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Tue
28
May

Clayton Ricker

Clayton Garwood Ricker, age 92, of Arizona passed away May 13, 2024. Memorial Services were held Tuesday, May 21 at Avista Living in Payson, AZ.

Clayton was born to Lawrence and Kathryn (Wiedenmann) Ricker in Rossville June 30, 1931. In fourth grade, Clayton began working at the Feuerhelm Truck Body Shop. His first job was to paint the new wood on the hay/grain wagon wheel spokes with red lead paint, since metal for wheels was prioritized to support the war effort in WWII. Years later, Clay pulled a new wagon behind his Studebaker to the Iowa State Fair as a sales promotion.

He graduated from Waukon High School in 1949, where he earned letters in baseball, basketball, and was the ping pong champ. He met his wife in high school when the principal said, “Hey Clayton, Audrey is sick and you’ve got a car, you need to give her a ride home.”

Tue
28
May

Nicky O’Neill

Nicky A. O’Neill, 67, of Waukon died Saturday, October 28, 2023, at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 1 at 11 a.m. with a lunch to follow at St. John’s The Baptist Catholic Church - West Ridge, 178 West Ridge Drive in rural Waukon.

Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling the arrangements.
 

Wed
22
May

Memorial Day activities scheduled to take place in area communities

Grand Marshal and Featured Speaker ...  U.S. Air Force Colonel Eric Haler. Submitted photo.
Grand Marshal and Featured Speaker ... U.S. Air Force Colonel Eric Haler. Submitted photo.

A variety of Memorial Day activities are being planned for the upcoming holiday weekend, including all the traditional Memorial Day observances this year scheduled for Monday, May 27 in all of the area communities within Allamakee County. Those traditions of parades, full cemetery programs and wreath laying are being planned in honor of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving their country, with details of some of those celebrations being outlined below on this page in their respective highlighted boxes.

Wed
22
May

Elections 101: Election Security - Part 1

Elections 101 is a weekly series of articles offering a variety of information regarding elections in Iowa and Allamakee County prior to this year’s June 4 Primary Election. The information is being provided courtesy of Allamakee County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Denise Beyer.

Election security and the integrity of elections has been scrutinized more in recent years. In article #5 in a series of six related to the election process, Auditor Denise Beyer explains some of the measures taken by all counties in the state of Iowa during both pre-election preparation and testing and the Election Day process to ensure an accurate, safe and secure election. The final article next week will explain the process for reporting to the Iowa Secretary of State on Election Night and the required Post-Election Audit.

Wed
22
May

Waukon High School senior attends World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute


Olivia Marti ...

Olivia Marti, a graduating senior at Waukon High School, attended the 13th annual World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute (IYI), where 277 students representing 89 Iowa high schools gathered with 85 educators at Iowa State University in Ames to explore pressing global food security challenges and professional opportunities in STEM fields.

“Iowa State University is proud of its longtime partnership with the World Food Prize to provide this premier educational program,” said Wendy Wintersteen, Iowa State University, President. “The Iowa Youth Institute is an opportunity for high school students to connect with Iowa State expertise, resources and scholarships. We are pleased to see how this program ignites students’ passion to help address one of society’s most complex challenges - global food security.”

Wed
22
May

Waukon Lions Club honors top academic graduating seniors ...

The Waukon Lions Club hosted the annual Waukon High School Honors Banquet at the First Presbyterian Church in Waukon Wednesday, May 1. Students in the top 15% academically of the graduating class of 2024 were honored. The evening included a meal served by the Presbyterian Women and the inspirational talk was delivered by guest speaker Jessica Everman, Physician Assistant at Gundersen Health System Waukon Clinic. The graduates told the audience of their future plans and then were presented certificates and medallions by Waukon High School Principal Jennifer Garin and Waukon High School Guidance Counselor Amy Wasson. Pictured above are the honor students and speaker Jessica Everman. Left to right - Front row: Ashlin O’Neill, Kyrie Snitker, Brooklyn Ottaway, Madison Torson, Kaitlyn Krambeer, Lynsey Houg; Back row: Paisley Vine, Cameron Johnson, Ryan Kolsrud, Speaker Jessica Everman, Dylan Hogan, Gabriel Weighner, Kloe Hemmersbach, Olivia Bossom. Not pictured: Olivia Marti.

