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Allamakee County was honored to host this year’s annual WMT Great Eastern Iowa Tractorcade Ride on June 12 th - 15 th . Waukon was the host city for the event. 500 tractors pre-registered with approximately 485 actually going on the three day ride. Many tractors came with secondary drivers, riders and support crew so all in all, including WMT staff, there were about 700 extra people in Allamakee County seeing the sites, shopping the shops, staying in Motels and Campgrounds, eating meals and buying gas and treats. The communities of Postville, New Albin, Harpers Ferry, Waterville and Upper Iowa Resort were chosen to host pit stops along the way or to serve noon lunches. The wonderful hospitality of all of our communities and organizations was remarked about often. With coming to Allamakee County, WMT was all about supporting our local businesses and vendors to meet their needs and were very appreciative of the help given them. It was a most successful event with many tractor drivers saying it was the BEST EVER. We take that as a compliment and thank everyone who played a part in its success. We couldn’t have done it without you.

New Rule Will Expand Overtime to Many

Read about changes for salaried employees and overtime requirements here:

Governor Branstad Visits The Driftless Area Education And Visitor Center 
On Thursday, June 16th, Governor Branstad made a planned visit to the Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center south of Lansing. The Allamakee County Conservation Board was pleased to show the Governor around the “work in progress” center and to review the history, vision and work that has thus far gone into the project. The Governor had not been aware of the project and was amazed at the progress that had been done and commented that he will look forward to another visit with his family when it is completed. The Governor’s remarks stated that he feels that the location, the view of the river, the education components and the visitor impact to Allamakee County make this a desirable project to be proud of. It will be a destination stop for visitors from all over the world. He was also pleased to hear that the Center had received several key grants including the National Scenic Byways grant, a CAT grant, REAP and a challenge grant from the McElroy Foundation and to see those funds being utilized for a great project. At the end of the tour, the Governor addressed the crowd with a few brief remarks and then opened up some time for questions and answers. Allamakee County and the Conservation Board all thanked the Governor for taking some extra time on that day to visit the Center and to learn about it.

Allamakee County Conservation Foundation Launches Public Phase of Beyond the Plateau Capital Campaign

Campaign Organizers Celebrate $3.3 Million Secured to Build the $3.6 Million Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center LANSING, Iowa—Allamakee County Conservation Foundation (ACCF) today announced the kick-off of the public phase of the Beyond The Plateau capital campaign to build the $3.6 million Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center. ACCF campaign organizers celebrated securing $3.3 million in funding with a program and tours of the property, located at 1944 Columbus Road, Lansing, Iowa. Read more

Win a biking getaway this spring!

Explore the Great River Road on two wheels to find gorgeous Mississippi River scenery, great biking trails and more! Enter the Bike the Great River Road Giveaway, and you could win $250 in spending money, Great River Road merchandise and more.


Search Engine Optimization Class 

Allamakee County Economic Development in partnership with Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC), through a Growing Small Business in Northeast Iowa grant, is offering the class “Search Engine Optimization: How to Improve Your Website Search Ranking”. The class, instructed by Tabita Green, is scheduled for Tuesday, July 12, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at NICC Waukon Center, 1220 3 rd Ave NW, Suite102.

Want to show up on the first page of Google and Bing search results? How about the top of the first page? Of course you do, but do you know how to make that happen? It’s not just about meta tags and keywords. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the practice of improving your website’s search ranking. Join this class to learn fundamental SEO best practices like writing for the web, understanding the importance of video and interactive content, and tips for ranking higher in local map results. You’ll also learn how to measure results using Google Search Console and Google Analytics. With a little bit of work, you can improve the chances that people find your website through web searches!

Growing Small Business in Northeast Iowa grant partners include the Northeast Iowa Business Network (NIBN), Northeast Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC). This solution is partially funded by a $35,500 grant to the Winneshiek County Development, Inc. from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

To register online for “Search Engine Optimization: How to Improve Your Website Search Ranking” (#50589) or for more information, visit or call NICC Business and Community Solutions at (800) 728-2256, ext 399. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. The deadline for registration is July 6, 2016.  The cost of this class is $10. 

