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11
Aug

Wild Brothers Farms of rural Lansing among seven Iowa farm families to receive 2021 “Way We Live” Award at the Iowa State Fair

Wild family to be honored at State Fair with “Way We Live” Award ...
Wild family to be honored at State Fair with “Way We Live” Award ... Members of the late Harris and Evelyn Wild family gathered for this photo above during a recent tractor pull event in honor of family member Steve Wild, who passed away in March 2019. The families of Harris and Evelyn’s sons, Richard, Randy and Robert Wild, make up Wild Brothers Farms of rural Lansing, which will be honored at the 2021 Iowa State Fair in Des Moines Monday, August 16 with the “Way We Live” Award that recognizes Iowa families for their hard work and love of farming. Submitted photo.

Wild Brothers Farms of Lansing will be recognized as one of seven recipients of the Way We Live Award at the 2021 Iowa State Fair.  The family will be honored in an award ceremony Monday, August 16 at 11:45 a.m. on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage on the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

The Way We Live Award recognizes Iowa families for their hard work and love of farming. Each family exemplifies a dedication to animal agriculture and strong farm values. Entry form nominations included a description of how living on a farm and choosing the farming occupation shaped the nominee’s farm family life.  Seven families were chosen out of 69 entries from a variety of commodities and areas in Iowa.

Wed
04
Aug

Class 1A State Tournament Runner-Up ...

Members of the Kee baseball team stand with the State Runner-Up trophy and banner they were presented after having a late comeback rally end up a bit shy for a 7-5 loss to second-seeded and fourth-rated Council Bluffs St. Albert in the Class 1A State Tournament Championship game played Thursday, July 29 at Merchants Park in Carroll. Having been unranked and awarded a number-four seed heading into their first State Tournament appearance since the 2011 season, the baseball Hawks opened the tournament with a 4-3 opening-round win over fifth-seeded and seventh-rated New London Monday, July 26 before upsetting top-seeded and third-rated Remsen-St. Mary’s, 5-3, in a nine-inning marathon in the semifinal round Wednesday, July 28 for a state of Iowa record 17th trip to a summer State Tournament championship game, where the Hawks had a four-run sixth inning rally end up short of a complete comeback to claim another state of Iowa best eighth State Tournament Runner-Up finish.

Wed
04
Aug

Local teen takes another step toward his dream as he competes this week on world’s biggest amateur motocross stage


On track for success ... Waukon teenager Carson Johanningmeier is pictured at left above on his motocross dirt bike and at right above holding some recent motocross award winnings that are the result of the work he has put in on the dirt track over the years. Johanningmeier is competing this week at the 2021 Monster Energy AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Tennessee. Submitted photos.

Soaring to even greater heights ... Waukon teenager Carson Johanningmeier sails his motorcycle over a pick-up truck and UTV in a jump stunt he performed as part of his enjoyment of riding motorcycles and competing in motocross. Johanningmeier is competing this week at the 2021 Monster Energy AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Tennessee, where he hopes to take another step forward in the pursuit of his dream of becoming a professional motocross racer. Submitted photo.

by Lissa Blake

Waukon teenager Carson Johanningmeier has one goal in mind: to become a professional motocross racer.

He is well on his way to achieving that goal, having recently qualified for the 2021 Monster Energy AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch - the world’s biggest amateur motocross race - currently taking place this week in Hurricane Mills, TN. Johanningmeier has qualified in both the 250cc and 450cc races for this year’s national grand finale. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the national championship event has been hosted since 1982 at the ranch home of country music legend Loretta Lynn and has served as a career launch pad for some of the biggest names in professional motocross and supercross racing, including Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto and Ryan Dungey.

Wed
04
Aug

Nationwide Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alert to be tested August 11

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test to assess the capabilities of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alert next Wednesday, August 11, with a back-up date of August 25 in case of an actual weather or other emergency. This is the sixth national Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test and the second national Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) Test.

This time, however, the WEA portion of the test will be directed only to those cellphones where the subscriber has opted-in to receive WEA Test messages. Both the WEA portion and the EAS Test will commence at 1:20 p.m. CST. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether technological improvements are needed.

Wed
28
Jul

ON TO STATE!!! ...

Members of the Kee baseball team celebrate the presentation of their State Qualifier banner being held up by Kee baseball head coach Jim Mauss after the Hawks won their Class 1A Substate 2 championship game over Northwood-Kensett Tuesday, July 20 at Charles City High School. The baseball Hawks hammered away for an eight-run second inning that proved to be the catalyst for their 11-0 mercy-rule victory in five innings that shines on the scoreboard in the background of the above photo, earning Kee baseball its first qualification for the State Baseball Tournament in 10 seasons, when the Hawks finished as the Class 1A State Tournament runner-up to complete their 2011 season. This year’s Substate 2 Championship earned the Hawks a number-four seed in the Class 1A State Tournament eight-team pairings and a Monday, July 26 first-round date with fifth-seeded New London at Merchants Park in Carroll.

