May 2020

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South Winn working on plan for next fall

South Winn working on plan for next fall

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

South Winneshiek Superintendent Kris Einck told school board members he had no idea where the schools would be at in August.

He was referring to not knowing what the COVID-19 situation would be at that time and whether schools would be opened for regular classes when the 2020-21 school year starts.

Einck explained the situation at the regular Board meeting, Monday, May 11, when he was explaining the “Return to Learn Plan.” He told board members that options on how to educate in the fall of 2020 needed to be submitted to the State by July 1. If not, a mandated plan would be put in place. 

“I don’t have any idea where we will be in August. It stressful but we’ll be fine and we’ll be ready to go,” he reassured the Board.

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SW Class of 2020 speakers set to make address to class

 

SW Class of 2020 speakers set to make address to class

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

When students in the South Winneshiek Class of 2020 walk across the stage and accept their diplomas this year, things will be a bit different than they have been traditionally. Despite a different process, class Valedictorian Abraham Schmitt and Salutatorian Carson Brincks will still make their messages heard.

“I think the biggest letdown (to the end of their senior year) is not being able to spend time with our friends that we’ve made throughout all of high school. For most of us, this might’ve been the last few months we’d ever see each other on a regular basis and it was stripped from us,” explained Schmitt, who plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa next year to study education and geography. “Obviously, sports, musical activities, and classes - or at least the fun ones - were missed, but just finishing out what we’ve worked for basically our whole lives this far is very disheartening.”

Despite the challenges that the Class of 2020 has faced, Schmitt and Brincks are determined to make sure they go out on a high note.

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Hawkeye Stages to rally in D.C.

Hawkeye Stages drivers Leon Griebenow (left) of Elgin and Jake Hildebrand will take part in the Motorcoaches Rolling for Awareness Rally along with over 1,000 other motorcoaches from around the United States on Wednesday morning. The rally aims to raise awareness for the motorcoach industry, which has not been supported by the Federal Government amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Hawkeye Stages to rally in D.C.

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

Earlier this week, a pair of area Hawkeye Stages employees embarked on a journey to the nation’s capitol to show support in the Motorcoaches Rolling for Awareness Rally in Washington, D.C.

“The current health crisis began to affect everyone, including the motorcoach industry, in mid-March,” explained Leon Griebenow, who will be joined by fellow driver Jake Hildebrand on the trip. “Other groups, such as airlines, rail, and some cruise lines have been getting funding by the Federal Government. The motorcoach industry has not gotten that same support.”

On Wednesday, Leon and Jake will bring Hawkeye Stage Motorcoach 156 to the peaceful rally that will follow a specific route around D.C. and bring awareness to everyone about the importance of the industry.

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UIU grad says virtual graduation won't scar him

Upper Iowa University graduate Nick Baumler of West Union, watches the virtual graduation ceremony, Saturday, May 9. 

 

UIU grad says virtual graduation won't scar him

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Nick Baumler said he’s really not upset that he didn’t get to walk across the stage as part of the graduation experience at Upper Iowa University. He’s not even terribly upset because he didn’t get the chance to wrestle in the national tournament that he qualified for. 

“It doesn’t take away from the things you accomplished. Most students know that,” the West Union native said, keeping his mind on the positives he attained during his four years at UIU.

Baumler was one of 1,275 students who completed their associate, bachelor's or master's degree requirements at UIU. Of those, 203 including Baumler, graduated from the Fayette Campus. This year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony was conducted virtually, Saturday, May 9. The honorees names were read and submitted photos of graduates were shown on screen.

Baumler, now living in Cedar Falls, said he is definitely disappointed about having the graduation ceremony and the national tournament cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns but to him, it is what it is.

“Obviously everyone wants to walk across the stage but it’s not the end of the world. I just think it was nice that they put something together to somewhat replace it,” said the Accounting and Financial Management degree holder.

Baumler wrestled for UIU for four years so that was also a big part of his university experience. His senior year he was ranked number 2 in the nation for his division.

“The day before the tournament it was cancelled. It was disappointing, a tough way to end your senior year. That still doesn’t take away from my experience. You can only control what you can control,” said the accomplished wrestler.

Now Baumler says he’s got his sights set on the future.

“It’s time to move forward. I’ve got a lot of other things going for me and my health is still in check,” he said.

