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Wed
20
Apr

Wins $50,000 prize in Iowa Lottery scratch game ...

A northeast Iowa man said he’s thinking about a vacation with his grandchildren after he scratched off a $50,000 lottery prize. Robert Woodbeck, 60, of Lansing won the 70th top prize in the Iowa Lottery’s “$50,000 Super Crossword” scratch game. He bought his winning ticket at Kwik Star, 101 Rossville Road in Waukon.

Woodbeck, a self-employed electrician, said after he left the store, he realized he’d forgotten to buy a cup of coffee, so he stopped by another store. That’s where he scratched his ticket and realized he was a big winner. He asked an employee to check the ticket on the store’s lottery terminal, which confirmed his win. Then he called his wife, Peggy, to tell her the news. “I met up with her and she took a picture,” he said. “I’m sure she has it posted on Facebook by now.”

Wed
20
Apr

More volunteers needed in Allamakee County; Learn more about opportunities at upcoming local meetings


More volunteers needed in Allamakee County ... The Northeast Iowa RSVP 55+ Initiative provides an abundance of opportunities for volunteering in Allamakee, Howard and Winneshiek Counties. With a need for more volunteers in Allamakee County, RSVP is hosting three meetings over the next couple weeks to learn more about volunteering opportunities in Allamakee County. Those meetings are slated for April 26 in Postville, April 28 in Lansing and May 4 in Waukon. Submitted photo.

Hundreds of people volunteer each year through the Northeast Iowa RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) 55+ Initiative. Along the way, they may help fill a need in their communities, find meaning and enjoyment, widen their circle of friends and pay forward the benefits of their own lives.

RSVP is part of the federal agency AmeriCorps Seniors and is sponsored locally by the Decorah Public Library. Currently, RSVP is working with about 75 community organizations in Allamakee, Howard and Winneshiek counties. However, RSVP Director Deana Hageman sees a need for more volunteers in Allamakee County.

Wed
20
Apr

Jada Two vehicle detailing business opens on Rossville Road in Waukon


First Dollar visit for Jada Two ... Jada Two, a new vehicle detailing business recently opened at 501 Rossville Road in Waukon, received a First Dollar visit from Waukon Chamber of Commerce. Pictured above at that First Dollar visit are, left to right, Waukon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Laurie Adrian and Jada Crary, owner of Jada Two. Photo courtesy of Waukon Chamber of Commerce.

A “love for the soul of a car” and a strong work ethic have fueled the decision of Jada Crary to open up a new vehicle detailing business. Jada Two was opened for business March 4 at 501 Rossville Road in Waukon, directly connected with Paint Creek Car Wash next to Hardee’s.

“I grew up with classic cars, my love for cars started early in life,” Crary shared in regard to her impetus to open Jada Two. “I believe if you take care of your car, it’s not only going to look better but it’s going to feel better.”

Originally from Garnavillo, Crary has also lived in Chicago, IL, and she grew up and went to school in Waukon. She has three sons of her own, along with one granddaughter, as well as a cat named Onyx.

Wed
13
Apr

Six area veterans awarded Quilts of Valor at ceremony held at Driftless Area Education and Visitor in Lansing


Quilts of Valor awarded to area veterans ... Six area veterans were awarded Quilts of Valor at a presentation that took place at the Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center Sunday, April 3. Pictured above at the Quilts of Valor presentation are: Left to right - Front row: Quilt creators Sue Lynch, Judy Schild, Edie Hogan; Back row: Quilt recipients Bill Rethwisch, Lanny Fields, Fred Rethwisch, Mike Bailey, Randy Sickles, Jerry Stussy. Submitted photo.

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

Quilts of Valor were presented to six area veterans at the Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center in Lansing Sunday afternoon, April 3. Recipients of the quilts included six local veterans who have been “touched by war,” according to event organizers, and those veterans included: Bill Rethwisch, Jerry Stussy,  Fred Rethwisch,  Randy Sickles,  Mike Bailey and Lanny Fields.

Bill  Rethwisch began his service in 1965 on an old WWII destroyer. He went to Vietnam and served as a boiler operator.

Jerry Stussy served beginning in 1987. He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years and then went into the National Guard for nine years.

Fred  Rethwisch served from 1972-1974 in the U.S. Army in Korea for 16 months. His duties included driving a truck, transporting materials.

Randy Sickles served in the U.S. Army and National Guard. He served in South America, the Middle East, the Gulf War and Iraq.

Wed
13
Apr

Eastern half of Iowa River Drive (A26) now closed into fall ...

Allamakee County has begun a road improvement project on the easterly six miles of County Road A26 (Iowa River Drive), a stretch from near its intersection with Lycurgus Road all the way to State Highway 26, just south of New Albin (as depicted by the red line in the map image above). Work will begin on the east end by Highway 26 and go southwesterly to a bit west of the graveled Wheatland Road, a bit north of where Lycurgus Road intersects with Iowa River Drive.

This project involves grading, culvert replacements, small bridge replacement, full pavement removal areas and the milling of the asphalt surface, and the full length of the project will then be covered with new hot mix asphalt pavement. Skyline Construction from Decorah is the prime contractor for the project.

Wed
13
Apr

Allamakee County Veterans Museum to host program on Korean War April 21

Thursday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. the Allamakee County Veterans Museum will recognize Korean War Veterans with a presentation at its new museum in the former Vet’s Club building on Allamakee Street in Waukon.

