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Erin Decker, Coady Heiderscheit to wed September 7 in New Albin

Erin Decker and Coady Heiderscheit
Erin Decker and Coady Heiderscheit

Mike and Frannie Decker of Waukon, parents of the bride-to-be, and Tim and Jill Heiderscheit of New Albin, parents of the groom-to-be, wish to announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of Erin Decker of Waukon and Coady Heiderscheit of New Albin. The wedding will take place September 7, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in New Albin.

The bride-to-be is a 2011 graduate of Waukon High School and a 2015 graduate of Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and is employed as a Registered Nurse on the Surgical and Digestive Care Unit at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, WI

The groom-to-be is a 2010 graduate of Kee High School and a 2012 graduate of Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Water Environmental Technology and is employed by PeopleService in Lansing as a Water and Wastewater Treatment Operator.

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Bernice Walleser 90th birthday

Bernice Walleser of Lansing will be celebrating her 90th birthday. An open house hosted by her children will take place Saturday, August 17 from 2-4 p.m. at Thornton Manor in Lansing with cake and ice cream being served.

In honor of the occasion, cards and wishes can be sent to Thornton Manor, 1329 Main St., Lansing, IA 52151.
 

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Birth announcement: Deason

Paul and Lindsey Deason of Harpers Ferry announce the birth of their son, William Paul Deason, born July 31, 2019 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. He weighed 8 lbs. 5 ozs. and measured 21 inches in length at the time of his birth. He joins siblings, Kaylin (6), Mitchell (4) and Nicholas (1-1/2).

Grandparents are Steve Deason of Cedar Rapids, Chris Deason of Cedar Rapids, Jeff and Andrea Mitchell of Waterville and Pam Mitchell of Waukon. Great-grandparents are Sue Freese of Waukon, Ray and Lorraine Mitchell of Rossville and Myrtle Gilbert of Cedar Rapids.
 

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Learn how to “Stop the Bleed” plus free blood sugar diabetes tests and blood pressure checks in VMH’s First Aid Tent at Waukon Corn Days

“Stop the Bleed” training ...
“Stop the Bleed Training” will be offered by Veterans Memorial Hospital during Waukon Corn Days Friday, August 16. Pictured above is a scene from the recent “Stop the Bleed” training at the hospital’s Safety Camp held earlier this summer. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital will be offering free Blood Sugar Testing and Blood Pressure checks with immediate results at the Waukon Corn Day celebration Friday, August 16.  The tests will be performed by Veterans Memorial Hospital staff, in the Veterans Memorial Hospital first aid tent located at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds from 4:30-8:00 p.m. Both of these checks take just a few seconds to perform and are free of charge.

Veterans Memorial Hospital will also be offering hands on “Stop the Bleed Training” that will be offered the entire evening.  Adults and children will learn how to quickly stop a life-threatening bleed by packing a puncture wound or laceration, then applying pressure, and even learn how to safely apply a tourniquet for heavy bleeds.  A booklet will also be handed out giving step by step instructions to all those who pass by. Participation prizes will be awarded for the training.

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Aug

Family Fun Run/Walk with optional 5K during Waukon Corn Days; A free event

Veterans Memorial Hospital will be sponsoring their annual 5K Cardiac Classic Run/Walk Saturday, August 17, in conjunction with the Waukon Corn Days celebration. Again this year, the event welcomes a shorter 1.5 mile walking route with an optional 5K (3.1 route) to offer distances that will please everyone of any age or ability that wishes to participate.

The event will begin and end at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon at 8 a.m. with registration beginning at 7 a.m. This is a free wellness event for all ages. New this year, costumes are encouraged to be worn at this event by adults and youth with the top costume in both categories earning a prize!

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Aug

The importance of keeping your children’s immunizations up to date

by Sheryl Darling-Mooney, RN, Public Health Supervisor, VMH Community and Home Care

One of the tasks each year parents experience is getting their children’s immunizations up to date. Common questions include: What is my child’s immunization status? Are they caught up? What do they need?  What is that one for?

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Aug

Euchre Marathon to be held

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its monthly Euchre Marathon for all individuals of the community interested Thursday, August 15. Men and women are welcome to attend, even if they are 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. All proceeds go 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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Diabetes Support Group to meet August 15 at VMH

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, August 15 at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held at Veterans Memorial Hospital in the Large Conference Room, located on the lower level of the hospital.

For more information on the Diabetes Support Group, call Angie Mettille, RN, at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

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Caregiver Support Group scheduled to meet August 19

The next Caregiver Support Group meeting will be held Monday, August 19 at 1:30 p.m. in the Meditation Room in the front entrance of Veterans Memorial Hospital.  When a person is diagnosed with a chronic illness, a lot of focus and attention is put on how to keep that person as independent and as healthy as possible. When a person loses some of their abilities to care for themselves the burden of care is often assumed by the spouse, a child (or children), or sometimes friends and neighbors. While everyone who becomes a caregiver handles the added responsibility with different skill sets, attitudes and understanding levels, there is no question that there is a very real strain associated with care giving.

Recent studies have estimated that the stress caused just by becoming the caregiver of an adult with a chronic illness or disability will take seven years off of a person’s life. With more and more Iowans aging, this is a real concern in the local community.

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Word for Word 8/14/19

Fr. Mark Osterhaus
Fr. Mark Osterhaus

In late July, Dr. Michael Luick-Thrams gave a presentation at St. Patrick Church in Waukon.  He covered two themes:  anti-German hysteria during World War I, and Ku Klux Klan activities in Northeast Iowa during the 1920’s. Dr. Luick-Thrams had given other presentations in our community over the summer, including a Memorial Day presentation on POWs from the Midwest in German POW camps during WWII, as well as their German counterparts held at camps near Clarinda and Algona, Iowa. Dr. Luick-Thrams gave example after example of how easy it is to pick a race, an ethnic group, or religious group and use them as scapegoats for what ever we think is wrong with our society. The presentation reminded me of when I was in high school, we told “Polack” jokes. While the dominant group can say this is all “in good fun”, the wounds delivered by our comments and actions can last a long time.

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