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07
Mar

Black Hills Energy warns customers of bill payment telephone scam attempts

Black Hills Energy has received customer reports of late bill payment scams with customers being told that they are past due on their account, and without immediate payment, their service will be disconnected.

“Individuals claiming ties to the utility may threaten to disconnect service if they are not paid immediately or may say you’ve overpaid and must provide personal bank account or credit card information for a refund,” said Tracy Peterson, Vice President of Iowa Gas at Black Hills Energy. “If your account is at risk of service disconnection or you’re due a refund, we will issue advance written notices by mail. Beware, as perpetrators are becoming more sophisticated, manipulating caller ID or leaving a call-back number with a recording that mimics a utility’s phone system message and options.”

Wed
07
Mar

VMH seeking short-term financing from City of Waukon during medical records transition

by Brianne Eilers

The month of January ended on a positive financial note at Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) in Waukon with a profit of $49,136. VMH Administrator Mike Myers noted that looking at year-to-date statistics, the hospital is financially "about break-even."

He noted that they are still under budget by approximately $10,000 to $15,000. "Considering what we ended at last year, I feel pretty good about that," Myers said.

Acute patient days were up and skilled patient days were also up over last January. Deliveries were the same as last January. Total surgeries were also up, as was overall radiology department patient volume. Myers did note that Emergency Room visits were down some over last January, further explaining that outpatient revenue was 6.9% above budget.

Wed
28
Feb

World Day of Prayer 2018 scheduled for March 2 …

World Day of Prayer is an ecumenical celebration of informed prayer and prayerful action. Area residents are invited to join in the prayer service written by the women of Suriname, which invites the exploration of Genesis 1, the story of Creation, with the theme “All God’s Creation is Very Good!” Concepts of climate change, natural disasters, pollution, and human abuse of the environment will be explored. Those interested are invited to take part in a provided lunch and prayer at St. John’s Lutheran Church, located at 8 Fifth Street SW in Waukon, Friday, March 2 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. All people of all faiths are welcome to attend. For more information, call 563-568-3623. Submitted image.
 

Wed
28
Feb

Have A Heart Day a success once again this year ...

Saturday, February 10, approximately 50 area youth, ages four to 18, received free dental care as Waukon Dental and Family Dentistry Associates of Monona hosted their 28th annual Have A Heart Day event, and Dental Associates of Prairie du Chien, P.C. celebrated hosting its 24th year of the event. While the event provides an opportunity for kids who have not recently seen a dentist for whatever reason to receive free dental care, this day also brings satisfaction to the doctors and staff.

Waukon Dental, Family Dentistry Associates of Monona and Dental Associates of Prairie du Chien, P.C. provided a variety of dental services including check-ups, x-rays, treatment for toothaches, extractions, fillings, sealants and dental hygiene cleanings at no cost. The extent of services provided to patients this year totaled a little more than $22,500. Pictured above in the submitted photo is Dental Hygienist Heather Moore with six-year-old Gabriel.

Wed
28
Feb

After School Clover Kids get fueled up and into the Olympic spirit...

Guest speaker McKayla Stock, a nurse and former Allamakee County 4-H member, shared with the Clover Kids after school program that half of their plate at meal time should be made up of fruits and vegetables, and the more colorful the contents of their plate, the more yummy it looks and the more nutrients are involved. To demonstrate the variety of color, everyone was able to make their own fruit kabobs with a Peeps® treat (pictured in the top photo at left). The students learned that treats can be fun when eaten in moderation.

Wed
28
Feb

Upper Iowa River Alliance hopes to educate river users with new Upper Iowa River paddler's guide


Paddler's guide for Upper Iowa River now available ... Members of the Upper Iowa River Alliance display the new paddler's guide for the Upper Iowa River recently published and distributed for use by Upper Iowa River users. Pictured, left to right, are Barb Schroeder, Lora Friest, Val Reinke, MJ Hatfield, Josh Dansdill, Kirsten Heine and Dixie Hutchinson. Submitted photo.

