Community News

Wed
15
Nov

Allamakee County Veterans Museum program to feature interview with WWII POW Marvin Chevalier of Postville

Saturday, November 18 at 10 a.m., the Allamakee County Veterans Museum will honor another World War II veteran 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 veteran Marvin Chevalier will be played.

Lt. Marvin Chevalier served in the artillery as a forward observer with the 28th Division in the European Theater after the Normandy Invasion. November 7, 1944, he was taken prisoner by the German Army and was held in German prison camps until his camp was liberated April 7, 1945.

After the war, Chevalier had a long career as an Iowa banker, retiring in 1983 as President and CEO of Citizens State Bank in Postville. He passed away in 2006.

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

Wed
15
Nov

Honored by Waukon Patriot Quilters at Veterans Day ceremony ...

The Waukon Patriot Quilters honored a number of area veterans this year for their service to their country during a ceremony held on the Veterans Day observance date of Friday, November 10 in the Community Room at Robey Memorial Library in Waukon. Pictured in the photo at right, area veterans (left to right) Richard Christianson, Amanda Willoughby, Sarah Collins, Terry Lubahn, Daryle Ferguson and Tom Gregor each hold the quilt they received during the Veterans Day observance event. Photo submitted by Waukon Patriot Quilters.
 

Tue
07
Nov

Fill-A-Truck promotion benefits Allamakee County Relief Office ...

R.W. Pladsen, Inc. in Waukon recently completed its Fill-A-Truck promotion held throughout the month of October to benefit the Allamakee County Relief Office in its efforts to help those less fortunate. Individuals could donate a non-perishable food item to help “fill a truck” and also have their name entered into a weekly Friday drawing during the month of October for prizes that included gift certificates, t-shirts and other items donated through the generosity of Allamakee County businesses much appreciated by R.W. Pladsen, Inc. and all those benefiting from the promotion. Pictured above at the presentation of the donated food items to the Allamakee County Relief Office are, left to right, R.W. Pladsen, Inc. staff member David Mark, Allamakee County Relief Office Director Rebecca Hawes, and R.W. Pladsen, Inc. staff members Carli Mellick and Greg Halverson.
 

Tue
07
Nov

Waterville native and children’s author Mary (Evanson) Blackwehl to visit Waukon November 21

Mary Bleckwehl ...
Mary Bleckwehl ...

Mary (Evanson) Bleckwehl, a Waterville area native who grew up on her family farm on Elon Road in Allamakee County and is now a children’s author living in Minnesota, will be in Waukon Tuesday, November 21 for two author events.

She will be at Robey Memorial Library Storytime from 10:30-11 a.m. and will be introducing and reading from her newest picture book, Arrrgh! Me HATE To Wait!, a story of an impatient piggy pirate who learns that good things come to those who wait.

That afternoon, the author will be at St. Patrick Catholic School. She will spend the afternoon meeting with all grade levels to share her author journey, newest books and more.

Tue
07
Nov

Midwest Veterans of America to honor area veterans at Veterans Day event this Saturday

Midwest Veterans of America will be hosting a Veterans Day event this Saturday, November 11 at AJ Bar & Grill in Waukon, beginning at 12 noon. A full menu will be available to order from, and Midwest Veterans of America will be honoring 36 local veterans during the event, with those awards being distributed at 1:30 p.m.

Tue
31
Oct

Hall Roberts’ Son of Postville selected as 2023 Cloy Kuhse Positive Impact Award winner ...

Allamakee County Economic Development & Tourism (ACED) has announced that Hall Roberts’ Son of Postville is the 2023 Cloy Kuhse Positive Impact Award Winner. The announcement was made at ACED’s Annual Meeting, which was held at the Waterville Community Center Thursday, October 12. Postville City Council member Larry Moore shared his nomination of Hall Roberts’ Son with the audience and ACED Board Vice President Brenda Hackman shared comments provided by the second nominator of that Postville-based business, Crystal Duffy of the Postville Library/Postville Community Heart & Soul. General Manager Chris Hoffert accepted the award on behalf of the company and shared Hall Roberts’ Son core values with the attendees.

Tue
31
Oct

Despite urging from residents and local public officials, Supervisors take no action on contributing funds to Childcare Wage Enhancement

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, October 30 to address a full agenda of matters including a Public Hearing for a Zoning Ordinance Amendment, consideration of the Child Care Wage Enhancement Program funding and consideration of a letter of support for Alliant Energy’s application for a battery purchase loan. The meeting was called to order by Board of Supervisors Chairperson Dan Byrnes with Supervisors Mark Reiser and Dennis Keatley present.

During Public Comment, Larry Moore of Postville noted his support of the proposed Child Care Wage Enhancement Program and encouraged the Supervisors to consider using the $32,000 of tax funds returned to the County by Iowa State University (ISU) Extension to take advantage of the matching funds available from private donors. Becky Engelhart of Postville noted the importance of childcare availability.

Tue
31
Oct

Allamakee County 4-H youth among those participating in Youth Voice in Action Summit


Allamakee County 4-H youth participate in Youth Voice in Action Summit ... A total of 55 youth, from nine area schools, from seven northeast Iowa counties attended the Youth Voice in Action! 4-H Youth Summit held at Upper Iowa University in Fayette. Participants learned about using their voice for leadership and created and action plan to implement within their community, in addition to listening to a variety of workshop topics. Submitted photo.

Youth attended a day-long 4-H summit at Upper Iowa University in Fayette led by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county and state youth outreach staff September 28. During the event, 55 youth from nine area schools learned about using their voice for leadership, making an action plan for change in their community and heard from ISU Extension and Outreach specialists on a variety of workshop topics. Schools attended from the following counties: Allamakee, Bremer, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek.

Tue
31
Oct

Signs of dedication and sacrifice ...

The bridge over Yellow River on State Highway 51 (pictured above and at right), located four miles north of Postville in Allamakee County, was dedicated in honor and memory of fallen Iowa State Trooper and Waukon native Ted Benda Monday, October 16 in a ceremony at the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) maintenance garage location in Waukon. This past week, staff from the Iowa DOT location in Waukon worked to put signs in place at the north and south approaches to the bridge officially declaring its new name, as pictured in the photos taken from each direction.

Wed
25
Oct

Waterville’s Loren Mitchell honored as a Wisconsin Star of Life by the PAAW for his service with Tri-State Ambulance


Honored with Star of Life Award ... Loren Mitchell and his wife, Ashley, of Waterville stand in front of the display congratulating him as a Wisconsin Star of Life Award recipient at the Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin (PAAW) dinner banquet held October 10 in Madison, WI. Loren was nominated for the award by Tri-State Ambulance out of the La Crosse, WI area, where he has worked for nearly a dozen years and currently serves as a Corporal within its EMS ranks. Both Loren and Ashley serve as volunteer members of Waterville Emergency Medical Services (EMS), where Loren further serves as Vice President, in addition to serving as Chief of the Waterville Fire Department. Submitted photo.

Loren Mitchell of Waterville was recently honored among his Emergency Medical Service (EMS) peers when he was one of 28 EMS personnel recognized as a Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin (PAAW) Star of Life for 2023 at an October 10 dinner banquet held in Madison, WI.

Modeled after the American Ambulance Association’s National Stars of Life program, and now in its 12th year, Wisconsin Stars of Life are nominated by their local ambulance service to honor the dedication and commitment of those who show up for their communities. Mitchell has been working for the La Crosse, WI area Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance Service for nearly a dozen years, where he currently serves in the role of Corporal.

Nominated for the award by his supervisors and co-workers, Tri-State Ambulance submitted the following information regarding Mitchell for the October 10 banquet:

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