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13
Sep

Allamakee County Entrepreneurship Week workshops are September 18-22

Allamakee County Entrepreneurship Week is an annual collaboration between Allamakee County Economic Development & Tourism and Lansing Office Works. It is being observed September 18-22 this year with a series of workshops focusing on helping entrepreneurs build their skill and business.

The workshop series will be taking place at Lansing Office Works, located at 274 Main Street in Lansing, unless otherwise noted. The workshops are free of charge and may also include a meal or refreshments. The workshop series includes the following:

Wed
06
Sep

All of Allamakee County classified under Extreme Drought ...

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor pictured above for the state of Iowa released by the National Weather Service Thursday, August 31 shows all of Allamakee County, and a majority of northeast Iowa, in the grips of Extreme Drought (as indicated with the red color in the map above). Further information compiled by the National Weather Service notes that the rainfall experienced for the week prior to that August 31 Drought Monitor was no greater than four-tenths (.40) of an inch in the northeast Iowa area, with the average rainfall during that time frame having previously been reported at nine-tenths (.90) of an inch. As a result, the Extreme Drought grew from covering just 5.28% of the state of Iowa as of August 22, to now 17.59% as of the end of August, with most of that Extreme Drought growth coming in the northeast Iowa area.

Wed
06
Sep

FreedomBank to celebrate 120th anniversary with free community meal


Area origin of eventual merger ... The building pictured above in Waterville once housed the original Farmers & Merchants State Bank, which eventually merged to become part of the 120-year history being celebrated by FreedomBank with a customer appreciation meal Tuesday, September 12 in Waukon. Farmers & Merchants State Bank first opened December 8, 1925 in Waterville before expanding by opening an office in Waukon and moving its charter there as Farmers & Merchants Savings Bank. The merger with FreedomBank took place in 2019. Photo courtesy of FreedomBank.

by Lissa Blake

FreedomBank will celebrate its 120th anniversary of doing business in northeast Iowa with a community meal Tuesday, September 12 in Waukon. A complimentary meal will be offered from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon.

HISTORY
FreedomBank, with locations in Waukon, Elkader, Monona, Postville and Decorah, traces its roots back to Farmersburg Savings Bank of Farmersburg, which started in 1903. March 12, 1903 the decision was made to build a bank at a cost of $2,852, and this bank building is still standing in Farmersburg over one hundred years later.

Wed
06
Sep

Wednesday evening accident claims life of Waukon man

Wednesday, August 30 at 6:49 p.m., the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office E911 Center received a report of a motor vehicle collision that occurred on State Highway 76 just west of the intersection of Sand Hill Road in Allamakee County, about seven miles southeast of Waukon.

According to the accident report, a pick-up truck and trailer driven by Cody Bauer, age 32, of Dubuque and owned by River City Paving, a division of Mathy Construction, was traveling northbound on State Highway 76 and attempted to make a U-turn to head southbound. A motorcycle driven by Kerry Gene Nuehring, age 60, of Waukon was traveling northbound and struck the side of the trailer, ejecting Nuehring from his motorcycle.

Nuehring was pronounced deceased at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. The driver and a passenger of the pick-up truck were uninjured. A full obituary for Kerry Nuehring appears on Page 3 in this edition of The Standard.

Wed
06
Sep

Final week to make nominations for the 2023 “Cloy Kuhse Positive Impact Award”

Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) is seeking nominations for the 2023 “Cloy Kuhse Positive Impact Award”. To be eligible for the award, the recipient must be a business located in Allamakee County and nominated for the award.

ACED will accept nominations until Wednesday, September 13 at 4:30 p.m. The award winner announcement will be made at the ACED Annual Meeting taking place Thursday, October 12 at the Waterville Community Center. The award recipient will receive a plaque and be added to the award plaque that is displayed at the ACED office. This business recognition award was created in 2011 to honor the late Cloy Kuhse, who was an ACED Board of Directors member.

“The award was created to highlight and recognize a business that is making a positive impact in Allamakee County, as well as to honor the memory of Cloy and his vision,” ACED Executive Director Val Reinke stated.

