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Wed
23
Aug

Allamakee County Sheriff K9 and Deputy claim some top awards at Patrol Dog Certification Trials ...

Allamakee County Sheriff K9 Tyr and handler Deputy Ross Kolsrud recently competed in their annual Patrol Dog Certification. K9 Tyr certifies under the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA), Region 21, and the Association’s PD-1 K9 Officer Trials were held in LeMars the first week of August.

As part of their partnership in working together, K9 Tyr and Deputy Kolsrud must be proficient in a number of areas to gain their certification. These competencies include obedience, article search, suspect search, apprehension without gunfire, and apprehension with gunfire. This year, K9 Tyr showed excellence while competing, being awarded second place in the suspect search portion of the competition.

Wed
23
Aug

Lane closures on Black Hawk Bridge through this Thursday

Those who travel on the Black Hawk (Iowa 9/Wisconsin 82) Bridge over the Mississippi River near Lansing need to be aware of lane closures on the bridge scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, August 22, 23 and 24, weather permitting, to allow crews to install bridge monitoring equipment.

While work is being done, motorists will be assisted through the work zone with flaggers. A lane-width restriction of 10 feet will be in place while work is taking place. The work is related to the upcoming bridge construction project, but not the start of construction.

Help keep everyone on the road safer. 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.

Wed
16
Aug

Elizabeth Fossum crowned Iowa Dairy Princess Alternate for 2023-2024, also named Miss Congeniality ...

Elizabeth Fossum, 18-year-old daughter of Kevin and Julie Fossum of Waterville, was crowned the Alternate Iowa Dairy Princess for 2023-2024 during an evening ceremony held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines Wednesday, August 9. Fossum represented Allamakee County in this year’s competition and graduated from Waukon High School this spring. She will be a freshman this fall at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville studying agriculture business.

Wed
16
Aug

Waukon Golf & Country Club observing its 100-year anniversary this year; August 19 celebration planned for members and non-members


Among the early membership ... The membership card pictured above comes from the early years of existence for the Waukon Golf & Country Club, as indicated by the 1925 date shown toward the top of the card. The card is just some of the memorabilia that is part of the Waukon Golf & Country Club’s 100-year history being celebrated this year with an August 19 event. Submitted photo.

Evolution of the WG&CC clubhouse ... The three surrounding photos (one above and two below) show how the clubhouse at the Waukon Golf & Country clubhouse has changed during the 100-year history of the golf course. The photo above shows the original clubhouse, which was constructed in 1934 and still exists today as a multi-unit residence now owned by Pat and Kathy McMillan of Waukon. A city street, 1st Street SE, now runs between the building and the area pictured in the foreground of that photo directly below, which back then was the number-one tee but today is the number-nine tee. The current clubhouse, pictured in the photo below, was originally constructed in 1963, with more recent additions and improvements being made to the original structure during the 1990s. Submitted photos.

Original number-one tee ... Photo above shows a busy start to a day on the links at the original number-one tee at the Waukon Golf & Country Club. That number-one tee from the early years of the golf course is now where the number-nine tee is located. Submitted photo.

by Lissa Blake

Although a golf score of 100 is nothing to brag about, a golf course being open for 100 years certainly is. Saturday, August 19, the Waukon Golf & Country Club (WGCC) will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a special celebration. The public is invited to a program featuring interviews by Chuck Bloxham at 6:30 p.m., followed by a dance from 7-10 p.m. featuring John and Jim Withers, sons of longtime Waukon physician Dr. Bill Withers and the late Libby Withers, who were longtime social members of the Club, along with Keel Clemmens, who joined the Withers brothers and others in being part of the Bandmates, Brothers and Friends band that played a reunion event in Waukon in May of this year. A cash bar will be available.

Wed
16
Aug

The Reluctant Hero: A local Navy Veteran shares his real-life story

Glenn McCune...
Glenn McCune...
USS Norfolk (DL-1) ...
USS Norfolk (DL-1) ...

by Dwight Jones

Webster’s Dictionary describes the word “unbelievable” as meaning “too improbable for belief”. While working on the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) related stories that recently ran in this newspaper, I came to have a conversation with a gentleman by the name of Glenn McCune of Harpers Ferry. My wife and I have a summer cabin in Harpers Ferry and Glenn is our next door neighbor. A tall wooden fence separates our properties and though I’ve seen Glenn and spoken with him a few times, we had never really “talked”. That all changed when he stopped by recently and told me a story, an unbelievable but absolutely true story of Navy heroism from nearly 60 years ago that he has shared with very few people, not even family, until now.

