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Waterville’s Lesya Ryzhenkova talks about worries for friends and family in her birth country, after Russia invades Ukraine


In support of her native country ... Lesya Ryzhenkova of Waterville, co-owner of The Good Life Gallery and Frame Shop in Lansing with Mike Kolsrud, shows her support of her birth country following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last week. A native of Ukraine who gained her U.S. citizenship in April 2021, Ryzhenkova has many family members still living in Ukraine and will be holding an event at her shop in Lansing this Sunday in an effort to share her culture and support her birth country. Submitted photo.

Lesya’s family ... Lesya Ryzhenkova of Waterville is pictured above with her family at a recent reunion where they were all able to get together. Pictured, left to right, are her sister, Tanya, who remains in the family’s home village of Tsentralne; Lesya, now a U.S. citizen living in Waterville; her mother, Olga, who has her green card visa and is currently on an extended visit with Lesya; her brother, Viktor, who remains in the family’s home village of Tsentralne; her sister, Natasha, who is married to Waukon area native Scott Ewing and currently lives in Oregon but has been with Scott in Ukraine on business and evacuated with him to Poland; and her sister, Zina, who was also living in Ukraine but evacuated with the Ewings to Poland. Submitted photo.

Proximity of home village to Ukraine capital ... The family of Lesya Ryzhenkova of Waterville hails from the Ukrainian village of Tsentralne, located about three miles from Myronivka, a larger city in the Kyyiv Oblast district, located approximately 66.5 miles south of the Ukraine capital of Kyiv (as indicated by Lesya with the black circle and downward arrow on the map above). Ukrainians call their capital “Kyiv” (kee-yiv), the spelling being a transliteration of the Ukrainian Київ. The Russian version is “Kiev” (kee-yev). Submitted image.

Ukrainian native to host open house this Sunday at The Good Life Gallery and Frame Shop in Lansing to thank local community and share Ukrainian culture

by Julie Berg-Raymond

Right now, people all over the world are watching, mostly helplessly, while what Reuters News Service has referred to as “the largest military assault by one European state on another since World War Two” is taking place before their eyes - the Russian invasion of Ukraine. They’re trying to understand what is happening and why; they’re contacting loved ones across oceans and continents, seeking information about their whereabouts and safety; and they’re praying - for friends and family; for a nation and its people, independently sovereign for more than 30 years; for peace.

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Kerndt Brothers Bank donates to Building New Traditions Campaign ...

Kerndt Brothers Bank has made a $25,000 donation to the Building New Traditions Campaign at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds in Waukon. The Building New Traditions Campaign is dedicated toward constructing a new, larger all-species youth livestock show barn centrally located at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds, a project that also involves relocation, elimination and transformation of some of the other livestock buildings at the Fairgrounds. Pictured above at the donation presentation at the site of the new show barn construction at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds are, left to right, Erik Helgerson of Kerndt Brothers Bank, Tyler Plein and Bobbi Baxter of the Allamakee County Fair Board, and Bobbi Jo Berg and Cathy Buhl of Kerndt Brothers Bank.

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Allamakee County residents can still sign up for “Alert Iowa” Emergency Notification System

Alert Iowa system used recently for water boil advisory and December derecho

Following the fire in Waukon Sunday, February 13 and the ensuing need for a boil advisory to be put into place for Waukon residents, in addition to the derecho in December and other weather events, Allamakee County Emergency Management Coordinator Corey Snitker wants to remind everyone of Allamakee County’s Emergency Alert system called Alert Iowa. The Alert Iowa system was used to help the City of Waukon spread the word on the boil order requirement, and the system was also used and will continue to be used for its severe weather notification capability.

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Alliant Energy addresses plans for coal ash ponds at its Lansing Generating Station

by Julie Berg-Raymond

Interstate Power and Light Company, Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company, held a virtual public meeting January 11 of this year regarding the coal ash ponds at its Lansing Generating Station located just south of Lansing along the Great River Road and the Mississippi River.

A written statement provided by Alliant Energy following the virtual meeting - which local attendees reported was frequently interrupted by audio disruptions - indicated that an Assessment of Corrective Measures study was discussed during the January 11 public meeting, as well as Alliant Energy’s work to meet requirements of the federal Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) Rule.

