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22
Jun

Toppling Goliath to present Honor Coins to veterans July 16 ...

Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. of Decorah will be presenting 500 Honor Coins at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that will be in Sumner July 14-18 this year. Lynch Barbeque of Waucoma and Toppling Goliath will be side-by-side at City Park in Sumner Saturday, July 16 after the big parade that starts at 10 a.m.

The souvenir coins are for all veterans, who can eat free at the BBQ. The parade is being billed as the “Parade the Vietnam Veterans Never Received” back in the 1960s and 1970s when they returned home. Any veteran may be in the parade by registering on Facebook at The Moving Wall Sumner, Iowa.

Veterans are asked to meet at City Park between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. where they will be bused to the parade site. City Park is located at 547 Columbia Avenue in Sumner.

Wed
15
Jun

Allamakee County voters pretty much stay in line with statewide and districtwide candidate support in June 7 Primary results


Still couldn’t stop preparation for the election ... Rainy, windy weather overnight resulted in a tree falling across the south lawn of the Allamakee County Courthouse and blocking the south entrance to the courthouse Monday morning, June 6. With set-up for the Tuesday, June 7 Primary Election scheduled to take place that Monday, and that south entrance being the primary loading area for election materials to be distributed to polling sites throughout the county, Allamakee County Courthouse Head of Maintenance John Roe had to cut up the fallen tree before he and staff from the Allamakee County Auditor’s Office could distribute the election materials. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

Helping decide who will square off in the November General Election later this year, Allamakee County voters joined others statewide in casting their decisions in the Tuesday, June 7 Primary Election. Allamakee County Commissioner of Elections Denise Beyer reports that 15.35% of Allamakee County’s 9,753 registered voters took part in this year’s Primary Election, one of the higher percentages for a mid-term Primary Election in recent memory, with 10.5% of Allamakee County voters participating in 2018 and just nine percent in the 2014 midterm Primary. Across the state of Iowa, 16.13% of registered voters cast a ballot this year.

A further breakdown of those voting statistics shows that registered Republicans in Allamakee County cast their vote by a nearly two-to-one margin over registered Democrats. A total of 990 Republican ballots were cast in this year’s Primary, vs. 507 by Democrats.

Wed
15
Jun

Dr. Jessica Wilke takes ownership of dental practices in Waukon, Monona from her father; Waukon Dental is expanding and remodeling


New ownership, new look ... Dr. Jessica Wilke, DDS stands in the reception area of the newly remodeled Waukon Dental office. As of January 1 of this year, she has taken over ownership of both Waukon Dental and Family Dentistry Associates of Monona from her father, Dr. Mark Fohey. The Waukon Dental location has expanded to now occupy the entire building located at 18 1st Avenue NW, with some remodeling still in progress. Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

Expansion involves entire building ... The offices of Waukon Dental have expanded to occupy the entire building at its 18 First Avenue NW location in Waukon. When long-time Waukon attorney James Mellick retired from his law practice in early 2021, Waukon Dental purchased the remaining space in the building where his office was located and expanded its growing business throughout the entire building, which continues to undergo a complete remodeling process. Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

There is a lot that is new at Waukon Dental, located at 18 1st Avenue NW. For one thing, the building is in the process of being completely remodeled - and the practice is now under new ownership.

Dr. Jessica Wilke purchased both the building and the practice from her father, Dr. Mark Fohey, January 1 of this year. At the same time, she also purchased his building and practice at Family Dentistry Associates of Monona. Dr. Fohey still remains part owner of Dental Associates of Prairie du Chien in Prairie du Chien, WI.

At Waukon Dental, there are four dentists - Dr. Wilke and her dad (who works for her, now), along with Dr. Linda Carstens and Dr. Courtney Wikan. Dr. Wilke works at the Waukon clinic Tuesdays only; she works at the Monona clinic Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Wed
15
Jun

Looking forward to the future of the dairy industry in Allamakee County...

The 2022 Allamakee County Dairy Days Parade was held Monday, June 6 in Lansing, with a good number of parade entries as well as viewers of the annual event lining the parade route. The annual celebration brings together those representing the future of the industry, such as the Allamakee County Dairy Ambassadors pictured above and the young man pictured below who was “spotted” enjoying the parade event, as well as those who have represented or supported the industry in a variety of ways currently and throughout its storied past in Allamakee County, all in an effort to recognize the importance of the dairy industry to all who live, work and play in Allamakee County. View and find out how to purchase these photos and many more from the 2022 Allamakee Dairy Days Parade by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website. Standard photos by Annisa Stanley.
 

