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17
Jan

Nominations sought for Allamakee County Dairy Banquet set for March 24

Award nominations due by February 23
Princess applications due by March 1

The 2018 Allamakee County Dairy Banquet will be held Saturday, March 24 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. The meal will be served from 7-8:30 p.m., with the program starting at 8 p.m. The annual celebration recognizes the importance of the dairy industry in Allamakee County and the contributions dairy families make to the industry.

Every year, top producers from the county are recognized at the banquet. In addition, several other awards are presented that evening. The Allamakee Dairy Promotion Board and the Allamakee County Extension Office are accepting nominations through February 23 for the following awards:

Wed
17
Jan

Legislative forum set for this Saturday

Iowa Senator Michael Breitbach and Representative Kristi Hager will be hosting a legislative forum this Saturday, January 20 at the Allamakee County Farm Bureau building located at 14 First Avenue NE in Waukon. The forum is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and will offer the public an opportunity for discussion with their area legislators.

Wed
17
Jan

Search warrant executed in Waukon results in multiple drug-related arrests

Tuesday, January 9, the Waukon Police Department and the Allamakee County Sheriff's Department conducted a search warrant at 61 Jean Road in Waukon. As a result of the search, multiple arrests were made on multiple drug-related charges.

Blake Pohlman, age 29, of Waukon was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver (class C felony) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Christine Bark, age 30, of Waukon was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine (second offense) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Wed
10
Jan

Supervisors hear wage increase recommendations from County Compensation Board at January 2 session, proclaim January as Mentoring Month at recent meeting


January proclaimed National Mentoring Month … At its Monday, January 8 regular session, the Allamakee County Board of Supervisors proclaimed January as National Mentoring Month. Pictured above at the proclamation are: Front row - Left to right: Intern Mentoring Coordinator Daniel Dejapin, mentor Aleesa Baakko, Helping Services Mentoring Coordinator Kathy Schwartzhoff, Helping Services Mentoring Program Steering Committee member Bob Rotach and Helping Services Mentor for a Day and Director of Prevention Services Tessa Willie. Back row: Helping Services Development Coordinator Dennis Osmundson, Allamakee County Board of Supervisors members Dennis Koenig, Dan Byrnes and Larry Schellhammer, and Helping Services Executive Director Carson Eggland. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in a pair of regular sessions within this past week's time due to the New Year's Day holiday falling on the board's regular scheduled meeting day of Monday. The board met in that holiday-delayed session Tuesday, January 2 before returning to its regular Monday meeting day for its next regular session Monday, January 8. Coverage of both meetings follows:

TUESDAY, JANUARY 2
The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Tuesday, January 2 due to the New Year's Day holiday falling on its regular Monday meeting day. The board addressed a full agenda of items including the Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund (NEIRHTF) program review and Fiscal-Year 2019 funding request, the recommendation from the Compensation Board for Fiscal-Year 2019 and the consideration of a resolution regarding personnel in the County Auditor's office.

Wed
10
Jan

Local fishing guide honored by lure company with "Red Head Uncle Ted"


The Red Head Uncle Ted ... The classic red and white color combination fishing lure, such as the one pictured above, was brought back into production by Bill Lewis Lures at the suggestion of local fishing guide Ted Peck of New Albin. The company more recently named the "old-school" lure after Peck, calling it the "Red Head Uncle Ted". Submitted photo.

Recognized with rare naming honor ... Local fishing guide Ted Peck of New Albin, pictured above, was recently honored by Bill Lewis Lures for his contribution to the sportfishing industry by naming one of their classic red and white color combination lures in his honor, dubbing it the "Red Head Uncle Ted." The lure is the only one in the company's Rat-L-Trap line of lures to be named after an individual. Submitted photo.

by Lissa Blake

If someone had told Mississippi River fishing guide Ted Peck of New Albin an Alabama company would ever name a fishing lure after a Yankee from Illinois, he would have said they were telling fish stories.

But that's exactly what happened in October of this past year.

Bill Lewis Lures renamed its signature Rat-L-Trap red/white floating model RT-97 “Red Head Uncle Ted” in honor of Peck. Rat-L Trap has been making lures since 1964. The Red Head Uncle Ted is the only model out of Rat-L Trap's 143 lures to be named for an individual.

“It's quite humbling,” said Peck of the lure that bears his name.

