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Thu
11
May

Putting together the pieces of the puzzle

 

For (l-r) Trevin, William, Samantha, Heidi, Ella, Kevin, Dawn, and Anita Bohr, the term “family” is one that developed among the eight a little differently from most. With all six adopted children, the tight-knit crew is looking forward to another special Mother’s Day this weekend. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Putting together the pieces of the puzzle

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

For most, Mother’s Day is a day that means spending time with the woman who brought a family’s children into the world and helped raise them. For the Bohr family of rural Ossian, that reason for celebration is no different; the way the family eight was established, however, is what makes their story unique

“When I was 10 years old, I was diagnosed with cancer,” stated Heidi Bohr, the proud mother of six. “I underwent chemotherapy, radiation, and bone marrow transplants. At one point, I was given only three months to live.”

The determined young girl, who has spent the majority of her life in the Ossian community, was able to beat the odds and make a full recovery from the cancer. 

“After my treatment, I asked my doctor if I would ever be able to have kids,” recalled Bohr. “When he told me I likely would not, I said, ‘That’s okay! I will adopt!’ So I knew at the age of 10 that I would adopt.”

Thu
11
May

Miss Clermont to be crowned May 15

Miss Clermont to be crowned May 15

 

 

Four Clermont teenagers are competing for the chance to be crowned Miss Clermont 2017.

Kariann Elsbernd, Elizabeth Goddard, Kelsey Guyer, and Hope Wander all seek to be named Miss Clerment, who will be crowned on Monday, May 15, at Heritage Farm Park. The event is sponsored by the Clermont Community Club. 

The winner will represent Clermont at area events throughout the year, as well as in the 2017 Fayette County Fair Queen competition on Tuesday, July 25. 

Kariann Elsbernd, 17, is the daughter of Konnie and Tim Olson and Mike Elsbernd. She has two siblings, Kenzie and Derek.

Thu
11
May

The greatest gift times two

 

Jax (left) and Bodie Hart snooze peacefully as dad Paul gives mom Erin a kiss. The family dog is never far away. Jax and Bodie are fraternal twins born on Dec. 28, 2016. Photo by Jen Frieden Photography

 

The greatest gift . . . times two

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

The greatest gift is life itself. For Erin and Paul Hart, the greatest gift was actually two lives when Erin gave birth to twins on Dec. 28, 2016. 

At just a little over 4 months old, Jax and Bodie Hart will be celebrating their first Mother’s Day on May 14, a day which now has a whole new meaning for the new mother. 

“I always used to celebrate Mother’s Day with my mom and mother-in-law, and now I’ll have my boys to celebrate with me as a new mother,” Hart said. “I wouldn’t want it any other way.”  

Thu
04
May

WEPC conducts functional exercise

 

As part of a drill conducted by the Winneshiek Emergency Preparedness Coalition (WEPC), various agencies and emergency response crews, including (l-r) Lee Bjerke from the Decorah Fire Department, Ben Shockey from the Winneshiek Medical Center ambulance crew, and Brent Parker from the Decorah Police Department, participated in a training exercise Thursday at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds in Decorah. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

WEPC conducts functional exercise

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

Imagine this: It’s a warm, summer afternoon in Winneshiek County. Hundreds of visitors are taking in the sights, sounds, and aromas of the county fair when the scare of an unknown pathogen from a sick animal arises.

How can fairgoers and Winneshiek County residents be sure that the situation will be handled quickly, safely, and effectively?

As part of a Winneshiek Emergency Preparedness Coalition (WEPC) functional exercise, members/employees at Winneshiek Medical Center (WMC), Winneshiek County Public Health, and the Winneshiek County Fair Board received valuable situation training to help them prepare for potential future incidents.

Thu
04
May

Sisters share eye-opening experience in Nicaragua

 

Sisters Kristen (left) and Leah Reierson pause for a moment with one of the many Nicaraguan patients they helped through Gundersen Global Partners. The goal of the trip was to provide those in impoverished areas with access to eye exams and glasses.

 

Sisters share eye-opening experience in Nicaragua

 

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer
bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 George Washington Carver once said, “Where there is no vision, there is no hope.” Whether you are talking about the ability to see beyond the here and now or simply the ability to see, both ring true for northeast Iowa natives Kristen and Leah Reierson. 

