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Wed
11
Feb

Rep. Patti Ruff holds legislative forum in New Albin

The New Albin Community Center was the site of a legislative forum Saturday, February 7 where Iowa House of Representatives member Patti Ruff fielded questions from the audience. The first topic of concern was the proposed 10-cent increase in the gas tax. The bill was scheduled to be released Monday, February 9 and will come to a vote in the next couple weeks. Another item discussed was the need for fiber-optic broadband to "connect every lowan." The focus should be on bringing this fiber optic technology to small rural towns and the local telephone companies, Ruff said. Concerns were voiced about two of Iowa's mental health facilities in Mt. Pleasant and Clarinda facing closure.

Wed
04
Feb

Allamakee Public Safety Center Committee recommends Makee Manor site once again

by Bob Beach

The Allamakee Public Safety Center Committee met Wednesday, January 28 with Midwest Construction Consultants President John Hanson, who reviewed his analysis of three possible sites for the construction of a new public safety center and jail for Allamakee County. Though the Committee had previously recommended to the Board of Supervisors that the Makee Manor site north of Waukon be used for the project, a recent proposal from Waukon Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to locate the new facility within the city limits prompted a closer look at other possible sites, both of them located along or near the south edge of Waukon.

Wed
28
Jan

Allamakee Public Safety Center Committee to meet Wednesday night

A meeting of the Public Safety Center Committee has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room located on the first floor of the Allamakee County Courthouse in Waukon. Waukon Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) recently approached the Allamakee County Board of Supervisors and discussed utilizing a site located in the Waukon Industrial Park as a building site for the newly-proposed Public Safety Center.
Per the request of the Board of Supervisors, a site analysis is being completed on the proposed property. The site analysis will be presented to the Public Safety Center Committee at the meeting Wednesday. After review by the Committee, a recommendation from the Committee as to whether or not the site is a viable option will be presented to the Allamakee County Board of Supervisors.

Wed
28
Jan

First-ever Pie Championships benefits local Disabled American Veterans chapter

The 2015 Northeast Iowa Pie Championships took place Sunday, January 25 at the Farmers & Merchants Savings Bank Community Room in Waukon in an effort to raise funds for the Hamre-Giesen Chapter of Disabled American Veterans (DAV) based in the Waukon area. Among the activities at the inaugural event was a "celebrity" pie-eating contest (pictured below), which was won by Sandy Halverson of the S&D Cafe for being the first to finish eating her pie within the two-minute time limit. Local "celebrities" listed as contestants in the pie-eating contest included (seated clockwise from bottom left in below photo) Sandy Halverson, Jim Adam of the "Back to Country" band, Allamakee County Sheriff Clark Mellick, Hamre-Geisen DAV Chapter Commander Erik Nykannen, Allamakee County Board of Supervisors Chairman Larry Schellhammer, Jean Brink of Queen Jean Quilting, Eric Kelly of KNEI Radio and Mike Monroe of Monroe Auction Service.

Wed
28
Jan

News from the State House

by Patti Ruff, State Representative

Wed
21
Jan

Live Healthy Iowa 10-Week Wellness Challenge begins January 26

Registration for Live Healthy Iowa's 10-Week Wellness Challenge is entering its final week, as the competition runs from January 26 through April 3 this year. Iowans have the opportunity to join the challenge and commit to a healthier lifestyle in 2015, and local participants have an opportunity to maintain the leading role that Allamakee County has taken in its participation in the Community Cup Wellness Challenge since its inception four years ago.
For each of the past three years since the Community Cup Wellness Challenge became part of the Live Healthy Iowa program, Allamakee County has topped the field of entrants in percentage of population participating and completing the Wellness Challenge. The code for participants in Allamakee County to register under to become part of that Allamakee County effort once again this year is LHIALLCO.

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