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14
Jul

Two vying for crown of 2021 Allamakee County Fair Queen


Two vying for crown of 2021 Allamakee County Fair Queen ... Pictured above, left to right, Madelyn Moser and Morgan Stortz.

July 20 coronation event and Youth Showcase will kick off the 168th Allamakee County Fair

Two Allamakee County young ladies are vying for the title of 2021 Allamakee County Fair Queen. Those two candidates for this year's crown include Madelyn Moser and Morgan Stortz, both of them being students at Waukon High School this past school year.

The crown of Allamakee County Fair Queen and all the honors and responsibilities that accompany it will be bestowed upon one of those two candidates Tuesday evening, July 20 during the Allamakee County Fair Queen Coronation event being held at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon to kick off the 168th Allamakee County Fair.

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14
Jul

North Iowa Tractor Ride will be traversing Allamakee County roadways July 22-24; Tractors will stage at Waukon High School


North Iowa Tractor Ride 2021 ... The ride route is shown above for Friday, July 23 (highlighted in brown) and Saturday, July 24 (highlighted in green).

The 14th annual North Iowa Tractor Ride presented by Klapperich Farm Systems and hosted by radio stations 98.7 KISS Country, 103.7 The Fox and 95.1 The Bull will be making its way through the tri-state area during the three-day event late next week, Thursday, July 22 through Saturday, July 24.

Approximately 200 vintage and restored tractors will be traveling two different day-routes along some of Allamakee County’s roadways, crossing over just a bit into Wisconsin and Minnesota along the way.

Those tractors and their drivers and support crews will begin arriving at the Waukon High School parking lot Thursday afternoon, July 22 to get signed in and participate in an initial driver safety meeting and evening meal. Those tractors will then begin their ride routes each of the following two days from that parking lot location, arriving back there those same evenings after their ride route is complete for each day.

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14
Jul

Comments sought on draft of five-county Transportation Improvement Program

The Transportation Policy Board for Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC)/Regional Planning Affiliation 1 (RPA-1) will hold a public hearing at its upcoming meeting to receive comments on the draft RPA-1 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for federal fiscal years (FFY) 2022-2025. The meeting will take place Wednesday, July 21 at 11 a.m. at UERPC’s offices in Postville, 134 West Greene Street.

The RPA-1 TIP document identifies the multimodal transportation projects - street, transit, highway, bridge, planning, and pedestrian and bicycle facilities - on which State and Federal funding will be used over the next four years within Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek Counties.

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08
Jul

DNR official explains reassignment of Yellow River State Forest Ranger

by Lissa Blake

Many visitors to Yellow River State Forest are less than happy about the recent reassignment of longtime Park Ranger Rylan Retallick to the Volga River Recreation Area. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently announced Retallick’s time would be redistributed, with him spending 75 percent of his time at Volga and only 25 percent at Yellow River. Local residents, including members of the Friends of Yellow River State Forest (YRSF), have expressed concerns about the future safety of Yellow River State Forest users in light of the reassignment. The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors and Allamakee County Sheriff Clark Mellick also penned separate letters to the Iowa DNR, questioning the decision to cut Retallick’s hours at Yellow River State Forest.

SAFETY FIRST

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07
Jul

Eastern Allamakee Community School District is one of six districts statewide to receive Therapeutic Classroom Grant

“Kee Connect” will help students whose learning is impacted by social-emotional, behavioral factors

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The Eastern Allamakee School District (EACSD) is one of six districts in the state of Iowa to win a competitive grant to establish a therapeutic classroom in the district. The EACSD, the smallest school district to receive the grant, will receive $216,000 to support the programming this year.

The therapeutic classrooms will be for learners whose social-emotional or behavioral needs impact their ability to be successful in their current learning environment. The grant was written by the administrative team of New Albin Elementary School Principal Donna Thomas and Kee High School and Middle School Principal Dr. Sarah Updegraff, with support from Keystone Area Education Agency (AEA), specifically Chami DeLong, Carissa Otto, Joleen Doyle and Laura Smith.

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07
Jul

Helps win Region Team honors ...

Allamakee County Sheriff’s Deputy Ross Kolsrud and K9 Tyr, pictured above, recently participated in the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) Region 12 trials in St. Cloud, MN. Deputy Kolsrud and Tyr, along with police canines from Sheriff’s Departments in Houston County, Wright County and Sherburne County in Minnesota, as well as the Austin, MN Police Department, joined forces to win Top Region Team honors at this year’s event, signified by the event trophy pictured in front of Tyr above.

