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Memorial Day activities scheduled to take place in area communities

Grand Marshal and Featured Speaker ...  U.S. Air Force Colonel Eric Haler. Submitted photo.
Grand Marshal and Featured Speaker ... U.S. Air Force Colonel Eric Haler. Submitted photo.

A variety of Memorial Day activities are being planned for the upcoming holiday weekend, including all the traditional Memorial Day observances this year scheduled for Monday, May 27 in all of the area communities within Allamakee County. Those traditions of parades, full cemetery programs and wreath laying are being planned in honor of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving their country, with details of some of those celebrations being outlined below on this page in their respective highlighted boxes.

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May

Elections 101: Election Security - Part 1

Elections 101 is a weekly series of articles offering a variety of information regarding elections in Iowa and Allamakee County prior to this year’s June 4 Primary Election. The information is being provided courtesy of Allamakee County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Denise Beyer.

Election security and the integrity of elections has been scrutinized more in recent years. In article #5 in a series of six related to the election process, Auditor Denise Beyer explains some of the measures taken by all counties in the state of Iowa during both pre-election preparation and testing and the Election Day process to ensure an accurate, safe and secure election. The final article next week will explain the process for reporting to the Iowa Secretary of State on Election Night and the required Post-Election Audit.

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May

Waukon High School senior attends World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute


Olivia Marti ...

Olivia Marti, a graduating senior at Waukon High School, attended the 13th annual World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute (IYI), where 277 students representing 89 Iowa high schools gathered with 85 educators at Iowa State University in Ames to explore pressing global food security challenges and professional opportunities in STEM fields.

“Iowa State University is proud of its longtime partnership with the World Food Prize to provide this premier educational program,” said Wendy Wintersteen, Iowa State University, President. “The Iowa Youth Institute is an opportunity for high school students to connect with Iowa State expertise, resources and scholarships. We are pleased to see how this program ignites students’ passion to help address one of society’s most complex challenges - global food security.”

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May

Waukon Lions Club honors top academic graduating seniors ...

The Waukon Lions Club hosted the annual Waukon High School Honors Banquet at the First Presbyterian Church in Waukon Wednesday, May 1. Students in the top 15% academically of the graduating class of 2024 were honored. The evening included a meal served by the Presbyterian Women and the inspirational talk was delivered by guest speaker Jessica Everman, Physician Assistant at Gundersen Health System Waukon Clinic. The graduates told the audience of their future plans and then were presented certificates and medallions by Waukon High School Principal Jennifer Garin and Waukon High School Guidance Counselor Amy Wasson. Pictured above are the honor students and speaker Jessica Everman. Left to right - Front row: Ashlin O’Neill, Kyrie Snitker, Brooklyn Ottaway, Madison Torson, Kaitlyn Krambeer, Lynsey Houg; Back row: Paisley Vine, Cameron Johnson, Ryan Kolsrud, Speaker Jessica Everman, Dylan Hogan, Gabriel Weighner, Kloe Hemmersbach, Olivia Bossom. Not pictured: Olivia Marti.

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May

ACSD Board of Directors approves variety of personnel decisions, begins preparations for next school year as current school year comes to a close

by Brianne Grimstad

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) School Board met for a special board meeting Tuesday, April 30 to act on a handful of personnel items. The following recommendations were approved, pending a satisfactory background check: Dani Bucknell, Assistant Varsity Volleyball Coach; Kelli Olson, High School Computer Science Teacher/TLC Leader/Education and Curriculum Specialist; and Scotti Hagensick, Student Success Coordinator/At-Risk Interventionist.

The board also approved a pay increase for the Food Service Director which was a total package increase of 4.65%. The increase gives ACSD a more competitive salary and will also include two personal days and two temporary days, to be more in line with other 11-month directors and administrators. The board accepted a resignation from Taylor Seibert, Paraprofessional and also approved a transfer for Caleb Ferring from assistant to head varsity boys wrestling coach.

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New Albin Public Library to host bird exhibit by Blank Park Zoo May 31

The New Albin Public Library will be hosting an interactive bird exhibit by Blank Park Zoo from Des Moines Friday, May 31, beginning at 3 p.m. The free event will feature a variety of educational opportunities to learn about birds, including different sensory bins that let kids explore human-made items that were inspired from different bird beaks. There will also be an opportunity to view a variety of bird feathers, skulls and eggs. No live animals will be present at the event.
 

