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12
Jul

RAGBRAI® XLV BIKE ROUTE THROUGH ALLAMAKEE COUNTY


Friday, July 28 route for RAGBRAI® riders (highlighted in red) ... Map courtesy of Allamakee County Emergency Management.

Saturday, July 29 route for RAGBRAI® riders (highlighted in red) ... Map courtesy of Allamakee County Emergency Management.

As most residents of Allamakee County know, the Des Moines Register’s RAGBRAI® XLV bike ride is coming to the county Friday, July 28-Saturday, July 29. As you can imagine, with some 10,000-plus bike riders coming to the county along with the support vehicles that follow along, there will be a “slight” travel and safety impact on the roads they will be using and within the towns they will be passing through and staying in.

Therefore, I wanted to address several safety issues related to RAGBRAI, including the bike route and riders, support vehicles, the community impacts and emergency shelter and response plans being prepared for their safety. My focus for this first RAGBRAI article will be the bike route and its impact on our rural roadway network, with the other topics covered in future publications.

Wed
12
Jul

Supervisors hold July 3 regular session in Lansing, discuss Pioneer Cemetery Commission, Upper Iowa River flooding and closure of Breezy Corners Road at July 10 regular session

by Joe Moses

Due to the Fourth of July holiday resulting in early printing of The Standard last week, prior to the Monday, July 3 regular meeting of the Allamakee County Board of Supervisors, coverage of that July 3 regular meeting is included in this week's issue, along with the board's Monday, July 10 regular meeting.

MONDAY, JULY 3
The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session at the Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library Monday, July 3 as part of the board's effort to meet in various communities throughout the county. The board addressed a full agenda of items, including Manure Management Plan Updates, an appointment to the Veterans Affairs Commission and the consideration of a personnel change of status in the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Department.

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10
Jul

TAKING A CRACK AT BACK-TO-BACK!!!! Kee softball team earns return trip to defend Class 1A State Championship

The Kee softball team defeated Calamus-Wheatland Monday, July 10 in their Class 1A Region 5 championship game by a score of 11-0 to finish off another three-game regional sweep and earn a chance to defend the Class 1A State Tournament Championship the Hawks won last season. This year's return trip marks the fourth State Softball Tournament qualification for the Hawks, and the third in the last four seasons. Continuing its reign as the number-one rated team in Class 1A and earning this year's State Tournament top seed, Kee will now begin its Class 1A title defense Monday, July 17 with an 11 a.m. first-round game against Montezuma at Harlan Rogers Park in Fort Dodge. Find out more details about the Hawks' journey back to Fort Dodge and what lies ahead for Kee's title defense in the July 12 copy of The Standard.

Wed
05
Jul

Waukon Police Dept. seeking information on another stolen vehicle

The Waukon Police Department reports the theft of another vehicle in Waukon prior to the Fourth of July holiday. The Department reports that a silver 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe bearing Iowa license plate EOK 183 was stolen from Waukon between 11 p.m. Sunday, July 2 and 12:45 a.m. Monday, July 3 in the 10 block of First Avenue SW.
The Waukon Police Department wants to remind Waukon citizens to contact the police department immediately if they see any suspicious activity. Also, anyone who has any information regarding this vehicle or its whereabouts is asked to contact the Waukon Police Department through the Allamakee County Dispatch Center at 563-568-4521.

Wed
05
Jul

Waukon area native Tim Dougherty plans something special in honor of local heroes as RAGBRAI® makes a stop in his hometown


This year's ride extra special for Waukon area native ... Tim Dougherty (center), a 1974 graduate of Waukon High School, celebrates with his brother, Dean (right), a 1981 Waukon High School graduate, after dipping their tires into the Mississippi River in Muscatine to end their 2016 RAGBRAI journey last July. Tim Dougherty is excited to be returning to his native Allamakee County for this year's RAGBRAI ride, organizing a tree planting dedication ceremony in Waukon City Park with fellow members of the Team BackStoppers organization he helps support in honor of law enforcement, fi refi ghting and other emergency personnel. Submitted photo.

Waukon High School 1974 graduate Tim Dougherty (second from right) stands with some of his fellow Team BackStoppers bicyclists who ride in support of The BackStoppers, Inc., displaying a banner for their benefactor during their 2016 RAGBRAI journey last July. The BackStoppers, Inc. provides financial support for wives and children of firefi ghters, law enforcement officers and other emergency responders who lose their life or are catastrophically injured in the line of duty. Submitted photo.

Tree planting ceremony in Waukon City Park to honor local emergency responders through Team BackStoppers

For many riders, RAGBRAI® is exactly what its name says it should be - a great bike ride across Iowa. But for 1974 Waukon High School graduate Tim Dougherty, the annual event has become so much more, and he has something extra planned when the ride comes through his native Waukon later this month. Dougherty, who currently lives in Eureka, MO, has only become an avid road bicyclist within the past half dozen years or so, but the most recent half of those years has developed much more meaning. This will be the fourth consecutive year that Dougherty has ridden RAGBRAI as part of a group called Team BackStoppers.

