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Wed
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Jan

Make a New Year’s Resolution to give blood in 2021: Next LifeServe Blood Drive scheduled for Monday, February 1; Now accepting Convalescent Plasma donors

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Monday, February 1 from 12-5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon. Blood drives are held every month in Waukon. The LifeServe Blood Center of Iowa supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with its blood and blood products. Many Iowans are encouraged to make donating blood on a regular basis their New Year’s resolution this year.

The LifeServe Blood Center reported a record number of new donors in Waukon since the start of the pandemic, with 14 total new donors during the month of January, making it a very successful blood drive with a total of 59 units collected.

The need for blood does has not stopped during COVID-19 and is in even higher demand so the local blood drives continue to be held. Life Serve team members only report to work if they are healthy and only healthy donors are eligible to give blood.

Wed
27
Jan

Keeping it safe when exercising outdoors in cold weather

Exercising is important to do all year round. One should not feel that they need to stay indoors to exercise during cold weather. A good workout outdoors in the winter can be very exhilarating. Just follow the steps below for keeping it a safe outdoor winter workout:

• Warm up longer than usual before heading outdoors in cold weather.
• Keep skin dry. This in turn will keep the exerciser warmer.
• Dress accordingly using many layers. Be sure that the outer layer will break the wind. Add a fluffy layer, like fleece or wool, to trap heat in. And long underwear is good to keep the skin dry.
• Always wear a hat to prevent heat loss through the top of the head.
• Wear mittens instead of gloves to allow air to circulate better between the fingers, keeping the hands warmer.

Always be sure to exercise in a safe, well-lit area. Stay clear of any icy spots and proceed with care in snow. One never knows what may lie under those snow-covered spots.

Wed
27
Jan

Grief Support Group to meet February 9

The local Grief Support Group will again begin holding monthly meetings at Veterans Memorial Hospital Tuesday, February 9 at 5 p.m. in the Meditation Chapel Room, located just inside the main entrance of the hospital.

This informal meeting is open to anyone suffering from any type of loss, whether it be death, divorce, illness or some other grief.

Feel free to attend and bring a friend, and be sure to wear a mask. All attendees will be able to physically distance during the meeting. This grief support group meets the second Tuesday of each month at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon.
 

Wed
27
Jan

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Orville Bratrud by Dave and Laurie Martin, Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Les and Ada Marie Kerndt, and Jerry and Linda Siegrist.

Memorials were also given in memory of Sandra Hove by Les and Ada Marie Kerndt, Beth Ann Shafer, Jack and Sally Hagensick, Dave and Laurie Martin, Linda Flatland, Tammy Knudtson, Cyril and Shirley Larkin, Jerry and Linda Siegrist and Carl and Julie Johnson.

In addition, memorials were received in memory of Tom Collins by Carl and Julie Johnson, in memory of Daniel “DM” Ryan by Carl and Julie Johnson, and in memory of Kermit Martin by Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Bill and Gloria Hennessy and Jerry and Linda Siegrist.

Wed
27
Jan

Caregiver Support Group to hold conference calls during COVID-19

The Caregiver Support Group meetings that were held monthly at Veterans Memorial Hospital, continue to be held through conference calls during COVID-19. Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) is offering weekly Caregiver Support Group conference calls every Monday from 10-11 a.m.

To join a call, just dial 1-800-264-8432. Then enter the participant code 961847# to be connected to the support group conference call, joining other caregivers.

Wed
27
Jan

Pat Pettingill to celebrate 90th birthday with card shower

Pat Pettingill
Pat Pettingill

Pat Pettingill of Waukon will be celebrating her 90th birthday February 1.

In honor of the occasion, cards and well wishes may be sent to 523 Fifth Avenue NW, Waukon, IA 52172.

Wed
27
Jan

Birth announcement: Regan

Daylen Regan and Holly Smith of Waukon announce the birth of their son, Dutton John Regan, born January 15, 2021 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. He weighed 6 lbs. and measured 19 inches in length at the time of his birth. He joins a sister, Daya Rose Regan (2).

Grandparents are Mike and Stacy Beardmore of Waukon, Danny Regan of Waukon and Cassie Regan of Savannah, GA. Great-grandparents are Dennis and Betty Regan.
 

Wed
27
Jan

What's Up at the USDA Office?

Upcoming Deadlines/Dates
February 12: CRP Signup
March 5: Quality Loss Adjustment
March 15: 2021 ARCPLC Signup

They’re Not All Bad!
by Alisha Sedlmayr
You can’t see them with the naked eye, but there are hundreds of them in a healthy handful of soil and the majority of them are actually beneficial to plants. We’re going to be talking about nematodes! You may think of root-feeding nematodes, which can kill plants or harm them, but they are not all deadly to your crops. In fact, the other types of nematodes (beneficial ones) actually cycle nutrients for plants, control plant pests, and help improve soil health.

Wed
27
Jan

Suicide Prevention Program still available virtually to producers and agribusiness

Iowa’s rural communities and families are still coping with the uncertainty and stress produced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial worries continue to contribute to farmers’ anxiety.

In response to this continuing impact, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach is offering weekly, online “Question. Persuade. Refer.” programs now through February, said Demi Johnson, behavioral health program specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.

“Question. Persuade. Refer.” (QPR) is a suicide prevention program that teaches participants three steps to help save a life from suicide.

“Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help,” Johnson explained.

Wed
27
Jan

Karst Topography of Upper Iowa Watershed is focus of Water Quality Field Day held virtually

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and Conservation Learning Group, is hosting a free virtual field day on the challenges of improving water quality and quantity management in the karst topography of the Upper Iowa Watershed Thursday, February 4 at 1 p.m. CST.

Presenters include Matt Frana, Upper Iowa Watershed project coordinator, and Winneshiek County landowners Tom and Maren Beard.

“The karst topography in northeast Iowa creates some unique challenges when planning for water detention project sites,” said Frana. “Shallow depth to bedrock, easily dissolvable bedrock, highly fractured bedrock and sinkholes can become problematic if water is pooled above or near them.”

Karst terrain is characterized by the presence of easily dissolved bedrock (limestone and dolomite) near the ground surface, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

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