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Housing development agreement has potential to bring 72 apartment units to Waukon near City Park; Public hearing scheduled for April 22


Apartment complex project part of proposed residential development near City Park ... The open area in the center of the photo below taken by Standard Assistant Editor Joe Moses just north of the Waukon City Park and west of the Waukon Mobile Home Community is anticipated to be the location for proposed residential development that will initially include the apartment complex pictured in the submitted sketched image above. A housing development agreement between the City of Waukon and Dexter Quandahl of Q4 Construction will be open for public comment at a public hearing scheduled for this coming Monday, April 22, beginning at 6 p.m. at Waukon City Hall. The agreement initially provides for the creation of two apartment complex buildings, similar to what is pictured above, with each structure housing 18 apartment units.

Photo above by Standard Assistant Editor Joe Moses.

Floor plan for ground floor ... The floor plan pictured below shows the ground floor of the initial apartment complex that will be part of the proposed residential development just north of the Waukon City Park campground area. The floor plan shows seven two-bedroom units and one single-bedroom unit, along with four garage stalls on that ground level, with the second floor of the apartment facility also including a very similar floor plan but adding two single-bedroom units above where the garage stalls are located for a total of 18 apartment units in the building. Submitted image.

View from the proposed parking lot ... The sketch pictured above of the apartment complex being proposed as part of the development of the western portion of what has been called the Pladsen Subdivision, just north of the Waukon City Park campground area, shows an abundance of parking for the initial 18-unit facility. This initial structure will house 14 two-bedroom apartments and four one-bedroom apartments, with garage parking available for four units in addition to numerous parking lot spaces pictured. Submitted image.

by Joe Moses

Waukon City Manager Gary Boden, Executive Director Val Reinke of Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) and developer Dexter Quandahl of Q4 Construction met with The Standard Friday, April 12 to provide an update relating to the proposed apartment complex construction project at the southeast corner of the intersection of the new 8th Avenue SW and 2nd Street SW in Waukon within the area locally known as the Pladsen Subdivision, north of the Waukon City Park.

Wed
10
Apr

Pinwheels placed in observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Month ...

The month of April is observed as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the pinwheels pictured at right have been placed along the sidewalk approaching the front entrance of the Allamakee County Courthouse in Waukon by Helping Services for Youth and Families as a reminder of that observance and as a means to encourage everyone to play a role in making the local community a better place for children and families. In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign based on the idea that pinwheels represent childlike whimsy and lightheartedness and the organization’s vision for a world where all children grow up happy, healthy, and prepared to succeed in supportive families and communities.

Wed
10
Apr

Iowa Attorney General meets with local authorities to discuss proposed legislation regarding assaults on first responders and a plan to create a cold case unit in Iowa


Iowa Attorney General visits Waukon, meets with law enforcement ... State of Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird made a visit to Waukon Thursday afternoon, April 4, stopping at WW Homestead Dairy to hold a discussion with local law enforcement authorities. Pictured above, Tom Weighner (far right) of WW Homestead Dairy visits with Attorney General Bird and local law enforcement officers that include Waukon Police Chief Paul Wagner, Waukon Assistant Police Chief Mason Kwilinski, Allamakee County Sheriff Clark Mellick and Allamakee County Sheriff Deputy Chris McCartney. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird visited WW Homestead Dairy in Waukon Thursday, April 4 for an industry tour in addition to meeting with Allamakee County and City of Waukon law enforcement agencies to discuss a variety of matters. Among the representatives of local law enforcement present, Allamakee County Sheriff Clark Mellick and Waukon Police Chief Paul Wagner talked with and provided feedback to Attorney General Bird.

Bird updated those present about proposed legislative matters and discussions at the State level relating to the handling of illegal drug trafficking, cold cases and penalties for assaulting first responders and law enforcement, among other matters.

Wed
03
Apr

“We will get through this and help one another”: Water taxi offers some hope to communities struggling after Black Hawk Bridge closure

Water taxi helps keep hope afloat ...
Water taxi helps keep hope afloat ... Maiden Voyage Tours’ 49-passenger tour boat is pictured at Big Slough Landing, on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River. Providing a water taxi service for those wanting to cross the river during the repair of the Black Hawk Bridge, that service is free and runs seven days a week from the Lansing Marina to Big Slough Landing. The Iowa Department of Transportation bought the temporary dock pictured and had it installed at Big Slough Landing so the water taxi has a safe place to load and unload passengers. The dock will be removed when the bridge re-opens and the water taxi ceases operation. Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

It was a chilly 24 degrees under overcast skies at 7 a.m. Monday, March 18, when the first water taxi left the Lansing Marina for Big Slough Landing in Crawford County, WI.

