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Wed
06
Mar

St. Patrick Catholic Church to begin Women’s and Men’s Lenten Breakfasts this week

Lois Votsmier ...
Lois Votsmier ...

St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon will be hosting its weekly Lenten Breakfast events again this year in the basement of the church. Both a weekly Women’s Lenten Breakfast and a Men’s Lenten Breakfast are scheduled to be held near the end of each week throughout the Lenten Season, beginning this Friday and Saturday.

Lois Votsmier will be the featured speaker at the Women’s Lenten Breakfast scheduled to be held at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon this Friday, March 8. Coffee, rolls and fruit will be served starting at 6:30 a.m. with the program starting at 7 a.m., hopefully allowing women to attend before starting their work schedule for the day.

Wed
06
Mar

American Medical Association honors Waukon native Dr. Michael Osterholm with Government Service Award


Honored with AMA Government Service Award ... Dr. Michael Osterholm, a 1971 graduate of Waukon High School, was recently honored by the American Medical Association (AMA) with an Award for Outstanding Government Service. He is pictured above during his award acceptance speech at the AMA National Advocacy Conference held in Washington, D.C. February 12-14. Submitted photo by Ted Grudzinski.

The American Medical Association (AMA) presented Michael Osterholm, Ph.D., MPH, with the AMA Award for Outstanding Government Service at its National Advocacy Conference held in Washington, D.C. February 12-14. The director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota, Osterholm is a renowned epidemiologist who warned for years that the United States was ill-prepared for a pandemic. He was appointed to President-elect Joe Biden’s COVID-19 transition advisory board, and previously served as science envoy for health security on behalf of the U.S. Department of State.

Wed
28
Feb

Allamakee County Veterans Museum program to focus on Civil War era this Saturday

This Saturday, March 2, at 10 a.m., the Allamakee County Veterans Museum will present another program from its Veterans History Project at its museum located at 105 Allamakee Street in Waukon.

February 15, 1862, Private John Stillman, Co. B, 12th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Union Army, became the first soldier from Allamakee County to die in battle during the Civil War. Stillman served under the command of General U. S. Grant in his campaign against Fort Henry and Fort Donelson in Tennessee.

This was the first combined arms operation including U.S. Navy ironclad ships and U.S. Army land forces, which paved the way for Grant’s victory in April 1862 at the Battle of Shiloh. A video will be shown explaining the Battles for Forts Henry and Donelson, along with their importance to the Shiloh Battle and eventual control of the Mississippi River.

Wed
28
Feb

“Murder in the Knife Room” to be presented March 8-9 ...

Empty Nest Winery and Allamakee Community Players, Inc. will be presenting a dinner theater production of “Murder in the Knife Room” Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, at 6 p.m. each evening, at the Empty Nest Winery. This comedy has one murder, with 10 suspects. Who did it? Was it a wealthy dowager, a respected general... maybe it was Santa Claus? The mystery unfolds on the most thrilling and baffling murder case in the history of thrilling and baffling murder cases.

Cast members for the production are pictured in the submitted photo above during a recent dress rehearsal. Left to right - Front row: Barb Hagen, Cheri Turner, Kim Gates, Gwen Schroedel, Karla Lubahn; Back row: Vickie Larsen, Karen DeBuhr, Barry Mueller, Cameron Berges, Jonathan Buhl, Russ Hagen, Zach Troendle, Rick Gramlich. Not pictured: Joeann Tesar and director Sarah Hagen.

Wed
28
Feb

ACED Executive Director among travel and hospitality leaders who advance leadership skills ...

Iowa Travel Industry Partners (iTIP) gathered statewide partners to host the iLEAD Leadership Symposium February 8-9. Sessions taking place at Eagle Point Park Lodge in Clinton focused on the growth of leadership skills for Iowa’s tourism organizations. Among those attending the symposium was Val Reinke (pictured second from left in seated front row), executive director of Allamakee County Economic Development and Tourism.

