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And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that June 6 is sometimes referred to as “The Longest Day” in recognition of the D-Day landings in WWII. The longest day of the year is really around June 20-21 each year.

But I thought about that as a robin was singing when I awoke around 4 a.m. this morning. I often can still hear them as late as 10 p.m., so they might put in a 16 hour day some days. Really a long day. Do they take a siesta in the afternoon?

Speaking of birds, I heard a succession of various songs coming from the same tree area one morning. I could not place the usual familiar blue jay, oriole or cardinal pattern with which I am familiar. Then a catbird flew away and took all the tunes with it. They are sometimes called a mocking bird because of the ability to mimic or create many bird calls. It’s as if God made up for their drab dark grey color by giving them this other talent.

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Word for Word 6/13/18

Rev. Ron Pederson
Rev. Ron Pederson

Pray with Confidence

The writer to the Hebrews says: “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are - yet without sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrew 4:15-16).

I remember when I was about five or six years old and wanted to be sure that I confessed my sins the right way. I prayed to God confessing my sins but I didn’t feel like I was doing it the way God wanted me to. I especially didn’t feel like I was sincere enough or felt sorry enough for my sins. Finally I decided that the next time I got hurt and started to cry, then I would confess my sins to God; then I would be truly sorry for my sins in the way God wanted me to be. And so that is what I did. But I was disappointed. It didn’t seem to help much.

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Jun

Donate Life Night this Saturday at Upper Iowa Speedway honors organ donation decisions like those of area graduate Erin Rud

Erin Rud ...
Erin Rud ...

by Lissa Blake

It’s a decision no family should ever have to make.

But looking back, the family of the late Erin Rud is glad they did. It’s been just over a year since Erin passed away as the result of a fall from a moving vehicle.

Her mother, Kathy Renk, of rural New Albin, said in the hours afterword, doctors did everything they could to save her. When it became evident that Erin would not survive, Kathy said they started having some hard conversations.

“I remember sitting in the room visiting with Erin’s sister, Emily, and talking about it. I asked Emily if she thought Erin would like to be an organ donor, and she agreed she would,” she said.

After the conversation, Kathy said she left the room to go find her husband, Tom Renk, and Erin’s dad, Jeff, and his wife, Kris, of Spring Grove, MN. What Kathy didn’t know is that the hospital’s organ donation representative had already been visiting with them regarding Erin’s wishes.

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13
Jun

Allamakee County Dairy Days Parade is this Friday as part of Big Four Fair and Hometown Celebration in Postville

The annual Allamakee County Dairy Days Parade, typically held within the first week of June, is being held in Postville this year and will be combined with that community’s annual Hometown Celebration and Big Four Fair being held June 15-17. The Dairy Days Parade is scheduled to take place Friday, June 15, beginning at 7 p.m. as part of Postville’s Hometown Celebration Parade through downtown Postville. “Agriculture MOOving America” is the parade theme.

Line-up for the parade will begin  at 6:30 p.m. at Lull’s Park. Each entry will be assigned a number for the line-up. All entrants are asked to fill out an entry form and return it to the Postville City Hall by fax at 563-864-7407, email to postvillecityclerk@neitel.net or mail to Postville City Hall, P.O. Box 242, Postville, IA 52162.

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Jun

Waukon Feed Ranch hosts delegation of pork industry professionals from China


In awe of the grain operation ... Members of a delegation of pork industry professionals from China who visited Waukon Feed Ranch Friday, June 8 have details of the most recent grain leg and bin addition at the Waukon Feed Ranch Agronomy Center explained to them by Waukon Feed Ranch Agronomy Center Assistant General Manager Daniel Dykstra. The visitors from China were in Iowa for the World Pork Expo in Des Moines and toured all aspects of the Waukon Feed Ranch, in addition to W&M Ag, one of the farrowing facilities operated by Waukon Feed Ranch. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

Explaining the grain handling system ... Waukon Feed Ranch Agronomy Center Assistant General Manager Daniel Dykstra explains the grain handling and drying automation system at the Agronomy Center located west of Waukon to a group of Chinese pork industry professionals during their tour of the Waukon Feed Ranch facilities Friday, June 8. The delegation from China was impressed with the streamlined efficiency of the system. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

Handling with care ... A couple members of a delegation of pork industry representatives from China (at right) have their photo taken with Waukon Feed Ranch Swine Business Manager Jeff Monk (left) and a couple of young pigs while touring the W&M Ag farrowing facility operated in Dorchester by Waukon Feed Ranch. The delegation toured all aspects of Waukon Feed Ranch while in Iowa for the World Pork Expo. Submitted photo.

by Joe Moses

A group of pork industry professionals from China visited the Waukon Feed Ranch Agronomy Center and the W&M Ag pork production facility managed by Waukon Feed Ranch Friday, June 8. The delegation of pork industry professionals was visiting businesses in conjunction with the World Pork Expo being held in Des Moines June 6-8 to learn more about the U.S. pork industry’s production methods and to make comparisons to methods currently being used in China.

