August 2020

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Making school safe is superintendent's top priority as classes set to start

Making school safe is superintendent's top priority as classes set to start

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

As South Winneshiek Schools enter the 2020-21 school year, Superintendent Kris Einck is encouraging the public to become involved in helping the school reopen on Aug. 24 and operate as normal as possible.

“As a community, we must understand that the decisions we make–and the actions we take can either greatly increase or drastically reduce the likelihood of any sustained on-site learning for our students in August, September, and October. We know our staff, parents, employers, and students want our schools to reopen. We need everyone in our community to take purposeful steps to make this happen.  We must be cautious and ease into the new school year.  My thought is to ‘dip our toe’ into the water before jumping in.  This will hopefully avoid us going backwards.  Our top priority is providing a safe learning environment for our students,” Einck pointed out.

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Aug

Final summer concert at Pavilion

Steve Schroeder

 

 

Final summer concert at Pavilion

 

The fourth and final live summer performance at the Ossian Educational and Performance Pavilion, featuring Steve Schroeder, is Sunday, Aug. 23 at 7:30 p.m. 

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Aug

Linda Martin

LInda Martin

 

Linda Kay (Biermann) Martin passed away on August 12, 2020, surrounded by her loving family. Born to Harlan and Shirley Biermann on November 21, 1948, in West Union, Iowa.

She graduated from North High School in West Union Iowa in 1966.On April 3, 1970 she was united in marriage to David Martin. They were married for 46 years until Dave’s passing in 2016. Together they had two children Shari and Bill.

Linda took great pride in her grandchildren and great grandchildren supporting them by attending a variety of events.

She is survived by her children: Shari (Butch Ross) Rodriguez and Bill (Faye Witcraft) Martin; seven grandchildren; three great grandchildren; brother; Dan (Jewel) Biermann; sister: Susan (Jim) Valliere; uncle: Don (Mary) Chicken; Aunts: Joanne Waskow and Ida Chicken; several nieces and nephews and a close friend Melissa Thompson.

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Aug

South Winneshiek Schools will have one new teacher this year

Kirsten Snell

 

South Winneshiek Schools will have one new teacher this year

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

South Winneshiek Community School District will have one new teacher this year. Her name is Kirsten DeJarlais Snell and she will be the Spanish teacher at the High School.

She was born and raised in La Crosse, Wis., and found her way to Iowa in 2007 as a Luther College student in Decorah studying biology and Spanish. 

“My original intent was to become a medical doctor but after several impactful experiences studying and teaching abroad, in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Chile and the Dominican Republic, I finally embraced my true love of language and culture and enrolled in the Regents Alternative Pathway to Iowa Licensure (RAPIL) program through the University of Iowa in the fall of 2019. I bring with me to the classroom a wealth of experience from my travels but also a deep-seated humility—I am the first to know what kind of embarrassment or hilarity can ensue from a mispronounced word or wayward verb in a foreign country,” she related.

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Aug

XC starts NFV fall season

XC starts NFV fall season

 

By Jerry Wadian
Contributing Writer

 

NFV will begin the 2020 fall sports season when the cross country team cross country competes at the Ed-Co Invite in Edgewood. The first meet of the season will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25 at the Woods Edge golf Course.

XC will also be in action Thursday, Aug. 27 in Charles City.

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Aug

NFV football scrimmage Friday

NFV football scrimmage Friday

 

By Jerry Wadian
Contributing Writer

 

The  annual NFV football team will be on display this  Friday night at the annual Sports Drink Scrimmage.

Fans wanting to get a glimpse of the 2020 TigerHawks need to bring any size bottle of any sports drink to the stadium. 

The drinks are essential for hydration, especially early in the season

The team can go through hundreds of gallons of such drinks, especially with the hot, humid weather this summer.

The scrimmage will begin at 6 p.m. with the freshman taking on the sophomores. The varsity will scrimmage at 7 p.m.

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Aug

Area residents start drive to help Derecho victims

Unionland employee Chelsey Matthias was amazed at the response of area residents after being asked for donations to help the Cedar Rapids storm victims. She is shown here with charcoal, paper towels and cleaner on it’s way to help those in need.

 

Area residents start drive to help Derecho victims

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Fayette County residents are in the process of collecting items to deliver to Linn County to be distributed to those in need after the Derecho storms left widespread damage and devastation throughout the state. 

“We are coordinating with some local elected officials in Linn County to get supplies to those in need in the area. The plan is to collect items or money to purchase items and deliver them Thursday morning,” said local organizer Amy Adams of St. Lucas.

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Aug

NFV welcomes 6 teachers

North Fayette Valley’s new teachers are all about #MaskUpNFV.  These new teachers will greet the students at North Fayette Valley Schools this fall. They are (front, l-r) Ashley Becker, Kennedy Balk (back) John Bendt, Robin Madole, Jasmine Stocker, and Shaylie Stortz. (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

NFV welcomes 6 teachers

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Six new teachers will greet North Fayette Valley students when they begin the new school year, Wednesday, Aug. 26.

The following is an introduction to these new teachers:

John Bendt

John Bendt will be the new high school chorus instructor

Bendt is a Hudson Wisconsin native. He recently graduated from Luther College in Decorah. 

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Aug

Fair totals in the black

Fair totals in the black

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Fayette County Fair Board Treasurer Justin Steinlage had most of the figures from this year’s fair totaled up last week. Steinlage’s figures showed the Fair made the plus side of the equation each night and showed a total profit for the grandstand events of $46,599.70.

On Tuesday night, July 21, the Fayette County Farm Bureau Free Will Donation Feed brought in a total of $5,233.04. Expenses were $1,835.37.  So there was a profit of $3,397.67.

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