June 2016 Newsletter
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On Wednesday, May 4th, Lt. Governor, Kim Reynolds made an early morning stop in Harpers Ferry to visit with local townspeople, County Board of Supervisors, DNR officials, County Conservation and representatives from the US Army Corps of Engineers. The focus of her stop was on the Mississippi River and trade efforts in marketing for Iowa’s agricultural products.

Representatives from the US Army Corp of Engineers explained that our Lock & Dam’s are old and in need of repair. Minimal maintenance is all that is currently being done to keep them operating. So this is a concern in moving barge traffic up and down the river. Carter Newt of Newt Marine talked about the need to also find a balance in protecting our environment while maintaining the River. Representatives from the Iowa Corn Growers and Iowa Soybean Association were also on hand to provide input as to the importance of barges to move our crops and how economical river movement is compared to rail and trucking. The Lt. Governor stressed how important it is to have all of these groups working in partnership with one another.

There is a common goal and a common outcome that will benefit all.

Lt. Governor Reynolds went on to speak briefly about the tight budget the Legislature will be facing next session; support for our schools, water quality issues, and how keeping businesses strong helps provide economic stability for the local communities and for Iowa.

We talked briefly about other aspects of the Mississippi River with regards to tourism and how tourism impacts economic development for the county. Before long the River will be busy with boating, kayaking, canoeing, Jet skiing and water skiing. The Lt. Governor was also briefed on the impact that the Great River Road National Scenic Byway plays into tourism and visitor visits.

The Lt. Governor had hoped to take a tour of Lock & Dam #9, but time scheduling and recent
rains made that part of her visit impossible. She loves it here and will schedule a visit again hopefully getting to see the new Driftless Area Education & Visitor Center as well as a visit to the Luster Heights Facility.




Primary Elections to be Held June 7th


Allamakee County voters will have the opportunity to go to the polls on Tuesday, June 7th to vote in the primary election.  Several seats are up and there are contested races for many of the spots open for the upcoming fall elections.  These would include US Senator, US Representative, State Representative and the County Supervisor races.  Take the time to become an informed voter and then exercise your right to vote by voting on June 7th.  You can find your polling site & precinct by visiting the Allamakee County Auditor’s office, checking your voter registration card or notices and further voter information can be found in this week’s Waukon Standard.  Visit them at:


The Great Eastern Iowa Tractorcade Rolls Again!


June 12 th – 15 th 2016

(Cedar Rapids, IA) News Radio 600 WMT AM of Cedar Rapids proudly announces the 17th Annual WMT Great Eastern Iowa Tractorcade. Organizers expect 480 participating tractors on the ride this year, with hundreds of others supporting those drivers. For those not familiar with the Tractorcade, many people compare it to RAGBRAI, only with tractors. This year, 480 tractors, along with more than 400 support people will take part in the ride, based out of Waukon, IA.

This event is a wonderful opportunity for tractor collectors and enthusiasts to celebrate their hobby and farm heritage together. What better place than the state of Iowa to do this—there truly is no other opportunity like this in the world!

The ride begins in Waukon on Sunday, June12 th . That night, the 480 tractor drivers, along with their support team’s register, have a great dinner, get acquainted, attend the driver’s meeting and review the many safety rules that govern Tractorcade.

On Monday, June 13 th , the tractors will roll out of Waukon and will travel through Postville, Clermont, and Ossian before returning to the Allamakee County Fairgrounds.
Day two, Tuesday June 14, the parade of tractors will leave the fairgrounds starting at 6:40AM in the morning, and pass through New Albin, Harper’s Ferry and Waterville on their way back to Waukon.
The final day of driving will take Tractorcade 2016 on a loop from Upper Iowa Resort and then head back to the fairgrounds. Each day the drivers will put on approximately 79 plus miles rolling through the country sides enjoying the scenery at 10-13 miles per hour.

