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Hospital and Clinics phone system upgrade is transitioning May 30

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) and both the Waukon and Postville Clinics will be undergoing a telephone system upgrade Thursday, May 30. The Postville Clinic will transition to the new system in the morning, with the hospital and Waukon Clinic completing the transformation in the afternoon that same day.

It should only take a very short while for this process to be completed, but in the case of a delay, be sure to call the hospital or clinic back within just a few minutes to be connected.

As always, anyone with any type of emergency should be sure to call 9-1-1.

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May

50th wedding anniversary for Donald and Julie Russell

Julie and Donald Russell
Julie and Donald Russell

Donald and Julie Russell of DeWitt will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Donald Russell and Julie Snitker exchanged vows June 8, 1974 at Zalmona Presbyterian Church, Waukon.

Their children include Tina (Zach) Summers of DeWitt and Travis (Julie) Russell of Burlington. They have also been blessed with five grandchildren. The couple plans to celebrate their anniversary with their family Saturday, June 8 in DeWitt.

In honor of the occasion, cards and well wishes may be sent to 1405 6th Avenue, DeWitt, IA 52742.

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May

Birth announcement: Hennessy

Peyton Verthein and Joseph Hennessy of Waukon announce the birth of their son, Jacksyn Julius Hennessy, born May 17, 2024 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. He weighed 7 lbs. 10 ozs. and measured 20 inches in length at the time of his birth. He joins a brother, Myles Hennessy (2).

Grandparents are Krystal Grotegut and Eric Verthein and Leah and Andy Hennessy, all of Waukon.

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May

Birth announcement: Snitker

Carter and Jasmine Snitker of Farmersburg announce the birth of their son, Kolson David Snitker, born May 17, 2024 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. He weighed 7 lbs. 13 ozs. and measured 21 inches in length at the time of his birth. He joins a sister, Layne Snitker (2).

Grandparents are Jenny and Quentin Schutte of Luana, Kevin Stocker of Waukee, Michelle Kishman of Prairie du Chien, WI, Kurt Kishman of Farmersburg and Bob Snitker of Rossville. Great-grandparents are Kermit and Cathy White of Postville, Ken and Kathy Stocker of Morning Sun, Luther and Cindy Schutte of Luana, Sharon Costello of Lansing and Mel Kishman of Farmersburg.

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May

Birth announcement: Allison

Jeff Allison and Salina Basten of Waukon announce the birth of their son, Jack Robert Allison, born May 18, 2024 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. He weighed 6 lbs. 14 ozs. and measured 20 inches in length at the time of his birth. He joins a sister, Reese Allison (3-1/2).

Grandparents are Jack and Diane Allison of Waukon, Sue Basten and Ken Boeckenstedt of Edgewood, and Bob Basten of Edgewood. Great-grandparents are Myrna and Harry Culbertson of Edgewood.

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May

What's Up at the USDA Office?

Upcoming Deadlines/Dates
May 15 - August 1: CRP Primary Nesting Season
May 31: Deadline to apply for a Marketing Assistance Loan (MAL) for 2023 crops
June 19: Office Closed – Juneteenth
July 4: Office Closed – Independence Day
July 15: Acreage Reporting Deadline for FY24

Cost Sharing Available
Cost sharing on conservation practices is still available. Through the State of Iowa Division of Soil Conservation, IDALS, applications are taken continuously for terraces, grade stabilization structures (ponds), sediment basins (dry ponds) and waterways.  The cost sharing is 50 percent up to the estimated cost.

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May

Deadline is June 1 for Century and Heritage Farm applications

Farm families will be honored August 15 at the Iowa State Fair

The June 1 deadline for eligible Iowa farm owners to apply for Century or Heritage Farm recognition is quickly approaching, and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is encouraging farm families to apply today.

The program, which was created in partnership by the Department and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, honors families who have owned their farms for 100 years and 150 years, respectively. This is the 48th year of the Century Farm Program, which started in 1976 as part of the Nation’s Bicentennial Celebration. To date, more than 21,000 farms from across the state have received this distinction. This is the 18th year of the Heritage Farm Program and more than 1,800 farms have been recognized since this program began in 2006.

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May

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Arthur Clocksin

To the Editor:

Congratulations to the Class of 2024. You may have heard a few commencement speeches already, but in a few short paragraphs I will give you one of my own.

Commencement is defined as a start or a beginning. Some changes in your life are welcome during this time, but others are more challenging. Now you can no longer expect your parents to pay for everything for you. However, even in this period of change some things remain the same - your character, for example.

I remember those in my high school who were great people to be around. Then at my five, ten, and fifteen-year high school reunions they remained the same great people. Then there were others about whom I would have to say, “well, not so much”.

The good news is that even if you find yourself in the “well, not so much” category, there is still time to change. Remember, commencement can mean a new beginning.

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May

Allamakee County voters to head to the polls June 4 for 2024 Primary Election

Tuesday, June 4 will be the Primary Election to determine which candidates will be representing their respective political parties in the 2024 General Election in November. An election notice listing the respective races in each of the Republican, Democratic and Libertarian parties is published on Page 22 of this week’s edition of this newspaper, listing races at the Federal, State and County levels of government for voters to make their selections in, along with additional ballot and election information.

In-person absentee voting for this year’s Primary Election began May 15 and lasts through June 3 in the Auditor’s Office at the Allamakee County Courthouse in Waukon from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday each week until that June 3 date. The Auditor’s Office will also be open 7 a.m.-3 p.m. this Saturday, June 1 for in-person absentee voting.

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