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28
Sep

Fields of Faith 2022 in Waukon to feature survivor of addiction, adult entertainment industry

Danielle Freitag ...
Danielle Freitag ...

All are invited to join area youth on athletic fields across the nation Wednesday, October 5 in sharing their Christian faith with fellow students and the general public for this year’s Fields of Faith event. The local event will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Waukon High School football field. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

Featured speaker for this year’s Fields of Faith event in Waukon will be Danielle Freitag, who is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) from Minnesota who has overcome severe addiction and is a survivor of the commercial sex industry. Freitag is the co-founding executive director of Action169, an organization built on a foundation of prayer and committed to addressing commercial sexual exploitation and problematic substance use through Christ-centered prevention, intervention and holistic restoration care.

Wed
28
Sep

Des Moines Register documentary about RAGBRAI will feature Lansing RAGBRAI 2022 and organizers Ian Zahren, Andrew Boddicker


To be featured in RAGBRAI documentary... Andrew Boddicker, left, and Ian Zahren, principal organizers of Lansing RAGBRAI 2022, were interviewed for a documentary about the annual ride being produced as part of the Des Moines Register’s plan for celebrating RAGBRAI’s 50th anniversary next year. Photo credit: Kelsey Kremer/Des Moines Register.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

In late March of this year, Des Moines Register award-winning Iowa columnist Courtney Crowder announced to readers that the Register was seeking stories “from riders who have overcome, grown or smashed a personal goal because of RAGBRAI.”

RAGBRAI is, of course, an acronym for the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa - the oldest, largest and longest recreational bicycle touring event in the world. Next year will mark the ride’s 50th anniversary.

“In our newsroom, that is an achievement well worth celebrating,” says Crowder.

Part of the Register’s evolving plans to honor RAGBRAI in its 50th year is a documentary project that was filmed this summer. Incorporating stories from riders who answered Crowder’s request for what she calls “RAGBRAI moments,” the film will also focus on at least one community’s planners - in order, Crowder says, “to show the impact that RAGBRAI can, and does, have on rural Iowa.”

Wed
28
Sep

Dates for 2023 Allamakee County Fair announced

The Allamakee County Fair Board has announced the dates for the 2023 Allamakee County Fair. Those dates have been set for Wednesday through Sunday, July 19-23. Further event details will be published when available.
 

Wed
21
Sep

Veterans Memorial Hospital holds first public meeting to discuss conversion from city to county

by Brianne Grimstad

Tuesday, September 13, Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) in Waukon held the first of several scheduled public forums regarding the conversion from being a city-owned hospital to county-owned. The issue will be on the upcoming November 8 general election ballot for Allamakee County residents to vote on.

VMH Administrator Michael Coyle began the meeting with a presentation answering some of the most commonly asked questions regarding the conversion. Basically, the hospital is asking voters to approve a transfer of ownership of VMH from the City of Waukon to Allamakee County. If approved, being a county-owned hospital would allow for additional resources to help ensure the sustainability of the hospital.

Wed
21
Sep

Fields of Faith 2022 in Waukon October 5 to feature survivor of addiction and adult entertainment industry

Danielle Freitag...
Danielle Freitag...

Everyone is invited to join area youth on athletic fields across the nation Wednesday, October 5 in sharing their Christian faith with fellow students and the general public for this year’s Fields of Faith event. The local event is now in its 11th year and will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Waukon High School football field Wednesday, October 5, or in the Waukon High School gym in the event of bad weather.

Featured speaker for this year’s Fields of Faith event in Waukon will be Danielle Freitag, who is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) from Minnesota who has overcome severe addiction and is a survivor of the commercial sex industry. Freitag is the co-founding executive director of Action169, an organization built on a foundation of prayer and committed to addressing commercial sexual exploitation and problematic substance use through Christ-centered prevention, intervention and holistic restoration care.

Wed
21
Sep

Senior Court selected for Homecoming at Waukon High School ...

