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June 15 meeting by Iowa DOT reveals location and design of Black Hawk Bridge replacement, explains environmental assessment


Proposed bridge design is very similar ... The image above shows the proposed design for the bridge being planned to replace the current Black Hawk Bridge, one of the topics of discussion at a June 15 public meeting held virtually. One will notice that the design is very similar to the current Black Hawk Bridge. Image courtesy of the Iowa Department of Transportation and can be viewed in greater detail at https://iowadot.gov/pim/documents/061521Iowa9AllamakeePD3.pdf.

Options for proposed bridge pier designs ... The images above show the proposed designs for the bridge piers to be used for the new bridge being planned to replace the current Black Hawk Bridge. The two designs include a “Driftless Inspired” design (at left) and an “Existing Bridge Inspired” design (at right). Image courtesy of the Iowa Department of Transportation and can be viewed in greater detail at https://iowadot.gov/pim/documents/061521Iowa9AllamakeePD6.pdf.

Proposed route for new bridge just slightly north of existing Black Hawk Bridge ... The map image pictured at left shows an aerial view of both the current Black Hawk Bridge (gray line with number “9” inside white circle indicating Highway 9 near center of submitted image) and the proposed new bridge (sky blue outline just above current bridge location). The map image also indicates historical sites and areas within the community of Lansing, as well as other areas and items of environmental and project logistic interest studied by the Iowa Department of Transportation in regard to the proposed replacement project for the Black Hawk Bridge, the topic of a June 15 meeting held virtually to gather further public input. Image courtesy of the Iowa Department of Transportation and can be viewed in greater detail at https://iowadot.gov/pim/documents/061521Iowa9AllamakeePD7.pdf.

Public input may still be provided through June 30

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) public meeting held online Tuesday, June 15 dealt with the environmental impacts of building a new bridge to replace the current Black Hawk Bridge over the Mississippi River at Lansing. The purpose of the meeting was to inform the public about the preferred placement and design of the bridge, receive public input and explain the environmental assessment conducted in conjunction with the newly proposed bridge.

Wed
23
Jun

In one final diamond season together, Cooper sisters continue to shine bright


Emotional exchange ... Luther College softball junior Kendra Cooper receives the softball from her senior sister Courtney Cooper (left to right) as she relieves her in the pitching circle following Courtney’s final start for the Lady Norse, Senior Day May 8 against Loras College. Injury prevented Courtney from pitching during her senior season this spring, but she was able to make this one final start into the second inning before her younger sister took over for her in a ceremonial exchange filled with emotion that would signify the final time the two would take their home field together. Submitted photo.

Final high school game together ... Sisters Courtney (far left) and Kendra (far right) Cooper surround Janet Borchardt of Clarksville as part of the Class 1A All-Tournament Team following Kee’s 8-1 win over Clarksville in defense of their Class 1A State Championship to wrap up the 2017 season. That repeat State title marked Courtney’s final game in a Kee uniform, and the two sisters actually shared the honors of being named All-Tournament Team Captains in their respective junior seasons, Courtney following the Lady Hawks’ 2016 title and Kendra pictured above.

Another championship ... Sisters Kendra and Courtney Cooper (left to right) hold the American Rivers Conference Tournament trophy Luther softball won this past spring, marking yet another championship end to a softball season for the sisters. The tournament title marks the eighth time since 2010 the Lady Norse have won either the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) or American Rivers Conference (ARC) Tournament, the most of any other team in their conference. Submitted photo.

Sisters in celebration ... Sisters Courtney and Kendra Cooper (left to right at right in foreground) strongly embrace each other amid the team’s celebration after the Kee High School softball team won its first-ever State Championship during the 2016 season. The sister dynamic duo helped guide the Lady Hawk program to that season grand finale three times in their four high school seasons playing together, winning consecutive titles in 2016 and 2017 after finishing as the Class 1A State Runner-Up in 2014.

by Perry Hesse

Parenthood is sure to bring its share of ups and downs with children, but it doesn’t usually happen as concurrently as it did for Ron and Angie Cooper of Lansing this spring. They watched as younger daughter Kendra, a junior pitcher for the Luther College softball team this season, reeled off six straight wins on the mound as the Lady Norse captured the American Rivers Conference Tournament title. However, in the dugout was oldest daughter Courtney, who missed almost all of her senior season with the softball Norse due to injuries.

“We were disappointed for Courtney as she had high hopes for her senior year. However, we knew with her physical limitations she might not be able to pitch,” said Angie. “Courtney and Kendra would have enjoyed one more year together with the goal of helping the team be the best it could be.”

Wed
16
Jun

2021 Allamakee County Dairy Royalty crowned Saturday ...

Madalyn Palmer (center in photo above), daughter of Eric and Stephanie Palmer of Waukon, was crowned the 2021 Allamakee County Dairy Princess at the annual Allamakee County Dairy Banquet held Saturday, June 12 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. Also honored at Saturday’s banquet as 2021 Alternate Dairy Princesses were Cheyanne Troendle (left in photo above), daughter of Darrell and Amy Troendle of Waterville, and Carly Palmer (right in photo above), daughter of Glen and Holly Palmer of Harpers Ferry. Additional photos of award winners and other recognition from the 2021 Allamakee County Dairy Banquet will appear in The Standard’s Beef & Dairy special publication scheduled to be inserted in the June 23 edition of The Standard. Photo by Paula Enyart.

