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Logo revealed for Lansing RAGBRAI at Main Street Lansing Annual Meeting


Lansing RAGBRAI logo revealed ... The logo for Lansing RAGBRAI was revealed Wednesday, March 16 at the Main Street Lansing Annual Meeting held at the Safehouse Saloon in Lansing. Pictured above with the new logo are, left to right, artist and local minister Laura Gentry, who created the logo, and Lansing RAGBRAI Chair Ian Zahren. Lansing was selected as the end destination for this year’s RAGBRAI event, which is scheduled to take place July 23-30 this year. Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

In January, it was announced that RAGBRAI, Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, in which thousands cycle the state from the west to the east, will be ending in Lansing this year. Preparations are already underway for the town to host the event, which takes place July 23-30. Wednesday, March 16, at the Main Street Lansing Annual Meeting, the logo for Lansing RAGBRAI was revealed.

Ian Zahren, vocal music director at Kee High School in Lansing and executive chair of Lansing RAGBRAI, convened a team to design this logo. That team consisted of artist and pastor of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Rev. Laura Gentry, and Elizabeth Loberg, founder and CEO of Wood Media.

“We wanted our logo to reflect the charm and uniqueness of our town,” Zahren explained, “something that said ‘You are here, you made it, you have done it!’ while also encompassing the elements of the natural beauty of the area.”

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Allamakee County Dairy Banquet set for April 2

The Annual Allamakee County Dairy Banquet will be held Saturday, April 2 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. Food service will start at 7 p.m. and the program will start at 8 p.m. Banquet tickets will be available at the door.

Production and recognition awards will be presented to local dairy producers and the coronation of the 2022 Allamakee County Dairy Princess will also take place. Information on this year’s Dairy Princess candidates will be presented in next week’s edition of The Standard.
 

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Photos sought of local veterans for inclusion on “Roll of Honor” wall in Allamakee County Veterans Museum

Organizers of the Allamakee County Veterans Museum are seeking help from family members, friends and the general public in locating good quality photos of a number of Allamakee County Veterans who were Killed in Action (KIA) or held as Prisoners of War (POW) during World War I, World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War. A full listing of the photos needed can be found in the bordered box accompanying this article (to the right).

The photos are needed to help create a “Roll of Honor” wall in the new Allamakee County Veterans Museum. The photos are asked to be good, quality photos that can be enlarged or reduced to a 5”x7” size to become part of that “Roll of Honor”.

Wed
16
Mar

Full of Irish Spirit for St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2022 ...

As one can tell from the photo above, the streets of Waukon were full of Irish spirit for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Sunday, March 13 in Waukon. Under spring-like weather conditions with sunny skies, a slight breeze and temperatures in the upper 40s, the event took approximately 45 minutes to display the wide variety of this year’s nearly 150 parade entries. Additional photos from this year’s parade can be found on Page 16 of this week’s print edition and e-edition of The Standard. Standard photo by Joe Moses. All of the parade photos found in this issue, along with many more from Sunday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, are available for viewing/purchase by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on The Standard’s website. A video of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade by Joe Moses can be found on The Standard Newspaper’s Facebook page.

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Warning siren testing to take place countywide March 23 as part of State of Iowa Tornado Drill

The Allamakee County Emergency Management Agency wants to take this opportunity to notify the public of the intent to conduct a countywide tornado drill and testing of the city emergency sirens throughout the county Wednesday, March 23 at 10 a.m. This will allow Allamakee County to participate in the State of Iowa Tornado Drill as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, which is being observed March 21-25 this year. The purpose will be to activate the warning sirens in all six cities in the county when the National Weather Service issues a test Tornado Warning on NOAA Weather Radio at approximately 10 a.m.

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Mar

Black Hawk Bridge among four historic bridges listed by Iowa DOT for adoption and relocation

Black Hawk Bridge ...
Black Hawk Bridge ...

The Iowa Department of Transportation and its local transportation partners are making available four historic bridges for reuse, accepting proposals from serious inquiries for adoption and relocation of those bridges. Among those four bridges is the Black Hawk Bridge at Lansing that spans the Mississippi River. The more than 90-year-old structure connecting the states of Iowa and Wisconsin is slated to be replaced by the end of the year 2025.

In addition to the Black Hawk Bridge, the DOT is also listing the Boone River Bridge in Wright County, the Hardin City Bridge in Hardin County, and the eastbound U.S. 30 Bridge in Linn County southeast of Cedar Rapids for reuse proposals. All four of the bridges are either listed or are eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places and are available for relocation/adoption.

