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Wed
18
May

A ride-along with the WUPD

: A news reporter for the Fayette County Union was given the opportunity to ride along for a shift on Friday, May 13, with West Union Police Chief Dylan Schauer to monitor nighttime activities in West Union. The three officers on duty made approximately 13 stops, on the cool May night, including three OWI stops that resulted in two arrests. (Chris DeBack photo) 

 

A ride-along with the WUPD

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Editors note: Every May, we take a week to honor the men and women who bravely fight to keep the peace in our hometowns. In honor of National Police Week May 15-21, Chris DeBack with the Fayette County Union spent a night shift, on Friday, May 13, with West Union Police Chief Dylan Schauer.

 

Despite a full moon and it being Friday the 13th, it was a relatively quiet shift with no Freddy Krueger sightings. However, that doesn’t mean the three on duty officers weren’t busy handling calls and stopping cars for traffic violations.

Wed
11
May

South Winn Senior Awards program held

 

Nearly $70,000 worth of scholarships were awarded to members of the South Winneshiek High School Class of 2016 at Wednesday evening’s Senior Awards program. Students receiving the 90 different scholarships include (front, l-r) Nathan Winter, Anthony Emanuel, Landers Kuboushek, Walker Hotvedt, Kyle Woodson, Riley Ott, Alex Hertges, Justin Elsbernd, Jaimie Elsbernd; (second row) Duncan Glock, Mitch Herold, Cole Schmitt, Blake Hageman, Logan Schweinefus, Miriah Hageman, Kylee Riehle, Sabrina Marken, Olivia McGee, Ashley Walz, Jordan Poshusta; (third row) Treyton Jaobsen, Ryan Dietzenbach, Alec Quandahl, Libby Manning, Amy Covell, Sabrina Claman, Samantha Headington, Cristal Foltz, Juan Uribe, Ben Meyer; (fourth row) Carson Lensing, Kelsey Hageman, Hattie Frana, Marc Teff, Trygve Lien, Benji Klimesh, Shea Headington, Becca Hertges; (back) Brinley Leibold, Jenna Elsbernd, Payton Moore, RaeAnn Klimesh, Jamie Elsbernd, Joclyn Bushman, and Kohl Schnuelle. (Zakary Kriener photo)

Wed
11
May

NICC Commencement Thursday

 

NICC Commencement on Thursday

 

 

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) will hold its Spring Commencement for Calmar campus graduates Thursday, May 12.

The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. at Luther College Regents Center in Decorah. The graduations for both the Calmar and Peosta campuses include Fall 2015, Spring 2016 and Summer 2016 graduates. Both events are free and open to the public.

Wed
11
May

Valley bus barn construction underway

 

The first phase of the construction Valley’s new bus barn got underway on Wednesday, May 4. The barn will be located right next to Valley Elementary.

 

Valley bus barn construction underway

 

 

Wed
11
May

Woodworking helps former Marine with PTSD

 

Marine veteran John Chapman, who served during Desert Storm in 1991, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He uses woodworking as therapy to help him cope with his illness. Through his hobby, he created a new dovetail jig.

 

Woodworking helps former Marine with PTSD

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can have profound effects on a human being’s psyche.  The disorder doesn’t discriminate based on sex, race or age; however, there is one group of people more vulnerable to the disorder than others: veterans.

The horrors of war produce some of the worst conditions the human mind can endure. Most soldiers, whether diagnosed or not, have some varying degree of PTSD after returning from combat.

Wed
11
May

Last Stand Tattoo debuts in Fayette

 

Tattoo artist Keith Evanson, a native of Monona, gives a tattoo to his girlfriend, Tracy, at his new shop in downtown Fayette. Last Stand Tattoo, which is located on Main Street, opened in early April and also does piercings one day per week. (submitted photo)

 

Last Stand Tatoo debuts in Fayette

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

For Keith Evanson, a native of Monona, tattooing is just another way to express his passion for art.

The young artist with over 12 years of experience in the tattoo industry is happy to bring his talents to Main Street in Fayette as he recently opened his own shop, “Last Stand Tattoo.”

Wed
11
May

West Union begins enforcing three ordinances

West Union begins enforcing three ordinances

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The City of West Union will begin to more strictly enforce three specific city ordinances immediately.

 

Curfew

 

The first is a curfew that doesn’t allow for youth under the age of 18 to be out on city streets from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. City Administrator Teresa Pape noted that the curfew has been on the books for well over 30 years, but enforcement has become lax at times. Due to recent complaints of petty thefts, such as lawn ornaments and others things being taken from residents houses and later found down the block, the city's police force will immediately begin to enforce the curfew. It has also been noted that packages have gone missing.

Wed
11
May

Prairie View celebrates 30 years by giving back

 

Prairie View Management Inc. is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2016 and is looking for ways to give back to the community. Residents Melinda Arnold and Joshua Abodeely, Prairie View activities staff member Fran Rowland and Prairie View administrator Sylvia Mork (l-r) are ready to start giving back by hosting a car/motorcycle show fundraiser for the West Union Police Department’s K-9 program on Sunday, June 12.  Chris DeBack Photo

 

Prairie View celebrates 30 years by giving back

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Prairie View Management Inc. is celebrating its 30th anniversary by giving back to its community during the rest of 2016.

“To celebrate our 30th anniversary, we want to make this ‘our year of giving back,’” said Sylvia Mork, Prairie View Residential Care Facility administrator.

Prairie View’s story begins in 1864 in Illyria Township, where those in need of special care were placed in residence at what was called the Fayette County Farm and Care Facility.

Wed
11
May

NICC through the eyes of its president, Dr. Liang Chee Wee

 

Northeast Iowa Community Center (NICC) in Calmar is excited to celebrate its 50-year anniversary this year. School president Dr. Liang Chee Wee, standing with student Manuel Guzmán, has been with the college “through the years” after first joining NICC as a provost in 2007 and then becoming president in 2011. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

NICC through the eyes of its president, Dr. Liang Chee Wee

 

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

For Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC), it all started in 1966 under the name of Area One Vocational-Technical School. Over the years, the school has experienced many changes, including two name changes and eight different presidents.

It was in 2007 that current president Dr. Liang Chee Wee first stepped foot on campus. After a 15-year tenure at nearby Luther College, which included spending time as a professor, department chair, and associate dean, Wee became the Calmar Campus provost.

Wed
04
May

A pair of shoes can change a life

 

South Winneshiek High School seniors Payton Moore (l) and RaeAnn Klimesh took the initiative this spring to bring Sole Hope, an organization that makes shoes out of old jeans for kids in Africa affected by jiggers, to the community. So far, the program has received over 100 pairs of donated jeans, which will be cut into patterns and sent to Africa next week. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

A pair of shoes can change a life

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

For South Winneshiek High School senior students Payton Moore and RaeAnn Klimesh, the Sole Hope project began as a service project for their student government class. 

Sole Hope is an organization that makes shoes out of old jeans for children in Africa affected by jiggers, which are parasites that cause severe pain and can debilitate a person to the point that they are unable to walk. 

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