Community News

Wed
05
Oct

Allamakee County 4-H'ers participate in FarmHer event ...

Four Allamakee County 4-H members traveled to the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny Friday, September 23 for the Grow by FarmHer conference. Grow is a series of events that is designed to inspire and empower young women in agriculture to take an active role in the agriculture industry. Throughout the event, a total of 350 young women ages 15-23 with an interest in agriculture had the opportunity to participate in inspirational and informational experiences as a group as well as meaningful one-on-one connections with women agriculture leaders. At Grow by FarmHer, young women were able to get a real-life look at what they need to do to be successful agriculture leaders, while gaining the encouragement and making the connections that are pivotal to helping them grow in agriculture. Pictured above, left to right, at the event are Allamakee County 4-H Youth Coordinator Morgan Bjerke, and Allamakee County 4-H members Faith Palmer, Shara Cota, Soraya Reyes and Makayla Manning.

Wed
05
Oct

Allamakee County Farm Bureau sponsoring Hat & Mitten Drive once again

The Allamakee County Farm Bureau is sponsoring a Hat & Mitten Drive again this year. According to Allamakee County President Dustin Byrnes, items collected will be donated to the Allamakee County Relief Office to be given to children in need of these items. Donations can be dropped at the county office in Waukon and will be accepted until November 1. On behalf of Farm Bureau, President Byrnes expresses his appreciation to the community for the many donated items in the past and stresses that the need is always great with tough economic times.
 

Wed
28
Sep

Area Vietnam Veterans honored by DAR at appreciation event


Ron Roese of Waukon (pictured above) and Dennis Mason of Marquette (pictured below) were among the Vietnam War veterans who took part in the veteran appreciation event hosted by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) September 17 in West Union. Hannah Lee Chapter DAR member Jill Amdahl of Decorah is pictured placing the commemoration pin on each veteran. Submitted photo.

Fayette County Fairgrounds Pavilion was the site Saturday, September 17 for an event organized by Hannah Lee Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) to honor Vietnam War veterans. In partnership with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration the DAR chapter recognized the veterans for their service, valor and sacrifice.  Between veterans, guests and others, more than 100 people attended the honorarium.

The 50-year commemoration of the Vietnam War was authorized by the 2008 Department of Defense Authorization Act. Hannah Lee Chapter had chosen to be a partner in this commemoration. This event in West Union was the second such appreciation staged by Hannah Lee Chapter this year.

Wed
28
Sep

Board of Supervisors hears updates on continuing flood recovery issues at pair of sessions within this past week

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in a pair of sessions this past week. Coverage of both the Board's Thursday, September 22 special session and Monday, September 26 regular session appears below.

SEPTEMBER 22 SPECIAL SESSION
The Board of Supervisors met in a special session Thursday afternoon, September 22 to discuss a few specific issues, including the County's right to appeal the issuance of final construction permits pertaining to Regancrest Holsteins and to discuss the Big Slough flooding debris field on the Mississippi River. The meeting was called to order by Board Chairman Larry Schellhammer, and Supervisors Dan Byrnes and Dennis Koenig were also present.

Wed
28
Sep

Allamakee-Clayton REC holds 78th annual meeting


Member-owners attending the 78th annual meeting of Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative returned incumbents (left to right in above photo) Arlyn "Butch" Fossum of Waterville, Roger Arthur of Sumner, and Robert Swenson of Clermont to their seats on the Cooperative's board of directors. Submitted photo.

Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative (ACEC) held its 78th annual meeting Monday evening, September 12. Cooperative members approved reports from fiscal year 2015 and returned incumbents Arlyn R. Fossum of Waukon, Roger Arthur of Sumner and Robert V. Swenson of Clermont to their respective seats on the board of directors.

Brian Rude, Vice President External and Member Relations, Dairyland Power Cooperative, gave a brief history of the generation and transmission cooperative, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Dairyland was created by a group of distribution co-ops to ensure affordable and reliable electric power for their members. Rude explained that although coal will continue to be a main fuel source, Dairyland is a leader in seeking new renewable energy sources.

Wed
28
Sep

Art Along the Byway planned to enhance Iowa's Scenic Byways


Employees of Casey's in Waukon display the pin-ups donors can sign in support of Art Along the Byway. Those interested can donate at any Casey's General Store in Iowa throughout September. Submitted photo.

