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08
Jun

RAGBRAI will finish annual pre-ride route assessment Saturday in Allamakee County

Waukon RAGBRAI officials say that RAGBRAI event organizers will be conducting their annual pre-ride of this year’s RAGBRAI route within this next week’s timeframe. The purpose of the pre-ride is to assess safety for riders and any concerns with roadways on the route prior to the annual event taking place July 23-30 this year.

Approximately 50 bicycle riders will be making their way along this year’s route from the west side of the state to the east, with that crew expected to arrive in Allamakee County this Saturday, June 11 in late morning/early afternoon at an anticipated arrival time in Waukon around 2:30 p.m. They will be traversing the local route that Saturday from Postville north on Cherry Valley Drive to Yellow River Drive, then east to County Road X16 (Forest Mills Road), north to State Hwy. 76 and into Waukon. In Waukon they will travel Rossville Road to the stop light intersection at Main Street, and then head east on

Wed
08
Jun

Building demolition begins this week at former Luster Heights Prison Camp

Area closed to the public during demolition; Access to State Forest trail system adjusted

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) maintenance workers are traveling from refuges all over the Midwest to begin the demolition of the former Luster Heights Prison Camp in rural Harpers Ferry. The maintenance workers will be joined by members of maintenance strike teams.

The strike team members, demolition project and the new office are funded by the Great American Outdoors Act. This crew of six to eight USFWS employees was scheduled to begin work June 6 and is expected to complete the project by June 26.

Thu
02
Jun

Train derailment spills coal into river south of Lansing

A Canadian Pacific train derailed about 6:40 a.m. Wednesday south of Lansing, spilling coal into the Mississippi River. Ten coal cars derailed, but only one tipped coal into the river (as pictured below in The Standard Newspaper photo by Julie Berg-Raymond). An unknown amount of coal spilled about 4 miles south of Lansing, just south of the Lansing power plant. No fuel or other products were spilled. Staff from Canadian Pacific Railroad continue to work on the derailment. Iowa DNR staff will monitor clean-up activities and consider appropriate enforcement action.

Further details and photos will be printed in the June 8 edition of The Standard. You can subscribe to The Standard's print edition or e-edition by clicking here.

Wed
01
Jun

Voters will head to the polls June 7 for 2022 Primary Election

Tuesday, June 7 will be the Primary Election to determine which candidates will be representing their respective political parties in the 2022 General Election in November. A Public Notice of Election listing all candidates on this year’s Primary Election ballot for the respective races in each of the Republican and Democratic parties was published on Page 24 in the May 25 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 times opening at 7 a.m. and closing at 8 p.m. for all 10 polling sites that June 7 Primary Election day. The actual sample election ballots may now be viewed at the Allamakee County election website: https://allamakeecountyelections.iowa.gov/.

Wed
01
Jun

Allamakee County Veterans Museum dedicated ...

After two years of planning, organizing and preparation, the Allamakee County Veterans Museum was dedicated and opened Saturday, May 28 in a brief ceremony held at the new museum housed in the former Vet’s Club on Allamakee Street in Waukon, with many in attendance at the outdoor ceremony and for the first viewing open to the general public, as evident in The Standard photos above and below by Joe Moses. Following the Pledge of Allegiance to kick off the ceremony, Allamakee County Historical Society Board of Directors President George Beardmore noted he was honored to have the flag raising for the dedication event take place on the flag pole dedicated in honor of his father, Glenn Beardmore, and former Waukon Mayor Robert White, both of whom were WWII Veterans. He also thanked U.S. Air Force Lt. Col.

Wed
01
Jun

Allamakee County Farm Bureau donates to Building New Traditions Campaign at Allamakee County Fairgrounds ...

Allamakee County Farm Bureau recently donated $10,000 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, with that project well underway and expected to be completed this summer. Pictured above at the donation presentation at the site of the new building construction are, left to right: Adam Bieber and Bobbi Baxter of the Allamakee County Fair Board, and Allamakee County Farm Bureau Vice President Melissa Wedo and President Ross Weymiller.

