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Lansing City Council hears update on Old Stone School Project

by Macie Hill

The Lansing City Council met Monday, May 20. A motion was made and seconded for Resolution #920 amending the FY2019 Budget. A motion was made and seconded to consider looking at bids to either repair or replace the wall located on Highway 9 near 1417 Main Street.

There will be a public hearing June 3 regarding Clear Creek Crossing. Items such as project specifications and price will be discussed. The current cost estimate for this project is around $300,000. For this project the council approved the Clear Creek Crossing Iowa DNR wastewater section construction permit application, a joint permit application that deals with both the DNR and Corps of Engineers, and a Lansing floodplain development permit.

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Driftless Center to host demonstration on flint knapping June 9

The Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center in Lansing will be hosting Gary Eldred of The Prairie Enthusiasts for an interactive flint knapping demonstration Sunday, June 9 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Along with Eldred will be other Driftless Area residents who share a passion for flint knapping and bow making in traditional Native American styles.

Flint knapping is the art of making arrowheads, knives and other tools using chipped rock and stones in the same manner Native Americans have done for thousands of years. The demonstration will be free of charge and will be ongoing throughout the day. Visitors to the Driftless Center are encouraged to ask questions and interact with the demonstrators while they are working.

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Orders being taken for memorial bricks to place in All-Veterans Memorial on Mt. Hosmer in Lansing

Families and friends have honored more than 391 veterans in the All-Veterans Memorial Brick Plaza at Mt. Hosmer Veterans  Memorial Park in Lansing. New bricks can be inscribed with a veteran’s name, rank, branch of service, years of service and possibly more information depending on brick size chosen. Additional bricks are placed in the plaza twice a year, before Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

Mt. Hosmer was established as a veterans memorial park in the early 1920s when Lansing’s American Legion Post 50 donated this hill to the City of Lansing  for a Veterans Memorial Park. In 2001, the Lansing American Legion and VFW built a WWI memorial in the park, which offers panoramic views of the Mississippi River.

An additional All-Veterans Memorial was created in 2004-2005. It features a marble stone for each branch of the U.S. military behind an apron of memorial bricks.

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May

Division I ratings and academic achievement ...

The Waukon High School Music Department traveled to Decorah for the Iowa High School Music Association Large Group Festival Friday, May 3. Each ensemble performed for three judges during the event and those judges’ scores were averaged to reach a final rating for each group. The Mixed Concert Choir (pictured at center), JV Women’s Choir (pictured at right below) and the Concert Band (pictured above) each received a Division I rating, the highest rating that can be achieved at State contests.

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ACSD Board of Directors hires Jennifer Garin as Waukon High School Principal among personnel and other matters

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Education met Thursday morning, May 9 for a special meeting. Board members approved hiring Jennifer Garin as the Waukon High School Principal, replacing retiring principal Dr. Mike Hardy. The board also accepted Garin’s resignation from her position as Waukon Middle School Principal and Activities Director.

The board also approved the transfer of teacher Angela Adney from kindergarten to second grade while also approving the realignment of the elementary section to four sections of kindergarten and five sections of first grade at West Elementary due to enrollment numbers. Via telephone, Jon Muller of Iowa School Finance Information Services (ISFIS) gave an overview of financing options for the proposed solar energy project.

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May

Women Caring for the Land to meet May 29

Women Caring for the Land will meet Wednesday, May 29 at 10 a.m. at The Winery, which is located at 1966 337th Street off of North Winneshiek Road in rural Decorah.

This meeting is an opportunity for discussion with other women involved in farming and farmland ownership. Women are invited to attend for learning and fun and are welcome to bring friends. Lunch will be available. Now more than ever, women are involved in agriculture,  with 50% of farmland being owned by women.

Featured speakers at the event include Melissa O’Rourke, Attorney from ISU Extension and Outreach, who will speak about farm estate and transition planning and farmland leasing and ownership. Matt Frana, Upper Iowa Project Manager, will speak about soil conservation and grants that are available.

To make reservations, contact Carol Dowe at 563-735-5688 or email caroldowe@gmail.com.

