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Sat
16
Feb

ON TO STATE!!! Waukon girls basketball team qualifies for Class 3A State Tournament; Plays NEIC foe Crestwood in first round Monday

The Waukon girls basketball team has played its way to the Class 3A State Tournament for the first time in nine seasons, earning that qualification with a 55-44 regional finals victory over 13th-rated Davenport Assumption Saturday, February 16 at Marion High School. The Indians will now play an all too familiar foe, fellow Northeast Iowa Conference squad Crestwood, to open their Class 3A State Tournament journey Monday, February 25 at 6:45 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
The Standard newspaper will be printing a Waukon girls basketball Spirit Banner to be available in the community later this week. Call 563-568-3431 to be a part of that banner cheering the Indians ON TO STATE!

Wed
13
Feb

The end of a dairy era: Calhoun Creamery will cease all operations after more than 120 years in business at its historical Churchtown location


A look at the past as its future draws to a close ... Pictured above is an aerial photo of Calhoun Creamery in the 1970s. On the left side of the photo are some of the can trucks that would travel to farms to pick up milk in cans. The creamery stopped taking cans in 1978 and required all farmers to install bulk milk tanks. As of January 1 of this year, Calhoun Creamery members joined the Foremost Farms cooperative. The cheese store currently remains open for the time being at the Churchtown location, with plans in progress for disposition of the property and an auction to be held in March of this year. Submitted photo.

Butter carton ... Pictured above is a Calhoun Creamery butter carton, circa the 1970s, depicting the product that once graced grocery store dairy shelves both near and far. In 1956, the creamery made and sold 369,000 lbs. of butter and shipped over four million lbs. of milk. In comparison, this past year, Calhoun Creamery sold over 191 million lbs. of milk. Photo by Lissa Blake.

A sign of historical quality ... Pictured above is an image of one of the Calhoun Creamery signs that could be found on members’ farms. Calhoun Creamery members have now joined the Foremost Farms cooperative and disposition of the creamery’s Churchtown property and equipment will be handled by its farmer members, with an auction planned for March of this year. Photo by Lissa Blake.

by Lissa Blake

After 122 years in business, Calhoun Creamery in Churchtown is closing its doors.

January 1 of this year, Calhoun Creamery member farmers joined the Foremost Farms cooperative. “The transition gives Calhoun Creamery members the assurance of a long-term, steady market for their milk,” said a press release issued by Foremost Farms in regard to that transition.

Foremost Farms and Calhoun Creamery have a long-standing history, as Foremost Farms has purchased milk from Calhoun since the late 1990s.

“Combining our milk supplies benefits Calhoun and Foremost Farms members,” said Michael Doyle, President & CEO of Foremost Farms. “Calhoun needs a market for its milk, and Foremost is addressing the need for a stronger presence in that area.”

HISTORY
Calhoun Creamery Manager Michelle Donahue explained Calhoun Creamery was started in the spring of 1896 by 20 local farmers who owned 210 cows.

Wed
13
Feb

Early February thaw jams up Upper Iowa River ...

Mississippi River guide Ted Peck of New Albin snapped and shared this photo Monday, February 4 around 2 p.m. of an ice jam on the Upper Iowa River near the intersection of State Highway 26 and Black Hawk Road about two miles south of New Albin in Allamakee County. Peck had been observing the ice jam, explaining that it began at the railroad bridge located just to the east of the State Highway 26 bridge pictured in the photo above and estimating that it had raised the river level in that area at a rate of nearly one foot per hour. Crews from Canadian Pacific Railroad were on scene to clear some of the ice away from that railroad bridge, which sits lower than the Hwy. 26 bridge pictured above and caused the flowing ice chunks from the previous weekend’s thaw to back up well past that highway bridge, as evident in the above photo.

