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04
Dec

Allamakee County Community Foundation now accepting grant applications for 2020

Nonprofit organizations and governmental bodies eligible to apply for funds

The Allamakee County Community Foundation (ACCF) is now accepting 2020 grant applications. The application is available online at www.dbqfoundation.org/accf. Applications are due by midnight January 31, 2020.

Nonprofit organizations can apply for grants from the ACCF for projects or programs that address significant community issues and benefit a broad spectrum of the community. Projects must be in Allamakee County.

The ACCF awards grants in the areas of Health and Human Services; Education; Neighborhoods and Community Development; Environment; Children, Youth and Families; and Arts and Culture, including historic preservation.

Preference is given to projects that:

Wed
27
Nov

Waukon football season culminates in Class 2A State Runner-Up finish ...

Members of the Waukon football team bring their Class 2A State Runner-Up banner and trophy toward their fans after falling to OABCIG (Odebolt-Arthur-Battle Creek-Ida Grove), 37-12, in the Class 2A State Championship game played in the UNI-Dome at Cedar Falls Friday, November 22. The Indians and Falcons both entered the game undefeated, but turnovers, penalties and injuries limited the Indians in finishing their pursuit of a perfect season. Full game coverage, complete with photos, can be found on Pages 6A-7A inside the print edition and e-edition of The Standard. A full photo gallery featuring this and many other game photos can be found on The Standard’s website.

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Wed
27
Nov

Ride ‘em, cowboy! Local young man qualifies for Junior World Finals


Success in the saddle ... Colton Steiber, age 12, of Waukon shows his form that has won him numerous saddle bronc riding championships over the past year-and-a-half. His success in the saddle has now qualified him for the Junior Roughstock World Finals Senior Saddle Bronc Riding competition in Las Vegas, NV in early December. Submitted photo.

Displaying the hardware ... Twelve-year-old Colton Steiber of Waukon proudly displays the belt buckle he won in the Senior Saddle Bronc Riding competition at the 2019 Match of the Broncs held in Dayton this past September. Steiber has now qualified to compete in the Junior Roughstock World Finals Senior Saddle Bronc Riding competition in Las Vegas, NV in early December. Photo courtesy of BMW Photography by Brittany Tilleraas.

Colton Steiber to compete in Saddle Bronc Riding championship in Las Vegas

by David M. Johnson

Daydreams are oftentimes the spark that fuels life’s successes. Playing in major college or professional sports, appearing in television dramas or movies, being chosen to play in the symphony orchestra, or being a major player in business or industry are some things attained by the most gifted or hardest-working handful.

For one local student in Waukon Middle School, qualifying for world finals competition on a major stage in saddle bronc riding is one of those life success moments.

Wed
27
Nov

Ballot recount confirms Becker wins EACSD District 2 by narrow margin

A recount of votes cast in the November 5 combined city/school election confirmed that challenger Tony Becker has been elected to the District 2 seat on the Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) Board of Directors, edging out incumbent candidate Bruce Palmborg by a final confirmed and canvassed 203-201 vote margin. The recount was conducted Tuesday, November 19 after Palmborg made an official request following the initial unofficial and then canvassed vote totals resulted in just a 201-200 vote margin by Becker. He was scheduled to be sworn into that EACSD District 2 seat at the Monday, November 25 board meeting following announcement of the vote recount results.

Wed
27
Nov

Teamwork strikes again in major illegal deer harvest case


Illegal deer harvest case brought to a close ... Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Conservation Warden Shawna (Kerndt) Stringham (right), a 1991 graduate of Waukon High School, stands with fellow WDNR Conservation Warden Ed McCann (left) displaying the heads of nine whitetail bucks and a cross bow that were all confiscated as part of an investigation into a large-scale illegal deer harvest that took place in 2018 in Vernon County and was recently brought to justice. The conclusion of the case resulted in two Wisconsin men being ordered to pay over $22,000 in fines and being banned from hunting, trapping or fishing nationwide for a period of at least a dozen years each, with several others involved also having to pay lesser fines and serve bans of one to two years. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Wisconsin DNR Conservation Warden Shawna (Kerndt) Stringham brings illegal hunting contingency to justice

Editor’s Note: The following news item was shared by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Conservation Warden Shawna (Kerndt) Stringham is a 1991 graduate of Waukon High School.

The Vernon County Circuit Court in Wisconsin ordered two local men who led a 2018 illegal shining and shooting operation of deer to pay thousands of dollars in fines and banned them from hunting, fishing and trapping for 15 years nationwide, concluding a case investigated by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Conservation Warden Shawna Stringham and her team of wardens, citizens and court officials.

