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05
May

U.S. Senate candidate Bob Krause to be in Waukon Thursday

U.S. Senate Candidate Bob Krause will be in Waukon Thursday evening, May 7 to meet with the Allamakee County Democratic Central Committee. The meeting will be at Robey Memorial Library in Waukon, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Krause is no stranger to Allamakee County. During his career with the Iowa Department of Transportation, he initiated the study on the Black Hawk Bridge in Lansing to insure a long term maintenance strategy was in place to preserve the bridge.
Krause is also a native Iowan who has been a state legislator, school board member, top federal official in the U.S. Department of Transportation, national think tank director, colonel in the Army Reserve, international consultant, operator of a small business, and founder of an active veterans charity. Krause was raised on a Century Farm near Fenton in Palo Alto County, of which he is still part owner.

Wed
29
Apr

New Albin Improvement League to host Drug Awareness/Substance Abuse presentation May 7

The New Albin Improvement League (NAIL) will be hosting an informational presentation Thursday, May 7 on Drug and Alcohol Trends in Allamakee County, with information presented by the Allamakee County Sheriff's Office and the Allamakee Substance Abuse Prevention Council. The presentation will take place at the New Albin Community Center, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Information regarding the growing problem of substance abuse in Allamakee County, statistics, warning signs and a question and answer session will all be part of the presentation. Everyone throughout the county is welcome to attend to learn more about this growing problem.
 

Wed
29
Apr

Bond referendum for new Allamakee County Public Safety Center will be on May 5 special election ballot


The floor plan of the proposed Allamakee County Public Safety Center illustrates that the facility will be divided into three areas: administrative offices (beige-shaded area at left in adjacent image), the booking area (green-shaded area directly above) and the jail (peach-shaded area far above left). The 16,800 square foot facility will house the offices of the Sheriff, Emergency Management and E-911. The jail will have a maximum capacity of 27 inmates in the seven classifications being required by the Prison Rape Elimination Act federal mandate, in comparison to the current jail's 14-inmate capacity in just two classifications. Submitted image.

Allamakee County voters will be asked to approve a $5.1 million bond referendum Tuesday, May 5 to fund the construction of a new jail and public safety center (see floor plan below). An election to fill a vacancy on the County Agricultural Extension Council will also appear on that May 5 ballot. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. that Tuesday, with polling sites and a sample ballot having been published in last week's issue of The Standard.
The proposed facility, which will house a jail as well as offices for Emergency Management, E911 and the Sheriff's Department, has an estimated price tag of $5.6 million, which includes the demolition of the Makee Manor building to make room for the new facility at that location north of Waukon along State Highway 9. The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors has pledged $500,000 to the project from the County's cash reserves.

Wed
22
Apr

2015 Waukon High School Prom Queen and King candidates for this Saturday's event

The 2015 Waukon High School Prom is scheduled for this Saturday, April 25 at the current Waukon Junior High School gymnasium. Doors will open at 7:15 p.m. to the public for the 8 p.m. Grand March, with seating available in the Waukon High School Auditorium. Following the Grand March, coronation of this year's Prom King and Queen is scheduled for 8:30 p.m., after which community members will be dismissed. The ensuing Prom dance will come to an end at 11:45 p.m., and the annual Post Prom event will be held from midnight to 4 a.m. at the Waukon High School gymnasium - a change in location from previous years. Pictured are the senior class Queen and King candidates for the 2015 Waukon High School Prom. Left to right - Front row: Queen candidates Samantha Swartz, Katelyn Kolsrud, Allie Schwartz and Jacqueline Welch. Back row: King candidates Landon Sivesind, Adam Benzing and Jacob Ronan. Not pictured: Brock Waters. Standard photo by Bob Beach.
 

Wed
22
Apr

Kee High School 2015 Prom King and Queen candidates

The 2015 Kee High School Prom is scheduled for this Saturday, April 25. The annual banquet will be held at TJ Hunter’s Reception Hall, beginning at 5:30 p.m., with the Prom dance taking place from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. in the reception hall as well. The public is invited to attend the Grand March, which is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., with a free-will donation being taken at the door. Following the Grand March, this year’s Prom King and Queen will be crowned. Kee’s Post Prom festivities will follow the dance until 4 a.m. at the Lansing Middle School. Pictured above are the senior class King and Queen candidates for the 2015 Kee High School Prom. Left to right - Front row: Queen candidates Winter Manning, Morgan Davis, Megan Vinson and Malerie Mathis. Back row: King candidates Keegan Ahouse, Michael Harris, Sam Hisel and Tom Brennan. Photo courtesy of Kee High School Yearbook.
 

Wed
22
Apr

Local efforts focus on youth theme for National Alcohol Awareness Month

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence has sponsored April as National Alcohol Awareness Month since 1987. This year's theme focuses on early education about alcohol and addiction. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug in the United States and despite laws against underage drinking, 12- to 20-year-olds drink 11% of all alcohol consumed in the United States.

Wed
22
Apr

No new cases of CWD, but DNR encourages public to continue reporting road kill and sickly deer within expanded focus area


The DNR has expanded the area within which they are asking the public to report roadkill deer so they can be tested for CWD. The area (outlined in red in the above map) includes Pleasant Ridge Road near Marquette headed west to Holly Avenue to Dry Hollow to Highway 76 to Waterville Road to Elon Road to Lafayette Ridge Road, the Harpers Ferry blacktop, south on Highway 76 to Marquette. Submitted image.

by Kelli Boylen
freelance writer

Wed
15
Apr

Allamakee County Public Safety Center Committee to host town hall meetings next week

The Allamakee County Public Safety Center Committee will be conducting a series of town hall meeting sessions throughout this next week, April 20-24, in various communities throughout the county. Information regarding the proposed Public Safety Center Project and the May 5 bond referendum vote supporting the project will be presented to the public, and time will also be allotted for members of the general public to ask questions about the project.
All Allamakee County residents are encouraged to attend one of the five scheduled meetings listed below to learn more about the project and to ask any questions they may have about it:
• Monday, April 20 at 7 p.m. - Northeast Iowa YMCA Community Room, 313 West Post Street in Postville;
• Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. - Farmers & Merchants Savings Bank Community Room, 201 West Main Street in Waukon;
• Wednesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. - Kee High School, 569 Center Street in Lansing;

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