WAUKON, IOWA (September 9) — Three natives of northeast Iowa are joining forces to host the Band Together for Good fundraiser on Saturday, October 22, 2022, at the Lakeside Ballroom and Sports Bar in Guttenberg, Iowa. Kyle Selberg of Lakeside, Mollie Marti of the nonprofit Worldmaker, and Rachelle Howe of the Mental Health Today are raising funds to support youth mental health and resilience programming in Allamakee County. All three of the organizers are natives of Waukon, Iowa who share a passion for supporting youth and families in their hometown.
The event will feature the band Triple Threat, a popular band in northeast Iowa. The event will run from 7p.m. – 11p.m., with the Lakeside Sports Bar opening for dinner at 5:30p.m. The evening will feature music and dancing, food and drink specials, a raffle, and silent auction. Entry is open to all, and a goodwill donation can be made at the door.
“When my partners, Ron Shorkey and Norie McCullick, and I bought the Lakeside Ballroom, giving back to the community was an important part of our vision,” said Selberg. “In the short time we’ve owned the Lakeside, we’ve hosted three major fundraisers. I’m personally excited that this one will be for my hometown and for such an important cause.”
The organizers are excited to welcome the Triple Threat band not only for its great music, but also because it mirrors their own collaboration. Selberg explains, “We were moving forward with another band and at the last minute, schedules shifted and then Triple Threat offered to help. We thought that’s actually quite perfect given how the three of us – with very different skill sets but a shared passion to support kids and mental health – are working together to do more good in our hometown.”
Rachelle Howe, who founded Mental Health Today in Waukon after the death of her husband by suicide, says that a lot of good has already been accomplished by working with Worldmaker, a nonprofit that provides education to help people prepare for, adapt to, and grow through adversity. “With the support of the Allamakee County Community Foundation and others, we have hosted seven free community sessions and we have eight more scheduled between now and the end of the year. The funds raised with the help of our new partner, Lakeside, are needed to complete this programming and build momentum into next year!”
“The community sessions, offered at no cost to participants, are one-hour workshops focused on a specific component of resilience, followed by refreshments and social time. The sessions are based on the THRIVE Resilience Model developed by Marti, a resilience researcher, after her community of Mount Vernon, Iowa lost three teens by suicide. “The workshops are designed to be fun while providing useful ways to deal with and overcome challenges,” she explains. “Worldmaker does the work of digging into the research and creating practical tools that people can use right away to strengthen themselves and help others.””
Howe says that the biggest surprise so far is how much this education is resonating with young people themselves. “It’s been great to see these sessions not only appeal to adults, but also to older teens. Our kids have so much going on these days and many are struggling. They’re really looking for tools to cope with stress in healthy ways and to be a better friend to someone in need.”
Come join the community of Fort Atkinson on September 23, 24, and 25 for Rendezvous Days. Kolaches and pies will be for sale at the Fort Atkinson Community Center. Breakfast will be served on September 25 from 8:00am-12:00pm at the Community Center. The meal includes scrambled eggs, sausage, ham, other toppings, and cinnamon rolls. The St. John’s Parish will have a raffle at 12:00 with a 130 prizes consisting of a Handcrafted quilt, cash prizes and many other wonderful donations.
St. John’s Parish – Fort Atkinson
September 23, 24 & 25, 2022
Kolaches and Homemade Pies for sale
at the Fort Atkinson Community Center
Sunday, September 25, 2022
Serving 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
at Fort Atkinson Community Center
Scrambled eggs & toppings, ham, sausage,
breakfast potatoes, fruit, cinnamon rolls, toast,
juice, milk and coffee
Drawing at 12:00 noon
Handcrafted quilt, cash prizes, gift certificates and much more. To view all the raffle items, please visit our display at the Fort Atkinson Community Center
On Sunday, September 25th the Decorah Dancers will hold a free will donation pancake breakfast at the Decorah Elks Lodge (105 River Street) from 8-11:30 am. Help support the dancers as they prepare to dance during the half time and pregame of the Reliquest Bowl (formerly the Outback Bowl). Enjoy pancakes, eggs, sausage and beverages. A raffle will be held at the breakfast. Enter for your chance to win great prizes while enjoying great food. Tickets can be purchased at the breakfast or by contacting email@example.com. Cost of the tickets is $5 each or 5/$20.
