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09
Sep

Body of Dorchester man discovered in Decorah; Officials seeking answers

Sunday morning, September 6, the Decorah Police Department and the Winneshiek Medical Center Ambulance were dispatched to the bridge on Fifth Street in Decorah, just off of Ice Cave Road, for an unresponsive adult male located on the ground below the bridge. The male was found to be deceased and was identified as Jason Neuman of Dorchester, age 35.
The Decorah Police Department is asking for the public's help in gaining more information about Neuman's activities on the night of September 5 and the early morning hours of September 6. Anyone with information is asked to call the Decorah Police Department at 563-382-3667.
 

Wed
02
Sep

Harpers Ferry nurse Summer Garin will depart later this month for year-long medical mission in Honduras


Summer Garin will be working with World Gospel Outreach in the capital city of Honduras for the upcoming year, offering health services ranging from basic blood pressure checks to helping people with things such as prenatal care and diabetes. Garin, a resident of Harpers Ferry, is pictured above during a week she spent doing missionary medical work earlier this summer. She says that time confirmed her decision to dedicate a year of her life to working with the less fortunate. Submitted photo.

by Kelli Boylen

Wed
02
Sep

Local school boards each have three seats up for election September 8

Elections for school board members in Allamakee County and across the state of Iowa will be held Tuesday, September 8. Polls in Allamakee County will be open that day from 12 noon to 8 p.m. and in-person absentee voting is available now in the Auditor’s Office at the Allamakee County Courthouse in Waukon through 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 8.
Both the Allamakee Community School District and the Eastern Allamakee Community School District have three incumbent candidates each on their respective September 8 ballot who are running unopposed for re-election this year.
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Wed
02
Sep

Marketing to target audience is key to successful tourism along Scenic Byway

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

Tuesday, August 18, Main Street Lansing hosted a meeting featuring the Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation & Development, Inc. (RC&D) Executive Director Lora Friest and Scenic Byways Project Coordinator Jared Nielsen. Friest and Nielsen met with approximately 20 people from Harpers Ferry, Lansing and Waukon businesses and tourism development offices to discuss enhancing tourism and economic growth utilizing the resources of the Scenic Byways.
The RC&D is a nonprofit that serves the seven-county area of northeast Iowa to develop ideas, build partnerships and find funding for projects which will enhance community life. During their Powerpoint presentation, Friest  and Nielsen elicited comments and ideas from the audience on recommendations of how the Scenic Byways could be enhanced as a potential tourist attraction.

Wed
02
Sep

Patriot Tour to arrive in Waukon this Thursday; "Scootin' America" comes to town this Friday

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The 2015 Patriot Tour motorcycle ride will make its way through Waukon once again this year, as this year's summer-long tour carrying the American flag through the 48 contiguous United States nears completion. The flag will arrive at Waukon Harley-Davidson this Thursday afternoon, September 3 shortly after 1:30 p.m. after being escorted through downtown Waukon by the Waukon Fire Department.
Those wishing to help escort the riders through Waukon are welcome to meet with them at the Waukon Wellness Center parking lot between 1-1:30 p.m. The riders will then proceed down Main Street of Waukon to the stop light intersection, where they will then turn south and head toward Waukon-Harley Davidson to participate in a ceremony that will involve passing the flag on to the next group of riders and a small reception with refreshments.

Wed
26
Aug

Crowned Alternate Iowa Dairy Princess

Leslie Sivesind, 17-year-old daughter of Dan and Jane Sivesind of Waukon, was named Alternate Iowa Dairy Princess at the 62nd Iowa Dairy Princess coronation event held Wednesday, August 12 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines during this year's Iowa State Fair. Sivesind represents the Iowa Guernsey Breeders Association and recently began her senior year at Waukon High School. Beginning September 1, she will assist 18-year-old Kate Stewart of Oelwein, who was crowned the 62nd Iowa Dairy Princess, in serving as goodwill ambassadors for Iowa's dairy farmers and promoting the dairy industry at public appearances. Each princess received a $1,000 scholarship from Midwest Dairy Association, which sponsors the Iowa Dairy Princess program on behalf of Iowa’s dairy farmers. Photo courtesy of Midwest Dairy Association.
 

Wed
26
Aug

Ribbon-cutting ceremony at Lansing Generating Station celebrates completion of project, cleaner air


A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Tuesday, August 18 at the Alliant Energy Lansing Generating Station celebrating completion of an air quality improvement project at the Lansing facility that includes a scrubber unit (a portion of which can be scene in the photo background above) that will reportedly reduce sulfur dioxide emissions from the facility by approximately 90 percent. Construction of the project at the Lansing facility began about a year ago, and the project is estimated to have cost $55 million. Photo by B.J. Tomlinson.

A year-long construction effort of an air quality improvement project at Alliant Energy's Lansing Generating Station has now come to completion and is expected to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions at the facility by approximately 90 percent. Alliant Energy held a ribbon-cutting event at the Lansing plant Tuesday, August 18 to mark the end of construction and official start-up of a scrubber system that was added to Lansing Unit 4, with current and former Alliant energy employees, project contractors, labor leaders and community officials in attendance.
The scrubber system involves a post-combustion process that injects lime or lime slurry into the stream of gases leaving the generating facility boiler to remove sulfur dioxide and capture it in a solid or liquid waste by-product. A scrubber typically removes more than 90% of the sulfur dioxide emissions, according to company and project officials.

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