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Kent Sweeney turns lifelong love into new business with opening of Side Street Cycles in Waukon

Brigitte and Kent Sweeney of Side Street Cycles

Waukon native Kent Sweeney has been an avid motorcyclist for over 25 years. He and his wife, the former Brigitte Brennan from Lansing, have turned his passion for motorcycles into a profession by opening Side Street Cycles, located at 104 First Avenue NW in Waukon. Opened for business April 1, Side Street Cycles is a motorcycle service center specializing in American V-twins and offering all services from basic maintenance to full custom builds, expert performance advice and both on-hand and special-order parts and accessories.


Waukon Trees Forever receives grant funds for annual tree planting

Volunteers and community leaders in Waukon are scheduled to be planting trees this Saturday, May 2 (see shaded box elsewhere on this same page) that will help save energy, improve air quality, and reduce storm water run-off. The local effort is part of the statewide Trees Forever, in partnership with the Alliant Energy Branching Out program and the Black Hills Energy Power of Trees program.
“We’re looking forward to working with Trees Forever, Alliant Energy and Black Hills Energy to grow our tree canopy in Waukon this year,” said local project volunteer Ken Olson. “With their help, we are literally planting a better environment while making Waukon healthier, more vibrant and more energy efficient.”


Julie Wittry of Dorchester hired as new Humane Society of Northeast Iowa Director

Julie Wittry of Dorchester is the new Director for the Humane Society of Northeast Iowa. She is pictured above with her own rescue dog, Gabe, who she transformed into an award winner. Submitted photo.

Julie Wittry of Dorchester has been hired as the new director at the Humane Society of Northeast Iowa (HSNEI) Love & Friendship Adoption Center. Wittry replaces volunteer Director Kim Powell, a professor at Luther College in Decorah, who used a sabbatical to spearhead the capital campaign for HSNEI’s new Love & Friendship Adoption Center. Since the Center opened in December, Powell has served as director, along with Julie Kriener who served as interim director when Powell returned to Luther in February.
Wittry, who relocated from Caledonia, MN with her husband, Tom, seven years ago, said her involvement with HSNEI began when a stray dog showed up at their home. “We were trying to research how we could help this dog and I was put in connection with Brenda Flatjord (of Waukon) and it kind of snowballed,” said Wittry.


Two-year-old granddaughter of area couple undergoing treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Nalla Billmeyer

The past three months for two-year-old Nalla Billmeyer of Clermont and her family have been a rollercoaster of emotions filled with scary, frustrating lows and victorious highs of all degrees. Just over a month after celebrating her second birthday, the daughter of Allan and Jessica Billmeyer of Clermont and granddaughter of Steve and Kelli McKee of Harpers Ferry was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).
Nalla has the distinction of being born December 12, 2012 (12/12/12) and the further distinction of having her name be the same as her father's, but in reverse. But those are just some of the things that have proven to set this two-year-old fighter apart from other children her age.


Jet's Meats wins numerous awards at IMPA Convention

Jet's Meat Processing in Waukon brought home a total of six awards from the Cured Meat Competition held as part of the 79th Annual Convention of the Iowa Meat Processors Association (IMPA) held in Ames February 5-8. Glen Monroe and Andy Thesing (left to right) of Jet's Meat Processing display some of the plaques representing the awards, which included Grand Champion Cottage Bacon, Grand Champion Franks/Wieners (Coarse Ground), Grand Champion Flavored Snack Sticks, Reserve Grand Champion Bone-In Ham, Reserve Grand Champion Specialty Ham and Reserve Grand Champion Restructured Jerky.


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