Wed
15
Jun

Supervisors discuss interest in biking trails, approve special ATV/UTV benefit ride request, hear from Sheriff regarding calls at State Forest

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, June 13 to address an agenda of items including discussion of bike trails and the consideration of approving an application for a special event ATV/UTV ride. The meeting was called to order with Board Chairperson Larry Schellhammer and Supervisor Mark Reiser in attendance at the Supervisors’ Boardroom in the Courthouse and with Supervisor Dan Byrnes participating in the meeting via Zoom web-conferencing.

Wed
08
Jun

Quilts distributed to veterans at Waukon Memorial Day Observance...

Seven U.S. Military Veterans with Waukon area heritage received quilts from the Waukon Patriot Quilters at the Memorial Day Observance program held at Oakland Cemetery in Waukon Monday, May 30. Pictured in the photo at right, left to right, following the quilt presentations are Dale Byrnes, Gordon Kaeser, Jim Allison, Doug Haas, Stephen Regan, Brittany Clarke accepting a quilt on behalf of her father, Ralph W. Savoy, and Kenny Budzik. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
08
Jun

Waukon City Council approves long-term lease of downtown plaza on split vote, Employee Policy Handbook for Non-Union Employees after discussion

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, June 6 to address a full agenda of items. There was no Public Comment and the meeting moved into Department Reports with Street Superintendent Keith Burrett discussing that street maintenance continues as normal and that repair work on the street sweeper will be completed soon with the machine yet to be returned.

Wed
08
Jun

Preparation for wind, weather emergencies during RAGBRAI...

Wednesday, May 25, a tabletop exercise was hosted by Allamakee Public Health (Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care) at the Waukon Fire Station involving a presentation by John Carter of Emergency Preparedness Consulting, LLC that centered around being prepared for a wind/tornado event occurring during the July 30 final day of RAGBRAI XLIX that will make its way through Allamakee County. In addition to Public Health, entities involved in the preparedness event included Allamakee Emergency Management Agency, Allamakee County law enforcement, Allamakee County E-911, Veterans Memorial Hospital, City of Waukon, Alliant Energy, Allamakee-Clayton REC, City of Postville, area long-term care facilities, Lansing RAGBRAI Committee, Waukon Fire Department and Allamakee Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

Wed
08
Jun

Jacob Smith named winner of “My American Veteran Hero” essay contest


Winner of “My American Veteran Hero” essay contest ... Jacob Smith, son of Rev. Duane and Cristina Smith of Waukon, was awarded first place in the “My American Veteran Hero” essay contest recently sponsored by the Midwest Veterans of America. Smith, who just completed his junior year at Waukon High School, is pictured in the center of the photo above with Jerry Halverson (left) of Midwest Veterans of America and Dale Sweet of the Lil’ Dale show on KNEI Radio, where the contest winners were announced. Submitted photo.

WWI Veteran Army Cpl. George Thompson... U.S. Army Corporal George K. Thompson (at left) is the subject of his great-grandson Jacob Smith’s winning entry in the “My American Veteran Hero” essay contest sponsored by Midwest Veterans of America. Submitted photo.

Waukon High School junior Jacob Smith was awarded First Place in the “My American Veteran Hero” essay contest recently sponsored by Midwest Veterans of America. The contest was open to high school students, freshmen through seniors, and the essays were judged on how well the entrant understands, develops and presents the theme, which should be a positive representation of the veteran hero being written about.

Smith, the son of Rev. Duane and Cristina Smith of Waukon, was announced as the winner Saturday, May 21 during the Lil’ Dale Show on KNEI Radio. He was award the First Place prize of $100 and a plaque commemorating his contest victory. Also announced were the second-place entry and winner of $75 written by Dekota Bechtel of Monona, and the third-place entry and winner of $50 written by Jeff Yaun of Green Bay, WI.

Wed
01
Jun

Lansing RAGBRAI Committee looking for volunteers and vendors to welcome those who “Pedal to Paradise” in July

Vendor applications due June 8; Volunteer public forum June 15

RAGBRAI is coming to northeast Iowa in late July this year, and as the final tire-dip destination for the annual bike ride, Lansing will be needing a large number of volunteers for a variety of services. The volunteer experience offers the opportunity to meet people from all over the world who have traveled 453 miles across Iowa on their “Pedal to Paradise”.

Volunteers can choose to help for a morning, an afternoon or any allotted time that works for them from July 22-30. It’s ultimately up to the volunteer and their schedule.

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