Lights, Camera, Action
Press Release from August 7, 2018
2017-18 Iowa Arts Council Artist Fellow Jack Meggers will be shooting his short film, The Burial, in and around various parts of Allamakee County during the last week of August.
On the heels of his fellowship year, Meggers applied for and received a project grant from the Iowa Arts Council. The $10,000 grant has given him the green light to move forward with the film idea that he has spent the last four years preparing for.
The film follows Abby, a young woman of Native American and Caucasian descent (played by New York actress Nokomis Leaman-Logsdon), as she returns to her childhood home in NE Iowa. After receiving word that her estranged father has passed away, she returns to settle her father’s affairs, only to fall in with some childhood friends and ignore her responsibilities. The group makes a startling discovery in the woods and must deal with the consequences of their poor decisions.
The film is being produced by Iowa filmmaker Kristian Day and marks the return to Iowa of The Bachelor/Bachelorette cinematographer Chad Griepentrog. It also marks the return of Cedar Rapids native, comedian and actor Tom Garland. Garland will play Tyler, the antagonist to Leaman-Logsdon’s protagonist.
The natural beauty of the driftless area in the NE corner of Iowa will be featured in this short, proof-of-concept film. The team plans to take the finished film to investors and production companies in order to secure financing for a feature-length movie.
Links of interest:
Jack Meggers IMDB
Which Business Will Win the Positive Impact Award?
Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) is seeking nominations for the 2018 “Cloy Kuhse Positive Impact Award".
Must be a business or entity (no individual persons).
Business or entity must be located in Allamakee County.
Cannot nominate own business/entity/self.
Employee can nominate employer.
ACED Board can nominate.
You will need to include:
You will need to complete the following:
Please State Why This Business or Entity Should Receive The Cloy Kuhse Positive Impact Award
List Actions of Positive Impact & Leadership
List Demonstrations of Positive Role Model, Integrity & Trustworthiness
Nomination By & Contact Information
Support letters are optional
Deadline is Friday, September 7, 2018!
Farm Crawl is September 29-30
Northeast Iowa Tourism Assocation (NEITA) is happy to announce the NE IA Farm Crawl is back. This event was hosted by Iowa Extension 2013-2016. Now the event is back and bigger than ever!
Allamakee County will be featuring Empty Nest Winery, Madigan Winery, WW Homestead Dairy, Peake Orchard and Countryside Orchard. NOTE: Waukon Feed Ranch will have the Corn MAZE open!
Posters/Flyers will be available at the Farm Crawl locations or Visit Iowa's facebook page or website.
Waterville School Building & More...
The library is moving in. City Clerk Office and Council Chambers are moving in. There are opportunities for businesses, storage, and more - all bursting with Waterville School character! Exciting!
There will be lockers, desks, chairs and more for sale - all proceeds will go to maintaining the building. Stay tuned by following us facebook - Waterville School House Development!
A craft fair and lunch has been scheduled for October 13 - all vendor table registration dollars will go to maintaining the building.
The Winchester is about to go live with a website! Congrats to Chris & Matt Rathbun!
Paint Creek Soaps have grown out of there current location and will be moving to the building that housed the library, city clerk office and council chambers.
Splashing in Harpers Ferry
Wow! A Splash Pad! This is a great addition to Harpers Ferry! The kids will be enjoying the Splash Pad very soon- possibly Labor Day weekend!
Need Your Input for “All-In” Plan
County Comprehensive Plan
Allamakee County is partnering with Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission to develop a new comprehensive plan for the County. Dubbed All In Allamakee, or the "All-In Plan" for short, the plan will consider a host of issues and topics that affect quality of life in the County, ranging from economic development and infrastructure to housing, parks, and transportation.
The All-In Plan will be in development through the rest of 2018 and much of 2019. During this time there will be several opportunities for residents to get involved. Public meetings will be held this fall in Lansing, Waukon, and Postville where attendees will help create a countywide vision for Allamakee County’s future. Later in the process, topic-specific focus groups will help create goals and strategies to achieve that vision.
All residents of Allamakee County, as well as those who visit or work in the county, are invited and encouraged to give their feedback on a broad array of issues by completing an online survey.
Residents and visitors are also invited to answer a very brief online questionnaire regarding their general feelings about the County. Visit the web addresses below to take the survey and answer the brief questionnaire or use a smart phone to scan the QR code accompanying this article to be taken to the online survey (a link to the brief questionnaire is provided at the end of the survey).
Twitter and Instagram users are invited to tweet and share photos of everything they love aboutAllamakee County by using #allinallamakee. Those who participate may have their tweet or photo featured in the final plan document.
Those interested in being notified of updates and events related to the All-In Plan, as well as those interested in being part of one of the focus groups may contact Aaron Detter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 563-382-6171.
7 Rivers Alliance annual Executive Survey is underway. The information collected in this survey will be analyzed and used to plan programs and services that help companies address challenges and barriers to growth. We want this to be a truly regional survey representing the entire region.
A previous outcome of the annual Executive Survey was 7 River's creation of The Workforce Innovation for a Strong Economy (WISE) Plan. It was through this project that revealed that the 7 Rivers Region needs to attract and retain 1,500-2,000 more workers each year during the next decade to keep up with employer demand.
