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Fri
20
Apr

Dean Russell

Dean Elliot Russell, age 60, of Waukon passed away April 16, 2018 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 26 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon, with a visitation one hour before the service. A private burial will take place at a later date.

A full obituary will appear in the April 25 edition of The Standard. You can subscribe to The Standard's print edition or e-edition by clicking here.

Fri
20
Apr

Sandra Baumgartner

Sandra A. Baumgartner, 66, of Monona, formerly of Fairfax, died Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House in Hiawatha. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon. Friends are welcome to join the family for lunch following the visitation/burial at First Presbyterian Church in Waukon. In lieu of flowers any monetary donations will be made in memory of Sandra to the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center in Cedar Rapids.

A full obituary will appear in the April 25 edition of The Standard. You can subscribe to The Standard's print edition or e-edition by clicking here.

Thu
19
Apr

April is National Occupational Therapy Month: Helpful tips to consider prior to hip or knee replacement surgery


Occupational Therapy Month at VMH... April is National Occupational Therapy Month. Occupational and physical therapists work routinely with patients who have recently undergone a hip or knee replacement. Patients who have their surgery performed at Veterans Memorial Hospital can remain in the hospital on skilled care for therapy twice per day. Even those who have their surgery at another facility, like Sharon Snitker of Waukon, pictured above, can request to come back to Veterans Memorial Hospital to stay on skilled care to receive the twice daily treatment for a fuller, speedier recovery. Snitker is pictured with Occupational Therapists Melissa Clark, at left, and Tami Gebel, at right, in one of the Veterans Memorial Hospital patient rooms. Submitted photo.

by Tami Gebel, VMH
Occupational Therapist

Have you been experiencing pain in your hip or knee? Are you having difficulty completing daily tasks, such as dressing, bathing, and making a meal? Is it becoming more difficult to walk around your house, through the grocery store, or attend special events where there are stairs?

These are some important questions to consider before talking with your doctor about having a hip or knee replacement surgery. The surgery, and the expected pain and inconvenience, can seem overwhelming; however, the after effects can be life changing. The therapy department at Veterans Memorial Hospital is here to help you through the transition from painful limiting joints to returning to a fulfilling productive life.

Wed
18
Apr

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that I spent considerable time watching the Masters golf tournament telecast from Augusta, GA over the weekend.

I have done so pretty much every year since my stay at the aviation ground officer’s school in Jacksonville, FL. Some of my fellow officers were considering making the trip to try to join the gallery, but decided against it. However, they sold me on the beauty of the venue and the tournament, and I became interested even though I had never struck a golf ball in anger at that time.

So, that was before my move to northern California, where I took up the sport with a vengeance. And long before lowan Zach Johnson was able to don the green jacket early this century.

What attracted me was the botanical garden beauty of the setting.

Wed
18
Apr

Letter to the Editor: Playing sports for more than a scholarship

To the Editor:

Many parents across America are trying to live the dream through their sons and daughters. It’s a popular dream: Land a college athletic scholarship by prioritizing traveling sports teams or specializing in a single sport year-round.

Unfortunately, most of these dreams are never realized. The odds of a sports scholarship paying for even a portion of a student’s college education are miniscule.

The College Board, a not-for-profit organization comprised of 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions, reports that a moderate budget for college students who attend a public university in their state of residence is $25,290 per year. The annual average budget at a private college checks in at $50,900.

Wed
18
Apr

Letter to the Editor: Inspired by the devil

To the Editor:

Are you proud to be a Democrat or are you very discouraged and disappointed? Following are a few things that should make you pause and think.

The Dems are superior when it comes to twisting words and the truth and are very ruthless regarding the end justifies the means. There is no end to the wrong they will do and it’s a big part of what is wrong with the U.S. today. The sad part is some Republicans help them.

Planned Parenthood is one of their brainchilds - and it’s a great downfall to the USA, murdering children by the millions and even selling baby parts. Father Burke said Pelosi and Harkin should be forbidden to take communion because of their support of Planned Parenthood. The Dems tried to force the Sisters of the Poor to provide condoms, I call that bullying.

Wed
18
Apr

What's Up at the FSA Office?

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

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• April 9 - June 1: Margin Protection Program (MPP) Signup
• May 15 - August 2: Primary Nesting Season. No Mid-Contract Management Activities on CRP Acres
• May 31: Marketing Assistance Loans for Prior Year Harvested Corn and Soybeans
• August 1: ARC/PLC Sign-up

New Signup for the Margin Protection Program Signup for Dairy Producers
The registration and re-enrollment period for coverage year 2018 began April 9, 2018, and continues through June 1, 2018. The re-enrollment period allows dairy producers, including those that previously signed up and those that did not, an opportunity to make new elections for 2018. Coverage begins January 1, 2018. If a dairy operation previously elected coverage for 2018, a new coverage election for 2018 must be made during the re-enrollment period.

Wed
18
Apr

New online tool can help farmers see value of cover crops and paths to profitability

A new decision-making tool that can help crop and livestock farmers assess the economics of cover crops in their operations is now available for free on Iowa State University’s Ag Decision Maker website.

The tool, “Economics of Cover Crops,” consists of three in-depth budgeting worksheets designed to help farmers analyze the costs and benefits of cover crops – and paths to profitability – in their row crop operations with or without the integration of livestock:

• Cover Crops Budget looks at the economics of cover crops in systems without grazing or harvesting
• Grazing Cover Crops Budget estimates the costs and benefits with grazing or harvesting for feed
• Grazing Cover Crops Results uses farmers’ farm data to calculate the actual economic value of grazing or harvesting cover crops from the prior year

Wed
18
Apr

Nearly 20 complete VMH Babysitting Seminar

Congratulations to the numerous students who completed the recent Veterans Memorial Hospital Babysitting class. The class, which was held Saturday, April 7, was instructed by Corinne Cook, RN, and consisted of teaching the qualities of being a good babysitter, including basic child care, accident prevention and first aid. These newly-trained babysitters learned CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and the Heimlach Maneuver - which is to be used in the case of a choking infant or child, and also learned about fire safety.

The students who completed the Veterans Memorial Hospital Babysitting seminar included Avalea Burns, Willa Troendle, Peyton Smedsrud, Keeran Barr, Clara Deeny, Carlee Thorstenson, Shyanne McCabe, Cassidy Hawkins, Madeline Connell, Jacob Jones, Olivia Dougherty, Paisley Vine, Aaron Burke, Ashlin O’Neill, Ashlyn Henkes, Trent Jones, TJ Rounds and Isaac Weighner.
 

Wed
18
Apr

Hospital Auxiliary Euchre Marathon to be held April 19

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its monthly Euchre Marathon for all individuals of the community interested Thursday, April 19. Men and women are welcome to attend, even if not an Auxiliary member. The Euchre marathons are held the third Thursday of each month at the Senior Citizens Room at the Waukon Wellness Center.

The Auxiliary’s Euchre Marathons begin at 11:30 a.m. with dinner, if chosen.  Call Northland Agency on Aging at 877-838-8077 if choosing to eat dinner. Card playing will follow at 12:30 p.m. until approximately 2:30 p.m. Anyone wishing to stay and play cards following the Senior Citizens meal is more than welcome to do so. The cost is $3 per person with all proceeds going towards the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital. Prizes will be awarded.

Anyone interested in attending, but preferring to play Bridge is also welcome to join in. It is asked that they come with their own table of four players, however.

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