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Wed
10
Oct

Letter to the Editor: God bless the Waukon community

To the Editor:

I have told this story to most people. However, I will tell it one more time.

When I first interviewed in Waukon, it was such a wet and foggy day that the road from Rockford, IL seemed to be endless. I was driving with my wife and my five-year-old daughter. We had left two small children behind with my mother-in-law, and Angeline was six months pregnant.

I got discouraged from the driving as it was getting late and I told Angeline that I wanted to turn the car around and go back home. My wife said, “They are waiting for you, we are going to find Waukon”. In my frustration, I had lost interest.

I pulled into a house and asked for directions, the older gentleman looked at me like an alien when I asked, “Am I going in the right direction to Waukon?”. He just pointed towards the sign on the other side of the road and said, “It’s right there”.

Wed
10
Oct

Letter to the Editor: Dust control

To the Editor:

In the matter of the petition about dust in Irish Hollow:

According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, a mine operator is allowed to move 5,000 ton of product or roughly 333 loads without dust control measures per project.

Depending on how many trucks you have, it may take days, weeks or months. The people on the petition and others should do a little fact finding before wanting to contact a mine operator about dust control.

If you don’t like the dust, maybe you shouldn’t live on a gravel road or do something about it yourself.

Terry Riehm
Mine Owner
New Albin

 

Wed
10
Oct

Letter to the Editor: Attention IPERS people

To the Editor:

It’s time for all individuals who are drawing their IPERS and those who are paying into IPERS to call their state Senator; Mike Breitbach can be reached at 563-920-7399.

Senate File SF45 (Google this) is a bill introduced in the Iowa Senate last session. It will be brought up again in the next session (2019). If this bill passes, it will end IPERS.

What the bill calls for is that on July 1, 2019 all new State, County, City, hospital and any other new public employees can opt out of paying into IPERS and do a 401K. This may sound good, but if they do not contribute to IPERS, IPERS will run out of funds to pay benefits which we have all contributed. Your IPERS monthly payment will be reduced or end altogether in time.

Wed
10
Oct

Letter to the Editor: Asking for a good, honest debate

To the Editor:

November 6, Election Day, I’ll be 92 years old. A year ago, I could not write very well because of my weak right hand. It’s much better, thank God. It takes energy to write, but here goes.

I could not in good conscience let this pass without asking for a good, honest debate on such things as Planned Parenthood, police and military support, Christianity, English only in our schools, unprotected borders, terms limits, a balanced budget and tax breaks for middle America.

Now, when Trump ran against 15 highly respected people, my thoughts of Trump were not the greatest, but now I can see clearly, hands down, he is far superior than the others, a true Godsend. In our 2016 election, Trump carried Allamakee County big (by more than 1,600 votes). He was voted in by a mixture of support from each of the main political parties. He has done more for our country in two years than any other president.

Wed
10
Oct

VMH Auxiliary Pillow Perk set for October 15


VMH Auxiliary Pillow Perk and Masquerade Sales October 15 ... Monday, October 15, the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding their annual Pillow Perk from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. as well as their annual Masquerade Jewelry and Accessories Sale from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Lower Level of Veterans Memorial Hospital. Parking and a direct entrance to these events will be located on the east side of the hospital, facing the golf course. Pictured is a photo from last year’s popular Masquerade sales. Submitted photo.

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its annual Pillow Perk Monday, October 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lower Level of Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Kraft Pillow Service will be on site to make old pillows look like new. Everyone is encouraged to bring in their feather pillows to the Pillow Perk to be cleaned, sanitized and given new ticking. Foam and Dacron pillows may also be renovated by this process. People are also encouraged to bring in their feather beds and have them made into pillows.

Wed
10
Oct

Nurse Practitioner Linda Fuller to join Family Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System, Franciscan Healthcare Waukon

Linda Fuller ... Submitted photo.
Linda Fuller ... Submitted photo.

Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare announces the hiring of a new provider for the Waukon clinic. Board-certified nurse practitioner Linda Fuller will join the Family Medicine team, which includes Steven Perkins, D.O.; nurse practitioners Linda Fuller, Elizabeth Leschensky and Michelle Mertens-Dodgen; and certified physician assistant Sara Winters.

“I’ve enjoyed living in Rochester while working for Mayo Clinic for the past 12 years, but I’m even more excited to join the team in Waukon,” says Fuller. “I grew up on a small family farm in southern Illinois, and immediately felt at home in Waukon surrounded by fields and friendly people. I can’t wait to join the stellar team at the clinic, and provide care to - and develop relationships with - the good people of Waukon and the surrounding communities.”

Wed
10
Oct

Flu shots available at VMH Community and Home Care

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care is offering flu shots every Wednesday afternoon during their regular immunization clinics. The next flu shot clinic will be held Wednesday, October 10 from 1-4 p.m. and again Wednesday, October 17 from 1-6 p.m. The Community and Home Care Immunization Clinic is located on the upper level of Veterans Memorial Hospital.

Immunization clinics are held from 1-6 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month, and from 1-4 p.m. all other Wednesdays. Flu vaccine, pneumonia vaccines and tetanus vaccines will be available. Medicare does cover the costs of a flu shot. Billing for vaccinations will be completed by the Community and Home Care staff, but participants will need to bring their physician’s name and new Medicare number or private insurance card with them. Those who do not have insurance that covers vaccines can also pay for them.

Wed
10
Oct

Don’t judge yourself for being an emotional eater

by Annette Marsden, M.S. Nutrition Educator
 
Emotional eating has gotten a bad rap. The topic of emotional eating has captivated many, and there are countless books and articles on how to eat to be a healthy eater, and how not to be an emotional eater.

Can we really expect to leave our emotions behind while we eat? Should our goal really be “emotionless eating”? I don’t think so.

Babies are born knowing when they are hungry and when they are satisfied.

They also like to feed sometimes just for comfort. It is normal and human to soothe and comfort ourselves in the ways we know how. We have been using food for comfort and soothing since the day we were born!

Wed
10
Oct

Euchre marathon to be held

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its monthly Euchre Marathon for all individuals of the community interested Thursday, October 18. Men and women are welcome to attend, even if not an Auxiliary member. The Euchre marathons are held the third Thursday of each month at the Senior Citizens Room at the Waukon Wellness Center.

The Auxiliary’s Euchre Marathons begin at 11:30 a.m. with dinner, if chosen.  Call Northland Agency on Aging at 877-838-8077 if choosing to eat dinner. Card playing will follow at 12:30 p.m. until approximately 2:30 p.m. Anyone wishing to stay and play cards following the Senior Citizens meal is more than welcome to do so. All proceeds go towards the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital. Prizes will be awarded.

Anyone interested in attending but preferring to play Bridge is also welcome to join in. It is asked that they come with their own table of four players, however.

Wed
10
Oct

Volunteer “Greeters” needed at Veterans Memorial Hospital’s front entrance

Veterans Memorial Hospital is looking for more volunteers to serve as Greeters at the new main entrance reception desk once per month. Greeters help direct patients and visitors to the hospital through the facility to their desired area.

Anyone interested in volunteering to serve as a Greeter or wanting more information should contact Erin Berns, Public Relations Director at Veterans Memorial Hospital, at 563-568-3411.
 

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