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'Remembering Tommy'

 

'Remembering Tommy'

By Rich Holm
Union Feature Writer

It didn’t take little Tommy Neal Stahr long to make the front page of The Union. He was news the day he was born because he was a Leap Year baby. It was Tuesday, Feb. 29. 1944.

Tom Stahr died the same way he was born — family was gathered around him. It was Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. He was 68.

The 1962 North High grad became a legendary musician with several bands, but his claim to fame was with The Rubber Band. It was this group that was inducted into the Iowa Rock-‘n’-Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

Friend and fellow musician Doug Koempel will be hosting a night of ‘50s and ‘60s rock-‘n’-roll songs Saturday, April 27, at Nob Hill, north of Decorah on Hwy. 52.

Wed
24
Apr

Fairground Fire!

Fayette County Fairgrounds Beef Building on Fire

 

Fairground Fire!

By Mike Van Sickle
Union editor

(Click here to see our photos)

“The fair and beef show will go on.”

That was the message stressed by Fayette County Fair Board president Lucinda Schmitz following the Saturday evening fire that destroyed the beef barn on the fairgrounds in West Union.

Wed
17
Apr

Ossian library to host two events April 23

 

 

Ossian library to host two events April 23

 

Kendra Kleve is first and foremost a wife and mother.   She has a passion for writing and dreams of inspiring others with her words. She lives with her husband, Shawn, and their children, Christian and Karissa, in Spillville. 

Kleve’s book, “I’d Give You My Life” is a mother’s poetic portrayal of the values she hopes to pass on to her children — happiness, courage, and love.   Her poetry, along with her own photography, will likely evoke emotions in anyone who reads it.

Kleve wrote this poem in 2010 as a legacy to her children. The book was published in October 2012 and has been on sale at Happiness Is Gift Shop in Decorah.   

She has been honored by the continuous sales of her book and was honored to be invited to share her book as part of the Ossian Public Library fundraiser.

Wed
17
Apr

Plans underway for Ossian Fest

 

Plans underway for Ossian Fest

By Becky Walz
Editor

This year, the Ossian Crown Club has decided to move the annual Ossian Fest celebration to Saturday, Aug. 10. The daylong event will begin with a breakfast at the Knights of Columbus Hall, sponsored by Security State Bank, and a 5K run/walk. Other new ideas being explored for interest include a firemen’s waterball fight and a beanbag tournament.

The organization is also seeking ideas for the 2013 Ossian Fest parade theme and the Ossian Fest grand marshal and Volunteer of the Year nominations.

Nominees for grand marshal should be Ossian-area residents who deserve to be honored for their community service. The grand marshal will be honored in the Ossian Fest parade on Saturday evening, Aug. 10.

Wed
17
Apr

SW Grand March Saturday

 

SW Grand March Saturday

 

South Winneshiek High School will hold its Prom Grand March at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, in the gymnasium. Doors will open at 5:45 and admission is $3 per person.

The dance, themed "Neon Nights," and Post Prom will follow at the NICC Student Center. 

 

Wed
17
Apr

Parking discussed at Fayette council

 

Parking discussed at Fayette council

 

Janell Bradley
Contributing Writer

 

The Fayette City Council on Monday approved the first reading of an ordinance that would amend the city code to prohibit parking on the east side of a portion of Mechanic Street.

The area of Mechanic where parking will be limited is from Madison Street to Jay Street. Amendment of the ordinance is proposed as a result of complaints by neighbors across the street from condominium units along Mechanic Street.

To the condominium developer's inquiry asking if the a city prohibits parking on both sides of the street anywhere else in the city, council members admitted they do not know of any other areas where parking is prohibited on both sides.

Wed
17
Apr

North grad opted not to run in Boston

 

North grad opted not to run in Boston

By Janell Bradley
Contributing Writer

In a twist of circumstances, 1980 North High graduate and marathon competitor Kevin Hoey wasn't competing in the Boston Marathon Monday. However, several of his friends from his Cottage Grove, Wis., neighborhood were among the more than 20,000 competing. They were in close proximity to the explosions that had everyone using social media and cell phones to get news about their loved ones.

Hoey, a pharmacist in Cottage Grove, Wis., was working at Hoey Apothecary Monday afternoon and watching for his friends' finish times when he learned of the explosions near the finish line.

After competing in track and cross country at North, Hoey has continued to run for health and recreation and regularly competes in long-distance competitions. He has run in Boston three times.

Wed
17
Apr

FFC plans $2 million expansion at Hawkeye co-op site

 

FFC plans $2 million expansion at Hawkeye co-op site

 

Janell Bradley
Contributing Writer

 

A $2 million expansion project by Fredericksburg Farmers Co-op at its Hawkeye site will increase storage capacity and improve services for its farmer-members.

According to FFC's Jim Erickson, the expected demolition of the flat storage area just to the west of the main office will begin this week to make room for the expansion project.

Rural Hawkeye farmer Jon Halverson will be doing the demolition, which includes tearing down half of the flat storage area and leaving the warehouse. The construction project will include construction of a new grain dryer, two wet bins, a storage bin, and a receiving leg, Erickson said. It's hoped all work can be completed by Sept. 1.

The expansion is in response to a need to increase capacity as farms continue to increase in size.

Wed
17
Apr

‘Spirit’ at NF

 

 

‘Spirit’ at NF

KWWL-TV will feature North Fayette as part of its
School Spirit segment on Friday, April 19.
The program will be filmed/air at
6 a.m. at the high school. 

 

 

Wed
17
Apr

Forty years of service and counting

 

Forty years of service and counting in Maynard FD

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer

 

When Jon Harrison’s grandfather established the Maynard Volunteer Fire Department back in 1908, he probably didn’t realize that his grandson would devote 40 years of service to the organization later on. Then again, Jon probably didn’t realize that would be happening, either. At least not right away. 

Harrison didn’t start out life planning to serve as a volunteer fireman. Like most of us, he began making plans for his life and pursuing them. As he was doing this, the opportunity to serve as a member of a volunteer fire department presented itself.

“I was raised on a dairy farm east of town and learned pretty early that I didn’t want to do that type of work all my life,” laughed Harrison.

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