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Wed
12
May

Byways of Iowa Foundation receives Iowa Tourism Award at annual conference

At the Iowa Tourism Conference held April 28 in Des Moines, the Byways of Iowa Foundation was honored with the Iowa Tourism Award for Outstanding Marketing Collaboration in a Rural Setting for their “Byways of Iowa Public Art Initiative”.

“These awards are a great opportunity to recognize our industry partners for their perseverance in the face of a pandemic,” said State Tourism Manager Amy Zeigler. “We celebrate their innovations in safely delivering memorable experiences to Iowa travelers.” Awards, divided into metro and rural distinctions, were made in 13 categories.

Wed
05
May

Friends of Pool 9 Mississippi River Clean-Up returns after uncontrollable two-year absence


All in the family ... Members of the Verdon family stand by a filled dumpster at Black Hawk Park during the Friends of Pool 9 river clean-up. Pictured, left to right, are Ben Verdon, Brody and Tyler Verdon, and Todd, Trevor and John Verdon. Submitted photo.

Evidence of its necessity ... An over-flowing dumpster at the Brennan Landing in south Lansing attests to the efforts of volunteers to remove trash from Pool 9 of the Mississippi River during the 2021 river clean-up. After an absence each of the last two years due to water levels in 2019 and the COVID-19 pandemic last year, the annually scheduled event was able to take place and involved over 100 volunteers. Submitted photo.

Another generation of help ... Young Kee Hawk volunteer Andrew Kolsrud adds a barrel to the boat while Jacob Galema removes blue styrofoam from the backwater north of Lansing. The two were among the more than 100 volunteers who took part in the April 24 Friends of Pool 9 River Clean-Up on the Mississippi River. Submitted photo.

The weather and water level cooperated Saturday, April 24 as a hundred volunteers cleaned Pool 9 of the Mississippi River. Those volunteers came from all parts of Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota to participate in the annual event.

“In reality, it’s an outgrowth of the Earth Day goal ‘To Restore Our Earth’ celebrated April 22 every year,” event organizers shared. “Their efforts were rewarded with the thousands of pounds of debris pulled from the Mississippi River, and it made the river and everyone else feel a whole lot better.”

The 90 square miles of Pool 9 (31 miles in length) had not been cleaned for the past two years. The event had been first canceled by high water in 2019 and then by the pandemic in 2020.

Wed
05
May

Waukon City Council discusses need to fill pending vacancies on various boards and possibly City Council, will resume in-person meetings May 17

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, May 3 to address a full agenda of items including a presentation from a real estate agent relating to the sale of City properties, discussion of a Police Department squad car purchase and discussion of City Hall operations in relation to the COVID-19 safety response.

Wed
05
May

Clover Kids begin to create Fair projects ...

Summer is just around the corner and that means the Allamakee County Fair is coming. Clover Kids got ready by completing a project at their April meeting, bleeding tissue paper art. Using cut-up tissue paper, water and a canvas, each member made their own unique project. Clover Kids started by laying the tissue paper down on the canvas and using water to “glue” it together (such as in the photo above at right). The water helped hold the tissue paper in place and also made the colors bleed together, creating a fun tie-dye effect (such as in the photo above at left). They can take their canvases as-is to this year’s fair or they could add a drawing or stickers to complete a scene on them. Other activities open to enrolled Clover Kids at the fair are a dog project, pet show, Expressions Day and conference judging. The Allamakee County Fair is scheduled for July 21-25 this year.

Wed
28
Apr

Allamakee County 4-H’er Alaina Gebel selected for State Recognition Awards

Alaina Gebel ...
Alaina Gebel ...

Alaina Gebel, a senior Allamakee County 4-H’er and a sophomore at Waukon High School, was recognized for her accomplishments during the State 4-H Recognition Day, March 29 on the Iowa State University campus in Ames. All events this year were held virtually due to the ongoing pandemic. This statewide event, held each spring, is the culmination of the year’s recognition process.

The Iowa 4-H State Recognition process invites 4-H’ers from across the state to pursue state and national leadership opportunities and awards. Iowa 4-H members selected to be State 4-H Council members, National 4-H Conference delegates, National 4-H Congress delegates, Shooting Sports Ambassadors, Iowa 4-H Reporters and project area award recipients are selected and honored.

Wed
28
Apr

Hidden Beauty Studio receives First Dollar Visit ...

