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Wed
17
Jan

First Baby of the Year born at Veterans Memorial Hospital


First Baby of the New Year ... Pictured at left are Allison and Seth Christen of rural Decorah, holding their newborn son, Ivan Henry, the First Baby of the Year born at Veterans Memorial Hospital for 2024. Ivan and his family will all enjoy many gifts, thanks to the local merchants who helped celebrate the First Baby of the Year born at Veterans Memorial Hospital in 2024. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital physicians and staff announce that the First Baby of the Year born at the hospital for 2024 is Ivan Henry Christen, son of Seth and Allison Christen of rural Decorah. Ivan was born Tuesday, January 9 at 4:08 a.m. He weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20.75 inches long.

Grandparents are Bill and Linda Dotseth and Laurie and Bernie Christen, all of Decorah.

Wed
10
Jan

Local school administrators release statements following school shooting in Perry

Thursday, January 4, the Perry School District in south central Iowa experienced a shooting incident at its Perry High School/Middle School in which one sixth grade student lost his life and four other students and one school district administrator were injured. In response to that incident, the Superintendents of both the Allamakee Community School District and Eastern Allamakee Community School District released statements to their respective school district communities. Those statements are being reprinted here with permission from each Superintendent.

Dear Allamakee Community School District Families,

Wed
10
Jan

ALLAMAKEE COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY CAUCUS LOCATIONS

ALLAMAKEE COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY CAUCUS LOCATIONS
Monday, January 15 at 7 p.m.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for registration
For more information contact Allamakee County Republican Chairperson Dan Emerson at 563-568-7361.

Wed
10
Jan

Changes to the Democratic Party’s Caucuses

Mail-in ballots are replacing realignment and complicated math from previous caucuses

submitted by the Allamakee County Democrats

The Iowa Democratic Party has made a significant change to its caucus process this year. Democrats will vote for a presidential candidate using a mail-in ballot instead of the realignment and calculating processes of past caucuses.

Why is a mail-in ballot being utilized this year in place of the previous caucus process? Iowa Democratic Party Chairperson Rita Hart said in a news release the party is committed to making this the most inclusive caucus in history. “Iowans who work a third shift, families that may not have access to childcare, or seniors who are homebound can now make their voices heard in our presidential process,” she said.

Wed
03
Jan

Year in Review - Part 2: Top local news stories printed from July-December 2023


New Black Hawk Bridge design ... At first glance, the drawing above of the bridge that will be replacing the iconic Black Hawk Bridge at Lansing is very similar in its design, something that the Departments of Transportation (DOT) in Iowa and Wisconsin took note of in drawing feedback from area residents in regard to the new bridge design. While keeping a similar design, the most notable differences with the new bridge will be in safety and improved navigation, both on the bridge and below it. The new bridge will be nearly twice as wide as the current Black Hawk Bridge (40’ in comparison to 21’), not only allowing for driving lanes that will each be two feet wider, but also for safety shoulders for use in the event of emergency situations. The foundation of the bridge will also be anchored nearly three times as deep as the current bridge, allowing for a foundational base anchored in the rock layer beneath the surface. The new bridge will also be taller at its highest structural point. Image courtesy of the Iowa Department of Transportation.

To read the the full article, Year in Review - Part 2: Top local news stories from July-December 2023, pick up this week's print edition or subscribe to our e-edition by clicking here.

The items below summarize the top news stories that appeared in The Standard during the last six months of 2023, July-December.

JULY
Veterans Memorial Hospital’s Housekeeping Department has earned the hospital the #1 ranking in the country for cleanliness, according to the Iowa Hospital Association.

Wed
27
Dec

News Publishing Company, Inc. changing hands as the new year gets underway

You probably know your local newspaper by the name on the front of it. Behind that name is News Publishing Company, Inc., the ownership company which has existed since January 3, 1978 when Curtis Witte bought a group of publications in western Dane County and Green County from Bill and Dolores Griffith.

The company has been a family-owned corporation from its inception and has been managed by publishers Dan and Mark Witte over the past 45 years. During that time, News Publishing has purchased and sold a number of publications and is now comprised of 14 weekly community newspapers and multiple shoppers that still serve the original communities in addition to the counties of Jackson, Trempealeau, Clark, Sauk, Marquette, Outagamie, Calumet and Brown in Wisconsin, and in Allamakee County in Iowa (The Standard Newspaper and Northeast Iowa Extra shopper).

