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Property owners use ‘Dangerous’ grant to help pay for demolition

OELWEIN — Wednesday was the final day for the house at 204 N. Frederick Ave. Property owners Alex and Christina Murray received a demolition grant from the city’s Dangerous Structures Abatement and Neighborhood Revitalization Program to help with the cost. Their grant request of $5,000 was approved at the April 7 Oelwein City Council meeting.

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Thursday 05/26/2016
Oelwein Knights will have pancake breakfast, Sunday
Posted: May 26, 2016 - 2:00 pm

OELWEIN - The Knights of Columbus will be hosting a pancake breakfast Sunday, at the Oelwein Columbus Club, 2102 S. Frederick Ave., from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

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Michels to attend Girls State
Posted: May 26, 2016 - 12:26 pm

MAYNARD - Mary Michels has been chosen by Unit # 0245 to attend the annual session of the Iowa American Legion Auxiliary Girls to be held June 12-17, on the campus of Drake University, Des Moines, IA. Mary is the daughter of Cory and Sarah Michels of Maynard, IA. Mary’s maternal grandfather, Jim Donet of Maynard, served in Vietnam 1970-1971 as a sergeant in 101st Airborne Division 75th Ranger Regiment.

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Tuesday 05/24/2016
Library starts Summer Reading program
Posted: May 24, 2016 - 5:00 pm

OELWEIN - Readers of all ages will explore all things sports and fitness this summer as the Oelwein Public Library presents “Get in the Game, Read,” during their Summer Library Program. Programs for all ages will be during the month of June.   Registration is currently underway.

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Upper grades to benefit from new learning grant
Posted: May 24, 2016 - 2:00 pm

OELWEIN — There is lots to celebrate in the Oelwein School District right now. The seniors have graduated and are headed off to schools, jobs and careers. The district is preparing for some major transitioning over the next two years that will improve career planning and community college credits for students.

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Arnold Motor Supply breaks ground
Posted: May 24, 2016 - 11:15 am

OELWEIN - Matt Construction of Sumner will be the main contractors for the new Arnold Motor Supply Building.

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Monday 05/23/2016
I.C. Church honors seniors
Posted: May 23, 2016 - 5:00 pm

Immaculate Conception Church of Fairbank honored its seniors with a special Mass for the Wapsie Valley class of 2016 on Sunday, May 22.

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71 receive diplomas in Sunday ceremony
Posted: May 23, 2016 - 9:31 am

OELWEIN — Oelwein Community High School held its graduation ceremonies Sunday afternoon, May 22 in the high school gymnasium. There were 71 seniors receiving diplomas in this year’s class.

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Administrator to give NSP update
Posted: May 23, 2016 - 9:26 am

OELWEIN — The Oelwein City Council meets in regular session today at 6. Mayor Peggy Sherrets will begin the meeting with two proclamation signings — Memorial Poppy Days and Northeast Iowa Community College Day.

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Thursday 05/19/2016
Elmer and Deb Gann welcome campers to Oelwein’s City Park
Posted: May 19, 2016 - 3:00 pm

OELWEIN - Elmer and Deb Gann enjoyed the fresh air Tuesday at Oelwein City Park Campground, all part of the perks of being the new local campground hosts. Their new responsibilities have them excited about the coming summer.

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Sex offender found
Posted: May 19, 2016 - 2:00 pm

WEST UNION - On Tuesday, May 17, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a tip from a citizen on the whereabouts of Keith M. Taylor, age 52 of West Union who had two Fayette County warrants for failure to follow the sex offender registry second offence, a class “D” felony, and another for driving while suspended, 11 counts.  

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Family homeless after house fire
Posted: May 19, 2016 - 10:43 am

MAYNARD — A rural Maynard family lost all possessions and a family pet in a house fire Tuesday night that was started from an electrical source.

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Wednesday 05/18/2016
Sheriff asks public to help find sex offender
Posted: May 18, 2016 - 8:44 am

FAYETTE  CO. - Sheriff Marty Fisher is asking for the public’s help to find a registered sex offender who is wanted for failure to comply with the sex offender registry 2nd offense “Class D felony” and two misdemeanor counts of driving while his license is suspended.

