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Wed
15
Aug

Crop Marketing highlights the ISU Research Farm Field Day

The Annual Fall Field Day at the ISU Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm will run from 1-4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, September 5. Steve Johnson, Extension farm management specialist, will kick-off the program in the Borlaug Learning Center by providing his insights on the crop market outlook. Following Steve is Antonio Mallarino, Extension soil fertility specialist, to discuss recent research on the use of high rates of gypsum, as well as a soil lime/pH update. We then convene outside for the farm wagon tour; Meaghan Anderson, Extension field agronomist, will share her thoughts on weed management, herbicide resistance and crop injury.

Daren Mueller, ISU extension plant pathologist, will review corn and soybean diseases that have impacted us in 2018 and management for 2019.

The field day is free and open to the public.  It starts at the Borlaug Learning Center Headquarters on the ISU Northeast Research Farm and Demonstration Farm.

Wed
15
Aug

Farmland leasing and land values informational workshops offered across northeast Iowa

More than half of Iowa farmland is rented.  In some Iowa locations, as much as 70 percent of the land is farmed by farmers who don’t own the land.

In Northeast Iowa, the result is many conversations and negotiations between farmland owners and producer-tenants to determine what makes sense for farmland leases and cash rental rates – both fixed rent and flexible arrangements.  Strong landlord/tenant relationships are important for the long-term viability of Iowa’s farming communities.

These are just a few reasons why Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers workshops designed to answer questions that land owners and tenants have about farmland leasing and land values.

These workshops will be held across northeast Iowa counties starting August 6 through August 21.

Melissa O’Rourke, ISU Extension Farm & Agribusiness Management Specialist will present a wide range of topics related to farmland values and leasing.

Wed
15
Aug

Area native Jay Mathis to begin his tenure as superintendent of the same district where his own education began


Coming home ... New Allamakee Community School District Superintendent Jay Mathis (far right) is pictured with his mother and father, Bob and Jean Mathis of rural Waterville. Jean Mathis taught at Waterville Elementary School for 30 years and her father, Robert McLeese, served as Superintendent of the Waterville School District.

by Brianne Eilers

The beginning of the 2018-2019 school year is right around the corner and this year the Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) will begin a new school year with a new superintendent.

Jay Mathis is no stranger to the Waukon area or the ACSD. He was raised in rural Allamakee County and graduated in 1982 from Waukon High School. His wife, the former Maria Welsh, is also a 1982 WHS graduate and they both have family still living in the area.

Mathis spent the first 13 years of his career in education teaching math and coaching football and track. His first teaching/coaching job was with Garner-Hayfield schools in central Iowa. He then went on to teach and coach for the Decorah school district.

Wed
15
Aug

Something in common: Pair of Good Samaritan residents reminisce about lifelong friendship


Lifelong friends together again ... Lifelong friends Marcella Selberg (left in above photo) and Norma Barr (right in above photo) are together once again now that Marcella has joined Norma as a resident of Good Samaritan Society in Waukon as of this past June. The two grew up a mile apart from each other and became friends early in life. Marcella’s family came across the photo at right of the two of them when they were moving her belongings from her apartment this past June. The photo is labeled “Boots and Norma, 1946” (Boots is Marcella Selberg’s nickname), and it now sits in Marcella’s room. Submitted photos.

by Lissa Blake

There is seemingly no end to the number of things Marcella (Kolsrud) Selberg and Norma (Sorenson) Barr have in common. Perhaps that is why they’ve remained friends for nearly all of their lives.

They were both baptized, confirmed and married at the Waterville Lutheran Church. They both attended Waterville Elementary and High School, participating in girls’ glee club, band and sports together. Both were raised in homes where Norwegian was spoken regularly.

And, as of June of this year, they now both reside at Good Samaritan Society in Waukon, where - much like their days growing up - they now keep up with each other on a daily basis.

FAMILY FRIENDS
Norma was born on the Fourth of July, 1924. “The doctor wasn’t available, so my two grandmothers delivered me,” said Norma.

Marcella was also born at home, March 20, 1925, with a doctor attending.

