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Jane Tepesch to celebrate retirement with open house

An open house will be held in honor of Jane Tepesch’s retirement Saturday, April 13 from 1-4 p.m. in the Community Room at Freedom Bank, 201 West Main Street, Waukon.

Jane had been employed in the Waukon community for nearly 70 years dating back to 1954. No gifts are requested.

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03
Apr

Birth announcement: Medberry

KJ and Ashley Medberry of Waterville announce the birth of their daughter, Charlee Elaine Medberry, born March 26, 2024 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. She weighed 7 lbs. 12 ozs. and measured 21-1/2 inches in length at the time of her birth. She joins siblings, Ava (10), Carleigh (8), Tucker (5), Ledger (3) and Braeley (1).

Grandparents are Dave and Melissa Fish of Waukon and Russ and the late Sue Medberry of Wadena. Great-grandparents are Dave and Charlotte Fish of Waterville and John and Lois Adam of Waukon. Great-great-grandparents are Delores Fish of Rossville and Mary Ann Duffy of Waukon.

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03
Apr

Birth announcement: Temoxtle Xochiquiquixqui

Maria Carmela Xochiquiquixqui Calihua and Crispin Temoxtle Porras of Waukon announce the birth of their daughter, Lizeth Temoxtle Xochiquiquixqui, born March 26, 2024 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. She weighed 10 lbs. 10 ozs. and measured 23-1/4 inches in length at her birth. She joins siblings, Karen (9) and Aydan (3).

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03
Apr

“We will get through this and help one another”: Water taxi offers some hope to communities struggling after Black Hawk Bridge closure

Water taxi helps keep hope afloat ...
Water taxi helps keep hope afloat ... Maiden Voyage Tours’ 49-passenger tour boat is pictured at Big Slough Landing, on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River. Providing a water taxi service for those wanting to cross the river during the repair of the Black Hawk Bridge, that service is free and runs seven days a week from the Lansing Marina to Big Slough Landing. The Iowa Department of Transportation bought the temporary dock pictured and had it installed at Big Slough Landing so the water taxi has a safe place to load and unload passengers. The dock will be removed when the bridge re-opens and the water taxi ceases operation. Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

It was a chilly 24 degrees under overcast skies at 7 a.m. Monday, March 18, when the first water taxi left the Lansing Marina for Big Slough Landing in Crawford County, WI.

It wasn’t an ideal morning for a boat ride; but, while the boat provides blankets for passengers, comfortable recreation isn’t the point of this service. The point, instead, is to provide free transportation for people who need to cross the river without having to drive north to La Crescent/La Crosse or south to Marquette/Prairie du Chien while the Black Hawk Bridge is being repaired and made safe again for traffic.

Wed
03
Apr

Wagner announces candidacy for Allamakee County Sheriff

Paul Wagner ...
Paul Wagner ...

Paul Wagner of Waukon has announced that he is running for Allamakee County Sheriff as a Republican candidate. Wagner has been a life-long resident of Allamakee County, having grown up on a dairy and beef farm between Lansing and Harpers Ferry. He is the son of Ray and Bonnie Wagner, and is a 2003 graduate of Kee High School in Lansing.

He and his wife, Jessica, live in Waukon along with their four children, Kylie, Zach, Brias, and Vienna. They own Aztec Parlor in Waukon, which they opened in 2021.

Wagner has worked for the Waukon Police Department since 2007 after starting his law enforcement career in 2004 at the New Albin Police Department. He has nearly 20 years of full-time law enforcement experience, and he was also a part-time police officer for the Lansing Police Department and Postville Police Department during his career. Wagner graduated from Upper Iowa University in Fayette December 22, 2013, with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

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03
Apr

Review hearing in Mindy Jones arson case reset to May 6 following sentencing in Minnesota court

The scheduling of an arson trial for Mindy Jo Jones stemming from the February 13, 2022 fire that destroyed her Tin, Rust and Harmony business located at 9 Allamakee Street in Waukon will have to wait at least another month, following discussion at a Monday, April 1 review hearing of the case held by teleconference in Allamakee County District Court.

Monday’s review hearing had originally been scheduled to try and determine a jury trial date for Jones in that February 22 arson case. However, following the sentencing of Jones the previous Friday, March 29 in Fillmore County, MN to a 27-month incarceration after her conviction on several counts of felony theft in that state, the legal representation involved on both sides of the arson case agreed to delay any trial date decisions until details of her incarceration in Minnesota are further clarified, according to Allamakee County Anthony Gericke.

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03
Apr

Candidates for Allamakee County offices file required paperwork to be on June 4 Primary Election ballot

Three Allamakee County leadership positions up for election this year each have a differing degree of candidate options following the March 22 deadline to file candidacy paperwork to be on this year’s June 4 Primary Election ballot. One Allamakee County Board of Supervisors seat, along with the offices of Auditor and Sheriff, are all up for election this year, with the General Election scheduled for November 5. No candidacy paperwork has been filed by anyone from the Democrat party for any of the three positions.

Incumbent Republican Denise Beyer of Waukon is the lone candidate to file paperwork for the office of Allamakee County Auditor. She will be seeking her fourth four-year term in that office, after first being elected in 2012.

Wed
03
Apr

Vietnam veterans honored by Midwest Veterans of America...

A total of 27 area military veterans from the Vietnam War era were honored during an event hosted Saturday, March 30 at AJ Bar & Grill in Waukon. The event was hosted by Midwest Veterans of America and included each of those veterans receiving a plaque and small American flag, in addition to rounds of applause and gratitude from the many in attendance for their years of service to their country. Many of those honored veterans are pictured in the photo at right, standing on the staircase at AJ Bar & Grill for a group photo, and many of their family members, friends and acquaintances were also in attendance to witness and share in their honoring. The event was emceed by retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant Kevin Herman, a 1984 graduate of Waukon High School, who is pictured standing among the honored veterans in the middle of the top row of the photo. Standard photo by Joe Moses.
 

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03
Apr

Rusty Rides Run this Saturday to benefit five-year-old from Waukon with one-in-a-million neurological disease


Ahlstrom family ... Left to right: Isaiah, Ashley, Justin and Vera Ahlstrom. Submitted photo.

The 12th Rusty Rides Run scheduled for this Saturday, April 6 will benefit Vera Ahlstrom, five-year-old daughter of Justin and Ashley Ahlstrom of Waukon. In June of 2018, at the age of six months old, Vera was diagnosed with Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood (AHC), a rare, life-threatening neurological disease affecting approximately one in one million people.

AHC impacts Vera in a number of ways, with the most common episode being paralysis (hemiplegia) to her left or right side and her most severe episodes involving bouts of full body paralysis and severe dystonia, which is a movement disorder that causes the muscles to contract involuntarily. When working through episodes of this type, she is unable to eat or drink anything other than a small syringe of water at a time. Anything more and she could aspirate as her esophagus, larynx and trachea do not function correctly.

Wed
03
Apr

“Scouting for Food” results in record donation to Allamakee County Food Shelf ...

Tuesday, March 12, Cub Scout Pack 64 in Waukon went “Scouting for Food” around Waukon. In just an hour and a half, the Scouts collected 724 pounds of food and $28 in donations (such as pictured above), resulting in a record amount of food the Scouts have donated to the Allamakee County Food Shelf. “The Waukon community came out to help like always and made it a successful food drive for the Scouts!” local Scout leaders shared. “Some even dropped food off at the Allamakee Farm Bureau office to make sure the Scouts got their donation!” Submitted photos.
 

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