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Wed
07
Feb

Letter to the Editor: Senate File 2091: Impact on public education in rural schools

To the Editor:

I would like to call your attention to the dangers of a bill that could move our local schools to consolidate in the near future. If a few students are removed from each grade level, our local schools’ budget could not tolerate the loss of those dollars. This bill would devastate our rural schools by handing out taxpayer-funded debit cards to parents with little or no accountability.

The bill would pay $6600 of your hard-earned tax-dollars to each student who is enrolled in a nonpublic school or homeschooled. The money would be placed in an account that parents could access with a debit card. According to the bill, parents could spend your tax dollars on anything that is considered “materials for a course of study for a specific subject matter or grade level.”

Wed
07
Feb

Letter to the Editor: May Iowa follow suit!

To the Editor:

I highly commend an Oklahoma state representative. He is taking steps to do what is right. A news article you need to read is titled ‘Oklahoma’s Exemplary AMI Smart Meters Removal and Consumer Protection Bill: A Model For Other States To Follow’. Type the first part of the title into your search engine and it should pull it up.

The bill he has proposed is also a must read. Type 2018 OK HB 2872 into your search engine. Go to Regular Session LegiScan. When in the website, go to Text: Latest bill text.

This bill talks about the non-ionizing radiation that is in radio frequencies which is emitted by smart meters and cell phones is harmful. He mentions some scientific reports that confirm this. He talks about how the state has the constitutional duty to protect the welfare and health of the citizens. He talks about information not being disclosed due to proprietary rights.

Wed
07
Feb

Early donations fuel Allamakee County Sheriff Department's pursuit of drone purchase to aid in local emergency situations Additional donations welcome


Donations bring drone purchase closer to reality ... A pair of local organizations recently presented donations to the Allamakee County Sheriff and Emergency Management Departments to aid in the purchase of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), more commonly known as a drone, for use in emergency situations throughout the county. Pictured above during the presentation of a $1,000 donation from the Rivers & Bluffs Classic Tractor Club are, left to right, Lyle Mohwinkle of the Rivers & Bluffs Classic Tractor Club, Allamakee County Sheriff Clark Mellick and Greg Mohwinkle of the Rivers & Bluffs Classic Tractor Club. Pictured below during the presentation of a $500 donation from the Waukon Lions Club are, left to right, Allamakee County Emergency Management Coordinator Corey Snitker, Allamakee County Sheriff Clark Mellick and Tom Phipps and Jeff Moe of the Waukon Lions Club. Standard photos by Joe Moses.

The Inspire 1 v2.0 ... Pictured above is the Inspire 1 v2.0 drone the Allamakee County Sheriff Department is looking to purchase for use in emergency situations. Photo courtesy DSLR Pros.

Thermal imaging ... One of the features of the drone being sought by the Allamakee County Sheriff Department is a thermal imaging camera that can be used in searches for missing individuals or to detect hot spots in fire attacks or anything else emitting heat. The photo above is an aerial view that captured images of persons on the ground below, which are depicted by the red areas in the photo that indicate a heat source; in this case, body heat, which would be more readily viewable by the thermal imaging camera in situations such as night searches or in areas of heavier vegetation. Photo courtesy of Decorah Fire Department.

by Joe Moses
 
The Allamakee County Sheriff Department and the Allamakee County Emergency Management Office have begun an initiative to purchase an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), otherwise known as a drone, for emergency search and rescue use within Allamakee County and surrounding areas. It has been proven to local authorities that the use of a drone can save valuable time during emergency situations and may also provide safety for first responders and victims in certain situations.

Wed
07
Feb

Supervisors discuss application policy for property tax suspension, among other items

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, February 5 to address a full agenda of items, including the appointment of Medical Examiner, Deputy Medical Examiner and Medical Examiner Investigator, discussion of setting a date and time for the Fiscal-Year 2019 Allamakee County budget and discussion of a tax suspension policy in Allamakee County. Chairperson Pro-Tem Dennis Koenig called the meeting to order in the absence of Chairperson Larry Schellhammer.

There were no members of the public in attendance. During the Public Comment portion of the meeting, Allamakee County Engineer Brian Ridenour discussed that the Secondary Roads Department was working to clear roads Sunday with additional snow forecasted this week.

Wed
07
Feb

Local law enforcement warns of increased scam telephone calls during income tax season

Local law enforcement authorities want to remind people, especially since the tax season is in full swing, that they have received a lot of calls regarding scams. One very popular scam is from someone posing as an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agent. The caller tells the victim that they owe the IRS money and that if they either hang up or don't pay, they will have the victim arrested. These individuals are usually very intimidating in their threats.

"I've seen call recipients nearly in tears after talking to one of these scammers," shared Waukon Assistant Police Chief Paul Wagner. "In my 13-year career, I have never been involved in the arrest of someone that either owes the IRS money or has hung up on an IRS agent. I suspect that if someone owes the IRS money, they already know it. Similar to the 'if it's too good to be true...' adage, if it's too bad to be true, it probably is."

Wed
07
Feb

Nominations sought for Allamakee County Dairy Banquet set for March 24

Award nominations due by February 23; 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:

Wed
07
Feb

Have A Heart Day event providing free dental care to local youth

As February begins, Have A Heart Day is not an unfamiliar event to run across in newspapers and on the radio as many individuals and families in the area have welcomed this event dedicated to providing free services to the communities youth. For 28 years, Waukon Dental and Family Dentistry Associates of Monona (Dental Associates of Prairie du Chien, P.C. is celebrating 24 years) have continued this service and are excited for the upcoming celebration this year.

Over the years, the doctors and staff have provided this opportunity for many area residents. It then was evolved into focusing on area youth ages four to 18 who have not recently seen a dentist, in order for them to receive free dental work. This year will be no exception as the event is scheduled for this Saturday, February 10 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Wed
07
Feb

"Libraries Rock" is theme for Robey Memorial Library's 2018 Adult Reading Challenge going on throughout the year

The 2018 Adult Reading Challenge hosted by Robey Memorial Library in Waukon is underway and will continue throughout the entire year. Area patrons can participate at any time throughout the year.

Participants can receive a prize drawing entry for reading from one of each of 12 pre-selected categories, including: book in a series; tragedy - fiction or non-fiction; funny - fiction or non-fiction; graphic novel; recommended book - fiction or non-fiction; learn something new; cross-cultural author or theme; written under a pseudonym; LISTEN to an audiobook; genre or subject never read before; holiday theme; or music theme. Participants can also receive a bonus entry for reading a book with a song lyric in the title.

Wed
07
Feb

Prize winners in 2017 Robey Memorial Library Reading Challenge ...

Robey Memorial Library patrons were invited to “Build a Better World” and read something new last year, with the library's 2017 Reading Challenge ending December 31. Participating patrons entered monthly drawings after reading from one of 12 pre-selected categories: how to, teaches you something; “tall” tale, legend or 500+ pages; set in the future; travel or adventure; short story; someone you admire; bestseller; with a structure or building on the cover; religious, spiritual or inspirational; with a place in the title; published in the decade you were born; or picked from a random library shelf.

Wed
07
Feb

City Council discusses financing for wastewater treatment facility, grant for former Tierney building

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, February 5 to address a full agenda of items including the former Tierney Building grant application, the Waste Water Treatment Facility financing and repairs to the Waukon Wellness Center heating system.

Mayor Pat Stone called the meeting to order with Council member Gayle Decker motioning to approve the consent agenda with a change to the January 15 meeting minutes to reflect that Decker voted against moving forward with the pre-grant application for the former Tierney building. There was no public comment.

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