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Allamakee County Board of Supervisors holds regular session at Robey Memorial Library, tours Reel Core manufacturing plant


The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors toured the Reel Core manufacturing facility in Waukon as part of its November 6 regular session which began at Robey Memorial Library in Waukon. Pictured above, left to right, Reel Core Plant Manager Lenny Bulman describes the operation of the plant and the products manufactured there to Waukon Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Coordinator Ardie Kuhse, Board of Supervisors Chairperson Larry Schellhammer, Supervisor Dennis Koenig, Janel Egleseder (partially hidden) of the Allamakee County Auditor's Office and Supervisor Dan Byrnes. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, November 6 to address a full agenda of items, including an update of Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission's (UERPC) activities, an update from the Robey Memorial Library in Waukon and a tour of the Reel Core manufacturing facility in Waukon.

The meeting was held at Robey Memorial Library in Waukon, the final library visited within Allamakee County during 2017. During Public Comment, Coordinator Ardie Kuhse with Waukon Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) discussed that the recent forum for the Waukon Mayor and City Council candidates was well attended.

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08
Nov

Waukon native looks to turn hobby into a business with the opening of Muddy Water Restoration, Inc.


Muddy Waters Restoration, Inc. receives First Dollar Visit ... Muddy Waters Restoration, Inc., newly opened at 507 Eighth Avenue NW in Waukon, recently received a First Dollar Visit from the Waukon Chamber of Commerce. Pictured above at the First Dollar presentation, are, left to right, Trevor and Lucy Harwood of Muddy Waters Restoration, Inc. and Waukon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stephanie Dugan. Submitted photo.

A Waukon area native has returned to her hometown and is now working to try and turn a hobby of hers into a profitable business. Lucy (Barrett) Harwood recently opened up Muddy Water Restoration, Inc., a boat restoration business that specializes in using marine grade products to make custom covers, upholstery and flooring unique to the design needs of the customers she serves.

Born and raised in the Waukon area, the former Lucy Barrett graduated from Waukon High School in 2001 and then moved to New Mexico for 12 years. Shortly after her son was born in 2006, she moved back to her native Waukon. The year 2017 has been a busy one for her, as she not only started the process toward opening her own business in May of this year, traveled to Ohio for training in her newfound specialty this summer and opened the doors to Muddy Water Restoration, Inc. August 1, but she also got married to Trevor Harwood in September of this year.

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08
Nov

Waukon City Council approves annual financial report, hears wastewater treatment plant update

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, October 16 to address a variety of matters, including the Reel Core tax rebate program, the 5K and 8K Turkey Trot event and the Annual Report for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2017. Mayor Duane DeWalle called the meeting to order.
During Public Comment, Coordinator Ardie Kuhse with Waukon Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) discussed the forum held October 30 for Waukon Mayor and City Council candidates, which she described as being well attended by the public. Kuhse thanked the candidates for their involvement and stated that she is an advocate for the Hotel/Motel Tax, which will benefit the City and citizens.

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08
Nov

A new kind of wastewater idea coming closer to reality in New Albin


Plans for Algaewheel wastewater treatment system continue to move forward ... The Algaewheel wastewater treatment system being pursued as a solution for the community of New Albin is pictured above with its system of rollers in a "greenhouse" setting. The photo above was gleaned from the website of OneWater Group from Indianapolis, IN, the company responsible for the system that describes the process as "the photosynthetic algal biofilm which forms on the algaewheels (pictured above) cultivates an algal/bacterial ecosystem that provides enhanced wastewater treatment performance."

by Anne Falken,
Correspondent

It’s going to happen. After two plus years of work by the New Albin City Council, NAIL (New Albin Improvement League) and other concerned citizens, enough progress has been made on the proposed wastewater treatment plant to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The light shows a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment idea, Algaewheel, that mimics nature’s own biological processes by utilizing the symbiotic relationship between algae and bacteria.

OneWater Group, based in Indianapolis, IN, is demonstrating global foresight in its product, Algaewheel, which promotes decentralized water treatment and water reuse, and addresses water pollution and water security. In today's world of declining fresh water supply from booming populations and over-consumption, ensuing droughts, and perhaps terrorism, a decentralized water treatment plant gives more dependability and protection for a city’s water supply.

