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Jan

Caregiver Support Group to meet at VMH Jan. 21

The local Caregiver Support Group meets monthly at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. The meetings take place the third Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m. The next meeting will be held Monday, January 21 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the ICN Conference Room, located on the lower level of the hospital.

This informal meeting is open to anyone who provides care and support for a family member or friend. Feel free to attend and bring a friend. This Caregiver Support Group meets the third Monday of each month at Veterans Memorial Hospital.
 

Wed
16
Jan

Birth announcement: Sandry

Kevin and Emily Sandry of Cresco announce the birth of their son, Harrison Dean Sandry, born January 3, 2019 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. He weighed 8 lbs. 1 oz. and measured 20 inches in length at the time of his birth.

Grandparents are Terri Mullen, Dean and Donna Reicks and Bill and Karen Sandry, all of Cresco. Great-grandparents are Denis Reicks and John and Gilda Mullen, all of Cresco.

Wed
16
Jan

Birth announcement: Coon

Austin and Keisha Coon of Monona announce the birth of their daughter, Irie Marie Coon, born January 5, 2019 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. She weighed 6 lbs. 12 ozs. and measured 20 inches in length at the time of her birth. She joins a brother, Shea (2-1/2).

Grandparents are Larry and Susan Coon of Oxford Junction and Luther and Cindy Schutte of Luana. Great-grandparents are Dwayne and Inez Moon of Luana and Kathryn Hickey of Oxford Junction.

Wed
16
Jan

What's Up at the FSA Office?

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

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• January 21: Office closed in observance of Martin Luther King Day

Storage and Handling Trucks Eligible for Farm Storage Facility Loans
Farm Storage Facility Loans (FSFL) provide low-interest financing so producers can build or upgrade facilities to store commodities. Some storage and handling trucks are eligible for the FSFL. These include:

Wed
16
Jan

Iowa State University study shows farmers active in watershed groups more likely to plant cover crops

Research by Iowa State University shows that active farmer involvement in watershed management groups and other conservation networks is key to adopting conservation practices like cover crops.

The study, published recently in the journal Water Resources Research, was based on survey research conducted in three Iowa watersheds - the Iowa, Missouri-Little Sioux, and Upper Mississippi-Maquoketa - and sheds light on factors related to adoption of cover crops and other conservation practices.

Wed
16
Jan

ISU Extension and Outreach releases Confinement Site Manure Applicator Workshops schedule for 2019

Confinement site manure applicators and anyone interested in learning about manure issues should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach in January or February. These workshops are offered in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. There is no fee to attend the workshops, but applicators will need to pay certification fees to complete certification requirements.

“Iowa law requires confinement site manure applicators to attend two hours of continuing education each year of their three-year certification period or take and pass an exam once every three years,” said Dan Andersen, associate professor, ISU Ag and Biosystems Engineering and coordinator of the manure applicator certification program.

Wed
16
Jan

Results of recent local laborshed study released by Iowa Workforce Development

by Lissa Blake

When someone is commuting to work, there are a number of considerations that affect where and how far they are willing to travel for a good job. Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) recently released the results of a laborshed study completed in a number of northeast Iowa communities, including Waukon.

A laborshed study is a “supply-side labor availability study that documents labor sources (workers) traveling to a particular employment center for work. It is based upon current commuting patterns with no restrictions by county or state lines,” explained a release from IWD.

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Val Reinke, executive director for Allamakee County Economic Development, explained the study will assist local employers in understanding what it is that motivates individuals to take certain types of employment.

Wed
16
Jan

Nominations sought for Allamakee County Dairy Banquet set for March 16

Award nominations due by February 8; Princess applications due by March 1

The 2019 Allamakee County Dairy Banquet will be held Saturday, March 16 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. The meal will be served from 7-8:30 p.m., with the program starting at 8 p.m. The annual celebration recognizes the importance of the dairy industry in Allamakee County and the contributions dairy families make to the industry.

Every year, top producers from the county are recognized at the banquet. In addition, several other awards are presented that evening. The Allamakee Dairy Promotion Board and the Allamakee County Extension Office are accepting nominations through February 8 for the following awards:

Wed
16
Jan

Supervisors approve proclamation of January as National Mentoring Month among other matters discussed during regular Monday session


January proclaimed National Mentoring Month … At its Monday, January 14 regular session, the Allamakee County Board of Supervisors proclaimed January as National Mentoring Month. Pictured above at the proclamation are: Front row - Left to right: Allamakee County Board of Supervisors Chairman Larry Schellhammer, Danny Schlitter with the Allamakee Mentoring Program Steering Committee, Helping Services for Youth and Families Mentoring Coordinator Kathy Schwartzhoff. Second row: Helping Services Prevention Specialist Jen Kimber, volunteer mentor Becky Manning, Helping Services intern Katrina Cotant, Helping Services Director of Prevention Services Tessa Willie. Third row: Bob Rotach with the Allamakee Mentoring Program Steering Committee, Helping Services Mentoring Program Board of Directors member Jim Wadsworth. Back row: Allamakee County Board of Supervisors members Dennis Koenig and Dan Byrnes, Loren Beneke with the Allamakee Mentoring Program Steering Committee, Helping Services Executive Director Carson Eggland. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, January 14 to address a full agenda of items including the National Mentoring Month proclamation, funding requests from Helping Services and Main Street Lansing, and the consideration of a personnel matter due to a resignation. There was no Public Comment.

Wed
16
Jan

Former Waukon cross country runners reflect on the 25th anniversary of rare double State Championships won by girls and boys teams during 1993 season


Rare double championship won 25 seasons ago ... Members of the Waukon girls and boys cross country teams pose for a combined team photo after both teams ran to their respective Class 2A State Championships in Fort Dodge October 30, 1993. Only eight other programs in the nearly 100-year history of the Iowa High School State Cross Country Championships have accomplished State Championship team wins by both their girls and boys teams in the same season. Pictured above, left to right, are: Front row - Waukon girls team members Tara (Lyons) Stein, Denise (Hammel) Reinhardt, Dacia (Berger) Regan, Deb Meyer, Kathy Hoisington and Jessie (Regan) Keenan. Back row - Waukon boys cross country coach Harlan Heidelbauer and team members Mike Cunningham, Chris Hoisington, Brian Egan, Adam Kolsrud, Kevin Egan, Joey Zimmerli, Jeff DeBuhr and Nick Nordheim, and Waukon girls cross country coach Don Steffens. Photo submitted by Harlan Heidelbauer.

This past fall marked the fifth consecutive season the Waukon High School cross country program has most recently been represented at the Iowa High School State Cross Country Meet. The Indian girls have represented that program in each of the last two seasons and the Waukon boys team earned that honor of season grand finale qualification the three seasons prior to that, each ending multiple-season absences from that ultimate destination.

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