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29
Jun

Flag etiquette: What to do with older American Flags

by David M. Johnson

Old Glory, the Flag, the Stars and Stripes, are monikers or other names for the flag of the United States. As this nation has observed, or will soon observe, at least one recent or upcoming holiday or designated day in recent months - Memorial Day in May, Flag Day in June and Independence Day in July - much attention is drawn to that symbol of this nation.

History tells the tale that this nation’s flag began its storied history during the 1775-1776 time period.  Betsy Ross is historically noted to have been given the responsibility to sew a flag that would best represent her emerging country from the colonial grip of England.

Wed
29
Jun

Allamakee County Veterans Museum to recognize WWII Veterans, share story of Jim Bristol at July 6 event

B-29 Bomber ...
B-29 Bomber ...

Wednesday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m., the Allamakee County Veterans Museum will recognize World War II Veterans with a presentation at its new museum in the former Vet’s Club building at 105 Allamakee Street in Waukon. A video interview with U.S. Army Air Corps veteran, the late James Bristol, will be presented.

This long-time Waukon attorney was interviewed by the 5 Sullivan Brothers Museum in 2005. A member of Bristol’s family will also be present to share memories. Jim Bristol was a crew member on a B-29 Superfortress bomber and flew 26 missions over Japan. A short video about the B-29 bomber will also be shown.

The public is invited to attend. There is no admission or membership charge. The facility is handicapped accessible. Light refreshments will be served at the program.

Wed
29
Jun

Thursday is final day to provide local input through Community Health Needs Assessment Survey

Input is still needed for the community health needs assessment survey. This is required every three years of Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) to survey the residents of Allamakee County and the surrounding areas served by the hospital. The hospital is still conducting that survey through this Thursday, June 30 and more input is needed from all the area communities.

The intent is to collect a list of the health needs the residents feel are most important. Community Health Needs Assessments gather information to help guide and direct health planning activities.

Information from this survey is compiled and used to update and improve the health plan for this entire service area of the hospital.   The hospital encourages everyone to take a few minutes to complete this important survey so the results can be used to develop a plan to address the outlined health needs.

Wed
22
Jun

Lansing to receive $50,000 grant from T-Mobile for renovation of downtown Plaza


Granting a wish for Lansing’s Main Street Plaza ... Lansing has been announced as a T-Mobile Hometown Grant Recipient for 2022 and was recently presented with a ceremonial check for $50,000 that will go towards renovating the Main Street Plaza. Pictured above at that check presentation are, left to right: Christopher Hird, T-Mobile rural indirect sales manager; Andy Kelleher, Main Street Lansing Executive Director; Maryann Baldwin, owner of Lansing Works + Innovation Lab; Sarah Updegraff, Kee High School/Middle School Principal; Amy Stracener, Kerndt Brothers Bank Marketing Manager and Main Street Lansing Volunteer of the Year for 2022; Melissa Hammell, Mayor of Lansing; Bruce Palmborg, Main Street Lansing Board President; and Melissa Wulf, T-Mobile rural market manager. Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

Sketch of the Plaza improvements ... The image above is an artist’s rendering of what the improvements to the Plaza in downtown Lansing will include that have been made possible by the awarding of a $50,000 T-Mobile Hometown Grant. The improvements include a canopy, new fencing, riser seating and cement work, landscaping, lighting and a large mural painted on the wall of the adjacent building. Submitted image.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

Lansing has been named one of 25 small towns awarded T-Mobile Hometown Grants to jumpstart vital community development projects. The $50,000 grant will go towards redeveloping the Plaza in the historic downtown district, to include a mural, canopy, landscaping, lighting, benches and new cement surfaces.

Announcement of the grant award was made during a community celebration Wednesday, June 15 at Lansing Office Works (the announcement - and the celebration - would have been held in the Plaza, but stormy weather intervened), with T-Mobile representatives in attendance for the check presentation.

Wed
22
Jun

Harpers Ferry Fireflies are Granny Basketball State Champions once again ...

The Harpers Ferry Fireflies have won the Granny Basketball State Championship for the fourth time in the last seven years, adding this year’s title to those won by the team in 2016, 2017 and 2019. The Fireflies shined their way through four games at this year’s State Tournament held June 11-12 at the Valley High School Fieldhouse in Des Moines, first defeating a team from Indianola, 60-46, before doing likewise with a Prairie Storm team from Kansas, 53-32. After defeating the Ankeny Honeybees, 60-46, the Fireflies clinched their State Tournament Championship with a 47-46 triumph over the Model T’s of Center Point in the championship game.

