News hit last week and spread fairly quickly that ShopKo in Fairmont was going to be closing its doors. After dropping its pharmacy and selling that portion of their store to HyVee, it came as little surprise. A few days later there was news circulating that the Fairmont location was not going to close.
Students, staff and visitors at North Union elementary/middle school in Swea City are reminded they are warriors as they wash their hands.
You never know where and when you will find inspiration or words of encouragement. The students at North Union Elementaries in Swea City and Fenton don’t have to look too far. Art teacher Holly Anderson was asked by Fenton Campus Elementary Principal Katie Black about placing encouraging words above the water fountain.
Sometimes the littlest change can make the biggest impact. And those entering the Country Inn Bar and Grill in Swea City will see a small change to the bar area.
When I received this picture from Katherine (Bednarz) Ritchie last April, I set it aside intending to use it in one of my “back to school” columns in the fall. Apparently, I set it aside too well, as I didn’t discover it again until after Christmas. Accompanying the picture was a letter from Kathy, which I will share with you.
Over the past few months, discussion has been held on the future of a new electric building. At the January 14 meeting, Mayor Tom McCleish and councilman Richard Arndorfer, along with City Director Crysti Neuman, stated that they visited with Brian Vaske about the possibility of purchasing his building which is located on Highway 169.
Many people reading this publication far and near probably remember the blizzard of ‘75. On January 10, 1975 a massive blizzard cut through the area. While weather 44 years later in 2019 seems to be opposite with no sitting snow on streets and very little in grass, it is always good to remember the past.
Students, staff and visitors at North Union elementary/middle school in Swea City are reminded they are warriors as they wash their hands.

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