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Richard Plein

Richard James Plein, 75, of Marion passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at Living Center West in Cedar Rapids. A Graveside Service was held Monday, May 13 at Oak Shade Cemetery in Marion.

Richard was born April 9, 1949, in Waukon, the son of James and LaVerne (O’Donnell) Plein. He was a 1967 graduate of St. Patrick Catholic School in Waukon. Richard worked in construction for Delaney and Kelley Concrete until his retirement in 2008. He was an avid sports fan, especially of the Chicago Cubs, and enjoyed listening to music. In his earlier years, he enjoyed hunting. His greatest joy was spending time with family and friends. Richard will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Wed
08
May

What's Up at the USDA Office?

Upcoming Deadlines/Dates
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
July 15: Deadline to report 2024 crops

Crop Reporting Reminders
Maps are now available at the Allamakee County FSA Office for acreage reporting purposes. These certification maps were mailed to all Allamakee County producers the week of April 29, 2024.

Please see the following acreage reporting deadlines for Allamakee County:
• December 15th Fall Seeded Grains
• July 15th Spring Seeded Crops, annual forages, CRP

Wed
08
May

New report shares latest research on potential for ag drainage water recycling

What if Iowa farmers could collect field drainage and rainfall to supply the right amount of water at the right time for crop production – and improve water quality in the process? That dream is coming closer to reality, thanks to the emerging technology of drainage water recycling (DWR) already in practice on several Iowa farms.

Precipitation in Iowa is generally adequate to produce good crops. However, yields are often limited when the timing and volume of rainfall doesn’t coincide with crop water needs. By storing drainage water in the spring to reuse in the summer as supplemental irrigation during dry periods, DWR can increase crop yields and make cropping systems more predictable and resilient to weather extremes.

Wed
08
May

VMH “Family Wellness Fair” to be held this Wednesday afternoon


Part of VMH “Family Wellness Fair” being held Wednesday ... The annual Veterans Memorial Hospital “Family Wellness Fair” is being held Wednesday, May 8, from 3:30-6 p.m. with the Gundersen Health System air ambulance planned to be on site for viewing. All visitors are welcome to enter the fair through the Veterans Memorial Hospital main entrance, the hospital clinic entrance or the Gundersen Clinic entrance, allowing for more parking options. Free health tests, family activities, entertainment, refreshments, and much more will all be included in the evening plus many door prizes will be given away. Everyone in the area communities is welcome to attend this free event, sponsored by Veterans Memorial Hospital in honor of National Hospital Week. Submitted photo.

The annual “Family Wellness Fair” will be held this Wednesday, May 8 from 3:30-6 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) and Clinic in Waukon. The “Family Wellness Fair” is a community-wide event offering families and individuals of all ages a night of entertainment and education about local resources available to them, plus many free health testing opportunities. This family event is free and open to all members of the community of any age.

This year all visitors are welcome to enter the fair through the Veterans Memorial Hospital main entrance, the hospital clinic entrance or the Gundersen Clinic entrance, allowing for more parking options.

Wed
08
May

Elections 101: Absentee Voting - Part 1

Elections 101 is a weekly series of articles offering a variety of information regarding elections in Iowa and Allamakee County prior to this year’s June 4 Primary Election. The information is being provided courtesy of Allamakee County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Denise Beyer.

In this third of six articles leading up to the Primary election, you will learn about the absentee voting process. With the Primary Election in less than one month, Tuesday, June 4, 2024, voters may be considering whether they will vote at the polls, or take advantage of the opportunity to vote prior to Election Day, either in person at the auditor’s office, or by requesting a ballot by mail.

In Iowa, both of these methods of voting prior to Election Day are called Absentee Voting. Many other states have different terminology for voting prior to Election Day, but if you live in Iowa and hear the term “absentee”, it refers to voting prior to Election Day, regardless of the method.

