Community News

Wed
06
Feb

Career Workshop delivers local connections to area students ...

The Allamakee Community School District hosted the annual Career Workshop Friday, February 1 at Waukon High School. The Career Workshop is the brainstorm of Waukon High School Guidance Counselor Amy Wasson, Northeast Iowa Community College-Waukon Center Director Erica Nosbisch and Allamakee County Economic Development & Tourism Director Val Reinke. Invitations are extended to junior and senior students at Waukon, Kee, Postville and MFL/MarMac High Schools. The goal of this event is to introduce high school juniors and seniors to area businesses, career opportunities and the stories of local people. Approximately 150 students participated, choosing two tracks to attend based on career interests (some of those students and speakers are pictured in surrounding photos). This year’s event included the following tracks and guest speakers:

Tue
29
Jan

Despite financial loss for month of December, VMH maintains year-to-date profit; Assessing charges for services, budget assumptions

by Brianne Eilers

The month of December ended with a loss of $61,307 for Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) in Waukon, but year-to-date the hospital is showing a profit of $101,805, according to information shared at the hospital’s Board of Trustees meeting held January 22. VMH Administrator Mike Myers noted that one of the main reasons for the loss in December was the fact that acute patient days were down. “When acute days are down, we don’t usually have a very good month,” he noted.

Tue
29
Jan

Have A Heart Day will provide free dental care to local youth

Waukon Dental and Family Dentistry Associates of Monona are hosting their 29th Annual and Dental Associates of Prairie du Chien, P.C. is hosting its 25th Annual Have A Heart Day.

For close to 30 years, free dental care has been provided in the local area through this event. Have a Heart Day focuses on serving area youth, ages four to 18 who have not recently seen a dentist, to receive free dental work.

This year, Have A Heart Day will be held Saturday, February 9 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Through this annual event, many doctors and staff have felt impacted by the effect this day can have on a child’s health and on the community as a whole. While this event is during Valentine’s season, it also is celebrated during one of the most important dental months, National Children’s Dental Health Month.

Tue
29
Jan

Final days to turn in nominations for Person of the Year and other honors presented at Waukon Chamber of Commerce Banquet February 22

The Waukon Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations from community residents for awards to be distributed at the Chamber's annual meeting scheduled for Friday, February 22. Those awards include Years of Service, Business of the Year and Person of the Year honors within the Waukon community. The Chamber will bestow those honors upon the best nominated candidate fitting the following award criteria:

Wed
23
Jan

VFW and Auxiliary of Post 4117 top youth essays win District awards as well


VFW Auxiliary essay contest District level awards for East Elementary School ... Left to right: Trevor Block, First place for fifth grade; Reegan Benzing, First place for fourth grade; Nalia Benda, First place for third grade; Kara Helgerson, Second place for third grade. Submitted photo.

Top Patriot’s Pen essays from Waukon Middle School sixth grade for local contest ... Left to right in three photos at left and above: First place - Teacher Tess Hawes and Ana Acosta (photo at left), Second place - Cole Benzing (left photo above), Third place - Emma Retallick (right photo above). Submitted photos.

VFW Auxiliary essay contest District level awards for St. Patrick School ... Left to right: Reid Deeney, Second place for fifth grade; Devin Frick, Second place for fourth grade. Submitted photo.

Waukon High School Voice of Democracy top essays ... Left to right: Carrissa Bockman (left photo) placed second at both the local level and District level of competition. Brady Beyer (right photo) was the local winner and placed third at the District level. Submitted photos.

Patriot’s Pen essay District award from Waukon Middle School seventh grade ... Azlynn Cota, Second place District award winner. Submitted photo.
Wed
23
Jan

Waukon City Council hears presentation on importance of small town airports, discusses tax abatement possibilities

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, January 21 to address a full agenda of items including budget review and department requests, discussion of the Urban Revitalization Program and tax abatement and a presentation from the Airport Commission.

Mayor Pat Stone called the meeting to order. There was no Public Comment and the City Council moved into Departmental Reports.

Street Superintendent Keith Burrett indicated that some minor equipment repairs have been made with preparations ongoing for expected weather conditions this week. Water and Sewer Superintendent Jim Cooper discussed the replacement of water tower lights and the potential purchase of a replacement camera system for viewing and determining whether sewer issues are homeowner or City responsibility.

Wed
23
Jan

Waukon Chamber of Commerce accepting nominations for Person of the Year and other honors presented at annual Chamber Banquet Feb. 22

The Waukon Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations from community residents for awards to be distributed at the Chamber's annual meeting scheduled for Friday, February 22. Those awards include Years of Service, Business of the Year and Person of the Year honors within the Waukon community. The Chamber will bestow those honors upon the best nominated candidate fitting the following award criteria:

Wed
23
Jan

Community invited to take part in Robey Memorial Library’s World Read Aloud Day scheduled for February 1; Sign up now to participate

Every year, World Read Aloud Day is a global celebration that calls attention to the importance of sharing stories by challenging participants to read aloud together to advocate for literacy as a human right.

Friday, February 1, Robey Memorial Library in Waukon will observe this special event by filling its open hours at the library with stories read aloud by community volunteers and library staff. Individuals, groups and classrooms from throughout the community are invited to participate by spending part of their day at Robey Memorial Library reading aloud or listening to a book being read aloud.

Wed
23
Jan

Top entries in Gingerbread House Decorating Contest ...


First Place - Lawrence and Cassie Olson family

Second Place - Darcy Connelly family

Third Place (tie) - Jeffrey and Anna Wilkes family

Third Place (tie) - Andrew and Hailey Miller family

The top entries in the Gingerbread House Decorating Contest recently hosted by Robey Memorial Library in Waukon are pictured in the surrounding photos. The public was invited to pick up one of the decorating kits from Robey Memorial Library, decorate their creation and return it for judging by library patrons over a period of several weeks, with 724 total votes being cast in this year’s contest. The entries that received the most votes are picture above and include: First Place - Lawrence and Cassie Olson family, Second Place - Darcy Connelly family, Third Place (tie) - Jeffrey and Anna Wilkes family and Andrew and Hailey Miller family. Each of the top entries received an Amazon 7 Fire tablet from the Robey Memorial Library Foundation. Submitted photos.
 

Wed
16
Jan

Documentary film series to be hosted by First Presbyterian Church aims to foster healthy conversation and understanding

First film scheduled for this Sunday

First Presbyterian Church of Waukon will be hosting a documentary film series to raise awareness and foster healthy conversation about several contemporary issues facing both the local community and this country. The film series will be held one Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. during each of the next three months, beginning this Sunday, January 20, and the public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Each of the films focuses on telling the stories of how various cultural and political challenges actually affect real people. The intent of the film series and community conversations is not to take sides on the issues or to promote one viewpoint over another. Rather, the intent is to use the power of storytelling to create understanding and empathy.

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