The Cherry Valley Chums 4-H Club are hosting their annual Craft and Vendor Event on September 24th from 10am-2pm at Dreamland in Postville. Along with shopping there is also a bake sale and Meal for sale by the club. All funds go towards their community projects. Last year the club was able to give back to the community with birthday kits to the food pantry, Food Boxes for the Holidays for families in the Postville School District, Books to kids in need in Allamakee County, and $1,000 towards the new show barn at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds. We hope you will join us to support the club this year.
What do you most love about Winneshiek County? What are the natural, historic, or cultural resources you most want to protect? The Winneshiek County Planning & Zoning Commission is holding a series of community meetings to gather input from county residents on just that.
There will be a series of five meetings held across the county, the first of which will be Thursday, August 25th starting at 5:30 pm at the North Winn School. All residents of Winneshiek county are invited to attend and a light meal will be served. Information gathered will be shared with the county and may inform future land use decisions.
Please email WinneshiekResources@gmail.com for more information or search for “Winneshiek Resource Protection Project” on facebook. The full meeting schedule is below:
Thursday, August 25, 5:30 pm – North Winn School
Tuesday, September 13, 5:30 pm – Ridgeway Community Center
Thursday, September 29, 5:30 pm – Ossian Community Center
Thursday, October 13, 5:30 pm – Courthouse Annex, Decorah
Thursday, November 3rd, 5:30 pm – Courthouse Annex Decorah
Canton American Legion Post 400 is having a Pancake and Sausage Breakfast, Saturday August 20,2022 from 7:00 to 10:00 AM. Location Main Street , Fest Tent in Canton,MN. Adults $8.00, 12 and Under $5.00, Preschool Free. Stop by and enjoy Breakfast with Friends and Family. Fundraiser for the Canton Legion Memorial.
Assumption Parish of Little Turkey will be celebrating their annual church dinner on Monday, August 15th. Mass at 3:00 pm. Meal serving Reicks Fried Chicken with homemade side dishes and baked goods will be served from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. $15 per meal. No advanced tickets. Live Music by Marc Frana. Games, Bingo, Kolache Sales, Raffle, and Facebook Auction. For more information go to the parish facebook page: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary—Little Turkey, Iowa. Outdoor dining only, carry-out or drive-thru. Come enjoy a meal with friends and family under the tent.
The Waukon Fire Department is hosting their “Hero Run” on Saturday, August 27th at Empty Nest Winery. The Little Minions race begins at 5:30 PM, and the Adult 5K Fun Run/Walk starts at 6:00 PM. Open registration is happening that night from 5-6 PM, but pre-registration is encouraged by August, 6th to guarantee a shirt by race day. You can register online here, on the event Facebook page, or drop off registration at the Waukon Wellness Center. Entry fee for the 5k Run/Walk is $30.00, and that includes a brat and beverage. Free babysitting is available during the adult race.
The Allamakee County 4-H County Council is hosting a School Supplies Drive to benefit the Allamakee County Relief Office. Council members are encouraging all 4-H Clubs and the community to participate by purchasing and donating items to the drive. Monetary donations will be accepted during fair as well. There will be a special community service booth in the 4-H Exhibit Building to display the donations during the fair. Donations can be made between July 20-24 at the Allamakee County Fair in Waukon.
Youth Mentoring at Helping Services for Youth & Families traveled by Hawkeye Stages bus (via donation from Hawkeye Stages) to Como Zoo Park & Conservatory. Twenty Three mentoring participants spent a fun filled afternoon at the zoo enjoying the sea lion show, animal exhibits, lunch, and the conservatory. Youth Mentoring offers groups events like this each month to provide opportunities and experiences for our youth and mentors. Get involved now, BECOME A MENTOR contact (563) 387-1720, firstname.lastname@example.org, or http://www.helpingservices.org/mentoring.