Wed
13
Feb

Legislative forum scheduled for this Saturday in Waukon

A legislative forum open to the public has been scheduled for this Saturday, February 16 at the Allamakee County Farm Bureau building located at 14 First Avenue NE in Waukon, beginning at 11:15 a.m. Iowa House of Representatives District 56 Republican Anne Osmundson and Iowa Senate District 28 Republican Michael Breitbach have each been invited to field questions and discuss issues with the general public at Saturday’s forum.
 

Wed
13
Feb

Supervisors provided with update from Historical Preservation Commission, approve contract option with Compliancy Group

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, February 11. During Public Comment, Chairperson Gloria Payne of the Allamakee County Historical Preservation Commission provided an overview of the organization’s activities, indicating that it was a good year. Payne discussed the organization’s Annual Report, which is being added to the February 18 Board of Supervisors meeting agenda. She also indicated that there is a vacancy on the seven-person commission.

Wed
06
Feb

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
06
Feb

Only about half the problem ...

The temperature reading of -26º pictured above on the clock thermometer at Waukon State Bank on Main Street in Waukon gives some indication of just how cold it was Wednesday morning, January 30 during the Polar Vortex cold snap that gripped the Midwest and beyond with historically cold temperatures in some areas. The -26º reading, however, was only about half as cold as it actually felt at times during the frigid stretch, as sustained winds hovering around 10 mph with gusts approaching 30 miles an hour plummeted wind chill factors to nearly double that temperature reading, those -40º to -50º wind chills creating dangerous situations that kept many area businesses from operating Wednesday, January 30 and even into Thursday, January 31, as depicted by the nearly empty Main Street scene above. Among those halted business operations was the U.S. Postal Service, which did not deliver mail in parts of as many as 10 states during Wednesday’s worst day of the cold snap.

Wed
06
Feb

Making the right call: Former teacher and pastor reflects on his 50 years as a sports official


Recognized for his 50 years as a sports official ... Waukon Middle School Assistant Principal and Activities Director Jennifer Garin shakes the hand of former Waukon resident Tom Buresh as she recognizes him for his 50-year anniversary of becoming an Iowa high school and middle school sports official. Buresh was recognized during an eighth grade boys basketball game in the Waukon Middle School gym between Waukon and Decorah in mid-January, with that middle school level being his most favorite at this point in his career, as it allows him to share his experience and knowledge with younger officials. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

Calling it like he sees it for 50 years ... Former Waukon resident Tom Buresh keeps a watchful eye on the action in a mid-January eighth grade boys basketball game between Waukon and Decorah at the Waukon Middle School gym. Buresh is celebrating 50 years as a sports official for high school and middle school sports this year. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by David M. Johnson

In society there are rules, statutes and regulations that ensure an orderly and well governed direction for day-to-day experiences. To enforce and interpret the law, society has police officials, judges and inspectors who are just some of those employed to make sure those guiding principles are being enforced.

In sports, whether it is little league, middle school, high school, college or the professional ranks, there are those men and women in “stripes” or “blue” - as they are often referred to - who stand behind the plate calling balls and strikes, who whistle fouls on a player defending under the basket, or who watch that football offensive lineman to ensure he is using a legal blocking technique. Umpires and referees are indispensable, otherwise there would be mayhem on the courts and fields they preside over.

Wed
30
Jan

Postville School District Special Election date has been changed

OFFICIAL NOTICE is given that the date of the upcoming February 5 Special election for Postville School District will be changed to Tuesday, April 2, with polling hours being from Noon-8pm on election day. Absentee voting will begin in the Auditor’s office on Monday, March 4.
The reason for the change of dates is due to an omission in the required publication. The County Auditor sends the Notice of Election and Sample Ballot to the newspaper for publication. The Notice of Election was sent and published, but a Sample Ballot inadvertently did not get sent for publication. Due to this omission, the Special Postville School election scheduled for Tuesday, February 5, 2019 must be rescheduled.
Absentee voting for the rescheduled April 2 Special Election for Postville Community School District will begin in the Allamakee County Auditor’s office Monday, March 4. Absentee voting will be open until 11 a.m. election day, Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

Tue
29
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:

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