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Monday update by Allamakee County Public Health reveals two positive COVID-19 cases this past week

Following the first two weeks of July that combined for a double-digit increase in confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 - with 15 new cases reported from July 1-13, Allamakee County was originally reported by the State of Iowa as having just one new case confirmed during this past week, July 14-20, on the State’s daily website update at www.coronavirus.iowa.gov.

However, a late Monday, July 20 update from the Allamakee County Public Health Department reported notification of another new case being confirmed that day. Prior to that Monday, July 20 update by Allamakee County Public Health, the single new confirmed case for the previous week was reported Thursday, July 16 and was a midpoint blemish between four days prior and four days following where no new confirmed cases had been reported for Allamakee County.

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Allamakee County to get its Freedom Rock


Allamakee County Freedom Rock now in place ... A large boulder was placed by crews from Bruening Rock Products early Friday morning, July 17 in the Waukon City Park to serve as the canvas for Allamakee County’s Freedom Rock to be painted by famed artist Ray “Bubba” Sorenson in mid-August. After several years of organizing and the last couple years spent searching for a suitable rock, this large piece of Iowa’s geographic history soon to honor Allamakee County Veterans’ history was found in a Mason City quarry and hauled to its new home in Allamakee County by Caledonia Haulers, with driver Ken Mark of Waukon also donating his time to haul the rock. The rock will become part of Sorenson’s Freedom Rock Tour in all 99 Iowa counties that serves to both honor America’s Veterans and also promote tourism in Iowa, with plans to further enhance the area surrounding the rock with suitable landscaping and other aspects honoring Allamakee County Veterans and promoting additional area attractions. Noticeable in the background of the above photo, one of the most honorable aspects of the Allamakee County Freedom Rock location is its proximity to Oakland Cemetery just across the State Highway 9/76 entrance into Waukon, where many such area veterans these Freedom Rocks are designed to honor now lie in rest following their contributions to this nation’s freedoms, and where the Waukon Memorial Day program is held each year. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

“Canvas” for Iowa artist Bubba Sorenson arrives at Waukon City Park, painting to begin in August

After years of waiting, this year marks Allamakee County’s turn to get its Freedom Rock as part of an overall honoring and tourism idea formulated by Iowa artist Ray Sorenson.

Back in 1999, Ray Sorensen (better known as Bubba) painted his first Freedom Rock in Menlo, which is located in Adair County in Iowa. He was encouraged to continue with the project, which really took off after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

Sorenson decided to paint 99 Freedom Rocks across the state of Iowa - one for each county. As he was traveling from county to county painting the rocks, he came up with the idea to work with the State of Iowa to create a tourism draw with the rocks by promoting the “Freedom Rock” Tour.

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Dollar Fresh opens its doors ...

Thursday evening, July 16, leaders from the Waukon community and Allamakee County were invited by Hy-Vee and Dollar Fresh officials to a “sneak-peek” ribbon cutting event at the new Dollar Fresh store that held its grand opening for the public the very next morning, Friday, July 17 in the former Shopko store location in southwest Waukon. Pictured above at that ribbon cutting are a number of those community and county leaders standing with Dollar Fresh Waukon store manager Matt Kundert as he cuts the ribbon, along with Hy-Vee District Director Jeremy Low and members of the Waukon store’s management team.

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Royal recognition ...

As part of the Allamakee County Fair each year, area “royalty” is recognized along with the announcement of the Allamakee County Fair Royalty Team that serves in various capacities throughout the fair and throughout the next year. During the Thursday evening, July 9 performance of The Caminos at this year’s modified Allamakee County Fair due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the local young ladies pictured at right were recognized for the service they’ve provided to their various organizations as their 2020 royal representatives. Pictured above, left to right, are Allamakee County Beef Queen Soraya Reyes, Miss Iowa Angus Allie Bieber, Iowa Miss Teen United States Agriculture Diana Davison, Allamakee County Alternate Dairy Princess Kaylee Gibbs, event emcee Laurie Wild of WQPC Q94 Radio, Allamakee County Dairy Princess Faith Palmer, and 2020 Allamakee County Fair Royalty Team members Madelyn Moser and Shara Cota.

