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Wed
18
May

Waukon City Council updated on variety of items, including return of Aveka odor, purchase of speed monitoring trailer

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session at City Hall Monday, May 16 to discuss a full agenda of items including storm sewer improvements, property zoning changes and downtown trash receptacles.

Wed
18
May

Traffic stop results in arrest of juvenile on drug possession charge

Friday, May 13, officers from the Waukon Police Department police conducted a traffic stop on Rossville Road in Waukon. As a result of the traffic stop, a 17 year old male juvenile was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance. The juvenile was subsequently released to a parent. A criminal charge is merely an accusation and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
 

Wed
11
May

Fill 'er up! ...

Fill 'er up! ...
Fill 'er up! ...

The Waukon Park, Recreation and Wellness Department began the process of filling Indian Springs Pond in the Waukon City Park this past week, reversing the drainage measures taken last year before the recently-completed dredging project at the pond took place during the late winter and early spring this year. The dredging of the pond was a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)-funded project following the summer flooding of 2013 and was completed by Jim Hanson. In addition to increasing the depth of the pond, the project also involved the installation of some fish habitat (pallets and greenery visible in the far end of the pond in the above photo), which will welcome bluegill stocked by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources later this summer, as well as catfish and bass next summer. The geese that have made the pond their summer home have recently returned to the pond as well.

Wed
11
May

Fourth annual "Thunder in the Park" set for June 11-12 in Waukon City Park


The fourth annual "Thunder in the Park" Civil War re-enactment is scheduled for June 11-12 at the Waukon City Park. This crew of re-enactment participants who were promoting the event during the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Waukon earlier this spring provides just a small example of what the weekend event is all about. Submitted photo.

The fourth annual "Thunder in the Park" event will be held in the Waukon City Park Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12. Confederate and Union camps will transform the peaceful rolling hills of the park into a living photograph of the past.

Attendees of the event will be able to talk with men, women and children in the camps who bring the past to life by portraying families affected by this country’s battle with itself. One might even catch a glimpse of President Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Lance Mack, as he strolls through the park.

The Patent Medicine and Magic Show of Professor Chalmers Bodkin-Childs includes snake oil being transformed into a healing elixir. A bit of sleight of hand and magic tricks also make up that hour-long show.

Wed
11
May

OSHA still investigating fatal fall at Aveka plant that claimed the life of Waukon man

A fall that occurred in the early morning hours of Thursday, April 28 from the rooftop of the Aveka Nutra Processing plant in Waukon has claimed the life of a 55-year-old Waukon man. According to a report issued by the Waukon Police Department, Kevin Kruse of Waukon, a long-time employee of the processing facility, had climbed a ladder to the building rooftop during an overnight shift for a reason yet to be disclosed pending completion of a full investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Wed
04
May

Veterans Memorial Hospital notes number of changes taking place in near future, suffers $41,000 loss for month of March

by Brianne Eilers

The month of March ended with a financial loss of $41,638 for Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) in Waukon, with a decrease in acute patient days and a decrease in surgeries both playing a large factor in the loss. Looking at year-to-date statistics, VMH is at a $64,105 loss.

“We had a very strong outpatient month,” VMH administrator Mike Myers noted, indicating that outpatient revenue came in about $300,000 over budget for March. Myers also noted that for the month of April, the hospital has been “extremely busy” with deliveries the past couple of weeks and he anticipated that statistics will show the hospital “slightly ahead” of its deliveries last year at this time.

The number of days in accounts receivable for the hospital is at 78.9, an improvement over this time last year when that figure was at 86.6. Currently, VMH has $2,158,000 in cash reserves.

Wed
04
May

Waukon City Council address variety of issues at regular Monday session

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday evening, May 2 at City Hall to discuss a variety of issues, among them street and sewer improvements, property variances and a proposed City Manager/Administrator position. There were no comments from the public in attendance and the Council moved right into the Departmental Reports.

Wed
04
May

Waukon Boy Scouts to host Flag Retirement Ceremony May 21

Waukon Boy Scout Troop 64 will be hosting a Flag Retirement Ceremony Saturday, May 21 near the campground in the Waukon City Park. The ceremony will start at 9 a.m. and is open to the public. This ceremony is held annually by the troop in order to properly retire aging American Flags.

Flags in need of retirement can be dropped off in the drop boxes located at the entrance to the City Park and on the main floor of the Allamakee County Courthouse. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be rescheduled for June 18. The public is invited to join Troop 64 in honoring the American Flag at the May 21 retirement ceremony.
 

Wed
04
May

BD Productions opens at new location in Waukon

BD Productions receives First Dollar Visit at new location ...
BD Productions, newly located at 612 Rossville Road, Suite 2 in Waukon, recently received a First Dollar Visit from the Waukon Chamber of Commerce. Pictured above at the First Dollar presentation are, left to right, Waukon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member Tatum Miller, Brad Decker and Becky Decker of BD Productions, Waukon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member Sherrie Hunstad, Bronte Decker, Denzel Decker, and Waukon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors members Tyler Halverson and Dan Headington. Submitted photo.

Originally started several years ago by owners Brad and Becky Decker of Waukon, BD Productions has recently moved to its new location within the town of Waukon. The event rental, design and decorating business is now located at 612 Rossville Road, Suite 2, adjacent to the Waukon Banquet Center in southwest Waukon.

"I have always had an entrepreneur spirit," Becky Decker said when asked what inspired her to open her own business. "Both of our parents owned their own businesses.  I have two existing businesses that I run currently, BD Productions and Decker Consulting. I have always been creative and Brad has always been crafty with wood. BD Productions allows us to utilize both of our strengths."

Wed
27
Apr

Waukon native Keith Mason has his World War II memoirs published

Waukon native Keith Mason has his World War II memoirs published
Waukon native Keith Mason has his World War II memoirs published

The University of Missouri Press has just published Keith Mason’s World War II memoir: My War In Italy: On the Ground and in Flight with the 15th Air Force. In 2009, Mason had self-published a limited number of copies which were originally titled Nothing to Fear: Recollections of a World War II Bomber Pilot. The book can be ordered online through various booksellers and can also be obtained through the University of Missouri Press.

Six weeks before Pearl Harbor, Waukon native Keith Mason received a $150 uniform allowance, a pair of silver wings, and his first assignment as a flight instructor: Randolph Field, Teas. Two years later, he was Squadron Officer in the 460th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force in Spinazzola, Italy - flying the harrowing combat missions he dreamed of as a boy.

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