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Not much to see locally, but eclipse draws attention ...

The Monday, August 21 total solar eclipse that cast the moon's shadow diagonally across the United States from northwest to southeast provided many viewers along that estimated 100-mile wide shadow path with a phenomenon that has not been seen within the 48 contiguous United States since February of 1979 and is not scheduled to happen again within the contiguous United States until April of 2024. Only an estimated 87% eclipse was expected to be seen locally within the Allamakee County area, but overcast skies made local viewing of the eclipse somewhat fruitless.

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Allamakee County part of Presidential Disaster Declaration following July storms

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds received word Sunday, August 27 that President Donald Trump approved her request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for seven Iowa counties impacted by flooding and severe weather July 19-23 of this year. Governor Reynolds requested the declaration August 10.

The counties included in the declaration are Allamakee, Bremer, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette and Mitchell. The declaration will provide federal funding to the included counties under the Public Assistance Program. A Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for Public Assistance puts into motion long-term federal recovery programs, some of which are partially matched by state programs to help public entities and select non-profits.

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Aug

Sports complex at Waukon High School to be dedicated in honor of Dr. Richard Hermeier this Friday ...

This Friday, August 25 not only marks the start of the Waukon High School football season, but will also mark the generous contributions of a Waukon High School alumnus to his alma mater and its athletic programs. Dr. Richard Hermeier, a 1955 graduate of Waukon High School, will have the sports complex behind Waukon High School that he and his family made possible through generous donations throughout the past decade or so dedicated in his name. At halftime of the season-opening Waukon varsity football game against MFL/MarMac this Friday, a dedication ceremony will take place to honor Dr. Hermeier and name the sports complex that now is graced by a new ticket booth entrance (pictured at right) that is nearing completion and that will bear Dr. Hermeier's name in a metal arch above the pictured entrance, along with relocation of the school's victory bell (seen in the photo background near the center of the photo). "Because of Dr.

Wed
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Aug

Waukon Corn Days crowns 2017 royalty ...

The five young ladies pictured were vying for three separate Miss Corn Days crowns in their respective age categories during the annual Waukon Corn Days event held Friday through Sunday, August 18-20 in Waukon. Pictured above, left to right, are Little Miss Corn Days 2017 Bella Moudy, Natalie Byrnes, Junior Miss Corn Days 2017 Kiana Krueger, Diana Davison and Miss Corn Days 2017 Gabrielle Marti. Although rain drizzled down on and off throughout the day Friday, the weather cleared up by late afternoon for a nearly ideal weekend for events held Friday evening through Sunday morning. See more photos from this year's event on Page 14A of this issue, as well as in the Photo Gallery at www.waukonstandard.com. Standard photo by Joe Moses.
 

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Aug

Jeff Hawes receives Meritorious Award at Governor's Lifesaving Awards Ceremony at the Iowa State Fair ...

Jeff Hawes of Waukon (far right in photo) was presented with a Meritorious Service Award during the Governor's Lifesaving Awards and Outstanding Service Awards Ceremony held at the Susan Knapp Amphitheater on the Iowa State Fairgrounds during the opening day of the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines Thursday, August 10. The Meritorious Award is presented to those individuals who have rendered expeditious service in a time of emergency, and Hawes received the award for the role he played in rescuing a West Union man, Les Keune, after he fell through the ice while ice fishing on the Mississippi River near New Albin in February of 2016. It was Keune, himself, who nominated Hawes for the honor.

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Aug

County Farm land lease, letter of support for new Visitor Center among Supervisors' agenda items

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, August 21 to address a full agenda of items, including the consideration of a letter of support for the Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center's nomination to be included on the Great River Road website and marketing materials, the Temporary Road Closure for Four Mile Drive, and the Contract and Bond for a Bridge Replacement on North Fork Hollow Road.

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Aug

Represents Allamakee County in Iowa State Fair Queen competition ...

Allamakee County Fair Queen Danielle Stock of Waukon participated in the 2017 Iowa State Fair Queen Coronation Ceremony held Saturday, August 12 in Des Moines. She is the daughter of Mark and Stacy Stock of Waukon. Photo courtesy of the Iowa State Fair/Steve Pope Photography.
 

