Welcome to The Winterset Citizen, and thank you for reading! This blog started in November of 2013 as an outlet for editorials and events about Winterset, Iowa, my hometown. My main reason for writing, and the ongoing theme you’ll hopefully hear, is to lift up the best of what’s happening here in the county seat of Madison County, Iowa, which is more than many people might think. We are a small town, but we have a LOT to offer!
New posts on The Winterset Citizen are published one or two times per week. Every week on Thursday or Friday, a “Weekend in Winterset” post provides a lineup of events that are going on around town. This information comes from what people submit to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, as well as what I see and hear on Facebook, business and organization websites, mailing lists, posters, Chamber events, and more. If you have an event you would like to invite people to attend, please feel free to contact me. (In general, I do not consider sales at stores to be events unless they are open houses, etc., or for one of my sponsors. Yes, sponsors do get perks!) Most events are included at no charge. Other stories are editorial in nature and sometimes feature local news items, businesses, organizations, or events, often with a nostalgic view, since Winterset has been my home for many years. These stories are included at my discretion, but I am happy to take suggestions!
That being said, The Winterset Citizen is not intended to be a complete news source. There is a lot more going on around Winterset and Madison County than I can cover as one editorialist. Check out The Winterset Madisonian for a complete journalistic publication.
Like many of my friends and neighbors, I have deep family roots in here in Winterset, on both sides of my family. On my mom’s side, my grandma Berneice (Kelly) Mease and grandpa Grover (Willard) Mease graduated from Winterset schools in 1937 and 1939. My mom, Judy (Mease) Trask, grew up in Peru and attended Winterset schools, along with her sister and brother, Jane (Mease) Reed and Jim Mease. Jim succeeded my grandpa Willard Mease and great grandpa Neil Kelly as president of Farmers & Merchants State Bank.
My grandparents on my dad’s side, Gene and Evelyn Trask, operated Trask Jewelry on the square in Winterset starting in 1956 (first on the south side, and then in the current Heartland Fiber building). Many remember Grandpa riding his high wheel bicycle at parades and community events, and he served for 30 years on the Winterset Fire Department.
Mom and Dad, Judy and Dave Trask, both graduated from WHS in 1964 and have operated the Ben Franklin store here since 1978.
I graduated from Winterset in 1986, went to the University of Iowa (B.A. in English), Simpson College (Teaching, Reading and Language Endorsements), and Viterbo (M.A. in Education). In 1999 I returned to Winterset with my husband, Alan, who I imported from Wisconsin. We have a daughter who attends Winterset schools, where I taught for six years (2004-2010). For more about my background and professional experience, please find me on LinkedIn.
Thank you again for reading The Winterset Citizen.
Julie L. (Trask) Feirer