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May

Local veterans who served on USS Wainwright share their experiences


Dean Bechtel

Virgil Thorstenson

by Lissa Blake

When the USS Wainwright traveling museum exhibit trailer comes to Waukon for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, it will bring back very distinct memories for at least two local veterans.
Dean Bechtel and Virgil Thorstensen both served on the Wainwright at different times during their military careers. Bechtel, who graduated from Waukon High School in 1966, served four years in the U.S. Navy, while Thorstensen, a 1967 graduate, served for 20 years. Both men recently recalled their service to their country.

Wed
13
May

Luana pair arrested in Waukon on domestic assault and drug charges

Tuesday, May 12, the Waukon Police Department responded to a location on West Main Street in Waukon. Upon completion of an investigation, 34-year-old Amy Lynn Lapour and 33-year-old Daryl Dean Wilkins of Luana were both arrested and charged with domestic assault. Both were also charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). Lapour was charged with a class D felony possession due to having two or more prior drug related convictions.

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Wed
13
May

UPDATE: Suspect apprehended in connection with Calmar bank robbery


Tyrone Wilson

A robbery was reported Tuesday, May 12 at State Bank in Calmar at around 10:30 a.m. The suspect in the robbery has now been identified by the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation as Tyrone Wilson of Postville, age 48 (pictured). Wilson, described as a black male, 6’2”, 210 lbs., was last seen in Calmar Tuesday, May 12 driving a black 1998 Chevy 3500 dual wheel pickup with license plate number CWM 696.

UPDATE: The Winneshiek County Sheriff's Department reported that Wilson was apprehended without incident Wednesday afternoon in Rock Island, IL.

The Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the public for their cooperation and assistance with this case. The Sheriff’s Office and Calmar Police Department would also like to thank the multiple law enforcement agencies who assisted throughout the investigation.   

 

Wed
13
May

Allamakee County voters approve bond referendum for new public safety center

Voters in Allamakee County expressed widespread support for the $5.1 million bond referendum to fund the construction of a new jail and public safety center at the location of the Makee Manor facility north of Waukon. The same project was first presented to voters in November of 2014 with a $4.9 million price tag, but that measure failed to gain the support of the required 60% super majority by less than one percentage point.

Wed
13
May

Memorial Day activities in Waukon to include mobile museum of U.S.S. Wainwright


The U.S.S. Wainwright DLG-28/CG-28 mobile museum pictured above will be on display in Waukon during the Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25. The general public can visit the mobile museum to learn more about the U.S. Navy warship's service and its involvement in such conflicts as the Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War. Local area residents Virgil Thorstenson and Dean Bechtel both served on the ship during their military careers. Submitted photo.

Memorial Day activities in Waukon will include a special visitor this year, as a mobile museum exhibiting the history of the U.S.S. Wainwright will make a stop during a tour of the Midwest. The traveling museum houses assorted artifacts from its U.S. Navy warship namesake and provides a history of the ship and its activities while in service to the United States, which resulted in the vessel being the most decorated ship in the Atlantic Fleet at the time of her decommissioning in 1993.

LOCATION AND SCHEDULE
During its visit to Waukon, the traveling museum will be parked in the initial block of First Avenue NW along the south edge of the Allamakee County Courthouse property. The museum will be opened to the general public according to the following schedule:
Saturday, May 23 - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday, May 24 - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monday, May 25 - Following the Memorial Day Parade.

Wed
13
May

Paint Creek Valley officially dedicated as part of Yellow River State Forest at May 7 event


Approximately 65 people attended the dedication of the Paint Creek Valley addition to Yellow River State Forest in an event held Thursday, May 7 near Waterville. Some of those attendees are pictured above making their way toward the foot bridge that crosses Paint Creek just off of White Pine Road that is one point of public access within the new Paint Creek Valley addition. Photo by Kelli Boylen.

by Kelli Boylen
freelance writer

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