The delegation included representatives of several Chinese companies including New Hope Liuhe Co., Twins Group, Huanshan Group, Sichuan Dekang Husbandry Company, Hunan Paper Mulberry Agri-Tech Development Company, Anhui Delin Farm Management Company, and Guangdong Nanmu Company (a Wens Group company).

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Jun

River rise ...

The Upper Iowa River was on the rise over the weekend as heavy rains dumped reported totals of anywhere from two to five inches of rain throughout Allamakee County Saturday, June 9. Those rainfall amounts fell in less than a five-hour period in most cases and followed a slightly less significant rainfall of an inch or so that passed through Allamakee County Friday morning, June 8. The end result of those rain events raised the Upper Iowa River more than double its original depth at its measuring station on the Highway 76 bridge near Dorchester in less than 48 hours, including a spike from its usual depth of around eight feet Saturday afternoon, June 9 past its minor flood state of 14 feet to more than 15.5 feet less than 12 hours later as those heavy rains poured down.

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13
Jun

Egan wins Democratic nomination for Iowa House District 56; Allamakee County voting results don’t differ much from broader results in June 5 Primary Election

Helping decide who will square off in the November General Election later this year, Allamakee County voters joined others statewide in casting their decisions in the Tuesday, June 5 Primary Election. Allamakee County Commissioner of Elections Denise Beyer reports that just under 10.5% of Allamakee County’s 9,892 registered voters took part in this year’s Primary Election.

“The turn-out for the 2018 Primary was pretty similar to recent Primary elections,” Beyer explained. “In 2012 there was a 17% turn-out, 2014 had 9% and 2016 had 17% turnout for the Primary election.”

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13
Jun

Allamakee County kicks off celebration of 100 years of ISU Extension with coloring contest


Pictured above, left to right, Leon Burg - Kindergarten, Lauren Plein - First Grade, Tegan Dahlstrom - Second Grade and Allia Ericson - Second Grade.

Pictured above, left to right, Nora Davis - Third Grade, Willa Troendle - Fourth Grade, Savannah McCann - Fifth Grade and Kyrie Snitker - Sixth Grade.

This year Allamakee County is celebrating 100 years of organized county extension work. This long-established partnership with Iowa State University (ISU) provides local citizens with access to education and university research, providing education and building partnerships for a strong Iowa and a strong Allamakee County.

ISU Extension and Outreach Allamakee County will be receiving its 100-year certificate during the Allamakee County Fair in July of this year.

ISU Extension and Outreach is part of the federal Cooperative Extension Service, a network of more than 100 land-grant institutions, including Iowa State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture serving communities and counties across the United States. Every county in Iowa has an elected extension council that decides how to support ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs at the county level.

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Jun

Waterloo man arrested for stealing tire rims from Waukon business


Frank Miller ... Submitted photo.

An ongoing investigation for the past two months has ultimately resulted in the arrest of a Waterloo man in connection to a series of local thefts. Frank Lee Miller, age 55, of Waterloo was recently arrested in connection with the theft of tire rims from Clark Tire Pros on the north edge of Waukon.

April 10 of this year, the Waukon Police Department received a report of tire rims being stolen from Clark Tire Pros in Waukon. With the use of camera footage and assistance from other law enforcement agencies, the Waukon Police Department was able to successfully identify the thief as Miller. It was further discovered, by use of further camera footage, that Miller had stolen rims from Clark Tire Pros on two occasions.

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Jun

Supervisors advised of issues discovered in pair of recent road project bids, set July 2 as public hearing date for change in ordinance in regard to tower setback requirements

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, June 11 to address a full agenda of items including the temporary closure of Green Valley Road, receiving a recommendation for a proposed change in the Zoning Ordinance text from the Planning and Zoning Commission and the consideration of bids for the Makee Drive paving and Dorchester Drive culvert projects.

During Public Comment, Allamakee County Emergency Management Coordinator Corey Snitker discussed recent weather conditions and rainfall with area river levels being above normal. Allamakee County Engineer Brian Ridenour discussed that half of the Secondary Roads crew was working Sunday with water over a few pavements and gravel roads.

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