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LIMITLESS INDEED!!! Waukon football team wins first-ever State Championship in program history ...

Members of the Waukon football team celebrate the program's first-ever State Championship after their 29-0 shut-out victory over Williamsburg in the Class 2A State Championship game played in the UNI-Dome at Cedar Falls Friday, November 17. The Indians and Raiders battled through a scoreless first quarter to just an 8-0 Indian lead at halftime before the grid Tribe rolled to an additional 21 unanswered points in the second half on the way to the title, proving true the theme of "LIMITLESS" the team chose for this season. A special pull-out section with additional photos and complete coverage of the Indians' Class 2A State Championship triumph can be found on Pages 7A-10A inside the print edition and e-edition. To be part of a commemorative "Season of Gridiron Greatness" special publication, see Page 9A.

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Stopping in both Lansing and New Albin December 7 ...

Allamakee County residents and visitors will have a pair of opportunities December 7 to visit the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train within the county's borders, as the lighted holiday spectacle will be stopping in both Lansing and New Albin again this year. Both locations will feature 25-minute performances by scheduled country music performers Terri Clark, Dallas Smith and Kelly Prescott, along with an appearance by Santa Claus. Those visiting the train at its stops are asked to contribute a non-perishable healthy food item or monetary donation, with those food and funding proceeds from the Lansing visit being donated to the Allamakee County Food Shelf and the same from the New Albin stop being donated to The Way Station. Canadian Pacific urges those bringing food items to consult their “healthy donations” link on their website at www.cpr.ca/holiday-train/healthy-donations for donation suggestions.

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Mutilated coins circulating locally have no value ...

Waukon State Bank would like businesses and community members to be aware that there are reports of mutilated coins being used in Waukon, such as those pictured above. The coins are being presented as both loose change and bundled in rolls to pay for purchases. According to Waukon State Bank officials, there is not an outlet for banks to return mutilated coins like there is for mutilated paper currency, therefore rendering the coins to be of no value and unable to be honored by the banking industry. The bank suggests that businesses should inspect all currency and coins before accepting it and should not accept rolled coins or loose mutilated coins for purchases. If a business encounters individuals using mutilated coins, it is suggested to refuse payment and direct them to their local bank. Those with further questions may contact any local bank or the Waukon Police Department for further information. Photo by Joe Moses.
 

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Six months into operation, Public Safety Center is meeting expectations, both now and for the future

by Lissa Blake

Staff and inmates at the new Allamakee Public Safety Center are safer now than they were at the old facility.

That’s according to Allamakee County Sheriff Clark Mellick, who said there are many benefits associated with the new facility, which was officially dedicated six months ago at the site of the former Makee Manor on Highway 9 north of Waukon.

“When we were located at the courthouse, when we brought inmates in to book them, the people who were at the counter conducting business were standing elbow-to-elbow with those being booked,” said Mellick.

Mellick said the old procedure was that law enforcement officials would pull up to the back of the courthouse and escort prisoners into the small elevator. At the new facility, squad cars pull into a protected garage with doors that are only controlled at the jail control center.

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15
Nov

City Elections result in run-off election for Waukon Mayor, unseating of incumbent Waukon City Council member and new Harpers Ferry Mayor

The City Elections held throughout Allamakee County Tuesday, November 7 produced a variety of scenarios for having just three actual contested races throughout the entire county. Those results produced one new mayor, replaced an incumbent city council member, elected two write-in candidates and, in the most contested race on this year's ballots within the county, saw none of five candidates receive enough votes to be declared a winner, forcing a run-off election early next month.

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More than 150 in attendance at public forum to discuss Waterville Elementary

by Brianne Eilers

A public forum was held Monday evening, November 13 in the Waukon High School Auditorium to give the public a chance to ask questions and voice their opinions and concerns regarding the future of Waterville Elementary School with the Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Directors and administrative staff fielding those questions. Copies of the informational newsletter that was mailed to constituents of the ACSD in October were made available for attendees, as well as the questions and answers that have been posted on the ACSD website.

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CAFO/Water Quality Forum draws large crowd

by Lissa Blake

Panelists who participated in a recent Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) and water quality forum aren’t anti-agriculture, they’re pro-clean air and water.

That was the consensus during the Thursday, November 9 forum, which was co-sponsored by the Luther College Center for Sustainable Communities and the Allamakee County Protectors Education Campaign. About l30 people attended the meeting held on the Luther College campus in Decorah.

