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Wed
17
Oct

Carlton Christianson to celebrate 80th birthday


Carlton Christianson

An open house birthday celebration in honor of Carlton Christianson’s 80th birthday is scheduled for Saturday, October 20 from 1-4 p.m.

The celebration will take place at the Farmers and Merchants Savings Bank basement meeting room located at 201 West Main in Waukon. Everyone is invited to attend.
 

Wed
17
Oct

Birth announcement: Kemp

Rachel and Ian Kemp of Decorah announce the birth of their daughter, Alayna Louise Kemp, born September 23, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, MN. She weighed 4 lbs. 11 ozs. and measured 17-1/2 inches in length at the time of her birth. She joins a sister, Maci (4).

Grandparents are Steve and Amy Marlow of Independence and Tom and Judy Kemp of Decorah. Great-grandparents are Cyril and Shirley Larkin of Waukon, and Jan and Al Kemp-Isen and the late Louis Kemp of Harpers Ferry.

Wed
17
Oct

Birth announcement: Jannsen

Jacob Jannsen and Morgan Stegen of Waukon announce the birth of their son, Judah Sylvan Jannsen, born October 9, 2018 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. He weighed 7 lbs. 8 ozs. and measured 20-1/2 inches in length at the time of his birth. He joins a brother, Elijah (3).

Grandparents are Jeff and Janet Jannsen of Waukon, Mikki Stegen of Lansing and Marty Stegen of Greencastle, PA. Great-grandparents are Wayne Johnson of Waukon, Denis and Marlene Welch of Lansing and Lela and Carol Blagsvedt of Houston, MN.

Wed
17
Oct

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that a story in one of the Sunday papers about Iowa’s first governor, Ansel Briggs, noted that he was responsible for setting the state’s borders. The east and west limits were easy because ol the two major rivers, and he noted that Iowa’s “rivers as borders flow to an inseparable union.”

After weeks of a further separation of the nation’s two political parties, I wish I could express the same hope for the country.

But I can’t.

And the main reason I feel that way is not the differences in philosophy, but rather all the evidence of mob rule ... monocracy instead of democracy.

Wed
17
Oct

Letter to the Editor: Clarifying SF 45 for IPERS employees

To the Editor:

It is an honor and privilege to represent you in Iowa Senate District 28 and I appreciate your support. I’ve received numerous calls about a letter to the editor written by former educator Steve Paul and published in last week’s paper. In the letter he asked people to call me and warned that SF 45 was going to take away IPERS from all State employees.

According to Mr. Paul, “Breitbach’s party is pushing this change. This is being done under the table.” He failed to mention only one Senator proposed this bill, it had no co-sponsors, no subcommittee meeting and no support to move forward in the Senate. The bill would have affected Chapter 411 employees, such as peace officers and firefighters, but not IPERS employees.

Wed
17
Oct

Letter to the Editor: Healthcare providers suffer under privatized Medicaid

To the Editor:

Governor Branstad turned over $5 billion to private for-profit insurance companies in 2016 to manage the Medicaid program. Since AmeriHealth and United Healthcare took over, healthcare providers have been underpaid or not paid at all for the services they provide to Medicaid recipients. These complaints continue today.

Rural hospitals are paying the high price for the privatization of Medicaid. Adding to the reimbursement problems is that Governor Branstad and his party who controls the state house and state senate sought exemptions from the Affordable Care Act. This resulted in the removal of the requirement that Medicaid retroactively pay for care from the time of application.  Consequently, rural hospitals have had to absorb the cost of care provided prior to approval. One rural hospital in northeast Iowa reported that the managed care company refused to pay claims using the excuse that  this hospital was not credentialed.

Wed
17
Oct

Letter to the Editor: Public funds need to be used for public education

To the Editor:

I love kids, so I have a passion for public education. I believe public education is the best hope for our children, our community and our country to thrive.

The irresponsible economic practices of the current state government have caused the funding of education in our state to become inadequate. Our local schools are struggling to hire teachers, and families are struggling under the burden of increasing costs of community colleges and state universities.

Do not be misled by the claim that school choice or vouchers are the answer. Public funds need to be used for public education. Give all kids a chance. Keep schools strong and affordable by voting out the party in control of our State money.

Do not weaken our schools and our state with your vote. Give all kids the opportunities they deserve! Vote wisely!

Kathy Hannum
Waukon

 

Wed
17
Oct

What's Up at the FSA Office?

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

Allamakee County FSA is Hiring!
Our office is currently accepting applications for a permanent Program Technician position. The individual selected will be responsible for carrying out general office activities and technical functions pertaining to FSA administered programs. Applicants should possess excellent human relations skills as well as strong clerical and computer skills. A general knowledge of agricultural practices would also be beneficial.
You can read the full vacancy announcement with application requirements at usajobs.gov. Vacancy announcement number is IA-2019-0003. Last day to apply is October 19! If you have any questions or would like more information, please call (563) 568-2148 or stop by our office.

Wed
17
Oct

Kickapoo Grazing Initiative and Great River Graziers pasture walk scheduled for October 30

The Kickapoo Grazing Initiative and Great River Graziers have a pasture walk scheduled at the Vance and Olaf Haugen Farm, 12620 Deer Road, Canton, MN Tuesday, October 30 at 10:30 a.m.

Directions: Fillmore County: From Decorah IA, take Hwy 52N about 17 miles to the intersection of Hwys 44 & 52. through intersection onto Dove Road. .5 mile to right on Deer Rd. Go 1.5 miles to farm on east side of road. Fire # 12620.

Topic: Late fall/early winter paddock planning for dairy grazing. Kura Clover production for seed. Guest speaker Bonnie Haugen of DGA will discuss “How the importance of soil health for pastures affects feeding our cows, and conse-quently our profitability. Improving soil health ideas.”

Wed
17
Oct

Returned to their journey: Bones of 41 American Indians removed from Effigy Mounds returned to their tribes for reburial


Special agent involving a special place ... Effigy Mounds lead ranger David Barland-Liles is pictured above along one of the trails at Effigy Mounds National Monument. Beginning in 2011, he served as the special agent for the National Park Service investigating the most noted recent cases of wrongdoing at Effigy Mounds. Photo by Lissa Blake.

by Lissa Blake

What’s happened at Effigy Mounds over the past 28 years might sound more like the plot of a detective novel than the everyday operations of a National Monument. But after almost 30 years, guardians of the sacred place are in the process of righting a serious wrong.

According to David Barland-Liles, special agent for the National Park Service (NPS) and lead ranger at Effigy Mounds, the skeletal remains of 41 indigenous people, which were missing for 21 years, are being returned to their respective tribes for repatriation.

THE MISSING BONES
The story of the missing bones and how they were recovered involves many individuals who have worked at Effigy Mounds over the past three decades. Barland-Liles said he was working as a special agent for the NPS in St. Louis, MO in 2011 when the matter first came to his attention.

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