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Bridge projects top Supervisors agenda


Supervisors tour bridge projects ... The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors toured a pair of bridge projects within the county with Allamakee County Engineer Brian Ridenour Monday, November 27. The first stop on the tour was the bridge on North Fork Hollow Road pictured above, which replaced a sub-standard narrow steel pony truss bridge at a cost of $444,000. That project is expected to be completed within the next two to three weeks. The group also visited the bridge replacement project on Ferris Mill Road at the border between Allamakee and Winneshiek counties, a shared project between the two Counties. That new bridge, pictured below, replaces the previous structure that had a posted three-ton weight limit and was nearing closure. The bridge replacement cost was $290,000, with the project anticipated to be completed within the next one to two weeks, depending upon the weather. Standard photos by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, November 27 to address agenda items including the agreement between the City of Waukon and Allamakee County for construction of the Green Valley Road Bridge replacement project, plat requests and discussion regarding employer of record and insurance. There was no Public Comment.

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Community pitches in to help Weber family following fall farm accident


One more of the beauties of rural northeast Iowa ... Neighbors, friends, family and other area acquaintances and businesses all came together recently to help the family of Richard "Rick" Weber, Jr. after he lost his life in a farming accident earlier this fall. Enough volunteers offered their services for the Webers' fall harvest and an earlier sale of cattle (evident in surrounding photos) that some offers for assistance had to be turned away. Photos courtesy of Danielle Weber and Kathy Welsh.

by Lissa Blake

Forever grateful.

That’s how the family of the late Richard “Rick” Weber, Jr. feels about the amazing amount of support they received following his untimely passing this past fall.

According to a report from the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office, Rick and his brother, Chris, of Dubuque were performing maintenance on a forage wagon September 7 of this year in a farm field north of Churchtown in rural Lansing when they became entrapped in the equipment. Chris was reported as being seriously injured and was transported by helicopter to La Crosse, WI for treatment, while Rick was reported as having suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident.

AMAZING SUPPORT
Neighbor and cousin Wayne Weber said in the days that followed that the family had many offers of help.

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Eleventh Annual Lighted Holiday Parade set for Monday in Waukon

Plans are being made for the Eleventh Annual Lighted Holiday Parade in downtown Waukon scheduled for Monday, December 4, beginning at 6 p.m. The event coincides with extended Monday night business hours of Waukon retailers.

The parade will begin at the East Elementary School playground and travel Fifth Street NW south to West Main Street. Turning left onto West Main, the parade entries will venture to the stoplight intersection, where they will then turn south on to Spring Avenue for one block before turning right on to First Avenue SW and heading west up to Sixth Street SW. The entries will then turn right and head north back to the East Elementary playground.

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Sixth annual holiday promotion in Waukon through December 13

The Waukon Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Sixth Annual Ringing in the Holidays Promotion. Everyone is invited to play and the rules are simple.

Visit any of the participating merchants between November 1-December 13 to be eligible to sign up for the Sixth Annual Ringing in the Holidays drawing. There is no limit on how many times an individual may enter.

New this year, along with the grand prize of Waukon Chamber Bucks there will be weekly drawings for gift certificates donated by participating businesses. Prizewinners of gift certificates will be drawn each Friday during the promotion period and contacted by the Waukon Chamber. Prizewinners of Waukon Chamber Bucks will be drawn at the Waukon Chamber Office Friday, December 15. Winners will be contacted by the Waukon Chamber of Commerce. The more a customer shops locally, the more times they can be entered in the drawing.

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Good Samaritan Society - Waukon earns five-star rating ...

The Good Samaritan Society - Waukon has announced it has earned a five-star rating from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The rating system results are released quarterly and rank healthcare providers in quality of patient care and patient satisfaction. “I applaud the outstanding efforts of our Waukon, Iowa caregivers and staff enabling the center to achieve this prestigious designation,” said Cathy Smikle, administrator. “We are continually seeking to improve our performance in the quality care and services we give our residents to maintain a safe and secure environment for their well-being.”

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Kee High School Post Prom Committee to host Bingo December 3

The Kee High School Post Prom Committee will host Bingo Sunday, December 3 in the Kee High School cafeteria in Lansing. Games will start at 4 p.m., with doors opening at 3:30 p.m.

Participants can bring a food item to be donated to the Allamakee County Food Shelf and play an extra Bingo card free. All players will be eligible for door prizes.  Proceeds will be used to fund Post Prom prizes and entertainment in the spring.
 

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Waukon High School Choir to perform its 23rd Annual Tour of Churches this Sunday ...

The Waukon High School Choir will be sharing its music with the area church community during its 23rd Annual Tour of Churches this Sunday morning, December 3, singing at seven different churches according to the schedule printed on the front page of this week's edition. At each stop, the choir takes a freewill offering to be donated to the Allamakee County Relief Office, the Allamakee County Food Shelf, the Backpack Program in the Allamakee Community School District, the Allamakee Giving Tree and the Waukon Community Meal program. If inclement weather prevents safe travel, a cancellation announcement will be made through the usual school-closing channels, and the tour will not be rescheduled for a later date. Submitted photo.
 

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Pest Control Operators Course offered December 6

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Allamakee County office will host a Pest Control Operators Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Wednesday, December 6. The program is offered at office locations across Iowa through the ISU Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP).

The local attendance site for the December 6 CIC is the Allamakee County Extension Office located at 218 Seventh Avenue SE, Suite #102. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by sessions from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The registration fee is discounted before November 29. To register or to obtain additional information about the CIC, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach Allamakee County office at 563-568-6345.

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East and West Elementary Schools in Waukon host Veterans Day Program


East and West Elementary Schools host Veterans Day Program ... Students and staff of East and West Elementary Schools in Waukon hosted a Veterans Day Program Friday, November 10 in observance of the November 11 Veterans Day. Featured speaker for the event was Retired Air Force Lt. Colonel Beth Shafer of Waukon, who is pictured above demonstrating to students and all in attendance how to properly salute the American flag and Veterans. Pictured below, East Elementary students stand to sing "God Bless America" while students from West Elementary wave flags in rhythm with the song. Submitted photo.

East and West Elementary Schools in Waukon held a Veterans Day Program Friday, November 10 in the Waukon Middle School auditorium in observance of the November 11 Veterans Day. Staff and students paid tribute to the courage and skills of Veterans of the U.S. Military, as well as the sacrifices they were willing to make to protect America and its people.

Fifth grade students involved in the local Boys Scouts or Girl Scouts programs performed a presentation of the American flag while a reading, “I Am the Flag,” was recited. The Pledge of Allegiance was also recited and the National Anthem was sung, and members of the Sixth Grade Band played “Procession of Heroes”.

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John Scott

John Michael Scott, 67, of McGregor left this life Sunday, November 19, 2017 while on vacation in Omaha, NE. He suffered a heart attack and couldn’t be revived. There will be no services per John’s request.

John started his life in Washington State and joined the Air Force during the Vietnam conflict. He worked for Boeing Aviation the majority of his West Coast life. In the late 1990s he moved to Alaska, where his soon to be good friend connected. He met his friend’s sister, Julie Ball, and they became good friends and were married March 25, 2005. John became a husband, grandpa and great-grandpa all at the same time.  He found the family that he always yearned for and even met his biological father just last year. John could fix almost anything and has left an unfillable hole with his family.

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