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03
Oct

Cassandra Berger to compete in this weekend’s Miss Iowa USA® Pageant


Cassandra Berger... Photo by Veronica Farley, Demasque Photography.

People’s Choice voting begins this week

The Miss Iowa USA® and Miss Iowa Teen USA® competitions for 2018 are scheduled for this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, October 6-7 in Newton. Among this year’s contests for a second consecutive year will be Cassandra Berger, the daughter of Rusty and Cynthia Berger of Waukon who was a semifinalist in last year’s competition.

Berger is a 2012 graduate of Waukon High School who also graduated magna cum laude from the University of Dubuque in May 2016, having majored in Accounting, Human Resource Management and Business Administration. She is currently working to complete her Masters of Business Administration degree in the spring of 2019 at the University of Dubuque, currently working on campus as a Graduate Assistant in the Wendt Character Center, which brings together students who want to be proactive about developing their character and making the world around them better.

Wed
03
Oct

Motorists advised of event traffic for October 13 Driftless Half Marathon

The first-ever Driftless Half Marathon will be taking place Saturday, October 13 along the Great River Road (County Road X52) between Harpers Ferry and Lansing, and motorists are advised to be aware of event traffic throughout that morning. Although the roadway will remain open to traffic, motorists are advised to try and seek an alternative route from 5 a.m. to 12 noon to aid safety and successful completion of the event.

The Driftless Half Marathon will take place from 7:30-11:30 a.m. that Saturday, beginning at the intersection of Collins Ridge Road and Great River Road (approximately one mile north of Harpers Ferry) and ending at the Softball Complex in Lansing. The route will also include a loop on Red Oak Drive.

Wed
03
Oct

Allamakee Community Players to present “Jurassic Park & Wreck”

The Allamakee Community Players will present their fall comedy production of “Jurassic Park & Wreck” on the stage in the St. John’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall in Waukon. Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available prior to the performance at a discounted rate from any cast member or can be obtained in advance by calling Karla Lubahn at 563-568-4640 or Kris Larson at 563-864-7766. Ticket information can be found in the advertisement on Page 5A of this  issue of The Standard.

Wed
03
Oct

Waukon City Council discusses variety of matters in special session followed by regular session

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in a special session prior to a regular session Monday, October 1 to address a variety of matters and agenda items. Mayor Pat Stone called the special session to order at 6 p.m., which began with discussion of the 28E agreement between the City of Waukon and the Allamakee Community School District.

Park and Rec Wellness Director Jeremy Strub discussed short-term and long-term maintenance at the Wellness Center with the boiler and rooftop units being issues in the next 10-15 years which he recommended be planned and budgeted for as future expenses. Strub discussed the school district’s maintenance agreement with Winona Controls which he recommended would be advisable for the Wellness Center as well and that budget planning for 2019 should include ongoing maintenance and a separate fund for future capital expenses.

Wed
26
Sep

First Avenue NW repaving project taking place throughout the next month ...

Work has begun on the First Avenue NW resurfacing project taking place from Allamakee Street up through its 500 block to Sixth Street NW in Waukon. From the Allamakee County Courthouse up through the block housing East Elementary School, preliminary work began the week of September 19 with some initial manhole cover adjustments and cement cutting as an early step in the resurfacing project, as pictured above. Waukon City Manager Dean Hilgerson advised The Standard that the project has an anticipated October 25 completion date with River City Paving handling the resurfacing. Hilgerson indicated that a total of five blocks, with the 100 block being skipped due to recent storm sewer work and resurfacing, will be milled and resurfaced with asphalt and that Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant sidewalk work will be done at intersections with some curb and gutter removal and replacement to also take place.

Wed
26
Sep

Robey Memorial Library to celebrate Teen Read WeekTM with the theme “It’s Written in the Stars: READ!”

Robey Memorial Library in Waukon will celebrate Teen Read WeekTM October 7-13 with special events and programs spotlighting all the great resources and activities available at the library and to encourage teens from around the area to read for their enjoyment. Thousands of libraries, schools and bookstores across the country will hold similar events centered on this year’s theme, “It’s Written in the Stars: READ!”

Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for fun while encouraging teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms - books, magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more. It is also a great opportunity to encourage teens to become regular library users.

Wed
26
Sep

Allamakee-Clayton Electric Coop honored with Economic Development Impact Award


ACEC receives IADG Impact Award ... Iowa Area Development Group (IADG) President Rand Fisher (left) presents an Economic Development Impact Award to Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative Executive Vice President/General Manager Paul Foxwell (right) at the cooperative’s 80th Annual Meeting September 10. The cooperative received the award for its economic development accomplishments and commitment to local communities. Submitted photo.

The commitment of Iowa’s rural electric cooperatives goes far beyond ensuring safe, reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible energy for their member-owners. Cooperatives actively create strategic partnerships and provide technical and financial assistance to support business growth and community vitality.

Annually, Iowa Area Development Group (IADG) presents Impact Awards to utility partners who were involved in significant economic development initiatives the prior year. Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative was recognized for its extraordinary economic development accomplishments and commitment to local communities during the cooperative’s Annual Meeting held in Postville September 10.

Wed
26
Sep

Supervisors discuss dust control matters, approve land donation in Quandahl area to Conservation

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, September 17 to address a full agenda of items. Included on that agenda were a discussion of Irish Hollow Road dust control and safety issues, the Proclamation of National Voter Registration Month and Day and reappointments to the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Historic Preservation Commission.

District Manager Terry J. Beek with Washington National Insurance provided an overview of the company’s supplemental policies covering accidents, cancer and short-term disability. Beek proposed that County employees be given the opportunity to enroll in Washington National’s policies on a voluntary basis, allowing County employees the option to take advantage of group rates through their employer. Supervisor Dan Byrnes advised that the matter be revisited in February or March when a meeting takes place to review County employee health insurance.

Wed
19
Sep

Supervisors hold regular meeting at new Waterville Community Center in former school

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met Monday, September 17 in regular session at the Waterville Community Center, formerly the Waterville Elementary School, as part of the Supervisors’ annual tour of county libraries during its meeting sessions. The board addressed a full agenda of items, including the introduction of the new Main Street Lansing Director, the Canvass of the NICC Special Election and consideration of an amendment to the Sheriff’s Office Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Wed
19
Sep

New ownership of Royal Car Wash looks to make improvements to existing business


Royal Car Wash receives First Dollar Visit ... Royal Car Wash, located at 501 Rossville Road and now under the new ownership of Kyle Bugenhagen of Luana, recently received a First Dollar visit from the Waukon Chamber of Commerce. Pictured above at the First Dollar presentation are, left to right, Royal Car Wash owner Kyle Bugenhagen and Waukon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stephanie Dugan. Submitted photo.

Royal Car Wash, located at 501 Rossville Road in Waukon, is under new ownership as of the end of August. Kyle Bugenhagen of Luana took over ownership of the 24-hour car wash, noting that he would like to make some changes to the business, which first opened in 2008 and is scheduled for a grand opening under new ownership this Saturday, September 22 (see advertisement below on this same page for additional details).

“I would like to make a lot of changes based on customer reviews,” Bugenhagen said. “Better soap, wands, hotter water, etc. These will be done before our open house. Hopefully by spring, we would like to add a dryer to the automatic bay and a credit card reader to the manual bays.”

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