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20
May

Principal's next goal: Enjoy retirement

 

Principal Mae Becker spends time reading with DeSales preschool student Gabby Cline. Becker, who has been with DeSales School since 1971, will be retiring at the conclusion of the school year. In her years of service to the school and parish, Becker has also taught or been the principal to Gabby’s mother, Olivia Wenthold, and grandparents, Terry and Lynette Wenthold. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Principal's next goal: Enjoy retirement

 

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

Every now and again, someone comes along who possesses the ability to shape lives and guide people to a bright future.

DeSales School Principal Mae Becker has been doing it since 1971.

After 18 years of teaching and 26 years of serving as principal at DeSales School in Ossian, Becker is ready to retire.

“I am going to miss the relationships the most,” noted Becker, who grew up in nearby Calmar. “Here at DeSales, we have a professional relationship with the kids, parents, and staff, but we also get to know one another on a personal level.”

Wed
20
May

Hunt for bank robbery suspect ends

 

Several agencies, including the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Department, the Calmar Police Department, the Iowa State Patrol, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation were on-scene Tuesday morning, May 12, at State Bank in Calmar. At approximately 10:30 a.m., authorities say, Tyrone Wilson robbed the bank and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. Wilson was apprehended the following day in Rock Island, Ill. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Hunt for bank robbery suspect ends

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Authorities have arrested Tyrone Wilson, 48, of Postville for allegedly robbing State Bank in Calmar. The Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by several local and federal agencies, including the Calmar Police Department, the Iowa State Patrol, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Public Safety, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

According to the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 12, the man later identified as Wilson walked into State Bank in Calmar and demanded an undisclosed amount of cash.

Authorities reported that the subject left the bank on foot with the cash, and they reported no injuries.

A short time later, a description of Wilson, as well as information pertaining to his vehicle. was released to the public.

Shortly before 7 p.m., Winneshiek County Sheriff Dan Marx executed two search warrants in connection with the robbery.

At 9 p.m., officials released Wilson’s name and impending, as well as a more detailed description of what the suspect was driving and what he was last seen wearing.

The following day at 3 p.m., the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Department released a statement noting that Wilson had been apprehended in Rock Island, Ill., less than 30 hours after the robbery took place in Calmar.

Wed
20
May

Burke a true scholar-athlete

 

Anna Burke gives it her all in a recent Luther College race. Off the track the 2011 Valley graduate has a big smile and infectious laugh. A fierce competitor on the track, however, she overcame an injury during the indoor season to win the heptathlon at the IIAC Conference Meet with enough points to qualify for the NCAA DIII National Track Meet this week in Canton, N.Y. (submitted photo)

 

Burke a true scholar-athlete

 

 

The term scholar-athlete is commonly used in collegiate athletics. Frequently it is accurate; sometimes it’s a giant misnomer.

 Anna Burke is the epitome of what the term means.

The Luther College senior and 2011 Valley Community School alumna reached an athletic pinnacle at the recent Iowa Collegiate Athletic Conference’s (IIAC) Track and Field Meet in Indianola when she was named the   Field Events MVP.

Burke dominated the heptathlon while also running in four other regular events. This came after an injury during the indoor season that greatly altered her training regimen.

Wed
20
May

Clermont's Lincoln Park Memorial

 

Jerry Anderson, Bert Henderson and Quinton Olson stand in front of the future memorial site at Lincoln Park in Clermont. The dedication for the completed memorial will take place at 10:00a.m. on Memorial Day. 

 

Clermont's Lincoln Park Memorial

 

 

Megan Mohlis

Contributing Writer

 

 

As Memorial Day draws near, the Legionnaires of Clermont American Legion Post 375 are excitedly awaiting the finish of the new Veterans’ Memorial in Lincoln Park. 

                  Just last year, Clermont’s veterans felt their town was in need of a tribute to all the locals who had sacrificed for their country. Noticing the rising popularity of memorial parks in neighboring communities, Quinton Olson mentioned the idea to the other members of the Legion, stating he felt this was something Clermont needed.

Enthusiastic about the idea, Post 375 wasted no time in setting to work in order to raise funds to bring this idea to reality. After receiving a number of bids and doing some preliminary research, a goal of $21,000 was set. Anxious to see the response to its proposal, it was much to the Legion’s pleasure that Clermont and the surrounding area reacted with overwhelming support.

