The West Union City Council continued to discuss its options with state and local officials, downtown business owners, and local residents in regard to leasing the community’s downtown geothermal system during a work session at City Hall on Wednesday, April 24.
To open the meeting, Councilmember Cathy Bemiss asked City Attorney Jerem White if a 28E agreement is the type of contract the City would continue to pursue.
White responded that yes, a 28E agreement would be a benefit “to all citizens of West Union, as any 28E agreement is public record.”
Bemiss asked that if another company were to be interested in the geothermal, would it also be offered a 28E agreement, at which time White responded yes.
On Tuesday, May 7, Valley students, parents, and staff will gather for the final time to celebrate the rich traditions of the Tiger athletics at the annual Athletic Banquet.
A potluck will begin the night’s activities at 6:30 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Among the festivities, 1980 Valley graduate Alan Greener will be speaking to those in attendance. The Bernie Saggau, Friend of the School and other coach’s awards will be handed out.
Greener is the pep band director for the Louisville Cardinals and performed for both the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball title games in April.
From the small confines of Valley’s gymnasium, Greener found himself on basketball’s biggest stage in April as people who remembered him from back home tried to get a glimpse of him when the band was shown on national TV.
The Kaleidoscope Kids Childcare Center (KKCC) Capital Campaign has now raised over $1.2 million in gifts, pledges, and grants, according to campaign volunteers.
“We have raised about $1,225,000 in contributions, leaving about $350,000 yet to be raised to achieve our total funding needs,” said KKCC Board President LeAnn Meyer. “The recent news that we have conditionally been awarded a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) of $600,000, along with continued giving by county residents and businesses, has pushed our campaign over the million dollars raised.
“Our volunteer team is so pleased for the generosity shown by Fayette County residents and businesses, along with the CDBG award and other foundation grants,” Meyer said.
Students from South Winn Elementary and Middle School will join children and adults around the nation to celebrate the benefits of bicycling and walking on Wednesday, May 8.
Buses will be dropping off students at Carey’s Park in Ossian and will join other students from the town of Ossian in walking from the park to the school. Bikers are strongly encouraged to wear bike helmets.
In case of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled. For more information, visit walkbiketoschool.org.
“Do a good turn daily” is the Girl Scout slogan, a reminder of many ways girls can contribute positively to the lives of others.
For Girl Scout Troop 75 near Ridgeway, the girls are working hard to change the life of veteran Paul Reicks of Cresco.
Reicks, a student at Northeast Iowa Community College, was one of eight veterans selected to participate in a seven-day trip to the battlefields of Gettysburg, Penn., and the monuments in Washington, D.C.
Deana Hageman heard about the cause from Diane Kueker at the Country Store in Cresco.
“She said that Anna Stamat from NICC was looking for fundraisers to raise money to send veterans on the trip,” explained Hageman.
Her daughter, Josie, is a Junior Girl Scout and was in need of a project to work on to earn the Bronze Award.
Leaders gather to celebrate Wilder Business Center
Governor Terry Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, representatives from state and federal legislative offices, Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) board members, Workforce Development agency officials and area community members celebrated the grand opening of the new Wilder Business Center at the Calmar campus on Thursday, April 25. Over 250 people attended the event.
“One thing we know is that the Branstad administration is about job creation and supporting community colleges,” said Dr. Liang Chee Wee, NICC president, in his welcome address to Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds, area dignitaries and guests at the event.
The Upper Iowa University Board of Trustees has named William R. Duffy II, Ed.D., as the 22nd president of the Fayette-based university. Board Chairman Bob Firth and trustee Bill Cook, chairman of the Presidential Search Committee, made the announcement Friday at the end of UIU’s regular board meeting.
“We conducted a nationwide search for a new president and recommended five candidates to the board, from which it could choose the three finalists to bring to campus for interviews,” said Cook. “The board deliberated very carefully, but unanimously decided to forego further interviews and to select our internal candidate, who knows the university extremely well – especially its potential for growth through Academic Extension – and who has already proven that he shares the university’s mission and vision.”