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Wed
05
Mar

SWCD continues to team with landowners along Otter Creek Watershed

 

 

Waterways, contour buffers, and no-till conservation practices (pictured) are just a few of the potential programs/practices landowners and producers can consider as part of the ongoing Otter Creek Watershed Project. Anyone interested in participating in the Otter Creek Watershed model project or any other conservation practice should stop in or contact Adam Grim at the Natural Resources Conservation Service Office in rural West Union. (Courtesy photo)

 

  

 

 

 

SWCD continues to team with 
landowners along Otter Creek Watershed

By Mike Van Sickle 

Fayette County producers and/or landowners are strongly encouraged to begin or continue providing input on how funding for the ongoing Otter Creek Watershed Project could be utilized on their property or within the local watershed.   

Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) watershed coordinator Adam Grim and other staff members continue to talk to local residents to find out in what type of practices/projects they wish to partake. Additional input is also welcome in regard to any watershed issues, problems, and/or solutions the landowners wish to share.

While the ongoing project was officially approved in January 2013, the local NRCS/SWCD office had to await the approval of additional funding resources. The Otter Creek Watershed consists of crop, pasture, timber and urban areas. Located from west of West Union to its confluence with the Turkey River in Elgin, Otter Creek is classified as a high quality, cold-water stream. 

Wed
26
Feb

Wiedenhoff wins vacant seat

 

Wiedenhoff wins vacant seat

Wed
26
Feb

Winneshiek Co. Beef Banquet March 1

 

Winneshiek Co. Beef Banquet March 1

 

 

The 2014 Winneshiek County Beef Banquet will be held Saturday, March 1, at The Oaks Steakhouse in Decorah. A dinner of beef tips with gravy will be served.

Following the dinner are silent and live scholarship auctions, presentation of award winners, and crowning of the 2014 Winneshiek County Beef royalty.

Following the banquet will be live comedians Bob Jay and Brian Prunty.

Megan Hageman is the lone youth competing for the title of Little Miss Cowgirl, while Brandi Hageman and Daiton Tietz are vying for Beef Queen.

Megan Hageman is the daughter of Mark and Tina Hageman of rural Fort Atkinson. She has one brother, Dylan, and a younger sister, Britney. She is a third-grader at CFS Catholic School.

Wed
26
Feb

NFV Middle School students learn through LEGOS

 

The North Valley Middle School LEGO League Team participated in a competition in Elkader on Nov. 23. Team members include (l-r) Bryce Smith, Julie Frieden (Talented and Gifted teacher), Ryin Lehmann, Colin Gavin, Max Gibson, Trey Frieden, Easton Halverson (Mrs. Frieden’s son, not a team member), Brandon Busar-Okoro, Trevor Rowray, and Lance Butikofer. Not pictured is William Miller, who was not able to attend the competition.

 

NFV Middle School students learn through LEGOS

 

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer
bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

With the recent release of “The LEGO Movie,” not to mention video games and the plastic-knobbed building blocks themselves, LEGOS seem to be at the very least maintaining their popularity with kids these days. They are even present in our local school system. Many area schools, including North Fayette Valley Middle School, participate in a program known as LEGO League, which begins to culminate in the fall with a regional competition.

            “The core values of the program are teamwork, respect for others, and what is referred to as ‘coopertition.’ That is a combination of friendly competition and cooperating with others. Students also are encouraged to take what they learn from LEGO League and use it in their daily practices,” explained Julie Frieden, who is the talented and gifted (TAG) instructor at NFV Middle School.

Wed
26
Feb

Don's Phillips 66 to change hands

 

Set to take over as the owner of Don’s Phillips 66 in Elgin on March 1 is Alex Popenhagen, who got his first job at Don’s as a teenager in 1996. He plans to continue offering quality automotive services such as tune-ups, brakes, oil changes, batteries, and tires (automotive and agricultural) to customers in the area.

 

 

Don’s Phillips 66 to change hands

 

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer
bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Alex Popenhagen will be taking over as the new owner of Don’s Phillip’s 66 in Elgin, effective Saturday, March 1. He is purchasing the service station from Frank Hill, who bought it in 1999 from Don Sutter. Popenhagen is an Elgin native who started out working in and studying the field of automotive technology.

