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Tue
29
Sep

Dan and Jane Sivesind inducted into Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame ...

The Allamakee County 4-H Youth Development Committee is proud to recognize Dan and Jane Sivesind of Waukon as the 2020 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductees from Allamakee County. The 2020 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductees were inducted this year by a virtual ceremony that can be viewed online at the Iowa 4-H Foundations website at https://www.iowa4hfoundation.org.

The Sivesinds have been active supporters of the Allamakee County 4-H program for over 30 years. Their family has competed in numerous county fairs, regional shows, as well as state shows over the years. Instilling the value of 4-H in their children, they have continued the family tradition of giving back to the 4-H community.

Tue
29
Sep

Waukon Police Station remodeling project gets underway this past week


To be renovated for evidence storage ... Under the new office layout at the current Waukon Police Station, the southwest corner of the building, currently part of the garage, will become a secure evidence storage area. Condensation and mold growth are visible in the corners of the garage area and will be cleaned, sealed and further insulated as part of the remodeling project. The window in this photo will be removed and replaced with concrete block for improved energy efficiency and security. The squad room, currently in the southeast corner of the structure, will be moved next to the secure evidence storage area under the new layout. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

New conference room planned ... The squad room area, pictured above, in the current Waukon Police Station now under renovation will be the new location of a conference room that will allow teleconferencing and meetings with city officials, community members and other law enforcement agencies. This area will be used for in-house training and planning related to various emergency situations. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

Windows to be removed ... As part of the Waukon Police Station remodeling project, windows on the south side of the building are being removed and replaced with cement block along with added insulation to improve energy efficiency and security. Pictured above is a glass block window on the south side of the building scheduled to be removed with visible damage and foam insulation as a temporary repair. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

The Waukon Police Station remodeling project is moving forward with extensive improvements and renovations taking place this fall at its current location in the 100 block of First Street NW, with project completion anticipated for mid-December this year. Initial interior demolition got underway this past week by the project contractor.

Waukon Police Chief Paul Wagner said that the first phase of this project essentially began with the replacement of the Waukon Police Station’s concrete driveway earlier this summer, which also improved some storm water drainage issues at the northeast corner of the building. Wagner also said that a pre-construction meeting took place just over a week ago with Dave’s Complete Construction, Inc. of Delhi, one of seven contractors to bid on this project and the contractor with the lowest bid for the project of $372,694.00 and an alternate bid of $14,923.00 for the inclusion of additional options.

Wed
16
Sep

Temporary location for Waukon Police Department ...

Due to a remodeling project that has just gotten underway with the start of this week at its current First Street NW location, the Waukon Police Department has temporarily relocated its headquarters to its one-time former location on the lower level of Waukon City Hall. The temporary location is accessible through its First Avenue NE entrance on the west end of the building (white door pictured here at right). The Waukon Police Department’s mailing address remains the same, 104 First Street NW, and the department’s telephone numbers and email addresses are all unchanged as well. Standard photo by Joe Moses.
 

Wed
16
Sep

Waukon City Council advised of part-time Waukon Wellness Center employee testing positive for COVID-19, approves expense reimbursement request through CARES Act

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Tuesday, September 8 following the observance of the Labor Day holiday and closure of City Hall on the council’s usual meeting day Monday, September 7. The council addressed a full agenda of items including a request for reimbursement from the Iowa COVID-19 Government Relief Fund, consideration of Waukon Wellness Center HVAC repairs and City Code amendments based on State Code changes.

Wed
16
Sep

Fields of Faith 2020 event set for October 7 at Waukon High School

Students from Waukon High School will join thousands of other youth and any others who may be interested on athletic fields across the nation Wednesday, October 7 to share their Christian faith with fellow students and the general public for this year’s Fields of Faith event. The local event is now in its ninth year and will start at 7 p.m. at the Waukon High School football field that Wednesday evening. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

Wed
09
Sep

Senator Joni Ernst tours WW Homestead Dairy as part of her annual 99-county tour


Senator Ernst returns to WW Homestead Dairy ... U.S. Senator Joni Ernst talks with (left to right) Tom Weighner, Paul Weighner and Liz Murphy of WW Homestead Dairy in Waukon during her tour of the facility Wednesday, September 2. Returning to the operation after her last tour there in 2016, Ernst visited the locally owned and operated dairy as part of the annual 99-county tour she is conducting during her time in office to hear concerns and ideas from Iowans across the state and relay that feedback to her legislative colleagues in Washington, D.C. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst continued her annual 99 County Tour with a planned stop Wednesday, September 2 at WW Homestead Dairy in Waukon.

