April 2020

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SW Superintendent reports two staffers recovering from COVID - 19

SW Superintendent reports two staffers recovering from COVID - 19

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

The South Winneshiek School Board voted to continue to pay all of it’s employees until further notice at their regular meeting, Monday, April 13.

“The money has been budgeted, We have to pay people. It’s important that we assure them they’re still our employees. We have to be unified in this together,” said Superintendent Kris Einck.

He went on to tell the Board that they have two staff members who are currently recovering from the COVID – 19. 

“That’s how close it is to us,” he pointed out.

Einck went on to say that if schools would open May 1, he’s not sure he would want those staff members coming back or if they would want to come back that early.

“One thing for sure is we will be ready to roll if this happens again. We will have no excuses,” he said.

He also talked about having graduation possibly in June in an outdoor setting.

“And we’re still trying to get prom in,” he pointed out.

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Ossian gets $5,000 for Carey Park Pavilion project

A $5,000 Winneshiek County Community Foundation grant will go towards site development  for the newly completed Ossian Educational and Performance Pavilion  at Carey’s Park. The Pavilion will host many events during the summer months, including movies, live performances and more. (Jack Swanson photo)

 

 

Ossian gets $5,000 for Carey Park Pavilion project

 

The Winneshiek County Community Foundation (WCCF) announced $133,887 in grant funding to 32 projects of organizations serving Winneshiek County as part of its 2020 grant cycle. One of those projects includes the Pavilion Site Development at Ossian’s Carey’s Park. They will be getting $5,000.

The grant decisions were determined prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on communities and nonprofits. Nonprofits receiving grants may choose to shift funding to general operating support in response to this public health and economic crisis. The Community Foundation will discuss decisions with nonprofits on a one-on-one basis.

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Blooms on Main still blossoming during social distancing

Pam Buddenberg, owner of Blooms on Main in Ossian has been preparing “grab and go” bouquets as part of her adjustment to the COVID 19 pandemic.  Local businesses are working hard to keep their base customers while trying to maintain social distancing guidelines.  (submitted photo)

 

Blooms on Main still blossoming during social distancing

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

“Everyone has been very supportive so far and I’m keeping flowers coming on a regular basis,” smiled Pam Buddenberg owner of Blooms on Main in Ossian.  “Every little bit helps, we are all in this together!” 

With the COVID19 pandemic shutting down many businesses across the nation, many local shops are trying to figure out how to continue providing services for loyal customers while still maintaining the necessary social distancing guidelines. 

“It is hard adjusting to how things have changed so much in just a few weeks,” said Buddenberg.  

“Right now I am open to all flower orders,” continued the local business owner.  “I can deliver and I can also have customers pick-up at the door.” 

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Skip-A-Way still open for permanent campers

 

Skip-A-Way still open for permanent campers

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Although campgrounds, cabins and yurts, as well as all outdoor playgrounds have been shut down due to COVID – 19, Skip-A-Way Resort and Campground in Clermont has announced that permanent campers  there can still utilize the campground.

“Permanent campers with leases are considered tenants and have the right to utilize their rented space,” said owners Doug and Courtney Bryan.

They did point out that the campground and its facilities are closed to the general public for camping until May 1. Gov. Reynolds’ proclamation closing all campgrounds runs through April 30.

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Chief Ellis says Postville is 'fine'

Postville Police Chief Matt Ellis makes sure he has the proper PPE (Personal Protection Equipment), in this case a face mask, while he patrols the City. The Elgin resident says he doesn’t feel Postville is any different than any other northeast Iowa town when it comes to dealing with COVID – 19. (Photo submitted)

 

Chief Ellis says Postville is 'fine'

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

“Postville is fine. Everyone is doing their best to isolate themselves and are staying away from social gatherings.”

That was the comment of Postville Police Chief Matt Ellis, a resident of Elgin, in response to some recent controversy where it was being reported that busloads of people were arriving in Postville from outside of the area.

“Everything that exploded last week about Postville were all rumors. There were no buses,” Chief Ellis reported.

At this time Allamakee County, which includes Postville, has 23 confirmed COVID – 19 cases, one of the highest number of cases in the northeast Iowa area. One COVID – 19 related death has been recorded in Allamakee County.

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School board discusses pay during shutdown

School board discusses pay during shutdown

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

It was a different set up as the North Fayette Valley school board met for its regular meeting on Monday, April 13.  

Social distancing guidelines set the stage during the Monday evening meeting, as the tables in the NFV high school library were spread out and each person in attendance - a total of 9 present during the meeting - was placed at a distance of six feet from the other.  Others attended the meeting via videoconference.

During the meeting, the board discussed extending a pay resolution that was set during the March 18 special session.  The resolution allowed for the district to continue paying hourly employees their regular salaries during the COVID-19 related school shutdowns.

“With unemployment and furlough’s set up as it is, this is really the most realistic coarse for us to take as a public school district,” said NFV superintendent Duane Willhite.  “With the money already budgeted and the wording of the COVID-19 declarations, these days can be considered ‘forgiven’ time.” 

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Adequate PPE at hospital, clinics

Adequate PPE at hospital, clincis

By Jack Swanson

jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

The medical director at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics in West Union recently reassured the community that, despite Governor Kim Reynolds’s plea for more PPE (personal protective equipment) in the fight against COVID – 19, the hospital and clinics currently have a good supply.

"At this time, Gundersen Palmer has the proper and adequate PPE (personal protective equipment) for the needs of our communities. However, we will always accept more,” said Dr. Mordechai Lederman DO.

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Dale Buenzow

Dale Buenzow

 

Dale William Buenzow, 86, of Marion, Iowa, passed away on Monday, April 6, 2020. No public services are planned at this time. A private graveside service will be held at Oak Shade Cemetery in Marion, Iowa.

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Patricia Grimm

Patricia Grimm

 

Patricia A. Grimm, 68, of Maynard, Iowa, died peacefully at home on Monday morning, April 6, 2020 after a long, hard battle with stage four breast cancer.

Due to state and federal guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family will have a private family visitation at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Maynard and a private family graveside service at Long Grove Cemetery in Maynard, Iowa.  Public memorial services will be announced at a later time.  We encourage relatives and friends to reach out to the family by leaving a message on the funeral home web site, by mail, text or phone.  

Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research.

Online obituary at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com

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The power of flowers: local florist delivers faith, hope & love

While doing her best to keep her business going throughout the pandemic. Gail Hackman, owner of Old Mill Floral in West Union, keeps designing and delivering inspirational bouquets throughout the community. Florists were one of the businesses deemed nonessential at the end of March. (Submitted photo)

 

The power of flowers: local florist delivers faith, hope & love

 

By LeAnn Larson
lanews@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

Old Mill Floral’s longtime florist Gail Hackman is holding on and trying to come up with creative ideas to brighten area residents’ days.

Gail began working as a florist over 35 years ago and doesn’t remember ever being closed for more than a day or two. If she was, the reason being was a good old -fashioned Iowa snowstorm. 

As the Coronavirus has swept across the United States, each governor has chosen how and when to mandate the closures of businesses. 

On Thursday, March 26 Governor Kim Reynolds added florists to the list of nonessential business that would close at the end of that day.

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