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Feb

COVID vaccinations continue in local area - Notification sign-up now also available through Veterans Memorial Hospital web page


COVID vaccines continue to be administered ... Allamakee County Public Health continues to receive 300 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the State of Iowa weekly that need to be administered to those in tier 1B within one week. These doses continue to be distributed with help from Public Health’s collaborating vaccine partners, including Hartig Drug, The Prescription Shoppe, Gundersen Clinic and Veterans Memorial Hospital Clinic, who all administer them to individuals age 65 and older. Veterans Memorial Hospital is now offering an online sign-up option for those wishing to get on a waiting list for the vaccine (see surrounding article for step-by-step directions). Pictured above, Dorothy Bratrud, seated at left, and her sister, Theresa Helgeson, seated at right, both received the COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, February 16, and are being assisted by Veterans Memorial Hospital volunteers Rick and Cathy Larson. Submitted photo.

Shipment of vaccine doses for this week have been delayed by weather

Allamakee County Public Health (ACPH) is scheduled to continue to receive 300 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the State of Iowa weekly that need to be administered within one week to those in the Phase 1B group designated by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

However, Allamakee County Public Health officials advised Monday, February 22 that the doses slated to be received for administering to Allamakee County residents this week have been delayed by the same weather situations that have delayed a number of dose shipments across the nation.

Wed
17
Feb

Nominations sought for 2021 Allamakee County Dairy Awards

Award nominations due by Monday; Princess applications due by March 1

The Allamakee County Dairy Promotion Board has opted not to schedule the 2021 Allamakee County Dairy Banquet at this point in time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the board is still seeking nominations to honor and recognize deserving producers and contributors to the dairy industry in Allamakee County. Should restrictions on gatherings and other mitigation procedures allow, the board may opt to schedule the banquet at a later date this year or, at the very least, will distribute this year’s awards during June Dairy Month, much like was done last year in light of the pandemic situation.

Wed
17
Feb

COVID vaccinations underway through partnership between Allamakee County Public Health, local healthcare entities


COVID vaccine doses being administered locally ... Allamakee County Public Health received 300 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the State of Iowa this past week, with 200 of those doses being administered to individuals aged 65 and over thanks to collaborating vaccine partners. Pictured above are Linda Thompson, seated at left, with Nan Grangaard, at right, following their immunizations. Allamakee County Public Health used the remaining 100 doses to start vaccinating area teachers, school staff, law enforcement and firefighters, with Eastern Allamakee Community School District Administrative Assistant Laurie Van Brocklin pictured below receiving her vaccination. Submitted photos.

This past week, Allamakee County Public Health (ACPH) received 300 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the State of Iowa to be administered to eligible individuals in tier 1B. These doses were divided among ACPH, The Prescription Shoppe in Postville and Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Clinic in Waukon.

ACPH focused on vaccinating the additional tier groups in Phase 1B of school districts, law enforcement and first responders, while community partners The Prescription Shoppe and VMH Clinic administered to individuals aged 65 and older. Another 300 doses are expected be received this week - a trend anticipated to continue into early March, according to what ACPH officials have been told.

Wed
17
Feb

New Albin High School included in new book reflecting on some of Iowa’s closed high schools

A new book by author James Kenyon of Cedar Falls released in early February features the former New Albin High School as part of its subject matter. Echoes in the Hallways: History and Recollections of 102 Closed Iowa High Schools is a collection of stories from student alumni of closed Iowa high schools, documenting 102 institutions from Iowa’s 99 counties.

In his multi-year research for the book, Kenyon consulted county historical records as well as interviewing former students and teachers, culminating in unique school profiles that include information ranging from the origin and growth of education in each county to sporting records, programs and school traditions. A native of Kansas, Kenyon actually published a similar book on closed high schools in Kansas in 2019, entitled Golden Rule Days: History and Recollections of 109 Closed Kansas High Schools.

Wed
10
Feb

A turn for the winter worse ...

What many had described locally as a winter that had “not been too bad” early on certainly took a turn toward the worse late last week with the snowstorm that dumped reports of up to five inches of new snow across Allamakee County Thursday, February 4 and coupled that new fallen snow with winds gusting up to 30 miles an hour that blew that snow around well into Friday, February 5, not only covering area roadways initially but continuing to cover them with blowing snow into the weekend (as evident in the photo of the initially covered road above Thursday afternoon and the road streaked with blowing snow pictured below Friday morning).

Wed
10
Feb

Allamakee County Public Health says limited vaccine is being disseminated with help from local healthcare partners

Even though the map of vaccine provider locations on the State of Iowa COVID-19 website (https://coronavirus.iowa.gov) continues to show Allamakee County as one of eight counties in the state of Iowa without a list of vaccine provider sites as of Monday, February 8, Allamakee County Public Health officials say the limited vaccine doses that have been alloted to Allamakee County by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) are being injected into as many arms as those limited doses allow.

Wed
10
Feb

Supervisors approve collective bargaining agreements with Sheriff and County Roads Departments, vote to not increase own salaries for FY22

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, February 8 to address a full agenda of items including the approval of Collective Bargaining Agreements between Allamakee County and the County Sheriff’s Office and the County Road Crew, approving the Fiscal-Year 2022 salary for the Board of Supervisors and the hiring of a full-time maintenance person for the Secondary Roads Department.

There was no Public Comment during that designated portion of the meeting. Manure Management Plan updates for Manderfield Ag 1 and 2, Crossroads Dairy and Steve Weymiller were individually reviewed by the Supervisors with all four plan updates being accepted and placed on file.

Wed
03
Feb

Nominations sought for 2021 Allamakee County Dairy Awards

Award nominations due by February 22; Princess applications due by March 1

The Allamakee County Dairy Promotion Board has opted not to schedule the 2021 Allamakee County Dairy Banquet at this point in time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the board is still seeking nominations to honor and recognize deserving producers and contributors to the dairy industry in Allamakee County. Should restrictions on gatherings and other mitigation procedures allow, the board may opt to schedule the banquet at a later date this year or, at the very least, will distribute this year’s awards during June Dairy Month, much like was done last year in light of the pandemic situation.

Wed
03
Feb

Allamakee County Public Health urging local residents to be patient and refrain from calling as local plan for distributing limited COVID-19 vaccine is figured out

Allamakee County Public Health is asking for the public’s help in refraining from calling their office about COVID-19 vaccine shots. There is no sign-up list for individuals to add their name to for vaccinations in Allamakee County at this point in time.

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has issued an updated Phase 1B statement and tier categories that will include people aged 65 years and older. However, vaccine remains in short supply, and this means not everyone in Phase 1B will be able to get vaccinated right away.

Vaccine distribution will be prioritized due to vaccine shortage and not being able to vaccinate everyone at once. Planning is ongoing at the local level in regard to how to best distribute the vaccine within the local community following the phases and tiers established by IDPH and based on the limited amount of vaccine being allocated to Allamakee County at this time.

Wed
03
Feb

Diana Davison to be honored during virtual Iowa 4-H Legacy Awards Gala


Diana Davison ... Submitted photo.

The Iowa 4-H Foundation has announced the honorees to be recognized at its Sixth Annual Iowa 4-H Legacy Awards Gala. The Legacy Awards celebrate Iowa 4-H and recognize those who have made a significant impact on the program.

This year’s all-virtual event will take place Friday, February 26. A special interactive showcase presented by current 4-H members kicks off the evening’s event at 6:30 p.m., with the awards ceremony beginning at 7 p.m.

Throughout the evening, four supporters of the 4-H Program will be honored. Among those honorees is Waukon High School senior Diana Davison, who will receive the Contributing Youth Award.

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