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Wed
03
Feb

Supervisors presented with questions regarding Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, February 1, with several citizens approaching the Board during the Public Comment portion of the meeting with a list of questions/concerns in regard to the Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center currently under construction just south of Lansing at the area more locally known as the Columbus property. Board member Dennis Koenig was not in attendance at the meeting.

Wed
03
Feb

Waterville Community Foundation introduces new logo and website

The Waterville Community Foundation has introduced a new logo. The Waterville Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa (CFNEIA), and the new look is part of CFNEIA’s release of its new brand and redesigned website.
“As we looked at updating our logo and brand, the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa wanted to make sure the new look helped our affiliate community foundations raise awareness in their local communities,” said Jake Byers, CFNEIA Director of Marketing and Communications. “They are creating an incredible impact at the local level and we want to help them let people in their communities know about the good they do.”

Wed
03
Feb

Jim Hennessy brings 37-year career with CITY Laundering Co. to a close with retirement


Jim Hennessy of Waukon was recently honored for his retirement from his Route Representative position with CITY Laundering Co. out of Oelwein. Hennessy retired January 14, bringing to completion a career with CITY that spanned 37 years. Submitted photo.

After 37 years, Route Service Representative Jim Hennessy of Waukon declared January 14, 2016 as his last day at CITY Laundering Co. based out of Oelwein. Hennessy started with CITY when he was only 24 years old, back in November of 1978.
“I wanted a job so I took the first opportunity that came my way,” Hennessy said. “I heard from a customer of CITY’s that they were looking for a new Route Representative for the area so I contacted CITY and (Past President) Roger B. Wetlaufer had me hired.”
Hennessy took over Route 9, which services areas such as Waukon, Postville and Monona, and over time, Hennessy said CITY has always played a large role throughout his life.

Wed
03
Feb

Waukon City Council approves State funding for Green Valley Road bridge replacement project

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, February 1, with Councilman Steve Wiedner not in attendance right away but entering the meeting later on. No public comment was heard or read during the allotted time for such comment early in the meeting.
In departmental reports, Waukon Police Chief Phil Young reported that the lost data from the Police Department’s computer storage drive has been recovered, and that a new back-up system is already in place. Waukon City Clerk Al Lyon reported that the bill for the recovery efforts has also already been paid.

Wed
03
Feb

St. Patrick's Day Parade scheduled for March 13

The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Waukon has been scheduled for Sunday, March 13 and will begin at 1 p.m. Further details about the parade will be published as they are finalized and made available.
 

Wed
27
Jan

Waukon native shares her experience with publishing her own book "Millennial Maxims"


Self-published by Waukon native ... "Millennial Maxims" is a new book self-published by Waukon native Jeni Burckart. She is a 2007 graduate of Waukon High School and is currently a clinical pharmacist in La Crosse, WI. Submitted photo.

Jeni Burckart

Editor's Note: The following was submitted by Jeni Burckart, a 2007 graduate of Waukon High School who now works as a clinical pharmacist at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, WI. She self-published her first book "Millennial Maxims: Guiding Principles for Unlocking Your Goals and Living Life on Your Terms" in November of 2015 and shares her insight into that experience below.

Wed
27
Jan

Stinn joins Swartz Law Firm as associate attorney


Kevin Stinn

Swartz Law Firm, PLLC of Waukon announces the addition of Kevin Stinn to its staff as an associate attorney. Stinn graduated from Drake University Law School in Des Moines in 2013.
Stinn is a native of Bellevue, NE, having graduated from Bellevue East High School in 2001. He received his B.A. degree in 2005 from Iowa State University in Ames, majoring in Political Science with minors in History and Philosophy. In 2015 he earned a Masters degree in Health Care Administration (M.H.A.) from Des Moines University in Des Moines.
While in law school, Stinn held a summer internship with Iowa Legal Aid in Council Bluffs. He also worked for a summer with an attorney in Palmer, AK on cases involving mineral leases and easements. He was a teaching assistant for two years while pursuing his Masters degree in Health Care Administration.

Wed
27
Jan

IPTV brings new library resources to Robey Memorial Library


IPTV Ready for School Library Corner to open February 2 ... Robey Memorial Library in Waukon will soon be featuring a new Iowa Public Television Ready for School Library Corner, including identifying items such as the rug, banner and "Peg & Cat" display pictured above. The new corner will open February 2 at 10:30 a.m. with a "Peg & Cat" storytime and special counting activity. Submitted photo.

Kids spending time at Robey Memorial Library in Waukon will have new resources available to help promote the connections between public media and early literacy and math skills, thanks to a new Library Corner placed at the library by Iowa Public Television. The new IPTV Ready for School Library Corner will open Tuesday, February 2 at 10:30 a.m. with a "Peg & Cat" storytime and special counting activity. Families are invited to attend the event.
The Library Corner creates a bright, fun-filled learning environment with age-appropriate materials for use by children, families and librarians. PBS KIDS DVDs, "Martha Speaks" read-aloud books and resources, a colorful banner featuring PBS KIDS characters, a "Peg & Cat" standing character, a colorful rug and more all help to create an inviting space for children. Online resources include PBS KIDS Lab, a website with more than 140 games and hands-on activities that help to build early math and literacy skills.

Tue
19
Jan

Run-away truck takes out powerline pole; Area electrical outage a strange coincidence

Electrical power was interrupted in various locations throughout Waukon and the surrounding area Wednesday afternoon, January 13, but local authorities advise that it was not necessarily a result of the coinciding incident pictured here, where the powerline pole seen standing at an angle on the right side of the photo was clipped at approximately 11:30 a.m. Wednesday by the unoccupied refrigerated food truck facing to the left in the photo. The truck had been parked atop the hill near the Waukon Dental location in the initial block of First Avenue NW when its parking system disengaged, sending the driverless truck careening down the street, where it struck one vehicle parked on the north side of the street and ultimately jumped the curb to clip off the powerline pole located on the southeast corner of the intersection of First Avenue NW and First Street NW, narrowly missing the JaDecc'S U.S. Cellular building located on that same corner.

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