Wed
26
Feb

Beef royalty to be crowned Saturday

 

Beef royalty to be crowned Saturday

 

 

By Mike Van Sickle
News Editor
mvansickle@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

Outgoing Fayette County Beef Princess Hannah Pagel will assume the role of 2014 Beef Queen during the 59th Fayette County Cattlemen’s Association’s Membership Banquet on Saturday, March 1. 

Hannah, daughter of Rick and Theresa Pagel of rural Sumner, will accept the crown from 2013 Beef Queen Tessa Mann. Tessa is the daughter of Tom and Jaci Mann of rural West Union.

Meanwhile, Megan Matt will be crowned Fayette County Beef Princess during the annual event. Megan, daughter of Chris and Kelly Matt, is a junior at Sumner-Fredericksburg High School.

Wed
26
Feb

Friedly helps keep soil at home

 

Iowa farm boy Ken Friedly loves the land and the tools it takes to preserve the topsoil in northeast Iowa. The rural Fayette farmer displays one of his toy tractors, but his biggest contribution to farming in Fayette County was his donation of a box scraper to the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District. (Janell Bradley photo)

 

Friedly helps keep soil at home

 

 

Janell Bradley
Contributing Writer
info@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

 

A conversation with a chaplain as a soldier during the Korean Conflict left its mark on Iowa farm boy Ken Friedly.

Drafted into the U.S. Army in the 1950s, Friedly was trained to serve with the military police. Called together by the chaplain, his group of soldiers was asked, "Who in this group came from a farm?" Of 100 men, there were just three, and the other two were from Kentucky and Kansas.

The chaplain went on to ask the soldiers how much they knew of their mission. He told the men, "You're guarding the South Korean soil, whether you want to or not."

Friedly recalled how the chaplain chose him as his example because Iowa grows more corn than either of the states the other two men represented. He said the minister advised, "You're going to have to feed the world, but you have to keep your soil to home." He also advised all the soldiers like Friedly that when they find themselves at heaven's gate, St. Peter just might say, “You had privileges and responsibilities. What did you do with them?”

Wed
26
Feb

SWCD seeks flood of ideas

 

Waterways, contour buffers, and no-till conservation practices (pictured) are just a few of the potential programs/practices landowners and producers can consider as part of the ongoing Otter Creek Watershed Project. Anyone interested in participating in the Otter Creek Watershed model project or any other conservation practice should stop in or contact Adam Grim at the Natural Resources Conservation Service Office in rural West Union. (Courtesy photo)

 

 

 

SWCD seeks flood of ideas

 

By Mike Van Sickle
News Editor
mvansickle@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Fayette County producers and/or landowners are strongly encouraged to begin or continue providing input on how funding for the ongoing Otter Creek Watershed Project could be utilized on their property or within the local watershed.  

Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) watershed coordinator Adam Grim and other staff members continue to talk to local residents to find out in what type of practices/projects they wish to partake. Additional input is also welcome in regard to any watershed issues, problems, and/or solutions the landowners wish to share.

Wed
26
Feb

It's always picking season!

 

This pencil sketch of Fort Sully in the Dakota Territory during the 1860s is an example of something that caught Bruce Fink’s eye and that the West Union man just had to have. Fink has done some research on Walter Randall, the sketch’s former owner and whose name appears on the back of the piece, and is looking for more information about who the actual artist might have been. (Mike Van Sickle photo)

It’s always picking season!

 

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer
bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

While some of us wait for a particular time of year to roll around to participate in our favorite hobby, some are fortunate enough to have a passion that they can engage in year-round. Bruce Fink of West Union found just such a hobby and has been practicing it pretty regularly since the age of 9.

            “My mom took me to an auction over on State Street and gave me a quarter to spend. I bought an old cigar box full of corn shellers and military buttons. I still have the box,” said the long-time collector.

Wed
26
Feb

Budget hearing levied upon WU residents

 

Budget hearing levied upon WU residents

 

 

By Mike Van Sickle
News Editor
mvansickle@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

West Union residents are invited to provide input Monday, March 3, on the City’s proposed 2015 fiscal year budget. Following the public hearing, the City Council will consider approving the budget, which includes lowering the local property tax levy approximately 74 cents to $14.81 per $1,000 of taxable valuation. The estimated tax rate on ag land would remain at $3.

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