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10
Jun

Dairy Days Parade scheduled for Monday

The Allamakee County Dairy Promotion Board has rescheduled its Annual Dairy Days Parade to Monday, June 15, postponed from its original June 1 date due to COVID-19 restrictions. The parade will be held in Waukon, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The route will begin at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds in Waukon, traveling south down Allamakee Street to the stoplight intersection and then west on Main Street to the Post Office, where it will then turn north on Second Street NW and travel to Eighth Avenue NW, turning east to return back to its original fairgrounds location.

No candy or other treats or items are allowed to be thrown or shared by parade participants. All parade entrants and parade viewers are reminded to conduct themselves according to the proper social distancing guidelines. The Allamakee Dairy Wagon and Allamakee County Cattlemen will be at the Waukon City Park serving their respective specialties, beginning at 4 p.m.

Wed
10
Jun

Absentee voting fuels significantly higher voter turnout for June 2 Primary Election

Kelleher and Reiser win party nominations for Board of Supervisors, other races mirror broader results

The Tuesday, June 2 Primary Election yielded one of the best voter turn-outs for Allamakee County in recent history, actually about double the percentage of registered voters as in more recent best turn-outs with 35.41% of the county’s registered voters casting a ballot this year. Of those 2,377 votes cast in this year’s Primary Election, a vast majority of those - 2,063 votes - came in the form of absentee ballots, a process encouraged by Allamakee County Commissioner of Elections Denise Beyer and Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate for this election due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wed
10
Jun

Allamakee County experiences first full week without any new confirmed cases of COVID-19

For the first time since COVID-19 cases began to be officially reported for Allamakee County in mid-March, there were no new cases for an entire Monday-to-Monday week’s timeframe this past week for the county, according to public health reports. In fact, the absence of any new confirmed cases actually stretches beyond this past full week’s timeframe to Thursday, May 28, an 11-day stretch of no new cases being confirmed in Allamakee County by public health officials.

A new case had been initially reported Sunday, May 31 for the county, but was removed from the Allamakee County total the next day following further investigation into the actual county of residence for that individual. The past week’s timeframe of no new cases comes during a week where 111 tests were reported as being conducted, with 144 tests reported dating back to that May 28 date when the last positive case had been reported for Allamakee County.

Wed
03
Jun

Allamakee County Sheriff Deputy Ross Kolsrud and new K9 Deputy Tyr complete training to begin new partnership


New partners complete training ... Allamakee County Sheriff Deputy Ross Kolsrud and his new K9 partner, Tyr, display the certificate they were awarded for completing training together through Blue Line K9 of Minnesota, LLC in May of this year. Tyr is the new K9 officer purchased by the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office with help from funds raised locally in anticipation of the retirement of the Department’s current K9 officer, Erro. Submitted photo.

New K9 officer ... The Allamakee County Sheriff’s Department is welcoming a new K9 officer named Tyr in anticipation of the retirement of the Department’s current K9 officer, Erro. Tyr recently completed K9 training with his handler through the Department, Allamakee County Sheriff Deputy Ross Kolsrud. Submitted photo.

by Lissa Blake

There’s a new officer reporting for duty at the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office.

K9 Deputy Tyr (as in “tear” drop) and his handler, Deputy Ross Kolsrud, recently graduated from training. Kolsrud, who has been with the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Department for 10 months now, said he and Tyr graduated from the K9 training program at Blue Line K9 of Minnesota, LLC, located in Rushford, MN.

Kolsrud had previously worked in law enforcement as an officer with the Lansing/New Albin Police Department. When he joined the Sheriff’s Department, Allamakee County Sheriff Clark Mellick asked if he would be interested in the K9 program.

“I had always thought that would be interesting and fun to do. I didn’t ever think I would get that position being a new deputy,” said Kolsrud.

