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May

Memorial Day activities in Waukon to include mobile museum of U.S.S. Wainwright


The U.S.S. Wainwright DLG-28/CG-28 mobile museum pictured above will be on display in Waukon during the Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25. The general public can visit the mobile museum to learn more about the U.S. Navy warship's service and its involvement in such conflicts as the Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War. Local area residents Virgil Thorstenson and Dean Bechtel both served on the ship during their military careers. Submitted photo.

Memorial Day activities in Waukon will include a special visitor this year, as a mobile museum exhibiting the history of the U.S.S. Wainwright will make a stop during a tour of the Midwest. The traveling museum houses assorted artifacts from its U.S. Navy warship namesake and provides a history of the ship and its activities while in service to the United States, which resulted in the vessel being the most decorated ship in the Atlantic Fleet at the time of her decommissioning in 1993.

LOCATION AND SCHEDULE
During its visit to Waukon, the traveling museum will be parked in the initial block of First Avenue NW along the south edge of the Allamakee County Courthouse property. The museum will be opened to the general public according to the following schedule:
Saturday, May 23 - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday, May 24 - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monday, May 25 - Following the Memorial Day Parade.

Wed
13
May

Paint Creek Valley officially dedicated as part of Yellow River State Forest at May 7 event


Approximately 65 people attended the dedication of the Paint Creek Valley addition to Yellow River State Forest in an event held Thursday, May 7 near Waterville. Some of those attendees are pictured above making their way toward the foot bridge that crosses Paint Creek just off of White Pine Road that is one point of public access within the new Paint Creek Valley addition. Photo by Kelli Boylen.

by Kelli Boylen
freelance writer

Wed
13
May

Val Reinke begins duties as new ACED Executive Director


Val Reinke

The Allamakee County Economic Development and Tourism Board (ACED) has announced that Valerie Reinke has been hired as the new ACED Executive Director. Reinke has served on the ACED Board of Directors since 2008 and has been employed by New Albin Savings Bank for the past six years.
“I am passionate about Allamakee County and I am happy to be here," Reinke said of her new position. "I am looking forward to working with business owners, city council members, county supervisors and visitors to the county.”
Everyone is welcome to stop in and visit with Reinke. A meet and greet coffee hour is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20 from 9-10 a.m. at the ACED office located at 101 West Main Street in Waukon.
Allamakee County Economic Development and Tourism's mission is to promote economic growth through the growth and expansion of new and existing industry, service and retail business and to promote tourism for the county.
 

Wed
13
May

Postville man arrested on sexual abuse charges

The Allamakee County Sheriff's Department and the Postville Police Department executed a search warrant Friday, May 8 at 12396 State Highway 18, Postville, the residence of Kim Neal Flatjord, age 61, of Postville. An arrest warrant was also served on Flatjord, who was taken into custody on charges of Third Degree Sexual Abuse (a class C felony), Solicitation to Commit a Felony (a class D felony), Administering Harmful Substances (a class D felony) and Invasion of Privacy (a serious misdemeanor).
The charges stem from an incident that took place back in September of 2013 in rural Allamakee County. The incident remains under investigation by the Allamakee County Sheriff's Department.
 

Wed
06
May

Lansing to celebrate National Historic District designation with May 7 guided history tours


In celebration of its designation as a National Historic District, the community of Lansing will be hosting walking history tours Thursday, May 7, along with a variety of other events aimed at celebrating Lansing's storied history. Historic Preservation Consultant Molly Naumann of Ottumwa, who was instrumental in the successful application process for the designation, will lead the tours at 4:30 p.m. and again at 6 p.m., departing from Kerndt Brothers Community Center on the west end of downtown Lansing’s Main Street. Submitted photo.

Thursday, May 7, the community of Lansing will host guided walking history tours, informative talks about historic restoration, wine and cheese tasting and displays of historical archive photos to celebrate the downtown’s designation as a National Historic District by the National Register of Historic Places.
Last September, Lansing was selected for this elite status. The Lansing historic district includes the address blocks of 100-401 Main Street, one block north and south on Front and Second Streets, and 190 John Street. May is National Historic Preservation Month as designated by the National Register of Historic Places, a division of the National Park Service.

Wed
06
May

Family Wellness Fair May 13 at Veterans Memorial Hospital


he Veterans Memorial Hospital Family Wellness Fair will be held Wednesday, May 13 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the hospital in Waukon. Free health tests, family activities, entertainment and complimentary refreshments will all be included in the evening, plus many door prizes will be given away. Veterans Memorial Hospital will also be awarding prizes at the Wellness Fair to all those in Allamakee and northern Clayton counties who participated in the Live Healthy Iowa 10 week wellness challenge in 2015. Pictured above is a scene from last year’s handwashing demonstration at the Wellness Fair. Greenie the balloon artist, Klyde Thinger the Clown, the Waukon Area Fire Protection District, and Yoga and Zumba demonstrations will all be on site as well as face painting and child car seat checks this year. Everyone in the area communities is welcome to attend this free event. Submitted photo.

The 18th annual Family Wellness Fair will be held Wednesday, May 13 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Health testing, exhibits and activities will all be providing a complete evening of entertainment and education for families of all ages. Everyone in the area communities is welcome to attend this free event, sponsored by Veterans Memorial Hospital, and held in conjunction with the end of the Live Healthy Iowa Community Wellness Challenge.

Tue
05
May

U.S. Senate candidate Bob Krause to be in Waukon Thursday

U.S. Senate Candidate Bob Krause will be in Waukon Thursday evening, May 7 to meet with the Allamakee County Democratic Central Committee. The meeting will be at Robey Memorial Library in Waukon, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Krause is no stranger to Allamakee County. During his career with the Iowa Department of Transportation, he initiated the study on the Black Hawk Bridge in Lansing to insure a long term maintenance strategy was in place to preserve the bridge.
Krause is also a native Iowan who has been a state legislator, school board member, top federal official in the U.S. Department of Transportation, national think tank director, colonel in the Army Reserve, international consultant, operator of a small business, and founder of an active veterans charity. Krause was raised on a Century Farm near Fenton in Palo Alto County, of which he is still part owner.

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