Hidden Beauty Studio recently received a First Dollar Visit from the Waukon Chamber of Commerce at its location of 7 East Main Street in Waukon, housed inside Gemini Salon and Spa. Pictured above with the First Dollar certificate is Rylee Sweeney-Einck, owner of Hidden Beauty Studio. Photo courtesy of the Waukon Chamber of Commerce.
 

Wed
28
Apr

Main Street Story Walk for May ...

Robey Memorial Library in Waukon will be hosting Main Street Story Walk in May featuring the children’s story “We Do Not Eat Our Classmates” by Ryan Higgins. During the month of May families are encouraged to read this story at selected businesses as they stroll the downtown area. When joining in the fun, participants are reminded to practice social distancing and to be careful crossing the downtown streets for the safety and health of all. Nine selected businesses have a portion of the story posted in the front window of their establishment for viewing from the sidewalk. Each stop along the story walk will direct participants to the next location. Selected businesses for this May Story Walk are located on Rossville Road, Spring Avenue, East Main Street and Allamakee Street at the following locations also numbered and labeled in the map above: 1. Gregg Jones Muscular Therapy Center; 2. Erbal Ink Tattoos;  3. Cook Insurance Agency 4. Luna Salon and Boutique; 5.

Wed
21
Apr

New Silver Laine Co. is a dream come true for Waukon native


Silver Laine Co., LLC receives First Dollar Visit ... Silver Laine Co., LLC received a First Dollar Visit from the Waukon Chamber of Commerce on its first day of business, Friday, April 2, at its new location at 33 West Main Street in downtown Waukon. Pictured above with their First Dollar certificate are Brittany and Mike Horns, owners of the newly-opened Silver Laine Co., LLC. Photo courtesy of the Waukon Chamber of Commerce.

For Waukon native Brittany Horns, the opening of her own clothing boutique, Silver Laine Co., LLC, on Main Street of her hometown marks the realization of a dream she’s been working toward throughout her career in the retail clothing industry. That dream became reality for her when she opened the doors to her new boutique at 33 West Main Street in Waukon Friday, April 2.

Following her graduation from Waukon High School in 2003, the former Brittany Leiran embarked upon what has been an 18-year career thus far in retail management. That career took her to a number of places and through a vast array of experiences throughout the tri-state area, including three years in Minneapolis, MN working at the Mall of America.

“Through years in the retail world, I knew my dream would be someday opening my own doors,” Horns said. “Born and raised in Waukon and moving away after high school, living in larger cities, I knew my dream and goals would bring me back home.”

Wed
21
Apr

Good Samaritan Society-Waukon nurse receives DAISY Award


Recipient of DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at Good Samaritan Society in Waukon ... Barb White of Waukon is pictured in the photo above with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses that she received in a ceremony held at Good Samaritan Society - Waukon April 8. Along with the award certificate she is displaying in the photo at right, White is also holding a stone sculpture handcarved for Good Samaritan Society by the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe, a civilization that holds its caregivers in especially high regard. White has been a nurse at Good Samaritan Society-Waukon for more than 32 years, and pictured with her in the photo below at right adding special meaning to the April 8 award ceremony are two of the four Directors of Nursing White has worked with during her career, Connie Pronga (standing at left) and Sarah Welsh (seated). Photos submitted by Good Samaritan Society-Waukon.

Barb White of Waukon was recently awarded “The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses” at a presentation held Thursday, April 8 at the Good Samaritan Society - Waukon. White, who has provided more than 32 years of service as a nurse at Good Samaritan Society - Waukon, was presented the award by Steve Bargar, the new Executive Director at the Waukon facility.

Also present at the award ceremony were Sarah Welsh and Connie Pronga, two of the four Directors of Nursing that White has worked under during her three-plus decade career at Good Samaritan Society - Waukon. White was also presented with a stone sculpture hand-carved for Good Samaritan Society by the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

The serpentine stone sculptures hold special meaning because of the profound respect the Shona people pay their traditional healers. Shona healers are affectionately regarded as treasures by those they care for, and the well-being and safety of the healer is of community-wide importance.

Wed
21
Apr

Blessing of the Seed and Soil for Corner of Hope Growing Hope Globally local growing project ...

The Corner of Hope Growing Hope Globally local growing project held its annual Blessing of the Seed and Soil Saturday morning, April 10 to kick off the 2021 growing season. The blessing event was held at the field being contributed to this year’s growing project by Dave and Suzanne Hahn located southwest of Waukon. Father John Moser, Pastor at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Waukon, performed this year’s blessing. Submitted photo.

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