RSVP of Northeast Iowa and the American Red Cross are holding their “Battle of the Badges” Blood Drive Friday, July 1st from 12 noon until 5 pm at Stone Ridge Community Church, 1111 Montgomery Street in Decorah. Respond to the call and give blood during this time of critical need. Please also note that the American Red Cross has removed the mask requirement at blood drives. Come vote for your favorite public service department – EMS, Fire or Law Enforcement – and get an exclusive Red Cross recycled tote bag, while supplies last! By donating, you’re helping patients celebrate a summer with loved ones. It’s an act of kindness you can carry with you! For an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and enter code DECORAH. Or, simply call Pete at 309-236-2382.
Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity is looking for a partner family for its 2022-23 Fort Atkinson home build. If you have a strong desire to own a home, have a stable income and a willingness to work alongside Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity volunteers, you may qualify for a new home to be built in Fort Atkinson. Contact Gary Johnson, executive director, for an application at 563-382-1802; or go to our website at winneshiekhabitat.org.
The Decorah Dancers, a group of 13 local Just for Kix dancers, are asking for your can and coin donations. The girls will be around Decorah picking up cans/coins on the following dates: July 6th, 17th and 31st. Please contact email@example.com to schedule a pickup.
Help support the Decorah Dancers (a local group of 13 Just for Kix dancers who will perform at the Tampa Bay Bowl) by ordering and enjoying a meal at Pizza Hut. Provide the code 1009 when placing your order (online or via phone). A portion of Thursday, June 9th’s sales while be donated to the dancers to help support the cost of the trip.
Saturday, June 11, 2022, starting and ending at the Calmar Lutheran Church.
Registration forms can be found on the church website or on the church’s Facebook page.
This is a fundraiser for the upcoming youth mission trip to Puerto Rico and the church parking lot project. The proceeds from the race will be split evenly between these two causes.
Chance Adam, Chase Adam, and Caylie Adam are putting this project on as part of their 4-H County Council Leadership project. If you have any questions you can contact Chance at 563-568-1389 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lansing is looking for volunteers to help welcome RAGBRAI cyclists from across the nation and around the world. More than 10,000 riders are expected to wrap up an entire week of peddling by dipping their tires in the Mississippi at Lansing on July 3. Be an ambassador to paradise as part of the town’s Pedal to Paradise welcoming event.
Help is needed now through RAGBRAI week, July 21-July 3. Sign up in person at 6 pm June 15th at Kee High School or click on the volunteer tab at lansingragbrai.com. Volunteers can work just the day of arrival or help out longer term.
Choose from many volunteering needs, such as food and vending, parking supervision, set-up and clean-up, transportation, beautification, information center, traffic management, greeting and picture taking, entertainment, housing, hospitality, or campground hosting.
All money raised in Lansing goes right back into the local non-profits, youth groups and community programs. Volunteers receive a T-shirt and an invite to Volunteer Appreciation Night on September 1. You’ll have a great time!
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that seven Emergency Rural Health Care Grant awards will go to rural Iowa hospitals for a total of $5,187,500. Regional Health Services of Howard County in Cresco received a $1,000,000 grant to help build a 3,900-square-foot clinic addition. This project will include nine exam rooms, three offices, three nurses’ stations, and a procedure room to support COVID-19 recovery efforts.
“These grants are big investments in Iowa’s healthcare infrastructure, so that we can care for the people in our hometown communities and rural areas,” said Theresa Greenfield, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa. “As an advocate for rural Americans, USDA is funding critical facilities to make medical services more modern and accessible. By moving fast to improve rural hospitals, we are helping create more positive healthcare activities and outcomes for our family, friends, and neighbors all across Iowa.”
