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Oelwein Diabetic Support Group to meet

OELWEIN - The May meeting of the Oelwein Diabetic Support Group will be held Thursday,  May 14, at 10 a.m., in the first floor meeting room of Mercy Hospital.  The Diabetes Support Group is free and open to those with an interest in diabetes.  

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Friday 05/01/2015
Starmont Elementary earns highest award for Positive Behavior
Posted: May 01, 2015 - 5:00 pm

ARLINGTON - Starmont Elementary School has received the Paramount Award from Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS). This award is the highest honor given by PBIS with only four schools in Iowa receiving this accolade.

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City breaks ground for new band shell
Posted: May 01, 2015 - 2:00 pm

OELWEIN — Morning sunshine warmed the developing grass carpet as city and Oelwein Chamber and Area Development (OCAD) officials manned golden shovels at the new Plaza Park in downtown Oelwein. The group prepared to break ground for a band shell to be constructed this year, making the park a centerpiece for summer entertainment.

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Arlington woman takes the REINS with new therapeutic horseback program
Posted: May 01, 2015 - 12:05 pm

ARLINGTON - She may not be the “Horse Whisperer” but the idea of using horses to help people deal with their disabilities is something that Jana Hamlett is all about.

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Thursday 04/30/2015
Oelwein to mark its 50th collection day
Posted: April 30, 2015 - 5:00 pm

OELWEIN — The city of Oelwein marks a number of anniversaries during the year — the 12th Olde Tyme Christmas, 3rd annual Daddy-Daughter Dance, 47th anniversary of the tornado. All are significant for various reasons.

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22nd annual Safety Fair today at Wings Park School
Posted: April 30, 2015 - 9:49 am

OELWEIN — The 2015 Oelwein Elementary Safety Fair is today from 5 to 7 p.m. at Wings Park School. This is a free family event that also features a dinner available for $1 per meal.

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Daniel Dierks is Oelwein’s new superintendent
Updated: April 30, 2015 - 9:53 am

OELWEIN - The Oelwein School Board has announced that Daniel Diercks is the new superintendent of the Oelwein School District, effective July 1.

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Wednesday 04/29/2015
Mayor urges residents to take part in Walk 4 Water event this Saturday
Posted: April 29, 2015 - 5:00 pm

OELWEIN — Oelwein Mayor Peggy Sherrets and the city council welcomed Oelwein Middle School sixth graders Madison Boone-Wallis, Talexis Cichy, Gabby Kirkbride and Alexis Stacey to city proceedings Monday night. The four girls, accompanied by teachers Karla Duff and Lori Leo, gave a presentation on their sixth grade project “Walk 4 Water” to raise awareness about water for South Sudan.

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Jr. High band goes to Drake Festival
Posted: April 29, 2015 - 2:00 pm

OELWEIN - On Saturday, April 25 the 7/8th Grade Concert Band from Oelwein Middle School participated in the Drake Festival of Bands in Altoona.  Schools from all over Iowa traveled to Adventureland for the contest.  Students were able to enjoy the park before their performance.  For the contest, the band played 2 selections directed by Melissa Franzen and Cory McBride.  The band was evaluated on their performance by a panel of highly qualified judges, and earned an ‘Excellent’ rating.  

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Ehn is officially Oelwein’s new high school principal
Posted: April 29, 2015 - 9:07 am

OELWEIN - It’s official. Joshua Ehn is Oelwein High School’s new principal.

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Tuesday 04/28/2015
Jury selection begins in Manus trial
Posted: April 28, 2015 - 2:00 pm

OELWEIN - Jury selection began Monday in New Hampton in the sexual abuse trial of former Oelwein Mayor Jason Manus.  He is being charged with one count of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree and one Count of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree after being arrested during the summer of 2014.  The alleged victims are two juvenile females.

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‘Fiesta’ will kick off Oelwein’s new marketing campaign ‘We’re Awesome’
Posted: April 28, 2015 - 9:26 am

By JACK SWANSON

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West Union man killed in roof collapse
Updated: April 29, 2015 - 9:06 am

FAYETTE CO. - A West Union man was killed when the roof of a trailer home collapsed on him, Friday, April 23.

