Community News

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11
Oct

Motorists advised to use caution this Saturday during Driftless running events ...

The Driftless Half Marathon, Relay and 5K running events will be taking place along the Mississippi River and in Lansing this Saturday, October 14 and Allamakee County Emergency Management wants to remind motorists to be aware of runners on the roadway routes depicted in the accompanying map images for each event. The half marathon and relay race will start at 7:30 a.m. on the Great River Road near the intersection of Collins Ridge Road just north of Harpers Ferry and continue north towards Lansing for 13.3 miles (as depicted by the green highlighted area in the map above). Shortly after starting, the runners will turn right and take the Red Oak Road loop back to Great River Road near the Wexford Church, continuing north until completing the race at the softball complex in Lansing, with all runners off the course by 11:30 a.m.

Wed
11
Oct

Allamakee County Veterans Museum program to feature WWII Veterans Ben Quillin and Kenneth Brandt October 21

Saturday, October 21 at 10 a.m., the Allamakee County Veterans Museum will honor World War II veterans by presenting a video program in the Veterans Museum located at 105 Allamakee Street in Waukon.

A video interview filmed in 2006 by staff from the Five Sullivans Museum in Waterloo with U.S. Army veterans Ben Quillin and Kenneth Brandt will be played. Ben Quillin served in the Army Medical Corps and Ken Brandt was a tank commander in the European Theatre.

The public is invited to attend. There is no admission or membership charge. The Vets Museum facility is handicapped accessible.

The Veterans Museum will repeat any of its veteran interview videos for those who are unable to attend the original presentation, either by appointment or any Saturday morning when no new programing is scheduled.
 

Wed
04
Oct

Work continues toward anticipated end of October completion on 1st Street/1st Avenue NW storm sewer project after some underground and weather delays


Weather delays stop the work but keep the water flowing ... Rainfalls measuring three inches in some areas of Waukon both Friday-Saturday, September 22-23 and again Tuesday, September 26 caused some additional delays in work progressing on the 1st Street/1st Avenue NW storm sewer replacement project in Waukon. Following the Tuesday afternoon, September 26 rain, the photo above shows more than a foot of water flowing from the open end of the existing storm sewer in the middle of 1st Avenue NW into the open trench that was, at that time, awaiting the placement of sections of new precast concrete storm sewer. The flowing water, however, found its way into the newly laid storm sewer (pictured below) that was already in place just a few feet further east on 1st Avenue NW, serving somewhat of its intended purpose, with the overall project anticipated to be completed by the end of October. Standard photos by Joe Moses.

Piecing it all together ... The precast concrete sections of the new storm sewer in the 1st Street/1st Avenue NW area in Waukon were put in place by crane, as pictured in the photo above. Once in place and connected, the sections were then further bolted together and had their seams wrapped to create a new pathway for storm water that will go around the former McMillan 66 property on the southwest corner of that 1st Street/1st Avenue NW intersection, instead of flowing underneath it. Evident in the photos below, final connections are waiting to be made to the new stretch of storm sewer at its receiving end (top photo below) and around the intersection corner (second photo below) at its discharge end (bottom photo below). Standard photos by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

Work continues in Waukon relating to the 1st Street NW/1st Avenue NW Storm Sewer Improvements project near downtown businesses Side Street Cycles, McMillan Muffler, The Copy Shoppe and Kurth Plumbing and Heating, among others. Delays associated with some unanticipated underground discoveries and some heavier rainfall prevented the original intended project from moving forward for more than a week’s time through the third week in September and the first part of the final week of that month.

Wed
04
Oct

City of Waukon receives Urban Stormwater and Watershed Jurisdiction of the Year Award from ISWEP ...

The Iowa Stormwater Education Partnership (ISWEP) presented the City of Waukon with the Urban Stormwater and Watershed Jurisdiction of the Year Award during the 2023 Iowa Water Conference held in Altoona Tuesday-Wednesday, September 19-20. Waukon Mayor Arvid Hatlan is pictured above receiving the award on behalf of the City of Waukon from Iowa Storm Water Education Partnership Executive Director Patricia A. Sauer.

