Top Stories

Wed
29
Oct

Candidates representing local area express views on issues as November 4 election approaches

Voters will be heading to the polls Tuesday, November 4 for the 2014 General Election, with a wide variety of races being contested across the country at all levels of government. Polling information for Allamakee County is published to the right of this article on this same front page.

Wed
29
Oct

TASC, Inc. honored with Kuhse Positive Impact Award at ACED Annual Meeting


TASC, Inc. of Waukon was awarded the Cloy Kuhse Positive Impact Award at the Allamakee County Economic Development Annual Banquet held October 9 in Postville. Pictured above at the award presentation are, left to right, Bethany Hovden and Sheila Schulte of TASC, Inc., Ardie Kuhse and Laura Olson of Allamakee County Economic Development, and Mary Ament and Sheila Snitker of TASC, Inc. Submitted photo.

Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) held its annual Membership Meeting Thursday, October 9 at Turner Memorial Hall in Postville. The business meeting was conducted by Executive Director Laura Olson and ACED Board President Mike Kruckenberg.
Announcement was made of the results of the Board of Directors election, and both Val Reinke and Sharon Kubitz retained their seats for another three-year term. After a brief summary of the year’s activities, Olson introduced guest speaker Mary Neubauer, Vice-President of the Iowa Lottery. Neubauer talked about the use of lottery funds, how they benefit Iowa, rural Iowa and Allamakee County. She also provided a short history of the lottery, revealing that Julius Caesar, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson all had lotteries.
Neubauer then presented four attending members a packet of lottery tickets. She also presented ACED with an official lottery check awarding ACED “Priceless” status.

Wed
22
Oct

Allamakee County Courthouse employees undergo ALICE Training in defense of "single-killer" event


Allamakee County Sheriff Clark Mellick (left in above photo) supervises a volunteer "gunman" in a simulated attack on the Allamakee County Courthouse during a training session to prepare courthouse employees for the possibility of a "single-killer situation." The ALICE training (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) conducted at the courthouse emphasizes taking action in such situations rather than just waiting for law enforcement to arrive at the scene. Standard photo and report by Bob Beach.

by Bob Beach

Allamakee County Sheriff Clark Mellick recently led employees at the Allamakee County Courthouse in an afternoon of training and instruction on how to handle what Mellick called a "single-killer situation." Mellick said that such situations had previously been referred to as "single-shooter situations," but recent attacks with knives changed that. He told the group that until recently, the standard response to a mass shooting situation had been to lock everyone down, hiding under desks, until law enforcement could arrive.
Mellick said that the training given to courthouse employees takes into account the motives of mass killers, the natural instincts of bystanders and the reality of law enforcement response time. The result is a response system (as opposed to response plan) to reduce casualties. The training program has been named ALICE, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate.

Wed
22
Oct

Dorchester area native Tara Nichols discovers passion for mountain climbing, ascends to a lifelong dream, and beyond


Dorchester area native Tara Nichols, now a middle school math teacher in Loveland, CO, shares her view from Capitol Peak of the Elk Mountains near Aspen, CO, described by some as the most dangerous mountain in Colorado. Nichols' move to Colorado three years ago has helped her live out a newly-discovered passion for mountain climbing, having climbed more than 20 mountains this year alone. Submitted photo.

Tara Nichols, a 2008 Waukon High School graduate and the daughter of Rod and Diane Nichols of Dorchester, lived out a dream come true this past summer when she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the highest point on the continent of Africa. Following graduation from high school, Nichols completed a teaching degree at Wartburg College in Waverly in early 2011 and two months later began her career as a middle school math teacher in Loveland, CO. " It was the best decision I’ve ever made for my life," Nichols said of her move to Colorado.
Nichols was no stranger to Colorado, as she had done her student teaching there prior to graduating from Wartburg. It was during that student teaching stint that she also took her first steps, literally, toward an ever-since developing passion for mountain climbing, summiting one of the highest mountains in the United States just two weeks after first arriving in Denver.

Wed
15
Oct

Allamakee Public Safety Committee to host variety of public information meetings

The Allamakee County Public Safety Committee will be  holding a series of informational meetings for the general public in regard to the proposed construction of a new Allamakee Public Safety Center. Committee members will present information on the proposed project, the costs and bond referendum to fund the project, as well as the alternatives for providing jail services.
Upcoming meetings currently scheduled include the following dates, times and locations:
- Sunday, October 19 at 6 p.m. at Wings Supper Club,  Dorchester
- Tuesday, October 21 at 7 p.m. at Kerndt Brothers Community Center,  Lansing
- Wednesday, October 22 at 7 p.m. at Farmers & Merchants Savings Bank Community Room, Waukon
 - A date and time for a public meeting in the New Albin area will also be announced once details are finalized.
 

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Top Stories