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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.

Wed
09
Apr

Superintendent search begins

Superintendent search begins

 

 

Becky Walz
News Editor
bwalz@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

It took some discussion, but the South Winn and Turkey Valley school boards decided Thursday to continue sharing a superintendent at 50/50 time. As in the past, Turkey Valley will continue to hold the contract with the hope of filling a one-year contract before June 1.

Wed
09
Apr

Winneshiek County Dairy Royalty crowned Saturday

 

The 2014-15 Winneshiek County Dairy Royalty were crowned at Saturday’s 51st Annual Dairy Banquet. New royalty includes (front, l-r) Winneshiek County Little Miss Squirts Jacqlyn Schmitt, Holly Schmitt, Ashley Elsbernd; (back) Winneshiek County Dairy Princess Leah Elsbernd. (Becky Walz photo)

Wed
09
Apr

Zweibohmer set to shelve final book

 

 

Helena Zweibohmer (l) will put her final book on the shelf as the librarian in Clermont later this month after 22 years. Aside from doing more reading for herself, she plans to spend more time with her grandchildren including, Tanner and Avery Johnson (pictured). (Becky Walz photo)

 

Zweibohmer set to shelve final book

 

 

Becky Walz
News Editor
bwalz@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

“I have always had a love for books and enjoyed visiting the library,” Clermont librarian Helena Zweibohmer explained. “My husband, Larry, encouraged me to apply.”

Twenty-two years ago, she was looking for a job close to home and was familiar with the activities at the library after having coordinated Story Hour for the youngest patrons several years prior.

Wed
09
Apr

Elgin Scout soars to Eagle

 

Completing a project in which a Scout demonstrates planning, development, and leadership is one of the requirements for becoming an Eagle Scout. Mitchell Carlson chose to refinish the log cabin Nature Center, shown here in the background, at the Gilbertson Conservation Education Area outside of Elgin. 

 

Elgin Scout soars to Eagle

 

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer
bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

            Mitchell Carlson was honored with the Eagle Scout award in a ceremony held Sunday, March 30, at First Baptist Church in Elgin. Mitchell’s parents, Steve and Leann Carlson, along with other family members, friends, and Scouting acquaintances attended the celebration.

           Carlson began his Scouting career in 2004, when he joined the Cub Scouts. In 2007 he became a Boy Scout and began the progression through Tenderfoot (first and second class), then the rank of Star, Life and ultimately, Eagle.

Wed
09
Apr

Mayor to make appointment to fill Frana vacancy

 

 

Mayor to make appointment to fill Frana vacancy

 

Janell Bradley
Contributing Writer

 

When the Fayette City Council met Monday, it accepted the resignation of Brian Frana, submitted March 17, the day of the last council meeting.

Mayor Andrew Wenthe was late to arrive and it was not on the agenda, so no replacement for Frana was named. Wenthe stated earlier he intends to appoint former city councilman Todd Sorensen. That action is expected at the April 21 meeting.

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