Community News

Wed
26
Oct

Pair of Lansing sisters place in State National Anthem Singing Contest through VFW Auxiliary


State placewinning singing sisters ... The sister pair of Monica and Laira Davis (left to right) display the certificates they received for being State placewinners in the 2022 VFW Auxiliary Red, White and Blue National Anthem Singing Contest. Monica Davis was named a First-Place State winner and advances on to the National level of competition, and Laira Davis was chosen as a Third-Place winner and is now performing the National Anthem at Kee High School home athletic events. Submitted photo.

Gustave F. Kerndt VFW Auxiliary Post #5981 in Lansing has announced the 2022 Red, White and Blue National Anthem Singing Contest winners at the Department (State) level of competition. A pair of sisters from the Lansing area were named among the best in the state of Iowa taking part in this year’s competition.

Monica Davis, a senior student at Kee High School in Lansing, was named the First-Place winner at the State level in the Grades 9-12 Division and received a certificate and $25 award. Laira Davis, a sixth grade student at Lansing Middle School, was named the Third-Place winner in her grades K-8 Division at the State level and received a certificate and $10 award.

Wed
26
Oct

Allamakee County Veterans Museum to host program on Pan Am Clippers in WWII this Thursday and Saturday

Thursday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m., the Allamakee County Veterans Museum will present a program on the Pan Am Clippers in World War II at its new museum in the former Vet’s Club building located at 105 Allamakee Street in Waukon. The program will be repeated Saturday morning, October 29 at 10 a.m.

A video will be shown commemorating the contributions of the former Pan American Air Lines during WWII. Its legendary Pan Am Clipper flying boats, international routes and experienced air crews were vital to the war effort. Just after the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941, the Clippers and their facilities on the Islands of Midway, Wake and Guam were also attacked.

The public is invited to attend the program. There is no admission or membership charge to attend the program. The facility is handicapped accessible.

Wed
26
Oct

Live & Learn series at Robey Memorial Library in Waukon to feature author Karla Gavin this Thursday

Karla Gavin ...
Karla Gavin ...

As part of its Live & Learn: enriching lives through monthly learning series, Robey Memorial Library in Waukon is offering a book signing and discussion with Karla Gavin this Thursday, October 27 at 5:30 p.m. in the library’s lower level Community Room.

Karla Gavin, author of “Calming the Creative Chaos: Quotes for Everyday Life”, began collecting quotes at a very young age. Join her as she discusses the impact words have on people’s lives. Her book will be available for purchase.

Gavin has worked in a variety of positions within higher education during her career, and she has used many quotes to prepare speeches, class presentations, or to emphasize a point within a conversation. She has enjoyed serving as a 4-H leader, helping to plan and build a softball/baseball complex and running the concession stand, planting trees with the local tree board, and serving on a variety of committees within the local school district, to name a few.

Wed
26
Oct

Supervisors approve Allamakee County Facade Improvement Grant Program on split vote, sign Tobacco Awareness Week Proclamation


Supervisors sign Tobacco Awareness Week Proclamation ... The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors proclaimed November 13-19 as Tobacco Awareness Week at its Monday, October 24 regular meeting. In attendance at the meeting to discuss and witness that proclamation were Helping Services for Youth and Families Tobacco Prevention Coordinator Ashley Havenstrite and Prevention Specialist Jenny Rose (pictured left to right in front row of photo at right), with Allamakee County Board of Supervisors members Larry Schellhammer, Dan Byrnes and Mark Reiser also pictured, left to right, in the back row of the photo. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, October 24 to address a full agenda of matters including the consideration of the Tobacco Awareness Week Proclamation, consideration of the language, contract and scoring criteria relating to the Allamakee County Facade Grant Program and the consideration of quotes for a new dump truck chassis for the Secondary Roads Department. There was no Public Comment during the time allotted for that agenda item.

The Third Readings of Amendment #11 and #12 to Zoning Ordinance L were approved, with Allamakee County Auditor Denise Beyer and Zoning Administrator Stephanie Runkle both indicating that no written or verbal comments have been received. Additionally, both amendments were approved for adoption by Board Chairperson Larry Schellhammer and Supervisors Mark Reiser and Dan Byrnes.

Wed
26
Oct

Trick-or-Treat times, other events scheduled for Halloween in Waukon

The City of Waukon has set its official Halloween Trick-or-Treat time for Monday, October 31 from 4-8 p.m. Area residents are asked to leave porch lights on to welcome trick-or-treaters,  and youngsters are reminded to keep safety in mind while making their rounds.

Northgate Care Center/Southcrest Manor II
Northgate Care Center, located at 960 4th Street NW, and Southcrest Manor II, located at 602 2nd Street SW, in Waukon will be hosting indoor trick-or-treating Monday, October 31 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Residents at each of those facilities will have treats to hand out to trick-or-treaters who stop by during that time frame.

