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Donation of $10,000 kicks off public campaign for new outdoor community tennis courts ...

Dr. Richard Hermeier (right), a 1955 graduate of Waukon High School and long-time supporter of his alma mater and hometown community, presents a donation check for $10,000 to Waukon Park and Recreation Wellness Director Jeremy Strub (left) to help fund the outdoor community tennis court project being planned for the area pictured in the background of the above photo, near the Waukon Park and Recreation soccer fields on the west edge of Waukon. The donation kicks off the public fundraising campaign to help complete the financing of the project, which has already accumulated nearly $100,000 of its estimated $165,000 cost through grant and other established funding. For additional information about the project or to contribute to the project campaign, contact Jeremy Strub at 563-568-0074, extension 1. Submitted photo.
 

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Polling locations for September 11 NICC bond levy special election

The Allamakee County Auditor’s office has determined polling site locations for the special election regarding the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) bond levy continuation scheduled for Tuesday, September 11. Registered voters in the following school districts in Allamakee County may visit the polling locations listed below to cast their ballots. The polls will be open from 12 noon-8 p.m.

Allamakee Community School District
Dorchester residents: St. Mary’s Church
Harpers Ferry residents: Community Center
Waterville residents: Public Library
Waukon residents: NICC Center

Eastern Allamakee Community School District
Lansing residents: Kerndt Brothers Community Center
New Albin residents: Community Center

Postville Community School District
Postville residents: Turner Hall

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September 11 special election asks voters to continue with existing NICC bond levy

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) is asking voters to decide whether to continue the College’s existing bond levy in a special election scheduled for Tuesday, September 11. The NICC Board of Trustees approved the continuation at its meeting in April of this year and is now bringing the matter in front of voters, to be labeled “Public Measure B” on the special election ballot.

The bond levy up for renewal is a continuation of an already existing levy - not a new tax, and if approved by voters would allow NICC to secure $39 million in taxpayer support. The College’s current property tax levy rate for the bond and interest fund is set at $0.288 per $1,000 assessed valuation, and the new bond issuance, if approved by district voters, is structured to be paid off at that same $0.288 levy rate.

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Aug

Mental Health Today: Family members set up endowment in memory of Matt Howe for support and outreach efforts


The Howe family ... Left to right: Will, Rachelle, Matt and Grace Howe. Submitted photo.

by Lissa Blake

There are so many emotions one can experience when a loved one takes his or her own life.

And when Matt Howe passed away earlier this year, his wife, Rachelle Howe, and sister, Becky Decker, decided to organize an effort to do something to try to help others.

“When Matt passed away, there were so many emotions … looming guilt, sadness, bewilderment … I wanted to take his loss and have him be remembered for something good, and to do something good for myself, my kids and my community,” said Howe.

When Matt’s younger brother, Tom, took his own life three months after Matt passed, Howe and Decker knew they had to do something. An endowment fund has now been established to help support people with all types of struggles, including mental illness, suicide or abuse.

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Aug

Kee students network with the cast and crew of “The Burial” ...

Students and faculty of the Kee High School Drama Department had the opportunity to provide lunch as well as participate in a meet and greet session with the cast and crew of the film “The Burial” which is being filmed Monday through Friday of this week in Lansing and the surrounding area. As pictured above in the Kee High School cafeteria in Lansing, the cast and crew visited with the students while enjoying a potluck-style lunch Sunday afternoon, August 26. After lunch, cast and crew members introduced themselves to those in attendance and shared their experiences about their career. They also provided some valuable insight about the many skills the students will need as they graduate high school and move on to the next chapter in their lives, especially those pursuing careers in the arts or film industry in particular.

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Supervisors hear about alternative options following denial of conditional use permit for communications tower near New Albin

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, August 27 to address a full agenda of items including an unexpected election expense update, a vehicle replacement for the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Department and the contract and bond for Brennan Construction to complete the A26 Bridge replacement project.

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Aug

Seeking nominations for Cloy Kuhse Positive Impact Business Award

Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) is seeking nominations for the 2018 Cloy Kuhse Positive Impact Award. To be eligible, the recipient must be a business located in Allamakee County.