Wed
28
Jul

2021 Allamakee County Fair Royalty ...

Coronation of the 2021 Allamakee County Fair Queen took place Tuesday, July 20 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon, kicking off the 168th Allamakee County Fair. The two area young ladies pictured in the photo above were each vying for this year’s Fair Queen crown, which was bestowed upon Madelyn Moser (right), daughter of Lee and Rachel Moser of Waukon. Morgan Stortz (left), daughter of Brian and Tammy Stortz of Waukon, was crowned Allamakee County Fair Princess, and both served as the Allamakee County Fair Royalty Team throughout this year’s fair. Moser will now advance on to represent Allamakee County in the 2021 Iowa State Fair Queen competition, with that coronation being held August 14 in Des Moines. Photo courtesy of Diana Davidson of Diana Coral Photography. Additional photos and information from the 2021 Allamakee County Fair will be published in future editions of The Standard.
 

Wed
28
Jul

State of Iowa Auditor Rob Sand visits Waukon Friday as part of his annual 99-county tour


State of Iowa Auditor Rob Sand makes visit to Waukon ... State of Iowa Auditor Rob Sand addressed a crowd gathered at the Waukon City Park Friday afternoon, July 23 as part of a 99-county tour he tries to conduct each year. Auditor Sand updated those in attendance on what his State of Iowa Auditor Office has been up to this past year and also answered questions from the public in regard to a variety of matters. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

A town hall meeting with Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand was held Friday, July 23 in the Waukon City Park as part of Sand’s annual 99-County tour, an effort to hear from Iowans in each county across the state. Sand provided a brief introduction discussing the format of the meeting, explaining that the meeting’s focus would primarily be on questions from those in attendance and, time permitting, an update from his office relating to a variety of matters at the State level.

Allamakee County Democrats co-chairperson Karen Pratte questioned Sand about Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and her recent decision to have Iowa State Patrol officers assist with border operations at the United States and Mexico border in Texas. She specifically discussed concerns relating to expenses associated with this decision and whether Iowa tax payers will be responsible for paying for this expense.

Wed
21
Jul

JOIN The FUN AT THE Allamakee County Fair THIS WEEK


Slippery When Wet: The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute ...

Rogue Rodeo ...

Spectacular Amusements ...

Bon Jovi Tribute Band to headline Friday's grandstand; Variety of activities and events planned

After having to be held in modified form last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Allamakee County Fair is expected to return in full force for its 168th year this week, July 21-25 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds in Waukon. A wide variety of entertainment is in place to headline this year’s fair at the grandstand, along with a great deal of other activities for everyone to enjoy each and every day throughout the five-day event.

GRANDSTAND STAR POWER AND HORSE POWER

Kicking off this year’s grandstand entertainment line-up Wednesday, July 21 at 7 p.m. will be a Truck and Tractor Pull featuring local trucks and tractors as well as some powered-up regional competitors in a variety of high-revving classes. Free admission is being granted to all local military veterans for that truck and tractor pull event.

Wed
21
Jul

State Auditor Rob Sand hosting town hall meeting in Waukon this Friday

State of Iowa Auditor Rob Sand will be hosting a town hall meeting for Allamakee County residents this Friday, July 23 in Waukon. Auditor Sand will be in the Waukon City Park, located at 1240 Rossville Road, at the Allamakee Freedom Rock location from 4-5 p.m.

Those attending are invited to bring a lawn chair. Auditor Sand will talk about what his State Auditor office has been up to and will also offer time for a question and answer (Q&A) session.

Wed
21
Jul

North Iowa Tractor Ride staging at Waukon High School for Friday and Saturday journeys


Ride Route: Friday, July 23 (highlighted in brown), Saturday, July 24 (highlighted in green)

The 14th annual North Iowa Tractor Ride will be making its way through the tri-state area during the three-day event this week, Thursday, July 22 through Saturday, July 24. Approximately 200 vintage and restored tractors will be traveling two different day-routes along some of Allamakee County’s roadways, crossing over just a bit into Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Those tractors and their drivers and support crews will begin arriving at Waukon High School Thursday afternoon, July 22 in preparation to begin their ride routes each of the following two days from that parking lot location, arriving back there those same evenings.

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