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Wed
16
Aug

Iowa farmers invited to share input on 2018 Farm Bill

Congress has started to shape the 2018 Farm Bill, policy that will impact farmers, rural residents, and consumers. Iowa residents are invited to voice their opinion at three upcoming listening sessions co-hosted by the Iowa Farmers Union, Center for Rural Affairs, and Practical Farmers of Iowa.

“The goal of the meetings is to hear from farmers about their goals and challenges relating to conservation, beginning farmers, and other farm programs,” Johnson said. “You can ask questions about Farm Bill policies and learn about opportunities to engage with lawmakers. You can help set the agenda for rural America and the 2018 Farm Bill.”

The following meetings are set:

Wednesday, Aug. 23, 1 p.m.
Decorah Public Library
202 Winnebago St., Decorah, Iowa 52101

Thursday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m.
Washington Public Library
115 W. Washington St., Washington, Iowa 52353

Wed
16
Aug

Northey: 2,600 farmers have committed $8.7 million to water quality practices

Record number of farmers sign-up to try cover crops, no-till/strip till or nitrification inhibitor
 
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced today that a record number of Iowa farmers signed up to install nutrient reduction practices on their farm through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s statewide water quality cost share program.

More than 2,600 farmers signed up to try cover crops, no-till/strip-till or nitrification inhibitor on more than 270,000 acres in 98 counties. The state will provide nearly $4.8 million in cost share funds to match the $8.7 million investment by Iowa farmers.

Wed
16
Aug

We did it! ... and we have all of you to thank!

View the Adobe pdf below of the full page Thank You from the Waukon RAGBRAI Committee.

 

Wed
16
Aug

New Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center now open to the public


Ribbon cutting at Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center ... Members of the Allamakee County Conservation Board (ACCB) join Allamakee County Conservation Director Jim Janett in cutting the ribbon at a dedication event held Thursday, August 10 signifying the opening of the Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center just south of Lansing on the former Columbus property. Pictured above, left to right, are ACCB members Jeanie Carroll, Dennis Blocker and Marilyn Clark, Conservation Director Jim Janett, and ACCB members Bill Moody and Dennis Koenig. Photo by Susan Cantine-Maxson.

A brief look inside the Center ... Photos above and below show just some of the many exhibits and interpretive displays inside the new Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center. Photos of additional displays and building features can be viewed by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on The Standard's website, www.waukonstandard.com. Photos taken by Susan Cantine-Maxson.

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

Spectacular, wonderful, magnificent, awesome, amazing… are some of the adjectives used to describe the new Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center, located south of Lansing on the former Columbus property on Great River Road and now officially open to the public.

Nestled onto a plot of land where the first Allamakee County Courthouse was established, the new 10,000 square foot Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center beckons to all who pass to stop a while and learn about how this unique area of the country was formed. The new Center officially opened to the public Saturday, August 12 with several hundred people journeying to an open house at the Center to view the educational interpretive exhibits during Lansing's annual Fish Days celebration. Thursday, August 10 a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for over 200 donors to the project.

Wed
16
Aug

Supervisors hear reviews of RAGBRAI® from countywide and several city perspectives

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, August 14 to address a full agenda of items, including the Third Reading of an Ordinance to establish a Pioneer Cemetery Commission, Consideration of Green Valley Bridge funding and the Des Moines Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI®) follow-up reports for Allamakee County, Waukon, Waterville, Postville and Lansing.

Chairperson Larry Schellhammer called the meeting to order. The Supervisors moved into Public Comments, with Executive Director Val Reinke of Allamakee County Economic Development discussing the attendance at the Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center over the weekend with Fish Days in Lansing.

Wed
16
Aug

Public learns more at August 8 meeting about Iowa DOT study for potential replacement of Black Hawk Bridge in Lansing


Replacement alternatives discussed for Black Hawk Bridge; Public comment sought ... The image displayed above shows four alternative locations being considered for replacement of the Black Hawk Bridge that connects Iowa Highway 9 and Wisconsin Highway 82 at Lansing, a topic discussed by Iowa Department of Transportation officials at an August 8 public meeting in Lansing. With the existing bridge noted with the directional arrow in the center of the above image, the Blue Alternative and Purple Alternative running parallel just north and south, respectively, to the current bridge are options carried over from a 2004 feasibility study by the Iowa Department of Transportation, as is the Orange Alternative that would reroute the bridge further south to a connection with John Street in Lansing. The Green Alternative traveling further to the north was a new option proposed for this more recent study being conducted. The Iowa Department of Transportation is accepting public comments on the proposed replacement options at http://bit.ly/iowadot11311. Image courtesy of the Iowa Department of Transportation.

