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Veterans Memorial Hospital holds first public meeting to discuss conversion from city to county

by Brianne Grimstad

Tuesday, September 13, Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) in Waukon held the first of several scheduled public forums regarding the conversion from being a city-owned hospital to county-owned. The issue will be on the upcoming November 8 general election ballot for Allamakee County residents to vote on.

VMH Administrator Michael Coyle began the meeting with a presentation answering some of the most commonly asked questions regarding the conversion. Basically, the hospital is asking voters to approve a transfer of ownership of VMH from the City of Waukon to Allamakee County. If approved, being a county-owned hospital would allow for additional resources to help ensure the sustainability of the hospital.

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21
Sep

Fields of Faith 2022 in Waukon October 5 to feature survivor of addiction and adult entertainment industry

Danielle Freitag...
Danielle Freitag...

Everyone is invited to join area youth on athletic fields across the nation Wednesday, October 5 in sharing their Christian faith with fellow students and the general public for this year’s Fields of Faith event. The local event is now in its 11th year and will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Waukon High School football field Wednesday, October 5, or in the Waukon High School gym in the event of bad weather.

Featured speaker for this year’s Fields of Faith event in Waukon will be Danielle Freitag, who is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) from Minnesota who has overcome severe addiction and is a survivor of the commercial sex industry. Freitag is the co-founding executive director of Action169, an organization built on a foundation of prayer and committed to addressing commercial sexual exploitation and problematic substance use through Christ-centered prevention, intervention and holistic restoration care.

Wed
21
Sep

Senior Court selected for Homecoming at Waukon High School ...

Students at Waukon High School have selected their Homecoming Court representatives for the 2022 celebration, with the coronation of this year's Homecoming Queen and King scheduled to take place at the "Burning of the W" pep rally scheduled for this Thursday evening, September 22, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Waukon High School gym. Pictured in the photo at right are this year's Waukon High School Homecoming Queen and King candidates from the 2022-2023 Senior class, including: Left to right - Front row: Queen candidates Grace Stegen, Berlin Troendle, Maggie Criswell, Jayden Knox; Back row: King candidates Cade Kelly, Milan Byrnes, Isaac Cooper, Noah Hatlan.

Wed
21
Sep

State Auditor visits Waukon as part of his Town Hall Tour

State of Iowa Auditor Rob Sand visits Waukon ...
State of Iowa Auditor Rob Sand visits Waukon ... State of Iowa Auditor Rob Sand addressed a small crowd in the Waukon City Park Thursday morning, September 15 as part of his 100 Town Hall Tour across the state of Iowa. Sand spoke about the role of the State of Iowa Auditor’s office, the Public Innovations and Efficiencies (PIE) program he created, and recent investigations completed by his office, in addition to answering questions from those in attendance. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

State of Iowa Auditor Rob Sand met with Allamakee County residents during a Thursday, September 15 town hall meeting held near the Allamakee County Freedom Rock in the Waukon City Park as part of his 100 Town Hall Tour. A small group of residents were in attendance for this morning meeting, the first of six such meetings scheduled for Sand that day with remaining stops in Clayton, Dubuque, Delaware, Buchanan and Fayette Counties.

Sand opened the meeting with discussion of the State of Iowa Auditor’s role and the importance of transparency. He discussed holding public institutions and various levels of government accountable. When questioned about what tools are available in holding government accountable, Sand responded that investigation and reporting to the public are the two most important tools used by his office in creating transparency and accountability.

Wed
21
Sep

Harpers Ferry residents easily pass Hotel/Motel Tax

Residents of the community of Harpers Ferry overwhelmingly passed a Public Measure imposing a 7% Hotel/Motel Tax in the community, effective January 1, 2023. Nearly 88% of the 66 voters who cast a ballot in the Tuesday, September 13 special election voted “Yes” - compiling a 58-8 margin in favor of the measure. Just under 27% of the 247 registered voters in the community cast a ballot in the special election.

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14
Sep

Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative scheduled to begin fiber network build through Waukon’s business district as early as the start of next week


Submitted graphic.

Another big step forward in bringing fiber optic internet to downtown Waukon is expected to begin early next week, according to officials from AC Skyways, a division of Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative (ACEC) in charge of the project.