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Monday 04/27/2015
City Workplace doing their part when it comes to energy-efficiency says general manager
Posted: April 27, 2015 - 2:00 pm

OELWEIN, Iowa --- Corporate sustainability and social responsibility are important factors for City Workplace Uniforms and Mats according to Vice President and General Manager Colin Wetlaufer. As a uniform and mat rental business, many of City’s processes and operations impact the environment.

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Oelwein Board expected to name Superintendent Wednesday
Posted: April 27, 2015 - 9:14 am

OELWEIN - It has been announced that the Oelwein School Board is planning to name the new school superintendent on Wednesday, April 29.

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Wapsie FFA brings home State convention honors
Posted: April 27, 2015 - 9:08 am

FAIRBANK — “Going All Out,” that was the theme and challenge this year at the 87th Annual Iowa FFA State Convention. Going All Out was done in its entirety and more than 5,000 members from across the state receive awards, participate in career development events, and support others in their endeavors.

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Saturday 04/25/2015
Sumner, Lamont get CDBG grants
Posted: April 25, 2015 - 9:26 am

SUMNER – Awards totaling $21.8 million were announced today for 57 communities across the state. The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) awarded the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to support 58 community investment projects. The federally funded grants were awarded for community facilities, infrastructure improvements, downtown revitalization and single family owner-occupied housing rehabilitation.

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Friday 04/24/2015
Committee realizes potential as Arlington Community Center takes shape
Posted: April 24, 2015 - 2:00 pm

ARLINGTON - The Arlington Community Center will be a multipurpose building that should attract many different groups.  Recently members of the Capital Campaign Committee toured the structure to see its progress.

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Industrial hemp educational tour stops in Oelwein Saturday
Updated: April 24, 2015 - 9:30 am

OELWEIN — Iowa, Fields of Opportunity Industrial Hemp Educational Tour continues at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Oelwein Chamber of Commerce, 25 W. Charles St. Oelwein.

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Noted Iowa editor will reveal ‘hidden treasures’ right here at home during Library visit
Posted: April 24, 2015 - 9:18 am

OELWEIN - Dan Kaercher, retired founding editor-in-chief of Midwest Living Magazine and and host of “Iowa’s Simple Pleasures” and other travel-related programs aired on Iowa Public Television will be presenting his program “Iowa’s Hidden Treasures” at the Oelwein Public Library, Thursday April 30, at 6 p.m.

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Thursday 04/23/2015
Groundbreaking set April 30 for Plaza Park band shell
Posted: April 23, 2015 - 5:00 pm

OELWEIN — Plaza Park is emerging as a space of beauty in downtown Oelwein. The location previously held the stately Connor’s building, later known as West Charles Mall, which was destroyed by fire five years ago. Plaza Park is definitely proof that something good can come from tragedy.

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Road closings announced near Westgate
Posted: April 23, 2015 - 2:00 pm

WESTGATE - Fayette County Secondary Roads Superintendent  Jeff Koehn announced that S Avenue about three miles north of Westgate will be closed to through traffic from 120th Street to 110th Street.

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Sumner teen seriously injured in rollover
Posted: April 23, 2015 - 8:56 am

SUMNER - A Sumner teen was seriously injured in a one vehicle crash, Thursday, April 16, about 9:15 p.m., near the intersection of Highway 93 and X Avenue, just outside Sumner.   

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Wednesday 04/22/2015
Arts Night will showcase students’ talents
Posted: April 22, 2015 - 5:00 pm

OELWEIN - “Please feel welcome to stop by the High School Gymnasium and see what our students have been creating,”

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Buchanan Co. Supervisors open bids for lawn care and discuss fence replacement
Posted: April 22, 2015 - 2:00 pm

BUCHANAN COUNTY – Buchanan County Supervisors Gary Gissel, Ellen Gaffney and Don Shonka met in regular session, Monday, where lawn care bids were opened and needed fence work on County owned property were discussed.

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Parking meter banks paying off in returns to community
Posted: April 22, 2015 - 11:10 am

OELWEIN — When Dean’s Destination Powersports opened at its new location at the junction of Highways 150 and 281 last fall, owner Dean Schlitter wanted to do something to give back to the community that had supported his business improvement project.

