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Wed
17
Oct

Fields of Faith moved inside due to cold, wet weather ...

The seventh annual local Fields of Faith event in Waukon was held Wednesday, October 10 inside the Waukon High School gymnasium due to colder temperatures and light rain that forced the event from its traditional venue of the Waukon High School football field. Neither the weather nor the change of venue did anything to dampen the impact of the messages offered by three Waukon High School students and two adult speakers on how faith has impacted their life. Those student speakers are pictured in the three photos in the center below and include, left to right, Waukon High School seniors Megan O’Neill, Emily Kolsrud and Maddie Ahlstrom. Featured adult speakers included Isaac Fruechte (pictured in photo at bottom of page) and Cedric James (pictured below).

Wed
17
Oct

Waukon City Council votes to not allow chickens in town

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, October 15 to discuss a full agenda of items including the Urban Chicken Ordinance, the 2019 Department of Transportation (DOT) Street Project and an update on the Green Valley Bridge project. Mayor Pat Stone called the meeting to order with approval of the current agenda with the addition of three items.

There was no Public Comment and the council moved into Departmental Reports. Street Superintendent Keith Burrett discussed a letter from St. Patrick’s Catholic Church concerning the curb on the east side of the church which is in need of repair. Burrett recommended that this future project would best be accomplished in the summer, outside of the school year. Burrett indicated that a storm sewer collapse in the northeast part of town will involve some exploratory digging this week to determine necessary repairs.

Wed
17
Oct

Clearing the way for a new drive-up ATM ...

There was a lot of activity at the corner of Second Street and First Avenue NW in Waukon this past week. In addition to the City of Waukon street improvement project along First Avenue NW, the former Northeast Auto Body building was also torn down to make way for a new drive-up ATM to be installed and operated by Farmers & Merchants Savings Bank. The bank purchased the property earlier this year from previous owner Jamie Dougherty once he made plans to move his business to Ninth Street SW in Waukon, with the bank now planning for a drive-up 24-hour ATM. Farmers & Merchants Savings Bank Chief Operating Officer and Cashier Nancy Schoh stated, “We love seeing customers inside our branch, but understand how convenient it is to stay in your car. We hope to have the new ATM operational later this year. It is one more way we are making it easier to bank with us.” Standard photos by Joe Moses.

Wed
17
Oct

Honored for 50 years and upcoming retirement ...

Waukon Shopko employee Mary Monroe was honored Wednesday, October 10 for 50 years of employment at a celebration held at the Waukon Shopko location. She is pictured in the center of the above photo with Shopko Chief Executive Officer Russ Steinhorst (left) and Chief Operations Officer Jim DePaul (right), who both traveled from Shopko headquarters in Green Bay, WI to attend the event.

Wed
17
Oct

McCormick to succeed Foxwell next year in ACEC leadership role


Hollee McCormick...

The Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative (ACEC) Board of Directors has announced the selection of its current Manager of Economic Development and Community Relations Hollee McCormick as the individual who will succeed current Executive Vice President/General Manager (EVP/GM) Paul Foxwell following his anticipated retirement in May of next year. McCormick has been employed at the Cooperative for the past four years.

McCormick has gained valuable experience working under the current EVP/GM, and the Board’s early selection of her to succeed Foxwell will allow ample opportunity for further training and development. The Cooperative is pleased to have the opportunity to select an individual that is well-known to the Cooperative, its existing employees, and its members. McCormick lives in the community, is a Cooperative member, and therefore is very familiar with the area and the issues that are important to the membership.

Wed
17
Oct

EACSD Board of Directors approves overnight trips for music and FFA students, hears fitness center update

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The monthly meeting of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) was held at Kee High School in Lansing Monday, October 15. The meeting was called to order by Heather Schulte, Board President. The following board members were present: Bobbie Goetzinger, Kelli Mudderman, Bruce Palmborg, Melanie Mauss and Heather Schulte. Also present were EACSD Superintendent Dr. Dale Crozier, Kee High and Middle School Principal Mary Hogan, New Albin Elementary School Principal Chad Steckel and Board Secretary Janet Heiderscheit.

Wed
17
Oct

City Council delays council appointment, reminds residents not to rake leaves into streets

by Macie Hill

The Lansing City Council held its regular meeting Monday, October 15. Discussion centered around the dike and marina contract, setting a public hearing date, purchasing benches, considering change order #4, considering payment #9 to Brennan Construction and considering appointing a council member for the vacant council seat.

A motion was made and approved to approve the dike and marina contract. ​There will be a public hearing at the next meeting, November 5, for the proposal to enter into a general obligation loan agreement and to borrow money there under in a principal amount not to exceed $200,000 for marina docks.

A motion was made and approved to pay Lucky Duck Custom Fabricating the amount of $2250 to make six new benches to replace the wooden benches located throughout Main Street.

Wed
17
Oct

Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center to host Driftless Birding Fest

The Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center in Lansing will host the Driftless Birding Fest Saturday, November 10. The Fest will include speakers, exhibits and self-guided field trips to area hotspots.

Speakers will include Dr. Paul Skrade of Upper Iowa University at 1 p.m. speaking on the Driftless Region’s unique population of warblers and his studies to learn more about them. Additional speakers and times will be announced closer to the November 10 date.

The Upper Mississippi Flyway is used by over 300 species of birds during the Spring and Fall migrations.  This festival will give novice and expert birders a chance to learn from professionals who have traveled the world on why and when these many species are utilizing the local area.

Wed
17
Oct

St. Patrick School students enjoy STEAM day activities...

Students at St. Patrick School in Waukon recently enjoyed a week of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) activities in computer class. These activities, some of which are pictured in the surrounding photos, implemented various aspects of the STEAM curriculum and involved such activities and technology as the Merge Cube, Augmented Reality Apps, Coding with the Colby, Building with Legos and magnets, among others. STEAM activities allow the students to become scientists, mathematicians and designers while becoming innovative thinkers that solve problems, all while using their own individual creativity. Through these activities they are able to continue to try and retry each activity or technology process, re-evaluating, redesigning and rethinking problems to create unique and inventive solutions. St. Patrick School appreciates the contributions of all who donated towards the school’s recent STEAM day activities. Submitted photos.

Wed
17
Oct

ACSD Board of Directors discusses variety of items at pair of work sessions, regular monthly meeting

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Directors held a work session Wednesday, September 26 to discuss funding options for capital improvement projects. Managing Director Travis Squires from Piper Jaffray was there to discuss a capital financing review for ACSD. Squires reviewed taxable valuations and the ACSD tax rate history, as well as funding options for capital projects that would still keep the tax rate fairly low.

ACSD Superintendent Jay Mathis discussed capital projects, including the East Elementary HVAC project and improvements needed at West Elementary to be considered over the next five years. The board decided that another work session was warranted for the HVAC project at East Elementary and that was scheduled for October 2.

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