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Apr

BOB CAMPBELL - 33 years of service

 

BOB CAMPBELL - 33 years of service charter member Hawkeye First Responders 1981

By Rich Holm
Union News Writer

 

In 1981 one of Iowa’s initial First Responders groups was formed in Hawkeye. Twenty-one volunteers took a 40-hour training course for the betterment of their community.

One of the initial volunteers was a Hawkeye farmer named Bob Campbell. The men and women on that dedicated team would become known as the Hawkeye First Response Team.

Campbell is retiring after 33 years of being on call 24-7. The community will honor Bob on Sunday, April 7, with an open house at the Hawkeye Fire and EMS station from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

Close friend and team member Al Schlatter said, “It will be a great time for the area to show their appreciation for the volunteer work Bob has done. Refreshments will be served, and I’m sure many more stories will be told.”

Wed
03
Apr

Granger sworn in to fill council vacancy

Council Member Cam Granger

 

Granger sworn in to fill council vacancy

By Mike Van Sickle
Union editor

West Union native Cameron Granger was appointed to serve the city’s second ward during Monday’s regular West Union City Council meeting. The seat has been vacant since the resignation of former councilman Josh Blietz in December 2012.

Granger’s appointment was made after the City missed the deadline to file for an election in March. The newly appointed councilman will fill the vacancy until the Nov. 5 election.

Mayor Kent Halverson informed those in attendance Monday that in contacts with the Secretary of State’s Office, the City could make the appointment to fill the vacancy.  

A 1987 graduate of North Fayette and West Union Troop 54 Eagle Scout, Cameron is owner of Granger Construction. His wife, Jodi, owns and operates Signs by Design.

Wed
03
Apr

Valley to present ‘State Fair’ April 5-7

 

Valley to present ‘State Fair’ April 5-7

 

Becky Walz
Editor

 

Valley drama students will present "State Fair” Friday, April 5, through Sunday, April 7. The spring play, directed by Kent Bonte, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.  

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s only musical written directly for the screen is now a stage musical that has had critics raving from coast to coast.

Set against the colorful backdrop of an American heartland tradition, “State Fair” travels with the Frake family as they leave behind the routine of the farm for three days of adventure at the annual Iowa State Fair.

Mom and Pop have their hearts set on blue ribbons while their daughter and son find romance and heartbreak on the midway.

Wed
03
Apr

Valley students learn to conduct business

 

Valley students learn to conduct business

 

Becky Walz
Editor

 

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” 
– Colin Powell

 

Valley students are learning just how much work goes into starting and managing a business — and they do it every year.

Since 1996, Valley business teacher DeAnn Lenth has been working with ninth- through 12th-grade students to develop company goals, leadership groups, and products, as well as earn money in a class called Business Management.

“Students focus on being business owners,” said Lenth. “They are broken into employee groups such as production, human resource, marketing, and finance.”

Lenth utilizes the nonprofit governing organization Junior Achievement to teach the hands-on approach to owning a business. 

Wed
03
Apr

Voters approve bond issue

Voters approve West Central bond issue

 

Voters approve bond issue

 

Becky Walz
Editor

 

On Tuesday, voters in West Central Community School District overwhelmingly approved a $7.6 million bond issue in a special election to build a new addition to the existing high school.

The overall project is expected to cost nearly $9 million, with the remaining funds coming from the district’s share of the 1-cent local option sales tax.

Both measures received at least 76 percent approval, with 569 voters turning out in three precincts.

The addition will include an education area, an elevator with handicapped-accessibility, and a new practice gym.

Construction is expected to begin this fall and be completed in time for the 2015 school year.

 
Wed
03
Apr

ALCO donates $7,210 to Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity

 

ALCO in West Union recently donated approximately $7,210 in merchandise to Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity. Habitat board member Ken Vande Berg (second from left) picked up the supplies with the assistance of ALCO employees (l-r) Dalton Wenthe, Dakota Brown, and store manager Sandra Watson. (Mike Van Sickle photo)

  

 
Wed
03
Apr

School board discusses district needs

 

School board discusses district needs

 

Becky Walz
Edito
r

 

Monday’s regular meeting of the South Winn school board was filled with discussions on a variety of topics concerning the needs of the district, including a new website, facilities priorities, and an update on the progress of the track/football field.

The bid of $168,945.99 from River City Paving in Decorah for asphalt and sidewalk at the track/football field was accepted as presented, and it was noted that the bid came in $25,000 less than anticipated. Work will begin on the irrigation and drainage as soon as the weather permits. The entire project is slated to be complete by mid-August. 

Wed
03
Apr

South Winn MS students take to stage

 

South Winn MS students take to stage

 

Take all the Brothers Grimm characters – children, ogres, witches, dwarfs, animals, fairies, giants – and cast them into the blender of the stage. Then drink deeply of the resulting elixir. A bizarre, boisterous ballyhoo everyone should see!

South Winn Middle School will present “Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, in the high school auditorium.

Tickets will be available at the door for adults ($3) and $2 for students.

The fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm are turned on their heads in this fast-paced, rollicking ride as two naughty narrators and 13 saucy actors attempt to combine all 209 stories ranging from classics like “Snow White,” “Cinderella,” and “Hansel and Gretel” to more bizarre, obscure stories like “The Devil's Grandmother” and “The Girl Without Hands.” 

Wed
03
Apr

Be active in helping the youth of SODA

 

Be active in helping the youth of SODA

Submitted by Annette Butikofer,
SODA Sponsor 

 

The motto of Students Ok Without Drugs or Alcohol (SODA) is: “Be Active! Be Healthy! Be SODA.”  

Being a SODA member is simple for these kids; they have made a conscious choice to remain substance-free. Being healthy would be impossible if they chose to drink or experiment with drugs, and they have been taught about the dangers to their bodies if they make that poor choice. It’s being active that encompasses most of our goals for these kids. 

Members help with organized community service like hosting the Elgin Halloween Party for elementary students.  They also help the community with their own projects like caroling around the holidays and visiting at assisted-care facilities.  

Wed
03
Apr

SODA Basket Auction Tuesday

 

 

SODA Basket Auction Tuesday

It’s that time of year again for the annual SODA Basket Auction. The event is set for Tuesday, April 9, at the Valley multipurpose room starting at 5:30 p.m. The money raised is to support SODA activities. In addition to both live and silent auctions, the activities include Valley Community Coalition updates and free pizza.

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