Community News

Wed
02
Jul

Allamakee Driftless Safari provides unique option for family summer fun

Those looking for something fun to do with the family this summer should look no further than their own public library, where they can pick up their 2014 Driftless Safari Tote Bag, Guidebook and Map and begin their Driftless Safari adventure.
The Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) staff, along with help from Allamakee County Conservation, have all 20 posts securely planted and ready for the “hunt”. Participants can just follow the clues in the guidebook, with some new sites added to this year’s tour.
The Safari lasts all summer long through Labor Day and participants can take their time to explore each location or can complete the entire trip in a day or weekend. Once the guidebook is completed with a visit to all 20 Driftless Safari sites throughout Allamakee County, participants can return to the library for a coupon good for one free ice cream cone compliments of WW Homestead Dairy at Waukon (one coupon per guidebook).

Wed
02
Jul

Funding available for Affordable Housing Rehabilitation Program within the City of Waukon

It’s not too late for Waukon residents to take advantage of the Affordable Housing Rehabilitation Grant for owner-occupied homeowners in the City of Waukon. Eighteen local homeowners have already taken advantage of the program and have had help with their windows/doors, roofs, electrical, furnace, driveway repair and/or some past flood mitigation help. These homeowners have stated that they are highly satisfied with the program and the help they were able to receive.
The Waukon Economic Development Corporation and the Federal Home Loan Bank are announcing that approximately $80,000 is left in the program. This program will finance projects through a five-year receding forgivable loan and funding limits per project are set at $7,000 per project. Homeowners needing some “fix-up” help are encouraged to check the program out yet this summer.  Funding will only be available through the fall of 2014.

Wed
25
Jun

Waukon Corn Days celebration to undergo some changes

Waukon will launch this year’s “Waukon Corn Days End of Summer Celebration,” an enhanced version of the traditional Corn Days celebration held each year. The 2014 event is scheduled to include three days and nights of family enjoyment, commencing Friday, August 15 and lasting through Sunday, August 17.
The trademark of this event is the Waukon Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Corn Days Meal, but Waukon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stephanie Dugan says that with the help and hard work of many local businesses this year’s celebration is planned to be extra special.

Wed
11
Jun

Boy Scouts to hold "Can Round-Up" fundraiser June 28

Waukon’s Boy Scout Troop 64 is contributing to a sustainable future by helping to fight litter and save valuable resources with its first “Can Round-Up” fundraiser. The proceeds obtained from recycling used beverage aluminum cans and plastic bottles will support funding a Boy Scout High Adventure trip in July. Scouts will accept donations of beverage cans and plastic bottles (with Iowa redemption) Saturday, June 28 from 8 a.m. until  12 noon at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds in Waukon. Supplemental funds provided by Thrivent Financial - Allamakee County Chapter.
 

Wed
11
Jun

Grout Museum Outreach Program to be at Robey Memorial Library June 24

Robey Memorial Library in Waukon will host the Bluedorn Science Imaginarium program “Creative Chemistry” Tuesday, June 24 at 3:30 p.m. Area individuals are invited to take part in the program to discover colorful and surprising reactions in the world of chemistry.
The program includes a hands-on-activity for all participants. The program is recommended for all ages and all are welcome to attend. For further information contact the library at 563-568-4424 or www.waukon.lib.ia.us.
 

Thu
05
Jun

Sleep Well Adjustable Beds home-based business provides comfort and quality of life


Sleep Well Adjustable Beds, a home-based business owned and operated by Lowell Kuck in rural Decorah, recently received a First Dollar Visit from the Waukon Chamber of Commerce. Pictured above, left to right, at the First Dollar presentation are Waukon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member Dani Bucknell, Sleep Well Adjustable Beds owner Lowell Kuck, and Waukon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stephanie Dugan. Submitted photo.

Lowell Kuck is making it his mission to help others "sleep well", as his business, Sleep Well Adjustable Beds, provides power foundation beds plus in-home high/low medical beds, which have only been available to facilities in the past. Kuck and his wife, Diane, settled north of Decorah near Highlandville almost nine years ago. They are no strangers to home-based businesses, as they also grow commercial garlic seed and Diane is a quilt pattern designer.
After asking each other numerous times, "Did you sleep well last night?", they realized that that would be a perfect name for their business. "I am really excited about this new retail business model," said Kuck. "Consumers don't know what type of bed to purchase when medical needs arise, when they have a chronic condition, or when they are sleep deprived. In the past they had no options but a regular flat bed. I offer high/low, head up/foot up adjustable beds with numerous options."

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