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Oct

Mississippi River Parkway Commission national meeting held locally; Driftless Center awarded National Interpretive Center status


Commissioners from 10 states along the Mississippi River came to northeast Iowa for the annual meeting of the National Mississippi River Parkway Commission September 19-21. The opening reception was held at the new Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center (pictured above), which was then bestowed the honor of being designated as a National Interpretive Center by the group. Submitted photo.

Friends of Pool 9 received the 2017 Environmental Stewardship Award, nominated by the Wisconsin Mississippi River Parkway Commisison for the volunteer work group members and volunteers do in Pool 9 on the Mississippi River in clean-up, replanting of trees on the island and education to school-age children. Submitted photo.

by Lissa Blake

A new Allamakee County attraction is getting national attention.

The newly-built Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center in Lansing was named a National Interpretive Center by the National Mississippi River Parkway Commission (MRPC) during its annual meeting September 19-21 that took place in Allamakee and Clayton counties.

Wed
04
Oct

Think before you let them drink: Allamakee County passes stricter "Social Host" ordinance

by Lissa Blake

Allamakee adults who serve liquor to minors will have more to lose, following the passage of a new Allamakee County “Social Host” ordinance. The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors recently passed the Allamakee County Social Host and Civil Cost Recovery Ordinance, which imposes stricter penalties than the State of Iowa law which was passed two years ago.

HISTORY
When the State of Iowa passed a “social host” law in 2015, local advocates in Allamakee County didn’t think the fine of $200 was strict enough to change anyone’s behavior. Allamakee Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP)/Iowa Partnerships for Success representatives Jean Bossom and Max Grotegut thought Allamakee County could do better.

“We didn’t think, as a coalition, that $200 was enough of a deterrent,” said Grotegut.

Wed
04
Oct

Waukon City Council reconsidering two-hour downtown parking after committee findings

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, October 2 to address a variety of matters, including the Buddy Poppy Proclamation, a service line program by Utility Service Partners and the two-hour downtown parking limit. There were no Public Comments heard or read during that portion of the meeting.

The council moved right into Departmental Reports, with Water and Sewer Superintendent Bob Campbell advising that four of the seven sewer repairs throughout the city have been completed. Street Superintendent Keith Burrett discussed that his department has moved to its winter work schedule and work is moving forward on the department's bucket truck. Park and Rec Wellness Director Jeremy Strub advised that work on the parking area near the Memory Garden in the Waukon City Park is going well and that the Park and Recreation Department is purchasing a used pick-up truck, with an older vehicle to be put up for sealed bid.

Wed
27
Sep

Waukon High School and Kee High School Homecoming Royalty


Waukon High School Homecoming Royalty...

Kee High School Homecoming Royalty ... Kee High School seniors Annabelle Dibert (left) and Tucker Colsch (right) were crowned Kee High School's 2017 Homecoming Queen and King at the annual Homecoming pep rally held in the Kee High School gymnasium Friday afternoon, September 22. Additional photos of Kee High School's Homecoming festivities are featured on Page 16A of this week's issue of The Standard, along with coverage of the Hawks' Homecoming game with Dunkerton featured on Page 14A inside this issue. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

Waukon High School Homecoming Royalty...  Waukon High School seniors Abe Schwartz (left) and Lauren Elliott (right) were crowned Waukon High School's 2017 Homecoming King and Queen at the traditional "Burning of the 'W'" pep rally Thursday, September 21 at the Waukon High School gym. Additional photos of Waukon High School's Homecoming events are featured on Page 2A inside this week's print edition and e-edition, as well as coverage of Waukon football's Homecoming victory over Waterloo Columbus featured on Page 15A this week.
 

Wed
27
Sep

Interest in classic cars just one commonality shared by pair of 1968 Dodge Charger owners


Charger ownership just the start of the similarities these two share ... Larry Graf of La Crescent, MN and Lyle Bodensteiner of Waukon (left to right) each stand by the 1968 Dodge Charger they own. Graf recently had restoration of his Charger completed by Bodensteiner's son, Brian Bodensteiner of Bodensteiner Body Werks in Waukon, and discovered that he shared a lot more in common than just ownership of a 1968 Dodge Charger with the elder Bodensteiner. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

Beyond being classic car enthusiasts, Lyle Bodensteiner of Waukon and Larry Graf of La Crescent, MN have shared similar paths in life, well beyond an interest in Dodge Chargers that has continued throughout their adult lives.

