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Full week of daily double-digit cases pushes Allamakee County to second highest weekly total of COVID-19 cases and includes outbreak at Northgate Care Center

A full week of double-digit cases of COVID-19 reported each day for Allamakee County this past week has produced the second highest weekly total of new confirmed cases for the county since the pandemic began. The 107 new cases reported during this past week’s timeframe of Tuesday, November 24 through Monday, November 30 is second - by just one case - to the highest weekly total of 108 cases reported just two weeks ago, November 10-16.

Although representing just one of the now nine months the COVID-19 pandemic has grabbed hold within the local population, the month of November, by itself, accounts for just shy of one half of the entire Allamakee County case total since those cases were first reported in March of this year. Since November 1, the State of Iowa has reported a total of 385 of the county’s now 818 total cases as of Monday, November 30.

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25
Nov

Waukon football team is crowned the 2020 Class 2A State Champion ...

Members of the Waukon football team celebrate the Class 2A State Championship they won with their 28-14 triumph over undefeated Central Lyon/George-Little Rock (CL/G-LR) in the Class 2A State Championship game played in the UNI-Dome at Cedar Falls Friday, November 20. The Indians and Lions battled to just a 16-14 Waukon lead at halftime before the Tribe defense shut CL/G-LR down in the second half and the Indian offense struck one time each in the third and fourth quarters to secure their second State Championship in the past four years and the second such title in program history. A special pull-out section with additional photos and complete coverage of the Indians’ State Championship win can be found on Pages 13-16 inside the November 25, 2020 print edition and its e-edition. To be part of an upcoming commemorative “Overcoming All Odds” special publication, details are available on Page 15.

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Nov

State of Iowa Auditor Rob Sand holds virtual town hall meeting with Allamakee County, discusses variety of topics with locals

by Joe Moses

Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand met with a small group of individuals via Zoom web-conferencing during a virtual meeting relating to Allamakee County Wednesday, November 18 as part of a 99-County Town Hall Virtual Tour. Sand participated in other virtual meetings relating to Scott, Clinton, Jackson, Dubuque and Clayton Counties earlier that same day.

Sand began the meeting by discussing the decision to use virtual meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic with outdoor meetings allowing for social distancing being a possibility next year during warmer months. Sand explained that an hour has been allotted for the virtual meeting with questions being welcome and that he would be providing an update relating to work taking place in his office.

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25
Nov

Andrew Kelleher named a Rising Star Under 40

The 7 Rivers Alliance and the River Valley Media Group announced the winners of their annual Rising Stars Under 40 honor during a Wednesday, October 28 virtual ceremony. Among the 28 individuals awarded the honor is 2014 Kee High School graduate Andrew Kelleher, who grew up in Allamakee County and now serves as Executive Director of Main Street Lansing.

The 7 Rivers Alliance - a regional economic development group - sought nominations for the award from throughout the tri-state region of Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin for young men and women who are making a difference. This year 28 recipients were selected from the three states.

“The stories of these exceptional people are inspiring and show how fortunate we are to have them living and working in our communities,” said Chris Hardie, CEO of the 7 Rivers Alliance. “They are true leaders in their workplaces and communities.”

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18
Nov

Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative deploying fiber internet in west Waukon


Fiber-to-the-home project on Waukon’s west side scheduled to begin ... The fiber-to-the-home project being undertaken on the west side of Waukon by AC Skyways, a division of Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative, is scheduled to be completed in two different phases over the next year’s time. The fiber route for Phase 1-A (highlighted by the orange and black lines in the left map image above) is scheduled to begin next week and be completed by the end of this year. Phase 1-B (highlighted by the orange and black lines in the right map image below) will take place in 2021. Submitted images.

AC Skyways, a division of Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative, has announced it is the recipient of an Empower Rural Iowa Emergency Broadband Expansion grant to expand on an already planned fiber-to-the-home project on the west side of Waukon, with the construction of the first phase of the project to start later this month. The routes of the two planned phases for the project are outlined by orange and black lines in the two map images to the left of this article.

