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Wed
15
Feb

Reward being offered in conjunction with vandalism ...

The Waukon Police Department responded to a call of vandalism (pictured in a submitted photo) that took place during the overnight hours of Saturday, February 4 into Sunday, February 5 and left the front of the Krambeer Barber Shop building and its sidewalk on Main Street in downtown Waukon covered in an oily substance believed to be motor oil, according to the report issued by Waukon Police. The Waukon Police Department is continuing to investigate the incident, and a reward (see advertisement below) is being offered for information leading to the conviction of the person(s) involved in the incident.

Wed
15
Feb

Supervisors discuss impact of Luster Heights closure; Chairman Schellhammer withdraws from statewide review of Master Matrix

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, February 13. Among the agenda items addressed were an insurance quote presentation by Kerndt Brothers Insurance, an unemployment presentation by Iowa Workforce Development and discussion of the Luster Heights facility closure.

Wed
15
Feb

Waukon Police Department not associated with reported fundraising mailings

The Waukon Police Department has received a report of some recent mailings that are being received that claim to be endorsed by the Waukon Police Department. Although these campaigns sending the mailings may be legitimate organizations, local police officials say the Waukon Police Department is not connected with these organizations and has not endorsed them.

It is further advised that the only fundraising campaign the Waukon Police Department has been in connection with is the National Child Safety Council (coincidentally, that association was recently honored for its 30-year anniversary, as evident in the picture located above on this same page). Police department officials recommend that if anyone wishes to make donations to any type of organization, they should make them to an organization that they are familiar with.
 

Wed
15
Feb

Waukon Police Department honored for 30 years of partnering with the National Child Safety Council ...

The Waukon Police Department was recently honored for reaching a 30-year milestone in its partnership with the National Child Safety Council, implementing a child safety and drug prevention education program for local children and their parents. The police department has implemented and supported these programs through the distribution and use of educational literature and other materials, many of them featuring Safety Pup, and activities, such as a bicycle safety course, all designed by the National Child Safety Council, a nonprofit organization. Pictured above is Waukon Police Chief Phil Young (at left) receiving the plaque honoring that 30-year milestone from John Hauschild (at right), Safety Coordinator with the National Child Safety Council.

Wed
08
Feb

House considered a total loss in February 1 afternoon blaze ...

The Waukon Fire Department was called to a house fire at 807 First Avenue SW in Waukon, the residence of the Terry Grotegut family, just before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 1. No one was home at the time of the fire, which was reported by a passer-by, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation, according to a report from the Waukon Area Fire Protection District. No injuries were reported in the fire, but a dog did reportedly perish as a result of the blaze. The house is considered to be a total loss, but a home and fifth-wheel travel trailer (pictured at far right) immediately adjacent to the east and an apartment complex (pictured at far left) immediately adjacent to the west were spared due to the actions of the Waukon Area Fire Protection District volunteers. The initial block of Ninth Street SW (in front of Quillin's Food Ranch) was closed to traffic to prevent vehicles from running over hoses connected to nearby fire hydrants used to battle the blaze.

Wed
08
Feb

Waukon City Council hears update on Alliant utility boxes; Residents of Waukon will receive letter on options

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, February 6 to discuss a full agenda of items including a Housing Study request, the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI®) and the Review of Budget Requests with Department Supervisors.

There were no Public Comments and the meeting moved into Departmental Reports with Water/Sewer Superintendent Bob Campbell providing an update on Well 3. Waukon Police Chief Phil Young discussed the Official Launch Ceremony for the Effigy Mounds Quarter taking place February 7 at the Waukon High School. Young indicated that extra precautions have been made with security being ramped up and planning for the additional traffic anticipated for the ceremony. Park, Recreation and Wellness Director Jeremy Strub discussed that things are picking up with usage of the Wellness Center over the winter months and, on the Parks and Recreation side, the basketball programs are ongoing.

Wed
08
Feb

Dougherty attains Eagle Scout rank; Court of Honor is Sunday


Eagle Scout Jacob Dougherty ... Submitted photo.

Jacob Dougherty, son of Dave and Brenda Dougherty of Waukon, has achieved Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank of Eagle Scout. Dougherty is a member of Boy Scout Troop 64 under the leadership of John Troendle as scoutmaster and charter organization VFW Post 4117 in Waukon.

This Sunday, February 12 at 2 p.m., Dougherty's Eagle Scout Court of Honor will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waukon. The community is welcome to attend this ceremony.

Dougherty began his scouting journey as a Cub Scout when he was in third grade with DiAnne Haler as his Cub Scout den leader. After attending an older scout’s Eagle ceremony for the first time, she asked the boys who would like to obtain the Eagle Scout rank. All the boys eagerly raised their hands, except for Dougherty, who honestly replied, “I don’t think I want to do that.” Somewhere along his scouting path he must have changed his mind.

Wed
01
Feb

Eight-inch snowfall turns into eight-point trophy …

Cutler and Dylan Lemke, young sons of Torrey and Hope Lemke of rural Lansing, stand proudly with the snow sculpture they made with their father following the more than eight inches of snow that fell in the Allamakee County area Tuesday night into Wednesday, January 24-25. Torrey Lemke said his sons wanted to make a snowman when they saw the new fallen snow, but he suggested making something else. The boys then drew on their experiences with their rural living area and came up with the idea of making a snow deer. "We see a lot of deer at our house, and the boys were excited about making something like that," said Torrey, who is an avid hunter. He also said the wet, heavy snow was "perfect" for sculpting the creation. The crew used spray paint to add the real life color to their sculpture and topped off the masterpiece with a set of antlers from one of Torrey's own deer hunts several years ago, creating the eight-point snow buck in a matter of about 45 minutes. Submitted photo.

Wed
01
Feb

Shopko Foundation donates to Driftless Area Visitor and Education Center...

The Shopko Foundation recently made a donation to the Driftless Area Visitor and Education Center under construction just south of Lansing. Pictured above, left to right, at the donation presentation are Shopko team members April, Lorna and Laurie, Allamakee County Conservation Director Jim Janett, Waukon Shopko manager Valerie Reinke and Shopko team member Mary. Janett says the donated funds will be put toward the interpretive displays that will be housed within the Center. Standard photo by Sara Aleckson-Melcher.
 

Wed
01
Feb

NEIA Pie Championships event to benefit veterans ...

The Midwest Veterans of America, an organization newly created and recently registered with the office of the Iowa Secretary of State to assist local military veterans, hosted the third annual Northeast Iowa Pie Championships Sunday, January 29 at the Farmers & Merchants Savings Bank Community Room in Waukon, with a “celebrity” pie-eating contest (pictured below) being a featured highlight of that event. In the photo at left, this year’s pie-eating contest winner, Patrick Monroe, is pictured with his championship plaque. Monroe finished eating his vanilla cream pie in a reported time of 35 seconds, defeating last year’s champion, KNEI radio personality Erik Kelly, and the inaugural event champion, Sandy Halverson of the S&D Cafe, to claim this year’s crown. Halverson reportedly finished second for the second consecutive year.

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