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Vets Club in Waukon being transformed into military museum by Allamakee County Historical Society


Display to be transitioned to military museum ... Part of the display to be featured in the new military museum being planned within the Vets Club building in Waukon will include this display of military items currently housed in the Allamakee County Courthouse Museum. This current display will be further enhanced by additional contributions from Allamakee County military veterans, including a collection from Waukon resident and Vietnam veteran Carl Johnson. Submitted photo.

Civil War drum of Lansing resident ... The drum pictured above will be part of the display in the new military museum being planned for the Vets Club building in Waukon by the Allamakee County Historical Society. The drum was used during the Civil War by a Lansing resident named John Adam Decker, a native of Germany who was a drummer for Company B of the 12th Iowa Infantry, enlisting in 1861 and re-enlisting in 1864 before being mustered out of service in early 1866 in Memphis, TN. Submitted photo.

by David M. Johnson

Most of Waukon and the immediate surrounding area is familiar with the Vets Club in Waukon. Over the years, the facility located on Allamakee Street has more recently housed a dining establishment with a number of different entrepreneurs providing that atmosphere, and prior to that it had been the site of a vast array of events from wedding receptions, to dances and other entertainment performances, to meetings and events hosted by local veterans groups.

Faced with some financial challenges and dwindling participation within those area veteran groups, an agreement was recently reached for continued use of the Vets Club in a way it has not been used in the past but that will still carry on the foundational premise of the original Vets Club - providing honor to those who have served in the military.

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10
Mar

UK variant of COVID-19 detected in Allamakee County; Cases rising again

Virus variant found in pair of area youth; County has second highest overall positivity rate in the state

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has notified Allamakee County Public Health (ACPH) of two confirmed cases of the COVID-19 variant SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7. in Allamakee County. The virus variant is often referred to as the “UK variant” because it was first detected in the United Kingdom.

Based on epidemiologic and modeling data, researchers believe that the B.1.1.7 strain can be spread more easily than the original strain of SARS-CoV-2. Current COVID-19 vaccines are considered to be effective against the variant strain.

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03
Mar

Waukon native achieves prestigious rank in the United States Air Force


Chief Master Sergeant Andrea Scheving... Submitted photo.

Waukon High School 2003 graduate Andrea (Blocker) Scheving promoted to Chief Master Sergeant

by David M. Johnson

Women of today continue to smash glass ceilings, whether in business and industry, sports, politics, science, the military, and many other realms. Some of these accomplishments are monumental, like being awarded a Nobel Prize in Science or most recently, being elected as Vice President of the United States. Others may not ever make the nightly news, but are still well beyond worthy of all the honor and recognition their achievements may provide.

Wed
03
Mar

VMH, Public Health advise that those awaiting second dose of COVID-19 vaccine will receive a phone call to schedule it


Those awaiting second COVID vaccine dose will be called ... Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) and Allamakee County Public Health (ACPH) would like to alert the public that they will receive a phone call to schedule an appointment for their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine approximately two to seven days before they are due to receive that second dose. VMH and ACPH’s telephone numbers come up as “Unknown” on a Caller-ID system, and they are asking those who are waiting to be contacted regarding their second COVID-19 vaccination to answer their phones if they receive a telephone call identified as “Unknown”. Pictured above is Amy Sweeney, RN, who helps to administer the vaccines at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Submitted photo.

For those 65 years of age and older who want to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Veterans Memorial Hospital has an online sign-up option to join a waiting list. When vaccine is available, those on the list will be called to schedule an appointment.  Specific directions will be given as to the location of the vaccination clinic, as well as an appointment time.

FOR SECOND DOSES
Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) and Allamakee County Public Health (ACPH) would also like to alert the public that they will receive a phone call to schedule an appointment for their second dose approximately two to seven days before they are due to have that second inoculation. Those awaiting their second dose are reminded that they do not have to sign-up online, which is different than what they may have done for their first dose.

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03
Mar

Local school superintendents weigh in on “School Voucher Bill”

by Julie Berg-Raymond

Superintendents from two local school districts in Allamakee County are opposed to Senate File (SF) 159, often referred to as the “school voucher bill.”

Passed by the Iowa Senate January 28, 2021, the bill is currently under consideration in the Iowa House of Representatives, initially being reviewed by the House Education Committee. If passed by the House and signed by Governor Kim Reynolds, the greatest portion of the bill would provide public funds to enable some students to attend private schools if they are currently attending one of 34 school districts in Iowa designated as under-performing schools and currently receiving certain federal support as a result of that under-performing status.

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24
Feb

ON TO STATE!!!

