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Wed
06
Jul

Robert Henn gets surprise of a lifetime

Robert Henn (back) was quite surprised when his son, Jonathan (far right), rolled around the corner with the restored John Deere 60 tractor. Robert had no clue that (l-r) wife Jean Ann and sons Nicholas and Jeremy, banded together to restore the tractor that was delivered to his father on the day Robert was born on July 22, 1956. 

 

Robert Henn gets surprise of a lifetime

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

It was the surprise of a lifetime when Hawkeye resident Robert Henn got an early 60th birthday present. His family restored their 1956 John Deere 60 Tractor to like-new condition.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Robert recalled with amazement. “We were supposed to go over to Brian and Kim Harper’s house for a party. We went to go pick up Jonathan, who lives around the corner; I got out of the car and was standing there, and pretty soon Jonathan came around the corner with the tractor.

Wed
06
Jul

Playin' on the Plaza to feature Flashback

 

Playin’ on the Plaza is back, with the kickoff to this summer’s concerts featuring the ‘50s-‘70s rock and roll music of Flashback. Members of Flashback include (l-r) Dave Lantz, Scott Johnson, Eric Stahr, and Dave Shatek.

 

Playin' on the Plaza to feature Flashback

 

 

Flashback will be the featured band for the first installment of this summer’s Playin’ on the Plaza concert series set for Thursday, July 7, in West Union.  

Wed
06
Jul

East Penn expansion to bring 300+ jobs to Oelwein area

 

 

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (left) congratulates Bob Bouska, plant manager of East Penn Manufacturing in Oelwein, on the Tuesday, June 28, groundbreaking of an expansion that is expected to bring more than 300 jobs to the area. (Janell Bradley photo)

 

East Penn expansion to bring 300+ jobs to Oelwein area

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

 

A groundbreaking ceremony held Tuesday, June 28, celebrated the news that East Penn Manufacturing will bring more than 300 jobs to the Oelwein area in 2018.

The event was held at the site of the proposed 300,000-sq.-ft. plant on Industrial Drive, near the RAMS Center and a tech center that will be used by Northeast Iowa Community College to train potential employees for skilled positions.

Wed
06
Jul

We're 'rolling out the Barrel' as we celebrate 50 years in business!

 

Since 1971, the Barrel Drive In in West Union has been owned by (l-r) Bev and Lynn Kelck. With help from their two daughters (l-r) Kellie and Krista, the Barrel Drive In is truly a family affair. LeAnn Larson photo

 

We're 'rolling out the Barrel' as we celebrate 50 years in business!

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

The Barrel Drive In in West Union turned 50 years old this year and to honor the occasion, owners Lynn and Bev Kelck will host a 50th anniversary celebration on July 10, which also happens to be the couple’s wedding anniversary.

They agreed, the key to the Barrel’s success has been its consistency. Not much has changed in 50 years. Sure, there have been items added to the menu, sizes and prices have changed, and the drive-in even changed from Coke to Pepsi products in the ‘90s. However, what hasn’t changed are the same quality products and friendly service to which the community has become accustomed to. The Hi-Boy with its special sauce, and the homemade onion rings remain among the Barrel’s most popular items.

Wed
29
Jun

Country music icons highlight 2016 Winneshiek Co. Fair

Country music icons highlight 2016 Winneshiek Co. Fair

 

by Zakary Kriener

 

 

 

Four country music entertainers will highlight the Grandstand events at the Winneshiek County Fair in Decorah this year, including Tracy Lawrence and Travis Tritt.

With the fair set to begin Tuesday, July 12, an exciting menu of entertainment is scheduled to give fair-goers another great experience this year.

Wed
29
Jun

Craig's recovery swift and remarkable

A recent photo shows a happy Natalie Craig (left) with her daughter, Tava, and her late fiancé, Blake Bublitz. Bublitz and Craig were returning May 7 from a benefit motorcycle ride, when Blake lost control of his bike around a sharp corner. Craig was hospitalized for 10 days, but Bublitz didn’t survive the accident. 