   The sisters participated in a six-day trip to Nicaragua with the goal of providing impoverished areas with access to comprehensive eye exams and glasses for those needing them. The experience provided them with a unique perspective on the lives of others, as well as their own.

Thu
04
May

Sumner native named new WC principal

Josh Bahr

 

Sumner native named new WC principal

 

 

Josh Bahr of Tipton is West Central’s new preK through 12th-grade principal.

Bahr will share the duties with current principal Kathy Timmerman through the first half of the 2017-2018 school year before assuming full duties after that.

As a native of Sumner, Bahr is no stranger to the area. He graduated from Sumner High School in 1997 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a specialization in mathematics from the University of Iowa in May 2002. A few years later, he earned a master’s degree in exercise science and health promotion from the California University of Pennsylvania. Just this past year, he earned a second master's degree in educational leadership from Drake University in Des Moines. 

Thu
04
May

160 years of experience at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran

 

With over 160 years of experience among (l-r) Sue Schneider, Kathy Begalske, Vic Pavlovec, and Ruth Meyer, Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union salutes all nurses during National Nurses Week May 6-12. Chris DeBack photos

 

160 years of experience at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran

 

 

By Chris Deback

 

cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Nurses are the lifeblood of any hospital, doctor’s office, or clinic. 

May 6-12 has been declared National Nurses Week, a week in which area residents can celebrate the hard work and dedication that nurses show their patients each and every day. 

The Fayette County Union recently had the chance to sit down with four nurses who, combined, have over 160 years of experience. Sue Schneider, RN, Surgery Department; Ruth Meyer, LPN, Surgery Department; Kathy Begalske, chief nursing officer; and Vic Pavlovec, Cardio-Pulminary Services director, shared their experiences of working at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital for the last 40 years. 

Thu
04
May

Discuss banning smoking downtown

 

 

The West Union City Council is considering banning smoking downtown due to the littering of cigarette butts. Even in locations where cigarette extinguishers/dispensers are available, littering of butts is a problem. Chris DeBack photo

 

Discuss banning smoking downtown

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com\

 

 

 

The West Union City Council is fed up with seeing cigarette butts all over downtown.

At its regular Monday meeting, May 1, the council discussed different options for curbing the littering of downtown with cigarette butts. 

Wed
26
Apr

'A story that had to be told'

 

Kelly Kuboushek, a 2015 graduate of South Winneshiek High School and current student at Loras College, records footage from inside the historic Inwood Ballroom in Spillville for a documentary. The project, titled “The Crown,” was completed by Kuboushek and classmate Jack Sarcone, and it highlights the history of the nearly 100-year-old dance hall. (submitted photo)

 

'A story that had to be told'

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The Inwood Ballroom in Spillville is a place that is likely familiar to nearly every resident of Winneshiek County and much of northeast Iowa. While most have stepped foot inside the nearly 100-year-old Spillville building for one reason or another at some point in their lives, many younger generations were not around and may not know just how much history lies under the iconic peaked roof.

“I have been going to wedding dances at The Inwood since I was a little girl,” recalled Kelly Kuboushek, a native of the Spillville who helped masterfully produce “The Crown,” a documentary about the age-old ballroom that has withstood the test of time over many generations. 

Wed
26
Apr

Learning from the best

Officer Matthew Schmelzer, Oelwein PD

 

Learning from the best

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer

zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The University of Iowa wrestling program is undeniably one of the best and most successful in the NCAA. With an unprecedented 23 team titles and 82 individual titles among 54 different wrestlers, it would be a fair assessment to say that the Hawkeye athletes and coaches know a thing or two about scoring takedowns. 

In an effort to help better prepare officers to handle any situation in the field, Iowa City, U of I, and Oelwein police departments teamed up with the Iowa grapplers to offer a unique training experiences for their employees, including Oelwein PD Officer Matthew Schmelzer.

“The defensive tactics and maneuvers that we learned are invaluable in our line of work,” said the Ossian native and two-year member of the force. “We learned from the best out there, which was a really cool experience.”

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