February 2019

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Feb

Sw boys fall in pair of UIC matchups

 

Sophomore Collin Wiltgen boxes out an opponent during recent South Winn basketball action. The Warriors dropped a pair of Upper Iowa Conference games last week, giving them a 9-7 record on the season. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

SW boys fall in pair of UIC matchups

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The South Winneshiek boys’ basketball team dropped a pair of Upper Iowa Conference contests last week, dropping it to 9-7 on the season.

The Warriors began the week at home on Friday night, hosting cross-county rival Turkey Valley.

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06
Feb

Raising awareness for Turner Syndrome

 

Calmar native Hattie Frana was diagnosed with Turner Syndrome at the age of 12 and is an avid advocate of promoting awareness for the disease. Turner Syndrome is defined as a chromosomal condition that affects development in females. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Raising awareness for Turner Syndrome

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

February is National Turner Syndrome Awareness Month. Turner Syndrome is defined as a chromosomal condition that affects development in females. The condition affects one out of every 2,500 females and less than 200,000 individuals in the United States every year.

For Calmar native Hattie Frana, a 21-year-old student double majoring in history and philosophy at Clarke University in Dubuque who has Turner Syndrome, she is determined to help raise awareness for the condition while living a normal life.

“I was diagnosed partway through sixth grade. I was 12-years-old at the time and had no idea what most of the medical terminology meant,” explained Frana. “It was discovered when I had my blood drawn and tested because I had fallen further off the growth chart that’s used in the doctor’s office.”

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Feb

Steven Amundson

Steven Amundson

 

 

Steven Dean Amundson, 58, of Lincoln, Nebraska formerly of  Elgin, Iowa, died Friday, January 18, 2019 in his home in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was born October 7, 1960 in Postville, Iowa to Morris V. and Velma Hildur (Opsand) Amundson.

Steven graduated from Valley High School in 1979, He then went on to Iowa State University at Ames with a major in Ag Business. He worked for Cargill-Nutrena Feeds and as American Breeds Service Representative until he started working for DaVinci’s Restaurant in Ames, Iowa location, then was relocated to the restaurants in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he work for the chain for almost thirty years. Steven was involved with many activities at Valley including playing percussion and various vocal groups. Vocal music continued to be a part of his life with musicals, the groups” Sunday Morning News”, Des Moines Choral Society, and Lincoln Lutheran Choir.

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06
Feb

Lillian Gunderson

Lillian Gunderson

 

 

Lillian Elvira Gunderson, 92, of Clinton, Iowa formerly of Clermont, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at Eagle Point Care Center in Clinton, Iowa.

Lillian Elvira was born April 22, 1926 on a farm in Kenyon, Minnesota to Emil and Tillie (Reierson) Johnson. She attended country schools in Kenyon, Minnesota and also Dry Run in St. Olaf, Iowa, public school in Elkader, Iowa and graduated from Clermont High School.

Lillian was united in marriage with Martin Gunderson in August 1951 in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Before she was married, Lillian worked at Penick and Ford Factory in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and another factory in Minnesota. After she was married, Lillian was a homemaker. In her spare time she enjoyed reading, scrapbooking, vegetable and flower gardening, writing to her thirty to forty pen pals, collecting rebates, listening to Polka music, traveling and fishing with her husband, Martin.

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06
Feb

Baker receives William Bowie Medal

 

Clermont native Dr. Daniel Baker was awarded the American Geophysical Union’s highest honor (AGU) when he received the William Bowie Medal at the AGU’s fall meeting in December 2018 in Washington, D.C. Baker is the director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo. submitted photo

 

Baker receives William Bowie Medal

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Editor’s note: This is the second part of a two-part series on Clermont native Dr. Daniel Baker.

When Clermont native Dr. Daniel Baker was a student at the University of Iowa working under Dr. James Van Allen he made a promise to himself. He pledged to give students the same opportunities he was afforded by Van Allen if he was ever the director of a laboratory or in a leadership position working with college students. 