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08
Nov

Lansing City Council discusses no parking signs, hears plan for additional boat docks at City Marina

by Macie Hill

The regular meeting of the Lansing City Council was held Monday, November 6. Discussion centered around no parking signs being put in near Fourth Street and Platt Street, approval of the renewal of the Marina Contract, payment for the South Road Bridge project, a grant for sign replacements and hiring a new police officer.

City officials are considering putting no parking signs in front of some of the spaces near Fourth Street and Platt Street due to parked cars in those locations being in the way of semi tractor-trailers trying to turn the corner. The council decided to notify the residents near the locations where the signs would need to be placed, get their feedback on the decision, and make a decision at a future meeting.

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08
Nov

United Methodist Church in Lansing donates portion of chicken supper proceeds to help hurricane victims

After Hurricane Harvey struck Texas in late August of this year, Lansing resident Harold Marks, a member of United Methodist Church in Lansing (UMC Lansing), felt inspired to help out in some way. He and his wife, Denise, decided to approach their fellow congregation members at UMC Lansing to suggest sending a portion of the proceeds from the church's approaching chicken supper to a fellow United Methodist Church in Texas.

After doing some research, a small United Methodist Church in Baytown, TX was chosen. St. Emily's United Methodist Church is led by Pastor Bill Russell and his wife, Debra, serving a small congregation of about 60 people. Although the church, itself, did not suffer a lot of damage from the hurricane, members of the church's congregation did experience flooding, vehicle and even home losses.

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08
Nov

ISUEO hosts Fizz, Bubble, Goo ...

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach recently visited the St. Patrick School kindergarten class to offer Fizz, Bubble and Goo, a science-based program which requires students to get messy and sparks their natural curiosity for learning. A few of the activities included making homemade bubbles and bubble blowers and cola with ingredients right out of the cupboard. The kindergarten students learned what makes Alka Seltzer fizz and what gas blew up their balloon when they mixed baking soda and vinegar. The grand finale was making elephant toothpaste (pictured above) and watching the reaction between hydrogen peroxide, yeast and soap. Included in the finale was the Mentos and soda pop experiment, dropping 10 candies into the Coca-Cola (pictured below and a must-try at home!) For more information about joining 4-H, contact Becky Rea, Allamakee County K-12 Program Coordinator, at the Iowa State Extension and Outreach Allamakee County Office at 563-568-6345. Submitted photos.

Wed
08
Nov

Equity Cooperative Livestock offering scholarships for college and technical school students in 2018-2019

Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association is offering ten $1,000 scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year to college students pursuing careers, as well as two $750 scholarships specifically for students earning degrees from technical colleges.

“Equity Livestock is proud to help students further their educational endeavors by offering scholarships,” says Chuck Adami, president/chief executive officer (CEO). “The rise in tuition isn’t making it easy for today’s youth to earn their degree, so if our scholarship program can slightly reduce their financial worries, then by all means, we should support their efforts.”

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08
Nov

ISU Extension and Outreach to host "Your Money, Your Future" class in November

Life is not about money - but how people manage their money impacts their quality of life, their family’s life, and the life of their community. A new course from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach provides the tools Iowans need to work toward financial goals.

“Your Money, Your Future begins in three communities this November,” said Jeannette Mukayisire, Human Sciences Family Finance Specialist. “In this two-part course you’ll learn how to make your money work for you.” The course covers how to understand spending, use financial management resources, and build personal financial management skills. It is sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation.

The class will meet at the following Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Offices:

Wed
08
Nov

Waukon Park & Recreation second annual Basketball Trip scheduled for December 10

Anyone who likes college basketball should think about signing up for Waukon Park and Recreation second annual Iowa Hawkeyes basketball trip to Iowa City. Waukon Park and Recreation will be taking a charter bus to Iowa City to the University of Iowa men’s basketball game against Southern University Sunday, December 10. Game time is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.

Anyone in sixth-12th grades is welcome to go, and they do not have to have a parent along with them. There are 50 seats available on a first-come, first-serve basis to pay the sign-up fee. Interested participants must sign up online at https://waukon.recdesk.com/Community/Member/Login. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, December 6 or until the 50 spots are filled.

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