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Wed
08
Jan

Boy Scout Troop 64 will be scouting for trees January 11

Have trees curbside by 7 a.m. Saturday, January 11

Boy Scout Troop 64 of Waukon will be conducting their annual city-wide Christmas tree pick-up this Saturday, January 11 as a service project. Trees picked up will be used to provide shelter for animal habitat in rural Waukon.

Residents are requested to place their “live” trees curbside before 7 a.m. the day of the pick-up. All ornaments and garland will need to be removed. Wreaths, artificial trees and other decorations will not be accepted. For more information, contact Sarah Oakland at 563-568-7326.
 

Wed
08
Jan

Supervisors meet January 2 to discuss organizational matters for new calendar year

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met Thursday, January 2 to address a variety of organizational matters for the 2020 calendar year. County Auditor Denise Beyer called the meeting to order with the Supervisors approving Larry Schellhammer as Chairperson and Dennis Koenig as Chairperson Pro-Tem.

During Public Comment, Executive Director Val Reinke with Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) provided an overview of several recent and upcoming events within the county. Reinke discussed Allamakee County locations that have been mentioned by travel blogger Jay the Iowa Gallivant.

The Supervisors moved into setting Board Days, Start Time and Public Comment Time, opting to continue with Monday meetings, a 9:30 a.m. start time with ten minutes allotted for public comment.

Tue
31
Dec

Effigy Mounds to host Winter Wonderland Guided Hike January 4

Kick off the New Year by joining park rangers for a Winter Wonderland program at Effigy Mounds National Monument. Rangers will lead a guided two-mile hike around the Fire Point Loop, which will last approximately two hours. The program will meet at the Effigy Mounds Visitor Center Saturday, January 4 at 1 p.m.

This program is weather dependent. In the event of snow, there will be a guided snowshoeing program in lieu of a guided hike. The program will be canceled in the event of a severe winter storm. Call the park Visitor Center at 563-873-3491 for the most recent updates. Reservations are not required and park entrance and programs are free to the public.

Visitors must bring sturdy hiking or snow boots, as well as traction devices or snowshoes if appropriate. Additionally, participants are encouraged to wear appropriate winter clothing, including hats, gloves and warm coats, and to bring water and snacks.

Tue
31
Dec

Robey Memorial Library to host Matinee Movie series ...

Robey Memorial Library in Waukon is hosting a Matinee Movie series the second Saturday of both January and February, both beginning at 1:30 p.m. Viewers are invited to bring their own movie snacks.

Saturday, January 11 at 1:30 p.m. the library will show “They Shall Not Grow Old.” On the centenary of the end of the First World War, Academy Award® winner Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) presents new work showing the Great War as never seen. Using state of the art technology to restore original archival footage that’s more than 100 years old, Jackson brings to life the people who can best tell this story: the men who were there. (Rated R)

Tue
31
Dec

Supervisors discuss a variety of matters including the Annual Weed Commissioner’s Report, the Restricted Areas Policy and Workers Compensation dividend

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, December 23 to address a full agenda of items including review of the Workers Compensation dividend, the Annual Weed Commissioner’s Report and discussion of the County’s First Amendment documents and Restricted Areas policy.

During Public Comment, Executive Director Val Reinke with Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) discussed attending the 6 p.m. showing of The Foursome documentary Tuesday, December 17 at the Town Theater in Waukon. Reinke indicated that The Foursome showings were well attended with the documentary under consideration to be included in the Oneota Film Festival. Reinke discussed that over 40 individuals were in attendance at the “All In Allamakee” Comprehensive Plan meeting that took place December 17 at the Waukon Wellness Center with valuable discussion taking place and feedback being provided.

Tue
24
Dec

Ribbon cutting and First Dollar visit for The Good Life Gallery and Frame Shop ...

Main Street Lansing held a ribbon cutting and First Dollar visit for The Good Life Gallery and Frame Shop, located at 249 Main Street in Lansing and under the ownership of Michael Kolsrud and Lesya Ryzhenkova. The Good Life offers hand-beaded art, framed paintings and photographs, and custom framing. Visitors will also have the chance to experience Ukrainian culture every time they visit. The Good Life strives to help people preserve their memories for the future, which is embodied by their slogan: “Live It, Love It, Frame It”. Pictured above at the ribbon cutting event are, left to right: Main Street Lansing representatives Andy Kelleher and Jana Schoh, The Good Life owners Michael Kolsrud and Lesya Ryzhenkova, and Main Street Lansing representative Maryann Baldwin. Submitted photos.
 

Tue
24
Dec

Library to host movie viewing ...

Robey Memorial Library in Waukon is hosting a free showing of Batkid Begins (Rated PG) Thursday, December 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the library’s lower level Community Room. A five-year-old cancer patient gets to be Batman’s sidekick thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. His superheroic day quickly becomes a global phenomenon. Viewers are welcome to bring their own movie snacks. Contact Robey Memorial Library for more information at 563-568-4424, robeymemorial@waukon.lib.ia.us or www.waukon.lib.ia.us. Submitted image.
 

Tue
24
Dec

Local law enforcement taking part in 2019 holiday season Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement through New Year’s

The holidays are a time for caring and sharing, which is why the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is partnering with local law agencies, such as the Waukon Police Department, to share the message about the dangers of drunk driving. This holiday season, from December 13, 2019 through January 1, 2020, law enforcement will participate in the high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

During this period, local law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk driving. Increased state and national messages about the dangers of driving impaired, coupled with enforcement and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce drunk driving on this nation’s roadways.

Wed
18
Dec

Waukon FFA travels to 92nd National Convention


Little Switzerland FFA Chapter members attend National FFA Convention ... Left to right - Front row: Kaylee Gibbs, Carly Palmer, Maddy Moser, Diana Davison, Violet Holthaus; Back row: Marcus Gibbs, Reese Reisinger, Faith Palmer, Alaina Gebel, Teddy Holthaus, Hailey Bechtel, Nathan Johnson. Submitted photo.

American FFA Degree... Waukon High School 2018 graduate Danielle Stock was awarded her American FFA Degree and Gold Key at the 2019 National FFA Convention. Submitted photo.

by Carly Palmer, Waukon High School Little Switzerland FFA Chapter Reporter

October 29 through November 2, 12 members of the Waukon High School Little Switzerland FFA Chapter traveled to Indianapolis, IN for the 92nd National FFA Convention and Expo. During their time at National Convention, members explore the Expo, attended sessions and workshops, went on industry tours, attended concerts and much more.

This year, chapter members had the chance to participate in three tours, The Farm at Prophetstown in West Lafayette, IN, Wea Creek Orchard in Lafayette, IN and Kinze Manufacturing Inc. in Williamsburg. On the way to Indianapolis, members stopped at Kinze Manufacturing where they were able to tour the factory where the Kinze equipment is built as well as visit the company’s Innovation Center.

Wed
18
Dec

Allamakee County 4-H’ers expand their knowledge in the beef project area ...

The Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program provides opportunities for youth to develop skills that they can use now and throughout their lives. Iowa 4-H builds upon a century of experience as it fosters positive youth development that is based on the needs and strengths of youth, their families and communities. With the Allamakee County 4-H/FFA Beef Weigh-In scheduled for December 21, youth are working to select their beef projects for the 2020 Allamakee County Fair. A total of 48 youth and parents recently participated in a Beef Workshop, pictured above, to learn more about the project area. The workshop was held Tuesday, December 3 at NEIA Sales Commission. The goal of the event was to provide exhibitors education on beef selection, nutrition, daily care and management. Tracy Coffland with Purina and Master Professor of Stock Show University presented on these topics.

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