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Leo picked as ‘Best of the Class’
Posted: May 18, 2016 - 8:42 am

CEDAR FALLS -- Valedictorians or top graduating seniors were once again honored by KWWL Television and the University of Northern Iowa on Saturday, April 30. The students took part in KWWL’s 32nd annual “Best of the Class” celebration.

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Quijas found guilty of attempted murder
Posted: May 18, 2016 - 8:37 am

WEST UNION — A jury of five women and seven men found Abel Quijas Jr. guilty of attempted murder after deliberating less than three hours Tuesday. Judge Richard Stoehl read the verdict — guilty of attempt to commit murder, and then polled each juror, asking them individually if that was his or her verdict. Each replied, “Yes.”

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Tuesday 05/17/2016
Public hearing is June 13 on 14th St. water main project
Posted: May 17, 2016 - 9:42 am

OELWEIN - The City of Oelwein will file an application with the USDA Rural Development for financial assistance to develop water main improvements for the 14th Street Southeast project.

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Knights honor Oelwein grads
Posted: May 17, 2016 - 9:39 am

The 2016 Seniors from Sacred Heart Parish gathered together on Sunday morning for a breakfast sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.  Those attending were Nick Stasi, Brian Hoffman, Jack McDonough, Brennon Ryan, Troy Rau, Marissa Simpson, Hannah Meyer, Kaitlyn Stecklein, Natalie Bradley, Travis McMillian, Logan Miculinich, Tanner Reising.

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Quijas’ case goes to jury
Posted: May 17, 2016 - 9:35 am

WEST UNION — Expert testimony from state criminalists at the DCI lab confirmed Monday that blood samples found in the abandoned Chrysler 300M and on the packaging of the child’s toy that concealed a shipment of methamphetamine matched the DNA taken from Abel Quijas Jr., the Maynard man on trial for the attempted murder of former Oelwein Police Lt. Jay Tommasin.

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Monday 05/16/2016
Hospital acknowledges National Nurses Week
Posted: May 16, 2016 - 3:30 pm

According to the American Nurses Association, there are over 3.1 million registered nurses and practical nurses within the United States.  National Nurses Week, observed on May 6 through 12, serves as a time to show gratitude and appreciation to the largest occupation in healthcare.  Buchanan County Health Center is proud to employee over 90 nurses and certified nursing assistants.  

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Art show draws interest
Posted: May 16, 2016 - 9:19 am

OELWEIN - Katie Schuelke, librarian and director of the art show at the Oelwein Public Library, was in good spirits Thursday, as several folks turned out from the community to show their interest and support.

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Attempted murder trial continues in West Union
Posted: May 16, 2016 - 9:21 am

By DEB KUNKLE

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Friday 05/13/2016
Five vie for Miss Oelwein crown
Posted: May 13, 2016 - 5:00 pm

OELWEIN — Five young women have entered the 2016 Miss Oelwein contest; Dakota Frazer, Samantha Gerstenberger, Megan Rex, Olivia Williams and Allison Winters. The candidates were officially introduced at the OCAD Business After Five held Wednesday evening at Grandview HealthCare Center.

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Rural Iowa Amateur Radio Club to have fundraiser, Monday, May 16, at Pizza Ranch
Posted: May 13, 2016 - 3:30 pm

OELWEIN - The Rural Iowa Amateur Radio Club will be holding a fund raiser for the club’s communications van on Monday, May 16, at Pizza Ranch in Oelwein.  Members of Rural Iowa ARC will be waiting tables from 5-7:30 p.m.  

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NICC hosting open house for Beef Building
Posted: May 13, 2016 - 1:04 pm

CALMAR—Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) invites the community to attend an open house for a new Beef Science Technology Building at the Calmar campus.

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Thursday 05/12/2016
Sen. Rob Hogg addresses County Democrats
Posted: May 12, 2016 - 2:00 pm

OELWEIN — State Senator Rob Hogg was special guest speaker at the monthly meeting of Fayette County Democrats Tuesday evening at Luigi’s Restaurant. Hogg is the Iowa State Senator from the 19th District and resides in Cedar Rapids.

