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18
Nov

Allamakee County to take part in first-ever Statewide Iowa Youth Caucus; Local event set for this Thursday

The Iowa Secretary of State’s Office, in conjunction with the Iowa Democratic Party and the Republican Party of Iowa, is organizing a statewide Iowa Youth Caucus. Allamakee County’s Youth Caucus is scheduled for Thursday, November 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Waukon High School.
There will be an optional social time from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. followed by registration and supper from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Students from Kee High School, Postville High School and Waukon High School will be participating.
The purpose of the Iowa Youth Caucus is to inform and engage students in the political process. Due to Iowa’s First-in-the-Nation status, Iowans play a major role in deciding the next President of the United States. By conducting a caucus with the students, the goal is to increase their understanding of how the caucuses work and that this experience will move them to register to vote when they reach eligible voting age.

Tue
17
Nov

Ladies Day / Night Out


Ladies Day / Night Out is this Thursday, November 19 in Waukon. See the Nov. 17 issue of the Northeast Iowa Extra, or the Nov. 18 issue of The Standard for participating businesses.
Wed
11
Nov

Groundbreaking ceremony held for Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center project


Breaking ground, making history ... A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center took place south of Lansing at the locally-known Columbus Bridge property Tuesday, November 3. The 10,000 square foot three-story Center planned for construction will offer numerous exhibits to acquaint visitors and residents with the unique characteristics of the Driftless Area. Kee High School Student Council Executive Board members turned the first shovel of dirt at the groundbreaking for the Center. Photos by Susan Cantine-Maxson.

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

Wed
11
Nov

Brothers in Arms: Local veterans help others in a variety of ways


Presenting his replacement medals ... Pictured above, left to right, are Jerry Halverson (U.S. Marines, 1968-1971), Robert Hilleshiem (U.S. Navy, 1970-1972) and Robert Kolsrud (U.S. Navy, 1948-1952, 1957-1974). Halverson and Kolsrud recently presented Hilleshiem with military service medals he had lost in a house fire several years ago. Photo by Lissa Blake.

by Lissa Blake

Sometimes, if you want something done to the level that you feel is right, you have to just do it yourself.
That is the motivation that drives a couple of Allamakee County veterans to lend their time, talent and finances toward going the extra mile to make sure area veterans receive what they need or deserve. It’s not a government or social program, according to Vietnam veteran Jerry Halverson of Waukon. It’s just a couple of guys who want to give back.
“We call ourselves the Allamakee County Good Ol’ Boys,” said Halverson.
Halverson, who served as a U.S. Marine from 1968-1971, works closely with 22-year U.S. Navy veteran Robert Kolsrud of Waukon and his wife, Eunice (Thorstenson).
Although Robert is 84 and Eunice is 80, they’re not about to let that stand in their way of doing what they feel needs to be done.
“Robert is an Eveready battery,” said Halverson of Kolsrud, 20 years his senior.

Wed
11
Nov

City elections show varying turn-out

City elections were held statewide Tuesday, November 3, including in six local communities. Allamakee County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Denise Beyer reported that voter turn-out rates for the election varied widely throughout the County, with the lowest turn-out of just seven percent in the City of Postville where there were no contested races on the ballot.
In Waukon, there were two contested races on the ballot - Mayor and At-Large City Council - but only 17% of registered voters turned out to vote in that election. In Lansing, Public Measure A to increase the hotel/motel tax and write-in campaigns for the City Council attracted 21% of registered voters to the polls.

Wed
11
Nov

"Ring In the Holidays" is theme for 24th Annual Christmas Fantasy this weekend


Christmas Fantasy 2015 scheduled for this weekend ... The 2015 Christmas Fantasy, themed “Ring In the Holidays” this year, will be displayed throughout the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon November 13-16 at the Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation’s 24th annual event. Again this year, a wide variety of Christmas trees will be displayed and many Christmas gift options will be available on the silent auction. Submitted photo.

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Christmas Fantasy 2015 will be held Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, November 13-16 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. This year's theme will be “Ring In the Holidays.” In addition to the numerous number of decorated Christmas trees, this year's event will again offer many shopping opportunities on the silent auction.
The silent auction items will be available for purchase through a silent bid that will continue over the course of the four-day event. These door and wall decorations, centerpieces, gift baskets, chairs, toys, crafts and mini-trees will be silent auctioned, with the highest bidder winning the purchase at 7 p.m. Monday, November 16. Until that closing time, bidders can return, free of charge, to the Fantasy and raise their bid.

Wed
11
Nov

Dennis Koenig honored for service, invitation to Youth Caucus extended during regular Supervisor session


Certificate of Appreciation for his service ... At the Monday, November 9 Allamakee County Board of Supervisors meeting, Jerry Halverson, Robert Kolsrud and Jim Magner, representing the local Disabled American Veterans chapter, presented Supervisor Dennis Koenig with a certificate of appreciation for his service to the United States as a veteran of the U.S. Army. Pictured above, left to right, are Jim Magner, Dennis Koenig, Robert Kolsrud and Jerry Halverson. Standard photo by Jason Meyer.

by Jason Meyer

Wed
04
Nov

Unofficial results of city elections held November 3

City elections were held statewide Tuesday, November 3. The unofficial results are printed below.

Harpers Ferry
Incumbent Mayor Jerry Valley won re-election in an uncontested race with 59 votes. Richard Smrcina won one of three open seats on the City Council with 63 votes, along with Betty Palmer (50) and Nancy Walleser (48).

Lansing
Incumbent Mayor Mike Brennan won re-election in an uncontested race with 117 votes. John Rethwisch received 92 write-in votes and Don Peters received 90 write-in votes to unseat incumbent Councilwoman Deb Volker, the only declared candidate, who received 60 votes. Public Measure A to increase the hotel/motel tax to seven percent passed with 95 votes in favor and 59 against.

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