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Wed
25
Jan

Community learns more about work taking place regarding Black Hawk Bridge project ...

Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.
Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library hosted a presentation Thursday, January 12 updating the community about the historical and archaeological work continuing to take place for the Black Hawk Bridge replacement project. Addressing a standing-room only audience in the library that evening were (pictured left to right in photo at right) Clayton Burke, Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) overseeing engineer on the bridge project; Ray Werner, historian with Tall Grass Prairie Archaeology LLC, Iowa City; and Brennan Dolan, cultural resource project manager, District 2, with the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT).

Dolan told attendees that a special bid letting - the Lansing bridge project is the only project in this letting - will take place in the summer 2023. The contractor for the project should be known by late August or early September. “This time next year folks will likely see work underway for the new piers,” Dolan said.

Wed
25
Jan

Zachary Baumler celebrated as First Baby of the Year born at Veterans Memorial Hospital


Zachary Baumler is First Baby of the Year born at VMH ... Pictured above are Liz and Dustin Baumler of Ossian, holding their newborn son, Zachary John, who was celebrated as the First Baby of the Year born at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon after his birth Friday, January 13. He and his family, which also includes big sister Raelynn and big brother Conner, will all enjoy many gifts thanks to the local merchants who helped celebrate the First Baby of the Year born at Veterans Memorial Hospital in 2023. Submitted photo.

Physicians and staff at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon are pleased to announce that the first baby born to an established patient at the hospital in 2023 has arrived. Zachary John Baumler, son of Liz and Dustin Baumler of Ossian, was recently celebrated as the First Baby of the Year at Veterans Memorial Hospital.

Zachary was born January 13, 2023 at 12:33 p.m.  He weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces and was 21 inches long at the time of his birth. He joins siblings Raelynn and Conner at home. His grandparents are Dave and Janette Heitman of rural Lansing, Natalie Hemesath of Calmar and the late Joseph Baumler.

When Liz learned she was expecting, she established her care at the Veterans Memorial Hospital Clinic-Waukon, seeing Halie Ruff, Nurse Practitioner for her prenatal visits. Then, when Katy Maker, Nurse Midwife, joined the maternity services team at Veterans Memorial Hospital, Liz chose to continue her prenatal care through the actual delivery with Katy Maker.

Wed
25
Jan

Cub Scouts experience the Allamakee County Veterans Museum ...

During its monthly Pack Meeting held Tuesday, January 17, Waukon Cub Scout Pack 64 visited the Allamakee County Veterans Museum in Waukon. The knowledgeable docents at the museum shared their wealth of knowledge, and the Scouts (and their parents) learned a lot about local Veterans and the branches of the Armed Forces, as depicted in the surrounding photos. The Scouts encourage local residents to visit the Museum, noting that anyone who does will be glad that they did. Museum winter hours include open hours for tours Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon, and by appointment for family, school, youth, veterans, church and other community groups, such as the Cub Scouts. Submitted photos.
 

Wed
25
Jan

Kee Speech program advances all 29 roster members to State Contest

The Kee High School Speech program advanced all 29 members of this year’s roster to the State Large Group Speech Contest after a very successful day at the District Contest held at Turkey Valley High School Saturday, January 20. The 11 teams competing at that District competition compiled nine 1 ratings and a pair of 2 ratings, including the following: Reader’s Theatre, Solo Mime, Group Mime, Ensemble, three Radio News acts and two of three Improvisational Acting performances all received 1 ratings, with the other Improvisational Acting team and a One Act performance each receiving a 2 rating Saturday. The State Large Group Speech Contest will be held February 4 at Waterloo West High School.

Wed
25
Jan

Gundersen Eye Clinic Waukon welcomes ophthalmologist and cataract specialist Efrain Cancel

Dr. Efrain Cancel ...
Dr. Efrain Cancel ...

Gundersen Ophthalmologist Efrain M. Cancel, MD, is now seeing patients at the Gundersen Eye Clinic Waukon. Dr. Cancel specializes in the treatment of cataracts, and he plans to perform surgery at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon in the near future.

Following his residency at the University of Puerto Rico and a fellowship at the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Cancel began his career in Marshfield, WI in the early 1990s. There, he raised two daughters and says he enjoyed the kindness and hospitality of Midwesterners, which led him to want to remain in the tri-state area when considering new professional challenges in his career.

