Community News

Wed
03
Aug

Main Street Story Walk for August ...

Robey Memorial Library in Waukon will be hosting Main Street Story Walk in August featuring the children’s story “The Bad Seed” by Jory John. During the month of August families are encouraged to read this story at selected businesses as they stroll the downtown area. When joining in the fun, participants are reminded to be careful crossing the downtown streets for the safety of all. Seven selected businesses have a portion of the story posted in the front window of their establishment for viewing from the sidewalk. Each stop along the story walk will direct participants to the next location. Selected businesses are located on West Main Street and 1st Street NW in downtown Waukon and are labeled and numbered on the above map at the following locations: 1. Blake Electric;  2. Epic Wear; 3. S&D Cafe; 4. Rockweiler’s Appliance; 5. Hartig Drug; 6. Cunningham Hardware; 7. The Copy Shoppe. Submitted image.
 

Wed
27
Jul

RAGBRAI coming to Allamakee County this Saturday ...

Riders from RAGBRAI XLIX will be making their way into Allamakee County for the final day of this summer’s annual ride this Saturday, July 30. The map images above for Waukon (map image above) and Lansing (map image below) show the various routes and locations of information and interest for riders and anyone in the area that day. Riders will enter Allamakee County near Postville via Highway 18 and will then make their way from Postville to Waukon via Cherry Valley Drive, Forest Mills Road and State Highway 76, entering Waukon from the south via the combined Hwy. 9 and 76/Rossville Road route, past the Waukon City Park.

Wed
27
Jul

Water quality improvement project taking shape near Waukon City Park


Submitted photo.

What’s starting like this (two images above)... will end like this (image below) ... Excavating work being done just north of the Waukon City Park to the east of 2nd Street SW is the initial phase of a Storm Water Quality Improvements project being undertaken by the City of Waukon and utilizing more than a million dollars of funding available through the State of Iowa. The engineering diagram below shows the aerial blueprint of a wetlands area that is part of that Storm Water Quality Improvements project and is designed to improve flooding issues that have plagued the Waukon City Park during heavy rain scenarios while also being able to take advantage of State funding geared toward water quality improvement within and downstream from the Waukon City Park. Water will flow into the wetlands area from the north (top of the diagram below and viewing perspective in the top photo above), being retained in the larger basin at the top of the diagram (the initial darker, wet-looking area just beyond the gravel pile in the top photo and the darker near-rectangle near the top of the diagram below) to allow storm run-off sediment to filter out of the water before it is slowly released into the “S” curves of the wetland area and eventually into the City Park at a much slower rate than previously experienced during stormy weather. The “S”-shaped areas evident in the aerial diagram below can be made out in the photo directly above as the raised dirt areas that appear to be surrounded by the wet areas evident in that photo directly above. Those raised areas will be used for maintaining the area and can also be utilized as walking paths by the general public once they have their native vegetation established. Submitted photos.

Submitted graphic.

City taking advantage of State funding to address flash flooding, storm run-off issues

by Joe Moses

Waukon City Manager Gary Boden and Engineer Paige Pierce of Fehr Graham Engineering provided a recent update relating to several components of the Storm Water Quality Improvement Project currently taking place near the Pladsen Subdivision and within and near the Waukon City Park. The current project most evident just north of the City Park along 2nd Street SW is the excavation taking place to create a wetland area to assist with storm run-off while being able to address water quality downstream.

Wed
27
Jul

Waukon High School graduate receives Innovation Award ...

Dr. Tom Oelberg, member of the 1975 graduating class of Waukon Senior High School, recently received Diamond V’s Innovation Award for his work in developing the TMR (total mixed ration) Audit®. A total mixed ration involves all of the feed ingredients fed to cattle being mixed together in a mixer wagon - sort of like mixing peas, mashed potatoes and hamburger all together so that they can all three be eaten in the same bite, Oelberg describes. Diamond V manufactures natural immune-support postbiotic feed additives to support improved animal health, animal performance, and pre-harvest food safety worldwide.

Wed
27
Jul

Friday motorcycle vs. car collision claims life of Waukon man

Friday, July 22 at 8:56 p.m., the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a two-vehicle accident on Rossville Road approximately one-half mile south of Waukon, just south of the entrance driveway to the Village Farm & Home.

A motorcycle driven by Matthew Joseph Sweeney, age 41 of Waukon, was traveling northbound toward Waukon on Rossville Road/State Highways 9 and 76 and struck the rear end of a passenger car that was also traveling northbound. Sweeney was thrown from the motorcycle by the impact, and he was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of injuries he suffered in the accident. The driver of the passenger car that was struck in the accident was uninjured.

A service notice for Matthew Joseph Sweeney can be found on Page 28 in the July 27, 2022 e-edition and print edition of The Standard.

