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Waukon High School 2019 Prom Queen and King candidates ...

The 2019 Waukon High School Prom is scheduled for this Saturday, April 27 at the Waukon Middle School gym. Doors will open at 7:15 p.m. to the public for the 8 p.m. Grand March, with seating available in the school auditorium to view events on stage. Following the Grand March will be the coronation of this year’s Prom King and Queen. Visitors are asked to exit the building after the coronation in order for students to start the dance. Students will need to either attend the dance or participate in alternative activities in the Middle School cafeteria in order to attend the Post Prom event in the Waukon High School gym. The Post Prom doors will open at 10:45 p.m., with activities, including games and the hypnotist, taking place from 11:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m. Pictured above are the senior class Queen and King candidates for the 2019 Waukon High School Prom.

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Ashlyn Henkes of Lansing selected as 2019 Walk to End Arthritis youth honoree


Team #SuperAshlyn ... Ashlyn Henkes (front) of Lansing is pictured above with members of her team from last year’s Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) Walk. Ashlyn has been selected as a youth honoree for the 2019 Walk to End Arthritis being held May 18 in Cedar Rapids. Submitted photo.

Shining support ... A light-up neck brace helped provide Ashlyn Henkes with the support she needed during her early treatment for polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis. She is now free of the neck brace and is said to be in medicated remission. Submitted photo.

Treatments in Iowa City ... Ashlyn Henkes of Lansing is pictured above receiving an ACTEMRA infusion at Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Iowa City. Such infusions used to require trips for the family from Lansing to Iowa City every other week but her treatment has progressed to receiving the ACTEMRA treatments at home and she now makes trips to Iowa City about once every three months for follow-up lab work. Submitted photo.

Local event this Saturday supports that cause

by Lissa Blake

Although 12-year-old Ashlyn Henkes is doing well now, the past three years have been a roller coaster ride of testing and treatments to keep her free of pain.

That’s because Henkes has polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis, a genetic disease that affects 300,000 children in the United States.

Ashlyn is the daughter of Dustin Henkes of Monona and Esley Henkes of Lansing. She attends New Albin Elementary School and has one brother, Owen, age 16, and one sister, Isla, age nine.

Her problems started about three years ago, when her neck started to hurt. “I was to the point where I couldn’t move it to look around. Even looking up and down hurt. My fingers hurt to write,” said Ashlyn.

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Residents advised that emergency response training exercises will take place Saturday throughout the county

As part of Allamakee County’s ongoing strategy of improving readiness, Allamakee County Emergency Management Coordinator Corey Snitker advises residents that there will be several emergency response training exercises taking place this Saturday, April 27 throughout the county. These locations include:

• the town of New Albin, where a hazardous material spill exercise will be taking place;
• a decontamination exercise of patients arriving at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon;
• and also a shelter-in-place exercise at each of the long-term care facilities within the county due to a hazardous material spill.

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All-County Rural School Reunion being planned for this Sunday at Allamakee County Fairgrounds


Bear Creek School in Waterloo Township ... As part of the preparation for the All-County Rural School Reunion being planned for this Sunday, April 28, the Allamakee County Historical Society has been submitting photos to The Standard in an effort to gather information for a variety of rural schools in Allamakee County, such as the photo above of the Bear Creek School. According to information provided by the Allamakee County Historical Society, the Bear Creek School, pictured above in approximately 1932, was built near the current intersection of Willow Drive and Balsam Road in the southwest corner of Waterloo Township in the northwest corner of Allamakee County near its border with Winneshiek County, approximately a mile and a half southeast of the Quandahl area. A deed dated September 25, 1891 shows the Independent District of Bear Creek purchased “one acre of land for school house site” from Archibald and Anne Bryant, with the original school being constructed on that site initially referred to as Bryant School. Further documentation provides evidence of the name of the school being changed to Bear Creek School around the turn into the 20th century. Records indicate that the school was closed for a bit, likely due to low enrollment, from 1952 until opening again in 1955, but consolidation of rural schools in 1961 closed the Bear Creek School for good at its original location. Additional information suggests that the Bear Creek School building, along with another closed rural school building, was moved into Dorchester in 1963 to form a three-building education center in Dorchester. That information also indicates that those three buildings were later sold at auction with the whereabouts of the original Bear Creek School building never really documented after that. The original foundation of the Bear Creek School remains and is believed to have had a house placed on it that also still remains. Anyone who has additional information they would like to share about the Bear Creek School is asked to contact Carolyn Clark at 563-568-3807, Marcia (Moose) Rush at 563-880-3014 or email the Allamakee County Historical Society at info@allamakeehistory.org. The All-County Rural School Reunion is being planned for Sunday, April 28 from 1-4 p.m. at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon.

