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Birth announcement: Lange

Marshall and Leah Lange of Garnavillo announce the birth of their son, Shane Gerald Lange, born July 26, 2018 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. He weighed 8 lbs. 7 ozs. and measured 21 inches in length at the time of his birth. He joins siblings, Leigh (3) and Owen (2).

Grandparents are Trent and Leslie Henkes of Luana and Dave and Bonnie Lange of Monona. Great-grandparents are Glenda Henkes, Kathleen Lange and June Freilinger, all of Monona.
 

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08
Aug

Birth announcement: Creasman

Brian and Samantha Creasman of Lansing announce the birth of their daughter, Kaysley Barbara Creasman, born July 25, 2018 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. She weighed 7 lbs. 6.6 ozs. and measured 23 inches in length at the time of her birth. She joins siblings, Nayelly (4) and Emsley (16 months).

Grandparents are Rebecca and Juan Rosas of Lansing and Diane Lee of McGregor. Arden Sonny Sprain of La Crosse, WI is a great-grandparent.

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08
Aug

Birth announcement: Pfiffner

Steve and Chelsey Meyer Pfiffner of Onalaska, WI announce the birth of their son, Hayes James Pfiffner, born July 27, 2018 at Mayo Medical Center in La Crosse, WI. He weighed 9 lbs. 9 ozs. at the time of his birth.

Grandparents are Jim and Jan Pfiffner of Harpers Ferry, and Todd Meyer and the late Lori Meyer of Waukon. Carolyn Thomson of Waterville is a great-grandmother.
 

Wed
08
Aug

Circus and Corn Days draw considerable crowds...

Friday, August 3 was a busy day at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds in Waukon, as both the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus and the annual Waukon Corn Days celebration took place that evening. Two shows of the circus performance sponsored by the Waukon Park, Recreation and Wellness Department to benefit its youth program offerings both experienced full crowds, as depicted by the long line emerging from the circus tent pictured above. A steadily sizable crowd also graced the food stand areas of the fairgrounds (pictured below) for the sweet corn meal, with an abundance of other activities available for all ages to help celebrate the annual Corn Days event. Addison Lickiss (pictured below), eight-year-old daughter of Les and Becky Lickiss of Waukon, was crowned this year’s Little Miss Corn Days. Additional photos from Corn Days and the circus appear on Page 2A inside this week’s print edition and e-edition of The Standard. Standard photos by Joe Moses.

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08
Aug

Allamakee County to host Bible Reading Marathon this weekend

Volunteers invited to sign up to read during four-day event

February 14 of this year, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed the 99 County Bible Reading Marathon Proclamation encouraging all Iowans to participate in the occasion again this year. Allamakee County will be taking part in that annual event from August 9 at 8 a.m. through August 12 at 6 p.m., around the clock, 24 hours a day, until the entire Bible is read. This year’s local event will take place on the lawn of the Allamakee County Courthouse in Waukon.

The Allamakee County Bible Reading Marathon is seeking community volunteers to help read the Bible at the Allamakee County Courthouse over the course of these four days in August. Time slots of 15 minutes each are available, however, volunteers are more than welcome to sign up for multiple slots if they wish to read for a longer period of time or would like to read on multiple days or at different times throughout the day.

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08
Aug

Supervisors hold off approval of second reading of amendment regarding communications tower near New Albin, approve agreements for new tower with Interstate Power and Light

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, August 6 to address a full agenda of items, including the consideration of signing a Site Lease Agreement and Tower Lease Agreement with Interstate Power and Light Company, the Second Reading of Amendment 3 to Zoning Ordinance L pertaining to exceptions to towers located in the Bluffland Protection District setback area, and discussion of the Continuation of Operation Plan (COOP) relating to disaster planning and County offices.

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08
Aug

Regional Director for Senator Ernst to visit Allamakee County August 15

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst’s office will hold traveling office hours in August in all 99 counties in Iowa. Regional directors will be available to assist Iowans with problems or questions about eligibility involving issues like social security, veterans’ benefits, military affairs, passports, immigration issues and other federal programs. Senator Ernst will not be at the traveling office hours locations.

One of those regional directors will be in Allamakee County Wednesday, August 15 from 12-1 p.m. in the Large Study Room of Robey Memorial Library in Waukon, located at 401 First Avenue NW. Anyone who is unable to attend the traveling office hours and is seeking assistance with federal agencies is asked to visit Ernst.Senate.Gov to contact one of the offices listed on the site or submit a casework request.
 

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08
Aug

Stock family recognized with Bernie Heffern Memorial 4-H Family Award ...

The Bob and Irene Stock family of Waukon was awarded the Bernie Heffern Memorial 4-H Family Award before the 4-H/FFA Livestock Auction at the 2018 Allamakee County Fair Sunday, July 22 by the Bob and Bernie Heffern family. The award was created by the Heffern family in memory of Bernie Heffern, who passed away in 2008 and was very passionate about all areas of 4-H and its importance in the lives of youth and their families. She and her husband, Bob, were inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame in 2007 for their lifelong dedication to 4-H. Each year during fair week, the Allamakee County Fair Board observes families and selects a family who emulates the Heffern family attitude of helping others, working well with each other, and going above and beyond for the fair. The Hefferns hope that creating this award and honoring a family each year will help to develop the kind of passion and dedication Bernie Heffern showed for the 4-H program.

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08
Aug

Downtown plaza, Police Department personnel matters among many items discussed by Waukon City Council; Police Department urges public to claim their bicycles or they may be auctioned off

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, August 6 to address a full agenda of items including the Plaza Art Project, a modification to Police employment contracts and the 2019 Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) street and sidewalk project. There was no Public Comment.

Under Departmental Reports, Assistant Police Chief Paul Wagner advised that a large number of unclaimed bicycles are stored at the Waukon Police Station. The council agreed that a final attempt should be made to locate owners and if unclaimed a sale or auction would be an option.

Street Superintendent Keith Burrett discussed that new street signs have been going up and that three City parking lots have been resurfaced with some minor touch-up and painting to be accomplished soon.

Wed
08
Aug

Project diverting underground spring into storm sewer along Spring Avenue nearly complete


The spring in Spring Avenue will now remain an underground operation ... The surrounding photos show the progress made with the installation of a pre-cast concrete box intake near the intersection of Spring Avenue and First Avenue SW in downtown Waukon. The concrete structure was installed to divert the freshwater underground spring into the storm sewer, rather than allowing the spring to surface at street level as it has been in most recent years. The pre-cast intake box is pictured above in place and connected to a storm sewer pipe along Spring Avenue. The rectangular screen in the foreground of the photo will allow the freshwater spring to flow into the storm sewer while not affecting the functionality of the storm sewer. In the photo below at left, City of Waukon Street Superintendent Keith Burrett and his crew are pictured guiding the lid of the pre-cast intake box as it is lowered in place. The lid of the pre-cast intake includes a manhole cover (as pictured below at right), allowing access for future maintenance of the intake, with the surrounding open area filled with crushed rock and scheduled to be paved over top to finish off the project. Standard photos by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

An area near the intersection of First Avenue SW and Spring Avenue in downtown Waukon has been barricaded with orange safety fencing for several weeks this summer as City crews and other professionals have developed and installed a solution to the flow of a freshwater spring that has surfaced in that area over the past several years.

The natural spring flowing under Spring Avenue has been documented throughout Waukon’s history with references dating back to the 1896 installation of a horse trough at the head of Spring Avenue, which took advantage of this natural water source. Due to heavy rainfall in recent years, this freshwater spring has created a bubbling effect near this intersection as spring water would flow from below ground to street level and then into the storm sewer.

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