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Accident north of Postville claims life of Luana man

The Allamakee County Sheriff's Department received a report of an overturned vehicle Friday, March 13 at 7:10 p.m. The vehicle was located beneath a bridge on State Highway 51 three miles north of Postville. The lone occupant of the vehicle, 26-year-old Salvador Maldonado of Luana, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Sheriff's Department reported that the vehicle was apparently traveling north on Highway 51 when it left the roadway and struck a guardrail before entering the ditch and rolling into the Yellow River, where it was partially submerged. The date and time the accident occurred is currently under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol and the Allamakee County Sheriff's Department.
Assisting at the scene of the accident were the Iowa State Patrol, Postville Police Department, Postville Fire Department, Postville Ambulance Service and Veterans Memorial Hospital staff.
 

Wed
18
Mar

St. Patrick's Parade 2015 "barrels of fun" for many

Much like the variety of clouds and sunshine that mixed with warmer temperatures but a chilly breeze, a wide array of Irish heritage was also on display during the annual St. Patrick's Parade held Sunday, March 15 in Waukon. With nearly 150 entries making up this year's parade, those celebrating the event lined the parade route to enjoy the nearly hour-long display and have a "barrel of fun," much like the Blake family parade entry pictured. Additional photos from this year's annual event can be found on Page 12A of this week's print edition of The Standard. All of the parade photos found in this issue, along with many more from Sunday's St. Patrick's Parade, are available for viewing/purchase by clicking on the Photo Gallery link.
 

Wed
11
Mar

"Building for a Buck" development agreement proves successful with Cornerstone Building in Waukon


Real estate developer Dick Sullivan met recently on the steps of the Cornerstone Building at the intersection of Rossville Road and Main Street in Waukon to pay Waukon Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) a dollar, bringing his "Building for a Buck" program agreement with WEDC to a successful conclusion. Pictured above, left to right, are WEDC Board member Dennis Lyons, Acting Allamakee County Economic Development Director Ardie Kuhse, Waukon Mayor Loren Beneke, Dick Sullivan, and WEDC Board members Irv Fosaaen, Howard Van Ruler and Joe Cunningham. Standard photo by Bob Beach.

The initial efforts of the "Building for a Buck" program sponsored by Waukon Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) recently came to a successful conclusion as area real estate developer Dick Sullivan fulfilled the terms of a development agreement for what was formerly known as the Ulring Building at the corner of Rossville Road and Main Street in Waukon. The building, now dubbed the Cornerstone Building, has been completely renovated, businesses occupy all of the commercial spaces available and all of the apartments on the upper floors have been rented.

Wed
11
Mar

St. Patrick's Day Parade, other festive events taking place this Sunday, March 15

The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Waukon is taking place this Sunday, March 15. The event will begin at 1 p.m. with many of the same festivities taking place as in years past throughout the community.
The parade route will be the same as in past years, beginning from the southeast edge of town and heading up Rossville Road and Spring Avenue to the stoplight intersection with Main Street. Turning left on to West Main Street, the parade will venture up to Second Street SW, where the entries will turn left at the Post Office intersection, travel one block south to First Avenue SW, and then east back to Spring Avenue, turning right at Kwik Star to head back south to its point of origin.

Wed
11
Mar

No positive tests yet as further collection for CWD testing enters third and final week

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reports that test results from the first weekend of collecting samples from deer in Allamakee County found no positives for chronic wasting disease among the 26 samples submitted. The DNR submits samples to the National Veterinary Services Lab in Ames for testing and the test takes about two weeks to complete.

Wed
04
Mar

Award winners at Waukon Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet


The Waukon Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet was held Friday evening, February 27 at the Waukon Banquet Center, with a series of recognition awards distributed during the event. Being honored as Person of the Year were the four Sweeney brothers pictured, left to right: Jake, Jerry, Joe and Jan. In addition to running a successful business, Village Farm & Home, that draws many to town and treats them with personalized customer service in a welcoming atmosphere, the Sweeneys were also honored for their community involvement, including the continuation of the annual Threshing Days events through the 25th anniversary of that celebration and the continued organizing of the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade held in Waukon each year.

The Waukon Area Fire Protection District was named as this year's recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award for the volunteer efforts of its members, making themselves available at a moment's notice to protect the community in so many different ways, many times putting themselves in harm's way to do so. Pictured are officers of the Waukon Area Fire Protection District accepting the award on behalf of all of its members. Left to right: Education Officer Troy Gress, Fire Marshal Tyler O'Neill, Lieutenant Brad Krambeer, Treasurer/Secretary Kyle Halverson, Second Assistant Chief Bill Hennessy, Chief Dave Martin, First Assistant Chief Paul Mathis, Lieutenant Kris Krueger and Safety Officer Brian Bodensteiner.

Named Business of the Year at the Waukon Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet Friday, February 27 was Elliott Jewelers. Pictured above, left to right, are Shirley, Lauren, Shelly, John, Richard and Maranda Elliott, Chelsea Welsh, Bev Haas, Pat Hart, Barb Lacewell and Molly Johnson. Not pictured: Katy Heldt and Adrianna Rocksvold.Standard photo by Bob Beach.

Named New Business of the Year at the Waukon Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet Friday, February 27 was Queen Jean Quilting. Pictured above, left to right, are Darryl and Jean Brink of Queen Jean Quilting. Standard photo by Bob Beach.

Waukon Chamber of Commerce member businesses and organizations observing years in business anniversaries ending in five-year increments this year were honored at the Waukon Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet Friday, February 27. Pictured above are representatives of those businesses accepting awards, including: Left to right - Patty Nordheim, Kris Rausch and Irv Fosaaen of Waukon Power Sports (40 years), Linda Bernhard of Cook Insurance Agency (55 years) and GF Mutual Insurance (145 years), Gregg Jones of Gregg Jones Muscular Therapy Center (10 years) and Gil Hunstad of G&S Machine (30 years). Not pictured is Sweeney Real Estate (55 years).Standard photo by Bob Beach.

The Waukon Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet was held Friday evening, February 27 at the Waukon Banquet Center, with a series of recognition awards distributed during the event. Being honored as Person of the Year were the four Sweeney brothers pictured, left to right: Jake, Jerry, Joe and Jan. In addition to running a successful business, Village Farm & Home, that draws many to town and treats them with personalized customer service in a welcoming atmosphere, the Sweeneys were also honored for their community involvement, including the continuation of the annual Threshing Days events through the 25th anniversary of that celebration and the continued organizing of the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade held in Waukon each year.

Wed
04
Mar

Allamakee County Farm Bureau observes annual Food Check-Out Week

In observance of the annual Food Check-Out Week, Allamakee County Farm Bureau hosted its Food Check-Out Challenge at Quillin's Food Ranch in Waukon Wednesday, February 25. Teams of Waukon High School students representing the Little Switzerland FFA Chapter at Waukon High School and Allamakee County 4-H squared off in the Challenge, racing to gather items on their shopping list and return to the check-out counter in the shortest amount of time. The Allamakee County 4-H team won the challenge, but the real winner was the Allamakee County Food Shelf, which had a total of $227.53 in food items donated to it from the Challenge.

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