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Tue
17
Apr

NEW UPDATE: WAUKON MAN CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER IN PARKVIEW TRAILER COURT SHOOTING; VICTIM IDENTIFIED


John Quanrude accused of Second Degree Murder

Late Tuesday afternoon, April 17, the Waukon Police Department, in coordination with the Allamakee County Attorney’s Office and Department of Criminal Investigation, filed Second Degree Murder charges against John Michael Quanrude, age 32, of Waukon in the District Court for Allamakee County in connection with the Monday, April 16 fatal shooting at 49 Jean Road in the Parkview Trailer Court in Waukon. This charge comes as the result of an initial criminal investigation conducted by the Waukon Police Department, Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Criminal Investigation, Iowa State Patrol, and Allamakee County Attorney’s Office, which involved the execution of at least two search warrants and several interviews.

Thu
12
Apr

Supervisors approve grant submission through ASAP, drone insurance coverage and road rock bids, authorize County Attorney to begin abatement of nuisance house in Waukon Junction

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, April 9 to address a full agenda of items, including the Fiscal-Year 2019 Iowa Partnerships for Success grant continuation, discussion of a nuisance house in Waukon Junction and consideration of road rock resurfacing bids. Chairperson Larry Schellhammer called the meeting to order with approval of the current agenda and meeting minutes of April 9.

Without members of the public in attendance, Allamakee County Environmental Health Director Laurie Moody discussed grant funding and budgeting during the Public Comment portion of the meeting.

Wed
11
Apr

Finding the light beyond the storm


Sharing her family’s experience ... Joan Becker, mother of Mark Becker, convicted murderer of legendary Aplington-Parkersburg football coach Ed Thomas, addressed a crowd of nearly 200 people at the Waukon High School Auditorium Friday, April 6. Becker told of her family’s experience and struggles with getting her son the assistance he needed with his mental health issues and offered resources to help others who may be facing the same struggles. Photo by Lissa Blake.

Bringing her here to share her message ... Veterans Memorial Hospital and its Nursing Council was responsible for bringing Joan Becker to Waukon to address area residents on her family’s experience and struggles with her son’s mental health issues that ultimately led to the fatal shooting of legendary Aplington-Parkersburg football coach Ed Thomas. Pictured above, left to right, are Veterans Memorial Hospital Public Relations Director Erin Berns, Veterans Memorial Hospital Nursing Council members Corinne Cook, R.N. and Bailey Benson, R.N. and featured speaker Joan Becker. Photo by Lissa Blake.

Becker discusses son’s mental illness that led to shooting of family friend

by Lissa Blake

Don’t be afraid of someone who has an illness in their brain.

That was just one of the many lessons speaker Joan Becker has shared since the fateful day when her son, Mark, took the life of beloved family friend and Parkersburg town hero, Ed Thomas.

Becker, author of the book “Sentenced to Life,” spoke to a crowd of more than 200 people at the Waukon High School Auditorium Friday night, April 6 as part of a program sponsored by Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) and the VMH Nursing Council.

Becker discussed the years of struggle her family endured trying to get her son help before he walked into his high school’s weight room the morning of June 24, 2009 and shot  legendary Aplington-Parkersburg football coach Ed Thomas.

Wed
11
Apr

Schellhammer declares candidacy for re-election to the Allamakee County Board of Supervisors

Larry Schellhammer...
Larry Schellhammer...

Larry Schellhammer of rural Lansing is announcing his candidacy for the Allamakee County Board of Supervisors. Schellhammer is seeking re-election to the Board of Supervisors, on which he has served since 2010.

He and his wife, Cindy, have two adult children, John of rural Lansing and Leah of Cedar Falls. Schellhammer has been a dairy farmer in Allamakee County since 1977 and is currently in a farming partnership with his son, John. He is a member of Iron Ridge Church in Waukon, where he is part of the Worship and Leadership Teams.

