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Wed
13
Aug

Allamakee Driftless Safari continues through Labor Day

Those looking for something fun to do with the family before the summer winds down should look no further than their own public library, where they can pick up their 2014 Driftless Safari Tote Bag, Guidebook and Map and begin their Driftless Safari adventure.
The Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) staff, along with help from Allamakee County Conservation, have 20 posts securely planted and ready for the “hunt”. Participants can just follow the clues in the guidebook, with new sites added to this year’s tour.
The Safari through Labor Day and participants can take their time to explore each location or can complete the entire trip in a day or weekend. Once the guidebook is completed with a visit to all 20 Driftless Safari sites throughout Allamakee County, participants can return to the library for a coupon good for one free ice cream cone compliments of WW Homestead Dairy at Waukon (one coupon per guidebook).

Wed
06
Aug

Top entries in 2014 Allamakee County Fair Ugly Cake Contest

Pictured above, left to right: Second place: Issac Johanningmeier - "Wormin Around"; First place: Nooch White - "Cow Poop"; Third place: Olivia Schmelzer - "Worm Face". Submitted photo.

Wed
06
Aug

Bernie Heffern Memorial Award winners at 2014 Allamakee County Fair

Bob and Gloria Hanson of Waukon were honored with the 2014 Bernie Heffern Memorial 4-H Family Award by members of the Bob and Bernie Heffern family before the 4-H/FFA Livestock Auction Sunday, July 20 at the 2014 Allamakee County Fair. The award was created by the Heffern family in memory of Bernie Heffern, who passed away in 2008 and was very passionate about all areas of 4-H and its importance in the lives of youth and their families. She and her husband, Bob, were inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame in 2007 for their lifelong dedication to 4-H.  Each year during fair week, the Allamakee County Fair Board and the Heffern family select a family that emulates the Heffern family attitude of helping others, working well with each other, and going above and beyond for the fair. The Hansons' children were involved in 4-H growing up, and they have been an active 4-H family for many years.

Wed
30
Jul

Branstad visits KolGol in Allamakee County

As part of his "Building Iowa's Future" initiative, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (far right) paid a visit to the KolGol manufacturing facility east of Waukon Friday, July 25, where he met with KolGol employees and supporters. Branstad shared the stage with other Republican candidates, including Adam Gregg (far left), who is challenging Democrat Tom Miller for Iowa's Attorney General office in the general election this November, and Lowell Engle of Harpers Ferry (second from left), who announced his candidacy for the District 56 seat in the State House of Representatives, currently held by Democrat Patti Ruff. Branstad was also joined by State Senator Michael Breitbach (third from left), who expressed his support for Branstad and the other candidates. Standard photo by Bob Beach.

Wed
23
Jul

Initially a hobby, hosta breeding has grown to international proportions for Bob Axmear


Award-winning growth efforts ... The blue-streaked hosta originated by Bob Axmear is adorned with ribbons as the First Look Mildred Seaver Award winner in 2012. The recipient of the award is chosen by attendees of the First Look meeting. In 2010, Axmear also received the Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award from the American Hosta Society for his service to the hosta industry. Submitted photo.

by Brianne Eilers

Wed
16
Jul

Robey Memorial Library welcomes Cate St. Clair as new library director


Cate St. Claire

Robey Memorial Library in Waukon has welcomed Cate St. Clair as its new library director. St. Clair assumed the library director position in May of this year following the departure of Rick Meyer, director for three-plus years at Robey Memorial Library before departing for a similar position closer to his family in Decatur, IL.
St. Clair grew up in Des Moines and has been living in Waukon for just over a year with her significant other, Nicholas Hay, an attorney with the law firm of Jacobson, Bristol, Garrett & Swartz in Waukon. Prior to her new position at Robey Memorial Library, she was a librarian at the Meehan Memorial Library in Lansing.

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