ACED will accept nominations for the Positive Impact Award until Friday, September 7 of this year. The award winner announcement and ceremony will be at the ACED Annual Banquet in October. The award recipient will receive a plaque and will be added to the award plaque that is displayed at the ACED office in Waukon.

New Albin Savings Bank was the 2017 Cloy Kuhse Positive Impact Award winner, and ACED looks forward to announcing another business that is making a positive impact at the annual meeting this October.

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Aug

Iowa Department of Agriculture identifies area invasive vegetation as wild cucumber


What is it? ... Many driving the roadways of Allamakee County may have noticed the lighter flowering vegetation (as pictured above and below) that seems to be taking over area roadsides, ditches or fence lines. At the request of Allamakee County Weed Commissioner Laurie Moody, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship entomologist Lane Kozel recently visited Allamakee County and identified the expanding growth as wild cucumber.

by Lissa Blake

It seems like it’s taking over the county this summer. A white, flowering vine which is engulfing trees and shrubs and can be seen along fences and in ditches throughout Allamakee County, especially noticeable along State Highway 9 between Waukon and Decorah.
The plant is echinocystis lobata, more commonly known as wild cucumber.

Allamakee County Weed Commissioner Laurie Moody recently contacted Lane Kozel, entomologist from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, to find out more about the invasive weed. Moody said from the description, Kozel was concerned it may be Mile-A-Minute weed, which has also begun to establish a presence in Iowa; however, when he visited the county, Kozel realized it was wild cucumber.

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Aug

Grace Howe crowned Alternate Iowa Dairy Princess, joins her mother and more than a dozen others in state-leading representation from Allamakee County


Crowned Alternate Iowa Dairy Princess... Grace Howe, 17-year-old daughter of Shelly and the late Matt Howe of Waukon, was crowned the Alternate Iowa Dairy Princess at the 65th annual Iowa Dairy Princess coronation ceremony held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines August 8. Howe joined her mother in wearing the crown, as the former Shelly Fossum was also named Alternate Iowa Dairy Princess in 1989. The two are among the total of 16 Allamakee County young ladies who have worn the crown of Iowa Dairy Princess or Alternate Iowa Dairy Princess. Submitted photo.

Grace Howe, 17-year-old daughter of Shelly and the late Matt Howe of Waukon, was named Alternate Iowa Dairy Princess at the 65th annual Iowa Dairy Princess coronation ceremony held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines the evening of Wednesday, August 8. As this year’s Alternate, Howe will share duties with the 2018-2019 Iowa Dairy Princess, 18-year-old Jessica Schmitt of Fort Atkinson, who represented Winneshiek County at the annual event.

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Filming to begin next week in the Lansing area for “The Burial”; Director shares his insight and how the community can help


Telling the story ... Director Jack Meggers points to a storyboard consisting of pictures and short summaries of plot used to plan out all the shots needed to prepare for the upcoming film shoot for the short film “The Burial”. That filming is scheduled to take place around the Lansing area during the last week of August. Photo by Susan Cantine-Maxson.

Others who may be seen around the Lansing area during filming of “The Burial” ... Pictured above are additional cast and crew members who may be seen around the Lansing area next week during the late-August filming of “The Burial”. Left to right are actor Tom Garland, who will play one of the lead roles of “Tyler”; actress Nokomis Leaman Logsdon, who will play one of the lead roles of “Abby”; actress Katelyn Douglass, who will play one of the lead roles of “Haley”; production manager Kristian Day, who will be producing the film along with director Jack Meggers (pictured further above); and cinematographer Chad Griepentrog. Submitted photos.

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

“Follow your dreams” is the motto which Jack Meggers lives by.

For the past few years, Meggers, who is an Iowa native and whose father, Larry Meggers, is a current resident of Lansing, has been pursuing his dream of making a full-length feature film in northeast Iowa. Getting the funding for such a project is difficult. Even a low-budget film with a cost of half a million dollars is almost an insurmountable task. Because of those hurdles, Meggers has begun to follow a slower alternate route to fulfilling that dream of a feature length film.

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