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Kee girls track team makes more history at the Big Blue Oval, shares Class 1A State Team Championship


Tracking more Hawk history ... Members of the Kee girls track team who qualified for this year’s State Track and Field Meet display all the pageantry that goes along with winning the Class 1A team State Championship at the season grand finale. The first-ever team State Championship in Kee girls track history was actually shared with Alburnett after each team scored 36 points at the season-ending event, with Kee also winning a further historical three relay State Championships to fuel that team championship fire. Pictured above, left to right, are: Front row - Freshman Reagan Mudderman, seniors Katie Brennan and Makayla Walleser, and junior Rachel Walleser; Back row - Coach Chad Winters, freshman Haley Meyer, sophomore Alexis Johnson, junior Makayla Peters and sophomore Jada Mitchell. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

Three relay championships in 4x800, Distance Medley and 4x400 fuel the fire, points in individual events by Brennan and Meyer prove to be pivotal in first-ever team title

“A title a day helps bring a trophy your way!”

Although that’s not exactly how the old saying goes, that’s exactly what the doctor ordered for the Kee girls track team in writing yet another chapter in the often recently revamped history of Lady Hawk athletics. Behind the strength of three relay championships and two other point-scoring individual finishes at the State Track and Field Meet held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines Thursday-Saturday, May 16-18, the Kee girls not only won their first running event State Championships in program history, but used those three event titles - one each day - to further fuel their way to a share of their first-ever Class 1A Team State Championship, scoring 36 team points to tie with Alburnett for this year’s Class 1A crown.

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Headington’s fifth-place shot put finish leads Waukon girls track team’s efforts among Class 2A elite at State Track and Field Meet


Top-five shot put result leads State efforts... Waukon girls track sophomore Annika Headington launches a shot put toss in the Class 2A competition at the State Track and Field Meet in Des Moines Thursday, May 16. Headington tied her personal-best effort of 40’2” to finish fifth in that Class 2A shot put field, and she also tossed the discus 112’7” Friday, May 17 to finish 14th among those Class 2A elite field event throwers. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Waukon girls track team had its 2019 season brought to an ultimate close among the Class 2A elite, as nine young ladies competed in six different events at the State Track and Field Meet held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines Thursday-Saturday, May 16-18. Battling weather extremes of heat and rain throughout the season grand finale, the Lady Indians garnered finishes from within the top five to within the bottom five of their respective competitions among the best track and field athletes Iowa’s Class 2A has to offer this season.

As she has most of this season, sophomore Annika Headington paced the Indian results efforts at this season-ending meet. Returning in the shot put, where she did not place among the event medal winners last spring, Headington returned with a vengeance in launching her way to a fifth-place finish among this year’s Class 2A shot put field.

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Brady Sullivan claims Class 2A State Runner-Up honors in the shot put to lead Waukon boys effort at the season grand finale


Class 2A Shot Put State Runner-Up ... Waukon boys track senior Brady Sullivan unleashes a shot put effort in the Class 2A competition at the State Track and Field Meet in Des Moines Thursday, May 16. Sullivan launched a personal-best throw of 56’5.5” to claim State Runner-Up honors in that throwing event behind fellow Northeast Iowa Conference senior Noah Fenske of New Hampton and his championship toss of 60’0.25”. Sullivan also competed in the Class 2A discus, firing a toss of 136’10” in the steady rain of Friday morning, May 17 to end up 11th in that overall field, with Fenske also winning that event with a toss of 152’11”. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Waukon boys track season came to a final end where every team and athlete strives to be, as three Indians competed in four individual events at this year’s State Track and Field Meet held Thursday-Saturday, May 16-18 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. With weather during the three-day event featuring the extremes of blistering heat Thursday and rainy, wet conditions for some of the remainder, so too were the Indians’ event results near the extremes among Iowa’s Class 2A track and field elite.

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Waukon boys golf team brings 2019 season to a close with fifth-place team finish at NEIC Tournament

The Waukon boys golf team brought its 2019 season to a close with its annual Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) Tournament. The golf Tribe played host to the other six NEIC teams Monday, May 20, coming up shy of having any golfers finish within the tournament’s top-15 individuals to be recognized with All-Conference honors, finishing fifth in the final seven-team standings with 354 team points.

TEAM SCORES
Waverly-Shell Rock 312; Decorah 331; Charles City 332; New Hampton 343; WAUKON 354; Oelwein 375; Crestwood 414

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