Community News

Wed
26
Dec

Pharmacist Neal Daley plans to retire after 38 year career of service

Neal Daley ...
Neal Daley ...

The Hartig Drug Company wishes to announce the retirement of Neal Daley, PharmD and congratulate him on 38 years of dedication, service and professionalism. “On behalf of Hartig Drug, I want to thank and congratulate Neal for the many years of quality service he has provided for Hartig Drug and the entire Waukon-area community. We wish him nothing but the best in his well-deserved retirement.” said Aaron Vandermillen, Director of Pharmacy.

Daley grew up in Charles City. After graduating from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in 1980, he worked in a pharmacy in Northwood before settling in Waukon taking a job at Regan’s Pharmacy in Waukon in 1984. Daley continued to serve as pharmacist-in-charge as Hartig Drug acquired Regan’s Pharmacy in October of 2000.

Wed
26
Dec

Celebrate the New Year with a First Day Hike at Yellow River State Forest January 1

Join the park staff and the newly formed organization Friends of Yellow River State Forest on a free, guided hike New Year’s Day, January 1, 2019. Hikers can meet at 9:30 a.m. at the cabin in the park for a two-mile moderate hike led by park staff. The hike will begin at 10 a.m. and will travel through hardwood and coniferous stands of timber.

“We hope people will join us for a couple hours and explore the Driftless area,” says Park Ranger Rylan Retallick. “Hot chocolate, coffee and a warm fire inside the cabin are free.” Those attending are encouraged to bring adequate clothing and good footwear for traction to best enjoy the hike.

Those who have any questions may call the park office at 563-586-2254. In the case of inclement weather, cancellation information will be made available on the Friends online presence or on a message at that phone number.

Wed
19
Dec

Dr. Krista Kukarans joins Midwest Dental office in Waukon

Dr. Krista Kukarans...
Dr. Krista Kukarans...

Midwest Dental is introducing Dr. Krista Kukarans to the Waukon community. Dr. Kukarans joined the Midwest Dental office located at 22 East Main Street in September of this year.

Dr. Kukarans was born and raised in DeWitt. At a young age, Dr. Kukarans discovered her love for baking. After high school, she decided to take courses in Marketing and Management to help her learn about business and then decided to start her own bakery called Krista’s Creations, where she baked and created wedding cakes.

She decided to make a career switch and took a part-time job as a Dental Assistant at a local dentist office. The dental assisting position gave her the opportunity to help people as well as work with small details and her new objective began to form.

“I was that person who asked a million questions about what the doctor did and why. It was intriguing to me and I really liked the interactions with patients,” she said.

Wed
19
Dec

Holiday voice recital being held this Sunday to help fund music scholarship in memory of local musician/accompanist Faith Ericson

Several Waukon High School alumni among the many talented performers

A holiday voice recital featuring area musicians, some of whom have graced this area in the past with their talents and others who continue to do so, will be held this Sunday afternoon, December 23 at 2:30 p.m. at Zalmona Presbyterian Church, located at 371 State Highway 9, Waukon.

The performance is being held in an effort to raise money to fund a music scholarship in memory of Faith Ericson, a local pianist/musician who passed away this past fall. Ericson was well known for her musical accompaniment and other performances throughout the area, and she provided accompaniment for more than half of those who are performing at this Sunday’s event.

Those participating include the following:

Wed
19
Dec

Slippery conditions lead to minor manure spill ...

Tuesday, December 11 at 11:37 a.m., the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a liquid manure tanker that had overturned on Highway 9 approximately three miles north of Waukon. A report from the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office indicates that Jason Michael Sweeney, age 22, of rural Waukon was traveling southbound on the shoulder of State Highway 9 driving a tractor/tanker combination when the tanker began to slide on the icy shoulder and entered the ditch. The tanker overturned in the ditch spilling approximately 1,500 gallons of liquid manure in the ditch (as seen in the left foreground of the photo). The Iowa Department of Natural Resources was notified of the spill and efforts were made to recover spillage. No injuries were reported. Standard photo by Joe Moses.
 

