June 2019

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Franzen's Case 830 featured

Arlin Franzen of rural Ossian proudly sits on his 1961 Case 830 tractor, which will be the featured tractor for the 27th annual Castalia Tractor Day parade on June 9. Sitting on the hood of the classic tractor is an Ertl 50th Anniversary toy tractor that was modeled off Franzen’s tractor in 2010. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Franzen's Case 830 featured

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

The annual Castalia Tractor Day parade is one of the most well attended parades in northeast Iowa. This year, leading the 27th annual parade celebration will be the featured 1961 Case 830 tractor owned by Arlin Franzen of rural Ossian.

“My dad (Pete) bought the tractor new in 1964 and we used it for just about everything on the farm,” explained Franzen. “We used it for custom work, chopping, planting – just about everything. It was one of our main tractors on the farm.”

Franzen, one of 13 children in his family, went on to say that he and almost all of his siblings learned to drive a tractor on this particular piece of machinery.

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Deloris Olson

Deloris Olson

 

Deloris Lorraine Olson was born on July 5, 1925, at home, to Willie and Lena (Kjosa) Bergan in rural St. Olaf, Iowa.  She was baptized and confirmed at Norway Lutheran Church.  She graduated from Postville High School in 1944 after having taken a year off due to a lack of transportation to school.

Deloris passed away on May 31, 2019 at All Saints Assisted Living/Memory Care in Madison, Wisconsin at the age of 93.

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Expect delays this summer during Highway 18 project

Expect delays this summer during Highway 18 project

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The Iowa Department of Transportation's Highway 18 Project from Clermont to Postville officially got underway two weeks ago with surveying and vibration monitoring taking place.  

It could be awhile before we see actual paving get underway on the road, there is plenty of other work to be done in the meantime. 

IDOT provided the City of Clermont with a road map of how construction of the project should play out over the summer and into the fall. According to the roadmap the project was officially slated to start on May 20 and should end by Oct. 25 barring any delays due to weather. The following is a brief summary of when certain parts of the project are slated to begin, but are always subject to change. 

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Monroe says goodbye to 39-year career with JD

Following a career that included 39 years of service as a salesman, Castalia’s Roger Monroe officially retired from Clermont Implement (a Bodensteiner Implement Company) on his 70th birthday, May 3. Throughout his sales career, which began at Schmitt Implement in Fort Atkinson, Monroe has seen a lot of changes in the farm equipment industry. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Monroe says goodbye to 39-year career with JD

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

When it comes to knowledge of John Deere tractors and equipment, most would be hard-pressed to find someone more knowledgeable than Castalia’s Roger Monroe. That’s because Monroe just recently hung up the hat on a long 39-year career as a salesman in the industry.

“I’ve always loved being around the machinery and helping area farmers,” said Monroe, a 1967 graduate of South Winneshiek. “Working in this line is sort of like an addiction. You get wrapped up in learning all of the technology of the years and trying to know everything that there is to know.”

For Monroe, finding a job as a John Deere salesman isn’t something that he had ever planned. In fact, he spent nearly a decade farming with his father and brother after high school.

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TRRC Trail expansion officially open to the public

Rod Marlatt (left), Fayette County Conservation executive director, and Mallory Hanson,Turkey River Recreational Corridor (TRRC) executive director, are pleased to announce that the TRRC Trail Expansion from Elgin to Gilbertson Park is now open. There will be a grand-opening ceremony held at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 29, during Elgin Homecoming at the new bike trail bridge. Chris DeBack photo

 

TRRC Trail expansion officially open to the public

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

The expansion of the Turkey River Recreational Corridor (TRRC) Trail from Elgin to Gilbertson Park is officially open for bike riders to enjoy.

Fayette County Conservation took down the barricades blocking access to the bridge just before Memorial Day. Elgin residents and those enjoying the campground at Gilbertson got plenty of use out of the new trail over the holiday weekend. 

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Sheldon Fox

Sheldon Fox

 

 

Sheldon Fox will be celebrating his 95th birthday with a card shower. He was born June 6, 1924 at Westgate to Roy and Nellie Fox. He married Betty Woods on November 29, 1945. His family includes daughters Pat & Veryl Burghardt, Peg & Keith Schlatter, Becky, Bobbie and Debbie (deceased) along with 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Cards may be sent to Sheldon Fox, %Oelwein Health Care, 600 7th Street SE, Oelwein, IA 50662. 

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Theresa Moellers

Theresa Moellers

 

Theresa Mary Moellers, 86, of West Union, Iowa died Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at Ossian Senior Hospice, Ossian, Iowa.  Theresa Mary was born December 6, 1932 to William Joseph and Hildegarde Bridget (Heying) Bohr in Ossian, Iowa. She graduated from DeSales High School, Ossian, Iowa in 1950.

Theresa was united in marriage with Ralph Bernard Moellers on August 16, 1950 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian, Iowa. They were blessed with twelve children. She was a member of Holy Name Rosary Society, Catholic Daughters, American Legion Auxiliary and was an election worker for many, many years. Theresa was a friendly person, quick to laugh and loved to give orders to her flock – there was always a to-do list. She enjoyed gardening and pioneered the first farmers market in the area. Theresa hobbies included sewing, crocheting, playing cribbage, cards, Scrabble and square dancing.

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Leona Streif

Leona Streif

 

Leona Catherine Streif, 97, of West Union, Iowa died Thursday, May 30, 2019 at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette, Iowa.  She was born on February 1, 1922 at Dubuque, Iowa to Michael and Josephine (Phillips) Fah. Leona was baptized on March 12, 1922 at St. Catherine Church in Dubuque and confirmed on May 10, 1936 at St. Theresa in La Motte, Iowa. She received her education in Dubuque, Iowa.

Leona was united in marriage with Earl Streif on September 30, 1942, at La Motte, Iowa. Sixteen children were born to this union. Together they farmed in Dubuque County before moving to a farm near West Union, Iowa.

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Erbie Steffens

Erbie Steffens

 

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 1, 2019 for Erbie Loren Steffens, 11 a.m., at the Decorah Lutheran Church, Decorah, IA.

Erbie Steffens, age 92, of Decorah, IA, died on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at his home in Decorah, IA.

Erbie Lorenz Steffens was born on December 30, 1926, the son of Edward and Frieda (Vagts) Steffens in West Union, IA.  He was baptized and confirmed at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Eldorado, IA.  Erbie graduated from West Union High School.  After high school, Erbie started farming on the family farm with his father north of Eldorado.

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NFV softball 2-2 in tourney

A high leg kick, flowing hair, and a powerful fastball mark Reagan Wymer’s delivery Friday against Sumner-Fred. With Makenna Koch and Kennedy Lape leaving after this season, the eighth-grader should be a fixture on the mound for a number of seasons. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

NFV softball 2-2 in tourney

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

Last week, the NFV softball team split a conference twinbill against TV and went 2-2 in its own tournament.

Friday and Saturday, NFV competed in the Annual NFV TigerHawk Softball Classic that featured 16 teams playing four games apiece. 

The TigerHawks opened Friday against Sumner-Fredericksburg. Featuring speed on the bases and in the outfield, the Cougars edged NFV, 5-2.

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