Wed
19
Oct

Streambank improvement project complete at YRSF thanks to Friends of Yellow River and the Allamakee County Community Foundation


Streambank improvement in Yellow River State Forest ... The streambank improvement project in Yellow River State Forest (areas of which are pictured in the above and below photos) included erosion prevention and angler access, along with two rock weirs and strategically placed root balls which will provide trout habitat. The project was funded by Friends of Yellow River State Forest and the Allamakee County Community Foundation. Submitted photos courtesy of Friends of Yellow River State Forest.

Friends of Yellow River State Forest partnered with the Allamakee County Community Foundation recently to complete a streambank improvement project on the Big Paint Creek adjacent to the day use area along State Forest Road at Yellow River State Forest near Harpers Ferry. The project improved 270 feet of the streambank and was estimated to cost around $40,000.

Due to repeated high water events in recent years, the streambank in this area was continually eroding and had about a 12-foot dropoff, making water access difficult for anglers.

The streambank now has a 4:1 slope, which will allow the creek to spread out during high water events and prevent future erosion.

It also allows for easy stream access for visitors. Closer to the stream, the bank was formed into a sixfoot flat area which, again, prevents erosion and makes the creek easier to use.

Wed
19
Oct

Lid’s Bar & Grill named winner of the Iowa Pork Producers Association’s 20th annual contest for Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin in the state of Iowa


Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin for 2022 ... Kelly and Dan Liddiard, owners of Lid’s Bar & Grill in Waukon, display one of their pork tenderloin meals that was selected Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin in Iowa for 2022 by the Iowa Pork Producers Association. Photo by the Iowa Pork Producers Association.

by the Iowa Pork Producers Association

A car dealership-turned-restaurant is where you’ll find Iowa’s Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin for 2022. Lid’s Bar & Grill in Waukon, in the northeast corner of the state, has won the 20th annual contest, presented by the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) and managed by its restaurant and foodservice
committee.

“Obviously we enjoy highlighting our state’s delicious pork,” said Kelsey Sutter, IPPA’s marketing and programs director. “But this award also forever transforms local Iowa businesses, as tenderloin enthusiasts look forward to the announcement every year, and are known to travel lengthy distances to try a variation on this Midwestern staple.”

Each third-pound tenderloin is cut and twice tenderized at Quillin’s Food Ranch in Waukon. At the restaurant, the never-frozen meat is hand-breaded to order - dipped in milk then dredged through a seasoned
breading.

Wed
19
Oct

1TeK Technology Services establishes itself on West Main Street in Waukon


First Dollar visit for 1TeK Technology Services ... 1TeK Technology Services, first opened in May of this year at 504 West Main Street in Waukon, recently received a First Dollar visit from the Waukon Chamber of Commerce. Pictured above at that First Dollar presentation are, left to right, 1TeK IT Technician David, 1TeK General Manager Ahmed, Waukon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Laurie Adrian, 1TeK Manager Orouba and 1TeK IT Technician Emma. Photo courtesy of the Waukon Chamber of Commerce.

First established in the Waukon community in May of this year, 1TeK Technology Services has established itself at its 504 West Main Street location in Waukon.

Owners Ahmed and Orouba Khalili, who live in Calmar and also own and operate Decorah Tech in Decorah, say that the lack of service providers in the area prompted them to open 1TeK in Waukon to be able to help residents with services within driving distance, as well as respond to IT (information technology) issues in a timely and efficient manner.

The 1TeK location in Waukon will try and work with any IT-related issue that needs to be addressed. Services through that Waukon location include - but are not limited to - iPhone, iPad and computer repair, website creation, security cameras, and fully managed IT services for business, in addition to purchasing, installing, configuring and maintaining computers, servers or network appliances.

Wed
12
Oct

Supervisors answer questions regarding proposed conversion of Veterans Memorial Hospital from City to County ownership

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, October 10 to address a full agenda of matters including the First Reading of Amendments #11 and #12 to the Zoning Ordinance L, discussion of topics relating to the Veterans Memorial Hospital public measure on the November 8 election ballot, and the discussion and consideration of the Allamakee County Facade Improvement Grant Program.

During Public Comment, Executive Director Val Reinke with Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) provided an update relating to recent events within the county including the Sip of Lansing event held Friday, October 7 in Lansing and the Driftless Half Marathon held Saturday, October 8 on the Great River Road Scenic Byway from Harpers Ferry to Lansing.

Wed
12
Oct

Waukon City Council discusses clean-up of fire-destroyed properties at special session

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in special session Friday morning, October 7 to address a short meeting agenda including discussion of the agreement relating to the clean-up of 11 Allamakee Street. Earlier that week at its Monday, October 3 regular meeting, the council had discussed the agreement for 11 Allamakee Street, the original location of Paws Up Pet Supplies owned by Tracey Tepesch, and the clean-up of 9 Allamakee Street, the building that housed Tin, Rust & Harmony, a business opened in December 2021 by property owner Mindy Jones. Both business locations were destroyed by a February 13 fire that originated at the 9 Allamakee Street business address.

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