Wed
03
Jun

Black Hawk Bridge, Hwy. 82 will now both be closed June 5-15

Repair projects on both the Black Hawk Bridge at Lansing and three other Wisconsin Highway 82 (WIS 82, the dike road) bridges connecting Iowa and Wisconsin will close that route to traffic Friday, June 5 through Monday, June 15, according to Department of Transportation (DOT) officials. An ongoing road project on WIS 82 has been slowing traffic with single-lane closures during the past several weeks, but will require shutting down that roadway entirely for a 10-day period, allowing the Iowa DOT to also conduct some repair work on the Black Hawk Bridge.

In conjunction with the Wisconsin DOT project repairing bridges on WIS 82 on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River, the Iowa DOT will replace two deck panels on the Black Hawk Bridge during that closure. Electronic message signs are already in place along state highway routes in both Iowa and Wisconsin prior to and during the road and bridge closures to alert motorists.

Wed
03
Jun

Senator Grassley visits Allamakee County ...

Iowa’s longtime United States Senator Charles Grassley visited Allamakee County Tuesday, May 26 when he stopped at Allamakee-Clayton Rural Electric Cooperative (REC) as part of his annual meetings in all 99 Iowa counties. As threats associated with COVID-19 continue, those in attendance were seated socially distant from each other and handshaking was avoided. Among those in attendance were members of REC’s board of directors and general manager Hollee McCormick.

Wed
03
Jun

Dairy Days Parade rescheduled to June 15

The Allamakee County Dairy Promotion Board has rescheduled its Annual Dairy Days Parade to Monday, June 15, postponed from its original June 1 date due to COVID-19 restrictions. The parade will be held in Waukon, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The route will begin at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds in Waukon, traveling south down Allamakee Street to the stoplight intersection and then west on Main Street to the Post Office, where it will then turn north on Second Street NW and travel to Eighth Avenue NW, turning east to return back to its original fairgrounds location.

No candy or other treats or items are allowed to be thrown or shared by parade participants. All parade entrants and parade viewers are reminded to conduct themselves according to the proper social distancing guidelines. Those wishing to have an entry in this year’s parade should line up at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds by 7 p.m. For more information, call Jeremy Peake at 563-568-4120.

Wed
03
Jun

Welcome to the new Standard!

Although readers may notice the size of The Standard newspaper has changed a bit this week, they should also notice the quality, quantity and consistency of the news they have come to expect from their local newspaper still remains and will continue to strive to be the best it can be. A change in printing location and print size has been made in an effort to continue to provide The Standard community with the most consistent, thorough and dependable coverage of local news - much of which will not be found anywhere else - in an efficient and effective manner for its loyal readers. The Standard welcomes questions, comments or suggestions by calling 563-568-3431 or emailing news@waukonstandard.com.
 

Wed
27
May

Candidates in area contested Primary races express views prior to June 2 election

COVID-19 pandemic forces reduction of polling sites to just three, other considerations

Tuesday, June 2 will be the Primary Election to determine which candidates will be representing their respective political parties in the 2020 General Election in November. A sample ballot of the respective races in each of the Republican and Democratic parties was published in the May 20 issue of this newspaper, listing races at the Federal, State and County levels of government for voters to make their selections in, along with additional ballot and election information, including the polling location time opening at 7 a.m. and closing at 9 p.m. that day and additional information pertaining to the changes needing to be made for this election due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wed
27
May

Dairy Days Parade postponed, Dairy Banquet not being held this year

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on large gatherings and required social distancing, the Allamakee County Dairy Promotion Board has made a couple of decisions on its annual Dairy Days Parade and Dairy Banquet. The board has chosen to postpone the parade until a later date and has decided to cancel the banquet for this year.

Jeremy Peake of the Allamakee County Dairy Promotion Board says that the rescheduling date for the parade has yet to be determined and will be dependent upon further guidance from state and local leaders in regard to public gatherings. The parade was originally scheduled to be held this coming Monday, June 1 in Waukon.

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