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Wed
04
May

Elgin continues to explore annexation

Elgin continues to explore annexation

 

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer
bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The Elgin City Council continues to look into the possibility of annexing the Elgin Co-Op property into the city limits. The potential annexation has been on the agenda at the last few council meeting, but no further official information from a Co-Op representative has been forthcoming.

Wed
04
May

Johnsens share first Mother's Day with adopted daughter

Shauna and Randy Johnsen are ready to check out of the Ronald McDonald house on Aug. 30 to bring Leila home to Iowa from a Salt Lake City children’s hospital. Leila spent a month in the NICU while her new parents flew back and forth to see her before they were allowed to bring her home.

 

Johnsens share first Mother's Day with adopted daughter

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

It is said that patience is a virtue, and for mothers it certainly is. However, for families young and old looking to adopt a newborn child, patience is all that they have.

 

Randy and Shauna Johnsen of Clermont deal with children every day as band directors at the Sumner-Fredericksburg and Postville schools, respectively. It wasn’t until approximately three years ago that they decided adoption was the best option for them.

 

The couple researched the process and signed a 24-month contract with Everlasting Adoptions, a multistate adoption agency.

 

“The great thing about Everlasting Adoptions is that they work in different states, and we thought that was a great option because we wanted maximum exposure to connect with a birth mom,” Shauna explained.

 

It wasn’t until the Johnsens neared the end of their contract that they received a call that has changed their lives for the better forever.

Wed
04
May

Fayette council to buy golf cart for watering

Fayette council to buy golf cart for watering

 

 

 

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

Several members of the Main Street Matters Committee attended Monday night’s Fayette City Council meeting to ask the City to purchase a golf cart for watering flowers in Fayette’s downtown this summer.

Former mayor Bill Dohrmann suggested the funds for the purchase come from the Bolger Fund. Estimated cost is $2,000. Committee members noted they have been seeking donations to benefit the overall project, whether that be the purchase of additional pots, flowers or watering equipment.

“Our goal is to get more pots, because it’s hard to get donations from entities/businesses where the only pot of flowers is down the street and not in front of their business,” said Councilmember Nancy Wulfekuhle.

The council unanimously agreed to fund the purchase of the golf cart. A total of $1,655 has been collected in donations from Floyd Alber ($1,000), the City’s contribution of $500, and other miscellaneous contributions by Sue Dohrmann in memory of Janet Stepp; Wayne and Shelley O’Brien; Bill and Sharon Duffy; and First State Bank. The committee has said it will likely need to pay someone to do the watering of the flowers this summer.

Wed
04
May

When wishes come true

Four-year-old Lonni Buhman prepares to head down the slide on her new farm-themed play set, which was recently delivered to her by Make a Wish Iowa. Lonni has been declared cancer-free after being diagnosed with and treated for a Wilms tumor in February 2015.

 

When wishes come true

 

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer
bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

“Where there is great love, there are always wishes” is a phrase attributed to author Willa Cather.

   The family and friends of 4-year-old Lonni Buhman, diagnosed with kidney cancer at the age of 2, would agree wholeheartedly. Whether the wish is for good health or something to make life a little more enjoyable, both come from great love and a desire to support those you care about. Lonni has experienced both of those things recently, through her family and Make a Wish Iowa.

Wed
04
May

Landowners can designate 'no spray' areas

 

Fayette County Roadsides manager Blake Gamm is pictured with one of two signs county residents can purchase if they choose not to have areas of their ditch property sprayed as part of the County’s weed control program. Gamm said this is the first time the program has been offered since he has been in the role as director. (Janell Bradley photo)

 

Landowners can designate 'no spray' areas

 

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

 

Fayette County landowners may now request that road rights of way not be sprayed adjacent to their property.

“In spite of care exercised by County employees conducting roadside spraying, occasionally spray vapor drifts to adjacent properties, where it may burn or kill flowers, ornamental plants or fruit trees close to the right-of-way line,” said Fayette County Roadsides manager Blake Gamm. “Some landowners with children may prefer the County not spray near their yards.”

