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Wed
29
Nov

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Robin Oden

To the Editor:

Deuteronomy is a book in the Old Testament that was given to Moses shortly before he died. These were his last words of exhortation, urgently reminding and warning the children of Israel as they were about to enter the Promised Land of the Lord’s faithfulness (to His covenantal promises) and to challenge the people to remain faithful and obedient to their covenant with God.

Moses reminds God’s people that to obey God’s statutes and ways (out of love and reverential fear of Him) would bring blessing, life, health and prosperity, and that to disobey would bring the opposite - curses, death and destruction. In Deuteronomy 30:19 God expresses His desire for His people, “I have set before you life and death, blessings and cursings; therefore choose life that both you and your descendants may live.” Chapter 28 of Deuteronomy gives a detailed list of the blessings of obedience and the curses of disobedience.

Tue
28
Nov

Linda Smerud

Linda Ann Smerud, 72, died November 8, 2023 at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse, WI. No services are being planned at this time.

Linda was born in La Crosse, WI to Donald and Delores Brumm May 28,1951. She grew up near Eitzen, MN and graduated from Caledonia High School in 1969. Linda then went on to get her LPN in Winona, MN.

Linda married Carver Smerud November 12, 1971. They then moved to San Diego, CA where she served as a Navy wife. Linda was a private, but caring woman who focused on her loved ones. She and her family eventually settled in New Albin, where she lived until her death.

Linda is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Carver; her daughter, Stacy (Chad) Serres; her brother, Gerald Brumm of New Albin; her aunt, Gladys Tegtmier of Caledonia, MN; her brothers-in-law and sister-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

Tue
28
Nov

Karen Hermann

Karen Hermann of State Center, age 70, passed November 21, 2023 at State Center Specialty Care. Per her wishes, no formal services will be held. Memorials may be directed to cancer research and/or the Animal Rescue League.

Karen (VanHorn) Hermann was born June 15, 1953 in Waukon to parents Bill and Delores VanHorn. After graduating from Waukon High School, Karen attended college for fashion merchandising.

March 22, 1980, she married Joe Hermann. Karen and Joe went on to own the West Marshall Hardware store in State Center. For the next 19 years she worked at the Drake University Law School, where she ran the law library book store. Karen enjoyed outdoor activities such as gardening and spending time with her pets.

She is survived by her husband, Joe Hermann; her brothers, Neal (Nancy) VanHorn of Wadena and Kevin (Chris) VanHorn of Spillville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Fri
24
Nov

Betty Jennings

Betty J. Jennings, 94, of Chippewa Falls, WI passed away peacefully Monday, November 20, 2023 at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in Chippewa Falls with family by her side. Funeral Mass was held Monday, November 27 at Notre Dame Catholic Church, Chippewa Falls, WI with Fr. Jesse Burish officiating. Interment was in Forest Hill Cemetery, Chippewa Falls.

For those unable to attend, the service was recorded and is available to view at https://www.pedersonvolker.com/obituaries/betty-jennings. In Lieu of flowers, please plant a tree or perennial in your yard or another place of significance to you, in remembrance of Betty, as she so enjoyed planting, tending and viewing her own flower gardens. Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services, Chippewa Falls served the family.  Please share your memories and condolences online at pedersonvolker.com.

Fri
24
Nov

Laurel Gulla

Laurel M. Gulla, 54, of Waukon passed away peacefully surrounded by family Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at WinnMed in Decorah. Memorial services were held Friday, November 24 at Martin - Grau Funeral Home in Waukon with Fr. John Moser officiating. In memoriam, Laurel wishes for you to give back to the nature she loved so much; plant a tree or grow a garden. Laurel would want us to appreciate the simpler things in life.

Laurel Mary Galanda Gulla was born May 2, 1969 near Pittsburgh, PA, the daughter of Joe and Mary Alyce (Winkler) Galanda. Laurel began her education at John F. Kennedy Catholic Elementary School in Washington, PA. She then moved on to attend Trinity High School, also in Washington, graduating in 1987. After high school, Laurel attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1991.

Wed
22
Nov

Run-off election scheduled for December 5 to determine winner of Waukon City Council At-Large seat


Pictured above, left to right: Nicholas Engrav and Andrew Sires

Absentee voting underway; County Courthouse will be lone polling site

Vote totals from the Tuesday, November 7 City/School Election have resulted in a run-off election being required to determine a winner of the At-Large seat on the Waukon City Council listed on this year’s ballot. With Waukon City Code requiring that the winning candidate in such an election receive at least a 50%-plus one vote majority, the three candidates vying for that single At-Large seat each received in the neighborhood of just one-third of the vote total cast in the November 7 balloting for that race.

Incumbent candidate Andrew Sires received 225 votes (33.73%). Challenger Nicholas Engrav garnered 245 votes (36.73%), and challenger Jean Brink collected 196 votes (29.39%).

Wed
22
Nov

CPKC Holiday Train to return to Lansing, New Albin December 8

The Canadian Pacific Kansas City Limited (CPKC) Holiday Train is scheduled to make its way to the Lansing and New Albin areas again this year as part of its 2023 trek to help raise money, food and awareness for local food banks in communities along the CPKC network. The festive railway celebration is scheduled to make its way through northeast Iowa Friday, December 8 with stops in Ossian, Marquette, Lansing and New Albin before a final stop that day in La Crescent, MN.