Wed
04
Oct

Report of suspicious person leads to arrest and additional charges in connection with stolen vehicles near Waterville from June

Saturday, October 1, at approximately 7:44 a.m., the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center received a call of a suspicious individual and vehicle in the 700 block of 1st Avenue SW in Waukon. A Waukon Police Officer was dispatched to the location.

Upon investigation, it was determined that the suspicious vehicle was reported as stolen out of La Crosse County in Wisconsin. The suspect was observed by the officer in the 800 block of 1st Avenue NW. When law enforcement attempted to make contact, the suspect fled on foot and was pursued by the Waukon Police Officer and Allamakee County Sheriff’s Deputies. The suspect entered a garage behind a residence on West Main Street in Waukon where he was located by the officer and deputies.

Wed
04
Oct

Robey Memorial Library Foundation’s Re/newal Project ...

The Robey Memorial Library Foundation is proud to announce the Re/newal Project. This initiative ensures that beloved children’s books, from The Adventures of Curious George to Dr. Seuss and the Disney classics, remain vibrant and accessible to new generations. Well-loved children’s books, many of them decades old, are being gently retired, and in their place, brand new copies will appear on the shelves, such as those pictured above. These fresh editions of old favorites invite young minds to explore timeless tales with renewed enthusiasm.

Wed
04
Oct

Trick-or-Treat times established in Waukon

According to information shared at the Monday, September 18 regular meeting of the Waukon City Council, trick-or-treat times for this year’s Halloween holiday have been established. Waukon City Clerk Sarah Snitker reported at that meeting that she had confirmed with the Waukon Police Department that the official trick-or-treat times within the Waukon community will be from 4-8 p.m. Halloween evening, Tuesday, October 31.

Area residents are asked to leave porch lights on to welcome trick-or-treaters. Youngsters taking part in the evening’s events are reminded to keep safety in mind while making their rounds.

Wed
27
Sep

Motocross track in rural Waukon hosting a benefit event for one of its riders Saturday


Erin and Dalton Seymour ... Erin and Dalton Seymour of Farmersburg were married August 12 of this year. Nine days later, Dalton had a seizure in his sleep and has since been diagnosed with a mass in his brain for which he underwent surgery September 14. A benefit event is scheduled for this Saturday, September 30 at Fan Ridge MX in rural Waukon. Submitted photo.

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The Fan Ridge MX motocross track, owned and operated by Dale Fletcher in rural Waukon, will be the site of a benefit event that has been arranged to show support and raise funds for one of the track’s frequent riders this Saturday, September 30. The community is invited to the ‘Take a Rip for Dalton’ event, beginning at 9 a.m., whether they are motocross riders themselves or not.

August 21 of this year, area motocross enthusiast Dalton Seymour of Farmersburg had a seizure in his sleep. His wife, Erin - whom he had exchanged vows with just nine days earlier, called 911 and an ambulance transported him to the hospital in Elkader. He was given medication to stop the seizures and taken to have a CT scan done.

Wed
27
Sep

Allamakee County Board of Supervisors takes no action on pair of requests

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, September 25 to address a full agenda of matters including the discussion of using the Department of Human Services (DHS) building for 24-hour placement of juveniles awaiting permanent placement, discussion and consideration of uses for tax dollars returned from the Iowa State University (ISU) Extension, and consideration of a certificate of adjustment. The meeting was called to order by Board of Supervisors Chairperson Dan Byrnes with Supervisors Mark Reiser and Dennis Keatley present.

Wed
27
Sep

King of Grace Lutheran Church to host Pumpkins in the Park ...

King of Grace Lutheran Church in Waukon will be hosting an event at Waukon City Park Sunday, October 8 called “Pumpkins in the Park.” All community members are invited to join King of Grace Lutheran Church for an afternoon of fall fun at Waukon City Park in the Jaycee shelter from 2-4:30 p.m. that October 8 afternoon. There will be pumpkin decorating, games, a fall photo opportunity, treats, and a free raffle for gift baskets from local businesses.

All who attend will receive a free pumpkin to decorate and take home with them. This is a free event, and it is open to all ages in the community. More information about the event as it approaches can be found on the King of Grace Lutheran Church Waukon IA Facebook page.

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