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14
Mar

Property tax reminder from Treasurer's Office

Allamakee County Treasurer Lori Hesse would like to remind property owners the second installment of property taxes is due by the end of this month (March 2018). Being the end of March falls on a weekend, property owners will have until Monday, April 2 to pay their taxes without penalty. It should also be noted that the Allamakee County Courthouse will be closed Friday, March 30 this year in observance of Good Friday.

Property owners may pay their taxes at the Allamakee County Treasurer's office in the Allamakee County Courthouse located at 110 Allamakee Street in Waukon, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Those paying taxes are reminded to bring their tax stubs with their payment to insure proper credit. To avoid penalty on the second installment, payment must be received in the Treasurer’s Office by Monday, April 2. Penalty begins Tuesday, April 3.

Wed
07
Mar

End of an era? Vet's Club may be closed permanently if new manager is not found


Lifetime members ... Pictured above are veterans from the local area who signed up for lifetime memberships to the Vet's Club in Waukon. Left to right - Front row: Vernis Engelhardt, George Haler, Karl Mosier, Helmer Sanderson. Second row: Joseph Deeney, Ludvig Larson, Robert Weipert, Kenneth Flage, Robert Anderson. Third row: Reuben Hager, Donald Sweeney, Merton Palmer, Mark Byrnes, Richard Schmidt and Rodney Peterson. Photo submitted by Robert J. Anderson of Waukon.

Early foundation of the Vet's Club in Waukon ... The gentlemen pictured above in this photo that hangs in the Vet's Club in Waukon were referred to as "the foundation of the Vet's Club" by "Big 10" Board President John Regan, Jr. of Waukon, a U.S. Army Veteran himself from the Vietnam War who heads the board in charge of the Vet's Club in Waukon. Pictured above in a photo labeled as being taken in October of 1978 are: Left to right - Front row: Carlton Radloff, Sam Rask, Tiny Hanson, Martin Hayes, Henry Lippe, Leroy McCabe, Robert McDonald, George Haler, Ben Quillin, Donald Rubendall, Jack Wadsworth. Back row: Leonard Hanson, Robert Anderson, George Philips, Vernon Blietz, Melvin Reeder, Wilford Buege, Mark Byrnes, Lester Delaney, Frank Hager, Karl Mosier, Jack Halvorson, Kenneth Flage (partially hidden), Harold Peterson, Matt Ryan, Donald Sweeney, Neal Wiedenmann. Submitted photo.

by Lissa Blake

It could mean the end of an era that’s lasted more than seven decades.

If someone doesn’t step forward to reopen the Vet's Club in Waukon, it may be closed permanently.

Vietnam Army Veteran John Regan is the president of the “Big 10” Board, which consists of four members from VFW Post No. 4117, four members of American Legion Post No. 62 and a member from each of the clubs’ Ladies Auxiliaries. He said the club has been closed since November 18 of last year, when the most recent managers, Terry and Sue Grotegut, decided to seek other ventures.

Regan said for many years the board has rented out the club for $100 per week. Anyone wishing to manage the club has to show proof of insurance and apply and pay for the applicable food and liquor licenses. “I did have someone who was scheduled to open it in April, but then he backed out,” said Regan.

Wed
07
Mar

Aaron Thomas to speak to students and communities of the Allamakee Community School District March 13

Aaron Thomas ...
Aaron Thomas ...

Aaron Thomas, son of slain legendary Iowa high school football coach Ed Thomas of Aplington-Parkersburg High School, will speak to Waukon Middle School and Waukon High School students Tuesday, March 13 at 2 p.m. and to the community members of the school district later that same evening, at 7 p.m. Both presentations will be held in the Waukon High School gymnasium and are open to the general public to attend at no charge.

Wed
07
Mar

Proposed highway improvements to Iowa 9 and 76 through Waukon to be discussed at Thursday open house

The Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) will hold a public information meeting in Waukon Thursday, March 8 to discuss the proposed improvements of Iowa 9 from the south junction of Iowa 76 to the north corporate limit of Waukon (including Rossville Road on up to the stoplight intersection and up Allamakee Street) and on Iowa 76 from the north junction of Iowa 9 to West Ninth Street (West Main Street in Waukon). That project is slated to take place in 2019.

