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Wed
13
Sep

Lansing City Council approves second reading of ATV ordinance, discusses street light infrastructure and grant funding proposals by police department

by Macie Hill

The Lansing City Council meeting was held Wednesday, September 6, delayed initially a day from its usual Monday evening date due to the Labor Day holiday Monday, September 4, but then delayed to Wednesday due to a quorum of council members not being available for Tuesday's meeting date.

Discussion circled around a new sidewalk being put in on North Third Street, street light infrastructure information, the second reading of the City's ATV ordinance, and the police department seeking to get speed radars placed throughout the city.

It has been reported that rain water has been overflowing the sidewalk and running into houses on North Third Street. To fix this problem, the City will be replacing approximately sixty feet of sidewalk on that street in an effort to prevent the problem from happening again.

Wed
13
Sep

Presentation on Teen Technology Use and Misuse has been set for September 25


Dr. Justin Patchin ...

Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D., professor of criminal justice at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center, will be conducting a presentation on cyberbullying Monday, September 25 at the New Albin Community Center, beginning at 7 p.m.

Entitlted "Teen Technology Use and Misuse," Dr. Patchin's presentation will cover a broad overview of cyberbullying, including issues parents, educators, and teens need to know about how youth use and misuse technology to cause harm to their peers. The presentation will define and provide examples of cyberbullying and discuss the role of parents in preventing and responding to inappropriate online behaviors.  It will also describe many of the online environments popular among adolescents today and strategies to use to make sure they are used safely and responsibly.

Wed
13
Sep

Waukon girls cross country team finishes seventh at unique Waverly-SR meet

The Waukon girls cross country team competed in the uniquely-scored Dick Pollitt Go-Hawk Classic hosted by Waverly-Shell Rock Tuesday, September 5, finishing seventh in the overall 15-team field. The meet is run in “grade” format, where seniors and juniors compete in one race and sophomores and freshmen in another, and team scores are then kept for each grade level as well as an overall team tally.

Meet guidelines for the overall team scoring take the top five individual finishes for a team from each grade race, but no more than two runners from each grade level can be used by a team to calculate its final overall team score. The Indians used at least one scorer from each of the four different grade races to calculate their team score of 55 points that placed them seventh in the final 15 scoring team overall standings.

Wed
13
Sep

Waukon boys cross country team runs to 10th-place overall finish at uniquely-scored Waverly-SR meet

The Waukon boys cross country team competed in the uniquely-scored Dick Pollitt Go-Hawk Classic hosted by Waverly-Shell Rock Tuesday, September 5, finishing 10th in the final overall 16 scoring team standings based on the meet’s grade competition format and unique scoring system. With the meet matching grade levels in two separate races - seniors and juniors competing against one another in one race and sophomores and freshmen doing likewise in another race, and the finishes of only two runners from each grade race being allowed to count in the overall team score made up of five runners from each squad, the Indians finished with 98 team points.

OVERALL TEAM SCORES
Decorah 17; Charles City 27; Mason City 34; Waverly-Shell Rock 44; Western Dubuque 45; Denver 54; Webster City 61; West Delaware 65; Aplington-Parkersburg 86; WAUKON 98; Starmont 118; Grundy Center/G-R 142; Crestwood 149; Jesup 178; Hampton-Dumont 214; Independence 253

Wed
13
Sep

Unbeaten Waukon football team erupts to 22-0 headstart in opening District 4 play with 53-35 home victory over Dyersville Beckman


Waukon football junior Brady Sullivan breaks through the Dyersville Beckman front line to drop this ballcarrier for a loss in the Indians’ 53-35 home victory over the Trailblazers to open Class 2A District 4 play Friday, September 8. Sullivan left the game early with an injury but wrapped up a pair of solo tackles for a loss in his total of three each of solo and assisted stops before his departure. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

Big plays were a big factor in a big first step taken by the Waukon football team in opening their Class 2A District 4 schedule with a 53-35 victory at home over Dyersville Beckman Friday, September 8. The Indians struck on three scoring plays covering 216 yards in their first three possessions to bolt to a 22-0 headstart they would never really look back from in keeping their undefeated season and number-one ranking intact as District play got underway.