Additional awards will be announced in the coming months.
Join Giants of the Earth for Mini Czech Fest at Giants, part of our “Passport to Other Cultures” travelogue series on Thursday April 14, 2022!
Join us this Thursday (April 14th, 2022) at 6:30pm to explore the Czech pop-up exhibit, get to know Craig and Sarah Neuzil of Pivo Brewery and Blepta Studios, as well as their mother, the fabulous Becky Neuzil! They will wear their cultural costumes, teach us about the history and culture of the country, and provide Czech-style beer samples!!!
Easter Sunday, April 17 the Calmar Lutheran Church (200 North East Street, Calmar) is hosting an Easter Breakfast from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. They will be serving scrambled eggs with toppings, sausages, pancakes, fresh fruit, rolls/muffins, and beverages. This is a free-will event and the proceeds raised will be used for the Youth Mission Trip to Puerto Rico and future youth activities.
The Northern Lights Women’s Chorus of Decorah, Iowa, will present its spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 10 at Decorah Lutheran Church. The 40-member chorus, comprised of women from communities throughout northeast Iowa, will present a variety of styles of beautiful choral music. Pacem, the Latin word for peace, is the theme, and the concert will feature songs designed to inspire peace.
The choir will perform a selection of joyous songs, including “A Canon of Praise,” “Pacem” and “Sanctus” with violin and flute accompaniment. Three American folk tunes will celebrate traditional music: “Banjo Pickin’ Girl” with banjo and string bass, “The Camptown Races” and “Shenandoah.” Meaningful texts and haunting melodies are featured in “Caverns in the Clouds” and “Mother to Son.” The choir will also perform the beloved contemporary standard “What a Wonderful World.” The concert will conclude with a lively traditional spiritual, “Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down.”
Guest musicians include Suzanne Ernst, flute; Julia Wharton, violin; Pat Casey, banjo; and Janice Roseland, string bass.
Decorah pianist Chris Hadley will provide special intermission music.
Northern Lights’ artistic director is Rachael Buresh, and Mary Beth Bouska serves as collaborative pianist.
Northern Lights would like to thank Depot Outlet for a major grant to support its 2021-22 season.
Decorah Lutheran Church is located at 309 Winnebago St., Decorah, Iowa. A freewill offering will be taken, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to Samaritan’s Purse for emergency medical care in Ukraine. For more information, visit the choir’s Facebook page.
Tomah author and teacher Larry Scheckel will talk about his new book,
Country School Days. He’ll take us back to his boyhood, growing up
with eight siblings on the family farm in Crawford County and attending
the one‐room country school out on Oak Grove Ridge. Join Scheckel on
a nostalgic and evocative journey as he shares his memories of
friendships forged and lessons learned during his eight years in a school
with 28 kids and one teacher in a building the size of a garage.
The Annual Allamakee County Dairy Banquet will be held on Saturday, April 2 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. Food service will start at 7 pm and the program will start at 8 pm. Production and recognition awards will be presented to local dairy producers and the coronation of the 2022 Allamakee County Dairy Princess. Banquet tickets will be available at the door.
Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care/Allamakee County Public Health will continue to offer walk-in clinics for all doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, EACH FRIDAY afternoon, continuing through the entire month of March, from 1:30-3:45 pm in the ICN Conference Room located on the southeast side of the hospital. Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be available.
Parking is available by the orange cones along the golf course for easy access to the vaccine location. Flu shots will also be available and can be safely administered at the same time as the COVID vaccine. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please wear a mask and bring your insurance card and vaccination card if you are coming for your second or booster shot of the COVID vaccine.
Both Hartig Drug and Nightingale Pharmacy in Waukon have vaccine available for ages 12 and older. Parental/ Guardian consent is required. Please call them ahead to schedule an appointment.
Since Veterans Memorial Hospital is a health care facility, the CDC does require that masks are still required to be worn by every patient and visitor to the hospital.
