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Kee baseball coach Gene Schultz brings legendary career to completion


Legendary Kee baseball coach Gene Schultz stands beside a case in his home that holds the baseballs representing each of his 100-milestone victories prior to career win number 1,700 recorded early in the 2013 season. Schultz announced his retirement from his legendary 45-year career at the helm of the Hawk diamond program last week, completing a career record of 1,754-398.

It's been labeled the "end of an era." But the man it means the most to calls it "the beginning of a new chapter."
Gene Schultz, the legendary coach of Kee High School baseball for the past 45 years and the nation's all-time winningest high school baseball coach, had his retirement from that long-time helm made official Monday, August 18 with the acceptance of his letter of resignation by the Eastern Allamakee Community School District Board of Directors at its regular monthly meeting. That retirement brings to a close a coaching career likely never to be rivaled with an overall record of 1,754 wins against just 398 losses, but also opens the door to a number of other possibilities for Schultz and his family.

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Aug

Betty Troendle inducted into Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame


Iowa 4-H Foundation Interim Executive Director Albert Grunenwald (left) awarded Betty Troendle (right) of Waukon a certificate celebrating her induction into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony held Sunday, August 17 at the Iowa State Fair. Submitted photo.

Betty Troendle of Allamakee County was inducted into the 2014 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines Sunday, August 17. A total of 82 counties participated this year and 110 inductees were recognized for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Inductees or their surviving family members were presented a certificate by the Iowa 4-H Foundation as they were introduced on stage and honored at a reception that followed the ceremony.
“Betty's contribution to 4-H was widely felt,” said Morgan Heim, Allamakee County 4-H Youth Co-Coordinator. "Betty has taught her children well and influenced them to give back to their communities. Her hard work, heart of gold, and willingness to always help out has influenced many youth throughout her 4-H career in Allamakee County."

Wed
20
Aug

Crowned Junior Miss Corn Days

Bailey Shafer, 11-year-old daughter of Bill and Beth Shafer of Waukon, was crowned Junior Miss Corn Days during a ceremony in front of Stranded Memories in Waukon Friday, August 15 as part of this year's expanded Waukon Corn Days celebration. Contest organizer Jean Brink said that contestants were judged not on their appearance, but on "what's in your heart and in your head." Additional photos from the newly expanded Corn Days activities and events over the weekend can be found in this week's print and e-editions as well as in our online photo galleries.
 

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20
Aug

Patriot Tour to arrive in Waukon August 27

Every year thousands of motorcyclists ride for the members of the military - to show America's support, thanks, and united pride by carrying one American flag throughout the country, passing it through all lower 48 states, carried by 100 riders in 100 days. The ride stops overnight at a Harley-Davidson dealership every night.  That dealer’s HOG Chapter carries it to another dealer the next day.
This effort, organized by The Nation of Patriots to pay tribute to, and honor, all of America's armed forces - past, present and fallen, is known as The Patriot Tour. Anyone wishing to learn more about the Patriot Tour can do so at their website nationofpatriots.com
This year, the Patriot Tour began May 24 during Memorial Day weekend at Badger Harley-Davidson in Madison, WI.  The flag will complete its full circle and land back in Madison, WI over Labor Day weekend.

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Aug

Alliant Energy breaks ground on air quality improvement project at Lansing facility


Representatives from Alliant Energy, the State of Iowa, the City of Lansing, Allamakee County Economic Development and the Allamakee County Board of Supervisors participated in a groundbreaking ceremony at the Alliant Energy generating station Monday, August 11, marking the start of installation of new scrubbers at the facility. Scrubbers reduce the amount of sulfur dioxide emitted by power plants. Standard photo by B.J. Tomlinson.

Environmental technology to be installed at Alliant Energy's Lansing Generating Station is designed to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions by approximately 90 percent. The groundbreaking ceremony at the Alliant plant south of Lansing recognized  this achievement for the environment and Iowans.
The approximately $58 million project is expected to employ an average of 50 workers during construction and is scheduled to be completed in 2015.
"This environmental project will further our company's efforts to produce safe, efficient and responsible energy for our customers" said John Larsen, senior vice-president of Generation for Alliant Energy. "Together with our labor partners, contractors and the community, we are working to ensure that Iowa has the energy needed to grow while minimizing our impact on the environment. This includes transforming our generating fleet to cleaner and more efficient units."

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20
Aug

Solemn family tradition entrusted to younger generation


For decades, Daniel H. Galvin, Jr. (inset photos) marked the anniversary of the sinking of the ship on which he served during World War II, the USS Quincy, by reading aloud the names of his fallen shipmates. Now 93, Galvin is physically unable to perform that remembrance, but the tradition is being continued by his grandsons, Dolan and Aidan Jones, sons of Maura and Gregg Jones of Waukon. Submitted photos.

by Maury Gallagher

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13
Aug

Picnic in the Park event for veterans, family and friends to be held August 20

The Hamre Giesen Chapter #8 of Disabled American Veterans in Waukon will host a picnic event for veterans and their families and friends at the Waukon City Park Wednesday, August 20. The event will begin with a social time at 11 a.m. and a noon meal.
There is no cost to attend this event. Food, drinks, door prizes and raffles will be provided.
Anyone who knows of any veterans who have returned from service in the past two to three years are asked to invite them to this event to be honored and welcomed home.
For more information or to volunteer to help at this event, call 563-535-5430 or 563-568-5275. To arrange for a ride to and from this event, call 563-568-5275.
 

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