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18
Sep

Waukon City Council approves sending letter in opposition to proposed Alliant Energy rate increase, discusses parking issues, snow removal and redesign of current police station

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, September 16 to address a full agenda of items including the expenditure authority of the city manager, discussion of City Hall computers and the Waukon Police Department building redesign.

The Public Hearing on the proposed contract documents and estimated costs for Plaza Improvements was opened and closed. City Clerk Lana Snitker indicated that no written or verbal comments have been received.

During Public Comment, Donna Harrington of 705 West Main Street discussed concerns relating to customers parking on the sidewalk at a business near her residence. Mayor Pat Stone advised that discussion of this matter continue later in the meeting with this being an agenda item.

Wed
18
Sep

Open house October 1 to honor the retirement of Waukon Police Chief

A retirement open house is being scheduled for Tuesday, October 1 from 1-5 p.m. in the lower level Community Room at Robey Memorial Library in Waukon to celebrate the retirement of Waukon Police Chief Phil Young. The general public is invited to attend and enjoy light refreshments in celebration of Chief Young’s 32-1/2 years of service to the citizens of the local community as a member of the Waukon Police Department. That October 1 date will actually be Chief Young’s last day of work.
 

Wed
18
Sep

Midwest Veterans of America hosts appreciation event for local fire and law enforcement agencies in conjunction with anniversary date of 9-11


Waukon Police Department ... Left to right: Waukon Police Chief Phil Young, Assistant Chief Paul Wagner and Officer Fallon Cassidy.

Waukon Fire Department ... Left to right: Paul Mathis, Kyle Halverson, Robert Campbell, Jim Ryan.

Lansing/New Albin and Postville Police ... Left photo: Lansing/New Albin Police Chief Conrad Rosendahl. Right photo: Postville Police Officer Will Schlueter.

Allamakee County Sheriff’s Department.. Allamakee County Sheriff Clark Mellick.

Waterville Fire Department ... Left to right: Corey Troendle, Doug Kubitz, Dennis Nebendahl.

Lansing Fire Department ... Left to right: Lansing Fire Chief Tony Becker and Training Officer Nick Hammell.

The Midwest Veterans of America hosted an appreciation event Wednesday, September 11 for area fire departments and law enforcement agencies at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. The event was held in conjunction with the 18th anniversary of 9-11, honoring the efforts put forth by those who serve and protect the communities of Allamakee County.

The event featured a catered meal served free of charge to those in attendance. Allamakee County firefighters and law enforcement personnel in attendance (pictured in the surrounding photos) representing their respective departments were recognized, applauded and given a plaque of appreciation to display and share within their departments. An auction was held, and music, dancing and socializing were also part of the evening.
 

Wed
11
Sep

Waukon City Council discusses damage to 16th Avenue SW, working with local high school industrial technology classes to create new downtown garbage containers, among other items

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Tuesday, September 3 following the closure of Waukon City Hall Monday, September 2 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. The council addressed a full agenda of items including downtown trash cans, paint repair of the north water tower and street damage at 16th Avenue NW.

The Public Hearing on the proposed modifications of permitted uses on conditionally rezoned real estate for property located at 808 Fifth Avenue SW was opened and closed. City Clerk Lana Snitker indicated that no written or verbal comments have been received.

During Public Comment, resident and housing contractor Justin Piggott requested that the City look into the parking situation by a property at 208 Sixth Street NW. Under Departmental Reports, Assistant Police Chief Paul Wagner provided an update on testing completed by officer candidates with four individuals recently passing.

Wed
11
Sep

ISBA People’s Law School to be livestreamed at Robey Memorial Library; September 17 event will focus on Iowa child custody laws

The State Library is partnering with the Iowa State Bar Association (ISBA) to bring free high-quality adult programming to public libraries of all sizes across the state. The ISBA People’s Law School provides educational events where members of the public can find answers to life’s legal questions. Speakers present information on a variety of legal topics and answer general questions.

