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Chamber of Commerce begins Third Annual Holiday Merchant Madness punch card promotion

The Waukon Chamber of Commerce is promoting the Third Annual Holiday Merchant Madness Punch Card Promotion. The event is held annually to help promote the benefits of shopping locally as the holiday season approaches.


Official trick-or-treat times set for Halloween; Local care facilities offer safe, fun opportunities

The City of Waukon has set its official Trick-or-Treat time for Friday, October 31 from 5-8 p.m. Area residents are asked to leave porch lights on to welcome trick-or-treaters,  and the youngsters are reminded to keep safety in mind while making their rounds from house to house.

Northgate Care Center
Northgate Care Center in Waukon will be offering open house trick-or-treating Halloween evening, Friday, October 31 from 4:30-6 p.m. Northgate Care Center, located at 960 Fourth Street NW in Waukon and owned and operated by ABCM Corporation, has welcomed children for trick-or treating for several years in an effort to offer parents and children a safe alternative to outside trick-or-treating. Residents and staff look forward to seeing the children dressed in their Halloween costumes and sharing the experience.


Waukon Chamber of Commerce seeking nominations for awards to be presented at annual meeting scheduled for February

The Waukon Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations from community residents for awards to be presented at its annual banquet in February. Nominations are being accepted for awards including Years of Service, New Business of the Year, Business of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Person of the Year honors.
The Chamber will bestow the honors upon more than one individual/group or local business fitting the following award’s criteria:

Years of Service Awards
Businesses celebrating a five-year increment anniversary (five-year, 10-year, etc.) in 2015 will be recognized at the annual meeting. Nominations can be made by business owners or anyone familiar with the business.


Faith, family and friends all instrumental in breast cancer recovery for Waukon’s Janet Kruger

Janet and Roger Kruger of Waukon enjoy spending time together and with their seven grandchildren, all pictured above. Janet underwent treatment for breast cancer two years ago but is doing well now. Submitted photo.

by Kelli Boylen
freelance writer


Fiesta Vallarta Mexican Restaurant opens its doors on Main Street in downtown Waukon

Fiesta Vallarta Mexican Restaurant, newly opened at 9 East Main Street in Waukon, recently received a First Dollar Visit from the Waukon Chamber of Commerce. Pictured above at the First Dollar presentation are, left to right, Waukon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member Sherrie Hunstad, Arturo, Albino, Nancy, Londy and Jose of Fiesta Vallarta Mexican Restaurant, and Waukon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member Tyler Halverson. Submitted photo.

Fiesta Vallarta Mexican Restaurant opened for business Monday, September 29 at 9 East Main Street in Waukon, former home of Main Street Entertainment. Business owner Jose Velarde said his appreciation for small towns led him to Waukon and the opening of his own business.
"I like the small towns, and I had been looking for a town like Waukon," Velarde shared. "When I saw there wasn't a Mexican restaurant here, I decided to try it."
The experience Velarde gained to open his own business came from working with his uncle in a Mexican restaurant in Ames, where he moved to after graduating from high school. "I had been working in the restaurant business for a long time and have seen that it is a good business to serve people, and I like that, so I decided to open my own restaurant," he said.


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