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Wed
13
Sep

FreedomBank promotes pair of employees to Waukon leadership roles

Barb Shull ...
Barb Shull ...
Kate-Leigh Wilson ...
Kate-Leigh Wilson ...

FreedomBank recently announced the promotion of Barb Shull and Kate-Leigh Wilson to new positions within the organization. This move reflects the bank’s dedication to recognizing and nurturing the talents of its staff.

Barb Shull has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Executive Officer. She is the Waukon location’s “go-to” leader, representing both the markets team and customers within the Executive Officer group.

Kate-Leigh Wilson has been promoted to Assistant Vice President. As an ag lender in Waukon, she has a strong understanding of agriculture and is dedicated to helping FreedomBank’s loan clients achieve success.

Kathy Mueller, President and CEO of FreedomBank, expressed pride in the organization’s culture of success and development, promoting from within. Mueller stated, “We are grateful for Barb and Kate-Leigh’s contributions and look forward to their success in their new roles.”
 

Wed
13
Sep

Allamakee County Veterans Museum program to feature USAF Lt. Col. Beth Shafer

Saturday, September 16 at 10 a.m. the Allamakee County Veterans Museum will present another program from its Veterans History Project at its museum located at 105 Allamakee Street in Waukon. A video interview by Chuck Bloxham with U.S. Air Force veteran Lt. Col. Beth Shafer of Waukon will be played. Lt. Col. Shafer will also be present to share comments and answer questions.

Lt. Col. Beth Shafer served in the U.S. Air Force on both active and reserve duty for 22 years. She attended the United States Air Force Academy and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. following graduation. Lt. Col. Shafer then completed pilot training and was later assigned to flight crews on the C-130 Hercules transport plane (such as pictured with this article). After completing active duty, she was employed as a commercial airline pilot by United Air Lines.

The public is invited to attend the program. There is no admission or membership charge. The facility is handicapped accessible.
 

Wed
13
Sep

Midwest Veterans of America seeking nominations for local veterans to honor at November 11 event

Midwest Veterans of America will be hosting a Veterans Day event Saturday, November 11 at AJ’s Steakhouse in Waukon, beginning at 12 noon. A full menu will be available to order from, and Midwest Veterans of America will be honoring 25 local veterans during the event, with those awards being distributed at 1:30 p.m.

Event organizers are seeking nominations of local veterans who will be honored at the event. To nominate a local veteran to be honored, call 563-568-5275.
 

Wed
13
Sep

Burn ban to be issued in Allamakee County

Following a consensus reached by all community fire chiefs in Allamakee County just prior to the press deadline for this edition of The Standard, paperwork is being submitted to the State of Iowa Fire Marshal’s office to institute an open burning ban in Allamakee County, effective immediately and in place until further notice. Allamakee County will join 14 other northeast Iowa counties in instituting a burn ban during the current Extreme Drought conditions in the area. Specifics on burn ban limitations and allowances can be found on the Iowa Fire Marshal’s website at https://dps.iowa.gov/divisions/state-fire-marshal/burn-bans.

Wed
06
Sep

Allamakee County 4-H members exhibit at the Iowa State Fair


Allamakee County 4-H members have exhibits awarded at the Iowa State Fair ... The youth pictured above are just some of the nearly 20 Allamakee County 4-H members who had their Allamakee County Fair projects advance to the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines this year. Pictured above, left to right, are: Front row - Braelyn Zurcher, Hailey Miller, Denver Mezera, Sophia Palmer, Tegan Dahlstrom, Breelyn Dahlstrom, Issac Johanningmeier; Middle row - Marlin Hager, Ali Melcher, Brielle Gavin, Madilyn Benda, Allia Ericson, Eli Schobert; Back row - Lauren White, Isabelle White, Thomas Wilkes. Submitted photo.

Allamakee County 4-H members exhibits were on display this past month in the Bruce L. Rastetter 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair, held August 10-20 in Des Moines. There were about 3,200 static exhibits and over 1,000 communication event performances. The exhibits displayed this year were 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, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The exhibits display at the Iowa State Fair is a celebration of the educational and personal accomplishments of Iowa 4-H members. It is a way for 4-H members to share what they’ve learned with the public.

