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12
Jul

Kerndt Brothers Bank acquires area wealth management firm

Brandon Rude ...
Brandon Rude ...

Kerndt Brothers Bank has acquired the Securities America branch office of Rude’s Investment & Insurance Center, which was owned and operated by Brandon Rude in Decorah. Rude has a customer base encompassing much of the tri-state area, providing over 15 years of experience in investment and financial planning services.

This acquisition will provide Kerndt Brothers Bank with additional expansion of their existing investment services, including investment advising and consulting, and retirement programs for individuals, municipalities and businesses.

Jim Kerndt, President, and CEO of Kerndt Brothers Savings Bank, stated, “Brandon has over 15 years of experience in the investment field, and we are pleased he decided to join KBSB Wealth Management Services. Brandon is well positioned to assist with the complex tasks of financial planning, helping our many clients prepare now and enjoy retirement later.”

Wed
05
Jul

Allamakee County Veterans Museum to host program July 15 featuring Vietnam War Veteran Carl Johnson

Saturday, July 15 at 10 a.m., the Allamakee County Veterans Museum will present another program from its Veterans History Project honoring Vietnam War Veterans. The program will take place at the Veterans Museum located at 105 Allamakee Street in Waukon.

A video interview by Chuck Bloxham with U.S. Army veteran Carl T. Johnson of Waukon will be played. Carl Johnson will also be present to share comments and answer questions.

While in Vietnam, with the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regimen, 1st Cavalry Division, Johnson was designated as a tunnel rat and later as a sniper. He participated in the battle for Hue City during the Tet offensive and many other significant engagements. This interview features his duty as a “tunnel rat.”

The public is invited to attend. There is no admission or membership charge. The facility is handicapped accessible.
 

Wed
05
Jul

NICC Waukon Center hosts “Build Your Own Business” Summer Camp ...

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Waukon Center held its “Build Your Own Business” Summer Camp June 27-28 for students entering third through fifth grades this fall. This two-day camp was a “Shark Tank”-style experience (based on the “Shark Tank” television series) where students learned basic business concepts and vocabulary in formulating a business idea, created their own business plan, discussed customer service and created their own logo and business cards, printed by The Copy Shoppe in Waukon. Students listened to presentations from local businesses and also visited Aztec Parlor, Epic Wear, Hello Sunshine, KNEI Radio and Paws Up Pet Supplies in downtown Waukon to witness what they were learning at the camp being utilized in a real business setting. The students concluded camp by presenting their own business ideas to area business leaders who represented the “sharks” that provided feedback on those business ideas.

Wed
05
Jul

Supervisors approve transition in the payment of project expenses for Allamakee County Historical Society prior to end of fiscal year, discuss expanded handicapped parking space in lower courthouse parking lot

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met Friday, June 30 in special session to address several matters, including the end of fiscal-year claims, discussion and consideration of paying the Allamakee County Historical Society Fiscal-Year 2023 (FY23) expenses for fire escape, stairs and roof improvements on the Allamakee County Courthouse Museum instead of sidewalk replacement, and discussion of the Allamakee County Courthouse sidewalk project. The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Dan Byrnes with Supervisors Mark Reiser and Dennis Keatley present. Byrnes noted the review of claims for the end of the current fiscal-year.

Wed
28
Jun

Area native and Kee High School graduate John Walleser promoted to U.S. Army Major ...

U.S. Army Major John Walleser was promoted from Captain to Major during a ceremony held May 5 of this year at the Lock and Dam 9 embankment of the Mississippi River next to the spillway. Colonel Eric Swenson (St. Paul District Commander), Lieutenant Colonel Robert Wilkins (St. Paul District Deputy Commander), and John Walleser’s family and friends were in attendance at the promotion ceremony. John Walleser is an active-duty U.S. Army Engineer since 2012 and is currently assigned to the United States Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District where he works with the Levee Safety Program.

As a part of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Major Walleser inspects infrastructure critical to flood protection and assists in emergency response to natural disasters. Immediately following his promotion ceremony, Major Walleser hosted a reception with those in attendance at the American Legion in Harpers Ferry.

Wed
28
Jun

Residents of Waukon’s Ward 3 can apply to fill that now vacant city council seat following appointment of former Ward 3 Councilman to office of mayor


City of Waukon Voting Wards ... Map above shows the three voting wards for the City of Waukon, with Ward 3 being the darkest area pictured above in the northwest area of Waukon. Residents of Ward 3 interested in being appointed to the Waukon City Council seat now vacant due to the recent appointment of previous Ward 3 Councilman Arvid Hatlan to the office of Waukon Mayor are invited to contact Waukon City Hall or fill out the Expression of Interest form on the City of Waukon website at www.cityofwaukon.com. Submitted image.

by Joe Moses

Prior to the printing of the Wednesday, June 28, 2023 edition of The Standard, updates were provided by Waukon City Clerk Sarah Snitker and Allamakee County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Denise Beyer relating to Waukon’s mayoral and city council appointments and the November 7 City election.

