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Corner of Hope local growing project hosts regional meeting of Foods Resource Bank


Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon was the site of the Foods Resource Bank regional meeting hosted Saturday, February 21 by the Corner of Hope local growing project. Those in attendance heard first-hand accounts of how local growing projects such as those they conduct here in northeast Iowa have helped residents of Honduras develop sustainable farming practices. Traveling from Honduras to share their experiences with the crowd in attendance were Delmis Licona-Godoy, who coordinates the Foods Resource Bank/Church World Service Nueva Frontera program in Santa Barbara, Honduras, and Melecio Cantoral, a small farmer in Honduras who shared how he has learned and benefited greatly from that Nueva Frontera program. Standard photo by Bob Beach.

Corner of Hope, the local Foods Resource Bank (FRB) growing project, hosted the regional meeting of the Foods Resource Bank Saturday, February 21 at Zion United Church of Christ (UCC) in Waukon. Attendees of the meeting came from Conrad and area growing projects from all over northeast Iowa, as well as from Missouri and Illinois, and all were served lunch by the Zion UCC Women's Fellowship.

Wed
25
Feb

Senator Charles Grassley hosts question and answer session at Waukon Lions Club meeting as part of his annual 99-county tour


As part of his annual 99-county tour this year, U.S. Senator Charles Grassley was the guest speaker at the meeting of the Waukon Lions Club held at the Main Feature Theatre and Pizza Pub in Waukon Wednesday, February 18. Following brief opening remarks, Grassley answered questions from Lions Club members and members of the public in attendance on tax reform, the Keystone XL pipeline and President Barack Obama's handling of ISIS in the Middle East. Grassley also agreed to an exclusive interview with The Standard, answering questions about a minimum wage increase, the future of Obamacare and the 2016 Presidential election. Photo by Bob Beach.

by Bob Beach

Fri
20
Feb

Special deer harvest underway to collect 200 more samples around Harpers Ferry area for CWD testing


The map above indicates the areas in Allamakee County around the Harpers Ferry area that are receiving increased attention following the positive testing of three more wild deer harvested during the 2014 shotgun deer hunting season in that particular area. The area outlined in red shows the 31 sections in Fairview and Taylor Townships that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is referring to as the Intensive Surveillance Zone. It is in this area they hope hunters issued special permits by the DNR will kill 200 additional deer during the next three weeks for further CWD testing. The light blue triangle on the map shows where the deer which first tested positive was harvested in 2013, and the other three dark blue triangles indicate where the three animals were harvested that tested positive from the 2014 season. Submitted image.

by Kelli Boylen
freelance writer

Wed
18
Feb

Inaugural WinterFest celebration taking place in Lansing offers variety of family fun this Saturday


The Mississippi River will be providing some of the resources for the inaugural WinterFest celebration planned for this Saturday, February 21 in the Lansing area, including some ice fishing and ice that will be harvested for the planned ice carving demonstration. The arrival this past weekend and continued forecast of single-digit high temperatures and sub-zero low temperatures should further help those ice conditions, with temperatures warming up just a bit in time for Saturday's activities. Standard photo by Bob Beach.

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

Wed
18
Feb

Local Corner of Hope organization to host Foods Resource Bank regional meeting

The Corner of Hope local growing project will be hosting a regional meeting of the Foods Resource Bank this Saturday, February 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon. The meeting is open to the general public, and local Corner of Hope organizers invite anyone to attend who would like to learn more about the program or who would like to participate in solving issues of world hunger and food security.
Saturday's regional meeting will feature an individual from Honduras whose family has directly benefited from the efforts of Foods Resource Bank and the Corner of Hope local growing project. He will be sharing with those in attendance what his family has learned from the program to help them gain food security.

Wed
18
Feb

Becky Rea joins ISU Extension as Youth Outreach Coordinator


Becky Rea

Becky Rea has joined ISU Extension and Outreach as the K-12 Youth Outreach Coordinator for Allamakee County. Rea will focus on new delivery approaches including school-based and summer youth development programming.
Rea joins Morgan Heim in fulfilling outreach to Allamakee youth. Heim is responsible for coordination and support of the 4-H community clubs in the county.
Rea grew up in Independence and is a Buchanan County 4-H alumna. In addition to club activities and showing dairy cattle, she was active on the County and State 4-H Councils. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Dairy Science from Iowa State University. She currently lives on a beef farm near Lansing with her husband, Matt, and daughter, Brinnly.
“I am excited to start as the new K-12 Program Coordinator for Allamakee County! Growing up in 4-H I know first-hand the opportunities the program has to offer and I am ready to explore these possibilities with today’s youth,” said Rea.

Wed
18
Feb

Senator Grassley to be in Waukon Wednesday

Iowa Senator Charles Grassley will be in Waukon Wednesday evening, February 18 for a question and answer session hosted by the Waukon Lions Club. Senator Grassley is expected to be at the Main Feature Theater on Main Street in Waukon for approximately one hour, beginning at 5:15 p.m. The general public is invited to attend.
 

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