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Wed
19
Jul

Locals participate in Thunder Rode Drill Team ...

Participating in the Thunder Rode Drill Team event during the Winneshiek County Fair Wednesday, July 21 were a pair of Waukon residents. Justin Berns of Waukon is pictured above riding Buddy, who is being led by Meg Sessions with the assistance of sidewalker Rebecca Anderson. TJ Vobr of Waukon is pictured below riding Lilly, who is led by April Kruse with assistance from sidewalker Rose Hansen. The Waukon pair made up half of this year's Thunder Rode Drill Team event at the fair, a therapeutic horseback riding program based in rural Decorah. Photos by Lissa Blake.
 

Wed
19
Jul

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that Iowa has experienced its first Fourth of July with legal fireworks sales in a long time, and the results seem mixed. There were a few fires, and a few city councils received enough complaints to maybe reconsider previous actions.

I don’t even know if fireworks were legal in Waukon. There was something in a news story, but since I was not involved, it did not register. I do know I heard fewer fireworks this year than in many past years, when they were not allowed to be sold. It was as if those inclined to purchase them decided that if it was legal, it wasn’t fun anymore!

Were fireworks legal in Iowa in the days of my youth? I don’t know. I know the kids in the neighborhood in which we lived in those days, just west of the Waukon Greenhouse, had firecrackers. That would have been in about 1943 or 1944.

Wed
19
Jul

Road closures and other information for area residents to know for next week's RAGBRAI® visit to Waukon

Downloadable pdf version of the Waukon RAGBRAI Map and road closure article is available below:

Wed
19
Jul

Lansing area residents need to be aware of road closures, detours during RAGBRAI®

Lansing RAGBRAI® officials have provided the maps at left and below to alert area residents of the road closures and detours that will be put in place during the RAGBRAI visit to Lansing scheduled for Saturday, July 29. RAGBRAI bicyclists will be entering Lansing on the south edge of town, traveling Great River Road (County Road X52) from Harpers Ferry, before making their way to one of the three final tire-dip locations along the Mississippi River.

The black bars located on the maps at left and below indicate where streets in Lansing will be blocked off to vehicle traffic. That blocking of traffic basically protects the Great River Road bicyclist entrance route, as well as the Main Street locations that will serve as the activity and entertainment center for Lansing's celebration as the final destination of RAGBRAI XLV.

Wed
19
Jul

RAGBRAI® XLV SUPPORT CREWS REQUIRE PLANNING AND PATIENCE AS WELL

As one could appreciate, with 10,000-plus bike riders moving across the state during RAGBRAI® XLV, there is a large support system that also moves along with this group in the form of motor vehicles. These support vehicles follow the bike ride across the state and that supporting crew is made up of approximately 1,500 vehicles of all types who are transporting the riders' tents, personal items and other articles. These vehicles are normally registered with Des Moines RAGBRAI and issued vehicle passes and move from overnight town to overnight town during the ride.

These support vehicles are provided an official route separate of the bike riders and are directed to remain off the bicycle route and not to go into any pass-through towns.  In addition, these roads are marked to assist the drivers as they travel.

Wed
19
Jul

Waukon baseball team has 2017 season brought to a close with delayed district semifinal loss at seventh-rated Dyersville Beckman


Waukon baseball senior designated hitter Brandon Regan takes a cut at a pitch in the Indians’ 12-2 district semifinal loss at seventh-rated Dyersville Beckman Wednesday, July 12. Regan is one of four Indians this season who had their high school athletic careers ended by the loss. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Waukon baseball team had its 2017 season brought to a close by one of the highest regarded teams in the state, as the seventh-rated Dyersville Beckman Trailblazers disposed of the Indians by a mercy-rule final of 12-2 in five innings in the district semifinal round of Class 2A tournament play. The game began Tuesday, July 11 at the home of the Blazers and played through a single full inning with the score tied at 2-2, but a lightning delay eventually turned into a postponement to Wednesday, July 12 after more than an hour wait for a storm to pass through. That postponement proved to be troublesome for the Indians, as after that 2-2 first inning the Indians were turned away in order in each of the next four innings, the Tribe being outscored by a 10-0 margin after play resumed a day later to lead to the 12-2 Indian defeat.

Wed
19
Jul

Kee baseball team earns first Substate berth in five seasons with sweep of three district tournament opponents, two of them by single run in late innings


Kee baseball senior right fielder Evan Whalen chases down a fly ball in the Hawks’ 9-2 home win over Nashua-Plainfield Tuesday, July 11. Photo by Jordyn Burroughs. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on The Standard’s website, www.waukonstandard.com.

Postseason tournament play is supposed to be the most exciting time of the season, and the Kee baseball team took that excitement level even higher as the Hawks played to a Class 1A District 5 championship and substate berth with three consecutive victories at home this past week, including a pair of one-run triumphs earned in dramatic late-inning fashion in their final two district tournament games. The baseball Hawks opened their postseason tournament road with a 9-2 win over Nashua-Plainfield at home Tuesday, July 11 before pulling out one of those one-run triumphs, 9-8, over Turkey Valley with a five-run sixth inning Thursday, July 13. Kee then clinched its first substate berth since the 2012 season with even further dramatics, scoring the game-winning run on the last play of a 5-4 victory over St. Ansgar Saturday, July 15.

Wed
19
Jul

Girls on Fire win gold medal for third consecutive year ...

June 23, eight ladies from the Harpers Ferry Fireflies team traveled to Des Moines to partake in the Iowa Senior Games, participating in the free throw shooting contest, Around the World, and in the afternoon they participated in the 3-on-3 basketball tournament under the name of Girls on Fire. In the morning contests, Judy Kelly of Prairie du Chien, WI won a bronze medal in the free throw contest for her age group. Sherry Adney of McGregor won the gold medal for her age group in the free throw contest, and Georgia Jones of McGregor won a gold medal in the free throw contest and a silver medal in the Around the World contest in her age group. In the afternoon event, the Girls on Fire placed first in a hotly-contested 3-on-3 tournament. The three teams placing in the medals each won two games and lost one.

Mon
17
Jul

Kee softball girls tie State Tournament records in 18-1 first-round win over Montezuma to advance to Thursday semifinal

The Kee softball team tied State Tournament all-time records with 23 hits and 18 runs in opening up their Class 1A State Tournament championship defense with an 18-1 victory over Montezuma Monday, July 17 at Harlan Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge. The Hawks scored in just three innings, but did so with five runs in the second, four more in the fifth, and doubled that total with nine in the seventh inning to take a considerable first step toward repeating as Class 1A State Tournament champions. The Hawks will now advance to the Thursday, July 20 Class 1A semifinals, beginning at 7 p.m., and will play Westwood, 11-9 first-round winners over Colfax-Mingo.

Complete details, including photos, of the Hawks' State Tournament run will appear in the July 26 issue of The Standard. You can subscribe to The Standard's print edition or e-edition by clicking here.

Sun
16
Jul

Diana Ward

Diana M. Ward, 64, of Waukon died Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon surrounded by her loving family. Memorial services were held Monday, July 17 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. Mark Osterhaus officiating. Inurnment was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Waukon.

Diana Marie Ward was born August 26, 1952 in Waukon, the daughter of Lawrence and Rita (Ferring) Ward. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Diana was one of 14 children who were raised in rural Waukon on a farm. She graduated from Waukon High School and continued her education as a nursing student.

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