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Wed
09
May

Spring Migration Day Hike scheduled to take place this Saturday in Ferryville, WI

The Ferryville Tourism Council and the Mississippi Valley Conservancy will be hosting the annual International Spring Migration Day hike at Sugar Creek Bluff Natural Area this Saturday, May 12. Hikers are invited to gather at the Ferryville Village Hall, along the Great River Road (Hwy. 35) at the south end of the Village of Ferryville between 7:30 and 8 a.m. Treats, handouts and a sign-in will be available at the village hall, and the group will then carpool to the trailhead for the 8 a.m. hike.

Wed
09
May

Speaker series at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library to feature Zebulon Pike reenactment May 17

Thursday, May 17, the public is invited to hear living history interpreter Don Borcherding of Rochester, MN give a presentation reenacting explorer Zebulon Pike. The free program will begin at 6:30 p.m., preceded by a light supper with freewill offering.

At the time Lewis and Clark were climbing the Bitter Root Mountains in Montana, Pike was commissioned to map the Mississippi River, take a census of Native Americans and find sites for future forts and trading posts. Borcherding will explore the hardships Pike and his men endured, and what the river and the people who lived along it were like.

Upcoming programs in the speaker series being hosted by Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library include the following: June 22 at 6:30 p.m. - Reasons for the Seasons and Summer Skies presented by Carl Bracken, Astronomer, which is a program designed for the whole family; and July 19 - Click by Click Humor in photography by Bob Modersohn.
 

Wed
09
May

Smith is recipient of Beckwith Scholarship


Nathan Smith ... Photo by Elisha Marti.

Nathan Smith, a 2018 graduating senior of Waukon High School and the son of Rev. Duane and Cristina Smith of Waukon, has been awarded the F. William Beckwith Scholarship from the Iowa Grocers Education Foundation. The scholarship is a $2,000 award for the 2018-2019 school year and has been forwarded to Calvary University in Kansas City, MO, where Smith will be pursuing a degree in Computer Science. The scholarship is awarded to qualifying students who are employees of firms that are members of the Iowa Grocery Industry Association, with Smith being an employee of the Fareway Food Store in Waukon.

 

Wed
09
May

Receives Linked in the Library with iPads grant ...

The East Elementary School Library in Waukon was recently awarded the Linked in the Library with iPads grant in the amount of $4,955.88. The grant was written by Allamakee Community School District Teacher Librarian Lisa Snitker through the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grants program designed to help fund projects that advance student success through the innovative use of technology. Snitker is pictured at left in the above photo with CenturyLink Regional Operations Supervisor Jonathan Herbst at the grant presentation. Linked in the Library with iPads will consist of library skills lessons in grades three through five, where students will use iPads throughout the year to create and complete innovative digital projects that bring learning outside the library walls. School libraries are no longer a place where students simply come to listen to a story and check out a book.

Wed
09
May

Letter to the Editor: Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week with a small but mighty gesture

Kindness, patience, encouragement, creative, dedicated, innovative, passionate, enthusiastic, determined and caring. These words are ones that come to mind when I think back on the teachers who have made an impact on my life.

Mrs. Pyle, Mrs. Willman, Mr. Schultz, Mr. Keith and Mrs. Dohlman. These people spent countless hours working to ensure I left high school prepared to tackle the challenges I would face and ensure I would be a positive contributor to society.

As we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-12, I reflect on those teachers who made an impact on my life. I wonder if the teachers I have had the pleasure to learn from know just how much they have contributed to my successes in life. I spent well over 15,000 hours with these people and yet, I am not sure I ever really expressed my appreciation for all they did.

Wed
09
May

Allamakee County Master Gardeners prepare for annual plant sale slated for May 19


Masterful preparation ... Members of the Allamakee County Master Gardeners, left to right, Phyllis Baker, Mary Trebbien and Judy Egeland are pictured above transplanting tomato plants into individual pots in preparation for the annual Master Gardeners plant sale. In addition to tomato plants, many varieties of plants and other Master Gardener grown items (some of which are pictured below as they grow in the Waukon High School greenhouse) will be available for sale at the Master Gardeners annual plant sale scheduled for May 19 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds in Waukon. Submitted photos.

