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Wed
07
Sep

Attorney General cautions northeast Iowa flood victims about fraud potential

Residents and property owners in northeast Iowa impacted by recent flood damage should be wary of consumer scams and shady contractors who tend to solicit victims of natural disasters, says Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller. Consumers should be watchful for clean-up, home repair and construction contractors, especially those who seek business door-to-door and ask for advance payment.

State regulations make price gouging illegal for those counties where a disaster declaration is in effect. Price gouging is defined in the Attorney General's Administrative Rule as raising prices unreasonably above the price at which the merchandise or service was sold in the usual course of business immediately prior to the onset of the emergency. The rule, which applies during the emergency declaration and "subsequent recovery period" up to six months, recognizes that prices may be higher because sellers also often incur increased costs.

Wed
07
Sep

Concerned groups say newly released National Park Service report on Effigy Mounds incidents offers very few solutions

An "After Action Review" report released by the National Park Service earlier this year was being anticipated as a means to begin to bring closure to a series of issues more recently brought to light at Effigy Mounds National Monument in Allamakee County. However, groups such as Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and Friends of Effigy Mounds say they find very little in the report that provides hope for change and even less hope for any remedies to previous actions.

The purpose of the "After Action Review" document, as stated within the document itself, was to "determine root causes of the incidents that took place at Effigy Mounds National Monument (monument) between 1999 and 2010 that led to impacts to cultural resources and strained relations with American Indians, and to recommend positive actions to improve National Park Service (NPS) practices going forward."

Wed
07
Sep

Nominations sought by ACED for 2016 Cloy Kuhse Positive Impact Business Award Nomination deadline is September 15

Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) is seeking nominations for the 2016 Cloy Kuhse Positive Impact Award. To be eligible, the recipient must be a business located in Allamakee County.

ACED will accept nominations until Thursday, September 15 of this year. Award winner announcement and ceremony will be at the ACED Annual Banquet in October. The award recipient will receive a plaque and will be added to the Award Plaque that is displayed at the ACED office.

Mike Ferring Construction of Waukon was the 2015 Cloy Kuhse Positive Impact Award winner. ACED looks forward to announcing another business that is making a positive impact at its annual meeting this October.

Wed
31
Aug

Supervisors approve County Disaster Declaration, hear updates from last week's flooding and Public Safety Center project

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, August 29 to discuss a variety of issues, including a public hearing for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Construction Permit application for Regancrest Holsteins LLC., consideration of a County Disaster Declaration and the approval to submit the Iowa Partnerships for Success Year 3 continuation grant application. During the public comments portion of the meeting, there were no members of the public present.

The Public Hearing for Regancrest Holsteins LLC confinement was opened without any public comments and the construction permit application was approved. Regancrest will be constructing one new dairy cattle free-stall confinement building and a new dairy milking parlor at an existing dairy confinement facility.

Wed
31
Aug

Allamakee County Economic Development offers "Start-Up: An Introduction to Starting a Small Business"

Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED), through a Growing Small Business in Northeast Iowa grant, is offering the class “Start-Up: An Introduction to Starting a Small Business” in partnership with NICC-Waukon.

Thinking about starting a business but not sure how to begin? There are so many questions that need to be answered. What does it take to be an entrepreneur? Is the business idea a good one? Is there enough money to start the business or what are the financing options? All of these concepts, and perhaps more that haven’t been thought of yet, are discussed in this class.
Entrepreneurs will learn what is necessary to build a firm foundation for a new venture, determine business feasibility, choose a legal form of business, register and license a business, and learn to make cash flow projections. Get prepared to be the one out of five small business owners who actually succeed with a solid business plan to make it happen.

Wed
31
Aug

Food drive benefits Relief Office ...


Food drive benefits Relief Office ...

Luster Heights Camp near Harpers Ferry, in conjunction with the Anamosa State Penitentiary, recently held its annual food drive to raise money for area food banks. As a result of this fundraiser, Luster Heights was able to donate $1,397.25 to the Allamakee County Relief Office. Pictured above at the donation check presentation are, left to right, Luster Heights Treatment Services Director Kris Kovarik and Allamakee County Relief Director Rebecca Hawes. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
24
Aug

Personal mail fraud emerges locally

Mail fraud has become more commonplace, and these scams can originate from anywhere in the world. A recent example that was brought to the attention of The Standard involves a letter from TD Canada Trust Bank that informed an area resident that a distant relative had passed away and that as the lone traceable next of kin, they are the beneficiary of $9.2 million.
The letter explained that the deceased's account has been dormant and a quick response is required or the funds will revert back as unclaimed estate at the quickly approaching end of the dormancy period. An e-mail address and name were provided at the bottom of the letter requesting more follow up from the recipient.

Wed
24
Aug

Supervisors approve ATV ride route on secondary roads during regular session held in New Albin

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, August 22 at the New Albin Public Library, its first meeting of a proposed plan to meet at all public library locations within the county. The meeting agenda included several items including plat approvals, consideration of approving roads to be used for the fall ATV Club ride and a discussion of County credit card usage and policy.

Wed
24
Aug

Road construction on Highway 76 will cause delays in southeast Allamakee County

The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) advises motorists of two construction projects that will interrupt traffic around the city of Marquette in Clayton County beginning Monday, August 22, including one in southeast Allamakee County. That project in Allamakee County consists of full-depth patching of the roadway and construction of paved shoulders on Iowa Highway 76 from Marquette north to Allamakee County Road X-52 (also known as Great River Road, the blacktop from Hwy. 76 to Harpers Ferry).

The second project includes placing subdrain and paved shoulders at several locations along U.S. Highway 18 from 145th Street in Marquette to the east city limits of town. Flaggers and pilot cars will be used to assist motorists through each work area. Both projects are expected to be completed by early September, weather permitting.

Wed
17
Aug

Supervisors discuss fall ATV ride, set public hearing for paving of portion of Columbus Road

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, August 15 to discuss a variety of items, including the Bluff Country ATV ride and the fiscal year 2017 budget amendment. The Board also received an update on the Partnership for Success grant.

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