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Crowned Alternate Iowa Dairy Princess

Leslie Sivesind, 17-year-old daughter of Dan and Jane Sivesind of Waukon, was named Alternate Iowa Dairy Princess at the 62nd Iowa Dairy Princess coronation event held Wednesday, August 12 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines during this year's Iowa State Fair. Sivesind represents the Iowa Guernsey Breeders Association and recently began her senior year at Waukon High School. Beginning September 1, she will assist 18-year-old Kate Stewart of Oelwein, who was crowned the 62nd Iowa Dairy Princess, in serving as goodwill ambassadors for Iowa's dairy farmers and promoting the dairy industry at public appearances. Each princess received a $1,000 scholarship from Midwest Dairy Association, which sponsors the Iowa Dairy Princess program on behalf of Iowa’s dairy farmers. Photo courtesy of Midwest Dairy Association.
 

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Ribbon-cutting ceremony at Lansing Generating Station celebrates completion of project, cleaner air


A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Tuesday, August 18 at the Alliant Energy Lansing Generating Station celebrating completion of an air quality improvement project at the Lansing facility that includes a scrubber unit (a portion of which can be scene in the photo background above) that will reportedly reduce sulfur dioxide emissions from the facility by approximately 90 percent. Construction of the project at the Lansing facility began about a year ago, and the project is estimated to have cost $55 million. Photo by B.J. Tomlinson.

A year-long construction effort of an air quality improvement project at Alliant Energy's Lansing Generating Station has now come to completion and is expected to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions at the facility by approximately 90 percent. Alliant Energy held a ribbon-cutting event at the Lansing plant Tuesday, August 18 to mark the end of construction and official start-up of a scrubber system that was added to Lansing Unit 4, with current and former Alliant energy employees, project contractors, labor leaders and community officials in attendance.
The scrubber system involves a post-combustion process that injects lime or lime slurry into the stream of gases leaving the generating facility boiler to remove sulfur dioxide and capture it in a solid or liquid waste by-product. A scrubber typically removes more than 90% of the sulfur dioxide emissions, according to company and project officials.

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Aug

Waukon High School graduate Debbie (Buege) Harris "surthrives" television debut


Waukon High School 2001 graduate Debbie (Buege) Harris, now of La Crosse, WI, teams up with her survival partner, Bo Stuart of Virginia, to create a meal during their television survival series "Naked and Afraid" broadcast by the Discovery Channel. Harris was selected for the television show following an application process, and the one-hour episode that she was filmed in during three weeks in the fall of 2014 finally aired in late July of this year. Photo courtesy of Discovery Channel.

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

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19
Aug

Single-vehicle accident claims life of Decorah man

The Allamakee County Sheriff's Department received a report of a single-vehicle accident on State Highway 76 at around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, August 16. The Sheriff's Department reported that Mark Werden of Decorah, age 63, was traveling west on Highway 76 when his vehicle left the roadway, entered the ditch and then crossed the roadway to the opposite ditch before rolling over and coming to rest on its wheels. Werden, the only occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident remains under investigation.

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Corn Days royalty

Kateliegh Wilson (left), 17-year-old daughter of Paula Homp and Greg Schwartzhoff, and Allie Bieber (right), 12-year-old daughter of Ed and Amy Bieber, were crowned Miss Corn Days and Little Miss Corn Days respectively Friday, August 14 during the annual Corn Days Meal in Waukon. More photos of this year's Corn Days festivities can be seen in the Photo Galleries section.

Wed
12
Aug

STOP! Four-way stop now in place at intersection of Old Stage Road and Old Highway 9

Two stop signs and four sets of rumble strips were added to the intersection of Old Stage Road and Old Highway 9 west of Waukon Friday, August 7 to create a four-way stop at that intersection in an effort to make it safer than it has proven to be. The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Monday, July 20 to make the intersection a four-way stop after years of listening to citizen safety concerns about the intersection. Of particular concern was the lack of visibility to the west for northbound traffic on Old Stage Road due to trees on private property at the southwest corner of the intersection, as well as rolling landscape. While the additional stop signs don’t correct the visibility problem, the Board has expressed hope that the change will make drivers more aware and give everyone a fair chance of getting safely through the intersection.

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12
Aug

Supervisors attend Joni Ernst town meeting as part of regular agenda


U.S. Senator Joni Ernst spoke Monday morning, August 10 to a near-capacity crowd at the VFW Hall in Waukon about a variety of issues, but focused primarily on the proposed nuclear deal with Iran and the recent Planned Parenthood scandal. More detailed coverage of her visit to Waukon is printed at right in the article covering this week's Allamakee County Board of Supervisors meeting, as part of the Board's agenda included attending the meeting. The stop in Waukon was part of Ernst’s tour of all 99 Iowa counties, which she expects to complete in September of this year. Standard photo by Bob Beach.

by Bob Beach

Wed
12
Aug

Lansing Fish Days was certainly "Rockin' on the River" this year

The 2015 Lansing Fish Days celebration was met with nearly ideal weather conditions for the August 6-9 annual event that included the Venetian Night spectacle that takes place every three years and had this year's theme of "Rockin' on the River" on full display with this lead boat pictured above passing underneath the Black Hawk Bridge. Additional photos of the fun and wide variety of activities from this year's Lansing Fish Days celebration are printed in this week's issue of The Standard, and many more photos can also be viewed in the Photo Galleries section of The Standard's website. Standard photo by Bob Beach.
 

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