February 2020

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Warriors win Sectional Title

Members of the South Winneshiek wrestling program, which placed first at the Class 1A Sectional 12 Tournament on Saturday, include (front, l-r) Logan Schnuelle, Ethan Maldonado, Phillip French, Tony Greve, Zach Taylor; (second row) Kenny Mikota (assistant coach), Jacob Elsbernd (head coach), Kaden Bullerman, Lane Quandahl, Sam Conway, Logan Hageman, Chance Adam, Ethan Adams (assistant coach); (back) Jason Schmelzer (assistant coach), Landon Garcia, Shawn Israel, Damon Meyer, Ethan Timp, Brayden Bodensteiner, and Jacob Everts (assistant coach). (LeAnn Larson photo)

 

 

Warriors win Sectional Title

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

Saturday was a big day for the Warrior wrestling team as it not only advanced eight wrestlers to this weekend’s District Tournament, but also captured a Sectional team title.

“We wrestled pretty well overall as all 12 of our guys made the semifinals,” said coach Jacob Elsbernd after the tournament in Monona. “I am very proud of how the guys responded throughout the day.”

Among the eight to advance to Districts next week at Starmont were four first-place finishers in Ethan Maldonado, Phillip French, Tony Greve, and Zach Taylor.

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SW gets rebound win over Kee after falling to TV

South Winn’s Collin Wiltgen slips past a defender during a recent game in Calmar. Wiltgen, who leads the team with 13.3 points per game, dropped 20 in a win against Kee on Friday and 12 in last week’s loss to Turkey Valley. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

SW gets rebound win over Kee after falling to TV

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The South Winn boys started the week with a tough loss to UIC-leading Turkey Valley, but rebounded nicely with a win over Kee to close out the week and move to 12-7 on the season.

Turkey Valley

South Winn took on Turkey Valley on Tuesday, Feb. 4, as the conference-leading Trojans topped the Warriors, 68-42. With a South Winn victory, the conference lead would have been a tie between the Warriors and MFL/MarMac, but instead, the Bulldogs now share the lead with Turkey Valley.

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Warrior girls drop final games of regular season

Warrior girls drop final games of regular season

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The young South Winn girls’ basketball team ended its 2019-2020 regular season last week with a pair of conference losses to Turkey Valley and Kee. The team, however, will get a fresh start this week as the Warriors get a rematch with Kee on Thursday as the Class 1A Region 3 tournament gets underway.

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Scholarships support NICC student's mission

Kayla Burke, a large animal veterinary technician student at Northeast Iowa Community College and Ft. Atkinson-native, is making the most of the local scholarships she received through NICC and hopes to one day go on to work as a veterinarian in northeast Iowa. (submitted photo)

 

 

Scholarships support NICC student's mission

 

Editor’s note: Story and photo published with permission from Northeast Iowa Community College.

Local organizations that support their future agricultural professionals make an impact on college-bound students with ambitious dreams.

Kayla Burke, a Large Animal Veterinary Technician student at Northeast Iowa Community College’s Calmar campus, is a standout example. Burke plans to serve her hometown of Ft. Atkinson and area farming communities as a veterinarian and, considering the number of local scholarships she received, everyone wants to make it happen.

The scholarships Burke received include the Ray Bodensteiner Family Perpetual Memorial Scholarship, William and Carole Burke Family Scholarship, Keith O’Connell Memorial Scholarship, Young Minds Change Lives Scholarship, Lawler Lions Scholarship, Turkey Valley Music Boosters Scholarship, Turkey Valley Dollars for Scholars Scholarship and the Golden Ticket Scholarship through NICC.

“My goal is to graduate from Northeast Iowa Community College with a Large Animal Veterinary Technician license and find employment as a vet tech while I continue my education at Iowa State University. I plan to study veterinary medicine and hopefully one day obtain my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.). After completing eight years of college to become a veterinarian, finding a job at a veterinary clinic in northeast Iowa gives me an opportunity to help the farming families I have known my entire life!” Burke expressed.