According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, the best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is to get vaccinated. The risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity. COVID-19 can have serious, life threatening complications and there is no way to know how it will affect anyone. The COVID-19 vaccine, which is readily available locally, creates an antibody (immune system) response without having to experience sickness.
For more information, please call Veterans Memorial Hospital Allamakee Public Health in Waukon at 563-568-5660.
CRESCO, IA: Howard County Community Hospice (HCCH), a division of Regional Health Services of Howard County (RHSHC), will begin an eight-week grief support group on Monday, April 4 from 6:00-7:45 PM. The group will meet at RHSHC’s George R. Willis Campus, located next to Kwik Star in Cresco, and will be facilitated by the HCCH social work team.
The group will be a “closed support group,” meaning the group has the same members throughout and drop-in visitors are not allowed. This allows participants to build camaraderie and trust with each other, enhancing the experience for all members. Members are asked to commit to attending all eight sessions to gain the most benefit and to support group cohesiveness.
“Individuals who attend grief support groups receive the benefit of working with trained professions and connecting with other community members who are grieving,” said Audrey Nosbisch, Administrator of Community Health Services at RHSHC. “It is the perfect time for individuals who have experienced the death of a loved one during the pandemic to start receiving support for their unique grief.”
Participants must pre-register for the group by March 30. To pre-register, or for questions, please contact Brecka Putnam, LMSW, at 563-547-2989 or email@example.com.
Are you a woman who owns land or farms in Winneshiek County? Are you a woman who is interested in land stewardship and/or farming? Then the Winneshiek County Women, Land & Legacy would like to hear from you. Come and join other like minded women at one of two upcoming listening sessions to share ideas, talk about your vision and needs for your land, and discuss how agencies and organizations can better assist you. Takeaways from these sessions will help guide future programs and events for Women in Winneshiek County. We need your input!
The Women, Land and Legacy chapter of Winneshiek County will be hosting two listening sessions in March 2022. The first event will take place at Wildberry Winery in Decorah, IA on March 22, 2022 from 5-7:30 pm, and the second event will be at the Spillville Library in Spillville, IA on March 31, 2022 from 5-7:30 pm. These events are free to attend, and a meal will be provided. Women are strongly encouraged to attend one of the two sessions. For more information or to RSVP please contact Sophia at 563-382-4352 ext 3. Space is limited and registration is required by March 15, 2022.
A recent improvement has wrought a big change in the appearance of a local historic home in Decorah’s Broadway-Phelps Park Historic District. The portico of the Frederick and Sarah Landers 1860 Greek Revival home has received a much-needed facelift, thanks in part to a $5,265 grant from the Historical Resource Development Program of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Matched by an equal amount from community residents and local businesses, the combined funds restored the portico and the signature Greek Revival transom and sidelights of the historic home owned by the Winneshiek County Historical Society and housing its offices.
Located on the southeast corner of Broadway and S. Mill Streets, the focal point of the historic home, was suffering from the ills accompanying its 167+ years as well as from unwanted attention from woodpeckers and squirrels. Wadsworth Construction, a local company specializing in historic preservation, began work by removing the transom and sidelight windows, and the fluted Ionic columns, capitals, and portico balustrade. Two braces were used to support the portico roof, and transom and sidelights openings were covered with plywood while restoration was underway at the Wadsworth shop. A Day Spring Questers grant had previously restored the center pane of the transom; that restored pane remained in place for the duration of the restoration as a promise of better days to come for the absent panes. In the shop, the remaining transom and sidelight panes were puttied, a cracked pane was replaced with 1860s era glass, and the sashes were repainted.
Meanwhile, the portico railing, columns, plinths, and capitals received similar careful attention. The posts, rails, and spindles of the portico balustrade were scraped, sanded, and repaired. A bonus emerged—it was discovered after many layers of paint were stripped from the portico roof railing spindles, that the c. 1865 carved spindles were in amazingly good condition despite their age and required only repainting. (As evidenced by an 1860 daguerreotype and a later photograph, the portico was not added until approximately five years after the home’s original construction date of 1860.)