Wed
05
Jul

RAGBRAI® in Allamakee County

Waukon RAGBRAI seeking volunteers to host riders

The Waukon RAGBRAI Housing Committee is seeking area individuals who are willing to open up their homes, yards or driveways to riders or support crews for RAGBRAI's overnight visit to Waukon July 28 of this year. Local RAGBRAI leaders say the RAGBRAI ride is "very much a camping event," where those seeking a host site are merely looking for a place to pitch a tent on someone's property. "They are looking for a place to sleep and a place to fill their water bottles, and that's about it," shared members of the Waukon RAGBRAI Housing Committee. "It's up to each host whether they want to open up their homes for anything more, like a bathroom, a shower or a bed or floor to sleep on. And there will be plenty of food downtown for them to enjoy, so feeding them is certainly not necessary."

Wed
05
Jul

ACEC unveils new Community Solar project ...

Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative (ACEC) employees and board of directors members held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate completion of the Cooperative's Community Solar project, known as ACEC SunSource. The 100-kilowatt array is located at the Cooperative’s headquarters facility near Postville. It contains 360 panels; each panel is comprised of a primary, south-facing panel and a secondary, north-facing panel. Effective July 1, ACEC member-owners participating in the Community Solar project will begin earning energy credits. The solar project offers Cooperative members the opportunity to power their homes with solar without a signifi cant fi nancial investment or installing and maintaining their own solar array. By grouping solar panels together, costs can be shared and power output can be maximized. Visit acrec.com to view today’s solar production. Subscriptions are offered on a per-panel basis for varying lengths of time.

Wed
28
Jun

Allamakee County to participate in Iowa 99 County Bible Reading Marathon again this year

County residents invited to take part in new format for July 6 event

Allamakee County will be taking part in the 2017 Iowa 99 County Bible Reading Marathon once again this year, inviting people to read 30-minute or more segments of the Bible Thursday, July 6 throughout an 8 a.m.-8 p.m. timeframe. This is the second year Allamakee County has participated in the event, with some changes in location and longevity of the event taking place this year.

This year's event for Allamakee County will take place at the Waukon City Park at the small shelter between the wooden playground and the ball diamond, a different setting than the Allamakee County Courthouse lawn used last year. The timeframe of this year's event has been pared down from a three-day event to just a 12-hour format on a single day.

Wed
28
Jun

Upper Iowa Resort and Rental bounces back from 2016 flooding in time for the 2017 camping season


Upper Iowa Resort and Rental recovered in time from the record-setting flooding of the Upper Iowa River in August of last year to be open for the start of camping season this year, cleaning up its flood damage and making some improvements to help minimize potential flood damage in the future. Among those improvements is the addition of a new gravel roadway (far left) parallel to the existing road and the river, making for easier access to campsites. The existing roadway and surrounding camping areas were also raised about two feet with the addition of 40-plus loads of dirt, as well as sand excavated from campground hillsides. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

After being flooded in August of 2016, the office and general store area of Upper Iowa Resort and Rental was gutted and restored to be operational for the opening of camping season this year. Owners Bob and Kristi Hager worked on that project during this past winter, refurbishing the building to become a focal point of indoor entertainment as part of the overall experience for campers and visitors to the resort area. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

A cabin formerly located at Camp Tahigwa, the former Girl Scout camp near Dorchester, didn't have far to go to find a new home, as Upper Iowa Resort and Rental owners Bob and Kristi Hager purchased the cabin and had it recently moved to its new home as part of the restoration and improvements at Upper Iowa Resort and Rental following the August 2016 record-setting flooding of the Upper Iowa River. The cabin was transported just a few weeks ago from its original Camp Tahigwa location about five miles away, being placed on the new basement foundation pictured above to add to the cabin availability at Upper Iowa Resort and Rental. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

August 23-24 of 2016 saw a heavy rainfall and flood event that affected much of northeast Iowa, with the Upper Iowa River valley in northern Allamakee and Winneshiek counties suffering flood damage due to the six to eight inches of rain reported by the National Weather Service across that area during that overnight period.

As a result of that rainfall and the flow downstream of the more than eight inches of rain that fell in the Decorah area of Winneshiek County, the Upper Iowa River swelled to a record crest of 24.3 feet, nearly two feet higher than it had ever reached before. The Upper Iowa's previous record crest had been 22.5 feet back in 2008.

Wed
28
Jun

RAGBRAI® in Allamakee County

Waukon RAGBRAI hosting June 28 Town Meeting; All are encouraged to attend to learn more

The Waukon RAGBRAI Committees will be hosting a Town Meeting Wednesday, June 28 from 6-7 p.m. at Iron Ridge Church, located at 512 Ninth Street SW in Waukon. Residents and others interested from all communities in the Allamakee County area, including the pass-through and final destination towns, are invited to attend the meeting.

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