He said property owners can purchase two signs at a cost of $10 each to mark “no spray” areas where their property adjoins County rights of way.

Wed
04
May

Not your average food truck!

 

Billy and Brandi Shrubb are pictured with the mobile food truck they built and will open their business, Shrubb’s Street Eatery, this weekend in Fayette. The mobile food business will feature gourmet sandwiches and sides. Look to their Facebook page and find them on Twitter to determine exact locations where they will be set up.

 

Not your average food truck!

 

 

Billy and Brandi Shrubb will open their Shrubb’s Street Eatery this weekend in Fayette. The mobile food business will feature handcrafted gourmet sandwiches,  served from the couple’s mobile kitchen.

Wed
27
Apr

Calmar's own marathon man

 

History and social studies instructor Scott Conway stands in front of the dozens of inspirational “koala-fier” fliers that were left near his classroom at South Winneshiek High School prior to him flying to Boston last week. Conway was able to cross one big item off his bucket list as the teacher and Warrior coach ran in the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18. Conway completed the race in 3:00.43, which was one of the fastest times among Iowa competitors. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Calmar's own marathon man

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

It all started several years ago when a former student challenged South Winneshiek High School teacher and coach to knock a big milestone off his bucket list.

For Scott Conway, both a social studies and history teacher, as well as a cross country and track coach at South Winn, running is something that is in his blood. His passion for long-distance running helped fuel him to qualify for one of the most famous races in the world, the Boston Marathon.

Wed
27
Apr

NICC through the eyes of a longtime employee

 

Janet Bullerman has worked for Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar for over 30 years, during which time she has assisted five different presidents and a number of Boards of Trustees, She is noted as a de facto historian for the college, able to shed light on information being sought by others. 

 

NICC through the eyes of a longtime employee

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) has taken many forms over its 50-year history.

It was first called Area One Vocational-Technical School with classes scattered across northeast Iowa in Ossian, Calmar, Decorah and Fort Atkinson.

It then changed its name in 1979 to Northeast Iowa Technical Institute (NITI) and added the Peosta campus that same year before officially becoming an Iowa community college in 1988 as it continued to expand.

One person has been through it all, from student to entry level employee to Board of Trustee secretary and assistant to the president. Her name is Janet Bullerman.

Wed
27
Apr

New park ranger ready to learn

 

Recently starting his new position as Gilbertson Conservation Education Area park ranger, Isaac Sedlmayr is eager to learn about the park and its patrons.

 

New park ranger ready to learn

 

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer
bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

   As Isaac Sedlmayr begins to fulfill the responsibilities of his new position as park ranger at Gilbertson Conservation Education Area in Elgin, there are two things he hopes to be learning about. One is the park itself and what it has to offer those who come to visit. The other is the people from the community and outlying areas who utilize the park.

Wed
27
Apr

Valley grad offers support for coping with aging parents

Former Valley graduate Anita Dennler Dahlby wrote the book "A Journey to an End: A Daughter Takes Her Father from His Home to Hers, from a Nursing Home to a Funeral Home. (Janell Bradley photo)

 

Valley grad offers support for coping with aging parents

 

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

 

Anita Dennler Dahlby says she never planned to be among the adult children caring for their aging parents.

“But when circumstances as abrupt and unwelcome as a tsunami presented themselves, my elderly father came to live with my husband and me,” explained the retired teacher with ties to Elgin.

And though she didn’t intend for her experiences to become a book, it was after fellow members of a writing group read what she had penned that it was suggested her experience might help others going through similar situations.

The result is the book, “A Journey to an End: A Daughter Takes Her Father from His Home to Hers, from a Nursing Home to a Funeral Home.”

Anita’s father, Harold, was living in a condominium in West Union when she realized he should no longer be living independently. However, having always had a somewhat contentious relationship with her dad, she knew offering to have Harold move into the home she and her husband shared in Holmen, Wis., would present challenges.

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