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Public Safety Center progressing toward early May opening ...

Steady progress continues to be made in the construction process of the new Allamakee County Public Safety Center located north of Waukon along Highway 9 at the location of the former Makee Manor property. Allamakee County Sheriff Clark Mellick says the project continues to remain on track for a late April public open house and early May transition into the new facility, despite some limited weather delays during this past winter.

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Mar

Donation made to fellow veteran …

Midwest Veterans of America President Robert Kolsrud (left) presented U.S. military veteran Terry Grotegut and his wife, Sue, with a monetary donation to help them in their recovery from the February 1 fire in Waukon that claimed their home and belongings. The Midwest Veterans of America is committed to helping local veterans and simply requires their name and their need. Anyone who is a veteran or who knows a veteran who could use help is asked to call 563-568-5275. Submitted photo.
 

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Democrats from Iowa House to hold Legislative Listening Post in Waukon

Saturday, March 11, Democratic members of the Iowa House of Representatives will visit Waukon for a legislative listening post. Those Democratic Representatives will listen to local concerns regarding recent efforts to lower Iowa's minimum wage, close down and lay-off employees of Luster Heights Camp, underfund public schools, raise property taxes and close down women's health clinics.

The listening post will begin at 1 p.m. this Saturday at Robey Memorial Library, located at 401 First Avenue NW in Waukon. Saturday's listening post is part of a series of such events being conducted by Iowa House of Representative Democrats throughout Iowa.

"I hope Iowans will join us to share their concerns and learn what's really happening at the State Capitol this year," said Representative Mark Smith of Marshalltown, House Democratic Leader and District 71 Representative.
 

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Supervisors set public hearing for zoning change request, discuss gravel resurfacing of secondary roads

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, March 6 to address a full agenda of items including the Review of Property/Liability and Workers Compensation insurance policies, setting a public hearing date for a zoning district change request and the approval of manure management plan updates. Chairperson Larry Schellhammer was not in attendance and Chairperson Pro-Tem Dennis Koenig called the meeting to order.

The 9:40 a.m. agenda item, the Historic Preservation Commission Report by Marcia Rush, was removed from the agenda and will be rescheduled for a later Board meeting. There were no public comments and no members of the public in attendance.
Tax abatements for Craig Freilinger, Don and Dolores Topel and Mary Ann Bustamante were approved as presented. Manure Management Plan updates for Devin Humpal, West Ridge Ag and Gibbs Dairy were accepted and placed on file.

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NEICAC Family Planning Clinic will close at the end of June

by Lissa Blake

The Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation (NEICAC) Family Planning Clinic in Decorah will close its doors June 30 of this year. At a meeting Monday night, February 27, the NEICAC Board of Directors voted to close the Clinic when its contract with the Iowa Department of Public Health ends at this year's midpoint.

“The decision was very difficult for the Board,” said David Boss, NEICAC director of community outreach and development.

According to NEICAC Director Mary Ann Humpal, the program has lost over $90,000 per year for the past two years and is looking at losing that much again by the close of this fiscal year.

“We are jeopardizing other programming within the agency,” said Humpal.

Humpal said there are many factors that went into the Board’s decision to close the office, which serves around 600 customers in a seven-county area.

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08
Mar

Kyle Gordon earns rank of Eagle Scout; Court of Honor is Sunday


Eagle Scout Kyle Gordon. Submitted photo.

Kyle Gordon (left), a Waukon High School senior and member of Boy Scout Troop 64, is pictured above with Waukon Burying Ground Association President Rick Larson (right) outside the storage shed at Oakland Cemetery in Waukon. As his Eagle Scout project, Gordon made improvements to the storage shed that included painting, replacing broken window panes and doors, and replacing and hanging signs on the restrooms located within the storage shed. Submitted photo.

Kyle Gordon, son of David and Connie Gordon of Waukon, has achieved the Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank, Eagle Scout. He is the grandson of Herbert (Jr.) and the late Mary Lou Halvorson and Ervin and Sharon Gordon, all of Waukon.
Gordon is a member of Troop 64 in Waukon under the direction of John Troendle, Scoutmaster. The charter organization is VFW Post 4117 in Waukon.

Gordon will be honored this Sunday, March 12 at a 2 p.m. Court of Honor at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon. The community is welcome to attend.

Gordon began his scouting career as a Tiger Cub Scout in first grade with Ann Klenske-Ewing serving as his den leader. Shortly thereafter, DiAnne Haler took over the den in the following years working the boys toward Boy Scouts. As a Cub Scout, Gordon achieved the Arrow of Light, Cub Scouting's highest award, in February 2010. He then crossed over to Troop 64 under the direction of Joe TeKippe and Tim Smith.

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08
Mar

St. Patrick's Day Parade scheduled for March 19

The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Waukon has been scheduled for Sunday, March 19 and will begin at 1 p.m. with many of the same festivities taking place as in years past throughout the community.

The parade route will be the same as in past years, beginning from the southeast edge of town and heading up Rossville Road and Spring Avenue to the stoplight intersection with Main Street. Turning left on to West Main Street, the parade will venture up to Second Street SW, where the entries will turn left at the Post Office intersection, travel one block south to First Avenue SW, and then east back to Spring Avenue, turning right at Kwik Star to head back south to its point of origin.

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08
Mar

Waukon City Council hears and approves annual audit report, hears RAGBRAI® update and approves FY 2018 budgets for City and Veterans Memorial Hospital

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, March 6 to discuss a full agenda of items including the Public Hearing for the Fiscal Year 2018 City Budget, the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI®) and the Fiscal Year 2016 Audit conducted by Hacker, Nelson & Co. P.C.

Mayor Duane DeWalle called the meeting to order with the approval of the agenda and minutes from February 21, 2017. The Public Hearing for the Fiscal Year 2018 City Annual Budget was opened without written or verbal comment and approved by the Council. During the Public Comments portion of the meeting, Jim Allison of Waukon discussed the need for a street light in his neighborhood near Fourth Avenue and Fifth Street SW.

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08
Mar

4-H grows impact with Citizenship experiences ...

The 4-H program provides youth opportunities to impact their personal lives, community, country and world, objectives also spoken through the 4-H Pledge. The regional 4-H citizenship group met Sunday, February 19 to hear directly from a 4-H alumnus who has impacted a multitude of people through his work in the analytical division of intelligence to assist operations through the United States Defense Department and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The group welcomed Lowell Engle, retired contractor with the CIA and Crypt Analyst with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Lowell grew up as a 4-H member in Bremer County. He was recruited as a college student into the intelligence field and worked 42 years in 48 countries for the Defense Department before retiring in 1991 to return back to an Iowa life of farming. Shortly after, he was contracted again to set up an operations center and found himself working for several more years.

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NICC, ACED and education partners hold Career Workshop at Waukon High School for area high school students

Finding a rewarding and well-paying career in life starts with a plan and having opportunities to learn about different occupations firsthand from individuals who work in the field. This was the motivation for the third annual Career Workshop event at Waukon High School February 10, which was developed in partnership between Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC), Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) and Waukon High School.

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