 

Craig's recovery swift and remarkable

 

By Chris DeBack

 

 

Natalie Craig has been called many things over the course of her life; now she can add survivor and miracle child to her list.

Craig and her fiancé, Blake Bublitz, were attending “Ride for Jay” on May 7. It was a benefit motorcycle ride to raise money for the couple's friend Jay Maloney, who had been diagnosed with cancer recently.   

After the ride concluded, the couple headed for home in Eau Claire, Wis. At approximately 9:30 p.m., as the couple came around a sharp corner, Bublitz lost control of the motorcycle. Craig, who was on the back of the bike, was thrown 50 feet through the air, landing on a hillside and falling backwards into a ditch.

A local couple came upon the scene about four miles from Eau Claire and found Blake unresponsive underneath the backend of the motorcycle. The husband immediately began CPR on him but it wasn’t until the wife heard Natalie crying from the ditch that they realized he wasn’t alone. She rushed to Craig’s side; Natalie was responsive and talking.

Wed
29
Jun

Area July 4th celebrations

Area July 4th celebrations

 

 

 

   Local Fourth of July celebrations promise a variety of activities and entertainment in addition to the usual oohs and aahs of a traditional fireworks show. Here are some area plans for the Fourth of July 2016:

 

Clermont – A holiday fireworks show for the Valley community is set for Sunday, July 3 at dusk. The fireworks will take place over the campground lake at Skip-A-Way Resort in Clermont.

 

Festina – The Firecracker 5K, sponsored by Festina Improvement Association, will start and finish at Neal’s Auto Body in Festina. Race time is 9 a.m., with prizes awarded to the top male and female finishers and to children 12 and under. Festina’s annual Fourth of July Parade will begin at 11 a.m.

 

Wed
29
Jun

Davis joins Fayette Police Department

West Union native Ben Davis is the newest member of the Fayette Police Department. He is the son of Fayette County Chief Deputy Jim Davis. The father of two is attending Upper Iowa University online, where he is seeking a criminal justice degree.

 

Davis joins Fayette Police Department

 

by Chris DeBack

 

 

 

Meet the Fayette Police Department’s newest officer, Ben Davis.

Davis is the son of Fayette County Chief Deputy Jim Davis and his wife, Kathleen. Born in 1988, he is a native of West Union, but he currently resides in Clermont.

Wed
29
Jun

Palmer Lutheran Health Center and Gundersen create local healthcare system

Beginning July 1, the entrance sign to the hospital and clinic in West Union will take on a new look as the two organizations will combine efforts under the new name Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics. (L to r) Tanya Tysland, chief executive officer at PLHC, and Crystal Goltz, Gundersen's regional clinic manager, look forward to its strengthened partnership. (LeAnn Larson photo)

 

Palmer Lutheran Health Center and Gundersen create local healthcare system

 

 

July 1 will mark an important milestone for Gundersen Health System and Palmer Lutheran Health Center in West Union. That is when the two organizations will combine efforts under the new name Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics.

 

Wed
29
Jun

West Union 4th of July celebration

 

Fun for the whole family can be had at West Union’s annual 4th of July celebration at the West Union Aquatic Center and Recreation Complex. The fun kicks off with a pool carnival starting at 1 p.m. Monday, July 4, sponsored by West Union Parks and Recreation. Festivities begin at the Recreation Complex at 4 p.m., sponsored by the West Union Chamber, A Main Street Community. Ready to have some fun at the pool and then jump in the bounce houses are (l-r) Thomas Sadler, William Sadler, Katelynn Sadler, Anabel Murray, Joslyn Murray, Benjamin Murray and Ethan Murray. Chris DeBack photo

 

West Union 4th of July celebration

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

West Union Parks and Recreation will once again kick off the community’s Fourth of July festivities starting at 1 p.m. with its Eighth Annual Water Carnival at the Aquatic Center.

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