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Thu
21
Feb

Waukon basketball girls to open State Tournament play Monday against fellow NEIC squad Crestwood; Could see another familiar face in second round

The ninth-rated Waukon girls basketball team (18-3) has played its way to the Class 3A State Tournament for the first time since the 2009-2010 season, posting a 55-44 victory over 13th-rated Davenport Assumption Saturday, February 16 in a game played at Marion High School. The Indians will play their first State Tournament game Monday, February 25 as the number-five seed in a 6:45 p.m. quarterfinal match-up with fourth-seeded Crestwood (15-5) from their own Northeast Iowa Conference. The Class 3A seventh-rated Cadets are the defending Class 3A State Tournament Champions and are making their third consecutive State Tournament appearance and their fifth in the past six seasons. The two teams split in their pair of regular season match-ups earlier this season, the Indians winning at Crestwood, 42-31, in mid-December but the Cadets handing the Tribe a 56-53 home defeat in late January.

Wed
20
Feb

Marty Melcher

Marty R. Melcher, 52, of rural Lansing died Monday, February 18, 2019 as a result of an automobile accident in rural Lansing. Funeral services will be held Monday, February 25 at 11 a.m. at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon with Pastor Ken Kimball officiating. Burial will be at Old East Paint Creek Cemetery, rural Waterville. Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, February 24 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon.

A full obituary will appear in the February 27 edition of The Standard. You can subscribe to The Standard's print edition or e-edition by clicking here.

Tue
19
Feb

Destination: Des Moines!

Members of the ninth-rated Waukon girls basketball team head toward their fans displaying the State Qualifier banner they were awarded after posting a 55-44 victory over 13th-rated Davenport Assumption in their Class 3A Region 4 championship game played Saturday, February 16 at Marion High School. The Lady Indians jumped to a 5-0 headstart and never looked back, leading the game from start to finish to qualify for the Class 3A State Tournament for the first time since the 2009-2010 season, when the basketball Tribe finished as the Class 3A State Tournament Runner-Up. The Lady Indians (18-3) will now begin their Class 3A State Tournament journey with a first-round game Monday, February 25 against an all too familiar foe, seventh-rated fellow Northeast Iowa Conference squad Crestwood (15-5), beginning at 6:45 p.m. inside Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Full coverage of Waukon’s Region 4 championship triumph appears on Pages 15A-16A inside this week’s issue of The Standard.

Tue
19
Feb

New Friends of Yellow River State Forest organization ready to get started


New Friends of Yellow River State Forest to meet March 3 ... Just like the rays of the dawning sun in the photo above, the newly-formed Friends of Yellow River State Forest organization has begun the process of brightening the future of the treasured Allamakee County location. The new Friends group will be holding its first public meeting for those interested in joining or just learning more about the group or the State Forest Sunday, March 3 at 2 p.m. in Harpers Ferry. Photo by Scott Boylen.

First public meeting of the Friends group scheduled for March 3 in Harpers Ferry

Those who use and appreciate Yellow River State Forest (YRSF) in rural Harpers Ferry now have a way to directly support this treasure in Allamakee County.

A group of approximately ten area residents started working together late last spring to form a Friends of Yellow River State Forest organization. Now, they are ready for anyone and everyone who is interested to become involved. The new Friends of YRSF organization is holding the first public meeting of the Friends group March 3 at 2 p.m. at the Ethel Robinson Meehan Community Center in Harpers Ferry.

Friend groups are made up of dedicated volunteers who raise funds, make park improvements and otherwise give support, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Across Iowa, these citizen groups work to improve, protect and preserve natural resources.

Tue
19
Feb

Area State legislators discuss issues, field questions at weekend legislative forum in Waukon


Legislative forum held in Waukon ... Iowa House District 55 Representative Michael Bergan, Iowa House District 56 Representative Anne Osmundson and Iowa District 28 Senator Michael Breitbach (left to right in upper left corner of above photo) held a legislative forum at the Allamakee County Farm Bureau building in Waukon Saturday, February 16. The three legislators fielded questions from and discussed issues with area residents. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

Senator Michael Breitbach of Iowa’s 28th District, Representative Anne Osmundson of Iowa House District 56 and Representative Michael Bergan of Iowa House District 55 hosted a legislative forum Saturday, February 16 at the Allamakee County Farm Bureau building in Waukon. The event was an opportunity for the general public to have discussion with State of Iowa legislators representing their communities.