Wed
06
Sep

Storm sewer project continues at 1st Avenue and 1st Street NW; Discoveries, challenges with replacing 100-year-old infrastructure extend project time frame


To there, from here ... Photos above show the ending and starting points of the current storm sewer replacement project taking place on 1st Avenue NW and 1st Street NW in Waukon. Each photo (from the project’s early stages) shows not only the more modern concrete box culverts that will be reconnected by the project, including the source flow area of the project on 1st Avenue SW and the receiving flow area of the project on 1st Street SW, but also shows the openings of the section of older storm sewer being bypassed, originally created in a laid-up rock arch format more than a century ago. Those century-old openings of the storm sewer line that has run under the two-story building and property that formerly housed the McMillan 66 gas station on the southwest corner of that intersection will be capped off as part of the project, with the new pre-cast concrete storm sewer instead being rerouted underneath the direction of each street involved, heading east underneath 1st Avenue SW to its intersection with 1st Street SW (as depicted in the lower photo of the excavated area), where the line will then head south to complete the replacement project connection in an effort to improve storm water flow from northwest Waukon. Skyline Construction, a division of Bruening Rock Products, is the contractor for the project, which has been taking place since the beginning of August and is expected to continue for at least another month into October. Standard photos by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

Waukon City Manager Gary Boden provided an update to The Standard relating to the storm sewer replacement project taking place on 1st Street NW and 1st Avenue NW. This ongoing work is visible to the public just a block north of Main Street in downtown Waukon near McMillan Muffler, The Standard Newspaper, The Copy Shoppe, Side Street Cycles and Kurth Plumbing and Heating, among other area businesses.

Boden shared with The Standard that the storm sewer project is progressing, with some slow-down resulting as necessary excavation and planning adjustments are taking place. Boden noted some challenges relating to this project including some difficulty in locating a water main among other variables as 100-plus-year-old infrastructure is being replaced.

Wed
06
Sep

Special meeting set for September 11 to discuss City of Waukon nuisance abatement ordinance

The Waukon City Council will be holding a special meeting Monday, September 11 at Waukon City Hall, beginning at 6 p.m. The meeting will focus on the City’s Nuisance Abatement Ordinance and will involve discussion of such matters as lawn mowing, weeds, sidewalk snow removal, junk cars and other issues.

Public feedback is welcome and encouraged in a civil manner involving open conversation with members of the Waukon City Council. Discussion will center around what the City ordinances state, how the City plans to address them moving forward, what the public can expect and/or if there are any changes that need to be implemented and what those changes may be.

Wed
30
Aug

Purple Ribbon pigs at the Iowa State Fair ...

The four Allamakee County 4-H’ers pictured in the surrounding photos with their swine entries represented themselves and their home county well with some Purple ribbon success experienced at the Iowa State Fair 4-H Swine Show held the mornings of Monday, August 14 and Tuesday, August 15 on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Pictured in the surrounding submitted photos, are Wyatt Baxter, Alaina Gebel, Trudy Baxter and Marcus Gebel. All four Allamakee County youth had their entries earn at least one Purple ribbon in either the Monday, August 14 Breeding Swine Show or the Tuesday, August 15 Market Swine Show, with that Purple ribbon designation meaning the entry is eligible for show championship consideration, according to Iowa State Fair rules and regulations.

Wed
30
Aug

Good Samaritan Society-Waukon residents ride with Wednesday Night Riders ...

The area group known as the Wednesday Night Riders offered residents of Good Samaritan Society-Waukon rides on their three-wheeled motorcycles Wednesday, August 16. As pictured in the surrounding photos, residents were able to enjoy rides around the community and also had opportunities to sit in the driver’s seat of some of the vehicles. The Wednesday Night Riders consisting of nearly three dozen motorized vehicle enthusiasts often take organized rides throughout the tri-state area. In addition to their rides, the Wednesday Night Riders also try and support as many charitable events and organizations as possible. Submitted photos.
 

Wed
30
Aug

Iowa hosts biggest barn tour in the United States; Rural Waukon barn part of Iowa Barn Foundation All-State Tour September 16-17


Rural Waukon barn on All-State Barn Tour next month ... The rural Waukon barn pictured above will be part of the Iowa Barn Foundation All-State Barn Tour scheduled for September 16-17 this year. The barn, referred to as Toad Hall in the Iowa Barn Foundation promotional material, is located at 919 East Main Street, just east of Waukon. Submitted photo.

Those who are looking for a great multi-generation family adventure this fall should mark September 16-17 on their calendar. That is the weekend that the Iowa Barn Foundation (IBF) will hold its annual All-State Barn Tour with 72 historic barns across the state open for touring inside and out.

Many of the owners and family members will be on hand to share the stories behind their barns, which served as the central hub of activity on the farm. The Iowa countryside will be one expansive museum with barns located across the state. The self-guided tour is free and open to the public.

New to the Tour this year is a barn called Toad Hall in Allamakee County, located at 919 East Main Street, Waukon, the property of James Garrett and Kathy Hannum. This gambrel roof bank barn was built in 1912. The owners have taken steps to preserve the barn including foundation repair in 2014, window/door replacement in 2012, and a fresh coat of paint in 2020.

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