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Tuesday 04/21/2015
Board approves project to drain water away from Little Husky
Posted: April 21, 2015 - 5:00 pm

OELWEIN – The Oelwein School Board approved a $85,000 landscaping project for the Little Husky Learning Center that will keep rain water from running into the front of the school during heavy rainstorms.

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Sports legacy to come to light during Historical Society meeting, April 28
Posted: April 21, 2015 - 1:03 pm

OELWEIN – The speaker at this month’s Oelwein Area Historical Society meeting will be Dorothy (Fettkether) Wenger.

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Two hurt in crash
Posted: April 21, 2015 - 1:06 pm

Two people were injured, and two cars totaled, in this crash, on Saturday April 18, about 2:21 p.m. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office reported that the two-vehicle accident happened on G Avenue,  north of 10th Street, outside of Aurora.Read more in the Oelwein Daily Register.

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Monday 04/20/2015
Arlington School artifiacts will go into new Community Center
Posted: April 20, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Members of the Arlington City Council met on April 15, to look over the 1921 nameplate and decorative artifacts from the Arlington Public School. These artifacts were salvaged when the school was demolished to make way for the Arlington Community Center. Council members are planning to incorporate the items into the interior of the new Arlington Community Building, which is under construction.

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Fayette County Greenhouse Tour is May 1 and 2
Posted: April 20, 2015 - 2:00 pm

WEST UNION — The new Fayette County Marketing Group is organizing a self-guided greenhouse tour and promotion to encourage residents and visitors alike, to tour five of the county’s greenhouses.Visitors will find friendly clerks and plenty of must-haves for spring gardens.Travel the scenic route from Oelwein to Hawkeye, stopping at the following participating greenhouses:Oelwein FFA Greenhouse, 315 Eighth Ave. S.E. in Oelwein (just north of Oelwein High School). Hours are Friday, May 1, 3 to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 2, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Seeking new Miss Oelwein
Posted: April 20, 2015 - 10:53 am

OELWEIN — The Oelwein Chamber & Area Development is sponsoring the Miss Oelwein Contest 2015. Girls must be 16 years of age or older by June 6, 2015 and live in the Oelwein Community School District. 

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Saturday 04/18/2015
Clinton’s Iowa visit ‘guarded’
Posted: April 18, 2015 - 11:46 am

MONTICELLO - Newly announced Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton kicked off her 2015 Iowa campaign with a closed-door event on Tuesday with about 12 students and educators at the Monticello branch of Kirkwood Community College. The round-table discussion on education and middle-America was closely guarded and open only to an extremely limited number of media representatives.

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Friday 04/17/2015
OMS students present #WaterMatters program to Rotarians
Posted: April 17, 2015 - 5:00 pm

OELWEIN — How far would you walk for water? That is the question Oelwein sixth graders posed to local Rotarians Monday.

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Rotary names Donna Hornberg ‘Teacher of the Year’
Posted: April 17, 2015 - 2:00 pm

OELWEIN - At Oelwein Chamber and Area Development’s (OCAD’s)Business After Five on Tuesday night, The Oelwein Rotary Club presented outstanding teacher awards to Colin Morgan, Matthew Kuempel, Donna Hornberg and Steve Bunn.  Hornberg was named “Teacher of the Year.”

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UI undergrad C. J. Winters named top student employee in Iowa
Posted: April 17, 2015 - 11:12 am

IOWA CITY - Christopher (C.J.) Winters, an Oelwein High School grad,  says it was easy to decide where he was going to work at the University of Iowa as a student employee nearly two years ago. But he had no idea the choice to become a lab assistant in the UI Carver College of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine would impact his life in so many positive ways.  

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Thursday 04/16/2015
Area United Way’s 2015 goal is $82,500
Posted: April 16, 2015 - 2:00 pm

OELWEIN - Thirteen agencies will be funded through the Oelwein Area United Way 2015 Campaign.  Members of the Board of Directors and Drive Co-Chairpersons met recently at Fidelity Bank to set the 2015 budget at $82,500.

