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Nov

Waukon Wellness Center celebrating its 10-year anniversary with "10 Days of Wellness"


The Waukon Wellness Center is celebrating its 10-year anniversary during the month of November with a "10 Days of Wellness" promotion offering a variety of free activities and usage to experience the benefits of the Center. Pictured above near the cardio exercise equipment at the Center are, left to right, Program Director Kim Kraus, Park & Rec Wellness Director Jeremy Strub and Customer Service/Office Manager Bonnie Wild. Submitted photo.

It has been 10 years since the Waukon Wellness Center opened its doors to the local community, November 15, 2007 to be exact. Now, 10 years later, staff and board members of the facility want to celebrate that milestone and show their appreciation to the local community for the generosity and support shown over the last 10 years with a "10 Days of Wellness" promotion.

For those not as familiar with the Waukon Wellness Center, it is a city-owned, 32,000 square foot facility designed with a goal to provide recreation and improve and maintain the health of the local community. “Our intention is for all to feel welcome here and to offer a wide variety of membership opportunities, classes and a positive atmosphere, striving to meet the needs of as many people in our community as possible,” says Jeremy Strub, Director of the Waukon Wellness Center.

Wed
25
Oct

Electrical fire displaces apartment residents...

Wednesday, October 18 at approximately 4:49 p.m., the Waukon Area Fire Protection District was dispatched to 11 Third Avenue NW in Waukon, location of the more locally known "Beehive" apartment complex, where a fire was reported in the attic of the residential building. The fire was quickly extinguished before the building suffered any significant damage, but a report from Waukon fire officials indicate that the fire was electrical in nature and that the building sustained moderate damage and forced residents of nine apartments in the complex out of their place of residence. Waukon Area Fire Protection District crews were on scene for approximately three hours and received assistance from the Waukon Police Department and the Veterans Memorial Hospital Ambulance Service. Standard photos by Joe Moses.

Wed
25
Oct

Official trick-or-treat times set for Halloween; Local organizations offering safe, fun opportunities

The City of Waukon has set its official Trick-or-Treat time for Tuesday, October 31 from 4-8 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.

TASC, Inc.
TASC, Inc. will be offering open house trick-or-treating Tuesday, October 31 at its facility located at 2213 Mount Olivet Road NW, just off Highway 76 north of Waukon. Trick-or-treating will take place at TASC from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day.

Northgate Care Center
Northgate Care Center in Waukon will be offering open house trick-or-treating Halloween evening, Tuesday, October 31 from 4-6 p.m. Located at 960 Fourth Street NW in Waukon, Northgate Care Center residents and staff look forward to seeing the children dressed in their Halloween costumes and sharing the experience.

Wed
25
Oct

Candidate forum planned prior to upcoming City Election

Public invited to meet the candidates for Mayor and City Council October 30

The public is invited to meet the candidates at a nonpartisan forum Monday, October 30 at 7 p.m. in the Waukon High School Library. The forum will be sponsored by Waukon Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the Waukon High School government classes.

City of Waukon mayoral candidates planning to attend include Darryl Brink, Rick Herman, Dwight Jones, Pat Stone and Steve Wiedner. Council candidates include Ward No. 1 candidate Gayle Decker; Ward No. 3 candidates Arvid Hatlan, Don Steffens and Kevin Welsh; and at-large candidate Ben Rausch.

Candidates will each give a brief introduction of their backgrounds, qualifications and reasons for seeking office. Each will then respond to written questions from the audience which will be screened by a committee of the sponsors and asked by a moderator.

Wed
25
Oct

New 4-H year begins with new excitement for volunteers at leaders meeting ...

Volunteers guide 4-H members in becoming productive citizens, outstanding communicators, effective leaders and successful learners. Leaders of 4-H clubs in Allamakee County kicked off the new 4-H year with a fall leaders meeting September 25. Seventeen leaders attended and shared in networking excitement about the new 4-H year. Club leaders interacted in activities around the Essential Elements of 4-H. Those attending the meeting are pictured above, left to right: Front row - Greta Rubendall, Michelle Byrnes, Angela Carlson, Teresa Wiemerslage, Kim Waters. Middle row - Deb Hammel, Teresa Schaefers, Amy Bresnahan, Amy Opperman, Laura Mellick, Nooch White. Back row - Barb Thorstensen, Michelle Kiel, Kati Nolting, Nate Gebel, Caitlin Johnson, Dan White.

Wed
18
Oct

Waukon High School graduate Aaron Sherman continues his musical career as a member of the Hawkeye Marching Band


Aaron Sherman ... Submitted photo.

Waukon High School has several former student-athletes who have taken their skills and careers into the college ranks again this year. However, this year there is also one former student-athlete who has extended his musical career to that "next level" as well.

Aaron Sherman is a freshmen at the University of Iowa in Iowa City and is spending his Saturdays playing trombone with the Hawkeye Marching Band. Sherman is a 2017 graduate of Waukon High School and the son of Mark and JoAnn Sherman of Waukon.

Unlike high school, one does not just enroll in marching band at the University of Iowa. In July, Sherman had to audition during orientation for the marching band. He was first told he would be an alternate for the marching band, but within hours of that notification, he received an email message stating that a position had opened up for him for this fall with the marching Hawkeyes.

Wed
18
Oct

Waukon City Council repeals two-hour parking limit downtown, hears update from Aveka

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, October 16 to address a variety of matters, including the 2019 Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) Project, the purchase of equipment for the Waukon Police Department and discussion of a potential sidewalk project.

Wed
18
Oct

Clover Kids program begins its new 4-H year ...

The Clover Kids program in Waukon has kicked off the new 4-H year, with 52 youth enrolled in either the Saturday Clover Kids or After School Clover Kids program. This year's program participants started their new year making their own stress reliever balls out of a balloon and water beads. The main activity was learning about how the Earth’s plates move by using frosting and graham crackers. The graham crackers represented the Earth’s plates and youth learned four different ways they can move. Depending on the movement, volcanoes, mountains or earthquakes occur.  Afterwards, youth worked in groups to build their own volcano out of play dough (such as pictured at right). Using vinegar and baking soda they were able to make their volcanoes erupt.

Wed
11
Oct

Wednesday evening blaze claims rural Waterville dairy barn ...

Waterville and Waukon fire departments battled a barn fire at 1213 Chimney Rock Road, the Kermit and Ann Klees farm in rural Waterville, Wednesday evening, October 4. The Kleeses say the fire started within a half hour time frame after they completed the evening's milking, as they were both already in the house. They say the fire started on the east side of the barn, and even though the cause of the fire is still under investigation, they suspect it may be electrical in nature because the breaker box housing the barn's electrical network is also located on the east side. Kermit said he did notice the lights in the barn flicker and that the vacuum pump had sounded "a little off," but attributed that to the older equipment used in the facility. No animals were hurt or lost in the blaze, as milking had been completed, but the upper level of the barn was full of hay and two complete tractors and another one used for parts were also destroyed, along with various other equipment.

Wed
11
Oct

Readers can borrow and read designated eBook for free without wait lists and holds October 12-26 during Big Library Read

"The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett" is a mystery that readers of Robey Memorial Library in Waukon can unravel by participating in the world’s largest global eBook reading club, Big Library Read. Chelsea Sedoti’s debut novel has been selected as the featured title for millions of readers around the world to read at the same time beginning Thursday, October 12 and concluding October 26.

Robey Memorial Library patrons will be able to borrow the eBook by visiting http://bridges.overdrive.com. Big Library Read is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading platform for eBooks and audiobooks from the library.

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