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May

Memorial Day activities scheduled to take place in area communities

A variety of Memorial Day activities are being planned for the upcoming holiday weekend, with all local communities returning to their more traditional Memorial Day observances this year Monday, May 30 after some modifications or cancellations over the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The traditions of parades, full cemetery programs and wreath laying are being planned in honor of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving their country, with details of some of those celebrations being outlined below on this page.

VETERANS MUSEUM
An anticipated addition to this year’s Memorial Day weekend activities will be the opening of the Allamakee County Veterans Museum in Waukon. As noted in the decorated box at far left on this front page, a dedication ceremony for the opening of the museum is being planned for this Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m., with other museum details also available in that same decorated listing.

Wed
18
May

IN HONOR OF THEIR SERVICE: Allamakee County Veterans Museum to open in time for Memorial Day Weekend in former Vets Club building


“Roll of Honor” Wall ... The “Roll of Honor” Wall in the new Allamakee County Veterans Museum opening Memorial Day Weekend in the former Vets Club building in Waukon displays photos of some of the Allamakee County residents who were either Killed in Action (KIA) or held as Prisoners of War (POW) during their military service. Anyone who has any additional photos to contribute may contact John Bauercamper at 563-568-2772 or 563-568-7526. Photo by Robin Johnson.

In the trenches and in honor of those who served ... The photos above and below depict scenes from combat trenches from various military conflicts throughout history that are on display at the soon-to-be-opened Allamakee County Veterans Museum in Waukon. In addition to those life-like displays, a number of other unique items can also be viewed at the museum, including a “Harley Davidson Goes to War” display viewable to the right in the photo above and the cage used to house prisoners of war viewable to the right in the photo below. Standard photos by Robin Johnson.

Photo by Robin Johnson.

Wide array of military uniforms and items on display ... Along with a variety of examples of the uniform attire worn by those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces, the soon-to-be-opened Allamakee County Veterans Museum in Waukon has a number of items on display from a variety of sources who shared their own military service experience with the new museum. One of the more unique items on display in the new Veterans Museum is a large ship’s wheel (seen toward the right in the photo above) that was donated in 2013 to the Allamakee County Courthouse Museum by retired U.S. Coast Guard Commander Charles Hinrichs, a 1943 graduate of Waukon High School. Standard photo by Robin Johnson.

by David M. Johnson

The former Allamakee County Courthouse on Allamakee Street in Waukon is a perfect setting for a museum; the building in itself has historic value and is housing pieces of area history that have their own significant value. Due to the efforts of a number of local history enthusiasts, this local attraction is now going to have a complementing venue of area interest ready to open in the coming weeks that will further enhance and continue the local historic perspective of this county and its residents who served their nation.

Wed
18
May

Innovative Ag Services/Land O’ Lakes donate to Building New Traditions Campaign at Allamakee County Fairgrounds ...

A donation of $18,000 was made to the Building New Traditions Campaign at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds in Waukon through support from Innovative Ag Services and Land O’ Lakes. The Building New Traditions Campaign is dedicated toward constructing a new, larger all-species youth livestock show barn centrally located at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds, a project that also involves relocation, elimination and transformation of some of the other livestock buildings at the Fairgrounds. Pictured above at the donation presentation at the site of the new building construction are, left to right: Adam Bieber and Bobbi Baxter of the Allamakee County Fair Board, and Josh Dee and Dan Schmitt of Innovative Ag Services. For anyone who would like to make a donation to the fairground improvements project, further information and donation forms can be found on the Allamakee County Fair website at www.allamakeecountyfair.org. Submitted photo.

Wed
11
May

Waukon High School graduate Cody Palmer shares his experience as a wildland firefighter out west in the Mojave National Preserve


His firefighting crew ... Pictured above is the 2021 Mojave National Preserve Park Service engine crew that 2021 Waukon High School graduate Cody Palmer (pictured in the center of the photo) was a part of this past summer and fall. Cody is the son of Bob and Sharon Palmer of the rural Waterville area. Submitted photo.

A blaze to battle ... View of a fire from the fire engine in Mojave National Preserve near the California/Arizona/Nevada border, where Waukon High School graduate Cody Palmer spent this past summer and fall as part of a wildlands firefighting crew. Palmer said this fire was started by lightning. Submitted photo.

A fireline ... Pictured above is a section of fireline in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in the KNP Complex fire that Waukon High School graduate Cody Palmer helped battle this past year. A fireline is described as a break in the fire’s “fuel,” such as trees, brush and other vegetation, to prevent a fire from spreading. A fireline can be made by cutting, scraping or digging by machine or by hand. Submitted photo.

by Brianne Eilers

When asking most high school students what they would like to do after graduating high school, one might expect them to answer with something like attending college, military service or maybe working until they decide what they would like to do.