Wed
27
Dec

Year in Review - Part I: Top local news stories printed from January-June 2023


Waukon High School classes help create and install The Goodwill Box ... An anonymous donation helped fund the creation and support of The Goodwill Box, a public pantry that will offer non-perishable food items and occasionally some toiletry items for those in need. Pictured above at the installation of The Goodwill Box in the lower parking lot of the Allamakee County Courthouse are, left to right, Allamakee County Board of Supervisors Chairperson Dan Byrnes, Waukon High School NextGen Welding students Cole Kruse and Justin Murphy, Waukon High School Industrial Arts instructor Caleb Ferring, and NextGen Welding student Blake Bresnahan. Standard photo by Assistant Editor Joe Moses.

To read the the full article, Year in Review - Part 1: Top local news stories from January-June 2023, pick up this week's print edition or subscribe to our e-edition by clicking here.

The items below summarize the top news stories that appeared in The Standard during the first six months of 2023, January-June.

JANUARY
The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) for 2022 ended its annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state in Lansing in late July this past summer. RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest multi-day recreational bicycle touring event in the world.

Wed
20
Dec

UTV accident claims life of Harpers Ferry man, injures another

Friday, December 15 at 12:03 a.m., the Allamakee County Sheriff’s E-911 Dispatch Center received a report of a UTV accident at the intersection of Houlihan Drive and Mohawk Road in rural Allamakee County, northwest of Harpers Ferry.

According to a report from the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office, a UTV driven by Mackay David Mathis, age 32, of Harpers Ferry was traveling eastbound on Houlihan Drive and failed to negotiate a righthand curve in the road. The UTV entered the ditch and rolled over.

The report says that Mathis was pronounced deceased at the scene. A passenger in the vehicle, 35-year-old Mitch Andrew Iverson of rural Lansing, was transported by Gundersen Air Ambulance to a La Crosse, WI hospital for medical treatment. Assisting at the scene of the accident was the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office, Harpers Ferry Fire and Rescue, Waterville Ambulance and Veterans Memorial Hospital Ambulance.

Wed
20
Dec

More EMTs greatly needed; Local class starting in January


VMH EMS Manager Jacob Dougherty ...

All area Emergency Medical Services in need of additional EMTs to meet growing demand

The number of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) in this area has dwindled over the years as licensed EMTs have retired. Allamakee and northern Clayton Counties are fortunate to have many emergency response services, but all of them are in need of more EMTs on their service to share the call time, ensuring local emergency services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) will be offering a face-to-face EMT Class in Waukon beginning in January. Enthusiastic, willing volunteers wanting to truly help people are needed to fill this class.   The class will meet two nights per week, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 6-10 p.m., and clinicals will be held in person.

Wed
20
Dec

Attendees learn about cutting-edge inspection software, participate in hands-on demonstration during December “Let’s Talk Bridges!” session


Creating support for the new bridge ... The photo above shows the drill rig and auger used to dig the soil and sand out of a temporary casing by screwing the auger into the material and lifting it out of the hole near the existing Black Hawk Bridge. This process is used to create the shafts that will then be filled with concrete to create the supporting infrastructure of the new bridge at Lansing. Photo courtesy of the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Demonstrating the diameter ... The rope demonstration pictured above (photo by Julie Berg-Raymond) was presented at the Thursday, December 14 “Let’s Talk Bridges!” session, hosted at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library, to show how big the concrete-drilled shafts will be as supporting structures for the new bridge being built at Lansing. The markings on the stick represented the diameters (or sizes) of drilled shafts that will be constructed as part of the new bridge project. The shaft that is being constructed now is a nine-foot diameter shaft, and other shafts will get as large as 12 feet in diameter. The photo below (provided by the Iowa Department of Transportation) shows one of those shaft holes dug down about 30 feet into its temporary casing.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

At the second session of “Let’s Talk Bridges,” held at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library Thursday, December 14, Anden Lovig - a construction engineer on the bridge replacement project at Lansing, and a member of the monthly “bridge talks” team - ran the show by himself; his colleagues (Paul Lindsey, senior field inspector; Clayton Burke, project manager, Iowa Department of Transportation [DOT]; and Travis Konda, project manager, HNTB Corporation) were away at meetings.

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