The Ionic capitals received additions of wood epoxy to repair voids, then were scraped, sanded, and painted. Removal of the fluted columns from the portico revealed their interesting construction technique. The columns had been built by a local cooper in 1860 with oak staves in the manner of barrel construction. The beautifully executed fluting on the columns’ exterior was carved after each column was constructed. It was a creative carpenter’s inspired solution (we know his name was E.H. Keyes) to the lack of transportation of ready-made columns from a supplier in far-away Chicago, Madison, or Milwaukee. The railroad did not arrive in Decorah until 1869 and transport of the columns would have required rail transportation from Chicago or other points east to Prairie du Chien, a ferry ride across the Mississippi River to Marquette, and then an arduous 3-day journey by wagon from the Mississippi River overland to Decorah. In the case of the columns, necessity was indeed the mother of invention. When all repair and restoration work was completed, the parts were reassembled at the Landers house and final painting was done.
Thanks to local contributions and the grant provided by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, the Greek Revival home’s portico and door surround have been transformed from “black eye” to their original role as gleaming focal point, and now serve as a visible reminder of Decorah’s early history. Future restoration plans include restoration and installation of the home’s original shutters and repointing of the brick walls with historically accurate mortar to preserve the locally manufactured brick and limestone from pre-Civil War era Decorah. Stay tuned for further developments!
Portico column had been damaged by woodpecker and squirrel incursions. The deteriorated railings and portico floor had mold problems.
David Wadsworth shows the interior of a cooper-built column constructed with local oak staves, a creative 1865 construction solution by E. H. Keyes, local carpenter. Animal and woodpecker incursions to the Ionic capital and column after restoration were restored with wood epoxy, primed, repainted, and reinstalled. Completed portico, transom and sidelights after restoration resume their original role as gleaming focal point of the 1860 Greek Revival Landers home.
Helping Services for Youth & Families is highlighting Teen Dating Violence Awareness during the month of February. According to the CDC, nearly a quarter of adult victims of rape, physical violence and stalking by an intimate partner first experience partner violence between the ages of 11 and 17. In addition, nearly 1 in 11 female and approximately 1 in 14 male high school students report having experienced physical dating violence in the last year.
Dating violence is not only physical abuse but may also include excessive texting, checking up on, or telling you what to wear or who to hang out with are just a few tactics abusers may use to control their partner. Abusive relationships are all about power and control, and abusive patterns can start at any age.
The Domestic Abuse Resource Center is able to help and all of our services are free and confidential. For information on services or to speak with an advocate, call us on our 24-hour resource line at 800-383-2988 or chat with us at HelpingServices.org/Chat. Everyone deserves to be in a happy and healthy relationship.
The Allamakee County Veterans Museum will observe Pearl Harbor Day on December 7th by offering a program to the public in the Program Room of its new museum in the former Vet’s Club building in Waukon.
On Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. a video documentary will be presented about the Japanese air raid on the U.S. Naval and Air Bases at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Islands, which marked the entry of the United States into the Second World War.
The Pearl Harbor documentary will be preceded by a video that museum staff are calling “The last summer of peace in Waukon before the War.” It includes movie film shot in downtown Waukon in the summers of 1940-41 by the Cote family for entertainment viewing in their newly opened Town Theatre. Staff encourages you to try to spot and identify relatives and family friends depicted in the film, and enjoy a nostalgic look back at the “good old days.” Period vehicles, dress, and businesses are featured, with candid closeups of people about town.
The program room currently seats about 45 people. Due to Covid concerns, masks are encouraged but not required. There is no admission or membership charge. The facility is handicapped accessible. Light refreshments will be available.
The museum remodeling was finished in late summer. Preparation and installation of exhibits is underway and should be completed by Memorial Day 2022. Tours will not be offered until the exhibits have been completed. However, educational programs will continue to be offered periodically.