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Identity mystery solved for World War I Veterans ...

The identity of the men pictured above in this photo that previously ran in the April 5, 2017 edition of The Standard in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into World War I has since been solved. The photo, simply labeled "WWI Veterans," hangs in the Vet's Club in Waukon, with no further details or names being listed with the photo. After publishing the photo earlier this year near the April 6 100th anniversary of the United States joining World War I by declaring war on Germany on that date in 1917, Jim Normann of Waukon recalled seeing such a photo in his family's collection of such items and came across the newspaper clipping of the same photo, along with the following photo caption:

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ACSD Superintendent Dave Herold speaks at May 11 Allamakee Democrats meeting


Allamakee Community School District Superintendent Dave Herold was the featured speaker at the May 11 meeting of the Allamakee Democrats. Herold spoke on school funding and the impact of recent legislation on collective bargaining in addition to answering other questions from those in attendance. Submitted photo.

Dave Herold, Superintendent of the Allamakee Community School District (ACSD), was the  guest speaker at the Allamakee Democrats’ monthly meeting held Thursday, May 11. He gave a presentation on school funding and how the restrictions and changes to Chapter 20 (Collective Bargaining) affect the local school district.

In light of the Republican-controlled State House and State Senate recently passing a school funding bill with a 1.1%  increase, which is the third lowest in Iowa’s history, and the cost of living index being listed at four percent, the result is a substantial budget shortfall for schools in Allamakee County. To address this shortfall, Herold outlined three options: cut staff, cut programs, or increase the property tax levy.

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First Baptist Church of Waukon planning June mission trip to Amazon Jungle in Brazil


The group pictured above from First Baptist Church in Waukon will be making a mission trip to the Amazon Jungle in Brazil in June of this year. Left to right - Front row: Brenna Smith, Jacob Smith, Aislinn Goettel. Second row: Morgan Van Ruler, Sidney McQuade, Claire Beyer, Kari Roney. Back row: Michael Smith, Nathan Smith, Cristina Smith, Pastor Duane Smith, and Deb and Steve Kiley. Photo submitted with permission from Elisha Marti.

submitted by Cristina Smith

First Baptist Church in Waukon is planning a third mission trip to Brazil, South America June 2-18 of this year. Every four years, First Baptist Church, under the direction of Rev. Duane and Cristina Smith, plans an overseas missions trip open to the youth group and church family.

This upcoming trip is unique because the team of 13 people will be going to the Amazon Jungle of northern Brazil. The past mission trips, in 2009 and 2013, respectively, were to East-Central Brazil. The June 2017 mission trip will be a different and adventurous trip, taking the team to the Amazon Rainforest of northern Brazil.

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May

4-H Youth Leadership Group welcomes new members ...

The Experiential Learning Model emphasizes the use of life skills to learn content objectives. Through 4-H, this model emphasizes the importance of student involvement in the experiences or activities in each situation of the learning cycle. Students bring their own experiences and knowledge to the learning cycle. The Allamakee County 4-H Council is an elite group of senior 4-H members who use their leadership skills to plan community service projects, lead educational workshops and host many countywide 4-H activities. In addition, County Council members are each challenged to complete an individual leadership project. The objective of leadership projects is for members to create an impact in their personal growth as a leader and in their community while developing a relationship with an adult partner.

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May

Wins $30,000 lottery prize …

A northeast Iowa man said a store clerk was more excited than he was about winning the lottery. Lyle Mohwinkle of Waukon (pictured above) claimed the 26th of 91 top prizes of $30,000 available in the Iowa Lottery’s “Bonus Crossword” scratch game. Mohwinkle said he bought his winning ticket Saturday, May 6 at Huba Huba in Waukon and scratched it off before leaving the store. Mohwinkle, a frequent customer of the store, said he knew he won a big prize and had a store clerk double-check his work.

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May

Senior Corps Week celebrates the efforts of 340 volunteers serving northeast Iowa


Volunteers at the Allamakee County Food Shelf ... Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteers prepare for distribution of food at the Allamakee County Food Shelf in Waukon. Pictured, left to right, are Joe Schorr, Ann Roed, Sharon Costello, Jane Kallevang, Marilyn Schorr, John Grampovnik, Linda Groe and Wayne Burk. Submitted photo.

