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15
Jun

Survey regarding repurposing of former Waterville Elementary School available to gather public input


Concept drawing of Waterville School exterior; Survey available ... The image above is a concept drawing of the rear exterior of the former Waterville Elementary School building. The image was created by Austin Feuerhelm, Digital Media Marketing Coordinator at Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) and offers just one concept that is hoped will inspire business owners, entrepreneurs or Waterville area community members into ideas for possible uses for the former school building. A survey is now available for anyone to express their thoughts on future uses of the building and surrounding facilities and grounds at www.northeastiowarcd.org/waterville. Submitted image.

Entrepreneurs, businesses and community members urged to provide feedback

Business owners, entrepreneurs and community residents in northeast Iowa are invited to complete surveys regarding re-use of the Waterville Elementary School. Waterville Elementary School was closed in 2018 by the Allamakee Community School District and the buildings were purchased by the City of Waterville.

The City was recently awarded a Rural Business Development Grant to study how the school’s historic three-story brick building and surrounding grounds could be repurposed to foster business development and expansion in Waterville.

“Business and community input will be essential in understanding the potential for this school,” says Josh Dansdill, Business Development Projects Director with Northeast Iowa RC&D, who is providing technical assistance and support to the City of Waterville.

Wed
08
Jun

Train derailment spills coal into Mississippi River south of Lansing ...

A Canadian Pacific train derailed at around 6:40 a.m. Wednesday, June 1 approximately four miles south of Lansing, spilling coal into the Mississippi River. Ten coal cars derailed, but only one dumped what was described as “a small amount of coal” into the river just south of the Alliant Energy Lansing power plant (as evident in the photo above at right by Julie Berg-Raymond). No fuel or other products were spilled and no injuries were reported from the derailment, with railroad crews deploying the yellow floating dams and using other stabilization measures seen in the photo at right to try and limit the impact from the spill and clean-up efforts.

Wed
08
Jun

Allamakee County Beef Royalty 2022 crowned ...

The Allamakee County Cattleman’s Association crowned its 2022 Beef Royalty at its annual grilling event held Monday, May 23 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds in Waukon. Pictured in the submitted photo above, left to right, with flowers donated by Sycamore Floral are 2022 Allamakee County Beef Princesses Natalie Byrnes and Gracelyn Donahue and 2022 Allamakee County Beef Queen Mallory Mohn.

Mallory Mohn is the daughter of Clint and Noelle Mohn of Lansing and a sophomore at Kee High School in Lansing. Her sponsors are S.S. Houseboat Rentals and Mississippi Meats. In school, Mallory is involved in FFA, Student Council, the yearbook and The Talon school newspaper. After high school, she plans to work and own part of the family farm and be an agribusiness manager.

Wed
08
Jun

RAGBRAI will finish annual pre-ride route assessment Saturday in Allamakee County

Waukon RAGBRAI officials say that RAGBRAI event organizers will be conducting their annual pre-ride of this year’s RAGBRAI route within this next week’s timeframe. The purpose of the pre-ride is to assess safety for riders and any concerns with roadways on the route prior to the annual event taking place July 23-30 this year.

Approximately 50 bicycle riders will be making their way along this year’s route from the west side of the state to the east, with that crew expected to arrive in Allamakee County this Saturday, June 11 in late morning/early afternoon at an anticipated arrival time in Waukon around 2:30 p.m. They will be traversing the local route that Saturday from Postville north on Cherry Valley Drive to Yellow River Drive, then east to County Road X16 (Forest Mills Road), north to State Hwy. 76 and into Waukon. In Waukon they will travel Rossville Road to the stop light intersection at Main Street, and then head east on

Wed
08
Jun

Building demolition begins this week at former Luster Heights Prison Camp

Area closed to the public during demolition; Access to State Forest trail system adjusted

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) maintenance workers are traveling from refuges all over the Midwest to begin the demolition of the former Luster Heights Prison Camp in rural Harpers Ferry. The maintenance workers will be joined by members of maintenance strike teams.

