Community News

Wed
06
Oct

Participates in Iowa 4-H Awardrobe Clothing Event at Iowa State Fair ...

One hundred twenty-three youth from 70 counties participated in the 2021 Awardrobe Clothing Event held at the Iowa State Fair. Elizabeth Fossum (pictured at right), daughter of Kevin and Julie Fossum of Waterville, represented Allamakee County 4-H in the Clothing Selection Awardrobe Event. She is a Senior member of the Elon PMC 4-H Club.

This event provides 4-H members in grades 9-12 the opportunity to showcase their apparel design and production knowledge, as well as creativity skills. As a part of the showcasing experience, youth complete a comprehensive report and participate in conference judging. The event concludes with a runway show for all participants.

Wed
29
Sep

Supervisors approve first reading of Private Burial Ordinance, discuss funding considerations with VMH for mental health services in county

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, September 27 to address an agenda that included the Public Hearing for Private Burial Ordinance LX, consideration of signing 28E agreements with non-profits and discussion of an American Rescue Plan related funding request by Veterans Memorial Hospital.

The Public Hearing for Private Burial Ordinance LX was opened with Allamakee County Zoning Administrator Stephanie Runkle providing an overview of the matter. Runkle discussed feedback received from Director/General Manager Craig Lensing of Martin-Grau Funeral Home, with Lensing recommending that a concrete liner would be best to preserve property surrounding a private burial site.

Wed
29
Sep

King of Grace Lutheran Church to hold dedication service at new remodeled location ...

King of Grace Lutheran Church in Waukon will be hosting a dedication service for its new location that has been recently remodeled at 635 Ninth Street NW. Although delayed from its originally planned date due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the church has now set the dedication service for its new church building for this Sunday, October 3 at 3 p.m. The event will include an open house and meal to follow, and all are welcome to attend.

Wed
29
Sep

Lansing Area Women in Business Fall Fashion Show benefits local entrepreneur scholarship


Fall fashions ... Leddia Tallman is wearing a fashion ensemble from Red Geranium at the inaugural Lansing Area Women in Business Fall Fashion Show. At left in the above photo, Kee High School vocal music instructor Ian Zahren emceed the event. Submitted photo courtesy of Riverside Studios Photography.

Nail fashions as well ... Kim Kozelka, owner of 2nd Hand Heaven in Lansing, makes her way down the “runway” at the Lansing Area Women in Business Fall Fashion Show. Donning an outfit from her own store, she is also showing off nail fashions created locally. Submitted photo courtesy of Riverside Studios Photography.

Helping a cause that may help her peers ... Lynzi Cade participated in the Lansing Area Women in Business fall fashion show, some proceeds of which will help establish a scholarship for high school or college students with entrepreneurial interests. She is pictured above wearing an outfit from Driftless Gypsy Boutique. Submitted photo courtesy of Riverside Studios Photography.

The Lansing Area Women In Business group will be working with the Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) to offer an entrepreneur scholarship in the 2021/2022 school year to a student endeavoring to begin a business either following high school or secondary education. The funds raised as a result of a fall fashion show event held Friday, September 17 at Coffee on the River in Lansing will help fund this effort.

Wed
22
Sep

Waukon Implement celebrates 25 years under current ownership, an even longer history of serving Waukon and the local community


Current staff at Waukon Implement ... In celebration of Bob Bodensteiner owning Waukon Implement for a milestone 25 years, the Waukon facility will be hosting an open house this Thursday, September 23. Greeting those attending the open house event will be the current staff members pictured above and listed below with their start date of employment with Waukon Implement and, where applicable, at the Waukon location prior to Bodensteiner’s ownership. Left to right - Front row: Ethan Osterhaus (June 2014), Nick Dahlstrom (April 2018), David Knutson (October 1996 with Bodensteiner Implement, January 1994 at Waukon location), Joe Curtin (March 2019), Nathan Hennessy (May 2017), Patrick Monroe (March 2003), Lisa Moose (October 1996 with Bodensteiner Implement, September 1992 at Waukon location), Brandon Johnson (May 2011), Mike Cooper (August 2004), Tyler Manning (May 2013), Chris Redenius (Bodensteiner Implement General Manager); Back row: Bob Bodensteiner (Bodensteiner Implement Owner), Tom Kuennen (October 1996), Kyle Halverson (December 1996), Larry Downing (December 2007), Andy Shogren (December 1997), Jeff Leppert (December 2013), Kenny Howe (October 1996 with Bodensteiner Implement, March 1989 at Waukon location), Trent Jacobs (October 1996 with Bodensteiner Implement, September 1980 at Waukon location), Mark Berns (March 1999), Shawn Schulte (February 2009), Tim Green (December 2009). Submitted photo.

Waukon Implement celebrating ownership milestone ... The Waukon location of Bodensteiner Implement is celebrating its 25th anniversary under Bodensteiner ownership. The John Deere foundation of the Waukon facility dates backs to its original establishment in the 1930s and continued growth into this current facility at the intersection of Highways 9 and 76 south of Waukon. Submitted photo.

by David M. Johnson

Farmers are notorious for patronizing certain brands of feed, machinery, or anything that has to do with their farming operation. When it comes to breed of livestock, usually one breed and maybe something else mixed in for some reason or another. Even the clothes on their back may be of a particular line and nothing else is permitted. Farm equipment is no different.