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BCHC names new Wellness coordinator
Posted: April 16, 2015 - 11:37 am

INDEPENDENCE - Buchanan County Health Center has announced the promotion of Kristi Moeller to the position of Wellness Coordinator at the Therapy & Wellness Center.

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Chief says Country Cottage fire was accidental
Posted: April 16, 2015 - 11:31 am

By JACK SWANSON

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Wednesday 04/15/2015
Bridge now open north of Aurora
Posted: April 15, 2015 - 5:00 pm

AURORA - The bridge work on County Road W-45 north of Aurora has been completed and the road now open.

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With Oelwein politics in his blood, Gray decides to run for the Iowa House
Posted: April 15, 2015 - 2:00 pm

MARION - Twenty-year-old Sam Gray of Marion is a typical college agronomy major who has his own seed business. . . and is a Democratic candidates for District 68 of the Iowa House of Representatives.

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Supervisors approve law enforcement service contracts
Posted: April 15, 2015 - 10:09 am

INDEPENDENCE – Buchanan County Supervisors met in regular session, Monday, approving Law Enforcement Service Agreements with the towns of Aurora, Brandon, Hazleton, Lamont, Quasqueton, Rowley, Stanley and Winthrop, in the amount of $40 per capita. This was an agreed upon per capita increase of two dollars.

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Tuesday 04/14/2015
Fire call at Country Cottage Cafe
Posted: April 14, 2015 - 5:39 pm

Fire department called to Country Cottage Cafe, Tuesday, about 3:15 p.m. Basement was filled with smoke. More details will be forthcoming in the Daily Register.

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Monday 04/13/2015
Buchanan Co. Naturalist is an “Everyday Hero”
Posted: April 13, 2015 - 5:00 pm

HAZLETON - In recognition of her dedication to area youth through her work with the Wapsie Valley Archery Team, Angie Auel was a recent recipient of an Everyday Heroes of the Tri-States Award.  

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Aurora Legion Post picks three to go to Boys State
Posted: April 13, 2015 - 2:00 pm

AURORA - Justin Kress and Ryan Kremer from East Buchanan High, and Brandon McCann from Wapsie Valley High School have been selected by the American Legion Post 435 at Aurora to attend the 76th Iowa Boys State sessionthis June 14-19, at Camp Dodge near Johnson.

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Library hosting art show for the first time
Posted: April 13, 2015 - 11:31 am

OELWEIN - The Oelwein Public Library will be hosting an art show May 4 – 8 for elementary students through adults.

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Saturday 04/11/2015
Dollars for Scholars Telethon is Sunday
Posted: April 11, 2015 - 10:49 am

The Oelwein Dollars for Scholars will sponsor its annual “Dollars for Scholars Telethon” on Sunday, April 12, from 4 to 8 p.m.

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Friday 04/10/2015
Jesup couple get PF habitat award
Posted: April 10, 2015 - 5:00 pm

JESUP Each year, the Buchanan County Chapter of Pheasants Forever presents a Landowner Habitat Award to a worthy Buchanan County resident who has demonstrated great commitment to improving wildlife habitat on their property.  During its April 4 membership banquet, the 2015 award was presented to Norm and Susan West of rural Jesup.

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UUpper Iowa University volunteers hit streets April 22 for 9th annual Fayette Appreciation Day
Posted: April 10, 2015 - 2:00 pm

FAYETTE – Students, faculty and staff from Upper Iowa University will be volunteering in area communities Wednesday, April 22, as part of the University’s ninth-annual Fayette Appreciation Day. Projects this year are scheduled in Fayette, Oelwein and West Union.

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Authors of popular young readers series visit Oelwein
Posted: April 10, 2015 - 10:42 am

OELWEIN - Authors, Jon and Pamula Voelkel shared stories and fun with local students in grades 4-8 at the Williams Center on March 31. Students from Oelwein Middle School, Wings Park, Sacred Heart and Starmont School attended.

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Thursday 04/09/2015
Buchanan County Health Center celebrates National Volunteer Month
Posted: April 09, 2015 - 5:00 pm

INDEPENDENCE - April is National Volunteer Month.

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