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Wed
10
Feb

Council approves hire of new police chief

Dylan Schauer

 

 

Council approves hire of new police chief

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

There’s a new Chief in town, and his name is Dylan Schauer.

 

The West Union City Council approved the hire of Schauer from Wyoming as the city’s new police chief by a 4-1 vote at its regular Monday meeting on Feb. 8.

Councilmember Isaiah Stansbery was the lone dissenter of the group. He felt a starting salary of $65,000 was too high for a new City employee.

Wed
10
Feb

In love, from Iowa to Juneau

 

Bill and Ruby Miller of West Union are pictured on the day they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last September with a dinner following services at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Eldorado. (Janell Bradley photo)

 

In love, from Iowa to Juneau

 

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

 

After 65 years of marriage, Bill and Ruby Miller say they would still do it all over again if given the chance.

When Ruby was first introduced to the handsome Bill Miller, who grew up at Fayette’s west edge, he was wearing his military uniform. Miller served two years with the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II. He was a student at Upper Iowa University when he was convinced to attend a dance at The Coliseum in Oelwein. It was there that he caught the eye of a young, pretty, Ruby Koester, who had grown up at the top of the Eldorado Hill. She was working as a stylist at Miller’s Beauty Shop in Oelwein.

Wed
10
Feb

17 State Awards

 

Fayette County Union and Fayette Publishing staff members (front, l-r) Zak Kriener, Danielle Luchshinger, LeAnn Larson, Chris DeBack (back, l-r) Sue Wolf, Stephanie Hermen, Steven Murray, Connie Lauer, Amanda Reiling-Pasket and Brian Smith were honored with 17 awards earned by the local staff at the 2015 Better Newspaper Contests held in Des Moines Friday.Not pictured are staff members Amy Boehm, Jerry Wadian and Jerry Blue. (Jerry Blue photo)

 

17 State Awards

 
 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The Fayette County Union and Fayette Publishing staff was honored with 17 awards at the Iowa Newspaper Association's Convention and Trade Show held Feb. 3-5 at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel.

 

Publisher LeAnn Larson stated, “This year, I am again extremely proud of our entire staff.  It’s not just about individuals winning awards, it’s about the commitment and teamwork from our entire staff to produce quality news stories, photos and advertisements for our four quality publications week after week. I am so very proud of each and every one of them.”

Wed
10
Feb

Keune: God had a hold of me . . .

 

Les Keune of West Union discusses his near-death experience ice fishing with Union reporter Chris DeBack. While traveling on the Mississippi River at the Minnesota Slough near Lansing, his snowmobile fell through the ice. He managed to grab hold of his ice fishing shelter and phone for help, but he was in the ice cold water for approximately 30 minutes. 

 

Keune: God had a hold of me . . .

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Les Keune is an experienced ice fisherman. Having spent a majority of winters in his adulthood out on the ice, last Friday was going to be just another morning with him, the cold and some fish.

Keune was in the Minnesota Slough near Lansing having set out from Armory Road onto the Mississippi with his snowmobile and mobile ice shelter. He made it 1½ miles on the ice before he came to a patch of ice that made him a little gun-shy. He didn’t want to risk an accident, so he got off his snowmobile and began to check out the ice.

“I have fished that place many, many times, and I know the ice down there,” Keune said. “So, I pulled up and stopped, because you can’t drive across the islands. I went down with a spud and sounded out the ice, and it sounded good. There was snowmobile track already through there, so I took off around there.”

Just when he thought he was safe, he felt the snow beneath his snowmobile begin to give. First, the back end of the snowmobile fell into the water and then the front end. He rolled off the snowmobile and began to tread water with his ice armor on.  

Tue
09
Feb

Hunter Safety Course

Hunter Education Safety Class
Gilbertson Nature Center
Saturday, March 5, 2016,
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
and
Sunday, March 6, 2016,
8:00 AM – 2:30 PM

 

             Participants must Pre-Register by February 29, 2016 to be able to participate in the class.

 

Wed
03
Feb

Halverson named SW PK-8 principal

Halverson named SW PK-8 principal

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The South Winneshiek school board met Monday night at the elementary/middle school for its annual meeting held in Ossian. All board members were present and were given a tour of the building prior to the start of the 7 p.m. meetings.

Shortly after the meeting was called to order, the meeting entered closed session to allow the board to interview a PK-8 principal candidate.

After an interview that lasted just over 15 minutes, the meeting was opened back up to the public. It was at a later point on the meeting’s agenda that the candidate, Jason Halverson, was recommended by staff and administrative interview teams to receive a contract for the position.

The board unanimously voted to approve the contract for Halverson, which will include a base salary of $83,000 and a fringe benefits package of $21,000, totaling $104,021.

Wed
03
Feb

Man on a mission

 

Luther alum Chris Norton, who was left paralyzed after suffering an injury in a football game in 2010, has inspired millions around the world with his story. After being put up against impossible odds of ever walking again, Chris believed in himself and trained for five years to be able to walk across the stage at his Luther College graduation ceremony in 2015. Norton continues to spread his message to the world, as he and his father co-wrote a book about the importance of faith when tragedy strikes. Monday morning, Norton visited South Winneshiek Elementary/Middle School and High School students as part of his motivational speaking program, which has helped inspire both young and old listeners over the past three-plus years. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Man on a mission

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

Chris Norton is a man on a mission. The 2015 Luther graduate and Altoona native co-wrote a book with his father, started a nonprofit fundraising organization called the SCI CAN Foundation, and travels to various places around the country to address groups of all ages with his motivational speaking. Norton recently visited students, coaches, faculty, and community members with speaking engagements at both South Winneshiek Elementary/Middle School and High School. All of these accomplishments are extraordinary feats for any man or woman, but what makes Chris’ story so special?

“It was October 16, 2010, in a football game against Central College,” recalled the former standout high school and at-the-time Luther College athlete. “I was running down the field on a kickoff, just looking to make a play to impress my teammates and coaches. I made a routine tackle on the returner and ended up on the bottom of a pile of players.”

Little did he know, but those few seconds would change Norton’s life forever.

Wed
03
Feb

Business continues for Resale Therapy

 

With the help of owner Chros Larson’s (second from left) dedicated employees (l-r) JoAnn Bishop, Gail Heying and Jeff Bishop, as well as countless volunteers not pictured, Resale Therapy in Clermont was back open for business on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

 

Business continues for Resale Therapy

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

It is an image that will be ingrained in Chris Larson’s mind for the rest of her life. She will be able to recall it on command and will see it in her sleep.

She truly didn’t believe what she was told on the phone until she saw it with her own two eyes.

It was just like any other Sunday for Larson. She was at home relaxing after another long week as owner of Resale Therapy in Clermont. Her cellphone rang; it was JoAnn Bishop of Clermont.

Wed
03
Feb

Viafield appoints new chief executive officer

Viafield appoints new chief executive officer

 

 

Viafield has named Chris Ludwig as its new chief executive officer. He will work out of the Viafield central office in Charles City.

As CEO, Ludwig is responsible for leading the cooperative, as well as managing and continuous improvement of the organization. His chief directives are to foster a competitive, vibrant and innovative business while leading internal staff to deliver high levels of customer service.

Wed
03
Feb

Fayette council special election March 15

Fayette council special election March 15

 

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

 

The Fayette City Council agreed to hold a special election to fill a vacancy that resulted when Councilmember Richard Patrick resigned in mid-January.

The council on Monday night set the special election for Tuesday, March 15. Candidates have until 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, to file nomination papers with Fayette County Auditor Lori Moellers.

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