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Wed
29
May

Elections 101: Election Security - Part 2

Elections 101 has been a weekly series of articles offering a variety of information regarding elections in Iowa and Allamakee County prior to this year’s June 4 Primary Election. The information has been provided courtesy of Allamakee County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Denise Beyer.

Last week, article #5 of six explained steps taken by all counties in the state of Iowa during both pre-election preparation and testing and the Election Day process to ensure an accurate, safe and secure election. This final article in the series will explain the process after the polls close at 8 p.m. on Election Night, how results are verified when the Auditor reports to the Iowa Secretary of State, and the required Post-Election Audit.

Wed
29
May

Dairy Days Parade scheduled for Monday in Waukon

The Allamakee County Dairy Promotion Board has scheduled the June Dairy Days Parade to be held in Waukon this year. The parade will be held Monday, June 3, beginning at 7 p.m.

Line-up for parade entries begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds. The parade route will travel from the Fairgrounds south on Allamakee Street to the stoplight intersection, where it will turn right and head west on Main Street to 2nd Street NW. Another right turn will take the parade up 2nd Street NW to Eighth Avenue NW, with the parade route turning right again and heading east back to the Fairgrounds.

The Allamakee County Dairy Promotion Board  will be setting up its dairy wagon at the Waukon Chamber of Commerce/Allamakee County Economic Development parking lot on Main Street and serving from 4 p.m. until finished. For more information, contact Kerri Gibbs at 563-419-2260.
 

Wed
29
May

Lansing City Council holds FY2025 budget hearing, approves Parks and Rec hires

by Julie Berg-Raymond

After a public hearing during its regular meeting Monday, May 20, the Lansing City Council approved Resolution No. 1006 regarding the budget for Fiscal Year 2025 (FY2025). No written or verbal comments were made to City Hall.

PARKS AND REC
The council approved the following Department of Parks and Recreation hires: Robert Ekern at $12/hour as assistant softball coach and $15/hour as head T-ball coach; and lifeguards Lilly Kolsrud at $11.25/hour, Sawyer Gramlich at $11.25/hour, Zoey Timmerman at $11.50/hour, and Mallory Mohn at $11.75/hour. The council also approved hiring Craig Wood to rebuild the roof over the dugout in the sports complex. The bid is for $1000 for materials and $1200 for labor; it was the only bid received.

Wed
29
May

Variety of activities, events available at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library this summer, including free lunch available for local children

The Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library is hosting a Summer Reading Program themed “Read, Renew, Repeat!” and all about conservation and nature. Readers of all ages are invited to participate by logging their reading and attending some of the library’s Earth-friendly events.

The family friendly kick-off event will be held Wednesday, June 5 at Mount Hosmer Veterans Memorial Park beginning at 10:45 a.m. There will be a flag tribute, a short nature walk and light lunch.

Friday, June 7 at noon will be the first Lego® Club meeting of the summer which runs through July 12 each Friday. Friday, June 21 USDA Tree Specialist (retired) Linda Haugen will be at the library at 10:30 a.m. to do a talk and activity for all ages about “Trees! Why are they so important?”

Wed
29
May

Ferryville Tourism Council’s June Chautauqua Program will share story of WWII POW

The Ferryville Tourism Council has announced its June 12 Chautauqua Program will be John Armbruster speaking on the survival story of Gene Moran, who was a Crawford County, WI resident whose WWII experience led to his survival after falling four miles from his airplane without a parachute. He subsequently also survived being a Prisoner of War and being forced to walk on a 600-mile death march.

Attendees will be intrigued by the story as told by Armbruster in his best-selling book, Tailspin.  This book was written by John Armbruster after many evenings spent listening to Gene Moran carefully and cautiously tell his story to the author. Armbruster will have his book for sale at the conclusion of his presentation.

Wed
29
May

Allamakee County Veterans Museum to host Normandy Invasion special exhibit ...

During the month of June, the Allamakee County Veterans Museum will display a special exhibit to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion of France in World War II. The Normandy Invasion was the Allied invasion of western Europe during World War II launched June 6, 1944, often referred to as D-Day, as depicted in the submitted images above.

The Allamakee County Veterans Museum at 105 Allamakee Street in Waukon will host summer open hours for tours Fridays from 12 Noon to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon. Special programs will be announced for some Saturday mornings, and previous programs will be repeated for visitors on request. The museum is also open by appointment for community groups, veterans organizations, and families not able to visit during regular hours. There is no admission or membership charge, and the facility is handicap accessible.
 

Wed
29
May

Area young ladies invited to compete for the crown of 2024 Allamakee County Fair Queen and - new this year - Little Miss

Final week to turn in forms for Allamakee County Fair Queen Contest

The Allamakee County Fair Board is seeking applicants for the 2024 Allamakee County Fair Queen contest and will also be offering a similar pageant experience to younger girls this year, as the 2024 Allamakee County Fair will run from July 17-21. Expanding even further on the new format initiated last year for the Allamakee County Fair Queen Contest, an Allamakee County Fair Little Miss competition is also going to be held this year during the Fair for girls ages 7-9.

Wed
29
May

Allamakee County Community Foundation welcomes Bulman, Rissman to Advisory Board


New ACCF Advisory Board members ... Left to right: Fern Rissman and Connie Bulman. Submitted photo.

The Allamakee County Community Foundation (ACCF) has welcomed local residents Connie Bulman Fern Rissman to its advisory board. “We are very excited to welcome Connie and Fern to the board,” says Brent Beyer, ACCF Board chair. “They will bring a new perspective and help us continue to better our understanding and support for Allamakee County organizations.”

Bulman, a native of LaCrosse, WI, has lived on a farm in Dorchester for the past four years. She and her husband raised their children in Cedar Rapids, where she worked as a nurse at St. Luke’s Hospital. She also volunteered her time at St. Luke’s, where she assisted in the set-up of new medical documentation systems.

Today, she enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, who all live in northeast Iowa. She also loves reading, singing, and continuing a tradition of helping at church.

Wed
29
May

Cameron Johnson recognized among KWWL’s “Best of the Class” ...

Cameron Johnson from Waukon High School in the Allamakee Community School District was honored as a member of the 2024 Best of the Class. Television station KWWL in Waterloo and the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) recognized valedictorians or top graduating seniors from across eastern Iowa at a celebration Saturday, April 27 at the McLeod Center on the UNI campus in Cedar Falls.

Wed
29
May

Executive Director graduates from Economic Development Institute ...

Allamakee County Economic Development and Tourism Executive Director Valerie Reinke graduated from the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute (OU EDI) May 2 at the OU Spring session. OU EDI is an intensive 117-hour certificate program which provides a broad spectrum of advanced education for the economic development professional. Pictured, left to right, in the photo above are Oklahoma University Development Institute Dean Barry Matherly, Allamakee County Economic Development and Tourism Executive Director Val Reinke, and International Economic Development Council President and CEO Nathan Ohle.

Barry Matherly, CEcD and Dean for OU EDI, said, “OU Economic Development Institute is the premier organization dedicated to training economic development professionals. These graduates have invested in improving their professional capabilities to support their local communities. Congratulations to all.”

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