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Wed
29
May

Executive Director graduates from Economic Development Institute ...

Allamakee County Economic Development and Tourism Executive Director Valerie Reinke graduated from the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute (OU EDI) May 2 at the OU Spring session. OU EDI is an intensive 117-hour certificate program which provides a broad spectrum of advanced education for the economic development professional. Pictured, left to right, in the photo above are Oklahoma University Development Institute Dean Barry Matherly, Allamakee County Economic Development and Tourism Executive Director Val Reinke, and International Economic Development Council President and CEO Nathan Ohle.

Barry Matherly, CEcD and Dean for OU EDI, said, “OU Economic Development Institute is the premier organization dedicated to training economic development professionals. These graduates have invested in improving their professional capabilities to support their local communities. Congratulations to all.”

Wed
29
May

VFW Auxiliary #4117 honors top entries in annual elementary essay contest


Top VFW Auxiliary essays from St. Patrick School ... Left to right: Charlee Corwin, Third Place for fifth grade; Stella Iverson, First Place for fourth grade; Cody Bloxham, Third Place for third grade; Markus Howe, Third Place for fourth grade; and Emerson Mezera, First Place for fifth grade. Submitted photo.

Top VFW Auxiliary essays from East Elementary School ... Left to right: Miranda Wuebker, Second Place for fifth grade; Maxwell Lograsso, Second Place for fourth grade; Miles Stone, First Place for third grade; and Ryder Benzing, Second Place for third grade. Submitted photo.

The VFW Auxiliary #4117 recently presented awards for the “I Love America Because” VFW Auxiliary Elementary School Essay Contest for students at St. Patrick School and East Elementary School in Waukon. Principal at East Elementary is Mrs. Samantha Thornton and principal at St. Patrick School is Mrs. Katie Fahey.

Awards for the winners were presented after the St. Patrick School Mass April 26 and at an East Elementary assembly May 3. The local winners were selected from 174 entries and went on to the district level of competition. Receiving awards at that district level were Ryder Benzing, Second Place for third grade; Stella Iverson, Second Place for fourth grade; and Miranda Wuebker, First Place for fifth grade. The local winners at East Elementary and St. Patrick Schools included the following:

Wed
29
May

Waukon baseball team opens season with four games in three nights posting home split vs. Waverly-SR as the lone victory


Complete-game win with seven Ks ... Waukon baseball senior pitcher Gabe Weighner rears back to unleash a pitch in the Indians’ split of a home doubleheader with Waverly-Shell Rock Thursday, May 23. After a 6-4 Waukon loss in game one, Weighner recorded a complete-game pitching victory, 5-2, in the nightcap that included seven strikeouts with five hits and three walks allowed. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

The Waukon baseball team was scheduled to get its 2024 campaign underway with a busy stretch of four consecutive nights of games but had a Tuesday, May 21 home contest with North Fayette Valley postponed to July 2 by stormy weather. The remainder of that busy initial week continued, however, with the diamond Tribe able to post a single win in four games played over three nights, including a 3-0 loss at Starmont Wednesday, May 22, a split of a home Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) doubleheader with Waverly-Shell Rock Thursday, May 23 that included a 6-4 loss and a 5-2 win, and an 11-1 loss in five innings at Sumner-Fredericksburg Friday, May 24.

The Indians were next scheduled to play a Northeast Iowa Conference doubleheader at Decorah Tuesday, May 28, play at Kee Wednesday, May 29 and play two games at Charles City Friday, May 31. They will then host New Hampton Wednesday, June 5 before playing at Edgewood-Colesburg Thursday, June 6.

Wed
29
May

Waukon softball team opens season with 13-0 win at Kee


One-hit shut-out with five Ks ... Waukon softball senior pitcher Cameron Johnson winds up to fire a pitch in the Indians’ 13-0 home win at Kee Thursday, May 23. Johnson allowed just one hit in the shut-out victory, striking out five batters, and she also belted a single and scored a run. Photo by Danielle Potter. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

In its only game played this past week, the Waukon softball team opened its 2024 season with a short trip to New Albin to take on the Lady Hawks of Kee Thursday, May 23 in a game that also proved to be short, a 13-0 mercy-rule win in just three innings of play. Senior pitcher Cameron Johnson threw a one-hit shut-out at the host Hawks, allowing just one walk while striking out five of the 11 batters she faced in the complete-game silencing.

The softball Indians are now slated to open their Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) schedule Thursday, May 30 at home against Decorah before playing in the North Fayette Valley Tournament Saturday, June 1. They will then host Central Elkader Monday, June 3 and South Winneshiek Wednesday, June 5 before playing at New Hampton Thursday, June 6 and at Charles City Friday, June 7.

Wed
29
May

Kee softball team battles through initial week without a win against opponents from larger and highly-ranked programs


Records this out and the lone hit ... Kee sophomore left fielder Payton Becker hauls in this fly ball for an out in the Hawks’ 13-0 home loss to Waukon Thursday, May 23. In addition to recording the out, Becker also recorded Kee’s only hit in the ballgame, a first-inning single. Photo by Danielle Potter. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

The Kee softball team opened its 2024 campaign facing some larger and/or highly-ranked opponents, ending up on the short end of all three games on its schedule this past week. The Lady Hawks opened the season at home hosting Class 3A Waukon and falling by a 13-0 result in three innings Thursday, May 23 before falling to a pair of ranked opponents in two games played at the Jesup Tournament Saturday, May 25, including a 7-0 loss to Class 1A fourth-ranked North Linn and a 14-2 defeat to the Class 2A 12th-rated host J-Hawks in a mercy-rule three innings.

The Lady Hawks were scheduled to host Crestwood Tuesday, May 28 before playing in the North Fayette Valley Tournament Friday and Saturday, May 31-June 1. The Kee diamond dwellers will then host Central Elkader Wednesday, June 5 and play in the Riceville Tournament Saturday, June 8.

Wed
29
May

Kee baseball team’s full week includes book-end splits with Decorah and at own Shooky Fink Tournament, with shut-out win over Hampton-Dumont in between

The Kee baseball team played a total of five games this past week, book-ending that full schedule with a split of a pair two-game stints on each end of that week. The Hawks first split a home doubleheader with Decorah, falling in game one, 2-0, and recovering with a 3-2 victory before recording a 4-0 win over Hampton-Dumont Wednesday, May 22 in a game played at Riverfront Stadium, the home of the Waterloo Bucks. Kee’s diamond dwellers then hosted their own Shooky Fink Tournament Saturday, May 25, splitting two games that included a 6-2 loss to Class 1A eighth-rated Wapsie Valley before bouncing back with a 3-2 win over Northeast.

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.

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