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Wed
25
Oct

Supervisors approve bids for County Farm land, proclaim this week as Red Ribbon Week


Proclamation observes Red Ribbon Week ... With National Red Ribbon Week being observed October 23-31 to raise awareness of drug and alcohol abuse prevention, the Allamakee County Board of Supervisors signed its own proclamation at its Monday, October 23 regular meeting. Pictured above at the proclamation are: Left to right - Front row: Allamakee Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) Director of Prevention Services Jean Bossom and Waukon High School students Maya Bossom, Maddy Moser, Mary VanderVelden and Ryan VanderVelden. Middle row: Allamakee County Board of Supervisors member Dan Byrnes and ASAP Coalition member Julie Rotach. Back row: Allamakee County Board of Supervisors member Dennis Koenig, ASAP IPFS Coordinator Max Grotegut and Allamakee County Board of Supervisors Chairman Larry Schellhammer.

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, October 23 to address a full agenda of items, including a Red Ribbon Week Proclamation, the discussion and consideration of bids for the County Farm cropland and pasture land, and the review and approval of pay requests for the Public Safety Center.

During Public Comment, Ric Zarwell with the Allamakee County Protectors organization discussed the transportation of frac sand through neighboring counties in Minnesota and that the rail spur near the Upper Iowa River may be pursued for this transportation purpose. Zarwell stated that Allamakee County has a strict frac sand ordinance, which is a positive, and that the transportation and shipping of frac sand represents several transportation safety issues.

Wed
25
Oct

New Albin Savings Bank is 2017 Cloy Kuhse Positive Impact Award winner ...

The Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) Board of Directors announced New Albin Savings Bank as the 2017 Cloy Kuhse Positive Impact Award winner at the ACED Annual Meeting hosted in New Albin Thursday, October 19. The annual award was created to highlight and recognize a business that is making a positive impact in Allamakee County, as well as to honor the memory of Cloy Kuhse and his vision. The nomination referred to New Albin Savings Bank as the “heartbeat of the community” with other comments being listed such as “a sprinkle of personalization, a family, shows support with involvement, genuinely cares for the community, a corporate citizen, and empowers others to help develop northeast Iowa into a wonderful place to live and call home.”

Wed
18
Oct

Allamakee County continues work on updating hazard mitigation plan

by Lissa Blake

Allamakee County continues to make progress with the updating of its hazard mitigation plan.

According to Allamakee County Emergency Management Coordinator Corey Snitker, the County received a grant from Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management (IHSEM) to contract with Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) to help update the County’s plan.
In order to be eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding following a disaster, counties have to have a hazard mitigation plan on file. The plan must be updated every five years in order for a county to maintain its eligibility for funding.

“Each county’s emergency management coordinator has to make sure the plans are updated within their counties. Our last plan was done in 2012, so it’s expiring,” said Snitker.

Wed
18
Oct

Fields of Faith brightens up the night with theme of "Be the Light" ...

The sixth annual local Fields of Faith event in Waukon was held Wednesday, October 11 at the Waukon High School football field to share in an evening of faith-filled messages. The featured highlight of the evening was the presentation by Jake Vanada (pictured in center photo), a resident of Minneapolis, MN who currently serves as Chaplain for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Supercross and Motocross Series of motorcycle racing. Within his energy-filled message that he related to the sports venue where the event was held once again this year, Vanada encouraged those in attendance to do two things in order to have a more fulfilling faith life: "Listen to the Coach" and "Obey the Coach," with that "Coach" being the Lord and all of those in attendance being players in the game of life.

Wed
18
Oct

Supervisors discuss contracting for medical services at Public Safety Center jail facility


Supervisors try out impaired driving simulator ... Allamakee County Board of Supervisors Chairman Larry Schellhammer tries to maneuver his way through a coned course during an impaired driving simulation demonstration at the Monday, October 16 Allamakee County Board of Supervisors regular meeting. Allamakee Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) will be taking the pedal-powered go-cart and impaired vision simulation goggles to area schools and events to illustrate the dangers of impaired driving. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, October 16 to address a full agenda of items, including the discussion of contracting medical services for the Allamakee County Public Safety Center jail facility, approval of the Conservation Board Management Agreement for the Village Creek Boat Landing and discussion of a potential new two-way radio/communications tower to be built on the County Farm.

Wed
11
Oct

"One of a kind... Our rock... Truly a fine co-worker" Rev Lonning retires after 38 years of service to the local community through the Allamakee County Sheriff's Office


Rev Lonning of Waukon officially brought her 38-year career with the Allamakee County Sheriff's Office to a close in September. She is pictured above at the September 29 retirement reception held in her honor at the new Allamakee County Public Safety Center with the two most recent Allamakee County Sheriffs she has worked with, left to right in back, Clark Mellick and Tim Heiderscheit, who referred to her as "our rock" and "truly one of a kind," respectively. Submitted photo.