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Postal workers conducting food drive Saturday
Posted: May 12, 2016 - 12:12 pm

OELWEIN - United States Postal Service Workers, United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, Feeding America, and volunteers across the nation will be facilitating the 24th annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive, known as “Stamp Out Hunger”, Saturday, May 14.

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OCAD Executive Director says it’s about time for summer fun at Plaza Park
Posted: May 12, 2016 - 12:06 pm

OELWEIN — If you enjoyed last year’s Party in the Park Summer Series with all the music, vendors, kids activities and great social atmosphere, you are in luck, because Party in the Park is returning for another season. There will be some great additional attractions and opportunities to win prizes.

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Wednesday 05/11/2016
Decorated soldier to speak at Oelwein Memorial Day service
Posted: May 11, 2016 - 5:00 pm

OELWEIN - In keeping with our Memorial Day Homecoming speakers tradition, honoring our own, this year’s speaker will be Zach Glew, a 2002 graduate of Oelwein High, who is currently serving in the Army.

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City has new attorney
Posted: May 11, 2016 - 10:57 am

OELWEIN —Patrick B. Dillon, who operates Dillon Law PC of Sumner, has been selected as new city attorney for Oelwein. City Administrator Dylan Mulfinger made the recommendation and the city council approved a resolution Monday night to authorize Mayor Peggy Sherrets to execute a retainer agreement with Dillon for city attorney services. Dillon’s law firm associate Jill Schmitz is designated as assistant city attorney and will serve in his absence.

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Monday 05/09/2016
Garage sale benefits Coliseum
Posted: May 09, 2016 - 5:15 pm

OELWEIN - A bake and garage sale supported chiefly by donations was held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 5-7, at the Coliseum building.

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Six to attend Boy’s State
Posted: May 09, 2016 - 2:00 pm

OELWEIN - For the last several years, Oelwein has been very well represented at American Legion Boy’s State. This year is no exception as six young Oelwein High juniors will attend American Legion Boy’s State next month at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa and six counselors from the area will be present.

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Tractor ride will be held in memory of John Cannon
Posted: May 09, 2016 - 9:48 am

INDEPENDENCE - Heartland Acres Agribition Center in Independence, plans for the Annual John Cannon Memorial Tractor Ride to be held Saturday, June 11.

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Friday 05/06/2016
Kress, Sill to attend Boys State
Posted: May 06, 2016 - 5:00 pm

AURORA - Dylan Kress and Thomas Sill have been selected by the Aurora American Legion Post 435 to attend the 77th Iowa American Legion Boys State session, June 12-17, at Camp Dodge, Johnson.

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A group of blind and visually impaired kids visit Oelwein High School to get a hands on music experience
Posted: May 06, 2016 - 2:00 pm

Music is universal.

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NICC Commencement is May 12-13
Posted: May 06, 2016 - 10:35 am

CALMAR & PEOSTA—Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) will hold spring commencement for Calmar and Peosta campus graduates May 12-13.

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Thursday 05/05/2016
Williams Center Artist Series ends on a happy note says Director
Posted: May 05, 2016 - 5:00 pm

OELWEIN - The Williams Center for the Arts presented William Florian in a program entitled, “Those Were the Days.”  The concert marked the end of the 2015-2016 Artist Series season.    

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Police recover a quarter pound of meth valued at $14,000
Posted: May 05, 2016 - 1:32 pm

OELWEIN - Three people have been charged with drug trafficking after Oelwein Police found and seized a quarter pound of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $14,000.

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Wednesday 05/04/2016
Landowners can designate ‘no spray’ areas
Posted: May 04, 2016 - 5:00 pm

FAYETTE CO. - Fayette County landowners may now request that road rights of way not be sprayed adjacent to their property.

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Viaduct to close
Posted: May 04, 2016 - 11:13 am

OELWEIN — Oelwein City Hall has announced the viaduct on West Charles Street will shut down Monday morning, May 16 and is scheduled to reopen to traffic on July 16.

