicking off its 166th year on Tuesday, July 23 and, as always there are plenty of family-friendly activities for all ages! 

All events are free unless otherwise noted. For a complete list of activities, including 4-H show times, please visit www.fayettecoiafair.com. Or check our special 2019 Fayette County Fair section in this week’s Union.

Returning to the Fayette County Fair will be Midwest Rides from Elk Ridge, Minn.

Last year, Midwest Rides stepped in to replace the company the Fair Board had initially contracted when they backed out in the last moment, citing it was unable to keep its obligation to the fair.

The Fayette County Fair Board worked tirelessly to find another carnival to take over. 

“Last year they really stepped in when we needed them in a pinch and they really came through with some great ride options,” said Fayette County Fair Board member, Justin Steinlage.  “This year, there was more time to schedule us in and the rides and midway games should be even better than what we had last year!” 

As with last year, the rides will be free to all fairgoers thanks to many generous donations from towns throughout the county as well as private contributions from area businesses.  

Fri
12
Jul

Cardinal Reunion

Cardinal Reunion to be held July 19 and 20 

Wed
10
Jul

IRP produces unique kiosks all over the U.S.

A one-of-a-kind beverage kiosk at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, home of the MLB’s White Sox, was designed to look like a subway car. The project was completed by Decorah’s own Iowa Rotocast Plastics. (submitted photo)

 

IRP produces unique kiosks all over the U.S.

 
 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

It’s no secret that northeast Iowa is the home to plenty of hidden gems. One of those hidden gems is Iowa Rotocast Plastics, Inc., in Decorah.

Nestled near the bluffs and close to the Upper Iowa River in the small community of Freeport, Iowa Rotocast Plastics, Inc. (IRP) produces a wide variety of products, including virtually every food service kiosk in every professional sports venue in the United States.

“Overall, there are not too many limitations to what we can do,” explained Mike Waldron, a sales representative for IRP who covers the Midwest. “Right now, approximately 70 percent of what we build is custom-designed. The rest are more routine, regular products.”

The company was first incorporated in 1986 and supplies a wide range of premier merchandising equipment, including rotationally molded plastic products, wire racks, electric refrigeration, and fabricated portables for food and beverage concessionaires. 

Wed
10
Jul

Rodeo, NTPA, Cherry Pie, and Turner yet to come at Winneshiek Co. Fair

Josh Turner will perform at 9 p.m. on Saturday at the Winneshiek County Fair (Submitted photo)

 

Rodeo, NTPA, Cherry Pie and Turner yet to come at Winneshiek Co. Fair

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The 2019 Winneshiek County Fair is officially underway this week, but plenty of fun and entertainment remains on the schedule for the remainder of the week.

Among the highlighted entertainment yet to take place is a special retirement recognition ceremony for longtime Fair supporter Edna Schrandt at 5 p.m. today in the variety tent. 

The Grandstand entertainment will feature the excitement of the Rogue Rodeo at 7 p.m. Wednesday, followed by the roars of the NTPA Truck and Tractor Pull at 7 p.m. on Thursday night.

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