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Dec

Among other matters, Waukon City Council hears update on street parking restrictions being suspended during holidays, unless measurable snowfall

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, December 20 to address a full agenda of items including the Public Hearing Amending the Current Budget for the City of Waukon for the Fiscal Year Ending (FYE) June 30, 2022, the Resolution delegating authority to the City Manager to Authorize Non-Budgeted Expenditures not in Excess of the sum of $2,500 and discussion of filling a seat on the Regional Housing Authority Board.

Wed
22
Dec

Iowa farmland at historic high, but still lower than 2012 and 2013 when adjusted for inflation

Land values in Iowa reflect higher crop prices; Allamakee and Clayton counties report largest percentage increase, according to ISU survey

After several years of modest gains and losses, the average value of an acre of Iowa farmland skyrocketed 29% in 2021. The nominal value of an acre of farmland is now higher than at any point since Iowa State University and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach began surveying values in 1941, and is 12% higher than the previous peak in 2013; although the current value in inflation-adjusted terms is still lower than that for 2012 and 2013.

Wed
15
Dec

Allamakee County Veterans Museum to present “Iowa - An American Portrait” in observance of 175th anniversary of Iowa becoming a state

The Allamakee County Veterans Museum will observe Iowa Statehood Day and the 175th Anniversary of Iowa Statehood December 28 by offering a program to the public in the Program Room of its new museum in the former Vet’s Club building in Waukon.

Tuesday, December 28 at 6:30 p.m. a video documentary entitled “Iowa - An American Portrait” will be presented. The video was produced by Iowa Public Television in 1996 for the 150th Anniversary of Iowa Statehood and is narrated by NBC broadcaster Tom Brokaw. Credits for the program include contributions from Larsh Bristol Photography and Jim Janett of Allamakee County Conservation. Northeast Iowa area scenes are featured.

Iowa celebrates “Statehood Day” December 28 of each year, because that is the date in 1846 when Iowa was officially granted statehood status. The year 2021 marks the 175th anniversary of Iowa’s statehood.

Wed
15
Dec

Supervisors set second of two public hearings regarding voting precincts now scheduled for December 20, approve bridge embargo resolution

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, December 13 to address several matters including the review and consideration of the Allamakee County Investment Policy, setting a date and time for a Public Hearing for Ordinance LXI establishing voting precincts and consideration of a Bridge Embargo Resolution.

During Public Comment, Ric Zarwell of Lansing discussed the Bluffland Protection District and the work performed by a committee of 44 individuals over a period of three years in developing the Bluffland Protection Ordinance in Allamakee County. Zarwell requested an update on a matter potentially impacting an area within the Bluffland Protection District. Board Chairperson Larry Schellhammer advised that the matter has been turned over to Allamakee County Attorney Anthony Gericke.

Wed
15
Dec

Leikvold announced as new Director of Obstetrics at Winneshiek Medical Center

Brianne Leikvold ...  Submitted photo.
Brianne Leikvold ... Submitted photo.

Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah has recently introduced Brianne Leikvold, RN, BSN as the new director of Obstetrics (OB) at Winneshiek Medical Center. Leikvold succeeds Connie Klimesh, RN as she approaches retirement.

Leikvold received her nursing education from Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Most recently, she has served as the OB Nurse Manager at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie Du Chien, WI and Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon.

Leikvold says, “Obstetric nursing has always been a passion of mine. Being a mother to young children, I have a personal understanding of how important OB teams are to families. I look forward to bringing my knowledge, experience and love for OB to Winneshiek Medical Center and serving the surrounding region.”

Wed
08
Dec

Holiday Parade brightens the Holiday Season...

The annual Lighted Holiday Parade held in Waukon Monday evening, December 6 brightened up the beginning of the holiday season in more ways than one as nearly 20 entries made their way through the city streets, such as the one pictured at right. Temperatures in the teens and wind chills hovering around 0° made for some chilly viewing conditions, but that didn’t seem to bother the many parade-goers lining the parade route, such as those in the background of the above photo taken by Standard Newspaper Assistant Editor Joe Moses. View and find out how to purchase this photo and more from the holiday parade by clicking on the Photo Galleries link at www.waukonstandard.com. A video of the complete parade captured by Standard Newspaper Assistant Editor Joe Moses can also be found on The Standard’s Facebook page at The Standard Newspaper, Waukon.
 

Wed
08
Dec

Clover Kids conquer Scurrying Squirrel Challenge, make holiday cards ...

It’s a ball, it’s an acorn, it’s a pumpkin! The fall theme mystery bag brought a lot of predictions, but few were correct to guess pinecone. The talk of fall, pinecones and acorns led the Clover Kids into the Scurrying Squirrel Challenge. The neighborhood squirrels have just been informed that they shouldn’t fly south for the winter because squirrels can’t fly. They should be gathering nuts to prepare for winter. The Clover Kids were challenged to build a contraption out of random supplies to move one acorn a total of three feet without touching the acorn. Many ideas and plans were tried, modified and retried. Contraptions ranged from ziplines to catapults to attempts at cars. Each group was successful in their unique contraption and no squirrels will go hungry this winter. Clover Kids also made holiday cards (pictured in surrounding photos) to deliver to the local nursing homes.

Wed
08
Dec

Peoples State Bank donates to community food pantries ...

Each year on GivingTuesday, which was Tuesday, November 30 this year, Peoples State Bank gives a donation to local community food pantries in the area. Food pantries that received a donation this year included West Grant Lions Club, SW Cap Northern Grant County Food Pantry, Clayton County Food Shelf, Coulee Cap Food Pantry, Gays Mills Food Pantry, Lancaster Food Pantry, Living Faith Food Pantry, Allamakee County Food Shelf and Six Rivers Food Pantry. Pictured above in the submitted photo from the donation presentation at the Allamakee County Food Shelf are, left to right, Reid Mahoney, Lesa Moose and Brian Mahoney of Peoples State Bank, Allamakee County Food Shelf volunteer Monica Roderick, Dennis Lyons of Peoples State Bank and Allamakee County Food Shelf volunteer Gary Rumph.

Wed
01
Dec

Waukon High School Choir’s Church Tour set for this Sunday

The Waukon High School Choir will travel around the area on its 26th Annual Christmas Church Tour this Sunday, December 5.

The choir sings at seven churches each year. Those churches are selected based on a number of factors, including church proximity to the high school, accessibility for school buses, the physical size of the church, the membership size of the congregation, and whether the worship service is broadcast.

Under the direction of Sarah Bieber, the choir will be singing during the worship services at these Waukon area churches according to the following time schedule:

St John’s Lutheran
8:30-8:45 a.m.

Old West Lutheran
9-9:15 a.m.

First Presbyterian
9:30-9:45 a.m.

St Patrick Catholic
10-10:15 a.m.

First Baptist
10:30-10:45 a.m.

Zalmona Presbyterian
11-11:15 a.m.

Wed
01
Dec

Annual Lighted Holiday Parade scheduled for Monday in Waukon

Plans are being made for the Annual Lighted Holiday Parade to be held in downtown Waukon and scheduled for Monday, December 6, beginning at 6 p.m. The event coincides with extended Monday night business hours of some Waukon retailers, along with other events being planned that same evening.

The parade will begin with entries lining up around the East Elementary School playground before they travel Fifth Street NW south to West Main Street. Turning left onto West Main Street, the parade entries will venture to the stoplight intersection downtown, where they will then turn south on to Spring Avenue for one block before turning right on to First Avenue SW and heading west up to Sixth Street SW. The entries will then turn right and head north back to the East Elementary playground.

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