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Wed
11
Mar

No positive tests yet as further collection for CWD testing enters third and final week

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reports that test results from the first weekend of collecting samples from deer in Allamakee County found no positives for chronic wasting disease among the 26 samples submitted. The DNR submits samples to the National Veterinary Services Lab in Ames for testing and the test takes about two weeks to complete.

Wed
04
Mar

Award winners at Waukon Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet


The Waukon Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet was held Friday evening, February 27 at the Waukon Banquet Center, with a series of recognition awards distributed during the event. Being honored as Person of the Year were the four Sweeney brothers pictured, left to right: Jake, Jerry, Joe and Jan. In addition to running a successful business, Village Farm & Home, that draws many to town and treats them with personalized customer service in a welcoming atmosphere, the Sweeneys were also honored for their community involvement, including the continuation of the annual Threshing Days events through the 25th anniversary of that celebration and the continued organizing of the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade held in Waukon each year.

The Waukon Area Fire Protection District was named as this year's recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award for the volunteer efforts of its members, making themselves available at a moment's notice to protect the community in so many different ways, many times putting themselves in harm's way to do so. Pictured are officers of the Waukon Area Fire Protection District accepting the award on behalf of all of its members. Left to right: Education Officer Troy Gress, Fire Marshal Tyler O'Neill, Lieutenant Brad Krambeer, Treasurer/Secretary Kyle Halverson, Second Assistant Chief Bill Hennessy, Chief Dave Martin, First Assistant Chief Paul Mathis, Lieutenant Kris Krueger and Safety Officer Brian Bodensteiner.

Named Business of the Year at the Waukon Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet Friday, February 27 was Elliott Jewelers. Pictured above, left to right, are Shirley, Lauren, Shelly, John, Richard and Maranda Elliott, Chelsea Welsh, Bev Haas, Pat Hart, Barb Lacewell and Molly Johnson. Not pictured: Katy Heldt and Adrianna Rocksvold.Standard photo by Bob Beach.

Named New Business of the Year at the Waukon Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet Friday, February 27 was Queen Jean Quilting. Pictured above, left to right, are Darryl and Jean Brink of Queen Jean Quilting. Standard photo by Bob Beach.

Waukon Chamber of Commerce member businesses and organizations observing years in business anniversaries ending in five-year increments this year were honored at the Waukon Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet Friday, February 27. Pictured above are representatives of those businesses accepting awards, including: Left to right - Patty Nordheim, Kris Rausch and Irv Fosaaen of Waukon Power Sports (40 years), Linda Bernhard of Cook Insurance Agency (55 years) and GF Mutual Insurance (145 years), Gregg Jones of Gregg Jones Muscular Therapy Center (10 years) and Gil Hunstad of G&S Machine (30 years). Not pictured is Sweeney Real Estate (55 years).Standard photo by Bob Beach.

The Waukon Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet was held Friday evening, February 27 at the Waukon Banquet Center, with a series of recognition awards distributed during the event. Being honored as Person of the Year were the four Sweeney brothers pictured, left to right: Jake, Jerry, Joe and Jan. In addition to running a successful business, Village Farm & Home, that draws many to town and treats them with personalized customer service in a welcoming atmosphere, the Sweeneys were also honored for their community involvement, including the continuation of the annual Threshing Days events through the 25th anniversary of that celebration and the continued organizing of the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade held in Waukon each year.

Wed
04
Mar

Allamakee County Farm Bureau observes annual Food Check-Out Week

In observance of the annual Food Check-Out Week, Allamakee County Farm Bureau hosted its Food Check-Out Challenge at Quillin's Food Ranch in Waukon Wednesday, February 25. Teams of Waukon High School students representing the Little Switzerland FFA Chapter at Waukon High School and Allamakee County 4-H squared off in the Challenge, racing to gather items on their shopping list and return to the check-out counter in the shortest amount of time. The Allamakee County 4-H team won the challenge, but the real winner was the Allamakee County Food Shelf, which had a total of $227.53 in food items donated to it from the Challenge.

Wed
04
Mar

Corner of Hope local growing project hosts regional meeting of Foods Resource Bank


Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon was the site of the Foods Resource Bank regional meeting hosted Saturday, February 21 by the Corner of Hope local growing project. Those in attendance heard first-hand accounts of how local growing projects such as those they conduct here in northeast Iowa have helped residents of Honduras develop sustainable farming practices. Traveling from Honduras to share their experiences with the crowd in attendance were Delmis Licona-Godoy, who coordinates the Foods Resource Bank/Church World Service Nueva Frontera program in Santa Barbara, Honduras, and Melecio Cantoral, a small farmer in Honduras who shared how he has learned and benefited greatly from that Nueva Frontera program. Standard photo by Bob Beach.

Corner of Hope, the local Foods Resource Bank (FRB) growing project, hosted the regional meeting of the Foods Resource Bank Saturday, February 21 at Zion United Church of Christ (UCC) in Waukon. Attendees of the meeting came from Conrad and area growing projects from all over northeast Iowa, as well as from Missouri and Illinois, and all were served lunch by the Zion UCC Women's Fellowship.

Wed
25
Feb

Senator Charles Grassley hosts question and answer session at Waukon Lions Club meeting as part of his annual 99-county tour


As part of his annual 99-county tour this year, U.S. Senator Charles Grassley was the guest speaker at the meeting of the Waukon Lions Club held at the Main Feature Theatre and Pizza Pub in Waukon Wednesday, February 18. Following brief opening remarks, Grassley answered questions from Lions Club members and members of the public in attendance on tax reform, the Keystone XL pipeline and President Barack Obama's handling of ISIS in the Middle East. Grassley also agreed to an exclusive interview with The Standard, answering questions about a minimum wage increase, the future of Obamacare and the 2016 Presidential election. Photo by Bob Beach.

by Bob Beach

Fri
20
Feb

Special deer harvest underway to collect 200 more samples around Harpers Ferry area for CWD testing


The map above indicates the areas in Allamakee County around the Harpers Ferry area that are receiving increased attention following the positive testing of three more wild deer harvested during the 2014 shotgun deer hunting season in that particular area. The area outlined in red shows the 31 sections in Fairview and Taylor Townships that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is referring to as the Intensive Surveillance Zone. It is in this area they hope hunters issued special permits by the DNR will kill 200 additional deer during the next three weeks for further CWD testing. The light blue triangle on the map shows where the deer which first tested positive was harvested in 2013, and the other three dark blue triangles indicate where the three animals were harvested that tested positive from the 2014 season. Submitted image.

by Kelli Boylen
freelance writer

Wed
18
Feb

Inaugural WinterFest celebration taking place in Lansing offers variety of family fun this Saturday


The Mississippi River will be providing some of the resources for the inaugural WinterFest celebration planned for this Saturday, February 21 in the Lansing area, including some ice fishing and ice that will be harvested for the planned ice carving demonstration. The arrival this past weekend and continued forecast of single-digit high temperatures and sub-zero low temperatures should further help those ice conditions, with temperatures warming up just a bit in time for Saturday's activities. Standard photo by Bob Beach.

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

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