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16
Mar

Representative Ruff, Senator Breitbach slated to be at legislative forum in Waukon this Saturday

The final local forum for the 2016 Iowa legislative session is scheduled to be held this Saturday, March 19 at the Allamakee County Farm Bureau building in Waukon, beginning at 11:15 a.m. Representative Patti Ruff and Senator Michael Breitbach are both scheduled to be at this final legislative forum. Area residents are invited to attend the event to discuss issues of concern and other matters with their two area governmental representatives.

Wed
16
Mar

Ruff announces re-election bid for Iowa House of Representatives District 56

State Representative Patti Ruff of McGregor has announced that she will seek re-election to the Iowa House of Representatives in District 56, which includes Allamakee and Clayton Counties.
“I’m honored to serve the people of Clayton and Allamakee Counties in the Iowa House and I’m proud of the work we’ve done so far creating new jobs and growing Iowa’s economy,” said Ruff. “As a former school board member, I understand the challenges our local schools face and I’ll keep working to make public schools our top priority again.”
Ruff is currently serving her second term in the Iowa House and is the Ranking Member of the House Education Committee. She also serves on Agriculture, Natural Resources, Ways & Means, and the Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget Subcommittee.

Wed
09
Mar

St. Patrick's Day Parade, other festive events taking place this Sunday, March 13

The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Waukon has been scheduled for Sunday, March 13 and will begin at 1 p.m. with many of the same festivities taking place as in years past throughout the community.
The parade route will be the same as in past years, beginning from the southeast edge of town and heading up Rossville Road and Spring Avenue to the stoplight intersection with Main Street. Turning left on to West Main Street, the parade will venture west to Second Street SW, where the entries will turn left at the Post Office intersection, travel one block south to First Avenue SW, and then east back to Spring Avenue, turning right at Kwik Star to head back south to its point of origin.

Wed
09
Mar

Iowa DNR hosts local meetings to discuss continued efforts following most recent positive CWD tests


The map above indicates the region in Allamakee County around the Harpers Ferry area that is receiving increased attention following the positive CWD testing of two more wild deer harvested during the 2015 shotgun deer hunting season in that particular area. The region outlined in red shows the area that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is referring to as the Surveillance Focus Zone, and the area outlined by the bolder black lines is referred to as the Surveillance Focus Collection Area where DNR officials are urging area residents to report any roadkill deer for testing or deer they may feel are looking sickly or acting strangely. The light blue triangle on the map shows where the deer which first tested positive was harvested in 2013, the three red triangles indicate where the three animals were harvested that tested positive from the 2014 season, and the two yellow triangles mark where the latest two CWD-positive deer were killed during the most recent, 2015 hunting season. Submitted image.

by Kelli Boylen
freelance writer

Wed
02
Mar

Person of the Year - Howard Van Ruler

Local businessman Howard Van Ruler and his wife, Dorothy, are pictured displaying the award he received for being named Waukon’s 2016 “Person of the Year” at the Waukon Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet Friday, February 26. Previous “Person of the Year” awardee and fellow Waukon Economic Development (WEDC) colleague Joe Cunningham introduced Van Ruler as this year’s “Person of the Year” award winner, noting not only his contributions to the Waukon community as a member of WEDC, the Waukon City Council and other organizations over the years, but also his own investment of time, resources and finances to improve and keep the Waukon community moving forward.

Wed
02
Mar

Jack Sweeney honored as Realtor of the Year by Northeast Iowa Regional Board of Realtors

Jack Sweeney of Sweeney Real Estate in Waukon was honored as the “Realtor of the Year” by the Northeast Iowa Regional Board of Realtors at the board's December meeting held in Waterloo. The board serves 15 counties of northeast Iowa and recognizes one member each year for having the highest of ethical standards and for outstanding service to the Realtors associations and the real estate industry.
Sweeney has served as a director on the Northeast Iowa Regional Board of Realtors and is a member of the board's finance committee. He is also serving as a director as well as a member of the executive committee for the Iowa Association of Realtors during 2016, representing the members of the Northeast Iowa Regional Board.

Wed
02
Mar

Announces candidacy for Iowa House

Lowell Engle of Harpers Ferry has announced his candidacy for the District 56 seat in the Iowa House of Representatives. Engle becomes the second area Republican candidate seeking election to the District 56 office, as he joins Kristi Hager of Dorchester in seeking the Republican bid to run against District 56 incumbent Patti Ruff of McGregor in November of this year.
“I have been asked by many of my loyal followers to run again for the 56th District House seat in November,” Engle said of running for the District 56 seat for the second time after having done so in 2014. “I am not running against Kristi Hager, whom I consider a good friend. However, the party must choose the most viable candidate to run against Patti Ruff.”

Wed
02
Mar

Supervisors hear review of favorable audit report

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday morning, February 29 to face a relatively short agenda. Just one comment from the general public was heard, as Dennis Blocker of Waukon, who is spearheading an initiative to establish an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) trail in Allamakee County, shared a recent article from the La Crosse Tribune about a study conducted in Jackson County in Wisconsin that revealed an annual revenue of nearly $8 million from ATV usage within the county.
“It’s not just chicken feed,” Blocker said in regard to those revenues. “We’re not expecting to get that kind of money, but even a tenth of that would be a boost to Allamakee County.” Blocker also said he also forwarded the article to Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Chuck Gipp in an effort to possibly open up State Parks in the area to ATV trail usage.

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