It was Van Allen’s tutelage that helped nurture a raw passion for science exploration and gave Baker rare hands-on experiences that led him to his current position as Director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo. 

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06
Feb

A chance to reconnect

 

 It had been 20 years since Kenan (Popenhagen) Willey spent more than a day with her friend Bia Malouf Schlesinger. Schlesinger was a foreign-exchange student from Brazil who stayed with Ken and LeAnn Popenhagen for the first semester of Willey’s senior year in 1996. Willey enjoyed getting to reconnect with her friend while vacationing with her family in Brazil.  Submitted photos

 

A chance to reconnect

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

It’s been over 20 years since Kenan (Popenhagen) Willey spent longer than a day her with friend Bia Malouf Schlesinger.

In 1996, Schlesinger was a foreign-exchange student from Brazil who was hosted by Willey’s parents, Ken and LeAnn Popenhagen, during Willey’s first semester of her senior year. 

“My mom had some foreign exchange students when she was in high school so she thought it would be something fun for us to do,” Willey recalled. “She came in August and left in January.  

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06
Feb

Fayette Council discusses trap shoot options

Fayette Council discusses trap shoot options

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The Fayette City Council met for its regular meeting on Monday, February 4 at the Fayette City Hall. 

 

During the meeting, the council spoke with Blake Gamm regarding a request to allow tactics for the local trap-shooting club on a plot of land within the city limits.  

 

“I received a letter from Upper Iowa University last fall that said they were considering developing a trap-shoot team of their own,” said Gamm.

 

 “The letter suggested working in a sort of partnership with our team, a suggestion we think would be very beneficial to many,” he continued.  “Since our team was formed, three seasons ago, we’ve been shooting out at the Volga recreation area, but we have since outgrown that space.”

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06
Feb

Winter trails are open at VRSRA

 

Andy Roach, an Iowa Department of Natural Resources park manager at Volga River State Recreation Area near Fayette, recently cleared and groomed the trail system at the local park. All of the trails throughout the park are available for cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and hiking; while several of the trails are available for snowmobiling. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Winter trails are open at VRSRA

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

For the first time in several years, the trail system at Volga River State Recreation Area near Fayette is open and ready for winter use.

“With the recent weather we have had, it had made our multi-use trails more functional than in years past,” said Andy Roach, a Fayette County native and Iowa Department of Natural Resources park manager at the local recreational area. “With all of the snow and frigid temperatures that we have had this year, the snow has stuck around much longer than in years past and we have been able to make the most of it.”

The local park allows for several winter activities on the approximately 25 miles of trails within the park boundaries, including cross country skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, and even snowmobiling. To prepare the existing trail system, however, it took all hands on deck.

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Feb

Vernita Pape

Vernita Pape

 

 

Vernita Pape, 99, of Maynard and formerly of Stanley, Iowa died Tuesday evening, Jan. 29, 2019 at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union, Iowa.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at Stanley Union Church, Stanley, Iowa, with Rev. Philip Rownd officiating. Visitation was held from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Oelwein and for one hour before the service at the church on Saturday.

Interment was at the West Union Cemetery, West Union, Iowa.

Online obituary at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com

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06
Feb

Keglers upset by Cougars

 

NFV sophomore Kole Johnson slices between a pair of Clayton Ridge defenders to put in the left-handed layup during Friday’s 71-39 pounding of the Eagles. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

Keglers upset by Cougars

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

The week before, NFV boys beat Waterloo Columbus, one of the best teams in the state. Friday, the boys were upset in Sumner as the Cougars celebrated Senior Night with a 14-pin victory, 2457-2443.

Brian Roulson had the high game and series for the NFV boys with a 216-190-406. Colin Gavin rolled a 202-185-387 Hunter Kelly had the final 300 series for the TigerHawks with his 190-159-349.

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