Wed
20
Jul

Waukon City Council holds public hearings and approves changes on zoning classifications, approves hiring of Recreation Director

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, July 18 with Mayor Pat Stone calling the meeting to order. There was no Public Comment and the meeting moved into Department Reports.

Water and Sewer Superintendent Jim Cooper provided an update on the Wastewater Treatment Plant. He discussed a planned open house for the public to view the new Wastewater Treatment Plant scheduled for Saturday, August 13 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cooper also discussed a repair of two sections of sanitary sewer on 4th Street NW. He noted that 10 manholes have been refurbished recently with a similar process to take place throughout the community each summer moving forward, and he advised that sewer jetting is taking place on the southwest side of town.

Wed
20
Jul

Allamakee County Emergency Management advises of routes and safety regarding local RAGBRAI traffic July 30


Official route map for RAGBRAI XLIX in Allamakee County ... The map image above shows the official routes (described at left in the image and in the accompanying article as well) for both bicyclists (light blue lines) and support vehicles (yellow lines) as RAGBRAI XLIX will be making its way through Allamakee County during its final day of the event Saturday, July 30. Area residents and others who may be traveling these routes are advised that they may experience some higher traffic congestion along those roadways that Saturday between the official ride times of 6 a.m.-4 p.m., and all are advised to be patient and to travel safely when encountering the RAGBRAI traffic. Submitted image.

by Corey Snitker, Allamakee County Emergency Management Coordinator

As most residents of Allamakee County know, the Des Moines Register’s 2022 RAGBRAI XLIX bike ride is coming to the county Saturday, July 30. As one can imagine, with some 10,000-plus bike riders coming to the county along with the support vehicles that follow along, there will be some travel and safety impacts on the roads they will be using and within the towns they will be passing through.

Therefore, I wanted to address the routes the bikes and support vehicles will be using while in Allamakee County as they leave West Union to travel to Lansing, including passing through Postville and Waukon.

Wed
20
Jul

Allamakee County Conservation Foundation presents scholarships


Allamakee County Conservation Foundation Scholarships presented ... Left to right in above photo: Allamakee County Conservation Naturalist Ross Geerdes, Allamakee County Conservation Foundation Board of Directors member Jesse Delaney, scholarship winner Jesse Troendle, and Allamakee County Conservation Foundation Board of Directors members Jeannie Carrol and Gary Krapfl.

Allamakee County Conservation Foundation Scholarships presented ... Left to right in above photo: Allamakee County Conservation Foundation Board of Directors member Jesse Delaney, Allamakee County Conservation Naturalist Ross Geerdes, scholarship winner Shelby Mielke, and Allamakee County Conservation Foundation Board of Directors members Jeannie Carrol and Gary Krapfl. Photos submitted by the Allamakee County Conservation Foundation.

The Allamakee County Conservation Foundation (ACCF) has announced that Jesse Troendle of Kee High School in Lansing and Shelby Mielke of MFL/MarMac High School in Monona are winners of the 2022 ACCF Scholarship. After high school, Troendle plans to attend Winona State University in Winona, MN to major in Biology. Mielke plans to attend the University of Montana in Missoula, MT to major in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Management.

Each year the ACCF awards up to three scholarships to graduating seniors from the high schools within Allamakee County who plan to enroll in a college or university and study a natural resource-related field. Students who would like to apply for the 2023 scholarship are encouraged to visit www.allamakeecountyconservation.org, the Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center, or their school’s guidance counselor for an application.

Wed
13
Jul

Allamakee 4-H County Council to host School Supplies Drive at Allamakee County Fair to benefit County Relief Office

The Allamakee County 4-H Council is sponsoring a school supply drive to benefit the Allamakee County Relief Office at the 2022 Allamakee County Fair. The council encourages all 4-H clubs and community members to participate by purchasing school supplies and donating them to this drive.

There will be a special community service booth in the 4-H exhibit building to display the donations during the Fair. Donations can be made anytime throughout the Fair, which is scheduled for July 20-24.

For further information about the Allamakee County 4-H Program, contact Marissa Foels, Allamakee County Youth Coordinator at the Allamakee County Extension and Outreach office in Waukon at 563-568-6345.
 

Wed
13
Jul

Waukon City Council meets to discuss variety of matters July 5

New officer joins Waukon PD ...
New officer joins Waukon PD ... Officer Kole Northland, pictured above at left, is sworn in by Waukonk Mayor Pat Stone, pictured at right, at the Tuesday, July 5 Waukon City Council meeting. Northland, a certified officer with eight years of experience, started with the Waukon Police Department the week prior to the July 5 City Council meeting. Submitted photo.

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Tuesday, July 5, 2022 following the closure of City Hall in observance of the Independence Day holiday Monday, July 4.

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