Following the resignation of Mayor Pat Stone at the May 1, 2023 Waukon City Council meeting, the City began the process of seeking an individual to fill that mayoral vacancy. At the June 19 Waukon City Council meeting last week, Ward 3 City Council member Arvid Hatlan was appointed to fill that mayoral seat, with his appointment filling the remainder of that current office term, which expires at the end of this 2023 calendar year.

Wed
28
Jun

Supervisors approve roadway maintenance agreements with Iowa DOT and City of Waukon, hear report on PTSD Awareness Walk held locally

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, June 26 to address a short agenda of matters including the liquor license renewal for the Allamakee County Conservation Foundation, three plat approvals and the consideration of a Roadway Maintenance Agreement with the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the City of Waukon. The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Dan Byrnes with Supervisors Mark Reiser and Dennis Keatley present.

Wed
28
Jun

Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office still seeking information regarding series of stolen and wrecked vehicles in the rural Waterville area


Person of interest in vehicle thefts in rural Waterville area June 19 ... The image at right was taken from surveillance camera footage inside the recently opened Waterville Bar and Grill on Main Street in Waterville Sunday, June 18. The man shown in the image is a person of interest in a pair of vehicle thefts that occurred in the early morning hours of Monday, June 19 in the rural Waterville area and the crashing of one of those vehicles, along with the crashing of another vehicle in rural Waterville that was reported stolen from the La Crosse, WI area, with all of those incidents being investigated in relationship to one another. Anyone who may recognize this individual or know his whereabouts or any additional information regarding the vehicle thefts is asked to contact the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office by calling 563-568-4521 or by dialing 9-1-1. Submitted image.

The Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into the theft and wrecking of several vehicles that is reported to have taken place in the rural Waterville area in the early morning hours of Monday, June 19. Through the ongoing investigation into the matter, the incidents are all believed to involve a person of interest who local law enforcement authorities have an image of (see accompanying photo at right) from surveillance camera footage taken from inside the recently opened Waterville Bar & Grill on Main Street in Waterville.

Allamakee County Sheriff Clark Mellick says that the accompanying image of the suspected person of interest was from Sunday, June 18. Early the very next morning, at approximately 5 a.m., the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a crashed vehicle off of Buckskin Road, a gravel dead end road off of State Highway 76, south of Waterville.

Wed
21
Jun

Andy Kelleher recognized as a Rising Star by the Iowa Travel Partners Industry


ITIP Rising Star ... Andy Kelleher, Executive Director of Main Street Lansing, is pictured above with the Iowa Travel Industry Partners Rising Star Award he received at the Iowa Travel Industry Partners Annual Meeting Monday, June 12. Kelleher was the recipient of the inaugural award in the Small Market category for his demonstrated leadership, commitment and passion for the Iowa travel industry. Submitted photo.

Iowa Travel Industry Partners (iTIP), a statewide association of the tourism and hospitality industry, presented the inaugural iTIP Awards during the iTIP Annual Meeting Monday, June 12 in Cedar Falls. Andy Kelleher, Executive Director of Main Street Lansing, was the recipient of the small market iTIP Rising Star Award. This is an award recognizing someone new to the Iowa tourism industry within the past five years who has demonstrated leadership, commitment and passion for the Iowa travel industry.

Kelleher has stood on the forefront of tourism initiatives in Allamakee County. He secured a Soul of Iowa 2.0 selection for Lansing, which is a statewide tourism promotion initiative that will help advertise northeast Iowa to visitors across the country. He supported RAGBRAI XLIX, which was sponsored by his employer, Main Street Lansing. He created and installed scenic byway maps in downtown Lansing to encourage visitors to explore more of the Driftless Area.

Wed
21
Jun

Arvid Hatlan appointed to serve remainder of Waukon Mayor term through the end of this year; Council approves several other personnel matters


Reading the oath of office ... Waukon City Council member Arvid Hatlan reads the oath of office at the Monday, June 19 Waukon City Council meeting after he was appointed to fill the vacancy of Mayor of Waukon following the resignation of former mayor Pat Stone in early May of this year. Hatlan was the lone applicant for appointment to the vacant mayor position, and he will now finish out the current term of that position that expires at the end of this year. The mayor position will be on the ballot for the city election scheduled to be held in November of this year. With Hatlan now serving as Mayor of Waukon as of Tuesday, June 20, the council now has 60 days from that date to also make an appointment to fill the remainder of Hatlan’s Ward 3 City Council position, the tenure of which expires December 31, 2025. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, June 19 to address a full agenda of matters including the appointment to fill the vacant position of the Mayor of Waukon, discussion of Ordinance Chapter 137 Driveway Regulations and approval of a hire for the Utility Billing Clerk position at Waukon City Hall. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Pro-Tem Kevin Johnson with no Public Comment being made at that time.

Under Department Reports, Police Chief Paul Wagner noted that Officer Brent Parker attended a taser instruction school this week which will allow Parker to conduct the yearly taser training and recertification for the entire department moving forward. Wagner further noted that the speed trailer has been having some issues and that he is working with the company relating to this repair.

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