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15
May

Emergency response training involves multiple facets ...

Saturday, May 11, a full-scale emergency response training exercise was conducted through Allamakee County Emergency Management in various locations throughout the local area, including the town of New Albin, Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon and the long-term care facilities of Good Samaritan Society-Postville, Good Samaritan Society-Waukon, Northgate Care Center in Waukon, and Thornton Manor Nursing Center and Thornton Heights Assisted Living in Lansing. This training involved New Albin Fire and Rescue, the City of New Albin, the Lansing/New Albin Police Department, Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office, Waterloo Hazardous Materials Training Center, Veterans Memorial Hospital, Allamakee County Emergency Management Agency, staff of the participating long-term care facilities and representatives from the Northeast Iowa Local Emergency Planning Committee.

Wed
15
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
08
May

Testing deems Wisconsin Hwy. 82 safe to travel but restriction to single lane will remain until repairs are completed

Following several consecutive days of subsurface testing during a weeklong closing, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) re-opened Highway 82 connecting Iowa and Wisconsin via the Black Hawk Bridge in Lansing to vehicle traffic Friday, May 3 around 4 p.m. That re-opening, however, has been limited to a single lane of traffic controlled by a stoplight for a nearly 100-yard portion of the highway near the smaller slough bridge closest to the highway entrance to the Winneshiek Slough Landing boat ramp.

Wed
08
May

County road crews clean up pair of recent landslides ...

Allamakee County Secondary Road crews were kept busy late Thursday and early Friday, May 2 and 3 with a pair of landslides that left some large rocks and other dirt and debris on County roadways. Pictured above is a large rock formation that slid off the hillside and rolled on to Columbus Road near the Driftless Area Visitor and Education Center south of Lansing Friday morning, May 3. Road crews were also called to another larger slide that covered both lanes of County Road X52 near Waukon Junction south of Harpers Ferry Thursday afternoon, May 2, closing that highway for a bit and leaving another large rock formation along the side of that road that was slated to be cleaned up early this week. Saturated soils from this spring’s unpredictable weather could lead to more such instances, with more rain forecasted, so drivers should be aware. Photo courtesy of the Allamakee County Engineer’s Office.
 

Wed
08
May

Residents advised that rescheduled emergency response training exercises taking place Saturday

As part of Allamakee County’s ongoing strategy of improving readiness, Allamakee County Emergency Management Coordinator Corey Snitker wants to remind residents that there will be several emergency response training exercises taking place this Saturday, May 11 throughout the county. Those training exercises were originally planned for April 27, but had to be rescheduled due to winter weather that hit the area that day. These emergency response training locations include:

• the town of New Albin, where a hazardous material spill exercise will take place;
• a decontamination exercise of patients arriving at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon;
• and also a shelter-in-place exercise at each of the long-term care facilities within the county due to a hazardous material spill.

Wed
08
May

Supervisors discuss zoning, other issues related to marijuana dispensaries, sign Watershed Protection funding request

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, May 6 to address a full agenda of items including discussion relating to marijuana dispensary zoning, review of manure management plan updates and consideration of a letter to the USDA requesting Federal assistance for Emergency Watershed Protection funding for flood damage for Secondary Roads.

Wed
08
May

Allamakee County Rural School Reunion deemed a success ...

The Allamakee County Historical Society hosted an All-County Rural School Reunion Sunday, April 28 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon with a good crowd in attendance (evidenced by the photo far below). Event co-organizer Marcia Rush said more than 150 individuals who actually attended a rural school in Allamakee County signed in at the event’s guest book, with many of them bringing at least one or more family members or friends leading to an estimate around 300 people in attendance. That guest book included attendees from as far away as Iowa City, Wyoming and Marshalltown in Iowa, Eau Claire, WI and Rochester and Fountain in Minnesota, as well as two dozen other closer communities in the tri-state area. Others also took advantage of the opportunity to tour the Little Red School House at the Fairgrounds during the reunion, but opted not to attend the reunion itself.

Fri
03
May

Highway 82 linking Iowa to Wisconsin at Lansing now open, but limited to one lane at study site

The Crawford County, WI Sheriff's Office announced around 4 p.m. Friday, May 3 that Wisconsin State Highway 82 linking Iowa to Wisconsin via the Black Bridge at Lansing is now open to traffic once again. However, the highway is restricted to one lane near the site of the testing conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) throughout this past week. That single lane will be governed by a stop light system at the Winneshiek Slough bridge, and there is also a restriction of no oversized loads allowed on that stretch of Highway 82 until further notice.

Wed
01
May

Work begins on wastewater treatment plant upgrade in Waukon


Preliminary work begins on new wastewater treatment plant in Waukon ... Crews have begun preliminary site work on the wastewater treatment plant upgrade being constructed in Waukon. The new plant is a result of needing to meet mandated Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Natural Resources standards for wastewater treatment and will allow for greater flow capacity as well as a more environmentally friendly and efficient processing of the variety of waste material encountered by the City. The photo above shows work on the roadway that will lead to the newly constructed plant, while the photo below shows a blasting crew breaking up the limestone to prepare the area where the new plant will be constructed, which will be south of the current plant pictured above. Original plans are to have the new plant constructed and operational by September 2020. Photos courtesy of the City of Waukon Water and Sewer Department.

by Lissa Blake

After years of discussion, work began last week on the $12.3 million upgrade of Waukon’s wastewater treatment plant. The plant, which originally was built in 1965, has not seen any renovations since 1986.

A typical upgrade can usually keep a city in compliance with Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards for about 20 years. It’s been almost 33 since anything has changed in Waukon.

“That’s far beyond its expected lifespan,” explained Waukon City Manager Dean Hilgerson.

In 2015, following a review by the Environmental Protection Agency, the City of Waukon was issued a compliance order from the EPA, indicating it needed to bring its water treatment capabilities up to Agency standards, “to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Nation’s waters.”

Wed
01
May

Waukon High School 2019 Prom Royalty...

Waukon High School seniors Miles Hansmeier and Aubree Cota (left to right) were selected as the 2019 Waukon High School Prom King and Queen at the annual event held Saturday, April 27. Cota was selected from a Queen court that also involved fellow seniors Lauryn Behrend, Lauren Griffith, Ally Goltz and Mary Vander Velden. Hansmeier was chosen from a King court that also included fellow seniors Peyton Bieber, Carson Jones, Brady Sullivan and Micah Treptau. Photo courtesy of the Waukon High School Publications Class.
 

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