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National Dairy Conventions bring hundreds to tour local dairy operations

A pair of National Dairy Conventions held last week brought busloads totaling several hundred visitors to a pair of Waukon area family dairy farms Thursday, June 26. The National Holstein Convention held in Dubuque June 24-28 featured a "Cream of the Crop" bus tour the morning of June 26 that included a stop at Regancrest, the Regan family dairy operation located northeast of Waukon on Highway 9. As depicted in the photos at left above, a half dozen charter buses and several private vehicles transported just shy of 500 people to tour the Regancrest operation. "We feel things went very well," said Sheri Danhof of Regancrest about the tour that involved the single largest group hosted by the facility in just an hour-plus timeframe. "It was an opportunity for people to see not only the genetics of our animals but also how our facility operates, so that they know that it is truly the genetics of our animals that allows them to produce like they do and not some specialized treatment.

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25
Jun

New Albin Days Past and Present has much to do with the future

The annual New Albin Days Past and Present celebration that was held June 13-14 celebrated the community of New Albin in all its past history and present glory, with the youth that represent the future of the community being very involved in the annual event through a wide variety of activities. Lydia Strong, daughter of Jason and Stacie Strong of New Albin, was crowned Little Miss New Albin at the Friday, June 13 pageant. The youth of the New Albin community and also those visiting during the annual New Albin Days celebration helped leave their mark on this year's event by contributing throughout the weekend to the mural now created annually during the celebration. Photo courtesy of Lori Darling. Additional photos can be found in in this week's print and e-editions of The Standard as well as by clicking on the Photo Gallery link.
 

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25
Jun

Heavy rains Wednesday and Thursday bring back all too memorable results


The thunderstorms that blasted the area Wednesday and Thursday, June 18 and 19 brought more than just heavy rains with them, as lightning and high winds also caused trouble for area residents, as evident above. The home pictured above at 709 Second Avenue SW in Waukon was reportedly struck by lightning during the Thursday morning storm that passed through the area, resulting in a small fire within the roof area of the structure. The Waukon Fire Department responded to the blaze, having to resort to cutting a hole in the home's roof in order to reach the flames burning inside. There was nobody home at the time of the incident and the flames were extinguished rather quickly, resulting in overall minor damage to the home. Standard photo by Bob Beach.

It was nearly a case of very unfortunate deja vu this past week for Waukon and the surrounding Allamakee County area, as heavy rains Wednesday and Thursday, June 18 and 19 brought some of the same results as almost exactly one year ago - although not to the same overall degree.
National Weather Service data reported rain totals of between eight and nine inches in the few days prior to and including a Thursday, June 19 storm that topped off that total with a frequency of one to one-and-a-half inches of rain per hour during a two-hour period in the early afternoon hours. It was that same type of rain total frequency, both overall and per hour, that brought flash flooding destruction to the downtown Waukon community and the greater Allamakee County area during the June 22-23, 2013 time period.

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18
Jun

Empty Nest Winery being featured in statewide Farmers Market promotion project this summer


Dave & Pam Kruger, Empty Nest Winery

This summer Dave and Pam Kruger, owners of Empty Nest Winery of Waukon, are gaining recognition not only for their successful, expanding wine business, but also for their work in the Local Foods movement being selected as one of the “Faces of Northeast Iowa’s Farmers Markets”.
In the Spring of 2013, Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) opened an application process for a project to highlight farmers market vendors.  The organization received funding from a USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program grant secured by the Iowa League of RC&Ds.  The project, a collaborative effort involving individual RC&Ds across the state, charged Northeast Iowa RC&D with selecting 10 applicants from its seven-county region to be profiled as the face of northeast Iowa’s farmers markets. These applicants were then interviewed and photographed by a professional photographer to capture each producer’s unique story.

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18
Jun

"Thunder in the Park" feels slight weather impact, but deemed successful otherwise

The "Thunder in the Park" Civil War re-enactment event held in Waukon Friday evening, June 13 through Sunday afternoon, June 15 drew a good level of interest, despite rain forcing cancellation of the cannon night firing scheduled for Saturday evening. Although the battle lines were clearly drawn in the re-enactment phase of the weekend's abundant activities, all seemed to come together in peace and harmony for the Saturday evening dance and other relaxation times within the re-enactment camps, and all certainly came together to make the weekend what event originator Al Lyon called "a satisfying success." A total of 90 re-enactors took part in the battle events, with anticipation high to begin planning in August for next year's event. "We were pretty pleased for this being just our second year," Lyon said. "We plan to keep growing, but it takes some time to work out all the kinks when you start an event like this.

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