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Wed
21
Feb

Waukon Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet to be held this Friday

The Waukon Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its Annual Banquet this Friday, February 23 at the Waukon Banquet Center. The Chamber will be awarding nominees from the community for Business of the Year and Person of the Year honors. Awards will also be distributed to honor businesses and organizations for their Years of Service to the community for those celebrating a five-year increment anniversary.

The doors will open for the event at 5:30 p.m., with awards being distributed at 6:30 p.m. and the meal to follow. This year’s banquet will be catered by BE Catered and they will be serving grilled ribeye sandwiches and shrimp alfredo with all the sides.

Anyone with further questions about the event should contact Waukon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stephanie Dugan at 563-568-4110 or by email at waukoncc@mchsi.com.
 

Wed
21
Feb

Waukon City Council will enforce 24-hour snow removal ordinance, approves on split vote completion of grant funding application for former Tierney building

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, February 19 to address a full agenda of items, including the final application for the Catalyst Grant, a letter of support for the Walk On Waukon committee and the former Tierney building structural integrity inspection results.

Mayor Pat Stone called the meeting to order with approval of the current meeting agenda and meeting minutes of the February 5, 2018 regular session. During Public Comment, Coordinator Ardie Kuhse with Waukon Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) discussed the 2015 City of Waukon Comprehensive Plan as being a resource for the Council in terms of economic development and tourism and shared copies of the plan’s goals.

Wed
21
Feb

Allamakee County Business and Community Board members provide critical input on local industry and workforce needs


Nancy Everman ... Submitted photo.

Overcoming problems and challenges that may be encountered in a business environment often starts with a conversation: a dialogue about possible solutions to develop a plan of action.

Whether challenges for companies include new employee recruitment, employee soft skills such as customer service, or retention of talent, a diverse group of leaders providing their input and expertise helps to work through a solution. The Allamakee County Business and Community Board, formed with the assistance of Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC), provides a forum for this purpose, by inviting dialogue between education, economic development officials and local business leaders.

Wed
14
Feb

Granddaughter of Waukon couple, Addie Gralund, named 2018 ambassador for Cedar Rapids Heart Ball; Will appear on Channel 2 news this Sunday


The Gralund family at the 2017 Heart Ball ... Left to right: Ben, Addison, Kris and Hannah Gralund. Kris is a 1995 Waukon High School graduate and the daughter of Dave and Jeannine Zimmerman of Waukon. Submitted photo.

by Lissa Blake

At first glance, 11-year-old Addie Gralund may look like any other girl her age.

She’s competitive, driven, and enjoys being in charge.

But according to her mother, Kris (Zimmerman) Gralund, Addie is much older than her years.

That’s because Addie has been through a lot for a girl her age - or any age - including four open-heart surgeries.

CHD
Addison “Addie” Gralund, the granddaughter of Dave and Jeannine Zimmerman of Waukon, was born with a congenital heart defect (CHD) called Truncus Arteriosis, which means she had three valves in her heart instead of the usual four. The Gralunds, who live in Cedar Rapids, did not know Addie had anything wrong with her until the day after she was born.

Wed
14
Feb

Allamakee County Housing Needs Assessment information specific to Waukon to be discussed in presentation at February 19 City Council meeting

Information from the Allamakee County Housing Needs Assessment dealing specifically with the Waukon area will be presented at the Waukon City Council meeting taking place Monday, February 19 in the City Council Chambers located at Waukon City Hall. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m., with the housing study information to be presented as an agenda item during the regular council session.

Information such as population and its demographics, employment and income, and housing characteristics will be among the items presented upon. Historical trends and future projections are also part of the survey that could be discussed during the presentation.

For more information about the survey or the scheduled presentation, contact Allamakee County Economic Development & Tourism Executive Director Val Reinke at 563-568-2624 or stop by the Allamakee County Economic Development Office at 101 West Main in Waukon.

Wed
14
Feb

Supervisors approve tax suspension policy and e-cigarette ordinance, open bids for Green Valley Bridge project

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, February 12 to discuss a variety of matters, including the Canvass for the Postville Community School District special election, consideration of Green Valley Bridge bids and discussion of the language for the E-Cigarette Ordinance. Supervisor Dennis Koenig was not in attendance. There was no Public Comment.

The Supervisors convened as the Board of Canvassers to address the Canvass of the Postville Community School District special election held February 6. Allamakee County Auditor Denise Beyer provided the election results with 100 No votes and 33 Yes votes for the Public Education and Recreation Levy (PERL). Based on those results, the Supervisors declared the public measure would not be adopted. The Supervisors adjourned as the Board of Canvassers and reconvened as the Board of Supervisors.

Wed
07
Feb

Have A Heart Day event providing free dental care to local youth

As February begins, Have A Heart Day is not an unfamiliar event to run across in newspapers and on the radio as many individuals and families in the area have welcomed this event dedicated to providing free services to the communities youth. For 28 years, Waukon Dental and Family Dentistry Associates of Monona (Dental Associates of Prairie du Chien, P.C. is celebrating 24 years) have continued this service and are excited for the upcoming celebration this year.

Over the years, the doctors and staff have provided this opportunity for many area residents. It then was evolved into focusing on area youth ages four to 18 who have not recently seen a dentist, in order for them to receive free dental work. This year will be no exception as the event is scheduled for this Saturday, February 10 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Wed
07
Feb

"Libraries Rock" is theme for Robey Memorial Library's 2018 Adult Reading Challenge going on throughout the year

The 2018 Adult Reading Challenge hosted by Robey Memorial Library in Waukon is underway and will continue throughout the entire year. Area patrons can participate at any time throughout the year.

Participants can receive a prize drawing entry for reading from one of each of 12 pre-selected categories, including: book in a series; tragedy - fiction or non-fiction; funny - fiction or non-fiction; graphic novel; recommended book - fiction or non-fiction; learn something new; cross-cultural author or theme; written under a pseudonym; LISTEN to an audiobook; genre or subject never read before; holiday theme; or music theme. Participants can also receive a bonus entry for reading a book with a song lyric in the title.

Wed
07
Feb

Prize winners in 2017 Robey Memorial Library Reading Challenge ...

Robey Memorial Library patrons were invited to “Build a Better World” and read something new last year, with the library's 2017 Reading Challenge ending December 31. Participating patrons entered monthly drawings after reading from one of 12 pre-selected categories: how to, teaches you something; “tall” tale, legend or 500+ pages; set in the future; travel or adventure; short story; someone you admire; bestseller; with a structure or building on the cover; religious, spiritual or inspirational; with a place in the title; published in the decade you were born; or picked from a random library shelf.

Wed
07
Feb

City Council discusses financing for wastewater treatment facility, grant for former Tierney building

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, February 5 to address a full agenda of items including the former Tierney Building grant application, the Waste Water Treatment Facility financing and repairs to the Waukon Wellness Center heating system.

Mayor Pat Stone called the meeting to order with Council member Gayle Decker motioning to approve the consent agenda with a change to the January 15 meeting minutes to reflect that Decker voted against moving forward with the pre-grant application for the former Tierney building. There was no public comment.

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