In this area the color is usually green, orange, or different shades of red. The John Deere green has a very loyal following. There are a number of dealerships spread out in many locations to service those needs of area farmers, farmers owning the implements with the green and yellow logo.

Wed
22
Sep

Sale of McCabe property opens option for City of Waukon to work with new owner on development of housing, commercial, recreational possibilities


Purchase option could expand Waukon City Park and housing possibilities ... A purchase option dealing with a portion of what has been most locally known as the McCabe property directly north of the Waukon City Park and along Second Street SW (pictured above) is now in the works between the City of Waukon and new owner of two of the three parcels of that McCabe property, Steve Pladsen, who has purchased those two parcels east of Second Street SW following a sealed bid process completed last week. The City of Waukon purchase option would be for much of the land pictured directly above, which would include approximately 10.5 acres directly adjacent to the campground/swimming pool area of the City Park that could be used to expand the park/campground area or for conservation purposes, as well as another nearly four adjacent acres a bit further north that the City would look to develop into multi-unit housing. All plans are currently tentative and further details will be made known as they become available.

by Joe Moses

The City of Waukon and Steve Pladsen, owner of RW Pladsen, Inc., have been working cooperatively relating to the planning and potential development of property adjacent to the Waukon City Park on the south end of the community. The land, known locally as the McCabe property, was recently auctioned through Hertz Farm Management by a sealed bidding process for three distinct parcels, with each creating unique opportunities for development.

With Pladsen winning the bid on the two parcels (Parcels 2 and 3) of the property located directly east of Second Street SW, between the Southcrest Assisted Living complex and the Waukon City Park, the City of Waukon has expressed interest in purchasing the southerly portion of Parcel 2. The City’s land purchase from Pladsen would consist of approximately 14.4 acres of the McCabe property’s southerly portion of Parcel 2, just north of the campgrounds portion of the Waukon City Park.

Wed
22
Sep

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service revises upcoming no motor closure of Harpers Slough


Revised Harpers Slough closure ... The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge’s previous version of the Refuge’s Closed Area Evaluation released in June of this year had the McGregor District Harpers Slough Closed Area(outlined in yellow above) identified as a No Motor Area during the period coinciding with the voluntary avoidance period (October 15 to the end of the Iowa duck hunting season). As a result of feedback from Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and others who identified impacts on commercial fishing operations, the No Motor Area designation has been modified and the Harpers Slough Closed Area will now be divided into a northern and southern area where the southern portion of the area (outlined in red above) will be limited to no motors during the voluntary avoidance area time period of October 15 until the end of the state duck season in mid-December, and the northern portion of the closed area will remain as a voluntary avoidance area. Image courtesy of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

Approval of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge’s (Refuge) Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) in 2006 resulted in the Refuge’s current closed area system consisting of 20 closed areas on the river and three sanctuaries. All refuge closed areas and sanctuaries are characterized by a closure to all migratory bird hunting.

In addition to being closed to all migratory bird hunting, closed areas are closed to all hunting, trapping and camping during the period coinciding with duck hunting seasons within their respective states. Sanctuaries are closed to all public entry during the period of October 1 to the end of the duck hunting season.

Wed
15
Sep

Haler promoted to U.S. Air Force rank of Colonel ...

Eric D. Haler, a 1995 graduate of Waukon High School, was recently promoted to Colonel (O-6) in the United States Air Force. Participating in the August 2 promotion ceremony, where they were able to pin on his new rank, were (pictured left to right with Colonel Haler in the photo below) his parents, Don and DiAnne Haler of Waukon, his nephew, Elijah, his son, Hobbs, and his wife, Becky.

Colonel Haler is the Director of Customer Operations for the Defense Logistics Agency Energy headquartered at Fort Belvoir, VA. In this role, he is responsible for providing customer relations management for the worldwide supply and distribution of fuels for the Department of Defense and federal agencies.
Haler’s grandparents are the late Lloyd and Elaine Weber, and the late George and Phyllis Haler. Colonel Haler and his family reside in Springfield, VA. Submitted photos.
 

Wed
15
Sep

A gift to many, in his honor ...

In honor of the 95th birthday and 70 years since being ordained into the priesthood for Msgr. Ed Lechtenberg of Lansing, the Lansing Iowa Food Trust (LIFT) received a gift of $2,500 from Msgr. Lechtenberg’s nephew and his wife, Paul and Lauren Fischer. Pictured above at the donation presentation are, left to right, LIFT Board President Karen Galema and Msgr. Ed Lechtenberg. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
15
Sep

Waukon City Council moves forward with NW Utilities Improvement Project, although not unanimously; Update provided on JCPenney/Tierney building

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Tuesday, September 7 following the Monday, September 6 closure of Waukon City Hall in observance of the Labor Day holiday. The council addressed a full agenda of items including an update relating to the former JCPenney/Tierney building and the Resolution Ordering Detailed Plans and Specifications, Notice of Hearing, Notice to Bidders and Form of Contract for the NW Utility Improvements Project.

There was no Public Comment made and the meeting moved into Department Reports with City Clerk Sarah Snitker providing Park, Rec and Wellness Director Jeremy Strub’s report in his absence. Strub’s report indicated that the State of Iowa is offering a Fitness Center Relief Grant to benefit centers experiencing a 15 percent or more decrease in revenue from 2019 to 2020. Strub’s report noted that an application for this grant has been made.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Community News