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Wed
22
Jul

Artist seeking stories of river history and lifestyles makes stops in Lansing, Harpers Ferry on shantyboat tour


The shantyboat pictured at right above docked at Lansing's riverfront has been making its way down the Upper Mississippi River and made a three-day stop in Lansing early last week and a more brief stop in Harpers Ferry about mid-week. On board are Santa Cruz, CA artist Wes Modes and his crew, who are working to compile a project entitled "A Secret History of American River People" and are seeking to talk to area residents about their history, experiences and lifestyle in a river community. Modes and his crew interviewed Lansing resident Karen Galema and former clammer Terry Sykes of DeSoto, WI and also enjoyed some of the Lansing hospitality with visits to such places as Horsfall's Lansing Variety Store, Welsh's Village Farm and Home and Shep's Riverside Bar & Grill. Submitted photo.

A rustic recreated 1940s shantyboat, a daring river voyage, and a meticulous archive of river stories are all part of a multi-year art and history project being undertaken by artist Wes Modes of Santa Cruz, CA and entitled "A Secret History of American River People."
Modes set sail last summer on the Mississippi River to collect the stories of people who live and work on the river from the deck of his homemade houseboat (seen in the photo accompanying this article). This year, he and his crew (and dog) started near La Crosse, WI, where he left off last September and are slowly making their way downriver.

Wed
15
Jul

Join the fun at the Allamakee County Fair this week

This week, July 15-19,  the 162nd Allamakee County Fair will be held for all to enjoy at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds in Waukon. A wide variety of entertainment is in place to headline this year’s fair at the grandstand, along with a great deal of other activities for everyone to enjoy each and every day throughout the five-day event.

Fri
10
Jul

BREAKING NEWS! Chris Cagle cancels; Jo Dee Messina is new headline act for 2015 Allamakee County Fair

The Allamakee County Fair Board was informed Friday, July 10 that due to severe vocal cord issues, Chris Cagle, the headline act for the Friday, July 17 grandstand show at this year's Fair has had to cancel his Allamakee County Fair appearance. "While we are saddened by the news, we understand the circumstances and hope Chris is feeling better very soon," relayed the Fair Board in a posted statement. The Fair Board has been working very closely with WQPC Radio out of Prairie du Chien, WI to put together the musical entertainment for the Fair again this year. Both parties sprung into action once they heard the news of Cagle's cancellation and are happy to announce that Jo Dee Messina will be taking Chris Cagle’s place as the headliner for the Friday, July 17 grandstand show. "We are very thankful she graciously has stepped in to save the day! We know she will put on an excellent show and look forward to working with her," the Board remarked.

Wed
08
Jul

Three young ladies vying for crown of 2015 Allamakee County Fair Queen

Three Allamakee County young ladies - Emily Hammel, Megan Leiran and Carmen Wille - are vying for the title of 2015 Allamakee County Fair Queen. That crown and all the honors and responsibilities that accompany it will be bestowed upon one of those three candidates Tuesday evening, July 14 during the Allamakee County Fair Queen Coronation being held at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon to help kick off the 162nd Allamakee County Fair.

Wed
08
Jul

Lighting up the sky on the Fourth of July

The streets and parking lots around the Lansing City Sports Complex and Anderson Park were filled with cars, people and “oohs” and “aahs” as the Fourth of July fireworks display lit up the nighttime skies Saturday evening, July 4. The display in Lansing was one of several that took place in northeast Iowa and the tri-state area over the weekend in celebration of the birthday of the United States.
 

Wed
08
Jul

Poultry show will take on a different look at Allamakee County Fair this year as part of local response to avian influenza

by Lissa Blake

Poultry showing at the 162nd Allamakee County Fair coming up next week, July 15-19, will look a little different this year.
In response to an Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship mandate issued in May of this year, all bird exhibitions at county fairs and the Iowa State Fair have been canceled. That action came following an avian influenza (bird flu) outbreak in western Iowa earlier this year.

Sat
04
Jul

Thursday rollover accident claims Spring Grove, MN teenager

Thursday, July 2 at 11:01 a.m., the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle accident on State Highway 76 north of Waukon. The accident location was approximately 500 feet north of the State Highway 76 and Iverson Bridge Road intersection. According to a report from the Allamakee County Sheriff's Office, the driver, 18-year-old Christine A. Lund of Spring Grove, MN, lost control of the vehicle she was driving. The vehicle entered the ditch and rolled over multiple times, ejecting the female driver from the vehicle. The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene and was the only occupant of the vehicle. The accident remains under investigation by the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office. Assisting at the scene was the Waukon Fire Department, Veterans Memorial Hospital Ambulance and Iowa Department of Transportation Enforcement Division.

Wed
01
Jul

Waukon's Tiffany Riehm and "Pony" win pair of World Championships


Tiffany Riehm of Waukon and her Paint mare, ‘Pony’ (also known as Ty’s Cool Angel), won a pair of World Championship titles at the Pinto World Championship Horse Show in Tulsa, OK in mid-June, as evidenced by the ribbons and awards in the photo. Riehm is pictured above with her boyfriend, Paul Regan of Waukon, who is holding Bella, with their other canine companion, Gentry, also looking on. Submitted photo by Jeff Kirkbride Photography.

by Lissa Blake

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