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Jan

Nominations sought for Allamakee County Dairy Banquet set for March 16

Award nominations due by February 8; Princess applications due by March 1

The 2019 Allamakee County Dairy Banquet will be held Saturday, March 16 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. The meal will be served from 7-8:30 p.m., with the program starting at 8 p.m. The annual celebration recognizes the importance of the dairy industry in Allamakee County and the contributions dairy families make to the industry.

Every year, top producers from the county are recognized at the banquet. In addition, several other awards are presented that evening. The Allamakee Dairy Promotion Board and the Allamakee County Extension Office are accepting nominations through February 8 for the following awards:

Wed
16
Jan

Supervisors approve proclamation of January as National Mentoring Month among other matters discussed during regular Monday session


January proclaimed National Mentoring Month … At its Monday, January 14 regular session, the Allamakee County Board of Supervisors proclaimed January as National Mentoring Month. Pictured above at the proclamation are: Front row - Left to right: Allamakee County Board of Supervisors Chairman Larry Schellhammer, Danny Schlitter with the Allamakee Mentoring Program Steering Committee, Helping Services for Youth and Families Mentoring Coordinator Kathy Schwartzhoff. Second row: Helping Services Prevention Specialist Jen Kimber, volunteer mentor Becky Manning, Helping Services intern Katrina Cotant, Helping Services Director of Prevention Services Tessa Willie. Third row: Bob Rotach with the Allamakee Mentoring Program Steering Committee, Helping Services Mentoring Program Board of Directors member Jim Wadsworth. Back row: Allamakee County Board of Supervisors members Dennis Koenig and Dan Byrnes, Loren Beneke with the Allamakee Mentoring Program Steering Committee, Helping Services Executive Director Carson Eggland. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, January 14 to address a full agenda of items including the National Mentoring Month proclamation, funding requests from Helping Services and Main Street Lansing, and the consideration of a personnel matter due to a resignation. There was no Public Comment.

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16
Jan

Former Waukon cross country runners reflect on the 25th anniversary of rare double State Championships won by girls and boys teams during 1993 season


Rare double championship won 25 seasons ago ... Members of the Waukon girls and boys cross country teams pose for a combined team photo after both teams ran to their respective Class 2A State Championships in Fort Dodge October 30, 1993. Only eight other programs in the nearly 100-year history of the Iowa High School State Cross Country Championships have accomplished State Championship team wins by both their girls and boys teams in the same season. Pictured above, left to right, are: Front row - Waukon girls team members Tara (Lyons) Stein, Denise (Hammel) Reinhardt, Dacia (Berger) Regan, Deb Meyer, Kathy Hoisington and Jessie (Regan) Keenan. Back row - Waukon boys cross country coach Harlan Heidelbauer and team members Mike Cunningham, Chris Hoisington, Brian Egan, Adam Kolsrud, Kevin Egan, Joey Zimmerli, Jeff DeBuhr and Nick Nordheim, and Waukon girls cross country coach Don Steffens. Photo submitted by Harlan Heidelbauer.

This past fall marked the fifth consecutive season the Waukon High School cross country program has most recently been represented at the Iowa High School State Cross Country Meet. The Indian girls have represented that program in each of the last two seasons and the Waukon boys team earned that honor of season grand finale qualification the three seasons prior to that, each ending multiple-season absences from that ultimate destination.

Wed
09
Jan

Elected Allamakee County officials sworn into office ...

A total of five Allamakee County officials elected or re-elected to their respective offices in the general election this past November were sworn into office by District Judge John Bauercamper at the Allamakee County Courthouse prior to the start of business for the new year 2019. Pictured in the photo above with Judge Bauercamper (center of photo), four of those officials were sworn in Wednesday morning, January 2, including, left to right, re-elected Allamakee County Supervisor Dan Byrnes, newly-elected Allamakee County Attorney Anthony Gericke, re-elected Allamakee County Supervisor Larry Schellhammer and re-elected Allamakee County Recorder Deb Winke. Pictured in the photo below, left to right, Judge Bauercamper swore in re-elected Allamakee County Treasurer Lori Hesse, with her husband, Randy Hesse, assisting, in a swearing-in ceremony held Friday, December 28 due to Hesse not being available for the January 2 swearing-in event. Standard photos by Joe Moses.
 

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09
Jan

Supervisors approve appointment of Jill Kistler as Assistant County Attorney and hear Compensation Board recommendation of four-percent wage increase for elected officials

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met three times within a week around the transition between calendar years for the final meeting of 2018, the first meeting of 2019 addressing organizational matters and the first regular Monday session of the new year held January 7. Coverage of all three meetings follows.

DECEMBER 31
During the Public Comment portion of the Monday, December 31 meeting, Executive Director Val Reinke with Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) discussed grant funding to be used in the creation of an Allamakee County promotional video. Reinke indicated that director and filmmaker Jack Meggers will be involved in the project showcasing area businesses, companies and activities within the county, and she also advised that the video will be shared on social media and by various organizations and businesses on their websites.

