Community News

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13
Jul

Waukon Mayor Pat Stone arrested on child endangerment charges

Patrick O’Shannon Stone, age 42 and currently serving as Mayor of Waukon, was taken into custody and booked into Winneshiek County Jail late Friday afternoon, July 1 on an arrest warrant for two counts of Felony Child Endangerment (Physical Abuse Causing Bodily Injury) involving two of his minor children on two separate occasions in March and May of this year. The warrant was issued by First Judicial District Court Judge Thomas Bitter that day following an investigation that has been going on since March of this year.

Wed
13
Jul

SIM-IA bringing training to RAGBRAI towns, including Lansing...

The University of Iowa Simulation in Motion-Iowa (SIM-IA) team is headed across the state of Iowa in advance of RAGBRAI XLIX. The simulation truck is making stops in towns along the RABGRAI route - including in Lansing Monday, July 25 from 1-5 p.m., hosting simulated education sessions for first responders, EMTs, paramedics, nurses and physicians. Clinical scenarios will focus on traumas and medical conditions that may occur during the RAGBRAI ride.

Wed
06
Jul

State Fire Marshal’s Office says “no matter is off the table” as investigation into February 13 fire remains open ...

A couple of recent developments regarding the February 13 fire that destroyed two buildings on Allamakee Street in Waukon and damaged several adjacent structures have prompted some clarification by the State of Iowa Fire Marshal’s office. An initial mid-June report by the KWWL television news station regarding the focus of the fire investigation being on arson was corrected a couple days later by the station, with that clarification of “not being investigated as an arson at this time” not being entirely correct, either, as were neither the date nor the address of the fire mentioned in the initial KWWL report. Special Agent in Charge Ron Humphrey with the State of Iowa Fire Marshal’s Office offered that the “lines of communication must have gotten crossed somewhere” with what the television station reported.

Wed
06
Jul

Four area veterans awarded Quilts of Valor at ceremony

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

Picket Fence Patriotic Piecers, headquartered in Prairie du Chien, WI, held a Quilts of Valor award ceremony at the Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center in Lansing Sunday, June 26. Quilters Sue Lynch, Judy Schild and Edie Hogan presented quilts to four local veterans, including Carl Clancy, Bill Ferring, Michael Boland and Paul Styve.

Carl Clancy served from 1962-1966 in the U.S. Navy. He said he and two friends signed up together on the buddy plan and they were together for a day and a half before they were split up. The Cuban Missile Crisis happened during his tour. He was trained as a communication technician and spent his final years in the service in Cyprus.

Bill Ferring served from 1968-1969 in the U.S. Army after being drafted. The last part of his tour was spent in Korea.

Wed
06
Jul

Ultralight crash causes power outage in Glenwood Church area ...

Wednesday, June 29, at approximately 8:40 p.m., the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a plane crash near the intersection of Old Stage Road and Glenville Road in eastern Winneshiek County, near the Glenwood Lutheran Church. When deputies arrived at the scene, they located a Kitfox ultralight single-passenger aircraft in the northwest ditch of the intersection. The pilot, Thomas Lee Wandling, age 43, of Decorah was uninjured.

Wandling stated that he attempted to take flight from his pasture located southwest of the intersection and clipped the barbed wire fence which sent him into a power line causing him to crash the aircraft. The power line was damaged and caused a power outage for surrounding residents. The sheriff’s office was assisted by mienergy, Winneshiek County Ambulance, first responders, and Decorah Rescue. The plane sustained approximately $6,500 damage in the crash. Submitted image.
 

Wed
29
Jun

Honored by VFW Auxiliary ...

Retiring Waukon High School teacher Louise Wild was recognized by Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Auxiliary #4117 for her support and work with students on the annual Voice of Democracy youth essay contest. The award was presented at Waukon High School. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
29
Jun

Work begins on 2nd Street NW Street Improvement Project ...

Signs and other traffic control measures have been placed on 2nd Street NW and some adjacent streets in Waukon as work begins on that street improvement project that will also involve some storm sewer work. With the signs pictured in the two photos at right being placed at 2nd Street NW’s intersections with 8th Avenue NW (top photo) and 4th Avenue NW (bottom photo), work being completed in that area may sometimes allow for traffic to travel through the area and at other times will close that portion of the street completely down as the project progresses.

Wed
29
Jun

Supervisors approve purchase of emergency equipment for Sheriff’s Department

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, June 27 to address a full agenda of matters including a Sheriff’s Department personnel matter relating to a dispatcher/jailer resignation, the consideration of the use of the County credit card for the purchase of medical supplies and approval of Secondary Roads Department Transfers.

The meeting was called to order with Allamakee County Auditor Denise Beyer advising that the 10 a.m. agenda item relating to the consideration of the Byrne JAG Grant Contract and Conditions has been requested to be removed from the meeting agenda by Assistant County Attorney Jill Kistler. Beyer noted that Kistler is waiting on information relating to this grant funding source which has allowed for the Assistant County Attorney position to move to full-time status. The amended meeting agenda was approved with the meeting then moving into Public Comment.

Wed
22
Jun

Allamakee County Veterans Museum to recognize WWII Veterans, share story of Jim Bristol at July 6 event

B-29 Bomber ...
B-29 Bomber ...

Wednesday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m., the Allamakee County Veterans Museum will recognize World War II Veterans with a presentation at its new museum in the former Vet’s Club building at 105 Allamakee Street in Waukon. A video interview with U.S. Army Air Corps veteran, the late James Bristol, will be presented.

This long-time Waukon attorney was interviewed by the 5 Sullivan Brothers Museum in 2005. A member of Bristol’s family will also be present to share memories. Jim Bristol was a crew member on a B-29 Superfortress bomber and flew 26 missions over Japan. A short video about the B-29 bomber will also be shown.

The public is invited to attend. There is no admission or membership charge. The facility is handicapped accessible. Light refreshments will be served at the program.

Wed
22
Jun

Waukon City Council approves funding for Housing Readiness Assessment; Ongoing staffing issues may affect open hours schedule at swimming pool

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, June 20 to address a short agenda of items including discussion of a Housing Readiness Assessment and Program Fee Agreement, the Water/Sewer Department temporary summer help hourly wage and Change Order #1 - Storm Water Quality Improvements Project - Contract C.

Mayor Pro-Tem Kevin Johnson called the meeting to order with the scheduled absence of Mayor Pat Stone. There was no Public Comment and the meeting moved into Department Reports with Waukon Park, Recreation and Wellness Director Jeremy Strub providing an update relating to the swimming pool.

Strub advised that the swimming pool heater recently quit working and that parts for this repair are on order and are expected to be delivered in a couple weeks. Strub explained that pool temperatures have been in the appropriate range with the warm weather.

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