Community News

Wed
09
Oct

Allamakee County Emergency Management and NEIA RSVP coordinate grant funding to supply local communities with administrative supplies for emergency or volunteer situations

by Joe Moses

Friday, October 4, Allamakee County Emergency Management Coordinator Corey Snitker and Director Deanna Hageman of Northeast Iowa RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) filled seven totes with administrative supplies to be placed in each community within Allamakee County including Lansing, New Albin, Harpers Ferry, Postville, Waterville and Waukon, with one tote also designated for the Allamakee County Emergency Management Department.

Snitker and Hageman said that the purchase of administrative supplies and totes was made possible through the Regional Readiness Summit Idea Grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. The $1,500 awarded for the project allowed for the purchase of supplies that will be placed within each community and will be used for administrative purposes including volunteer receptions centers, incident command and emergency command posts.

Wed
09
Oct

Motorists reminded to be alert for Driftless runners this Saturday ...

The Allamakee County Emergency Management Agency would like to remind motorists of the upcoming Driftless Half Marathon Relay and 5K running events which will be taking place along the Mississippi River (highlighted in green on the map above) and in Lansing this Saturday, October 12. The half marathon and relay race will start at 7:30 a.m. near the intersection of Collins Ridge Road and the Great River Road (County Road X52) just north of Harpers Ferry and head north toward Lansing for 13.3 miles. Shortly after starting, the runners will turn right and run the length of Red Oak Road back to its more northern intersection with the Great River Road, continuing north on the Great River Road route until completing the race at the Lansing Sports Complex in Lansing. All runners should be off the course around noon.

Wed
09
Oct

Waukon City Council discusses development issues along 16th Ave. NW, authority for spending approval

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, October 7 to address a full agenda of items including a downtown trash can proposal and estimate, the city manager’s authority to approve expenditures without prior approval of the city council and concerns relating to a subdivision development.
Mayor Pat Stone discussed the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Buddy Poppies Proclamation and read the proclamation aloud. Stone encouraged residents to support this cause through donations in honor of the sacrifices of the men and women who have risked their lives in the defense of this nation’s freedoms. The council approved the VFW Buddy Poppies Proclamation.

Wed
02
Oct

New uniforms for the Waukon High School Marching Band ...

The Waukon High School Marching Band is pictured above with its new uniforms recently purchased through the generosity of contributors to an Adopt a Uniform fundraising campaign. More than 80 individuals, businesses and organizations (listed in the advertisement below) contributed to the campaign at a variety of different funding levels to help replace the previous uniforms that had been in use for more than 20 years. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
02
Oct

Gary Boden hired as new city manager for Waukon

Waukon City Manager Gary Boden ...
Waukon City Manager Gary Boden ...

Meet and Greet event set for October 7

The City of Waukon recently hired Gary Boden as the new city manager in preparation for the retirement of the City’s first-ever city manager, Dean Hilgerson. Boden and Hilgerson were able to work together for several days allowing for a smooth transition for Boden in his position with the City of Waukon.

Wed
02
Oct

Birthday donation to Robey Memorial Library ...

Instead of gifts for her birthday, Adelynn Connelly of rural Harpers Ferry asked for donations to Robey Memorial Library in Waukon. With the money she raised, she was able to work with Robey Memorial Library Director Cate St. Clair to pick out the books she would like added to the library’s collection.

Pictured above, left to right, are Adelynn Connelly and Cate St. Clair with just some of her book donations. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
02
Oct

Robey Memorial Library celebrating “TEENtober” with variety of activities

Robey Memorial Library in Waukon is celebrating TEENtober October 1-31 with special events and programs spotlighting all the resources and activities available at the library and to encourage teenagers from around the area to read for their enjoyment.

TEENtober is a time to celebrate reading for fun while encouraging teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms - books, magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more. It is also an opportunity to encourage teens to become regular library users.

Robey Memorial Library invites teens, parents and other community members to participate in special programs and events during TEENtober. Teens earn a prize and an entry in to the $25 Amazon gift card drawing for program participation. TEENtober events include:

Wed
25
Sep

Volunteer day at Yellow River State Forest, program about history of Iowa State Parks this Saturday

Friends of Yellow River State Forest will be holding a fall volunteer day from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon this Saturday, September 28. Volunteers should meet at the sawmill area, located at 729 State Forest Road, Harpers Ferry.

Volunteer day activities will include: assembling picnic tables, splitting and moving firewood, painting and planting trees. This is a family-friendly event and children are welcome with adult supervision. Volunteers are asked to wear sturdy shoes and be dressed for the weather and for working.

That evening the Friends group will be holding a free presentation about how Iowa was a key player in the state park movement in America and one of the early states to set aside special places of quiet beauty as parks.

How did a popular travel destination known as the Devil’s Backbone become Iowa’s first state park and who were the movers and shakers that made it happen? Come learn more at this program at 7 p.m. at the Waterville Community Center.

Wed
25
Sep

Supervisors hear request for committee meeting in regard to ATV/UTV use on County roads in Yellow River State Forest, approve hiring of new Dispatch/Corrections Officer

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, September 23 to address a full agenda of items including a Revolving Loan Fund application, the hiring of a full-time Dispatcher/Corrections Officer and the Public Hearing for the Allamakee County Fiscal-Year 2020 budget amendment.

During Public Comment, Dennis Blocker with the Allamakee County ATV/UTV Club discussed setting up a meeting with a committee comprised of a few individuals from both sides of the issue relating to allowing ATV/UTVs on County roads within Yellow River State Forest. Board of Supervisors Chairperson Larry Schellhammer indicated that he would contact Allamakee County Attorney Anthony Gericke relating to proposed changes to the ATV/UTV Ordinance. Schellhammer said that both opinions relating to the use of ATVs within Yellow River State Forest are known and that the county attorney will be consulted relating to how best to move the process forward.

Wed
25
Sep

G&S Machine goes solar


G&S Machine installs rooftop solar panels ... G&S Machine, a metal fabrication company located just east of Waukon on Elon Drive, has recently installed a rooftop system of solar panels that will produce over 250,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year. The aerial drone photo above shows the extent of the project at about three-fourths of its completion, while the photo below shows an end-to-end view of the project upon completion. Photos courtesy of CB Solar of Des Moines, the company that installed the system utilizing the services of other local vendors.

New rooftop array produces equivalent to the electricity use of 22 U.S. homes

by Lissa Blake

One of the largest privately owned solar arrays in Iowa is now up and running in Waukon. Gil Hunstad of G&S Machine recently had 554 370-watt solar panels installed on the roof of his business located just east of Waukon on Elon Drive.

“The system is estimated to produce over 250,000 kWhs (kilowatt hours) of electricity per year, which is equivalent to the electric use of about 22 U.S. homes,” said Matt Edwards, controller for CB Solar of Des Moines, installer of the solar project.

The system is built on top of Hunstad’s metal fabrication facility, which covers an 80-foot x 200-foot area. “We put rails across the roof for the panels to sit on,” said Hunstad.

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