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13
Dec

Waukon’s Lighted Holiday Parade gets the Holiday Season off to a shining start ...

The annual Holiday Parade held in Waukon Saturday evening, December 9 brightened up the beginning of the holiday season in more ways than one as nearly 40 entries made their way through the city streets via a bit of a different route than in years past. Despite temperatures falling below the freezing mark and a chilly breeze blowing, a large crowd still lined the parade route, as evident in the photo of Main Street above. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more from the Holiday Parade by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage. A video of the complete parade can also be found on The Standard’s Facebook page at The Standard Newspaper, Waukon.
 

Wed
06
Dec

Allamakee Ecumenical Choir to present annual “Festival of Lessons and Carols” this Sunday


Mother, son to provide special music performances at Ecumenical Concert ... The mother and son tandem of Julie Knox (photo above) and Derrick Knox (photo below) will be providing special performances for the Ecumenical Concert being held this Sunday, December 10 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waukon. Julie Knox will be featured as a harp soloist and Derrick Knox, 10-year-old son of Julie and Brian Knox of Waukon, will be a featured child soprano soloist. Julie holds a DipABRSM degree in harp performance and a LRSM degree in harp pedagogy. Music has always been a central part of her life, and during this season of life, she spends most of her time sharing her love of music with her family at home. Occasionally collaborating with others outside the home to make beautiful music is a delightful experience for her, and she enjoys teaching harp and piano students in her home. She and her husband, Brian, have six children. Derrick loves singing and sharing music with others, and he is currently performing with the La Crosse Boys Choir under director Dan Johnson-Wilmot. He wants to compose music when he grows up and likes to find fun harmonies on the piano. Derrick leads his five siblings on many adventures. Submitted photos.

The Allamakee Ecumenical Choir will present its 47th Annual Candlelight Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols Service this Sunday, December 10, beginning at 7 p.m. The service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, located at 8 Fifth Street SW in Waukon.

Local clergy will be reading the Christmas Story and carols will be sung by the congregation with organ accompaniment. Choral numbers will also be presented by the Men’s Choir (also known as the Heartland Barbershop and Gospel Singers), Women’s Choir and the mass Ecumenical Choir. Music will also be provided by the St. John’s Handbell Choirs, Waukon High School Saxophone Quartet, along with a piano and organ duet by Kristie Roeder (piano) and James Bieber (organ).

Wed
06
Dec

Not a speed camera, but a good reminder...

Two new speed feedback signs have now been installed at State Highway entrance routes into the town of Waukon. City of Waukon officials want to assure motorists that these are not speed cameras that result in mailed citations nor are they data collection units, but instead are reminders to slow down and obey speed limits posted above each sign. The signs will display the speed a vehicle is traveling (such as the “40” pictured in the left photo), and will also display a “SLOW DOWN” reminder message if that vehicle speed exceeds the posted speed limit (as in the right photo). Standard photos by Joe Moses.

Wed
06
Dec

CPKC Holiday Train to make stops in Lansing and New Albin this Friday ...

The Canadian Pacific Kansas City Limited (CPKC) Holiday Train is scheduled to make its return to the Lansing and New Albin areas again this year as part of its 2023 trek to help raise money, food and awareness for local food banks in communities along the CPKC network. The festive railway celebration is scheduled to make its way through northeast Iowa this Friday, December 8 with local stops in Marquette (from 1:45-2:30 p.m.), Lansing (from 3:50-4:30 p.m.) and New Albin (from 5:15-6 p.m.). The two Allamakee County visits in Lansing and New Albin will find the Holiday Train coming to a stop near the ballfield in Lansing along South Front Street between North 2nd and Dodge Streets. The New Albin stop will take place near the parking lot adjacent to the railroad tracks on Railroad Avenue between Ross Avenue and Oak Street. Those attending the event are asked to bring a cash or non-perishable food donation if they are able.

Wed
06
Dec

Friday implosion brings down final large structure ...

Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.
Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

The largest remaining structure at the decommissioned Alliant Energy generating station at Lansing was brought to the ground by a final implosion process that took place just before 8 a.m. Friday, December 1, as depicted in the photo at left. Additional photos and information regarding the implosion event can be found in the Wednesday, December 6, 2023 edition of The Standard.

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Wed
29
Nov

“Liver of the river”: Aquatic biologists, scientific divers finish relocating endangered mussels in preparation for new bridge construction project


Mussel movement ... “The density and the diversity of the mussel bed on the Iowa bank was remarkable,” says Ron Kegerries, Technical Lead Acquatic Biologist on the relocation project. The unexpected density was one of the variables causing the team to finish the project later than anticipated. Other variables that caused delays were weather conditions and barge traffic. Submitted photo.

Well-suited for this line of work ... Dive Supervisor Ben Dunn helps a fellow diver put on his 26-pound helmet. Divers could work as long as the water temperature was above 40-degrees F. The team attempted to keep the divers warm with hot water that is run through portable, tankless, camping showers that run down through hoses the divers can put into their wetsuits. The divers completed their relocation efforts on November 18. Submitted photo.