Students at Waukon High School have selected their Homecoming Court representatives for the 2022 celebration, with the coronation of this year's Homecoming Queen and King scheduled to take place at the "Burning of the W" pep rally scheduled for this Thursday evening, September 22, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Waukon High School gym. Pictured in the photo at right are this year's Waukon High School Homecoming Queen and King candidates from the 2022-2023 Senior class, including: Left to right - Front row: Queen candidates Grace Stegen, Berlin Troendle, Maggie Criswell, Jayden Knox; Back row: King candidates Cade Kelly, Milan Byrnes, Isaac Cooper, Noah Hatlan.

Wed
21
Sep

State Auditor visits Waukon as part of his Town Hall Tour

State of Iowa Auditor Rob Sand visits Waukon ...
State of Iowa Auditor Rob Sand visits Waukon ... State of Iowa Auditor Rob Sand addressed a small crowd in the Waukon City Park Thursday morning, September 15 as part of his 100 Town Hall Tour across the state of Iowa. Sand spoke about the role of the State of Iowa Auditor’s office, the Public Innovations and Efficiencies (PIE) program he created, and recent investigations completed by his office, in addition to answering questions from those in attendance. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

State of Iowa Auditor Rob Sand met with Allamakee County residents during a Thursday, September 15 town hall meeting held near the Allamakee County Freedom Rock in the Waukon City Park as part of his 100 Town Hall Tour. A small group of residents were in attendance for this morning meeting, the first of six such meetings scheduled for Sand that day with remaining stops in Clayton, Dubuque, Delaware, Buchanan and Fayette Counties.

Sand opened the meeting with discussion of the State of Iowa Auditor’s role and the importance of transparency. He discussed holding public institutions and various levels of government accountable. When questioned about what tools are available in holding government accountable, Sand responded that investigation and reporting to the public are the two most important tools used by his office in creating transparency and accountability.

Wed
21
Sep

Harpers Ferry residents easily pass Hotel/Motel Tax

Residents of the community of Harpers Ferry overwhelmingly passed a Public Measure imposing a 7% Hotel/Motel Tax in the community, effective January 1, 2023. Nearly 88% of the 66 voters who cast a ballot in the Tuesday, September 13 special election voted “Yes” - compiling a 58-8 margin in favor of the measure. Just under 27% of the 247 registered voters in the community cast a ballot in the special election.

Wed
14
Sep

Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative scheduled to begin fiber network build through Waukon’s business district as early as the start of next week


Submitted graphic.

Another big step forward in bringing fiber optic internet to downtown Waukon is expected to begin early next week, according to officials from AC Skyways, a division of Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative (ACEC) in charge of the project.

Although planning and other foundational work has been taking place for months since the awarding of the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)-7 grant funding in January of this year that made the project possible, Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative General Manager Hollee McCormick says as early as Monday, September 19 residents can expect to see trenching crews begin the physical work of boring the main fiber optics lines along the mapped route (pictured above) that will bring fiber optic internet to the Waukon business district by next summer. McCormick said the original start date had been planned for July of this year but circumstances beyond most anyone’s control have pushed the start of the project back a bit.

Wed
14
Sep

Tom and Bev Heim inducted into Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame


Heims inducted into Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame ... Tom and Bev Heim of Allamakee County were inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines August 21. Pictured above at that Hall of Fame presentation, left to right, are Iowa 4-H Foundation Development Officer Grant Young, Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductees Bev and Tom Heim, and Iowa 4-H Staff and Volunteer Development Manager Tillie Good. Submitted photo.

Tom and Bev Heim of Allamakee County were inducted into the 2022 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines Sunday, August 21. Ninety-eight Iowa counties participated this year and selected 133 inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Inductees or their surviving family members were presented a certificate by Iowa 4‑H Foundation President Julie McGonegle and State 4-H Program Leader Debbie Nistler as they were introduced on stage.

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