Community News

Wed
25
Aug

Supervisors hold discussion but take no action on becoming a Second Amendment Sanctuary County and speed limit reduction south of Lansing

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, August 23 to address a full agenda of items including discussion of Allamakee County becoming a Second Amendment Sanctuary County, consideration of the 28E agreement with Allamakee County Economic Development, and the discussion and consideration of a Speed Limit Resolution reducing speed on a segment of the Great River Road (X52).

Wed
18
Aug

Local HEART volunteer helps bring lost dog story to a happy ending, offers suggestions for those with lost pets


A lost dog story filled with HEART... The dog pictured at right was lost by a family from Illinois when they were camping over the Fourth of July holiday weekend at Old Sixteen Campground in southern Allamakee County. After unsuccessful efforts by the family to try and bring their dog home, local HEART (Helping Every Animal Rescue Team) volunteer Laurie Howes set up the live trap pictured below that eventually captured the dog and allowed for it to be reunited with its family. Submitted photos.

by Brianne Eilers

For pet owners, one of the worst feelings in the world is when their fur-baby goes missing. It can be even scarier if they get lost in an area that they aren’t familiar with, such as on a vacation or a camping trip.

Over the Fourth of July holiday, one family experienced that, but luckily efforts from a local animal rescue volunteer group were able to give this story a happy ending by reuniting a lost dog with its family.

HEART (Helping Every Animal Rescue Team) volunteer Laurie Howes is an animal lover and a self-described “crazy dog lady.” She has Shiba Inus for pets and also has worked with a Shiba Inu rescue based out of Illinois. A few years ago, she saw a float for HEART in a local parade and contacted them, becoming involved with the organization.

Wed
18
Aug

Pair of Nebraska college students visit Allamakee County communities as part of their statewide Visit939Iowa tour


Visit939Iowa makes tour stops in Allamakee County communities ... University of Nebraska at Omaha students Austin Schneider (yellow t-shirt) and Seth Varner (red t-shirt) made stops in several Allamakee County communities Thursday, August 5 as part of their Visit939Iowa statewide tour of incorporated towns within the state. Within their statewide tour, Varner and Schneider make sure they stop at all of the Freedom Rocks throughout the state, as pictured above in the photo taken by Standard Assistant Editor Joe Moses at the Allamakee County Freedom Rock located in the Waukon City Park. As pictured in the surrounding photos shared by the traveling pair, their Thursday visit also included New Albin, Waterville, Harpers Ferry and Lansing. Additional photos and a brief history-based synopsis of what they learned about each community they visited can all be viewed on their Visit939Iowa Facebook page.

by Joe Moses

Several Allamakee County communities were early August stops for Visit939Iowa, a statewide tour by University of Nebraska at Omaha students Seth Varner and Austin Schneider. The college pair made stops in Waukon, Waterville, Lansing, New Albin and Harpers Ferry Thursday, August 5 as part of their statewide journey.

Last year, Varner and Schneider traveled throughout Nebraska on what was known as the Visit531Nebraska tour with stops at all 531 incorporated towns and communities over a three-month period during that summer. As part of the Nebraska tour, photos and town-specific details were shared on social media as Varner and Schneider continued their travels across the state, with the creation of a self-published book as a goal. Their book, “Visit531 Nebraska: Our Journey to Every Incorporated Town in the State”, documents their travels and shares photos and fun facts from each community and is available through their website.

Wed
18
Aug

For those in need, Carol’s Closet is trying to help meet those needs


Kids helping kids, through Carol’s Closet ... Earlier this summer, the school age children at Sue’s Daycare in Waukon hosted a cupcake and lemonade stand (pictured above) outside the daycare owned and operated by Sue Guyer. Although the overall intention was to just have fun, the youngsters ended up raising $137, so the kids decided they would use the money to give back to the community. The following week the daycare went to Dollar General in Waukon and bought packs of diapers to donate to Carol’s Closet (pictured below) for those in need. Located on Spring Avenue in downtown Waukon, Carol’s Closet is a place to donate new or gently used kids items for newborns to size 16 to be used by anyone in the community that needs a helping hand. Submitted photos.

by David M. Johnson

During the height of the pandemic the public began to experience shortages in items necessary for day-to-day living, and in goods and services available but seemingly out of reach. Communities, private parties, local, state and the federal government tried to fill the void when retail outlets could not respond to the demands to the public’s wants and needs.

