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22
May

Kerndt Monument Works celebrating 65 years in business this year as the next generation of family assumes management


Passing the torch ... In celebrating its 65-year anniversary this year, Kerndt Monument Works is now being managed by the next generation of the John and Lorna Kerndt family, as their youngest daughter and her husband, Kristi and Robert Campbell, are now managing the monument portion of the long-standing business. Pictured above, left to right, are: Front row - Lorna and John Kerndt; Back row - Robert and Kristi Kerndt Campbell. Submitted photo.

Serving families for 65 years ... Kerndt Monument Works is celebrating 65 years in business this year. After originating in 1957 on Rossville Road in downtown Waukon when John Kerndt purchased Roggensack Monument, the business was first moved to West Main Street in Waukon before then being moved to the Kerndt home on Ninth Street NW in Waukon (pictured above) in 1966 before being moved to its current location on Rossville Road in south Waukon (pictured below) in 2008. Submitted photo.

by Lissa Blake

After 65 years in business, Kerndt Monument Works in Waukon is under new management as the next generation of the family becomes involved in the management of the business.

Owner John Kerndt, who started the company, is handing over the torch of one of the oldest continually-operating family businesses in Waukon to his youngest daughter and son-in-law, Kristi and Robert Campbell. Kristi and Robert will operate the monument side of the business, but John will remain within the cemetery aspect of the business, where he will continue to update markers with additional names, dates, etc.

Wed
22
May

“Music In The Park” to begin May 29 and continue through August at new amphitheater ...

Fueled by a generous donation, the Waukon Park & Recreation Department built the amphitheater pictured above overlooking the pond in the Waukon City Park. Waukon Park and Recreation will be hosting “Music In The Park” at the amphitheater site each Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. between Memorial Day and Labor Day, beginning Wednesday, May 29. Those attending are invited to bring their own blankets or lawn chairs, or use the tiered seating walls pictured above. Local musical talent will be on display throughout the free series, according to the following schedule:

May 29 - Toe Tappers  June 5 - Smoking Gun Showdown    June 12 - Eggen & Hippen Music    June 19 - Mark Armstrong
June 26 - Buck Hollow Band    July 3 - Michael McElrath    July 10 - J.R. Brink    July 17 - Jim Adam/Back to Country
July 24 - TBA    July 31 - Mike McAbee    August 7 - Guttenberg German Band    August 14 - LaBarge
August 21 - Tom Carpenter/Acoustic Music    August 28 TBA

Wed
22
May

Waukon City Council gives approval to begin search for new City Manager

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, May 20 to address a full agenda of items including the search for a new City Manager, the proclamation of May 24 and May 25, 2019 as American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Days and discussion of consultation fees for former City employees.

The Public Hearing for the proposed disposition of interest in real property by the City of Waukon was opened with City Clerk Lana Snitker indicating that no written or verbal comments have been received. This hearing is related to the sale of the Monona clinic property to Medical Associates/Mercy Family Care Network, LLC for the sum of $125,500.00. The Public Hearing was closed.

The council moved into Public Comment with Dan Denk of Waukon discussing requirements for a cul de sac near a property he is planning to purchase. Joe Cunningham of Waukon discussed several matters relating to sidewalks, streets and tree removal.

Wed
15
May

World renown historian and author to present “The Enemies Within” Memorial Day in Waukon

Dr. Michael Luick-Thrams ...
Dr. Michael Luick-Thrams ...

Memorial Day, Monday May 27 from 3-5:30 p.m. at the Town Theater & Pizza Pub (formerly Main Feature Theater & Pizza Pub) in Waukon world renown historian and author Dr. Michael Luick-Thrams will give two presentations entitled “The Enemies Within: Midwest and German POWs in Each Other’s Homes, 1943-48.” Local Veterans and Prisoners of War (POWs) will be honored in between sessions in celebration of Memorial Day.

The event is free and open to everyone. Dr Luick-Thrams will also have copies of his books available for purchase and signing. The event is being co-sponsored by the Robey Memorial Library Foundation Board and the Allamakee County Historical Preservation Society.
 

