Community News

Wed
25
Oct

Trick-or-Treat times established in Waukon

Trick-or-treat times for this year’s Halloween holiday have been established. The Waukon Police Department has confirmed that the official trick-or-treat times within the Waukon community will be from 4-8 p.m. Halloween evening, Tuesday, October 31.

Area residents are asked to leave porch lights on to welcome trick-or-treaters. Youngsters taking part in the evening’s events are reminded to keep safety in mind while making their rounds.

Wed
25
Oct

Florida runner meets his 50-state goal in Lansing’s Driftless Half Marathon


Celebrating his “50th” ... Dadra Smith, left, and Mike Smith of Vero Beach, FL after Mike finished the Driftless Half Marathon October 14 in Lansing. With this race, Smith completed his goal of running a half marathon in all 50 states. Photo courtesy of driftlessmode, Bob Modersohn.

by Ellen Modersohn

Mike Smith of Vero Beach, FL set a personal record at the Driftless Half Marathon held Saturday, October 14 in the Lansing area.

He ran a slower time than usual, thanks to a bout of bronchitis and a sore hip, but he met his goal of completing a half marathon in all 50 of the United States. He crossed the finish line to a chorus of cheers as his wife Dadra handed him a bouquet of balloons that included the big inflated numbers 5-0.

“I talk to a lot of people who are doing the 50-state thing and they’re surprised I’m finishing in Iowa. A lot of them will finish in Alaska or Hawaii, where there’s a big celebration. So here I am with you guys in Iowa, and it’s kind of a big celebration. I like it!” he said after the race.

Wed
18
Oct

Board of Supervisors hears from multiple sources about the need to support the childcare wage enhancement program

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, October 16 to address a short agenda of matters including an update from the City of Postville, a Quarterly Report from the County Relief Office and discussion and consideration of updated language relating to ground/soil maintenance for the County Farm contract. This week’s Board of Supervisors meeting took place at the Postville Public Library as part of the Supervisors’ annual schedule of public library visits within the county.

The meeting was called to order by Board of Supervisors Chairperson Dan Byrnes with Supervisor Dennis Keatley present. Supervisor Mark Reiser joined the meeting a short time later during the Public Comment portion of the meeting.

Wed
18
Oct

City of Waukon seeking volunteers for Community Visioning Committee

The City of Waukon will be participating in the Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program in 2024 and is looking for steering committee members to guide the community through the process. Interested individuals may contact Waukon City Clerk Sarah Snitker at Waukon City Hall for details or to sign up.

Community Visioning is an award-winning program that integrates landscape planning and design techniques with sustainable community action to assist community leaders and volunteers in making sound and meaningful decisions about the local landscape. More information can be found at the website https://www.communityvisioning.org/.

Wed
18
Oct

Allamakee County Veterans Museum program to feature WWII Veterans Ben Quillin, Kenneth Brandt this Saturday

Saturday, October 21 at 10 a.m., the Allamakee County Veterans Museum will honor World War II veterans by presenting a video program in the Veterans Museum located at 105 Allamakee Street in Waukon.

A video interview filmed in 2006 by staff from the Five Sullivans Museum in Waterloo with U.S. Army veterans Ben Quillin and Kenneth Brandt will be played. Ben Quillin served in the Army Medical Corps and Ken Brandt was a tank commander in the European Theatre.

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

The Veterans Museum will repeat any of its veteran interview videos for those who are unable to attend the original presentation, either by appointment or any Saturday morning when no new programing is scheduled.
 

Wed
11
Oct

Board of Supervisors approves inclusion of Clerk of Court office within courthouse phone system, discusses Winneshiek County request for shared County Engineer

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, October 9 to address a full agenda of matters including Quarterly Reports from the County Treasurer and Planning and Zoning, the discussion and consideration of maintenance of Hickory Nut Drive, and discussion of an email from Winneshiek County relating to the possible agreement for a shared permanent County Engineer.

The meeting was called to order by Board of Supervisors Chairperson Dan Byrnes with Supervisors Mark Reiser and Dennis Keatley present. A Work Session was held at 8:30 a.m. prior to the regular 9:30 a.m. Board of Supervisors Meeting with several matters discussed including the addition of the Clerk of Court’s office phones and lines to the County Courthouse phone system, the County phone/internet contract and Courthouse fax options, among other related topics.

Wed
11
Oct

Parent committee joining forces with Waukon Park and Recreation for “Reviving the Fields” project to create safer baseball/softball fields, among other benefits


