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07
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Eastern Allamakee Community School District is one of six districts statewide to receive Therapeutic Classroom Grant

“Kee Connect” will help students whose learning is impacted by social-emotional, behavioral factors

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The Eastern Allamakee School District (EACSD) is one of six districts in the state of Iowa to win a competitive grant to establish a therapeutic classroom in the district. The EACSD, the smallest school district to receive the grant, will receive $216,000 to support the programming this year.

The therapeutic classrooms will be for learners whose social-emotional or behavioral needs impact their ability to be successful in their current learning environment. The grant was written by the administrative team of New Albin Elementary School Principal Donna Thomas and Kee High School and Middle School Principal Dr. Sarah Updegraff, with support from Keystone Area Education Agency (AEA), specifically Chami DeLong, Carissa Otto, Joleen Doyle and Laura Smith.

Wed
07
Jul

Helps win Region Team honors ...

Allamakee County Sheriff’s Deputy Ross Kolsrud and K9 Tyr, pictured above, recently participated in the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) Region 12 trials in St. Cloud, MN. Deputy Kolsrud and Tyr, along with police canines from Sheriff’s Departments in Houston County, Wright County and Sherburne County in Minnesota, as well as the Austin, MN Police Department, joined forces to win Top Region Team honors at this year’s event, signified by the event trophy pictured in front of Tyr above.

Police canines were judged on six categories consisting of obedience, physical agility, area searches for humans, article searches, criminal apprehension and criminal apprehension with gun fire. USPCA Region 12 consists of police canines from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota in the United States, as well as Manitoba, Canada. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
07
Jul

Plans for former JCPenney/Tierney’s building to move forward following receipt of $100,000 grant ...

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) recently announced $2.6 million in grant funding to help 26 communities across the state revitalize their downtown districts. The grants were awarded through the Community Catalyst Building Remediation program. Each community was awarded a $100,000 grant to help redevelop or rehabilitate underused buildings as a way to stimulate economic growth and reinvestment in the community. Among those $100,000 grant recipients was the City of Waukon for use in a proposed development agreement and renovation project for the former JCPenney/Tierney’s building (pictured above) on the corner of Main Street and Spring Avenue in the heart of downtown Waukon to be transformed into a steakhouse restaurant.

Wed
07
Jul

Sunday evening UTV rollover claims life of rural Lansing young man

Sunday evening, July 4, at 9:48 p.m., the Allamakee County Sheriff’s E-911 Dispatch Center received a report of a utility terrain vehicle (UTV) rollover accident with injuries near 2062 Lafayette Ridge Drive, rural Lansing in Allamakee County.

Drew Cody Gaunitz, age 22, of Lansing was operating a Polaris Ranger 900 off-road vehicle in a wooded area and was attempting to traverse an incline when the machine rolled over. Gaunitz was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of the injuries he received during the incident. A passenger in the vehicle, Jacob David Manning, age 24, of Harpers Ferry was treated at the scene for minor injuries and was released.

Assisting at the scene of the incident were the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office, Lansing Police Department, Lansing Fire and Ambulance, and Gundersen Air Care.
 

Wed
30
Jun

Goodfellas Riding Club has donated thousands of dollars to local community causes through annual Mags/Byrnes Ride


Members of Goodfellas Riding Club ... Left to right - Front row: Jodi Farley, Glen Palmer, Holly Palmer, Carly Palmer, Kyle Johnson, Stacy Riley, Brock Christianson; Sarah Christianson; Back row: Tom Farley, Tanner Peterson, Trent Peterson, James Riley, Mike Peterson, Audrea Peterson, Courtney Humpal, Tina Peterson. Submitted photo.

Along for the ride ... Some of the bikes parked along the street at the first stop of this year’s Mags/Byrnes Ride. The event is the club’s largest fundraiser and involves 100-150 people most years. Submitted photo.

Goodfellas Riding Club 2021 Scholarship winners ... Through its fundraising efforts, Goodfellas Riding Club (GRC) was able to donate 11 $1,000 scholarships to area graduating seniors at this year’s Mags/Byrnes Ride. Pictured above, left to right, are: GRC Vice President Kyle Johnson, Scholarship winners Marcus Gibbs, Andrew Osmonson, Ryan Lubahn, Shelby Martin, Denzel Decker, Annika Lensch, Grant Kennedy, Grace Pearson, Sean Cooper and GRC President James “Chico” Riley. Not pictured are scholarship recipients Jacob Reinhardt and Garrett Byrnes. Submitted photo.

by Lissa Blake

“We’re on two wheels to get you on your feet.”

That’s the motto of Goodfellas Riding Club (GRC), a non-profit group of like-minded individuals who get together to ride motorcycles or operate motorized vehicles in order to raise funds to help local charities or individuals in the surrounding community.

Since its formation in 2012, the group has donated almost $85,000 to local scholarships, businesses and individuals who may be in need. Among the local entities benefiting from those efforts are the local Kids Club after school program, the Allamakee County Food Shelf, Allamakee County Relief Center and the Allamakee Community School District Nurses Fund, to name just a few.

Wed
30
Jun

Local teen qualifies for AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn’s ranch in Tennessee ...

