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08
Aug

Regional Director for Senator Ernst to visit Allamakee County August 15

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst’s office will hold traveling office hours in August in all 99 counties in Iowa. Regional directors will be available to assist Iowans with problems or questions about eligibility involving issues like social security, veterans’ benefits, military affairs, passports, immigration issues and other federal programs. Senator Ernst will not be at the traveling office hours locations.

One of those regional directors will be in Allamakee County Wednesday, August 15 from 12-1 p.m. in the Large Study Room of Robey Memorial Library in Waukon, located at 401 First Avenue NW. Anyone who is unable to attend the traveling office hours and is seeking assistance with federal agencies is asked to visit Ernst.Senate.Gov to contact one of the offices listed on the site or submit a casework request.
 

Wed
08
Aug

Stock family recognized with Bernie Heffern Memorial 4-H Family Award ...

The Bob and Irene Stock family of Waukon was awarded the Bernie Heffern Memorial 4-H Family Award before the 4-H/FFA Livestock Auction at the 2018 Allamakee County Fair Sunday, July 22 by the Bob and Bernie Heffern family. The award was created by the Heffern family in memory of Bernie Heffern, who passed away in 2008 and was very passionate about all areas of 4-H and its importance in the lives of youth and their families. She and her husband, Bob, were inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame in 2007 for their lifelong dedication to 4-H. Each year during fair week, the Allamakee County Fair Board observes families and selects a family who emulates the Heffern family attitude of helping others, working well with each other, and going above and beyond for the fair. The Hefferns hope that creating this award and honoring a family each year will help to develop the kind of passion and dedication Bernie Heffern showed for the 4-H program.

Wed
01
Aug

Culpepper & Merriweather Circus is coming to Waukon this Friday


The circus is coming to town ... The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus will be coming to Waukon this Friday, August 3 for a pair of evening shows at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Waukon Park, Recreation and Wellness, proceeds from the circus will be used to help financially support youth activities provided through the Waukon Park and Recreation program. See the advertisement on Page 10A of this week’s issue of The Standard for ticket and additional information. Submitted photo.

Clowning around at the library ... Skeeter the Clown made a visit to Waukon Wednesday, July 25 to help promote the upcoming Culpepper & Merriweather Circus that will take place in Waukon this Friday, August 3. Skeeter will be part of the circus entertainment planned for two shows this Friday evening at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds in Waukon, and she is pictured above at Robey Memorial Library during her July 25 visit to Waukon. Photo courtesy of Robey Memorial Library and submitted by Waukon Park & Recreation.

Circus and Corn Days both at Fairgrounds

Under the sponsorship of the City of Waukon Park, Recreation and Wellness Department, the Culpepper & Merriweather (C&M) Circus is coming to Waukon this Friday, August 3 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds located at 705 Allamakee Street in Waukon. Now in its 33rd edition, C&M Circus has become internationally known with its one-ring, big top circus format.

All proceeds from the circus will benefit the Waukon Park, Recreation and Wellness Department. Those funding proceeds will help support youth activities run through the Park and Recreation program.

In addition to the circus taking place this Friday, the annual Waukon Corn Days celebration will also be hosting several events around the same time and at the same Allamakee County Fairgrounds location. For a complete list of Waukon Corn Days events and more specific details, see Pages 6A-11A in this week’s issue of The Standard.

Wed
01
Aug

Waukon to be well represented in upcoming Iowa Dairy Princess event; Coronation is August 8 at State Fair


Pursuing Iowa Dairy Princess crown ... Waukon High School classmates Grace Howe (left) and Cayla Nolting (right) will each be competing for the crown of 2018 Iowa Dairy Princess next week in Des Moines. Howe, the 2018 Allamakee County Dairy Princess, will be representing the Iowa Jersey Cattle Club as its Princess and Nolting will be representing Allamakee County after being selected as this year’s Allamakee County Alternate Dairy Princess. Photo by Paula Enyart.

Twelve young women involved with the Iowa dairy community will compete to win the title of 65th Iowa State Dairy Princess Wednesday, August 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Multi-Media Center of the Cattle Barn at the State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. The princess and her alternate are charged with helping consumers learn more about dairy products and the farm families who tend the farms and cows that provide them.

Among those 12 competitors will be two Waukon young ladies, Grace Howe and Cayla Nolting, both of whom will be seniors at Waukon High School this fall. Howe, 17-year-old daughter of Shelly and the late Matt Howe of Waukon, will be representing the Iowa Jersey Cattle Club and had also been selected as the 2018 Allamakee County Dairy Princess. Howe’s mother, the former Shelly Fossum, had been selected as Iowa’s Alternate Dairy Princess in 1989.

Wed
01
Aug

Allamakee County to host Bible Reading Marathon August 9-12

Volunteers invited to sign up to read during four-day event

February 14 of this year, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed the 99 County Bible Reading Marathon Proclamation encouraging all Iowans to participate in the occasion again this year. Allamakee County will be taking part in that annual event from August 9 at 8 a.m. through August 12 at 6 p.m., around the clock, 24 hours a day, until the entire Bible is read. This year’s local event will take place on the lawn of the Allamakee County Courthouse in Waukon.

