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Wed
03
May

Peoples State Bank receives First Dollar Visit at ribbon cutting ceremony ...

Peoples State Bank’s new Waukon location recently received a First Dollar Visit from the Waukon Chamber of Commerce during a ribbon cutting ceremony held at the bank’s newly-opened building at 802 West Main Street in Waukon. Pictured above at that First Dollar presentation and ceremony are members of the Waukon Chamber of Commerce, employees of the Peoples State Bank Waukon location and members of the Peoples State Bank Board of Directors. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
03
May

May is Cemetery Appreciation Month: Allamakee County Pioneer Cemetery Commission seeking volunteers; Open house event scheduled for May 16


The Bailey Plot ... Pictured above is a grave marker slab found in what is now known as “The Bailey Plot” along Smithfield Drive in southern Allamakee County. The stone reads “Bailey - died 1862 May 23 - Children of Henry & S Bailey”. It is small plots like these that the Allamakee County Pioneer Cemetery Commission is interested in trying to record and maintain as part of the group’s purpose and mission. Submitted photo.

Pioneer Cemetery in Village Creek area ... Grave stones stand tall among years of plant growth in the Village Creek Cemetery located in rural Lansing. Cemeteries such as this one are considered to be Pioneer Cemeteries and will likely see more attention by the Allamakee County Pioneer Cemetery Commission currently seeking volunteers. Submitted photo.

The Allamakee County Pioneer Cemetery Commission is having an open house at the Freedom Bank lower level in Waukon Tuesday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A short presentation will begin at 1 p.m. but those interested can stop in anytime for a cup of coffee.

Someone will be present to answer questions all day about the Commission. Anyone who cannot attend and has questions or information to share is asked to contact Commission member Marcia Rush.

A Pioneer Cemetery is defined as a cemetery that has 12 or fewer burials in the last 50 years. A Pioneer Cemetery may be an individual burial, a family plot or an area within an existing cemetery.

It is estimated that in 1996, Allamakee County had 20 cemeteries in the county plus six small plots and several single burials that would meet the qualifications of a Pioneer Cemetery. Since then, at least two more plots and one cemetery can be added to that list.

Wed
03
May

Waukon Mayor Pat Stone resigns in the middle of Monday’s regular session; Citywide Spring Clean-Up is this Saturday

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, May 1 to address a full agenda of matters including a Presentation by FEH Design relating to the Street Department/Park and Recreation Garage, a Partial Pay Request relating to the 9 and 11 Allamakee Street Clean-Up Project and the Annual Insurance Renewal for the City of Waukon. Mayor Pat Stone called the meeting to order with approval of the meeting agenda.

The meeting moved into Department Reports with Water and Sewer Superintendent Jim Cooper noting the work performed over the weekend by Water and Sewer Department employees in repairing a water main break in his absence. He added that his crew worked a late evening in making this repair with their efforts being greatly appreciated. Cooper also reported that only 27 water meters are left for replacement as part of the city-wide commercial and residential water meter upgrade.

Wed
26
Apr

Jodi Sweeney-Egeland is third generation of Sweeney family inducted into Iowa Auctioneers Hall of Fame


Third-generation IAA Hall of Fame inductee ... Jodi Sweeney-Egeland of Waukon was inducted into the Iowa Auctioneers Association (IAA) Hall of Fame during the 2023 Iowa Auctioneers Association Convention held in Des Moines in late January of this year. She is pictured above with her family. Left to right: 2001 IAA Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Sweeney, Dustin, Audrey, Jodi and Hudson Egeland, and Penny, Jeffrey and Carley Sweeney. Sweeney-Egeland is the third generation of the Sweeney family to be inducted into the Iowa Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame. Pictured below, left to right, are her grandfather, the late Ray Sweeney, the 1992 IAA Hall of Fame inductee; her father, Jeff Sweeney, the 2001 IAA Hall of Fame inductee; and Jodi Sweeney-Egeland, the 2023 IAA Hall of Fame inductee. Submitted photos.

During the 2023 Iowa Auctioneers Association Convention held in late January of this year in Des Moines, Jodi Sweeney-Egeland became the third generation of the Sweeney family to be inducted into the Iowa Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame. She joins her father, Jeff Sweeney, the 2001 inductee; and her grandfather, the late Ray E. Sweeney, the 1992 inductee.

