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Aug

Patients need to ask for skilled care following a surgery, illness or accident


Cardiac Rehabilitation at VMH ... In addition to skilled care, Karen Milton benefited from Cardiac Rehabilitation at Veterans Memorial Hospital following heart surgery. She is pictured seated on the NuStep machine with cardiac rehab nurse Dietsy Weymiller, RN, in the cardiac rehab unit. Submitted photo.

Skilled care at VMH ... Skilled care is a very beneficial option for patients to remain in the hospital following an accident, injury or surgery for faster recovery. But in many cases, patients need to ask for this skilled care option. Karen Milton of Lansing knew to ask her providers to send her to Veterans Memorial Hospital for skilled care following her surgeries. Pictured above with Karen are her therapists Melissa Clarke, Occupational Therapist (left) and Amy Robinson, Physical Therapist (right). Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital has many patients that utilize the skilled care or swing bed option of care following a surgery, illness or accident.  This level of care, following a three day or more acute stay in the hospital, allows the patient to have medications given, pain controlled, and most importantly, the patient qualifies for more rehabilitation than if they are discharged directly to their home.

Patients who have surgery or hospitalization at Veterans Memorial Hospital or any other health care facility may qualify to return to VMH for the advantages of skilled care. But in many cases, patients need to learn to ask their provider to be considered for skilled care.

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21
Aug

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Ruth Hanson by Lesa Moose, in memory of Gene Shogren by Dave and Laurie Martin, in memory of Lorna Kolsrud by Dave and Laurie Martin, in memory of Marty Melcher by Roger, Karen and Lisa Melcher families and in memory of Steve Wild by Randy and Karen Loeb, Patsy Kerndt and Dan and Traci Byrnes.

Memorials were also received in memory of Carol Miene by Cyril and Shirley Larkin, Darlena Herman, Ernie and Donnalee Osland,  Rick and Cathy Larson, John and Sheryl Prestemon, Mavis Berns, Bill and Beth Shafer, Alice Schlacke, Joan Bieber, and Brad and Erin Berns.

In addition, memorials were received by Jim and Linda Ryan, Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Patsy Kerndt and Jim and Jill Kiesau in memory of Matt Regan.

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21
Aug

Simple blood donation steps that save lives

The next Waukon Community Blood Drive will take place Thursday, September 5 from Noon to 5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon. Everyone who registers to donate blood goes through four simple steps during the donation process:  registration, donor history and mini-physical, blood donation and snacks. Below are a few tips for ensuring a successful donation:

- Get a good night’s sleep before blood donation.
- Eat a good meal before donating blood. Do not donate on an empty stomach.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Bring a photo ID or Blood Donor ID Card to the appointment.
- Those who are 16 or 17 years old and have never donated blood with LifeServe Blood Center should get a signed Parental/Guardian Permission Form. For more information or to schedule to donate call 800-287-4903.
 

Wed
21
Aug

What's Up at the FSA Office?

by Jeremy Leitz, Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

Upcoming Deadlines/Dates
August 23: CRP Continuous Signup 52
September 20: Dairy Margin Coverage Program Sign-Up
December 6: Market Facilitation Program

USDA Opens Signup for Market Facilitation Program
Signup opened for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program to assist farmers who continue to suffer from damages because of unjustified trade retaliation from foreign nations. Through MFP, USDA will provide up to $14.5 billion in direct payments to impacted producers, part of a broader trade relief package announced in late July. The sign-up period runs through December 6.

MFP payments will be made to producers of certain non-specialty and specialty crops as well as dairy and hog producers.

Wed
21
Aug

Scout now for Palmer Amaranth


Figure 1 ... Palmer amaranth leaf with a petiole longer than the leaf blade. Folding the leaf over at the base is the fastest way to check for this trait. Submitted photo.

Figure 2 ... Waterhemp’s open canopy (left) compared to Palmer amaranth’s denser, leafy canopy (right). Submitted photo.

Figure 3 ... Comparison of a female Palmer amaranth flower and a female waterhemp flower. Submitted photo.

Figure 4 ... Female Palmer amaranth with long terminal inflorescences. Submitted photo.

by Meaghan Anderson, Field Agronomist and Dr. Bob Hartzler, Professor of Agronomy, Integrated Crop Management News and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Now is a great time to scout for Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) in Iowa crop fields. As of late 2018, this species had been identified in over half of Iowa’s 99 counties. While new identifications have waned since the widespread introductions in 2016, Palmer amaranth is a species to watch out for in virtually any Iowa crop field. A native of the American southwest, Palmer amaranth is more competitive than common waterhemp (Amaranthus tuberculatus), a pigweed native to Iowa. Both species are known for fast development of herbicide resistance, prolific seed production (>500,000 seeds/plant possible), and prolonged emergence.

