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Tue
29
Sep

Once a “dream” of a Waukon resident, the first annual Spring Grove International Film Fest is now a success


Leading lady with her leading men ... Waukon resident Katie O’Regan (center) is pictured above with her father, long-time Waukon resident Francis O’Regan (left), and award-winning actor Ed Asner (right) during a get-together at Green Valley Getaway in Waukon Sunday, September 13 after celebrating the weekend-long first annual Spring Grove International Film Festival in Spring Grove, MN. Katie O’Regan “dreamed” up the film festival event as a fundraising opportunity for the Giants of the Earth Heritage Center in Spring Grove, MN, where she serves as development director, and Asner was the featured guest of honor throughout the event after he and Katie O’Regan had met earlier this year at a movie screening in Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

Key to the City ... Waukon Mayor Pat Stone is pictured above presenting a Key to the City to award-winning actor Ed Asner during a get-together at Green Valley Getaway in Waukon Sunday, September 13 following a weekend celebration of the first annual Spring Grove International Film Festival in Spring Grove, MN created by Waukon resident Katie O’Regan. Asner was the featured guest throughout the festival, with Sunday being designated as “Up, Up and Away with Ed Asner Day.” Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

“Up, Up and Away with Ed Asner Day” ... Sunday, September 13 was “Up, Up and Away with Ed Asner Day” during the first annual Spring Grove International Film Festival held throughout that weekend and created by Waukon resident Katie O’Regan. Part of those festivities included a parade through the streets of Spring Grove, MN, and one of the entries in that parade was a float themed after the animated motion picture “Up,” in which Ed Asner played the voice role of main character Carl Fredricksen. Asner is pictured at right in the front dressed as Fredricksen, with O’Regan at left in the front row and several other locals also dressed as characters from the “Up” movie, which was also featured in a public showing during the film festival event. Submitted photo.

Founder Katie O’Regan of Waukon already looking ahead to 2021

Rosalie Essex: How much do you need?
Mickey Moran: Well, let me see. First of all, we’re going to use a barn that some actors used last summer and turned it into an outdoor theater. I figured if we all pitched in together - that is, for the scenery and the costumes and everything - it would run us about $287.
Rosalie Essex: Have you got it yet?
Mickey Moran: No.
Rosalie Essex: Well, you have now.
(From the 1939 film “Babes in Arms,” starring Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney and directed by Busby Berkeley.)

by Julie Berg-Raymond

The classic Hollywood trope - parodied through the years by the phrase, Hey, kids; let’s put on a show! - of pulling together some talented people and, on a shoestring budget, producing a show in benefit of a cause, has its roots in the 1939 film starring Andy Rooney and Judy Garland, “Babes in Arms.”

Tue
29
Sep

Waukon State Bank donates $5,000 to Freedom Rock ...

The Allamakee County Freedom Rock was unveiled in a ceremony at the Waukon City Park Friday, September 11 as a tribute to the many Veterans of the local community both past and present. Fundraising is currently underway to cover the cost of the Freedom Rock and future costs for landscaping and further development of the Freedom Rock location.

Waukon State Bank recently contributed $5,000 to the Allamakee County Freedom Rock project. Pictured above, left to right, are Ardie Kuhse, who completed the application process for the Allamakee County Freedom Rock, receiving the donation from Waukon State Bank President Gail Prestemon and Vice President Justin Sweeney.

Tue
29
Sep

Waukon High School Homecoming Royalty...

Waukon High School seniors Olivia Byrnes (left) and Ethan O’Neill (right) were crowned Waukon High School's 2020 Homecoming Queen and King at the "Burning of the 'W'" pep rally held outside Thursday, September 17 at the Waukon High School football/track stadium. Additional photos of Waukon High School's Homecoming events are featured on Page 16 inside this week's issue, as well as coverage of the Waukon football team's Homecoming victory over Oelwein featured on Page 11 this week. Even more photos from this year’s Homecoming festivities can also be found at the Photo Galleries link on The Standard’s website, www.waukonstandard.com.
 

Tue
29
Sep

Weekend motorcycle accident in Wisconsin claims life of Waukon man

Saturday, September 19 at approximately 4:29 p.m. the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department in Wisconsin was notified of a motorcycle accident with injuries on State Hwy. 35 at its intersection with Old Hwy. 35 (South Mill Park Drive) in Freeman Township, about a quarter-mile south of De Soto, WI.

According to a report issued by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, Richard A. Baumgartner, age 62, of Waukon was traveling southbound on Old Hwy. 35 operating a 2011 Harley Davidson Trike motorcycle and was approaching the intersection with State Hwy. 35. The Baumgartner cycle failed to get stopped at the stop sign, struck the curb/left shoulder of the highway, rolled twice and ejected Baumgartner from the cycle onto the southbound lane of State Hwy. 35. The motorcycle came to rest on the westside shoulder of State Hwy. 35.

Wed
16
Sep

Senior Court selected for Homecoming 2020 being celebrated at Waukon High School this week ...

Students at Waukon High School have selected their Homecoming Court representatives for 2020, with the coronation of this year's Homecoming Queen and King set to take place at the "Burning of the 'W'" pep rally scheduled for this Thursday evening, September 17, beginning at 7 p.m. This year’s event will be held outside at the Waukon High School track/football stadium, with masks and social distancing encouraged. Following the outdoor pep rally, all attending are asked to remain in the stadium stands while the newly crowned King and Queen light the “W” at its traditional location just south of the football field. In the event of inclement weather, the “Burning of the ‘W’” pep rally will not be held.

