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07
Jul

Pair of local young ladies to serve as Fair Royalty Team as part of this year’s modified Allamakee County Fair


Pictured above, left to right, Shara Cota and Madelyn Moser...

A complete schedule of events for this year’s Allamakee County Fair ...

Shara Cota and Madelyn Moser to be introduced as Fair Royalty Team at Thursday night performance of The Caminos

With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing significant adjustments to most all events planned for this summer, the 167th Allamakee County Fair has certainly been no exception. Although many county fairs have been canceled altogether or dwindled to a much smaller version of what they traditionally have been, the Allamakee County Fair Board has been striving to provide the best possible variety of events and entertainment within the limiting guidelines put in place as a result of the ongoing pandemic virus.

Tue
07
Jul

New COVID-19 cases in Allamakee County this past week cause closure of local business and camp

Village Creek Bible Camp, Expresso report case exposures; Public Health reminds people to follow mitigation measures

As summer activity has increased, it was expected that the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 would also increase. Recent news stories through basically every media source confirm that expectation to a great degree across most of the nation, but that trend has now trickled down to a more local level as well this past week.

Eight new confirmed positive COVID-19 cases have been reported in Allamakee County within the past week’s time by the Allamakee County Public Health Department. Even more attention-grabbing is the fact that some of those cases have resulted in the temporary closure of a pair of local entities after case exposure was announced by each of them this past week.

Tue
07
Jul

Still time to sign up for Allamakee County Bible Reading Marathon taking place through July 14

Pair of public reading events scheduled to be held July 11 in Lansing and July 14 on Allamakee County Courthouse lawn

The 2020 Allamakee Bible Reading Marathon is continuing to be held now through Tuesday, July 14 as part of the Iowa 99 County Bible Reading Marathon. Residents of Allamakee County can participate by requesting one or more 30-minute segment(s) of Scripture by using one of the following means:

1. The SignUp Genius website: Go to https://tinyurl.com/2020AllamakeeBibleMarathon

or

2. Text or call 563-217-9814. This phone number is operational from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday through July 14.

Participants can start reading their chosen segment(s) immediately, completing them at their convenience, wherever and with whomever they wish. As of Monday morning, July 6, 92 of the 156 segments of Scripture have been selected by readers.

Wed
01
Jul

Plans being finalized for 2020 Allamakee County Fair scheduled for next week

The Allamakee County Fair Board is finalizing plans for the 2020 Allamakee County Fair, an event that has been modified this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigation guidelines put in place as a result of that virus. Still being planned for its original timeframe of next week, many of the same fair events are still being held as planned but with modifications to either schedules or format, beginning next Tuesday, July 7 with the first 4-H animal show and lasting through Sunday, July 12. A full schedule of this year’s Allamakee County Fair events can also be found on Page 24 in the July 1, 2020 edition of The Standard.

Wed
01
Jul

Fourth of July fireworks shows in the local area

Despite many larger Fourth of July events being canceled this year due to COVID-19, many area communities will still be offering their fireworks displays. Those attending are reminded to maintain social distancing and keep other mitigation guidelines in mind. The following most local fireworks shows are all planned for this Saturday, July 4:
• Harpers Ferry at dusk
• Lansing at 10 p.m.
• Marquette at 9 p.m.
• Monona at dusk
• Eitzen, MN at dusk

Wed
01
Jul

Severe Weather Warning Siren testing to take place this Thursday in Allamakee County

Allamakee County residents are being reminded that each community’s Severe Weather Warning Sirens will normally be tested the first Thursday of every month in the morning around 10 a.m. The next scheduled test is for this Thursday, July 2.

Allamakee County Emergency Management Coordinator Corey Snitker says the purpose is to test the County’s remote siren activation system operated from the Allamakee County E911 Dispatch Center located at the Sheriff’s Office north of Waukon. This system allows the dispatcher on duty to remotely activate any community warning siren in the event of threatening weather from their location, thereby expediting siren activation in an emergency.
 

Wed
01
Jul

Allamakee County Fair will feature 4-H/FFA Premium Auction this year

Due to restrictions in place regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Iowa State Extension and Outreach - Allamakee County 4-H Program has created an alternative fair experience for youth exhibitors to be implemented this year.

Local 4-H and FFA youth will have the opportunity to show their livestock in a private fair experience during the week of July 7-12, according to the schedule printed on Page 24 in this week’s edition of The Standard. With this unique fair experience, youth will not be selling their live animals as in years past, prior arrangements for market animals have already been made.

In place of the traditional Livestock Auction, youth will participate in a Premium Auction. Local supporters can still bid and pay a premium on a youth to reward them for their hard work and help them offset expenses incurred. This premium will then help fund next year’s projects, as plans are to return to the more traditional Livestock Auction for next year’s fair.

Wed
01
Jul

Two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported for Allamakee County this week

Having had just one confirmed positive case of COVID-19 reported for the entire first three weeks of June, Allamakee County has now been reported as having two additional confirmed cases in just this past week, the last full week of the month. Those two new cases this past week bump the Allamakee County total to 123 total cases, with a total of 155 tests reported as being conducted within the county during this same past week’s timeframe.

Wed
24
Jun

It’s real and it affects real people: Children of Gary and Carol Bahr share the experience of losing both of their parents to Coronavirus


Carol and Gary Bahr ... Gary and Carol Bahr of Waukon were each stricken with the Coronavirus earlier this spring and both eventually lost their lives to the virus, Carol passing away April 13 and Gary succumbing to complications from the disease May 4. Their three children recently shared what their entire family has been through since their experience with Coronavirus began with Gary first falling ill in early April of this year. Submitted photo.

Bahr family from 1981 ... Gary and Carol Bahr with their three children, clockwise from top left: Jenny, Jeff and Jason. Submitted photo.

by Lissa Blake

The Coronavirus is real and it affects real people. That’s something the children of Gary and Carol Bahr of Waukon have learned first-hand in heartbreaking fashion over the past two months, when COVID-19 took the lives of both of their parents.

Gary and Carol Bahr, both 74 years old, passed away within days of each other in mid-April and early May of this year. Although Gary was the first one to be hospitalized, his wife of 54 years preceded him in death by three weeks.

Their children, Jeff Bahr of Onalaska, WI and Jason Bahr and Jenny (Bahr) Kugel, both of Waukon, recently shared their family’s story with The Standard in an effort make people realize how real this virus is and how much of an impact it can have.

Wed
24
Jun

More details released on modified 2020 Allamakee County Fair

Variety of free entertainment and events; Tickets for grandstand admission go on sale this Friday

The Allamakee County Fair Board continues to make plans for the 2020 Allamakee County Fair, an event that will be modified this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigation guidelines put in place as a result of that virus. Despite the modifications, all involved with the planning process have been working hard to provide the best variety of events and entertainment possible under the unprecedented situation presented by the pandemic virus.

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