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Aug

Waukon to be well represented in upcoming Iowa Dairy Princess event; Coronation is August 8 at State Fair


Pursuing Iowa Dairy Princess crown ... Waukon High School classmates Grace Howe (left) and Cayla Nolting (right) will each be competing for the crown of 2018 Iowa Dairy Princess next week in Des Moines. Howe, the 2018 Allamakee County Dairy Princess, will be representing the Iowa Jersey Cattle Club as its Princess and Nolting will be representing Allamakee County after being selected as this year’s Allamakee County Alternate Dairy Princess. Photo by Paula Enyart.

Twelve young women involved with the Iowa dairy community will compete to win the title of 65th Iowa State Dairy Princess Wednesday, August 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Multi-Media Center of the Cattle Barn at the State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. The princess and her alternate are charged with helping consumers learn more about dairy products and the farm families who tend the farms and cows that provide them.

Among those 12 competitors will be two Waukon young ladies, Grace Howe and Cayla Nolting, both of whom will be seniors at Waukon High School this fall. Howe, 17-year-old daughter of Shelly and the late Matt Howe of Waukon, will be representing the Iowa Jersey Cattle Club and had also been selected as the 2018 Allamakee County Dairy Princess. Howe’s mother, the former Shelly Fossum, had been selected as Iowa’s Alternate Dairy Princess in 1989.

Wed
01
Aug

Allamakee County to host Bible Reading Marathon August 9-12

Volunteers invited to sign up to read during four-day event

February 14 of this year, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed the 99 County Bible Reading Marathon Proclamation encouraging all Iowans to participate in the occasion again this year. Allamakee County will be taking part in that annual event from August 9 at 8 a.m. through August 12 at 6 p.m., around the clock, 24 hours a day, until the entire Bible is read. This year’s local event will take place on the lawn of the Allamakee County Courthouse in Waukon.

The Allamakee County Bible Reading Marathon is seeking community volunteers to help read the Bible at the Allamakee County Courthouse over the course of these four days in August. Time slots of 15 minutes each are available, however, volunteers are more than welcome to sign up for multiple slots if they wish to read for a longer period of time or would like to read on multiple days or at different times throughout the day.

Wed
01
Aug

ACED Executive Director Val Reinke represents Effigy Mounds at National Park discussion in Washington, D.C.

by Lissa Blake

Effigy Mounds National Monument is one of only two National Parks in Iowa, which makes it an asset worth preserving.

Val Reinke, executive director of Allamakee County Economic Development and Tourism, recently had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to let legislators know why it is so important to take care of the nation’s national parks.

“We have two National Park assets in Iowa: Effigy Mounds and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum,” said Reinke. “There are 417 national parks, which have $11.6 billion in deferred maintenance.”

GETTING INVITED
Reinke said she had about two weeks notice that the National Trust for Historic Preservation was funding trips to Washington, D.C. to help state teams connect with their legislators.

Wed
01
Aug

4-H exhibits advance to Iowa State Fair ...

The Allamakee County 4-H members pictured above represent just some of the 28 local 4-H youth who had their projects and exhibits selected for advancement to the Iowa State Fair to be held in August in Des Moines. Pictured above, left to right, are: Front row - Allie Bieber, Brandon Teslow, Thomas Troendle, Logan Brown, Faith Palmer, Diana Davison, Madi Palmer, Jenn Kloke, Tessa Rubendall. Back row - Taylor Howard, Emma Palmer, Mallory Byrnes, Parker Leppert, Memphis Miller, Katelyn Benzing, Madelyn Waters, MaKenzie Marting, Ashley Liddiard, Carley Sweeney, Denzel Decker. Not pictured - Katelyn Monroe, Abbie Brainard, Natalie Byrnes, Austin Schutte, Emily Bieber, Violet Holthaus, Neva Peterson, Katelyn Leiran. Photo courtesy of Allamakee County ISU Extension and Outreach.
 

Wed
01
Aug

Judges’ Choice Award winners from Open Class exhibits at the 2018 Allamakee County Fair...

Pictured in the surrounding photos are the Judges’ Choice Award purple ribbon winners from the Open Class exhibits at the 2018 Allamakee County Fair. Pictured in the photo at immediate right are, left to right, Diana Davison, Jackson Perkins and Pam Christianson. Pictured in center photo is Jackson Moore. Pictured in the photo at bottom are, left to right, Carol Gaunitz, Patsy Kerndt, Becky Estebo, Logan Wood and Dallas Tilleraas. Submitted photos.
 

