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Supervisors hold pair of regular sessions this past week due to Memorial Day holiday; Discuss former Rossville Presbyterian Church property, hear updates on paving of Makee Drive and from Driftless Center and Friends of Yellow River Forest

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Tuesday, May 28 following the Monday, May 27 closure of the Allamakee County Courthouse in observance of the Memorial Day holiday and met again in regular session within a week, Monday, June 3, at the New Albin Public Library as part of the Supervisors’ annual schedule of county library visits. Coverage of both meetings appears below.

MAY 28 SESSION
The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Tuesday, May 28 following the Monday, May 27 closure of the Allamakee County Courthouse in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. The Supervisors addressed a short meeting agenda including a plat approval and discussion of a lot and surrounding roads in Rossville.

Wed
29
May

Patriot Tour 2019 makes flag transfer at Waukon ...

The Nation of Patriots, a volunteer organization with a mission to provide financial support to families of wounded military veterans who have made sacrifices in service to their country, brought its 2019 Patriot Tour through Waukon Sunday, May 19 as part of its annual three-month summer tour across the country. Tour participants display a United States flag which is transferred between riders at each designated stop along the tour that will travel the contiguous 48 United States before it will finally end up back at its original starting location in Beaver Dam, WI in early September.

Wed
29
May

Bus driver Tom Garrett retiring after more than 40 years transporting students for the Eastern Allamakee Community School District


Hauling precious cargo for more than 40 years ... Tom Garrett of Lansing (second from left in back row wearing white hat) is pictured above with some of the students from the Eastern Allamakee Community School District that he currently transports on his school bus route for the district. Garrett has been driving school bus for the school district for more than 40 years and is retiring from the position following completion of this current school year. Photo by Macie Hill.

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

Tom Garrett of Lansing has put a lot of miles on Eastern Allamakee Community School District buses through the last 41 years. This year marks his retirement from that job.

More than 40 years ago, when he was in his mid-twenties, he heard that the school district transportation director, Vince Mullarkey, was looking for bus drivers. Mullarkey and Donny Johnson were in charge of the busing system and knew Garrett. Through those early years, Garrett was also a full-time deputy sheriff for Allamakee County, but he worked a majority of night shifts, so during the day he could drive school buses.

After he retired from the Sheriff’s department in 2004, he increased his bus load to include more activity buses in addition to his morning and evening routes.

Wed
29
May

Dairy Days Parade in Lansing June 3

The Allamakee County Dairy Promotion Board invites the public to its Annual Dairy Days Parade, which will be held in Lansing Monday, June 3, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The parade will start at Kee High School, travel through downtown on Main Street, south on Second Street and back west on John and Center Streets to end up at the school.

Those wishing to have an entry in this year’s parade should line up at Kee High School in Lansing between 7-7:15 p.m. For more information, call Jeremy Peake at 563-568-4120.

Wed
29
May

Tornado Warning issued for Allamakee County Friday, no sightings or damage reported

The National Weather Service issued a Tornado Warning at approximately 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 24 for the mostly central one-third of Allamakee County, a swath from west of Waukon angling slightly northeast to the Mississippi River equal distance to the north and south of Lansing. The National Weather Service out of La Crosse, WI reported that the warning was issued due to a storm cell located west of Waukon showing radar indication of rotation in its cloud formation, and the warning was issued until 9:15 p.m. with warning sirens sounding in both Waukon and Lansing.

The National Weather Service advised that no reports of a tornado touchdown or sightings of funnel clouds were received, and no damage was reported from the storm that did pass through that area. Those reports were confirmed by the Allamakee County Emergency Management Agency.

Wed
22
May

Lt. Col. James “Joe” Emerson to deliver Memorial Day address in Waukon; Parade could be impacted by ongoing road construction


Still flying as a volunteer ... LTC (Retired) James “Joe” Emerson of rural Harpers Ferry is pictured above flying the Huey helicopter just this past May 15 similar to what he flew during his service in Viet Nam. Emerson and his wife volunteer with the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation. Submitted photo.

LTC (Retired) James “Joe” Emerson ... Submitted photo.

The 2019 Memorial Day Observance Program being held at Oakland Cemetery in Waukon Monday, May 27 is scheduled to commence following the traditional parade that begins at 9:45 a.m. in front of the Allamakee County Courthouse and marches its way to the cemetery. In the event of rain, the program will be held at the Waukon Banquet Center.

In addition to the weather, road construction in the downtown Waukon area may prevent the traditional parade from taking place as well. Should the construction work on Allamakee Street and/or Main Street prevent the parade from beginning at its traditional County Courthouse point of origin, plans are to begin the parade at the St. Patrick School parking lot and travel east down the hill toward Rossville Road and then south to Oakland Cemetery. Should weather and/or road construction not fully cooperate, the Memorial Day Observance Program will be scheduled for 10 a.m.

Wed
22
May

World renown historian and author to present “The Enemies Within” Memorial Day in Waukon


Historical research will be part of Memorial Day presentation ... Historian and author Michael Luick-Thrams points to an exhibit at the University of Heidelberg’s Center for American Studies located in Heidelberg, Germany. Luick-Thrams will be conducting a two-part presentation at the Town Theater & Pizza Pub (formerly Main Feature Theater & Pizza Pub) in Waukon the afternoon of Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 on his research regarding World War II Prisoners of War from the Midwest and from Germany and how lessons learned from their past experience can be applied to current situations. Submitted photo.

Issuing the “Next Generation Challenge” to veterans and youth

“I feel an obligation to continue to tell their story, because, like it or not, there aren’t many of them left to keep telling it.”

That’s what historian and author Michael Luick-Thrams says about the World War II Prisoners of War (POWs) that he has researched and written several books about over the past 20 years. That feeling of obligation has further led to the establishment of TRACES, a nonprofit organization started by Luick-Thrams in the late 1980s that has helped gather and preserve those and many more stories of historical significance through which Luick-Thrams says he wants to help “apply lessons of the past to current situations.”

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15
May

Area residents hear Iowa DOT update on historic properties identified in study regarding Black Hawk Bridge project; Engineering report reveals further details


Black Hawk Bridge meeting ... Iowa Department of Transportation Cultural Resource Project Manager Brennan Dolan addressed a capacity crowd Wednesday, May 2 at the Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library regarding the Black Hawk Bridge project proposed by the Iowa DOT. He spoke of historic properties identified in a DOT study associated with the bridge project, and also shared an engineer’s report regarding the project. Photo by Susan Cantine-Maxson.

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

Brennan Dolan, Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) Cultural Resource Project Manager, met with interested area residents regarding further discussion pertaining to the Black Hawk Bridge project plan Wednesday, May 2 at the Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library. A full house listened and asked numerous questions as Dolan and colleagues Shelby Ebel, Bryan Bradly and Emily Randall reviewed the findings of the Iowa DOT in regard to the proposed Black Hawk Bridge project.

This was the fourth meeting of DOT officials with the Lansing Historic Working Group. The two purposes of this meeting were to: 1) discuss historic resources identified as a result of the project area for the bridge and 2) discuss the options that the Iowa DOT, Wisconsin DOT and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have considered for rehabilitation and reuse of the current bridge.

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