Allamakee County Master Gardeners will hold their annual plant sale Saturday, May 19 in the 4-H building at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds in Waukon from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Since February of this year, several of the Allamakee County Master Gardeners have planted seeds, watered and transplanted many items in preparation for the plant sale.

At one time, Luster Heights Correctional Facility partnered with the Master Gardeners in the growing process for the plants prior to the facility’s closure. The gardeners supplied the seeds and growing medium and the plants were tended to in the growing process at the Luster Heights greenhouse.

The past two years, the Master Gardeners have been fortunate to form a partnership with the Waukon High School FFA Chapter under the direction of Jessica O’Connor. The FFA chapter has provided space and growing tables in its greenhouse at Waukon High School.

Wed
09
May

Waukon girls golf team wraps up regular season with lone home meet


Focus on the flight ... Waukon girls golf senior Carley Sweeney watches her shot in the Indians’ Monday, April 30 home dual with Oelwein. Sweeney shot a 52 to help the Indians to a 215 team score, with Oelwein not having enough golfers to formulate a team score. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

In what turned out to be its only meet of the week and its only home meet of the season, the Waukon girls golf team ended up not having a full team to compete against anyway as a depleted Oelwein squad came to Waukon with just three golfers Monday, April 30 and had to forfeit to the Indians’ team total of 215 strokes. The Tribe’s other meet of the week, a Tuesday, May 1 meet at South Winneshiek was postponed to Thursday, May 3 before finally being canceled altogether after another round of stormy weather rolled through the area.

Wed
09
May

Waukon girls track team finishes runner-up at Edgewood-Colesburg Invitational Monday

The invitational season came to a close for the Waukon girls track team as the track Tribe competed in its final invitational meet of the 2018 season at Edgewood-Colesburg Monday, April 30. The track Tribe landed eight top-three event finishes to help rack up 89 team points on the way to a runner-up team finish in the 12-team field.

TEAM SCORES
Central Elkader 131.5; WAUKON 89; Kee 82; North Linn 78; Alburnett 68; Springville 67; Starmont 50; Edgewood-Colesburg 45; Central City 42; Clayton Ridge 35.5; East Buchanan 31; MFL/MarMac 19

Wed
09
May

Waukon boys track team finishes in third place at New Hampton Invitational Monday

The Waukon boys track team wrapped up its invitational schedule at New Hampton Monday, April 30, competing in the Chickasaw Invitational. The Indians compiled eight event finishes within the top two places, including a trio of event championships, to tally 78 team points and finish third in the meet’s six-team field.

VARSITY TEAM SCORES
New Hampton 105; Crestwood 85; WAUKON 78; Clarion-Goldfield 49; Oelwein 45; Valley Lutheran 21

JV TEAM SCORES
WAUKON 88; Crestwood 80; Charles City 67; New Hampton 31; Oelwein 24; Clarion-Goldfield 20; Valley Lutheran 1

The track Tribe was next scheduled to compete Monday, May 7 in the Northeast Iowa Conference Meet at Charles City, a meet postponed from Thursday, May 3 due to stormy weather. The Indians will then prepare for their Class 2A State Qualifying Meet at Osage this Thursday, May 10, with further details in the print edition and e-edition of The Standard.

Tue
08
May

Stephen Smith

Stephen “Steve” M. Smith, 65, of rural Postville passed away Sunday, May 6, 2018 near his home in rural Postville. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Donations in Stephen’s honor can be made to Decorah Human Powered Trails as he was so proud of his daughter’s mountain biking adventures. Donations can be sent to: Decorah Park-Rec., DHPT, P.O. Box 513, Decorah, IA 52101; checks payable to DHPT.

Stephen Michael Smith was born July 18, 1952 in Waukon, the son of Ivan and Esther (May) Smith. He graduated from Waukon High School in 1970. In 1979 he married Jan Warren and in 1984 they welcomed their daughter, Josie Leah Smith. Stephen and Jan later divorced.

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