All interested persons are invited to attend this meeting anytime between 5 and 6:30 p.m. at the Waukon Wellness Center Senior Citizens Room #101, located at 1220 Third Avenue NW in Waukon. The meeting will be conducted utilizing an open forum format. Iowa DOT and consultant staff will be present to informally discuss the proposed improvements.

Wed
07
Mar

ACSD Board offers Superintendent position to area native Jay Mathis

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Directors has made a verbal offer of the district's Superintendent position to area native Jay Mathis following a recommendation offered to the board by the district's Superintendent Search Committee at a Monday evening, March 5 special session of the board. Mathis has reportedly verbally accepted the position, but his official hiring is still pending a background check and formal board approval.

Thu
01
Mar

Allamakee Community School District conducting final interviews for two Superintendent candidates March 5

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) completed a stakeholder survey earlier this year, which resulted in 193 total responses from students, teachers, support staff, parents, community members, administrators, and alumni. The results conveyed clear desired qualifications for the school district's new superintendent, which included:
• Builds school and community relations
• Visible in the school and community
• Effectively manages district resources
• Ability to lead school improvement efforts
• Strong communication skills.
The initial candidate pool included 18 total applicants. Seven candidates were from outside the state of Iowa, eight candidates had superintendent experience, and five candidates had an Ed.D. or Ph.D. degree. Based on application materials, references and screening interviews, the following finalists have been named as those who best fit the desired qualifications for the position:

Wed
28
Feb

Awards distributed at 2018 Waukon Chamber of Commerce Banquet


Business of the Year - Reel Core ... Pictured above receiving the 2018 Business of the Year award are, left to right, Erika Murillo, Lenny Bulman and Dave Mulholland of Reel Core. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

Person of the Year - Al Rissman ... Pictured above, left to right, following the award presentation are Nick, Olivia, Lori and Carter Rissman, Al and Fern Rissman, and Amber Rissman. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

Five-year increment anniversary award - The Standard Newspaper - 160 years ... Left to right: Sara Aleckson-Melcher, Joe Moses and Robin Johnson.

Business of the Year - Reel Core ...
Reel Core of Waukon was named 2018 Business of the Year at the Waukon Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet held Friday, February 23 at the Waukon Banquet Center. Nomination information for Reel Core in its selection as this year's recipient of the award focused on the fact that this past year saw Reel Core add 40,000 square feet to its working space facility, which allowed the business to expand its workforce from 70 employees to 85 and also gives the business the ability to "expand into new markets that will add to the continued growth and stability of the company and Waukon's economic base." In its more than two decades of existence in Waukon, Reel Core has grown from an original 10,000 square foot facility with just 10 employees to its current 125,000 square foot facility employing 85 individuals.

Wed
28
Feb

Supervisors approve first reading of e-cigarette ordinance after no comments offered at public hearing

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, February 26 to address a full agenda of items, including a Public Hearing for the E-Cigarette Ordinance, the consideration of motor grader quotes and discussion of the Allamakee County Housing Study. Chairperson Larry Schellhammer called the meeting to order with approval of the current agenda and meeting minutes of February 19. There was no public comment.

The Supervisors moved into the Public Hearing for the E-Cigarette Ordinance, which prohibits the use of electronic smoking devices in public places. The hearing was opened and closed without any written or verbal comment. The first reading of the ordinance was approved with the second and third readings to be added to the March 5 Supervisors meeting agenda.

Wed
28
Feb

Everyone welcome to attend "Crisis in EMS" presentation in Elkader March 6

A presentation on "Crisis in EMS" is scheduled to be held Tuesday, March 6 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Keystone Area Education Agency (AEA) Building D, located at 1400 North Second Street in Elkader. Entitled “Where you live should not determine IF you live in a medical emergency," the presentation will be facilitated by Bremer County Emergency Management Coordinator and EMT Kip Ladage and Bremer County EMS Association President Jim Schutte with a focus on the crisis in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) that is occurring all over Iowa.

Wed
28
Feb

Hager will not seek re-election to Iowa House of Representatives

Kristi Hager ...
Kristi Hager ...

State Representative Kristi Hager (R-Waukon) has announced that she will not seek re-election to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2018. First elected in 2016, she represents House District 56, which includes Allamakee County and most of Clayton County. She plans, instead, to run for Allamakee County Supervisor after serving out the remainder of her existing legislative term, which ends January 2019.

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