Jim Bear monitors the controls as one of two geothermal systems was turned on in downtown West Union on Tuesday (Jan, 14) as part of the community’s districtwide geothermal heating and cooling system. Looking on (from left) are building/business owner Dick Woodard, Main Street West Union director Robin Bostrom, West Union councilman Isaiah Stansberry and Mayor Kent Halverson. (Janell Bradley photo)
The first of several buildings has gone online with the districtwide geothermal heating and cooling system in downtown West Union.
Dick Woodard looked on Tuesday, Jan. 14, as Jim Bear monitored the controls in the basement of Woodard & Woodard Insurance, while outside the business Dan Utzke used an oversized wrench to access the system hidden below the city's new sidewalks.
Pending regulatory approval, Citizens Savings Bank of Spillville and Fort Atkinson will open a new branch in Protivin. CSB recently released information that it has entered into a purchase agreement with Bank of the West to purchase this location at 109 N. Main Street in Protivin. (submitted photo)
Citizens Savings Bank of Spillville and Fort Atkinson is pleased to announce that it has entered into a purchase agreement with Bank of the West to purchase its bank building located at 109 N. Main Street, Protivin.
Pending regulatory approval, Citizens Savings Bank will be opening a branch in Protivin this spring. A formal announcement will be made at a later date.
Elizabeth Shroyer (c), an Iowa State University student, drops Dawn dish detergent into a muffin tin with food coloring as an experiment for the South Winn second-grade students during Shroyer’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) presentation last week. Shown with Shroyer are (l-r) Brody Tieskoetter, Brady Ohrt, Parker Timp, and Isabella Gerleman. (submitted photo)
After a long holiday break, South Winn students returned to their classrooms filled with energy. They focused that energy on experiments as Elizabeth Shroyer visited each of the kindergarten through eighth-grade classrooms with a large variety of experiments in science, technology, engineering and math.
Shroyer, a sophomore mechanical engineering major at Iowa State University, visited with the South Winn students as part of the WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Outreach Program at ISU.
The Randalia City Council includes (l-r) Shane Prochaska, Ann Smith, Mayor Mark Amos, Dean Teague and Sheila Johnson. Prochaska, Smith and Amos took an oath of office Monday night at their first meeting of the year after they were re-elected to office last November. Absent for the photo was Councilman Jeff Winkie. (Janell Bradley photo)
Among the items of memorabilia Marv Shippy claims as prized possessions are the refrigerator recipes booklet and the trademark 'Irma Harding' freezer boxes and bags he purchased at an auction near Fort Atkinson some years back. Although many farm homes had a refrigerator or an International chest freezer in their home, such products are rare today. Introduced in 1947, they sold for fewer than 10 years. The refrigeration division was sold to Whirlpool Corporation in 1955. (Janell Bradley photo.)
As a little boy of 7, Marv Shippy could hardly wait for school to let out so he could run uptown to Lauer Implement. There, he'd climb up onto one of the tractors on the showroom floor and imagine his life as a farmer.
Although Marv's dad, Alvin Shippy, had wanted to farm where he had grown up near Randalia, he made the decision with his wife, Maxine, to move into Hawkeye in 1955. Al had taken a job as a mechanic at the implement, working for Harold Lauer.
If he'd been allowed, Marv would have spent every day in the shop, which sold International Harvester equipment and parts. Even as he grew older, the implement was a favorite hang-out and a source for information about the Hawkeye community.
By the time Marv was in fifth grade, he convinced his dad to help him buy his first tractor, a Farmall B. At a young age, Marv began cultivating fields for farmers in the area to pay his dad back his half of the tractor cost.
Quillin’s Foods officially assumed ownership of Moore’s Foods in Elgin on Monday. The official acquisition also included the purchase of former Moore’s Foods locations in West Union, Monona, Postville, and Lansing on Monday, Jan. 13.
Members of Elgin City Council, Center Street business merchants, and representatives from various other groups involved with the Center Street Project in Elgin gather with Mayor Bill Pfister (center, with glasses) to be a part of the ribbon-cutting celebration on Saturday, Jan. 11.
The West Union Chamber of Commerce will recognize a few of the area’s most dedicated volunteers and/or civil servants during the annual Community Banquet on Saturday.
Nominated by fellow residents of all ages and recently selected by the West Union Chamber of Commerce for this year’s honors are Mary Anne Hoey, Community Service; Edie Langerman, Education; Samantha Ohlson, Religion; JoAnn Boyer, Health; and Claire Britt, Youth.
Prior to the oath of office ceremony on Monday, North Fayette School Board President Roy Guenther welcomed Marc Rue as the new North Fayette District 7 school board representative. (Mike Van Sickle photo)
Marc Rue was sworn in Monday as the new North Fayette District 7 school board representative. Rue fills the vacancy left by Carolyn Roys, who had to resign her position due to her family moving out of District 7.
A former West Union city councilman, Rue is employed with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. He and his wife, Andrea, have three children, Alexis, a 2013 North Fayette graduate; Colton, a North Fayette Valley sophomore; and Baylee, a North Fayette second-grade student.
Quillin’s Foods officially assumed ownership of Moore’s Foods in West Union on Monday. The official acquisition also included the purchase of former Moore’s Foods locations in Elgin, Monona, Postville, and Lansing on Monday, Jan. 13.
The new management team in each of the respective local stores includes Jim Corkery, West Union; Phil Metzger, Elgin; Jesse Moore, Postville; Todd Balekos, Monona, and Chuck Brown, Lansing.
Established in 1945, additional Quillin locations include Decorah, Waukon, French Island, Wis., LaCrescent, Minn., and Caledonia, Minn. Among the featured Quillin brands are Shurfine/Shurfresh products.