The group learned that leadership is about taking risks and challenging the status quo, and that leaders motivate others to achieve something new and better. The last few years have proven that tourism leaders need to innovate and collaborate in order to grow their organizations. The goal of the iLEAD Leadership Symposium is to allow anyone in Iowa’s tourism industry to advance growth of leadership skills. Attendees ranged from someone only a few months into their position to individuals who have been leading their organizations for years.

Wed
28
Feb

St. Patrick's Day Parade for 2024 scheduled for March 17 in Waukon

Plans have been announced to hold the 2024 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Waukon the actual day of the celebrated holiday, Sunday, March 17, beginning at 1 p.m. All are invited to participate in this year’s parade with an Irish-themed entry at no cost. Any businesses, organizations, families or individuals wishing to have an entry are asked to be lined up by 12 noon that Sunday, with float entries lining up in the parking lot of WW Homestead Dairy and the former Northern Engraving plant, tractors unloading and lining up at the Sweeney Auction Service parking lot and horse units gathering at the Croell Redi-Mix plant on the southeast edge of Waukon.

Wed
21
Feb

Easter Egg Hunt planned for March 30 in Waukon City Park; Volunteers needed before and during event

The Waukon Easter Egg Hunt has been scheduled for Saturday, March 30 and will be held at a new location than in the past several years. This year’s event is being held at the Waukon City Park, with registration at 10 a.m. and the Easter Egg Hunt beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Those attending will register as they drive into the park and then be directed to their appropriate age locations. Those age groupings will include 5 and under, 6-8 years old, and 9-11 years old. There will be bicycles, cash and other prizes available to win through registering for the event. In case of inclement weather, a make-up date has been scheduled for the following Saturday, April 6.

Wed
21
Feb

Waukon Scouts to conduct “Scouting for Food” drive March 12

In the spirit of the Scout promise to do a good turn daily and “to help other people at all times,” Waukon Pack 64 and Troop 64 of the Northeast Iowa Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will be holding their collection of donations for the annual “Scouting for Food” donation drive Tuesday, March 12.

In Waukon, Scouts will be collecting food donations Tuesday, March 12 from 5-6:30 p.m. door-to-door. Donations can also be dropped off at the Allamakee County Farm Bureau Office, 14 1st Ave. NE in Waukon, during business hours the week of March 11-15. The Allamakee County Food Shelf is requesting the following non-expired donations: canned fruit, canned soup, macaroni & cheese, baked beans, Hamburger Helper, and Spam.
 

Wed
21
Feb

Waukon City Council hears proposals on campground at Green Valley Getaway and housing on former Bresnahan property, approves contracts for pair of other projects

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, February 19 to address a full agenda of matters including a presentation relating to a potential campground at Green Valley Getaway, discussion of a housing proposal for the former Bresnahan property and discussion of a UTV purchase for the Park and Recreation Department. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Arvid Hatlan. There was no Public Comment with the meeting moving into Department Reports.

Park, Recreation and Wellness Director Jeremy Strub advised that youth basketball is finishing up including young kids and travel teams with registrations being accepted for youth soccer, which he noted is a large program involving kids from neighboring communities including Lansing, Postville and Monona in addition to Waukon. Strub also noted that summer recreation positions including lifeguards and coaches, among others, are being advertised.

Wed
14
Feb

Supervisors hear County Compensation Board recommendations for elected official salary increases, do not approve proposed management agreement with Iowa DNR

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, February 12 to address a full agenda of matters including the Grady’s Superhero Run 5K scheduled for August 2 in Dorchester, a recommendation from the Allamakee County Compensation Board relating to Fiscal-Year 2025 (FY25) elected official salaries and the consideration of signing an agreement with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources relating to four properties within Allamakee County. The meeting was called to order by Board of Supervisors Chairperson Dan Byrnes with Supervisors Mark Reiser and Dennis Keatley present.

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