For additional information and a map of this year’s ride, log on to the WMT website at   Or contact WMT at (319)395-0530.


ATV/UTV Riding is Here


Allamakee County has so much to offer for the outdoor enthusiast! Kayaking, canoeing, fishing, boating, hunting, bird watching, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, hiking, and now you can add ATV/UTV riding!

As the county’s tourism office, we are always looking for ways to build on the $40 million that is already spent by tourists in Allamakee County. The ATV/UTV riders are a niche group of tourists who will enjoy the scenery, spend the night, and enjoy the local food from many restaurants and specialty shops. If the tourists enjoy their time in Allamakee County, they will come back.

If you would like to know more details about ATV/UTV riding in Allamakee County, you will find the link to the county ordinance and information from the Allamakee Sheriff’s Department below.



We love the invitation put forth by Lansing inviting everyone to the annual county wide Dairy Days Celebration on Monday, June 6th – “Bring the Herd to Lansing”. Lansing is going all out this year hosting downtown plaza displays and many local vendors beginning at 4:30 PM. The big and fun Dairy Days Parade will begin at 7:30 PM and anyone interested in participating in the parade should be lining up on the street by Kee High School before 7:30. Stores in Lansing will be open until the parade begins. Plan to attend this family fun event and be sure to enjoy your favorite dairy products all month long.



The 4th Annual Thunder in the Park event will be held in Waukon on the weekend of June 10-12.  The event will be held at the Waukon City Park and is free to the public to attend although donations will be appreciated.  The event begins Friday Evening with an outdoor movie (weather permitting).  On Saturday and Sunday, visitors will have many opportunities to step back in time with visits from individuals who will portray families affected by the war and even Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln.  One will be able to view demonstrations of Civil War weapons and see a presentation on women of the Civil War.  Many other activities including the reenactment of Civil War battles will fill your weekend at this event.  See the following schedule for a detailed list of events and times. 

Outdoor movie in the Park (weather permitting) Waukon City Park After Dusk
Officer's Call Waukon City Park 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Park Opens to Public Waukon City Park 9:00 AM
Camps are open to visit Camps 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Unit Drills Battlefield & Camp Areas 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Medicine Show  (10 am, 2pm & 6 pm) Event Area D 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Soap Making (10am, 2pm, & 5pm) Event Area B 10:00 -10:30 AM
Candle Making (10:30am, 2:30pm, & 5:30pm) Event Area B 10:30-11:00 AM
Rope Making  Event Area B 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Kid's Games / Reenactment Skits Event Area F 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Weapons Demo Event Area C 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Women in the Civil War / Fashion Show Event Area A 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Dan Bussey - "Apples through the Ages" Event Area A 11:00 AM - 11:30PM
Mary Todd Lincoln Event Area A 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
An Afternoon with the Lincolns Event Area A 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Speech given by President Lincoln Event Area A 1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
Cow Chip Throwing Contest Ball Diamond 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Soap Making (10am, 2pm, & 5pm) Event Area B 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Medicine Show  (10 am, 2pm & 6 pm) Event Area D 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Candle Making (10:30am, 2:30pm, & 5:30pm) Event Area B 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Civil War Battle Battlefield 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Speech given by President Lincoln Event Area A 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Kid's Games / Reenactment Skits Event Area F 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Weapons Demo Event Area C 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Rope Making  Event Area B 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Soap Making (10am, 2pm, & 5pm) Event Area B 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Candle Making (10:30am, 2:30pm, & 5:30pm) Event Area B 10:30-11:00 AM
Medicine Show  (10 am, 2pm & 6 pm) Event Area D 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Dance  (Western Home Strings Band) Shelter by Ball Diamond 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Cannon Night Fire Pond Area 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Dance with Grand March (Western Home Strings Band) Shelter by Ball Diamond 9:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Park Closed to Public Waukon City Park 10:30 PM
Officer's Call Waukon City Park 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Park Opens to Public Waukon City Park 8:30 AM
Church Service Waukon City Park 9:00 AM
Camps are open to visit Camps 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM 
Medicine Show Event Area D 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Women of the Civil War & Fashion Show  Event Area A 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Kid's Games / Reenactment Skits Event Area F 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Soap Making (10am, 2pm) Event Area B 10:00 -10:30 AM
Rope Making  Event Area B 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Unit Drills /Spectator Drills Battlefield / Drill Field 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Weapons Demo Event Area C 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Cordelia Harvey Event Area A 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Speech given by President Lincoln Event Area A 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Medicine Show Event Area D 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Quilts of Valor Battlefield / Drill Field Prior to Battle
Civil War Battle Battlefield / Drill Field 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Weapons Demo Event Area C 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Soap Making (10am, 2pm) Event Area B 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Candle Making (10:30am, 2:30pm) Event Area B 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Speech given by President Lincoln Event Area A 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Kid's Games / Reenactment Skits Event Area F 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Rope Making 11:00am, 3:00 PM Event Area B 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Camps are open to visit Camps 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Park Closed to Public Waukon City Park 4:00 PM


