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Highway 51 bridge over Yellow River in Allamakee County dedicated in memory of fallen Iowa State Trooper Ted Benda


Dedication ceremony in honor of fallen State Trooper and Allamakee County native ... Family, friends and a number of law enforcement colleagues gathered at the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) maintenance garage location on the south edge of Waukon Monday, October 16 for a dedication ceremony naming the State Highway 51 bridge over Yellow River in Allamakee County the Trooper Ted Benda Memorial Bridge. Trooper Benda lost his life in a single-vehicle accident on that same highway in October of 2021 while responding to a call to assist Clayton County authorities.

Dedicated in his honor ... The sign pictured above is one of two that will be placed on the north and south approaches to the State Highway 51 bridge over Yellow River north of Postville in honor of fallen Iowa State Patrol Trooper Ted Benda. The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is responsible for putting the signs in place and was scheduled to do so shortly after the October 16 dedication ceremony held at the Waukon DOT location.

Family pride and gratitude ... Members of the family of fallen Iowa State Patrol Trooper Ted Benda gather near one of the signs that will be placed at each end of the State Highway 51 bridge over Yellow River nearly four miles north of Postville designating the bridge as Trooper Ted Benda Memorial Bridge. Left to right are Madilyn, Sylvia, Holly and Vivyan Benda and Marsha, Avery and Lawrence Benda.

Gathering to honor one of their own, family, friends and law enforcement colleagues of fallen Iowa State Patrol Trooper and Allamakee County native Ted Benda were in attendance at a dedication ceremony held Monday, October 16 to designate the State Highway 51 bridge that spans Yellow River, approximately four miles north of Postville, as Trooper Ted Benda Memorial Bridge.

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Request for new trial denied, Lansing man sentenced to 50 years in prison for May 2022 murder of his roommate

Sentencing was handed down in Allamakee County District Court in Waukon Monday, October 23 following the murder conviction of 66-year-old Andrew Karvel of Lansing, who had been found guilty of second degree murder in the May 9, 2022 strangulation death of his roommate, 83-year-old Daniel Lundy. Karvel had been found guilty of the crime by an Allamakee County jury in August of this year.

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More housing survey results needed! Final week to participate in housing survey used in community development

by Lissa Blake

The deadline to weigh in on housing needs in Allamakee County is fast approaching, and organizers need more input from across the county.

“Whether you live, work or own a business in Allamakee County, we need to hear from you,” said Val Reinke, executive director of Allamakee County Economic Development and Tourism.

Reinke explained each county in Iowa is required to do a housing study every five years.

“We use this data to work with developers, city councils and builders, and to apply for programs,” said Reinke, adding, “The first thing they ask us is to see our housing study.”  

So far, only 200 people have responded to the current survey, which has a deadline of Tuesday, October 31.

“We need input from every community in the county… people who rent, people who own, people who come to the county for work. Housing is a real issue here,” she said.

Wed
18
Oct

Opportunity to receive $250,000 in State funding to support local childcare needs help from Allamakee County communities; Meeting set for Thursday

by Lissa Blake

Trying to raise half a million dollars to increase child care availability in Allamakee County might seem like a monumental task, but the opportunity is readily available if the local community can come together to take advantage of it.

The State of Iowa Department of Health and Human Services is offering half of that funding total, and the Allamakee County community needs to raise the other $250,000 by the end of October in order to receive the State’s contribution, with $60,000 already pledged to that county match commitment by some local businesses and organizations.

Everyone interested in helping to find solutions for additional access to child care in Allamakee County is invited to an informational meeting scheduled for this Thursday, October 19 from 12-1:30 p.m. at Lansing Office Works, 274 Main Street in Lansing. Lunch will be provided (see additional details in the shaded box printed on this same page).

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Public meeting Thursday to discuss child care solutions program Allamakee County is selected to participate in

Allamakee County is one of 10 communities in the state of Iowa that has been selected to participate in a child care solutions program. The program has $2.5 million available to invest within the communities that are able to provide a 50/50 match to access the funds.

An informational meeting about the program and that funding opportunity is scheduled to be held Thursday, October 19 at the Lansing Office Works building, 274 Main Street in Lansing, from 12-1:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. There is also a virtual link available for those who cannot access the meeting in-person, and that link is available at https://us06web.zoom.us/i/87181480659.

“Be a part of the solution!” meeting organizers urge. “Child care is a critical building block for our workforce and economy. We are looking for our county to come together to support this fund in efforts to create sustainability for our providers.”

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Oct

Director of Iowa Economic Development Authority Debi Durham tours Lansing, and says she’s impressed by the “welcoming” community


IEDA Tour of Lansing takes advantage of Mt. Hosmer perspective ... Among the group providing and taking the October 11 tour of Lansing were, left to right, Nichole Hansen, director designee at Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA); Christopher Troendle, housing planner for Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) and board president of Main Street Lansing (MSL); Debi Durham, head of the IEDA and the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA); Andrew Boddicker, Main Street Lansing executive director; Anne Osmundson, member of the Iowa House of Representatives from the 64th district; Dr. Sarah Murray, superintendent of the Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) and principal of Kee High School/Middle School; Lansing Mayor Melissa Hammell; and Lansing City Council members Mike Manning and Curtis Snitker. Not pictured: Deanna Triplett, senior policy and partnership manager with IEDA. Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

Touring the Old Stone School ... The tour of Lansing provided to Iowa Economic Development Authority leaders Wednesday, October 11 included visiting the historic Old Stone School in Lansing. Viewing wall displays inside the building are, left to right, Valerie Reinke, executive director of Allamakee County Economic Development & Tourism (ACED); Main Street Lansing (MSL) Executive Director Andrew Boddicker; and Debi Durham, head of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA). Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

By early last week, Main Street Lansing (MSL) Executive Director Andrew Boddicker had all his boxes checked for an event he’d organized and scheduled for Wednesday, October 11 - a visit to Lansing by Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA).