Tax training ... Local volunteers Ron Snitker and Janet Steiner recently joined a group of 17 volunteers preparing to take certification tests for tax preparation. The local volunteers assist in the RSVP tax preparation program. Submitted photo.

Allamakee County volunteers are a busy bunch

Senior Corps Week is being observed May 15-19, with local efforts being celebrated. The Senior Corps program is under the Corporation of National and Community Service with over 245,000 volunteers age 55-plus serving nationwide. Senior Corps programs are federally funded with local match and include Senior Companions, Foster Grandparents and the RSVP Volunteer Program.

Locally, the Northeast Iowa RSVP Program is under the sponsorship of the Decorah Public Library and covers the counties of Allamakee, Howard and Winneshiek.  Volunteers with the RSVP program are age 55-plus and serve at local non-profit agencies. They can be found everywhere with over 340 volunteers serving at 60 non-profit agencies.

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May

Northgate Care Center receives deficiency-free results report from recent State of Iowa survey


Northgate Care Center in Waukon recently received results back from its annual State of Iowa survey, a report indicating the facility has met all State of Iowa standards. Pictured above are some of the Northgate Care Center staff members. Left to right - Front row: Ashlea Martins, Jenny Woods, Liz Dietrich. Middle row: Carrie Quandahl, Margie Moen, Becky Hager, Robyn Hirth, Lou Ann Wikan, Dawn Smith, Corene Peck. Back row: Chad Wikan, Karli Mahr, Debbi Hohn, Marlene Hills, Joan Dietrich, Megan Kelly, Dana Heying, Cindy Iverson, Linda Handke, Shannon Lloyd.

The annual State survey of Northgate Care Center in Waukon has been completed, and after a week of inspection the survey team deemed the facility to have met the standards required by the State of Iowa. For 13 out of the last 20 years, Northgate has gone above and beyond State requirements. During this survey, the environment of the care center, nursing, social work, activities, human resources, dietary and all other facets were inspected to ensure State requirements and standards are being met.

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An idea formulated 20 years ago now has Waukon native Peggy Sivesind, and her clients, riding around in style with her new business venture, Cadillac Caring Services, LLC


Cadillac Caring Services, LLC, a new business venture by Waukon native Peggy Sivesind providing private driver and companion travel services, recently received a First Dollar Visit from the Waukon Chamber of Commerce. Pictured above at the First Dollar presentation are, left to right, Waukon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member Dan Headington, Waukon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stephanie Dugan, Cadillac Caring Services, LLC founder and owner Peggy Sivesind, and Waukon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors members Sherrie Hunstad and Tyler Halverson. Submitted photo.

An idea that Waukon native Peggy Sivesind first thought of about 20 years ago while venturing out into the working world was recently able to be put in drive, literally, following her return to her hometown. Now that idea, Cadillac Caring Services, LLC, has Sivesind driving around in style, and taking others along for the ride - almost anywhere they want to go.

"I first came up with this idea over 20 years ago, but as I moved back to my hometown with a smaller population, I saw such a strong need for this type of service," Sivesind explained of the personal driver and travel companion services she offers. "Also, I need to do something that feeds my soul."

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May

NEIA Drug Task Force collects 830 pounds of prescription medications during Drop-Off Day event

The Northeast Iowa Drug Task Force, in its quest to make area communities a safer and drug free place, wanted to make the public aware of its latest endeavor. With the assistance of numerous volunteers, the Northeast Iowa Drug Task Force participated in the National Prescription Drop Off Day Event Saturday, April 29.

Participation in that Saturday, April 29 event yielded 830 pounds of prescription medications. The purpose of these events is to keep medications out of the hands of people who may misuse or abuse them, especially youth. Prescription drug abuse is a growing epidemic in America; it is one of the fastest growing threats to youth today.

The following agencies participated and are members of the Northeast Iowa Drug Task Force:

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May

VMH works through switch of electronic medical and financial records, closes on purchase of former dental clinic in Monona

by Brianne Eilers

In February of this year, Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) in Waukon began switching over its electronic medical records and financial records to AthenaHealth. VMH Administrator Mike Myers noted that during the most recent board of trustees meeting, a financial report for the month of March was not available to share due to some initial "hiccups" in the process of switching over those records.

Myers noted that the hospital did have someone coming in to help sort out the issue and get things back on track to be able to generate reports. The hospital is also looking at putting in a time attendance system to merge with AthenaHealth to try and streamline payroll.

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