Wed
16
Jun

Urbana woman wins $1 million Mega Millions prize after purchasing ticket at Barry’s Mini Mart in Harpers Ferry


Winning ticket purchased in Harpers Ferry... Karen Kramer of Urbana holds the ceremonious check depicting the $1 million prize she won in the Iowa Lottery’s Mega Millions game Tuesday, June 8. Kramer and her husband own a cabin in Harpers Ferry and she purchased her winning ticket at Barry’s Mini Mart in Harpers Ferry. Submitted photo.

An eastern Iowa woman who bought a Mega Millions® ticket while on a weekend getaway to her cabin along the Mississippi River has won a $1 million prize.

“I saw a ‘1’ with some zeroes,” Karen Kramer of Urbana said as she claimed her prize Thursday at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Clive. “I didn’t think about how many I saw at first, then it hit me.”

Convinced that the information on the lottery’s mobile app was wrong, she checked her ticket again - and again.

“I rechecked everything because I thought, ‘Well, my phone’s wrong.’ And it came up again the same,” said Kramer, 60, who works as a para-educator in her local school district. “So I went on the website, then I went and checked on Facebook and it said that the winning ticket had been won at Barry’s. And I’m going, ‘OK, that’s me!’”

Wed
16
Jun

Allamakee County Dairy Days Parade is this Friday in Postville, honors 100th anniversary of Big Four Fair

The Allamakee County Dairy Days Parade is being held this Friday, June 18 in Postville in conjunction with the community’s Hometown Celebration Parade and in honor of the 100th year of the Big Four Fair. The parade will begin at 7 p.m. and will run from Lull’s Park to the Big Four Fairgrounds. For entry and other parade information, contact Postville City Hall at 563-864-7454.

Wed
09
Jun

Iowa DOT to host online public hearing June 15, seeking further public input regarding Black Hawk Bridge project

The Iowa and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation (DOT) are holding a public hearing and requesting public input for a proposed replacement of the Iowa 9/Wisconsin 82 (Black Hawk) bridge in Lansing over the Mississippi River.

In order to accommodate the new bridge being planned, approximately 5.9 acres of easement and fee title is needed from the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, which is owned and managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. The Iowa Division of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) intends to make a de minimis impact finding in accordance with 23 CFR 774 as the project is not expected to adversely affect the activities, features and attributes of the refuge. The Iowa DOT would like to gather public feedback on the environmental documentation, preferred alternative and potential impacts related to the planned improvements.

Wed
09
Jun

“Taps Across America” video part of CBS Evening News ...

Retired Allamakee Community School District music instructor Frank Knoll took part in the “Taps Across America” nationwide remembrance event Memorial Day, Monday, May 31 by playing Taps at the Allamakee County Freedom Rock in the Waukon City Park at the designated time of 3 p.m. This National Moment of Remembrance is an annual event that asks Americans, wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, to pause for a duration of one minute to remember those who have died in military service to the United States. This project calls on musicians across the country to sound Taps  at 3 p.m. from an appropriate location.

Wed
09
Jun

Waukon’s Katie O’Regan, Sacred Noise Society announce plans for July 23-25 Spring Grove-Caledonia Film Festival


Daniel Baldwin ...

Ed Asner during last year’s film festival...

Katie O’Regan ...

Festival events include prayer service at St. Patrick’s Church in Waukon with guest speaker Daniel Baldwin

by Julie Berg-Raymond

Sacred Noise Society, Inc., founded by Katie O’Regan of Waukon, has announced plans for the Spring Grove-Caledonia Film Festival scheduled for July 23-25, including an event in the Waukon area.

Featuring two plays, 42 movies, a parade and an award ceremony, the festival welcomes this year’s special guest of honor Daniel Baldwin, last year’s guest of honor Ed Asner and (via Zoom) Alec Baldwin – along with several other filmmakers who will be participating in live talk-backs after their films’ screenings.

Wed
09
Jun

Sworn in as new Allamakee County Treasurer ...

Newly appointed Allamakee County Treasurer Jennifer O’Neill (center of photo) raises her right hand while placing her left hand on a Bible held by her husband, Cory (far right), as she is sworn into office by retired Iowa Judicial District 1A District Court Judge John Bauercamper (far left) Tuesday, June 1. O’Neill was sworn into the position after being appointed to the office by the Allamakee County Board of Supervisors earlier that morning, replacing retiring Allamakee County Treasurer Lori Hesse (standing between the O’Neills), who has served as County Treasurer for the past 26 years and is retiring due to health considerations. Having worked in the Allamakee County Treasurer’s Office for the past 17 years and serving as First Deputy Treasurer, O’Neill will now complete Hesse’s current term in office, which expires at the end of year 2022 and will be up for election in November of 2022.

Wed
09
Jun

Dairy Banquet is Saturday, Dairy Parade is June 18

The Allamakee County Dairy Promotion Board has scheduled its 2021 Allamakee County Dairy Banquet for Saturday, June 12 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. The meal will be served from 7-8:30 p.m. and the awards program starts at 8 p.m. Production and other awards are presented that evening and the Allamakee County Dairy Princess will be crowned.

The Allamakee County Dairy Days Parade is being held Friday, June 18 in Postville in conjunction with the community’s Hometown Celebration Parade and in honor of the 100th year of the Big Four Fair. The parade will begin at 7 p.m. and will run from Lull’s Park to the Big Four Fairgrounds. For entry and other parade information, contact Postville City Hall at 563-864-7454.

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