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Anonymous donation fuels new amphitheater in Waukon City Park


Amphitheater to provide new entertainment venue in Waukon City Park ... Photos above and below show differing views of the new amphitheater under construction at the Waukon City Park. The view above shows the concrete slab stage area viewable from the terraced seating with the Indian Springs Pond as a scenic backdrop. The view below shows Waukon Park, Recreation and Wellness Director Jeremy Strub standing amongst the different terraced seating levels that have all been filled in with dirt and await grass growth before the amphitheater will be usable by the general public next year. Photos by Lissa Blake.

by Lissa Blake

An anonymous donation has helped make a new Waukon entertainment venue a reality.

“I had it in a long-range plan of mine,” said Waukon Park, Recreation and Wellness Director Jeremy Strub of the new amphitheater in the Waukon City Park. “A family came in and asked how they could help with park projects. When I showed them what I was thinking, they liked it.”

The family donated $25,000 toward the construction of the project, which is located at the south end of the park, near the Indian Springs Pond and ball diamond area. It includes a cement stage and three rows of terrace seating with lighting.

“That’s so people can see where they’re walking,” said Strub.

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08
Aug

Waukon High School graduate to guide Wartburg College STEM Day presentation at Iowa State Fair


To present at STEM Day at Iowa State Fair ... Waukon High School 1989 graduate and current Wartburg College professor Michael Bechtel and one of his former students, Angelina Carrasquillo, and one of his current students, Zach Pogorzelski (pictured left to right), along with another current student, Noah Solheim (not pictured), will showcase a smaller version of the aquaponics system pictured above at the Iowa State Fair August 19. Bechtel is the son of Dean and Sherry Bechtel of rural Monona. Submitted photo.

Wartburg College professor Michael Bechtel and three of his current and former students have been selected to present an interactive display on classroom aquaponics at the Iowa State Fair Sunday, August 19.

Bechtel, who is an assistant professor of science education at Wartburg College and a 1989 graduate of Waukon High School, will be joined by Wartburg senior Zach Pogorzelski, sophomore Noah Solheim and 2015 Wartburg graduate Angelina Carrasquillo in presenting the system as part of the 2018 STEM Day at the Iowa State Fair sponsored by the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. Their presentation will be one of more than 20 from organizations across the state.

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08
Aug

School Supplies Drive benefits those served by County Relief Office ...

The Allamakee County 4-H Council sponsored a School Supplies Drive to benefit the Allamakee County Relief Office during the 2018 Allamakee County Fair. Supplies such as notebooks, crayons, book bags and much more were collected throughout the fair to be donated to the Allamakee County Relief Office for distribution to students who may need them. Pictured above, left to right, with some of the donated items at the donation presentation are Allamakee County Director of Relief Services Rebecca Hawes and Allamakee 4-H County Council member Diana Davison. For further information about the Allamakee County 4-H Program, contact Allamakee County Youth Coordinator Morgan Bjerke at the Allamakee County Extension and Outreach Office in Waukon at 563-568-6345. Submitted photo.
 

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08
Aug

Davison to be recognized at State Fair in Tractor Supply Company’s “Great Neighbor” Essay Contest

Diana Davison ...
Diana Davison ...

Tractor Supply Company is recognizing Waukon High School student Diana Davison for her exceptional community contributions through its second annual “Great Neighbor” Essay Contest at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines this Saturday, August 11. Davison will be a sophomore at Waukon High School this fall and the “Great Neighbor” essay she entered into the contest appears at right, along with her photo.

The “Great Neighbor” Essay Contest encouraged youth across the country to submit a short essay detailing how a memorable 4-H or FFA experience has influenced their development as a great neighbor in their community. Tractor Supply received hundreds of entries, and Davison was selected as one of the winners from the state of Iowa. She will be recognized during a special ceremony this Saturday, August 11 at 2 p.m. at the Tractor Supply booth inside the Iowa State Fair.

