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National Park Service releases Environmental Assessment for Effigy Mounds septic system

Existing system has failed and must be replaced; Public open house set for February 28 at Effigy Mounds Visitor Center

The National Park Service has released an Environmental Assessment for installing a new septic system in the park headquarters area at Effigy Mounds National Monument. The park’s current septic system, constructed in 1959, has failed and needs to be replaced, according to information shared by Effigy Mounds National Monument Superintendent Jim Nepstad. The Environmental Assessment assesses the impacts associated with either keeping things as they are, or installing a new system in the area between the facility's main parking lot and State Highway 76.

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Feb

Nominations sought for Allamakee County Dairy Banquet set for March 24

Award nominations due by this Friday; 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:

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Feb

Waukon Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet to be held this Friday

The Waukon Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its Annual Banquet this Friday, February 23 at the Waukon Banquet Center. The Chamber will be awarding nominees from the community for Business of the Year and Person of the Year honors. Awards will also be distributed to honor businesses and organizations for their Years of Service to the community for those celebrating a five-year increment anniversary.

The doors will open for the event at 5:30 p.m., with awards being distributed at 6:30 p.m. and the meal to follow. This year’s banquet will be catered by BE Catered and they will be serving grilled ribeye sandwiches and shrimp alfredo with all the sides.

Anyone with further questions about the event should contact Waukon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stephanie Dugan at 563-568-4110 or by email at waukoncc@mchsi.com.
 

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Feb

Waukon City Council will enforce 24-hour snow removal ordinance, approves on split vote completion of grant funding application for former Tierney building

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, February 19 to address a full agenda of items, including the final application for the Catalyst Grant, a letter of support for the Walk On Waukon committee and the former Tierney building structural integrity inspection results.

Mayor Pat Stone called the meeting to order with approval of the current meeting agenda and meeting minutes of the February 5, 2018 regular session. During Public Comment, Coordinator Ardie Kuhse with Waukon Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) discussed the 2015 City of Waukon Comprehensive Plan as being a resource for the Council in terms of economic development and tourism and shared copies of the plan’s goals.

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Feb

Tristan Hansmeier wrestles to sixth-place finish in 170-pound State Tournament bracket; joins father to become first father-son State Tournament placewinners


Hansmeier finishes sixth among Class 2A 170-pound elite ... Waukon wrestling 170-pound senior Tristan Hansmeier (second from left) stands in the sixth-place position on the Class 2A 170-pound State Tournament podium Saturday, February 17 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Hansmeier won his first two matches of the three-day season grand finale but then suffered three consecutive losses to end up as a sixth-place finisher among the Class 2A 170-pound elite. Pictured, left to right, are the top eight placewinners in the 2018 Class 2A 170-pound weight bracket: Charles City sophomore Jack Sindlinger - eighth place; Waukon senior Tristan Hansmeier - sixth place; Mount Vernon junior Paul Ryan - fourth place; Dubuque Wahlert senior Kolton Bartow - Class 2A 170-pound Runner-Up; PCM-Monroe junior Lucas Roland - Class 2A 170-pound Champion; New Hampton senior Noah Glaser - third place; Estherville Lincoln Central junior Lincoln Coakley - fifth place and West Delaware sophomore Jack Neuhaus - seventh place. Photo courtesy of the Iowa Newspaper Association Photo Pool.

Sixth place in 1990 ... Waukon High School 1990 graduate Dave Hansmeier is pictured above from a yearbook photo during his senior wrestling season, when he wrestled to a sixth-place finish at the State Tournament at 140 pounds. That finish set the table for the first-ever father-son State Tournament placewinnings for the Waukon wrestling program, as Dave Hansmeier’s son, senior Tristan Hansmeier, wrestled to a sixth-place finish in the Class 2A 170-pound bracket at this season’s State Tournament, with his father, Dave, serving as one of this season’s volunteer assistant coaches guiding Tristan to that podium finish.