Several members of the family of Rev Lonning were able to attend the September 29 reception honoring her retirement from the Allamakee County Sheriff's Office. Pictured above, left to right, are Lonning's daughter, Michelle Donahue; Lonning's grandson, Cory Donahue, and his wife, Samantha; Rev Lonning; Lonning's grandson, Devin Donahue; and Lonning's daughter, Rebecca Paxston, and her husband, Tim Paxston. Submitted photo.

by Lissa Blake

She is truly one of a kind.

That was what former Allamakee County Sheriff Tim Heiderscheit had to say about longtime Allamakee County Sheriff's Department employee Rev Lonning following her recent retirement.

Heiderscheit, who served first as an Allamakee County sheriff’s deputy and then as sheriff, said when he heard of Lonning’s retirement, he sent current sheriff Clark Mellick a sympathy card.

“I was somewhat kidding, but I really wasn’t… the whole county will miss her,” said Heiderscheit.

HER CAREER
Lonning, a 1959 graduate of Waukon High School, is the daughter of Dale and Elnora Robey. After high school, she married Frank Lonning and raised six children.

“I was a farm wife and mother,” said Lonning.

Wed
11
Oct

Search continues for Illinois man whose car was found in Allamakee County

Juan Ortega ...
Juan Ortega ...

The Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding a missing person reported to the Kewanee, IL Police Department in the middle of last week. Juan Gandarilla Ortega, age 26, of Kewanee, IL has been reported as missing and was last seen October 1 wearing a blue Aeropostale shirt with white lettering and light blue jeans with holes in them. He is described as 5'10" tall and weighing 180 pounds with brown eyes and black hair, usually shaved.

Wednesday, October 4, a white 2006 Chevrolet Impala believed to be driven by Ortega was located parked at Fish Farm Mounds State Park located along State Highway 26 south of New Albin. Ortega has not been located and may still be in the area but is not considered to be a danger to the public.

Wed
11
Oct

Restoration progress continues to be made on Oil Springs School in Harpers Ferry; Sneak preview of restored rural schoolhouse scheduled for this Saturday


The interior of the Oil Springs School now relocated in Harpers Ferry has also been restored and furnished back similar to its previous existence as a one-room schoolhouse with desks and other materials. Many of the historic items have been donated and others found at auctions or elsewhere. Submitted photo.

The Oil Springs School has been restored and repainted at its new location in Harpers Ferry, with a Paint Iowa Beautiful grant from Diamond Vogel Paint and Keep Iowa Beautiful assisting with the paint costs for the project. A sneak preview open house of the one-room schoolhouse is being planned for this Saturday, October 14 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Submitted photo.

by Brianne Eilers

Progress continues to be made with the restoration of the Oil Springs School, located next to Tillinghast Park in Harpers Ferry. Last November, the Harpers Ferry Area Heritage Society (HFAHS), along with the time and talents of many volunteers, moved the one-room school from its former location two miles north of Harpers Ferry to its present location.

Throughout the past six months, volunteers have spent over 500 hours working on various projects to get the school as close to original condition as possible. A "Sneak Preview" Open House is scheduled for this Saturday, October 14 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and the public is invited to stop by and see the work that has been done so far.

Fri
06
Oct

Missing Person

Missing Person

The Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding a missing person reported to the Kewanee Police Department. Juan Gandarilla Ortega (age 26) of Kewanee, Illinios is reported as missing.

On 10/4/2017 a white 2006 Chevrolet Impala driven by Juan Ortega was located parked at Fish Farm Mounds State Park south of New Albin, Iowa. Ortega has not been located and is believed to be possibly in the area. If anyone has any information regarding Juan Gandarilla Ortega, please contact the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office at 563-568-4521 or your local law enforcement agency.

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Allamakee County Sheriff

 

Wed
04
Oct

Cassandra Berger to compete in Miss Iowa USA® pageant Sunday

Cassandra Berger...
Cassandra Berger... Photo by Gus Pladsen Photography.

The Miss Iowa USA® and Miss Iowa Teen USA® competitions are slated for this Sunday, October 8 in Newton, and one will feature a competitor of local fame. Cassandra Berger, daughter of Rusty and Cynthia Berger of Waukon and a 2012 graduate of Waukon High School, will be among the dozens of competitors seeking the crown of Miss Iowa USA® at this year's event.

The competition, which will be held at the Newton High School Auditorium at 4 p.m. this Sunday, consists of three proportional segments: evening gown, fitness/swimwear and personality interview. Eligible young women must be between the ages of 13 and 27 and be unmarried residents of Iowa.

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