Wed
15
May

Supervisors discuss creation of an official County Seal now required on election ballots, possible change in location of June 3 board meeting

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, May 13 to address a full agenda of items including discussion relating to the official County Seal, consideration of a temporary part-time Secondary Roads employee and setting the last meeting date of Fiscal-Year 2019 for paying claims.

There were no members of the public in attendance and no Public Comment. The Quarterly Report for Veterans Affairs was accepted and placed on file.

Allamakee County Sheriff Clark Mellick discussed the next agenda item involving the consideration of using the County credit card for an online purchase of floor mats for a Sheriff’s Department vehicle. Mellick discussed the request to purchase floor mats for a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado at $34.45 with the Supervisors approving the purchase using the County credit card.

Wed
15
May

Volunteers plant more than 50 trees in Waukon City Park ...

Volunteers joined forces Saturday, May 4 for a day of tree planting in the Waukon City Park. A total of 51 trees were planted and mulched. This past winter, 52 trees were removed from the City Park that were either dead or that were ash trees in danger of infestation by the Emerald Ash Borer. Pictured above are this year’s tree planting volunteers: Left to right - Joe and Mary Cunningham, Troy Lubahn, Wade Oakland, Charlie Waters, Geralyn Smith, Rick Larson, Sharon Olson, Julie and Tom Bartling, Ken Olson, Bill Claire and Jeremy Strub. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
15
May

May is Community Action Month: Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation (NEICAC) celebrating 54 years in Allamakee County


NEICAC Allamakee County Board members ... Serving as Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation (NEICAC) Board of Directors members for Allamakee County are, left to right, Marcia Hesse and Dan Byrnes. Not pictured is board member Jenny Cole. Submitted photo.

The month of May is “Community Action Month” and Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation (NEICAC) has been serving the residents of northeast Iowa for 54 years. NEICAC is a part of the National Community Action Network - over 1,000 community action agencies serving the entire United States.

In Iowa, there are 17 community action agencies, serving all 99 counties. NEICAC serves Allamakee, Bremer, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties.

Dan Byrnes, Marcia Hesse and Jenny Cole represent Allamakee County on NEICAC’s Board of Directors.  Additionally, Byrnes is the Board Secretary/Treasurer and the Chair of the Finance Committee. Hesse and Cole both serve on the Public Relations/Media Committee.

Wed
08
May

Annual “Keep Waukon Beautiful Day” clean-up scheduled for May 18

The annual “Keep Waukon Beautiful Day” has been scheduled for Saturday, May 18 in the Waukon area, and volunteers can mark their calendars to help take part in the event in an effort to clean up and maintain the appearance of the community. Interested participants are asked to meet at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 18 at the front entrance of Waukon City Park.

Those participating are asked to bring with them garbage bags and work gloves. Those unable to attend are encouraged to take a little time that weekend do something positive for the environment, such as picking up trash or helping a neighbor with yard work, to show how they value the planet.

Wed
08
May

Bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf visits Robey Memorial Library ...

Robey Memorial Library in Waukon hosted author Heather Gudenkauf Monday, April 29 for an Author Event. Gudenkauf is the Edgar Award nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of “The Weight of Silence”, “These Things Hidden” and “Not A Sound”. Her new book, “Before She Was Found,” features a chilling crime set in Iowa.

There were 25 people in attendance for Gudenkauf’s presentation. She talked about the process of becoming a published author, where she gets ideas for her writing, and how reading influenced her life growing up with unilateral hearing loss. She also signed books for many of those in attendance.

Gudenkauf is an Iowa resident with a background in education; she continues to work as a Title I Reading Coordinator. Submitted photos.
 

Wed
08
May

Waukon City Council approves third and final reading of ordinance increasing wastewater utility service charges, discusses tennis court project funding needs and library roof

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, May 6 to address a full agenda of items including the Third and Final Reading of the Wastewater Utility Service Charge Increase, discussion of Robey Memorial Library roof issues and tennis court project funding.

After the meeting was called to order, two public hearings were individually held. The first was for Budget Amendment #1 for Fiscal-Year-Ending (FYE) June 30, 2019 and the other for the designation of an expanded revitalization “area” and the adoption of an amended plan for such area. City Clerk Lana Snitker indicated that no written or verbal comment was received for either public hearing and there was no comment from the public in attendance. Both hearings were then closed.

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