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Wed
15
Sep

Opening of Aztec Parlor on Main Street in Waukon fulfills a dream for the owner and a need for the community


Aztec Parlor receives First Dollar visit ... Aztec Parlor, a newly opened coffee parlor located at 15 West Main Street in Waukon, recently received a First Dollar Visit from the Waukon Chamber of Commerce. Pictured above, left to right, at that First Dollar presentation in front of the newly-opened business are Waukon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors members Gail Prestemon and Sarah Bieber, Aztec Parlor owners Jessica and Paul Wagner, and Waukon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors members Kristen Wilke and Brittany Horns.

Jessica Wagner has always wanted to own her own business. Her September 7 opening of Aztec Parlor at 15 West Main Street in downtown Waukon has helped her fulfill that desire, while also meeting a need she saw for the community in which she lives. Wagner’s desire to be a business owner has been ingrained in her since growing up in La Crosse, WI. She credits her family for her entrepreneurial spirit.

Wed
08
Sep

Allamakee County 4-H members exhibit at this year’s Iowa State Fair


Allamakee County 4-H Iowa State Fair Static Exhibit honorees... Left to right - Front row: Issac Johanningmeier, Addison Donahue, Mallory Berns, Diana Davison, Cheyanne Troendle; Middle row: Ethan Palmer, Olivia Enyart, Hannah Hagen, Breelyn Dahlstrom; Back row: Tegan Dahlstrom, Isabell White, John Melcher, Alaina Gebel. Not pictured: Ashlin O’Neill, Memphis Miller, Hailey Stein. Photo courtesy of Allamakee County ISU Extension and Outreach.

Allamakee County 4-H members’ exhibits were on display in the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair held August 12-22 in Des Moines. The exhibits were displayed this year, showcasing excellence in project area learning by 4-H members across the state of Iowa.

Divisions young people may exhibit in include agriculture and natural resources, creative arts, family and consumer sciences, personal development, and science, mechanics and engineering.

“Each exhibit is an outgrowth of year-long project area work done by the 4-H member,” explains Mitchell Hoyer, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H youth development program specialist. “The exhibits display at the Iowa State Fair is a celebration of the educational and personal accomplishments of our Iowa 4-H members. It is a way for our members to share what they’ve learned with the public.”

Wed
08
Sep

Elliott Jewelers attends National Jewelry Buying Show ...

John Elliott, Shelly Elliott, Maranda Elliott and Mara Dickens of Elliott Jewelers in Waukon recently attended the exclusive 2021 Retail Jewelers Organization (RJO) Summer Buying Show in Cincinnati, OH. Pictured in the submitted photo above are, left to right, Serge Fischler of Fischler Diamonds holding a 3.94 carat diamond that had recently been cut, Shelly Elliott, Maranda Elliott, Mara Dickens and John Elliott. To kick off its comeback, RJO chose “Come Together” as the theme to celebrate a return to in-person buying. Jewelers from across the nation attended the three-day event to purchase up-and-coming items at prearranged prices, collaborate with peers, contribute new business ideas and check out the latest industry trends.

Wed
08
Sep

Alzheimer’s Association invites residents of NEIA to join Walk to End Alzheimer’s® September 18 in Decorah or at home


NEIA Walk to End Alzheimer’s Planning Committee ... Pictured above is the Northeast Iowa Walk to End Alzheimer’s Planning Committee. Left to right: Debra Masek of Harpers Ferry, Michaela Collins of Waukon, Cindy Torkelson of Elgin, Connie Strom of Decorah, Sue English of Decorah. Not pictured: Sally Emerson of New Albin, Bethany Ellingson of Waukon, Judy Sweeney of Waukon, Amy Loera of Postville, Lisa McTaggart of Strawberry Point. Submitted photo.

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® will be held in Decorah Saturday, September 18, and participants have the option to walk from home or join locally at Decorah City Hall. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk kicks off at 9 a.m.

On Walk day, participants honor those affected by Alzheimer’s with Promise Garden flowers which signify solidarity in the fight against the disease. The colors of the Promise Garden flowers - purple, yellow, blue and orange - represent the different reasons why people walk to end this disease.

This year, the Alzheimer’s Association has a goal of raising $25,000 at the Decorah Walk. The money raised will help the Association provide care and support to families in Iowa, while also advancing critical research toward methods of treatment and a cure.

Wed
08
Sep

Retiring “Old Glory” ...

Just days after 13 U.S. military service members lost their lives in Afghanistan, Waukon Boy Scout Troop 64 performed a flag retirement ceremony Sunday, August 29 with even greater meaning than originally planned for, properly disposing of 383 U.S. flags, 19 Iowa flags, five POW flags and two others while honoring all service members, past and present. Flags were properly folded, cut and presented for incineration one at a time in a detail-oriented ceremony that properly retires such flags after they have become worn, torn, faded or badly soiled, according to The United States Flag Code, Title 4, Section 8k. Scouts Pryson Rasmussen, Cayden Rasmussen, Philip Clocksin, Steve Russell, Will Sellers, Gabe Sellers and Drake Hankes each took part in the ceremony, photos of which surround this article.

