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27
Nov

Ballot recount confirms Becker wins EACSD District 2 by narrow margin

A recount of votes cast in the November 5 combined city/school election confirmed that challenger Tony Becker has been elected to the District 2 seat on the Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) Board of Directors, edging out incumbent candidate Bruce Palmborg by a final confirmed and canvassed 203-201 vote margin. The recount was conducted Tuesday, November 19 after Palmborg made an official request following the initial unofficial and then canvassed vote totals resulted in just a 201-200 vote margin by Becker. He was scheduled to be sworn into that EACSD District 2 seat at the Monday, November 25 board meeting following announcement of the vote recount results.

Wed
27
Nov

Teamwork strikes again in major illegal deer harvest case


Illegal deer harvest case brought to a close ... Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Conservation Warden Shawna (Kerndt) Stringham (right), a 1991 graduate of Waukon High School, stands with fellow WDNR Conservation Warden Ed McCann (left) displaying the heads of nine whitetail bucks and a cross bow that were all confiscated as part of an investigation into a large-scale illegal deer harvest that took place in 2018 in Vernon County and was recently brought to justice. The conclusion of the case resulted in two Wisconsin men being ordered to pay over $22,000 in fines and being banned from hunting, trapping or fishing nationwide for a period of at least a dozen years each, with several others involved also having to pay lesser fines and serve bans of one to two years. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Wisconsin DNR Conservation Warden Shawna (Kerndt) Stringham brings illegal hunting contingency to justice

Editor’s Note: The following news item was shared by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Conservation Warden Shawna (Kerndt) Stringham is a 1991 graduate of Waukon High School.

The Vernon County Circuit Court in Wisconsin ordered two local men who led a 2018 illegal shining and shooting operation of deer to pay thousands of dollars in fines and banned them from hunting, fishing and trapping for 15 years nationwide, concluding a case investigated by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Conservation Warden Shawna Stringham and her team of wardens, citizens and court officials.

Wed
20
Nov

November is Diabetes Awareness Month: Breelyn Dahlstrom becomes diabetes advocate after little brother’s diagnosis


Sibling support ... Sixth grader Breelyn Dahlstrom of New Albin has become a strong advocate for Type 1 Diabetes since her younger brother, Caleb, was diagnosed just over a year ago at the age of four. As part of her advocacy for Type 1 Diabetes this past year, Breelyn donated half the proceeds from selling her meat goat at the Allamakee County Fair 4-H/FFA Livestock Auction this past July to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) One Walk held in La Crosse, WI October 6, helping Team Caleb become the top family team fundraiser and second leading fundraising team overall at this year’s event with $2,970 donated. Pictured above in the photo are Breelyn and Caleb Dahlstrom with the meat goat she auctioned off at the 4-H/FFA Livestock Auction. Pictured in the photo below, left to right, are Breelyn and Caleb and their sister, Tegan, at the October 6 JDRF One Walk in La Crosse, WI, where Breelyn received a T1D Award and V1P status at the event for donating over $1,000. Submitted photos.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Each November communities across the nation observe National Diabetes Month to bring attention to diabetes. Families living with diabetes help their loved ones manage their diabetes and support them every day, including in some very special ways sometimes.
Sixth grader Breelyn Dahlstrom of New Albin has gained a new passion advocating for Type 1 Diabetes. Her younger brother, Caleb, was diagnosed at the age of four with Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes in October 2018. Breelyn has since learned how to help him manage his diabetes.

Breelyn and Caleb are the children of Nick and Lana Dahlstrom of New Albin. They also have a sister, Tegan, who is in between Breelyn and Caleb in the family’s age hierarchy.

Wed
20
Nov

Local veteran takes part in recent Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.


Honored to make the Honor Flight ... Bill Kerndt of Waukon was one of dozens of U.S. Military Veterans who took part in the September 14 Honor Flight out of La Crosse, WI. He was accompanied on the day-long trip by his daughter, Nicole Mills, who is pictured to the right in the above photo. Photo by Dave Larsen.

Kerndt among September 14 Freedom Honor Flight participants ... Korean War Veteran Bill Kerndt of Waukon joined dozens of other U.S. Military Veterans for a September 14 Freedom Honor Flight out of La Crosse, WI to Washington, D.C. Kerndt is pictured standing near the middle of the above photo as the Freedom Honor Flight group poses for a photo at the Marine Corps War Memorial, also known as the Iwo Jima Memorial. Photo courtesy of Dave Larsen.

by David M. Johnson

The majority of Americans have never served in their nation’s military and may have difficulty relating to the sacrifice made by those who have served. They may not be able to fully understand the trials by the few who have experienced combat and cannot fathom why anyone would put on the uniform that represents their flag and give up a portion of their lives for that commitment to serve.

