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Wed
26
Jan

An early start to spreading the spirit ...

The Tuesday, January 18 home game for the Waukon boys basketball team against Prairie du Chien, WI allowed the crowd to witness more than just basketball at the Waukon High School gymnasium, as youth ranging from Pre-Kindergarten on up through eighth grade performed as part of the Little Indian Cheerleading Camp that took place just a day earlier, Monday, January 17, during a scheduled day off in the Allamakee Community School District. Under the guidance of Waukon High School cheerleading coaches Amy Bieber and Lexi Brink, along with past and present members of the Waukon High School Cheerleading Squad, a combination of more than 80 young providers of the pep took what they learned from that Monday camp, with Pre-Kindergarten through second grade participants performing during halftime of Tuesday’s junior varsity game and third through eighth graders performing at halftime of Tuesday’s varsity game.

Wed
26
Jan

VFW Post and Auxiliary #4117 honor top entries in annual youth essay contest


Top VFW Auxiliary essays from East Elementary School ... Left to right - Front row: Ada Iverson - fifth grade third place, Brielle Kruger - fifth grade first place, Rozlyn Kruger - fourth grade second place, and Mason Jones - third grade first place; Back row: VFW Auxiliary Americanism Chair Julie Rotach, and East Elementary School teachers of the essay-writing students, Cody Snitker, Connie Nagel, Dani Bucknell and Sara Retallick. Submitted photo.

Top VFW Auxiliary essays from St. Patrick Elementary School ... Left to right - Front row: Kinley Krenzke - third grade third place, Ruby Welch - third grade second place, Sawyer Troendle - fourth grade third place, Brielle Gavin - fourth grade first place, Petra Quiroz - fifth grade second place, and VFW Auxiliary Americanism Chair Julie Rotach; Back row: St. Patrick Elementary School teachers of the essay-writing students, Martha Byrnes, Loretta Schafer and Sandy Riese. Submitted photo.

Top Patriot’s Pen essays from St. Patrick School sixth grade... Left to right: Hailey Miller - first place, Dane Burns - second place, Kaden Mitchell - third place. Submitted photo.

Top Patriot’s Pen essays from Waukon Middle School sixth through eighth grades ... Left to right - Front row: Tate Ellingson - seventh grade third place, Mariesa Gibbs - sixth grade second place, Adrick Christensen - sixth grade third place, Issac Johanningmeier - eighth grade third place, and Allia Ericson - sixth grade first place; Back row: Trinity Protsman - seventh grade second place, Reegan Benzing - seventh grade first place, Connor Stilwell - eighth grade second place, and Johnathan Marti - eighth grade first place. Submitted photo.

Waukon High School Voice of Democracy top essays ... Pictured with Waukon High School Principal Jennifer Garin (far left) and instructor Louise Wild (far right) are the top Waukon High School entries in the VFW Voice of Democracy essay contest. Left to right: Emma Palmer - third place, Jackson Perkins - second place, and Azlynn Cota - first place. Submitted photo.

The Lawrence D. Anderson VFW Post #4117 and the VFW Auxiliary to Post #4117 recently selected the winners of their annual youth essay contest involving local students in third grade on up through high school students. The local winners of the contest, selected in November, advanced on to the District level of competition.

Sixth grader Allia Ericson of Waukon Middle School placed first in the Patriot’s Pen essay competition at the District level and advanced on to the State level of competition, where her entry did not secure further advancement. Waukon Middle School seventh grader Reegan Benzing placed second in this year’s District level of competition. Those two District-placewinning essays, along with the other first-place essays from the Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy local level of competition, are printed on this page and on the next page.

Wed
26
Jan

Waterville native Mary Evanson Bleckwehl publishes her debut middle grade novel titled The Worry Knot

Mary Evanson Bleckwehl ...
Mary Evanson Bleckwehl ...

Many things describe the middle school years. Perfect probably isn’t one of them. Readers discover something closer to reality in The Worry Knot, a debut middle grade novel penned by Minnesota children’s author and Waterville native Mary Evanson Bleckwehl.

Hazard Middle School, where worry and dessert are always on the menu, is the setting for most of the story. It’s where twelve year-old Rourke Berger learns that trying to keep his worries at bay and his autistic brother safe isn’t an easy task. Following the success of her three picture books and a children’s cookbook, Bleckwehl has written a fictional story for older readers - one of heart, hope and an unlikely hero.

Wed
19
Jan

Top entries in Friends of Yellow River State Forest Art Contest ...

