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Wed
10
Jan

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, Editor Emeritus

... that with the extreme and prolonged cold weather spell, some of us are happy indeed that there is a lot of action in the field of sports at this time of the year.
And happier yet that both Iowa and Iowa State won their football bowl games.

As I am typing this, the Big Ten (14!) has won all seven of its post-season games, with Michigan right now trying to make it eight. But even it’s only 7-1, it would seem to be evidence that the level of football in the league is pretty high.

The Iowa wrestlers won the Midlands championship again, and a team of unattached wrestlers from Iowa came in ninth!

Plus, the Iowa women beat a ranked Michigan basketball team despite having two starters and two-thirds of the team’s top scorers benched by injuries.

Wed
10
Jan

Wexford Wanderings

by Hugh E. Conway

Season’s Greetings

Wed
10
Jan

Letter to the Editor: Appreciation for the experience

To the Editor:

I would like to express my appreciation to the citizens of Waukon for allowing me to have served as the Assistant Waukon City Attorney over the past thirty years. A big thank you to the Waukon Police Department and its officers, present and past, for your hard work and devotion to duty. It has been my experience that they are very conscientious and attempt to uphold the motto of “To Protect and Serve”.

I further extend my appreciation to prior city councils for their repeated reappointments. On my first day as a practicing attorney, July 7, 1986, I was appointed as the Assistant Waukon City Attorney. I was reappointed annually thereafter. It has been a wonderful experience both professionally and personally.

Respectfully,
Attorney Jeffrey L. Swartz
Waukon

Wed
10
Jan

Letter to the Editor: Something to think about

To the Editor:

Let’s do a little review. Our president, Donald Trump, won the Republican primary over 16 supposedly smart and good people, and in my mind I’m sure glad. He won the presidency over very crooked and ungodly Hillary, with the expenditures of one-fourth of what she spent. Both parties spent big money slamming Trump.

His support came from big numbers of Democrats and Independents and good Republicans. And if he were to run right now, he would win big time again.

True story, I wear a Trump cap always and will always. A well-known Democrat came to me and said, “I voted for Trump and I think he is a God send.” I answered, “You are right and so was our Lord Jesus and look what people did to him.” Something to think about.

Kindest Regards
& God Bless,
Osmond (Ozzy) Quandahl
Waukon

Wed
10
Jan

What's up at the FSA Office?

by Jeremy Leitz, Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• January 15: Office closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January Facility Loan Interest Rates
The interest rates for January are as follows:
• 1.875% for 3 years
• 2.125% for 5 years
• 2.250% for 7 years
• 2.375% for 10 years
• 2.500% for 15 years

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
10
Jan

Something to cheer about ...

The Tuesday, January 2 home game for the Waukon girls basketball team allowed the crowd to witness more than just basketball at the Waukon High School gymnasium, as youth ranging from Pre-Kindergarten on up through seventh grade performed as part of the Little Indian Cheerleading Camp that took place during the previous day, Monday, January 1. A total of 93 youngsters in Pre-Kindergarten through second grade participated in the Monday camp and then performed during halftime of Tuesday's junior varsity game, with 38 more third through seventh graders taking part in the Monday camp and then performing at halftime of Tuesday's varsity game. As pictured in the surrounding photos, a variety of cheers, jumps and simple stunts were performed to entertain the large crowd in attendance, with the young cheerleaders also getting a chance to share their spirit with players and coaches as they returned to the court from the halftime locker room.

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