Contact: Shea Herbst, NICC Director of Marketing & Communication 563.556.5110, ext. 296;


Postville  Hometown Celebration/Big Four Fair
Held June 17-19 

The annual Postville Hometown Celebration kicked off with a parade on Friday evening, June 17th.  This year’s parade theme was “Old McDonald’s Farm”.  There were over 50 entries in the parade complete with fun floats and clowns.  Festivities then moved up to the Big Four Fairgrounds for the kick-off of the fair activities including the crowning of the Little Miss and Mr. Postville royalty, live band and good food.  Open Class judging for culinary, fancy work, photos and Garden took place on Friday, with all livestock classes being judged on Saturday and Sunday.  Good weather added to the overall fun and success of the Celebration and Big Four Fair.  Fair Board President, Mike Kruckenberg stated that: “The Fair Board would like to thank

4-H and FFA participants, their parents, exhibitors and supporters of this year’s fair.  It takes everyone’s cooperation and participation to make it a success and it was a very successful year for us”.  ACED congratulates all winners.  The Postville Herald will have a complete list of winners in their June 29th edition. 


New Businesses in Allamakee County

Madigan Winery is in the heart of the scenic and historic Driftless Area.  We handcraft our award winning wines in small batches and all are produced and bottled by Madigan Winery, LLC, Lansing, Iowa.

If you're so inclined, bring a picnic and chairs or blanket and watch the wildlife and listen to the birds, you're free to respectfully explore the unique and private spaces of our acreage.  We have a picnic table near the vineyard.    

Madigan Winery is located 9 miles south of Lansing, Iowa or 9 miles north of Harpers Ferry, Iowa on X52 The Great River Road, then east 1.5 miles up Mullarkey Hill Rd (gravel), then left on Lily Rd .5 miles.  Arrive at 1536 Lily Rd, Lansing, IA!  We are 40 miles south of La Crosse, WI; 25 miles north of Prairie du Chien, WI; 40 miles east of Decorah, IA. 

Brian Madigan and his partner Karen Swanson have worked together to build their winery from the ground up themselves, including the restoration of their 1890’s granary, now the tasting room.

They would like to acknowledge their outstanding neighbors, Ray and Bonnie Wagner for their hard work in the vineyard and winery and for their friendship.

Brian first planted grapes soon after purchasing from Michael (Mickey) Madden in 2002. Four of their wines are made from their grapes and elderberries, directly from their land.

For more information about their wines and hours and to learn more about Brian’s short stories, Google, â€œMadigan Winery Iowa”.

This information is re-printed directly from the business’s  website with permission from the owner. 


They've changed the their name from Blackhawk Firearms to River N Ridge Outdoors and opening a store in Lansing at 60 South Front Street right next to Shep's Riverside. River N Ridge Outdoors is on the river side of the building. Follow the ramp to their front door.

The business will be expanding extensively. In addition to all the great firearms, gunsmithing and hunting accessory sales they have been providing for years, they will now be offering, live bait, tackle, apparel, ice, snacks and drinks. A dock is available at the store also, so you can use that after your boat is on the water. You will also be able to use the parking above and always remember the city parking close by at the ball field for when you have the boat in tow. They are very excited to continue to grow and expand their new location. Target date to be open is July 3rd. They are anxious to serve their customers better and add many new customers/friends to their circle. Check them out on Facebook at: 

This information is re-printed directly from the business’s facebook page with permission from the owner. 


Jason's Horseshoe Creations. Jason is an artist  who creates many images and useful home decor from horseshoes. These lamps, crosses, flowers, other images make great gift ideas, indoor and outdoor decorations and more.  Visit Jason's facebook at:

While your out and about enjoying Allamakee County stop in and check out these new businesses and welcome them to the neighborhood.   Of course shopping local is always appreciated. 

This information is printed with permission from the owner. 

