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Birth announcement: Blume

Kevin and Britany Blume of Maynard announce the birth of their son, Archer Kevin Blume, born November 29, 2018 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. He weighed 8 lbs. 3 ozs. and measured 21-1/4 inches in length at the time of his birth. He joins siblings, Grayson (9), Skylar (7) and Emma (6).

Grandparents are Ed and Penny Blume of Elkader, Greg and Becky Benjegerdes of Waukon and Pam Benjegerdes of Waukon.

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Birth announcement: Johanningmeier

Jim and Renea Johanningmeier of Waukon announce the birth of their daughter, Claudia Renea Johanningmeier, born November 28, 2018 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. She weighed 8 lbs. 3 ozs. and measured 21 inches in length at the time of her birth. She joins siblings, Kaia (18), James (13), Charles (12), Mary (10), Ashton (8), Edward (7), Samuel (5) and Thomas (2).

Grandparents are Gary and Linda Johanningmeier of Waukon and Charles and Mary Ann Andregg of Lansing. James LaRue of Cedar Falls is a great-grandparent.

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Dec

And then I wrote...

The following are tributes submitted in honor of former editor and editor emeritus Dick Schilling following his November 27 passing. Those wishing to submit their own tributes may do so by email at news@waukonstandard.com or by mail to The Standard, P.O. Box 286, Waukon, IA 52172.

It was with a sense of loss when I read on the Martin Funeral Home website that Dick Schilling had passed away. I am old enough to remember when the Hulls had the Waukon newspaper and remember when Dick started working for the Waukon newspapers (back in the day when there were two issues - one the Republican and the other the Democrat).

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Dec

Word for Word 12/12/18

Fr. Mark Osterhaus
Fr. Mark Osterhaus

Clear Vision and Words That Both Inform and Unite

Two longtime members of our community of Waukon and the faith community of St. Patrick Parish have died recently. Their professions, and what they did to serve our community, can relate to the Season of Advent and the coming Feast of Christmas.

Dick Schilling’s funeral was Monday, December 3. Dick served as editor of the Waukon Standard for 36 years! To serve for that length of time as editor in one community is remarkable. Dick had written his column “And Then I Wrote…” from 1965 until just two weeks ago. Dick was a man of his word and a man who knew the importance of words. When we think of the power of words to unite, challenge and encourage, we realize just how important our local paper (and our radio station) are for us.

Wed
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Dec

Letter to the Editor: More than anticipated

To the Editor:

Phone calls, e-mails, like comments, and even hugs were more than I ever anticipated after my previous letters published in The Standard dated 11-14-18 and 11-28-18. Did I expose some things that were never meant to see the light of day? “The more you stir a stinking mess, the more it stinks” (not my words). How about we all start stirring?

For those who didn’t understand my reference to cost of a culvert versus the cost of a bridge, let me explain. The difference could well be a million or few, besides a road closure for four to six months, plus a change order if we forgot something. You may someday be shocked if you see a couple toll booths at the foot of fairground hill.

I have gotten no answers to questions I put forth. I can understand that they may not want to “own” the situation. When will the planner reveal his hand, streets rebuilt or maintained? We now know that maintained is assumed to be free and yet we are all paying for it.

Wed
12
Dec

What's Up at the FSA Office?

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

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• December 25: Office closed for Christmas
• January 1: Office closed for New Years Day
• January 15: Last day to apply for the Market Facilitation Program

December Farm-Stored Facility Loans
New rates were issued just last week for the month of October and are as follows:
• 2.875% for 3 years
• 3.000% for 5 years
• 3.125% for 7 years
• 3.125% for 10 years
• 3.125% for 12 years
• 3.250% for 15 years

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Dec

Confinement Site Manure Applicator Workshops scheduled for 2019

Confinement site manure applicators and anyone interested in learning about manure issues should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach in January or February 2019. These workshops are offered in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. There is no fee to attend the workshops, but applicators will need to pay certification fees to complete certification requirements.

“Iowa law requires confinement site manure applicators to attend two hours of continuing education each year of their three-year certification period or take and pass an exam once every three years,” said Dan Andersen, associate professor, ISU Ag and Biosystems Engineering and coordinator of the manure applicator certification program.

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Commercial Manure Applicator Training scheduled for January 3, 2019

Commercial manure applicators can attend annual training to meet commercial manure applicator certification requirements on Thursday, January 3, 2019, from 9 a.m. to noon. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will conduct Commercial Manure Applicator training at that time. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. There is no fee for the workshop, but applicators must register by December 28 by contacting the ISU Extension and Outreach Allamakee County office at 563-568-6345.

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Former Allamakee County Republican Central Committee Chairperson Dave Koopman remembers his interactions with George H.W. Bush


Mary and David Koopman ... Submitted photo.

Christmas greetings from 30 years ago ... David Koopman of Postville, former chairperson of the Allamakee County Republican Central Committee, received this Christmas card from the George H.W. Bush family following his interaction during a campaign visit the then-vice president and soon-after 41st President of the United States made in Waukon in 1987 and his ensuing election. Pictured above is the front of the Christmas card, with the interior of the card featuring a series of family photos of all the Bush children and their families and the back of the card featuring a picture of the Bush’s dog, Millie. Koopman has saved the card, along with a handwritten personal thank you note received from George H.W. Bush and a copy of the program from President Bush’s 1989 inauguration ceremony he was invited to. Submitted image.

by Lissa Blake

When Postville’s Dave Koopman heard the news that George H.W. Bush had passed away, he reflected on his own personal memories of the man who would come to be the 41st President of the United States.

Koopman, a retired school guidance counselor and former chair of the Allamakee County Republican Central Committee, recounted events in late 1987 through 1989 where he had personal contact with “Bush 41,” as he was sometimes called, to differentiate him from his son, George W. Bush, the nation’s 43rd president.

“In 1987, there were several Republicans besides Bush who wanted to be president,” remembered Koopman.

Allamakee County hosted an event for Jack Kemp and Pete du Pont in July of 1987, and the Central Committee decided to invite the elder Bush, who was serving as Vice President to Ronald Reagan at the time.

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12
Dec

Holiday Train visits result in donations of more than $13,000 and 1,750 pounds of food to area food pantries...

Large crowds greeted the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train at both its stops in Lansing and New Albin Wednesday afternoon and evening, December 5, as depicted in the surrounding photos. Those attending were treated to musical entertainment by Canadian artists Willy Porter and The Trews, along with other holiday activities put on by community members, businesses and organizations.

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