March 2020

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18
Mar

Fayette Co. Courthouse open to restricted access

Fayette Co. Courthouse open to restricted access

 

The Fayette County Courthouse will be open to restricted access ONLY effective noon today (March 18, 2020). The east door will remain unlocked, while all others will be locked and secured. Anyone entering the courthouse will be asked to fill out a questionnaire upon arrival. All offices will be open, however there will only be limited staff available. The public is asked to explore other options, such as payments online or via mail before visiting the courthouse.

Wed
18
Mar

Winneshiek Co. sheriff, auditor and treasurer to seek re-election

 

Winneshiek County sheriff, auditor, and treasurer to seek re-election

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

Three Winneshiek County elected officials have announced their intentions to seek re-election at the upcoming 2020 election.

Current Winneshiek County Sheriff Dan Marx, Auditor Ben Steines, and Treasurer Brenda Kreitzer have all filed their nomination papers, which are due at the Winneshiek County Auditor’s office by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25.

Wed
18
Mar

South Winn. Community School District releases Coronavirus statements

 

South Winn. Community School District releases Coronavirus statements

 

 

On Sunday evening, South Winneshiek superintendent Kris Einck made the decision to close the school district for at least the next four weeks in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Einck noted that additional information will be sent out district-wide in the near future as doors closed Monday morning and are expected to remain closed until at least April 13.

Governor Kim Reynolds’ release on the decision is as follows:

Upon discovery of the existence of substantial community spread of COVID-19 in the state, Gov. Reynolds is recommending that Iowa schools close for four weeks.

“Based on new information today from the Iowa Department of Public Health, now is the time to move to the next level of response,” Gov. Reynolds stated. “I am now recommending that all Iowa schools close for a period of four weeks to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”

Gov. Reynolds released the following video state

ment, it can be viewed here.

Gov. Reynolds is making this recommendation in consultation with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and based on CDC guidelines.

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18
Mar

Thomas Baker

Thomas Baker

 

Thomas Norman Baker, 85, of Gunder, Iowa died Friday, March 6, 2020 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. Thomas was born August 17, 1934 to Albert L. and Audrey (Jacobs) Baker in Des Plaines, Illinois. He graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Des Plaines and attended two years at Layola Academy.

 

Wed
18
Mar

A life well-lived for a century

LaVilla Rowland Onsager

 

A Life Well-lived for a Century

 

Vicki Rowland
Contributing Writer

She can tell you about farming with horses, and recall the record setting weather of 1936–the cold, snowy winter, walking over fences on top of the snowdrifts, followed by a long, hot, dusty summer. That was before air conditioning when life could get darned uncomfortable.  But she loved the farm where she was born —on March 18, 1920 —and still has her home there a hundred years later.

LaVilla Gordon was born to Frank and Emma Wander Gordon.  The Gordons had immigrated to land called Henderson Prairie near Postville, Iowa, having come from Scotland and through Canada.  LaVilla’s mother’s people came from Alsace-Lorraine and claimed French as their heritage.  That is also a century farm on highway 18, located west of Clermont today and remains in the Wander family.

Blessed with good health, LaVilla has remained spry and active—perhaps due to her healthy, “from scratch“ cooking.  Gardening well into her late 90’s brought vegetables to her table, and apples from the small orchard and wild plums made her delicious pies.  Every year she brought a wild plum pie to the Wander reunion on the third Sunday in July, and its absence was noted in 1999, although she made it to the reunion and family still enjoyed visiting with her.  It was the same at Christmas when she would appear with a pumpkin pie made from “scratch” by cooking a pumpkin.

She graduated from Postville High School in 1938 and has continued to attend the All Class reunions until about three years ago. During high school she especially loved basketball and is proud of the fact that she played 4 years in high school and then went on to play women’s basketball at Upper Iowa University in Fayette where she attended for two years.  She was also active in music, playing snare drum in the Concert Band and carrying the baton for Marching Band.  “We went to Minneapolis for 3 years in a row and won a contest.  They didn’t appreciate Postville High School coming back again!” she recalls.

Wed
18
Mar

Upper Iowa University going to online classes only

 

Upper Iowa University going to online classes only

 

Upper Iowa University has announced it will be going to all online classes starting Monday, March 23.

The following statement was issued by Executive Director of Communications and Marketing Karl Easttorp:

“A decision was made this morning to move all Session 4 courses originally scheduled to be taught face-to-face to the Online format, with a start date of Monday, March 23 and an end date of Thursday, May 7 (a seven-week session). All courses originally scheduled in the online format did begin today, Monday, March 16 (full eight-week session). We aim to make the transition as easy as possible, and are providing students with a number of resources that will help them quickly adapt and achieve success. Many UIU students already study online or take a combination of online and face-to-face courses using uiuLearn. 

“The university’s uiuLearn learning management system is also available via an app. UIU staff will be offering live uiuLearn demonstrations for students via Zoom videoconferencing technology Friday, March 20 - Thursday, March 26.

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18
Mar

Fayette Police Chief outlines actions in response to COVID-19

Police Chief outlines actions in response to COVID-19

 

Fayette Police Chief Benjamin Davis recently issued the following information in regards to the COVID-19 emergency.

“The Fayette Police Department would like to take a few moments to address the public regarding the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19).

“As emergency responders, we are always in contact with various members of the public. The various types of contact always increases our risk for exposure to COVID-19 and every other illness. We are constantly trained in the mitigation of blood borne pathogens, airborne illnesses, and other illness or disease. Officer could utilize various Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) over the next few weeks to help mitigate the spread and protect themselves. We do have a few tips to help the officers of Fayette, or any jurisdiction in mitigating any issues that could arise.

- For Active Crimes or Medical Emergencies, please continue to call 911.

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Mar

Ronald Kruger

Ronald Kruger

 

Ronald G. Kruger, 65, of West Union, passed away on Monday, March 2, 2020 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Center in West Union. 

Memorial service will be held at a later date.

Ronald was born on December 5, 1954 to Kermit and Sally (Alexander) Kruger. 

He worked as a truck driver for many years.  Ron also enjoyed bass fishing on the Mississippi River and stock car racing.

Survivors include his son, Jason Kruger of Tennessee; siblings, Julie Rundle and Lori Alexander, both of California; one grandson, Austin Kruger; three nephews, Shane Goodman, Jeremy Alexander and Gavan Alexander; four aunts and his longtime partner, Betty Steinlage of West Union.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial donations may be directed to the family. Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.iowacremation.com under Obituaries. 

 

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