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Wed
22
Jul

2015 Allamakee County Fair Royalty

The annual Allamakee County Fair Queen Pageant was held Tuesday, July 14 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon, kicking off the 162nd Allamakee County Fair last week. The three young ladies pictured above were all vying for this year's Fair Queen crown, which was bestowed upon Emily Hammel (center in photo), daughter of Charles and Deb Hammel of Dorchester. Carmen Wille (at left in photo), daughter of Carl Wille and KaLynne Opperman of Waukon, and Megan Leiran (at right in photo), daughter of Steve and Nancy Leiran of Waterville, were each named Allamakee County Fair Princesses, with all three young ladies serving as the Allamakee County Fair Royalty Team throughout this year's fair. Hammel will now advance on to represent Allamakee County in the 2015 Iowa State Fair Queen competition to be held in August in Des Moines. Additional photos of the 2015 Allamakee County Fair will be published in future editions of The Standard.

Wed
22
Jul

Emergency Management Director attends training on crude oil railroad emergencies


The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Administration funded a training course in Pueblo, CO June 15-17 to provide training for emergency responders to prepare for possible scenarios in which railroad cars containing crude oil are derailed and/or spilled. Allamakee County Emergency Management Director Chris Dahlstrom and Postville firefighter Ben Heitland attended the training and will share their knowledge with other area firefighters and first responders in upcoming training sessions. Photo courtesy of Chris Dahlstrom.

by Bob Beach

Wed
22
Jul

Artist seeking stories of river history and lifestyles makes stops in Lansing, Harpers Ferry on shantyboat tour


The shantyboat pictured at right above docked at Lansing's riverfront has been making its way down the Upper Mississippi River and made a three-day stop in Lansing early last week and a more brief stop in Harpers Ferry about mid-week. On board are Santa Cruz, CA artist Wes Modes and his crew, who are working to compile a project entitled "A Secret History of American River People" and are seeking to talk to area residents about their history, experiences and lifestyle in a river community. Modes and his crew interviewed Lansing resident Karen Galema and former clammer Terry Sykes of DeSoto, WI and also enjoyed some of the Lansing hospitality with visits to such places as Horsfall's Lansing Variety Store, Welsh's Village Farm and Home and Shep's Riverside Bar & Grill. Submitted photo.

A rustic recreated 1940s shantyboat, a daring river voyage, and a meticulous archive of river stories are all part of a multi-year art and history project being undertaken by artist Wes Modes of Santa Cruz, CA and entitled "A Secret History of American River People."
Modes set sail last summer on the Mississippi River to collect the stories of people who live and work on the river from the deck of his homemade houseboat (seen in the photo accompanying this article). This year, he and his crew (and dog) started near La Crosse, WI, where he left off last September and are slowly making their way downriver.

Wed
15
Jul

Join the fun at the Allamakee County Fair this week

This week, July 15-19,  the 162nd Allamakee County Fair will be held for all to enjoy at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds in Waukon. A wide variety of entertainment is in place to headline this year’s fair at the grandstand, along with a great deal of other activities for everyone to enjoy each and every day throughout the five-day event.

Fri
10
Jul

BREAKING NEWS! Chris Cagle cancels; Jo Dee Messina is new headline act for 2015 Allamakee County Fair

The Allamakee County Fair Board was informed Friday, July 10 that due to severe vocal cord issues, Chris Cagle, the headline act for the Friday, July 17 grandstand show at this year's Fair has had to cancel his Allamakee County Fair appearance. "While we are saddened by the news, we understand the circumstances and hope Chris is feeling better very soon," relayed the Fair Board in a posted statement. The Fair Board has been working very closely with WQPC Radio out of Prairie du Chien, WI to put together the musical entertainment for the Fair again this year. Both parties sprung into action once they heard the news of Cagle's cancellation and are happy to announce that Jo Dee Messina will be taking Chris Cagle’s place as the headliner for the Friday, July 17 grandstand show. "We are very thankful she graciously has stepped in to save the day! We know she will put on an excellent show and look forward to working with her," the Board remarked.

Wed
08
Jul

Three young ladies vying for crown of 2015 Allamakee County Fair Queen

Three Allamakee County young ladies - Emily Hammel, Megan Leiran and Carmen Wille - are vying for the title of 2015 Allamakee County Fair Queen. That crown and all the honors and responsibilities that accompany it will be bestowed upon one of those three candidates Tuesday evening, July 14 during the Allamakee County Fair Queen Coronation being held at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon to help kick off the 162nd Allamakee County Fair.

Wed
08
Jul

Lighting up the sky on the Fourth of July

The streets and parking lots around the Lansing City Sports Complex and Anderson Park were filled with cars, people and “oohs” and “aahs” as the Fourth of July fireworks display lit up the nighttime skies Saturday evening, July 4. The display in Lansing was one of several that took place in northeast Iowa and the tri-state area over the weekend in celebration of the birthday of the United States.
 

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