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Allamakee County Public Health reports that seven new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed within the county this past week

Allamakee County continued to follow the recent nationwide trend of increasing confirmed COVID-19 cases as summer activity has increased and restrictions that had been in place over the past several months have been lessened. After the Allamakee County Department of Public Health reported a total of eight new confirmed cases during the first week in July, Allamakee County’s new case numbers remained right within that same range this past week with seven new confirmed cases from Tuesday, July 7 through Monday, July 13.

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Going “over the edge” to help facilitate the comeback of peregrine falcons in the Mississippi River Valley


Rappelling the bluff ... Amy Ries of the Raptor Resource Project starts her rappelling descent through the brush from a blufftop overlooking the Mississippi River valley in northeast Iowa. Ries says she is thankful for the landowners who so generously allow them access to the bluffs on their properties. Photo by Scott Boylen.

Making his descent ... The crew that rappelled and banded peregrine falcons this spring included Raptor Resource Project Director John Howe, David Kester, Amy Ries, Sophia Landis and Mark Webber. Other volunteers included Bill Smith, Jon Stravers and Maggie Jones. Pictured above is David Kester as he prepares to go over the bluff in hope of retrieving the young peregrine falcons to be banded for the project. Photo by Scott Boylen.

First-time experience ... Sophia Landis of Elkader rappelled with the Raptor Resource Project for the first time this year. Here she holds a young peregrine after it has been banded (blue band on leg in photo foreground). Once the young are banded and information is gathered they are safely taken back to their nest. Photo by Scott Boylen.

by Kelli Boylen

Most people who live in northeast Iowa have overlooked the Mississippi River valley from the top of a bluff and looked up at the bluff tops from the river valley.

Few have rappelled down the cliffs, and it’s safe to say the number of people who have rappelled down the bluff sides to fetch baby peregrine falcons while the parent birds are dive bombing their efforts is very few. Members of the Raptor Resource Project (RRP) spend several days each spring doing just that.

Peregrine falcons are the fastest bird in the world, reaching speeds up to 200 miles per hour during hunting dives, and they are once again calling northeast Iowa home thanks to the Raptor Resource Project and the legacy of Bob Anderson.

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Veterans Memorial Hospital issues reminder of COVID-19 testing guidelines

Call first to determine qualification for testing

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon continues to follow Iowa Department of Public Health recommendations for testing of COVID-19. To qualify for a test, patients must meet one of the following criteria:

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Pair of local young ladies to serve as Fair Royalty Team as part of this year’s modified Allamakee County Fair


Pictured above, left to right, Shara Cota and Madelyn Moser...

A complete schedule of events for this year’s Allamakee County Fair ...

Shara Cota and Madelyn Moser to be introduced as Fair Royalty Team at Thursday night performance of The Caminos

With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing significant adjustments to most all events planned for this summer, the 167th Allamakee County Fair has certainly been no exception. Although many county fairs have been canceled altogether or dwindled to a much smaller version of what they traditionally have been, the Allamakee County Fair Board has been striving to provide the best possible variety of events and entertainment within the limiting guidelines put in place as a result of the ongoing pandemic virus.

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07
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New COVID-19 cases in Allamakee County this past week cause closure of local business and camp

Village Creek Bible Camp, Expresso report case exposures; Public Health reminds people to follow mitigation measures

As summer activity has increased, it was expected that the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 would also increase. Recent news stories through basically every media source confirm that expectation to a great degree across most of the nation, but that trend has now trickled down to a more local level as well this past week.

Eight new confirmed positive COVID-19 cases have been reported in Allamakee County within the past week’s time by the Allamakee County Public Health Department. Even more attention-grabbing is the fact that some of those cases have resulted in the temporary closure of a pair of local entities after case exposure was announced by each of them this past week.

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Still time to sign up for Allamakee County Bible Reading Marathon taking place through July 14

Pair of public reading events scheduled to be held July 11 in Lansing and July 14 on Allamakee County Courthouse lawn

The 2020 Allamakee Bible Reading Marathon is continuing to be held now through Tuesday, July 14 as part of the Iowa 99 County Bible Reading Marathon. Residents of Allamakee County can participate by requesting one or more 30-minute segment(s) of Scripture by using one of the following means:

1. The SignUp Genius website: Go to https://tinyurl.com/2020AllamakeeBibleMarathon

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2. Text or call 563-217-9814. This phone number is operational from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday through July 14.

Participants can start reading their chosen segment(s) immediately, completing them at their convenience, wherever and with whomever they wish. As of Monday morning, July 6, 92 of the 156 segments of Scripture have been selected by readers.

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