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18
Oct

Public meeting Thursday to discuss child care solutions program Allamakee County is selected to participate in

Allamakee County is one of 10 communities in the state of Iowa that has been selected to participate in a child care solutions program. The program has $2.5 million available to invest within the communities that are able to provide a 50/50 match to access the funds.

An informational meeting about the program and that funding opportunity is scheduled to be held Thursday, October 19 at the Lansing Office Works building, 274 Main Street in Lansing, from 12-1:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. There is also a virtual link available for those who cannot access the meeting in-person, and that link is available at https://us06web.zoom.us/i/87181480659.

“Be a part of the solution!” meeting organizers urge. “Child care is a critical building block for our workforce and economy. We are looking for our county to come together to support this fund in efforts to create sustainability for our providers.”

Wed
18
Oct

Director of Iowa Economic Development Authority Debi Durham tours Lansing, and says she’s impressed by the “welcoming” community


IEDA Tour of Lansing takes advantage of Mt. Hosmer perspective ... Among the group providing and taking the October 11 tour of Lansing were, left to right, Nichole Hansen, director designee at Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA); Christopher Troendle, housing planner for Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) and board president of Main Street Lansing (MSL); Debi Durham, head of the IEDA and the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA); Andrew Boddicker, Main Street Lansing executive director; Anne Osmundson, member of the Iowa House of Representatives from the 64th district; Dr. Sarah Murray, superintendent of the Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) and principal of Kee High School/Middle School; Lansing Mayor Melissa Hammell; and Lansing City Council members Mike Manning and Curtis Snitker. Not pictured: Deanna Triplett, senior policy and partnership manager with IEDA. Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

Touring the Old Stone School ... The tour of Lansing provided to Iowa Economic Development Authority leaders Wednesday, October 11 included visiting the historic Old Stone School in Lansing. Viewing wall displays inside the building are, left to right, Valerie Reinke, executive director of Allamakee County Economic Development & Tourism (ACED); Main Street Lansing (MSL) Executive Director Andrew Boddicker; and Debi Durham, head of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA). Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

By early last week, Main Street Lansing (MSL) Executive Director Andrew Boddicker had all his boxes checked for an event he’d organized and scheduled for Wednesday, October 11 - a visit to Lansing by Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA).

Among the checked boxes, city council approval had been granted for an ATV/UTV Mt. Hosmer permit, and the council had also granted permission for Boddicker to clean the front, northwest room on the ground floor of the Old Stone School. Blake Schoh, owner of S&S Houseboat Rentals, was lined up to captain a short pontoon ride on the Mississippi River in the afternoon. Chef Wendi Wilson-Eiden had designed a menu and would be preparing dinner in the evening at Coffee On The River - the restaurant she co-owns with her sister, Diana Wilson-Thompson. The guest list was confirmed, and The Standard newspaper had assigned a reporter.

Wed
18
Oct

Suicide Prevention Training scheduled for October 24 in Waukon; RSVP to attend

A Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training event is scheduled to take place Tuesday, October 24 in Waukon. Sponsored by MHT (Mental Health Today/Matt Howe Tribute), the event is planned to take place from 6-8 p.m. that October 24 evening at Iron Ridge Church at 512 9th Street SW in Waukon.

Mental Health Today (Matt Howe Tribute) is hosting Ryan Nesbit of Alive and Running for a free suicide prevention training. Nesbit is a certified trainer of QPR’s “industry leading approach to suicide prevention.” QPR, just like CPR, is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives.

Wed
11
Oct

Honored to honor: U.S. Navy Veteran Chuck Bloxham of Waukon participates in wreath laying event at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier


Honored to honor ... Chuck Bloxham of Waukon (center of three individuals in the photo foreground above) had the honor of laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during an Iowa Veterans Memorial Tour to Washington, DC in early September. A U.S. Navy Veteran, Bloxham is pictured above laying the wreath with U.S. Army Veteran Richard Murray of Decorah (far left) after the two were selected to perform the honor. Submitted photo.

At the WWII Memorial ... U.S. Navy Veteran Chuck Bloxham of Waukon is pictured above standing next to the Iowa pillar of the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC during an Iowa Veterans Memorial Tour he was part of in early September. During the tour, Bloxham was one of four veterans selected to perform the honor of laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Solder at Arlington National Cemetery. Submitted photo.

by David M. Johnson

The society and culture of this nation has always had a special reverence for the deceased, almost unwritten rules that determine what respect is to be shown and practiced when it comes to the deceased and their burial. Burial plots of deceased family and ancestors are held in reverence, the gravestone markers are visited and decorated at least once a year, if not more. The gravestone memorials of heroes and leaders are held in even greater esteem.

At Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, DC can be found acre after acre of the burial plots of many of this nation’s fallen veterans representing all branches of military service. Many were killed in battle, many were not. In this awe-inspiring piece of ground there is a particular setting that overlooks that national cemetery.

Wed
11
Oct

Alumni, former staff will observe 50th anniversary of the closing of St. George High School with All-School Reunion this Sunday


A page in time ... The image above shows a page from the 1963 publication of “The Shield,” the annual yearbook of St. George High School. The former parochial school that served students from not only the Allamakee County area but also from across the river in Wisconsin opened in 1957 and graduated its final class in the spring of 1973. Submitted image.

