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Wed
23
Jan

VFW and Auxiliary of Post 4117 top youth essays win District awards as well


VFW Auxiliary essay contest District level awards for East Elementary School ... Left to right: Trevor Block, First place for fifth grade; Reegan Benzing, First place for fourth grade; Nalia Benda, First place for third grade; Kara Helgerson, Second place for third grade. Submitted photo.

Top Patriot’s Pen essays from Waukon Middle School sixth grade for local contest ... Left to right in three photos at left and above: First place - Teacher Tess Hawes and Ana Acosta (photo at left), Second place - Cole Benzing (left photo above), Third place - Emma Retallick (right photo above). Submitted photos.

VFW Auxiliary essay contest District level awards for St. Patrick School ... Left to right: Reid Deeney, Second place for fifth grade; Devin Frick, Second place for fourth grade. Submitted photo.

Waukon High School Voice of Democracy top essays ... Left to right: Carrissa Bockman (left photo) placed second at both the local level and District level of competition. Brady Beyer (right photo) was the local winner and placed third at the District level. Submitted photos.

Patriot’s Pen essay District award from Waukon Middle School seventh grade ... Azlynn Cota, Second place District award winner. Submitted photo.
Wed
23
Jan

Corner of Hope local growing project learns more specifics about its $27,000 raised this past harvest season helping nearly 500 individuals


Local efforts here ... Some of the members of the Corner of Hope local growing project gathered in late spring of last year for a Blessing of the Seed and Soil event prior to the planting of the crops grown for the local project. Those harvested crops were then sold and the $27,000 in proceeds from that sale were distributed by the Growing Hope Globally organization to assist in the funding of projects to improve food security and sustainability such as one depicted in the accompanying photo at right. Submitted photo.

... lead to global assistance elsewhere ... Members involved in the Honduras Macuelizo Project are pictured above learning how to make organic fertilizer as part of efforts introduced to their village to build a more sustainable agricultural system for growing their own food. The program was introduced through the Mennonite Social Action Committee and Church World Service through funding provided by the Corner of Hope local growing project conducted in Allamakee County and depicted in the accompanying photo at left. Submitted photo.

The annual Harvest Celebration/Appreciation Dinner was held in November of last year for the Corner of Hope local growing project, a program focused on combating world hunger through local growing efforts. This year’s celebration included presentations by leaders of the local growing project’s partnering organization Growing Hope Globally (formerly Foods Resource Bank), a Christian-based non-profit organization focused on improving agricultural food security programs in some of the world’s poorest nations.

It was reported at this year’s harvest celebration that $27,000 was contributed to the Growing Hope Globally efforts through the crops planted, harvested and sold from right here in Allamakee County through efforts and contributions of many.

Wed
23
Jan

Osmundson sworn in to Iowa House ...

Representative Anne Osmundson (R-Volga) of Iowa House District 56 is seen here taking the oath of office in the Iowa House of Representatives chamber as the 88th General Assembly kicked off Monday, January 14 at the Capitol in Des Moines. During the session, Rep. Osmundson can be reached at anne.osmundson@legis.iowa.gov or through the House switchboard at 515-281-3221. The swearing in ceremony of all 100 State of Iowa Representatives began a week full of ceremonies, including the Condition of the State address by the Governor, the Condition of the Judiciary address by the Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice, and the Condition of the Guard address by the Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
23
Jan

Waukon man injured by accidental gunshot

Sunday, January 20 at 12:35 p.m., the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Emergency Dispatch Center received a report of an accidental gunshot that had occurred in a farm field along Makee Drive near the intersection of Dug Road.

Brock Gode Berns, age 20, of Waukon was retrieving a firearm for hunting when it accidentally discharged, striking him in the leg. Berns was transported to Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The accident is being investigated by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Assisting at the scene was the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office, Veterans Memorial Hospital Ambulance Service and Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
 

Wed
23
Jan

Houston County, MN crash claims New Albin teenager, injures two others

A Thursday, January 17 single-vehicle accident has claimed the life of a New Albin teenager and injured two others, according to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol. That report indicates the accident resulted in the death of 15-year-old Caleb Ryan Colsch of New Albin, who was a passenger in a 2002 Mazda Protege being driven north on Minnesota State Highway 26 by a 16-year-old male driver whose name has yet to be released by the Minnesota State Patrol due to the ongoing crash investigation involving a minor driver, according to Sgt. Troy Christianson of the Minnesota State Patrol.

The initial report further indicates that the unnamed driver lost control and the car entered the ditch, striking a tree at approximately 4:10 p.m. that Thursday afternoon near mile marker number 8 in Crooked Creek Township, just north of Reno, MN. The report also indicates that road conditions were dry at the time of the accident.

Wed
23
Jan

Waukon City Council hears presentation on importance of small town airports, discusses tax abatement possibilities

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, January 21 to address a full agenda of items including budget review and department requests, discussion of the Urban Revitalization Program and tax abatement and a presentation from the Airport Commission.

Mayor Pat Stone called the meeting to order. There was no Public Comment and the City Council moved into Departmental Reports.

Street Superintendent Keith Burrett indicated that some minor equipment repairs have been made with preparations ongoing for expected weather conditions this week. Water and Sewer Superintendent Jim Cooper discussed the replacement of water tower lights and the potential purchase of a replacement camera system for viewing and determining whether sewer issues are homeowner or City responsibility.

Wed
23
Jan

Waukon Chamber of Commerce accepting nominations for Person of the Year and other honors presented at annual Chamber Banquet Feb. 22

The Waukon Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations from community residents for awards to be distributed at the Chamber's annual meeting scheduled for Friday, February 22. Those awards include Years of Service, Business of the Year and Person of the Year honors within the Waukon community. The Chamber will bestow those honors upon the best nominated candidate fitting the following award criteria:

Wed
23
Jan

Community invited to take part in Robey Memorial Library’s World Read Aloud Day scheduled for February 1; Sign up now to participate

Every year, World Read Aloud Day is a global celebration that calls attention to the importance of sharing stories by challenging participants to read aloud together to advocate for literacy as a human right.

Friday, February 1, Robey Memorial Library in Waukon will observe this special event by filling its open hours at the library with stories read aloud by community volunteers and library staff. Individuals, groups and classrooms from throughout the community are invited to participate by spending part of their day at Robey Memorial Library reading aloud or listening to a book being read aloud.

Wed
23
Jan

Lansing City Council approves consideration of development proposal for Old Stone School and agreement with People Service

by Macie Hill

The regular meeting of the Lansing City Council was held Monday, January 21. Discussion centered around approval of the consent agenda, discussion of Stone School development and an agreement with People Service.

The adoption of the consent agenda was approved consisting of council meeting minutes from January 7 and the Treasurer’s Report for December 2018. A motion was made and seconded for approval to put together an exploration committee to look into a development proposal for the Old Stone School.

Approval was also given by the council to approve the Operation and Maintenance Agreement with People Service to continue to provide services within the City.
 

Wed
23
Jan

Safety message regarding gas meters and winter weather

Snow and ice buildup on natural gas meters can create a safety hazard and even cut off the flow of natural gas to heating equipment and other appliances. To avoid trouble, one can gently remove snow and ice from on and around the meter with their hands or a broom. Gas meters and regulators are durable and designed with the weather in mind, but a coating of ice or snow could cause a loss of service and become a critical safety issue. If at all possible, remove the snow before it has a chance to freeze.

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