Allamakee County Fair 
The All-American Fair


County Fair News
The Allamakee County Fair is July 20-24, 2016.
Please watch the local newspaper or visit the website  see schedule at:  

Upcoming Job Fair 
Blumenthal Job Fair
July 7, 2016
3-7 p.m.
Kee High School, Lansing
Allamakee County Economic Development has partnered with Iowa Workforce Development to host a Job Fair for the Blumenthal Employees.  This job fair is open to the public.  A number of employers will be on hand to talk to job seekers. 
If you are an employer with a job opening, ACED & Iowa Workforce Development encourage you to register and attend.
If you are a job seeker, please mark your calendar and attend.  Don’t forget to bring your resume!
If you would like to share this information with a colleague, please do!  If you have questions, please give me a call at 563-568-2624 or email


IowaWorks of Northeast Iowa hosted an Information Apprenticeship Meeting on June 14 at Pinter’s Garden’s & Pumpkins located west of Decorah.  Attendees learned about the Iowa Statewide Apprenticeship Program and how it can find employers qualified candidates along with helping with wage reimbursement and class room training costs.  This is a great option, please consider it!

ACED Membership Drive is Coming
The 2016-2017 Membership drive is here! ACED is funded by contributions from the County and the Communities within Allamakee County, as well as, our local banks and utility companies.  The other vital source of funding is through memberships.   The membership drive will kick off in July, the start of our fiscal year. You will be receiving an invoice, a questionnaire, and a copy of your business directory information in the mail. 

ACED is working hard to create an open door atmosphere.  Share your top priorities with us, so we can assist you.  Invite us when you have an event and let us include it in our newsletter and post it on our Facebook page.  Join us when we have an event, read our monthly newsletter, use our website and “like” us on Facebook.  If you know someone who might be looking to start or expand a business, please refer him/her to ACED. 
The annual meeting will be held in Lansing this fall.  Stay tuned for details.

Waterville All School Reunion 

Waterville Day/Waterville All School Reunion was a great success!  Approximately 75 graduates attended stretching from all over the United States including California, Oregon, Rhode Island and Florida.  The City of Waterville was in tip top shape and was ready to welcome all of the visitors.  The Parents for Progress group served lunch to an estimated 300 guests at the Waterville Fire Station.  Attendees enjoyed looking at historic photos and memorabilia at City Hall & Open Door to the Soul (the former church), discovering the renovations at the Waterville Library, walking the cemeteries, revisiting the halls of Waterville School and then enjoying Granny Basketball in the school gym.  A tractor trolley shuttled folks around town on a very warm day. 
For the sports enthusiasts, Margaret Hermeier and Jean Ann Weymiller, graduates of Waterville High School, led the Tigers to a win over the Wildcats, in the Granny Basketball game at the Waterville gym that day.  The game was refereed by our very own ACED Board Member, Bill Nation.  The Granny Basketball players asked the crowd to pass the hat and then donated the money to Parents for Progress of Waterville.

Kudos to the City of Waterville for bringing so many visitors to Allamakee County!

The Waterville All-School Reunion took place the weekend of June 25-26.  

Waterville – new brochure now available

Allamakee County Business Incentives

Tierney Building
(former J.C. Penney bldg)

Building for Sale: Many options. See Poster (pdf) for easier to read details.

Wanted Poster 
(easier to read version)

Visit Location One on our County Website  for other building/business opportunities in Allamakee County.