“We have a great deal of respect for Beckman as a program, so to jump on them like that out of the gate was pretty shocking,” Waukon football coach Chad Beermann said. “We know this group of players has that kind of ability, we just don’t always get to see it. Friday night it was on display in the first quarter, and most of the second.”

Wed
13
Sep

Solid defensive effort, four full quarters of play lead to first Kee football victory, 24-6 over Central City in District 3 opener


Kee football junior Josh Walleser closes in on this Central City ballcarrier in the Hawks’ 24-6 home victory over the Wildcats Friday, September 8 to begin District 3 play. Walleser led Kee’s defense with seven solo tackles and added four more assisted stops while also picking off two interceptions. He also caught two passes for 31 yards and a touchdown. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Kee football team’s first victory of the season couldn’t have come at a better time than the start of District 3 play, as the Hawks played host to Central City Friday, September 8 and came away with a 24-6 triumph. For the third consecutive game Kee’s grid guys put together a strong first half effort, holding a halftime lead for the second consecutive week, but this time the Hawks continued that effort for the game’s remaining half as well, answering their only defensive letdown directly and coming up with some big defensive plays to further cement an overall strong defensive effort in the contest.

The Hawks are next scheduled to travel to Tripoli this Friday, September 15 to continue District 3 play against the 3-0 Tigers. Tripoli comes off a 68-8 trouncing at home over Central Elkader this past Friday, and also has wins of 34-30 over Riceville and 42-28 over Janesville to its early-season credit.

Tue
12
Sep

Jeanette O'Hara

Jeanette “Jenny” O’Hara, age 88, of Decorah died Thursday morning, August 31, 2017 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, WI. Funeral Services were held Tuesday, September 5 at Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah with Rev. Stacey Nalean-Carlson officiating. Burial was in Lutheran Cemetery.

Sylvia Jeanette was born March 15, 1929, the daughter of Ernest and Esther (Egge) Anderson at home on her Grandpa Egge’s farm. She was baptized April 7, 1929 and confirmed October 29, 1942. She received her education in both Iowa and Minnesota schools and graduated from Decorah High School with the Class of 1946. She received her LPN from the Chicago School of Nursing.

Jenny married Selmer Larson June 14, 1947 at First Lutheran Church. They became the parents of six children.

Tue
12
Sep

Philip Haefner

Philip James Haefner, 83, of Lansing died Sunday, September 3, 2017 of natural causes associated with a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease at his home, with his loving wife and one of his daughters by his side. Graveside services with military honors were held September 7 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lansing.

Philip was born August 7, 1934 in Marshalltown, the son of John W. and Amy Florence (nee Gilson) Haefner. He attended Marshalltown High School and graduated from Iowa State University in Ames in 1956 with a major in Civil Engineering, and was a certified Civil Engineer/Professional Land Surveyor.  He participated in the ROTC program in college and started working for Chicago Bridge and Iron immediately after college while he waited for his orders. During this time, he worked in Louisiana and in Gallup, NM.

Tue
12
Sep

Dianne (Straate) Blankenship

Dianne K. (Straate) Blankenship, 66, of La Crosse, WI, formerly of Waukon, died peacefully with her family by her side Monday, September 4, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, WI. Memorial services were held Friday, September 8 at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon, with Pastor Samantha Houser officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.

Dianne Kay (Straate) Blankenship was born September 28, 1950 to Herbert Fredrick and Marian Bernice (Hesse) Straate in Waukon. She grew up on the family farm and graduated from high school in 1968. She loved her childhood years and family life, and often talked about the virtues and joys of growing up in a rural environment. From her parents she developed a strong work ethic and self-discipline.

Tue
12
Sep

Paulette Bonwell

Paulette Bonwell, 74, of Lansing passed away Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the Thornton Manor Nursing Center in Lansing. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 14 at the Nashua United Methodist Church in Nashua with Pastor John Tunnicliff officiating. Burial will be at Sunnyside Memory Gardens in rural Charles City. Visitation will be at Hauser Funeral Home in Charles City Wednesday, September 13 from 5-8 p.m. and will continue one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church.

Paulette Kae (Rausch) Bonwell, the daughter of Paul and Evelyn (Miller) Rausch, was born December 28, 1942 in Charles City. She attended school in Nashua and was united in marriage to Lynn Bonwell August 26, 1960 at the Nashua United Methodist Church. The couple made their home in Nashua, where they raised their family.

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