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21
Apr

Waukon High School 2021 Prom Queen and King candidates ...

The 2021 Waukon High School Prom is scheduled to be held this Saturday, April 24 at the Waukon Middle School gymnasium. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. Grand March, with no limit to the number of guests a Prom participant may invite to the Grand March but masks being required to be worn at all times by all in attendance. Students participating in Prom may remove their masks during the Grand March procession only.

Following the Grand March will be the coronation of this year’s Prom King and Queen. Visitors are asked to exit the building after the coronation in order for students to start the Prom dance. Students need to be present and attend both the dance and Post Prom event to be eligible for prizes at the Post Prom event being held in the Waukon High School gymnasium. Post Prom will offer a variety of activities, including games, contests and a hypnotist, and will take place following the Prom dance, from 11 p.m.-3:30 a.m.

Wed
21
Apr

Kee High School 2021 Prom Queen and King candidates ...

The 2021 Kee High School Prom is scheduled for this Saturday, April 24. Pictured at left are the senior class Queen and King candidates for the annual event. Left to right - Front row: Queen candidates Mado Shako, Rhissa Eiden, Alexis Johnson, Jaiden Berns; Back row: King candidates Owen Henkes, Michael Mattson, Kellen Maddox, Jesse Jones. The annual banquet will be held at TJ Hunter’s Banquet Hall on Main Street in Lansing at 5:30 p.m. The dance will take place from 8-11:30 p.m. in the banquet hall.

Wed
21
Apr

A classic return to the stage: Waukon High School’s weekend performance of “West Side Story” benefits from experience and passion of all involved


Preparing for the performance ... Waukon High School students rehearse one of the scenes from the musical production West Side Story they performed this past weekend in the Waukon High School auditorium. In addition to the directive guidance of the Waukon High School Musical Theatre Department staff, students also benefited from the experience and passion a number of local theater enthusiasts have with the production. Photo submitted by Sarah Bieber.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

Everyone involved with this project knew it was going to be a big deal.

Not only is the musical, West Side Story, one of the most enduringly beloved in American theatre - with almost every song from the score now considered a standard; but this weekend’s past performance of that timeless classic at Waukon High School was also the first live musical theatre production in the local area since the COVID-19 pandemic had put the arts, like everything else, into lock-down last year.

Wed
14
Apr

Several factors fall into place to prevent fire at Steel Cow from being much worse


Called into service ... The aerial ladder truck from the Decorah Fire Department was called in by Waukon fire officials as an early precautionary measure in the Tuesday, April 6 fire at Steel Cow on Allamakee Street in Waukon. As evident in the photo above, the truck was put to use in accessing the roof of the building, where firefighters breached a hole in the northeast corner to make sure no flames or fire remnants had made their way to the roof.

Back attack ... The northeast interior corner toward the back of the Steel Cow building on Allamakee Street in Waukon is where fire officials have reported as the area of origin of the Tuesday, April 6 fire in the building. Although smoke can be seen in the photo above billowing out of upper floor windows in the rear of the building, Waukon fire officials say the flames were contained to the main floor near the back of the building, where the fire started, thanks to a number of positives that came into play and prevented the fire from being much worse, such as early detection and recognition of the fire location, along with fire mitigation measures implemented in the building’s remodeling.

If there can ever be a consideration of feeling fortunate when experiencing a building fire, those involved in a Tuesday, April 6 blaze that broke out at Steel Cow on Allamakee Street in Waukon would likely consider themselves among those fortunate ranks.

Business and building owners Josh and Val Miller of Waukon note the most fortunate aspect of the incident was that no injuries were suffered, as no one was in the building at the time of the fire and crews worked quickly and efficiently to extinguish the blaze. Aside from the fire having to happen at all, the fortuitous momentum of the fire damage being as limited as it was could also be carried over into how the event unfolded from the very beginning - and even prior to it happening at all.

Wed
14
Apr

Iron Ridge Church and many volunteers help facilitate local food distribution during pandemic through Farmers to Families effort


A higher calling helping others ... An aerial view of the parking lot of Iron Ridge Church in Waukon shows rows of vehicles lined up to receive food through the Farmers to Families program designed to help those in need. The church began the local distribution effort in May of 2020 after the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program was launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and plans to continue to facilitate the program as long as it is available. Submitted photo.

Efforts of many in all kinds of weather ... The local food distribution efforts at Iron Ridge Church in Waukon through the nationwide Farmers to Families program benefited from the assistance of many in helping feed those in need. A variety of volunteers have helped out with the distribution effort in a variety of weather, as evidenced above, providing a variety of food, as evidenced in the photo below, to those who may need it . Submitted photo.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

Since May of 2020, Iron Ridge Church in Waukon has been part of a nationwide effort to get food to people in need, in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The church, along with food banks and other non-profit organizations throughout the country, has been receiving and distributing “Farmers to Families” food boxes - pre-approved boxes of fresh produce, dairy and meat products purchased by the USDA under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and as part of the $19 billion Coronavirus Food Assistance Program launched in April of 2020. Additional funding for the program was included in the COVID-19 relief package as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act passed December 21, 2020.

