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May

Johnson honored by IACP ...

Jill Johnson of TASC, Inc. was selected as a 2018 recipient of the IACP (Iowa Association of Community Providers) Frontline Supervisor Award recognizing excellence in quality contributions in serving others. She was presented with her award at the annual IACP Convention held May 3 in Ames. Johnson is a solution-oriented supervisor whose dedication to the people she serves has led to success in transitions to community living. Pictured above, left to right, are Jill Johnson and Iowa Association of Community Providers Chief Executive Officer Shelly Chandler. Submitted photo.
 

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May

Area young ladies invited to register for 2018 Allamakee County Fair Queen competition

The Allamakee County Fair Board is seeking applicants for the 2018 Allamakee County Fair Queen contest, with this year’s fair running July 18-22.

The contest will run similarly to that of the Iowa State Fair Queen Contest. There will be one formal interview conducted by judges. This is where the majority of the judging will take place.

Coronation of the 2018 Allamakee County Fair Queen will take place following the “Allamakee County Youth Showcase” Tuesday evening, July 17 at the Allamakee County Pavilion building on the Allamakee County Fairgrounds in Waukon. This event will begin at 7 p.m.

At this event, each Fair Queen contestant will be asked to share her favorite Allamakee County Fair memory. The 2018 Allamakee County Fair Queen and Allamakee County Fair Princess will be announced and crowned at the conclusion of the Youth Showcase.

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30
May

Robey Memorial Library to host variety of events for Summer Explorer series

Children and families are encouraged to participate in Robey Memorial Library’s program series, Summer Explorers, to be held Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. May 30, June 6, 13 and 20, and August 1 and 8. The program schedule is as follows:

Wed
23
May

Gundersen Health System donates to Walk-On Waukon sidewalk project ...

The Walk-On Waukon Committee recently received a $1,000 donation from Gundersen Health System toward its planned sidewalk project. Pictured above representing the donation to Walk-On Waukon is Hallie Linderbaum, Business Office Coordinator at Gundersen Health System - Waukon Clinic. The Walk-On Waukon Committee is continuing to work on plans and reaching financial goals to start improving walkability in Waukon. Submitted photo.
 

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23
May

Numerous projects, update on Aveka noise levels among variety of topics addressed by Waukon City Council

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, May 21 to discuss a variety of matters, including the American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Days Proclamation, downtown street lighting and the Spring Avenue spring leak. Mayor Pat Stone called the meeting to order, indicating that one agenda item has been removed with the addition of five other agenda items.

The Public Hearing for the Sewer Loan and Disbursement Agreement in the amount not to exceed $658,000 for improvements to the sanitary sewer system was opened and closed without any written or verbal comment. There was no Public Comment, so the council moved right into Departmental Reports.

Wed
23
May

New license plate design to be available at Allamakee County Treasurer’s Office

The Allamakee County Treasurer’s Office will soon be offering the new “City and Country Reboot” license plate design - an update of the urban and rural theme currently in use - on a consistent basis as the inventory of the current design is depleted. The new design was one of three license plate designs that were part of an online competition conducted on the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) website in August 2017. The new plate design replaces the current design that has been in production since the late 1990s.

Along with the new design, the new plates will involve a high-definition reflective sheeting manufactured by 3M, which will make the plates easier to read in both daylight and nighttime conditions. The improved license plates will cost the same to manufacture as the previous plates, and will provide greater benefit to the public and law enforcement.

Wed
23
May

Patriot Tour 2018 visits Waukon ...

The Nation of Patriots, a volunteer organization with a mission to provide financial support to families of wounded military veterans who have made sacrifices in service to their country, brought its 2018 Patriot Tour through Waukon Sunday, May 20 as part of its annual three-month summer tour across the country. Tour participants display a United States flag which is transferred between riders at each designated stop along the tour that will travel the contiguous 48 United States before it will finally end up back at its original starting location in Beaver Dam, WI in early September.

Wed
16
May

Peake Orchards and Dairy to host NEIA Food and Farm Network this Sunday


Jeremy and Jodi Peake family ... Submitted photo.

Jeremy and Jodi Peake of Waukon will host the May gathering of the Northeast Iowa Food and Farm Network this Sunday, May 20 at 7 p.m. To see milking in progress, arrive at 6:15 p.m. The Network event will begin with a potluck at 7 p.m., then feature a farm tour with highlights including Peake’s dairy grazing system and the apple orchard, before networking over desert.

Jodi and Jeremy Peake milk about 40 Jersey and Jersey-cross cows on their certified organic, grass-based dairy. They market their milk into Organic Valley’s Grassmilk program. In addition to their rotational grazing dairy enterprise, the Peake farm hosts a 1,000 tree orchard operated by Jeremy’s father, Al Peake, with support from Jodi and Jeremy. The apples are sold locally at the Winneshiek Farmers Market, the Oneota Coop and at the farm.

Wed
16
May

Supervisors approve agreement with DOT in regard to Driftless Area Scenic Byway

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, May 14 to discuss a variety of agenda items, including a personnel matter in the Allamakee County Treasurer’s office, consideration of an agreement between the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) and Allamakee County involving designated Iowa Byways and setting letting dates for Secondary Roads construction projects. There was no public comment.

Allamakee County Treasurer Lori Hesse discussed a personnel matter involving her recommendation to promote Rita Troendle from Motor Vehicle Clerk status to Second Deputy Clerk status. Hesse indicated that Troendle works 20-25 hours per week with part-time status and that her recommendation would take effect July 1 of this year with a raise to $16.13 per hour, which is 53% of the Treasurer’s salary. The Supervisors approved the promotion of Troendle to Second Deputy Clerk at the discussed pay rate.

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May

Reasons for starting own business have led to discovery of even greater rewards for Curtis Handyman Service


Curtis Handyman Service receives First Dollar Visit ... Curtis Handyman Service, a new business started this year by Curtis Dundee of Waukon, received a First Dollar Visit from the Waukon Chamber of Commerce recently. Pictured above at that First Dollar presentation are, left to right, Waukon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member Sherrie Hunstad, Curtis Dundee of Curtis Handyman Service and Waukon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member Dan Headington. Photo courtesy of Waukon Chamber of Commerce.

A combination of reasons brought Elkader native and current Waukon resident Curtis Dundee to the decision to start his own business recently. Helping other people, being more available to his own family and wanting to work for himself on a full-time basis resulted in the start of Curtis Handyman Service in January of this year.

Having lived and worked in the Waukon community for the past 13 years, Dundee said he noticed that a lot of the bigger contractors in the area were so busy that they seemed to have difficulty finding time to get to smaller projects that people needed done around their homes or businesses. “I am able to take care of the smaller jobs that people need done around their house,” he said.

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