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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. If you have any questions or would like more information, please call (563.-568-2148) or stop by our office.

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Oct

Commercial Pesticide Applicator Course to be offered locally October 25

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Allamakee County office will offer the Mosquito/Public Health Pest Management Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Thursday, October 25, 2018. The program provided by the ISU Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) can be seen at office locations across Iowa.

The local attendance site for the October 25 CIC is the Allamakee County Extension Office, Waukon. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by sessions from 9-11:30 a.m. The registration fee increases after October 18. To register or to obtain additional information about the CIC, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach Allamakee County office at 563-568-6345.

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Oct

Stockmanship, Handling and Beef Quality Assurance Training

The Stockmanship, Handling and Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Training program will be held Saturday, November 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Northeast Iowa Equity Sales 1645 Hwy. 76 North, Waukon.

This training session features the basics of animal behavior and a cattle handling demonstration by Curt Pate, Ryegate, MT.

Pre-register by November 12 by calling the Allamakee County Extension office at (563) 568-6345.

For more information contact: Denise Schwab, ISU Beef Program Specialist, (319) 721-9624 or Rusty Gibbs, IBIC Director of Industry Relations, (515) 296-2305.

The Iowa BQA Program is funded by the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Beef Checkoff, and the education is delivered as a joint effort in conjunction with the Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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Oct

Iowa State University economist advises cost containment, and patience, for farmers marketing corn and soybeans


Chad Hart ...

At harvest time, Chad Hart, associate professor of economics at Iowa State University in Ames, is urging Iowa farmers to watch their costs and be patient as they face what is playing out to be a difficult market for corn and soybeans.

“This marketing year, like many of the previous years, will challenge producers’ patience and financial standing,” Hart said of the fall harvest season and the outlook on the marketing of those harvest yields. “It will take some time for prices to recover and we may not yet have seen the low. But time is still on our side if we can position ourselves to ride out the next few months. Seasonal patterns and the current futures prices both suggest better prices will be available in the spring.”

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10
Oct

Waukon High School Homecoming Royalty...

Waukon High School seniors Thomas Byrnes (left) and Megan O’Neill (right) were crowned Waukon High School's 2018 Homecoming King and Queen at the traditional "Burning of the 'W'" pep rally Thursday, October 4 at the Waukon High School gym. Additional photos of Waukon High School's Homecoming events are featured on Page 2A inside this week's issue, as well as coverage of Waukon football's Homecoming victory over Waterloo Columbus featured on Page 15A this week.

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Oct

Kee High School Homecoming Royalty ...

Kee High School seniors Makayla Walleser (left) and Tony Martin (right) were crowned Kee High School's 2018 Homecoming Queen and King at the annual Homecoming pep rally held in the Kee High School gymnasium Friday afternoon, October 5. Additional photos of Kee High School's Homecoming festivities are featured on Page 16A of this week's issue of The Standard, along with coverage of the Hawks' Homecoming game with Easton Valley featured on Page 10A inside this issue. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

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Oct

Fields of Faith event is Wednesday evening at Waukon High School

Students from Waukon High School will join thousands of other youth and any others who may be interested on athletic fields across the nation Wednesday, October 10 to share their Christian faith with fellow students and the general public during the 15th annual national Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ (FCA) Fields of Faith event. This interdenominational outreach event will be held at more than 500 locations throughout the nation.

The local event is now in its seventh year and will start at 7 p.m. at the Waukon High School football field that Wednesday evening. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be held inside the Waukon High School gymnasium.

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Oct

George Ashbacher to share his Barn of Memories with the public this weekend


Collection of local history will be open to the public ... Longtime auctioneer George Ashbacher sits near his display of vintage washing machines that, along with many other things, he has collected throughout his 60 years of auctioneering. Ashbacher will open his six buildings he has filled with northeast Iowa history and memorabilia to the public this Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Photo by Kristin Kopperud-Stinn.

Historical hairdressing ... Pictured above is a vintage “perm” machine used back in the day to give hair permanents. The machine is just one of the many pieces of local nostalgia that George Ashbacher of rural Harpers Ferry has collected over the years and now has on display in the former Rossville Barbershop that is part of six buildings he will be opening to the public this weekend for open house viewing of local history. Photo by Kristin Kopperud-Stinn.

by Kristin Kopperud-Stinn

George Ashbacher has one of the largest collections of memorabilia in northeast Iowa. Most of the items on display at his Grandpa George’s Barn of Memories are from a radius of 60 miles or less from Harpers Ferry where Ashbacher calls home. In total, there are six buildings, seven if you count the second floor of the main building.

Ashbacher credits 60 years of auctioneering for his impressive collection, which ranges from small souvenir spoons and plates to five vintage tractors. Originally, Ashbacher had 48 tractors in his collection. He also owns more than 200 pieces of chalk ware, 40 lamps and a host of commemorative items from towns such as Waterville, Waukon, Rossville, Elkader, Harpers Ferry, Marquette and McGregor.

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Oct

Quanrude files appeal of his Second Degree Murder conviction

by Lissa Blake

A Waukon man convicted of second degree murder last month has now filed an appeal on that verdict.

John Michael Quanrude, 32, filed the appeal Wednesday, October 3. The action came following his sentencing hearing held Monday, October 1 in the Allamakee County Courthouse in Waukon, where District Judge John Bauercamper sentenced Quanrude to 50 years in prison for the killing of his stepfather and roommate, 60-year-old Dean Russell of Waukon. At the time, Bauercamper instructed Quanrude that he had 30 days to appeal his case.

In a jury trial that took just four days in mid-September before a guilty verdict was handed down, Quanrude was convicted of the crime, a Class B felony, which took place April 16 of this year in the home he shared with Russell at 49 Jean Road in the Parkview Trailer Court in Waukon. At the time of sentencing,

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10
Oct

Supervisors address several matters in regard to Secondary Roads Dept.

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, October 8 to address agenda items including the consideration of quotes regarding the purchase of a tractor backhoe for the Secondary Roads Department, the approval of Secondary Roads transfers and quarterly reports for Planning and Zoning and the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Department. Chairperson Larry Schellhammer called the meeting to order with approval of the current agenda and October 1 minutes.

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