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Apr

City of Waukon to begin annual flushing of hydrants and water mains April 19

The City of Waukon Water Department will begin its annual fire hydrant/water main flushing program Monday, April 19 and continue throughout that week until the process is completed. Residents are advised that the flushing activity can cause decreases in water pressure and may cause short-term discoloration in water, which may affect laundry and water used for drinking or cooking.

Residents are advised to let their water run for a couple minutes following the flushing activity in their neighborhood to make sure any discoloration has been eliminated. For additional information, call the City of Waukon Water Department at 563-568-2683.

Wed
14
Apr

ABCM Corporation continues to ease visitor restrictions at Northgate and Southcrest locations, incorporates reservation system

For more than a year since the COVID-19 pandemic began, visitor restrictions have been in place throughout ABCM Corporation locations in Iowa, including 31 rehabilitation and long-term care centers and 24 independent and assisted livings. Among those locations are Northgate Care Center and Southcrest Manor II Assisted Living in Waukon.

March 11, 2020, entry points to those locations were locked per the direction of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). Since then, those facilities have followed guidance on easing visitor restrictions from both federal, state and county public health agencies as they pertain to long-term care facilities, with updates in May 2020, June 2020, September 2020, and most recently in March of 2021.

Wed
14
Apr

IDPH announces upcoming vaccine information sessions

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) along with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and University of Iowa announce their collaboration to host information sessions about the COVID-19 vaccine yet this month of April. The sessions will provide a virtual forum for Iowans to learn about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and have an opportunity to ask questions of medical experts.

“In a little over one year, we’ve gone from having our first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, to now having three vaccines, which are excellent tools to help stop the spread of the virus. We are grateful to our partners who are helping amplify the importance of vaccine education”, said Dr. Caitlin Pedati, IDPH Medical Director and State Epidemiologist.

Wed
07
Apr

Supervisors accept retirement resignation of County Treasurer Lori Hesse, proclaim April as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, April 5 to address a full agenda of items including the Proclamation for National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, setting a date and time for the Comprehensive Plan Public Hearing and consideration of purchasing heavy equipment for the Secondary Roads Department.

During Public Comment, Executive Director Val Reinke of Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) discussed the Introduction to the Allamakee County Budget Process to be held virtually via Zoom and at the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Waukon Center Thursday, April 29. Reinke noted that those interested in attending will need to pre-register and that presenters will include Allamakee County Auditor Denise Beyer, Allamakee County Treasurer Lori Hesse and Allamakee County Assessor Ann Burckart.

Wed
07
Apr

Helping Services hosting Diaper Drive; Local drop-off locations available ...

In conjunction with National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, Helping Services for Youth & Families’ Family Education team is holding a diaper drive to benefit the families enrolled in home visiting services in Allamakee, Clayton, Howard and Winneshiek Counties. Roughly one in three families struggles to afford diapers at the estimated cost of $100 per month for each child.

Not being able to purchase basic necessities significantly impacts the physical, mental and economic well-being of both children and their parents. Particularly during this time of economic uncertainty, families are having to make the tough decision to hold off on purchasing a new pack of diapers to pay for essentials such as food and housing. By donating diapers, people can play a role in keeping their communities safe and healthy. Donations of the following are appreciated:

Wed
07
Apr

Saturday Clover Kids celebrate Read Across Iowa ...

Those attending the Saturday Clover Kids program in Allamakee County in March read “The Very Hungry Iowa Caterpillar” through a program put together by Polk County Farm Bureau. While they read about the different foods grown in Iowa they added pictures of the foods to a paper chain to make a caterpillar (such as pictured at right).

After eating numerous foods grown right here, such as corn, wheat, chickens and watermelons, the caterpillar was full. He ate a milkweed leaf, made a cocoon and turned into a beautiful butterfly. All Clover Kids also went home with a book about an Iowan chicken farm, “My Family’s Egg Farm” (also pictured at right), donated by Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation.

Wed
31
Mar

Waukon High School chapter of National Honor Society inducts new members for 2021 and also honors inductees from 2020 ...

Waukon High School both welcomed the newest members from this year (pictured at right) into its local chapter of the National Honor Society and honored those not able to be formally recognized last year (pictured below) at an induction ceremony held Thursday, March 18 at Waukon High School. Pictured at right are this year’s new inductees, left to right - Front row: Abby Wiemerslage, Vivian Khan, Hailey Houg, Kiara Ahlstrom, Madelyn Helgerson, Justine Sullivan; Second row: Brenna Berns, Meridian Snitker, Hannah Teslow, Ashlyn Johnson, Brinley Jones, Ella O’Neill, Emily Bieber; Third row: Tanner Kiel, Vicente Quiroz, Lincoln Snitker, Logan Delaney; Back row: Elliot Kooiker, Aidan Jones, Andrew Osmonson, Braden Hemann, Drew Stock. Not pictured: Hayley Christensen, Janett Farning, Braxton Stewart.

Wed
31
Mar

Waukon Harley-Davidson, Waukon Powersports are under new ownership, now doing business as Iron Hill Harley-Davidson and Iron Hill Powersports


First Dollar visit for Iron Hill Harley - Davidson and Iron Hill Powersports ... The Waukon Chamber of Commerce conducted a First Dollar visit in conjunction with a ribbon cutting event held Wednesday, March 24 at the newly-owned Iron Hill Harley-Davidson and Iron Hill Powersports located at 208 Highway 9 SW, Waukon. Pictured at right, left to right, at the First Dollar presentation are Waukon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member Tyler Halverson, Iron Hill Harley-Davidson and Iron Hill Powersports owners Mike Jennerjohn, John Jennerjohn, Brody Meier and Mike Dolan, Waukon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Leddia Tallman and Waukon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member Gail Prestemon. The four new owners pictured above recently purchased Waukon Harley-Davidson and Waukon Powersports and have officially begun operations as Iron Hill Harley-Davidson and Iron Hill Powersports.

A one-time topic of banter between young co-workers came to full-circle reality this past week, as a long-standing community business is now under new ownership in Waukon.

Once working together in their early careers as powersports enthusiasts, northeast Iowa natives John Jennerjohn and Brody Meier are now back together again as new owners of Iron Hill Harley-Davidson and Iron Hill Powersports after having purchased the long-standing Waukon Harley-Davidson and Waukon Powersports from community pillars Irv Fosaaen and Patty Nordheim.

Wed
31
Mar

Check out the local library during National Library Week April 4-10

Robey Memorial Library in Waukon provides in-library browsing, reading and computer use during regular hours - Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. During National Library Week, April 4-10, Robey Memorial Library encourages all community members to visit their website to explore and access virtual services and programs as well. Robey Memorial Library offers a wide array of online resources that are available from the comfort of home, including:

Wed
31
Mar

First Main Street Story Walk of 2021 taking place in April ...

Robey Memorial Library in Waukon will be hosting its first Main Street Story Walk of 2021 featuring the children’s story “The Great Eggscape!” by Jory John. In the month of April, families are encouraged to read this story as they stroll the downtown area, according to the map pictured above. When joining in the fun, participants are reminded to practice social distancing and to be attentive when crossing streets for the safety and health of all. Eight selected businesses have a portion of the story posted in the front window of their establishment for viewing from the sidewalk. Each stop along the story walk will direct participants to the next location. Selected locations for this first event of 2021 taking place during April are located on West Main Street, West Street and First Avenue SW in Waukon and include the following business locations (to be followed in the numerical order as labeled in the map above): 1. Freedom Bank; 2. Waukon Chamber of Commerce; 3.

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