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13
Jan

Former Effigy Mounds Superintendent pleads guilty to embezzlement charges

by Jason Meyer

Appearing in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids Monday, January 4, Thomas Munson, the former Effigy Mounds National Monument Superintendent accused of removing ancient human remains from the national monument, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor embezzlement and theft of prehistoric human skeletal remains.
As part of his plea deal with the U.S. Attorney's Office, Munson, age 76, of Prairie du Chien, WI, will serve one year probation, including 12 months home detention, 10 consecutive weekends in jail, and 100 hours of community service. Additionally, he must make a written public apology to the Native American tribes impacted by the actions Munson pleaded guilty to, as well as to the National Park Service.
Munson must also pay at least $108,905 in restitution to the National Park Service, the cost of repair and restoration of the mishandled remains. Sentencing will take place at a future date.

Wed
13
Jan

Supervisors proclaim January as National Mentoring Month, hear recommendation of five-percent wage increase from Comp Board


January proclaimed National Mentoring Month ... At its regular session Monday, January 11, the Allamakee County Board of Supervisors proclaimed January as National Mentoring Month. Kathy Schwartzhoff, Mentoring Coordinator with Helping Services of Northeast Iowa, which provides mentoring services in the county, stated that currently seven youths in the county are served by the program, with eight waiting to be paired with mentors. Pictured above, left to right, are: Front row - Jennifer Kimber, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, Helping Services; Kathy Schwartzhoff, Mentoring Coordinator, Helping Services; Bob Rotach, Mentor and Steering Committee Member, holding the signed proclamation; Colinne McCann, Youth Mentoring AmeriCorps member, Helping Services; Laura Albert, Tobacco Prevention Specialist, Helping Services. Back row: Dennis Koenig, Allamakee County Supervisor; Dan Byrnes, Allamakee County Supervisor; Danny Schlitter, Steering Committee Member; Carson Eggland, Executive Director, Helping Services; and Larry Schellhammer, Allamakee County Board of Supervisors Chairman. Standard photo by Jason Meyer.

by Jason Meyer

Thu
07
Jan

Traffic stop leads to arrest of Wisconsin man on drug and other charges

Wednesday, January 6, the Waukon Police Department conducted a traffic stop with the assistance of the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office and Allamakee County K-9 unit in Waukon. During the traffic stop, the K-9 did positively indicate on the vehicle, and during a search of the vehicle, crystal methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were located and seized.
Jon Charles Fanta, age 51, of Viroqua, WI was arrested and charged for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving while suspended. Law enforcement officials remind that a criminal charge is merely an accusation and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Wed
06
Jan

Iowa lifts 2015 ban on Poultry Exhibitions

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship today announced last week the order cancelling all live bird exhibitions at county fairs, the Iowa State Fair, livestock auction markets, swap meets, exotic sales and other gatherings of birds due to avian influenza will be lifted January 1, 2016.
“This is very good news and another sign that we continue to recover from this devastating animal health emergency. We know the ban on exhibitions caused some real challenges for those anticipating showing or selling birds, but we appreciate everyone cooperating as we worked to stop the disease and then allow the industry to recover,” said Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture.

Wed
06
Jan

Let it snow...

The scene on First Street NW in Waukon Tuesday morning, December 29, 2015 was representative of many towns in northeast Iowa that morning, following a day-long winter storm that dropped anywhere from 8 to 12 inches throughout much of eastern Iowa.
In response to the volume of snow, the City of Waukon enlisted the aid of area businesses to haul the snow to the city's dump site behind the Allamakee County Fairgrounds. In addition to the Street Department's fleet, the City contracted with West Side Lumber, Kelly Concrete, and Bruening Rock Products. In addition to over 16 miles of town roads, the City and contracted crews cleared all the city parking lots and municipal sites.
In the bottom photo, each of the lumps and mounds represents at least one deposit of hauled-in snow. From start to finish, the crews were on the job for 18 hours.

Wed
30
Dec

Waterville Elementary’s Giving Tree benefits local relief office and Humane Society of Northeast Iowa


Molly making friends… Molly, a collie/Australian shepherd mix dog, just loved meeting and being loved by all the children at Waterville Elementary last week when she visited to pick up the donations made by the children for the Humane Society of Northeast Iowa. Molly has only been with the society for a week after her owner went into an assisted living center and therefore needed help finding a new family to take care of her.

Children and cupboards… Blackie the cat checked out all the children and any open cupboards in the classroom when she visited Waterville Elementary students last week. Given to the Humane Society of Northeast Iowa, Blackie’s owners retired and wanted to travel. Blackie has been with the society for six months.

The Giving Tree… Created by the students at Waterville Elementary, their own version of The Giving Tree is surrounded by donations for the animals at the Humane Society of Northeast Iowa. "It’s not about the presents," said Julie Askelson, Waterville Elementary Principal, "but the relationship with others – people and animals," after reading the popular book The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein to the children.

by Sharon Sander-Palmer Freelance Writer

Last week the students of Waterville Elementary School had surprise visitors to their classrooms to thank them for a donation made from the heart. The visitors - Blackie the cat, and Molly, a collie/Australian shepherd mix dog. The reason - a donation of items collected by the children especially for the Humane Society of Northeast Iowa (HSNEI).

Wed
30
Dec

Rose Bowl Hawkeye Snowman

This past Christmas Day Dennis DeBuhr, Dana DeBuhr Johnson, and Hattie Johnson took to the freshly fallen snow to build a Rose Bowl Hawkeye Snowman, complete with team scarf and roses in hand. When the Hawkeyes traveled to Pasadena in 1986 Dennis, Cory, Jeff, and Dana DeBuhr built their original Rose Bowl Hawkeye Snowman, featured then on the front page of the Waukon Standard. Submitted Photo.

Wed
30
Dec

Supervisors set bid opening date for County Public Safety Center

by Jason Meyer
The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met Monday morning, December 28 at 9 a.m.
Speaking before the Board was Carson Eggland, Executive Director of Helping Services of Northeast Iowa. Eggland asked the Board to consider a $1,500 funding request for Fiscal Year 2017, the same amount the group has requested for a number of years. He outlined services provided by Helping Services in Allamakee County, including domestic abuse counseling, substance abuse prevention, mentoring services, and family education programs.
The Supervisors thanked Eggland for his presentation, noting that he was the first in-person funding request received for the upcoming budget cycle.

Wed
30
Dec

Yellow River Forest, ACCB plan two 'First Day Hikes' for January 1

Yellow River State Forest and the Allamakee County Conservation Board (ACCB) will be hosting two “First Day Hikes” January 1, 2016, at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m. For the 10 a.m. hike, those interested should meet at the Yellow River State Forest Headquarters, 729 State Forest Road, Harpers Ferry. For the 1 p.m. hike, participants should meet at the Pike’s Peak State Park main shelter house, 32264 Pikes Peak Rd, McGregor.
The hikes will lead participants on designated hiking trails through the forest and along the bluffs, each hike will be approximately two miles. The events will be held weather permitting. If adequate snowfall exists snowshoes and trekking poles will be provided to those who do not have their own.

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