Little Red Schoolhouse to be open for tours during reunion

The Allamakee County Historical Society is planning an All-County Rural School Reunion for this Sunday, April 28. The  reunion will be from 1-4 p.m. and held at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. Treats, coffee and lemonade will be served.

It is hoped that those fortunate enough to have attended one of the county’s  rural schools will come celebrate and share memories, stories and pictures of their educational years. The Historical Society will have equipment available to scan photographs of students and teachers even if they are not identified or not sure of the name of the school - no matter the condition, as well as poems, stories, school souvenirs, certificates for attendance, reading, spelling, or anything pertaining to the one-room schools in Allamakee County that those attending would like to have preserved to share with future generations.

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National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day this Saturday at local sites

The Northeast Iowa Drug Task Force, in cooperation with area law enforcement agencies, is participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day. This year’s event is being held Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. nationwide for the purpose of disposing of expired and/or unused medications and keeping them out of the hands of people who may misuse or abuse them, especially youth.

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Donation of $20,000 helps purchase new sound system ...

Dr. Richard Hermeier, a 1955 graduate of Waukon High School and a generous contributor of donations to the Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) valued in the hundreds of thousands of dollars throughout the past decade or so, most recently made a $20,000 donation to the ACSD Fine Arts program. The donated funds were used to help purchase and install a new sound system in the Waukon High School/Middle School Auditorium. Pictured above at the donation presentation are, left to right, ACSD Superintendent Jay Mathis and Dr. Richard Hermeier. Submitted photo.
 

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Kee High School 2019 Prom Royalty ...

Kee High School seniors Michelle Walleser and Shawn Wild were selected as the 2019 Kee High School Prom Queen and King at the annual event held Saturday, April 13. Walleser was selected from a Queen court that also consisted of fellow seniors Sahreya Dodd and Keirsten Mathis. Wild was chosen from a King court that included fellow seniors Logan West and Ryan Whalen. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.
 

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Annual River Clean-Up by Friends of Pool 9 on hold due to high river levels

Possible May or June dates being considered for event rescheduling

The Friends of Pool 9 Board of Directors has made the decision to postpone the Annual Pool 9 River Clean-Up because of higher than normal water levels on the Mississippi River. The board will select a date when river conditions are safe for those venturing out onto the river.

The Mississippi River at the Lansing gauge station reached almost 18 feet in early April and has been dropping slowly. The presence or absence of spring rains will dictate when and if there is a clean-up of Pool 9 this year. The board is considering a possible clean-up date in May or June of this year.

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Apr

Supervisors address personnel matters, hear public concerns

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, April 15 to address a full agenda of items including the consideration of bids for road rock resurfacing, discussion of Sheriff’s Office use of the County credit card for the purchase of a chlorimeter and consideration of changes relating to the Planning and Zoning Administrator’s contract and driver status.

During Public Comment, Jack Sweeney of Waukon addressed the Supervisors by speakerphone and discussed the recent Board of Adjustment meeting held April 10 at the Allamakee County Courthouse. Sweeney discussed concerns relating to how Chairperson Bernard Pratte conducted the public hearing for the proposed Wennes Communications tower. Sweeney indicated that he was interrupted after 30 seconds and not allowed sufficient time to present information, with Pratte indicating at the beginning of the hearing that everyone would be allowed two minutes to speak.

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Sidewalk portion of DOT project continues ...

Work continues on the 2019 Department of Transportation (DOT) Street Project in Waukon with sidewalk removal and replacement on Allamakee Street (pictured in its early stages at right and more complete below two weeks later) heading south toward the Allamakee County Courthouse. As this segment is completed, DOT officials advise that sidewalk work will next shift to West Main Street moving east from its four-way stop sign intersection with Ninth Street West (near Quillin’s) toward the downtown area of Waukon. Curb and gutter replacement is scheduled to take place in conjunction with sidewalk replacement on West Main Street.

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