Community News

Wed
15
Aug

Supervisors discuss need for painted lines on county roads, consider easement for communications tower and review LP bids

by Lissa Blake

It was a short agenda for the Allamakee County Supervisors Monday morning, August 13.

During the public comment section, Gloria Payne of the Allamakee County Historic Preservation Commission thanked the Supervisors and explained the Commission’s first meeting in the Board of Supervisors room was happening later that day.

Payne asked Board Chair Larry Schellhammer to sign a Certified Local Government National Register Nomination Evaluation Report Form required in order for the Commission to get the West Paint Creek Synod Lutheran Church added to the National Register of Historic Places. She explained the committee, chaired by Greg Gilbertson, has put a lot of time into preparing the 33-page application, and there is a meeting October 12, where they will find out more. She said the Old East Paint Creek Lutheran Church was added to the National Register in 1968.

Wed
15
Aug

Quilts of Valor presented to local veterans ...


Joe Gallagher

Duane Duvel

Murvel Barness

Wayne Johnson

Waukon Patriot Quilters recently presented Quilts of Valor to four local veterans to honor them and thank them for their service. These Quilts of Valor were presented at the veterans’ homes due to health and mobility issues. Pictured in the surrounding photos are quilt recipients Joe Gallagher, Duane Duvel, Murvel Barness and Wayne Johnson, who is being presented the quilt by Patriot Quilter Grace Murphy. Submitted photos.
 

Wed
15
Aug

Robey Memorial Library hosts author event Thursday, September 13


William Kent Krueger ... Submitted photo.

New York Times bestselling novelist William Kent Krueger is coming to Robey Memorial Library September 13 at 7 p.m.

Krueger will be promoting his new book, Desolation Mountain, coming out later this month.

Krueger is the bestselling author of Ordinary Grace and the Cork O’Connor mystery series involving the former sheriff of Tamarack County and a man of Irish and Ojibwe heritage. Robey Memorial Library is partnering with Dragonfly Books in Decorah, which will have books available for purchase at the event. Robey Memorial Library is located at 401 1st Avenue NW in Waukon. For more information, contact (563) 568-4424 or www.waukon.lib.ia.us.
 

Wed
15
Aug

Lansing native joins staff at Waukon Veterinary Service


Dr. Monica Wagner, DVM

Waukon Veterinary Service has welcomed a new veterinarian to its staff as of July 9. Dr. Monica Wagner, DVM grew up in rural Lansing and has a strong connection to the area with many friends and family members residing here.

In her high school years, Wagner served as an alternate Dairy Princess for Allamakee County and was involved in milking cows on an organic dairy farm, which was something that sparked her initial interest in veterinary medicine.

During her childhood, Wagner was involved in the care of pets and was familiar with the quality of care provided at Waukon Veterinary Service, making a return to the area for a great career opportunity, a good fit personally and professionally.

Wed
15
Aug

Waukon Police want the public to claim their bicycles or they will be put up for auction

The Waukon Police Department reports having several unclaimed bicycles in its possession that have either been left behind, found and turned into the Police Department or recovered after being stolen. Department officials want to inform the public that these bicycles need to be claimed by September 15 of this year or those bicycles will be put up for sale in a public auction scheduled for Saturday, September 22 at 3 p.m. at the Waukon Police Station, located at 104 First Street NW in Waukon.

Anyone wishing to identify and claim a bicycle needs to do so by that September 15 date, and must claim the bicycle through either a description of the bicycle or a proof of purchase. Claims can be made by either calling 563-568-4338 and leaving a message or emailing reports@cityofwaukon.com with the subject line “bike”.
 

Wed
08
Aug

Downtown plaza, Police Department personnel matters among many items discussed by Waukon City Council; Police Department urges public to claim their bicycles or they may be auctioned off

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, August 6 to address a full agenda of items including the Plaza Art Project, a modification to Police employment contracts and the 2019 Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) street and sidewalk project. There was no Public Comment.

Under Departmental Reports, Assistant Police Chief Paul Wagner advised that a large number of unclaimed bicycles are stored at the Waukon Police Station. The council agreed that a final attempt should be made to locate owners and if unclaimed a sale or auction would be an option.

Street Superintendent Keith Burrett discussed that new street signs have been going up and that three City parking lots have been resurfaced with some minor touch-up and painting to be accomplished soon.

Wed
08
Aug

Project diverting underground spring into storm sewer along Spring Avenue nearly complete


The spring in Spring Avenue will now remain an underground operation ... The surrounding photos show the progress made with the installation of a pre-cast concrete box intake near the intersection of Spring Avenue and First Avenue SW in downtown Waukon. The concrete structure was installed to divert the freshwater underground spring into the storm sewer, rather than allowing the spring to surface at street level as it has been in most recent years. The pre-cast intake box is pictured above in place and connected to a storm sewer pipe along Spring Avenue. The rectangular screen in the foreground of the photo will allow the freshwater spring to flow into the storm sewer while not affecting the functionality of the storm sewer. In the photo below at left, City of Waukon Street Superintendent Keith Burrett and his crew are pictured guiding the lid of the pre-cast intake box as it is lowered in place. The lid of the pre-cast intake includes a manhole cover (as pictured below at right), allowing access for future maintenance of the intake, with the surrounding open area filled with crushed rock and scheduled to be paved over top to finish off the project. Standard photos by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

An area near the intersection of First Avenue SW and Spring Avenue in downtown Waukon has been barricaded with orange safety fencing for several weeks this summer as City crews and other professionals have developed and installed a solution to the flow of a freshwater spring that has surfaced in that area over the past several years.

The natural spring flowing under Spring Avenue has been documented throughout Waukon’s history with references dating back to the 1896 installation of a horse trough at the head of Spring Avenue, which took advantage of this natural water source. Due to heavy rainfall in recent years, this freshwater spring has created a bubbling effect near this intersection as spring water would flow from below ground to street level and then into the storm sewer.

Wed
08
Aug

Anonymous donation fuels new amphitheater in Waukon City Park


Amphitheater to provide new entertainment venue in Waukon City Park ... Photos above and below show differing views of the new amphitheater under construction at the Waukon City Park. The view above shows the concrete slab stage area viewable from the terraced seating with the Indian Springs Pond as a scenic backdrop. The view below shows Waukon Park, Recreation and Wellness Director Jeremy Strub standing amongst the different terraced seating levels that have all been filled in with dirt and await grass growth before the amphitheater will be usable by the general public next year. Photos by Lissa Blake.

by Lissa Blake

An anonymous donation has helped make a new Waukon entertainment venue a reality.

“I had it in a long-range plan of mine,” said Waukon Park, Recreation and Wellness Director Jeremy Strub of the new amphitheater in the Waukon City Park. “A family came in and asked how they could help with park projects. When I showed them what I was thinking, they liked it.”

The family donated $25,000 toward the construction of the project, which is located at the south end of the park, near the Indian Springs Pond and ball diamond area. It includes a cement stage and three rows of terrace seating with lighting.

“That’s so people can see where they’re walking,” said Strub.

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.
 

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