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Tue
18
Jun

Waukon softball team’s single win in six games played comes over Class 5A Cedar Rapids Washington at West Delaware Tournament

The Waukon softball team played a total of six games this past week, putting one of those in the win column to currently hold a 6-9 season record that includes a mark of 1-5 in Northeast Iowa Conference play. The Lady Indians fell in a home doubleheader with Waverly-Shell Rock Tuesday, June 11 by scores of 14-1 in five innings and 8-2 before winning one of four games played  at the two-day West Delaware Tournament to end up in 12th place in the 16-team tournament, including a 13-0 loss in four innings to Class 3A third-rated Dubuque Wahlert and a 13-1 win in four innings over Class 5A Cedar Rapids Washington Friday, June 14 before playing to an 11-1 defeat in five innings against Independence and a 6-2 loss to Monticello Saturday, June 15. Details of those two Saturday tournament contests will be printed in the June 26 edition of The Standard due to an early print deadline for this June 19 edition of The Standard due to the Juneteenth postal holiday.

Tue
18
Jun

Wednesday storm determined to not have rotation but still does significant damage in southern Allamakee County


Storm damage most evident in southern third of county ... The three surrounding photos submitted by Allamakee County residents and visitors show the power - both during and afterward - of the worst of the severe storm that roared through the southern one-third of Allamakee County Wednesday afternoon, June 12. Misty Troester of Harpers Ferry caught what has been termed the “gust front” of the storm in the top photo. Cedar Falls resident Kaylee Smock submitted the photo at center showing damage done by the storm to campers - including her family’s - at Scenic View Campground. The photo directly below shows some of the tree damage suffered to 15-20 trees at the rural Postville residence of Nick and Mandy Dudensing east of Frankville.

The severe thunderstorm that rolled through Allamakee County Wednesday afternoon, June 12 left a path of destruction with its high winds, the worst impact of which was felt throughout the southern one-third of the county, just north of Postville and just south of State Highway 76, according to reports. A vast majority of those reports indicate the damage suffered was mainly to trees and, as a result, some power lines that fell victim to those trees, in what local officials describe as a “unique event.”

Tue
18
Jun

Original plan for intermittent bridge closing for construction being delayed by high water until next week ...

Those who drive on the Black Hawk Bridge at Lansing will need to be aware that the upcoming construction work that was scheduled to affect their travels starting the week of Monday, June 17 has now been delayed a week due to high water and wet weather, and is now scheduled to begin next week, Monday, June 24. The photo at right, provided courtesy of the Iowa Department of Transportation, shows the extent of the high water impact on the construction project and the reason for the delay.

An update provided last week by the Iowa Department of Transportation in regard to the project delay stated the following: ”Sometimes Mother Nature wins! Flooding at the Mississippi River Bridge at Lansing construction site is delaying the scheduled short-term bridge closures. The contractor has pulled off the project and the closures will not start next week (June 17) as planned. We are hoping they will start June 24 but will have to see what the river does.”

Tue
18
Jun

Executive Director earns Professional Guide Certification ...

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach recently announced that Val Reinke has earned the recognition of Certified Professional Guide. Reinke is Executive Director of Allamakee County Economic Development & Tourism, where she provides public programs and guided tours.

Professional Guide Certification candidates complete a training program of best practices to deliver quality experiences to visitors. The final certification process is conducted at each individual’s place of work, where they must effectively demonstrate the professional guide practices most appropriate for their unique organization or attraction. Individuals who achieve Professional Guide Certification work to provide quality Iowa visitor experiences, and earn certification from Iowa State University.

Tue
18
Jun

PTSD Awareness Walk set for June 29

June is PTSD Awareness Month

The Allamakee County Veterans Affairs Office and the Allamakee County Veterans Museum are sponsoring a PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) Awareness Walk Saturday, June 29 beginning at 9 a.m. from the Freedom Rock in the Waukon City Park to the Allamakee County Courthouse front lawn. There will be an optional extra loop around the park prior to the main walk for those who want to walk longer.

Following the walk, informative presentations will be provided by Veterans Administration PTSD Specialists and others at a tent on the Allamakee Courthouse lawn,  Videos on PTSD symptoms and treatment will be available at the Veterans Museum, located at 105 Allamakee Street, across the street from the courthouse. Beverages, refreshments, and restrooms will also be available in the Veterans Museum. This event is part of the Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD program celebrating June as PTSD Awareness Month.

Tue
18
Jun

Allamakee County Veterans Museum D-Day display during June features Allamakee County WWII Glider pilot

The Allamakee County Veterans Museum has a special D-Day exhibit on display throughout the month of June at its location at 105 Allamakee Street in Waukon. The D-Day Display honors Allamakee County D-Day Veteran Sgt. 1st Class Arthur H. Ennullat, who was born in 1907 in Linton Township in Allamakee County.

