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10
Feb

Waukon crews respond to fire at Gus and Tony's

Waukon fire crews responded to the report of a fire at Gus and Tony's Pizza and Steakhouse at 508 West Main Street Monday morning around 9:30 a.m. Monday, February 10. Occupants of the upstairs living area of the building were evacuated safely, with no injuries being reported. Black smoke could be seen pouring out of the upper portion of the building, with no flames initially being reported as visible outside the structure, but flaring up later as the fire grew. The Decorah Fire Department was contacted to bring in its ladder truck for an aerial assault on the blaze and also remained on scene as of late morning. The Waterville Fire Department was also called to assist. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available. Photos and as much of a report as possible will be available in the February 12 edition of The Standard.

Wed
05
Feb

Waukon native Parker Hesse reflects on his first season in the NFL


NFL pre-season game ... Waukon native Parker Hesse looks in a pass during warm-ups for the Tennessee Titans’ August 25 NFL pre-season game against the Pittsburgh Steelers this past season. Photo courtesy of the Tennessee Titans.

Preparing his team ... Waukon High School 2014 graduate Parker Hesse heads upfield after catching a pass in practice during the Tennessee Titans’ recently completed 2019 season. After being signed as an undrafted free agent in May of last year, Hesse was then one of 10 players named to the Titans’ practice squad in September, where he spent his first NFL season this past fall. Submitted photo.

Giving back to their community ... Former Waukon and University of Iowa football stand-out Parker Hesse joins some of his Tennessee Titans teammates for a picture while making a visit to a long-term care facility in the Nashville, TN community during this past NFL season. Pictured with Hesse surrounding two Titans fans at the facility are, left to right, offensive right guard Nate Davis, free safety and Hesse’s former University of Iowa teammate Amani Hooker, strong safety and fellow practice squad player Kareem Orr, and linebacker David Long. Submitted photo.

Former Indian and Hawkeye stand-out shares his thoughts on early uncertainties with continuation of his football career, making all the transitions and helping his team prepare through a deep play-off run

The past year has been quite a rollercoaster for 2014 Waukon High School graduate Parker Hesse in regard to continuing to play the game that he loves, a game that has provided him with opportunities that have been dreams for many but never before realized by others who have put on a Waukon football uniform.

This past year those opportunities reached a near pinnacle of Hesse’s childhood dream of playing in the National Football League (NFL). He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Tennessee Titans in May of this past year and spent this 2019 NFL season as a member of the Titans’ 10-player practice squad.

Wed
05
Feb

Changes at the only stoplight intersection in Allamakee County ...

Completion of the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) road improvement project for Iowa Highways 9 and 76 through Waukon with the installation this past week of new traffic signals at the only stoplight intersection in Allamakee County has brought some final changes to traffic control at that intersection more locally known as Main Street and Allamakee Street/Spring Avenue (Rossville Road). According to Iowa DOT officials, changes in lane usage and in the controlling of traffic by additional traffic lights were made in an effort to improve the flow of traffic at the intersection.

“The traffic movements through the intersection were changed to help traffic flow,” explained Iowa DOT District 2 Field Services Coordinator Pete Hjelmstad. “Before the project, when east and west traffic had a green light, left-turning traffic waiting for a gap (to make that left turn) would hold up traffic behind them wanting to go straight.

Wed
05
Feb

“Survivor” million dollar winner with local ties to appear again in “Survivor 40: Winners at War”


Denise Stapley ... Photo from her 2012 “Survivor” appearance.

A winner of season 25 of the television reality series “Survivor” who has ties to the Waukon area will be returning to the strategy and strength series on television screens across the nation this month for a chance to win two million dollars as part of the latest installment of the show, “Survivor 40: Winners at War.” In honor of the show’s 20th anniversary, the newest season will feature 20 winners from previous “Survivor” seasons, and it was filmed in May-June 2019 in Fiji but will begin airing next Wednesday, February 12 on CBS television channels.

Denise (McCormick) Stapley, age 48, of Marion is one of the past million dollar season winners who has been invited back to compete for an even bigger prize in the 40th season of the show. She won the “Survivor: Philippines” season in 2012.

Wed
29
Jan

Former Shopko location among several in NE Iowa to be opened as Dollar Fresh stores...

The former Shopko location at the intersection of Ninth Street SW and Eleventh Avenue SW in Waukon is one of six former Shopko locations in Iowa that Hy-Vee, Inc. has recently reached purchase agreements on to re-open under the Hy-Vee subsidiary Dollar Fresh brand later this year, according to a release issued by Hy-Vee, Inc. Monday, January 27. In the upcoming weeks, the former Waukon Shopko location will join similar locations in Cresco, Oelwein, Hampton, Dyersville and Vinton in undergoing renovations to open as Dollar Fresh stores by late summer.

Wed
29
Jan

Allamakee County Republican Party Caucus Locations

Monday, February 3 at 7 p.m.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for registration

For more information contact Allamakee County Republican Chairperson Dan Emerson at 563-568-7361

Wed
29
Jan

Allamakee County Democratic Party Caucus Locations

Monday, February 3 at 7 p.m.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and participants must be registered or in line by 7 p.m. in order to participate

For more information call Allamakee County Democratic Co-Chairs Karen Pratte (563-535-7254) or Lori Egan (563-568-1290)

Precinct #1 - Hanover, Waterloo Townships
Wings Supper Club, 606 Waterloo Creek Drive, Dorchester
 
Precinct #2 - French Creek, Jefferson, Ludlow, Makee, Union Prairie Townships
Waukon Middle School Cafeteria, 1059 Third Avenue NW, Waukon
 
Precinct #3 - Franklin, Post Townships AND Precinct #4 - City of Postville
Postville Community School District Fine Art Center, 314 West Post Street, Postville
 
Precinct #5 - City of Waterville and Linton, Paint Creek Townships
Waterville Community Center Cafeteria, 115 Main Street, Waterville

Wed
29
Jan

First-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses scheduled to be held February 3 at local venues for Democrats and Republicans

Voter registration opportunity available at all caucus sites that evening

Registered Republican and Democrat voters across the state have the opportunity to participate in Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses Monday, February 3, providing local residents a critical voice in the nomination process for this country's next president by casting their vote for their preferred candidate.

Those who choose to participate in the caucuses will not only choose presidential candidates for this year's election, but will make their voices heard as both political parties formulate their campaign platforms. Nomination petitions for other state and national elected offices will also be considered by caucus goers.

To attend a caucus, voters must be registered as either Democrat or Republican, but registration will be allowed at each of the caucus sites. Caucus locations for both political parties for the February 3 event are featured below in the bordered boxes.

Wed
29
Jan

Iowa’s first-in-the-nation partnership with VoteShield helps protect election integrity

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate’s partnership with VoteShield sets a model for other states to monitor and protect their voter data. VoteShield is a secure web application that tracks changes to Iowa’s voter rolls and detects and flags anomalies. Iowa was the first state in the country to utilize the system.

Every state considers itself a target for foreign adversaries and bad actors whose possible goal is manipulating voter data. VoteShield is one of the numerous protections in place for Iowa’s voter registration system.

“VoteShield is an important component to help us ensure the integrity of Iowa’s voter data and elections,” Secretary Pate said. “The system is available for all 99 county auditors to use. Auditors know their counties best, so if an anomaly is detected, they are able to investigate it themselves.”

Wed
29
Jan

Supervisors hear funding requests, other updates at pair of meetings

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met twice within a week’s time Tuesday, January 21 following the closure of the Allamakee County Courthouse in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday Monday, January 20. The board met Tuesday, January 21 and met again Monday, January 27, with coverage of both meetings appearing below:

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