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28
Oct

Waterloo man ends walk across Iowa in Lansing, carrying message about hope, unity for the USA


Celebrating much more than just a walk ... Several family members met Doug and Liz Walters at the end of his Walk Across Iowa journey - the Mississippi River at Lansing. From left (standing): Tom McGowan, Kathy McGowan, John Woods, Liz Walters (holding Timmy Too, who joined Doug and Liz on the whole adventure), Doug Walters, Ann Woods; (kneeling): Don Faris, Jerry Stevens, Julie Stevens. Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

Walk across Iowa concludes in Lansing ... At the end of the road, the Mississippi River at Lansing. Liz, left, with Timmy Too and Doug. Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, noting the climate of political divisiveness and partisanship currently seeming to tear at the fabric of American democracy, was quoted shortly before her death September 18 as saying, “I think it will take people, true patriots, on both sides of the aisle to say, ‘enough of this nonsense, we should work together for the good of the people of the United States’.”

Doug Walters, of Waterloo, is a good example of the “true patriot” to whom Ginsburg was referring. He recently walked 300 miles across the state of Iowa, carrying that message, along with an American flag, and asking people to pray for the United States. He completed his walk at the Mississippi River in Lansing Sunday, October 17.

Wed
28
Oct

General Election taking place November 3, vote absentee in person through next Monday


General Election is November 3 ... In-person absentee voting prior to the Tuesday, November 3 General Election continues to take place at the Auditor’s Office in the Allamakee County Courthouse in Waukon Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The Allamakee County Auditor’s Office will also be open this Saturday, October 31 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for in-person absentee voting. The last day to cast an in-person absentee ballot will be Monday, November 2.

Tuesday, November 3 is scheduled as the General Election to determine which candidates will be elected by voters to leadership positions at the national, state and local levels of government. A Sample Ballot and Notice of Election featuring a listing of candidates, polling sites and other pertinent local election information are printed on Page 18 of the October 28, 2020 print edition and e-edition of The Standard. A candidate question and answer series was already published in the October 7 edition of The Standard.

Wed
21
Oct

Fall harvest well underway ...

Fields all across the state of Iowa have provided a view similar to the one above as the fall harvest season is well underway, including in Allamakee County. Despite this year’s unique weather impacts of the August 10 derecho that flattened corn fields in central and east central Iowa, along with varying degrees of drought across the state, Iowa agriculture officials and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) say this year’s harvest is well ahead of where it was last year at this time. They noted the corn harvest is over half completed (65%) in comparison to just 13% last year at this time, and also well above the five-year average of 29% completion at this point, according to information updated by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Monday, October 19.

Wed
21
Oct

Holiday Train will not travel this year, will still donate to food banks


Not traveling, but still giving ... The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will not be making stops in Lansing or New Albin this year as it has in years past due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Canadian Pacific will still be making monetary donations to area food pantries.

​Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian Pacific (CP) will donate to food banks in communities along its network and host a virtual concert in lieu of its regular Holiday Train program. The modified program will draw attention to food security issues, while ensuring donations go to all food banks that would ordinarily receive them, including those that typically host a Holiday Train event in alternating years.

The Holiday Train has been a holiday season favorite for area residents in its northeast Iowa stops in Marquette, Lansing and New Albin. Those events have resulted in generous monetary and food donations from both Canadian Pacific and the general public that have benefited the Allamakee County Food Shelf, Lansing Iowa Food Trust (LIFT) and the Way Station in New Albin.

Wed
21
Oct

New COVID-19 cases approach all-time weekly high for Allamakee County during past week

The past week saw the recent rise in new confirmed COVID-19 cases for Allamakee County continue to climb toward the all-time local high for a single week’s timeframe since the pandemic began. The Tuesday to Monday timeframe utilized by The Standard in an effort to provide the latest possible update in case numbers prior to printing each week saw 31 new cases reported by the State of Iowa for Allamakee County during this most recent week, Tuesday through Monday, October 13-19.

