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01
Oct

Waukon native Laura Larson honored at annual Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial


he name of Waukon native Laura Larson (seen near the middle of the above photo next to her own photo taped on the memorial) is etched in the marble Wall of Honor at the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial in Colorado Springs, CO following her passing from ovarian cancer in May of this year. Larson's mother, Joanne Larson of Waukon, is pictured below during the annual Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Observance weekend held in Colorado Springs, CO September 20 making a "rub" on a commemorative sheet of paper to capture the image of her daughter's name on the memorial. Submitted photos.

Laura Larson, the daughter of Joanne Larson and the late Ralph Larson of Waukon and a 1986 graduate of Waukon High School, was one of 168 firefighters honored at the 28th Annual International Association of Fire Fighters Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Observance held in Colorado Springs, CO Saturday, September 20.
Larson, a Captain of Engine 56 with the Omaha Fire Department, died in May of this year from ovarian cancer at the age of 46. Her death was classified as a line-of-duty death due to years of inhaling toxic smoke ruled as contributing to her cancer. Her name is now forever commemorated after being engraved in the marble wall of honor that is part of the overall Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial located in the shadow of Pike's Peak of the Rocky Mountains.

Wed
24
Sep

Court selected for 2014 Waukon High School Homecoming celebrated this week

Students at Waukon High School have selected their Homecoming representatives for 2014, with the coronation of this year's Homecoming Queen and King to take place at the traditional "Burning of the 'W'" pep rally scheduled for this Thursday evening, September 25, beginning at 7 p.m. at Waukon High School. Pictured in the top photo at right (photo courtesy of Waukon High School Publications class) are this year's Waukon High School Homecoming Queen and King candidates from the 2014-2015 Senior class, including: Left to right - Front row: Queen candidates Allie Schwartz, Thea Meyer, Katie Kerndt and Jacqueline Welch. Back row: King candidates Jacob Ronan, Gunnar Grangaard, Adam Benzing and Landon Sivesind. Pictured in the bottom photo at right, left to right and front to back, are Junior Class attendants Nicole Behrend and Will Keenan, Sophomore Class attendants Sydney Herman and Logan Sullivan, and Freshman Class attendants Kylee Hager and Isaiah Welch.

Wed
24
Sep

Third annual local Fields of Faith event planned for Oct. 8

Students, parents and community members are invited to join thousands of others on athletic fields all across the nation Wednesday, October 8 to share their Christian faith with each other during the ninth annual national Fields of Faith event. Although in existence nationwide for those nine years, the local Fields of Faith event in Waukon is being held for just its third year that same evening at the Waukon High School football field after a successful inaugural event in 2012 that drew more than 400 local people, and a growing congregation of nearly 1,000 attendees last year.
The event will kick off with a performance again this year by the band "513FREE" which will take place at 6 p.m. The Fields of Faith program will begin at 7 p.m. with a series of speakers sharing their faith and other personal stories.

Wed
03
Sep

Waukon City Council agrees to a review of Third Street NE work

by Bob Beach

The Waukon City Council met in special session Tuesday, August 26 for further discussions about the paving project on Third Street NE. Mayor Loren Beneke told the Council that Veenstra and Kimm, Inc., an engineering firm based in Mason City, had agreed to review the engineering work on the project done by TeKippe Engineering, a division of Fehr Graham Engineering, the City's engineering firm.
City Attorney Jim Garrett told the Council that if Veenstra and Kim conclude that TeKippe made an error or errors in planning the project, the City may have a case to recover the cost of reviewing the project along with other damages.
Following a brief discussion, the Council unanimously agreed to pay Veenstra and Kimm, Inc. a fee of $3,200 to review the engineering work on the project.
 

Wed
03
Sep

Robey Memorial Library to host Grand Re-Opening Open House September 13

Following completion of its expansion project, Robey Memorial Library will hold a Grand Re-Opening Dedication and Open House Saturday, September 13 from 2-4 p.m. The Library invites all community members to take part in the celebration activities at 401 First Avenue NW location in Waukon.
The library expansion more than doubled the size of the library to add space for books, more computer stations, small study rooms, and a new community room.
Celebration events include a dedication ceremony at 2 p.m.; library tours; room naming contest; silent auction; a "make & take" activity for kids; special displays; photo presentation; and refreshments.

Wed
27
Aug

Local quilters contribute Quilts of Valor to Vietnam War anniversary event


Northeast Iowa Quilters Guild members, left to right, Grace Murphy and Janice Shogren work at the sewing machines at Queen Jean Quilting in Waukon to help put together some of the 20-plus quilts heading to Charleston, SC as part of the Quilts of Valor program that will help honor the upcoming 50th anniversary of the 1st LAAM Battalion Bravo battery going into Vietnam. Photo by Brianne Eilers.

by Brianne Eilers
 
Members of the Northeast Iowa Quilters Guild spent Saturday, August 16 working at Queen Jean Quilting in Waukon to put the finishing touches on the Quilts of Valor that are heading to South   Carolina for the 50th Anniversary of the 1stLAAM Battalion Bravo Battery. These men were some of the first Marines to go into Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
Quilter Barbara Davidson, of Decorah, and her husband, Harry, will be taking over 20 quilts to the reunion in Charleston, SC for distribution among the veterans. Harry Davidson was among those first Marines going into Vietnam.
The quilts were made my local quilters (some of whom are pictured in surrounding photos) who volunteered their time and materials to make these Quilts of Valor. The quilts are stored in a matching, handmade pillowcase, and each quilt contains a label on the back with the names of the volunteers who helped to make their quilt.

Wed
13
Aug

Bob and Deb Jacobsen become new owners of Royal Car Wash


Royal Car Wash, now under the new ownership of Bob and Deb Jacobsen of Clermont, recently received a First Dollar Visit from the Waukon Chamber of Commerce. Pictured above, left to right, at the First Dollar presentation are new owners Bob and Deb Jacobsen of Clermont and Waukon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member Sherrie Hunstad. Submitted photo.

Royal Car Wash, located at 501 Rossville Road in Waukon, is now under new ownership. Bob and Deb Jacobsen of Clermont purchased the car wash facility from Rich and Mary Dreckman of Waukon July 23, and have some plans to further "clean up" with additional services to be offered at the current site.
"We are customer service-oriented, and the idea to renovate the storage bay into a detail shop is one way for us to provide more service to the area and be more accessible at the car wash," the Jacobsens explain. An existing storage bay within the facility is currently being renovated to provide a vehicle detailing service where vehicle owners can choose anywhere from a basic detailing package to a deluxe treatment. The detailing service will also offer gift card promotions, and businesses that wish to have a direct billing account will have a fleet package made available to them. Plans are to have the detailing service available by mid-August.

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