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Wed
18
Feb

Senator Grassley to be in Waukon Wednesday

Iowa Senator Charles Grassley will be in Waukon Wednesday evening, February 18 for a question and answer session hosted by the Waukon Lions Club. Senator Grassley is expected to be at the Main Feature Theater on Main Street in Waukon for approximately one hour, beginning at 5:15 p.m. The general public is invited to attend.
 

Wed
11
Feb

DNR to further discuss Chronic Wasting Disease during February 17 public meetings in Allamakee County

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has scheduled two public meetings to discuss the status of the deer herd in Allamakee County after a third hunter-harvested deer has now tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) from the 2014 deer season. Just like the previous two animals from the 2014 hunting season, the third CWD-positive deer was also harvested within the five-mile radius surrounding Yellow River State Forest near Harpers Ferry established by the Iowa DNR following the initial discovery of a CWD-infected wild deer harvested during the 2013 hunting season.
This third positive animal was harvested north of the 2013 positive CWD test, while the previous two 2014 animals had been harvested southwest of the 2013 harvest location. The latest CWD-positive animal makes for a total of four Allamakee County wild deer that have tested positive for CWD.

Wed
11
Feb

Rep. Patti Ruff holds legislative forum in New Albin

The New Albin Community Center was the site of a legislative forum Saturday, February 7 where Iowa House of Representatives member Patti Ruff fielded questions from the audience. The first topic of concern was the proposed 10-cent increase in the gas tax. The bill was scheduled to be released Monday, February 9 and will come to a vote in the next couple weeks. Another item discussed was the need for fiber-optic broadband to "connect every lowan." The focus should be on bringing this fiber optic technology to small rural towns and the local telephone companies, Ruff said. Concerns were voiced about two of Iowa's mental health facilities in Mt. Pleasant and Clarinda facing closure.

Wed
04
Feb

Allamakee Public Safety Center Committee recommends Makee Manor site once again

by Bob Beach

The Allamakee Public Safety Center Committee met Wednesday, January 28 with Midwest Construction Consultants President John Hanson, who reviewed his analysis of three possible sites for the construction of a new public safety center and jail for Allamakee County. Though the Committee had previously recommended to the Board of Supervisors that the Makee Manor site north of Waukon be used for the project, a recent proposal from Waukon Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to locate the new facility within the city limits prompted a closer look at other possible sites, both of them located along or near the south edge of Waukon.

Wed
28
Jan

Allamakee Public Safety Center Committee to meet Wednesday night

A meeting of the Public Safety Center Committee has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room located on the first floor of the Allamakee County Courthouse in Waukon. Waukon Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) recently approached the Allamakee County Board of Supervisors and discussed utilizing a site located in the Waukon Industrial Park as a building site for the newly-proposed Public Safety Center.
Per the request of the Board of Supervisors, a site analysis is being completed on the proposed property. The site analysis will be presented to the Public Safety Center Committee at the meeting Wednesday. After review by the Committee, a recommendation from the Committee as to whether or not the site is a viable option will be presented to the Allamakee County Board of Supervisors.

Wed
28
Jan

First-ever Pie Championships benefits local Disabled American Veterans chapter

The 2015 Northeast Iowa Pie Championships took place Sunday, January 25 at the Farmers & Merchants Savings Bank Community Room in Waukon in an effort to raise funds for the Hamre-Giesen Chapter of Disabled American Veterans (DAV) based in the Waukon area. Among the activities at the inaugural event was a "celebrity" pie-eating contest (pictured below), which was won by Sandy Halverson of the S&D Cafe for being the first to finish eating her pie within the two-minute time limit. Local "celebrities" listed as contestants in the pie-eating contest included (seated clockwise from bottom left in below photo) Sandy Halverson, Jim Adam of the "Back to Country" band, Allamakee County Sheriff Clark Mellick, Hamre-Geisen DAV Chapter Commander Erik Nykannen, Allamakee County Board of Supervisors Chairman Larry Schellhammer, Jean Brink of Queen Jean Quilting, Eric Kelly of KNEI Radio and Mike Monroe of Monroe Auction Service.

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