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Aug

Waukon Corn Days 2019 ...

The annual Waukon Corn Days event was held Friday through Sunday, August 16-18 in Waukon, with a large crowd attending the sweet corn meal event pictured at right Friday evening. There were no entries for any of the Corn Days royalty crownings, but more photos from this year's event can be found on Page 2A of the August 21 print edition and e-edition, as well as in the Photo Gallery on this website. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

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21
Aug

Results of partnership between ACSD, ACED and NICC to be featured during August 22 public open house for newly renovated Regional Welding Lab


New welders ... There are eight new welders, such as these pictured above, in the newly renovated Regional Welding Lab located at Waukon High School. The welders can do three of the basic welding processes, GMAW, GTAW and SMAW, and will be on display during an August 22 open house featuring the new lab. Photo by Brianne Eilers.

Equipment on display at Regional Welding Lab open house ... Those attending the August 22 open house for the Regional Welding Lab located at Waukon High School will get to see first-hand the equipment being used to train students in the newly renovated Regional Welding Lab that is the result of partnerships between the Allamakee Community School District, Allamakee County Economic Development and Northeast Iowa Community College. Greg Benjegerdes of Benjegerdes Machine in Waukon helped skilled trades instructor Caleb Ferring and his classes design the welding stalls (photo above) located in the Regional Welding Lab; students of the Regional Welding Lab will also learn how to use the Ironworker machine (center photo) to fabricate metal; and this hydraulic press (photo below) located in the Regional Welding Lab allows students to perform bend tests on welds. Photos by Brianne Eilers.

by Brianne Eilers

There will be an open house for the newly created Allamakee Regional Welding Lab from 5 to 7 p.m. this Thursday, August 22 at the Waukon Middle School. Visitors are asked to enter through the auditorium entrance on the east side of the building, and parking can be found in the lot between the Middle School and West Elementary.

The Regional Welding Lab is a partnership between the Allamakee Community School District (ACSD), Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC). ACSD Superintendent Jay Mathis said, “We are so appreciative of the partnership we have with NICC and their role in making this opportunity available to our students, especially the work of Erica Nosbisch. I would also like to give credit to Mr. Dave Herold, Mr. Caleb Ferring and our school board for their vision, hard work and support of this endeavor.”

Wed
21
Aug

Renovations nearing completion at East Elementary School as school year is set to begin this Friday


Exterior view ... New windows give a more modern and updated look to East Elementary School in Waukon. An open house for the public is tentatively going to be scheduled sometime in September to view all the updated renovations to the school that were completed during this past summer break. Standard photo by Brianne Eilers.

A brighter outlook ... Students and teachers will experience larger windows in their classrooms at East Elementary School in Waukon. New lighting, ceilings and flooring were also installed in classrooms during the summer break, with teachers and staff all gearing up for the first day of school this Friday, August 23. Standard photo by Brianne Eilers.

New look to the library ... The East Elementary School library has a new look after the renovation project at the school. New windows, carpeting, lighting and ceilings were all installed during the summer break from school. There will also be a new circulation desk coming for the start of the new school year. Standard photo by Brianne Eilers.

by Brianne Eilers

Work continues on the renovations at the East Elementary school building in Waukon. The building is now sporting new windows, doors, flooring, LED lighting, new ceilings and also has a new VRF (Variable Refrigerant Flow) heating and cooling system.

Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Superintendent Jay Mathis explained that when considering this project the district had to focus on the overall scope and what could realistically be completed during the summer break from the school year. East and West Elementary Schools Principal Joe Griffith noted that “we are where we thought we would be in this process,” as far as the timing.

The East Elementary library has been completed and the majority of the school’s windows have been installed. Several of the classrooms are also finished and staff has been moving things back into the completed rooms to get ready for the first day of school this Friday, August 23.

Wed
14
Aug

When the blue jacket leads to the real world: The impact of FFA involvement in the educational and career paths of three high school graduates


Michelle Winkie ... Photo by Robin Johnson.

Matt Schulte ... Submitted photo.

Erika Johnson ... Submitted photo.

by David M. Johnson

When individuals are attending school in their early youth, they generally do not give much thought, much attention, to what lays ahead after their education is completed. Many may take it for granted that things will fall into place and they will land that “dream” job or became a member of that occupation that the older generation of their family was involved in.

Today, there is more of an emphasis and concentration on early development, as early as grade school and progressing into middle school and then high school. Many students do not just choose classes to “get by” but classes and subjects that prepare them for their employment later in life.

Wed
14
Aug

Faith Palmer of Waukon crowned Alternate Iowa Dairy Princess ...