Wed
09
Aug

Inaugural Feed the Kids program hosted by Zion UCC helps fill a local need during month of July


Just some of the many ... A pair of young participants in the Feed the Kids program hosted by Zion United Church of Christ in July of this year get ready to carry their trays to their tables after being helped by some of the volunteers who made the program possible this summer. Volunteers from five different churches, along with other organizations and individuals, as well as donations from area businesses, organizations and community members, all helped bring the idea to a successful reality during this summer. Submitted photo.

Feed the Kids program fills a need this summer ... The sign pictured above in the lawn of Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon marks the location where the Feed the Kids program organized by the church met the needs of so many youth and families during the month of July this summer. Intended to supplement the summer feeding program provided by the Allamakee Community School District in June and August this year, the program served nearly 1,400 meals to local youth in a span of 18 days in July. Submitted photo.

Nearly 1,400 meals served in 18 days to local youth

During the month of July, local children ages 18 and under flocked to Zion United Church of Christ (UCC) in Waukon for the inaugural “Feed the Kids” program. In its first year, this program served 1,399 meals in 18 days, an average of just under 78 local youth each day who received a free hot meal due to the generosity of so many in the community.

The “Feed the Kids” idea was developed by several members of Zion UCC who wanted to make a difference in the community. The need for a summer feeding program during the month of July was identified.

Wed
09
Aug

Main Street Lansing to reveal new mural during plaza revitalization celebration slated for this Friday as part of annual Fish Days event


Plaza nearing completion in time for celebration this Friday ... The finishing touches are being put on the plaza area on Main Street in Lansing, including some structural finishing work and the painting of a mural by internationally-known artist Erik Burke of Reno, NV (pictured at far right in the above photo). Main Street Lansing will be hosting a plaza completion celebration at the site this Friday, August 11 at 5 p.m. as part of the annual Lansing Fish Days celebration also taking place this weekend. Standard photo by Brianne Grimstad.

Internationally-known mural artist Erik Burke selected to cap off plaza project

As part of Main Street Lansing’s revitalization of the plaza space at the intersection of Main Street and 3rd Street in Lansing, internationally-known muralist Erik Burke has been painting a new mural on the west wall of the Winke Law building, overlooking the plaza. The project started Monday, July 31 and continued throughout this past week.

Wed
09
Aug

Iowa DOT holds special bid letting for Black Hawk Bridge replacement project

The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) held a special bid letting for the replacement of the Black Hawk Bridge Tuesday, August 1. The project is anticipated to begin with initial site preparation work as early as this September and will continue through the year 2026, according to Field Services Coordinator Pete Hjelmstad of the Iowa DOT’s District 2 Office located in Mason City.

Wed
02
Aug

Prosper Waukon makes a visit to his great-great-grandfather’s namesake


Visits his great-great-grandfather’s namesake ... Prosper Waukon, the great-great-grandson of Chief John Waukon, whom the Waukon community is named after, visited the tri-state area of Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin last week where his ancestors once lived. Part of his visit included a pair of presentations regarding the Waukon Family Legacy, Wednesday, June 26 at the Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center in Lansing and Tuesday, June 25 at Robey Memorial Library in Waukon, where he is pictured above presenting to a capacity crowd that evening. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

The early roots of the family tree ... The screen pictured above shows the early ancestral roots of Prosper Waukon, who is the great-great-grandson of Chief John Waukon and who visited the tri-state area last week where his ancestors once lived. The screen, which was part of a presentation given by Prosper Waukon on the Waukon Family Legacy held at Robey Memorial Library in Waukon Tuesday, July 25, shows an image of Chief John Waukon, after whom the Waukon community is named, in the middle photo of the three photos pictured at right. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

Prosper Waukon ... Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

Prosper Waukon, the great-great-grandson of Chief John Waukon, after whom the city of Waukon is named, provided a presentation “The Waukon Family Legacy: Understanding Your Community’s Roots” followed by a Question & Answer (Q&A) session in the community room of Robey Memorial Library in Waukon Tuesday, July 25 with over 80 members of the public in attendance. The July 25 presentation was one of several stops for Prosper and his wife, Jan, while visiting Allamakee County, as he also made that same presentation Wednesday, July 26 at the Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center in Lansing.

Wed
02
Aug

Waukon native Mollie Marti named Presidential Scholar in program focused on assisting U.S. Veterans and families

One of 34 nationwide selected to participate in Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program this year through George W. Bush Institute

Mollie Marti, Waukon native and founding CEO of the nonprofit Worldmaker International, has been named one of 34 Presidential Scholars as part of the George W. Bush Institute’s Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program. The program is a first-of-its-kind initiative aimed at individuals serving United States military veterans and their families who are motivated to broaden their skillsets, knowledge and influence across the country.

Participants were selected after a rigorous application and interview process. Throughout the five-month program, Scholars will meet with a variety of distinguished professionals, educators and experts in veteran transition and leadership development such as the eighth United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald and retired United States Air Force General Alfred Flowers.

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