Wed
19
Dec

Waukon City Council awards contract for wastewater treatment plant project, stands firm on $200 fines for snow removal violations despite concerns from residents

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, December 17 to discuss a full agenda of items including police compensation, sidewalk snow removal and bids received for the new Wastewater Treatment Plant. The meeting began with a pair of public hearings.

The Public Hearing to review an application for a State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan and to make available contents of an Environmental Information Document (EID) and the City’s project plan was opened and closed without written or verbal comment. The Public Hearing for the proposed plans, specifications, form of contract and estimated cost of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements Project was also opened and closed without written or verbal comment.

There was no Public Comment on any other matters either, and the council moved into Departmental Reports. Street Superintendent Keith Burrett indicated that tree trimming and vehicle maintenance have been ongoing.

Wed
12
Dec

Trinity Fabricators, Inc. honored with Iowa Venture Award


Trinity Fabricators, Inc. honored with Iowa Venture Award ... Trinity Fabricators, Inc., located near New Albin, was one of eight Iowa companies honored with the Iowa Venture Award at a luncheon held in conjunction with the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives’ annual meeting held December 6-7 in West Des Moines. Pictured above, left to right, are Hollee McCormick, Manager/Economic Development and Community Relations, Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative; Paul Foxwell, Executive Vice President/General Manager, Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative; Roger Arthur, Director, Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative; Mike Naig, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture; Mike Verdon, Marian Verdon, Benjamin Verdon and Jeremy Wedeking-Lux of Trinity Fabricators, Inc.; and Rand Fisher, President, Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives. Submitted photo.

The Iowa Area Development Group (IADG), on behalf of Iowa’s rural electric cooperatives, municipal utilities and independent telecommunication companies, honored eight distinguished Iowa companies with the Iowa Venture Award at a luncheon held in conjunction with the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives’ annual meeting in West Des Moines December 6-7. Among those honored companies is Trinity Fabricators, Inc., located near New Albin.

Wed
12
Dec

Supervisors approve seeking assistance to further address English Bench Watershed issues, set holiday schedule for 2019

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, December 10 to address a full agenda of items including the signing of a letter requesting breach planning and design assistance from the NRCS for the English Bench Watershed #9, consideration of quotes for replacing a tag trailer for the Secondary Roads Department and the consideration of the Allamakee County 2019 holiday schedule. There was no Public Comment.

LuAnn Rolling, District Conservationist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Allamakee County, discussed a letter presented to the Supervisors requesting breach planning and design assistance from the NRCS for the English Bench Watershed Site #9. Rolling indicated that commissioners met last week and have signed the letter requesting assistance.

Wed
12
Dec

Audit reveals $3 million loss in most recent fiscal year for Veterans Memorial Hospital due mainly to troubled billing history; Measures put in place making difference in current fiscal year

by Brianne Eilers

At its November 27 monthly meeting, the Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Board of Trustees learned that the month of October ended on a positive financial note for the hospital, with a net income of $55,668, which translates to a 3.4% profit margin. Acute patient days volume for the month was up 10% while skilled patient days were up 41.7% in comparison to last year at this same time. Total surgeries were up 20.8% and most outpatient areas were up as well. Emergency room visits were down 11.4% and deliveries were down 16% in comparison to October 2017. Expenses were also down, 3.1%.

Wed
05
Dec

Support for Allamakee County Housing Assessment ...

Allamakee County Economic Development Director Val Reinke (right in photo at right) was recently presented with a financial contribution from Northeast Iowa Realtors Association Representative Stacie Cooper (left) for the completion of the Allamakee Countywide Housing Assessment. This assessment was a $20,000-plus project. Allamakee County Economic Development is extremely grateful for all of the financial partners who assisted in making the assessment possible, including Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund, Alliant Energy, Black Hills Energy, Allamakee Clayton Electric/Dairyland Power, the cities and Allamakee County, as well as the Northeast Iowa Realtors Association. The final assessment has been shared throughout the county with city councils, the board of supervisors, school boards, organizations and more.

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