A video interview with U.S. Marine Corps veteran Rupert Caballero of Waukon will be presented. This long-time educator was recently interviewed for the program. Caballero will also be present at the event to share comments and answer questions.

The public is invited to attend. There is no admission or membership charge. The Allamakee County Veterans Museum is handicapped accessible. Due to COVID concerns, masks are encouraged but not required. Light refreshments will be available.

The museum will open to the public beginning Memorial Day weekend 2022 and tours will be offered at that time. Monthly educational programs have been offered at the Veterans Museum since November 2021.

Wed
13
Apr

REC Youth Tour winners announced


Pictured above, left to right, Caden Evanson and Riley Troendle ...

Judges for REC Youth Tour ... Judging this year’s applicants for the REC Youth Tour were, left to right, LeAnn Meyer of West Union, South Winneshiek High School Guidance Counselor Connie Euans, and Janice Koenig of Castalia. Submitted photo.

Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative (ACEC) has selected two area high school students to go on an all-expense-paid Youth Tour trip to Washington, D.C. Caden Evanson and Riley Troendle, both of Lansing, will depart from Des Moines June 18 of this year for an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C. Both students are sophomores at Kee High School in Lansing.

The two students will join 1,800 other high school sophomores and juniors from across the nation for this once-in-a-lifetime trip. Youth Tour applicants meet personally with a panel of judges who quiz them on their knowledge of rural electrification and the cooperative form of business. The student’s parents or legal guardians must be members of the Cooperative.

The 2022 judges were Connie Euans, the guidance counselor at South Winneshiek School; Janice Koenig of Castalia and LeAnn Meyer of West Union.

Wed
06
Apr

National Library Week is April 3-9: “Behind Every Great Community is a Great Library”


MEET THE STAFF: Cate St. Clair and Ellie Krousie ... Upon completion of a classroom tour, Robey Memorial Library Director Cate St. Clair (photo foreground) guided the students to Library Aide and Children’s Programming Coordinator Ellie Krousie (photo background) for the end of the tour specialty, Story Time. Cate was excited to be on her way to her office to enjoy a favorite library task - opening a brand new box of books. Submitted photo.

MEET THE STAFF: Ellen Thiele ... Robey Memorial Library Aide Ellen Thiele (pictured above) acknowledges a community member’s request to reserve a book through the inter-library loan service. Submitted photo.

MEET THE STAFF: Chris Kerndt ... Robey Memorial Library Aide Chris Kerndt (at left in photo background) leads a classroom tour, providing students with resource information for their educational assignments, in addition to coordinating interesting programs and activities sponsored by the library. Submitted photo.

MEET THE STAFF: Brian Koch, Patrick Ryan... Brian Koch (left photo) and Patrick Ryan (right photo) are Robey Memorial Library’s “unseen” staff members. The gentlemen professionally clean the building very early each morning to ensure the comfort of each patron. Submitted photos.

Robey Memorial Library in Waukon provides in-library browsing, reading and computer use during regular hours of Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 10am-6pm; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This week, Robey Memorial Library encourages all community members to visit the library’s website to explore and access virtual services and programs.

Robey Memorial Library offers a wide array of online resources that are available from the comfort of home, including:
· BRIDGES offers ebook and audiobook downloads available through bridges.overdrive.com or the Overdrive or Libby apps on electronic devices.
· HelpNow is an online resource for live tutoring, study tools, building academic skills, collaborative learning, and adult learning.
· JobNow/VetNow is an online resource for career services, test prep and software tutorials. It includes specialized services for veterans and their families.

Wed
06
Apr

Waukon City Council awards contract for Street Improvement Project, sets public hearing date for loan agreement, approves purchase of water meters

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, April 4 to address a variety of matters including the Sexual Assault Awareness Month Proclamation, the Resolution Approving and Confirming Plans, Specifications and Form of Contract and Awarding Contract for the 2022 Street Improvements Project and the procurement and installation relating to the Water Meter Project.

Wed
06
Apr

Volunteers needed for Friends of Pool 9 Mississippi River Clean-Up set for April 23


River clean-up scheduled for April 23 ... Debris collected during the 2021 Friends of Pool 9 river clean-up fills the dumpster located at the Brennan Landing in Lansing. Friends of Pool 9 is scheduling another Mississippi River clean-up for Saturday, April 23. Submitted photo.

The Friends of Pool 9 (FOP9) Directors have scheduled a Pool 9 Mississippi River clean-up for Saturday, April 23. Because of COVID-19 virus concerns there will be no mass meetings of individuals at the Lansing VFW building or elsewhere, as in years past, and there will not be a lunch following.

Lansing volunteers should gather at the waterfront area below the VFW building next to the river to sign the 2022 Friends of Pool 9 Release of Liability form before participating in the event. FOP9 representatives Alex Galema, Bob Henkel, Bruce ReVoir and Mike Conway will be available to hand out garbage bags, gloves and water, and assign collection areas. Directors will also be available at most launch sites in Pool 9 including Big Slough Landing (Lisa Welsh/Jerry Boardman), Black Hawk Park (Ric Zarwell), Ferryville (Larry Quamme/John Mitchell) and Lynxville Landing (Mark Schneden).

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