Dr. Cancel was attracted to Gundersen Health System because of its reputation for having a strong eye department, including its specialty care. More specifically, he said he’s passionate about making quality eye care, especially cataract surgery, accessible to the people of Waukon and the surrounding area.

Wed
25
Jan

Allamakee County Veterans Museum to host program Thursday about Allamakee County on the Home Front During World War II

The Allamakee County Veterans Museum will continue its program series for 2023 with a program about Allamakee County on the Home Front during World War II. The program is scheduled for Thursday, January 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the new Veterans Museum in the former Vet’s Club building at 105 Allamakee Street in Waukon.

There is no admission charge, and the facility is wheelchair accessible. The program will be repeated Saturday, January 28 at 10 a.m.

Scrap drives were held in Allamakee County to support the production of war materials and equipment during the war. In 1942, Cote’s Town Theatre put on a free movie for those who donated scrap items. The accompanying photo shows the pile of scrap in front of the theatre. Rationing of food, fuel, rubber, metal, clothing and other vital materials was required.

Wed
25
Jan

Waukon bowling teams record home sweep of Oelwein


Rounds out varsity effort ... Waukon girls bowling junior Mia Huffey rolls the ball down the lane in the Indians’ 1810-354 home win Friday, January 20 over an Oelwein team that had just two bowlers competing. Huffey wrapped up the Lady Indians’ varsity effort at the meet, bowling games of 87 and 65 pins for a 152 series total. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

The Waukon bowling teams each recorded a victory in their Friday, January 20 home meet with Oelwein. The Indian girls faced a limited Husky squad that had just two young ladies competing, tallying 1810 pins for their varsity total to easily improve their season record to 5-1. The Waukon boys rolled to a 2604-2474 victory to get back on the winning track and advance to a 4-2 season mark.

The bowling Indians were next scheduled to compete in their Conference Meet Wednesday, January 25 in Waterloo before hosting Sumner-Fredericksburg Friday, January 27 and then competing at North Iowa Monday, January 30 in a match rescheduled from December 9 by weather. The Tribe will then host Denver Friday, February 3 before bowling at New Hampton Friday, February 10.

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Wed
25
Jan

Kee boys basketball team falls to pair of UIC runner-up contenders, 56-48 on the road at North Fayette Valley, 66-48 at home to Clayton Ridge


Leads the give and take ... Kee boys basketball junior Kaleb Drape looks to make a pass in the Hawks’ 66-48 home loss to Clayton Ridge Friday, January 20. Drape recorded team highs of four assists and three steals, and he also finished the game with three points and five rebounds. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

Coming off its busiest week of the season, the Kee boys basketball team was looking to build off a dramatic win that ended that previous week, playing a pair of games in Upper Iowa Conference competition this past week. Facing a pair of teams battling for second place in the Upper Iowa Conference (UIC) standings behind a yet UIC-unbeaten MFL/MarMac squad, the Hawks couldn’t quite continue that late-week momentum into this past week, falling at North Fayette Valley by a 56-48 count Tuesday, January 17 before suffering a similar fate at home, 66-48, to Clayton Ridge Friday, January 20.

Wed
25
Jan

Split of Upper Iowa Conference pair for Kee girls basketball team includes 72-32 loss at North Fayette Valley, 34-32 triumph at home over Clayton Ridge


Doubling up on defense ... Kee girls basketball junior Mallory Mohn (left) and senior Alison Wagner (center) work to stop this Clayton Ridge player in the Hawks’ 34-32 home triumph over the Eagles Friday, January 20. Mohn scored 11 points, grabbed two rebounds and swiped four steals, and Wagner grabbed three rebounds, dished out a team-high two assists and posted one steal and one block. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook. View and find out how to purchase this photo and more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

The Kee girls basketball team earned a split of its games played this past week - both in Upper Iowa Conference (UIC) play, snapping what had turned into a month-long, six-game non-winning streak with a two-point triumph to wrap up the week. The Lady Hawks opened last week’s effort with a 72-32 road loss at North Fayette Valley Tuesday, January 17 before bouncing back with a 34-32 triumph at home over Clayton Ridge Friday, January 20 in a close battle from start to finish to snap that six-game slide that began prior to the holiday break.

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