Faith Palmer (right in photo at right), 17-year-old daughter of John and Meghan Palmer of Waukon, was crowned the Alternate Iowa Dairy Princess during an evening ceremony at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines Tuesday, August 7. Palmer represented Allamakee County and will be a senior at Waukon High School this fall.

Julie Hammerand (left in photo at right), an 18-year-old from Sherrill, was crowned the 66th Iowa Dairy Princess. Hammerand is the daughter of Jerry and Lois Hammerand, and she will spend the year serving as a goodwill ambassador for Iowa’s dairy farmers. Throughout their year-long reign, Hammerand and Palmer will make public appearances to connect with consumers and help them understand the dedication of dairy farm families to their cows, their land and the milk they produce. Hammerand represented Dubuque County and will be a student at the University of Northern Iowa this fall, where she is will major in Art Education.

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14
Aug

Helgerson family honored with Heffern Memorial Award ...

The Heffern Memorial Award was established by the Heffern family in memory of Bernie Heffern, who passed away in 2008. Bernie was very passionate about all areas of 4-H and its importance in the lives of youth and their families. She and her husband, Bob, were inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame in 2007 for their lifelong dedication to 4-H. Each year during fair week, the Allamakee County Fair Board observes families and selects a family who emulates the Heffern family attitude of helping others, working well with each other, and going above and beyond for the fair.

The Hefferns hope that creating this award and honoring a family each year will help to develop the kind of passion and dedication Bob and Bernie showed for the 4-H program. They also hope that it will instill the kind of family involvement that was important to Bernie.

Wed
14
Aug

Fun for all at Lansing Fish Days ...


Photo by Deb Welsh.

The annual celebration of Lansing Fish Days took place this past weekend, August 9-11, in Lansing. A wide range of activities and events, such as pictured above, once again made this year’s Lansing Fish Days celebration a success. Additional photos of this year’s Lansing Fish Days fun can be found on Page 12A in the print edition and e-edition of The Standard.

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Wed
07
Aug

Street paving is anticipated to start by end of August ...

Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) officials have advised that the street paving portion of this summer’s Iowa 9/76 improvement project is anticipated to begin prior to the final week of August, depending, of course, upon the weather. Iowa DOT District 2 Field Services Coordinator Pete Hjelmstad says, depending upon the condition of the roadway, some areas will require milling down to a depth of as much as four inches while other areas will not receive any milling at all. Motorists may have already encountered some street patching on areas of Allamakee Street north of the Allamakee County Courthouse on through the north edge of town by the City Airport, and DOT officials say no further paving will be required on that section of roadway due to that being the most recently paved area of the Iowa 9/76 network through the town of Waukon and, thus, still being “in good condition”.

Wed
07
Aug

U.S. Representative Abby Finkenauer visits WW Homestead Dairy


Rep. Finkenauer visits WW Homestead Dairy ... Iowa First District U.S. Representative Abby Finkenauer visited WW Homestead Dairy in Waukon Wednesday afternoon, July 31, touring the facility and discussing a variety of topics. Pictured above, WW Homestead Dairy co-owner Tom Weighner explains part of the facility’s operating process to Rep. Finkenauer during the tour. Pictured below, Rep. Finkenauer talks with Weighner, as well as Waukon Economic Development Director Ardie Kuhse (photo foreground) and Joe Cunningham of Waukon Economic Development Corporation and Waukon City Manager Dean Hilgerson (left to right in photo background). Standard photos by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

Representative Abby Finkenauer of Iowa’s 1st Congressional District visited Waukon Wednesday, July 31 to tour the WW Homestead Dairy facility. Prior to the tour, Finkenauer was greeted by Director Ardie Kuhse of Waukon Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), Waukon City Manager Dean Hilgerson, WEDC Board Member Joe Cunningham and Tom Weighner, an owner of WW Homestead Dairy.

Wed
07
Aug

Allamakee County Economic Development now accepting nominations for Cloy Kuhse Positive Impact Business Award

Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) is seeking nominations for the 2019 “Cloy Kuhse Positive Impact Award”.

To be eligible, the recipient must be a business located in Allamakee County.  ACED will accept nominations until Tuesday, September 10. Award winner announcement and ceremony will be at the ACED Annual Banquet October 10. The Award Recipient will receive a plaque and will be added to the Award Plaque that is displayed at the ACED office.

Growing Bear Daycare in Waukon was the 2018 Cloy Kuhse Positive Impact Award winner, and ACED looks forward to announcing another business that is making a positive impact at its annual meeting this October.

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