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Slower outpatient census results in net loss in February for Veterans Memorial Hospital; Programs for geriatric behavioral health and outpatient drug pricing currently in progress

by Brianne Eilers

After anticipating that the month of February would end up being a strong month financially for Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) in Waukon, outpatient revenue instead came in $300,000 under budget, leaving the hospital with a net loss of $71,761 for the month, according to information provided at the March 19 VMH Board of Trustees meeting. Year-to-date, the hospital is showing a profit of $50,454.

VMH Administrator Mike Myers noted that there were a few factors as to why the outpatient revenue was low for the month, with a major factor being inclement weather. Myers noted that some patient areas tend to see cancellations when the weather is bad and travel is difficult. There were also some providers and surgeons on vacation in February, and that also contributed to the lower outpatient revenue.

Wed
03
Apr

Good Libraries Build Collections, Great Libraries Build Communities: Robey Memorial Library to celebrate National Library Week April 7-13


Robey Memorial Library staff ... Left to right in photo above: Librarians Chris Kerndt and Ellen Thiele, Library Director Cate St. Clair and Librarian Ellen Krousie. Left to right in photo below - Seated in front: Library custodians Bryan Koch and Patrick Ryan surrounded by their support staff from TASC Laina, Erica, Sarah, Ann and Kris. Submitted photos.

The Robey Memorial Library Board of Trustees is proud to celebrate National Library Week April 7-13 with Waukon and the greater Allamakee community. In the five years since Robey Memorial Library’s remodel, the library has seen the expansion of not just the facilities, but of the community’s support and participation in all that the library has to offer. It has been, and continues to be, a place to learn, discover, connect and succeed.

Visitors to Waukon frequently comment on how lucky the community is to have a library the size and caliber of Robey Memorial Library. It comes as no surprise, however, to those who frequent the library and have seen the steady growth of opportunities and experiences available there. From year-round programming that reaches everyone from newborns to seniors, to a robust collection that is both physical and digital, Robey Memorial Library is a truly exceptional facility and resource.

Wed
03
Apr

Waukon City Council sets Spring Citywide Clean-Up for May 11; 10% increase in wastewater utility service charges approved on 3-2 vote, effective July 1

*Monday, April 1, 2019 Waukon City Council Meeting: Ordinance – Amending the code of ordinances of the City of Waukon, Iowa, 1998, by increasing wastewater utility service charges.

In the April 3 edition of The Standard, the headline and article text indicate that the above ordinance was approved. As clarification, the first reading of the ordinance was approved. A second reading of this ordinance will take place at the April 15 Waukon City Council meeting with a third reading to take place or to be potentially waived prior to final approval of the ordinance.

 

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, April 1 to address a full agenda of items including a quote for an assessment of the City Hall computer network, property nuisance abatement and an increase to wastewater utility service charges.

Wed
27
Mar

Rootin’ Tootin’ Mentoring Bowl-A-Thon raises over $8,000 ...

Helping Services for Youth & Families is overwhelmed by the generous community response to the Rootin’ Tootin’  Mentoring Bowl-A-Thon held March 16 at Arrowhead Lanes in Waukon. A total of 94 bowlers and sponsors helped raise $8,089 to provide caring adult role models for youth in Allamakee, Howard and Winneshiek Counties. Donations are still coming in. Mentoring Coordinator Kathy Schwartzhoff shares, “Bowlers really got into the theme wearing cowboy hats, vests, big belt buckles, and someone even brought a spur! It was so much fun!”

Wed
27
Mar

Supervisors hear favorable audit review, approve resolution opposing legislation allowing heavier weight limits for transporting forestry products on non-primary highways

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, March 25 to address a full agenda of items including a request to place pinwheels and signage on the County Courthouse lawn for National Child Abuse Prevention Month, consideration of a Health Insurance Committee recommendation for Fiscal-Year 2020 health insurance for County employees and an appointment to the Historic Preservation Commission.

During Public Comment, Executive Director Val Reinke with Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) discussed the 6th Annual Allamakee County Chili Cook-Off held March 16 in Lansing. Reinke also discussed the Friends of Yellow River State Forest group with fundraising projects to include firewood sales and aluminum can collection and that grant writing is being looked into for a variety of projects.

Wed
27
Mar

Pat Schellsmidt finds his own little piece of “Heaven” as new franchise owner of Heaven’s Best Service Group


Heaven’s Best Service Group receives First Dollar Visit ... Heaven’s Best Service Group, providing locally owned professional cleaning services, recently received a First Dollar Visit from the Waukon Chamber of Commerce. Pictured above at that First Dollar presentation are, left to right, Sherrie Hunstad of the Waukon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Heaven’s Best Service Group local owner Pat Schellsmidt and Tony Smith of the Waukon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Submitted photo.

Some years ago, Pat Schellsmidt was preparing to enter the so-called “real world”, when he graduated from Caledonia High School in 1975. After starting a family and many years of doing various types of employment, which most recently included janitorial work, Schellsmidt feels he has found his own little piece of “Heaven” as an independent business owner/operator in a carpet, upholstery, tile and grout cleaning franchise called Heaven’s Best Service Group.

Through mutual friends Adam and Rosemary Hagensick of Waverly, Schellsmidt learned of this opportunity and was encouraged to become the franchise owner for the northeast Iowa district, which includes Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties. Schellsmidt has lived in the Waukon/Lansing area for more than 30 years and he and his wife have two children who attend school in Waukon.

Wed
20
Mar

Preparing for the project ...

Waukon City Manager Dean Hilgerson and Field Services Coordinator Pete Hjelmstad with the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) recently provided an update to The Standard regarding the tree removal process currently taking place in Waukon in preparation for the 2019 DOT Street and Sidewalk Project that will improve State Highways 9 and 76 entering, through and exiting Waukon.

Wed
20
Mar

Argument leads to arrest on charges of assault and going armed with intent

Dustin Ward ...
Dustin Ward ...

Late Sunday afternoon, March 17, the Waukon Police Department responded to 46 Jean Road in the Park View Trailer Court in south Waukon for a report of the male complainant at that residence having a pistol pointed at him. As a result of the ensuing investigation, 25-year-old Dustin James Ward of Waukon was arrested and charged with assault while displaying a dangerous weapon (aggravated misdemeanor) and going armed with intent (class D felony).

Wed
20
Mar

Four individuals from Wisconsin arrested on drug and other charges following traffic stop


Amanda Clauer ...

Jennifer Gossman...

Jerome Houston ...

Kenneth Marketto ...

Sunday evening, March 10, a Waukon Police Department Officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle that had a brake light out and failed to completely stop at the intersection of West Main Street and Fifth Street SW in Waukon when the vehicle sped up. During a short pursuit that followed, items were thrown from the vehicle which were later located by officers and included a glass pipe with burned residue and a clear plastic baggy filled with a white powder that field tested positive for methamphetamine, according to court documents.

Wed
20
Mar

Once quorum arrives, Waukon City Council hears positive report from fiscal year audit, discusses projects

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, March 18 to address a full agenda of items including the Audit Report for Fiscal-Year Ending June 30, 2018, discussion of the Storm Sewer Inflow and Infiltration Investigation Report and an update from the Walk-On Waukon group.

At the 7 p.m. posted start time for the meeting, the council meeting could not be officially called to order with only council member Gayle Decker in attendance, along with Mayor Pat Stone, City Clerk Lana Snitker, City Attorney Jim Garrett and City Manager Dean Hilgerson also in attendance. While waiting for a quorum of council members - the necessary number of members required to conduct the official business of the council - Stone opened Public Comment.

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