The Allamakee County Bible Reading Marathon is seeking community volunteers to help read the Bible at the Allamakee County Courthouse over the course of these four days in August. Time slots of 15 minutes each are available, however, volunteers are more than welcome to sign up for multiple slots if they wish to read for a longer period of time or would like to read on multiple days or at different times throughout the day.

Wed
01
Aug

ACED Executive Director Val Reinke represents Effigy Mounds at National Park discussion in Washington, D.C.

by Lissa Blake

Effigy Mounds National Monument is one of only two National Parks in Iowa, which makes it an asset worth preserving.

Val Reinke, executive director of Allamakee County Economic Development and Tourism, recently had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to let legislators know why it is so important to take care of the nation’s national parks.

“We have two National Park assets in Iowa: Effigy Mounds and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum,” said Reinke. “There are 417 national parks, which have $11.6 billion in deferred maintenance.”

GETTING INVITED
Reinke said she had about two weeks notice that the National Trust for Historic Preservation was funding trips to Washington, D.C. to help state teams connect with their legislators.

Wed
25
Jul

2018 Allamakee County Fair Royalty ...

The annual Allamakee County Fair Queen Pageant was held Tuesday, July 17 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon, kicking off the 165th Allamakee County Fair. The four area young ladies pictured in the photo above were all vying for this year’s Fair Queen crown, which was bestowed upon Madalyn Ellingson (far left), daughter of John and Bethany Ellingson of Waukon. Faith Palmer (far right), daughter of John and Meghan Palmer of Waukon, was named the Allamakee County Fair Princess. All four young ladies served as the Allamakee County Fair Royalty Team throughout this year’s fair. Pictured, left to right, are Madalyn Ellingson, Katelyn Leiran, Makayla Manning and Faith Palmer. Ellingson will now advance on to represent Allamakee County in the 2018 Iowa State Fair Queen competition, with coronation being held August 11 in Des Moines. Photo courtesy of ISU Extension and Outreach.

Wed
25
Jul

This year’s RAGBRAI® ride holds added meaning as the late Mitch Einck will be among those honored by the Iowa Donor Network


To be honored during RAGBRAI® ... Mitch Einck, the son of Dave and Nancy Einck of Waukon who lost his life in a tragic fall in 2012, will be a featured honoree of the Iowa Donor Network during one day of this week’s RAGBRAI® ride. The photo above shows the front and back of a laminated card bicycle riders on the Iowa Donor Network’s first-ever RAGBRAI team will carry on their bicycles in honor of Einck and his choice to be an organ donor. Submitted image.

The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI®) is taking on a very special meaning for a local family this year.

In its first-ever organized team ride during Iowa’s annual bicycling spectacle, the Iowa Donor Network will be honoring those who have given their own gift of life to someone else through organ donation. One of those honorees this year will be the late Mitchell Einck, a 2004 Waukon High School graduate and the son of Dave and Nancy Einck of Waukon who lost his life in a tragic fall in 2012 at the age of 26 but shared his gift of life with many others as an organ donor.

Pedaling with that added purpose will be the Eincks’ son-in-law, Sean Merrick, who is married to their daughter, Tiffany; raising their own family of three young children in Coralville. Merrick currently serves on the Iowa Donor Network Board of Directors and has previously served on the Network’s Donor Family Advisory Board.

Wed
25
Jul

Harpers Ferry Fireflies shine bright for third straight National Championship...

Saturday, July 14, the Harper Ferry Fireflies won the gold medal at the Granny Basketball League National Tournament held in Norman, OK, claiming their third consecutive National Championship. The Fireflies, coached by Bill Nation of Harpers Ferry, first swept through their five-team pool with wins of 48-23 over the Passing Fancies out of Missouri, 35-15 over the Fire Ants from Texas, 43-20 over the Grayhawkers from Kansas and 47-24 over the Oklahoma Twisters. Winning that Pool B championship, the Fireflies were matched up with the tournament’s Pool A champions, the Louisiana Crushers, in the National Championship game, which they also won with relative ease, 56-35, to claim their third consecutive National Championship. One other team from Iowa, the Classic Roadrunners, also played in the tournament, finishing third overall with a final win over the Oklahoma Twisters.

Wed
25
Jul

Allamakee County to host Bible Reading Marathon August 9-12

Volunteers invited to sign up to read

February 14 of this year, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed the 99 County Bible Reading Marathon Proclamation encouraging all Iowans to participate in the occasion again this year. Allamakee County will be taking part in that annual event from August 9 at 8 a.m. through August 12 at 6 p.m., around the clock, 24 hours a day, until the entire Bible is read. This year’s local event will take place on the lawn of the Allamakee County Courthouse in Waukon.

The Allamakee County Bible Reading Marathon is seeking community volunteers to help read the Bible at the Allamakee County Courthouse over the course of these four days in August. Time slots of 15 minutes each are available, however, volunteers are more than welcome to sign up for multiple slots if they wish to read for a longer period of time or would like to read on multiple days or at different times throughout the day.

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