Although planning and other foundational work has been taking place for months since the awarding of the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)-7 grant funding in January of this year that made the project possible, Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative General Manager Hollee McCormick says as early as Monday, September 19 residents can expect to see trenching crews begin the physical work of boring the main fiber optics lines along the mapped route (pictured above) that will bring fiber optic internet to the Waukon business district by next summer. McCormick said the original start date had been planned for July of this year but circumstances beyond most anyone’s control have pushed the start of the project back a bit.

Wed
14
Sep

Tom and Bev Heim inducted into Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame


Heims inducted into Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame ... Tom and Bev Heim of Allamakee County were inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines August 21. Pictured above at that Hall of Fame presentation, left to right, are Iowa 4-H Foundation Development Officer Grant Young, Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductees Bev and Tom Heim, and Iowa 4-H Staff and Volunteer Development Manager Tillie Good. Submitted photo.

Tom and Bev Heim of Allamakee County were inducted into the 2022 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines Sunday, August 21. Ninety-eight Iowa counties participated this year and selected 133 inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Inductees or their surviving family members were presented a certificate by Iowa 4‑H Foundation President Julie McGonegle and State 4-H Program Leader Debbie Nistler as they were introduced on stage.

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14
Sep

State of Iowa Auditor Rob Sand to visit Waukon Thursday

State of Iowa Auditor Rob Sand will be making stops in northeast Iowa this week as part of his 100 Town Hall Tour. Auditor Sand invites members of the community to attend these meetings and learn more about the State Auditor’s role, the Public Innovations and Efficiencies (PIE) program created by Auditor Sand in 2019, and the most recent investigations completed by his office.

Auditor Sand will be hosting an Allamakee County Townhall Meeting as part of that 100 Town tour this Thursday, September 15. The meeting will take place from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Allamakee County Freedom Rock location in the Waukon City Park, located at 1240 Rossville Road in Waukon.

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07
Sep

Veterans Memorial Hospital to host meetings in Allamakee County to discuss City to County conversion

Meetings to begin September 13 in Waukon

This past March, Veterans Memorial Hospital shared its intent to file a petition to invoke a public vote for a City to County conversion and received the Waukon City Council’s support. In July, the hospital turned in a petition with more than enough signatures to earn inclusion on the ballot for the November 8 General Election for voters to vote on this conversion. Veterans Memorial Hospital staff and board members will now visit each Allamakee County community in the next two months to hold meetings to present and discuss the needs and impacts of this City to County conversion.

Wed
07
Sep

Lansing realizes biggest profit of any city participating in RAGBRAI 2022


Heart-felt appreciation for their efforts ... Lansing RAGBRAI 2022 executive chair Ian Zahren (at right) shows his emotion as he and his spouse, Andrew Boddicker, who is being hugged at left by Lansing RAGBRAI committee member Mary Ann Baldwin, were presented with an appreciation gift from the Lansing RAGBRAI committee for their efforts in spearheading the community’s “tire-dip” hosting for this year’s RAGBRAI that came to full fruition the final full week of July. Through the efforts of Zahren and Boddicker, and the many other committee members and volunteers, the Lansing RAGBRAI committee was able to generate an overall profit of $115,400, the largest profit of any community participating in RAGBRAI 2022. All of that profit will now be returned to the Lansing community, a vast majority of which will be made available through mini-grant funding that nonprofits can now apply for. Photo by Bob Raymond.

Lansing RAGBRAI volunteer appreciation celebration held in conjunction with music-in-the-park event ... An added attraction at the Thursday, September 1 music-in-the-park event (pictured above) held at the Farmer’s Market in Lansing was an appreciation celebration for volunteers that assisted with the Lansing RAGBRAI 2022 effort. Through those volunteer efforts, the Lansing RAGBRAI committee was able to generate a profit of $115,400, which will be invested in the Lansing community through donations and mini-grant funding that can be applied for. Photo by Bob Raymond.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

RAGBRAI 2022 is in the books - and Lansing, hosting the end-of-the-line “dip-site” for the third time (1977, 2017 and 2022), made the biggest profit from the event of any participating city this year.

Ian Zahren, Lansing RAGBRAI executive chair, recently announced that the organization generated $208,000 in total revenue (Main Street restaurants and bars made an additional $50,000) and recorded an after-expenses profit of $115,400. By way of context, the 2017 event in Lansing generated $102,855 in total revenue, and recorded a profit of $33,017, after expenses. These numbers, Zahren noted, reflect a doubled revenue, and a quadrupled profit from that 2017 venture.

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