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28
Oct

Voters to head to the polls in local communities for City Elections set for Tuesday, November 3

Voters in six cities within Allamakee County will be going to the polls Tuesday, November 3 to elect local government and other officials. Polls will be open in Harpers Ferry, Lansing, New Albin, Postville, Waterville and Waukon from 12 noon to 8 p.m. that Tuesday, with absentee voting also able to be done in person at the Allamakee County Auditor's Office in the Allamakee County Courthouse in Waukon now through 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 3.
While all six communities have governmental seats up for election, just three of those communities have races for those seats that are actually being contested by more declared candidates than there are seats available. The community of Harpers Ferry has four declared candidates vying for three City Council seats; New Albin has three declared candidates running to fill a vacancy in two City Council seats; and Waukon has a two-person declared race for Mayor and a three-person declared race for one At-Large City Council vacancy.

Wed
28
Oct

Owners of Waterville Store overwhelmed by support, have plans to rebuild from early October 10 blaze


Fire burned through the Waterville Store on Main Street in Waterville during the early morning hours of Saturday, October 10, leaving owners Matt and Chris Rathbun awaiting declaration on the soundness of the remaining structure. Regardless of that declaration, the Rathbuns say they have plans to rebuild the Waterville Store and look forward to "serving the town of Waterville and surrounding area again very soon." Standard photo by Bob Beach.

by Kelli Boylen

Wed
21
Oct

Mike Ferring Construction named 2015 Cloy Kuhse Positive Impact Award winner

The Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) Board of Directors announced Mike Ferring Construction of Waukon as the 2015 Cloy Kuhse Positive Impact Award winner at the ACED Annual Meeting hosted in Waterville Thursday, October 15. Mike Ferring Construction now joins the list of annual award recipients that also includes TASC of Waukon, Wuennecke’s Meat Market of New Albin, and Norplex-Micarta of Postville.

Wed
21
Oct

Quick action prevents greater damage in recent Allamakee County manure spill

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reports that a pipe coupler on manure application equipment broke Monday, October 12, allowing manure to reach Clark Creek in northeast Allamakee County about a mile and a half above where the creek flows into the Upper Iowa River southwest of New Albin.
Krauskopf Pumping Service of Decorah was pumping liquid manure from Cyclone 1 hog confinement owned by David Weymiller of rural New Albin for land application on crop fields when the coupler break released an estimated 1,000 gallons of the manure, causing a fish kill in the creek.
“In less than an hour the landowner did a great job of damming the creek, preventing further damage downstream. We checked every place between the spill site and the Upper Iowa River for dead fish,” said Theresa Shay, technician at the DNR’s Decorah fish hatchery. “We only found two dead fish in the entire stretch - two white suckers, but we did see live sticklebacks and white suckers.”

Wed
21
Oct

Smoke testing the sewer system

The Waukon Water and Sewer Department worked with employees of Fehr Graham Engineering to conduct “smoke testing” throughout Waukon’s southwest quadrant Thursday, October 15 in an effort to detect areas where storm water may be infiltrating the City’s sanitary sewer system. Water and Sewer Department Superintendent Bob Campbell said the smoke testing did detect a potential problem area along Fifth Avenue SW which will require further inspection, possibly with cameras or by manually crawling through the sewer system in that area. As part of the testing process, manhole covers to the sanitary sewer are temporarily removed and replaced with a fan assembly (such as the one pictured at right) that forces air into the sanitary sewer, and then a smoke bomb (harmless stage smoke) is placed by the fan’s intake in an effort to blow smoke throughout the sewer system.

Wed
21
Oct

Changes made in Iowa Permit to Carry Weapons renewal procedure

The Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind current Iowa Permit to Carry Weapon holders that there have been changes to the renewal procedure for their Nonprofessional Permit to Carry.
Qualification and application for renewal of an Iowa Nonprofessional Permit to Carry Weapons now involves the following:
• To renew a Nonprofessional Permit to Carry Weapons, a person must complete any of the acceptable forms of training, or, at the discretion of the applicant, may instead choose to qualify on a range under the supervision of a certified instructor. The instructor will determine what constitutes qualification.

Wed
14
Oct

Owner of Mexican restaurant takes final step toward becoming a citizen of the United States


Jose Velarde (at right), owner of the Fiesta Vallarta Mexican restaurant on Main Street in Waukon, is pictured, left to right, with his wife, Londy, and their two children, Mariela and Jose, following the naturalization ceremony the elder Jose completed September 17 to become a citizen of the United States. Submitted photo.

by Bob Beach

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