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18
Jul

Join the fun at the Allamakee County Fair this week

Legendary female country music star Terri Clark to headline Friday's grandstand; Free carnival throughout the fair

This week, July 18-22,  the 165th Allamakee County Fair will be held for all to enjoy at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds in Waukon. A wide variety of entertainment is in place to headline this year’s fair at the grandstand, along with a great deal of other activities for everyone to enjoy each and every day throughout the five-day event.

Grandstand to feature star power and horse power

Kicking off this year’s grandstand entertainment line-up Wednesday, July 18 at 7 p.m. will be a Truck and Tractor Pull featuring local trucks and tractors as well as some powered-up regional competitors in a variety of high-revving classes.

Wed
18
Jul

Longtime community volunteer Wayne Burk reflects on his service as he moves from Waukon to be closer to family


Home away from home ... Wayne Burk of Waukon is pictured above tending to one of the now 88 trees planted in the Memory Garden at Waukon City Park. Burk has been a major factor in the Memory Garden growing to its current splendor, and his volunteer efforts will be sorely missed as he and his wife, Joan, move to Independence this week to be closer to their family. Submitted photo.

Volunteer efforts moving on ... Joan and Wayne Burk of Waukon are pictured in the back yard of their Waukon home. The Burks are moving to Independence this week to be closer to family, ending a 26-year residency in a place where their volunteer efforts will be greatly missed. Photo by Lissa Blake.

by Lissa Blake

It was 50 years ago that longtime community volunteer Wayne Burk heard something that has stayed with him ever since.

“I was at a Jaycees meeting, and this passage came up that I never forgot: ‘Your task is to build a better world, said God. And I answered, ‘I’m so small and useless, there’s nothing I can do.’ And God, in all his wisdom, said, ‘Just build a better you.’ I’ve sort of lived by that,” said Burk.

After 26 years of living in Waukon, the Burks are moving to Independence this week to be closer to family.

Burk, who is originally from the Waterloo area, moved to Waukon in 1992 with his wife, Joan, to take a job as superintendent of the Allamakee Community School District.

After serving the District from 1992-1999, Wayne retired and the Burks decided to stay in town. “We liked it here,” Wayne reflected.

Wed
18
Jul

Seeking nominations for Cloy Kuhse Positive Impact Business Award

Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) is seeking nominations for the 2018 Cloy Kuhse Positive Impact Award. To be eligible, the recipient must be a business located in Allamakee County.

ACED will accept nominations until Friday, September 7 of this year. The award winner announcement and ceremony will be at the ACED Annual Banquet in October. The award recipient will receive a plaque and will be added to the award plaque that is displayed at the ACED office in Waukon.

This business recognition award was created in 2011 to honor the late Cloy Kuhse, who was an ACED Board Director. “The award was created to highlight and recognize a business that is making a positive impact in Allamakee County, as well as to honor the memory of Cloy and his vision,” ACED Executive Director Val Reinke stated.

Fri
13
Jul

UPDATE: Subject has been located in brutal Winneshiek County beating


Dalton James Adam

According to an update from the Winneshiek County Sheriff's Office, as of 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 13:

Dalton Adam (18) has been located by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office in Wisconsin. Adam was arrested on felony willful injury causing serious injury warrants with a total bond amount of $50,000. Adam will be incarcerated in the Crawford County Jail pending extradition.

Wed
11
Jul

Four young ladies vying for crown of 2018 Allamakee County Fair Queen

July 17 coronation event kicks off 165th Allamakee County Fair

Four Allamakee County young ladies are vying for the title of 2018 Allamakee County Fair Queen. Those four candidates for this year's crown include Madalyn Ellingson, Katelyn Leiran, Makayla Manning and Faith Palmer.

The crown of Allamakee County Fair Queen and all the honors and responsibilities that accompany it will be bestowed upon one of those four candidates Tuesday evening, July 17 during the Allamakee County Fair Queen Coronation being held at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon to kick off the 165th Allamakee County Fair.

Wed
11
Jul

Allamakee County Fair Board navigates the ups and downs of unexpected change in carnival offerings for this year’s fair


Coming to the Allamakee County Fair next week ... Pictured in the three surrounding photos are just some of the carnival attractions that will make up the midway for the 165th Allamakee County Fair July 18-22 in Waukon. After owners of the previous carnival that had been booked by the Allamakee, Clayton and Fayette County Fairs late last year for their 2018 events notified all three in an email just shy of a month ago they were going out of business, all three fair boards were left to quickly find replacement carnival attractions. Pictured clockwise from left, Full Court Press, the Screamer 22-Foot Double Slide and the Boot Camp Challenge are just three of more than a half dozen Kid Again Inflatables that will provide this year’s carnival entertainment with something for all ages free of charge to all fairgoers. Submitted photos.

Carnival attractions offered free of charge this year

Carnival rides and attractions are often associated with fair time, and the Allamakee County Fair Board has been riding a bit of a rollercoaster of its own the past few weeks in trying to solidify that carnival fun for the 165th Allamakee County Fair coming up July 18-22 in Waukon.

