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02
May

American Idol finalist Maddie Poppe has local ties to the Waukon and Waterville areas, advances to round of final seven contestants


American Idol contestant Maddie Poppe ... Photo courtesy of Trent Poppe.

Proud grandparents ... Ellen and Daryl Larson are the grandparents of American Idol top-seven finalist Maddie Poppe, a native of Clarksville. Daryl Larson is a native of the Waukon area and still has some sisters and brothers who live in the area. Photo courtesy of Trent Poppe.

by Lissa Blake

An American Idol contestant with ties to Waukon and Waterville has made it into the television show’s top seven finalists line-up as of Sunday evening, April 29.

Twenty-year-old Iowa native Maddie Poppe is the granddaughter of Waukon native Daryl Larson and his wife, Ellen, who now live in Waverly. Other local relatives include Anna Marie Ewing of Waterville, Darlene “Dar” Klein of Waukon and Harry Larson of McGregor. Her mother, Tanya Larson Poppe, went to elementary school in Waterville as a young child.

Poppe is a singer/songwriter from Clarksville who plays guitar, ukulele and keyboard. She has been playing locally for about three years and in June 2016 she released an album of original songs, entitled “Songs from the Basement,” which she wrote, recorded and produced.

Wed
02
May

Supervisors approve creation of temporary business access during Green Valley Bridge replacement project, discuss other matters

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, April 30 to address a full agenda of items including a temporary access during the Green Valley Bridge project, designation of office space for a Magistrate/Judge chambers and the consideration of hiring a part-time employee for the Secondary Roads Department.

Allamakee County Auditor Denise Beyer indicated that there was a change to the agenda with the removal of the County Farm cropland rental agenda item. Beyer explained that the check for the County Farm rental has arrived and that there was no need to discuss the matter.

Wed
02
May

Sewer rate increase of 40% will begin July 1, at lower percentages for next five years as means to help fund wastewater treatment plant

by Joe Moses

The City of Waukon is moving forward with preparations for the construction of a new wastewater treatment facility following an administrative order from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). To remain in compliance with changing EPA regulations, the City is working with Fehr-Graham Engineering in developing plans for the new wastewater treatment facility. During this ongoing planning process, City Manager Dean Hilgerson and City Clerk Allen Lyon have provided updates to The Standard regarding funding and construction-related aspects of the project, with recent decisions by the Waukon City Council being made regarding a sewer rate increase beginning in July that residents can expect to see starting with their third quarter billing later this year.

Wed
25
Apr

Supervisors discuss temporary access during Green Valley Bridge project, new drafts of flood plain hazard maps along with personnel matters and road project items during regular session

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, April 23 to address a full agenda of items including the approval of road rock resurfacing bids, discussion of a temporary access during the Green Valley Bridge project and the consideration of purchasing a vehicle from Fayette County for use by an Allamakee County Service Coordinator. There was no Public Comment.

Wed
25
Apr

Allamakee County Housing Needs Assessment holding public meetings

Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) continues to conduct a Housing Needs Assessment with assistance from Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission. The housing needs assessment includes data, projections and recommendations for action. The public is invited and encouraged to attend public open houses to view the findings from the assessment, and to share their comments and ideas.

Two Public Meetings remain and they are scheduled to be held according to the following schedule:

• Waukon - Monday, April 30 at 5 p.m.
   - Hosted at Waukon’s Community Meal Site, First Presbyterian Church, beginning at 5 p.m.
• New Albin - Monday, May 7 at 5:30 p.m.
   - Hosted before the New Albin Improvement League meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Wed
25
Apr

NEI3A honors volunteers at Waukon Senior Meal Site


Waukon Meal Site volunteers honored by NEI3A at April 17 appreciation event ... Pictured above are some of the volunteers from the Waukon community who were honored at the volunteer appreciation event hosted by Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) Tuesday, April 17 at the Senior Meal Site in the Waukon Wellness Center. NEI3A would also like to extend its appreciation to those who volunteer but were not able to attend. Pictured above, left to right, are: Front - Bonnie Hager, Betty Troendle, Rita Severson, Ruby Schoh. Back row - Verland Lenth, Ellen Lenth, Marge Harris, Jean Buntrock, Jim Harris, Jean Schon, Joe Cunningham, Mary Cunningham, Sharon Olson, Lynn Williams, Kenneth Olson, Gus Berger. Not pictured but in attendance was Nona Sawyer. Submitted photo.

April is observed as National Volunteer Appreciation month and to celebrate local volunteer efforts, Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) hosted a volunteer appreciation reception for its home-delivered and congregate meal site volunteers Tuesday, April 17 at the Senior Meal Site located at the Wellness Center in Waukon. Volunteers were recognized with a ceremony and a certificate.

Wed
25
Apr

Survey of Waukon residents to be conducted through May 4 will help determine eligibility for grant funding for new wastewater facility

The City of Waukon will be conducting an LMI (Low-and-Moderate Income) Survey during this week and next week to determine eligibility for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to help offset the costs of the City’s new wastewater treatment facility. Northeast Iowa RC&D has been contracted to conduct the door-to-door surveys of randomly selected residents.

Survey collection will take place the weeks of April 23-27 and April 30-May 4 during the evening hours. It is extremely important to the success of this application for funding that residents who are contacted complete the survey. All information collected will be kept strictly confidential and respondents can remain anonymous.

Those who have questions concerning the new wastewater treatment facility are asked to contact Dean Hilgerson, City of Waukon Manager, at 563-568-3492. For questions regarding the survey, contact Paul Berland, Northeast Iowa RC&D at 563-864-7112.
 

Wed
18
Apr

Supervisors approve FY19 health insurance recommendation from County’s Health Insurance Committee and comments to send to IWD, discuss County Social Services vehicle purchase

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, April 16 to address a full agenda of items, including the discussion of comments to be submitted regarding the proposed Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) service areas, a recommendation from the Health Insurance Committee regarding the Fiscal-Year 2019 health insurance coverage for County employees and discussion of a vehicle purchase from Fayette County for use by Allamakee County.

Without any members of the public in attendance during the Public Comment portion of the meeting, Allamakee County Auditor Denise Beyer briefly discussed that ballots have been received in compliance with the Uniform Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) mailing deadline of April 21 and that absentee voting will begin May 7 for the June primary election.

Wed
18
Apr

Waukon City Council appoints John Ellingson to fill council vacancy created by resignation, discusses Green Valley Getaway access

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met Monday evening, April 16 to discuss a variety of matters, including business driveway access during the Green Valley Bridge replacement, a controlled burn of the retention basin and the hiring of a Park, Recreation and Wellness full-time employee. The Public Hearing for Amendment #1 for the City Budget for Fiscal-Year ending June 30, 2018 was opened and closed without any written or verbal comment.

Wed
18
Apr

Waukon Trees Forever annual tree planting event is set for May 5

Waukon Trees Forever will hold its annual spring tree planting Saturday, May 5. Volunteers are asked to gather at the Waukon City Park at 9 a.m. for tree planting within the park. Shovels, rakes and work gloves are about the only tools needed. Work will consist of planting trees and mulching them. Everyone is invited to help with the project. For more information contact Kenneth Olson at 563-568-4612.
 

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