Sgt. Ennullat served as a glider plane pilot with the 82nd Airborne Division, 320th Glider Artillery Battalion. He earned five service bars, a Combat Infantryman Badge, a Bronze Star, and a Silver Star.

Tue
18
Jun

“Getting to Know Libby” is Robey Memorial Library’s June Live & Learn session

Library patrons have anytime, anywhere access to a dynamic collection of digital audiobooks, eBooks and magazines through the library service of BRIDGES, Iowa’s eLibrary through the Libby app.

The June Live & Learn program at Robey Memorial Library in Waukon is “Getting to Know Libby” Thursday, June 27 at 5:30 p.m. in the lower level Community Room. Learn to download free audiobooks, eBooks, and magazines; navigate the website; and use the Libby app. Those who have been using BRIDGES are welcome to attend to see what is new.

Registration for this class is encouraged. Contact Robey Memorial Library for more information at 563-568-4424, robeymemorial@waukon.lib.ia.us or through the library website, www.waukon.lib.ia.us.
 

Tue
18
Jun

WinnMed Hospice to host its annual memorial ride this Sunday in Decorah


WinnMed Hospice Memorial Ride is this Sunday ... WinnMed Hospice will be hosting its annual Memorial Ride through the hills and valleys of northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota. Pictured above are staff members and others instrumental in the operations of WinnMed Hospice. Left to right - Front row: Gambit, therapy dog; Jen Nahl, RN; Mary Wagner, RN on motorcycle; Nancy Haberichter, Director; Back row: Dr. Merill Guarneri, Pet Therapist; Pastor Laura Gentry; Natasha Rausch, RN; Stacy Hamm, HCA; Olivia Wenthold, RN; Dee Heying, Administrator; Sam Sherwood, RN; Jill Shindelar, RN; Brittany Anderson, RN; Emily Falck, HCA; Toni Meyer, HCA; Nicole Reicks, RN. Submitted photo.

The annual WinnMed Hospice Memorial Ride is set for Sunday, June 23. The event will begin on the WinnMed campus in Decorah with a free-will donation breakfast, and will be held rain or shine. The 2024 event will support specialty therapies for hospice patients: Pet Therapy, Music Therapy and Massage Therapy. Additionally, this year’s donations will support WinnMed Hospice’s “We Honor Veterans” program.

Tue
18
Jun

Fiber optic internet coming to Harpers Ferry through AcenTek


Be aware of work along the highway ... Working immediately beside the highway comes with some challenges as part of the AcenTek fiber build between Lansing and Harpers Ferry. Traffic is urged to take caution when entering these areas of construction. Submitted image.

Running conduit under the gravel road ... A boring machine places conduit under the gravel road where Dry Ridge Drive meets the Lansing Harpers Road highway. AcenTek is working on the fiber optic project between Lansing and Harpers Ferry, with a completion date anticipated by the end of this current year. Submitted image.

Project in progress ... Large spools of tubing, equipment and caution signs mark the areas where work is being done on the Harpers Ferry fiber project. AcenTek is working on completing the fiber build with completion anticipated by the end of this year. Submitted image.

Anyone who has traveled between Lansing and Harpers Ferry lately may have noticed a construction project in process. AcenTek, the Internet, Voice and Video provider, is bringing the option of fiber internet to over 750 addresses in the Harpers Ferry area. Phase 2 of AcenTek’s fiber project began in May, with an expected completion date of December 1 of this year.

Central Cable vehicles are easily spotted south of Lansing where the project work began. Central Cable is the contractor for AcenTek. Large spools of orange tubing, called conduit, can be seen in various spots where work is being done. The conduit is what holds and protects the fiber strands, once inserted.

Mainline construction is the first step of a fiber build. Construction signs and cones are set out to warn drivers of this construction work, as it often takes place right next to primary roadways. Motorists are asked to use caution when approaching these work areas.

Tue
18
Jun

Allamakee County Conservation to host Paint Rock Goat Prairie Hike

Join Allamakee County Conservation Naturalist Erin Cubbon for a hike up to the Paint Rock Overlook the morning of Saturday, June 29. The hike will be departing from the parking area at the Paint Rock trailhead at 8 a.m.

Participants can expect to see a variety of flowers in bloom typical of the unique “goat prairie” ecosystems found on area bluffs. There is also the possibility of seeing timber rattlesnakes in their native habitat.

No preregistration is required. The hike will be approximately 2.5 miles round-trip, with an elevation gain of around 400 feet. As this is a fairly steep hike during a hot time of the year, bringing adequate water, snacks and sun protection is highly recommended. The trailhead is located off of Paint Rock Road, roughly 3.4 miles south of Harpers Ferry. Dogs must be leashed at all times.

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