Celebrate in New Albin
The New Albin Days committee would like to invite you to come and celebrate at New Albin Days 2016.

The festivities kick off on Friday, June 10 and end late Saturday, June 11.

Friday, June 10

5:30-8:30 p.m. Ryan Heiner, Magician

9 p.m. – 1 a.m. Groove Station, Musical Entertainment

6 p.m. Beanbag Tournament

Saturday, June 11

8:30 am 5k Walk/Run

1 p.m. Parade

2 pm  Horseshoe Tournament

2–5 p.m. Toe Tappers, Musical Entertainment

5–8 p.m. Mike McAbee, Musical Entertainment

Dusk Fireworks

8–Midnight Whistle Jacks, Musical Entertainment

If you would like to participate in the Bean Bag Tournament, Horseshoe Tournament, or 5K Walk/Run,

please check out the links below.



Coming Home to Allamakee County

The Allamakee County Economic Development Board of Directors and staff, along with The Standard newspaper, agree on the importance of sharing stories of those who left their native Allamakee County and then chose to come back to live, work and play here! These personal interest stories, such as the one featured below, reflect not only on the individuals who returned "home" but also on why they chose to come back to Allamakee County to live, work and play here! 

Cindy Schellhammer, an Allamakee County native herself, will be conducting the interviews, writiing the articles and taking photos for these feature pieces that will run in The Standard every few weeks.

Anyone who has a "Coming Home to Allamakee County" story idea can contact Allamakee County Economic Development Executive Director Val Reinke by stopping in at 101 West Main in Waukon, calling 563/568-2624 or emailing


I’m Back                    


Hometown. Stomping grounds. Native soil. As children we grow up in a geographical place that has been chosen by others. We find ourselves planted in the world by parents, extended family, adoptive or foster parents, or other adults whose blood we may not share but whose house is our home. Our childhood households and the people in them, our life events and our surroundings may contribute as much to whom we eventually become as our distinctive DNA . These factors help make up our frame of reference when we venture forth, into the world. It is little wonder then that we ask and are asked about the place that we “hail” from when meeting new people. It gives us insight, perspective, and helps us get to know one another.

Allamakee County is native soil to many people. Some may feel this was a stroke of luck and some may feel the need to relocate as soon as possible. Allamakee County is not on either coast or in a major metropolitan area. We do not have a large variety of shopping and dining options or cultural and
entertainment opportunities. As a result, area teenagers are often in a hurry to graduate and leave the â€œprovincial, rural, small-town life” behind.

However, many native adults, young and old, are choosing to RETURN to this area. To Allamakee County. To their hometowns. To their “stomping grounds”. Returning to the beautiful hills and valleys of NE Iowa, part of America’s Heartland. They are taking pride in this area, in the communities, in themselves. This is an indication of what Allamakee County DOES have.

