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13
Sep

Burrack named NFVCC Youth Leadership coordinator

 

Teresa Burrack is the new North Fayette Valley Community Coalition Youth Leadership coordinator. It’s her goal to get middle school children involved in using the Youth and Family Learning Center through different programs she develops. The programs will have an underlying theme of helping to create future leaders for the area.  Chris DeBack photo

 

Burrack named NFVCC Youth Leadership coordinator

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Burrack named NFVCC Youth Leadership Coordinator

 

Chris DeBack

 

For Teresa Burrack, the chance to work with children is more a privilege than a job. 

The newest North Fayette Valley Community Coalition (NFVCC) Youth Leadership coordinator is ready to hit the ground running when it comes to helping turn middle school students at NFVMS into the leaders of tomorrow. 

“I’m going to try to get the middle school students interested in some programs here at the NFVCC Youth and Family Learning Center (YFL) in Elgin,” Burrack explained. “Our goal is to teach the children how to be leaders and how to make good, healthy life choices.” 

Wed
13
Sep

Woodson shows dogs across the Midwest

 

Mike Woodson’s dog, Nisse, received the High Combined award at a dog show on Feb. 26, 2017. Nisse is the first Norwegian buhund to receive this distinction in the United States. Woodson shows Nisse and four other dogs at show competitions across the Midwest. It is a hobby he takes very seriously, and he has had success at placing well at several competitions over the years.

 

Woodson shows dogs across the Midwest

 

 

By Chris Deback

cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Mike Woodson isn’t your typical dog lover. 

The Eldorado man has four dogs at his home, and while he enjoys having his canine companions around, he doesn’t have them just to keep him company. Woodson shows his five dogs at shows across the country. The fifth he co-owns, and it lives with his vet. 

Wed
06
Sep

'A perfect fit' for Neutzman

 

Calmar Lutheran Church recently welcomed its new pastor, Anita Neutzman, to the community. Neutzman began her new role with the local church on Aug. 1. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

'A perfect fit' for Neutzman

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

‘A perfect fit’ for Neutzman

By Zakary Kriener

Several months ago when Calmar Lutheran Church began its search for a new pastor, one of its goals was to find a perfect fit not only for its church members, but also for the entire community. Fittingly, Pastor Anita Neutzman was also looking for a church and community that fit her personality and style.

“Even before I was officially ordained on June 24, I began interviewing at different churches,” said Neutzman, who most recently lived with her husband, Dennis, in Story City. “I wanted a congregation that would be a great match, and I feel that is exactly what I found here in Calmar.”

Neutzman officially began her new role here in Winneshiek County on Aug. 1, which also marks her first time serving as a pastor.

Wed
06
Sep

Loan agreement approved for Mill Avenue

Loan agreement approved for Mill Avenue

 

 

Shane Butterfield

Contributing Writer

 

 

At the Elgin City Council’s Sept. 4 meeting, a public hearing was held on the City’s proposed entry into a Street Improvement Loan Agreement with Fayette County to fund the cost of the Mill Avenue paving project. 

After receiving public comment on the proposal, the council unanimously passed Resolution No. 2017-05, which authorized and approved both the acceptance of the loan agreement and the levying of additional property taxes to help pay for the venture.

Wed
06
Sep

Bechtold approved as WU police chief

Bechtold approved as WU police chief

 

By Chris DeBack
News Writer

 

At its regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 5, the West Union City Council approved Paul Becthold, Nahsua police chief, as the new chief of police for West Union.

 

Bechtold is a native of Nashua and has served on its police force since graduating from the Iowa Police Academy in May 2002. He was promoted to chief of the Nashua Police Department in 2014. 

 

Wed
06
Sep

Energetic priest ready to lead

 

Nigerian native the Rev. Donald Komboh is the newest priest for the following Catholic churches: St. Peter in Clermont, St. Francis of Assisi in Fayette, Holy Name in West Union, and Immaculate Conception in Sumner. Komboh replaces the Rev. James Brokman, who’s been assigned as chaplain of Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, which is Komboh’s former assignment. Komboh started his new position on Sept. 1. (Chris DeBack photo)

 

Energetic priest ready to lead

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

From the farm fields of Nigeria to the cornfields of Iowa, it has been quite a journey for the area’s newest priest, Rev. Donald Komboh.

Effective Sept. 1, Komboh essentially switched roles with former area priest the Rev. James Brokman. Brokman heads to Cedar Rapids to take over as chaplain at Mercy Medical Center, which was the position Komboh held until being named priest of St. Peter Catholic Church in Clermont; St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Fayette; Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sumner; and Holy Name Catholic Church in West Union, Brokman’s former position. 

“I am very excited to be here,” Komboh said during an afternoon drive around Fayette County. “Iowa is so beautiful, and I am glad I have the opportunity to lead these four parishes.”

Komboh was born in the Nigerian state of Lagos in 1972. He had a typical upbringing on the African continent, one on which he looks back fondly. 