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Waukon High School graduates helping to understand, combat the COVID-19 pandemic as active students at the University of Iowa College of Public Health


Unique opportunity ... Callie Ferring, a senior at the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health, is seizing the opportunity to work in a frontline public health role in her home state of Iowa. She is a 2017 graduate of Waukon High School and the daughter of Mike and Linda Ferring of Waukon. Photo courtesy of the University of Iowa.

Valuable experience ... Madison Snitker, a graduate student in the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health, wants to continue on her current path in a local public health setting with a job in health communications or emergency response. She is a 2016 graduate of Waukon High School and the daughter of Ted and Lisa Snitker of Waukon. Photo courtesy of the University of Iowa.

Madison Snitker, Callie Ferring working as contract tracers for Johnson County Public Health
 

A pair of Waukon High School graduates are among more than 45 current students at the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health in Iowa City who are working part-time as contact tracers at Johnson County Public Health in Iowa City. Madison Snitker and Callie Ferring, who graduated from Waukon High School in 2016 and 2017, respectively, are among those U of I students involved in the unique experience of helping the local public health department and greater community handle the coronavirus pandemic while gaining valuable skills.

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11
Nov

Honoring those who have served: Veterans Day 2020


Jim Magner ... Submitted photo.

Jim Magner of Waukon shares his experience serving in the “Brown Water Navy” during the Vietnam War

Jungles and rice paddies are some of the many images Americans have of Vietnam thanks to the media coverage during the Vietnam conflict over 50 years ago. Movies and television, plus documentaries and newscasts assist in continuing to reintroduce and reinforce memories of this nation’s involvement in, at the time, the United States’ longest war.

The bombings and air support of that conflict are reminders of the Air Force’s contribution to the war effort. The monuments erected often depict the soldiers on the front line, both the Army and the Marines. But perhaps not as much attention is given to the Navy and its presence in this war.

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11
Nov

In honor of one who honored so many ...

Members of the Allamakee County Veterans Memorial Committee placed a memorial wreath (pictured at right in a photo taken by Standard Assistant Editor Joe Moses) at the base of the memorial located on the front lawn of the Allamakee County Courthouse Friday, November 6 to honor Maury Gallagher, a fellow committee member who passed away October 29 and who was so instrumental in the thorough completion of the memorial and the information the overall memorial contains honoring Veterans from Allamakee County. Allamakee County Veterans Memorial Committee Chairperson Dr. David Hahn, DVM says the wreath will likely remain in place for the remainder of this year, unless it becomes worn or weather-impacted.

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04
Nov

Generating station in Lansing to be shut down by the end of 2022 as part of Alliant Energy’s Iowa Clean Energy Blueprint


Scheduled to be retired by the end of 2022 ... The Alliant Energy Lansing Generating Station located just to the south of Lansing off Great River Road (County Road X52) is scheduled to be retired from operation by the end of year 2022 as part of Alliant Energy’s Clean Energy Blueprint for Iowa. The Lansing facility has been in operation since 1948 and currently employs 26 people. Standard photo by Robin Johnson.

Thursday morning, October 29, Alliant Energy released its Clean Energy Blueprint for Iowa, a path for accelerating the company’s transition to cleaner energy for customers. As part of that plan, it was also announced that Alliant’s Generating Station in Lansing will be retired from operation by the end of the year 2022 as part of changes to two of Alliant’s current coal-burning facilities, among other changes throughout the company.

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04
Nov

Another record-breaking week of COVID-19 cases includes first cases reported by Eastern Allamakee schools and Thornton Manor

As the nation and parts of the world are seeing considerable increase - sometimes at a record pace - in the number of newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, Allamakee County was no exception to that trend this past week, experiencing a new case count nearly double what it previously had seen in any previous week’s timeframe. Already following a new high of 39 cases the previous week, this past week’s timeframe of Tuesday, October 27 through Monday, November 2 saw 67 new cases reported for that timeframe, with a weekend spike featuring new single-day highs fueling that overall surge.

Wrapped in that new weekly high total for the final week of October are the first positive cases reported by both Thornton Manor and the Eastern Allamakee Community School District in the Lansing community. Both reported their first cases in both staff members and individuals they serve at those respective facilities.

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