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Harpers Ferry Vision for Our Future group works toward community sustainability


Harpers Ferry Vision for Our Future working group leaders will continue to work within groups for the next year to shape a future to make Harpers Ferry a place where young families thrive, small business and jobs grow, service to tourists is enhanced, and a year-round home can be established for an increasing number of residents. Pictured above, left to right, at the June 11 Mayor's Dinner that provided a focal point of discussion for pursuit of those ideals are: Front row - Betty Steege, Darin Valley, Mike Whalen, Harpers Ferry Mayor Jerry Valley, Karen Soper, Sister Suzanne Gallagher and Pat Cota; Back row: Larry Schulte, Lowell Engle, and Kari McCann and M.J. Smith of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. Submitted photo.

by Kelli Boylen
freelance writer

Wed
24
Jun

New Albin Days Past and Present 2015

The annual New Albin Days Past and Present celebration that was held June 12-13 celebrated the community of New Albin in all its past history and present glory with a wide variety of activities. Pictured left to right, Tyson Cota and Alaina Bakewell were crowned Little Mr. New Albin and Little Miss New Albin, respectively, Friday, June 12 in the first time the contest has expanded to include Little Mr. New Albin. Attendees at this year's event were greeted by an invitation to "make yourself at home" by a new billboard sign that could be seen hanging on the side of the former town hall building in New Albin. Photo courtesy of Lori Darling. Additional photos can be found by clicking on the Photo Gallery link.

Wed
24
Jun

Paddle for Prevention effort raising funds and awareness for suicide prevention


Decorah natives Corey Smock (left) and Lance Loney (right) are fulfilling a dream and serving a cause in their Paddle for Prevention effort of canoeing the length of the Mississippi River this summer. The pair will be paddling into Lansing this Friday, June 26, where there will be an event to welcome them and help them raise funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Photo courtesy of Paddle for Prevention.

A pair of Decorah natives are canoeing their way down the length of the Mississippi River in an effort to raise funds for suicide awareness and prevention. Corey Smock and Lance Loney, both 2009 graduates of Decorah High School, embarked upon their "Paddle for Prevention" journey Thursday, June 4 from the Mississippi River headwaters of Lake Itasca in Minnesota, and have plans to paddle into Lansing this Friday, June 26 for a bit of a reprieve from their time on the river.

Wed
17
Jun

Upcoming auction will be final chapter in Ray Sweeney's House of Clocks legacy


Among the many historical collectibles being auctioned off at the June 28-29 Sweeney House of Clocks auction will be the more than 1,000 clocks that laid the groundwork for the House of Clocks museum. The original clock collection of Ray Tlougan of Spillville was purchased by Ray Sweeney in the late 1970s and provided the starting point for opening the museum. Submitted photo.

by Lissa Blake

An upcoming auction will mark the end of an era but should also bring back an abundance of memories for many in the local and surrounding area.
Sunday and Monday, June 28 and 29, the family of the late Ray Sweeney will offer at public auction his extensive House of Clocks Museum collection that includes historical memorabilia from near and far that has drawn local, national and even worldwide attention. The auction is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. both days. “It’s a rare opportunity,” said Sweeney Auction Service.

Wed
17
Jun

Despite weather challenges, "Thunder in the Park" continues to grow

Although weather did have an impact on overall attendance, the annual "Thunder in the Park" event continues to grow and has plans to continue to do so, according to local coordinator Al Lyon of Waukon. The third annual event held Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, June 12-14 at the Waukon City Park offered a variety of new presentations this year, some of which included the medical tent and the blacksmithing demonstration  to complement the traditional Civil War battle reenactments and other trips back through the history of this nation. Lyon said Thursday's heavy rain prior to the weekend event forced some of this year's anticipated reenactor participants to change their plans, leaving the battle scenes to feature "about 30 rifles and seven cannons on the grounds".

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Jun

Waukon Police Officer injured in off-duty jet ski accident

Jeremy Wicks, age 21, of Waukon was injured Wednesday afternoon, June 10 when the jet ski he was operating on the main channel of the Mississippi River collided with another jet ski near Lansing. According to an Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) report, the jet ski operated by Wicks collided with a jet ski being operated by Paul Wagner, age 30, of Waukon. Neither Wagner nor the passenger on his jet ski, 24-year-old Alyssa Petersburg of Waukon, were injured. Wicks was thrown into the water by the force of the collision, but remained conscious. He was pulled from the water by Wagner and Petersburg. All three are officers on the Waukon Police Department but were not on duty at the time of the accident. Wicks was transported by ambulance to Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon then airlifted to Gundersen Medical Center in La Crosse, WI, where he was being treated for what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries to his head and neck.

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10
Jun

Thunder in the Park returns to Waukon City Park this weekend


The "Thunder in the Park" Civil War re-enactment event is scheduled to take place throughout the Waukon City Park this Friday evening through Sunday, June 12-14. A brief description of events taking place during this weekend's full slate of activity appears to the left, with a full schedule, a map and further details about this year's re-enactment events being available in a special publication inserted in last week's (June 3) issue of The Standard and available for pick-up at the "Thunder in the Park" entrance location throughout the weekend. Photo by Bob Beach.

"Thunder in the Park,” a Civil War battle re-enactment, returns to Allamakee County for its third year after a successful debut in 2013, providing an opportunity to enjoy a fun and entertaining family weekend while experiencing a bit of American history. The event is being held in the Waukon City Park Friday evening through Sunday, June 12-14.
Saturday and Sunday admission is free to the public, and all are welcome to attend. Freewill donations will be accepted and applied to expenses of future events. This event is sponsored by many Waukon and Allamakee County businesses and non-profit organizations.
The “Thunder in the Park” event will actually kick off Friday night, June 12 with a performance of “In The Lincoln Parlor” written by Jessica Michna and performed by Lance Mack as President Abraham Lincoln and Jessica Michna as Mary Todd Lincoln. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the north pavilion shelter of Waukon City Park.

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10
Jun

Annual New Albin Days celebration to take place this Friday and Saturday

The annual New Albin Days celebration is scheduled to take place in the community of New Albin this weekend, Friday and Saturday, June 12 and 13. A wide variety of activity is being planned, with a schedule of events available on Page 2A of this week's issue of The Standard.
This year's New Albin Days button (pictured with this article) required for admission is available for purchase at most New Albin businesses and will be available on the festgrounds at this year's event.
New this year will be the crowning of both a Little Miss New Albin and Little Mr. New Albin. Entry forms are available at New Albin Savings Bank for boys and girls ages 8-13 living within the 52160 zip code. Along with the registration form, each entry is required to write a "Why I Love New Albin" essay and a judge will determine the winner of each crown.

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