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2021 Allamakee County Dairy Royalty crowned Saturday ...

Madalyn Palmer (center in photo above), daughter of Eric and Stephanie Palmer of Waukon, was crowned the 2021 Allamakee County Dairy Princess at the annual Allamakee County Dairy Banquet held Saturday, June 12 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. Also honored at Saturday’s banquet as 2021 Alternate Dairy Princesses were Cheyanne Troendle (left in photo above), daughter of Darrell and Amy Troendle of Waterville, and Carly Palmer (right in photo above), daughter of Glen and Holly Palmer of Harpers Ferry. Additional photos of award winners and other recognition from the 2021 Allamakee County Dairy Banquet will appear in The Standard’s Beef & Dairy special publication scheduled to be inserted in the June 23 edition of The Standard. Photo by Paula Enyart.

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Urbana woman wins $1 million Mega Millions prize after purchasing ticket at Barry’s Mini Mart in Harpers Ferry


Winning ticket purchased in Harpers Ferry... Karen Kramer of Urbana holds the ceremonious check depicting the $1 million prize she won in the Iowa Lottery’s Mega Millions game Tuesday, June 8. Kramer and her husband own a cabin in Harpers Ferry and she purchased her winning ticket at Barry’s Mini Mart in Harpers Ferry. Submitted photo.

An eastern Iowa woman who bought a Mega Millions® ticket while on a weekend getaway to her cabin along the Mississippi River has won a $1 million prize.

“I saw a ‘1’ with some zeroes,” Karen Kramer of Urbana said as she claimed her prize Thursday at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Clive. “I didn’t think about how many I saw at first, then it hit me.”

Convinced that the information on the lottery’s mobile app was wrong, she checked her ticket again - and again.

“I rechecked everything because I thought, ‘Well, my phone’s wrong.’ And it came up again the same,” said Kramer, 60, who works as a para-educator in her local school district. “So I went on the website, then I went and checked on Facebook and it said that the winning ticket had been won at Barry’s. And I’m going, ‘OK, that’s me!’”

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Allamakee County Dairy Days Parade is this Friday in Postville, honors 100th anniversary of Big Four Fair

The Allamakee County Dairy Days Parade is being held this Friday, June 18 in Postville in conjunction with the community’s Hometown Celebration Parade and in honor of the 100th year of the Big Four Fair. The parade will begin at 7 p.m. and will run from Lull’s Park to the Big Four Fairgrounds. For entry and other parade information, contact Postville City Hall at 563-864-7454.

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09
Jun

Iowa DOT to host online public hearing June 15, seeking further public input regarding Black Hawk Bridge project

The Iowa and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation (DOT) are holding a public hearing and requesting public input for a proposed replacement of the Iowa 9/Wisconsin 82 (Black Hawk) bridge in Lansing over the Mississippi River.

In order to accommodate the new bridge being planned, approximately 5.9 acres of easement and fee title is needed from the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, which is owned and managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. The Iowa Division of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) intends to make a de minimis impact finding in accordance with 23 CFR 774 as the project is not expected to adversely affect the activities, features and attributes of the refuge. The Iowa DOT would like to gather public feedback on the environmental documentation, preferred alternative and potential impacts related to the planned improvements.

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09
Jun

“Taps Across America” video part of CBS Evening News ...

Retired Allamakee Community School District music instructor Frank Knoll took part in the “Taps Across America” nationwide remembrance event Memorial Day, Monday, May 31 by playing Taps at the Allamakee County Freedom Rock in the Waukon City Park at the designated time of 3 p.m. This National Moment of Remembrance is an annual event that asks Americans, wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, to pause for a duration of one minute to remember those who have died in military service to the United States. This project calls on musicians across the country to sound Taps  at 3 p.m. from an appropriate location.

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09
Jun

Waukon’s Katie O’Regan, Sacred Noise Society announce plans for July 23-25 Spring Grove-Caledonia Film Festival


Daniel Baldwin ...

Ed Asner during last year’s film festival...

Katie O’Regan ...

Festival events include prayer service at St. Patrick’s Church in Waukon with guest speaker Daniel Baldwin

by Julie Berg-Raymond

Sacred Noise Society, Inc., founded by Katie O’Regan of Waukon, has announced plans for the Spring Grove-Caledonia Film Festival scheduled for July 23-25, including an event in the Waukon area.

Featuring two plays, 42 movies, a parade and an award ceremony, the festival welcomes this year’s special guest of honor Daniel Baldwin, last year’s guest of honor Ed Asner and (via Zoom) Alec Baldwin – along with several other filmmakers who will be participating in live talk-backs after their films’ screenings.

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09
Jun

Sworn in as new Allamakee County Treasurer ...

Newly appointed Allamakee County Treasurer Jennifer O’Neill (center of photo) raises her right hand while placing her left hand on a Bible held by her husband, Cory (far right), as she is sworn into office by retired Iowa Judicial District 1A District Court Judge John Bauercamper (far left) Tuesday, June 1. O’Neill was sworn into the position after being appointed to the office by the Allamakee County Board of Supervisors earlier that morning, replacing retiring Allamakee County Treasurer Lori Hesse (standing between the O’Neills), who has served as County Treasurer for the past 26 years and is retiring due to health considerations. Having worked in the Allamakee County Treasurer’s Office for the past 17 years and serving as First Deputy Treasurer, O’Neill will now complete Hesse’s current term in office, which expires at the end of year 2022 and will be up for election in November of 2022.

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09
Jun

Dairy Banquet is Saturday, Dairy Parade is June 18

The Allamakee County Dairy Promotion Board has scheduled its 2021 Allamakee County Dairy Banquet for Saturday, June 12 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. The meal will be served from 7-8:30 p.m. and the awards program starts at 8 p.m. Production and other awards are presented that evening and the Allamakee County Dairy Princess will be crowned.

The Allamakee County Dairy Days Parade is being held Friday, June 18 in Postville in conjunction with the community’s Hometown Celebration Parade and in honor of the 100th year of the Big Four Fair. The parade will begin at 7 p.m. and will run from Lull’s Park to the Big Four Fairgrounds. For entry and other parade information, contact Postville City Hall at 563-864-7454.

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02
Jun

Allamakee County adopts its new comprehensive plan, “All in Allamakee”

At its Monday, May 3 regular meeting, the Allamakee County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to adopt a new comprehensive plan for the County, called “All in Allamakee”, or the “All-In Plan” for short. The plan’s origins lie in 2018, when Allamakee County contracted with Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) to develop a completely new plan and vision for the County - the previous plan having been completed in 2002. UERPC Senior Transportation Planner Aaron Detter, AICP was project manager for the new planning effort.

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02
Jun

Trio of area young ladies vying for 2021 Allamakee County Dairy Princess crown at June 12 banquet


Pictured above, left to right, Carly Palmer, Madalyn Palmer and Cheyanne Troendle.

The 2021 Allamakee County Dairy Banquet is scheduled to be held Saturday, June 12 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. The meal will be served from 7-8:30 p.m. with the program starting at 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

The event is traditionally held in March each year, but the Allamakee County Dairy Promotion Board decided to wait and see what developed with the COVID-19 pandemic this year, with vaccinations and lower positive case numbers leading to the decision to hold the in-person event in June. The banquet was called off entirely last year as the pandemic reared its head locally just before the event’s scheduled March date.

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