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Wed
22
May

A day for remembrance

 

A day for remembrance

 

West Union

Military services will be provided by American Legion Post 15 and the North Fayette band on Memorial Day at the following locations (times are approximate):

8:30 a.m. – Auburn Cemetery.

9 a.m. – Eldorado Cemetery.

9:45 a.m. – Mount Calvary Cemetery.

10:15 a.m. – West Union Cemetery.

Terry Landsgaard will be the guest speaker.

 

Arlington

  10 a.m. – Arlington American Legion Dean Harkin Post 219 will host the community’s Memorial Day service at 10 a.m. at Taylorville Cemetery, rural Arlington. The Rev. Julie Ahrens will be the guest speaker.

Taylorville Cemetery is located on Highway W51 one-half mile north of Arlington, one mile east on C2W, and one mile north on C Ave., on a gravel road.

Wed
22
May

Arrests in West Union arsons

 

Arrests in West Union arsons

By Mike Van Sickle
Union editor

Two arrests have been made in a series of arson-related incidents in West Union. 

Fayette County Sheriff Marty Fisher reported Monday that Ryan Jones of West Union and Shawn Kraft, formerly of West Union, face various charges ranging from reckless use of fire to arson in the second degree.

Chief Deputy James Davis later reported that the two men have been charged with arson in the second degree for the scale fire at Farmers Union Cooperative, located just north of the fairgrounds in West Union on Saturday, April 20. Davis said that the two suspects admit to being in the scale house and reporting the fire to authorities.

Davis further explained that the alleged arsonists acknowledged that they had planned to call in a fire on Saturday, April 20, when the West Union Fire Department was called to the beef barn fire at the Fayette County Fairgrounds.

Thu
16
May

Motor Mill bridge celebration

 

Motor Mill bridge celebration

 

Over 250 adults and children recently enjoyed touring, hiking, face painting, a slide presentation, aquatic education programming, games, food, live music and other fun activities at the Motor Mill Gala.

John Nikolai, president of the Motor Mill Foundation; Jim Langhus, chairman of the Clayton County Conservation Board; and Tim Engelhardt, director of the Clayton County Conservation Board, welcomed and thanked the audience for attending.

The celebration honored all of the partners and the projects that have helped preserve and develop the site since 2002. The 155-acre Motor Mill Park site, five limestone buildings and the Motor Mill Bridge were purchased by the Clayton County Conservation Board with assistance from the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation Board in 1983. The Motor Mill Bridge was reopened on Dec. 8, 2012.

Thu
16
May

Memorial Day service information

 

Memorial Day service information

 

Memorial Day is right around the corner and we want to let everyone know about local ceremonies. In order to do this, we need your help. Please send your Memorial Day service information by 5 p.m. Friday, May 17, in order for us to publish it in the Wednesday, May 22 paper. Please email services to bwalz@fayettepublishing.com or fax to 563-422-3488. 

 

Thu
16
May

NICC students work to complete Haas home

 

NICC students work to complete Haas home

 

Becky Walz
Editor

 

From start to finish, NICC Building Trades students have had one of the most valuable hands-on experiences available in northeast Iowa; building a home for Jay and Connie Haas at 505 North Jefferson Street in Calmar.

Construction on the 2900-square-foot ranch home is nearly complete as the students approach graduation this week. An open house is planned from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 18.

The main floor and basement each boast 1,450 square feet of living space, complete with a total of four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a great room, among many other features.

“The students were basically workhorses for this house. Completing both levels of this home is a tribute to the students’ work ethic, accountability, and desire to finish what they started,” said third-year carpentry instructor Brian Ondrashek.

Thu
16
May

Memorial Day - Early deadline

 
 

Early deadline
Due to the Memorial Day holiday the Elgin Echo, Fayette Leader and Ossian Bee office will be closed on Monday, May 27. Please send all news items to bwalz@fayettepublishing.com by Thursday, May 23 in order to be printed in the May 39 issue. 
 

Thu
16
May

Robbery sentencing

 

Robbery sentencing

Sentencing for the two men who robbed the Maynard Savings Bank in October 2012 has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 5, in West Union.

The defendants Jeremiah Mumford of New Hampton and William Clayton of Osage have each pled guilty in Fayette County to robbery in the first degree and two counts of attempted murder.

The two men faced numerous charges in both Fayette County and Bremer County stemming from the incident.

 

Thu
16
May

Brothers graduate from UIU

 

Brothers graduate from UIU

Storm Schmitt resisted the thought of attending college at Upper Iowa University. The Sumner native felt its 14-mile proximity to home was way too close for comfort. However, after dozens of college visits around the region, he could not find the right fit. Finally, a community leader strongly suggested he visit Upper Iowa. The Friday before high school graduation, Storm took a tour, talked to a professor, and ate lunch. He made his admissions deposit that day.

  “I got a good vibe right away, one that I had not felt at any of the other college visits I’d been on,” he said. “Everyone I talked to was so down-to-earth. I’ve very glad I changed my mind about Upper Iowa.”

Thu
16
May

Dummermuth and president

 

Dummermuth and president

 

By Rich Holm
Contributing Writer

 

Elgin native Matt Dummermuth and his wife, Becky, witnessed history recently when they were invited to the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. Five living U.S. presidents were in attendance.

The Dummermuths now reside in Cedar Rapids. Matt is a lawyer and Becky is a stay-at-home mom with five children. Their lives were much different before they met and later married 10 years ago.

Matt is the son of Kim and Lois Dummermuth of Elgin. Just like his father, Matt quarterbacked the Valley football team for three years before graduating in 1991.

After he received his law degree, Matt got involved in politics. He was active in the 2000 general election, helping Bush get elected. Matt was in charge of the eastern third of Iowa.

Thu
16
May

Greener NFV fight song

 

Greener NFV fight song

By Rich Holm
Union News Writer

 

North Fayette Valley, Iowa’s two newest schools to enter into a whole-grade sharing agreement for the next three years, has a new fight song. It was unveiled at the Valley All-Sports Banquet on May 7.

The tune was composed by Valley alumnus Alan Greener, who was a member of the Tiger band in 1980 when he graduated. Last Tuesday, to the delight of the crowd, he sat down at the piano in the Valley gym and played and sang it.

In 2013 Greener was part of history as he now directs the University of Louisville’s pep band. His Cardinals reached the NCAA championship game in both the men’s and women’s tournaments. The men won and the women were second.

He is now the only person in the 75-year history of the Upper Iowa Conference to wear a NCAA Division I championship ring on his finger.

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