The event began with a greeting from Allamakee County Farm Bureau President Rick Weymiller with brief comments from Bergan, Osmundson and Breitbach before questions and comments were heard from the public with approximately 15 members of the public in attendance.

Tue
19
Feb

Kee Speech to host annual Dinner Theatre March 2

The Kee High School Speech department will be hosting its annual Dinner Theatre Saturday, March 2 at T.J. Hunters Banquet Hall in Lansing. Kee Speech members, as well as the high school office, will be selling the tickets through Monday, February 25. There will be no tickets sold after that date nor at the door.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. with the meal beginning at 5:30 p.m. The large group speech teams will be the entertainment for the evening, along with a little teaser from the upcoming Kee High School musical “Fiddler on the Roof.”

The buffet meal will include beef brisket, smoked pork loin, party potatoes, corn, dinner roll, Oreo fluff, a drink and a dessert bar. This annual event is a fundraiser to help with the cost of contest fees, awards, travel expenses and the All-State trip.
 

Tue
19
Feb

Kee Post Prom to host Bingo March 10

The Kee High School Post Prom Committee will host Bingo Sunday, March 10 in the Kee High School cafeteria in Lansing. Games will start at 4 p.m., with doors opening at 3:30 p.m.

Participants can bring a non-perishable food item or $1 donation and play an extra Bingo card free. All donations will be given to LIFT (Lansing Iowa Food Trust). Special needs at the food pantry are cereal and peanut butter. All players will be eligible for a door prize drawing at intermission. Proceeds will be used to fund 2019 Post Prom prizes and entertainment.
 

Tue
19
Feb

Connecting Community Conversations taking place

Open Door To The Soul, Co., located in the former Waterville Lutheran Church, just outside of Waterville, will host Connecting Community Conversations, a series of monthly roundtable discussions intended to find commonality through shared experiences, bolster support and identify ways to make a difference for others.

Everyone is welcome to attend. All discussions will begin at 7 p.m. in the basement area of the former Waterville Lutheran Church, according to the following schedule of dates and topics:

February 21 - Illness, Hospice and Dying
March 21 - Do We Dare Talk Politics?
April 18 - Poverty, The Truth About Money
May 16 - Foregiveness and Healing Wounds
June 20 - Land Stewardship in the Driftless Region.
 

Tue
19
Feb

ACSD Board of Directors hears update on HVAC project at East Elementary, bid requests for student/staff computers

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Directors met for its regular monthly meeting Monday night, February 18. Board member Erik Helgerson was absent.

Items on the consent agenda were approved including the following personnel: staff for After School Programming; Emily Stone as a para professional; Amy Wasson, Mike Shupe, Greg Criswell, Daneshia Snitker and Bridget Dolan as girls track volunteer coaches; Morgan McMillan as girls golf volunteer coach; and the resignation of Katrina McCabe was accepted. Two students were approved for open enrollment.

Two Sunday requests for gym usage were approved. The 2019-2020 software budget was also approved, as was the cooperative swimming agreement between the ACSD and Decorah, Howard-Winneshiek, MFL/Mar-Mac, North Fayette Valley, Postville, South Winneshiek and Turkey Valley school districts.

Tue
19
Feb

Waukon Middle School to perform “30 Horrible Catastrophes of Middle School” March 1

The Waukon Middle School will be performing its annual spring play Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium, with doors opening at 6 p.m. This year’s play is “30 Horrible Catastrophes of Middle School” by Kamron Klitgaard/Brooklyn Publishers. Admission can be paid at the door the night of the performance.

Thirty-plus Waukon Middle School students from sixth, seventh and eighth grades have been working through all the winter weather obstacles to keep this year’s play scheduled. All are invited for a night of comedy, silliness and down right fun.

Dodgeball, flirting, selfies, the cool bench and body spray for men could all be included among the horrors of middle school. Also included are the usual victims, as the nerds, the jocks, the preps, the punkers and many others team up to demonstrate the “worst” catastrophes of their generation in this one-act comedy about fitting in and finding acceptance.

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