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Wed
08
Feb

Senior Blain Swenson advances to District Tournament with runner-up Sectional finish


Waukon wrestling 182-pound senior Blain Swenson controls Oelwein junior Avery Walker on his way to a 16-6 major decision in their semifinal match at the Class 2A Sectional 2 Tournament Saturday, February 4 at New Hampton. The win advanced Swenson to the championship match, where he lost by fall to Decorah senior Daniel Ott to finish as the 182-pound runner-up and earn advancement to this Saturday’s Class 2A District Tournament at Decorah for the opportunity to qualify for the Class 2A State Wrestling Tournament. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The 2016-2017 wrestling season came to an end for all but one member of the Waukon wrestling team Saturday, February 4, as senior 182-pounder Blain Swenson was the lone member of the mat Tribe to wrestle to a runner-up finish or better to earn advancement on to the next round of postseason tournament action. Swenson split his two matches at the Sectional Tournament to finish as the 182-pound runner-up, leading the way for the Indians to their sixth-place team finish with 91 team points.

Class 2A top-rated New Hampton and ninth-rated Crestwood finished first and second at Saturday’s Sectional event, each of them earning a berth in the Class 2A Regional Dual Tournament slated to be wrestled Tuesday, February 7. New Hampton and Crestwood each qualified eight wrestlers for Saturday’s District, with Decorah and Oelwein each qualifying four and North Fayette Valley advancing three wrestlers.

Tue
07
Feb

Lee Gage

Lee D. Gage, 81, of Castalia, formerly of La Porte, IN, died Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at his home in rural Castalia. Funeral services were held Saturday, February 4 at Community Presbyterian Church in Postville, with Pastor Gary Catterson officiating. Entombment was at Swan Lake Memorial Gardens in Michigan City, IN Monday, February 6 with military honors.

Martin Funeral Home in Waukon assisted with arrangements. Memorials may be made to Winneshiek Medical Center Hospice, 901 Montgomery Street, Decorah, IA 52101.

Lee Duane Gage was born December 9, 1935 in LaGrange County, IN, the son of Philip and Goldie (Balyeat) Gage. He graduated from Scott High School in Scott, IN and was drafted into the United States Army in 1958 and served at Fort Knox until 1964.

Tue
07
Feb

Joan Downer

Joan Jean Downer, 75, of Strawberry Point passed away Thursday, January 26, 2017 at the Regional Medical Center in Manchester. Memorial service was held February 1 at Strawberry Point.

Joan was born March 11, 1941 in New Albin, the daughter of Vincent and Edna (Halvorson) Strub. She graduated from Lansing St. George High School in 1959.

Joan married Charles Rettinger in 1959. Three sons were born to this union. They moved to the Aurora area and farmed together, and they later divorced. Joan was then united in marriage to Richard Downer in 1973, and one son was born to this union. The couple later divorced.

Joan loved nature, especially growing flowers.  She was a very creative person who enjoyed doing crafts, painting and quilting.  Most of all, Joan cherished the time she spent with her family.

Tue
07
Feb

Dorothy Broszeit

Dorothy M. Broszeit, 85, of Frankville died Monday, January 30, 2017 at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah. Funeral services were held Thursday, February 2 at Frankville Presbyterian Church in Frankville. Burial was at Frankville Cemetery.

Dorothy Marie Broszeit was born March 22, 1931 in Luana, the daughter of Ralph and Eula (Roffman) Nagel. She was raised in the Rossville area and attended the Little Red Schoolhouse and the old school house on old Highway 51; she also attended Rossville Grade School and Waukon High School.

August 14, 1948, she married Fredrick W. Broszeit at St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Waukon. The couple farmed near Frankville and in the late 1960s moved into Frankville, where they have resided ever since. Besides being a farmwife and mother, Dorothy also worked for Livingood’s Supper Club in Frankville.

Tue
07
Feb

Owen Myhre

Owen Parnell Myhre was born April 18, 1930 and he continued to love life until he died February 4, 2017. Visitation will be at Roble Funeral Home in Spring Grove, MN from 4-7 p.m. Friday, February 10. Funeral will be at Waterloo Ridge Lutheran Church, rural Dorchester at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 11.

