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Fri
09
Oct

New Test Iowa clinic site to open in Decorah Monday

Beginning Monday, October 12, Winneshiek Medical Center (WMC) in Decorah will become a Test Iowa site for people in northeast Iowa.
Test Iowa is a statewide initiative to expand COVID-19 testing, with sites/clinics available across the state. Local clinic sites are partnerships between the State of Iowa and local health care providers to increase access to testing in their communities. Local clinics operate and staff the test sites. The state provides testing supplies and processes the samples through the State Hygienic Lab.
Any Iowan can visit www.testiowa.com to complete the short online assessment and schedule an appointment for testing. For Iowans wanting to be tested at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah, the website will direct them to call 563-382-1505 (the Test Iowa dedicated line at WMC) or 563-382-2911 to schedule their appointment.

Wed
07
Oct

Candidates in contested races express views prior to November 3 election

Tuesday, November 3 is scheduled as the General Election to determine which candidates will be elected by voters to leadership positions at the national, state and local levels of government. Although polling sites will be open at eight different locations that Election Day for in-person voting, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a strong demand for absentee voting again for this General Election, as it had for the Primary Election held earlier this year.

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Absentee voting was able to begin Monday, October 5 and the Allamakee County Auditor’s Office was able to begin mailing out requested absentee ballots that day as well, with Allamakee County Auditor Denise Beyer reporting that her office has received nearly 2,800 requests for absentee ballots for the upcoming General Election.

Wed
30
Sep

COVID Rapid Testing and State Testing criteria at Veterans Memorial Hospital


COVID-19 testing at VMH ... Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon offers a COVID-19 Phone Line for triage every Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Anyone with questions about COVID-19 is encouraged to call the hospital at 563-568-3411 during those hours and request the COVID line to speak one-on-one to a nurse about symptoms and testing options. Those that do qualify for a COVID-19 test are asked to attend the drive-by screenings which are held outside the hospital, along Main Street in the upper level parking lot, as pictured above. Again, testing must be arranged first by calling the COVID Phone Line. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon offers a COVID-19 Phone Line for triage every Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Anyone with questions about COVID-19 is encouraged to call the hospital at 563-568-3411 during those hours and request the COVID line to speak one-on-one to a nurse about symptoms and testing options. The nurse then triages the caller based on the wide variety of information that is collected during the visit.

Wed
30
Sep

Homecoming Week at Kee High School ...

Members of the Kee High School Homecoming Court for this week’s 2020 celebration of the event include the King and Queen candidates from the Senior class pictured above, as well as the underclassman attendants pictured below. Pictured above are, left to right: Front row - Senior Class Homecoming Queen candidates Jada Mitchell, Macy Manning, Emily Darling and Jazmyne Pace; Back row - Senior Class Homecoming King candidates Will Mooney, Chris Wagner, Clayton Little and Hunter McKee. Pictured at left, front to back and left to right, are: Freshman Attendants Kaylee Hawes and Andrew Kolsrud, Sophomore Attendants Brooklyn Bakewell and Jacob Rolfs, and Junior Attendants Laurel Scott and Thomas Rethwisch. Details of this week's Homecoming events at Kee High School, along with celebratory pages, can be found on Pages 14A and 15A inside the September 30, 2020 print edition and e-edition of the Standard. Photos courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

Wed
30
Sep

Absentee voting by mail and in-person begins October 5 for November 3 General Election

Due to COVID-19 there has been more “push” by organizations to get voters to vote Absentee by mail.

The Allamakee County Auditors office mailed the first Absentee Ballot Request form in late July. Other organizations, such as The Center for Voter Information, the Republican and/or Democratic Party of Iowa, and the Iowa Secretary of State have all mailed the same form to voters.  Voters who have already returned one Absentee Request Form do not need to return another form. Duplicate forms are simply attached to the first request received and only one ballot is mailed.

Wed
30
Sep

Fields of Faith 2020 event is next Wednesday

Students from Waukon High School will join thousands of other youth and any others who may be interested on athletic fields across the nation Wednesday, October 7 to share their Christian faith with fellow students and the general public for this year’s Fields of Faith event. The local event is now in its ninth year and will start at 7 p.m. at the Waukon High School football field next Wednesday evening. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

Featured speaker for this year’s Fields of Faith event in Waukon will be Carl Fruechte, head football coach for Caledonia High School in Caledonia, MN who not only coaches the program with the longest active win streak in the nation at 67 games that include five consecutive State Championships but who also has a passion to share his message of faith with anyone who will listen.

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.

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