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Wed
09
May

Quanrude pleads not guilty to murder charge; jury trial scheduled for late August

John Quanrude ...

The Second Degree Murder case against 32-year-old John Michael Quanrude of Waukon has taken a more definitive path this past week, as Quanrude has entered a written plea of not guilty to all charges filed against him in relation to the April 16 fatal shooting of 60-year-old Dean Russell of Waukon. The case was scheduled for an arraignment hearing Monday, May 14 in District Court in Allamakee County, but Friday morning, May 4, Quanrude filed a written arraignment entering his not guilty plea and waiving his right to a speedy trial, according to court documents.

Additional court documents also filed Friday, May 4 by Quanrude’s attorney, Scott Nelson of the State of Iowa Public Defender’s Office, Dubuque location, included a Notice of Defenses for Quanrude. That document listed Quanrude’s defenses in the case as Diminished responsibility and Self-defense.

Wed
09
May

Pair of unusual weekend accidents each claim an Allamakee County man

The Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office is reporting a pair of accidents of unusual nature that took place Sunday, May 6, each claiming the life of a man from Allamakee County. Those accidents included an early morning fall from a local bridge in the Hanover area and an early afternoon tree cutting accident in the Forest Mills area.

FALL FROM BRIDGE
The first of those incidents was reported at 1:33 a.m. Sunday and involved an individual falling from a bridge on Orchid Drive near its intersection with State Highway 76 located approximately two miles north of St. Mary’s Hanover Church in the rural Dorchester area. An adult male, 38-year-old Ryan Robert Schulte of Waukon, had fallen from the bridge and died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the incident. A full obituary for Ryan Schulte appears on Page 3A of this week’s issue of The Standard.

Wed
09
May

Be “Voter Ready”: Register to vote or update your registration

Step one in being “Voter Ready” in 2018 is Register to Vote. This includes making sure the address on your voter registration is up-to-date.

The new Election Integrity/Voter ID law does not affect Iowa’s voter registration process. There are still multiple ways to register to vote, including at the polls Election Day, and online. Voters registering on Election Day still need to bring a picture ID and proof of residency in the precinct, such as a utility bill. This has not changed from previous elections.

Wed
09
May

Iowa DOT to host public meeting May 15 in Lansing to discuss Black Hawk Bridge

The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) will hold another public information meeting Tuesday, May 15 to discuss the proposed Iowa 9 (Black Hawk) bridge project in Lansing over the Mississippi River. The May 15 meeting is scheduled to take place from 5-7 p.m. at Kee High School, located at 569 Center Street in Lansing, and will be the first public meeting held in regard to the proposed project since an initial public open house forum that took place August 8 of last year and allowed citizens to learn more and comment on locations and designs of a proposed new bridge, along with study-based reasoning behind the proposed project.

All interested persons are invited to attend this meeting between 5 and 7 p.m. The meeting will be conducted utilizing an open forum format. Iowa DOT staff and consultants will be present to informally discuss the project.

Wed
09
May

Final week to contribute to The Standard’s look back at Waterville School history; submission deadline Friday

With the end of this current school year in the Allamakee Community School District also marking the end of an era with the Waterville School as part of this area’s formal education system, The Standard will be dedicating pages in an upcoming issue to historical reflections on the Waterville School. Whether alumni of Waterville High School or the more recent Waterville Elementary School, a former staff member or just an interested history buff, members of the general public are asked to contribute photos, reflections or simply their favorite or most vivid memory of their experience with the Waterville School to be published in an anticipated May 23 edition of The Standard.

Wed
09
May

Iowa House District 56 Democratic Candidate Forum is this Thursday

The Allamakee County Democrats will host a candidate forum for Iowa House of Representatives District 56 this Thursday, May 10 at Robey Memorial Library (lower level), located at 401 First Avenue NW in Waukon. The forum will begin at 7 p.m. This forum is open to the public and candidates will answer questions from the audience.

The candidates participating in this forum are Lori Egan of rural Waukon and Andrew Kelleher of New Albin. Egan and Kelleher are each running in the June 5 Democratic Primary Election. The winner of that election will be the Democratic Party’s candidate for Iowa House District 56 in the 2018 General Election scheduled for November.

Iowa House District 56 includes all of Allamakee County and 19 townships in Clayton County. Marion, Highland and Boardman Townships are not in House District 56. For more information contact Karen Pratte at 563-535-7254.
 

Wed
09
May

Corner of Hope project kicks off growing season with Blessing of the Seed and Soil ...

The Corner of Hope Foods Resource Bank local growing project held its annual Blessing of the Seed and Soil the sunny but blustery morning of Saturday, April 28 to kick off the growing season. The event was held at the field being contributed to the project by Gordon and Louise Ellingson of Waukon. Pastor Kim Gates of St. Paul’s and Forest Mills United Methodist churches performed the blessing. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
09
May

Cunningham Hardware receives First Dollar Visit under new ownership ...

Cunningham Hardware, now under the ownership of Mike and Tara McMullen of Waukon, received a First Dollar Visit from the Waukon Chamber of Commerce recently. Pictured above at that First Dollar presentation are, left to right, Waukon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member Sherrie Hunstad, Cunningham Hardware new owners Mike and Tara McMullen, and Waukon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member Dan Headington. Photo courtesy of Waukon Chamber of Commerce.
 

Wed
09
May

Spring Avenue spring leak, yard waste on streets and wastewater treatment facility among the numerous items discussed by Waukon City Council

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, May 7 to discuss a variety of matters including a potential Street Department dump truck lease or purchase, yard waste and debris on City streets and the Spring Avenue spring leak. Mayor Pat Stone called the meeting to order, indicating that an agenda item involving a presentation from Emergency Management Coordinator Corey Snitker would be removed.

During Public Comment, Coordinator Ardie Kuhse with Waukon Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) discussed a request made at the April 16 City Council meeting for WEDC to conduct a presentation about its history and ongoing economic development activities. Kuhse and the council discussed setting a time before or after an upcoming council meeting or the possibility of a special session.

Wed
09
May

Supervisors approve budget amendment, hear updates on Public Safety Center

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, May 7 to address a full agenda of items including a Public Hearing for a Fiscal-Year 2018 budget amendment, the hiring of a temporary part-time roadside mower operator for the Secondary Roads Department and an update and discussion of the Public Safety Center. There was no public comment.

The Public Hearing for the Fiscal-Year 2018 budget amendment was opened and closed without any written or verbal comment. Allamakee County First Deputy Auditor Chris Gavin discussed budget items that were changed indicating that the Board of Health and Substance Abuse departments each had additional revenue due to grants.

The budget amendment and the appropriations resolution were both adopted.

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