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Waukon girls track team pulls double-duty on same night with runner-up finish at Kee and several successful events at West Delaware Invitational

The Waukon girls track team ended up with just one night of competition this past week but was represented on that one night at two different locations. A majority of the Lady Indians’ squad competed in the Gary Bottorff Invitational hosted by Kee High School in Lansing Thursday, April 18, where they finished second in the final seven-team standings in a close battle with the host squad, while several Waukon competitors also traveled to Manchester to compete in the West Delaware Invitational that same evening as well, taking part in just four events but scoring well in three of them to finish 11th in that 14-team field.

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Waukon boys track team claims fourth place at Decorah Invitational, finishes in second place at own Indian Relays


First-place finishes in three races ... Waukon boys track senior Wyatt Gulla crosses the finish line one final time on his home track at the Indian Relays home invitational Friday, April 19. Gulla won the 800 meter run and also anchored the Indians’ 4x800 and 4x400 relays to victory. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

Avoiding the worst of the weather systems that plagued the middle of this past week, the Waukon boys track and field team was able to book-end this past week with a pair of competitions. The Indians placed fourth at the Decorah Invitational held Monday, April 15 before claiming a runner-up finish at their own Indian Relays held Friday, April 19.

The Indians were next scheduled to compete at the Crestwood Invitational Thursday, April 25 and will then make a trip to New Hampton Monday, April 29. They will then prepare for the Northeast Iowa Conference Meet Thursday, May 2 at Charles City.

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Kee track boys claim runner-up finish at own Gary Bottorff Invitational


Seniors compete in final home meet ... The Kee boys track team senior pair of Cadan Evanson (photo above) and Andrew Kolsrud (photo below) competed in the final home meet of their high school track and field careers at the Gary Bottorff Invitational hosted by the Hawks Thursday, April 18. As this season’s only two seniors, Kolsrud finished third in the shot put and sixth in the discus and helped Kee’s 4x200 relay to a fifth-place finish and 4x100 relay to a sixth-place finish. Evanson led off four Hawk relays at the meet, helping their distance medley to a second-place finish, their sprint medley and 4x400 relays to fourth-place results, and their 4x200 relay to a fifth-place finish. Photos by Danielle Potter. View and find out how to purchase these photos and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

In what was its only competition scheduled for this past week, the Kee boys track team hosted its only home meet of the season, welcoming six other teams to the Gary Bottorff Invitational Thursday, April 18 after a wet, cool start to that day. The Hawks posted four event victories on the night to lead their way to 74 team points and a runner-up finish in the seven-team field.

The Kee boys are next scheduled to compete in the Clayton Ridge Invitational Thursday, April 25. They will then take part in the MFL/MarMac Invitational Monday, April 29 before competing in the Upper Iowa Conference Meet to be hosted by South Winneshiek Thursday, May 2.

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Apr

Kee track girls claim team title at own Gary Bottorff Invitational


High jump runner-up is part of high-end finishes ... Kee girls track freshman Rylee Mudderman glides over the high jump bar on her way to a runner-up finish after clearing 4’5” at the Gary Bottorff Invitational hosted by the Hawks Thursday, April 18. In addition to her high jump result, Mudderman also helped the Hawks’ sprint medley relay to a victory and their 4x400 relay to a runner-up result while also finishing fifth in the 100 meter hurdles. Photo by Danielle Potter. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

It was home, sweet home for the Kee girls track team in what turned out to be the only meet of this past week for the Lady Hawks as they hosted their own Gary Bottorff Invitational Thursday, April 18 and edged out a team victory by just three points over their nearest competitor in the seven-team scoring field. Kee’s track and field ladies won half of the events they competed in for eight gold medals, and had their best event finishes in any event end up no lower than fourth place in racking up 96 team points that kept the meet crown at home for this season.

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Apr

What's Up at the USDA Office?

Upcoming Deadlines/Dates
April 29: Deadline to sign up for Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC)
May 14: Deadline to complete CRP Management Activities
May 15 - August 1: CRP Primary Nesting Season
May 31: Deadline to apply for a Marketing Assistance Loan (MAL) for 2023 crops

Meet Our New Hires!
Hello, my name is Becky Winkie and I just transferred to the Allamakee County FSA in February 2024 from the Houston County, MN FSA Office. I have been working for the Farm Service Agency since February 2016. I grew up on a small beef and grain farm in north central Iowa near Sheffield (Franklin County).