Wed
30
Aug

Dates for 2024 Allamakee County Fair announced

The Allamakee County Fair Board has announced the dates for the 2024 Allamakee County Fair scheduled for next summer. Those dates have been set for Wednesday through Sunday, July 17-21 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds in Waukon. Further event details will be published as they become available.
 

Wed
30
Aug

Could be worse, and it was in 1936 ...

The photos above and at right of local bank clocks/thermometers in Waukon both hover right around the 100-degree mark as the heat wave that gripped the Midwest last week forced temperatures into the triple digits and the heat index well above the century mark when the higher humidity was factored in. The National Weather Service logged temperatures reaching a high of 100 degrees in the area Wednesday, August 23 from around 3-5 p.m., although both banks featured above say their thermometer readings exceeded the century mark by several degrees both Wednesday and Thursday.

Wed
30
Aug

Allamakee County inductees into Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame


Amy and Greg Lage inducted into Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame ... Greg and Amy Lage of Postville were selected as this year’s inductees into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame for Allamakee County. Pictured above at the induction ceremony held Sunday, August 20 as part of the Iowa State Fair are Iowa 4-H Foundation Executive Director Emily Saveraid, Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductees Amy and Greg Lage, and Iowa 4-H Staff and Volunteer Development Manager Tillie Good. Submitted photo.

Greg and Amy Lage of Allamakee County were inducted into the 2023 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair Sunday, August 20. Ninety-one Iowa counties participated this year and selected 127 inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Inductees or their surviving family members were presented a certificate by Iowa 4-H Foundation President David Bolte and Interim State 4-H Program Leader Mitchell Hoyer as they were introduced on stage.

The contribution to 4-H by Greg and Amy Lage of Postville is widely felt, said ISU Extension and Outreach Allamakee County Youth Coordinator Marissa Foels. This year’s inductees started as youth members of 4-H when they were nine years old and remained active through their early adult years.

They continued to instill the value of 4-H in their two daughters and can still be found behind the scenes supporting and encouraging the youth in Allamakee County.

Wed
30
Aug

Allamakee County among seven counties approved for Federal Disaster Assistance following Mississippi River spring flooding

The Iowa Governor’s Office has received notification that the State of Iowa’s request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration has been granted for seven counties that were severely impacted by spring flooding earlier this year along the Mississippi River. Counties included in the declaration include Allamakee and Clayton in northeast Iowa, along with Des Moines, Dubuque, Jackson, Lee and Scott Counties.

Under the declaration, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance Program funding is available to eligible public entities and nonprofit organizations in the designated counties that were impacted by the April 24-May 13, 2023 Mississippi River flooding. Public Assistance funding may be used for emergency work, such as debris removal and emergency protective measures, or for the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities.

Wed
23
Aug

Jury finds Andrew Karvel of Lansing guilty of Second Degree Murder in the May 2022 death of his roommate


Guilty of Second Degree Murder ... Andrew Karvel of Lansing sits silently at a table in the large courtroom of the Allamakee County Courthouse in Waukon as First Judicial District Judge Alan Heavens reads a guilty verdict returned by the jury in the trial involving the May 2022 death of Karvel’s roommate in Lansing, Daniel Lundy. A jury of Allamakee County residents found Karvel guilty of Second Degree Murder in the case, bringing an end to the trial that began with jury selection Wednesday, August 16 and ended with that guilty verdict returned Monday, August 21. He will now be sentenced October 23 of this year. Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

Andrew Karvel, of Lansing, was convicted Monday, August 21 in Allamakee County District Court of Second Degree Murder in the May 2022 death of Daniel Lundy, formerly also of Lansing. The jury in the case of the State of Iowa vs. Andrew Raymond Karvel opted not to convict on the most serious of the charges Karvel originally faced - First Degree Murder.

Karvel, age 66, was arrested August 17, 2022 on the charge of First Degree Murder in the May 9, 2022 death of his roommate, Daniel William Lundy, age 83, at the home they shared at 650 South 2nd Street in Lansing. According to court documents, Karvel pleaded not guilty to that charge in September of that year and was originally scheduled for a jury trial November 2, 2022. At the request, and agreement, of all legal counsel involved in the case, Karvel’s trial was rescheduled for August 16, 2023. In the meantime, Karvel was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.

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