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25
Nov

Run-off election taking place December 1 to decide winner of Waukon City Council At-Large vacancy

Voters in Waukon will be asked to return to the polls Tuesday, December 1 to determine which of two candidates will fill an At-Large vacancy on the Waukon City Council. All registered voters within the city of Waukon are eligible to vote in the run-off election, but the only polling site open that December 1 election day will be at the Waukon NICC Center, Room 109, located at 1220 Third Avenue NW, and that site will be open from 12 noon to 8 p.m.

Wed
25
Nov

Listening posts indicate Iowans not ready for Governor's plan for Medicaid privatization

by Lissa Blake

When it comes to privatizing Medicaid services for more than half a million Iowans, many people think Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is moving way too fast.
That is the gist of the feedback Iowans are giving at listening posts around the state in regard to the Governor's proposed plan slated to go into effect at the beginning of the new year.
Monday, November 16, around 40 area residents expressed their concerns regarding Branstad’s proposed privatization of Medicaid at a listening post forum held at Luther College in Decorah.
By January 1, 2016, the health care of more than half a million Iowans is scheduled to be turned over to four managed care companies. Because the federal government shares the cost of Iowa’s Medicaid services, opponents of Branstad’s plan hope federal officials will either reject or delay the plan.

Wed
25
Nov

Indian Springs Pond in Waukon City Park drained to accommodate removal of silt as part of FEMA-approved project that includes shoreline reinforcement


Indian Springs Pond drained to facilitate FEMA project ... A small stream of water filters its way to the drain pipe (lower left of above photo) on the southeast edge of Indian Springs Pond in the Waukon City Park, as the draining of the pond neared completion late last week. The pond is being drained to facilitate the digging out of approximately 2,400 cubic yards of silt that has filtered into the pond, mainly as a result of the 2013 flooding that took place in the Waukon area. The overall project will also involve the reinforcing of the south and east shorelines of the pond to prevent erosion. Standard photo by Jason Meyer.

by Jason Meyer

Wed
25
Nov

Quilts of Valor presentations made to local veterans

The surrounding photos are from Quilts of Valor presentations made to local veterans during Veterans Day programs held at local schools Wednesday, November 11. Pictured at top receiving Quilts of Valor at the Waukon High School Veterans Day program are, left to right, Curt Kruger, Marvin Strike, Jim Johnson, Jerry Halverson, Shawn Dorhmann and Erik Nykkanen. Unable to attend the program was Quilts of Valor recipient Ozzie Quandahl. In the middle picture are Quilts of Valor recipients honored at the Veterans Day program at St. Patrick Elementary School in Waukon. Left to right in photo at right, are recipients Jim Sweeney, Vernis Haberichter and Randy Murphy. In bottom photo, Ray Burke was presented his Quilt of Valor at his home by one of the local Quilts of Valor creators, Grace Murphy. Submitted photos.

Wed
18
Nov

Lansing man charged with arson, variety of other charges in Saturday incident

Saturday morning, November 14, at approximately 3:03 a.m., the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a fire and an assault at  a residence located at 1788 Faegre Prairie Road in rural Lansing of Allamakee County. The initial investigation indicated the fire had been intentionally started as a result of an arson.
Ryan Daniel Troendle, age 31, of Lansing fled the scene and was pursued by law enforcement. Troendle was later taken into custody at a farm located on Dry Ridge Drive. He has been charged with the following as a result of the initial investigation:
Eluding, a Class D felony; Assault While Participating In A Felony, a Class C felony; Operating A Motor Vehicle Without Owners Consent, an aggravated misdemeanor; Willful Injury Causing Serious Injury, a Class C felony; Third Degree Criminal Mischief, an aggravated misdemeanor; Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon, a Class D felony; First Degree Arson, a Class B felony.

Wed
18
Nov

Semi rollover blocks Old Stage Road Friday morning

Friday, November 13, at 7:15  a.m., the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a semi truck roll-over accident at the intersection of Old Stage Road and State Highway 9 west of Waukon. A semi truck and trailer driven by Todd Allen Waterman, age 29, of Castalia was eastbound on State Highway 9 and attempted to turn north on to Old Stage Road. The driver failed to negotiate the corner and the vehicle rolled over as a result, spilling its load of livestock feed supplement. Crews worked approximately three hours to recover the vehicle and spilled material, which was augered into a Waukon Feed Ranch truck and hauled away. There were no injuries reported. Assisting at the scene was the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office, Waukon Police Department and Waukon Fire Department. Standard photos by Jason Meyer.
 

Wed
18
Nov

Quilts of Valor presentations for Veterans Day

Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, eight "Quilts of Valor" were presented to area veterans at a ceremony held at the Vet's Club in Waukon. Making the presentation for the second year were local quilters Linda Cook, Lois Abler and Jane Meyer. Those receiving the quilts at the presentation included, left to right in photo at right, Mike Van Gorp, Cheri White, Paul Howes, Pat Bresnahan, Robbie Burrett (unavailable to attend but represented by his grandson, Michael Roth, who is also a U.S. military veteran), Don Johnson and Kenny Lough. The eighth presentation was made to Pat Ward, who was also unavailable to attend. The Quilts of Valor presentation was just part of the many area Veterans Day observances held throughout area schools and other locations in honor of those who have served. Standard photo by Jason Meyer.
 

Wed
18
Nov

Bluff Revision work along Highway 26 completed


Before ... and after ...

The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) has completed the bluff revision work along State Highway 26 just north of Lansing. The project began August 10 (view in left photo prior to start of project), requiring a short detour along North Front Street until November 11 (finished project view in right photo). The DOT hired Skyline Construction of Decorah to cut away the rock outcroppings and brush that were too close to the west edge of the highway. John Shimek, Highway Technician Senior of the DOT District 2 office in New Hampton, said that last week, after the construction work was completed, native grasses were planted in the blacker soil further up on Mt. Hosmer and that a rural grass mix and green mulch (evident in photo at right) were sprayed on the bare dirt. A 15-foot "shelf" was created between the hill and cement barriers along the road to provide a soft landing for any rocks or debris that might roll down the hill toward the highway.

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