Along the shore ... Divers worked from along the shoreline to approximately 80 meters riverward from the shoreline. The deepest they dove was approximately 26 feet; the average depth was approximately 12 feet. In 2018 and then again in 2020, surveys were conducted of the area to see where mussels were present. On this relocation project, the team was pleased to collect many more mussels and nearly twice the number of Higgins’ Eye than they expected - which is a sign the population is doing better. Submitted photo.

Efforts on the water ... After the divers collected mussels from each section of the relocation area, aquatic biologists on the boat identified each mussel and gave it a special marking, so it could be identified during monitoring efforts to track the success of the relocation and recolonization. The endangered mussels were given special treatment and received a unique number. Divers relocated a little over 29,500 freshwater mussels of which nearly 400 were the endangered Lampsilis higginsii, commonly known as Higgins’ Eye. “The number of mussels might sound small in comparison to the total,” Aquatic Biologist Kelly Love says. “But they are called endangered species because there are less of them, and they are a struggling and sensitive species.” Submitted photo.

Diving right in for some mussel work ... Left to right: Benjamin Dunn, of Kansas City, MO, dive supervisor; Kelly Love, of Cleveland, OH, aquatic biologist; and Ronald Kegerries, of Missouri, director of aquatic sciences. All three work out of the Missouri Office with EcoAnalysts, Inc., a provider of ecological field sampling, laboratory, and consulting services in terrestrial, freshwater, estuarine and marine environments. Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

“Look closely at nature. Every species is a masterpiece, exquisitely adapted to the particular environment in which it has survived.”

- Edward O. Wilson,
biologist and multiple
Pulitzer Prize winner

by Julie Berg-Raymond

The next few years are going to see a lot of activity on the Mississippi River at Lansing - while, in a state-of-the-art, multi-agency project involving some of the top specialists in several fields, a new bridge is built across the river there for the first time in almost 100 years.

The past few months have already seen some activity near the shore at Lansing. From August 15 until November 18, teams of scientific divers and aquatic biologists worked on both the Wisconsin and Iowa sides of the river to collect, identify and relocate approximately 29,500 mussels - nearly 400 of which were the endangered Higgins Eye Pearly Mussel (Lampsilis higginsii).

Wed
29
Nov

WHS Choir Tour of Churches this Sunday

The Waukon High School Choir, under the direction of Sarah Bieber, will be sharing its music with the area church community during its 28th Annual Christmas Church Tour this Sunday morning, December 3, according to the following schedule:

St. John's Lutheran 8:30-8:45 a.m.
Old West Paint Creek Lutheran 9:00-9:15 a.m.
Zion United Church of Christ 9:30-9:45 a.m.
First Presbyterian 10:00-10:15 a.m.
First Baptist 10:30-10:45 a.m.
St. Patrick Catholic 11:00-11:15 a.m.
St. Paul’s United Methodist 11:30-11:45 a.m.

The choir sings at seven churches each year. Those churches are selected based on a number of factors, including church proximity to the high school, accessibility for school buses, the physical size of the church, the membership size of the congregation, and whether the worship service is broadcast.

Wed
29
Nov

CPKC Holiday Train to return to Lansing and New Albin ...

The Canadian Pacific Kansas City Limited (CPKC) Holiday Train is scheduled to make its return to the Lansing and New Albin areas again this year as part of its 2023 trek to help raise money, food and awareness for local food banks in communities along the CPKC network. The festive railway celebration is scheduled to make its way through northeast Iowa Friday, December 8 with stops in Ossian, Marquette, Lansing and New Albin before a final stop that day in La Crescent, MN.

Wed
22
Nov

Run-off election scheduled for December 5 to determine winner of Waukon City Council At-Large seat


Pictured above, left to right: Nicholas Engrav and Andrew Sires

Absentee voting underway; County Courthouse will be lone polling site

Vote totals from the Tuesday, November 7 City/School Election have resulted in a run-off election being required to determine a winner of the At-Large seat on the Waukon City Council listed on this year’s ballot. With Waukon City Code requiring that the winning candidate in such an election receive at least a 50%-plus one vote majority, the three candidates vying for that single At-Large seat each received in the neighborhood of just one-third of the vote total cast in the November 7 balloting for that race.

Incumbent candidate Andrew Sires received 225 votes (33.73%). Challenger Nicholas Engrav garnered 245 votes (36.73%), and challenger Jean Brink collected 196 votes (29.39%).

Wed
22
Nov

CPKC Holiday Train to return to Lansing, New Albin December 8

The Canadian Pacific Kansas City Limited (CPKC) Holiday Train is scheduled to make its way to the Lansing and New Albin areas again this year as part of its 2023 trek to help raise money, food and awareness for local food banks in communities along the CPKC network. The festive railway celebration is scheduled to make its way through northeast Iowa Friday, December 8 with stops in Ossian, Marquette, Lansing and New Albin before a final stop that day in La Crescent, MN.

Highlighting the return of the Holiday Train will be a pair of concert performers, Tenille Townes and BRELAND, who will present about a half-hour show at each location. Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician Tenille Townes hails from Grande Prairie, Alberta in Canada. Her acclaimed debut album was named Country Album of the Year at the 50th JUNO Awards and Album of the Year at the 2021 Canadian Country Music Awards. Townes also earned her third consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year trophy.

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