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Wed
16
Aug

School Supplies Drive benefits Allamakee County Relief Office ...

The Allamakee County 4-H County Council sponsored a School Supplies Drive to benefit the Allamakee County Relief Office at the 2017 Allamakee County Fair. Supplies such as notebooks, crayons, book bags and much more were collected throughout the fair. Pictured at the presentation of the donated school supplies are, left to right, Allamakee County 4-H County Council member Maddie Ellingson, Allamakee County Director of Relief Services Rebecca Hawes and Allamakee County 4-H County Council Member Diana Davison. For further information about the Allamakee County 4-H Program, contact Morgan Bjerke, Allamakee County Youth Coordinator, at the Allamakee County Extension and Outreach Office at 563-568-6345. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
16
Aug

Deal family reflects on rescue and recovery following barn collapse in July 19 storm


Pictured above is the scene following the July 19 storm that blew down a barn on the Dennis and Sandy Deal farm south and east of Waukon, trapping Dennis Deal inside. Rescue crews worked for about an hour to extricate Deal from the collapsed structure, revealing a pelvis injury that required surgery but that he is currently recovering from at his home. Standard photo by Sara Aleckson-Melcher.

by Brianne Eilers

Summertime in northeast Iowa always brings the possibility of severe weather, and the severe thunderstorms that passed through the area July 19 caused widespread damage, including the F1 tornado that devastated McGregor. In the Waukon area, high winds recorded as high as 70 miles per hour damaged trees and buildings.

Waukon area resident Dennis Deal experienced first-hand the kind of damage that sheer winds of that nature can cause. Dennis was in the process of doing chores on his family farm on Autumn Road southeast of Waukon when the barn collapsed on top of him due to the winds. Rescuers were able to get to him and he is currently recovering at home from injuries suffered in the incident that required surgery.

Wed
09
Aug

First Baptist Church 2017 Mission Trip considered to be a success


First Baptist Church Mission Team members from the Waukon area spent time at a zoo during their 2017 mission trip to Brazil. Pictured above, left to right, are: Front row - Kari Roney, Cristina Smith, Sidney McQuade, Jacob Smith, Claire Beyer, Morgan Van Ruler, Brenna Smith. Back row: Pastor Duane Smith, Nathan Smith, Michael Smith, Aislinn Goettel, Deb Kiley, Steve Kiley. Submitted photo by Cristina Smith.

The young ladies who were part of the First Baptist Church Mission Team are pictured above with students at a public school in Brazil. The residents of Brazil were very welcoming to their mission trip visitors. Submitted photo by Cristina Smith.

Pictured above is a typical scene on the Amazon River witnessed by the First Baptist Church Mission Team during their June 2-18 mission trip to Brazil. Many such homes were part of communities built right along the river. Submitted photo by Cristina Smith.

submitted by Cristina Smith

The 2017 Mission Trip taken by First Baptist Church of Waukon June 2-18 to Brazil proved to be a wonderful and positive experience for the 13 members of the mission team. Those team members included Steve Kiley, Deb Kiley, Kari Roney, Claire Beyer, Sidney McQuade, Nathan Smith, Morgan Van Ruler, Michael Smith, Brenna Smith, Aislinn Goettel, Jacob Smith, Pastor Duane Smith and Cristina Smith.

The mission team began fundraising one year in advance and prepared a 45-minute presentation of drama, music, puppets and translated testimonies in the Portuguese language under the direction of Pastor Duane and Cristina Smith. Cristina Smith, carrying dual citizenship with the countries of Brazil and the United States due to being born to missionary parents in southern Brazil, taught the mission team Portuguese phrases, lyrics to Christian songs, and aided each member in preparing their salvation testimonies.

Wed
09
Aug

Judges' Choice Award winners in the Open Class Building at the 2017 Allamakee County Fair ...

Pictured above are the Judges' Choice Award (purple ribbon) winners in the Open Class Building from the 2017 Allamakee County Fair. Left to right - Front row: Bailey Schafer, Garden & Baked Goods Age 11-18; Dallas Tilleraas, Garden & Baked Goods Age 5-10; Mary Donnadiew, Arts & Crafts Adults. Back row: Bev Bakkum, Textiles & Fabrics; Carol Goettler, Antiques & Collectibles; Jane Miene, Flowers-Blooms; Charlotte Christianson, Flowers-Plant or Arrangement; Julie Wood, Agricultural Products; Diana Davison, Arts & Crafts Age 11-18; Hannah Teslow, Arts & Crafts Age 5-10. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
09
Aug

Grace Howe of Waukon selected for multiple honors at Iowa Jersey Cattle Club Summer Picnic


Princess transition and award winners ... Grace Howe (left), daughter of Matt and Rachelle Howe of Waukon, was crowned the 2017 Iowa Jersey Princess by the Iowa Jersey Cattle Club at its recent Summer Picnic. Howe was also given the Iowa Jersey Youth Achievement Award at the picnic. She is pictured above with 2016 Iowa Jersey Princess Lakaya Lyon of Clarence, who was the recipient of this year's Iowa Jersey Cattle Club Memorial Scholarship. Submitted photo.