Wed
01
Sep

Highlights from Summer Reading Program at Robey Memorial Library


Soil Explorers: Painting with Dirt ...

Bugs, Insects & Itchy Things ...

Sharpie/Alcohol Suncatchers ...

Messy Art ...

“Reading Colors Your World” was the theme of the Summer Reading Program (SRP) at Robey Memorial Library with activities spanning from June through August. The Kids and Teens 4-Week Reading Challenge ran from Monday, July 5-Saturday, July 31 and is the highlight of the program with participants tracking their reading and reading-related activities for prizes.

In the 4-Week Reading Challenge: Kids, Infant to 6th Grade, participants had the choice of completing 1-10 spaces, 11-20 spaces or blacking out the Activity Card to receive weekly prizes in addition to adding their name to three different prize drawings for an Eric Carle Magnet Set and board books, Chronicles of Narnia book set and DVD, or Ice Cream with the Librarian. A total of 76 children registered and 47 participated with a total of 1,267 activities completed. The top three readers in each category received a new book of their choice purchased by the Library Foundation. Those top readers are as follow:

Wed
01
Sep

Initial motion to declare Allamakee County as Second Amendment Supportive does not receive a second, resolution not approved after involved discussion

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, August 30 to address a full agenda of items including the Public Hearing for the Private Burial Ordinance, consideration of the Bible Reading Marathon to take place on the Allamakee County Courthouse lawn and discussion and consideration of a resolution declaring Allamakee County as a Second Amendment Sanctuary County.

During Public Comment, Executive Director Val Reinke with Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) discussed attending the Iowa Rural Summit at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids with representatives of Postville relating to community development and grant opportunities. Reinke also discussed attending the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, manning the ACED booth there Saturday and Sunday, August 21-22 with follow-up taking place relating to specific information requests.

Wed
01
Sep

Updates provided on variety of current and future projects for City of Waukon


Funding for new Street Department garage/shop part of September 7 public hearing ... A new combination building to be utilized by the City of Waukon Street Department and Park & Recreation Department is one of the projects planned for the next several years within Waukon, according to an update provided by City of Waukon Manager Gary Boden. In addition to its lack of storage space that forces the rental of storage area for the Street Department, the current garage/shop area (pictured above) is also experiencing some foundational and structural deficiencies that have prompted City officials to consider a new building that will serve both the Street Department’s needs and also storage needs for the Park & Recreation Department, with partial funding of the new structure to come from a $2.5 million general obligation bond issue that will seek public input during a public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, September 7 at the next regular Waukon City Council meeting. Only $400,000 of that bond issue would be designated for partial funding of the new building project, with the remaining $2.1 million funding street improvement projects. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

With a number of current and future projects in the works for the City of Waukon, City Manager Gary Boden provided an update to The Standard Wednesday, August 25 relating to details of ongoing projects, plans for future projects, and other City-related matters.

Wed
25
Aug

Waukon Municipal Airport has unique visitors on same evening ...

Tuesday, August 17 proved to be a busy evening at the Waukon Municipal Airport as several unique visitors graced the local airfield during the late afternoon/evening hours. According to airport manager Jim Wadsworth, a group of powered parachute enthusiasts (some of whom are pictured above) who call themselves “The Gypsies” requested permission to use the Waukon Municipal Airport for part of an annual venture the group takes part in, flying their powered parachutes from smaller community airports over the area’s surrounding landscape. The group of a half dozen or so powered parachutes may have been seen by area residents flying over Waukon and the surrounding area for several hours that Tuesday evening, with the group traveling by camper to stay overnight at various airfields throughout the tri-state area each year. Wadsworth said the group is based out of Waupun, WI and had flown out of Viroqua, WI on a similar venture prior to their Waukon venture.

Wed
25
Aug

Learn more about local government and being a candidate for Waukon City Council at August 31 informational session

Those considering running for a seat on the Waukon City Council, or those who would consider running for a council seat if they knew more about it, are welcome to attend an informational session scheduled for Tuesday evening, August 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the Robey Memorial Library Community Room in Waukon. The session will focus on the functional aspects of the Waukon City Council and city government, in general.

Those attending will have the opportunity to visit with two current councilmen and Waukon Mayor Pat Stone to learn the duties of a councilperson and other pertinent information that would be helpful to know as a potential candidate. Allamakee County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Denise Beyer will be on hand to talk about the campaign process and timelines for filing nomination paperwork to help get interested candidates started on the campaign trail.

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