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Tue
26
Jan

PLEASE DO NOT CALL! Public Health vaccine plea to the community

Allamakee County Public Health is asking for the public’s help in refraining from calling their office about COVID-19 vaccine shots. There is NO sign-up list to add your name to. The Iowa Department of Public Health has issued an updated Phase 1B statement and tier categories that will include people aged 65 years and older (See the Front Page of this week's Standard). However, vaccine remains in short supply. This means not everyone in Phase 1B will be able to get vaccine right away. Vaccine distribution will be prioritized due to vaccine shortage and not being able to vaccinate everyone at once. Planning is ongoing on how to best distribute the vaccine to our community following the phases and tiers. Please continue to be patient as ACPH is still waiting to learn the amount of vaccine that is allocated to our county and will then finalize vaccination clinic schedules and locations.

Fri
22
Jan

Local approach outlined regarding updated Phase 1B of COVID vaccination

Iowa is currently vaccinating individuals in Phase 1A, which includes health care personnel and residents and staff of long-term care facilities. With the vaccination of Phase 1A moving closer to completion, it is time to focus attention on Phase 1B.
Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has updated the Phase 1B priority group to include Iowans age 65 and over; however, vaccine remains in short supply. This means not everyone in Phase 1B will be able to get vaccine right away.
To help balance vaccine supply with the Phase 1B demands, IDPH has implemented a tiered prioritization, outlined in the diagram accompanying this article. IDPH remains in close contact with its federal partners to communicate Iowa’s need for additional vaccines.

Wed
20
Jan

Pair of Waukon High School graduates involved in Wartburg Ioponics selected to educate youth through Iowa STEM Scale-Up Program


Educating with Ioponics ... A pair of Waukon High School graduates will be helping to educate students across Iowa as part of the Wartburg College Ioponics program that received the Iowa STEM Scale-Up Program Grant. Pictured above, left to right, Waukon High School 2019 graduate and current Wartburg College sophomore Michaela Dehli and 1989 Waukon High School graduate and current Assistant Professor in Science Education in Wartburg’s Biology Department Dr. Michael Bechtel are part of a team that will be helping to educate Iowa students through the Wartburg Ioponics program, part of which is pictured with the two area natives. Submitted photo.

The 75-gallon model ... Waukon High School graduates Michaela Dehli (2019) and Dr. Michael Bechtel (1989) are part of the Wartburg College Ioponics program that was recently selected by the Iowa Governor’s STEM Council to educate students across Iowa during the 2021-2022 academic year. Pictured above is the 75-gallon Ioponics model, one of several models developed by the Wartburg team for classroom use. Submitted photo.

Wartburg College Ioponics was one of 12 programs recently selected to participate in the Iowa STEM Scale-Up Program Grant for the 2021-2022 academic year. This grant provides Iowa classrooms with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) educational opportunities including classroom lessons, complete system equipment, professional development, and living plants/animals.

Waukon natives Dr. Michael Bechtel and Michaela Dehli are excited to be a part of this journey for classrooms across the state. Dr. Bechtel is a 1989 graduate of Waukon High School and is an Associate Professor of Science Education in the Biology Department at Wartburg College in Waverly. Dehli is a 2019 graduate of Waukon High School and is currently in her sophomore year at Wartburg College as an Elementary Education major with Math, Science and Reading endorsements.

Wed
13
Jan

County officials sworn in ...

Three Allamakee County officials were sworn into office by District Judge Alan Heavens Monday morning, January 4, all three of them being elected or re-elected to their respective offices in the general election this past November. Pictured above, left to right, in the photo are Judge Alan Heavens, newly-elected Allamakee County Board of Supervisors member Mark Reiser, re-elected Allamakee County Auditor Denise Beyer and re-elected Allamakee County Sheriff Clark Mellick. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

Wed
13
Jan

County Compensation Board recommends three-percent wage increase for elected officials, Supervisors approve Iowa River Drive plan and canoe access land acquisition

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, January 11 to address a full agenda of items including Fiscal-Year 2022 funding requests for organizations, the consideration of changes to the Allamakee County employee handbook and a recommendation from the Allamakee County Compensation Board.

During Public Comment, Waukon City Manager Gary Boden discussed attending a recent meeting relating to funding options for a new ambulance. Boden said that there is a need for planning for this purchase and the purchase of a new fire truck as part of a capital equipment project with budgeting for 10 and 15 years into the future being necessary. Chairperson Larry Schellhammer and Supervisor Dan Byrnes advised of upcoming meetings with township trustees that will include discussion of the ambulance purchase among other matters.

Wed
13
Jan

Alyxzandr Runice is First Baby of the Year born at Veterans Memorial Hospital


First Baby of the Year ... Pictured are Cody Runice and Chanda Halvorson of Waukon, holding their newborn son, Alyxzandr Mikkel Runice, the First Baby of the Year born at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon, January 3, 2021. The family will enjoy many gifts thanks to the local merchants who helped celebrate the First Baby of 2021 born at Veterans Memorial Hospital. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital physicians and staff have announced that the First Baby of the Year born at the hospital was Alyxzandr Mikkel Runice, son of Chanda Halvorson and Cody Runice of Waukon.    He joins siblings Addysen, Karsyn, Kaydahlynn, Karvyr and Amiiyah at home.

Alyxzandr was born January 3, 2021 at 11:01 p.m., weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces and measuring 19-3/4 inches long. Dr. Dave Schwartz and Dr. Nicole Barbee assisted with the delivery.