Thu
16
Jun

Intermittent lane closures on Hwy. 76 South until November for repaving project

A hot-mix asphalt pavement resurfacing project on Iowa Highway 76 South from the Clayton/Allamakee County line to Allamakee County Road X-32 (Dry Hollow Road, located east of Waterville Road) will require intermittent lane closures that are scheduled to begin Monday, June 20 and last until mid-November, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) New Hampton construction office. During this project, motorists will be directed through the work zone with flaggers and pilot cars when workers are present. The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey the posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles, and wear seat belts. The latest traveler information is available anytime through the DOT 511 system.

Wed
15
Jun

More room with a view: Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge McGregor District offices moving to Luster Heights Prison Camp site


Demolition of Luster Heights buildings ... Demolition of the former Luster Heights Prison Camp in rural Harpers Ferry began Monday, June 6 and did not take long to progress, as evident in the photo above taken by Scott Boylen Tuesday, June 7. The demolition is in preparation for the construction of the new headquarters of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge McGregor District after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service purchased the former Luster Heights property in March 2020. Submitted photo.

Refuge headquarters within Yellow River State Forest ... Pictured above is the Yellow River State Forest Luster Heights Unit Trail Map, with the former Luster Heights Prison Camp facility now owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) outlined in the center right of the map. The former Luster Heights facility area will soon be home to the Upper Mississippi River National Fish and Wildlife Refuge headquarters. Map courtesy of Friends of Yellow River State Forest through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

(Editor’s Note: The following article was originally printed in February of this year by JBR web magazine, https://juliebergraymond.com, and is being reprinted here with permission by JBR web magazine. Since the original article was printed, demolition began Monday, June 6 at the former Luster Heights facility and is expected to be completed by June 26.)

by Ellen Modersohn

The former Luster Heights prison camp in rural Harpers Ferry will become the headquarters of the McGregor District of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge by 2025. Preliminary plans called for replacing the buildings of the minimum-security prison, extending trails from the surrounding Yellow River Forest through the property and constructing an ADA-compatible river overlook as part of the overall project.

Wed
15
Jun

Clark Tire Pros donates to Building New Traditions Campaign at Allamakee County Fairgrounds...

Clark Tire Pros of Waukon - owners Dave, Dawn and Carter Clark, along with Firestone Ag, recently donated $20,000 to the Building New Traditions Campaign at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds in Waukon. The Building New Traditions Campaign is dedicated toward constructing a new, larger all-species youth livestock show barn centrally located at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds, a project that also involves relocation, elimination and transformation of some of the other livestock buildings at the Fairgrounds, with that project nearing completion. Pictured above at the donation presentation at the site of the new building construction are, left to right: Adam Bieber of the Allamakee County Fair Board, Taylor Wood and Carter, Dave and Dawn Clark of Clark Tire Pros, and Bobbi Baxter and McKayla Rethamel of the Allamakee County Fair Board.

Wed
15
Jun

Survey regarding repurposing of former Waterville Elementary School available to gather public input


Concept drawing of Waterville School exterior; Survey available ... The image above is a concept drawing of the rear exterior of the former Waterville Elementary School building. The image was created by Austin Feuerhelm, Digital Media Marketing Coordinator at Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) and offers just one concept that is hoped will inspire business owners, entrepreneurs or Waterville area community members into ideas for possible uses for the former school building. A survey is now available for anyone to express their thoughts on future uses of the building and surrounding facilities and grounds at www.northeastiowarcd.org/waterville. Submitted image.

Entrepreneurs, businesses and community members urged to provide feedback

Business owners, entrepreneurs and community residents in northeast Iowa are invited to complete surveys regarding re-use of the Waterville Elementary School. Waterville Elementary School was closed in 2018 by the Allamakee Community School District and the buildings were purchased by the City of Waterville.

The City was recently awarded a Rural Business Development Grant to study how the school’s historic three-story brick building and surrounding grounds could be repurposed to foster business development and expansion in Waterville.

“Business and community input will be essential in understanding the potential for this school,” says Josh Dansdill, Business Development Projects Director with Northeast Iowa RC&D, who is providing technical assistance and support to the City of Waterville.

Wed
08
Jun

Train derailment spills coal into Mississippi River south of Lansing ...

A Canadian Pacific train derailed at around 6:40 a.m. Wednesday, June 1 approximately four miles south of Lansing, spilling coal into the Mississippi River. Ten coal cars derailed, but only one dumped what was described as “a small amount of coal” into the river just south of the Alliant Energy Lansing power plant (as evident in the photo above at right by Julie Berg-Raymond). No fuel or other products were spilled and no injuries were reported from the derailment, with railroad crews deploying the yellow floating dams and using other stabilization measures seen in the photo at right to try and limit the impact from the spill and clean-up efforts.

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