Tuesday, September 17 the ISBA People’s Law School event focusing on Iowa’s child custody laws will livestream at Robey Memorial Library in Waukon. Topics to be discussed in this session include:

• An overview of the two types of child custody in Iowa
• Information on how child custody is decided in a divorce
• Examples of how child custody agreements may be modified
• Resources available to parents who are divorcing or seeking to change an existing custody agreement.

Wed
11
Sep

First Street SE front entrance to Good Samaritan Society to be closed for remodeling

Good Samaritan Society Waukon would like to alert all family members and visitors that starting in the middle of September construction work will begin that will impact the facility’s front entrance located on First Street SE. That front entrance will not be available for use for approximately eight weeks, but the other door located just down from the front entrance on First Street SE will still be able to be used until 7 p.m. each day by utilizing the appropriate code.

Any other door into the facility will be locked at 5 p.m., so it is encouraged that anyone coming to visit after 7 p.m. should call 563-568-3447 so a staff member can open the door. That number can also be called to have any further questions answered.
 

Wed
04
Sep

Sign up for 4-H Clover Kids by this Friday, September 6 ...

Youth entering grades Kindergarten through third grade are welcome to join 4-H Clover Kids. Clover Kids can participate in a club setting, such as Saturday Clover Kids, or in the Afterschool Clover Kids program in Waukon and Postville. The 4-H Clover Kids program offers the opportunity for some hands-on fun and learning (such as pictured above), as well as the opportunity to participate in the Allamakee County Fair next summer. Space is limited for each program, so those interested are encouraged to contact Becky Rea at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach - Allamakee County Office at 563-568-6345. Program brochures were sent home the first week of school with more information and registration forms. Registration is due by this Friday, September 6. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
04
Sep

Prize of $10,000 still unclaimed from Mega Millions ticket bought at Kwik Star in Waukon for August 27 drawing

Iowa Lottery officials have confirmed that as of Tuesday morning, September 3 no one has come forward yet to claim the prize of $10,000 from a winning Mega Millions lottery ticket purchased at the Kwik Star location at 101 Rossville Road in Waukon for the Tuesday, August 27 drawing. The ticket matched four of the first five numbers and the Mega Ball in that Tuesday night drawing to win a $10,000 prize. Tuesday’s winning numbers were 8-12-23-39-43 and Mega Ball was 6. The Megaplier number was 2.

Wed
04
Sep

Memorial bench donated in honor of Dr. James Rixen ...

The Gundersen Vision and Medical Clinics recently donated money to purchase a memorial bench (pictured above) which has been placed outside of Dr. Jim Rixen’s former office at the Gundersen Eye Clinic in Waukon in honor and in memory of Dr. Rixen, who passed away December 3, 2018 after a long, dedicated career of caring for his patients’ eyesight. Friday, August 23, members of the Rixen family were able to come to the clinic for a dedication ceremony for the bench. Pictured below are members of Dr. Rixen’s family at that bench dedication. Left to right - Seated in front: Debbie Rixen, Isla Rixen and Molly Haberichter; Standing in back: Jarod and Kayden Haberichter, Cael and Kiera Rixen, Korine Haberichter and Jonathan Rixen. Not pictured are Jordan and Erin Rixen and their children, Flynn, Fletcher and Elin Rixen. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
04
Sep

Inspirational speakers to present survival story at Old West September 8


Kerr family ... Left to right - Kyra-Jo, Jason, Shannon, Jaydalin, Trenton, Braylon. Submitted image.

Old West Paint Creek Church in rural Waukon will host speakers Jason and Shannon Kerr Sunday, September 8 at 2 p.m., an event that had to be rescheduled from February of this year due to winter weather. The community is welcome to attend and hear their story of survival and recovery following a horrific traffic accident near their Lakeville, MN home.

This family’s story involves angels, prophetic dreams and visions, and words from God Himself. It inspires faith and hope in God’s unfailing love, care and answers to prayer.

Shannon Kerr will also have her book, “Against All Odds,” (pictured above) available at the presentation, inspired by her recovery experience. For further information about the Kerr family (pictured below), their story and the book, visit www.againstalloddsbook.com.
 

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