Wed
20
Nov

November is Diabetes Awareness Month: Breelyn Dahlstrom becomes diabetes advocate after little brother’s diagnosis


Sibling support ... Sixth grader Breelyn Dahlstrom of New Albin has become a strong advocate for Type 1 Diabetes since her younger brother, Caleb, was diagnosed just over a year ago at the age of four. As part of her advocacy for Type 1 Diabetes this past year, Breelyn donated half the proceeds from selling her meat goat at the Allamakee County Fair 4-H/FFA Livestock Auction this past July to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) One Walk held in La Crosse, WI October 6, helping Team Caleb become the top family team fundraiser and second leading fundraising team overall at this year’s event with $2,970 donated. Pictured above in the photo are Breelyn and Caleb Dahlstrom with the meat goat she auctioned off at the 4-H/FFA Livestock Auction. Pictured in the photo below, left to right, are Breelyn and Caleb and their sister, Tegan, at the October 6 JDRF One Walk in La Crosse, WI, where Breelyn received a T1D Award and V1P status at the event for donating over $1,000. Submitted photos.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Each November communities across the nation observe National Diabetes Month to bring attention to diabetes. Families living with diabetes help their loved ones manage their diabetes and support them every day, including in some very special ways sometimes.
Sixth grader Breelyn Dahlstrom of New Albin has gained a new passion advocating for Type 1 Diabetes. Her younger brother, Caleb, was diagnosed at the age of four with Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes in October 2018. Breelyn has since learned how to help him manage his diabetes.

Breelyn and Caleb are the children of Nick and Lana Dahlstrom of New Albin. They also have a sister, Tegan, who is in between Breelyn and Caleb in the family’s age hierarchy.

Wed
20
Nov

Local veteran takes part in recent Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.


Honored to make the Honor Flight ... Bill Kerndt of Waukon was one of dozens of U.S. Military Veterans who took part in the September 14 Honor Flight out of La Crosse, WI. He was accompanied on the day-long trip by his daughter, Nicole Mills, who is pictured to the right in the above photo. Photo by Dave Larsen.

Kerndt among September 14 Freedom Honor Flight participants ... Korean War Veteran Bill Kerndt of Waukon joined dozens of other U.S. Military Veterans for a September 14 Freedom Honor Flight out of La Crosse, WI to Washington, D.C. Kerndt is pictured standing near the middle of the above photo as the Freedom Honor Flight group poses for a photo at the Marine Corps War Memorial, also known as the Iwo Jima Memorial. Photo courtesy of Dave Larsen.

by David M. Johnson

The majority of Americans have never served in their nation’s military and may have difficulty relating to the sacrifice made by those who have served. They may not be able to fully understand the trials by the few who have experienced combat and cannot fathom why anyone would put on the uniform that represents their flag and give up a portion of their lives for that commitment to serve.

In 2005, a group of individuals decided that veterans of the American Armed Services should be given an opportunity to be rewarded for their sacrifice by providing them a flight to Washington D.C. to visit the many memorials of this nation’s historical military battles; that journey is appropriately called the Honor Flight.

Wed
13
Nov

First-ever combined city/school election seems to serve its purpose in improving voter turnout


Waukon Mayor Pat Stone

Lansing Mayor Kyle Walleser

Stone, Ellingson retain Waukon seats; Walleser is new Lansing Mayor; EACSD District 2 decided by just one vote

The first-ever combined city/school election was held throughout the state of Iowa Tuesday, November 5 as a means to try and improve voter turnout for such elections. Those efforts appeared to have served their purpose, as proven in some of the numbers locally in ballots cast by Allamakee County voters, with those numbers ultimately resulting in the return of all but possibly one incumbent candidate by local voters to their respective seats at the head of city government and/or local school boards, as described in detail throughout this article.

Wed
13
Nov

“Through the Eyes of A Child” Christmas Fantasy scheduled for this weekend


Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation Christmas Fantasy is this weekend.. A view from the Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation Christmas Fantasy 2018. The 2019 Fantasy, entitled “Through the Eyes of A Child,” will be displayed throughout the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon November 15-18. Again this year, many displays, events, activities, refreshments and entertainment will be available at the Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation’s 28th annual event. Submitted photo.

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Christmas Fantasy 2019 will be held this Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, November 15, 16, 17 and 18, at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. The theme will be “Through the Eyes of A Child.”

“TINGLE ‘N MINGLE” HAPPY HOUR
The “Tingle ‘N Mingle” Happy Hour is a special opportunity to meet socially with friends and co-workers.  Over a dozen tables of hearty hors d’oeuvres, desserts, candies, breads and spirits will be served among the trees from 5-8 p.m. Friday night.  The event is sponsored by Four County Crop Services of Postville. Tickets are available at Veterans Memorial Hospital and local banks, as well as at the door.

Wed
13
Nov

Iowa DNR to host open house for public input regarding Camp Tahigwa

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources State Parks Bureau will be hosting an open house to collect comments on future planning for the building site at the former Girl Scout Camp in rural Allamakee County, Camp Tahigwa. The open house is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, November 14 at the former Camp Tahigwa location at 318 Tahigwa Drive near Dorchester.

For more information or for special accommodations for the open house, contact Yellow River State Forest at 563-586-2254.
 

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