Waukon wrestling 170-pound senior Tristan Hansmeier controls Algona junior Carson Devine in their quarterfinals match at the Class 2A State Wrestling Tournament Friday morning, February 16. Hansmeier pinned Devine in 3:15 for his second consecutive match victory to start out the season grand finale but ended up falling in his final three matches of the tournament to end up in sixth place in the Class 2A 170-pound State Tournament bracket. Being the first State Tournament semifinalist since 2008 Waukon High School graduate Frank Weymiller when he finished fifth at 189 pounds in his senior season, Hansmeier’s state championship hopes were ended in that semifinal round by the eventual Class 2A 170-pound runner-up, senior Kolton Bartow of Dubuque Wahlert. Hansmeier also becomes the first State Tournament placewinner for the Indians since senior Adam Benzing placed sixth at 145 pounds in 2015. Hansmeier joins his own father, volunteer assistant coach Dave Hansmeier, in being the only father-son duo in Waukon wrestling history to each wrestle to a State Tournament placewinning, Dave Hansmeier also finishing sixth in his senior season in 1990 at 140 pounds. Photo courtesy of the Iowa Newspaper Association Photo Pool.

Like father, like son the old saying goes, and for Waukon 170-pound wrestling senior Tristan Hansmeier, his first-ever State Tournament qualification ended up telling that tale, as he joined his father, Waukon wrestling volunteer assistant coach Dave Hansmeier, as a sixth-place State Tournament finisher for the wrestling Indians. Hansmeier won two of five matches in his season grand finale debut to finish as this year’s Class 2A 170-pound sixth-place finisher, getting those two wins early in the tournament before falling in his final three matches.

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Feb

Tickets being sold this week only for March 4 Kee High School Speech Dinner Theatre ...

The Kee High School Speech Department will be hosting its annual Speech Dinner Theatre Sunday, March 4, beginning at 5 p.m. at TJ’s Banquet Hall in Lansing. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for the annual fundraising event that showcases the Kee High School Large Group Speech teams while also providing a full buffet of beef brisket/barbeque chicken, cheesy potatoes, corn, dinner roll, and the traditional endless table of desserts. Tickets are on sale only this week through Friday, February 23 and may be purchased from any speech member or by calling the Kee High School office at 563-538-4201. No tickets will be sold at the door or the week before the event due to ordering the right amount of food for the evening. The event is a fundraiser for the Speech organization to help offset contest fees and All-State trip costs. Submitted photo.
 

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Feb

Valentine Royalty at Thornton Manor ...

Lloyd Erickson (left) and Gladys Heitman (right) were crowned Valentine King and Queen for 2018 at Thornton Manor Care Center in Lansing. Bingo, music and sweets were enjoyed by many during the celebration of Valentine's Day at Thornton Manor Care Center Wednesday, February 14. Submitted photo.
 

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Feb

EACSD Board of Directors takes care of several items during regular monthly session held earlier Monday

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

Monday, February 19, the Board of Directors of the Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) met in its regular monthly session  at  Kee High School in Lansing beginning at 3 p.m., with several participants attending the meeting through Zoom. The meeting was scheduled for earlier in the day with the anticipation of the Kee girls basketball team playing in its regional championship game later that same Monday night in New Hampton, but that game ended up being postponed due to the icy weather forecasted for the area.

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Feb

Annual WHS FBLA Carnival scheduled for this Friday ...


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The Waukon High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter will be hosting its annual FBLA Carnival this Friday, February 23 in the Waukon High School gymnasium and cafeteria from 4-7 p.m. All games and activities will be available to play for just a quarter with proceeds returning back to the elementary schools. Some of those activities include Gunny Sack Races, Pool Noodle Toss, Soccer, Duck Pond, Bags, Scooter Races, Football Toss, Basketball, Face Painting, Balloon Darts, Fishing, Finger Painting, Ring Toss, Photo Booth, Hungry Hippos, Cookie Decorating, Bowling, Jumbo Jenga and Nerf Darts. A small concession stand will also be available.
 

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Annual Pops Concert scheduled for this Saturday ...


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The Waukon Music Department will be hosting the 8th annual Pops Concert this Saturday, February 24 at the Waukon Middle School gymnasium. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with concert time at 7:30 p.m. The Pops Concert features high energy musical numbers from the 1950s through today. Nearly every musical group at the Waukon Middle School and High School participates in this concert, including the jazz bands, select sixth grade vocalists and all choral groups in seventh through 12th grades. "This event has proven to be very successful each year. The students look forward to the performances and seeing all the decorated tables,” stated JoAnn Sherman, Waukon High School Band Director.

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