Wed
21
Aug

Northern Iowa Research Farm Association plans Field Day

Insect and disease issues are on the agenda, including an overview of 2019 production issues

Thistle caterpillars, late season crop diseases and crop development will highlight the fall field day at Iowa State University’s Northern Research and Demonstration Farm September 5.

“Farmers and agribusiness will hear the latest on thistle caterpillar and tar spot of corn,” said Paul Kassel, field agronomist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “Thistle caterpillar and tar spot are two new pests that have raised questions for Iowa producers in 2019.”

The program begins at 9:30 a.m. with Matt Schnabel, Northern Research Farm superintendent, giving a review of the growing season and a discussion of summer activities.

Wed
21
Aug

Kee baseball team plays to 24-9 season limited by one-run losses

The Kee baseball team played its way to a 24-9 season record during its 2019 campaign, a mark that included a 10-2 result in Upper Iowa Conference (UIC) play to place the Hawks as this season’s UIC runner-up behind an 11-1 South Winneshiek team that played its way all the way to the Class 1A State Tournament this season. More than half of this season’s losses for the Kee diamond dwellers came from those South Winn Warriors, including both of the Hawks’ UIC losses and four consecutive one-run Kee losses that ultimately culminated in a 3-2 heart-breaker in eight innings that brought the Hawks’ 2019 season to a close in the semifinal round of the Class 1A District Tournament.

For more complete coverage, pick up this week's print edition or subscribe to our e-edition by clicking here.

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21
Aug

Waukon softball team’s 14-19 season record under first-year head coach Melissa Ward includes most wins and first wins over Waverly-Shell Rock since 2012 season

The 2019 Waukon softball team played to a season record that equaled the most wins recorded since the last time first-year head coach Melissa Ward took the field for the Indians - as a player during her senior season in 2010. Ward helped pitch those 2010 softball Indians to a 20-13 season mark, and this season’s 14 wins with her now at the coaching helm of that same program equals the highest number of wins recorded since that 20-win season, the 2011 Indians also recording 14 regular season wins and the 2012 softball Tribe also riding a regional tournament run to another 14- win season.

For more complete coverage, pick up this week's print edition or subscribe to our e-edition by clicking here.

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21
Aug

Waukon Corn Days 2019 ...

The annual Waukon Corn Days event was held Friday through Sunday, August 16-18 in Waukon, with a large crowd attending the sweet corn meal event pictured at right Friday evening. There were no entries for any of the Corn Days royalty crownings, but more photos from this year's event can be found on Page 2A of the August 21 print edition and e-edition, as well as in the Photo Gallery on this website. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

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Aug

Results of partnership between ACSD, ACED and NICC to be featured during August 22 public open house for newly renovated Regional Welding Lab


New welders ... There are eight new welders, such as these pictured above, in the newly renovated Regional Welding Lab located at Waukon High School. The welders can do three of the basic welding processes, GMAW, GTAW and SMAW, and will be on display during an August 22 open house featuring the new lab. Photo by Brianne Eilers.

Equipment on display at Regional Welding Lab open house ... Those attending the August 22 open house for the Regional Welding Lab located at Waukon High School will get to see first-hand the equipment being used to train students in the newly renovated Regional Welding Lab that is the result of partnerships between the Allamakee Community School District, Allamakee County Economic Development and Northeast Iowa Community College. Greg Benjegerdes of Benjegerdes Machine in Waukon helped skilled trades instructor Caleb Ferring and his classes design the welding stalls (photo above) located in the Regional Welding Lab; students of the Regional Welding Lab will also learn how to use the Ironworker machine (center photo) to fabricate metal; and this hydraulic press (photo below) located in the Regional Welding Lab allows students to perform bend tests on welds. Photos by Brianne Eilers.

by Brianne Eilers

There will be an open house for the newly created Allamakee Regional Welding Lab from 5 to 7 p.m. this Thursday, August 22 at the Waukon Middle School. Visitors are asked to enter through the auditorium entrance on the east side of the building, and parking can be found in the lot between the Middle School and West Elementary.

The Regional Welding Lab is a partnership between the Allamakee Community School District (ACSD), Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC). ACSD Superintendent Jay Mathis said, “We are so appreciative of the partnership we have with NICC and their role in making this opportunity available to our students, especially the work of Erica Nosbisch. I would also like to give credit to Mr. Dave Herold, Mr. Caleb Ferring and our school board for their vision, hard work and support of this endeavor.”

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