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Wed
15
May

Elections 101: Absentee Voting - Part 2

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.

Any voter who has ever voted absentee may have wondered “what do they do with my absentee ballot?” or “when will my ballot be counted?”
In article #4 in this “Election 101” series of six articles related to the election process, Allamakee County Auditor Denise Beyer explains returning absentee ballots, how absentee ballots are stored and secured, and the opening and counting process followed by the Absentee and Special Voter Precinct Board on Election Day.

Wed
15
May

Allamakee County Veterans Museum program to feature service experience of John Troendle during “Cold War”

Saturday, May 18 at 10 a.m., the Allamakee County Veterans Museum will present another program from its Veterans History Project at its museum located at 105 Allamakee Street in Waukon. A video interview by Chuck Bloxham with U.S. Army veteran John Troendle will be played. Troendle will also be present to share comments and answer questions.

John Troendle enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1959 during the “Cold War” with the U.S.S.R. and was discharged in 1962. After basic training, he was assigned to an Army transportation company in Oklahoma. Troendle was then transferred to a transportation company at Fort Richardson in the newly admitted state of Alaska for a 14-month tour of duty.

After discharge, he returned to his hometown of Lansing and later moved to Waukon. Although retired from his employment, Troendle remains a long-time volunteer with the Boy Scouts, American Legion, and other community activities. His son Larry is also a U.S. Army veteran.

Wed
15
May

Midwest Veterans of America to honor area veterans and those currently serving Saturday

Midwest Veterans of America will be hosting an event honoring area veterans and those currently serving this Saturday, May 18 in observance of National Armed Forces Day. The honoring will take place at AJ Bar & Grill (previously called AJ Steakhouse) in Waukon, beginning at 1 p.m. Midwest Veterans of America will be honoring more than two dozen local veterans who have served their country in past years, along with seven individuals who are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Wed
15
May

Dairy Days Parade scheduled for June 3 in Waukon

The Allamakee County Dairy Promotion Board has scheduled the June Dairy Days Parade to be held in Waukon this year. The parade will be held Monday, June 3, beginning at 7 p.m.

Line-up for parade entries begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds. The parade route will travel from the Fairgrounds south on Allamakee Street to the stoplight intersection, where it will turn right and head west on Main Street to 2nd Street NW. Another right turn will take the parade up 2nd Street NW to Eighth Avenue NW, with the parade route turning right again and heading east back to the Fairgrounds.

The Allamakee County Dairy Promotion Board  will be setting up its dairy wagon at the Waukon Chamber of Commerce/Allamakee County Economic Development parking lot on Main Street and serving from 4 p.m. until finished. For more information, contact Kerri Gibbs at 563-419-2260.
 

Wed
15
May

Supervisors approve information technology (IT) services agreement and medical spending matters, discuss office repairs at courthouse

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, May 13 to address a full agenda of matters including the consideration of setting the Fiscal-Year 2025 Medical Flex maximum and FSA (flexible spending account) carryover per IRS (Internal Revenue Service) changes, the consideration of setting the effective date for Township Official pay rate increases, and the discussion and consideration of hiring temporary part-time employees for the Secondary Roads Department.

The meeting was called to order by Board of Supervisors Chairperson Dan Byrnes with Supervisors Mark Reiser and Dennis Keatley present. There was no Public Comment during the time allotted for that agenda item.

Wed
15
May

Annual Ben Kerndt Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament transitioned to open water/bow fishing tournament this weekend due to warm winter weather

Ben Kerndt ...  Submitted photo.
Ben Kerndt ... Submitted photo.

The 3rd Annual Ben Kerndt Memorial Fishing Tournament will be taking to the open water this weekend after the tournament’s traditional ice fishing format was not possible this past winter due to unfavorable ice conditions in February. All proceeds from the tournament benefit the Lansing Fire Department.

This year’s tournament is scheduled to be an open water and bow fishing tournament. Bow fishing can begin Friday night, May 17, and the open water tournament begins at daybreak Saturday, May 18, with all fishing done on Pool 9 of the Mississippi River. Weigh-in will take place from 2-2:45 p.m. at the Lansing Fire Station at 51 North Front Street in Lansing with awards to follow.

Wed
15
May

Mia Kurth commits her running and wrestling talents to Hawkeye Community College ...

Waukon High School senior Mia Kurth signed a letter of commitment to compete for both the women’s cross country team and women’s wrestling team at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, beginning this fall. Kurth says she plans to study Exercise Science and Kinesiology at Hawkeye while competing for the Red Tails, with future plans to possibly complete her wrestling or running eligibility at Wartburg College in Waverly and further her education in pursuit of a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Pictured above at her Tuesday, May 7 signing event are: Left to right - Seated in front row: Hawkeye Community College wrestling coach Dan Lovell, Mia Kurth and Hawkeye Community College cross country coach Kellin Loch; Standing in back row: Waukon High School girls wrestling coaches Dani and Wade Bucknell, and Waukon High School girls cross country coach Tyler Scholl.
 

Wed
15
May

Allamakee Soil & Water Conservation District announces scholarship winner

Olivia Marti ...
Olivia Marti ...

Officials with the Allamakee Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) announce that Olivia Marti of Waukon has been selected as the 2024 Second-Place State Scholarship winner by the nine Regional Directors of the Conservation Districts of Iowa (CDI). She will receive $2,000 to assist with her future academic expenses.

Marti, a senior at Waukon High School, is among the special group of young Iowa high school graduates who earn a well-deserved “thank you” for making natural resources and/or agriculture their higher education goal. CDI and local Iowa SWCDs award scholarships to seniors in each of the nine Iowa conservation district regions who demonstrate leadership and scholastic achievement, and who aim for careers in conservation-related fields.

Wed
15
May

ISU Extension and Outreach offering Mental Health First Aid Training

In response to the nation’s mental health crisis, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Allamakee County will bring Mental Health First Aid training to Waukon Tuesday, June 4. This groundbreaking skills-based course gives people the tools to identify, understand and respond to someone who might be struggling with a mental health or substance use challenge - and connect them with appropriate support and resources when necessary.

One in five Americans has a mental illness, and the pandemic has dramatically increased depression and anxiety, but many are reluctant to seek help or don’t know where to turn for care. Unlike physical conditions, symptoms of mental health and substance use problems can be difficult to detect.

Friends and family members may find it hard to know when and how to step in. As a result, those in need of mental health services often do not receive care until it is too late.

Wed
15
May

Tips for hunting for wild mushrooms in Iowa

In Iowa, mushroom hunting is quite common. However, knowing the peak time to hunt for a particular mushroom can be challenging.

Chelsea Harbach, a plant disease diagnostician in the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, shares helpful guidelines when hunting for common mushrooms.

Three common types of mushrooms are regularly sought out. While using the mushroom foraging calendar key, Iowans can find peak times to hunt for common, white, black or half-free morels in the Spring; Chicken of the Woods in late summer; and oysters May through September.

When hunting for mushrooms, hunters can determine whether the mushroom is edible or inedible by asking:

Does the mushroom have a stem or cap?

Does the mushroom have gills or pores?

Where is the mushroom growing?

How is the mushroom growing? Out of the soil or out of a tree?

What is the time of year?

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