Jodi grew up in the auction industry and started coming along to her family’s auction events to help run clerk sheets at age five. By the time she was 11 years old, she was promoted to clerking and performed that task through junior high and high school. Jodi went off to college at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in Cedar Falls in the fall of 2005 and decided to take a summer session at the World Wide College of Auctioneering in June of 2006.

Wed
26
Apr

Allamakee County Veterans Museum still in search of photos for its Wall of Honor


Allamakee County Veterans Museum Wall of Honor ...

The Allamakee County Veterans Museum in Waukon is still in search of a number of photos to complete its Wall of Honor (pictured above) displayed inside the museum. Organizers of the Allamakee County Veterans Museum are seeking help from family members, friends and the general public in locating good quality photos of a number of Allamakee County Veterans who were Killed in Action (KIA) or held as Prisoners of War (POW) during World War I, World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War.

A full listing of the photos still needed for Allamakee County Veterans follows in this article. Anyone who has pictures of these men is encouraged to bring them to the museum or contact the museum by phone (563-568-2954) or by email message (info@allamakeehistory.org) so that arrangements can be made to make a copy that photo for this project:

Wed
26
Apr

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month; Local Blue Family Event is this Saturday ...

Across the nation and right here in northeast Iowa, April is a time to highlight Child Abuse Prevention and raise awareness for the efforts being done to eradicate child abuse.

Helping Services for Youth & Families Family Education Team is partnering with Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC) to put on a free community event for families. The event is focused on bringing community awareness to Child Abuse Prevention Month and community resources through activities that the whole family can enjoy. The Blue Family Day event being held at the Waukon Wellness Center this Saturday, April 29 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. will include a bouncy house, carnival games and community resources to explore. Everyone is welcome to attend the event.

Wed
26
Apr

Supervisors approve submission of County Substance Abuse Grant application, contract for Yellow River Drive asphalt project

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, April 24 to address a full agenda of matters including Quarterly Reports from Environmental Health and Veterans Affairs, consideration of submitting a grant application relating to County Substance Abuse Programs, and consideration of the contract and bond for the Yellow River Drive asphalt project. The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Dan Byrnes with Supervisors Mark Reiser and Dennis Keatley present.

There was no Public Comment during the time allotted for that agenda item.

The meeting moved into plat requests with Allamakee County Zoning Administrator Stephanie Runkle providing an overview of the Daric Wayne and Lacey Jo Steiber and Joseph C. and Carol A. Stammeyer plat request and the Stephen E., Michele M. and Chase S. Pladsen plat request. Both requests were individually approved.

Wed
19
Apr

Debra Stantic honored by the Iowa Urban Tree Council ...

Debra Stantic, City Clerk for New Albin, received the Outstanding Professional in Urban Forestry award from the Iowa Urban Tree Council during the 32nd Annual Urban Forestry Awards Ceremony held April 12 at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny. Stantic can trace her appreciation of trees to childhood memories of visiting her grandparents in New Albin on weekends. Since moving to New Albin, she has taken that appreciation to enhance her home and revive the city’s landscape. Through grant writing and receiving Trees Forever/Alliant Energy grants, Stantic has planted 75 trees throughout New Albin on her way towards her goal of 100. Her “get it done” attitude and love for nature is inspiring to the citizens of New Albin.

Wed
19
Apr

Allamakee County Veterans Museum to offer “Finding American MIAs in Underwater Environments-Part 2” next week

The Allamakee County Veterans Museum at 105 Allamakee Street in Waukon will be offering its next public program Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. and again Saturday, April 29 at 10 a.m. There is no charge for admission and no membership requirements to attend the presentations.

In December of 2023, Dr. Dan Davis, a marine archaeologist and former U.S. Navy diver, presented a program at the Allamakee Veterans Museum describing his work helping recover MIA remains. This second program will be a video presentation of a film donated to the Veterans Museum by Dr. Davis.
 

Wed
19
Apr

Robey Memorial Library celebrating National Library Week

Robey Memorial Library in Waukon encourages all community members to visit the library during National Library Week, April 23-29, to explore all the library has to offer. Most people know about the wealth of stories available at the library, from picture books and large print to audiobooks and ebooks. But there’s so much more to the story of libraries.

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