News Center newsletter

News Center newsletter categories.

Wed
22
Nov

Mary Blake

Mary E. Blake, 97, of Waukon died Sunday, November 19, 2017 at her home. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 25 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church Hanover in rural Waukon with Rev. Jerry Blake officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery immediately following the service. Fellowship and lunch will be held at the Waukon Banquet Center following the service.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, November 24 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon, where there will be a 3:30 p.m. scripture service. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Mary Blake Memorial, 1972 Highway 76 N, Waukon, IA 52172.

A full obituary will appear in the November 22 edition of The Standard. You can subscribe to The Standard's print edition or e-edition by clicking here.

Wed
22
Nov

What's up at the FSA Office?

by Jeremy Leitz, Allamakee County Executive Director  (563) 568-2148

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• November 23: Office closed in observance of Thanksgiving
• December 15: Report acreages intended to be used for forage and pasture in 2018
• December 15: Sign up for, or opt out of, the 2018 Margin Protection Program

Wed
22
Nov

Trent Loos visits with Waukon High School FFA students


Radio host Trent Loos visits Waukon High School FFA ... Nationally syndicated radio host Trent Loos, famous for the “Rural Route” radio show and “Loos Tales” podcast, visited Waukon High School FFA students November 10 to discuss a variety of agriculture related topics. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

Trent Loos presented Waukon High School FFA t-shirt ... Nationally syndicated radio host Trent Loos was presented a Waukon High School FFA t-shirt during his visit with FFA students. Pictured left to right, FFA member and Waukon High School student Cayla Nolting, Trent Loos and FFA Advisor and Ag Instructor at Waukon High School Jessica O’Connor. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

Syndicated radio host Trent Loos, a sixth generation farmer from central Nebraska, visited Waukon High School November 10 to speak with FFA students regarding a variety of agriculture related topics.

Loos, famous for his nationally syndicated radio show “Rural Route” and his podcast “Loos Tales,” discussed misconceptions related to farming and agriculture. Loos questioned the FFA students about how they would define agriculture and received a range of answers dealing with the production of crops and livestock and in general terms, the use of nature for the continuation of mankind.

Loos expanded upon the general definition by commenting that agriculture is involved with or benefits most aspects of our lives. Loos discussed that beyond the food that we eat, agriculture is involved in most of the products that we use on a daily basis with components of many things coming from animals and agriculture.

Wed
22
Nov

Practical Farmers of Iowa to host beginning farmer retreat December 1-2 in Indianola

Practical Farmers of Iowa is organizing its 10th annual overnight retreat for beginning farmers, taking place this year December 1-2 at the Wesley Woods Retreat Center in Indianola (10896 Nixon St., about 8.5 miles south of town). The event starts at 1 p.m. Friday, December 1 and runs through 2 p.m. Saturday, December 2. The annual event welcomes individuals who aspire to farm as well as beginning farmers from all farm enterprises.

Registration fees include all materials and workshop costs, breakfast and lunch Saturday, snacks throughout and bunk-style lodging on-site. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share for the Friday night potluck; Practical Farmers will provide the main dish.

Registration is required by Monday, November 27. Register at practicalfarmers.org or by calling Practical Farmers of Iowa at (515) 232-5661. Attendance is limited, so sign-up soon.

Wed
22
Nov

Iowa farmers using cover crops may be eligible for crop insurance premium reduction program

New IDALS-Funded Program Aims to Incentivize Expanded Use of Cover Crops to Improve Water Quality
 
Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig has announced a new program aimed at increasing acres of cover crops in the state. Iowa farmers who plant cover crops this fall (2017) may be eligible for a $5 per acre premium reduction on their crop insurance in 2018. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) worked with the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA), who oversees the federal crop insurance program, to establish a 3 year demonstration project aimed at expanding the usage of cover crops in Iowa.

Beginning today, IDALS will open the online sign-up and application process for farmers and landowners to certify eligible land for the program at the following link: www.cleanwateriowa.org/covercropdemo.

Wed
22
Nov

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that I have often heard radio and TV announcers refer to something happening in Waukon, “way up there in northeast Iowa,” or print media reading Waukon, “in extreme northeast Iowa.” It is almost as though we don’t exist for the rest of Iowa.

So, after RAGBRAI put us on the map this summer, it is nice to see Waukon getting attention on the sports pages for its football team making the state finals.

By the time you read this, you will know if the result was the championship or runner-up. Either is quite rare for the school. We did have a state championship girls’ basketball team in recent years, and I can remember a runner-up finish for the softball team several years earlier. There were the successes of the boys’ cross country teams, but only “major” sports seem to get the attention.

It’s nice to be noticed for pleasant things.

Wed
22
Nov

Letter to the Editor: Progress?

To the Editor:

Forty-plus years ago, a Superintendent of McGregor (Mar-Mac) Schools went on to become Iowa’s Superintendent of Schools. His well-known agenda was that of closing Iowa’s smaller schools and making them move to central locations. Then on to mergers and more centralization. This has been the agenda for over 40 years. Progress.

I recently received a district-wide mailer, generated by a “committee” or “task force”, with many charts and graphs; all trying to close our Waterville Elementary. Progress.

Let’s have our “committee/task force” drag up stats on the drug addiction problem facing our “centralized” schools over the last 40 years! Is that also progress?

We are trying to replace quality education with economic education, for what reason? Progress?

Mark E. Young
Waterville

 

Wed
22
Nov

Letter to the Editor: Concerns taken from Waterville Elementary forum

To the Editor:

I attended the public forum for the potential Waterville school closing being discussed to hear what the school board would share in the way of facts. I left with a couple of items of concern I wish to comment on.

A board member represented they receive a lot of “heat” for the disparity in costs per student between the Waterville and Waukon operations and the same taxpaying parents don’t think it’s right that their Waukon attendee children get less from their tax dollars. It would seem a great misnomer that any taxpayer expects a proportionate direct benefit from taxes paid, that is not how the system works.

Wed
22
Nov

Letter to the Editor: Remarkable celebration of Veterans Day

To the Editor:

I have been an educator for 34 years and never in all  my experiences have I  witnessed such a remarkable celebration of Veterans Day as I did Friday (November 10) at New Albin  Elementary School. The day was coordinated by fifth grade teacher Ms.  Masek and lead teacher  Ms. Thomas.

Each grade level from third grade and up performed, including a power point, choral and instrumental performances featuring  patriotic-themed songs, and war history. The entire school sang a song dedicated to honoring veterans. A “Quilt of Honor” was presented to a World War II veteran, Vern Meiners.

The day was completed by a 21-gun salute performed by the New Albin V.F.W. with a perfect rendition of “Taps” performed by a student, Joe Sullivan, and by retired instrumental teacher Jane Remmen. What a day.

Wed
22
Nov

Letter to the Editor: Abortion

To the Editor:

In the July 12 issue of The Standard newspaper, a lady wrote an article giving credit to Planned Parenthood for all the good it has done providing a variety of services for many people. She, however, failed to comment on the unconscionable horrors of the numerous variety of abortion procedures that are performed, 3,600 times every day resulting in a murdered child. See Exodus, Chapter 20, Verse 13: “You shall not murder.” His laws are treated with contempt and indifference.

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to legalize human baby abortions, Roe vs. Wade, beginning with Baby Doe. The Supreme Court is comprised of nine highly educated judges of supposedly greater intelligence than most all of the inhabitants of the U.S. They couldn’t decide when conception takes place in a woman’s womb, apparently refusing to research the subject.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - News Center newsletter