Since the early part of this year, members of the fair board were excited to have found a new carnival that would offer a fresh variety of rides, games and food to fair-goers in 2018. With the close proximity in location and dates of the county fairs in Allamakee, Fayette and Clayton counties in northeast Iowa, leaders of those respective fair boards had embarked on a mission to work together to find a carnival that could serve all three venues in late July through early August of this year.

Wed
11
Jul

Senator Grassley makes July 3 visit to Waukon part of his 99-county tour


Senator Grassley visits Waukon ... Senator Charles Grassley addresses a group that attended his stop at WW Homestead Dairy in Waukon during his Tuesday, July 3 visit to Waukon. Grassley first toured the dairy facility before fielding questions from the general public on a variety of topics, including immigration, education and the economy. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

As part of his annual 99-county tour to hear concerns and ideas from Iowans across the state, Senator Chuck Grassley visited WW Homestead Dairy by invitation of the Waukon Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). Grassley toured the locally owned and operated dairy Tuesday, July 3 with WEDC Coordinator Ardie Kuhse. WW Homestead Dairy owners Tom Weighner, Tom Walleser and Paul Weighner discussed industry related issues with Grassley and provided an overview of the cheese, milk and ice cream production taking place at the dairy.

Following the facility tour, members of the public in attendance participated in a question and answer session, with Grassley providing feedback regarding a variety of topics.

Thu
05
Jul

Spring Avenue living up to its name


Keeping the spring under Spring Avenue ... Photo above shows the excavated area that reveals part of the underground freshwater spring that has bubbled to the surface in recent years at the intersection of Spring Avenue and First Avenue SW in Waukon. City of Waukon crews and officials have been working to devise a way for the spring water (which can be seen trickling from the far right corner of the excavated area and pooling below) to be diverted through a screened intake into the adjacent storm sewer pipe (shown cut open near the bottom center of the above photo) instead of bubbling its way to the surface and creating puddles in the nearby city streets. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

Photo often referenced regarding Spring Avenue ... Historic reference to the beginning of Spring Avenue has often been made to this photo above taken in 1862, which is actually looking westward up Main Street in Waukon. The Spring Avenue reference is often made due to the images of the cattle in the left foreground of the photo drinking from an open spring at what has been determined to be the beginning of modern day Spring Avenue at its intersection with Main Street. The photo is often referred to as having been printed in the 1913 publication “Past and Present of Allamakee County, 1913” by Ellery M. Hancock. The caption beneath the photo in that 1913 book of history reads: “LOOKING WEST ON MAIN STREET, WAUKON, FUNERAL OF JOHN J. STILLMAN, FIRST BATTLE VICTIM, FEBRUARY, 1862. Shows Presbyterian church with spire, 1858; and just this side the two-story building built in 1853, the second frame building in town; and opposite, to the extreme right, the first frame house built by Shattuck in 1853 (with two chimneys). To the left, one of the big open springs, surrounded by cattle. (From a rare old print).” Photo submitted by Carolyn Clark.

by Lissa Blake

Spring Avenue in Waukon has been living up to its namesake recently as underground water has been bubbling to the surface in recent years that have featured heavy rainfall.

The area where the spring has been causing the most significant issue, within the initial block of First Avenue SW just off its intersection with Spring Avenue, has been cordoned off with barricades for the past couple weeks while City crews and other professionals have assessed the situation and worked on a solution to the problem.

According to City Engineer Lyle TeKippe of Fehr-Graham Engineering, West Union, the City has been struggling with the spot in question since the floods of 2013 that ravaged the downtown Waukon area.

“There’s obviously a spring that runs under the road there. The spring has always been there, but the drainage route that kept that spring from surfacing changed in 2013,” said TeKippe.

Thu
05
Jul

Dave Hogendorn to be inducted into Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame


Early years at KNEI ... Former KNEI radio owner Dave Hogendorn is pictured in the former KNEI studio north of Waukon along Highway 9 in this 1969 photo. Hogendorn is being inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame with a Lifetime Achievement honoring for his work promoting music. Submitted photo.

Area event Sunday honors selection for Lifetime Achievement

For the past 21 years, the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association has recognized Iowa artists’ significant contributions to the legacy of rock music in Iowa with induction into the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. Since incorporation, over 320 entities have had the honor of being inducted. Categories range from Bands to Individual Artists to DJs and Media Representatives to Venues to Lifetime Achievement.

The 2018 inductees for the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame will include 31 new additions at the annual induction ceremony to be held September 1-2 of this year at Arnolds Park. Among those honorees will be former KNEI Radio owner and long-time music promoter Dave Hogendorn, formerly of Waukon and now residing in Solon.

Thu
05
Jul

Addressing Floods of the Future: Expert discusses floodplain management issues

by Lissa Blake

“Do to people downstream as you would have people upstream do unto you.”

That Wendell Berry quote was part of a special presentation on floodplain management last week by Dr. Kamyar Enshayan of the Center for Energy and Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa. Enshayan spoke to around 75 people at Luther College in Decorah Wednesday, June 27 on the topic of “Addressing Floods of the Future.”

A member of the Cedar Falls City Council for eight years, Enshayan has taken the lessons his town learned during the flood of 2008 to try to effect change regarding flood management.

“After the flood of 2008, I called for a moratorium of building things in the flood plain. A few weeks after, where there had been 12 feet of water, the council allowed a guy to fill that spot and build a house,” said Enshayan.

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