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Box Fans Available to Seniors in Northeast Iowa

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Join the fun at the Allamakee County Fair this week


Parmalee ... Submitted photo.

Caylee Hammack ... Submitted photo.

Midwest Rides Carnival ... Submitted photo

Country music group Parmalee to headline Friday's grandstand; Midwest Rides to provide midway carnival rides

This week, July 17-21,  the 166th Allamakee County Fair will be held for all to enjoy at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds in Waukon. A wide variety of entertainment is in place to headline this year’s fair at the grandstand, along with a great deal of other activities for everyone to enjoy each and every day throughout the five-day event.

GRANDSTAND TO FEATURE STAR POWER AND HORSE POWER

Kicking off this year’s grandstand entertainment line-up Wednesday, July 17 at 7 p.m. will be a Truck and Tractor Pull featuring local trucks and tractors as well as some powered-up regional competitors in a variety of high-revving classes.

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Black Hawk Bridge in Lansing to be replaced; July 9 meeting shows location, design options


Future plans for the Black Hawk Bridge ... Approximately 135 area residents attended the July 9 public meeting hosted by the Iowa and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation at Kee High School in Lansing to present the latest options for the future of the Black Hawk Bridge in Lansing. Those attending found out plans are to have the bridge replacement underway by 2024, with three different nearby location options, as well as bridge and pier design options, still needing to be decided on as planning continues. Photo by Susan Cantine-Maxson.

Design options for replacement of Black Hawk Bridge ... Bridge design images courtesy of the Iowa Department of Transportation and Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Pier options for replacement of Black Hawk Bridge ... Pier design images courtesy of the Iowa Department of Transportation and Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Green location alternative for Black Hawk Bridge replacement ... Located farthest north of the current Black Hawk Bridge location, with inset photo by Susan Cantine-Maxson showing approximate exit/approach location looking west toward North Second Street/Great River Road/Iowa Highway 26 from North Front Street along the Mississippi River. Map image courtesy of the Iowa Department of Transportation and Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Blue location alternative for Black Hawk Bridge replacement ... Located slightly north of the current Black Hawk Bridge location, with inset photo by Susan Cantine-Maxson showing approximate exit/approach location looking west toward North Second Street/Great River Road/Iowa Highway 26 from North Front Street along the Mississippi River. Map image courtesy of the Iowa Department of Transportation and Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Purple location alternative for Black Hawk Bridge replacement ... Located slightly south of the current Black Hawk Bridge location, with inset photo by Susan Cantine-Maxson showing approximate exit/approach location looking west toward North Second Street/Great River Road/Iowa Highway 9 from North Front Street along the Mississippi River. Map image courtesy of the Iowa Department of Transportation and Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Replacement to begin by 2024; Public can comment to DOT by July 22
 

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) and Wisconsin DOT held a public informational meeting at Kee High School in Lansing July 9. Several DOT officials were available at the meeting to answer the public’s questions about the project. A series of display boards explained the processes that have been completed and the future plans, along with options still being considered for location and design elements.

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10
Jul

Three young ladies vying for crown of 2019 Allamakee County Fair Queen


2019 Allamakee County Fair Queen candidates are pictured above, left to right, Diana Davison, Cayla Nolting and Soraya Reyes ...

July 16 coronation event kicks off 166th Allamakee County Fair

Three Allamakee County young ladies are vying for the title of 2019 Allamakee County Fair Queen. Those three candidates for this year's crown include Diana Davison, Cayla Nolting and Soraya Reyes, all three of them being students at Waukon High School this past school year.

The crown of Allamakee County Fair Queen and all the honors and responsibilities that accompany it will be bestowed upon one of those three candidates Tuesday evening, July 16 during the Allamakee County Fair Queen Coronation event being held at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon to kick off the 166th Allamakee County Fair.

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10
Jul

Long-time local employees share their sentiments as Waukon’s Shopko location closes its doors


Totaling 75 years of combined employee loyalty... Waukon Shopko location employees Laurie Brink, Rose Blake and Von Collins (left to right in the photo above) took a moment during the final days of the recent closing of the Waukon Shopko location to have this photo taken together. Brink and Collins are each 30-plus year employees of the business, having worked with the retail business through its transition from Pamida to Shopko and its relocation to the building that recently closed, with Blake being a more recent addition to the Shopko staff, but all three of them compiling memories they will carry with them long after the store’s June 23 closing. Photo by Kristin Kopperud-Stinn.

by Kristin Kopperud-Stinn

Shopko Hometown store, located at 819 Eleventh Avenue SW in Waukon, closed its doors forever June 23, 2019 after its parent company Shopko Stores Operating Co., LLC declared Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in January of this year.

Laurie Brink and Von Collins were two of the longest working employees at Shopko’s Waukon location. Both Brink and Collins started working at the store when it was still a Pamida and was located on Rossville Road, where the Waukon Banquet Center sits today.