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08
Aug

Finishing touches put on Lansing Lions Club Playground Enhancement Project; Donors honored


For the community, by the community ... The final touches were recently put on the Lansing Lions Club Playground Enhancement Project near the ball diamond and South Front Street in Lansing, bringing the project to a celebratory completion just prior to this weekend’s Lansing Fish Days activities that will be taking place in that area and throughout the community. The Lansing Lions Club acknowledges with great appreciation all the contributions made to the project by members of the community in so many different facets, with donations to the project being commemorated on the two “Big Catch” signs pictured below and located near the playground. Photos by Susan Cantine-Maxson.

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The Lansing Lions Club recently completed the finishing touches on its Playground Enhancement Project featuring the new playground equipment replicating a steamboat on the Mississippi River.

The Lions Club wants to acknowledge all who provided financial support for the project. The new  donor recognition signs erected at the playground site capture the names of those who responded to the “Big Catch” funding campaign for the project.

The project goals included the enhancement of the playground by making it safe, educational and handicap-accessible by adding such amenities as a multi-activity commercial structure for children ages five to 12, benches for those watching the children play, a bicycle rack, a handicap-accessible picnic table,  trees which will eventually  protect the children from the sun, and educational signage about boating and water safety.

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08
Aug

Be aware of bicycle traffic Saturday ...

The annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Ride to Cure Diabetes charitable bicycle ride will be taking place this Saturday, August 11, starting in La Crosse, WI and riding through Minnesota and into Allamakee County along the Mississippi River and then back to La Crosse, WI. JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research and sponsors six 2018 JDRF Rides across the country, including the one beginning in La Crosse, WI.

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08
Aug

Doornink joins staff of Kerndt Brothers Bank

Ronald Doornink ...
Ronald Doornink ...

James Kerndt, President and CEO of Kerndt Brothers Savings Bank, has announced that Ronald Doornink has accepted the position of Vice President/ Business Banker in the Lansing office. Doornink is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and has worked in a variety of ag lender positions for the last 27 years, most recently serving as Ag Lender/Commercial Banker at First National Bank in Waupaca, WI.

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08
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August 15 Chautauqua program in Ferryville, WI will focus on the steamboat War Eagle

The Ferryville Tourism Council invites everyone to attend its third and final Chautauqua program for the 2018 season. The program will be held Wednesday, August 15 at 8 p.m. at the Ferryville Village Hall, along Hwy. 35 at the south edge of Ferryville, WI. Treats will be available during the program.

The featured speaker for this presentation will be Robert Taunt, a local historian and past president of the La Crosse County Historical Society. Taunt is a writer, photographer and researcher. He has been speaking on historical topics for the past 25 years.

For the August 15 program, Taunt will be sharing the story of a steamboat, the War Eagle. Attendees will learn about steamboating in the era of large boats loaded with passengers plying the waters of the Upper Mississippi River.

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08
Aug

Harold Siegele

Harold Siegele, 80, of Prairie du Chien, WI died Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, WI. Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 11 at Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Prairie du Chien, WI. There will also be a one-hour visitation before services at the funeral home Saturday. Burial will be at a later date.

Harold was born August 25, 1937 in McGregor, the son of Harry and Anna Marie (Carlson) Siegele. He graduated from McGregor High School in 1955. Harold joined and proudly served in the United States Army Reserves.

Harold was united in marriage with Janet Tippery. Two children were born to this union. The couple later divorced. He was then united in marriage with Diane Heuser-Selvester. Harold worked as a butcher at Piggly Wiggly and also at 3M for 20-plus years before retiring.

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Aug

Wayne King

Wayne B. King, 68, of Minneapolis, MN, formerly of Waukon, died Sunday, August 5, 2018 at Bryn Mawr Health Care Center in Minneapolis, MN. Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 9 at 11 a.m. at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon with Pastor Samantha Houser officiating. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon. Friends may call one hour before services at the church Thursday. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is assisting the family with arrangements.

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