Friday, July 1
 99 County Bible Reading Marathon – Waukon Courthouse grounds
 Wine Tasting Room Open -- Empty Nest Winery
Saturday, July 2
 99 County Bible Reading Marathon – Waukon Courthouse grounds
Wine Tasting Room Open 10-4 (closing @ 4 for wedding) - Empty Nest Winery
Sunday, July 3
 99 County Bible Reading Marathon – Waukon Courthouse grounds
Legion Fireworks Display – Harpers Ferry
Wine Tasting Room Open 10-5 (LaBarge Duo 1:30-4:30 no cover) - Empty Nest Winery
Monday, July 4
Independence Day
Firecracker Run –Harpers Ferry The Harpers Ferry Boosters sponsored Firecracker 5K Run/Walk will start at 8:00 AM on July 4th. Register at:      )
Fireworks Display -- Lansing
Wine Tasting Room Open 10-5 (food special) - Empty Nest Winery
No Farmers Market in Waukon this week.
Tuesday, July 5
 Keep Calm & Color: Adult Coloring - Robey Memorial Library
 Tator Tuesday – Dave’s Gus & Tony’s, Waukon
 Tuesday Story Time - Robey Memorial Library
 Waukon City Council Meeting
 Waterville City Council Meeting
Wednesday, July 6 – 29th
High School Drivers Education – Waukon High School
Thursday, July 7
Job Fair  3-7pm --  Kee High
Blood Drive - First Baptist Church, Waukon
Basketball Sports Clinic with Nick Carstens  10:30-11:30 – Waterville Public Library
Friday, July 8
 Friday Night Cruisin – WW Homestead Dairy, Waukon
 Wine Tasting Room Open - Empty Nest Winery
Monday, July 11
 Harpers Ferry City Council Meeting
 New Albin City Council Meeting
 Postville City Council Meeting
 Unemployment Outreach Representative – NICC, Waukon Center
Waukon Farmers Market - Allamakee County Fairgrounds, Waukon
Tuesday, July 12
 Keep Calm & Color: Adult Coloring- Robey Memorial Library
 Tator Tuesday – Dave’s Gus & Tony’s, Waukon
 Tuesday Story Time - Robey Memorial Library
Search Engine Optimization: How to Improve Your Website Search Ranking - NICC Center, Waukon
Chamber Lunch Meeting This recurring event is part of a series.
Thursday, July 14
Track and Field Sports Clinic with Nicole Behrend 10:30-11:30 – Waterville Public Library
Friday, July 15
 Wine Tasting Room Open - Empty Nest Winery
 Shooky Fink Tournament – New Albin
Saturday, July 16
Ice Cream Social   --  Open Door to the Soul -- Waterville
Junior Ranger Program / hike - Effigy Mounds National Monument
I-Ride and Classic Car Cruise - Good Samaritan, Waukon (Pre-registration required at
Sunday, July 17
LIVE MUSIC of Christopher Rude Guitarist 1-5 no cover charge - Empty Nest Winery
Monday, July 18
 Lansing City Council Meeting
 Unemployment Outreach Representative – NICC, Waukon Center
 Waukon City Council Meeting
Waukon Farmers Market - Allamakee County Fairgrounds, Waukon
Waukon Good Sam Raffle Fundraiser Drawing - KNEI, Waukon
Tuesday, July 19
 Amish Haystack Supper – Waukon Banquet Center
 Keep Calm & Color: Adult Coloring- Robey Memorial Library
 Tator Tuesday – Dave’s Gus & Tony’s, Waukon
 Tuesday Story Time - Robey Memorial Library
Wednesday, July 20
 Allamakee County Fair - Allamakee County Fairgrounds, Waukon
Thursday, July 21
 Allamakee County Fair - Allamakee County Fairgrounds, Waukon
Play Croquet at the Library 10:30-11:30 – Waterville Public Library
Friday, July 22
 Allamakee County Fair - Allamakee County Fairgrounds, Waukon
 Wine Tasting Room Open - Empty Nest Winery
Saturday, July 23
Allamakee County Fair - Allamakee County Fairgrounds, Waukon
Sunday, July 24
Allamakee County Fair - Allamakee County Fairgrounds, Waukon
 St. Ann, St. Joseph Summerfest – Harpers Ferry
Monday, July 25
Free Waukon Community Meal - First Presbyterian Church, Waukon
Scratch Cupcakery Curbside - Waukon Chamber of Commerce Parking Lot
 Unemployment Outreach Representative -- NICC, Waukon Center
Waukon Farmers Market - Allamakee County Fairgrounds, Waukon
Indian Girls Basketball Camp - Waukon High School
Tuesday, July 26
 Fresh Conversations
 Keep Calm & Color: Adult Coloring - Robey Memorial Library
 Tator Tuesday– Dave’s Gus & Tony’s, Waukon
 Tuesday Story Time - Robey Memorial Library
Indian Girls Basketball Camp - Waukon High School
Wednesday, July 27
Indian Girls Basketball Camp - Waukon High School
Thursday, July 28
Indian Girls Basketball Camp - Waukon High School
Rugby Sports Clinic with Cody, Riley and Hayden Palmer 10:30-11:30 – Waterville Public Library
Friday, July 29
Wine Tasting Room Open (Build your own Food Buffet during Tasting Hours) - Empty Nest Winery
Saturday, July 30
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater – ('Murder at Bunny & Clyde's' with dinner) Empty Nest Winery
Basketmaking Class with Mary Techau, $25 cost- 9:00-1:00 â€“ Waterville Public Library (pre-register required)

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