Wed
01
Aug

Allamakee County Republican Women meet in Lansing ...

The Allamakee County Republican Women met at nutMeg’s in Lansing Thursday, July 26. Anne Osmundson, candidate for Iowa House District 56, attended the meeting and addressed the group. In addition, Lansing Main Street Matters Executive Director Craig White spoke about some of that organization’s accomplishments, as well as future endeavors. Pictured above, clockwise from front left, are Allamakee County Republican Women Co-Chair Jan Ellingson, Arlene Lynes, Iowa House candidate Anne Osmundson, Craig White of Main Street Lansing, Nancy Barry, Revelyn Lonning and Allamakee County Republican Women Co-Chair Sherry Bechtel. Not pictured but also present was Allamakee County Board of Supervisors candidate Kristi Hager. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
01
Aug

Photography Contest being planned for Lansing Fish Days

The Lansing Fish Days Committee is hosting a photography contest in conjunction with the annual community celebration being held August 9-12. Photographers of all ages are encouraged to participate.

Each photographer can submit up to three photos, and it is asked that all photos be in a 5”x7” format and printed on photo paper. The photos will be displayed in plastic sleeves.

The contest will involve two categories, “Lansing’s Black Hawk Bridge” and “Out and About in Lansing”. There is no fee to enter the contest, but all submitted photographs become property of Lansing Lions Club to be used. The images, however, remain the property of the entrant.

Prizes will be awarded in each category, including First prize of $25; Second Prize of $10; and People’s Choice prize of $10. A Grand Prize of $50 and a Lansing Fish Days t-shirt will be awarded overall, with both categories being judged to determine an overall winner.

Wed
01
Aug

Kerndt Brothers Banks accepting donations to American Red Cross following most recent tornadoes in Iowa

Thursday, July 19, central Iowa experienced multiple tornadoes causing destruction in Pella, Bondurant and Marshalltown. More than 625 homes were either totally destroyed or heavily damaged. These people had little to no warning as these storms quickly developed.

One of the local agencies that responded immediately is the American Red Cross.  As of July 23, the Red Cross had served 30,570 meals and snacks, distributed 16,007 relief items and surveyed the amount of damaged homes.  The organization plans to continue to serve at least 1,000 hot meals twice a day until there is no longer a need.

Kerndt Brothers Bank is teaming up with the American Red Cross by accepting contributions which will be sent to the Red Cross to continue to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. People turn to the Red Cross in their darkest hours looking for relief and help during their time of recovery.

Wed
01
Aug

Master Gardeners offer series of Growing Season webcasts throughout this month

The Iowa Master Gardener program with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are hosting a series of Growing Season webcasts this summer. Master Gardeners will gain educational hours while learning about insects, tree care, organic vegetables, composting and growing roses.

The two-hour webcasts will be shown at the ISU Extension and Outreach Allamakee County office in Waukon. The webcasts are open to the public for a fee and open to anyone who may be interested. The remaining Growing Season webcast topics include:

• Tuesday, August 14 at 9:30 a.m. or 3:30 p.m.: Local Bees and Organic Vegetables - Find out how to attract native bees and other pollinators to the garden from Randall Cass, entomologist with ISU Extension and Outreach. Then learn how to organically maintain a vegetable garden from Kathleen Delate, professor and Extension organic specialist in horticulture and agronomy at Iowa State.

Wed
01
Aug

Vacation Bible School set for August 7-11 at Zalmona Presbyterian Church

Zalmona Presbyterian Church in rural Waukon will be hosting a Vacation Bible School Tuesday, August 7 through Saturday, August 11 from 9-11:45 a.m. each day. The theme is “Daniel’s Adventures in Babylon,” introducing students to the faith and strength that brought Daniel and his fellow captives through their exile in Babylon.

Stories are presented through drama and scripture. Children will also participate in crafts, games, music and small and large group times of sharing. A snack will be provided each morning. The time in Babylon will culminate with a picnic at noon Saturday and a program will be presented by the children during worship at Zalmona Sunday, August 12 at 10:30 a.m.

All children ages four and older are welcome and encouraged to attend. To register, call the church at 563-568-3875.
 

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