Wed
11
Apr

ACSD Board approves bid for purchase of Waterville Elementary

At a Tuesday morning, April 10 special session, the Allamakee Community School District Board of Directors approved a bid submitted by the City of Waterville for the purchase of the Waterville Elementary School building and land. The board held a public hearing regarding the sale of the property and later opened three bids for its purchase before going into closed session to discuss the bids. Upon return to open session, the City of Waterville bid in the amount of $15,000 was approved. Additional information about the public hearing, bid openings and other business addressed at the 7 a.m. Tuesday morning session can be found on Page 8A inside the April 11 edition of The Standard.

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Wed
11
Apr

Allamakee County Housing Needs Assessment to hold public meetings

Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) is conducting a Housing Needs Assessment with assistance from Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission. The housing needs assessment includes data, projections and recommendations for action. The public is invited and encouraged to attend public open houses to view the findings from the assessment, and to share their comments and ideas.

Those Public Meetings are scheduled to be held according to the following schedule:

Wed
04
Apr

Byway Art Project coming to Waukon

The Driftless Area Scenic Byway Advisory Board and Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) are working closely with the Waukon Art Advisory Committee to complete a public art installation in downtown Waukon.

The Advisory Committee selected artist Cara Briggs Farmer of Marion to develop a public art project to be placed in the downtown plaza area at the stoplight intersection of Main Street and Spring Avenue/Rossville Road in Waukon. The installment was designed to reflect the vibrancy and uniqueness of Waukon and will complement the downtown area surrounding it. It is part of a larger statewide project supported by the National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town Grant Program” to install a total of 16 public art pieces in scenic byway communities throughout Iowa.

Wed
04
Apr

Community welcome to hear Joan Becker speak on mental health experience and issues this Friday


Joan Becker ... Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon and the Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Nursing Council are welcoming Joan C. Becker for a public presentation at the Waukon High School auditorium this Friday, April 6. Becker is the author of the book “Sentenced to Life: Mental Illness, Tragedy, and Transformation.”

It was Becker’s son, Mark, who was responsible for the June 2009 tragedy in Parkersburg, when legendary Aplington-Parkersburg football coach Ed Thomas was shot and killed. Her presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:45 p.m. The presentation is open to the entire community, free of charge.

Wed
04
Apr

City of Waterville hoping to find solution for future of elementary school property


Public hearing April 10 to open bids on Waterville Elementary School ... The Allamakee Community School District Board of Directors has scheduled a public hearing for Tuesday, April 10 at 7 a.m. for the opening of bids for the purchase of the Waterville Elementary School property, the main building of which is pictured above. Bids for purchasing the property are due to the school district by 1 p.m. Monday, April 9. The Notice to Bidders for the intended sale of the property was published in the March 28, 2018 edition of The Standard on Page 2B. Standard photo by Sara Aleckson-Melcher.

by Lissa Blake

If someone is going to come up with a proposal to purchase the soon-to-be-vacated Waterville Elementary School, they’ll have to do it quickly.

“The deadline doesn’t give anyone much time to put something together,” said Waterville Mayor Dave Monserud of the Monday, April 9 deadline set by the Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Directors for submitting sealed bids to purchase the property.

The ACSD Board has scheduled a public hearing for Tuesday, April 10 at 7 a.m. to open the bids. The action came following a unanimous ACSD Board of Directors vote this past December to close the school at the end of the current 2017-2018 school year.

CONCERNS
Monserud said although the school district has laid out a short timeframe for proposals, there are a number of conversations happening in the community about how to put a viable program together to purchase the school property.

Wed
04
Apr

ISU Extension and Outreach celebrating 100 years of work in Allamakee County

This year, Allamakee County is celebrating 100 years of organized county extension work. This long-established partnership with Iowa State University (ISU) provides local citizens with access to education and university research, building partnerships for a strong Iowa and a strong Allamakee County. ISU Extension and Outreach Allamakee County will be receiving its 100-year certificate during the Allamakee County Fair.

A hundred years ago, the people of Allamakee County joined the extension movement and hired their first local extension agent. Today, ISU Extension and Outreach serves as a 99-county campus, connecting the needs of Iowans with Iowa State University research and resources.

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