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New Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic now open for patient care


Ribbon cutting held; New VMH Medical Clinic now open for patient care ... The new Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic is now open in Waukon, offering primary family health care to the entire northeast Iowa area. Pictured above at a ribbon cutting event held Monday, May 3 when the new clinic opened its doors to patients for the first time are staff members of Veterans Memorial Hospital and its new Medical Clinic, members of the Veterans Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Health Care Foundation and Board of Trustees, and local economic development leaders from Allamakee County Economic Development & Tourism, Waukon Economic Development and the Waukon Chamber of Commerce. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

The Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Medical Clinic is now open, offering primary family health care to the entire northeast Iowa area with the opening of its doors for the first time Monday, May 3. The new clinic is located in the former Mayo Clinic building on East Main Street in Waukon, with Mayo Clinic having ceased operations in Waukon in December 2019.

Renovation of the clinic building began in January of this year and was completed in April. The building now meets the privacy and technology needs required by rural health care clinics today.

“Now, with both the Gundersen Clinic and VMH Waukon Clinic, northeast Iowa has the access to primary health care they need and deserve,” VMH officials shared.

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May

Mississippi River Guinness World Record attempt: Crew of four hopes to paddle the length of the Mighty Mississippi in fewer than 18 days


Record-seeking crew could pass through Lansing Sunday ... As of Tuesday, May 4, the four men pictured above have launched an effort to set a new Guinness Book of World Records standard for paddling a canoe the entire 2300-mile length of the Mississippi River. Picture above, left to right, are Joel Ford, Scott Miller, Adam Macht and Perry Whitaker. According to their itinerary, the group will be venturing past Lansing and Harpers Ferry sometime between May 9-10, if all goes as they initially have planned. Submitted photo.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

People who live near the Upper Mississippi River in northeast Iowa tend to know a lot about that river.

They know about its long (and, increasingly, long-ago) history of commercial fishing, and many of them have their own favorite fishing spots among the great river’s “lakes” and backwaters; their local media provides river levels throughout the season, alongside other news and informational reports. They think of the first barge the way other people think of the first robin - as a sure sign that spring has arrived.

But here’s a fact even many river town dwellers may not know: The Guinness World Record for paddling by canoe the 2,300-mile length of the Mississippi River is 18 days, four hours and 51 minutes - set in 2003, by Bob Bradford and Clark Eid.

Wed
28
Apr

Kee High School 2021 Prom Royalty...

Kee High School seniors Mado Shako (left) and Owen Henkes (right) were selected as the 2021 Kee High School Prom Queen and King at the annual event held Saturday, April 24. Shako was selected from a Queen court that also consisted of fellow seniors Jaiden Berns, Rhissa Eiden and Alexis Johnson. Henkes was chosen from a King court that also included fellow seniors Jesse Jones, Kellen Maddox and Michael Mattson. Photo courtesy of DW Photography.

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Apr

Waukon High School 2021 Prom Royalty...

Waukon High School seniors Hailey Fahey (left) and Ryan VanderVelden (right) were selected as the 2021 Waukon High School Prom Queen and King at the annual event held Saturday, April 24. Fahey was selected from a Queen court that also consisted of fellow seniors Hayley Christensen, Bailey Shafer and Madelyn Waters. VanderVelden was chosen from a King court that also included fellow seniors Denzel Decker, Daniel Gruman and Brennan Sweeney.

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Apr

Pair of Waukon High School graduates share their experiences after returning home from serving with the Iowa National Guard in Kuwait


Family reunion ... The family of 2015 Waukon High School graduate Adam Benzing greeted him at the airport in Waterloo upon his April 7 return from deployment in Kuwait with the Iowa National Guard. Pictured above at that reunion are, left to right, Bruce, Tyler, Adam, Leah, Carter and Nathan Benzing. Submitted photo.

Proud mother ... Andrew Miller, a 2018 graduate of Waukon High School, shares a hug with his mother, Maria Baker of Waukon, following his arrival at the Waterloo Airport April 7 after he returned from deployment overseas with the Iowa National Guard. Miller was serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment in Kuwait for the past 11 months. Submitted photo.

Harpers Ferry hometown welcome ... Family, friends and community members from Harpers Ferry turned out Wednesday evening, April 7 to welcome home a Harpers Ferry native son, 2015 Waukon High School graduate Adam Benzing, following his return from an overseas deployment with the Iowa National Guard. Benzing, pictured in the olive green hooded sweatshirt in the middle of the photo, had been serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment in Kuwait for the past 11 months. After his family picked him up at the Waterloo Airport earlier that Friday, Benzing returned to his native Harpers Ferry that evening to this hometown welcome arranged by his parents. Submitted photo courtesy of Cindy Heffern.

Family welcome ... Family members and friends of 2018 Waukon High School graduate Andrew Miller welcomed him home following his arrival both at the Waterloo Airport and his family’s home in Waukon as he returned from his 11-month deployment in Kuwait with the Iowa National Guard April 7. Pictured directly above, Miller shares a moment with his father, Ryan Baker of Waukon, in front of the family’s home in Waukon. Pictured at right above, Miller wraps his arms around his siblings, Ethan, London and Colten Baker (left to right), after his arrival at the airport in Waterloo. Submitted photos.

by Kelli Boylen

Two Waukon High School (WHS) graduates recently returned from spending nearly 11 months in Kuwait with the Iowa National Guard. Adam Benzing, a 2015 WHS graduate, of Harpers Ferry, and Andrew Miller, a 2018 WHS graduate, of Cedar Rapids, recently shared some of the experiences of their deployment.