New bridge designs would address river navigation concerns ... The image displayed above shows four alternative designs being considered for replacement of the Black Hawk Bridge that connects Iowa Highway 9 and Wisconsin Highway 82 at Lansing, a topic discussed by Iowa Department of Transportation officials at an August 8 public meeting in Lansing. With the existing bridge design pictured at the top of the above image, its 653-foot main span between the two piers submerged in the river and allowing for river navigation under the bridge is considered to be too narrow by the U.S. Coast Guard to allow barges to navigate up and down the Mississippi River's main channel. Each of the four alternative designs pictured above would accommodate the 770-foot main span required by the U.S. Coast Guard, and any of the four could also be used at the four proposed replacement locations pictured on the front page of this edition of The Standard. The Iowa Department of Transportation is accepting public comments on the proposed replacement options at http://bit.ly/iowadot11311. Image courtesy of the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Public comment accepted until August 21

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

Tuesday, August 8 at Kerndt Brothers Community Center in Lansing, the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) held a public information meeting to discuss the proposed study of the Iowa 9 bridge, also known as the Black Hawk Bridge, that connects the states of Iowa and Wisconsin at Lansing.
The meeting was an open forum where interested individuals could pose questions to Iowa DOT staff about the information posted on a variety of graphic displays trying to highlight different scenarios for the future of the bridge and navigation both across and on the Mississippi River. Hundreds of area residents from both sides of the Mississippi streamed into the venue over the hour and a half time period to view the proposals for the Black Hawk Bridge replacement.

Wed
16
Aug

Robey Memorial Library completes successful Summer Reading Program

The “Build a Better World” Summer Reading Program (SRP) 2017 at Robey Memorial Library in Waukon has come to an end. The program involved a number of different activities and events for library patrons to take part in.

Family Night was held Monday, July 10 to kick off the SRP. Opening the program was favorite story lady Sue Kiesau and her beloved puppets. "Sue is a local legend with our young patrons and they are always anxious to hear her read," shared Robey Memorial Library leaders.

A special highlight of the evening was a Tool Petting Zoo, a hands-on event to familiarize kids with simple tools and equipment. Keith Bresnahan of A-OK Well Service brought the company's pump truck, allowing attendees to raise and lower a basket of library furry friends by remote control. Family Night was also the start of the registration for the library's 4-Week Reading Challenge.

Wed
16
Aug

Incredible Bats part of library's activities at County Fair ...

Both the Robey Memorial Library in Waukon and the Postville Public Library sponsored a presentation called Incredible Bats at the 2017 Allamakee County Fair. Local fairgoers were able to see a variety of bats and learn about their significance, as well as meet a live skunk named Bella. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
16
Aug

School Supplies Drive benefits Allamakee County Relief Office ...

The Allamakee County 4-H County Council sponsored a School Supplies Drive to benefit the Allamakee County Relief Office at the 2017 Allamakee County Fair. Supplies such as notebooks, crayons, book bags and much more were collected throughout the fair. Pictured at the presentation of the donated school supplies are, left to right, Allamakee County 4-H County Council member Maddie Ellingson, Allamakee County Director of Relief Services Rebecca Hawes and Allamakee County 4-H County Council Member Diana Davison. For further information about the Allamakee County 4-H Program, contact Morgan Bjerke, Allamakee County Youth Coordinator, at the Allamakee County Extension and Outreach Office at 563-568-6345. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
16
Aug

Deal family reflects on rescue and recovery following barn collapse in July 19 storm


Pictured above is the scene following the July 19 storm that blew down a barn on the Dennis and Sandy Deal farm south and east of Waukon, trapping Dennis Deal inside. Rescue crews worked for about an hour to extricate Deal from the collapsed structure, revealing a pelvis injury that required surgery but that he is currently recovering from at his home. Standard photo by Sara Aleckson-Melcher.

by Brianne Eilers

Summertime in northeast Iowa always brings the possibility of severe weather, and the severe thunderstorms that passed through the area July 19 caused widespread damage, including the F1 tornado that devastated McGregor. In the Waukon area, high winds recorded as high as 70 miles per hour damaged trees and buildings.

Waukon area resident Dennis Deal experienced first-hand the kind of damage that sheer winds of that nature can cause. Dennis was in the process of doing chores on his family farm on Autumn Road southeast of Waukon when the barn collapsed on top of him due to the winds. Rescuers were able to get to him and he is currently recovering at home from injuries suffered in the incident that required surgery.

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