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09
May

Be “Voter Ready”: Register to vote or update your registration

Step one in being “Voter Ready” in 2018 is Register to Vote. This includes making sure the address on your voter registration is up-to-date.

The new Election Integrity/Voter ID law does not affect Iowa’s voter registration process. There are still multiple ways to register to vote, including at the polls Election Day, and online. Voters registering on Election Day still need to bring a picture ID and proof of residency in the precinct, such as a utility bill. This has not changed from previous elections.

Wed
09
May

Iowa DOT to host public meeting May 15 in Lansing to discuss Black Hawk Bridge

The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) will hold another public information meeting Tuesday, May 15 to discuss the proposed Iowa 9 (Black Hawk) bridge project in Lansing over the Mississippi River. The May 15 meeting is scheduled to take place from 5-7 p.m. at Kee High School, located at 569 Center Street in Lansing, and will be the first public meeting held in regard to the proposed project since an initial public open house forum that took place August 8 of last year and allowed citizens to learn more and comment on locations and designs of a proposed new bridge, along with study-based reasoning behind the proposed project.

All interested persons are invited to attend this meeting between 5 and 7 p.m. The meeting will be conducted utilizing an open forum format. Iowa DOT staff and consultants will be present to informally discuss the project.

Wed
09
May

Final week to contribute to The Standard’s look back at Waterville School history; submission deadline Friday

With the end of this current school year in the Allamakee Community School District also marking the end of an era with the Waterville School as part of this area’s formal education system, The Standard will be dedicating pages in an upcoming issue to historical reflections on the Waterville School. Whether alumni of Waterville High School or the more recent Waterville Elementary School, a former staff member or just an interested history buff, members of the general public are asked to contribute photos, reflections or simply their favorite or most vivid memory of their experience with the Waterville School to be published in an anticipated May 23 edition of The Standard.

Wed
09
May

Iowa House District 56 Democratic Candidate Forum is this Thursday

The Allamakee County Democrats will host a candidate forum for Iowa House of Representatives District 56 this Thursday, May 10 at Robey Memorial Library (lower level), located at 401 First Avenue NW in Waukon. The forum will begin at 7 p.m. This forum is open to the public and candidates will answer questions from the audience.

The candidates participating in this forum are Lori Egan of rural Waukon and Andrew Kelleher of New Albin. Egan and Kelleher are each running in the June 5 Democratic Primary Election. The winner of that election will be the Democratic Party’s candidate for Iowa House District 56 in the 2018 General Election scheduled for November.

Iowa House District 56 includes all of Allamakee County and 19 townships in Clayton County. Marion, Highland and Boardman Townships are not in House District 56. For more information contact Karen Pratte at 563-535-7254.
 

Wed
02
May

Waukon High School, ASAP host mock accident to emphasize impact of impaired or distracted driving


Mock accident hopes to have real impact … Waukon High School and Allamakee Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) teamed up with emergency services and law enforcement personnel to stage this mock two-vehicle accident near the Waukon High School Wednesday, April 25 in an effort to drive home to students the impact of what impaired or even distracted driving can result in. As evident in the photo above, the high school students observed the aftermath of the crash that involved their own classmates portraying the victims of the accident and included response activity from local law enforcement, emergency medical and rescue personnel, and even the local funeral home. The event was originally scheduled to be held a week earlier, prior to the Waukon High School Prom weekend, but had to be rescheduled due to winter weather conditions. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

Further emphasizing the possible consequences ... The mock vehicle accident presented by Allamakee Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) and Waukon High School Wednesday, April 25 in conjunction with emergency services personnel from the Waukon Police Department, Allamakee County Sheriff’s Department, Iowa State Patrol, Waukon Area Fire Protection District, Veterans Memorial Hospital Ambulance Service and Gundersen Lutheran MedLink Air Ambulance was a practice in emphasizing to students at Waukon High School the significant consequences that can result from choices they make when it comes to driving under the influence of alcohol or other substances, or even while distracted by texting, cell phone usage or other means. The surrounding images from the mock accident scene portray some of what the Waukon High School student body witnessed during the student-proposed mock accident presentation. Standard photos by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

Waukon High School and Allamakee Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP), in collaboration with Allamakee County’s area emergency services, conducted a mock accident Wednesday, April 25 near the Waukon High School parking lot. The event was an effort to emphasize the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol or other substances, showing a simulated automobile accident scene resulting from an impaired driver with the response of law enforcement and emergency personnel in assisting accident victims.