Adult Art: 1st Place - Marcia Kruse
Adult Art: 1st Place - Marcia Kruse
Adult Photography: 1st Place - Todd Moon
Adult Photography: 1st Place - Todd Moon
Kids Photography: 1st Place - Elise Silverson
Kids Photography: 1st Place - Elise Silverson
Kids Art: 1st Place - Mabel Boylen
Kids Art: 1st Place - Mabel Boylen

In an effort to capture the beauty of Yellow River State Forest near Harpers Ferry through the perspectives of artists near and far, the Friends of Yellow River State Forest recently hosted a 2nd Annual Art Contest at the end of 2021. Contest categories included adult art, kids art, adult photography and kids photography. Submitted entries were posted on the Friends of Yellow River State Forest Facebook page and votes were tallied using the number of “likes, loves, and wows” the entries received.

The contest is intended to be a good-natured event with participants sharing their creation on their Facebook page and encouraging others to vote for them. The group feels this gives the forest exposure as people go to the group’s Facebook page to “like” these entries, therefore seeing the beauty of the forest as they search for the creation they want to vote for.

Wed
19
Jan

Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative receives an additional $3 million in broadband grants

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) recently announced recipients of the latest Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grants Program. Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative was one of 160 applicants awarded two grants totaling over $3 million for new broadband infrastructure in rural Allamakee County. With the help of Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission, this grant is the fourth OCIO grant awarded to the Cooperative.

Wed
19
Jan

Early morning accident causes damage at Lycurgus Church cemetery ...

Saturday, January 8 at 5:51 a.m., Lane Allen Fogt, age 23, of Waukon arrived at the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office and reported that he had been involved in a motor vehicle accident along State Highway 9 near its intersection with Lycurgus Road northeast of Waukon. Fogt was then transported to Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon and treated for minor injuries received in the accident.

An initial report from the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office indicates that Fogt had been traveling westbound on State Highway 9 when his pick-up truck entered the north ditch. The vehicle struck the ditch embankment and went airborne, striking a fence and entering the Lycurgus Catholic Church cemetery (as evident in the photo at right), damaging several headstones before coming to a stop.

Wed
12
Jan

St. Patrick's Day Parade scheduled for March 13

Plans have been announced to hold the 2022 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Waukon Sunday, March 13. All are invited to participate in this year’s parade with an Irish-themed entry at no cost. Further details of the annual event will be printed as they become finalized.

Wed
12
Jan

Status of water quality improvement funding application among variety of updates heard by Waukon City Council at first meeting of new year

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, January 10 to address a full agenda of items during its first meeting of the 2022 calendar year.

Mayor Pat Stone called the meeting to order with approval of the consent agenda which included several beginning of the year reorganizational matters and appointments. Council appointments included Health Officer Dr. Nicole Barbee, City Clerk Sarah Snitker, Water and Sewer Superintendent Jim Cooper, Street Superintendent Keith Burrett, Zoning Administrator Gary Boden and City Attorney Jeff Swartz. Mayor appointments included Police Chief Paul Wagner, Mayor Pro-Tem Kevin Johnson and Fire Committee members John Lydon and Kevin Johnson.

Council meetings were again set for the first and third Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. The Standard was designated as the official City newspaper. There was no Public Comment and the meeting moved into Department Reports.

Wed
12
Jan

Allamakee County Veterans Museum to show video interview with veteran Ollie Emerson as part of program on World War II bombers


B-24 Liberator bomber ... Submitted photo.

B-25 Mitchell bomber ... Submitted photo.

The Allamakee County Veterans Museum will celebrate the New Year by offering a  program to the public in the Program Room of its new museum in the former Vet’s Club building on the 100 block of Allamakee Street in Waukon.

This Thursday, January 13 at 6:30 p.m. a video interview with World War II Army Air Corps veteran Oliver Emerson recorded in 2006 will be presented, followed by a video documentary about the WWII bombers that Emerson served on during the war. The program will be introduced by Emerson’s son, Joe Emerson, who is also a retired Army veteran and pilot.

There is no admission or membership charge. The facility is handicapped accessible. Due to COVID-19 concerns, masks are encouraged but not required.  Light refreshments will be available.

Wed
12
Jan

January is Mentoring Month: Mentoring is a simple way to volunteer


January is Mentoring Month ... Pictured above, left to right, mentor Elaine Holthaus and her mentee Ebreanna enjoy spending time together. Helping Services for Youth and Families is celebrating January as National Mentoring Month with a variety of events and activities designed to promote youth mentoring. Submitted photo.

January is National Mentoring Month. Helping Services for Youth & Families is celebrating mentoring friendships and inviting others to engage in their community with the theme “Mentoring is simple! Be a friend to a youth.”

Mentoring has a positive impact on youth and the volunteer mentor. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships bring about powerful and positive changes in youth. Mentored youth have a greater chance of avoiding negative influences, such as substance abuse, bullying or dropping out of school.

One in three youth grows up without a positive adult role model to look up to.

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