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Senator Grassley makes July 3 visit to Waukon part of his 99-county tour


Senator Grassley visits Waukon ... Senator Charles Grassley addresses a group that attended his stop at WW Homestead Dairy in Waukon during his Tuesday, July 3 visit to Waukon. Grassley first toured the dairy facility before fielding questions from the general public on a variety of topics, including immigration, education and the economy. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

As part of his annual 99-county tour to hear concerns and ideas from Iowans across the state, Senator Chuck Grassley visited WW Homestead Dairy by invitation of the Waukon Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). Grassley toured the locally owned and operated dairy Tuesday, July 3 with WEDC Coordinator Ardie Kuhse. WW Homestead Dairy owners Tom Weighner, Tom Walleser and Paul Weighner discussed industry related issues with Grassley and provided an overview of the cheese, milk and ice cream production taking place at the dairy.

Following the facility tour, members of the public in attendance participated in a question and answer session, with Grassley providing feedback regarding a variety of topics.

Thu
05
Jul

Spring Avenue living up to its name


Keeping the spring under Spring Avenue ... Photo above shows the excavated area that reveals part of the underground freshwater spring that has bubbled to the surface in recent years at the intersection of Spring Avenue and First Avenue SW in Waukon. City of Waukon crews and officials have been working to devise a way for the spring water (which can be seen trickling from the far right corner of the excavated area and pooling below) to be diverted through a screened intake into the adjacent storm sewer pipe (shown cut open near the bottom center of the above photo) instead of bubbling its way to the surface and creating puddles in the nearby city streets. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

Photo often referenced regarding Spring Avenue ... Historic reference to the beginning of Spring Avenue has often been made to this photo above taken in 1862, which is actually looking westward up Main Street in Waukon. The Spring Avenue reference is often made due to the images of the cattle in the left foreground of the photo drinking from an open spring at what has been determined to be the beginning of modern day Spring Avenue at its intersection with Main Street. The photo is often referred to as having been printed in the 1913 publication “Past and Present of Allamakee County, 1913” by Ellery M. Hancock. The caption beneath the photo in that 1913 book of history reads: “LOOKING WEST ON MAIN STREET, WAUKON, FUNERAL OF JOHN J. STILLMAN, FIRST BATTLE VICTIM, FEBRUARY, 1862. Shows Presbyterian church with spire, 1858; and just this side the two-story building built in 1853, the second frame building in town; and opposite, to the extreme right, the first frame house built by Shattuck in 1853 (with two chimneys). To the left, one of the big open springs, surrounded by cattle. (From a rare old print).” Photo submitted by Carolyn Clark.

by Lissa Blake

Spring Avenue in Waukon has been living up to its namesake recently as underground water has been bubbling to the surface in recent years that have featured heavy rainfall.

The area where the spring has been causing the most significant issue, within the initial block of First Avenue SW just off its intersection with Spring Avenue, has been cordoned off with barricades for the past couple weeks while City crews and other professionals have assessed the situation and worked on a solution to the problem.

According to City Engineer Lyle TeKippe of Fehr-Graham Engineering, West Union, the City has been struggling with the spot in question since the floods of 2013 that ravaged the downtown Waukon area.

“There’s obviously a spring that runs under the road there. The spring has always been there, but the drainage route that kept that spring from surfacing changed in 2013,” said TeKippe.

Thu
05
Jul

Dave Hogendorn to be inducted into Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame


Early years at KNEI ... Former KNEI radio owner Dave Hogendorn is pictured in the former KNEI studio north of Waukon along Highway 9 in this 1969 photo. Hogendorn is being inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame with a Lifetime Achievement honoring for his work promoting music. Submitted photo.

Area event Sunday honors selection for Lifetime Achievement

For the past 21 years, the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association has recognized Iowa artists’ significant contributions to the legacy of rock music in Iowa with induction into the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. Since incorporation, over 320 entities have had the honor of being inducted. Categories range from Bands to Individual Artists to DJs and Media Representatives to Venues to Lifetime Achievement.

The 2018 inductees for the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame will include 31 new additions at the annual induction ceremony to be held September 1-2 of this year at Arnolds Park. Among those honorees will be former KNEI Radio owner and long-time music promoter Dave Hogendorn, formerly of Waukon and now residing in Solon.