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Confederate flag supporters say it symbolizes freedom, southern culture
Posted: May 04, 2016 - 11:16 am

OELWEIN - The stars and bars flag represented the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War from (1861-1865), and even though the secessionist movement was ultimately unsuccessful, the rebel flag has lived on as a symbol cherished by many Americans. Over 150 years after the South surrendered, Confederate flags still can be found across Oelwein Iowa.

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Friday 04/29/2016
Lions spearhead city garden space
Posted: April 29, 2016 - 5:00 pm

 months of planning have been going on with a group of Oelwein Lions as they worked to find a location for the community garden project. Now it looks like this dream is to become a reality. The Lions have had the help from attorney Ron VanVeldhuizein along with the City Council to make this project a go.

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PASTOR TAKES NEW CALL
Posted: April 29, 2016 - 2:00 pm

OELWEIN — Pastor Tim Schoepf, longtime pastor of Oelwein’s First Baptist Church, has resigned his position after 10 years. Tim has accepted a call to a post in southern Iowa as an Intentional Interim Specialist for a two-point charge on behalf of the United Methodist Church in Richland and Hedrick-Martinsburg. His last Sunday will be May 22.

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UIU Professor talks finance trends at Oelwein Public Library
Posted: April 29, 2016 - 9:15 am

In observance of Money Smart Week the Oelwein Public Library hosted another guest speaker Wednesday evening.

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Thursday 04/28/2016
‘Bringing Duffy Home’ event Friday in Fairbank
Posted: April 28, 2016 - 5:00 pm

FAIRBANK — Lifelong Fairbank resident Mike Duffy was critically injured in a motorcycle accident in March while visiting in Georgia with other members of his bike club. Unfortunately, the extent of his injuries and medical needs caused major expenses in getting Mike back to Iowa.

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Former Hawkeye and NBA Champion speaks at Oelwein Library
Posted: April 28, 2016 - 2:00 pm

The Oelwein Public Library is celebrating Money Start Week.

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Former state champs, ‘Winningest Coach’ talk 6 on 6 basketball days
Posted: April 28, 2016 - 10:00 am

OELWEIN - A large excited crowd gathered into the Oelwein Area Historical Society’s’ meeting hall to commemorate as well as reminisce in honor of Iowa’s most successful basketball coach, “Living Legend” Gene Klinge. Former players, stretching across six decades, took turns recollecting the days when they played 6 on 6 basketball, at West Central High School, under Coach Klinge. Several of the original 6 on 6 players were also there including four hall of famers.

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Wednesday 04/27/2016
Sixth graders ask for help with ‘Water Walk’ project
Posted: April 27, 2016 - 5:00 pm

OELWEIN - Malayna Kiel, Abigail Patrick, and Molly Trumblee represented the Oelwein 6th grade class in inviting the City Council and citizens of Oelwein to join them at their “Water Walk” at Husky Stadium on Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. -12 noon.

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Board approves spending $95,270 so all Oelwein students will have computers
Posted: April 27, 2016 - 3:13 pm

OELWEIN - Monday the Board of Directors of the Oelwein Community School District met in regular session.

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Council approves zoning amendment for new East Penn plant
Posted: April 27, 2016 - 3:17 pm

OELWEIN — An industrial park zoning amendment was passed at Monday night’s council proceedings, further paving the way for construction of the East Penn battery manufacturing, warehouse, distribution facility.

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Tuesday 04/26/2016
Supervisors hear complaints on hog confinement expansion
Posted: April 26, 2016 - 3:45 pm

WEST UNION – During Monday’s Fayette County Board of Supervisors meeting Catherine Miller from Planning and Zoning addressed the board in a discussion regarding animal feeding operations.

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Family donates greenhouse for a new horticulture club
Posted: April 26, 2016 - 12:01 pm

WEST UNION - If all goes as planned, the tomatoes and possibly lettuce on the taco salads served from the Clover Cafe at the Fayette County Fair this summer will be grown by county 4-H members.

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