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March 18 is Global Recycling Day: Allamakee County Waste & Recycling provides essential service locally


Recycled plastics ... Allamakee County Solid Waste Manager Dave Mooney estimates that #1 and #2 plastics account for 95-98 percent of consumer plastics. Pictured above, #1 and #2 plastics have been baled and are ready for transport from the Allamakee County Waste & Recycling grounds. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

Bales of cardboard ... Among the services available to rural Allamakee County residents, cardboard recycling is an important piece of the County’s work in reducing waste through its recycling program, yielding approximately 55 tons of recycled cardboard each year locally. Pictured above, bales of cardboard await transport within the Allamakee County Waste & Recycling facility. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

Around the world, this Friday, March 18, 2022 is being recognized as Global Recycling Day, an initiative advanced by the Global Recycling Foundation, an organization supporting the promotion of recycling and its vital role on a worldwide scale in preserving the future of the planet. The Global Recycling Foundation is one of many organizations working collectively to reduce waste and preserve natural resources on an international level.

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09
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“Your Story Isn’t Over Yet”: Ryan Nesbit, co-founder of Alive & Running Iowa, speaks to area high school students and community about suicide prevention


Packing awareness and prevention ... A backpack containing training information, suicide awareness and prevention wristbands, and suicide prevention hotline numbers was provided to everyone who attended the QPR Gatekeeper training sessions presented in Waukon Monday, February 28 by QPR Gatekeeper Instructor Ryan Nesbit, co-founder, with Troy Belmar, of Alive & Running Iowa. Attendees also were issued a QPR Gatekeeper Certificate documenting two hours of training for having attended the presentation. Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

Bringing a message of awareness and prevention ... Waukon High School Guidance Counselor Amy Wasson (left) is pictured above with Ryan Nesbit (right), co-founder, with Troy Belmar, of Alive & Running Iowa for Suicide Awareness and Prevention. Belmer and Nesbit organized Alive & Running Iowa in 2009 in honor of their friend, Rodger, who they lost to suicide when they were sophomores at Dunkerton High School in 1991. Nesbit conducted a series of presentations at Waukon High School Monday, February 28, educating students and the community on the foundation and techniques of the QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Institute utilized in raising awareness of suicide and resources available for prevention. Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

If readers take only one piece of information away from this article, let it be this: Help is always available at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Number: 1-800-273-TALK.

(NOTE: Starting July 16 of this year, 988 will be the new, simplified three-digit dialing code that will route callers across the United States to that National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.)

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“We are in a mental health crisis, big time,” according to Ryan Nesbit, who - with his high school friend, Troy Belmar - founded Alive & Running Iowa for Suicide Awareness and Prevention in 2009 in honor of their friend, Rodger, who they lost to suicide when they were sophomores at Dunkerton High School in 1991. Alive & Running Iowa began as a running event held annually in Dunkerton but has since grown into a non-profit organization to help raise awareness about suicide and suicide prevention.

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09
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St. Patrick's Day Parade, other festive events taking place this Sunday, March 13 in Waukon

The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Waukon has been scheduled for this Sunday, March 13 and will begin at 1 p.m. with many of the same festivities taking place as in years past throughout the community. See Page 12 in this week’s edition of The Standard for additional St. Patrick’s Day events and specials. There will be a shuttle system in place again this year to help transport those celebrating the day to various entertainment destinations throughout the afternoon.

The parade route will be the same as in past years, beginning from the southeast edge of town and heading up Rossville Road and Spring Avenue to the stoplight intersection with Main Street. Turning left on to West Main Street at the stoplights, the parade will venture up to Second Street SW, where the entries will turn left at the Post Office intersection, travel one block south to First Avenue SW, and then east back to Spring Avenue, turning right at Kwik Star to head back south to its point of origin.

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09
Mar

Shower of appreciation being organized for area emergency crews who responded to February 13 fire on Allamakee Street

In a show of appreciation for the efforts of the emergency crews who responded to and battled the Allamakee Street fire in Waukon Sunday evening, February 13 into Monday, February 14, and as a way to turn so many offers of help for themselves into further appreciation for those emergency crews, some of those Allamakee Street business/property owners impacted by that blaze are asking community members to turn their offers of help into a shower of appreciation for area firefighters, law enforcement and other first responders. Organizers of the appreciation shower are asking for donations of homemade cookies, thank you cards, gift cards or certificates from local dining establishments, and/or food and snacks that will then be distributed to those area emergency response crews.

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