They are returning with a renewed appreciation for sparkling creeks, rolling fields, winding rivers, lush hills and shady woodlands. A renewed appreciation for opportunities to hunt, bike, canoe, fish, camp, boat, and hike. A renewed appreciation for self-employment opportunities. A renewedappreciation for the many extraordinary, ordinary people. A renewed appreciation for a quieter, simpler lifestyle. A renewed appreciation for family.

In this article you will meet one such girl and her family. In the weeks to come we will be meeting more county natives who have returned to live and raise their own families or to retire.

Tara Hunstad-McMullen was born 31 years ago at Veteran’s Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Her parents, Gil and Sherrie Hunstad, reside in the Patterson Creek area of Allamakee County. Gil, a Minneapolis, MN native, worked at Northern Engraving early in his married life then started his own business, G&S Machine, 25 years ago. Sherrie, though not born in Iowa, has lived in Waukon most of her life. She is the third generation in her family to own and operate the Waukon Greenhouse. While growing up, Tara recalls working at her dad’s machine shop after school and during summers. Tara also helped out at Waukon Greenhouse during busy holiday seasons and still does when needed.

The Hunstad family lived on 1 st St NE in Waukon during Tara’s childhood years. She has two older brothers, Josh, now 37, who lives with his family in Cincinnati, OH; and Caleb, now 33, who currently lives in Waukon and works at G&S Machine with his dad. Tara attended Allamakee Community Schools from kindergarten through high school and is a member of the Class of 2002. When asked if she recalls a favorite teacher, Tara smiled and said, “Yes, Mrs. Tweito, my first grade teacher and Mrs. Jensen, who taught Criminology in high school.” Tara sites the “freedom of a small town” and having “no fear of people” as what she loved about growing up in Waukon. “I knew and visited most of the neighbors whenever I wanted and was out and around on my bike and to the pool without my parents worrying. Safety was not an issue like it is in cities and towns now.”

After graduating from Waukon, Tara continued her education at Bethel College in St. Paul, MN, the University of Northern Iowa, and the University of Iowa where she graduated in 2006 with a BA in Psychology. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2009, also from the University of Iowa.

During her college years she worked various jobs including a job as a barista at Caribou Coffee, a waitress at Jokers, a bar in Cedar Falls, and as a research assistant in the Physical Therapy Department at University Hospitals in Iowa City.

She met her future husband, Mike McMullen in 2003 during a July 4 th weekend visit in Waukon.

Mike was visiting her brother and his friends for the holiday weekend. Mike is a native of Denison, IA, where he grew up and graduated from high school. He attended Mt. Mercy College in Cedar Rapids earning a business degree in 2005. They married June 16, 2007 at the home of her parents in rural Allamakee County.

Mike and Tara lived in Cedar Rapids where Mike managed a law firm for a number of years after which, he worked at ‘A to Z Construction’. Tara took classes in Physical Therapy in Iowa City until earning her doctorate in 2009. She was hired by Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids as the Clinical Manager of Therapies (inpatient). Tara noted that in 2007 she and Mike briefly co-owned The Rusted Nail with TJ Haas here in Waukon. She and Mike would come to Waukon each weekend and help run the bar and go back to Cedar Rapids to jobs and school each Monday. The schedule proved too much and they sold their part to Haas in November of 2007.

A job opportunity as Director of Rehab for Rehab Visions became available for Tara in Waukon during the summer of 2015. She and Mike had hoped to someday live in her hometown. Tara took the job and they moved to Waukon on August 8, 2015. She is the Rehab Director serving Northgate Care Center, Good Samaritan Center, and South Crest Assisted Living in Waukon; and Thornton Manor in Lansing. Mike has started a handyman business called ‘McMullen Home Repair’ offering various home care and repair services such as: flooring installation, sheet rock installation, window repair and installation, woodwork trim repair and installation, small remodels, snow removal, roof repair and plumbing repair.

