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Wed
15
Mar

FC Pheasants Forever flying high

 

he Fayette County Pheasants Forever chapter ranks first in the nation for habitat expenditures, having expended $767,056. Rod Marlatt, Fayette County Pheasants Forever president, is proud of how the conservation organization has worked since its inception in 1985 to help protect wildlife habitat in the county. Fritz Prairie located near Hawkeye is forever prairie land that can’t be farmed.  Chris DeBack photo

 

FC Pheasants Forever flying high

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

Fayette County Pheasants Forever ranked first in the nation for habitat expenditures in 2016, expending $767,056.

The chapter ranked first out of the 740 Pheasant and Quail Forever chapters nationwide. In 2015, Fayette County ranked second in the nation for habitat expenditures and has expended over $2 million since the chapter's inception in 1985.

Wed
08
Mar

TRRC business improvement sessions

Mallory Marlatt

 

TRRC business improvement sessions

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The Turkey River Recreational Corridor will host business training seminars in Elgin, Clermont, and Elkader over the next couple of weeks.

The first one was held in Elgin on Wednesday, March 1; however, due to Ash Wednesday, no one attended the meeting at the Elgin Public Library. Business owners in the area, which can be anyone and not just businesses in Elgin, Clermont and Elkader, can attend the next meeting at at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, at the Elkader City Hall.

The final meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, in the Larrabee Building in Clermont. Note: You only have to attend one of the trainings; TRRC is just making it more accessible by hosting it in multiple locations. 

Wed
08
Mar

Teaching comes full circle for Reinhardt

 

 North Fayette Valley family and consumer science teacher Shirleen Reinhardt helps seventh-grader Korbin Yauk with threading a needle in class. The teacher is taking early retirement after a 34-year career in the profession.

 

Teaching comes full circle for Reinhardt

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Teaching has come full circle for North Fayette Valley Middle School teacher Shirleen Reinhardt.

She got into teaching hoping to one day be a family and consumer science teacher, and now she will end her career teaching that subject to seventh-graders.

Wed
08
Mar

Family Planning Clinic in Decorah to close

 

The Family Planning Clinic in Decorah will shut its doors on Friday, June 30. The Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation Board of Trustees voted on Monday, Feb. 27, to close the clinic when its contract with the Iowa Department of Public Health ends, due to funding concerns. In each of the last two years, NEICAC has put $90,000 into the clinic. Chris DeBack photo

 

Family Planning Clinic in Decorah to close

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation (NEICAC) Board of Trustees voted on Monday, Feb. 27, to close the Family Planning Clinic in Decorah. The free clinic will shut its doors on Friday, June 30, when its contract with the Iowa Department of Public Health ends.

A press release from NEICAC stated, “The decision was very difficult for the board, with a discussion for over an hour about the history of the program and what options were available for the program.”

Wed
08
Mar

'Hoodie' to take center stage at NFVMS

 

North Fayette Valley Middle School will present the play “Hoodie” preceded by a number of monologues at 7 p.m. Friday, March 10, in the NFVMS gym. Each student acting in the play has their own monologue including (l-r) Val B. Madison H., Sophia D., Nathan C., Keely K., Kyella F., and Mariya Y. 

 

'Hoodie' to take center stage at NFVMS

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

North Fayette Valley Middle School will present the play “Hoodie” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 10, at NFVMS in Elgin. 

Preceding the play will be a number of short comedic and dramatic monologues performed by the students. Each of the seventh- and eighth-grade students acting in the play will deliver his or her own monologue. 

Wed
01
Mar

Scotty McCreery coming to Winneshiek Co. Fair

Scotty McCreery coming to Winneshiek County Fair

 

 

 

Platinum-selling country music recording artist and former “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery is coming to the Winneshiek County Fair.

McCreery and opener Drew Baldridge will take to the stage at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds in Decorah Friday night, July 14, to highlight the 2017 Grandstand entertainment.

Wed
01
Mar

Co-op 1 Stop to close

 

Farmers Union Cooperative announced last week that it has sold the Co-op 1 Stop convenience store in Ossian, as well as Pit Stop in Postville, to Casey’s General Store. The Co-op 1 Stop will remain open until May 12. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Co-op 1 Stop to close

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The Co-op 1 Stop convenience store, which has been a part of downtown Ossian since 1990, has recently been acquired from Farmer’s Union Cooperative by Caseys General Store.

The acquisition, which also included the purchase of Pit Stop in Postville, was confirmed last week by Dave Hemesath, Farmer’s Union Cooperative general manager. 

Wed
01
Mar

Turkey River banks stabilized in Elgin

 

The August 2016 flood removed riprap along portions of the Turkey River bank in Elgin that protected Gilbertson Park and the Elgin wastewater treatment plant. In late January, that riprap was replaced using FEMA, state and local funds. LeAnn Larson photo

 

Turkey River banks stabilized in Elgin

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Riprap was recently restored to portions of the bank along the Turkey River in Elgin.

The August 2016 flood removed a considerable amount of riprap that protected Fayette County Conservation’s Gilbertson Park and the Elgin Wastewater Treatment Plant. A $54,000 project was completed in late January to restore the banks to its pre-flood form. 

The riprap protecting Gilbertson Park was originally placed in 1993 to keep the Turkey River from cutting into the Fayette County park. It survived numerous floods, including the 2008 flood. Rod Marlatt, Fayette County Conservation executive director, theorized that the ground was oversaturated with moisture, which allowed the river to wash away portions of the bank. 

Wed
01
Mar

An end to pain and the gift of a new beginning

 

Jennifer Schott, who underwent fusion/disc replacement surgery on her lower back in the spring of 2016, is gradually increasing her activities. She hopes that rehab activities like this will allow her to achieve her goal of a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

 

An end to pain and the gift of a new beginning

 

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer
bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

For Jennifer Schott, back pain had almost become an accepted part of life. From the time she was a teenager she had experienced back issues, with intermittent chronic back pain plaguing her for more than 25 years during her adult life. As time went on, she began to realize that back pain was robbing her of the healthy and balanced lifestyle for which she longed.

  “It was about two years ago when my pain increased to the point where I could no longer do many of the things I enjoyed. I couldn’t walk, sit, do yoga poses, clean, or even lie down for any extended period of time without experiencing pain or aches in my back, legs, or hips,” explained Schott, who learned in 2012 she was suffering from degenerative disc disease in the lumbar spine.

Wed
01
Mar

Teachers, school board speak on collective bargaining

Teachers, school board speak on collective bargaining

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

 

On Feb. 17, Governor Terry Branstad signed into law a controversial collective-bargaining bill that made sweeping changes to that process. 

Many public employees across Iowa gathered on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the Iowa Capitol to voice their displeasure of the bill prior to it passing in the Legislature. Over recent weeks, local public employees, including many area teachers, have attended town hall events with their state representatives to voice their concerns and objections to the passage of the bill.

Despite the opposition, the bill passed the Iowa Senate, 29-21, and Iowa House, 53-47. However, many Democrats were very critical of the quick passage of the legislation. Shortly after, Iowa Senate Minority Leader Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids called it “a travesty of the democratic system” as well as “a garbage process.”

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