Members of the 14th-rated Waukon girls basketball team celebrate with each other after posting the 60-37 victory glowing on the scoreboard above over sixth-rated and defending Class 2A State Tournament Runner-Up Osage (21-2) in their Class 3A Region 5 championship game played Saturday, February 20 at Waverly-Shell Rock High School. The Lady Indians hustled and muscled their way to a 21-10 lead by the end of the first quarter and never looked back, more than doubling that early lead throughout the remaining three quarters of the game to qualify for the Class 3A State Tournament for the second time in the past three seasons, following the bucket Tribe’s “final four” finish during the 2019 season grand finale effort  that a couple of this season’s seniors contributed to as sophomores. The Lady Indians (19-4) will now begin their Class 3A State Tournament journey with a first-round game Monday, March 1 against second-rated Clear Lake (18-1), beginning at 9 p.m.

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Feb

COVID vaccinations continue in local area - Notification sign-up now also available through Veterans Memorial Hospital web page


COVID vaccines continue to be administered ... Allamakee County Public Health continues to receive 300 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the State of Iowa weekly that need to be administered to those in tier 1B within one week. These doses continue to be distributed with help from Public Health’s collaborating vaccine partners, including Hartig Drug, The Prescription Shoppe, Gundersen Clinic and Veterans Memorial Hospital Clinic, who all administer them to individuals age 65 and older. Veterans Memorial Hospital is now offering an online sign-up option for those wishing to get on a waiting list for the vaccine (see surrounding article for step-by-step directions). Pictured above, Dorothy Bratrud, seated at left, and her sister, Theresa Helgeson, seated at right, both received the COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, February 16, and are being assisted by Veterans Memorial Hospital volunteers Rick and Cathy Larson. Submitted photo.

Shipment of vaccine doses for this week have been delayed by weather

Allamakee County Public Health (ACPH) is scheduled to continue to receive 300 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the State of Iowa weekly that need to be administered within one week to those in the Phase 1B group designated by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

However, Allamakee County Public Health officials advised Monday, February 22 that the doses slated to be received for administering to Allamakee County residents this week have been delayed by the same weather situations that have delayed a number of dose shipments across the nation.

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Feb

Nominations sought for 2021 Allamakee County Dairy Awards

Award nominations due by Monday; Princess applications due by March 1

The Allamakee County Dairy Promotion Board has opted not to schedule the 2021 Allamakee County Dairy Banquet at this point in time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the board is still seeking nominations to honor and recognize deserving producers and contributors to the dairy industry in Allamakee County. Should restrictions on gatherings and other mitigation procedures allow, the board may opt to schedule the banquet at a later date this year or, at the very least, will distribute this year’s awards during June Dairy Month, much like was done last year in light of the pandemic situation.

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17
Feb

COVID vaccinations underway through partnership between Allamakee County Public Health, local healthcare entities


COVID vaccine doses being administered locally ... Allamakee County Public Health received 300 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the State of Iowa this past week, with 200 of those doses being administered to individuals aged 65 and over thanks to collaborating vaccine partners. Pictured above are Linda Thompson, seated at left, with Nan Grangaard, at right, following their immunizations. Allamakee County Public Health used the remaining 100 doses to start vaccinating area teachers, school staff, law enforcement and firefighters, with Eastern Allamakee Community School District Administrative Assistant Laurie Van Brocklin pictured below receiving her vaccination. Submitted photos.

This past week, Allamakee County Public Health (ACPH) received 300 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the State of Iowa to be administered to eligible individuals in tier 1B. These doses were divided among ACPH, The Prescription Shoppe in Postville and Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Clinic in Waukon.

ACPH focused on vaccinating the additional tier groups in Phase 1B of school districts, law enforcement and first responders, while community partners The Prescription Shoppe and VMH Clinic administered to individuals aged 65 and older. Another 300 doses are expected be received this week - a trend anticipated to continue into early March, according to what ACPH officials have been told.

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Feb

New Albin High School included in new book reflecting on some of Iowa’s closed high schools

A new book by author James Kenyon of Cedar Falls released in early February features the former New Albin High School as part of its subject matter. Echoes in the Hallways: History and Recollections of 102 Closed Iowa High Schools is a collection of stories from student alumni of closed Iowa high schools, documenting 102 institutions from Iowa’s 99 counties.

In his multi-year research for the book, Kenyon consulted county historical records as well as interviewing former students and teachers, culminating in unique school profiles that include information ranging from the origin and growth of education in each county to sporting records, programs and school traditions. A native of Kansas, Kenyon actually published a similar book on closed high schools in Kansas in 2019, entitled Golden Rule Days: History and Recollections of 109 Closed Kansas High Schools.

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