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Leonette Kernan 100th birthday card shower

Leonette Kernan of Lansing will be celebrating her 100th birthday May 23. In honor of the occasion, cards and well wishes may be sent to 1329 Main Street, Lansing, IA 52151.
 

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May

Birth announcement: Bloxham

Sarah Needham and Joe Bloxham of Waukon announce the birth of their daughter, Jordyn Elizabeth Bloxham, born May 10, 2019 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. She weighed 7 lbs. 3 ozs. and measured 20 inches in length at the time of her birth. She joins siblings, Cody (4) and Logan (7).

Grandparents are Bev Needham, Randy and Julie Bloxham and Jim and Bev Larson-Needham, all of Waukon. Norma Bloxham of Waukon is a great-grandparent.

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May

Birth announcement: Durnan

Paige Kerr and Kevin Durnan of Waukon announce the birth of their son, Arlo Barrett Durnan, born May 13, 2019 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. He weighed 7 lbs. 15 ozs. and measured 22-1/2 inches in length at the time of his birth. He joins a sister, Stella (2).

Grandparents are Donna Dotzler and Kenneth Kerr of Waukon, Vicki and Chris O’Connell of Marquette and John Durnan Jr. of Clermont. Great-grandparents are Verta and Keith Kerr of Postville, Cherie and Don Hallberg of Elgin and Mary and John Durnan Sr. of Thomaston, GA.
 

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May

What's Up at the FSA Office?

by Jeremy Leitz, Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
May 15 - August 1: Primary Nesting Season.  No MCM activities on CRP acres
May 27: Office closed in observance of Memorial Day
June 14: COC Nominations Begin
June 17: Dairy Margin Coverage Program Sign-Up Begins
July 15: Last day to certify crop acres

Crop Reporting
Allamakee county farmers are reminded to report all spring planted crops to the FSA office by July 15 to remain eligible for FSA and other USDA programs. Please remember to bring planting dates with you. It is the producer’s responsibility to accurately report acres and producer’s shares in individual crops. Discrepancies found later may affect eligibility for all FSA-administered programs.

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May

Lt. Col. James “Joe” Emerson to deliver Memorial Day address in Waukon; Parade could be impacted by ongoing road construction


Still flying as a volunteer ... LTC (Retired) James “Joe” Emerson of rural Harpers Ferry is pictured above flying the Huey helicopter just this past May 15 similar to what he flew during his service in Viet Nam. Emerson and his wife volunteer with the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation. Submitted photo.

LTC (Retired) James “Joe” Emerson ... Submitted photo.

The 2019 Memorial Day Observance Program being held at Oakland Cemetery in Waukon Monday, May 27 is scheduled to commence following the traditional parade that begins at 9:45 a.m. in front of the Allamakee County Courthouse and marches its way to the cemetery. In the event of rain, the program will be held at the Waukon Banquet Center.

In addition to the weather, road construction in the downtown Waukon area may prevent the traditional parade from taking place as well. Should the construction work on Allamakee Street and/or Main Street prevent the parade from beginning at its traditional County Courthouse point of origin, plans are to begin the parade at the St. Patrick School parking lot and travel east down the hill toward Rossville Road and then south to Oakland Cemetery. Should weather and/or road construction not fully cooperate, the Memorial Day Observance Program will be scheduled for 10 a.m.

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May

World renown historian and author to present “The Enemies Within” Memorial Day in Waukon


Historical research will be part of Memorial Day presentation ... Historian and author Michael Luick-Thrams points to an exhibit at the University of Heidelberg’s Center for American Studies located in Heidelberg, Germany. Luick-Thrams will be conducting a two-part presentation at the Town Theater & Pizza Pub (formerly Main Feature Theater & Pizza Pub) in Waukon the afternoon of Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 on his research regarding World War II Prisoners of War from the Midwest and from Germany and how lessons learned from their past experience can be applied to current situations. Submitted photo.

Issuing the “Next Generation Challenge” to veterans and youth

“I feel an obligation to continue to tell their story, because, like it or not, there aren’t many of them left to keep telling it.”

That’s what historian and author Michael Luick-Thrams says about the World War II Prisoners of War (POWs) that he has researched and written several books about over the past 20 years. That feeling of obligation has further led to the establishment of TRACES, a nonprofit organization started by Luick-Thrams in the late 1980s that has helped gather and preserve those and many more stories of historical significance through which Luick-Thrams says he wants to help “apply lessons of the past to current situations.”

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May

Kerndt Monument Works celebrating 65 years in business this year as the next generation of family assumes management


Passing the torch ... In celebrating its 65-year anniversary this year, Kerndt Monument Works is now being managed by the next generation of the John and Lorna Kerndt family, as their youngest daughter and her husband, Kristi and Robert Campbell, are now managing the monument portion of the long-standing business. Pictured above, left to right, are: Front row - Lorna and John Kerndt; Back row - Robert and Kristi Kerndt Campbell. Submitted photo.

Serving families for 65 years ... Kerndt Monument Works is celebrating 65 years in business this year. After originating in 1957 on Rossville Road in downtown Waukon when John Kerndt purchased Roggensack Monument, the business was first moved to West Main Street in Waukon before then being moved to the Kerndt home on Ninth Street NW in Waukon (pictured above) in 1966 before being moved to its current location on Rossville Road in south Waukon (pictured below) in 2008. Submitted photo.

by Lissa Blake

After 65 years in business, Kerndt Monument Works in Waukon is under new management as the next generation of the family becomes involved in the management of the business.

Owner John Kerndt, who started the company, is handing over the torch of one of the oldest continually-operating family businesses in Waukon to his youngest daughter and son-in-law, Kristi and Robert Campbell. Kristi and Robert will operate the monument side of the business, but John will remain within the cemetery aspect of the business, where he will continue to update markers with additional names, dates, etc.

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May

“Music In The Park” to begin May 29 and continue through August at new amphitheater ...

Fueled by a generous donation, the Waukon Park & Recreation Department built the amphitheater pictured above overlooking the pond in the Waukon City Park. Waukon Park and Recreation will be hosting “Music In The Park” at the amphitheater site each Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. between Memorial Day and Labor Day, beginning Wednesday, May 29. Those attending are invited to bring their own blankets or lawn chairs, or use the tiered seating walls pictured above. Local musical talent will be on display throughout the free series, according to the following schedule:

May 29 - Toe Tappers  June 5 - Smoking Gun Showdown    June 12 - Eggen & Hippen Music    June 19 - Mark Armstrong
June 26 - Buck Hollow Band    July 3 - Michael McElrath    July 10 - J.R. Brink    July 17 - Jim Adam/Back to Country
July 24 - TBA    July 31 - Mike McAbee    August 7 - Guttenberg German Band    August 14 - LaBarge
August 21 - Tom Carpenter/Acoustic Music    August 28 TBA

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May

Waukon City Council gives approval to begin search for new City Manager

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, May 20 to address a full agenda of items including the search for a new City Manager, the proclamation of May 24 and May 25, 2019 as American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Days and discussion of consultation fees for former City employees.

The Public Hearing for the proposed disposition of interest in real property by the City of Waukon was opened with City Clerk Lana Snitker indicating that no written or verbal comments have been received. This hearing is related to the sale of the Monona clinic property to Medical Associates/Mercy Family Care Network, LLC for the sum of $125,500.00. The Public Hearing was closed.

The council moved into Public Comment with Dan Denk of Waukon discussing requirements for a cul de sac near a property he is planning to purchase. Joe Cunningham of Waukon discussed several matters relating to sidewalks, streets and tree removal.

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