Wed
08
May

Bandmates, Brothers and Friends to perform with the Toe Tappers May 10; Food sales available with proceeds to support purchase of new Pyxis machine for VMH


Bandmates, Brothers and Friends to reunite this Friday to benefit Health Care Foundation ... For the second year, Bandmates, Brothers and Friends will reunite in Waukon for another night of musical entertainment to benefit the Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Health Care Foundation. This year will also celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Toe Tappers as part of the musical line-up, all held Friday evening. May 10 from 6-11 p.m. at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. Many food items will be available for purchase including pizza by the slice from Uptown Grill, BBQ pulled pork sandwiches from Lid’s Bar & Grill, chips and queso from Fiesta Vallarta and WW Homestead Dairy cheese curds. A cash bar will also be available. Submitted photo.

New Pyxis system to be purchased ... Free-will donations will be accepted at the door at the Bandmates, Brothers and Friends reunion performance this Friday, as well as online, to benefit the Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Health Care Foundation in the purchase of a new Pyxis medication dispensing system for the Veterans Memorial Hospital Emergency Room. This system makes medication delivery much more efficient for the nurse and safer for the patient. Pictured above is Brittney Snitker, at right, with Lyvia Hosch, at left, Pharmacists at Veterans Memorial Hospital, alongside the Pyxis machine used for inpatients at the hospital. A smaller version of this machine will be purchased for VMH’s Emergency Room with funds raised at Friday’s event. Submitted photo.

For the second year, Bandmates, Brothers and Friends (BBF) will reunite in Waukon for another night of musical entertainment to benefit the Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Health Care Foundation. This year will also celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Toe Tappers as part of the musical line-up, all to be held this Friday evening, May 10, from 6-11 p.m.

This year the event will be held at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion to allow for more room for dancing, additional seating, food (cash sales), and beverages.  Many food items will be available including pizza by the slice from Uptown Grill, BBQ pulled pork sandwiches from Lid’s Bar & Grill, chips and queso sauce from Fiesta Vallarta and WW Homestead Dairy cheese curds. Cash bar will also be available hosted by the Fairgrounds Pavilion.

Wed
08
May

Three-year anniversary for Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic-Waukon; Serving thousands while continuing to expand


Medical staff at Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic-Waukon celebrating its three-year anniversary ... The Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic-Waukon opened just three years ago. The team of medical providers has had a total of 33,500 patient visits serving 6,692 patients, more than doubling since last year. Pictured above, from left to right, are Katy Maker, Nurse Midwife and Nurse Practitioner; Tara Fink, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner; Dr. Dave Schwartz, Family Practice Physician; Halie Ruff, Nurse Practitioner; Minji Na, Nurse Practitioner; Sue McMillan, Nurse Practitioner; Alex Berns, Nurse Practitioner; Michelle Crary, Nurse Practitioner; and Dr. Thomas McMullan, Family Practice Physician. Submitted photo.

The Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Medical Clinic-Waukon opened just three years ago, May 3, joining the Gundersen Waukon Clinic in providing accessible family health care to the area communities. Not only have thousands been cared for, but the services available have grown rapidly.

Since opening the Waukon Clinic, services have expanded into Postville with a full-time clinic there as well, with the addition of behavioral health services.  The clinic staff has also begun serving three long-term care facilities in the area. Together, these staff members have completed over 33,500 medical visits, serving 6,692 individuals.

Wed
08
May

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

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Community and Home Care/Allamakee County Public Health has announced 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
08
May

Diabetes Support Group Meeting set for May 16 at Veterans Memorial Hospital

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, May 16, at 10 a.m.  The meeting will be held at Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) in the Large Conference Room, located on the lower level of the hospital.

This diabetes class is open to everyone who has diabetes or has a friend or loved one with diabetes. For more information on the Diabetes Support Group, feel free to call  Angie Mettille, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.

Wed
08
May

Be aware of suspicious phone calls requesting health info

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) was made aware in late April 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 they are certain who they are speaking with. Random calls requesting information are most likely a scam.     

Anyone who thinks they may have been targeted by a scam should be sure to call 1-800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227) or the Heath Insurance Marketplace at 800-318-2596.  Also be sure to monitor health insurance statements, watching items or services charged that were never received. Also watch to be sure items were only billed once.

Individuals should feel free to call their insurance agent or agency directly. and whenever they are targeted by a caller, always just hang-up.

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