This scenario amplified the importance of charities and the many non-profit organizations that already existed in the public domain. At the local level, the non-profit seemed to be better equipped to fill the void that national organizations and the government could not. One such local entity that has that special niche that meets the needs of those who may be a little short on cash due to some unfortunate reason or another is Carol’s Closet.

Wed
11
Aug

Treasurer’s Office reminds residents that driver’s license, ID card and testing services are all by appointment only

Allamakee County Treasurer Jennifer O’Neill would like to remind the public that all services related to driver’s license, identification cards and testing are by appointment only at the Allamakee County Treasurer’s office in the Allamakee County Courthouse at 110 Allamakee Street in Waukon. Following the lead of the State of Iowa, no walk-ins will be allowed for these services.

To schedule an appointment for any services related to driver’s license, identification cards or testing, contact the Allamakee County Treasurer’s office by phone at 563-568-3793 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
 

Wed
11
Aug

Temporary lane closure expected through August 20 ...

The southbound lane of traffic on Iowa Highway 9/Allamakee Street (left lane in photo above) heading into the north edge of Waukon will be temporarily closed for a construction project being completed at the Aveka Nutra Processing facility in north Waukon, across from the Allamakee County Fairgrounds.

Wed
11
Aug

New AEDs and wall hanging received by the Waukon Police Department ...

The Waukon Police Department has deployed four new Lifepak CR2 automatic external defibrillators (AEDs), pictured above, in its patrol vehicles, offering life saving benefits for the local community. The department received the AEDs through a grant awarded to the Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Emergency and Trauma Services from the Leona M. & Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. Pictured above the AED units is a wall-mounted replica of the patch worn on the uniforms of the Waukon Police Department, received as a donation from Lee Winer and fabricated by Lucky 7 Design of Waukon. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
11
Aug

Culpepper & Merriweather Circus to be in Waukon this Thursday and Friday


The circus is coming to town ... The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus will be coming to Waukon this Thursday and Friday, August 12-13 for a pair of evening shows at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each day. Sponsored by Waukon Park & Recreation, additional ticket and event information can be found in the advertisement on Page 10 of this week’s issue of The Standard. Submitted photo.

Thanks to the sponsorship of the Waukon Park & Recreation Department, Culpepper & Merriweather Circus, America’s Favorite Big Top Circus is coming to Waukon this Thursday and Friday, August 12-13. The big top circus tent will be located at the Waukon Softball Complex near the Allamakee County Fairgrounds at 835 Allamakee Street NW.

Now in its 36th edition, Culpepper & Merriweather (C&M) Circus has become internationally known for quality family entertainment. This authentic One-Ring, Big Top Circus has been featured on National Geographic’s Explorer TV series, Entertainment Tonight, A&E Special: Under the Big Top and most recently, On the Road with Circus Kids, a Nickelodeon special featured on the Nick News Program.

Wed
04
Aug

Honored by Fire Service Training Bureau ...

Saturday, July 17, during the opening ceremony for the Iowa Department of Public Safety Fire Service Training Bureau State Fire School in Ames, the Fire Service Training Bureau posthumously awarded the late Daniel Howe of Waukon with its Field Programs Instructor of the Year Award. Howe’s wife, Linsey, and their son, Easton, (center of photo) were present at the ceremony to accept the award in Howe’s honor. Presenting the award were John Kraemer (far right), Fire Service Training Bureau Chief, and Al McCune (far left), Fire Service Training Bureau Instructor. The award was given “In recognition of dedication to training fire service professionals across the state,” noting that Howe “made a positive contribution toward fulfilling the mission of the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Division of the State Fire Marshal.” Submitted photo.
 

Wed
04
Aug

Nation of Patriots Tour 2021 makes stop in Waukon ...

As part of a nationwide tour presented by the Nation of Patriots, a volunteer organization with a mission to provide financial support to families of wounded military veterans who have made sacrifices in service to their country, Patriot Tour riders John Schumacher and Brad Washburn (left to right in photo above) arrive at Iron Hill Harley-Davidson in Waukon after traveling from Fennimore, WI July 27. This year’s tour began in Las Vegas, NV May 13 with the U.S. flag then traveling to Honolulu, HI and Palmer, AK before a return to Las Vegas and the tour resuming in the contiguous 48 states. Pictured below at right, Patriot Tour rider Quentin Quandahl (left in photo) accepts the transfer of the U.S. flag in a ceremony officiated by Washburn (right). Quandahl and fellow Patriot Tour rider Steve Trumblee next traveled from the Waukon area July 28 to Silver Eagle Harley-Davidson in Waterloo to transfer the flag for the next portion of the tour, which will reach all 50 U.S.

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