Among the checked boxes, city council approval had been granted for an ATV/UTV Mt. Hosmer permit, and the council had also granted permission for Boddicker to clean the front, northwest room on the ground floor of the Old Stone School. Blake Schoh, owner of S&S Houseboat Rentals, was lined up to captain a short pontoon ride on the Mississippi River in the afternoon. Chef Wendi Wilson-Eiden had designed a menu and would be preparing dinner in the evening at Coffee On The River - the restaurant she co-owns with her sister, Diana Wilson-Thompson. The guest list was confirmed, and The Standard newspaper had assigned a reporter.

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Suicide Prevention Training scheduled for October 24 in Waukon; RSVP to attend

A Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training event is scheduled to take place Tuesday, October 24 in Waukon. Sponsored by MHT (Mental Health Today/Matt Howe Tribute), the event is planned to take place from 6-8 p.m. that October 24 evening at Iron Ridge Church at 512 9th Street SW in Waukon.

Mental Health Today (Matt Howe Tribute) is hosting Ryan Nesbit of Alive and Running for a free suicide prevention training. Nesbit is a certified trainer of QPR’s “industry leading approach to suicide prevention.” QPR, just like CPR, is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives.

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Oct

Honored to honor: U.S. Navy Veteran Chuck Bloxham of Waukon participates in wreath laying event at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier


Honored to honor ... Chuck Bloxham of Waukon (center of three individuals in the photo foreground above) had the honor of laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during an Iowa Veterans Memorial Tour to Washington, DC in early September. A U.S. Navy Veteran, Bloxham is pictured above laying the wreath with U.S. Army Veteran Richard Murray of Decorah (far left) after the two were selected to perform the honor. Submitted photo.

At the WWII Memorial ... U.S. Navy Veteran Chuck Bloxham of Waukon is pictured above standing next to the Iowa pillar of the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC during an Iowa Veterans Memorial Tour he was part of in early September. During the tour, Bloxham was one of four veterans selected to perform the honor of laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Solder at Arlington National Cemetery. Submitted photo.

by David M. Johnson

The society and culture of this nation has always had a special reverence for the deceased, almost unwritten rules that determine what respect is to be shown and practiced when it comes to the deceased and their burial. Burial plots of deceased family and ancestors are held in reverence, the gravestone markers are visited and decorated at least once a year, if not more. The gravestone memorials of heroes and leaders are held in even greater esteem.

At Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, DC can be found acre after acre of the burial plots of many of this nation’s fallen veterans representing all branches of military service. Many were killed in battle, many were not. In this awe-inspiring piece of ground there is a particular setting that overlooks that national cemetery.

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Alumni, former staff will observe 50th anniversary of the closing of St. George High School with All-School Reunion this Sunday


A page in time ... The image above shows a page from the 1963 publication of “The Shield,” the annual yearbook of St. George High School. The former parochial school that served students from not only the Allamakee County area but also from across the river in Wisconsin opened in 1957 and graduated its final class in the spring of 1973. Submitted image.

Continues to be used as a school facility ... The former St. George High School building pictured above for a page in the school yearbook was constructed in 1965 to accommodate the growing needs of the school. The building still remains at its Main Street location in Lansing, just west of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, and has been used by the Eastern Allamakee Community School District as a middle school facility and, most recently, the school district’s Kee Connect facility. Submitted photo.

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the closing of St. George High School in Lansing. Alumni of the former high school have been organizing a reunion of all its former students that is scheduled for this Sunday, October 15. Further details of that reunion event appear in a shaded box accompanying this article elsewhere in this week’s edition of The Standard.

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
According to information available at www.holyfamilyofthebluffs.org, the first parochial school associated with Immaculate Conception Parish in Lansing began in 1874. In the early 1900s, a new school was built and the parish purchased the brewery next to the church and eventually converted it into a school as well. The first class graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in 1914.

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Oct

Lansing man convicted of murder seeks new trial

A Lansing man convicted of second-degree murder by an Allamakee County jury in August of this year is seeking a new trial, according to documents filed Monday, October 2 in Allamakee County District Court. Following investigation into the May 9, 2022 death of 83-year-old Daniel Lundy of Lansing, Andrew Karvel, now age 66, of Lansing was arrested by the Lansing/New Albin Police Department in August of 2022 and originally charged with first-degree murder, a Class A felony, for what was alleged at the time to be the strangulation death of Lundy in the Lansing residence the two men shared.

In the trial that took place a year after his arrest, that jury found Karvel guilty of second-degree murder. His sentencing date had been scheduled for October 23.

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