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Waukon man does not return to residential facility; Officers from Allamakee County Sheriff's Office, other agencies arrest him in rural Waukon

Late Monday afternoon, February 22, the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Iowa Department of Corrections that Dakota Dale Voves, age 24, of Waukon had failed to return to the West Union Residential Treatment Center in West Union where he was serving a court-ordered sentence. Area law enforcement officials were put on alert for an attempt to locate Voves.
Friday morning, February 26, the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol arrested Voves at a residence on Pole Line Road in rural Allamakee County on a Warrant for a Probation Violation. Voves was taken into custody without incident and is currently being held in the Allamakee County Jail in Waukon.

 

Wed
24
Feb

DNR to host pair of meetings March 1 in Allamakee County to discuss CWD plans

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be hosting two public meetings in Allamakee County to update the public on chronic wasting disease and seek public input on partnering with hunters, taxidermists and lockers to increase surveillance on the area’s deer herd. Two wild deer harvested in Allamakee County during the recent hunting season have been confirmed positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), marking the third year in a row the disease has been confirmed in a wild Iowa deer, all in Allamakee County.
The meetings are scheduled for Tuesday March 1, one from 2-4 p.m. at the Ethel Robinson Meehan Community Center, located at 238 North Fourth Street in Harpers Ferry, and another from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Waukon Banquet Center, located at 612 Rossville Road, in Waukon.

Wed
24
Feb

Supervisors hold pair of sessions this past week due to holiday

Discussion of Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center draws large crowd again at Tuesday session

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors held a pair of regular sessions within the past week, one of them delayed a day by the President's Day holiday. Coverage of both the Tuesday, February 16 and Monday, February 22 Board of Supervisors meetings appears below:

Wed
24
Feb

West Union man survives local ice fishing incident


Les Keune

New Albin Fire Department, local hovercraft owner help rescue man from icy waters of Minnesota Slough

Editor's Note: The following article was first published in the February 10, 2016 edition of the Fayette County Union newspaper of West Union. It is being reprinted here with permission from the Fayette County Union and includes some additional comments from local individuals involved in the rescue effort.

by Chris DeBack,
Fayette County Union
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

Wed
24
Feb

Effigy Mounds National Monument will be releasing Draft Cultural Landscape Report for public review

Thursday, February 25, the National Park Service (NPS) will begin seeking the public’s comments on a Draft Cultural Landscape Report and Environmental Assessment (CLR/EA) for Effigy Mounds National Monument. The public is encouraged to download and comment on the Draft CLR/EA during the public review period, which will run from February 25 through March 25.
A Cultural Landscape Report serves multiple purposes. First, it documents what is known of the park’s landscape: its origins, its evolution over time, its cultural features, and its current condition. Second, it proposes treatment recommendations for managing the landscape in order to ensure the long-term preservation of its resources and values.

Wed
24
Feb

Winneshiek Energy District to host solar workshops; One scheduled in Waukon March 3

Winneshiek Energy District is working with local partners to bring five Go Solar! Workshops to Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette and Howard counties in February and March of 2016. Attendees can learn solar basics, meet contractors and see solar in action at host sites, among other things.
A solar workshop is scheduled for Allamakee County for Thursday, March 3 in the Community Room at Farmers & Merchants Savings Bank in Waukon. The workshops will be held according to the following schedule:
• February 25: Clayton County; Keystone AEA in Elkader
• March 1: Chickasaw County; New Hampton Community Center
• March 3: Allamakee County; Farmers and Merchants Savings Bank in Waukon
• March 8: Howard County; Cresco Bank and Trust in Cresco
• March 10: Fayette County; West Union Public Library (tentative).

Tue
23
Feb

Historic Hawks... Soaring to State for the first time in program history!!!

The expressions on faces and numbers on the scoreboard tell the tale as members of the Kee girls basketball team race toward their fans with the State Tournament qualifying banner they received after defeating Lynnville-Sully in a 61-58 overtime thriller Monday, February 22 in the Class 1A Region 3 championship game held at Cedar Falls High School. The Hawk triumph advances Kee to the State Basketball Tournament for the first time in school history, where the Hawks are now slated to match their number-five ranking and 22-2 season record against fourth-rated and 23-1 Burlington-Notre Dame Monday, February 29, beginning at 11:45 a.m. at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Find additional coverage of the Kee basketball girls' historic feat on pages 15A and 16A in this week's edition of The Standard, and look for a celebratory commemorative banner to be released later this week that you can be a part of by calling The Standard at 563-568-3431.

Wed
17
Feb

Nominations sought for Allamakee County Dairy Banquet set for March 19

Award nomination deadline February 26; Dairy Princess applications due March 1

Wed
17
Feb

Jeffrey Sweeney wins State Ringman title at IAA Convention


Jeffrey Sweeney of Waukon receives his trophy for being named the State Ringman Champion from his sister, Jodi Sweeney-Egeland, outgoing president of the Iowa Auctioneers Association. Jeffrey won the honor during the Iowa Auctioneers Association Convention held February 5-7 in Ankeny. Submitted photo.

The Iowa Auctioneers Association (IAA) held its annual convention February 5-7 in Ankeny. Auctioneers and auction professionals from across the state gathered to partake in educational seminars, networking and various auction-related contests.
Jeffrey Sweeney of Waukon has been attending the IAA Convention with his family for several years. Sweeney’s grandfather, Ray E. Sweeney, was named IAA Man of the Year in 1992 and is a Hall of Fame member. Jeffrey’s father, Jeff L. Sweeney, is a Past President and Hall of Fame member. Jeffrey’s sister, Jodi Sweeney-Egeland, has been honored as the 2007 Iowa Bid Calling Champion, the 2008 International Bid Calling Champion, Auctioneer of the Year, and just completed her term as President of the association.

Wed
17
Feb

New Upper Iowa River Watershed Management Authority receives $5.5 million in grant funding

Flooding concerns addressed through conservation

by Lissa Blake

A newly formed group concerned with controlling floodwater received a recent shot in the arm.
The newly-formed Upper Iowa River Watershed Management Authority (UIRWMA) received news it was awarded $5.5 million as part of a National Disaster Resiliency Competition grant, which allocated a total of $96.8 million to eight watershed authorities across the state of Iowa over the next five years.

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