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01
Mar

Community Rights Movement to be discussed March 7


Paul Cienfuegos ...

Paul Cienfuegos, a nationally known community rights educator, will lead a discussion with northeast Iowans interested in protecting the health and beauty of the region at a gathering Tuesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. at Fiesta Vallarta in Waukon.

“Anyone interested in learning more about what we can do to protect our rights to a healthy community are welcome to gather at 6:30 p.m. at Fiesta Vallarta. Formal discussion will begin at 7 p.m.,” said event co-organizer Mary Klauke Abbas. “Cienfuegos has been a leading educator and organizer in the Community Rights approach to dismantling corporate power in many successful local endeavors across the nation. He can explain how corporations have come to claim the protections of the Constitution for themselves, often to the detriment of local people, and how we, the people of a local community, can protect ourselves from corporate power.”

Wed
01
Mar

Waukon City Council hears RAGBRAI® update, approves new contract with Town & Country Sanitation

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Tuesday, February 21 as a result of the President's Day holiday falling on its usual meeting night of Monday. The Council discussed a full agenda of items, including the repair or replacement of City Hall windows, the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI®) and the review of Town & Country Sanitation's new contract options.

A Public Hearing was opened for an Amendment to the TIF District, which City Attorney Jim Garrett clarified as being an amendment to the Urban Renewal Plan to include the proposed Waukon Police Station facility, not to exceed $500,000. There were no written or verbal comments from the public and the hearing was closed.

Wed
22
Feb

Farm Credit Services grant designated for new 4-H food stand ...

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach-Allamakee County received a $2,000 Working Here Fund grant for a new 4-H food stand proposed for construction at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds in Waukon. The grant is provided through Farm Credit Services of America’s (FCSAmerica) Working Here Fund. The food stand will offer meal options for fair attendees and will give the 4-H youth an opportunity to communicate with the community and raise funds to support 4-H programs. Pictured above at the grant presentation are Allamakee 4-H County Council Co-President Erika Johnson, ISU Extension and Outreach Allamakee County Youth Coordinator Morgan Bjerke, Farm Credit Service Representative and Allamakee County native Janet Adam, and Allamakee 4-H County Council Co-President Miranda Reinhardt.

Wed
22
Feb

Waukon Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet to be held this Friday

The Waukon Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its Annual Banquet this Friday, February 24 at the Waukon Banquet Center. The Chamber will be awarding nominees from the community for Business of the Year and Person of the Year honors. Awards will also be distributed to honor businesses and organizations for their Years of Service to the community for those celebrating a five-year increment anniversary.

The doors will open for the event at 5:30 p.m., with awards being distributed at 6:30 p.m. and the meal to follow. This year’s banquet will be catered by Schulte's BBQ & Catering and they will be serving charcoal cooked beef and pork loin, along with all the sides.
Anyone with further questions about the event should contact Waukon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stephanie Dugan at 563-568-4110 or by email at waukoncc@mchsi.com.
 

Wed
22
Feb

Alliant Energy clarifies information on utility boxes to be placed on residential property

At the February 6, 2017 Waukon City Council meeting, representatives from Alliant Energy were present to answer questions and address concerns relating to the installation of green utility/transformer boxes  in the boulevard in front of customers' homes or in yards, as necessary. Alliant Energy's representatives indicated that this would be done at no charge to customers and would improve service reliability.

Justin Foss, Senior Marketing and Communications Partner with Alliant Energy, recently provided additional information and clarification on this project. Foss indicated that Alliant Energy repairs and replaces a portion of its power grid on a yearly basis and advised that sections of Waukon have been targeted for that transition this year due to the amount of trees within the city.

Wed
22
Feb

Southcrest Assisted Living celebrates Sweethearts for 90 years...

Southcrest Manor II in Waukon is managed by Allamakee Housing. Health services are provided by Northgate Care Center, who recognized all the tenants of the facility who are 90 years of age and older at a Valentine’s Day celebration at Southcrest Manor II. Pictured above are: Front row - Left to right: Julie Peters, Jean O’Hare and Esther Ward. Back row: Marjorie Held and Betty Christensen. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
22
Feb

ITC makes donation to Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center ...

The company known as ITC Midwest (International Transmission Company), with over 7,000 miles of transmission lines in the Midwest states of Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, plays a major role in the economy of northeast Iowa. Thursday, January 26, ITC made a substantial donation to the Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center being constructed in Lansing. Pictured above, left to right, Allamakee County Conservation Foundation campaign co-chair John Verdon, Allamakee County Conservation Assistant Director Jarrod Olson and Allamakee County Conservation Director Jim Janett accept a $3,000 donation check for the Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center from ITC regional representatives Lori Broghammer and Dan Hagen.

Wed
15
Feb

Reward being offered in conjunction with vandalism ...

The Waukon Police Department responded to a call of vandalism (pictured in a submitted photo) that took place during the overnight hours of Saturday, February 4 into Sunday, February 5 and left the front of the Krambeer Barber Shop building and its sidewalk on Main Street in downtown Waukon covered in an oily substance believed to be motor oil, according to the report issued by Waukon Police. The Waukon Police Department is continuing to investigate the incident, and a reward (see advertisement below) is being offered for information leading to the conviction of the person(s) involved in the incident.

Wed
15
Feb

Supervisors discuss impact of Luster Heights closure; Chairman Schellhammer withdraws from statewide review of Master Matrix

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, February 13. Among the agenda items addressed were an insurance quote presentation by Kerndt Brothers Insurance, an unemployment presentation by Iowa Workforce Development and discussion of the Luster Heights facility closure.

Wed
15
Feb

Waukon Police Department not associated with reported fundraising mailings

The Waukon Police Department has received a report of some recent mailings that are being received that claim to be endorsed by the Waukon Police Department. Although these campaigns sending the mailings may be legitimate organizations, local police officials say the Waukon Police Department is not connected with these organizations and has not endorsed them.

It is further advised that the only fundraising campaign the Waukon Police Department has been in connection with is the National Child Safety Council (coincidentally, that association was recently honored for its 30-year anniversary, as evident in the picture located above on this same page). Police department officials recommend that if anyone wishes to make donations to any type of organization, they should make them to an organization that they are familiar with.
 

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