Benzing, Miller and other members of the Iowa National Guard were deployed May 28, 2020 and returned home earlier this month, April 7. The unit Benzing belongs to is headquartered out of Oelwein, and Miller is based out of Waterloo.

Although the two of them were both deployed at the same time and are both members of the Iowa National Guard Company C, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, they belong to different units within the regiment and did not get the opportunity to interact during their time there, nor did they know each other in school.

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Apr

Allamakee County Dairy Banquet scheduled for June 12

The Allamakee County Dairy Promotion Board has scheduled its 2021 Allamakee County Dairy Banquet for Saturday, June 12 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion. The meal will be served from 7-8:30 p.m. and the awards program starts at 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

The annual Allamakee County Dairy Banquet celebration recognizes the importance of the dairy industry in Allamakee County and the contributions dairy families make to this important industry. Every year top producers from the county are recognized at the banquet. In addition, several other awards are presented that evening.

The 2021 Allamakee County Dairy Princess will also be crowned. Additional information about this year’s Allamakee County Dairy Princess application deadline can be found on Page 2 of this edition of The Standard.

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21
Apr

Waukon High School 2021 Prom Queen and King candidates ...

The 2021 Waukon High School Prom is scheduled to be held this Saturday, April 24 at the Waukon Middle School gymnasium. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. Grand March, with no limit to the number of guests a Prom participant may invite to the Grand March but masks being required to be worn at all times by all in attendance. Students participating in Prom may remove their masks during the Grand March procession only.

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 Prom dance. Students need to be present and attend both the dance and Post Prom event to be eligible for prizes at the Post Prom event being held in the Waukon High School gymnasium. Post Prom will offer a variety of activities, including games, contests and a hypnotist, and will take place following the Prom dance, from 11 p.m.-3:30 a.m.

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Apr

Kee High School 2021 Prom Queen and King candidates ...

The 2021 Kee High School Prom is scheduled for this Saturday, April 24. Pictured at left are the senior class Queen and King candidates for the annual event. Left to right - Front row: Queen candidates Mado Shako, Rhissa Eiden, Alexis Johnson, Jaiden Berns; Back row: King candidates Owen Henkes, Michael Mattson, Kellen Maddox, Jesse Jones. The annual banquet will be held at TJ Hunter’s Banquet Hall on Main Street in Lansing at 5:30 p.m. The dance will take place from 8-11:30 p.m. in the banquet hall.

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Apr

A classic return to the stage: Waukon High School’s weekend performance of “West Side Story” benefits from experience and passion of all involved


Preparing for the performance ... Waukon High School students rehearse one of the scenes from the musical production West Side Story they performed this past weekend in the Waukon High School auditorium. In addition to the directive guidance of the Waukon High School Musical Theatre Department staff, students also benefited from the experience and passion a number of local theater enthusiasts have with the production. Photo submitted by Sarah Bieber.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

Everyone involved with this project knew it was going to be a big deal.

Not only is the musical, West Side Story, one of the most enduringly beloved in American theatre - with almost every song from the score now considered a standard; but this weekend’s past performance of that timeless classic at Waukon High School was also the first live musical theatre production in the local area since the COVID-19 pandemic had put the arts, like everything else, into lock-down last year.

Wed
14
Apr

Several factors fall into place to prevent fire at Steel Cow from being much worse


Called into service ... The aerial ladder truck from the Decorah Fire Department was called in by Waukon fire officials as an early precautionary measure in the Tuesday, April 6 fire at Steel Cow on Allamakee Street in Waukon. As evident in the photo above, the truck was put to use in accessing the roof of the building, where firefighters breached a hole in the northeast corner to make sure no flames or fire remnants had made their way to the roof.

Back attack ... The northeast interior corner toward the back of the Steel Cow building on Allamakee Street in Waukon is where fire officials have reported as the area of origin of the Tuesday, April 6 fire in the building. Although smoke can be seen in the photo above billowing out of upper floor windows in the rear of the building, Waukon fire officials say the flames were contained to the main floor near the back of the building, where the fire started, thanks to a number of positives that came into play and prevented the fire from being much worse, such as early detection and recognition of the fire location, along with fire mitigation measures implemented in the building’s remodeling.

If there can ever be a consideration of feeling fortunate when experiencing a building fire, those involved in a Tuesday, April 6 blaze that broke out at Steel Cow on Allamakee Street in Waukon would likely consider themselves among those fortunate ranks.

Business and building owners Josh and Val Miller of Waukon note the most fortunate aspect of the incident was that no injuries were suffered, as no one was in the building at the time of the fire and crews worked quickly and efficiently to extinguish the blaze. Aside from the fire having to happen at all, the fortuitous momentum of the fire damage being as limited as it was could also be carried over into how the event unfolded from the very beginning - and even prior to it happening at all.

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