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Oct

Waukon State Bank celebrating 150 years in banking


Celebrating 150 years ... Waukon State Bank is celebrating 150 years of providing banking services to Waukon and the surrounding community this year. Originated in 1871 in the initial block of Allamakee Street, the bank has changed and expanded its location several times throughout its 150-year history, all within a couple blocks of one another in downtown Waukon. Submitted photo.

Where it all began ... The origin of the 150-year history of Waukon State Bank began in a grocery and dry goods store on the initial block of Allamakee Street in the stone building that currently houses Lucky Finds Consignment between the former Cotecolor Photography building and the Hills Plumbing & Heating building. The sign reading “Groceries • Dry Goods” (pictured just above the horse at the far right of the above photo) indicates where the bank was first established as “Waukon Bank” May 11, 1871 by Lewis W. Hersey of Waukon and J.B. Turck of Milwaukee, WI. Not quite eight years later, the bank moved into its own specifically-designed banking building just across Allamakee Street, the current home of Meraki Salon and Massage Therapy, before officially being incorporated into “Waukon State Bank” in 1892. Submitted photo.

Move to Main Street ... Waukon State Bank made its first move to Main Street in Waukon in 1912, erecting a new building (pictured above) that was more recently long-time known as the Fabric Chalet and is currently occupied by Aztec Parlor. That Main Street location was expanded in 1927 with the purchase of the former First National Bank building just a couple buildings to the east, the site of the eastern portion of the building currently occupied by Epic Wear. Submitted photo.

Moved to current location in 1937, expanded in 1959 ... Waukon State Bank’s current location was originally the Peoples’ National Bank building (pictured above), with that building being purchased by Waukon State Bank in 1937. The bank then purchased the adjacent building to the west (pictured below) in 1959 and expanded its banking services into that building as well. Along with its drive-through location on Rossville Road added in 1970, Waukon State Bank continues its operations following its origination in 1871. Submitted photos.

submitted by Gail Prestemon, Waukon State Bank President

May 11, 1871, the following article appeared in The Waukon Standard newspaper: “By the new advertisement in another column, our readers will see we have at last a Banking House in Waukon. Messrs. Hersey and Turck have established a banking and exchange office in the Stone Block, Waukon, and are now prepared to sell, exchange, receive deposits, make collections and do general banking and exchange business. The merchants and business men in this village and vicinity have long felt the need of a banking house and we hope this new enterprise will be well sustained.”

Wed
29
Sep

Several contested races for area City Council and School Board seats on November 2 election ballot

Allamakee County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Denise Beyer has released a certified list of candidates for the upcoming School Board and City Government elections scheduled for November 2 of this year. This year’s ballot will include only races for school board seats or city governmental offices, as there are no public measures up for consideration at this time.

CITY GOVERNMENT
All mayor seats up for re-election this year within Allamakee County have just a single unopposed candidate listed on the November 2 ballot. All are currently incumbent mayors, with the exception of the City of Postville, where current mayor Leigh Rekow is not seeking re-election but Dennis Koenig, former Allamakee County Supervisor, is seeking that office.

Wed
29
Sep

Kee High School Homecoming Royalty ...

Kee High School seniors Dalton Dibert (left) and Reagan Mudderman (right) were crowned Kee High School's 2021 Homecoming King and Queen at the annual pep rally held Friday, September 24 in the Kee High School gymnasium. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook. Additional photos of Kee High School's Homecoming events are featured on Page 2 of the Wednesday, September 29 issue of the Standard, as well as coverage of the Kee football team's Homecoming victory over Central Elkader featured on Page 16. Even more photos from this year’s Homecoming festivities can also be found at the Photo Galleries link on The Standard’s website.

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Wed
29
Sep

Fields of Faith 2021 in Waukon to be headlined by former MLB star Darryl Strawberry October 6

Darryl Strawberry ...
Darryl Strawberry ...

Area high school students to share their messages as well

Students from Waukon High School will join thousands of other youth and many others on athletic fields across the nation Wednesday, October 6 to share their Christian faith with fellow students and the general public for this year’s Fields of Faith event. The local event is now in its 10th year and will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Waukon High School football field Wednesday, October 6, or in the Waukon High School gym in the event of bad weather.

Featured speaker for this year’s Fields of Faith event in Waukon will be Major League Baseball (MLB) legend Darryl Strawberry, a four-time World Series Champion with the New York Mets and New York Yankees, and an eight-time MLB All-Star. Though extremely successful in his baseball career,

Wed
29
Sep

Considerations for fall armyworm management in alfalfa and cover crops

NRCS advises of armyworm infestation in Allamakee County

by Virgil Schmitt, ISU Extension Field Agronomist in SE Iowa

The year 2021 has been an unprecedented year for fall armyworms, not just here in Iowa but other states as well. There have been many questions regarding how to manage fall armyworms in hayfields and cover crop fields.
Here is some background that may help explain some later comments.

