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19
Jul

Allamakee County Food Shelf Volunteers receive Governor’s Volunteer Award ...

The volunteers at the Allamakee County Food Shelf in Waukon received a Governor’s Volunteer Award from Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg during a special recognition ceremony held June 6 in Cedar Falls. Pictured in the photo at right at the award presentation are, left to right, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds; Allamakee County Food Shelf Coordinator Julie Rotach, who nominated the Food Shelf’s group of volunteers; and volunteers Cathy Jurgens and Monica Roderick, who represent the collection of volunteers that Rotach says make all that takes place at the Allamakee County Food Shelf possible, noting that there are about 15 most consistent volunteers who help out during the weekly food distribution efforts every Thursday for those most in need of those services.

More than 600 Governor’s Volunteer Awards were presented this year during five ceremonies across Iowa. It is estimated that more than 150 communities in Iowa were served by this year’s honorees.

Wed
19
Jul

Iowa History 101 mobile museum to visit Postville July 27 ...

The Iowa History 101 mobile museum coordinated by the State Historical Society of Iowa will be visiting Postville Thursday, July 27. The Winnebago recreational vehicle (RV), pictured above, filled with Iowa’s history will be at the Postville Farmers Market, which is held weekly at 101 East Greene Street, from 4-7 p.m. that Thursday for its only scheduled visit to Allamakee County in an effort to visit all 99 Iowa counties again from 2021-2023. The mobile museum will be parked in front of the Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) office in Postville.

Wed
12
Jul

Waukon City Council hears presentation relating to Park and Recreation Master Plan, advised of new “Coffee with the Mayor” beginning July 22

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, July 10 to address a full agenda of matters. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Arvid Hatlan.

During Public Comment, Executive Director Mandy Halverson of the Waukon Chamber of Commerce updated the council about the upcoming visit by Prosper Waukon, a descendant of Waukon’s founder, John Waukon, and his wife scheduled for July 24-27. Halverson noted that Prosper Waukon will be part of several events during his visit which are yet to be scheduled, with an appearance at Robey Memorial Library July 25 confirmed thus far.

Halverson also noted that KCRG will be back in Waukon to film an “Our Town” segment during the week of the Allamakee County Fair. She said that segment is scheduled to air the last week of July or in early August.

Wed
12
Jul

TASC hires Waukon area native Jason Howes as new Executive Director

Jason Howes ...
Jason Howes ...

by David M. Johnson

TASC, Inc., or Training Advancement Skills in the Community, has touched someone in the community in one way or another. It is a non-profit organization, one of the largest employers in Waukon, that concentrates on fulfilling the lives of the area’s lesser advantaged citizens.
After a presence of multiple decades in the local community, this organization has shown it provides assistance, service, support and supervision to adult clients who have been diagnosed with mental, physical or emotionally disabling conditions as stated by a licensed physician or psychiatrist. It is also a home and community based service that provides home services to assist individuals in their own homes.

Wed
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.

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