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01
Sep

Much like everywhere else, positive COVID-19 case numbers starting to reach levels of this past spring in Allamakee County

The weekly updates by the Iowa Department of Public Health of positive COVID-19 case numbers have begun to reveal increased levels in Allamakee County not seen since mid-March of this year. After declining to an average of single-digit weekly positive case numbers in late spring and throughout the summer - at times hovering right around no new positive cases reported, the past two weeks have seen those positive case numbers increase to between 15 and 20 cases per week, with the week of March 9-15 earlier this year being the last time Allamakee County reported as many as 20 new positive cases for a reported week’s timeframe.

Wed
01
Sep

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig visits Waukon Feed Ranch Agronomy Center during recent tour through northeast Iowa


Iowa Ag Secretary visits Waukon Feed Ranch ... Thursday morning, August 26, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig (far right) visited the Waukon Feed Ranch Agronomy Center located west of Waukon on Old Highway 9. Pictured above with Secretary Naig are Waukon Feed Ranch staff members (left to right) Brian Herman, Trevor Herman (partially hidden), Kim Winters, Brad Herman, Michelle Wood (partially hidden), Daniel Dykstra and Natalie Rasmussen. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig visited the Waukon Feed Ranch Agronomy Center west of Waukon Thursday, August 26 to meet with management and stakeholders to hear concerns and discuss matters relating to agriculture and agribusiness in Allamakee County.
Naig began the meeting with discussion of drought conditions that are being seen throughout the state. He noted that some areas in Iowa are not far from the D2 or D3 drought categories, which can be described as categories where crop or pasture losses are likely. Naig commented that parts of the state are in 12-inch rain deficits, which will likely not be made up until this fall, and that river navigation on both sides of the state are a concern with low river levels.

Wed
01
Sep

Senator Joni Ernst visits Postville as part of 99-County Tour ...

Senator Joni Ernst toured TransferMaster, a manufacturer of adjustable beds for hospitals and those with disabilities, in Postville Friday, August 20 as part of her annual 99-County Tour. Ernst learned about the company’s operations and discussed the challenges the business has faced and worked to overcome during its time in business in the small northeast Iowa community. Pictured above, left to right, during that visit are Gwen Rekow, Postville Mayor Leigh Rekow, Senator Joni Ernst, and TransferMaster Office Manager Heidi Meyer, Manager Chaim Abrahams and Production Manager Jason Meyer. Standard photo by Joe Moses.
 

Wed
25
Aug

Allamakee County to transition to Alert Iowa Emergency Notification System for weather and other alerts

Allamakee County Emergency Management Coordinator Corey Snitker wants to inform the public about a new Emergency Alert system Allamakee County is migrating to called Alert Iowa. This system will shortly, in early September, be replacing the CodeRED notification system currently used as the alert platform in Allamakee County.  Current users of CodeRED will need to sign up for this new system to continue to receive emergency alert notifications.

Alert Iowa is a new multi-purpose emergency alert system that provides county-specific information on weather and non-weather-related alerts for local residents. The system allows County and/or City officials and the National Weather Service to communicate emergency information directly to residents via a voice call, text message and/or email and will feature two alert options: weather and non-weather notifications.

Wed
25
Aug

Lansing Office Works to offer co-working space and opportunities for entrepreneurs, small business owners and remote workers


Making it “work”... Local entrepreneur Maryann Baldwin is ready to open her dream-project of Lansing Office Works + Innovation Lab at the former Grand Central Station restaurant location on Main Street in Lansing. In addition to restoring the historic building, including the 100-plus year old door in this photo, Baldwin also hopes to enhance business opportunities with the services the new business will provide. Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

Interior layout ... The design sketch pictured above shows the layout of the new Lansing Office Works + Innovation Lab scheduled to be open in September by local entrepreneur Maryann Baldwin. The new business designed to help other businesses, entrepreneurs and dreamers in pursuing their goals offers a variety of workspace and services focused on helping others succeed in business endeavors. Submitted image.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

Another new business is preparing to open on Lansing’s Main Street.

That is good news, in itself; but it gets better - because this business, a co-working space conceived on a membership model, is opening a place for multiple entrepreneurs, small business owners and, of particular note in the face of a changing workforce, remote workers to have a workplace outside their homes without having to purchase or rent “brick-and-mortar” spaces of their own.

Wed
25
Aug

Allamakee County Fair Board kicking off “Building New Traditions” capital campaign for new All-Species Show Barn, other fairgrounds improvements


Aerial view of planned improvements ... The drone image above of the Allamakee County Fairgrounds provides some visual idea of the location where improvements are being planned for the “Building New Traditions” capital campaign being kicked off by the Allamakee County Fair Board. Most of the buildings involved in multi-step project are labeled above for further explanation. Drone photo courtesy of the Allamakee County Fair Board.

Generosity inspires fundraising frenzy ... Jacob Grangaard, 14-year-old son of Pete and Katy Grangaard of Waukon, is pictured at left with the rabbit he showed at this year’s Allamakee County Fair and then sold at the annual livestock auction at the end of the fair. In just his first year of showing, Grangaard pledged to donate the sale proceeds from his rabbit to the new All-Species Show Barn being planned at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds, a gesture that caught fire with others, as described in the accompanying article, and has so far raised more than $16,000 for the project. Photo courtesy of the Allamakee County Iowa State University Extension Office.