Wed
01
Jun

Dairy Days Parade scheduled for June 6 in Lansing

The Allamakee County Dairy Promotion Board has scheduled the June Dairy Days Parade in Lansing this year. The parade will be held Monday, June 6, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Line-up for parade entries begins at 7 p.m. at Kee High School. The parade route will then travel up 6th Street from the high school to its main Main Street stretch, then east to the 2nd Street four-way stop, and then south to Center Street, where it will venture back west to the high school.

The Allamakee County Dairy Promotion Board  will be setting up its dairy wagon at the parking lot of Kerndt Brothers Bank on Main Street and serving from 4-8:30 p.m.
 

Wed
25
May

Memorial Day activities scheduled to take place in area communities

A variety of Memorial Day activities are being planned for the upcoming holiday weekend, with all local communities returning to their more traditional Memorial Day observances this year Monday, May 30 after some modifications or cancellations over the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The traditions of parades, full cemetery programs and wreath laying are being planned in honor of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving their country, with details of some of those celebrations being outlined below on this page.

VETERANS MUSEUM
An anticipated addition to this year’s Memorial Day weekend activities will be the opening of the Allamakee County Veterans Museum in Waukon. As noted in the decorated box at far left on this front page, a dedication ceremony for the opening of the museum is being planned for this Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m., with other museum details also available in that same decorated listing.

Wed
18
May

IN HONOR OF THEIR SERVICE: Allamakee County Veterans Museum to open in time for Memorial Day Weekend in former Vets Club building


“Roll of Honor” Wall ... The “Roll of Honor” Wall in the new Allamakee County Veterans Museum opening Memorial Day Weekend in the former Vets Club building in Waukon displays photos of some of the Allamakee County residents who were either Killed in Action (KIA) or held as Prisoners of War (POW) during their military service. Anyone who has any additional photos to contribute may contact John Bauercamper at 563-568-2772 or 563-568-7526. Photo by Robin Johnson.

In the trenches and in honor of those who served ... The photos above and below depict scenes from combat trenches from various military conflicts throughout history that are on display at the soon-to-be-opened Allamakee County Veterans Museum in Waukon. In addition to those life-like displays, a number of other unique items can also be viewed at the museum, including a “Harley Davidson Goes to War” display viewable to the right in the photo above and the cage used to house prisoners of war viewable to the right in the photo below. Standard photos by Robin Johnson.

Photo by Robin Johnson.

Wide array of military uniforms and items on display ... Along with a variety of examples of the uniform attire worn by those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces, the soon-to-be-opened Allamakee County Veterans Museum in Waukon has a number of items on display from a variety of sources who shared their own military service experience with the new museum. One of the more unique items on display in the new Veterans Museum is a large ship’s wheel (seen toward the right in the photo above) that was donated in 2013 to the Allamakee County Courthouse Museum by retired U.S. Coast Guard Commander Charles Hinrichs, a 1943 graduate of Waukon High School. Standard photo by Robin Johnson.

by David M. Johnson

The former Allamakee County Courthouse on Allamakee Street in Waukon is a perfect setting for a museum; the building in itself has historic value and is housing pieces of area history that have their own significant value. Due to the efforts of a number of local history enthusiasts, this local attraction is now going to have a complementing venue of area interest ready to open in the coming weeks that will further enhance and continue the local historic perspective of this county and its residents who served their nation.

Wed
18
May

Innovative Ag Services/Land O’ Lakes donate to Building New Traditions Campaign at Allamakee County Fairgrounds ...

A donation of $18,000 was made to the Building New Traditions Campaign at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds in Waukon through support from Innovative Ag Services and Land O’ Lakes. 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 building construction are, left to right: Adam Bieber and Bobbi Baxter of the Allamakee County Fair Board, and Josh Dee and Dan Schmitt of Innovative Ag Services. For anyone who would like to make a donation to the fairground improvements project, further information and donation forms can be found on the Allamakee County Fair website at www.allamakeecountyfair.org. Submitted photo.

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