The event was originally scheduled for a week earlier, prior to the Waukon High School Prom weekend as a stark reminder of the possible results of making poor choices. However, the spring snowstorm that closed area schools Wednesday, April 18 forced postponement of the event to a  week later.

Wed
02
May

Be “Voter Ready”: Transition to New Voter ID/Election Integrity Law begins with 2018 elections

Voters are asked to be “Voter Ready” in 2018. Being “Voter Ready” can be as simple for voters as the three steps below:

1. Register to Vote: Be registered to vote by the pre-registration deadline*, and have your current address on your voter registration.
2. Bring your I.D.: Acceptable forms of I.D. include Iowa driver’s license or non-operator I.D., a U.S. passport, a veteran’s I.D., a military I.D. or a Voter I.D. card*.
3. Cast your ballot.

Beginning in 2018, all voters will be asked to show a form of I.D. at the polls when requesting to vote. The year 2018 is the “soft rollout” period for some recent election law changes. “Soft rollout” means if a voter cannot or chooses not to show one of the acceptable forms of I.D. when requesting to vote in 2018, the voter will be required to sign an extra Oath of Identification, and be allowed to cast a regular ballot.

Wed
02
May

Family Wellness Fair set for May 9 at Veterans Memorial Hospital


VMH Family Wellness Fair to take place May 9 … The Veterans Memorial Hospital Family Wellness Fair will be held Wednesday, May 9 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the hospital in Waukon. Free health tests, family activities, entertainment and refreshments will all be included in the evening, plus many door prizes will be given away. Veterans Memorial Hospital will also be awarding prizes at the Wellness Fair to all those in Allamakee and northern Clayton counties who participated in the Live Healthy Iowa 10 week wellness challenge in 2018. Pictured above is a scene from last year’s wellness fair. Submitted photo.

The 21st annual Family Wellness Fair is scheduled to be held Wednesday, May 9 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Health testing, exhibits and activities will all be providing a complete evening of entertainment and education for families of all ages. Everyone in the area communities is welcome to attend this free event which is offered in conjunction with the end of the annual Live Healthy Iowa Community Wellness Challenge.

Wed
02
May

Contribute to The Standard’s look back at Waterville School history

With the end of this current school year in the Allamakee Community School District also marking the end of an era with the Waterville School as part of this area’s formal education system, The Standard will be dedicating pages in an upcoming issue to historical reflections on the Waterville School. Whether alumni of Waterville High School or the more recent Waterville Elementary School, a former staff member or just an interested history buff, members of the general public are asked to contribute photos, reflections or simply their favorite or most vivid memory of their experience with the Waterville School to be published in an anticipated May 23 edition of The Standard.

Wed
02
May

Iowa DOT to host public meeting May 15 in Lansing to discuss Black Hawk Bridge

The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) will hold another public information meeting Tuesday, May 15 to discuss the proposed Iowa 9 (Black Hawk) bridge project in Lansing over the Mississippi River. The May 15 meeting is scheduled to take place from 5-7 p.m. at Kee High School, located at 569 Center Street in Lansing, and will be the first public meeting held in regard to the proposed project since an initial public open house forum that took place August 8 of last year and allowed citizens to learn more and comment on locations and designs of a proposed new bridge, along with study-based reasoning behind the proposed project.

All interested persons are invited to attend this meeting between 5 and 7 p.m. The meeting will be conducted utilizing an open forum format. Iowa DOT staff and consultants will be present to informally discuss the project.

Wed
25
Apr

Waukon High School 2018 Prom Royalty...

Waukon High School seniors Lia Maffini and Terrell Baumler were selected as the 2018 Waukon High School Prom Queen and King at the annual event held Saturday, April 21. Maffini was selected from a Queen court that also involved fellow seniors Adrianna Rocksvold, Kylee Hager, Laurel Keenan and Ayonna McKithen. Baumler was chosen from a King court that also included fellow seniors Mitchell Snitker, Colin Waters, Isaiah Welch and Tristan Hansmeier. Photo courtesy of Lisa Snitker.
 

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