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10
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Local efforts to fill vacant Shopko building continue

Even well prior to the June 23 closing of the Shopko location in Waukon, local efforts led by Waukon Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Director Ardie Kuhse to sustain the business were put in motion and have since transfered from preservation of the local business to occupancy of the now vacated property. Kuhse noted that contact was initially made with Shopko corporate leaders when the first announcement of store closings was made earlier this year - even though they did not include the Waukon location, reiterating the fact that Shopko was a vital part of the local business community and was  supported by the community and surrounding area by record sales.

“The sales did speak well for Waukon, and Waukon was spared the first and second round of store closings,” Kuhse said. “In the end, they could not restructure and no other corporate retail businesses stepped in to buy them out, thus the final closing of all stores and bankruptcy filing.”

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10
Jul

Sheriff’s Department responds to “freight hopping” report - two men charged with stowing away

by Lissa Blake

It wasn’t a typical call to the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Department (ACSD). But when dispatch received a call of an individual or individuals seen boarding a cargo train, the ACSD took measures to end the illegal activity and make sure nothing greater - or worse - became of it, using some creative tactics along the way.

According to Allamakee County Sheriff Clark Mellick, about mid-morning Tuesday, July 2, his department received a call stating that at least one individual had been seen jumping onto a train in Marquette that was heading north. A call to the Canadian Pacific Railroad helped officials get the train stopped just north of Harpers Ferry, but no riders were seen during that initial search.

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03
Jul

Waukon High School alumnus Gary Schwartzhoff to serve as Artistic Director for D-Day and Liberation of France Choral Festival celebrating 75th anniversary of D-Day


Gary Schwartzhoff... Submitted photo.

WHS graduate to conduct D-Day 75th anniversary Choral Festival... Waukon High School 1970 graduate Gary Schwartzhoff (at left) shakes hands with a World War II veteran during the 60th anniversary observance of the D-Day invasion commemorated in 2004 in France. Schwartzhoff directed the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Concert Choir in a concert performance at both the 50th and 60th anniversary D-Day observances in Paris, France and will now lead the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Choir in commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day at the Paris Choral Festival scheduled for Monday, July 8. Submitted photo.

The year 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, historically considered the single most pivotal day in World War II. The heroics of that fateful day, June 6, 1944, in Normandy, France are certainly worth singing the praises of, and an alumnus of Waukon High School will be directing the very effort to do just that this Monday, July 8 at the D-Day and Liberation of France Choral Festival held in Paris, a grand musical commemoration in honor of those who fought for freedom during what’s considered to be the world’s greatest invasion.

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03
Jul

Film producer Jack Meggers reflects on recent premieres and overall process of his Lansing-filmed production “The Burial”


Full house for film premiere ... More than 200 people from the Lansing area and beyond filed into T.J. Hunter’s Banquet Hall in Lansing to view the premiere showing of the short film “The Burial” Thursday, June 20. The film was shot entirely in and around the Lansing area, and producer Jack Meggers will now take the short film version to film companies and other film industry connections in hopes of securing financing for a full-length film. Photo by Jack Meggers.

Sharing further insight ... “The Burial” lead actress Nokomis Leaman-Logsdon (left) and producer Jack Meggers (right) fielded questions from the audience at the June 20 Lansing premiere of the film. The movie was filmed entirely in the Lansing area and is hoped to be further developed from its short film version into a full-length film. Photo by Susan Cantine-Maxson.

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

Recently, Jack Meggers, an Iowa Arts Council Fellow, debuted his independent short film “The Burial” in Lansing and Des Moines. The film, shot entirely in northeast Iowa in and around the Lansing area, is a psychological, supernatural thriller. Meggers hopes to show this 20-minute film to film production companies on the East and West coasts and in Canada in the hope that one of them will agree to finance a feature length film of the entire story.

SET IN NE IOWA
Working on this concept since 2014, Meggers wrote  the screen play and worked tirelessly to get this film concept to the big screen, while also supporting himself as a substitute teacher. Meggers, a Mason City native, grew to love the Lansing area when he spent many summers with his dad in northeast Iowa along the Mississippi River.

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03
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Public Information Meeting regarding Black Hawk Bridge planned for July 9

Joint meeting with Iowa and Wisconsin DOT to be held in Lansing

A joint Public Information Meeting with the Iowa and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation (DOT) has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 9 between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. at the Kee High School, located at 569 Center Street in Lansing. The proposed improvements on the Iowa 9 (Black Hawk) Bridge connecting Iowa and Wisconsin at Lansing will be displayed and discussed.

Details of the proposed project will be discussed at the meeting. Iowa DOT and consultant staff will be present to discuss the project informally. Interested individuals are encouraged to attend to express their views and ask questions about the proposed project.

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