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Counterfeit $10 bill surfaces in Waukon

The Waukon Police Department wants the local community to be aware that there has been a report of counterfeit money that has surfaced in Waukon. The Waukon Chamber of Commerce received a report last week from a business in Waukon that received a counterfeit ten dollar bill.
The bill was confirmed to be counterfeit through use of a counterfeit indication pen. The Waukon Police Department suggests that the most effective way to detect counterfeit currency is with such a pen that reacts to the wood-based paper used by most counterfeiters in comparison to the fiber-based paper used by the United States Treasury.

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White Christmas?

Snow showers that powdered northeast Iowa Friday, December 18, such as what was captured in the above photo, may have had some area residents thinking of the possibility of the traditional white Christmas first popularized in song during the 1940s by Irving Berlin and Bing Crosby. Anywhere from a trace to nearly half an inch of snow was reported in various locations throughout Allamakee County that Friday, making for some difficult travel conditions during the day. The edging up of weekend temperatures, coupled with the arrival of light rain Sunday, December 20 into the first official day of winter, Monday, December 21, to start this week leading up to the Christmas holiday, erased all signs of Friday's snowfall, perhaps along with any hopes of this year featuring a white Christmas locally.

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Mild December weather allows work to progress on Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center

Because of, but also in spite of, the unseasonably mild early December weather, work has continued to progress on the Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center located just south of Lansing on the Columbus Property. Although the several inches of rain received the weekend of December 12-13 coupled with the lack of frozen ground has recently made for a rather muddy job site, the warmer than average temperatures for the first half of December have allowed for much of the structural foundation to begin to take shape, such as the pouring of concrete walls for the Center pictured above. Since the project started in November, the building site has been excavated to the bottom level of the structure, and footings and foundation walls have been nearly completed. Other work completed on the project includes the drilling of two wells for the building's geothermal system, although they await connection.

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Cub Scouts donate toys to Allamakee Giving Tree

A total of 35 Cub Scouts from Pack 64 in Waukon collected toys at their December Pack meeting for the Allamakee Giving Tree, sponsored by Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation (NEIACAC). NEIACAC is assisting 106 families during the holiday season this year and the donations from the Cub Scouts will help give those families toys as gifts or to play with during the holiday season. Pictured above at the donation presentation are, left to right, Letha Folsom of NEICAC, Cub Scouts Zach, Caden, Jackson and Ryan, and Susan Troendle of NEICAC. Submitted photo.

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Special birthday wish

Maxwell Moore, son of Andy and Emily Moore of Waukon, decided he wanted to do something special for his fifth birthday recently celebrated. Instead of gifts for himself, he asked his friends to bring a new toy to be donated to Toys for Tots. He is pictured above at the Toys for Tots collection site at Fareway in Waukon donating all of the toys collected by his friends. Submitted photo.

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End of another era: Site of Makee Manor expected to undergo another change as the new year begins


Makee Manor approaching its final days ... The Makee Manor building just north of Waukon along State Highway 9 will be facing demolition shortly after the new year begins, with bids for demolition of the building expected to be let by the end of this year and a contractor anticipated to be selected sometime in January of the new year. Demolition will take place throughout the remainder of the winter season, with new construction of the Allamakee County Public Safety Center then expected to begin at the site once spring weather allows. Standard photo by Bob Beach.

by Bob Beach
and Jason Meyer

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Waukon ranks number one in recently-released SafeWise report of "2015 Safest Cities in Iowa"


Waukon Police Department appreciates, welcomes partnership with the community ... While one might automatically think that designation of being the Safest City in Iowa reflects solely on the law enforcement officers of a community such as Waukon, the seven officers pictured above from the Waukon Police Department are quick to also give credit back to the members of the community for being proactive in reporting suspicious or troublesome activity, helping prevent situations from escalating into bigger issues. Pictured above, left to right, are the seven officers of the Waukon Police Department: David Burrett, Alyssa Petersburg, Assistant Chief Paul Wagner, Chief Phil Young, Chris McCartney, Jeremy Wicks, Chad Dugan. The officers encourage members of the community to get to know them in an effort to continue the partnership between the community and law enforcement they feel plays a significant role in designations such as the number-one ranking the city of Waukon recently received in the SafeWay report of the 2015 Safest Cities in Iowa. Submitted photo courtesy of Rachel Burras.

SafeWise, an independently-owned organization offering review and comparisons on information and products related to home security, released its 15 Safest Cities in Iowa Report for 2015 December 7, and the city of Waukon was ranked number one in that report based on criteria used by SafeWise to compile such rankings. To coordinate the report, SafeWise analysts considered the most recent Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) crime data on violent crimes and property crimes from the year 2013 to rank applicable cities in the state of Iowa which have a minimum population of 3,000 people.
Although local law enforcement would be most people's first thought when it comes to a city's safety ranking such as one conducted by SafeWise, Waukon Police Chief Phil Young and his crew of six additional officers are quick to give credit back to members of the community themselves.

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