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17
Aug

U.S. Cellular opens at new location in Waukon under new ownership


First Dollar Visit for U.S. Cellular at new location and under new ownership ... U.S. Cellular, now under new ownership and at a new location in Waukon, recently received a First Dollar Visit from the Waukon Chamber of Commerce. Pictured above, left to right, at that First Dollar presentation are Conrad Schmitt, Brooke Pritchard and Amber Kane of U.S. Cellular, Waukon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Laurie Adrian, and Amber Love, Moriah Downing and Ellisha Seibert of U.S. Cellular. Photo courtesy of the Waukon Chamber of Commerce.

As of early July of this year, U.S. Cellular can now be found at a new location in Waukon and under new ownership. Just one block west and a half block north from its previous location, the new store can be found at 108 2nd Street NW in Waukon and is now under the ownership of Gary Fox, marking the tenth northeast/north central Iowa community where his third-generation family-owned business, Appliance Plus of Oelwein, Inc., now owns and operates a U.S. Cellular location.

“We’re happy for the opportunity with U.S. Cellular to be able to be in the Waukon community,” Fox said. “Being a local company in northeast Iowa, the opportunity to expand into the Waukon area is something we couldn’t say no to.”

Wed
17
Aug

Climbing Mount Everest featured in next Live & Learn series at Robey Memorial Library ...

As part of its Live & Learn: enriching lives through monthly learning series, Robey Memorial Library in Waukon is offering Climbing Mount Everest with Jen Loeb Thursday, August 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the lower level Community Room of the library. Loeb was born and raised in Jesup and attended Wartburg College, graduating with a Biology degree. She currently lives in Marengo and works in Cedar Rapids.

Wed
17
Aug

Veterans Memorial Hospital Postville Clinic holds Open House August 11 ...

Nearly 100 people attended the Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic-Postville Open House held Thursday, August 11 from 5-7 p.m. All were able to visit with clinic providers, who are pictured below and include Michelle Crary, Nurse Practitioner (at left); Dr. Thomas McMullan, Family Practice Physician (at right); and Katy Maker (center), the new Nurse Midwife and Nurse Practitioner who recently joined both the hospital’s Postville and Waukon medical clinics.

Wed
10
Aug

Waukon area native Joe Byrnes receives Governor’s Service Award in Wisconsin


Waukon area native honored as Volunteer of the Year ... Waukon area native Joe Byrnes (center in above photo) was bestowed a Governor of Wisconsin Service Award at a late-May ceremony held in Madison, WI. Byrnes was honored with a Volunteer of the Year Award for Southwest Wisconsin for his work with Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. He was presented the award by Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes (right) and State of Wisconsin First Lady Kathy Evers, wife of Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (left). Submitted photo.

Waukon area native Joe Byrnes, a 1971 graduate of Waukon High School, was honored with a Governor’s Service Award through the State of Wisconsin earlier this summer. Byrnes was bestowed the Volunteer of the Year Award for Southwest Wisconsin for his work with Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.

The Governor’s Service Awards are described as honoring “outstanding national service members, volunteers and programs that have helped to address serious social needs in their communities. Those honored by these awards will have made significant contributions to the state of Wisconsin through their service efforts, with their generous service impacting the lives of countless Wisconsinites.” The 2022 Governor’s Service Awards ceremony took place May 26 of this year at the Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, WI.

Wed
10
Aug

Supervisors approve establishing fund for opioid litigation proceeds, signing of letter to cease earth moving work at English Bench Site #5

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, August 8 to address a full agenda of matters including the County Auditor’s Quarterly Report, the consideration of a Resolution for a new fund for Opioid Litigation Proceeds, and consideration of bids for concrete patching for paved Secondary Roads within the county.

During the Public Comment portion of the meeting, the Supervisors and Coordinator Jean Bossom with Allamakee Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) discussed the requirements associated with the Iowa Businesses Against Trafficking (IBAT) Proclamation. IBAT is a statewide recognition and education program from the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office that empowers organizations, businesses and government to assist in fighting human trafficking. The Supervisors recommended that Bossom work with Allamakee County Sheriff Clark Mellick in developing the educational and action plans associated with this program.

Wed
10
Aug

John Sweeney appointed by Governor Reynolds to Iowa Real Estate Commission

John Sweeney ...
John Sweeney ...

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds made recent announcement of appointments she has made to a variety of 40 State of Iowa boards and commissions this year. Among those appointments announced were appointments made by March 1 of this year and requiring confirmation from the Iowa Senate by May 1.

Within those appointments that required confirmation by the Iowa Senate, John Sweeney of Sweeney Real Estate in Waukon was appointed as the newest member to the five-person Real Estate Commission for the State of Iowa, which is made up of real estate brokers and salespersons from throughout the state of Iowa. Sweeney will serve a three-year term on the Commission, his term beginning May 1 of this year and running through April 30, 2025.

Wed
10
Aug

Youth Mentoring to host “Tasty Thursday” event this Thursday


Learn about youth mentoring at Tasty Thursday event set for this Thursday ... Mentor Jeff Minear and his mentee, Lauro, enjoy their ice cream at a previous Tasty Thursday event. The Youth Mentoring Program at Helping Services for Youth & Families will be hosting another Tasty Thursday event for mentors, mentees and those wishing to learn more about mentoring this Thursday, August 11 at the Sugar Bowl location at the Landing Market in Decorah. Submitted photo.

