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Immersion trip leaves mark on students

 

 

DeSales students were immersed in urban poverty in Minneapolis, Minn., last week, working in a clothing store and food distribution center. Members of the classes participating in the mission trip included (front, l-r) Jessica Ling, Sarah Hertges, Sami Bohr, Jenna Knutson, Olivia Massman, Derek Dietzenbach, Maria Varona, Jacob Michels; (back) parent Lacey Schnuelle, teacher Jane Busch, Gabe Kipp, Jackson Hertges, Kenadee Schnuelle, Mary Conway, Carson Bohr, Lucas Feltz, teacher Mike Wenthold, Paxten DeVilbiss, Braden Lensing, principal Mae Becker, Austin Covell, Tony Gossling, and Paul Hageman. (submitted photo)

 

Immersion trip leaves mark on students

 

 

Becky Walz
News Editor
bwalz@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

It’s education, food, a home, clothes, and just knowing there is always a safe place around that the seventh- and eighth-grade students at DeSales will never take for granted again.

Last week the students spent three days at an Urban Immersion Retreat in the heart of Minneapolis, Minn., working to provide food, clothing, and stability to thousands of homeless.

Thu
24
Apr

Syrup-making: a sweet tradition for Wander

Keith Wander describes the filtering process that his syrup goes through inside his sap house. Once filtered, the syrup is put into 12-ounce, quart, or gallon-sized containers and is ready to enjoy!

 

Syrup-making: a sweet tradition for Wander

 

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer
bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

For as long as he can remember, tapping maple trees and producing maple syrup has been a regular part of Keith Wander’s existence. In fact, he recalls a time when all who had a maple tree would spend time in late February or March boiling the sap they had extracted from their trees to produce their own syrup.

           “Back in the 1920s, that was a pretty typical thing to see if a person had maple trees or bushes on their land. Of course, now you don’t see it nearly as much,” commented Wander, who lives west of Clermont.

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24
Apr

Fayette residents get hammered by hailstorm

 

Gavyn, Brody and MaKenna Grove, children of Daryl and Marta Grove, show off the hail found in the yard of their Fayette home after the April 12 storm. (submitted photo)

 

Fayette residents get hammered by hailstorm

 

 

By Megan Mohlis
Contributing Writer

 

 

On Saturday, April 12, residents of Fayette and the surrounding area were shocked to see what Mother Nature had in store. As the storm that had been predicted moved into the area, residents prepared themselves as best they could for the hail that had been forecasted. However, around 8 p.m., the hail that began to fall was something that no one could truly prepare for.

Wed
23
Apr

Rezoning approved for proposed Casey's site

 

Rezoning approved for proposed Casey's site

 

 

By Mike Van Sickle
News Editor
mvansickle@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

One down, two to go.

The first of three public hearings in regard to the sale of a portion of the former middle school property in downtown West Union was hosted by the City Council on Monday.

After a brief discussion on rezoning approximately two acres of the property from Mixed Residential to Highway Commercial (C1), the proposal was unanimously approved by councilmembers.

Wed
23
Apr

FEEST your eyes on healthful foods

 

Outgoing youth intern Kaylee Michelson recently passed the tongs of the local FEEST (Food Empowerment Education Sustainability Team) program to new intern Sam Poppen (left). A North Fayette graduate, Kaylee helped bring FEEST to West Union. She is pictured alongside a Seattle, Wash., FEEST member who helped lead a recent training seminar for Poppen, a North Fayette Valley junior, and other new interns. (Courtesy photo)

 

FEEST your eyes on healthful foods

 

 

By Mike Van Sickle
News Editor
mvansickle@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

How about trying a spinach smoothie, a dab of pumpkin butter, or a zucchini pizza crust?

These are just a few examples of the healthful concoctions mixed or blended to perfection by the local youth and adults of the Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness FEEST program over the past year. 

Wed
16
Apr

Recycling is off the grid

A dramatic increase in nighttime traffic at the Winneshiek County Recycling Department led to the installation of a one-of-a-kind solar lighting system at its public drop-off facility in Freeport Industrial Park. (submitted photo)

 

Recycling is off the grid

 

 

Becky Walz
News Editor
bwalz@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The Winneshiek County Recycling Department has installed a one-of-a-kind, off-the-grid solar lighting system with an addition for more recycling bins, in its public drop-off facility in the Freeport Industrial Park.

“A massive increase in nighttime traffic at the facility made the addition of lights a necessity,” said Terry Buenzow, WCRC department manager.

Wed
16
Apr

See Dick and Jane support children

 

Marti Swenson of the Art Gallery in Clermont displays two of the ten framed and matted pages from the popular reading “Dick and Jane” reading series that was used to teach elementary students to read. The Art Gallery is selling the pages as a fund-raiser for Valley Preschool in Elgin and Kaleidoscope Kids Preschool in West Union.

 

 

See Dick and Jane support children

 

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer
bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

            The Art Gallery in Clermont is initiating a fundraiser to benefit Valley Preschool in Elgin and Kaleidoscope Kids Childcare Center in West Union. Marti and Carol Swenson, owners of The Art Gallery, are selling matted and framed pages of a teacher’s edition from the series called “Big Book of Dick and Jane Before We Read,” with all proceeds going to the two local children’s centers.

Wed
16
Apr

Assessor settles into new office

 

 

 

 

Newly hired Fayette County Assessor Ali Manson officially began her duties at the courthouse in West Union on Wednesday, April 9. Manson replaces former Fayette County assessor Joe Flores, who publicly announced his retirement in December 2013. (Mike Van Sickle photo)

 

Assessor settles into new office

 

 

By Mike Van Sickle
News Editor

 

After nearly a week on duty, Fayette County Assessor Ali Manson is settling into her new surroundings at the courthouse in West Union.

Wed
16
Apr

To sell or not to sell

 

 

The last school bus pulled away from Hawkeye Elementary on May 29, 2013. The North Fayette Board of Directors were informed Monday that the Hawkeye Development Corporation has asked if the school district would consider selling the property this summer. (Union file photo)

 

To sell or not to sell

 

 

By Mike Van Sickle
News Editor
mvansickle@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Almost a year since North Fayette closed the doors to Hawkeye Elementary, the board of directors was asked Monday what its thoughts are on selling the school district property.

Superintendent Duane Willhite informed the school board that members of the Hawkeye Development Corporation have asked if the school district would consider selling the property this summer.

Wed
16
Apr

Burn victim is 'ready for life'

 

 

Caryn Stewart has written music she'd like to eventually set to words if she can find time. A high school junior, she has a job, performed in her school's musical last fall, and keeps busy with FFA, speech and chorus. With three guitars, Stewart acknowledged she can't really read music but learns some of her favorite songs by ear. She's a big fan of Adele. (Janell Bradley photo)

 

Burn victim is 'ready for life'

 

 

Janell Bradley
Contributing Writer
info@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

 

 

As her physical and emotional scars continue to heal, Caryn Stewart of West Union describes herself as an ordinary girl with an extraordinary story.

At age 8, Caryn was the lone survivor of an Easter Sunday plane crash on March 27, 2005.

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