It isn’t often that a high school student might answer that question by saying that they are interested in becoming a wildland firefighter, but that is exactly how 2021 Waukon High School graduate Cody Palmer spent this past summer and fall after graduation. Cody graduated from Waukon High School May 24 of last year, had a graduation celebration at home May 27 and left to head west May 29 to pursue a firefighting interest that he might just have inherited.

Wed
11
May

Public invited to join All State Park Tour coming to Allamakee County and Yellow River State Forest


All State Park Tour coming to Allamakee County May 18 ... All State Park Tour crew members Kevin Szcodronski (left) of Ankeny and Ann Raisch of Eldora (right) are pictured above with Anna Rea, a 1930 Ford Model A. The two will be bringing Anna Rea to Allamakee County Wednesday, May 18 as part of a tour of Iowa’s state parks, first gathering in Harpers Ferry before motoring to Yellow River State Forest, with the public invited to join the tour. Submitted photo.

Area residents are invited to jump in their favorite car, fire up the engine, roll down the windows, turn up the radio, and put on their biggest smile. Anna Rea says it is time to hit the road to show support for state parks in Iowa on a newly created tour visiting all 94 of Iowa’s state parks.

The crew for Anna Rea - a 1930 Ford Model A (pictured in the accompanying photo) - invites everybody to drive along for a visit to Yellow River State Forest Wednesday, May 18 as part of the tour. While the tour is emphasizing vintage or classic cars, participants can join the fun in any vehicle of their choice.

Wed
04
May

City of Waukon seeking input relating to online payments and credit cards

The City of Waukon is looking into the option of allowing online payments and accepting credit cards. Feel free to complete the following survey to let the city know if this is a feature residents would like.
Wed
04
May

Fallen Trooper Ted Benda one of two Iowa State Patrol officers to be honored at Iowa Peace Officer Memorial in Des Moines Friday

Trooper Ted Benda ...
Trooper Ted Benda ...

Friday, May 6, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Lt. Governor Adam Gregg, Department of Public Safety Commissioner Stephan Bayens and the state of Iowa will honor two Iowa State Patrol Troopers who made the ultimate sacrifice this past year. Trooper Ted Benda - a Waukon native - and Sergeant Jim K. Smith each dedicated their lives to serving Iowans to protect and keep their communities safe, and each lost their life in the line of duty in 2021.

The public is invited to a Iowa Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony in Des Moines this Friday to honor these fallen peace officers, as well as the many other Iowa officers who have given their lives in the line of duty over the last 153 years. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at the Iowa Peace Officer Memorial Grounds, located east of the Oran Pape State Office Building at 215 East 7th Street in Des Moines.

Wed
04
May

Return of Family Wellness Fair scheduled for May 11 at Veterans Memorial Hospital


VMH Family Wellness Fair is May 11 ... The annual Veterans Memorial Hospital Family Wellness Fair will finally return after three years, scheduled for Wednesday, May 11 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Free health tests, family activities, entertainment and much more will all be included in the evening, plus many door prizes will be given away. Pictured is a scene from the last family wellness fair. This year, with the addition of the new Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic, all visitors are asked to enter the fair through the main entrance of the Medical Clinic, next to the ambulance and fire truck. The route will proceed through the clinic and hospital facility, exiting out the main entrance of the hospital. Submitted photo.

The annual “Family Wellness Fair” will return after three years and will be held Wednesday, May 11 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Health  and wellness testing, exhibits and activities will all be providing a complete evening of entertainment and education for families of all ages. Everyone in the area communities is welcome to attend this free event. Due to continuing COVID restrictions for health care facilities, all visitors will be required to wear a mask to the event. Free masks will be available at the door.

Wed
27
Apr

Kee High School 2022 Prom Royalty...

Kee High School seniors Daniel Wagner (left) and Kylie Troendle (right) were selected as the 2022 Kee High School Prom King and Queen at the annual event held Saturday, April 23. Troendle was selected from a Queen court that also consisted of fellow seniors Faith Boland, Lydia Corwin, Ashton Kolsrud and Cheyanne Troendle. Wagner was chosen from a King court that also included fellow seniors Tyson Cota, Whalen Hill, Landon Reams and Damon Weber. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.
 

Wed
27
Apr

Waukon High School 2022 Prom Royalty...

Waukon High School seniors Hannah Teslow (left) and Vicente Quiroz (right) were selected as the 2022 Waukon High School Prom Queen and King at the annual event held Saturday, April 23. Teslow was selected from a Queen court that also consisted of fellow seniors Emily Bieber, Madelyn Helgerson, Hailey Houg and Morgan Stortz. Quiroz was chosen from a King court that also included fellow seniors Jaden Hager, Elliot Kooiker, Hunter O’Neill and Lincoln Snitker.
 

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