This fortunate child and his family received the following generous gifts compliments of these area merchants:

Wed
06
Jan

A (half) marathon of generosity: Driftless Half-Marathon donates to area organizations and awards scholarships


Allamakee County Sheriff’s Department ... Left to right: Allamakee County Sheriff Deputy Ross Kolsrud with K9 Tyr, Driftless Half-Marathon Founder Amanda Hess and Allamakee County Sheriff Clark Mellick. Submitted photo.

Lansing Emergency Medical Services (EMS) ... Left to right: Lansing EMS volunteers Matt Wagner, Conrad Rosendahl, Steph Hill, Janet Hess and Brittany Darling, and Driftless Half-Marathon committee members Amanda Hess, Becky Rea and Kayla Smith. Submitted photo.

Lansing Police Department ... Left to right: Driftless Half-Marathon founder Amanda Hess, Lansing/New Albin Police Chief Conrad Rosendahl, and Driftless Half-Marathon committee members Becky Rea and Kayla Smith. Submitted photo.

Lansing Fire Department ... Left to right: Lansing Fire Department volunteers Tony Becker and Troy Hill, and Driftless Half-Marathon committee members Amanda Hess, Becky Rea and Kayla Smith. Submitted photo. Not pictured in any of the photos are other Driftless Half-Marathon committee members Amanda Robley, Maryann Baldwin, Rebecca Manning and Brooke Welsh, as well as additional donation recipient Harpers Ferry Fire and Rescue.

DHM Scholarship recipients ... Left to right: Waukon High School 2020 graduate Maddie Ellingson and Kee High School 2020 graduate Kinley Schobert. Submitted photos.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

A group of volunteers in Allamakee County ended 2020 – a difficult year, by any estimation – on a positive note, by donating $4,500 to organizations that serve their communities, as well as awarding scholarships to a pair of local high school graduates.

The volunteers, organizers of the third annual Driftless Half-Marathon (DHM) held October 10 between Harpers Ferry and Lansing, recently presented checks to the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Department K9 Fund; the Lansing Volunteer Fire Department; Lansing Volunteer EMS; the Lansing Police Department Kindness Campaign; and the Harpers Ferry Volunteer Fire Department and EMS.

“The majority of our donations (totaling more than $13,000 since the race’s founding) go to those who help make the race safe,” says DHM Founder and Director Amanda Hess. “Our medical volunteers are out on the course before and after the runners.”

Wed
06
Jan

Year in Review - Part II: Top local news stories from July-December 2020


New CEO at VMH ... Michael Coyle, the new CEO of Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon, pictured in his office at the hospital. Coyle brings years of experience to the position and began his duties August 3 following the retirement of Mike Myers, who served Veterans Memorial Hospital in that CEO role for 22 years. Submitted photo.

To read the the full article, Year in Review - Part 2: Top local news stories from July-December 2020, pick up this week's print edition or subscribe to our e-edition by clicking here.

Below is a portion of that article, July through August, summarizing the top news stories that appeared in The Standard.

Wed
30
Dec

Home of retired rural Lansing couple destroyed by fire early during the week of Christmas


Rural Lansing home burns the week of Christmas ... The home of Max and Cherrie Ruch of rural Lansing burned to the ground Monday, December 21. Pictured in the photo above, Max Ruch sits in a chair surrounded by the Christmas presents they were able to save from the home’s sun porch as the home he and his children built burns out of control. Submitted photo.

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

Monday, December 21, Cherrie Ruch was in the kitchen making Christmas cookies when she noticed a lot of smoke behind the rural Lansing home she and her husband, Max, own on River View Road along the Mississippi River. Her husband came into the kitchen asking why it was so smokey outside.

When they checked, the fall leaves and dried foliage behind their house were on fire. They quickly began filling containers full of water, trying to douse the flames. When they realized that the flames had also spread below their A-frame house which was built on piers, Cherrie called 9-1-1. In a matter of minutes, their house was ablaze.

Wed
30
Dec

Year in Review - Part I: Top local news stories from January-June 2020


Iconic Waukon restaurant destroyed by February blaze... Dave’s Gus & Tony’s Pizza and Steakhouse, located at 508 West Main Street in Waukon for just shy of 40 years, was completely destroyed by a fire reported around 9:30 a.m. Monday, February 10. Heavy smoke was originally seen pouring from the top of the building, and a mother and two children awaiting the late start to the school day at home in the living area above the restaurant were rescued early on through a second story window by passers-by using a ladder. The entire complex of three business buildings was evacuated, with the adjacent Edward Jones Investments and Waukon Chiropractic buildings, along with their residential living spaces, also sustaining damage but remaining standing as of now. Waukon Fire Chief Dave Martin says the fire started in the main floor area of the restaurant grill, but he says the actual cause of the blaze remains under investigation and required the knocking down of unstable exterior walls before being further looked into. Chief Martin says the future of the remaining buildings sustaining damage will be determined by the appropriate agencies in the near future. Additional photos are available at the Photo Galleries link found on this webpage.

To read the the full article, Year in Review - Part I: Top local news stories from January-June 2020, pick up this week's print edition or subscribe to our e-edition by clicking here.

Below is a portion of that article, January through February, summarizing the top news stories that appeared in The Standard.

JANUARY
Veterans Memorial Hospital physicians and staff have announced that the First Baby of the Year Contest was won by Sophia Mae Hernandez, daughter of Veronica Santoyo and Mario Hernandez of Postville. Sophia was born Monday, January 6 at 6:17 p.m., weighing 8 pounds, 4 ounces and measuring 19-3/4 inches long. Dr. Dave Schwartz assisted with the delivery.

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