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Wed
22
May

Waukon High School senior attends World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute


Olivia Marti ...

Olivia Marti, a graduating senior at Waukon High School, attended the 13th annual World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute (IYI), where 277 students representing 89 Iowa high schools gathered with 85 educators at Iowa State University in Ames to explore pressing global food security challenges and professional opportunities in STEM fields.

“Iowa State University is proud of its longtime partnership with the World Food Prize to provide this premier educational program,” said Wendy Wintersteen, Iowa State University, President. “The Iowa Youth Institute is an opportunity for high school students to connect with Iowa State expertise, resources and scholarships. We are pleased to see how this program ignites students’ passion to help address one of society’s most complex challenges - global food security.”

Wed
22
May

Allamakee County Veterans Museum open for tours Saturday and Monday of the Memorial Day holiday weekend

The Allamakee County Veterans Museum at 105 Allamakee Street in Waukon will be open for tours during the Memorial Day holiday weekend this year, Saturday, May 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Monday, May 27 from Noon to 4 p.m.

Video interviews from the museum’s Allamakee Veterans History Project library will be played for visitors on request. Interviews now available for viewing include the following veterans:

Wed
22
May

Supervisors approve some personnel matters and use of American Rescue Plan Act funding for courthouse network cable upgrade and security camera design

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, May 20 to address a full agenda of matters including the Public Hearing for the Fiscal-Year 2024 (FY24) Allamakee County Budget Amendment, consideration of setting the canvass date for the June 4 Primary Election and the consideration of hiring an administrative assistant for Environmental Health and Planning and Zoning. The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Dan Byrnes with Supervisors Mark Reiser and Dennis Keatley present.

During Public Comment, Allamakee County Zoning Administrator Stephanie Runkle provided a brief update on the Courthouse Building Committee and recommendations relating to the bidding process for various repairs and improvements to the courthouse.

Wed
15
May

Allamakee County Veterans Museum program to feature service experience of John Troendle during “Cold War”

Saturday, May 18 at 10 a.m., the Allamakee County Veterans Museum will present another program from its Veterans History Project at its museum located at 105 Allamakee Street in Waukon. A video interview by Chuck Bloxham with U.S. Army veteran John Troendle will be played. Troendle will also be present to share comments and answer questions.

John Troendle enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1959 during the “Cold War” with the U.S.S.R. and was discharged in 1962. After basic training, he was assigned to an Army transportation company in Oklahoma. Troendle was then transferred to a transportation company at Fort Richardson in the newly admitted state of Alaska for a 14-month tour of duty.

After discharge, he returned to his hometown of Lansing and later moved to Waukon. Although retired from his employment, Troendle remains a long-time volunteer with the Boy Scouts, American Legion, and other community activities. His son Larry is also a U.S. Army veteran.

Wed
15
May

Midwest Veterans of America to honor area veterans and those currently serving Saturday

Midwest Veterans of America will be hosting an event honoring area veterans and those currently serving this Saturday, May 18 in observance of National Armed Forces Day. The honoring will take place at AJ Bar & Grill (previously called AJ Steakhouse) in Waukon, beginning at 1 p.m. Midwest Veterans of America will be honoring more than two dozen local veterans who have served their country in past years, along with seven individuals who are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Wed
15
May

Dairy Days Parade scheduled for June 3 in Waukon

The Allamakee County Dairy Promotion Board has scheduled the June Dairy Days Parade to be held in Waukon this year. The parade will be held Monday, June 3, beginning at 7 p.m.

Line-up for parade entries begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds. The parade route will travel from the Fairgrounds south on Allamakee Street to the stoplight intersection, where it will turn right and head west on Main Street to 2nd Street NW. Another right turn will take the parade up 2nd Street NW to Eighth Avenue NW, with the parade route turning right again and heading east back to the Fairgrounds.

The Allamakee County Dairy Promotion Board  will be setting up its dairy wagon at the Waukon Chamber of Commerce/Allamakee County Economic Development parking lot on Main Street and serving from 4 p.m. until finished. For more information, contact Kerri Gibbs at 563-419-2260.
 

Wed
15
May

Supervisors approve information technology (IT) services agreement and medical spending matters, discuss office repairs at courthouse

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, May 13 to address a full agenda of matters including the consideration of setting the Fiscal-Year 2025 Medical Flex maximum and FSA (flexible spending account) carryover per IRS (Internal Revenue Service) changes, the consideration of setting the effective date for Township Official pay rate increases, and the discussion and consideration of hiring temporary part-time employees for the Secondary Roads Department.

The meeting was called to order by Board of Supervisors Chairperson Dan Byrnes with Supervisors Mark Reiser and Dennis Keatley present. There was no Public Comment during the time allotted for that agenda item.

Wed
15
May

Annual Ben Kerndt Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament transitioned to open water/bow fishing tournament this weekend due to warm winter weather

Ben Kerndt ...  Submitted photo.
Ben Kerndt ... Submitted photo.

The 3rd Annual Ben Kerndt Memorial Fishing Tournament will be taking to the open water this weekend after the tournament’s traditional ice fishing format was not possible this past winter due to unfavorable ice conditions in February. All proceeds from the tournament benefit the Lansing Fire Department.

This year’s tournament is scheduled to be an open water and bow fishing tournament. Bow fishing can begin Friday night, May 17, and the open water tournament begins at daybreak Saturday, May 18, with all fishing done on Pool 9 of the Mississippi River. Weigh-in will take place from 2-2:45 p.m. at the Lansing Fire Station at 51 North Front Street in Lansing with awards to follow.

Wed
08
May

Supervisors approve resolution for Community Project Funding regarding Veterans Memorial Hospital, agree to retain a County Compensation Board

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met twice within a week including a special session Wednesday, May 1 and regular session Monday, May 6. The coverage of both of those meetings is below.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1
During the Wednesday, May 1 special session, CEO Michael Coyle of Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) provided an overview to the board of the proposed change from the hospital’s current electronic health records (EHR) system to the EPIC EHR system to allow improved compatibility with other health care providers.

Wed
08
May

Corner of Hope growing project hosts annual Blessing of the Seed and Soil ...

The Corner of Hope Growing Hope Globally growing project held its annual Blessing of the Seed and Soil Saturday morning, April 27 to kick off the 2024 growing season. Following a night of much-needed rain, the event was held at the field of the Sweeney brothers on State Highway 9 north of Waukon. Reverend Cathy Jurgens from Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon performed this year’s blessing. Submitted photo.
 

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