Casey’s General Stores, Inc. (Casey’s), in partnership with Northeast Iowa RC&D and the Byways of Iowa Foundation (BIF), has been hosting a promotion the entire month of September 2016 to help raise funds for public art to be installed along Iowa’s Scenic Byways. Although supporters can donate to Art Along the Byway at any Casey’s in Iowa, the Casey’s General Store in Waukon has been in support of the initiative and hopes to continue to help raise funding for the project.

“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to install a new public art piece in Waukon and encourage everyone to stop in to Casey’s and contribute. We would really like to show that our community is supportive of public art not only here, but in small towns across the state,” stated Ardie Kuhse of Waukon Economic Development Corporation.

Wed
21
Sep

Tickets still available for 12th annual Women's Health Day September 27


Tickets still remain for the 12th annual Veterans Memorial Hospital and Elliott Jewelers Women’s Health Day being held Tuesday, September 27 at the Waukon Banquet Center. All those purchasing a ticket for the event will be entered into a drawing to win this Ladies’ 14kt white gold infinity style pendant containing one .15 round brilliant diamond and .10 total weight round brilliant accent diamonds, equaling 1/4 carat total weight; on an 18” box chain, weighing 2.3 grams (retail value $1,050) compliments of Elliott Jewelers of Waukon. In addition, many more door prizes will be given away at the event. Submitted photo.

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital, together with Elliott Jewelers of Waukon, will be hosting the 12th annual Women’s Health Day wellness event and luncheon Tuesday, September 27 at the Waukon Banquet Center. All ages are invited to attend this educational event, beginning at 11 a.m. with a wellness fair offering a variety of free health tests and information, and a salad luncheon and program held from Noon to 1 p.m.

Tickets are available in advance at Veterans Memorial Hospital and Elliott Jewelers. Tickets will also be available at the door, until the event is sold out.  The proceeds from this event will be used to purchase a new noninvasive transcutaneous bilirubinometer for assessing the risk of jaundice in newborn babies in the Maternity Services Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital.

Wed
21
Sep

Abundance of projects involving streets and sewer discussed by Waukon City Council

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, September 19 to discuss a full agenda of items, including a Street Department end loader, the Regan/Leschensky alley project and the proposed storm sewer utility ordinance.

During the Public Comments portion of the meeting, members of the Waukon High School girls cross country team were present and addressed the City Council regarding a proposed 5K run that would be a fundraising benefit for local teacher and coach Joe O’Neill and other cancer patients and would be coordinated with the Waukon Park, Recreation and Wellness Department. Park, Recreation and Wellness Director Jeremy Strub explained that tentative dates include either October 8 or October 15 and that a course has been mapped out. Mayor Duane DeWalle and the City Council were supportive of the event. Strub and the students plan to have details finalized for approval at the upcoming special session of the City Council.

Wed
21
Sep

Supervisors hold regular meeting in Lansing as part of proposed rotation

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, September 19 at the Meehan Memorial Public Library in Lansing per its arrangement to try and meet at all the public library locations within the county throughout the year. Discussion took place on a variety of issues, including property insurance endorsements relating to the new Public Safety Center, hiring temporary election personnel and consideration of liquid propane (LP) bids.

Wed
21
Sep

Sister Mary Anne McCormick to celebrate 50 years of religious life


Sr. Mary Anne McCormick...

Sister Mary Anne McCormick, formerly of Waukon, will celebrate 50 years of religious life at a Mass and dinner with Presentation sisters, family and other invited guests to be held Saturday, September 24 at Sisters of the Presentation Mount Loretto, Dubuque. Also celebrating is Sister Marjorie Loughren of Cottage Grove, MN.

The life and spirit of 18th century Presentation Irish foundress Venerable Nano Nagle has inspired the personal faith journeys of Sisters Anne and Marjorie, who chose special scriptures with the theme “Blessed by God’s gift, strengthened by grace, received with gratitude” for their celebration.

Entering the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary September 8, 1966, Sister Mary Anne professed final vows in 1974 and Sister Marjorie in 1975. Sister Mary Anne McCormick, daughter of the late Leslie and Bernice (Ryan) McCormick of Waukon graduated from St. Patrick High School in Waukon and Clarke University in Dubuque.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Community News