While having work done on his 1968 Dodge Charger by Brian Bodensteiner of Bodensteiner Body Werks in Waukon, Graf became acquainted with Lyle Bodensteiner, Brian's father who also owns a 1968 Dodge Charger. Bodensteiner described his current Charger as a replacement for a car he had owned earlier in life.

Graf relayed his story of purchasing his '68 Dodge Charger in the fall of 1967 when he was 22-years old. The car had a sticker price of $3,500, but he was able to buy it for $3,200 from the dealership in Red Wing, MN where he was employed. Graf said that he later sold the car for start-up money to begin an auto-body repair business.

Wed
27
Sep

Allamakee County Housing Study is underway; Public input still needed

by Lissa Blake

More than 20 people attended a kick-off meeting for a countywide housing study for Allamakee County Wednesday evening, September 20. The meeting was hosted by the Allamakee County Housing Needs Assessment Countywide Task Force in order to launch the study, which is expected to take approximately nine months to complete.

The meeting was facilitated by Sara Neuzil of Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission. Recently, she has completed similar studies for Winneshiek and Clayton counties, the 7 Rivers Alliance and the City of Oelwein. The study invites stakeholders from Harpers Ferry, Lansing, New Albin, Postville, Dorchester, Waterville and Waukon to weigh in about both the challenges and opportunities facing people living in the area.

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20
Sep

Homecoming Week at Waukon and Kee High Schools!


Court selected for Homecoming 2017 being celebrated at Waukon High School this week...

Kee High School 2017 Homecoming Court selected ...

Court selected for Homecoming 2017 being celebrated at Waukon High School this week...

Wed
20
Sep

Called to service: Locals rally to help Hurricane Harvey victims


Left to right: Tim Smedsrud and Curtis Dundee of Waukon with the load of donated supplies they collected from northeast Iowa residents and businesses and delivered to Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas. Submitted photo.

by Lissa Blake

When disaster strikes in a far-off place, people often wonder if there is something they can do to help. And when Decorah native Tim Smedsrud and friend Curtis Dundee, both of Waukon, heard about the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey recently, they answered the call.

“I have this 6’ x 12’ trailer and I just thought maybe there was something we could be doing with that,” said Smedsrud.

Smedsrud, an Allamakee County Sheriff’s Deputy, called his friend, Dundee, who works for Bruening Rock Products.

“I called and said, ‘Hey, I’ve got this crazy idea. What do you think if we take donations and make a trip down to Houston?’” recalled Smedsrud.

Dundee jumped at the chance.

It wasn’t the first time the two men, who met at Iron Ridge Church, would join efforts to help others in need. In March of this year, they were also involved with a group that traveled to Haiti for hurricane relief through Upstream International.

Wed
20
Sep

Andy Kelleher announces candidacy for District 56 seat of Iowa House

Andy Kelleher ...
Andy Kelleher ...

Andy Kelleher, a New Albin resident, has announced his candidacy to represent the Iowa House of Representatives 56th District, which includes all of Allamakee County and most of Clayton County.

“I’m running for the Iowa House of Representatives because I believe that a strong, healthy community is the key to better lives in Allamakee and Clayton Counties,” Kelleher said. “We need to transform our district into a place that not only welcomes new businesses but actively encourages them. To that end, we absolutely need to ensure that our schools remain well funded. We need to make sure our rural hospitals have enough funds to stay open. We need to help communities build and maintain their infrastructure; while we may not be able to make our roads wider, we can make them smoother. We need to support our local farmers along with local business owners. Our lack of population shouldn’t mean we have a lack of opportunity.”

Wed
13
Sep

Waukon High School wins NEIC Sportsmanship Award for first time ...

Students from Waukon High School accepted the Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) Sportsmanship Award from students at Decorah High School during the Tuesday, September 5 volleyball match between the two schools played at Decorah. Waukon was named the award winner for the 2016-2017 school year, the first time the school has ever won the award, although it has placed second in each of the last three years to Decorah, which has won the award the last seven years in a row. "This is my proudest moment so far here as an AD," Waukon High School Activities Director Brian Hilsabeck said of the award. "It's a testament to how we do things here at Waukon High School." The award winner is determined by a scoring system that event officials turn into their respective State Athletic Associations - the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and the Iowa High School Athletic Association - for a school's fans, athletes and coaches.

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