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Apr

2024 Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year nominations now open

Winner Receives New John Deere 5M Utility Tractor for One Year
 
Nominations are now open for the 2024 Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year.  Now in its 73rd year, this prestigious honor has been awarded to celebrate conservation progress among select Iowa farmers who are committed to exceptional environmental stewardship and conservation efforts.

The statewide and regional awards, co-sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), honor Iowa farmers who have distinguished track records of commitment to soil conservation and water quality improvement efforts.

The grand prize winner will receive the use of a new John Deere 5M utility tractor for one year courtesy of longtime award supporters, Van Wall Equipment of Perry and John Deere.  

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Apr

Health Information Management Week; Healthcare management behind the scenes


VMH celebrates Health Information Management Week ... During Health Information Management Week, the complex role of the Health Information Management Department is recognized as one completed efficiently and effectively behind the scenes of every healthcare organization. Pictured above is the Health Information Management staff at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. From left to right, Kori Troendle, Tammy Jostand, Regan Folsom, Wendy Bucheit, Katelyn Ramstad, Karen Mahr and Heather Hills. Submitted photo.

The complex role of the Health Information Management Department is one completed efficiently and effectively behind the scenes of every healthcare organization.

At Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH), there are five certified professionals who each handle a large piece of the health record.  Some of these pieces include obtaining pre-authorization from insurance companies prior to a procedure, credentialing each and every medical provider, transcribing provider notes and very specifically coding each and every care given and supply used for each patient in each department of the hospital and clinics.

The Health Information Management Department maintains medical records for each patient and coordinates the release of information. They follow strict patient confidentiality guidelines for proper release.

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Apr

“Family Wellness Fair” to return May 8 at Veterans Memorial Hospital


The VMH “Family Wellness Fair” to be held Wednesday, May 8 ... The annual “Family Wellness Fair” will be held at Veterans Memorial Hospital and Clinics Wednesday, May 8, from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. New this year, all those attending are welcome to enter the fair through either the Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic or the Gundersen Medical Clinic, or the main entrance to the hospital. Parking will be available at any of those locations for great accessibility to the fair. Free health testing, wellness information, entertainment and refreshments will be offered for families of all ages at this free event. Submitted photo.

The Veterans Memorial Hospital’s “Family Wellness Fair” will be held Wednesday, May 8, from 3:30-6 p.m. Free health testing, exhibits and interactive activities will all be providing a complete evening of entertainment and education for families of all ages.

New this year, all those attending are welcome to enter the fair through either the Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Medical Clinic or the Gundersen Medical Clinic, or the main entrance to the hospital. Parking will be readily available at any of those entrances allowing for greater accessibility to the fair this year.

The route will again proceed through the various booths and displays throughout the hospital, the VMH Clinic and the Gundersen Clinic, then exiting through the same exit as they entered where door prizes will be available. Everyone in the area communities is welcome to attend this free event.

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Apr

April is Foot Health Month; Caring for your feet, which are the support system of the entire body

Dr. Kristina Thompson
Dr. Kristina Thompson

April is Foot Health Month. The feet are a part of the body that is often ignored, but are truly one of the most important parts, supporting the rest of the body in most every move it makes. Podiatrists are medical professionals who specialize in foot and ankle care.  A podiatrist diagnoses and treats health issues concerning not only the feet, but the ankle as well.

Podiatrist Dr. Kristina Thompson of Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) is available every Monday and Wednesday in Waukon consulting and treating patients, and even providing minor surgical procedures.

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Apr

April is Defeat Diabetes Month; Diabetes education is essential

by Angie Mettille RN, Certified Diabetes Educator

April is Defeat Diabetes Month. Diabetes is a disease full of challenges. Every day presents decisions that need to be made and sometimes problems that need to be solved. What should I eat for breakfast? How many carbohydrates are in that bowl of soup? How will that banana affect my blood sugar? Did I take my insulin this morning?  My blood sugar is higher than normal, what do I do? I’m worried about my risk of heart disease and stroke because my A1c has been higher than my doctor likes, how can I decrease my chance of complications? How am I going to pay for my insulin this month?

A diabetes educator can help you defeat diabetes by developing a plan to stay healthy and give you the tools you need to navigate the various curveballs that diabetes can throw at you.

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