HIS BACKGROUND
Peck and his wife, Candy, moved to New Albin l1 years ago after living in Wisconsin for much of their lives. He grew up in Carroll County, IL fishing with his dad, who gave him some of his favorite lures.

Wed
10
Jan

Allamakee County Community Foundation accepting grant applications for 2018 through February 1

The Allamakee County Community Foundation (ACCF) is now accepting 2018 grant applications. The application for the grant funding is available online at www.dbqfoundation.org/accf. Applications are due February 1, 2018 by midnight.

Nonprofit organizations can apply for grants from the ACCF for projects or programs that address significant community issues and benefit a broad spectrum of the community. Projects must be in Allamakee County.

The ACCF awards grants in the areas of Health and Human Services, Education, Neighborhoods and Community Development, Environment; Children, Youth, and Families; and Arts and Culture, including historic preservation. Preference is given to projects that:

Wed
10
Jan

UERPC seeking public comment on Passenger Transportation Plan

The Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) and EARL Public Transit will have a draft of the region’s 2018 Passenger Transporation Plan (PTP) available for public review and comment beginning Thursday, January 11 on the UERPC website: http://uerpc.org/tip-comments.html. The Passenger Transportation Plan (PTP) is a document that is developed to serve as a mobility management tool to help meet the specific passenger transportation needs of the region and further the development of the local and regional public transportation system.

Wed
03
Jan

Carol Krumme reflects on her 50-year career at Waukon State Bank as she retires; Public invited to open house reception January 12


Career of 50 years comes to a close ... A mainstay in the local banking community, Carol Krumme of Waukon (center in above photo), is retiring after a 50-year career serving the community at Waukon State Bank. She is pictured above with Waukon State Bank Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and former bank president Jim Sweeney (left) and current Waukon State Bank President Gail Prestemon (right). Submitted photo.

Where it all began ... Carol Krumme of Waukon is pictured above in the early days of her career at Waukon State Bank, which began in 1968. Krumme says there are so many changes in technology that have occurred in the banking industry since her first days working there in 1968 that she wouldn't be able to recall all of them, but she says she can always remember that she received excellent training with each update and that the staff worked together to get through each and every one of them. Submitted photo.

by Lissa Blake

After half a century of service to the community, Carol Krumme is retiring from Waukon State Bank.

It's been quite a career, according to Krumme, considering the job was something she says she just sort of “fell into” back in high school. Krumme has served as head teller at the bank for more than 25 years, and she has served in various other positions for the bank since she was a senior at Waukon High School in 1968.

“Our teacher, Miss Ernestine Holzer, started a pilot program for the office education students. She had 10 students she wanted to send out to businesses to work,” recalled Krumme about the beginning of what would turn out to be an enjoyable career for her.

Krumme and classmate Susan Smedsrud were sent to Waukon State Bank to work in the afternoons.

Wed
03
Jan

January is National Mentoring Month ...

In Allamakee County, 11 people are superheroes to a local youth. This January Helping Services for Youth & Families is celebrating those champions and inviting others to become a hero, during National Mentoring Month. Mentoring has a positive impact on youth, and some youth are without this type of role model. Nine million kids in America say they are growing up without adults whom they can turn to. In this area, 23 youth are currently waiting for a mentor. Research shows that mentored youth are apt to learn more, earn more and live healthier lives. Mentored youth have a greater chance of avoiding negative influences, such as substance abuse, bullying or dropping out of school.

Wed
27
Dec

Dress for success: Pair of Waukon residents dress up daily to raise awareness of human trafficking


Sharing a moment, and a cause ... Emily Moore (left) of Waukon, a substitute teacher within the Allamakee Community School District, and Moriah Downing (right), a fourth grade student at East Elementary School in Waukon, take a moment for a photo together while wearing dresses during a recent December day. The two have been wearing dresses throughout the entire month of December as part of the global Dressember campaign to help raise awareness about human trafficking. Submitted photo.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

• Two million children are currently exploited in the commercial sex trade.
• Human trafficking generates about $150 billion per year.
• More than 30 million people are currently enslaved, worldwide.

Local individuals may be as unaware of these statistics as the initiative and the website, www.dressember.org, from which they came. Lest anyone think these statistics might be referring to something that is happening “somewhere else” and doesn’t have much to do with northeast Iowa, two Waukon residents are here to say it does - and they are dressing up as part of a global effort with the hope that someday it does not.

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