Front view of the new All-Species Show Barn ... The architectural drawing pictured above shows the front view of the proposed new All-Species Show Barn being planned for construction at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds in Waukon. In addition to a larger show ring that could accommodate all judging and livestock shows at the Allamakee County Fair, the new building would also house the Fairgrounds Office, a concession stand and restroom facilities. Image courtesy of the Allamakee County Fair Board.

Interior and exterior sketches ... These architectural drawings (above and below) of the proposed new show barn at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds outline the overall design of the new building. The interior sketch (at right) shows not only the 56’ x 118’ show ring for all species of judging and livestock shows at the fair, but also the new aluminum seating at far right and the office, concession stand and restroom area in the bottom right corner. The exterior sketches below depict the rear and sides of the outside of the new building with entrance doors in a variety of sizes to accommodate humans, animals and machines that will access the building. Images courtesy of the Allamakee County Fair Board.

by Lissa Blake

Building new traditions.

That’s the driving force of a new $500,000 capital campaign under way to revitalize the Allamakee County Fairgrounds.

“With an aging fairgrounds and a strong community that is heavily involved in agriculture, it’s time to make some improvements,” said Allamakee County Fair Board Treasurer Bobbi Baxter about the initiative.

Back in 2019, the Fair Board took a good look at the buildings and had many discussions on the best way to revitalize the livestock buildings at the fairgrounds. The board decided on a project that will benefit all youth exhibitors of all livestock species.

The project, which has had some initial preparation steps already completed, includes a number of renovations and upgrades to several current buildings, in addition to construction of a new one. Some of the improvements listed below are also labeled in the photo at right in an effort to further visualize the project.

Wed
18
Aug

Lined up for the circus ...

The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus entertained large crowds in Waukon Thursday and Friday, August 12-13. Sponsored by Waukon Park & Recreation, the circus put on a pair of evening shows each day. Standard photo by Joe Moses.
 

Wed
18
Aug

Actor-director Daniel Baldwin visits Waukon during growing film festival to talk about the foundation of his award-winning film, “My Promise to P.J.”


Hollywood meets Main Street in Waukon, delivering a sobering message ... Veteran actor, director and producer Daniel Baldwin, one of the famous Baldwin brothers of movie and television fame, is pictured above (far right) at the S&D Cafe in Waukon with two of his daughters, Finley and Avis (left to right in photo center), along with Waukon resident and actress, producer, director and singer Katie O’Regan (far left), creator of the Spring Grove-Caledonia Film Festival and founder of Sacred Noise Society, Inc. Visiting the Midwest as the special guest of the second annual Spring Grove-Caledonia Film Festival held July 23-25 in the Spring Grove and Caledonia, MN area, Baldwin also spoke at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon Sunday, July 25 following the 10 a.m. Mass, speaking on the impact of the opioid crisis and other drug addiction, sharing his own experience with rehabilitation and talking about the documentary film he created based on that experience and that of a family friend whose battle with addiction proved fatal. The documentary, “My Promise to P.J.”, won the award for Best Documentary at the film festival. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

Daniel Baldwin has a mission - and it’s one that speaks directly to an issue of immense concern in the rural Midwest, and the country-at-large. Opioid addiction is a crisis that, according to “The Opioid Crisis in Rural and Small Town America,” by Shannon M. Monnat and Khary K. Rigg, has in recent years seen the most dramatic increase in opioid deaths in the rural Midwest.

The long-time actor, director and producer - one of the four “Baldwin brothers,” along with Stephen, William and Alec, all actors – spoke after the 10 a.m. Mass at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon Sunday, July 25, while in the area as a special guest of the Spring Grove-Caledonia Film Festival. Baldwin’s multiple award-winning documentary, “My Promise to P.J.,” one of the festival’s featured films, won its award for  “Best Documentary.”

Wed
18
Aug

Traffic down to single lane for next couple weeks during Black Hawk Bridge inspection

Annual inspection of the Iowa 9 (Black Hawk) Bridge over the Mississippi River in Lansing will require lane closures during daylight hours for approximately the next two weeks, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) District 2 Office. Single-late traffic on the bridge will be controlled with flaggers during this project, which began Monday, August 16 and will take place during daylight hours.

The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey the posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles, and wear seat belts.
 

Wed
11
Aug

Waukon Chamber selects Person and Business of the Year Award winners

Person of the Year - Dustin Rounds ...
Person of the Year - Dustin Rounds ...
Business of the Year - Jim’s Full Service ...
Business of the Year - Jim’s Full Service ...

No Chamber of Commerce Banquet this year, but award winners to be recognized in Waukon Corn Days Parade

Person of the Year - Dustin Rounds ...
Dr. Dustin Rounds of Rounds Chiropractic Clinic in Waukon was selected as Waukon’s 2021 Person of the Year by the Waukon Chamber of Commerce. Pictured abovet is Dustin Rounds with his wife, Kristi (seated), and their three children, left to right, Gavin, Finn and Isabella. Nominated by several individuals, all of those nominations focused on the fundraising and community support efforts put forth by Rounds and his secretary, Casey Moen, during this past year after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down or slowed many local businesses. One nomination noted that those “positive efforts created a chain reaction of hope-filled donors and recipients and put a spotlight on building up community, while promoting shopping at local businesses”.

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