There are many combinations that just work well together; peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, and bread and butter, to name a few. A winning local combination is ice cream and kids. This sweet collaboration involves Youth Mentoring at Helping Services for Youth & Families and Sugar Bowl for an event scheduled to be hosted this Thursday, August 11.

Every second Thursday of the month, Youth Mentoring hosts a special hour called Tasty Thursday. The hour invites all mentors, mentees, their families, and those wishing to find out more about mentoring to gather for a sweet treat and fun on the west side of Decorah, College Drive, at The Landing Market Sugar Bowl site. Those attending can come for the entire hour or for a shorter time that fits their schedule. A highlight involves enjoying a scoop of ice cream donated by Sugar Bowl.

Wed
03
Aug

Allamakee County Conservation completing projects including County Pond improvements and Red Bud Landing canoe access


Overall view ... The view from County Home Park downward to the County Pond just off of Highway 9 north of Waukon is shown in the photo above. Allamakee County Conservation is completing an improvement project at the County Pond that has increased the surface area of the pond and made it more accessible and provided better fish habitat. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

Standard photo by Joe Moses.

Surrounded by more level access ... The picture above of the County Pond shows the more level walking area that has been created around the pond for improved fishing access. The leveling of the bank surrounding the expanded pond is reinforced with riprap that is also providing improved fish habitat within the pond. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

Riprap serves dual purpose ... Improvements taking place at the County Pond, part of County Home Park located north of Waukon off of Highway 9, include work both in and out of the water. The riprap lining of the pond, as shown stabilizing the pond bank in the photo above, is also a visible fish habitat improvement at this popular year-round fishing location for bass, bluegills, crappie and catfish. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

Public restroom at canoe access ... A public restroom, pictured above, has been added to the Red Bud Landing Canoe Access on the Upper Iowa River. The installation of this restroom was made possible through a combination of grant funding sources including the Water Recreation Access Cost-Share Program (WRAC), a competitive grant cycle administered through the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in addition to some funding from the Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program. A sidewalk will soon be added to the area for further access. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

Assistant Director Jarrod Olson of Allamakee County Conservation provided a tour and an update Tuesday, July 26 relating to ongoing improvements being made at two sites within the county including the County Pond and the Red Bud Landing Canoe Access. Both are under the care of the Allamakee County Conservation Department.

COUNTY POND – COUNTY HOME PARK
The tour began with the County Pond, part of County Home Park located north of Waukon off of Highway 9, just prior to the Allamakee County Solid Waste and Recycling location and Allamakee County Public Safety Center. Olson discussed fish habitat improvements that have been made to the County Pond as the result of competitive grants being awarded through a six-district conservation area. Olson noted that this competitive grant funding is supported through a portion of fishing license sales within this multi-district area.

Wed
03
Aug

Pursuit of something she’s always loved results in Tatum Miller opening her own photography studio


First Dollar visit for Tatum Miller Photography ... Tatum Miller Photography, a new photography studio recently opened at 7 West Main Street in Waukon, received a First Dollar visit from the Waukon Chamber of Commerce. Pictured above at that First Dollar visit are, left to right, Tatum Miller Photography owner Tatum Miller and Waukon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Laurie Adrian. Photo courtesy of the Waukon Chamber of Commerce.

Pursuing something that she’s always loved, Waukon native Tatum Miller has recently opened her own photography studio at 7 West Main Street in Waukon. That location that previously housed Bodensteiner Insurance and was the long-time office of Ewing Real Estate prior to that, has now been transformed into the new home of Tatum Miller Photography.

“I’ve always loved photography,” the former Tatum Tierney shared. “It would be one regret that I would have if I never gave it a try.”

Miller wants the end result for her customers to be more than just the photos the camera produces - she wants them to take away a complete experience. It is that aspect that she wants to build on in making her photography business unique.

Wed
03
Aug

Waukon native Trystan Riley assumes ownership of Waukon Banquet Center


First Dollar visit for new owner of Waukon Banquet Center ... Waukon Banquet Center, newly owned at its 612 Rossville Road location in Waukon, recently received a First Dollar visit under its new ownership from the Waukon Chamber of Commerce. Pictured above at that First Dollar visit are, left to right, Waukon Banquet Center new owner Trystan Riley, his puppy Boog, and Waukon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Laurie Adrian. Photo courtesy of the Waukon Chamber of Commerce.

Sharing in the excitement and joy of big events, along with a little bit of familiarity, have brought Waukon native Trystan Riley to ownership of the long-established Waukon Banquet Center. The location of many celebrated events over the years, Riley took over ownership of the facility June 2 of this year from previous owners, Mike and Audrey Peterson, and is looking forward to making his own mark with it.

“I’ve bartended for years, and I like the idea of owning my own place,” Riley said of his new venture. “I had worked at Waukon Banquet Center previously for a few years, and I really enjoyed it. I like the events, and the environment, and I’ve always liked living in this area.”

With its long-established legacy of being a place where big events are celebrated, Riley feels the sky is the limit with what can be done at the facility. His willingness to work with anyone wishing to use the facility may also be as wide open as its floor plan.

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