His parents,  Rudolph and Petra (Auna) Myhre, and an older brother, Alf Myron Myhre, welcomed him to their family home and farm in Allamakee County. Later, his sister, Audrey Myhre (Klankowski), joined the family.  Owen lived on the family farm for 73 of his 86 years.

June 5, 1949, Owen married his beloved Mildred Powell at Waterloo Ridge Lutheran Church, where Owen was also confirmed and a very active member for his entire adult life. Owen and Mildred were married for over 67 years and had three children.

Mon
06
Feb

Keith Fahey

Keith W. Fahey, 82, of Waukon died Friday, February 3, 2017 at his home surrounded by family. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 8 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Rev. Msgr. Ed Lechtenberg and Fr. Donald Hawes officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Waukon. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, February 7 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon, where there will be a 3:30 p.m. scripture service.

Keith was born July 22, 1934 to Joseph and Mary (Howes) Fahey at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. He attended P. Ridge country school through fifth grade before graduating from St. Patrick High School in 1952. He became a Private First Class in the U.S. Army after completing Army training at Camp Carson, CO.

Fri
03
Feb

Alice Huffman

Alice R.  Huffman, 94, of Waukon died Monday, January 30, 2017 at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 7 at Zalmona Presbyterian Church in rural Waukon, with Pastor Tim Rupert officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Alice Ruth Huffman was born March 14, 1922 in Waukon at the Lizzie Sherman Home, the daughter of Paul Theodore and Lydia Esther (Flage) Helming. She was baptized and confirmed at Zalmona Presbyterian Church in rural Waukon and attended Ludlow #2 and #5 country schools and graduated from Waukon High School in 1941. Alice worked for several area families and at the S&D Cafe.

October 18, 1946, she married William "Bill" Huffman in La Kota. Alice did housekeeping duties and cooking at the Allamakee County Courthouse Jail during the time Bill was Sheriff from 1949 to 1960.

Fri
03
Feb

Ruth Nolting

Ruth A. Nolting of Waukon passed away peacefully just short of her 99th birthday at 5:25 p.m. Monday afternoon, January 30, 2017 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Funeral services were held Saturday, February 4 at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon with Pastor Samantha Houser officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.

Martin Funeral Home in Waukon assisted the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Iowa Special Olympics or Camp Courageous.

Ruth Althea Nolting was born on a farm near Baxter March 2, 1918 to Benjamin and Elizabeth Sophie (Stock) Hansmeier; they moved to the Waukon area when she was about seven years old. Ruth was christened May 26, 1918 in Baxter and confirmed at Zion Reformed Church (now Zion United Church of Christ) in Waukon March 20, 1932.

Thu
02
Feb

WHS graduate Lexie Bieber realizing her cheerleading dream at UNI


Waukon High School 2014 graduate Lexie Bieber, now in her third year at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, is lifted by her co-ed cheer partner during a Panther athletic event. Bieber is the daughter of Ed and Amy Bieber of Waukon. Submitted photo.

For her entire high school career, 2014 Waukon High School graduate Lexie Bieber kept the spirit alive and well for Waukon Indian athletics and other events as an award-winning high school cheerleader. Now in her third year of college, it is Bieber’s own spirit and drive that has helped her realize one of her life’s dreams of becoming a college cheerleader at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in Cedar Falls.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and it’s definitely worthwhile,” the daughter of Ed and Amy Bieber of Waukon said of making this year’s UNI Cheer Squad. “I like every single aspect of cheerleading; the excitement, the involvement, the challenge of it.”

Wed
01
Feb

Chili Cook-Off to be part of Lansing’s WinterFest again this year; Register for February 18 event

Main Street Lansing and KNEI Radio will be sponsoring the Allamakee County Chili Cook-Off in conjunction with Lansing’s WinterFest again this year. The Chili Cook-Off is scheduled to take place from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, February 18 at T.J. Hunters Banquet Hall in Lansing as the final event of the day-long WinterFest celebration.

Competition will be held in two divisions: Individual and Business. Prizes in the Individual division include $100, $50 and $25 in cash, with the Business division winner being awarded a traveling trophy. The general public in attendance will be tasting and voting for their favorite chili to determine the winners.

Those wishing to participate need to register by February 13. Registration forms are available at the Main Street Lansing office and Red Geranium Floral and Gifts in Lansing, as well as online at www.mainstreetlansing.com.

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