Community News

Wed
26
Sep

Robey Memorial Library to celebrate Teen Read WeekTM with the theme “It’s Written in the Stars: READ!”

Robey Memorial Library in Waukon will celebrate Teen Read WeekTM October 7-13 with special events and programs spotlighting all the great resources and activities available at the library and to encourage teens from around the area to read for their enjoyment. Thousands of libraries, schools and bookstores across the country will hold similar events centered on this year’s theme, “It’s Written in the Stars: READ!”

Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for fun while encouraging teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms - books, magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more. It is also a great opportunity to encourage teens to become regular library users.

Wed
26
Sep

Allamakee-Clayton Electric Coop honored with Economic Development Impact Award


ACEC receives IADG Impact Award ... Iowa Area Development Group (IADG) President Rand Fisher (left) presents an Economic Development Impact Award to Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative Executive Vice President/General Manager Paul Foxwell (right) at the cooperative’s 80th Annual Meeting September 10. The cooperative received the award for its economic development accomplishments and commitment to local communities. Submitted photo.

The commitment of Iowa’s rural electric cooperatives goes far beyond ensuring safe, reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible energy for their member-owners. Cooperatives actively create strategic partnerships and provide technical and financial assistance to support business growth and community vitality.

Annually, Iowa Area Development Group (IADG) presents Impact Awards to utility partners who were involved in significant economic development initiatives the prior year. Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative was recognized for its extraordinary economic development accomplishments and commitment to local communities during the cooperative’s Annual Meeting held in Postville September 10.

Wed
26
Sep

Supervisors discuss dust control matters, approve land donation in Quandahl area to Conservation

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, September 17 to address a full agenda of items. Included on that agenda were a discussion of Irish Hollow Road dust control and safety issues, the Proclamation of National Voter Registration Month and Day and reappointments to the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Historic Preservation Commission.

District Manager Terry J. Beek with Washington National Insurance provided an overview of the company’s supplemental policies covering accidents, cancer and short-term disability. Beek proposed that County employees be given the opportunity to enroll in Washington National’s policies on a voluntary basis, allowing County employees the option to take advantage of group rates through their employer. Supervisor Dan Byrnes advised that the matter be revisited in February or March when a meeting takes place to review County employee health insurance.

Wed
19
Sep

Supervisors hold regular meeting at new Waterville Community Center in former school

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met Monday, September 17 in regular session at the Waterville Community Center, formerly the Waterville Elementary School, as part of the Supervisors’ annual tour of county libraries during its meeting sessions. The board addressed a full agenda of items, including the introduction of the new Main Street Lansing Director, the Canvass of the NICC Special Election and consideration of an amendment to the Sheriff’s Office Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Wed
19
Sep

New ownership of Royal Car Wash looks to make improvements to existing business


Royal Car Wash receives First Dollar Visit ... Royal Car Wash, located at 501 Rossville Road and now under the new ownership of Kyle Bugenhagen of Luana, recently received a First Dollar visit from the Waukon Chamber of Commerce. Pictured above at the First Dollar presentation are, left to right, Royal Car Wash owner Kyle Bugenhagen and Waukon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stephanie Dugan. Submitted photo.

Royal Car Wash, located at 501 Rossville Road in Waukon, is under new ownership as of the end of August. Kyle Bugenhagen of Luana took over ownership of the 24-hour car wash, noting that he would like to make some changes to the business, which first opened in 2008 and is scheduled for a grand opening under new ownership this Saturday, September 22 (see advertisement below on this same page for additional details).

“I would like to make a lot of changes based on customer reviews,” Bugenhagen said. “Better soap, wands, hotter water, etc. These will be done before our open house. Hopefully by spring, we would like to add a dryer to the automatic bay and a credit card reader to the manual bays.”

Wed
19
Sep

Waukon City Council hears updates on Wellmark Healthy Hometown audit and efforts by Aveka to control noise and odor

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, September 17 to address a full agenda of items, including a presentation from the Walk-On Waukon group, an update regarding Aveka noise and odor, and reappointments to the Planning and Zoning Commission. There was no Public Comment.

Under Departmental Reports, Police Chief Phil Young discussed the upcoming auction of unclaimed bicycles and a generator. Young indicated that a vehicle has been ordered for the Police Department.

Water and Sewer Superintendent Jim Cooper discussed problems at a lift station and that repair estimates will be provided soon. Cooper discussed the trade-in of a Toolcat and provided an update on water leaks that are being repaired.

Wed
19
Sep

Proceeds from corn maze events at Waukon Feed Ranch to benefit local FFA programs and young cancer patient


Corn maze to benefit several causes ... The corn maze pictured above and created at the Waukon Feed Ranch Agronomy Center west of Waukon will be hosting a pair of benefit events the next two weekends for the general public to take part in. Both September 22-23 and 29-30, the public can tour the maze for a freewill donation, the proceeds of which will benefit both the Waukon and Kee High School FFA programs, as well as the family of Brogan Gavin of rural Lansing as he continues his treatment for leukemia. Photo courtesy of Isaac and Sean Cooper.