Carson Johanningmeier (pictured at right), son of Roxie Johanningmeier of Waukon and Travis Johanningmeier of Harpers Ferry, has ridden his way to qualification in two different racing classes for the largest and most prestigious amateur motocross race in the world, the Monster Energy American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn’s. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the national championship event has been hosted since 1982 at the ranch home of country music legend Loretta Lynn near Hurricane Mills, TN, and it is scheduled for August 2-7 this year.

Wed
23
Jun

June 15 meeting by Iowa DOT reveals location and design of Black Hawk Bridge replacement, explains environmental assessment


Proposed bridge design is very similar ... The image above shows the proposed design for the bridge being planned to replace the current Black Hawk Bridge, one of the topics of discussion at a June 15 public meeting held virtually. One will notice that the design is very similar to the current Black Hawk Bridge. Image courtesy of the Iowa Department of Transportation and can be viewed in greater detail at https://iowadot.gov/pim/documents/061521Iowa9AllamakeePD3.pdf.

Options for proposed bridge pier designs ... The images above show the proposed designs for the bridge piers to be used for the new bridge being planned to replace the current Black Hawk Bridge. The two designs include a “Driftless Inspired” design (at left) and an “Existing Bridge Inspired” design (at right). Image courtesy of the Iowa Department of Transportation and can be viewed in greater detail at https://iowadot.gov/pim/documents/061521Iowa9AllamakeePD6.pdf.

Proposed route for new bridge just slightly north of existing Black Hawk Bridge ... The map image pictured at left shows an aerial view of both the current Black Hawk Bridge (gray line with number “9” inside white circle indicating Highway 9 near center of submitted image) and the proposed new bridge (sky blue outline just above current bridge location). The map image also indicates historical sites and areas within the community of Lansing, as well as other areas and items of environmental and project logistic interest studied by the Iowa Department of Transportation in regard to the proposed replacement project for the Black Hawk Bridge, the topic of a June 15 meeting held virtually to gather further public input. Image courtesy of the Iowa Department of Transportation and can be viewed in greater detail at https://iowadot.gov/pim/documents/061521Iowa9AllamakeePD7.pdf.

Public input may still be provided through June 30

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) public meeting held online Tuesday, June 15 dealt with the environmental impacts of building a new bridge to replace the current Black Hawk Bridge over the Mississippi River at Lansing. The purpose of the meeting was to inform the public about the preferred placement and design of the bridge, receive public input and explain the environmental assessment conducted in conjunction with the newly proposed bridge.

Wed
23
Jun

In one final diamond season together, Cooper sisters continue to shine bright


Emotional exchange ... Luther College softball junior Kendra Cooper receives the softball from her senior sister Courtney Cooper (left to right) as she relieves her in the pitching circle following Courtney’s final start for the Lady Norse, Senior Day May 8 against Loras College. Injury prevented Courtney from pitching during her senior season this spring, but she was able to make this one final start into the second inning before her younger sister took over for her in a ceremonial exchange filled with emotion that would signify the final time the two would take their home field together. Submitted photo.

Final high school game together ... Sisters Courtney (far left) and Kendra (far right) Cooper surround Janet Borchardt of Clarksville as part of the Class 1A All-Tournament Team following Kee’s 8-1 win over Clarksville in defense of their Class 1A State Championship to wrap up the 2017 season. That repeat State title marked Courtney’s final game in a Kee uniform, and the two sisters actually shared the honors of being named All-Tournament Team Captains in their respective junior seasons, Courtney following the Lady Hawks’ 2016 title and Kendra pictured above.

Another championship ... Sisters Kendra and Courtney Cooper (left to right) hold the American Rivers Conference Tournament trophy Luther softball won this past spring, marking yet another championship end to a softball season for the sisters. The tournament title marks the eighth time since 2010 the Lady Norse have won either the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) or American Rivers Conference (ARC) Tournament, the most of any other team in their conference. Submitted photo.

Sisters in celebration ... Sisters Courtney and Kendra Cooper (left to right at right in foreground) strongly embrace each other amid the team’s celebration after the Kee High School softball team won its first-ever State Championship during the 2016 season. The sister dynamic duo helped guide the Lady Hawk program to that season grand finale three times in their four high school seasons playing together, winning consecutive titles in 2016 and 2017 after finishing as the Class 1A State Runner-Up in 2014.

by Perry Hesse

Parenthood is sure to bring its share of ups and downs with children, but it doesn’t usually happen as concurrently as it did for Ron and Angie Cooper of Lansing this spring. They watched as younger daughter Kendra, a junior pitcher for the Luther College softball team this season, reeled off six straight wins on the mound as the Lady Norse captured the American Rivers Conference Tournament title. However, in the dugout was oldest daughter Courtney, who missed almost all of her senior season with the softball Norse due to injuries.

“We were disappointed for Courtney as she had high hopes for her senior year. However, we knew with her physical limitations she might not be able to pitch,” said Angie. “Courtney and Kendra would have enjoyed one more year together with the goal of helping the team be the best it could be.”

Wed
16
Jun

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.

Wed
16
Jun

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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