Highlighting the return of the Holiday Train will be a pair of concert performers, Tenille Townes and BRELAND, who will present about a half-hour show at each location. Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician Tenille Townes hails from Grande Prairie, Alberta in Canada. Her acclaimed debut album was named Country Album of the Year at the 50th JUNO Awards and Album of the Year at the 2021 Canadian Country Music Awards. Townes also earned her third consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year trophy.

Wed
22
Nov

Harpers Ferry Area Heritage Society celebrates 10th anniversary, continues work toward new museum project


Harpers Ferry area history ... A number of historical items, such as those pictured above, were on display at the 10th anniversary celebration of the Harpers Ferry Area Heritage Society held Saturday, November 4 at the Ethel Robinson Meehan Community Center in Harpers Ferry. In an effort to preserve that past, the Society continues to work toward the future with plans for a new museum to be built. Submitted photo.

Historical progress ... Pictured above is the area known as Martelle Heritage Park in Harpers Ferry, the site where many of the projects undertaken by the Harpers Ferry Area Heritage Society have become, and will continue to become, a reality. The former Oil Springs School and accompanying outhouse pictured at right in the photo have been in place on the site since being moved from their original location just north of Harpers Ferry in 2016, and plans have been in place for the property to also house a new museum (as indicated by the sign in the photo at left) that will house many artifacts, documents and other historic items from the Harpers Ferry area, with plans for breaking ground on that project in 2024 and completion of the project currently planned for sometime in 2026. Photos by Brianne Grimstad.

Displaying her heritage ... Pictured above is Marlys Martelle standing next to the sign identifying Martelle Heritage Park in Harpers Ferry. The Martelle family donated property in Harpers Ferry where the Harpers Ferry Area Historical Society has moved the Oil Springs School and where a new museum housing much more history from the Harpers Ferry area is being planned to be constructed within the next couple years. Submitted photo.

by Brianne Grimstad

The Harpers Ferry Area Heritage Society (HFAHS) celebrated its 10th anniversary Saturday, November 4 with an event held at the Ethel Robinson Meehan Community Center in Harpers Ferry. Guests at the celebration heard from two speakers, Effigy Mounds National Monument Superintendent Susan Snow and Maiden Voyage Tours, LLC Captain and Harpers Ferry resident Robert Vavra.

“Preserving this history is preserving my history,” Vavra noted. His riverboat tours cover many topics and he is well-versed in Mississippi River history, as he has relied on the river to make a living, including spending time as a clammer and a diver for mussels to be used in the cultured pearl industry.

Live music was performed at the November 4 celebration by John Stravers following the presentations. A sample of some of the donated artifacts with ties to the Harpers Ferry area were also on display.

Wed
22
Nov

Master taxidermist Jeff Morris is sharing the knowledge and expertise of his decades-long career with young business-partner-in-training, Gabe McCann


Productive partnership ... Gabe McCann and Jeff Morris (left to right) are attaching the habitat to a recently completed Black Bear mount at Big River Taxidermy in Lansing. Over the past few years, McCann has been learning the art of taxidermy from Morris. Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

A keen eye for detail ... Gabe McCann is rebuilding the eyelids and nose pad on a whitetail deer. The white dots on the nose pad are Mod Podge - the brand name of a glue, sealer and varnish in one, used for decoupage and other arts and crafts. This is a first step in rebuilding the nose pad; the Mod Podge will be translucent when it dries. Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

Racking up the awards... This whitetail head crafted by Jeff Morris of Big River Taxidermy won three state champion awards at the Master’s level, as indicated by the many ribbons hanging from its antlers. Morris has stepped away from the competition aspect of taxidermy in recent years, wanting to more fully concentrate on the work that he does for his customers. Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

Master taxidermist and owner of Big River Taxidermy in Lansing, Jeff Morris is, after almost three decades, turning over part of the widely renowned business to a young man who has been working with Morris as his apprentice for five years - Gabe McCann, of Gays Mills, WI.

“Big River Taxidermy is still what it has always been,” Morris says. “I’m still going to take care of my long-term customers - and I’ll continue to take on some new ones. I’m just handing over a portion of the business to Gabe, and he’ll be working under my supervision.”

Wed
22
Nov

Area veterans honored by Midwest Veterans of America ...

A total of 36 area military veterans were honored during an event hosted Saturday, November 11, Veterans Day, at AJ Bar & Grill in Waukon. The event was hosted by Midwest Veterans of America and included each of those veterans receiving a plaque and small American flag, in addition to rounds of applause and gratitude from the many in attendance for their years of service to their country. Many of those honored veterans are pictured in the top photo, standing on the staircase for a group photo, and many of their family members, friends and acquaintances were also in attendance to share in their honoring, as depicted in the bottom photo at right of the capacity crowd. Among the honorees was retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant Kevin Herman, a 1984 graduate of Waukon High School who served as emcee of the event and is pictured in the photo at center addressing the crowd. Standard photos by Joe Moses.

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