Wed
22
May

ACSD Board of Directors approves variety of personnel decisions, begins preparations for next school year as current school year comes to a close

by Brianne Grimstad

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) School Board met for a special board meeting Tuesday, April 30 to act on a handful of personnel items. The following recommendations were approved, pending a satisfactory background check: Dani Bucknell, Assistant Varsity Volleyball Coach; Kelli Olson, High School Computer Science Teacher/TLC Leader/Education and Curriculum Specialist; and Scotti Hagensick, Student Success Coordinator/At-Risk Interventionist.

The board also approved a pay increase for the Food Service Director which was a total package increase of 4.65%. The increase gives ACSD a more competitive salary and will also include two personal days and two temporary days, to be more in line with other 11-month directors and administrators. The board accepted a resignation from Taylor Seibert, Paraprofessional and also approved a transfer for Caleb Ferring from assistant to head varsity boys wrestling coach.

Wed
22
May

New Albin Public Library to host bird exhibit by Blank Park Zoo May 31

The New Albin Public Library will be hosting an interactive bird exhibit by Blank Park Zoo from Des Moines Friday, May 31, beginning at 3 p.m. The free event will feature a variety of educational opportunities to learn about birds, including different sensory bins that let kids explore human-made items that were inspired from different bird beaks. There will also be an opportunity to view a variety of bird feathers, skulls and eggs. No live animals will be present at the event.
 

Wed
22
May

“They’re More Than a Name on the Wall”: Harpers Ferry Area Heritage Society sponsoring pop-up museum during local Memorial Day events


Part of the museum display, but more information sought ... The photo above will be on display at the pop-up museum at the Ethel Robinson Meehan Community Center in Harpers Ferry during the town’s annual Memorial Day Observance Monday, May 27. Although some of the young men in the photo have been identified, such as the names of Tim Collins, Emmett Houlihan, Joe Sullivan and P.L. Martelle handwritten above, and the date of June 25, 1918 is printed on the photo, the location, event or purpose of the photo, in addition to other names of those pictured, are being sought by members of the Harpers Ferry Area Heritage Society. Anyone with such information can contact the Harpers Ferry Area Heritage Society through its Facebook page or the group’s website at www.harpersferryheritage.org. Submitted photo.

Roll Call of servicemen ... The Roll Call list pictured at right includes names of Harpers Ferry area men who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country in the U.S. military during noted eras or conflicts. Harpers Ferry Area Heritage Society member Regina (Robinson) Manning has been able to conduct research on all of these men and will have that research information available as part of the pop-up museum display the Heritage Society will be hosting during the Memorial Day Observance events in Harpers Ferry Monday, May 27. Submitted image.

by Brianne Grimstad

The Harpers Ferry Area Heritage Society (HFAHS) is sponsoring a pop-up museum in Harpers Ferry this Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, at the Ethel Robinson Meehan Community Center, located at 234 North 4th Street in Harpers Ferry. Entitled “They’re More Than a Name on a Wall,” the museum will honor fallen veterans from Harpers Ferry, Waterville and the surrounding area who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Hours available for visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., following the Memorial Day Program at the Veterans Memorial in Harpers Ferry. The museum will also be available during the annual American Legion Scenic Unit #722 pork chop dinner Memorial Day.

Wed
22
May

Allamakee County Veterans Museum open for tours Saturday and Monday of the Memorial Day holiday weekend

The Allamakee County Veterans Museum at 105 Allamakee Street in Waukon will be open for tours during the Memorial Day holiday weekend this year, Saturday, May 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Monday, May 27 from Noon to 4 p.m.

Video interviews from the museum’s Allamakee Veterans History Project library will be played for visitors on request. Interviews now available for viewing include the following veterans:

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