The strike team members, demolition project and the new office are funded by the Great American Outdoors Act. This crew of six to eight USFWS employees was scheduled to begin work June 6 and is expected to complete the project by June 26.

Thu
02
Jun

Train derailment spills coal into river south of Lansing

A Canadian Pacific train derailed about 6:40 a.m. Wednesday south of Lansing, spilling coal into the Mississippi River. Ten coal cars derailed, but only one tipped coal into the river (as pictured below in The Standard Newspaper photo by Julie Berg-Raymond). An unknown amount of coal spilled about 4 miles south of Lansing, just south of the Lansing power plant. No fuel or other products were spilled. Staff from Canadian Pacific Railroad continue to work on the derailment. Iowa DNR staff will monitor clean-up activities and consider appropriate enforcement action.

Further details and photos will be printed in the June 8 edition of The Standard. You can subscribe to The Standard's print edition or e-edition by clicking here.

Wed
01
Jun

Voters will head to the polls June 7 for 2022 Primary Election

Tuesday, June 7 will be the Primary Election to determine which candidates will be representing their respective political parties in the 2022 General Election in November. A Public Notice of Election listing all candidates on this year’s Primary Election ballot for the respective races in each of the Republican and Democratic parties was published on Page 24 in the May 25 issue of this newspaper, listing races at the Federal, State and County levels of government for voters to make their selections in, along with additional ballot and election information, including the polling location times opening at 7 a.m. and closing at 8 p.m. for all 10 polling sites that June 7 Primary Election day. The actual sample election ballots may now be viewed at the Allamakee County election website: https://allamakeecountyelections.iowa.gov/.

Wed
01
Jun

Allamakee County Veterans Museum dedicated ...

After two years of planning, organizing and preparation, the Allamakee County Veterans Museum was dedicated and opened Saturday, May 28 in a brief ceremony held at the new museum housed in the former Vet’s Club on Allamakee Street in Waukon, with many in attendance at the outdoor ceremony and for the first viewing open to the general public, as evident in The Standard photos above and below by Joe Moses. Following the Pledge of Allegiance to kick off the ceremony, Allamakee County Historical Society Board of Directors President George Beardmore noted he was honored to have the flag raising for the dedication event take place on the flag pole dedicated in honor of his father, Glenn Beardmore, and former Waukon Mayor Robert White, both of whom were WWII Veterans. He also thanked U.S. Air Force Lt. Col.

Wed
01
Jun

Allamakee County Farm Bureau donates to Building New Traditions Campaign at Allamakee County Fairgrounds ...

Allamakee County Farm Bureau recently donated $10,000 to the Building New Traditions Campaign at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds in Waukon. The Building New Traditions Campaign is dedicated toward constructing a new, larger all-species youth livestock show barn centrally located at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds, a project that also involves relocation, elimination and transformation of some of the other livestock buildings at the Fairgrounds, with that project well underway and expected to be completed this summer. Pictured above at the donation presentation at the site of the new building construction are, left to right: Adam Bieber and Bobbi Baxter of the Allamakee County Fair Board, and Allamakee County Farm Bureau Vice President Melissa Wedo and President Ross Weymiller.

Wed
01
Jun

Dairy Days Parade scheduled for June 6 in Lansing

The Allamakee County Dairy Promotion Board has scheduled the June Dairy Days Parade in Lansing this year. The parade will be held Monday, June 6, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Line-up for parade entries begins at 7 p.m. at Kee High School. The parade route will then travel up 6th Street from the high school to its main Main Street stretch, then east to the 2nd Street four-way stop, and then south to Center Street, where it will venture back west to the high school.

The Allamakee County Dairy Promotion Board  will be setting up its dairy wagon at the parking lot of Kerndt Brothers Bank on Main Street and serving from 4-8:30 p.m.
 

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