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Pair of Monday sessions in Waukon will focus on raising suicide prevention awareness

Monday, February 28 will be a day devoted to raising awareness for suicide prevention in Waukon and the surrounding community, as the Alive and Running Iowa organization will conduct a pair of events aimed at helping save lives and reducing suicidal behaviors.

Alive & Running Iowa began as a running event held annually in the small Iowa town of Dunkerton but has grown into a non-profit organization to help raise awareness about suicide and suicide prevention. Co-founders Troy Belmer and Ryan Nesbit organized Alive & Running Iowa in 2009 in honor of their friend, Roger, who they lost to suicide when they were sophomores at Dunkerton High School in 1991.

Since then, in addition to conducting the annual running event in their hometown, the two also make presentations and work with numerous other agencies toward that same goal of suicide awareness and prevention.

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Variety of matters discussed at February 19 legislative forum


February 19 legislative forum held in Waukon ... Area legislative representatives Anne Osmundson of Iowa House of Representatives District 56, District 28 Senator Mike Klimesh, and Michael Bergan of Iowa House of Representatives District 55 (left to right near center top in above photo) were in attendance at a public forum with area residents Saturday, February 19 at the Allamakee County Farm Bureau building in Waukon. Among the items discussed at the forum were education funding, can redemption issues, ATV/UTV regulation, a full-time park ranger and other matters at Yellow River State Forest, the deer population and objectionable materials in schools. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

Iowa House of Representatives members Anne Osmundson of District 56 and Michael Bergan of District 55 and Iowa Senator from District 28 Mike Klimesh held a legislative town hall meeting in Waukon Saturday, February 19. The three legislators answered questions from the crowd of approximately 30 individuals in attendance at the Allamakee County Farm Bureau building.

Several hot-button issues were raised by those in attendance at the town hall meeting. Jerry Halverson of Waukon talked about challenges within the county relating to can redemption during the COVID-19 pandemic with fewer grocery and convenience stores accepting cans. Klimesh discussed two recent bills relating to can redemption and potential options to support existing redemption centers and retailers.

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Issues with City of Waukon water system following February 13 fire further addressed by City Manager

by Joe Moses

Waukon City Manager Gary Boden provided an update to The Standard relating to Waukon’s water system challenges in conjunction with the Sunday, February 13 evening fire on Allamakee Street. Two buildings were destroyed and several other adjacent buildings affected by the fire originating from the building at 9 Allamakee Street housing Tin, Rust & Harmony, a new business opened in December 2021 - the previous location of Lucky Finds Consignment.

The fire investigation and clean-up of adjacent impacted businesses continues. Although calls to the State of Iowa Fire Marshal’s Office in charge of the investigation had not been returned as of press time for this edition of The Standard, local authorities say the areas in front of and in back of the buildings destroyed in the blaze have been fenced off for safety and ongoing investigative measures.

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Sunday evening Allamakee Street blaze destroys pair of buildings, impacts others ...

The initial block of the east side of Allamakee Street in Waukon had multiple buildings destroyed and several others impacted by a fire that broke out Sunday evening, February 13 in the middle of the block. Around 6:30 p.m. the Waukon Fire Department was called to 9 Allamakee Street for smoke and flames emitting from the lower portion of the building that currently housed Tin, Rust & Harmony - a new business opened in December 2021 by owner Mindy Jones - and had previously housed Lucky Finds Consignment.

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Legislative town hall meeting set for Saturday

A legislative town hall meeting has been scheduled for Saturday, February 19 at the Allamakee County Farm Bureau building located at 14 1st Avenue NE in Waukon. The meeting is scheduled to take place from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Iowa House of Representatives member Anne Osmundson of District 56 and Iowa Senator from District 28 Mike Klimesh are among those invited to attend. Area residents are invited to attend the meeting and ask questions of the attending legislators.

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Nominations due Monday for Allamakee County Dairy Awards; Princess applications due March 1

The Allamakee County Dairy Promotion Board continues to make plans for the 2022 Allamakee County Dairy Banquet - the date, time and location of which will be announced at a later date. The board is still seeking nominations to honor and recognize deserving producers and contributors to the dairy industry in Allamakee County. Every year, top producers from the county are recognized by the Allamakee County Dairy Promotion Board, along with honoring contributors to the local dairy industry. The Allamakee Dairy Promotion Board and the Allamakee County Extension Office are accepting nominations through Monday, February 21 for the following awards:

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