Wed
06
Sep

A perfect dozen to celebrate Grandparents Day

 

Grandpa Mike and Grandma Barb Heins of West Union, who celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary this summer, are surrounded by their children, their spouses and their 12 grandchildren.  (Front, l-r) Schuler Heins, Brittany Heins holding daughter Vera, Jill Heins holding daughter Lynston, Grandma Barb Heins holding grandson Preston, Erin (Heins) Tieskoetter holding daughter Quinn, Ashlyn Heins holding daughter Everly, and Mason Heins;  (back) Decklyn Heins, Justin Heins, Beckett Heins, Derek Heins holding son Hilton, Grandpa Mike Heins, Kyle Tieskoetter holding daughter Reese, and Chris Heins holding son Kellan.  (Photo by Nancy Lukes Photography)

 

A perfect dozen to celebrate Grandparents Day

 

 

 

 

Megan Molseed

Contributing Writer

 

There’s an old saying, “Grandparents fill the world with love,” and that becomes abundantly clear when talking to local grandparents Mike and Barb Heins of West Union about their 12 grandchildren.  

“I like to say we have a perfect dozen,” chuckled Barb of her brood. “If a week goes by and we don’t see them, it seems like forever!”  

The parents of three sons and one daughter, Barb and Mike say they feel blessed that they are able to watch their grandkids grow on a nearly daily basis.  

Wed
30
Aug

' Never give up'

 

After 17 years as principal at South Winneshiek Elementary/Middle School in Ossian, Chuck Ehler left the district in 2007 to pursue a future as a superintendent at Rushford-Peterson in Rushford, Minn. Weeks after beginning his new duties at the school, a devastating flood affected the community, including the high school. Recently, after 10 years of hard work, Ehler and the district held a ribbon-cutting event for a brand-new school. (submitted photo)

 

'Never give up'

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

For 17 years, Chuck Ehler proudly served as principal of South Winneshiek Elementary/Middle School. Having moved to Calmar in 1974, the Ehler family became well-known in Ossian, Calmar, and surrounding communities.

He began his role as principal of the local school in 1990 and continued until 2007, when he accepted a position as superintendent of the Rushford-Peterson school district in Rushford, Minn.

The Ehlers moved to a new community approximately 60 miles north, where he expected a smooth transition into his new job.

“We were there for about 5½ to six weeks, when we experienced 17 to 19 inches of rain in our area,” recalled Chuck. “Rush Creek, which runs through Rushford, began to flood. Debris from the flooding blocked an old railroad bridge, which caused water to overflow the dike and flood the town.”

As a result, four to six feet of water filled much of the downtown area of his new community, affecting over 300 homes and businesses.

“The Rushford-Peterson high school had a significant amount of damage, totaling over $800,000,” explained Ehler. “I was still the new kid on the block at this time, but I knew that I had to take charge and roll up my sleeves.”

Wed
30
Aug

Elgin First Baptist Church to move into new building

 

Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, marked the last Sunday that the First Baptist Church congregation gathered at 300 Main Street, Elgin. As the deacons removed the cross from the sanctuary, 155 parishioners gathered outside to commemorate their 138 year heritage that was organized in 1879 as the German Baptist Church and moved to the building on Main Street in 1898.  The congregation looks forward to the future in its newly completed church. Services will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3, at 22526 Canoe Road, Elgin. (LeAnn Larson photo)

 

Elgin First Baptist Church to move into new building

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

The congregation of First Baptist Church in Elgin held its final worship service in its old historic church on Sunday, Aug. 27.

Since 1879, the Baptists have held Sunday worship celebrations at the corner of Clermont and Main streets in Elgin. The current building was built in 1898. Over 125 years of tradition will change on Sunday as the congregation moves into its new church on Canoe Road just outside Elgin. 

The new church was made possible by the dedicated congregation who “answered God’s call” on numerous occasions by raising money and volunteering their time to help construct the church. Pastor Lee Boleyn couldn’t even begin to describe the sweat equity his small community put in to make the dream a reality. 

 

Wed
30
Aug

WUFD to receive Governor's Award

 

The West Union Fire Department will receive the Group Governor’s Volunteer Award on Friday, Sept. 1, in Cedar Falls. Lisa Roberts, Fayette County Emergency Management coordinator, nominated the group for all its hard work and the volunteer hours to the department puts in. Members of the West Union Fire Department include (front, l-r) Mike Lauer, Eli Phillips Kennon Gumm, Tom Luhman, Kory Kuhens, Brian Dunt, Scott Johansen, Erin Yauslin, Dan Woods, Chad Helgerson; (second row) Fire Chief Roger Gamm, John Lauer, Craig Schmitt, Mike Corcoran, Kurt Baumler, Dan Winter, Troy Streif, Paul Amundson, Bart Jacobson, and LeRoy Soppe; (back) Mark Baumler, Layne Meyer, Rory Starks, Don Baumler, Matt Henderson, Lane Johansen, Ryan Wagner, Bud Johnson. Not pictured is Lonny Johansen. 

 

WUFD to receive Governor's Award

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

The West Union Fire Department will be receiving the Group Governor’s Volunteer Award at a ceremony on Friday, Sept. 1, at Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. 

Lisa Roberts, Fayette County Emergency Management coordinator, nominated the local fire department for the award because of its countless hours of community service, which included helping with the flooding that occurred in August and September 2016. Most recently, the department helped clear debris in Clermont during the storm that poured heavy rain on the community in late July. 

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