Community News

Wed
08
Nov

Winter Weather Awareness Day

Hi, and Happy Winter Weather Awareness Day for Thursday, November 9!

A couple of weeks ago would have seemed too early, but given the weather the last couple of weeks, that greeting seems to fit as we are fast becoming aware of the upcoming winter season that will soon be upon us.  So, in recognition of this day, I would like to discuss some things we can start looking at as we prepare for our upcoming Iowa weather.

One of the first things we should do is make sure we are aware of the hazards we face during the winter season and this, of course, includes snow, ice and cold. Each one brings unique features and dangers with it, along with their own impact on our safety during the winter months. However, with so much to cover with these alone, I will discuss these hazards in my upcoming December article and will use this article to focus on the following simple preparation activities we can take at this time.

Wed
01
Nov

Entertainment for the 26th Annual Christmas Fantasy announced; Make reservations now


26th Annual Christmas Fantasy ... Reservations are now being accepted for the Christmas Fantasy Saturday and Monday Noon Luncheons and the Saturday Wine, Cheese and Dessert event. Pictured is a scene from last year’s Friday Night “Tingle ‘n Mingle” event. The “Christmas To Remember” Christmas Fantasy will be held at the Allamakee Fairgrounds Pavilion Friday through Monday, November 10, 11, 12 and 13 and is sponsored by the Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation. Submitted photo.

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Christmas Fantasy 2017 will be held Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, November 10, 11, 12 and 13, at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. The theme will be “A Christmas To Remember.” In addition to the nearly 60 decorated Christmas trees on display, this years’ event will again offer shopping opportunities on the silent auction.

Reservations are now being taken for the popular Saturday evening Wine, Cheese and Dessert Event, and the Noon luncheons. The luncheons are sponsored again this year by the Allamakee County Cattlemen’s Association and will be held Saturday, November 11 and Monday, November 13. A full meal will be served plus entertainment will be provided at both events.

Wed
01
Nov

Dr. David Schwartz receives Iowa Hospital Hero Award


Iowa Hospital Hero Award presented ... Dr. David Schwartz (center) of Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon was awarded an Iowa Hospital Association “Hospital Hero” Award Wednesday, October 11 at the Iowa Hospital Association annual meetings in Des Moines. Pictured with Dr. Schwartz, at left is Veterans Memorial Hospital Administrator Mike Myers, who also served this past year as the Iowa Hospital Association Chairman, and at right is Jim Kelly, retired NFL football player and keynote speaker at the event. Submitted photo.

Dr. David Schwartz was awarded an Iowa Hospital Association “Hospital Hero” Award Wednesday, October 11 at the Iowa Hospital Association annual meetings in Des Moines. Dr. Schwartz was nominated by some of his patients and their families. Their words were placed in the actual award announcement read at the event and quoted below:

“Dr. Dave Schwartz joined the medical staff at Veterans Memorial Hospital and the Mayo Health System-Waukon Clinic over 20 years ago.  Dr. Schwartz and his wife have been a vital part of the community ever since.”

Wed
01
Nov

Waukon voters to decide if current hotel/motel tax should be raised to State maximum in City Election

With the City Election Tuesday, November 7, residents of Waukon will be revisiting the Hotel and Motel Tax issue currently in place in Waukon by voting to keep the tax rate at four percent or raise it to a State-allowed maximum rate of seven percent. The hotel and motel tax may have created some confusion due to the nature of the tax, which was enacted to benefit residents by taxing short-term lodging, 31 days or less, including hotels, motels and bed and breakfast establishments. In other words, this is a tax affecting visitors to the area staying in a hotel or other short-term lodging, not a tax to be paid by residents of the local community; unless, of course, they complete a stay in one of those local lodging facilities.

Wed
01
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.

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