The Iowa Jersey Cattle Club (IJCC) selected three award winners at its Summer Picnic hosted recently by Bernie and Rachel Bakker of Alvord. Grace Howe, daughter of Matt and Rachelle Howe of Waukon, was the recipient of two of those three awards, including the Iowa Jersey Youth Achievement Award and also being crowned as the 2017 Iowa Jersey Princess.

The Iowa Jersey Youth Achievement Award, the IJCC’s highest honor, is given annually to a Jersey youth that owns one or more Registered Jerseys™, is between 16-19 years of age as of January 1, and is a junior member of the Iowa Jersey Cattle Club. This youth must show depth of Jersey experience, in addition to participation in other community activities.

Wed
09
Aug

Waukon Wellness Center utilizes local talent to promote wellness through group exercise classes


Local instructors at Waukon Wellness Center ... Pictured above are Waukon Wellness Center’s local group exercise instructors, offering numerous classes on a daily basis. Left to right are Sue Torkelson, Amy Johnson, Debbie Rixen, Deb Landsom, Lois Henry, Stefanie Perkins (top right) and Bethany Ellingson (bottom right). Not pictured: Liz Murphy and Kristy Roney. Submitted photos.

The Waukon Wellness Center offers a wide variety of group exercise classes daily to accommodate every age and fitness level, with some classes beginning as early as 5 a.m. for the early birds, and others ending between 6-7 p.m. “Weekend Warriors,” a cycling class, is also offered every Saturday morning at 7 a.m. for those who desire that little “extra.” Classes are instructed by experienced, local “talents” (pictured at right), all of whom are certified in their specialty, with many instructors having multiple certifications in numerous specialties.

At present, Waukon Wellness Center is fortunate to have instructors specializing in, and currently offers, the following classes: Cycling, Zumba, Zumba Gold, Cross Train, Barre, Beyond Barre, Pilates, Stretch & Strengthen, Kickboxing, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), and multiple Yoga varieties.

Wed
09
Aug

Waukon City Council hears update on noise and odor concerns from Aveka general manager, also hears positive review of RAGBRAI® event

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, August 7 to address a variety of matters, including Aveka noise and odor concerns, the Green Valley Bridge project and a review of the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI®) visit to Waukon. Mayor Duane DeWalle called the meeting to order with approval of the current agenda and minutes from the July 17 meeting.

The Public Hearing for a seven-year lease of a Johnson Vacuum Sweeper VT651-D on a Freightliner M2 Chassis for a total lease of $290,176.04 was opened and closed without any written or verbal comments. The Resolution for the Johnson Vacuum Sweeper lease agreement for seven years was approved later in the meeting at a total lease amount of $290,176.04 for the street sweeper. The Public Hearing for the Sanitary Sewer Collection Spot Repairs Project was also opened and closed without any written or verbal comments.

Wed
02
Aug

Supervisors hear RAGBRAI review, discuss pair of proposed swine facilities, approve hiring of new Victim-Witness Coordinator

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, July 31 to address a full agenda of items, including a First Reading of an Ordinance to establish a Pioneer Cemetery Commission, Consideration of a new hire for the Victim-Witness Coordinator position and a Des Moines Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) recap.

Chairperson Larry Schellhammer called the meeting to order with the current agenda and the meeting minutes of July 24 being approved. Supervisor Dan Byrnes was present with Supervisor Dennis Koenig not in attendance due to a scheduled absence. The Supervisors moved into Public Comment with discussion of RAGBRAI in Allamakee County.

Wed
02
Aug

Kid's Archeology Day at Effigy Mounds scheduled for this Saturday ...

The annual Kid’s Archeology Day at Effigy Mounds National Monument will be held this Saturday, August 5 from 1-3 p.m. at the Visitor Center. All ages are invited to participate in the events, which will take place rain or shine and are free of charge. A variety of activities offer kids the opportunity to learn about the past by trying their hand at decorating clay, basket weaving, fur trade era beaded bracelets, spear throwing with an atlatl (as pictured above) and American Indian games. Kids visiting Effigy Mounds can also participate in a Junior Ranger program by picking up a Junior Ranger Book and completing age-appropriate activities to earn a new wooden Effigy Mounds Junior Ranger badge.

Wed
02
Aug

Quilts of Valor presentations made at Allamakee County Fair ...

A program about Quilts of Valor was presented at the Allamakee County Fair Thursday, July 20 by area quilters. Allamakee County 4-H member Diana Davison reviewed her Quilts of Valor Citizenship 4-H project and Sue Lynch from Prairie du Chien, WI of the Northeast Iowa Quilters’ Guild shared quilts from the guild made for the Quilts of Valor presentations. Grace Murphy and Meg Schaller of Waukon showed a quilt made locally for presentation. At the end of the program, Quilts of Valor were awarded to Gene Scott and Dr. Alden Wiley, residents of Northgate Care Center. Additional Quilts of Valor created by Waukon quilters are being displayed in downtown Waukon in the Waukon Economic Development Corporation (former Tierney’s) building at the stoplight intersection. Pictured above, left to right, at the Quilts of Valor presentation are: Front -  Gene Scott, Grace Murphy, Dr. Alden Wiley and Sue Lynch. Back - Chad Wikan and Allison Schulte of Northgate Care Center. Submitted photo.

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