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Feb

Ladies Day Out to celebrate 10 years on Saturday

 

Cathy Folsom, Cassie Peterson, and Beth Hunsberger are excited to celebrate 10 years of the Ladies Day Out day out event this Saturday.  The annual event features area crafters and vendors as well as a silent auction. Proceeds from the annual event go to a number of valuable organizations.  (submitted photo) 

 

Ladies Day Out to celebrate 10 years on Saturday

 

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Hey ladies! It’s that time again!  Time to get ready for the annual Ladies Day Out at the Clermont Opera House.  

The annual event will be celebrating 10 years on Saturday, February 15.

“This started 10 years ago as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society,” said event organizer, Cathy Folsom.  “Cancer had hit my family hard, and I wanted to find a way to give back.” 

The annual event features multiple area vendors and crafters.  There is also a raffle for a goody basket donated by the crafters and vendor, including a silent auction.  

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Feb

Gilbertson gets extensive Native American display

This is the display of the Native American collection that was donated by the family of Jeffrey Marvin to the Gilbertson Nature Center. The display case was made by Gilbertson maintenance supervisor Isaac Sedlmayr. (Jack Swanson photos) 

 

Gilbertson gets extensive Native American display

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

A new display at the Gilbertson Nature Center near Elgin will give visitors more insight to the culture and craftsmanship of Native Americans.

About two weeks ago the Center received a donation of one man’s lifetime collection of Native American stone artifacts and handcrafted items. 

Jeffrey Marvin was a lifetime collector and enthusiast of Native American culture. Marvin, 60, from Janesville, died last year.  His parents, Mary Kay and Bob Marvin, wanted a place for their son’s collection that he had so passionately collected over the years. 

Marvin’s cousin, Steve Woods, lives right across the street from the Nature Center. Jeffrey’s ties also lead to the Nature Center through a display of an Alaskan Brown Bear that resides there. The bear was harvested in 1968 by his uncle, C. W. Swenson, from the Elgin area. Woods thought his cousin’s items should be placed in the Nature Center. Marvin’s parents thought it was a great idea and their son’s items would soon be on their way to Gilbertson.

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Reierson honored as Outstanding Teacher

On Tuesday, February 5, North Fayette Valley Middle School teacher, Carol Reierson (second from left,) was recognized for her nomination for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.  Pictured (l-r) Iowa Lt. Governor Adam Gregg, Reierson, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, and Iowa Department of Education Director, Ryan Wise. (submitted photo) 

 

Reierson honored as Outstanding Teacher

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

North Fayette Valley middle school science teacher Carol Reierson received the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching last week.

“It was an absolute honor to be recognized for what I do,” smiled Reierson.  “I couldn’t imagine doing anything else each day, and this honor is something that means so much to me.” 

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the nation’s highest honors for kindergarten through 12th grade educators of math and science.

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NFV exploring competition mat options; OK's summer transportation

 

NFV exploring competition mat options; OK's summer transportation

 

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

The North Fayette Valley school board met for its regular meeting on Monday, February 10.

During the meeting, high school principal Todd Wolverton addressed the board regarding the purchase of new wrestling mats.

“I have been taking the time to look at all of the options that are out there,” said Wolverton. 

“I can say I’m glad I didn’t jump into a purchase right away because there are new products on the market that may be a better fit for our needs,” the principal continued.  “It’s been awhile since I priced wrestling mats, and a lot of options have hit the market in that time.” 

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Finding a new way to stay on the mat

Maleek Williams, a former NCAA National runner-up wrestler for Upper Iowa University, is making the transition from a college wrestler to a wrestling referee. With 20 years of experience on the mat, the Florida native is making the most of his first year of wearing stripes and a whistle. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Finding a new way to stay on the mat

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

For Florida native Maleek Williams, it’s a job that is over 20 years in the making. The former Upper Iowa University wrestler with an impressive resume that includes being a NCAA National runner-up and four-time NCAA Tournament qualifier, is continuing to leave his mark on the sport that he has been a part of since he was 4-years-old.

“When I was in high school back in Florida, I did a little bit of refereeing for freestyle and Greco wrestling,” explained Williams, who now resides in Fayette and is working toward earning his registered nurse degree at Northeast Iowa Community College. “I wasn’t able to do it while I was wrestling at Upper Iowa, but when I got done, I knew there was a shortage of refs and I was really looking for a way to stay close to the sport, so it was a perfect fit!”

Last fall, Williams began the journey of transitioning from one of the best Division II wrestlers in the country to an official for the sport.

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