Wed
09
Jan

Harrison Sandry is First Baby of the Year born at Veterans Memorial Hospital


First Baby of 2019 born at Veterans Memorial Hospital ... Pictured above are Kevin and Emily Sandry of Cresco holding their newborn son, Harrison Dean Sandry, the First Baby of the Year at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon, born January 3, 2019. The family will enjoy many gifts (some on display in front of the couple) thanks to the local merchants who helped celebrate the First Baby of the Year born at Veterans Memorial Hospital in 2019. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital physicians and staff are pleased to announce that the First Baby of the Year Contest was won by Harrison Dean Sandry, son of Emily and Kevin Sandry of Cresco.  

Harrison was born January 3, 2019 at 4:09 a.m., weighing 8 pounds, 1 ounce and measuring 20 inches long. Dr. Dave Schwartz assisted with the delivery.

This fortunate child and his family received the following generous gifts compliments of these area merchants:

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09
Jan

Boy Scouts to pick up Christmas trees in Waukon this Saturday

Waukon Boy Scout Troop 64 will be picking up live, undecorated Christmas trees in Waukon this Saturday, January 12, beginning at 8 a.m. The real trees (not artificial) should be left curbside by that time and be free of any decorative material.
 

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02
Jan

Supervisors discuss combined city and school elections, workers compensation dividend and potential removal of communications tower, among other matters at December 26 meeting

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, December 26 to address a full agenda of items including a workers compensation dividend presentation, discussion of city and school combined election expenses and the consideration of quotes to remove and salvage a two-way communication tower on the County Farm.

During Public Comment, Leon Mohn presented a petition signed by approximately 150 individuals that are against the potential paving of Heytman Drive and are requesting that the project be removed from the county’s five year plan. Mohn asked the Supervisors to consider this petition when making their final decision.

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19
Dec

Island nation remembers sacrifice of former county resident


Family honors fallen soldier at anniversary memorial event ... Regina and Patty Manning, both of Lansing and the sisters of Harpers Ferry native and 1980 Waukon High School graduate Russ Robinson, were invited to the 35th anniversary memorial event held this past October to commemorate the liberation of the Caribbean island nation of Grenada, an operation in which U.S. Army Airborne Ranger Russell Robinson lost his life in an ambush attack. Pictured above during their trip are, left to right, Megan, Ray and Patty Manning, and Leon, Regina and Melissa Manning. Submitted photo.

Where the ultimate price was paid ... The photo above taken 35 years ago shows the remains of the jeep the “Juliet 5” Army Rangers were riding in when they were ambushed during “Operation Urgent Fury” initiated in October 1983 to liberate the island nation of Grenada from a military coup. Harpers Ferry native Russ Robinson was one of five occupants of the jeep and one of four who were killed in the ambush attack. Submitted photo.

Memorial monument at St. George University ... The photo above shows the Memorial monument created at St. George University in Grenada to commemorate and honor the 19 soldiers who lost their lives during the 1983 “Operation Urgent Fury” executed to liberate the island nation from a military coup, including the rescue of hundreds of American students attending St. George University at the time. The Memorial includes the names of those 19 fallen U.S. soldiers, including Harpers Ferry native Russ Robinson, whose family attended the 35th anniversary memorial event of the liberation operation. Submitted photo.

Still appreciated ... A wall of a building still stands in Grenada with messages of thanks for the U.S. operation that liberated the island nation from a military coup in October of 1983. Along with the messages of appreciation, a rendition of the U.S. Army Airborne Ranger logo has also been painted on the wall. Harpers Ferry native Russ Robinson was one of the Airborne Rangers who lost his life in an ambush attack during the liberation operation. His two sisters and members of their families traveled to Grenada this past October to take part in the 35th anniversary memorial event honoring that “Operation Urgent Fury”, being able to snap a photo of this wall and other memories during the trip. Submitted photo.

Family of fallen Army Ranger Russ Robinson of Harpers Ferry takes part in 35th anniversary memorial event honoring liberation of Grenada and sacrifices made

by David M. Johnson

July 4, 9/11 and December 7 are dates that represent something of importance to most Americans. But the date of October 25, 1983 has an extra special meaning to several families of the Harpers Ferry-Lansing area.

It was on this date that a Harpers Ferry native and 1980 graduate of Waukon High School made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. The only son of the late Marcus “Red” and Lois Robinson of Harpers Ferry, Russ Robinson of the 2nd Ranger Battalion, and part of the U.S. Army’s Rapid Deployment Force that consisted of elements of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, became an active participant that fateful day in the American intervention and liberation of the island nation of Grenada located in the Caribbean Sea off the northern border of South America.

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19
Dec

Charges filed for three traffic violations following accident investigation involving husband of County Attorney

Charges have now been filed following further investigation into a November 13 single-vehicle accident involving Christopher Mirich, age 38, of Waukon, husband of Allamakee County Attorney Jill Kistler, and execution the following day of search warrants by Iowa State Patrol officers at the couple’s home and Mirich’s place of employment first reported in the November 21 issue of The Standard.

According to court documents filed by the Iowa State Patrol December 11 and 12, Mirich is being charged with three traffic violations in regard to that November 13 accident. Those charges include Failure to Maintain Control, Failure to Report an Accident Involving Injury and Open Container-Driver 21 Years Old and Older. No other charges have been filed, according to a further court document search.

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