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Aug

New Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center now open to the public


Ribbon cutting at Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center ... Members of the Allamakee County Conservation Board (ACCB) join Allamakee County Conservation Director Jim Janett in cutting the ribbon at a dedication event held Thursday, August 10 signifying the opening of the Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center just south of Lansing on the former Columbus property. Pictured above, left to right, are ACCB members Jeanie Carroll, Dennis Blocker and Marilyn Clark, Conservation Director Jim Janett, and ACCB members Bill Moody and Dennis Koenig. Photo by Susan Cantine-Maxson.

A brief look inside the Center ... Photos above and below show just some of the many exhibits and interpretive displays inside the new Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center. Photos of additional displays and building features can be viewed by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on The Standard's website, www.waukonstandard.com. Photos taken by Susan Cantine-Maxson.

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

Spectacular, wonderful, magnificent, awesome, amazing… are some of the adjectives used to describe the new Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center, located south of Lansing on the former Columbus property on Great River Road and now officially open to the public.

Nestled onto a plot of land where the first Allamakee County Courthouse was established, the new 10,000 square foot Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center beckons to all who pass to stop a while and learn about how this unique area of the country was formed. The new Center officially opened to the public Saturday, August 12 with several hundred people journeying to an open house at the Center to view the educational interpretive exhibits during Lansing's annual Fish Days celebration. Thursday, August 10 a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for over 200 donors to the project.

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16
Aug

Supervisors hear reviews of RAGBRAI® from countywide and several city perspectives

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, August 14 to address a full agenda of items, including the Third Reading of an Ordinance to establish a Pioneer Cemetery Commission, Consideration of Green Valley Bridge funding and the Des Moines Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI®) follow-up reports for Allamakee County, Waukon, Waterville, Postville and Lansing.

Chairperson Larry Schellhammer called the meeting to order. The Supervisors moved into Public Comments, with Executive Director Val Reinke of Allamakee County Economic Development discussing the attendance at the Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center over the weekend with Fish Days in Lansing.

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Public learns more at August 8 meeting about Iowa DOT study for potential replacement of Black Hawk Bridge in Lansing


Replacement alternatives discussed for Black Hawk Bridge; Public comment sought ... The image displayed above shows four alternative locations being considered for replacement of the Black Hawk Bridge that connects Iowa Highway 9 and Wisconsin Highway 82 at Lansing, a topic discussed by Iowa Department of Transportation officials at an August 8 public meeting in Lansing. With the existing bridge noted with the directional arrow in the center of the above image, the Blue Alternative and Purple Alternative running parallel just north and south, respectively, to the current bridge are options carried over from a 2004 feasibility study by the Iowa Department of Transportation, as is the Orange Alternative that would reroute the bridge further south to a connection with John Street in Lansing. The Green Alternative traveling further to the north was a new option proposed for this more recent study being conducted. The Iowa Department of Transportation is accepting public comments on the proposed replacement options at http://bit.ly/iowadot11311. Image courtesy of the Iowa Department of Transportation.

New bridge designs would address river navigation concerns ... The image displayed above shows four alternative designs being considered for replacement of the Black Hawk Bridge that connects Iowa Highway 9 and Wisconsin Highway 82 at Lansing, a topic discussed by Iowa Department of Transportation officials at an August 8 public meeting in Lansing. With the existing bridge design pictured at the top of the above image, its 653-foot main span between the two piers submerged in the river and allowing for river navigation under the bridge is considered to be too narrow by the U.S. Coast Guard to allow barges to navigate up and down the Mississippi River's main channel. Each of the four alternative designs pictured above would accommodate the 770-foot main span required by the U.S. Coast Guard, and any of the four could also be used at the four proposed replacement locations pictured on the front page of this edition of The Standard. The Iowa Department of Transportation is accepting public comments on the proposed replacement options at http://bit.ly/iowadot11311. Image courtesy of the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Public comment accepted until August 21

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

Tuesday, August 8 at Kerndt Brothers Community Center in Lansing, the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) held a public information meeting to discuss the proposed study of the Iowa 9 bridge, also known as the Black Hawk Bridge, that connects the states of Iowa and Wisconsin at Lansing.
The meeting was an open forum where interested individuals could pose questions to Iowa DOT staff about the information posted on a variety of graphic displays trying to highlight different scenarios for the future of the bridge and navigation both across and on the Mississippi River. Hundreds of area residents from both sides of the Mississippi streamed into the venue over the hour and a half time period to view the proposals for the Black Hawk Bridge replacement.

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