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Wed
07
Feb

Local law enforcement warns of increased scam telephone calls during income tax season

Local law enforcement authorities want to remind people, especially since the tax season is in full swing, that they have received a lot of calls regarding scams. One very popular scam is from someone posing as an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agent. The caller tells the victim that they owe the IRS money and that if they either hang up or don't pay, they will have the victim arrested. These individuals are usually very intimidating in their threats.

"I've seen call recipients nearly in tears after talking to one of these scammers," shared Waukon Assistant Police Chief Paul Wagner. "In my 13-year career, I have never been involved in the arrest of someone that either owes the IRS money or has hung up on an IRS agent. I suspect that if someone owes the IRS money, they already know it. Similar to the 'if it's too good to be true...' adage, if it's too bad to be true, it probably is."

Wed
07
Feb

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
31
Jan

January 23 fire at Mulligan's Grill Pub renders building a total loss

The night of Tuesday, January 23 brought a great deal of change, impact and uncertainty to the local area, from the more personal perspective of an individual business owner to the broader reach of his customer base and the greater community that has supported his venture. A fire that evening destroyed the interior of Mulligan's Grill Pub, located at 610 Rossville Road in Waukon, a blaze that may not have left much exterior evidence but certainly took its toll on the interior of the restaurant and its attic space.

Wed
31
Jan

Dr. David Schwartz resigns from Mayo Clinic

The Waukon and surrounding community was taken by surprise Thursday, January 25 to learn that long-time family physician Dr. David Schwartz is no longer providing services at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Waukon.

Mayo Clinic released the following statement through its Public Affairs Department: "David B. Schwartz, M.D., has resigned his position at the Waukon Clinic. At Mayo Clinic Health System, our top priority is our patients and we remain committed to meeting the needs of our patients and communities. Plans are in place to ensure a smooth transition of care for all patients of the Waukon Clinic."

Wed
31
Jan

Midterm Precinct Caucuses scheduled for February 5

Voter registration will be available at caucus sites that evening

Registered Republican and Democrat voters across the state of Iowa have the opportunity to participate in Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses scheduled for Monday, February 5. To attend a caucus, voters must be registered as either Democrat or Republican, but registration will be allowed at each of the caucus sites. Local caucus locations for both political parties for the February 5 event are featured below and at right in the bordered boxes.

Allamakee County Republican Party
2018 Caucus Locations
Monday, February 5 at 7 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for registration

Wed
31
Jan

"Voter Ready" initiative launched to prepare for Iowa election law changes

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced the “Voter Ready” outreach initiative in early January to ensure Iowans are informed about recent election law changes, including the implementation of Voter ID. The “Voter Ready” educational effort breaks down the process into three simple action steps for voters: register to vote, bring  their ID, cast their ballot. Iowans who follow those three steps should have an easy time participating in the 2018 elections, according to Secretary Pate.

Fri
26
Jan

Dr. David Schwartz resigns from Mayo Clinic in Waukon

The Waukon and surrounding community was taken by surprise Thursday, January 25 to learn that long-time family physician Dr. David Schwartz is no longer providing services at the Mayo Clinic in Waukon. Mayo Clinic released the following statement through its Public Affairs Department: "David B. Schwartz, M.D., has resigned his position at the Waukon Clinic. At Mayo Clinic Health System, our top priority is our patients and we remain committed to meeting the needs of our patients and communities. Plans are in place to ensure a smooth transition of care for all patients of the Waukon Clinic." In response to the development, Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon also issued the following information through the office of hospital administrator Mike Myers: "Dr. Schwartz is no longer employed by the Mayo Health System. While he is no longer employed by Mayo, it is his intention, as well as that of Veterans Memorial Hospital, to have him remain involved with the care of our patients.

Wed
24
Jan

DNR meets with area residents to discuss further local efforts to monitor chronic wasting disease

Focused tissue collection zone expanded since Thursday meeting following one new confirmed CWD case and five more suspected

by Joe Moses

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) held an informational meeting open to the public Thursday, January 18 at the Ethel Robinson Meehan Community Center in Harpers Ferry in preparation for the January 20-28 scientific deer collection effort, part of the ongoing monitoring of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in wild Iowa deer. During the public meeting, DNR Wildlife Management Biologist and CWD Coordinator Terry Haindfield conducted a presentation to approximately 60 local residents in attendance highlighting Iowa's CWD-related information and the scientific deer collection effort taking place this week in Allamakee and Clayton Counties in an effort to further monitor and combat the spread of the disease.

Wed
24
Jan

IPERS, CAFOs among items discussed at first legislative forum of 2018 held in Waukon

by Lissa Blake

More than 30 people attended a legislative forum Saturday, January 20 hosted by Iowa Senator Michael Breitbach of Strawberry Point and State Representatives Kristi Hager (District 56) of Waukon and Mike Bergan (District 55) of Dorchester. Each of the three legislators - all of whom are Republican - gave a short introduction explaining their recent work in Des Moines.

Hager said she is working on a bill which would allow State departments to save up to 10 percent of their general funds, as long as the budget is growing every year. She also has been working on a bill that would allow the public to purchase property owned by the State that has been vacant for over five years. If someone is currently leasing the property, they would have the first chance to buy it.

Wed
24
Jan

Midterm Precinct Caucuses scheduled for February 5

Voter registration will be available at caucus sites that evening

Registered Republican and Democrat voters across the state of Iowa have the opportunity to participate in Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses scheduled for Monday, February 5. To attend a caucus, voters must be registered as either Democrat or Republican, but registration will be allowed at each of the caucus sites. Local caucus locations for both political parties for the February 5 event are featured below and at right in the bordered boxes.

Allamakee County Republican Party 2018 Caucus Locations
Monday, February 5 at 7 p.m.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for registration

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