Wed
15
Aug

Allamakee County holds 2018 Bible Reading Marathon ...

The third annual Iowa 99 County Bible Reading Marathon took place throughout the state of Iowa this summer following a proclamation signed by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds February 14 of this year. Organized in Allamakee County by Mary Keatley and Kristi Hager, local residents took part in the Bible Reading Marathon on the lawn of the Allamakee County Courthouse over the course of its four days Thursday, August 9 through Sunday, August 12.

“We wish to make this a countywide effort bringing together all Christians and interested persons within Allamakee County,” local organizers shared prior to the event. “All ages are welcome.” Pictured at the podium, left to right, Drake Reisinger and Tara Reisinger, with a group of area church members in attendance during the 2018 Bible Reading Marathon. Standard photo by Joe Moses.
 

Wed
15
Aug

Program by National Eagle Center at Lansing Fish Days ...

The National Eagle Center presented information about bald eagles Saturday, August 11 at Lansing Fish Days. A live juvenile bald eagle was part of the presentation that took place on the Festival Grounds. The National Bald Eagle Center is a non-profit interpretive center located in Wabasha, MN that connects people with nature, history and cultures. Photo by Deb Welsh.
 

Wed
15
Aug

Supervisors discuss need for painted lines on county roads, consider easement for communications tower and review LP bids

by Lissa Blake

It was a short agenda for the Allamakee County Supervisors Monday morning, August 13.

During the public comment section, Gloria Payne of the Allamakee County Historic Preservation Commission thanked the Supervisors and explained the Commission’s first meeting in the Board of Supervisors room was happening later that day.

Payne asked Board Chair Larry Schellhammer to sign a Certified Local Government National Register Nomination Evaluation Report Form required in order for the Commission to get the West Paint Creek Synod Lutheran Church added to the National Register of Historic Places. She explained the committee, chaired by Greg Gilbertson, has put a lot of time into preparing the 33-page application, and there is a meeting October 12, where they will find out more. She said the Old East Paint Creek Lutheran Church was added to the National Register in 1968.

Wed
15
Aug

Quilts of Valor presented to local veterans ...


Joe Gallagher

Duane Duvel

Murvel Barness

Wayne Johnson

Waukon Patriot Quilters recently presented Quilts of Valor to four local veterans to honor them and thank them for their service. These Quilts of Valor were presented at the veterans’ homes due to health and mobility issues. Pictured in the surrounding photos are quilt recipients Joe Gallagher, Duane Duvel, Murvel Barness and Wayne Johnson, who is being presented the quilt by Patriot Quilter Grace Murphy. Submitted photos.
 

Wed
15
Aug

Robey Memorial Library hosts author event Thursday, September 13


William Kent Krueger ... Submitted photo.

New York Times bestselling novelist William Kent Krueger is coming to Robey Memorial Library September 13 at 7 p.m.

Krueger will be promoting his new book, Desolation Mountain, coming out later this month.

Krueger is the bestselling author of Ordinary Grace and the Cork O’Connor mystery series involving the former sheriff of Tamarack County and a man of Irish and Ojibwe heritage. Robey Memorial Library is partnering with Dragonfly Books in Decorah, which will have books available for purchase at the event. Robey Memorial Library is located at 401 1st Avenue NW in Waukon. For more information, contact (563) 568-4424 or www.waukon.lib.ia.us.
 

Wed
15
Aug

Lansing native joins staff at Waukon Veterinary Service


Dr. Monica Wagner, DVM

Waukon Veterinary Service has welcomed a new veterinarian to its staff as of July 9. Dr. Monica Wagner, DVM grew up in rural Lansing and has a strong connection to the area with many friends and family members residing here.

In her high school years, Wagner served as an alternate Dairy Princess for Allamakee County and was involved in milking cows on an organic dairy farm, which was something that sparked her initial interest in veterinary medicine.

During her childhood, Wagner was involved in the care of pets and was familiar with the quality of care provided at Waukon Veterinary Service, making a return to the area for a great career opportunity, a good fit personally and professionally.

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