Tom Weighner, a co-owner of the business, provided a tour of the production facility and retail store and discussed a variety of industry trends affecting WW Homestead Dairy and the dairy industry in general during the COVID-19 pandemic. Weighner said the recent purchase of a milk truck has made the company more self-sufficient relating to transportation by reducing dependence on outside trucking companies to distribute their products.

Wed
09
Sep

J Nails & Spa opens in newly renovated location on Spring Avenue in downtown Waukon


First Dollar Visit for J Nails & Spa ... J Nails & Spa, newly opened at 7 Spring Avenue in Waukon, recently received a First Dollar Visit from the Waukon Chamber of Commerce. Pictured above at that First Dollar presentation are, left to right, Waukon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Leddia Tallman, Waukon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member Tyler Halverson, Tommy Ta and Yen Thu Nguyen of J Nails & Spa, and Waukon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member Sherrie Hunstad. Submitted photo.

J Nails & Spa has opened its doors within the past month in the newly renovated building at 7 Spring Avenue in downtown Waukon. The building that most recently housed Spring Avenue Pub in Waukon has now been renovated both inside and outside and, as of August 5, is home to the new business owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Tommy Ta and Yen Thu Nguyen.

The couple originally came from California and has also lived in Illinois and Wisconsin. They have three children that include two boys and one girl.

The two say that building owner Dick Sullivan inspired them to open their business at its new Waukon location. They describe their new venture as an “upscale nail salon” and offer both manicures and pedicures within their line-up of services.

Wed
09
Sep

Robey Memorial Library to begin featuring a Reader of the Month

Robey Memorial Library in Waukon is beginning a Reader of the Month program during this month of September. Anyone can sign themselves or their child up for consideration to be featured as a Robey Memorial Library Reader of the Month.

Any Robey Memorial Library reader, whether reading or listening to books, can participate. Library staff will select a new Reader of the Month to post on the library’s website and social media platforms monthly. Readers may share a little about themselves and books they love to read. The Reader of the Month feature will also have a link to the library’s catalog of the featured reader’s booklist.

Stop in to the library or complete the consideration form online at www.waukon.lib.ia.us/services/programs/RoM. Contact Robey Memorial Library at 563-568-4424 or visit www.waukon.lib.ia.us with any further questions.
 

Wed
02
Sep

Supervisors hold meeting at New Albin Public Library, tour community’s new splash pad

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, August 31 at the New Albin Public Library as part of the board’s annual tour of county libraries. The board addressed a variety of agenda items including a resolution requesting reimbursement from the Iowa COVID-19 Government Relief Fund, the Second Reading of an amendment to the Allamakee County Zoning Ordinance and an update relating to the New Albin Public Library.

During Public Comment, Executive Director Val Reinke of Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) discussed the Eitzen, MN Lions Club’s Fall ATV/UTV Ride that took place Saturday, August 29 as a scholarship fundraiser for students at Caledonia, Kee and Waukon High Schools in Minnesota and Iowa.

Wed
02
Sep

Waukon Inn opens in new location just north of Waukon on Highway 76


First Dollar Visit for Waukon Inn at its new location ... Waukon Inn, now located within the Northeast Iowa Equity Sales Commission facility at 1645 State Highway 76 North two miles north of Waukon, recently received a First Dollar Visit from the Waukon Chamber of Commerce following its relocation from its previous Rossville Road location in Waukon. Pictured above at that First Dollar presentation are, left to right, Waukon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member Tyler Halverson, Waukon Inn owner Roberta Palmer, and Waukon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Leddia Tallman. Submitted photo.

The Waukon Inn, owned and operated by Roberta Palmer, has recently opened for business once again at its new location. Following the sale of its long-time building location on Rossville Road in the southern part of Waukon, Palmer relocated the Waukon Inn within the kitchen and dining facility at the Northeast Iowa Equity Sales Commission located at 1645 State Highway 76 North approximately two miles north of Waukon.

Palmer has been self-employed in the dining business since 1997. She and her husband live in Luana but have been involved in the business for the past 23 years. “We’ve really been looking forward to seeing everyone again,” Palmer shared in regard to opening at her new location.

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