This is a daunting challenge, but the WISE Talent Plan outlines strategies for tackling these overarching issues and identifies champions who can lead efforts to improve Talent Preparation, Recruitment, and Retention prospects throughout the region.
New on the survey this year are questions about tax reform, tariffs and additional childcare questions. The results of the survey will be unveiled at the Nov. 14 State of the Region event.
2018 Women in Ag Tours - Allamakee County, Sept 7
Women across Iowa have the opportunity to visit diverse agricultural businesses through six one-day bus tours this summer. Each tour is designed by local groups of women in agriculture and led by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county professionals and the Women in Ag program. Interested persons may sign up for a local tour, take a tour across the state, or join several tours.
While showcasing Iowa’s agricultural diversity, each tour will feature discussion around five common agricultural risks: 1) costs and benefits of production practices, 2) safety of families and employees, 3) impacts of changing regulation, 4) storing and marketing farm products, and 5) managing soil and water.
The tour hosts are graciously opening up their farms and agribusinesses to demonstrate their unique spins on niche to commodity agricultural production, processing and marketing. Extension specialists will add expertise and guide discussion along the way. Bus rides provide an opportunity for guided discussion, informative video clips and networking with other women interested in Iowa agriculture.
2018 Women in Ag Tours • Allamakee County • Friday, September 7, 2018, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
This tour meets at the WW Homestead Dairy LLC milk processing company founded by two farm families in Waukon, Iowa. The bus will make its first stop at the Ryan Collins Farm. Ryan Collins operates a commercial cow/calf operation near Harpers Ferry. As a beginning farmer, Ryan has utilized several programs from the NRCS to implement conservation practices on his 170-acre farm. As part of his rotational grazing system, Ryan installed more than 7,000 feet of permanent barbed wire multi-strand fence and 3,500 feet of permanent high-tensile fencing. Ryan also operates Tri-State Precision Ag and will talk about how the technology works in the bluffs and valleys of the Driftless Region.
Tour participants will have lunch at the Empty Nest Winery, which opened its doors in 2011 and is a century family farm.
The tour continues with a stop at the Jason Howe Farm. Jason Howe operates a 60 head dairy near Waukon. In November 2017, he installed a robotic milker which not only eased the labor demands of the dairy, but also increased the herd’s milk production. Jason also has a 75 head cow/calf operation which grazes 35 acres along a trout stream. He also has a cooperative agreement with the Iowa DNR to allow public trout fishing in the stream.
The cost for each tour is $25.00 and pre-registration is required. Register online at Allamakee County Women In Ag Tour or contact the Allamakee County Extension Office at 563-568-6345 for assistance. Visit Women In Ag, for a complete list of Women in Ag Tours being held across the state of Iowa this summer.
New Cabin at Yellow River State Forest for Overnight Guests
original post provided by Iowa DNR
Cabin at Yellow River State Forest. Photo courtesy of the Iowa DNR.
Iowa state parks has a new cabin available for rent at Yellow River State Forest in Harper’s Ferry.
The one-bedroom camping cabin sleeps six people and has two porches, including one that is screened-in. Amenities include a refrigerator, microwave, heating/air conditioning, and a wood fireplace. Camping cabins do not have running water so there is not a bathroom or shower; however, a hydrant outside the cabin provides drinking water. The cabin is located near the park office and is available to rent for two-night minimum stays for $35/night plus taxes. The rental season is April 15 - October 31 and the cabin can be reserved 12 months in advance.
Yellow River Forest in northeast Iowa has 8,500 acres and is a destination for trout fishing, hiking, hunting and more. The park features more than 25 miles of trails perfect for backpackers and equestrians.
Iowa state parks offer more than 90 cabins in 20 state parks and forests, ranging from yurts to modern family cabins that sleep up to 14. Reservations can be made at iowastateparks.reserveamerica.com or by calling 1-877-427-2757.
Johanningmeier wins Countywide Shopping Spree
Allamakee County Economic Development hosted a booth at the Allamakee County Fair. Fair attendees had the opportunity to sign up for a chance to win a $60 shopping spree in Allamakee County. Robert Johanningmeier was the lucky winner in 2018! Gift certificates included New Albin Meat Market, New Albin; Safe House Saloon, Lansing; Madigan Winery, Harpers Ferry; John's Hardware, Postville; Winchester, Waterville; and Waukon Greenhouse & Gifts, Waukon.
6 Week Radio Promotion Wraps Up
ACED ran radio ads from July 23 - August 31 promoting popular tourists destinations in the county. These includes Driftless Area Education & Visitor Center, Effigy Mounds National Monument, Yellow River State Forest, Driftless Area Scenic Byway, and Great River Road Byway. A $10 gift certificate was awarded to a KNEI listener every Friday for 6 weeks. Gift certificates included Dave's Gus & Tony's, Waukon; Missfitz Bar & Grill, Harpers Ferry; El Pariente, Postville; Pool 9, New Albin; Safe House Saloon, Lansing; and Winchester, Waterville.