August 2015 Newsletter


Mueller Concrete Construction



Guess who will be celebrating 40 years in business this month?  It is Mueller Concrete Construction Company of Postville.  The business was established in 1975 by owner, Bruce Mueller and started out as a concrete business doing driveway and sidewalk projects.  Over the next twenty years they continued to serve the residential, agricultural and commercial concrete markets.  In 1999 they took a giant leap of faith when they repositioned themselves into the cellular communication site development market.  Now Mueller Concrete Construction Company is a communication, utility, and wind turbine foundation and civil site construction company working in Iowa and in 8 neighboring states.  Their main focus is on developing new cellular tower sites, wind generation foundations, and co-locations on existing tower sites for various carriers in the Midwest.

Bruce Mueller, owner and proprietor, was born in Algona, IA and attended Iowa State University graduating in 1973 with a Construction Technology Degree.  He worked for the Cedar Valley Corporation but shortly thereafter moved to Postville and took a job with an engineering firm in West Union.  In 1975 Bruce decided to start his own business in Postville.  The business is unique in that it now operates as a husband and wife partnership.  Bruce handles all of the technical aspects of the business and his wife, Betty, who graduated from Upper Iowa University with an Accounting Business Management/Marketing Degree, handles the day to day business management of the company.
Mueller Concrete currently employs seventeen full-time employees and one part-time employee year round.  Their employees generally spend Monday through Thursday nights on the road with all expenses paid for by the company.  They generally return home on Fridays to spend the weekends with their families.  Employees must maintain a valid Commercial Driver’s License and have a clean and insurable driving record.  Mueller Concrete offers great employee benefits including health insurance.  The employees learn on-the-job training to do such things as building roadways into the site location, trenching PVC for telephone and electrical, excavate and pouring of the tower foundation and building foundation, install grounding protection for the tower, backfilling and leveling of the site.  The company is also responsible for doing the drilling excavation for installation of deep, drilled foundations.  Once the site is prepared, then a tower erection company can move in and mobilize and stack the tower.  Once the tower erection company completes the tower and antenna work, then Mueller’s crew returns to the site to finalize the landscaping and install proper fencing to protect the tower and equipment shelter.   Employees appreciate the opportunity to work for such a reputable company and gain the experience that goes with it and have the opportunity to see more of the Midwest. 
Bruce went on to explain that there can be headaches with the business when going out for bids on projects in other states and having to deal with all of the individual state laws, regulations, taxes and governmental offices.  Even in Iowa, there are bumps in the road when it comes to dealing one on one with the different agency regulations and taxes.  But on the upside, there is great reward in transforming and visioning a project from rough green space or a vacant lot to a communication tower which in turn benefits all people in today’s world.  Bruce was not afraid to expand his concrete business into a market that takes them far and near.  A great example is that currently they are working on a project near Harpers Ferry high on a bluff for a new tower  to gain better cell phone service to the area and they are waiting on word from a bid placed on a high priority top secret project in Chicago. 
How lucky Allamakee County and the City of Postville are that Mr. Mueller decided to start his business here.  And even not so long ago, they were approached to relocate their business in Minnesota but they said no.  So for that we say thank you for believing in this area AND CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 40 YEARS IN BUSINESS.  YOU TRULY ARE ONE OF THE BEST KEPT SECRETS IN POSTVILLE AND THE SURROUNDING AREA.
(Mueller Concrete continues to maintain an on-going employment opportunity for new employees.  See posting for job opportunities on their website: or call 563-864-7203).      

You’re invited to a 40 Year
Open House Celebration
For Mueller Concrete Construction Co.
Monday, August 17th, 2:00-7:00 pm
245 Business Park Drive
Postville, IA  52162



2015 Waukon Corn Days

2015 Waukon Corn Days

The Waukon Corn Days Annual Weekend Celebration will be held Friday, August 14th thru Sunday, August 16th.  The 2015 event includes three days and nights of family fun. 

Friday night, enjoy a Sweet Corn Meal & Parade, the Crowning of Corn Days Royalty, a Celebrity Dunk Tank and Sweet Corn Eating Contest.  Saturday highlights include the VMH 5K Run/Walk, a Craft Show & Farmers’ Market, Kids Games, a Classic Car Show, Bean Bag & Frisbee Golf Tournaments, Toilet Bowl Races and a Street Dance. The final day, Sunday, enjoy a Fly-In Breakfast & Airplane Rides, Fire Truck Rides, Paintball, a Petting Farm and Pedal Tractor Races.

Watch the Waukon Standard for a complete list of events and details.  Information is also available on  Any questions, please call Stephanie Dugan, Waukon Chamber of Commerce Director @ 563/568-4110.

We’re looking forward to one last “Hurrah!” before it’s time to go back to school.  We hope visitors and residents alike will join us at this year’s Waukon Corn Days Celebration!

