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31
Jan

ISUEO-Allamakee County hosted Postville Clover Kids ...

Playing the piano with bananas, or the bongos with carrots, or Pac Man with play dough are just some of the things Postville Clover Kids learned about the magic of the Makey Makey and turning everyday items into a keyboard. The Makey Makey is a circuit board that uses alligator clips to send electrical signals to the computer. Anything that can conduct electricity can be connected to the clips, such as bananas, carrots, play dough, and even people. The Clover Kids substituted these items for the four arrow keys, space bar and click on the computer. Once they were grounded to the Makey Makey, they used different apps, such as the piano, to learn how electricity flows. The most important lesson was being “grounded” and holding the specific alligator clip or touching that person. The Clover Kids also made their own marshmallow shooters out of craft sticks. Marshmallows were sent flying to see who could launch the farthest.

Wed
24
Jan

Supervisors hear from library representatives at holiday-delayed January 16 meeting, hear more funding requests at January 22 regular session

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in a pair of regular sessions within the past week due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday falling on the board's regular Monday meeting day. Coverage of both the holiday-delayed Tuesday, January 16 and Monday, January 22 regular sessions appears below.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 16
The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in a delayed regular session Tuesday, January 16 following the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday falling on the board's usual Monday meeting day January 15. The board addressed a full agenda of items, including updates from libraries within the county, consideration of a tax abatement request and Secondary Roads transfers. There was no Public Comment.

Wed
24
Jan

Village Farm & Home honored as 2017 Dealer of the Year for Powder River Livestock Handling Equipment ...

Village Farm & Home in Waukon has been named Iowa Dealer of the Year for 2017 by Powder River Livestock Handling Equipment, a nationwide leader in livestock working equipment for the past 80 years headquartered in Provo, UT. Village Farm & Home in Waukon was started in 1962 by Ray Sweeney and his sons and has been a Powder River dealer for more than 25 of those 56 years in business, selling the company's livestock handling equipment to farmers, feedlots and sale barns in the tri-state area. Pictured above displaying the company's 2017 Iowa Dealer of the Year plaque are Village Farm & Home staff members Beth Sweeney, Jake Sweeney, Brad O'Hare, Steven Sweeney, Joe Sweeney, Matt Sweeney, Barb Howe, Jeffrey Sweeney and Jerry Sweeney. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
24
Jan

Robey Memorial Library to celebrate World Read Aloud Day February 1

Robey Memorial Library in Waukon plans to celebrate World Read Aloud Day Thursday, February 1 with events from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. In observance of World Read Aloud Day, people from all around the world read aloud together to celebrate and advocate literacy.

Reading aloud has been found to be beneficial to all, from children to adults. According to the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, “Reading aloud to children every day puts them almost a year ahead of children who do not receive daily read aloud time, regardless of parental income, education level or cultural background.”

Wed
24
Jan

Book with local ties to be featured at Good Samaritan Society this Sunday

Sunday, January 28, a book with connections in the Waukon area will be featured at an event being held at the Good Samaritan Society-Waukon and open to the public. "BECAUSE OF ADELINE: My Life With Antiques," written by John Haltmeyer, will be featured at a program of reading selections from the book and discussions with the author that will take place beginning at 2 p.m. at the Good Samaritan Society, located at 25 First Street SE in Waukon.

Haltmeyer is known to many in the area as a knowledgeable collector of handmade furniture and carved work by early immigrants from Scandinavia. This book tells the story of how Haltmeyer, as a college student at Platteville State Teachers College in Wisconsin, needed some old wooden duck decoys for a display case at the college. He heard that a collector named Adeline might have some, and from her he learned about collecting and marketing antiques.

Wed
24
Jan

Waukon High School Music Department takes part in Northeast Iowa Conference Music Festival ...

Tuesday, January 16, the Waukon High School Music Department participated in the Northeast Iowa Conference Music Festival hosted by Crestwood High School in Cresco this year. At this year's event, the orchestra was conducted by Dr. Jacob Tews from Wartburg College, the choir was conducted by Jayson Ryner from North Iowa Area Community College and the band was conducted by Dr. Danny Gaylen from the University of Northern Iowa.

Wed
17
Jan

More moves on the court ...

The Friday, January 12 home game for the Waukon boys basketball team against New Hampton featured some additional entertainment between that night's junior varsity and varsity contests, as nearly 40 area youngsters from Brenda's School of Dance in Waukon performed a variety of dance routines, some of which are pictured in the surrounding photos. View and find out how to purchase these photos and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.
 

Wed
17
Jan

In hopes of stepping up and reaching out to those most impacted ...

The Step Up and Reach Out Committee and Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health have started to distribute books purchased with the donations from its Step Up and Reach Out Walk held in October. The committee was able to purchase a large quantity of books for all ages dealing with the death of someone as a result of self harm. The organizations are delivering more than 40 knapsacks of books in Allamakee, Winneshiek, Clayton, Fayette and Howard counties to schools, churches, libraries, funeral homes and other organizations. Books include ones designed for young children, faith-based and teenagers.

Pictured above, left to right, are Joelle Nielsen, Jan Jauert and Rebecca Loven from Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health as they help to prepare books for delivery.

Wed
17
Jan

Waukon City Council discusses Aveka noise and odor matters, approves hiring of additional police officer and considers grant for vacant Main Street building

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, January 15 to address a full agenda of items including the catalyst grant application for the former Tierney Building on Main Street, an additional officer for the Police Department and the ongoing Aveka noise and odor concerns.

Mayor Pat Stone called the meeting to order with approval of the current agenda and meeting minutes of January 2. The council agreed to move the City Budget agenda item to being the last item for discussion under Regular Business and opened Public Comment. During Public Comment, City Attorney Jim Garrett used the opportunity to introduce the newly appointed Assistant City Attorney, Nicole Winke Gentes, who was in attendance.

Wed
17
Jan

Waukon Chamber of Commerce seeking nominations for Person of the Year and other honors presented at annual banquet

The Waukon Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations from community residents for awards to be distributed at the Chamber's annual meeting scheduled for Friday, February 23. Those awards include Years of Service, Business of the Year and Person of the Year honors within the Waukon community. The Chamber will bestow those honors upon the best nominated candidate fitting the following award criteria:

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