Initial Diamond level donors to “Reviving the Fields” project ... A couple of local donations at the Diamond level of giving ($5,000 or more) have been received in the early fundraising efforts for the “Reviving the Fields” project aimed at improving the baseball/softball fields at Waukon City Park, the Waukon Complex adjacent to the Fairgrounds, and near the school district bus barn. Donations continue to be accepted and can be made by contacting any member of the parent committee listed in the accompanying article. Pictured above at the presentation of the $5,000 donation made by Waukon State Bank toward the project are: Left to right - Front row: Janessa Weymiller, Brylee Willis, Kreigan Phipps, Gage Dotzler and Sam Weymiller representing some of the many youth who will benefit from the field improvements project; Back row: Little League Baseball/Softball Parent Committee representatives Dan Willis, Josh Phipps, Rachel Berns, Nicole Willis (also representing Waukon State Bank) and Jamie Phipps, along with Gina Curtin, Justin Sweeney and Dan Denk of Waukon State Bank. Pictured below at the Waukon City Park ball diamond that will be one of the fields improved by the project are numerous young ball players who will be part of the local youth benefiting from the field improvements project, along with Bruening Rock Products Project Manager Jesse Delaney. Bruening Rock Products will be donating half the cost of the materials being used in the field improvements project, an amount that propels them into the Diamond level of project fundraising sponsorship. Left to right - Front row: Briar Engrav, Evelynn Engrav, Irene Clarke, Evan Iverson, Joslyn Bernau, Barrett Gibbs and Vienna Gibbs; Back row: Bruening Rock Products Project Manager Jesse Delaney, Elsie Clarke, Belle Grimstad, Henry Clarke, Kreigan Phipps, Gage Dotzler, Vinny Gibbs, Weston Everman, Kason Beneke, Gavin Bernau, Logan Knox, Landon Kipp and Jack Bernau. Submitted photos.

Submitted photo.

The local Little League Baseball/Softball Parent Committee is partnering with the Waukon Park and Recreation Board of Directors and staff members to conduct a project focused on reviving the current baseball/softball fields at the Waukon City Park and the Waukon Complex adjacent to the Allamakee County Fairgrounds, while also creating a more usable field at the practice field area near the school district bus barn. The project has been set out in two phases, with the first phase focused on the playing surfaces of each field and the second, more long-term phase seeking to make additional renovations to other field and spectator amenities.

Wed
11
Oct

Motorists advised to use caution this Saturday during Driftless running events ...

The Driftless Half Marathon, Relay and 5K running events will be taking place along the Mississippi River and in Lansing this Saturday, October 14 and Allamakee County Emergency Management wants to remind motorists to be aware of runners on the roadway routes depicted in the accompanying map images for each event. The half marathon and relay race will start at 7:30 a.m. on the Great River Road near the intersection of Collins Ridge Road just north of Harpers Ferry and continue north towards Lansing for 13.3 miles (as depicted by the green highlighted area in the map above). Shortly after starting, the runners will turn right and take the Red Oak Road loop back to Great River Road near the Wexford Church, continuing north until completing the race at the softball complex in Lansing, with all runners off the course by 11:30 a.m.

Wed
11
Oct

Allamakee County Veterans Museum program to feature WWII Veterans Ben Quillin and Kenneth Brandt October 21

Saturday, October 21 at 10 a.m., the Allamakee County Veterans Museum will honor World War II veterans by presenting a video program in the Veterans Museum located at 105 Allamakee Street in Waukon.

A video interview filmed in 2006 by staff from the Five Sullivans Museum in Waterloo with U.S. Army veterans Ben Quillin and Kenneth Brandt will be played. Ben Quillin served in the Army Medical Corps and Ken Brandt was a tank commander in the European Theatre.

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

The Veterans Museum will repeat any of its veteran interview videos for those who are unable to attend the original presentation, either by appointment or any Saturday morning when no new programing is scheduled.
 

Wed
04
Oct

Work continues toward anticipated end of October completion on 1st Street/1st Avenue NW storm sewer project after some underground and weather delays


Weather delays stop the work but keep the water flowing ... Rainfalls measuring three inches in some areas of Waukon both Friday-Saturday, September 22-23 and again Tuesday, September 26 caused some additional delays in work progressing on the 1st Street/1st Avenue NW storm sewer replacement project in Waukon. Following the Tuesday afternoon, September 26 rain, the photo above shows more than a foot of water flowing from the open end of the existing storm sewer in the middle of 1st Avenue NW into the open trench that was, at that time, awaiting the placement of sections of new precast concrete storm sewer. The flowing water, however, found its way into the newly laid storm sewer (pictured below) that was already in place just a few feet further east on 1st Avenue NW, serving somewhat of its intended purpose, with the overall project anticipated to be completed by the end of October. Standard photos by Joe Moses.

Piecing it all together ... The precast concrete sections of the new storm sewer in the 1st Street/1st Avenue NW area in Waukon were put in place by crane, as pictured in the photo above. Once in place and connected, the sections were then further bolted together and had their seams wrapped to create a new pathway for storm water that will go around the former McMillan 66 property on the southwest corner of that 1st Street/1st Avenue NW intersection, instead of flowing underneath it. Evident in the photos below, final connections are waiting to be made to the new stretch of storm sewer at its receiving end (top photo below) and around the intersection corner (second photo below) at its discharge end (bottom photo below). Standard photos by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

Work continues in Waukon relating to the 1st Street NW/1st Avenue NW Storm Sewer Improvements project near downtown businesses Side Street Cycles, McMillan Muffler, The Copy Shoppe and Kurth Plumbing and Heating, among others. Delays associated with some unanticipated underground discoveries and some heavier rainfall prevented the original intended project from moving forward for more than a week’s time through the third week in September and the first part of the final week of that month.

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