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Welcome to Northeast Iowa: Helpful harvest ...

Monday, November 6, many community members came together to assist rural Waukon farmer Mark Miller with his corn harvest as he continues to undergo treatment for an illness. More than 30 volunteers with seven combines, 10 semi-trailer combinations and five tractors with grain carts harvested 185 acres of corn in six hours (as depicted in the surrounding photos). Adding to the rural northeast Iowa feel, none of those involved wanted to be identified, relaying that the focus should be on the reason behind the event itself. The corn was hauled to Waukon Feed Ranch for drying and Kruger Seeds provided the fuel for the event. In addition to the work in the field, a lunch was also coordinated by volunteers to feed those involved. Submitted photos.
 

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Lansing Lions Club holds ribbon cutting event to officially open "Our Ship of Dreams" playground


Making it official ... Members of the Lansing Lions Club officially cut the ribbon signifying the official opening of the "Our Ship of Dreams" playground (pictured in the background) in the park located along South Front Street in Lansing. The year-long campaign of planning, fundraising and installation was celebrated with the ribbon cutting. Photo by Susan Cantine-Maxson.

More than just a bicycle rack ... A bicycle rack in the shape of a fish holds special meaning as part of the Lansing Lions Club playground improvements. The bicycle rack was initiated by a donation from Lansing resident Steve Casterton in memory of his nephew, Danan John Lansing of Ossian, who passed away at the age of 16 but loved to fish and take part in other activities with his grandparents in Lansing and was a strong student and athlete at South Winneshiek High School involved in many activities. The "tail-end" placard near the bicycle rack memorializes the donation by Casterton, along with an additional contribution to the rack by Lansing Housing Products. Photo by Susan Cantine-Maxson.

Indeed, a community project ... Pictured above celebrating the official opening of the "Our Ship of Dreams" playground in Lansing are members of the Lansing Lions Club, along with some of the 50 volunteers who helped install the new playground equipment and others who supported the project in a variety of ways to help make it become a reality over the past year. Photo by Susan Cantine-Maxson.

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

Lansing Lions Club President Tara Kolsrud, along with fellow Lions and volunteers, officially opened the newly-constructed “Our Ship of Dreams” playground equipment Sunday, November 5 at the playground along South Front Street just south of the Lansing ball diamond. Project Chairperson Arlen Wonderlich presented remarks to those gathered to celebrate the culmination of a year-long project.

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Honoring those who have served as Veterans Day approaches


At the memorial honoring his era of service ... Marvin "Bud" Strike of Waukon is pictured above at the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C. during his Honor Flight trip October 10 of this year. Strike was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1953 and was honorably discharged in 1955, being stationed in Korea in late 1953 into 1954. Submitted photo.

Stationed in Korea ... Marvin "Bud" Strike of Waukon is pictured above during his service in Korea from late 1953 through 1954. He served with Company B of the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, working to rebuild and repair roads and bridges damaged during the Korean War. Submitted photo.

A memorable welcome home ... Included in an estimated 600 to 700 people who greeted the October 10 Honor Flight Veterans when they returned to the Waterloo Airport were five of Marvin "Bud" Strike's seven grandchildren and one of his 12 great-grandchildren pictured above. Left to right in the above photo are Strike's grandsons, Aaron Strike and Eric Ryan, granddaughters Cara Strike and Jenny (Ryan) Rixen - holding Strike's great-granddaughter Isla, and grandson Andy Ryan. Both Eric and Andy Ryan followed in their grandfather's footsteps with military service, Eric Ryan serving as a Major in the U.S. Air Force and Andy Ryan also serving as a Major in the U.S. Army Reserves. Submitted photo.

Marvin "Bud" Strike enjoys Honor Flight experience

by Lissa Blake

It was a long day, but it was well worth it. That’s what Korean War veteran Marvin “Bud” Strike of Waukon had to say about his opportunity to take part in a recent Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

Strike, accompanied by his son, Rich, took the flight out of Waterloo October 10. A native of Nashua, Strike said he had heard about the Honor Flight opportunity years ago, but had never pursued it, primarily because the flights were out of Waterloo and he had been drafted out of Chickasaw County.

But when his son and daughter-in-law suggested he fill out an application and send it in, he decided to do it and was approved. “We had a meeting in Waterloo September 28. It was a nice dinner and informational meeting,” he said.

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