Mike and Tara have two children; Lily, 5, and Jake, 3. The McMullen family currently resides on 1 st Ave NW in Waukon. They attend Iron Ridge Church where Tara is a Team Leader for Children’s Church.

When asked why they wanted to relocate back to Tara’s hometown, she responded, “We wanted to be closer to family. I had been coming back to Waukon a majority of the weekends since high school and that didn’t change when Mike and I married. Mike has loved it here ever since the first time he visited.”

CS: How has your home community changed?

TM: “We have a new Sr. High School and Wellness Center which are really great.”

CS: How has your home community NOT changed?

TM: “The same friendly, good people and the same community feeling.”

CS: What do you like best about living back in Waukon?

TM: “Our lives have changed, I get to spend a lot more time with my kids, and it’s better quality time with them which means we’ve gotten to know them better. We spend so much less time driving to and from stores and destinations so it frees up more time for everything. I am having to spend less hours at my work – in Cedar Rapids I was working up to 80 hours a week, so time with my husband and kids was limited. We get to spend more time with family because we don’t have the travel miles to make the trip to Waukon on weekends. Here we have a sense of knowing people or ‘of people’ much more than
when we lived in a larger city.”

CS: Aside from what you’ve mentioned, have you found other advantages to living here?

TM: “The opportunity for outdoor activities. Mike and I love to hunt deer, pheasant and turkey - shotgun and bow seasons. We also love our church. We’ve been attending Iron Ridge on weekends for years. So we already knew many people at church when we moved here. We didn’t find a church in Cedar Rapids that we liked as much so it’s good to be a regular member here at Iron Ridge.”

CS: Are there any businesses or services that Waukon does not currently have that you feel would be

TM: “I wish we had Target, I miss it! I also wish we had more healthy eating options at restaurants and access to really good fresh fruits and vegetables.”

CS: Do you and Mike have hobbies?

TM: “Aside from hunting, I started running about 3 years ago and I have run half-marathons. I also love to do crafts. I actually used to make jewelry but haven’t made any for a long time. Mike likes to fish and he plays the guitar.”

CS: What would people be surprised to learn about you?

TM: “I used to teach Hip Hop dance!”

CS: What advice would you have for native NE Iowans who are considering a move back home?

TM: “Go for it.”

CS: What are you most proud of in your life (thus far)?

TM: “That we came back here and it’s working well.”

(For more information on McMullen Home Repair, call Mike at 319-573- 1941)



