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21
Jan

Designs, details unveiled for Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center at public informational meeting


Pictured above is an architect's rendering of the new Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center proposed for construction at what is more locally known as the Columbus Bridge property just south of Lansing. Pictured are both the north and south exterior views of the building, as well as floor plans for each of the Center's three floors.

by B.J. Tomlinson

Wed
21
Jan

Fire damages rural Waukon home

Firefighters from the Waukon Area Fire Protection District were called to battle a house fire Thursday, January 15 at 370 Countryside Drive, rural Waukon, the home of the John Opfer family. The call was received at 11:05 a.m., with reports of the house being fully engulfed from basement to roof a short time later. Tanker support from the Postville Fire Department was also called upon to ensure a consistent water supply to battle the blaze. Firefighters were on scene for approximately three hours. No injuries were reported, but the contents of the home were badly damaged and the home suffered considerable smoke and fire damage. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation, although early indications point to the origin of the fire being electrical in nature.

Wed
14
Jan

Youth Cheerleading Day hosted by Waukon High School cheer squad

The Waukon High School cheerleading squad hosted a Youth Cheerleading Day Friday, January 2. Area elementary students took part in a day-long cheerleading camp and then performed that same evening during halftime of the Waukon girls and boys basketball games against Clayton Ridge, performing group cheers, stunts and some dynamic flips, some of which are pictured above. View and find out how to purchase these photos and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link.

Wed
14
Jan

Supervisors pass pair of resolutions in regard to funding shortfalls for mental health and transportation infrastructure


Tuesday, January 6 the Allamakee County Board of Supervisors, along with mentors and other community supporters, signed a proclamation stating that January 2015 is National Mentoring Month. Pictured in the back row is the Allamakee County Board of Supervisors (left to right), Dan Byrnes, Dennis Koenig and Larry Schellhammer. Pictured in the front row (left to right) are mentor volunteer Bob Rotach, Helping Services Mentoring Coordinator Kathy Schwartzhoff, Mentoring Committee member Danny Schlitter and Helping Services intern Courtnee Demuth.

by Bob Beach

Wed
14
Jan

Public information meeting set for Thursday to learn more about Columbus Bridge project

The Allamakee County Conservation Board (ACCB) will host an informational meeting about the Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center planned for the Columbus Bridge property Thursday, January 15 from 5:30-7:30  p.m. at the Kerndt Brothers Savings Bank Community Center in Lansing, located at 391 Main Street.
Staff from Fehr Graham Engineering will be present to discuss site planning, Martin Gardner Architecture will present on the building design, and Split Rock Studios will discuss interpretive displays proposals. The public is encouraged to attend.

Wed
14
Jan

UFO? - Unbelievable Floating Object

This uniformly-round ice formation was found floating in Bear Creek in Allamakee County Monday, January 5 by Kenneth Larson of Dorchester. The floating ice mass was estimated at approximately 20 feet in diameter and was rotating slowly in place as the current of the creek flowed by. Online research indicates that ice circles, such as the one pictured above, are formed when surface ice gathers in the center of a body of water rather than the edges. A slow moving stream current can create a slow turning eddy, or swirling current, which rotates the ice mass and grinds down its edges against the surrounding ice to form the uniformly-round ice circle. Photo courtesy of Kenneth Larson.
 

Wed
14
Jan

Twins honored as First "Babies" of the Year born at Veterans Memorial Hospital


Pictured above are Michelle Scott and Mitchel Rogers, parents of newborn twins Allie Marie and Jaxson Thomas, who were born January 2, 2015 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon, making them the winners of the hospital's First Baby of the Year Contest. Michelle is originally from Postville, but she and Mitchel now reside in Cascade. Michelle still chose to deliver her twins at Veterans Memorial Hospital with Dr. Benjamin Nesseim, just as she did with her youngest child, Kayden. Because the babies were born six weeks early, they were safely delivered at Veterans Memorial Hospital and then transferred to Gundersen Health Center in La Crosse, WI, where they are reported as doing well. They join an older sister and brother, Cheyanne and Kayden. The family will enjoy many gifts thanks to local merchants who helped celebrate the First Baby of the Year born at Veterans Memorial Hospital. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital physicians and staff announce that the First Baby of the Year Contest for 2015 was won by twins, Allie Marie and Jaxson Thomas Roger, born Friday, January 2. They are the children of Michelle Scott and Mitchel Rogers. Michelle is originally from Postville, but she and Mitchel currently reside in Cascade. Michelle chose to still deliver her twins at Veterans Memorial Hospital with Dr. Benjamin Nesseim, just as she did with her youngest child, Kayden.
Allie Marie was born at 7:59 p.m. and weighed three pounds, four ounces and measured 16 inches long, and Jaxson Thomas was born at 8:00 p.m. weighing three pounds, 14 ounces and measured 17.5 inches long. Twins Allie and Jaxson join their big sister, Cheyanne, and their big brother, Kayden, at home. Grandparents of the newborn twins are Tonya and Ricky Delatorre of Postville and John and Annette Rogers of Cascade.

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