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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.

Wed
28
Jan

News from the State House

by Patti Ruff, State Representative

Wed
21
Jan

Live Healthy Iowa 10-Week Wellness Challenge begins January 26

Registration for Live Healthy Iowa's 10-Week Wellness Challenge is entering its final week, as the competition runs from January 26 through April 3 this year. Iowans have the opportunity to join the challenge and commit to a healthier lifestyle in 2015, and local participants have an opportunity to maintain the leading role that Allamakee County has taken in its participation in the Community Cup Wellness Challenge since its inception four years ago.
For each of the past three years since the Community Cup Wellness Challenge became part of the Live Healthy Iowa program, Allamakee County has topped the field of entrants in percentage of population participating and completing the Wellness Challenge. The code for participants in Allamakee County to register under to become part of that Allamakee County effort once again this year is LHIALLCO.

Wed
21
Jan

Designs, details unveiled for Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center at public informational meeting


Pictured above is an architect's rendering of the new Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center proposed for construction at what is more locally known as the Columbus Bridge property just south of Lansing. Pictured are both the north and south exterior views of the building, as well as floor plans for each of the Center's three floors.

by B.J. Tomlinson

Wed
21
Jan

Fire damages rural Waukon home

Firefighters from the Waukon Area Fire Protection District were called to battle a house fire Thursday, January 15 at 370 Countryside Drive, rural Waukon, the home of the John Opfer family. The call was received at 11:05 a.m., with reports of the house being fully engulfed from basement to roof a short time later. Tanker support from the Postville Fire Department was also called upon to ensure a consistent water supply to battle the blaze. Firefighters were on scene for approximately three hours. No injuries were reported, but the contents of the home were badly damaged and the home suffered considerable smoke and fire damage. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation, although early indications point to the origin of the fire being electrical in nature.

Wed
14
Jan

Youth Cheerleading Day hosted by Waukon High School cheer squad

The Waukon High School cheerleading squad hosted a Youth Cheerleading Day Friday, January 2. Area elementary students took part in a day-long cheerleading camp and then performed that same evening during halftime of the Waukon girls and boys basketball games against Clayton Ridge, performing group cheers, stunts and some dynamic flips, some of which are pictured above. View and find out how to purchase these photos and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link.

Wed
14
Jan

Supervisors pass pair of resolutions in regard to funding shortfalls for mental health and transportation infrastructure


Tuesday, January 6 the Allamakee County Board of Supervisors, along with mentors and other community supporters, signed a proclamation stating that January 2015 is National Mentoring Month. Pictured in the back row is the Allamakee County Board of Supervisors (left to right), Dan Byrnes, Dennis Koenig and Larry Schellhammer. Pictured in the front row (left to right) are mentor volunteer Bob Rotach, Helping Services Mentoring Coordinator Kathy Schwartzhoff, Mentoring Committee member Danny Schlitter and Helping Services intern Courtnee Demuth.

by Bob Beach

Wed
14
Jan

Public information meeting set for Thursday to learn more about Columbus Bridge project

The Allamakee County Conservation Board (ACCB) will host an informational meeting about the Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center planned for the Columbus Bridge property Thursday, January 15 from 5:30-7:30  p.m. at the Kerndt Brothers Savings Bank Community Center in Lansing, located at 391 Main Street.
Staff from Fehr Graham Engineering will be present to discuss site planning, Martin Gardner Architecture will present on the building design, and Split Rock Studios will discuss interpretive displays proposals. The public is encouraged to attend.

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