Wednesday, June1-6
 STEP WAVE focusing on Seat Belts                             - Allamakee County
Friday, June 3
 Waukon City Wide Garage Sales                                  – Waukon        
 Wine Tasting Room Open at Empty Nest Winery          -  Waukon
Saturday, June 4
 Waukon City Wide Garage Sales                                  - Waukon
 VFW Post 4117 Poker Run                                           - Vet’s Club, Waukon
Monday, June 6
 Dairy Days Parade                                                       - Lansing
 Lansing City Council Meeting                                       - Lansing
 Unemployment Outreach Representative                    â€“ NICC Waukon Campus
 Waterville City Council Meeting                                    - Waterville
 Waukon City Council Meeting                                       - Waukon
 Farmers Market                                                             - Fairgrounds, Waukon
Monday, June 6 - 10
 Vacation Bible School (Pre K-5th)                                 - Old West Paint Creek Church, Waukon
 STEAM Camp                                                               - NICC Waukon Center
Every Tuesday & Thursday, June 7 – July 28
 Allamakee Speed & Conditioning Camp (grades 9-12) - Waukon High School Track Facility
Tuesday, June 7
 Keep Calm & Color: Adult Coloring                               - Robey Memorial Library Waukon
 Primary Election                                                            - Allamakee County
 Tator Tuesday                                                               - Dave’s Gus & Tony’s Restaurant
 Tuesday Story Time                                                      - Robey Memorial Library
 After School with Ross                                                  - Robey Memorial Library
Friday, June 10
 Thunder in the Park                                                      - Waukon City Park
 Friday Night Cruising’ (thru late fall)                             - WW Homestead Dairy, Waukon
 New Albin Days                                                            - New Albin IA
 â€œMurder on the Disoriented Express” Dinner Theater  - at Empty Nest Winery, Waukon
Saturday, June 11
 Thunder in the Park                                                     - Waukon City Park
 3rd Annual Mags Byrnes Memorial Ride                      - Good Fellas, Waukon
 New Albin Days                                                           - New Albin, IA
 â€œMurder on the Disoriented Express” Dinner Theater- Empty Nest Winery, Waukon
 Ranger/Interpreter Guided Programs (thru Sept 5)    - Effigy Mounds, Harpers Ferry
Sunday, June 12
 Thunder in the Park                                                    - Waukon City Park
 17th Annual Great Eastern Iowa Tractorcade             - Waukon Fairgrounds
Monday, June 13
 17th Annual Great Eastern Iowa Tractorcade             - Waukon Fairgrounds
 Harpers Ferry City Council Meeting                            - Harpers Ferry
 New Albin City Council Meeting                                  - New Albin
 Postville City Council Meeting                                     - Postville
 Unemployment Outreach Representative                    - NICC Waukon Campus
Tuesday, June 14
 17th Annual Great Eastern Iowa Tractorcade             - Waukon Fairgrounds
 Keep Calm & Color: Adult Coloring                             - Robey Memorial Library, Waukon
 Tator Tuesday                                                             - Dave’s Gus & Tony’s Restaurant
 Tuesday Story Time                                                    - Robey Memorial Library, Waukon
 Waukon Chamber Lunch Meeting                               - Waukon
Wednesday, June 15
 17th Annual Great Eastern Iowa Tractorcade             - Waukon Fairgrounds
Thursday, June 16
 Auxilliary Euchre Marathon                                          - Waukon Wellness Center
 Laura Ingalls Presentation for children & adults          - Lansing Library  6:30 pm
Friday, June 17
 Lansing City Wide Garage Sales                                - Lansing
 Monthly Movie “Second Hand Lion” (Potluck after movie)- Lansing Library 10:30 am
 Wine Tasting Room Open at Empty Nest Winery        - Waukon
 Big Four Fair                                                               - Postville
Saturday, June 18
 Lansing City Wide Garage Sales                                - Lansing
 Big Four Fair                                                               - Postville
Sunday, June 19
Monday, June 20
 23rd Annual Benefit Golf Tournament                          - Waukon Golf & Country Club
 Unemployment Outreach Representative                    - NICC Waukon Campus
 Waukon City Council Meeting                                      - Waukon
Tuesday, June 21
 Amish Haystack Supper                                               - Waukon Banquet Center
 Keep Calm & Color: Adult Coloring                              - Robey Memorial Library, Waukon
 Tator Tuesday                                                             - Dave’s Gus & Tony’s Restaurant
 Tuesday Story Time - Robey Memorial Library           - Robey Memorial Library, Waukon
Wednesday, June 22
Webinar: Virtual Team Building                                    - NICC
Friday, June 24
 Wine Tasting Room Open at Empty Nest Winery       - Waukon
Saturday, June 25
 Open House for Waterville all School Reunion           - Waterville
Monday, June 27
 FREE MEALS in WAUKON                                         - Waukon
 Unemployment Outreach Representative                   - NICC Waukon Campus
Tuesday, June 28
 Fresh Conversations
 Keep Calm & Color: Adult Coloring                             - Robey Memorial Library, Waukon
 Tator Tuesday                                                             - Dave’s Gus & Tony’s Restaurant
 Tuesday Story Time - Robey Memorial Library           - Robey Memorial Library, Waukon
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