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Feb

Eula Thies

Eula B. Thies, 102, of Waukon died Friday, February 17, 2017 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 21 at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Waukon with Pastor Grant VanderVelden officiating. Burial will be at Phelps Cemetery, Decorah. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Monday, February 20 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon.

A full obituary will appear in the February 22 edition of The Standard. You can subscribe to The Standard's print edition or e-edition by clicking here.

Thu
16
Feb

Blain Swenson has season ended with pair of opening-night losses in his first-ever State Tournament

Waukon wrestling 182-pound senior Blain Swenson had his season and high school wrestling career brought to a close with a pair of losses on the opening night in his first-ever qualification for the Class 2A State Tournament in Des Moines Thursday, February 16. Swenson opened the season grand finale with a 9-3 loss to fellow Northeast Iowa Conference mat senior Alex Koehler of Charles City (24-12). That loss forced Swenson to have to wrestle again that same Thursday night in a first-round consolation battle against fourth-rated senior Kyle Benson of Sergeant Bluff-Luton (46-8), who lost by opening-round fall in 3:47 to ninth-rated Dubuque Wahlert junior Boone McDermott (32-5). Swenson took Benson down first in the match, but Benson was able to work a second period reversal that he eventually turned into a fall in 2:34 and an end to Swenson's State Tournament debut.

Thu
16
Feb

Patrick O'Malley

Patrick F. O’Malley, 83, of Cedar Rapids passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at his home. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, February 17 at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 18 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids, conducted by Father Philip Thompson. Burial will take place at a later date at Eastside Cemetery, Elkader.

A full obituary will appear in the February 22 edition of The Standard. You can subscribe to The Standard's print edition or e-edition by clicking here.

Wed
15
Feb

Crowd of more than 1,000 attends launch ceremony of new Effigy Mounds quarter


The official launch by the United States Mint of the Effigy Mounds National Monument quarter took place Tuesday, February 7 in the Waukon High School gymnasium. Pictured above at the symbolic quarter release into a framed depiction of a bear mound utilized in the new quarter design are, left to right, Tribal Chairman of the Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska Edmore Green, Effigy Mounds National Monument Superintendent Jim Nepstad and U.S. Mint Philadelphia Plant Superintendent Marc Landry. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

The Native American heritage so instrumental in the establishment, history and continued preservation of Effigy Mounds National Monument was celebrated as part of the official launch ceremony of the Effigy Mounds quarter Tuesday, February 7 at Waukon High School. The Iron Mound Drum Group (pictured above) and the Andrew Blackhawk American Legion Post 129 Honor Guard (pictured below) each contributed their specialties rooted in the Native American culture to the quarter launch ceremony. Standard photos by Joe Moses.

Dr. Peggy Whitson, an Iowa native of Mt. Ayr and current NASA astronaut aboard the International Space Station, was featured in a video message recorded during her current mission Expedition 50/51 for those in attendance at the launch ceremony of the Effigy Mounds National Monument quarter Tuesday, February 7 at Waukon High School. Dr. Whitson said when studying Iowa history and viewing aerial photos of Effigy Mounds she often wondered what the mound builders thought about standing next to those mounds and looking up, saying that she feels those mound builders were inspired to think about things larger than themselves. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Brianne Eilers

The Effigy Mounds National Monument Quarter, the 36th such coin in the America the Beautiful® quarter series from the U.S. Mint, was officially unveiled Tuesday, February 7 during a program at the Waukon High School gymnasium. A crowd numbering over 1,000 of Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) students and members of the public were able to experience the Native American heritage instrumental in the history and creation of the mounds depicted on the new quarter through the sounds of traditional drumming and singing from the Iron Mound Drum Group as they opened the program, and that group also played while the Andrew Blackhawk American Legion Post 129 presented the colors at the start of the program.

Wed
15
Feb

Operations at Luster Heights temporarily suspended in light of mandated FY17 budget cuts

Staff, residents being transferred to other facilities through June of this year; future depends on budget

The Iowa Department of Corrections (DOC) has announced a plan to reduce its fiscal year 2017 budget by $5.5 million, and the Luster Heights prison camp facility in Allamakee County will be one of four DOC facilities feeling the direct impact of that reduction with what has been termed a "temporary suspension of operations". The budget reduction announcement was made Wednesday, February 8 by DOC Director Jerry Bartruff in a media release.

Wed
15
Feb

Stone Schoolhouse in Lansing named to Most Endangered Properties list by Preservation Iowa


Stone Schoolhouse in Lansing … Submitted photo.

Designation could open funding and other preservation resources

Preservation Iowa has designated nine properties for 2017 Most Endangered designations. Among those properties are the Stone Schoolhouse located in Lansing.

According to information gathered and reported by Preservation Iowa, the Stone Schoolhouse was built in 1863 and cost $5,000 to build. It operated as a school until 1973 and is reportedly the oldest schoolhouse that was in continual use west of the Mississippi. Its architectural style and building materials are emblematic of the period in which it was built and the local materials available for such a construction.

The building had a new roof added in the 1960s and there were some emergency repairs to the foundation in the same time period. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is currently under the ownership of the City of Lansing.

Wed
15
Feb

Reward being offered in conjunction with vandalism ...

The Waukon Police Department responded to a call of vandalism (pictured in a submitted photo) that took place during the overnight hours of Saturday, February 4 into Sunday, February 5 and left the front of the Krambeer Barber Shop building and its sidewalk on Main Street in downtown Waukon covered in an oily substance believed to be motor oil, according to the report issued by Waukon Police. The Waukon Police Department is continuing to investigate the incident, and a reward (see advertisement below) is being offered for information leading to the conviction of the person(s) involved in the incident.

Wed
15
Feb

Supervisors discuss impact of Luster Heights closure; Chairman Schellhammer withdraws from statewide review of Master Matrix

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, February 13. Among the agenda items addressed were an insurance quote presentation by Kerndt Brothers Insurance, an unemployment presentation by Iowa Workforce Development and discussion of the Luster Heights facility closure.

Wed
15
Feb

Waukon Police Department not associated with reported fundraising mailings

The Waukon Police Department has received a report of some recent mailings that are being received that claim to be endorsed by the Waukon Police Department. Although these campaigns sending the mailings may be legitimate organizations, local police officials say the Waukon Police Department is not connected with these organizations and has not endorsed them.

It is further advised that the only fundraising campaign the Waukon Police Department has been in connection with is the National Child Safety Council (coincidentally, that association was recently honored for its 30-year anniversary, as evident in the picture located above on this same page). Police department officials recommend that if anyone wishes to make donations to any type of organization, they should make them to an organization that they are familiar with.
 

Wed
15
Feb

Waukon Police Department honored for 30 years of partnering with the National Child Safety Council ...

The Waukon Police Department was recently honored for reaching a 30-year milestone in its partnership with the National Child Safety Council, implementing a child safety and drug prevention education program for local children and their parents. The police department has implemented and supported these programs through the distribution and use of educational literature and other materials, many of them featuring Safety Pup, and activities, such as a bicycle safety course, all designed by the National Child Safety Council, a nonprofit organization. Pictured above is Waukon Police Chief Phil Young (at left) receiving the plaque honoring that 30-year milestone from John Hauschild (at right), Safety Coordinator with the National Child Safety Council.

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