It wasn’t an ideal morning for a boat ride; but, while the boat provides blankets for passengers, comfortable recreation isn’t the point of this service. The point, instead, is to provide free transportation for people who need to cross the river without having to drive north to La Crescent/La Crosse or south to Marquette/Prairie du Chien while the Black Hawk Bridge is being repaired and made safe again for traffic.

Wed
03
Apr

Wagner announces candidacy for Allamakee County Sheriff

Paul Wagner ...
Paul Wagner ...

Paul Wagner of Waukon has announced that he is running for Allamakee County Sheriff as a Republican candidate. Wagner has been a life-long resident of Allamakee County, having grown up on a dairy and beef farm between Lansing and Harpers Ferry. He is the son of Ray and Bonnie Wagner, and is a 2003 graduate of Kee High School in Lansing.

He and his wife, Jessica, live in Waukon along with their four children, Kylie, Zach, Brias, and Vienna. They own Aztec Parlor in Waukon, which they opened in 2021.

Wagner has worked for the Waukon Police Department since 2007 after starting his law enforcement career in 2004 at the New Albin Police Department. He has nearly 20 years of full-time law enforcement experience, and he was also a part-time police officer for the Lansing Police Department and Postville Police Department during his career. Wagner graduated from Upper Iowa University in Fayette December 22, 2013, with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

Wed
03
Apr

Review hearing in Mindy Jones arson case reset to May 6 following sentencing in Minnesota court

The scheduling of an arson trial for Mindy Jo Jones stemming from the February 13, 2022 fire that destroyed her Tin, Rust and Harmony business located at 9 Allamakee Street in Waukon will have to wait at least another month, following discussion at a Monday, April 1 review hearing of the case held by teleconference in Allamakee County District Court.

Monday’s review hearing had originally been scheduled to try and determine a jury trial date for Jones in that February 22 arson case. However, following the sentencing of Jones the previous Friday, March 29 in Fillmore County, MN to a 27-month incarceration after her conviction on several counts of felony theft in that state, the legal representation involved on both sides of the arson case agreed to delay any trial date decisions until details of her incarceration in Minnesota are further clarified, according to Allamakee County Anthony Gericke.

Wed
03
Apr

Candidates for Allamakee County offices file required paperwork to be on June 4 Primary Election ballot

Three Allamakee County leadership positions up for election this year each have a differing degree of candidate options following the March 22 deadline to file candidacy paperwork to be on this year’s June 4 Primary Election ballot. One Allamakee County Board of Supervisors seat, along with the offices of Auditor and Sheriff, are all up for election this year, with the General Election scheduled for November 5. No candidacy paperwork has been filed by anyone from the Democrat party for any of the three positions.

Incumbent Republican Denise Beyer of Waukon is the lone candidate to file paperwork for the office of Allamakee County Auditor. She will be seeking her fourth four-year term in that office, after first being elected in 2012.

Wed
27
Mar

Construction of new USFWS facility at former Luster Heights location is scheduled to begin this summer


Artist’s rendering of new USFWS McGregor District office at former Luster Heights facility ... The image above is an artist’s rendering of the new McGregor District office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) being planned to begin construction this summer at the location of the former Luster Heights correctional facility near Harpers Ferry. The new 6,000-square-foot multi-purpose building will house the USFWS staff and will have a multi-purpose space available for educational activities, meetings, training, and volunteer events. Submitted image.

by Kelli Boylen

Luster Heights, located on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River south of Harpers Ferry, was a minimum security prison camp from 1962 until the Iowa Department of Corrections closed the facility in 2017. Soon, this land will have a new life as the McGregor District Headquarters of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) McGregor District office was located against the base of the bluff between McGregor and Marquette from the 1980s until 2015. The building was vacated due to mold issues resulting from water damage and frequent damage to vehicles from tumbling rocks falling off the bluff. The USFWS staff has been housed in a leased building north of Prairie du Chien, WI since and has been searching for a permanent location.

Wed
27
Mar

Allamakee County Dairy Royalty for 2024 crowned Saturday ...


Allamakee County Dairy Royalty for 2024 crowned Saturday ...

Mallory Mohn, daughter of Clint and Noelle Mohn of Lansing, was crowned the 2024 Allamakee County Dairy Princess at the annual Allamakee County Dairy Banquet held Saturday, March 23 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. Additional photos of award winners and other recognition from the 2024 Allamakee County Dairy Banquet will appear in a future edition of The Standard. Photo by Paula Enyart.
 

Wed
27
Mar

Allamakee County taking part in Statewide Tornado Drill Wednesday

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and the National Weather Service have designated March 25-29 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in the state of Iowa. Spring weather brings warmer temperatures and the threat of severe weather, including tornadoes.

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 test city emergency warning sirens Wednesday, March 27 at 10 a.m. during the Statewide Tornado Drill as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week activities.

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