Police canines were judged on six categories consisting of obedience, physical agility, area searches for humans, article searches, criminal apprehension and criminal apprehension with gun fire. USPCA Region 12 consists of police canines from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota in the United States, as well as Manitoba, Canada. Submitted photo.
 

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07
Jul

Plans for former JCPenney/Tierney’s building to move forward following receipt of $100,000 grant ...

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) recently announced $2.6 million in grant funding to help 26 communities across the state revitalize their downtown districts. The grants were awarded through the Community Catalyst Building Remediation program. Each community was awarded a $100,000 grant to help redevelop or rehabilitate underused buildings as a way to stimulate economic growth and reinvestment in the community. Among those $100,000 grant recipients was the City of Waukon for use in a proposed development agreement and renovation project for the former JCPenney/Tierney’s building (pictured above) on the corner of Main Street and Spring Avenue in the heart of downtown Waukon to be transformed into a steakhouse restaurant.

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07
Jul

Sunday evening UTV rollover claims life of rural Lansing young man

Sunday evening, July 4, at 9:48 p.m., the Allamakee County Sheriff’s E-911 Dispatch Center received a report of a utility terrain vehicle (UTV) rollover accident with injuries near 2062 Lafayette Ridge Drive, rural Lansing in Allamakee County.

Drew Cody Gaunitz, age 22, of Lansing was operating a Polaris Ranger 900 off-road vehicle in a wooded area and was attempting to traverse an incline when the machine rolled over. Gaunitz was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of the injuries he received during the incident. A passenger in the vehicle, Jacob David Manning, age 24, of Harpers Ferry was treated at the scene for minor injuries and was released.

Assisting at the scene of the incident were the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office, Lansing Police Department, Lansing Fire and Ambulance, and Gundersen Air Care.
 

Wed
30
Jun

Goodfellas Riding Club has donated thousands of dollars to local community causes through annual Mags/Byrnes Ride


Members of Goodfellas Riding Club ... Left to right - Front row: Jodi Farley, Glen Palmer, Holly Palmer, Carly Palmer, Kyle Johnson, Stacy Riley, Brock Christianson; Sarah Christianson; Back row: Tom Farley, Tanner Peterson, Trent Peterson, James Riley, Mike Peterson, Audrea Peterson, Courtney Humpal, Tina Peterson. Submitted photo.

Along for the ride ... Some of the bikes parked along the street at the first stop of this year’s Mags/Byrnes Ride. The event is the club’s largest fundraiser and involves 100-150 people most years. Submitted photo.

Goodfellas Riding Club 2021 Scholarship winners ... Through its fundraising efforts, Goodfellas Riding Club (GRC) was able to donate 11 $1,000 scholarships to area graduating seniors at this year’s Mags/Byrnes Ride. Pictured above, left to right, are: GRC Vice President Kyle Johnson, Scholarship winners Marcus Gibbs, Andrew Osmonson, Ryan Lubahn, Shelby Martin, Denzel Decker, Annika Lensch, Grant Kennedy, Grace Pearson, Sean Cooper and GRC President James “Chico” Riley. Not pictured are scholarship recipients Jacob Reinhardt and Garrett Byrnes. Submitted photo.

by Lissa Blake

“We’re on two wheels to get you on your feet.”

That’s the motto of Goodfellas Riding Club (GRC), a non-profit group of like-minded individuals who get together to ride motorcycles or operate motorized vehicles in order to raise funds to help local charities or individuals in the surrounding community.

Since its formation in 2012, the group has donated almost $85,000 to local scholarships, businesses and individuals who may be in need. Among the local entities benefiting from those efforts are the local Kids Club after school program, the Allamakee County Food Shelf, Allamakee County Relief Center and the Allamakee Community School District Nurses Fund, to name just a few.

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30
Jun

Local teen qualifies for AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn’s ranch in Tennessee ...

Carson Johanningmeier (pictured at right), son of Roxie Johanningmeier of Waukon and Travis Johanningmeier of Harpers Ferry, has ridden his way to qualification in two different racing classes for the largest and most prestigious amateur motocross race in the world, the Monster Energy American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn’s. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the national championship event has been hosted since 1982 at the ranch home of country music legend Loretta Lynn near Hurricane Mills, TN, and it is scheduled for August 2-7 this year.

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