 

 

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Thoms celebrates virtual graduation at Iowa State

2016 North Fayette Valley graduate, Derek Thoms was in his final semester of college at Iowa State when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.  Since then, Derek has completed his degree and celebrated with a virtual graduation ceremony last weekend.  (submitted photo) 

 

Thoms celebrates virtual graduation at Iowa State

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

When Derek Thoms started his career as a student at Iowa State University, he had no idea how unusual his final semester as a college student would be, especially the graduation ceremony.

More than 5,000 students were estimated to be completing their Iowa State degrees this month. Although the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the students from celebrating with each other on campus, university leaders have invited them, and their families, to enjoy one of three commencement ceremonies prerecorded to honor them on Saturday, May 9.

  “A lot of things changed with Covid-19,” said Thoms, a 2016 North Fayette Valley high school graduate.  “I had to take all of my classes online and it was hard to juggle work and school.”

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Velma Moorhead

Velma Moorhead

 

Velma Moorhead, 89, passed away April 28, 2020 in Scottsdale, AZ.  She was born September 12, 1930 in Clermont, IA to Alphie and Myrtle (Lien) Thorson. Velma married Eugene Moorhead in 1952 and lived in Davenport until they moved in 1963 to Phoenix, AZ with their three children.  

Velma worked for Triangle Furniture Warehouse for 30 years rising to Office Manager before retiring.  She will be remembered as loving, kind, caring and devoted to family.  She remained close to her family and friends in Iowa and returned to visit over the years.  

Velma was predeceased by her baby Lenny Dean Moorhead, her husband Eugene, her parents, her sister Minerva Bacon, and her brother Eugene Thorson. 

She is survived by her brother Charles Thorson, her daughters Deborah Moorhead (Joe Juarez) of Scottsdale, AZ, Cynthia Moorhead of Yuma, AZ, son Steven Moorhead of Onalaska, WI;  grandchildren Eric Juarez, and Ian, Kathryn and Emma Moorhead.

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Donald Alcorn

Donald Alcorn

 

 Donald Eugene Alcorn, 84, passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2020, at his home in Clermont, Iowa from cancer.

 Don was born March 6, 1936, to Eugene and Pauline Alcorn of West Union

 A  celebration of life will be held at a later date.

 Don grew up in West Union and in 1954 he graduated from West Union High and joined the Air Force. He served for twenty years, which included overseas tours in Okinawa, Vietnam, and Thailand. He retired from the Air Force in 1974 and returned home to Northeast Iowa. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and supported many wildlife and conservation organizations. He also supported human rights, saving endangered species, conserving drinkable, fishable, swimmable waterways, and many, many other organizations too numerous to mention.

 He is survived by his wife, Patsy, two nieces and a nephew, cousins and many, many wonderful friends.

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Lois Underdahl

Lois Underdahl

 

Lois M. Underdahl, 94, of West Union, Iowa died on Friday, May 1, 2020 at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette, Iowa.  Lois was born December 11, 1925 to Rodney and Rose (Rohrig) Thomas at the family home in Aurora, Iowa. She graduated from Oelwein High School in 1943 and from Gates College in Waterloo, Iowa. At age 56, she returned to school, studying 2 semesters at NEITI in Calmar, Iowa.

Lois was united in marriage with Clifford Underdahl in 1945. Early in their marriage, the couple along with their small children resided in several locations due to Cliff’s military service. In 1956, they moved to a farm on Highway 18 between Hawkeye and West Union. They also owned and operated the Dodge Dealership in West Union. After being widowed, Lois worked for Underdahl Chevrolet in Greeley, Colorado, Witham Chevrolet, the Social Security Office in Waterloo, West Union Chamber of Commerce, and Ben Franklin.  

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David Reay

David Reay

 

David A. Reay, 67, of Randalia, Iowa, died on Sunday morning, May 10, 2020 at his home with his family at his side.

A Graveside Service for family and close friends will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Long Grove Cemetery in Maynard, Iowa with Rev. Herbert C. Mueller, III officiating.

Due to state and federal guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing will be required.  Those in attendance are suggested to wear a mask at the service.

We encourage relatives and friends not able to attend the service 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 in his name to his family.

The Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Maynard is assisting the family.

Online obituary at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com

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Robert Steinbronn

Robert Steinbronn

 

Robert G. W. Steinbronn, Sr., 93, of Fayette, died Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette.

 

Private family funeral services will be held at Grace Lutheran Church in Fayette with Herbert Mueller, III officiating. Please join the family Saturday, May 9, 2020, at 10:00 AM via Facebook Live on Becker-Milnes & Rettig Facebook Page. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery in Fayette with military rites conducted by the American Legion Post #339 of Fayette. Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation. Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com

 

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