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10
Jan

Something to cheer about ...

The Tuesday, January 2 home game for the Waukon girls basketball team allowed the crowd to witness more than just basketball at the Waukon High School gymnasium, as youth ranging from Pre-Kindergarten on up through seventh grade performed as part of the Little Indian Cheerleading Camp that took place during the previous day, Monday, January 1. A total of 93 youngsters in Pre-Kindergarten through second grade participated in the Monday camp and then performed during halftime of Tuesday's junior varsity game, with 38 more third through seventh graders taking part in the Monday camp and then performing at halftime of Tuesday's varsity game. As pictured in the surrounding photos, a variety of cheers, jumps and simple stunts were performed to entertain the large crowd in attendance, with the young cheerleaders also getting a chance to share their spirit with players and coaches as they returned to the court from the halftime locker room.

Wed
10
Jan

Wisconsin pair arrested on multiple charges following traffic stop this weekend

Caley Edwards ...
Caley Edwards ...
Cimaron Mann ...
Cimaron Mann ...

Saturday, January 6 the Waukon Police Department conducted a traffic stop on Rossville Road in Waukon. As a result of the traffic stop, 30-year-old Caley Edwards of Platteville, WI was arrested and charged with Interference with Official Acts, Providing False Information, Dominion or Control of an Offensive Weapon as a Felon (a class D felony), Possession of a Controlled Substance (third offense), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drug, and Second Degree Theft (a class D felony). The theft charge was a result of a theft from a store in Waukon involving over $1,000 worth of merchandise. Further details were not made available due to investigative purposes.

Wed
10
Jan

Robey Memorial Library to host discussion on new book written by area author Robert Wolf

Robert Wolf ...
Robert Wolf ...

Robey Memorial Library in Waukon will host a talk and discussion on Robert Wolf’s new book, "Building the Agricultural City: A Handbook for Rural Renewal," Thursday, January 18 at 6 p.m. "Building the Agricultural City" is a call for collaborative rural economic development, addressed primarily to residents of the Driftless region.

Wolf’s proposal calls for cooperation between cities and across county lines. If, instead of seeing themselves as separate entities, the towns and cities of northeast Iowa saw themselves as neighborhoods within a larger unit, they would form what Wolf calls an “agricultural city.”

“We will continue to be hammered by the global economy,” Wolf said, “if we can’t put aside rivalries and work to build a cooperative, more self-sufficient economy. We can no longer rely on state and federal grants. We have to think like the people who first settled here. They built these towns and they did it without grants. We have to relearn self-reliance.”

Wed
10
Jan

New mayor uses veto power to reverse approved change in Waukon City Council meeting time during 2018's first regular and re-organizational session

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Tuesday, January 2 due to the New Year's holiday falling on the council's usual meeting day of Monday. The meeting's full agenda of items including the appointment of City employees and Council Committees, a Water and Sewer Department vacancy and the WW Homestead Dairy forgivable loan.

Prior to Tuesday's meeting, newly-elected Waukon Mayor Pat Stone and Waukon City Council members Gayle Decker and Arvid Hatlan were all sworn in for their first terms in office after being elected in the November City Election. Councilman Ben Rausch was absent from the meeting.

Wed
10
Jan

Mayor's veto power rarely used in history of Waukon city government

Following the veto issued by newly-elected Waukon Mayor Pat Stone of an ordinance changing the meeting time of the Waukon City Council that was passed during the Tuesday, January 2 regular council session, research by Waukon City Clerk Allen Lyon reveals that a Waukon mayor has only used veto power on three other occasions throughout the recorded history of Waukon city government proceedings. According to Lyon's findings, those three instances involved the following:

November 21, 1927 - Mayor P.M. LeTourneau, MD vetoed a resolution repealing an ordinance prohibiting the Sunday showing of any theatrical shows and exhibitions, vaudeville shows and performances, and motion picture shows and exhibitions.

Wed
10
Jan

Emergency Preparedness and You: What Does Emergency Management Do: Part 1

Hello, I hope everyone is enjoying the New Year. What a cold end to 2017 and start to 2018! But, hopefully by the time this article is printed, we enjoyed a warm Sunday and a warmer current week than the previous ones.

With my upcoming articles, I wanted to shift away from weather readiness and take some time to talk about emergency management itself and answer the question that I am often asked: what does Emergency Management do?

Wed
03
Jan

Veterans Memorial Hospital continues transition to its new financial system

by Brianne Eilers

While the month of November was an active month at Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) in Waukon, VMH Administrator Mike Myers said the hospital's financial staff was unable to get a financial report printed out in time for the Board of Trustees monthly meeting, due to training on the facility's new computer system.

Myers reported that November was not as busy as October, as far as patient volumes. "We still did a lot of surgeries and had a lot of outpatient volume," Myers noted.

The hospital continues to move forward with its conversion to the new Evident computer system. Myers noted that it was a "big push" in the beginning, but he feels the staff is settling in to the system and they are getting a lot of support from Evident advisors.

The hospital will be looking at options for its MRI services. The contract for that service will be expiring in a couple of years, but the hospital would like to upgrade the technology.

Wed
03
Jan

Waukon State Bank to host shredding event this Friday

Identity theft is a significant problem and if it has not happened to an individual directly, then they likely know someone who has been victimized. While identity theft can happen to anyone, there are some things that can be done to reduce the risk. Proper disposal, at the right time, of documents and items that contain personal, confidential information is key to protection.

Waukon State Bank offers a free shredding service once a month to help community members safely dispose of their confidential information. Some of the following items that may contain personal information should be considered for shredding, once their recommended retention has passed, including bank statements, expired credit or debit cards, credit card offers, paycheck stubs, canceled checks from years past, medical or legal information, along with anything that contains financial information or personal identification, such as social security number or signature.

Wed
03
Jan

Supervisors approve plans for Green Valley Bridge replacement, make appointments to various county boards and commissions

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Wednesday, December 27 due to the Christmas holiday being observed both on the board's regular Monday meeting day and the following day, December 25 and 26. The board addressed a full agenda of items including the Fiscal-Year 2019 Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) funding request, the consideration of appointments to County Boards and Commissions and the approval of the Green Valley Bridge plans.

Chairperson Larry Schellhammer called the meeting to order with the current agenda and meeting minutes of December 18 being approved. During Public Comment, Jane Regan with Upper Iowa Insurance provided an overview of Allamakee County's Workers' Compensation insurance and discussed that a dividend check for $16,673.00 has been issued to the County.

Wed
27
Dec

Cub Scouts donate to Allamakee Giving Tree..

Members of Cub Scout Pack 64 of Waukon collected toys at their December Pack meeting for donation to the Allamakee Giving Tree sponsored by the Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation (NEICAC) Allamakee County Family Service Office prior to the Christmas holiday. The donated toys pictured in photos at right were taken by the Cub Scouts to the NEICAC office in Waukon, where they were distributed to families in need for Christmas. Submitted photos.
 

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