Wed
14
Oct

Shep’s Riverside Bar & Grill honored with ACED’s 2020 Cloy Kuhse Positive Impact Award


Shep’s Riverside Bar & Grill is the 2020 Cloy Kuhse Positive Impact Award winner ... Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) named Shep’s Riverside Bar & Grill in Lansing the winner of the 2020 Cloy Kuhse Positive Impact Award at its annual meeting held virtually via Zoom software Thursday, October 8. Pictured at right in the submitted photo at the presentation of the award are, left to right, Andrew Kelleher of the Allamakee County Economic Development Board of Directors, award winner Shep’s Riverside Bar & Grill owner Justin Shepard, and Sammi Scholtes of the Allamakee County Economic Development Board of Directors.

Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) named Shep’s Riverside Bar & Grill in Lansing the winner of the 2020 Cloy Kuhse Positive Impact Award at its annual meeting held virtually via Zoom software Thursday, October 8. This award was created to highlight and recognize a business that is making a positive impact in Allamakee County, as well as to honor the memory of the late Cloy Kuhse, who was a member of the ACED Board of Directors.

Recipients of this award have shown an exceptional devotion to their community and served as excellent role models that anyone can look up to. Past winners of the award have included WW Homestead Dairy, Growing Bear Daycare and Preschool, New Albin Savings Bank, Waukon Dental, Mike Ferring Construction, TASC, the New Albin Meat Market, and Norplex-Micarta.

Wed
14
Oct

New drop box at Allamakee County Courthouse ...

A new drop box has been installed outside the Allamakee County Courthouse in Waukon at the south entrance to the courthouse along the initial block of First Avenue NW. Completed absentee ballots can be dropped off in the black box to the right of the south entrance door, pictured below, and in a closer view in the photo above. Standard photos by Joe Moses.

Wed
14
Oct

Decorah now hosting new Test Iowa clinic site

As of Monday, October 12, Winneshiek Medical Center (WMC) in Decorah is hosting a Test Iowa site for people in northeast Iowa. Winneshiek Medical Center staff will administer the COVID-19 tests on behalf of Test Iowa.

Test Iowa is a statewide initiative to expand COVID-19 testing, with sites/clinics available across the state. Local clinic sites are partnerships between the State of Iowa and local health care providers to increase access to testing in their communities. Local clinics operate and staff the test sites. The State provides testing supplies and processes the samples through the State Hygienic Lab.

Mon
12
Oct

"Early Vote Express" tour to stop in Waukon Tuesday afternoon

This week, Iowa Democrats will continue the Early Vote Express, a multi-stop, statewide bus tour from now through Election Day aimed at laying out the choices in this election and encouraging Iowans to make a plan and vote early. The Early Vote Express will make stops at college campuses, libraries, and other satellite voting locations throughout the state to distribute voter education materials and discuss the importance of voting. Early voting in Iowa started Monday, October 5 and runs through Election Day November 3. Iowans can make a plan to vote at iwillvote.com/IA. The tour will be making its way through northeast Iowa according to the following schedule Tuesday, October 13:

Decorah Early Vote Express Stop — 9:00 AM WHERE: 2042 State Highway 9, Decorah, IA 52101 WHO: Lauren Dillon, Biden for President Iowa State Director

Fri
09
Oct

New Test Iowa clinic site to open in Decorah Monday

Beginning Monday, October 12, Winneshiek Medical Center (WMC) in Decorah will become a Test Iowa site for people in northeast Iowa.
Test Iowa is a statewide initiative to expand COVID-19 testing, with sites/clinics available across the state. Local clinic sites are partnerships between the State of Iowa and local health care providers to increase access to testing in their communities. Local clinics operate and staff the test sites. The state provides testing supplies and processes the samples through the State Hygienic Lab.
Any Iowan can visit www.testiowa.com to complete the short online assessment and schedule an appointment for testing. For Iowans wanting to be tested at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah, the website will direct them to call 563-382-1505 (the Test Iowa dedicated line at WMC) or 563-382-2911 to schedule their appointment.

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