Lansing Fish Days starts August 7th


The Lansing Fish Days committee is focused on offering a family friendly weekend of affordable entertainment.  Lansing Fish Days hosts a unique event called Venetian Night - boats decorated in lights parading on the Mississippi River.  Committee Chair, Karen Galema, invites everyone to Lansing Fish Days on August 7,8 & 9!
Click here for an event schedule:



 Harpers Ferry event is August 14 &15

Harpers Ferry invites you to join the festivities on August 14 & 15!
Click here for an event schedule:


Planning to hire someone?

Ideally you want to attract candidates with high degrees of relevance to the position you seek to fill, right? You can influence the quality of your candidate pool by applying innovative recruitment techniques that will set you apart from your competition. This comprehensive recruitment class offers essential, practical, proactive strategies that put you in control of your process. Successful recruiting begins with telling your story. Create a filter into your organization rather than just a simple funnel by developing job postings that describe who you are as an organization and team, what the job will entail and why the job opportunity should matter to the candidate. You’ll be on your way to effective searches that identify and close on great candidates who will become great team members.
The class will be held Monday, September 14, from 10 am to noon at the NICC Waukon Campus. The cost of the class is $15.  Please call Ardie (563) 568-2624 to register. 

CDL Training

This driver training is for those seeking a commercial drivers license (CDL), required to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). The course offers complete instruction from start to finish, with the goal to develop the knowledge and skills required to safely operate a CMV.

NEW Federal Standards require that participants pass the General Knowledge, Combination Vehicle, and Air Brakes tests, AND obtain their Class A CDL Learner's Permit prior to the start of class.

The course includes training ranging from vehicle inspection,basic control of the vehicle and backing to defensive driving and hazard awareness.

The course also meets the requirements for "Entry Level Driver Training" as outlined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), (49 CFR § 380.503). The course is a combination of classroom, on-line, practice range and road time and provides flexible scheduling to meet the hours required.

Upon successful completion of the eighty hours of instruction and testing, an individual will obtain a Class A CDL license.  

Students must be preregistered/prepaid to attend. Gap Tuition Assistance may be available to those who meet income guidelines. The first class is a face-to-face class Aug 24, 2015 6:30-8:30 PM at Wilder Center room 104 on the NICC Calmar campus. Class will be held online with face to face instructional driving and testing labs scheduled for Sept 28-Oct 1, 2015. These labs will also be held at the NICC Calmar campus.
for more information, please go to the following link:


Put on your walkin’ shoes…

Veterans Memorial Hospital’s 5K Cardiac Classic Route for August 15 - New Day, New Time

Veterans Memorial Hospital will be sponsoring their 22nd annual 5K Cardiac Classic Run/Walk in conjunction with Waukon’s Corn Day Celebration again this year. The event will be held in Waukon on Saturday, August 15, at 8:00 a.m. with registration beginning at 7:00 a.m. at the southeast entrance to Veterans Memorial Hospital.  Walkers and runners of all ages are both highly encouraged to attend.  â€œWalk In’s” are welcome to attend the event that day, even if they have not pre-registered.  Click Here to Download Registration Form

Wine & Beer Tours


The new Iowa Wine & Beer Tour brochures are here.  A great place to start your tour would be right here in Allamakee County at Empty Nest Winery located just west of Waukon.


Blue Heron Canoe/Kayak Trail


Kayak/Canoe enthusiasts:  ACED is happy to announce that the Blue Heron Canoe/Kayak Trail has been marked by the US Fish & Wildlife.  The starting point is Army Road in New Albin and ends in Lansing. 

Per the US Fish & Wildlife office, the map will be printed soon.

Bluff Country ATV/UTV Ride is coming to Allamakee County

The 1st annual ATV/UTV ride is approved and now scheduled for Saturday, September 12th.  Hats off to Harpers Ferry Booster Club for taking it on.  If you are interested in participating in the Bluff County ATV/UTV Ride, please go to or for an application.  Pre-registeration is encouraged!


 NAIL to host Back to School 5K

Allamakee County Fair Recap


ACED again this year set up a booth at the 162nd Allamakee County Fair.  Our theme for this year’s booth was “Explore in your own Backyard” and showcased all of the fun and exciting things to do right here in Allamakee County.  Staff and Board members had the opportunity to visit with county residents as well as visitors from other towns and states, to answer questions and to promote our resources and businesses.  We had 323 persons stop by and register for our door prizes and the big WINNERS were:  Waukon Gift Basket – Shauna Ashbacher; Lansing Gift Basket – Jen Moose; $20.00 Gift Cards to New Albin City Meat Market – Paula Enyart, Kenneth Rathbun, Joy Hansmeier, and Kendra Kruse.  


Firecracker Run was the Boom! 

The Harpers Ferry 2nd Annual Firecracker 5K Walk/Run sponsored by the Harpers Ferry Boosters was held on Saturday, July 4th.  There were 280 registered participants with 265 finishing the walk/run.   The overall Female winner was Marcy Niewoehner of Hawkeye, IA and the overall Male winner was Tyler O’Neill of Waukon, IA with gold, silver and bronze recognition given in six different age categories to Female and Male participants.  Proceeds will be used to support and enhance projects in Harpers Ferry and plans are already underway for the 3rd Annual July 4th Walk/Run.  Great job Harpers Ferry Booster Club!   


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