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Wed
21
Dec

Robey Memorial Library offering variety of activities during winter break from school

Besides its collections of reading materials for all ages, Robey Memorial Library in Waukon will be offering some fun programs for students and families during this year’s winter break from school.

Join Ross Geerdes, Allamakee County Conservation Naturalist, Tuesday, December 27 at 3:30 p.m. as he talks about Animal Camouflage. Afterschool with Ross is a monthly program featuring hands-on activities on outdoor, animal, nature and conservation topics.

Stop in any time between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 28 and Tuesday, January 3 to make something fun to take home during the library’s Make & Take sessions for Kids and for Teens.

Wed
14
Dec

Supervisors approve 11 projects for Allamakee County Facade Grant Program funding, hiring of legal counsel to assist with ownership transition for VMH

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, December 12 to address a full agenda of matters including the consideration of the Weed Commissioner 2022 Report, consideration of a Resolution to hire Attorney Katie Cownie of the Dorsey & Whitney Law Firm as counsel relating to the Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) transition to a County hospital, and the review and consideration of Allamakee County Facade Grant Program awards.

During Public Comment, Executive Director Rachelle Howe of Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) presented Board of Supervisors Chairperson Larry Schellhammer a plaque in recognition of his years of service as a member of the UERPC Board of Directors.

Wed
14
Dec

Allamakee Prevention Advisory highlights group member as a community resource

Tara Fink ...
Tara Fink ...

Staff members at Veterans Memorial Hospital recognize how the goals of Allamakee Prevention Advisory and their own align. The two entities are working toward a common goal of making Allamakee County a healthier, safer place for youth and families to live.

Allamakee Prevention Advisory is comprised of individuals representing different sectors of the community. When those individuals come together to work toward these common goals, they are able to have a greater impact in the county. This month, Allamakee Prevention Advisory wants to spotlight a member from the healthcare sector, Tara Fink.

Wed
14
Dec

Admission to State Bar allows Swartz Law to serve Wisconsin clients

Luke Meinholz ...
Luke Meinholz ...

Swartz Law Firm, PLLC of Waukon has announced that with a successful taking of the Wisconsin Bar Exam, Attorney Luke Meinholz has been admitted to the State Bar of Wisconsin.

Meinholz has served as Assistant City Attorney for Waukon, Marquette and Harpers Ferry since joining Swartz Law as an associate in May of 2022. He has also served as court-appointed defense counsel in several cases and has become well versed in the real estate title opinions that are unique to Iowa. Meinholz has also worked for several clients on civil matters.

With passage of the bar exam, Meinholz is now licensed to assist clients and take cases in the state of Wisconsin. He looks forward to advising and advocating for clients and practicing law on both sides of the Mississippi River.
 

Wed
14
Dec

Winners of Big Tree Contest in Yellow River State Forest announced

The winners of the Friends of Yellow River State Forest “Biggest Tree in the Forest” Contest have been announced. Those winners include the following:

Armund and Laurie Bartz of New Albin won the Maple division, finding a tree with a circumference of 138 inches in the Paint Rock Unit, Mississippi Trail. Armund Bartz is pictured in the photo above. He works in the Natural Resource field, and he said this was the largest sugar maple he has ever seen in the Driftless region.

Paul and Joan Burns of Iowa City won the Oak division, finding a Red Oak with a circumference of 170 inches in the Luster Heights Unit. Joan Burns is pictured in the photo below.

Theo Marcu and his grandmother, Dana Dotzenrod, found a White Pine in the Little Paint Campground with a circumference of 101 inches. Theo, who is pictured in the photo at center, is two years old and is the son of Ted Marcu and Jess Tranauskus of Decorah.

Wed
07
Dec

Waukon City Council will consider surcharges, shutting off water to properties that do not allow water meter upgrades

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, December 5 to address a full agenda of matters including discussion of water meter replacement charges, a presentation relating to electric vehicles and an update relating to the Allamakee County Hazard Mitigation Plan.

There was no Public Comment and the meeting moved into Department Reports with Water and Sewer Superintendent Jim Cooper providing an update. Cooper advised that the water meter replacement and installation process is moving forward. He also discussed a water treatment process taking place at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Council member Arvid Hatlan made note of positive feedback that he has received relating to the professionalism of the contractor performing the water meter installations in Waukon.

Wed
07
Dec

Allamakee County Veterans Museum to host program on “Finding American MIAs in Underwater Environments” ...

The Allamakee County Veterans Museum will be offering another program to the public in the meeting room of its new museum in the former Vet’s Club building at 105 Allamakee Street, Waukon Thursday, December 15 at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Dan Davis, a marine archaeologist and professor in the Department of History at Luther College, will give a public talk entitled “Finding American MIAs in Underwater Environments,” and will detail his efforts to locate, document and recover American service members from submerged aircraft from World War II. The talk will focus on past and current projects, as well as the technologies being used to locate and identify human remains. Dr. Davis is a former U.S.

Wed
07
Dec

Allamakee County Veterans Museum to host program December 17 remembering Pearl Harbor Day ...

The Allamakee County Veterans Museum will be offering another program to the public in the meeting room of its new museum in the former Vet’s Club building at 105 Allamakee Street, Waukon Saturday, December 17, beginning at 10 a.m.

The topic of the presentation will be “Why did the Japanese Navy attack Pearl Harbor?” A video documentary will be presented and local U.S. Navy veterans will discuss their visits to the Pearl Harbor monuments and share their insights.

There will be no admission charge and the new museum is wheel chair accessible. Museum winter hours include tours Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon, and by appointment for groups of all kinds. Special programs are planned to be held monthly as announced. Submitted image.
 

Wed
07
Dec

County 4-H Council hosts Junior Halloween Party ...

The Allamakee County 4-H Council is composed of energetic and positive high school students who serve as ambassadors for 4-H. These members are responsible for planning and supporting numerous activities for Allamakee County 4-H members. Sunday, November 6, the Council hosted the annual Junior Halloween Party for youth in fourth through sixth grades. The event was held at the Zion United Church of Christ (UCC) in Waukon. A total of 28 youth attended and participated in a STEM challenge which challenged them to build a tin foil boat to hold candy pumpkins, played Halloween BINGO, ended the afternoon with a costume contest, and enjoyed many more activities throughout the event.

Wed
07
Dec

Holiday Parade in Waukon is Thursday night, following the Holiday Hop downtown

Members of the First Presbyterian Church in Waukon have assumed the role of organizing this year’s Holiday Parade in Waukon. The event is scheduled for Thursday, December 8, beginning at 7 p.m., in an effort to coordinate with the local Holiday Hop event being planned by Waukon businesses earlier that same evening. More information on the Holiday Hop can be found on Pages 16-17 in the November 30 edition of The Standard or at https://waukonstandard.com/content/shop-local.

Anyone from the general public, business community, school or any community organization is invited to decorate any vehicle, float, side-by-side or other creative avenue with lights and participate in the parade as it travels through downtown Waukon. All registered entries will be entered in a drawing for prizes, and there will also be a Grand Prize awarded for the most festive float.

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