Continues to be used as a school facility ... The former St. George High School building pictured above for a page in the school yearbook was constructed in 1965 to accommodate the growing needs of the school. The building still remains at its Main Street location in Lansing, just west of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, and has been used by the Eastern Allamakee Community School District as a middle school facility and, most recently, the school district’s Kee Connect facility. Submitted photo.

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the closing of St. George High School in Lansing. Alumni of the former high school have been organizing a reunion of all its former students that is scheduled for this Sunday, October 15. Further details of that reunion event appear in a shaded box accompanying this article elsewhere in this week’s edition of The Standard.

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
According to information available at www.holyfamilyofthebluffs.org, the first parochial school associated with Immaculate Conception Parish in Lansing began in 1874. In the early 1900s, a new school was built and the parish purchased the brewery next to the church and eventually converted it into a school as well. The first class graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in 1914.

Wed
11
Oct

Lansing man convicted of murder seeks new trial

A Lansing man convicted of second-degree murder by an Allamakee County jury in August of this year is seeking a new trial, according to documents filed Monday, October 2 in Allamakee County District Court. Following investigation into the May 9, 2022 death of 83-year-old Daniel Lundy of Lansing, Andrew Karvel, now age 66, of Lansing was arrested by the Lansing/New Albin Police Department in August of 2022 and originally charged with first-degree murder, a Class A felony, for what was alleged at the time to be the strangulation death of Lundy in the Lansing residence the two men shared.

In the trial that took place a year after his arrest, that jury found Karvel guilty of second-degree murder. His sentencing date had been scheduled for October 23.

Wed
11
Oct

Public meeting October 19 to discuss child care solutions program Allamakee County is selected to participate in

Allamakee County is one of 10 communities in the state of Iowa that has been selected to participate in a child care solutions program. The program has $2.5 million available to invest within the communities that are able to provide a 50/50 match to access the funds.

An informational meeting about the program and that funding opportunity is scheduled to be held Thursday, October 19 at the Lansing Office Works building, 274 Main Street in Lansing, from 12-1:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. There is also a virtual link available for those who cannot access the meeting in-person, and that link is available at https://us06web.zoom.us/i/87181480659.

“Be a part of the solution!” meeting organizers urge. “Child care is a critical building block for our workforce and economy. We are looking for our county to come together to support this fund in efforts to create sustainability for our providers.”

Wed
04
Oct

Fields of Faith 2023 in Waukon Wednesday to feature area native and founder of non-profit serving widows, orphans

JT Olson ...
JT Olson ...

Everyone is invited to join area youth on athletic fields across the nation Wednesday, October 4 in sharing their Christian faith with fellow students and the general public for this year’s Fields of Faith event. The local event is now in its 12th year and will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Waukon High School football field Wednesday, October 4, or in the Waukon High School gym in the event of bad weather.

Featured speaker for this year’s Fields of Faith event in Waukon will be Harpers Ferry area native Jeff (JT) Olson, who is the founder and executive director of Both Hands Foundation, a faith-based non-profit serving orphans and widows. With over 153 million orphans worldwide and the costs of adoption on the rise, the mission of the organization is to fulfill the message of James 1:27 by serving orphans, widows and Christian adoptive families.

Wed
04
Oct

Friday morning implosion event brings down smokestack and bag house at decommissioned Alliant Energy Lansing Generating Station


Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond

Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond

Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond

Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond

Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond

Friday, September 29 the most physical evidence of the end of a local era took place when a planned implosion event brought down the 492-foot tall smokestack and an adjacent bag house at the Alliant Energy Lansing Generating Station just south of Lansing along Great River Road. The facility had been decommissioned in December 2022, providing its final electric power to customers after more than 70 years in operation.

The implosion event (pictured in the surrounding photos) involved a large booming sound that is reported to have been heard for several miles, followed by a loud crashing noise and large cloud of dust and smoke as the smokestack and bag house structures collapsed within themselves into a planned demolition area. Alliant Energy spokesperson Morgan Hawk said the implosion “was successful and went as planned.”

Wed
04
Oct

Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) Pete Hjelmstad answers some questions about the bridge project at Lansing


Construction trailers moved in for bridge project ... The property where the former Clancy’s Supper Club was located at the corner of Main Street and Front Street in Lansing has recently been occupied by the installation of several mobile home-type structures. Those buildings will be used as office space for the contractor of the Black Hawk Bridge replacement project, as well as the Iowa Department of Transportation. The structures are expected to be in place through the year 2027, until the project is completed. Photo by Robert Raymond.

This is the first article in a series that aims to provide occasional updates on the bridge replacement project at Lansing. Purposes of the series include a) addressing questions and rumors that might arise within the community as the project progresses - particularly for those who do not use the Internet and social media as their primary source of area news; b) directing people to the website developed by the Iowa and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation and to the project’s Facebook page, where those interested can access the latest information and sign up to receive project updates via email; and c) offering periodic feature articles that take a closer look at various aspects of the project as it continues to develop.

Readers are encouraged to send ideas for feature and human-interest stories related to the bridge project to The Standard at news@waukonstandard.com.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

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