In 2005, a group of individuals decided that veterans of the American Armed Services should be given an opportunity to be rewarded for their sacrifice by providing them a flight to Washington D.C. to visit the many memorials of this nation’s historical military battles; that journey is appropriately called the Honor Flight.

Wed
13
Nov

First-ever combined city/school election seems to serve its purpose in improving voter turnout


Waukon Mayor Pat Stone

Lansing Mayor Kyle Walleser

Stone, Ellingson retain Waukon seats; Walleser is new Lansing Mayor; EACSD District 2 decided by just one vote

The first-ever combined city/school election was held throughout the state of Iowa Tuesday, November 5 as a means to try and improve voter turnout for such elections. Those efforts appeared to have served their purpose, as proven in some of the numbers locally in ballots cast by Allamakee County voters, with those numbers ultimately resulting in the return of all but possibly one incumbent candidate by local voters to their respective seats at the head of city government and/or local school boards, as described in detail throughout this article.

Wed
13
Nov

“Through the Eyes of A Child” Christmas Fantasy scheduled for this weekend


Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation Christmas Fantasy is this weekend.. A view from the Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation Christmas Fantasy 2018. The 2019 Fantasy, entitled “Through the Eyes of A Child,” will be displayed throughout the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon November 15-18. Again this year, many displays, events, activities, refreshments and entertainment will be available at the Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation’s 28th annual event. Submitted photo.

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Christmas Fantasy 2019 will be held this Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, November 15, 16, 17 and 18, at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. The theme will be “Through the Eyes of A Child.”

“TINGLE ‘N MINGLE” HAPPY HOUR
The “Tingle ‘N Mingle” Happy Hour is a special opportunity to meet socially with friends and co-workers.  Over a dozen tables of hearty hors d’oeuvres, desserts, candies, breads and spirits will be served among the trees from 5-8 p.m. Friday night.  The event is sponsored by Four County Crop Services of Postville. Tickets are available at Veterans Memorial Hospital and local banks, as well as at the door.

Wed
13
Nov

Iowa DNR to host open house for public input regarding Camp Tahigwa

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources State Parks Bureau will be hosting an open house to collect comments on future planning for the building site at the former Girl Scout Camp in rural Allamakee County, Camp Tahigwa. The open house is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, November 14 at the former Camp Tahigwa location at 318 Tahigwa Drive near Dorchester.

For more information or for special accommodations for the open house, contact Yellow River State Forest at 563-586-2254.
 

Wed
13
Nov

Testing of new Remote Siren Activation System set to take place in Allamakee County communities next week

Allamakee County Emergency Management wants to make the public aware that during the week of November 18-22, a newly installed remote warning siren activation system is scheduled to be tested in the Allamakee County communities of Harpers Ferry, Lansing, New Albin, Postville and Waterville. This new system allows the Allamakee County Dispatch Center, located north of Waukon, to activate the above communities’ warning sirens used for severe weather warning notification, thereby expediating the process in which severe weather warnings can be issued for resident safety.

The above communities had always been in charge of sounding their own warning sirens and will still also have that ability to activate their own sirens directly, if necessary. The community of Waukon already has this remote system installed, and that system is now being expanded to the other Allamakee County communities listed above.

Wed
13
Nov

Main Street Lansing to discuss survey-based market study strategies at November 18 meeting

Main Street Lansing will be hosting a public meeting Monday, November 18 at 5:30 p.m. at Milty’s to roll out the market strategies that have been identified based on surveys taken during the month of August. After holding a meeting in September to reveal the results of those surveys, the volunteers coordinating the market study started formulating and prioritizing strategies to strengthen and improve downtown Lansing, based directly on what consumers and businesses stated in their surveys.

This meeting should be attended by those who are interested in the results of that work and want to share in the vision for the future of Lansing. Milty’s will be providing free refreshments and bars, and a cash bar will also be available to all who attend. For more information, contact Main Street Lansing Director Andy Kelleher at 563-538-9229 or by email at director@lansingmatters.com.
 

Wed
13
Nov

Dorchester Drive/County Road A16 now open to traffic near Dorchester

The Allamakee County Engineer’s Office has announced that the portion of County Road A16/Dorchester Drive, the paved roadway exiting Dorchester to the south and climbing the hill to the west that has been closed since early September, has now been opened to full traffic. The road was closed in order to complete culvert repairs along the road. Detours are no longer in place.
 

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