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May

“They’re More Than a Name on the Wall”: Harpers Ferry Area Heritage Society sponsoring pop-up museum during local Memorial Day events


Part of the museum display, but more information sought ... The photo above will be on display at the pop-up museum at the Ethel Robinson Meehan Community Center in Harpers Ferry during the town’s annual Memorial Day Observance Monday, May 27. Although some of the young men in the photo have been identified, such as the names of Tim Collins, Emmett Houlihan, Joe Sullivan and P.L. Martelle handwritten above, and the date of June 25, 1918 is printed on the photo, the location, event or purpose of the photo, in addition to other names of those pictured, are being sought by members of the Harpers Ferry Area Heritage Society. Anyone with such information can contact the Harpers Ferry Area Heritage Society through its Facebook page or the group’s website at www.harpersferryheritage.org. Submitted photo.

Roll Call of servicemen ... The Roll Call list pictured at right includes names of Harpers Ferry area men who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country in the U.S. military during noted eras or conflicts. Harpers Ferry Area Heritage Society member Regina (Robinson) Manning has been able to conduct research on all of these men and will have that research information available as part of the pop-up museum display the Heritage Society will be hosting during the Memorial Day Observance events in Harpers Ferry Monday, May 27. Submitted image.

by Brianne Grimstad

The Harpers Ferry Area Heritage Society (HFAHS) is sponsoring a pop-up museum in Harpers Ferry this Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, at the Ethel Robinson Meehan Community Center, located at 234 North 4th Street in Harpers Ferry. Entitled “They’re More Than a Name on a Wall,” the museum will honor fallen veterans from Harpers Ferry, Waterville and the surrounding area who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Hours available for visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., following the Memorial Day Program at the Veterans Memorial in Harpers Ferry. The museum will also be available during the annual American Legion Scenic Unit #722 pork chop dinner Memorial Day.

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May

Allamakee County Veterans Museum open for tours Saturday and Monday of the Memorial Day holiday weekend

The Allamakee County Veterans Museum at 105 Allamakee Street in Waukon will be open for tours during the Memorial Day holiday weekend this year, Saturday, May 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Monday, May 27 from Noon to 4 p.m.

Video interviews from the museum’s Allamakee Veterans History Project library will be played for visitors on request. Interviews now available for viewing include the following veterans:

Wed
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May

Supervisors approve some personnel matters and use of American Rescue Plan Act funding for courthouse network cable upgrade and security camera design

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, May 20 to address a full agenda of matters including the Public Hearing for the Fiscal-Year 2024 (FY24) Allamakee County Budget Amendment, consideration of setting the canvass date for the June 4 Primary Election and the consideration of hiring an administrative assistant for Environmental Health and Planning and Zoning. The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Dan Byrnes with Supervisors Mark Reiser and Dennis Keatley present.

During Public Comment, Allamakee County Zoning Administrator Stephanie Runkle provided a brief update on the Courthouse Building Committee and recommendations relating to the bidding process for various repairs and improvements to the courthouse.

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Waukon baseball team returns a dozen varsity letterwinners for its 2024 campaign, with half being young underclassmen


2024 Waukon baseball ... Left to right - Front row: Shawn Martin, Mason Wasson, Zach Perkins, Brody Gress, Lawrence Fenton, Karsten Steege; Middle row: Ashton Monroe, Gabe Weighner, Caden Cahoon, Connor Cahoon, Jack O’Neill, Isaac Weighner, Jacob Jones; Back row: James Stigler, Cael Schellsmidt, Colton O’Neill, Sawyer Breitsprecher, Gabe McCormick, Keigan Leiran, Noah Hager, Elijah Weighner.

2024 Waukon baseball returning letterwinners ... Left to right - Front row: Shawn Martin, Mason Wasson, Zach Perkins; Middle row: Ashton Monroe, Gabe Weighner, Caden Cahoon, Connor Cahoon, Jacob Jones; Back row: Colton O’Neill, Sawyer Breitsprecher, Jack O’Neill, Brody Gress.

The 2024 Waukon baseball season will see a dozen varsity letterwinners return for head coach Shane Schellsmidt as he enters his sixth year at the diamond Tribe helm following a 15-19 campaign last summer. Half of those varsity veterans come in a senior class that will provide the team’s greatest amount of leadership for a squad of 21 players nearly evenly split between all high school grade levels, with the exception of having just one member from the junior class.

“I’m very optimistic about this season,” Coach Schellsmidt said in looking ahead to his 2024 campaign. “This group has worked extremely hard in our preseason practices. I believe the competition for opportunities leading up to week one will provide future success on the field. I feel our line-up will be filled with competitive at-bats, but we need a few younger pitchers with limited varsity time to learn as they go on the mound. It should be exciting to see the growth heading into July.”

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