Thu
05
Jul

Addressing Floods of the Future: Expert discusses floodplain management issues

by Lissa Blake

“Do to people downstream as you would have people upstream do unto you.”

That Wendell Berry quote was part of a special presentation on floodplain management last week by Dr. Kamyar Enshayan of the Center for Energy and Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa. Enshayan spoke to around 75 people at Luther College in Decorah Wednesday, June 27 on the topic of “Addressing Floods of the Future.”

A member of the Cedar Falls City Council for eight years, Enshayan has taken the lessons his town learned during the flood of 2008 to try to effect change regarding flood management.

“After the flood of 2008, I called for a moratorium of building things in the flood plain. A few weeks after, where there had been 12 feet of water, the council allowed a guy to fill that spot and build a house,” said Enshayan.

Thu
05
Jul

Clarification on open hours for yard waste disposal site

The caption for the front page photo in last week’s (June 27, 2018) edition of The Standard regarding the City of Waukon yard waste disposal site indicated incorrect hours of operation for the disposal site.

Despite the limited open hours information printed in last week’s caption being posted on a sign on one of the gate entrances to the site location and the same limited open hours information being posted on the City of Waukon website, Waukon Street Superintendent Keith

Burrett wants it clarified that the yard waste disposal site is open to City of Waukon residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A reminder, however, that the disposal site is also under full-time camera surveillance.
 

Wed
27
Jun

Signs of the times ...

A new sign (left) warning of around the clock camera surveillance at the City of Waukon yard waste disposal site on the northeast edge of Waukon near the Allamakee County Fairgrounds will help to further enforce the advisement of the older larger sign also pictured above as to what can and can’t be disposed of at the site. Although item disposal do’s and don’ts have been clearly spelled out on the larger signs for years, continued findings of unacceptable and even hazardous items at the disposal site have prompted City officials to place surveillance cameras at the site in an effort to help enforce infractions and other misuse of the site.

Wed
27
Jun

Waukon to host this year’s Red Rock Threshers Annual Tractor Ride July 20-21

Waukon Economic Development and the Waukon Chamber of Commerce have announced that the Red Rock Threshers Tractor Club has chosen Waukon as the home to base its annual tractor ride for 2018, scheduled for July 20-21. The hospitality displayed in the past to other tractor rides and the scenic area of Allamakee County all played a part in being chosen for their ride this year, according to event organizers.

The Red Rock Threshers Tractor Club is a club made up of members from several towns in central Iowa around the Lake Red Rock area, and the group is based out of Pella. They are an active club that was started back in the 1970s by hosting a local antique tractor pull in Pella, for which they built their very own tractor pulling sled that is still being used today.

Wed
27
Jun

Supervisors discuss variety of information technology matters for County Courthouse and Public Safety Center

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, June 25 to address a full agenda of items including the consideration of an IT equipment purchase for the Allamakee County Public Safety Center, consideration of a 28E agreement for emergency law enforcement services with Effigy Mounds  National Monument and consideration of joining the Opioid Litigation Group. There were no members of the public present and no Public Comment.

Wed
27
Jun

Senator Chuck Grassley to visit Waukon July 3

Waukon Economic Development has announced that Senator Chuck Grassley will be visiting Waukon Tuesday, July 3 from 1-2 p.m. Senator Grassley will first take a 20-minute tour of the WW Homestead Dairy processing plant and ice cream parlor before being available to the public at that same facility for a 40-minute question and answer session.

For additional information about Senator Grassley’s visit, contact Ardie Kuhse, Director of Waukon Economic Development at 563-568-2624.
 

Wed
27
Jun

Laborshed study to be conducted in Waukon

Allamakee County Economic Development & Tourism is partnering with Iowa Workforce Development and Iowa Economic Development Authority to complete a Laborshed employment study for the Waukon area. This study will geographically define which communities contribute to Waukon’s workforce, regardless of political boundaries. This defined area is called a Laborshed area and is based upon commuting patterns.

For the success of this study, letters will be sent to employers in Waukon asking that they provide aggregate counts of their employees’ residential ZIP codes. This will allow determination of the scope and scale of Waukon’s Laborshed area and better understanding of where Waukon’s workforce resides.

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