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Fairfield Council to decide fate of old city office

BY RITA BREHL

Fairfield’s main street building with the iconic landscape mural painted on the south side is about to be posted for sale, but potential buyers beware that a purchase comes with stipulations.

The former City of Fairfield office, located at 401 D Street, has some issues—the least being a bad roof. But the last thing the Fairfield City Council wants to see happen is for the building to fall into further disrepair.

The City Council deliberated possible solutions at its monthly meeting on Nov. 12 in the city auditorium.

City superintendent Jim Moore opened the discussion with a report on the condition of the old city office building, explaining the condition of the roof and how that is further compromising an already deteriorated indoor environment.

 

 

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Lindvall named Outstanding 4-H Leader

During the 4-H Award Program Nov. 2, Ann Lindvall, left, was presented with the Herman and Arlene Valentine Memorial Leader Award for being an Outstanding 4-H Leader in Clay County. Presenting the plaque to her is Extension Educator Brandy VanDeWalle.

 

 

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Clay County feels strong artic blast last week

Snow blows over DLD Road east of Saronville Thursday, Nov. 8. Clay County was placed in a Winter Weather Advisory Nov. 8, which brought temperatures of 29 degrees, two inches of snow, and freezing wind gusts up to 23 mph. Friday, Nov. 8, had an average temperature of 18 degrees and wind gusts up to 44 mph, causing the snow that had fallen Thursday to blow over roads.

 

 

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Clay County schools honor and remember local veterans, their service

FAR LEFT: Members of the Fairfield Boy Scout Troop #94 post the colors at the start of the Sandy Creek Veteran’s Day program, held Friday, Nov. 9, at Sandy Creek High School. Mike Thompson, Commander of the Sutton Legion Post #61 delivers the opening message for the Sutton Veteran’s Day program. 

 

 

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Knights sprint past Sutton 50-28

Mustangs end 2018 season at 10-2

BY TORY DUNCAN

The bitter cold temperatures during Friday nights C-2 semifinal playoff bout between the Sutton Mustangs and Norfolk Catholic Knights did very little to slow down the potent 1-2 running back punch from the Knights, as Norfolk Catholic bulled their way into the Nov. 20 Class C-2 state championship game with Centennial, earning a 50-28 win over the host Mustangs.

The “feels like” temperature flirted with the lower single digits, but despite the bone chilling cold, senior all-state running back Dylan Kautz, along with running mates, senior Evan Smith punished the Mustangs for 387 combined rushing yards, which accounted for all but one rushing yard for the Knights.

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Falcons fly by Cardinals 63-50

Wilcox-Hildreth standout Jenkins rolls up 478 total yards ending Harvard’s football season at 10-1

BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

Back and forth was the name of the game during the first half of the Harvard versus Wilcox-Hildreth semifinal round of the D-6 state playoffs Friday night in Harvard. It is, however, where the Cardinals would end the 2018 football season with a 63-50 loss to the Falcons. W-H took the opening kickoff from Harvard and marched to the opening touchdown at the 9:04 mark of the first quarter, opening the game with a 6-0 lead after a failed extra-point kick.

W-H senior AJ Jenkins tore up the Harvard turf in the Falcons win, rolling up 354 rushing yards and passing for another 113 yards, as Jenkins accounted for 478 of the Falcons’ 559 total offensive yards on the night. Jenkins also grabbed one pass for 11 yards and scored nine of Wilcox-Hildreth’s 10 touchdowns in the 13-point win for the Falcons. 

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Upcoming events, information for those in agriculture

AGRICULTURAL UPDATE & THE ROAD AHEAD

Those of us in agriculture are no stranger to risks involved with agriculture that are taken every day, whether it is financial, production, legal, price/market or human resource risks. While we can’t control everything, there are measures that can be taken to protect one’s operation and reduce risk.

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The feel of what the armistice meant

By Tory Duncan

Sunday was a day in which a great deal of emotions were being shared both personally and through social media (for me directly...Twitter). It was the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended World War I. Obviously never having been through war and conflict, I found a “share” on Twitter that really hit home...it put me back in time...1918, Nov. 11, 1918 to be exact.

THE OBSERVATION

The following is a reflection from Eddie Rickenbacker, an American air ace, describing the moment of armistice from 500 feet above “noman’s land” in his plane. “I glanced at my watch. One minute to 11, thirty seconds, fifteen. And then it was 11 a.m., the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. I was the only audience for the greatest show ever presented.

 

 

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Taking a chance for a better future

By Ashley D. Swanson

The village of Byron has a population of 81, according to the 2016 census. It has one grocery store, a barber shop, a bar, bank, volunteer fire department, post office, community center, an auto repair shop, a small fabric shop and an elevator.

Why am I telling you about this small speck on a map? Simply because it’s small and yet, despite a massive drop in population between 2009 and 2010, and a continual decrease since then, the village hasn’t died yet.

 

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