Wed
16
Sep

Allamakee County Freedom Rock unveiled at ceremony held during Patriot Day; Artist honors Veterans


Celebrating their Freedom Rock ... A crowd of more than 100 individuals gathered at Waukon City Park late Friday morning, September 11 to observe the unveiling of the Allamakee County Freedom Rock and celebrate its significance in honoring and showing gratitude for the service of all U.S. military veterans. Freedom Rock artist Ray “Bubba” Sorensen was in attendance at the unveiling event, along with several individuals representing some of the families of the six Allamakee County Veterans Sorensen selected to paint on the rock. Standard photo by Joe Moses. View this photo and many more from the unveiling ceremony by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

Expressing his gratitude ... Freedom Rock artist Ray “Bubba” Sorensen of Greenfield addresses the crowd in attendance at the Friday, September 11 unveiling ceremony of the Allamakee County Freedom Rock he created through the final week and a half of August at the Waukon City Park. Sorensen spoke of his inspiration for painting his original Freedom Rock and creating the Iowa Freedom Rock Tour that Allamakee County has now become a part of with Sorensen’s 92nd such creation honoring all U.S. military veterans and thanking them for their service. Pictured with Sorensen, left to right, are U.S. Navy Veteran Chuck Bloxham of Waukon, who served as the unveiling event Master of Ceremony, and Ardie Kuhse of rural Postville, who put the plans for the Allamakee County Freedom Rock in motion five years ago and completed the application process for such an honor in 2016. Standard photo by Joe Moses. View this photo and many more from the unveiling ceremony by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

David Reed ... Submitted photo

Hugh Kidder ... Submitted photo

James Gilbert ... Submitted photo

Arthur Brandt ... Submitted photo

James Hagen ... Submitted photo

Roy Vickery ... Submitted photo

A project that got its start five years ago was brought to full reality as the Allamakee County Freedom Rock was unveiled in a public ceremony held at its new home in Waukon City Park on a seemingly fitting day, Friday, September 11 - Patriot Day as it has been designated since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. The recently completed creation of Iowa artist Ray “Bubba” Sorensen of Greenfield is his 92nd Freedom Rock masterpiece intended to honor and thank America’s Veterans and to promote Iowa tourism, becoming yet another part of Sorensen’s vision of a 99-piece puzzle that serves as one statewide Iowa Veterans Memorial, an idea that really gained momentum for Sorensen after that fateful September day in American history nearly 20 years ago.

Wed
16
Sep

Allamakee County sees second most cases in a week since pandemic began; ACSD announces first cases

For the second consecutive week, Allamakee County recorded new confirmed positive COVID-19 case numbers that have not been seen since the spring of this year. The case count of 31 new cases from the past week’s timeframe of Tuesday, September 8 through Monday, September 14 is the second most since the county’s highest total of 32 cases was recorded during the week’s timeframe of April 21-27, with that timeframe also being the last time confirmed positive cases were reported each of those seven consecutive days, such as happened this past week with no fewer than two cases being reported any of this past week’s seven days.

This past week’s numbers included two confirmed positive cases announced from within the Allamakee Community School District staff, one as of Tuesday, September 8 and the other as of Sunday, September 13. Details of those announcements and how the school is addressing the matter are provided later in this article.

Mon
14
Sep

Small bridge repair southwest of Dorchester to close road early this week

Allamakee County Engineer Brian Ridenour reports early Monday morning that Allamakee County road crews will be repairing a small bridge on Balsam Road over Pine Creek in the northwest part of the county, southwest of Dorchester, as shown on the accompanying map.
County officials are planning to fully close this road at Noon Monday, September 14 and then reopen, hopefully, this Thursday evening, September 17.
There will not be any signed detour, according to Ridenour.

Wed
09
Sep

Volunteer firefighters throughout the county training to establish Allamakee Rescue Team for rope rescue incidents


Learning the ropes ... Bernie Gruman (left) of the Harpers Ferry Fire Department works with Tyler Verdon (right) of the New Albin Fire Department during a Rope Rescue Training session earlier this year. Gruman has led a county-wide effort to establish the Allamakee Rescue Team specifically trained to respond to rope rescue emergencies. Photo by Scott Boylen.

Training tower ... Volunteer firefighters in Allamakee County have completed their basic Rope Rescue Training, such as from this mobile tower trailer pictured above, and are planning more advanced training this fall. Those volunteers have been sharpening their skills in preparation for establishing the Allamakee Rescue Team, a crew specifically trained to respond to emergencies involving the use of ropes in climbing, rappelling or traversing open areas. Photo by Scott Boylen.

by Kelli Boylen

With the idea of making rope rescue in the county safer and more efficient, Bernie Gruman has led an effort to establish the Allamakee Technical Rescue (ATR) team.

Gruman, a Harpers Ferry volunteer firefighter, participated in a rope rescue class in Waukon several years ago. He enjoyed the training enough that he took a refresher course at the Kirkwood Community College annual fire school last fall.

He saw the benefits of a coordinated, county-wide rope rescue team. “With the steep drop-offs on the bluffs in our county and the number of grain operations, there definitely is a need for this type of knowledge here,” he says.

Wed
09
Sep

Freedom Rock to be unveiled

The Freedom Rock Committee has chosen this Friday, September 11 (9/11) at 11 a.m. as the day and time to unveil Allamakee County’s Freedom Rock in the Waukon City Park. U.S. Navy Veteran Chuck Bloxham of Waukon will be the Master of Ceremony for the brief program. All are invited to attend.

Iowa artist Bubba Sorensen was in Waukon from August 19-29 to paint his vision for his 92nd Freedom Rock, which is now another piece of his 99-piece puzzle for his State of Iowa Freedom Rock Tour Memorial giving tribute and thanks to all Veterans while creating tourism for the state of Iowa and each of its 99 counties. Fundraising efforts continue in order to help Allamakee County reach these goals as well. Contact 563-568-2624 for more information.
 

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