Community News

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.

Wed
11
Oct

Allamakee Community Players to present "The Bachelor King" this weekend ...

The Allamakee Community Players will be presenting the Martin A Follose comedy "The Bachelor King" on the stage in the St. John’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall in Waukon. Performances are Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available from any cast member or by calling Kris Larson at 563-380-4531. When poor King Evian uses his last dying words to pass royal succession not to greedy Prince Daft but to Yokel, a foolish hillbilly, everyone agrees Yokel needs a wife to help him run the kingdom. Staging it as a Bachelor competition, his staff brings in eligible ladies to vie for the new king’s hand. Candidates are tested on their abilities in true American Idol fashion, followed by a Survivor challenge, with a little audience participation. Of course, running a kingdom is not easy and Yokel has other problems to deal with, as well.

Wed
11
Oct

Supervisors discuss reconsideration of fireworks ordinance

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, October 9 to address a full agenda of items, including the discussion of revisiting the possibility of a fireworks ordinance, consideration of hiring for a Secondary Roads position and a Manure Management Plan update.
During Public Comment, Allamakee County Emergency Management Coordinator Corey Snitker briefed the Supervisors about a missing person search that took place over the weekend in the New Albin area and discussed a pioneer cemetery located in rural New Albin.

The Supervisors discussed and reviewed a Manure Management Plan update for Charles Deering for a site located on Highway 52, which was accepted and placed on file. Quarterly reports for the Allamakee County Sheriff's Department and the County Relief Office were reviewed by the Supervisors and accepted and placed on file.

Wed
04
Oct

Good Samaritan Society - Waukon hosts annual Homecoming party ...

Good Samaritan Society - Waukon hosted its annual Homecoming football party Friday, September 22. This year, Good Samaritan Society - Waukon also honored four of its residents (pictured left to right in the center of the foreground of the above photo): Dick Gearhart, Waukon High School Athletic Director from 1970-1992; two cheerleaders from the surrounding area, Linda Sorum, Lansing High School in 1957 and Kathryn Hinkel, Marquette Railroaders from 1941-1944; and Leon Schoh, who was his high school's quarterback in 1945. Good Samaritan Society administrative staff shared, "The Waukon football team, cheer squad and coaches are phenomenal, not only on the field but off the field as well. We were very honored to experience their limitless commitment, respect, compassion and integrity." Submitted photo.
 

Wed
04
Oct

Allamakee County 4-H Dairy Judging Team competes at 2017 Iowa State Fair


Left to right - Front row: Alaina Gebel, Cayla Nolting Claire Opperman, Kiersten Gibbs. Back row: Coach Aaron Palmer, Emma Palmer, Madalyn Palmer, Michael Hagen. Not pictured: Coach Dan Sivesind. Submitted photo.

A handful of area youth represented Allamakee County 4-H in the Dairy Judging Contest at the 2017 Iowa State Fair in Des Moines in late August. Allamakee County 4-H had members competing at two different levels, including both the Senior division and Junior division.

Senior members included Michael Hagen, son of Erik and Lisa Hagen of Waterville, and Cayla Nolting, daughter of Chad and Cheryl Nolting of Waukon. Junior participants were Alaina Gebel, daughter of Nate and Tami Gebel of Lansing, Kiersten Gibbs, daughter of Chris and Kerri Gibbs of Waterville, Claire Opperman, daughter of George and Amy Opperman of Waukon, and Madalyn and Emma Palmer, daughters of Eric and Stephanie Palmer of Waukon. The Dairy Judging teams were coached by Aaron Palmer and Dan Sivesind of Waukon.

Wed
04
Oct

Supervisors hold regular meeting in Postville, take tour of YMCA and Allamakee-Clayton REC


The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met at the Postville Public Library for its regular weekly session Monday, October 2 as part of the Board's intention to meet in different communities within the county throughout the year. The Supervisors and other meeting attendees toured the Postville Public Library as part of the meeting and then received tours of both the Northeast Iowa YMCA in Postville and Allamakee - Clayton Rural Electric Cooperative (REC) just outside of Postville. In the picture above, Allamakee - Clayton REC Executive Vice President/General Manager Paul Foxwell explains the Cooperative's new solar panel array completed earlier this year at the Allamakee - Clayton REC facility site to the Board of Supervisors and other meeting attendees. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, October 2 at the Postville Public Library as part of its intention to meet in different communities within the county throughout the year. The full agenda of items included Manure Management Plan updates, consideration of a vehicle purchase for the Allamakee County Sheriff's Department and tours of the Postville Public Library, the Northeast Iowa YMCA and the Allamakee - Clayton Electric Cooperative.

In the absence of Chairperson Larry Schellhammer, Chairperson Pro-Tem Dennis Koenig called the meeting to order and the current agenda and the meeting minutes of September 18 were approved. Janel Eglseder, Payroll Clerk with the Allamakee County Auditor's Office, was in attendance to record the meeting minutes and address other matters due to the absence of Allamakee County Auditor Denise Beyer.

Wed
27
Sep

City of Waukon welcomes new City Manager Dean Hilgerson; Public invited to introduce themselves at "meet and greet" open house Monday


Waukon City Manager Dean Hilgerson ...

by Joe Moses

The City of Waukon recently created a City Manager position to assist the Mayor and City Council in a variety of areas. Dean Hilgerson was selected for the City Manager position following an extensive search and may be a new presence in Waukon City Hall, but has had a long career in management, finance and city government.

A northeast Iowa native, Hilgerson farmed near Gunder for 20 years following graduation from Valley High School. Hilgerson earned an associates degree in Accounting from Northeast Iowa Technical Institute (NITI) in Calmar, now known as Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC), and later earned a four-year Bachelors in Science degree in Business Management at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, CT through evening classes while employed as an Accounting Manager.

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