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Apr

DNR to host public meeting this Thursday to discuss results, future plans for CWD surveillance efforts

Following the collection of more than 100 deer as part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) surveillance effort looking for chronic wasting disease (CWD) near Harpers Ferry in late February and early March, the DNR has now scheduled a public meeting to discuss the results of that harvest and testing effort, as well as to solicit input and begin planning for continued surveillance this summer and fall. The DNR has scheduled that public meeting for Thursday, April 16 in Harpers Ferry's Ethel Robinson Meehan Community Center, located at 238 North Fourth Street, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Tissue samples from 85 of the adult deer collected during that intensified late winter harvest were sent to the National Veterinary Services Lab in Ames for testing and all 85 samples came back as not detected. All collectors have been notified of those results.

Wed
15
Apr

ACCF endowment funds to pay out more than $65,000 to area recipients at 10th Anniversary and Grant Awards event April 21

The Allamakee County Community Foundation (ACCF) recently authorized $66,510 in agency and donor-advised endowment payouts for fiscal year 2015. This year's recipients of those grant payouts will be recognized at the ACCF 10th Anniversary and Grant Awards Celebration being planned for Tuesday, April 21 at the Waukon Banquet Center. The event will take place from 4-5:30 p.m., with the program commencing at 4:30 p.m. to recognize this year's grant recipients.
Community foundations are charitable organizations that administer funds to benefit their communities and improve the lives of people in their geographic region. Non-profit organizations and community members can create endowment funds through ACCF to benefit charitable causes. These funds are invested and pay out five percent annually to the designated non-profits, providing a reliable source of income to sustain organizations’ operations forever. Any earnings beyond the five percent are reinvested.

Wed
08
Apr

General public invited to submit questions in regard to Public Safety Center project or May 5 bond referendum vote

In anticipation of the planned May 5 bond referendum vote for the proposed new Allamakee County Public Safety Center to be built on the current Makee Manor property, The Standard would like to field questions from the general public of Allamakee County in regard to the project and/or upcoming vote. Those questions will then be presented to members of the Public Safety Center Committee or other officials to be answered in a future article in this newspaper. All questions submitted will be considered and those appearing with the most frequency will likely be prioritized for inclusion as issues of greatest importance/concern.

Wed
08
Apr

No new cases of CWD detected from recent intensified harvest in Allamakee County

More than 100 deer were collected as part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) surveillance effort looking for chronic wasting disease (CWD) near Harpers Ferry in late February and early March.
Tissue samples from 85 of the adult deer collected were sent to the National Veterinary Services Lab in Ames for testing and all 85 samples came back as not detected. All collectors have been notified of the results.
“Landowners and local residents were outstanding with cooperation to help secure deer samples in this intensive surveillance effort,” reported Terry Haindfield, Iowa DNR wildlife biologist in northeast Iowa. “Weather extremes went from 25 below zero to 65 degrees above, affecting collecting success. The DNR greatly appreciates the public’s interest and the effort they put into helping collect deer for the additional samples.”

Wed
08
Apr

Open house Thursday to help celebrate County Government Week April 6-10

An open house will be held at the Allamakee County Courthouse Thursday, April 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in recognition of County Government Week, being observed April 6-10. The event will feature informational displays and refreshments will be served. Eighth graders from all three school districts in the county will tour courthouse offices from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
In addition, Allamakee County Sheriff Clark Mellick has announced that prisoners in the Allamakee County Jail will be housed elsewhere for the day in order to open the facility for public tours.
The WE CARE Committee is also sponsoring a county-wide scavenger hunt. Entry forms are available at all courthouse offices and must be returned by Thursday, April 9 to be eligible for the $50 cash prize. The winner's name will be drawn Friday, April 10.
 

Wed
08
Apr

Easter Egg Hunt in Waukon draws over 450 kids

A larger than anticipated crowd of nearly 500 children ages 12 and under turned out at Waukon City Park Saturday morning, April 4 for the Easter Egg Hunt hosted by Epic Wear with the assistance of the Allamakee County 4-H County Council and area volunteers, and the support of area businesses and organizations. "We had planned for around 300 kids, so it was amazing to have 470 kids register for the first time we've done something like this," said Mandy Halverson of Epic Wear. "It may have been a little chaotic at times, but we really appreciate everyone's cooperation and the support we received from everyone to make it all possible.

Wed
08
Apr

Public meeting to determine interest in ATV/UTV trail system within Allamakee County well attended


Dennis Blocker of Waukon led a discussion about developing a trail system in Allamakee County for all-terrain and utility vehicles (ATVs and UTVs) at an organizational meeting for ATV/UTV riders Thursday, April 2 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. With the large turn-out for the meeting serving as a gauge of the level of interest, a smaller number of volunteers will be working on a proposal to present to the Allamakee County Board of Supervisors in the coming weeks to allow use of ATVs/UTVs on some County roads. Standard photo by Bob Beach.

An organizational meeting for area residents interested in developing trails for all-terrain and utility vehicles (ATVs and UTVs) was well attended at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon Thursday evening, April 2. Dennis Blocker of Waukon, who organized the meeting, said that Thursday's turn-out indicates a high level of interest in ATV/UTV trails in Allamakee County.
Dean Anderson of Harpers Ferry told the group that he and others had approached the Allamakee County Board of Supervisors about allowing ATV/UTV use on County roads and that the Board had suggested forming a group for ATV/UTV riders similar to the local snowmobile club, the Allamakee Snoblazers. That group could then present a specific proposal to the Board for consideration. He said that he has also been working with the Harpers Ferry Booster Club to organize an ATV/UTV ride across the county this fall.

Wed
08
Apr

State geologist discusses impacts of frac-sand mining

by Lissa Blake

The potential impact of frac-sand mining on northeast Iowa would be a matter of scale. That was the message from Iowa State Geologist Bob Libra as he presented to the Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors and a packed courtroom of concerned citizens, including some from Allamakee County, Monday afternoon, March 30.
Libra explained one frac-sand mine would likely cause no more impact than a traditional rock quarry; however, in places like Wisconsin, one mine is surrounded by dozens of others. “The thing people are afraid of isn’t one mine,” said Libra.

RECENT LOCAL HISTORY
Winneshiek County currently has a moratorium on the issuance of conditional use permits for frac-sand mining. The moratorium is set to expire October 15 of this year.
Allamakee County passed an ordinance in July of last year which allows frac-sand mining, but greatly restricts the location of where mines can be located.

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