Wed
07
Apr

Phase II of Allamakee County Freedom Rock project to continue this spring

Committee seeking public assistance with site development in time for Memorial Day

With the onset of spring, the Allamakee County Freedom Rock Committee is ready to embark on the continuation of Phase II of the Freedom Rock project for Allamakee County.

Last August, the Freedom Rock became a reality when it was Allamakee County’s turn to have Freedom Rock artist Bubba Sorensen design and paint the rock, which is located at the Waukon City Park. At that time, a fundraising campaign was begun to help offset the costs for the painting of the rock, paint and supplies.

Now the Committee is looking to develop and finish the Freedom Rock site to be ready for summer tourists and visitors this year. The Phase II workplan had originally included the building of a shelter to help protect the rock from weather elements, along with security and lighting, landscaping, cement work and signage.

Wed
07
Apr

State reports net result of no new cases of COVID-19 in Allamakee County in past week for first time in over nine months

For the first time in more than nine months, the number of confirmed new cases of COVID-19 reported by the State of Iowa for a week’s timeframe in Allamakee County calculated out to zero, according to statistics updated daily at www.coronavirus.iowa.gov.

The past week’s timeframe of Monday, March 29 through Monday, April 5 saw the same number of confirmed positive total cases in Allamakee reported on each of those Mondays - 1,537 total cases since the COVID-19 pandemic began just over a year ago. That’s the first time the same number of total cases has been reported by the State of Iowa on consecutive Mondays since mid-June of last year, when the Allamakee County positive case total stood at just 121 confirmed cases both Monday, June 15 and Monday, June 22.

Wed
07
Apr

Jarred and Shelby Moose named finalists in the National Outstanding Young Farmers Awards Program


Shelby and Jarred Moose ... Submitted photo.

A rural Allamakee County couple has been named among the National Outstanding Young Farmers (NOYF) Awards Program finalists for 2021. The oldest farmer recognition program in the United States, NOYF honored eight finalists from across the nation and will announce four winners at the 2022 NOYF Awards Congress. The annual NOYF Awards Congress for 2021 has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jarred and Shelby Moose of rural Monona, near the Allamakee/Clayton County border, were among those eight finalists selected from the award nomination process. According to nomination information from the award, the couple raises soybeans, hay and cattle on the family farm. Throughout his farming career, Jarred Moose has worked to increase conservation practices such as no-till, terraces and manure spreading. Jarred is the son of Lesa and the late Jim Moose. Shelby is the daughter of Wayne Byrnes and Barb Byrnes.

Wed
31
Mar

Better than expected: Colorado mule deer hunt for Corey Welsh of Waukon turns into cover story for Epic Outdoors magazine


Cover story for Waukon hunter ... Corey Welsh of Waukon had a late 2020 hunt in Colorado yield the mule deer with the sizable rack he is proudly displaying in the above image. The animal and Welsh’s hunting experience resulted in the cover story for the March 2021 edition of Epic Outdoors® Western Hunting Magazine, the cover of which is pictured above and is being reprinted with permission from Epic Outdoors® Western Hunting Magazine.

Editor’s Note: The following article and accompanying image appeared in the March 2021 edition of Epic Outdoors® Western Hunting Magazine, a publication produced in Cedar City, UT and specializing in in-depth state-by-state, species-by-species analysis to aid in planning big game hunts in the western United States. The article features the first-hand experience of Waukon native Corey Welsh, whose Colorado mule deer hunt in late 2020 resulted in a cover story and photo for the magazine. Both the article and cover photo image are being reprinted here with permission from Epic Outdoors® Western Hunting Magazine.

Early in the year, I knew I was going to be limited on the amount of time I could spend out West in the fall, my fiance and I were getting married in early October.

Wed
31
Mar

Allamakee County vaccination partners condensing to one COVID sign-up list

Anyone ages 18-64 with underlying medical conditions now invited to sign up at single VMH website

Allamakee County COVID-19 vaccination partners, including Veterans Memorial Hospital, Gundersen Health System, Hartig Drug, Prescription Shoppe Pharmacy and Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care (Allamakee County Public Health), are going to begin working from a single list of people wanting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Anyone interested in being included on this list will need to access the hospital’s website, veteransmemorialhospital.com, to sign up. Those who are not able to sign up online can call 563-568-3411 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and ask for the COVID line for assistance with this process.

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