The Upper Iowa River Alliance (UIRA) has announced the development and recent publication of a new paddler’s guide for the Upper Iowa River. The pocket-sized guide provides a detailed map of the “floatable” portions of the Upper Iowa River from Chester to the Mississippi River and provides an in-depth look at five segments of the river on larger-scale maps.

This publication was the first major project completed by the Upper Iowa River Alliance, a non-profit formed to “promote, protect and enhance the Upper Iowa River.” The diverse group of stakeholders belonging to the Upper Iowa River Alliance gathered and provided input to ensure both experienced and novice river users would find the guide convenient and informative. In addition to the maps, it highlights the locations of all publicly owned river accesses, local amenities, safety information, canoe and kayak rental options, distance between accesses, native wildlife, and rules and regulations.

Wed
21
Feb

Waukon State Bank Scoreboard Program donations announced ...


Waukon FFA - Left to right: FFA members Nate Helgerson and Cayla Nolting, Waukon State Bank Ag Lender Amy McCormick and FFA member Faith Palmer.

Waukon Wrestling Club - Left to right: Waukon Wrestling Club Secretary Le Anne Jones and Maura Jones of Waukon State Bank. Submitted photo.

St. Patrick Catholic School - Left to right: St. Patrick Catholic School Principal Katie Fahey and Maura Jones of Waukon State Bank. Submitted photo.

Waukon High School Drama Department - Left to right: Waukon High School Drama Director Louise Wild and Jennifer Hooten of Waukon State Bank. Submitted photo.

Waukon State Bank has made donations in support of school organizations through the bank’s Scoreboard Program. Waukon State Bank donates $10 for each football touchdown, $3 for each volleyball ace, $5 for each basketball three-point shot, $5 for each wrestling pin and $5 for each baseball and softball home run. From the Waukon Indians’ 2017 fall varsity sports season, donation checks were recently presented to the Waukon High School Drama Department, Waukon FFA, Waukon Wrestling Club and St. Patrick Catholic School. Presentations of those donated funds are pictured in the surrounding submitted photos.

Wed
21
Feb

Waukon Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet to be held this Friday

The Waukon Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its Annual Banquet this Friday, February 23 at the Waukon Banquet Center. The Chamber will be awarding nominees from the community for Business of the Year and Person of the Year honors. Awards will also be distributed to honor businesses and organizations for their Years of Service to the community for those celebrating a five-year increment anniversary.

The doors will open for the event at 5:30 p.m., with awards being distributed at 6:30 p.m. and the meal to follow. This year’s banquet will be catered by BE Catered and they will be serving grilled ribeye sandwiches and shrimp alfredo with all the sides.

Anyone with further questions about the event should contact Waukon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stephanie Dugan at 563-568-4110 or by email at waukoncc@mchsi.com.
 

Wed
21
Feb

Waukon City Council will enforce 24-hour snow removal ordinance, approves on split vote completion of grant funding application for former Tierney building

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, February 19 to address a full agenda of items, including the final application for the Catalyst Grant, a letter of support for the Walk On Waukon committee and the former Tierney building structural integrity inspection results.

Mayor Pat Stone called the meeting to order with approval of the current meeting agenda and meeting minutes of the February 5, 2018 regular session. During Public Comment, Coordinator Ardie Kuhse with Waukon Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) discussed the 2015 City of Waukon Comprehensive Plan as being a resource for the Council in terms of economic development and tourism and shared copies of the plan’s goals.

Wed
21
Feb

Allamakee County Business and Community Board members provide critical input on local industry and workforce needs


Nancy Everman ... Submitted photo.

Overcoming problems and challenges that may be encountered in a business environment often starts with a conversation: a dialogue about possible solutions to develop a plan of action.

Whether challenges for companies include new employee recruitment, employee soft skills such as customer service, or retention of talent, a diverse group of leaders providing their input and expertise helps to work through a solution. The Allamakee County Business and Community Board, formed with the assistance of Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC), provides a forum for this purpose, by inviting dialogue between education, economic development officials and local business leaders.

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