Wed
20
May

Fayette to interview seven for police chief

Fayette to interview seven for police chief

 

 

Megan Mohlis

Contributing Writer

 

 

The Fayette City Council learned Monday there are seven potential candidates for the chief of police. The police committee will conduct videoconference interviews later this week. The process will allow for the pool to be narrowed even further to complete in-person interviews set for May 27- 28.

Mayor Andrew Wenthe said the applicants are a mixture of in-state and out-of-state residents, with a majority having administrative experience.

Wed
20
May

Seeing the USA - in running shoes!

 

Hanging on the wall behind Jenny Thompson is the medal display her husband, Howie, gave to her as a Christmas gift after she set a goal of running a road race in each of the country's 50 states. Most of the road races in which Thompson competes are half (13.1 miles) or full (26.2 miles) marathons. (Janell Bradley photo)

 

Seeing the USA - in running shoes!

 

 

Janell Bradley
editor@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

 

Jenny Thompson's goal to run a road race in each of the 50 states isn't something she's doing just for herself – it's something her family is sharing in, along with her students at North Fayette Valley Middle School.

A short-distance runner at Starmont where she attended high school, Jenny was a hurdler. “A long-distance to me was the 400-meter run,” she laughed.

The daughter of Gary and Cheryl Northrop of Arlington, Jenny went on to earn a degree in math education at Upper Iowa University, where she also competed in sports. She presently teaches seventh-grade math at North Fayette Valley Middle School in Elgin.

In 2010, not long after she had given birth to twins Adler and Hayden, Jenny was convinced by her sister to train for and run the Dam to Dam 20K held annually in Des Moines. After that competition, it seemed there was no going back.

Wed
20
May

Tanya Tysland named Palmer Lutheran CEO

Tanya Tysland, PLHC CEO

 

Tanya Tysland named Palmer Lutheran CEO

 

 

 

Tanya Tysland, BS, MBA, DM, has been named chief executive officer (CEO) of Palmer Lutheran Health Center in West Union. Tysland, who joined Gundersen in 2013, has served as interim CEO at Palmer Lutheran since December 2014.

“I am very honored and excited to accept the CEO position at Palmer Lutheran. Serving as interim CEO for the last five months, I have witnessed the great patient care, compassion and teamwork of the staff, proving each one believes in Palmer’s motto of ‘Patients First,’” said Tysland.

Wed
20
May

'Unless someone cares . . . nothing is going to get better'

'Unless someone cares . . . nothing is going to get better'

 

 

 

Janell Bradley
editor@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

 

They wore all shades of green clothing, from shamrock and kelly to teal and lime. It didn’t matter if the colors matched. Because Friday’s assembly at North Fayette Valley High School was about mental health awareness, and the theme was to wear green.

One in four people today lives with mental illness.

To emphasize that statistic, North Fayette Valley junior Krista Moellers used cards handed out to each person who attended the school assembly. Those with specific wording stood at her request, to give the audience an image of just how many people live with the challenges caused by mental illness.

Thu
14
May

New deputy a familiar face

 

Lance Peters ,the newest Winneshiek County Sheriff’s deputy, is a face familiar to many in the area. Peters, who was previously with the Calmar Police Department, assumed his duties as a deputy May 4. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

New deputy a familiar  face

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The friendly face of Ossian’s Lance Peters is one that is recognized by many throughout Winneshiek County. The 29-year-old who has been a patrol officer for the Calmar Police Department for the past five years recently began a new endeavor as the newest member of the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office.

The 2004 graduate of South Winneshiek High School assumed his new duties Monday, May 4, at his new office in Decorah.

Thu
14
May

Seeing triple as the Kubousheks graduate

 

Nicole, Matthew, and Kelly Kuboushek (l-r) will become the first set of triplets to graduate from South Winneshiek High School. All three will continue their education at Loras College in Dubuque next fall. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Seeing triple as the Kubousheks graduate

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Hearing three students with the same last name walk across the stage at the annual South Winneshiek High School Commencement is nothing new, especially with a name like Kuboushek. This year, however, will be the first time that all three names will belong to the same family as triplets Kelly, Matthew, and Nicole Kuboushek will receive their high school diplomas.

On Feb. 26, 1997, three healthy triplets were born to Chad and Cathy Kuboushek of Ridgeway. The day would mark the beginning of a unique experience for the family, including the other four children, Brandon, Justine, Ryan, and Allison.

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