The Waukon Feed Ranch has created a corn maze at its Agronomy Center location along Old Highway 9 west of Waukon, and the next two weekends will feature events involving that maze that will benefit some local causes. For the next two Saturdays and Sundays, September 22-23 and 29-30, the public can navigate the corn maze for a freewill donation that will then be disbursed between the two FFA programs at Waukon and Kee High Schools, as well as to the family of five-year-old Brogan Gavin, son of Tom and Alana Gavin of rural Lansing who is currently undergoing treatment for leukemia.

Wed
12
Sep

Allamakee County 4-H Dairy Judging teams compete at Iowa State Fair; Junior Team Two finishes in first place


First-place team finish in Junior division ... The Allamakee County Junior Team Two pictured above placed first in the Junior division of the State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest held at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Left to right: Coach Lars Sivesind, Ethan Palmer, Madalyn Palmer, Claire Opperman, Alaina Gebel, Coach Aaron Palmer. The team members are holding their ribbons for both their team and individual placewinnings in the contest. Submitted photo.

Allamakee County State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest participants and coaches ... Pictured above are the Allamakee County 4-H participants in the State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest held at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Left to right - Front row: Kiele Eberling, Dalton Ellickson, Claire Opperman, Kaylee Gibbs. Back row: Coach Lars Sivesind, Cayla Nolting, Michael Hagen, Ethan Palmer, Faith Palmer, Emma Palmer, Madalyn Palmer, Grace Howe, Alaina Gebel, Coach Aaron Palmer. Submitted photo.

Allamakee County 4-H had four different teams competing in the Dairy Judging Contest at the 2018 Iowa State Fair held August 9-19 in Des Moines. One of the two teams from Allamakee County competing in the Junior division of the contest topped all teams in that division.

In dairy judging, youth evaluate classes of dairy cows and heifers and then defend their placings through oral reasoning. Youth learn the dairy cow unified scorecard and major breakdowns, anatomy of the dairy cow, along with dairy judging terminology.

Allamakee County had 12 individual 4-H’ers taking part in the State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest held at the Iowa State Fair. They made up two teams in the Junior Division and two teams in the Senior Division.

Wed
12
Sep

September is the start of the new 4-H year; Ideal time for area youth to join 4-H


Just some of the many 4-H activities ... Pictured in the surrounding photos are some of the many activities Allamakee County 4-H members get to participate in throughout the year. Pictured above, left photo and right photo, are the Ag Olympics and Poultry Judging, respectively, at the Allamakee County Fair. Pictured below is a Visual Arts workshop. Submitted photos.

September 1 has marked the start of a new 4-H year and an ideal time for youth in fourth through 12th grades to join 4-H. Parents may wonder the value of enrolling their child in yet another organization, as they may already be in sports, music, dance, church groups, etc.

So, why have the parents of 236 youth in Allamakee County enroll their child in 4-H for the 2017-2018 4-H year? Allamakee County 4-H administrators and leaders offer the following:

4-H offers a learning experience that will benefit 4-H’ers for a lifetime. 4-H is more than cooking, sewing, hogs, cows and farming. 4-H is about empowering youth to reach their full potential through youth-adult partnerships and research-based experiences.

Wed
12
Sep

Second annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk scheduled for October 6 at Waukon City Park


Why they walk ... Ness Pumping and Porta Potty Rentals will be hosting its second annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk Saturday, October 6 in the Waukon City Park to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and detection. Following last year’s inaugural walk, the Ness family awarded $1,200 in proceeds from the event to Veterans Memorial Hospital to be used towards the purchase of the new 3D mammography machine that was recently installed and is pictured above. Pictured in the front row in the hospital’s mammography room, left to right, are Leslie Ness, breast cancer survivor Barb Ness (seated) holding Liam Ness, with Chad and Diana Ness presenting the donation to hospital X-ray Technologist Siobhan Kurth. In the back row, left to right, are Carter Ness, Wyatt Kiley, Sigurd Ness, Evan Ness, Colin Ness and Kayla Ness. Photo courtesy of Veterans Memorial Hospital.

Although that’s where it is taking place, the theme for the second annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk being hosted by Ness Pumping Service and Porta Potty Rentals is “Breast cancer is no walk in the park!” All are encouraged to “Come put your BREAST foot forward” at the second annual event being held at the Waukon City Park Saturday, October 6 from 9 a.m.-12 noon.

Last year’s inaugural event allowed Ness Pumping Service and Porta Potty Rental to donate $1,200 to Veterans Memorial Hospital in support of that facility’s efforts helping others breast cancer. The donated funds were put toward the purchase of the new 3D mammography machine recently installed in the hospital’s mammography room (see accompanying photo).

Throughout the walk event, coffee, pink lemonade and cookies will be served. The walk, food and drinks will all be free-will donations, with all proceeds being distributed to the Veterans Memorial Hospital Breast Cancer Foundation.

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