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May

Waukon Middle School students place second in state level of The Stock Market Game (TM)

The future of financial education and investment strategy shines brightly as local student teams emerged victorious in the prestigious The Stock Market Game Competition. SIFMA (Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association) Foundation has announced the student winners of this year’s Stock Market Game™ competition in Iowa. The top two teams with the highest portfolio value - along with their teachers and schools - were honored in the elementary, middle and high school categories.

Among those top teams was the Waukon Middle School team under the guidance of instructor Lee Stegen. That team of Waukon Middle School students finished second in the Spring 2024 competition, where Dallas Center-Grimes Oak View Middle School placed first.

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01
May

Prize winners from 2024 Kee High School Post Prom ...

Kee High School’s Post Prom was held Sunday, April 21 from midnight until 4 a.m. Guests played games, took part in challenging and fun activities and entered raffles. Refreshments were enjoyed by everyone attending. Special entertainment was provided by hypnotist Mike Winters from Wand Entertainment, who also performed several magic tricks before his performance. Guests were given tickets to enter for prize package drawings and everyone won a prize according to their number assigned at registration. Before leaving, each guest drew a numbered chip to win the corresponding prize.

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01
May

Area young ladies invited to compete for the crown of 2024 Allamakee County Fair Queen and - new this year - Little Miss

Little Miss competition for girls ages 7-9 added to this year’s pageantry for the Allamakee County Fair

The Allamakee County Fair Board is seeking applicants for the 2024 Allamakee County Fair Queen contest and will also be offering a similar pageant experience to younger girls this year, as the 2024 Allamakee County Fair will run from July 17-21. Expanding on the new format initiated last year for the Allamakee County Fair Queen Contest, an Allamakee County Fair Little Miss competition is also going to be held this year for girls ages 7-9.

Wed
01
May

Friends of Pool 9 to offer boat tours as part of Refuge 100th Anniversary

As one part of celebrating the 100th Anniversary year of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, the Friends of Pool 9 organization will be offering the public 10 two-hour boat tours on the longest and one of the most beautiful and ecologically rich wildlife refuges in the nation.

These unique experiences are focused on informing all age levels about the wildlife, fishes, habitats, and rich history of this publicly-owned refuge. The tours will  be especially pleasing to families, the elderly, and anyone else who seldom, and perhaps never, get to explore, up close and personally, the Mississippi River.

The tour boat comfortably holds 49 passengers, and is Coast Guard inspected and certified. Captain Robert Vavra has a long and varied history as a Mississippi River man, and is an exceptional story-teller. He enjoys explaining everything passengers see, hear, and have questions about, while exploring secluded backwaters.

Wed
01
May

National Occupational Therapy Month; Coordination of Care


National Occupational Therapy Month ... April is National Occupational Therapy Month. Pictured in the center of the photo at right is Lollie Hirth of Waukon on the NuStep machine along with Austin Troendle, Doctor of Physical Therapy (left) and Occupational Therapist Tami Gebel (right). The therapists at Veterans Memorial Hospital are very accommodating in scheduling all therapies back-to-back to reduce travel and time for patients. Lollie has been able to receive physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy services all at Veterans Memorial Hospital back-to-back in order to reduce the frequency for someone to drive her to appointments. Submitted photo.

by Tami Gebel, OTR/L
 
Humans are amazing creatures! We can walk, talk and carry items (like our cell phones) in our hands, all at the same time. Some of us may have an easier time completing these simple tasks compared to other people. However, what do we do if two or three of these tasks become difficult following an injury or illness?

Here at Veterans Memorial Hospital, the rehabilitation department treats people who have been diagnosed with strokes, heart attacks, diabetes, congestive heart failure, carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain, and injury to joints following a fall. People may seek therapy following surgery, such as a joint replacement surgery, or fractured wrist and hip.

Wed
01
May

New Community Resource Guide now available from Allamakee County Public Health and VMH


Community Resource Guide available ... Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care/Allamakee County Public Health recently released a 50-page resource directory for all services in Allamakee County. Pictured above is the front cover of the guide that can be found at www.veteransmemorialhospital.com. Submitted graphic.

As April, Public Heath Month, comes to a close, Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Community and Home Care/Allamakee County Public Health announces the release of a 50-page resource directory for all services in Allamakee County. The guide is available on the Veterans Memorial Hospital website, under the  www.veteransmemorialhospital.com/service/community-and-home-care/ link, and also on the Allamakee County Economic Development website.

Wed
01
May

Be aware of suspicious phone calls requesting copies of health information; Do not respond

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) was made aware last week of callers posing as insurance companies, requesting copies of health insurance numbers. Veterans Memorial Hospital warns the public to never share any insurance or personal information over the phone, unless you are certain who you are speaking with. Random calls requesting information are most likely a scam.     

If you think you may have been targeted by a scam, be sure to call 1-800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227) or the Heath Insurance Marketplace at 800-318-2596.  Also be sure to monitor your health insurance statements, watching items or services charged that were never received. Also watch to be sure items were only billed once. Feel free to call your insurance agent or agency directly, and whenever you are targeted by a caller, always just hang-up.

Wed
01
May

Stroke Support Group to meet

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Speech-Language Pathologist Steven Mazzafield offers a Stroke Support Group for individuals who have experienced a stroke, as well as caregivers and family members affected by stroke.

Monthly meetings are held the first Thursday of every month at 2 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. The next Stroke Support Group meeting will be held Thursday, May 2, at 2 p.m.

The Stroke Support Group provides opportunities to share tips, tricks, or trials among participants, offer support for caregivers, and provide an opportunity for socialization.

While strokes can happen at any age, risk of stroke is greatest as people get older with the majority of strokes occurring after the age of 70. Risk factors for stroke include obesity, sedentary lifestyle, binge drinking, diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

Wed
01
May

Grief Support Group to meet

The local Grief Support Group will be holding its monthly meeting at Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Tuesday, May 14, at 5 p.m. in the Meditation Healing Center, 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. This grief support group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Hospital.

Wed
01
May

Waukon girls golf team plays in busy week of three dates


Wraps up team score ... Waukon girls golf junior Halea Corwin taps a putt toward the hole in the Indians’ 217-252 home loss to South Winneshiek Tuesday, April 23. Corwin wrapped up the Indian team scoring in the loss with her round of 66. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

The Waukon girls golf team played in a busy week this past week that would have been even busier if not for the postponement of a Friday, April 26 home date with Charles City and North Fayette Valley to a Monday, April 29 make-up date. The remainder of the Lady Indians’ week included a pair of multiple team competitions and one dual event, with the golf Tribe finishing third behind two larger schools at the Waverly-Shell Rock triangular Monday, April 22 before falling at home to South Winneshiek, 217-252, Tuesday, April 23 and then finishing fourth in an 18-hole tournament at Decorah Saturday, April 27.

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