• There are two strains of fall armyworms.
- The moths of the corn strain fly in from Texas and the Mexican Gulf Coast. Their favorite targets are corn, sorghum and cotton.
- The moths of the rice strain fly in from Florida and the U.S. Gulf Coast. Their favorite targets are rice, alfalfa, millets, forage grasses (including many cover crops) and turf. So, we have the rice strain this year.

Wed
29
Sep

Sign up for new emergency alert notifications in Allamakee County

Allamakee County is using a new emergency alert notification system called Alert Iowa, a multi-purpose emergency alert system that provides county specific information on weather and non-weather-related alerts to local citizens. The system allows county, city officials and the National Weather Service to communicate emergency information via a voice call, text message and/or email directly to those who are signed up. The system currently provides two alert options: weather and non-weather notifications with the ability to choose which alerts to receive.

Signing up for Allamakee County Alert Iowa is easy and can be found on the Allamakee County website at: https://allamakeecounty.iowa.gov. Look under the Departments tab for the Emergency Management page to locate the link and information on the system.
 

Wed
22
Sep

Waukon High School Homecoming Royalty...

Waukon High School seniors Brenna Berns (left) and Braxton Stewart (right) were crowned Waukon High School's 2021 Homecoming Queen and King at the "Burning of the 'W'" pep rally held Thursday, September 16 at the Waukon High School. Additional photos of Waukon High School's Homecoming events are featured on Page 40 in the September 22, 2021 issue of The Standard, as well as coverage of the Waukon football team's Homecoming victory over North Fayette Valley featured on Page 19. Even more photos from this year’s Homecoming festivities can also be found at the Photo Galleries link on The Standard’s website.

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Wed
22
Sep

Homecoming 2021 at Kee High School this week ...

Members of the Kee High School Homecoming Court for this week’s 2021 celebration of the event include the King and Queen candidates from the Senior class pictured above, as well as the underclassman attendants pictured below. Pictured above are, left to right: Front row - Senior Class Homecoming Queen candidates Abby Wood, Maggy Weymiller, Reagan Mudderman, Haley Meyer and Lydia Strong; Back row - Senior Class Homecoming King candidates Ahmed Atta, Ethan Rasque, Dalton Dibert, Ethan Schweitzer and Luke Eiden. Pictured at right, front to back and left to right, are: Freshman Attendants Summer Walleser and Dalton Mudderman, Sophomore Attendants Mallory Mohn and Brendan Croft, and Junior Attendants Jaylyn Walleser and Carter Goetzinger. Details of this week's Homecoming events at Kee High School, along with celebratory pages, can be found on Pages 20 and 21 inside this issue. Photos courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.
 

Wed
22
Sep

Melissa Hammell elected as new Mayor of Lansing

Melissa Hammell ...
Melissa Hammell ...

Voters in the city of Lansing elected Melissa Hammell to the office of mayor in a Tuesday, September 14 special election. Listed as the lone candidate on the election ballot, Hammell garnered 156 of the 162 votes cast in the election.

The six remaining votes cast were all write-in individuals. According to the results, four of those write-in votes were for Don Peters, one was for Dave Janzen, and the other - although marked - was left blank. The Allamakee County Auditor’s office reports that all but one of the votes in the election were cast in-person on election day, with that lone other vote cast absentee before election day.

Wed
22
Sep

Congresswoman Ashley Hinson outlines priorities, fields questions at town hall discussion in Allamakee County


U.S. Representative Ashley Hinson hosts town hall discussion ... U.S. Representative Ashley Hinson from Iowa’s First District hosted a town hall discussion at the Allamakee County Courthouse in Waukon Thursday, September 16, with approximately two dozen individuals in attendance throughout the hour-long event. In addition to outlining her priorities along the lines of protecting taxpayers, the safety and security of Iowa families and being a strong voice for rural Iowa, Hinson also fielded questions from those in attendance that dealt with prescription drug costs, carbon fee and carbon dividend legislation, broadband accessibility, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regulations, Afghanistan and COVID-19 vaccinations, mask mandates and resources, among other matters.

U.S. Representative Ashley Hinson from Iowa’s First District hosted a town hall discussion Thursday morning, September 16 at the Allamakee County Courthouse in Waukon as part of a northeast Iowa trek that day that also included a tour of the Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation facility in Calmar and a tour of the Fareway grocery store in Manchester. Approximately two dozen area residents were in attendance at the hour-long session in Waukon, which included an introduction by Hinson of her priorities as a legislator followed by fielding questions from the audience in attendance in an effort to gather information and feedback to take with her to Washington, D.C. from the area she represents.

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