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Thu
22
Feb

Marie McKee

Marie E. McKee, 94, of Waukon, formerly of Postville, died Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Funeral services will be held Monday, February 26 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Postville with Pastor Lynn Noel officiating. Burial will be at Postville Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, February 25 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon and one hour before services Monday at the church.

A full obituary will appear in the February 28 edition of The Standard. You can subscribe to The Standard's print edition or e-edition by clicking here.

Thu
22
Feb

ON TO STATE! Kee basketball girls win OT thriller to advance to State Tournament

The ninth-rated Kee girls basketball team outlasted sixth-rated West Hancock, 46-39, to win its Class 1A Region 2 championship game played Wednesday, February 21 at New Hampton. Playing the Eagles to a 39-39 scoreboard knot at the end of four quarters, the Hawks didn't let the Eagles score at all in the extra frame to secure the victory and their second-ever State Tournament qualification. The Lady Hawks (22-1) will now play fourth-rated Newell-Fonda (24-0) Wednesday, February 28 in the opening round of the Class 1A State Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, beginning at 5 p.m. The winner will advance on to the Class 1A semifinals Friday, March 2 at 3:15 p.m. to play the winner of the first-round match-up between second-rated Central Decatur (24-0) and 10th-rated Montezuma (20-3), with that semifinals winner then advancing on to the Class 1A State Championship game Saturday evening, March 3 at 7 p.m.

Wed
21
Feb

What's Up at the FSA Office?

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

Conservation Reserve Program: Mid-Contract Management Meeting
When: Thursday, February 22 - Two Sessions: 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Where: Famers and Merchants Savings Bank (Basement) 201 W Main St., Waukon IA 52172

CRP mid-contract management (MCM) information will be provided by staff from FSA, NRCS, and the IADNR. The focus will be on MCM policies, practices, cost-share, invoice details, and programmatic dates.  Staff will also address any CRP-related questions folks have.

You are welcome to attend either session, and we ask that you bring your MCM (FSA-848) packet with you. If you don’t have MCM scheduled for this year, but would like to learn more about it, please attend!

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.  If you have any questions, contact the Allamakee County FSA office at (563) 568-2148.

Wed
21
Feb

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that regardless of how Americans feel individually about recent congressional decisions, many feel uneasy about the conduct of some of those legislators.

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi stood at the podium and talked, or read letters, for eight consecutive hours, supporting a view which she knew was a lost cause. But it was her cause of the moment, and she wasn’t about to give up without making that view known, ad infinitum.

Later, Republican Senator Rand Paul talked until the wee small hours of the morning, repeating a position he has repeated and echoed time after time, again, in a lost cause.

As a result of the above, the legislative bodies toiled all night before reaching an early-the-next-moming vote, which confirmed what everybody knew all along would be the outcome.

Wed
21
Feb

Word for Word 2/21/18


Mission trip to India ... In the photo above, Pastor Steve Oden prays for healing and visits with a family. Robin Oden, pictured below, prays for the leader of a slum village. Submitted photos.

My wife and I have just returned from a mission trip to India. Just as India is half a world away, so their culture is just as different. It’s a place of the 5:30 a.m. Islamic call to prayer, cattle roaming the streets amidst heavy traffic, people everywhere, traffic (and the steering wheel) on the wrong side of the road,  roosters crowing all night long, 85 degree temperatures by 10 a.m. (and it’s their winter), Hindu priests walking and chanting through the neighborhoods receiving offerings of rice in their headdresses, no road signs, and if there are any, no one pays attention to them anyway (they are just “road decorations”), stench from the open sewers running along the sides of streets and homes,  this is India! As I said several times upon arrival, “We’re not in Kansas anymore!”

Wed
21
Feb

Letter to the Editor: We are not the problem!

To the Editor:

I’m writing to correct the misinformation and falsehoods stated by Angie Chambers about the pork industry in her February 7 “We are the problem” letter. As a northeast Iowa pig farmer, I have to stand up for myself and my fellow producers.

The Iowa Pork Producers Association and the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers strongly encourage hog producers to work with Dr. Steve Hoff at Iowa State University to properly site environmentally controlled hog barns. The coalition assists producers with site analysis to consider the location of neighbors, public use areas like parks and lakes, topography and prevailing wind directions. Potential livestock odor can be managed with proper siting and various other solutions.

What’s more, as heavily regulated as the pork industry is in Iowa already, the state requires producers to adhere to additional rules and regulations to build on karst terrain.

Wed
21
Feb

Letter to the Editor: Mental healthcare and gun legislation

To the Editor:

With the astounding total of 18 school shootings in the past 45 days, that means that every 2.5 days a child is either killed or injured at school with a gun. This is not acceptable. We as a country need to start investing real money into accessible mental healthcare. Right now in the state of Iowa the police, corrections officers and sheriffs are given the unfair task of being not only a peace officer, but a mental healthcare provider. This is not what these men and women were trained to do, and it is unfair to our police officers.

We need mental healthcare reform throughout the nation. We need access to counselors,  psychiatric nurse practitioners, psychologists, psychiatrists and other medical workers who are specifically trained to help those individuals suffering with mental disease and distress.

Wed
21
Feb

Letter to the Editor: Smart meter concerns

To the Editor:

I have received positive comments in regards to Oklahoma drawing up a bill to protect its citizens from non-ionizing radiation due to smart meters. The bill gives decision making back to the people. Currently, the wireless industry via the utility companies with government funding has taken that away. There have also been some questions brought up.

What’s the life span of smart meters? Smart meters have a five to seven year life span and have the ability to violate the 4th Amendment due to the detailed data they collect. Mechanical analog meters have a thirty to forty year life span, are quite accurate and do not have the capability to violate the 4th Amendment.

Wed
21
Feb

February is Heart Month: Cardiac Rehab at VMH is a highly utilized local service


Cardiac Rehabilitation at VMH ... Veterans Memorial Hospital began its own Cardiac Rehabilitation program nearly two decades ago to help fill a need in the community. Pictured, left to right, are Cardiac Rehab Nurse Dianne Weymiller, RN, with Phase II Cardiac Rehab patients Alvin Buege of Waukon on the weights and John Schild of Lansing on the NuStep machine. A Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation program is essential for fullest recovery of a victim of a heart disorder and is available at Veterans Memorial Hospital. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital began its own Cardiac Rehabilitation unit nearly two decades ago to help fill a need in the community - a need that has been and continues to be well utilized.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Half a million people die each year due to this disease. Many people develop symptoms of heart disease when they are in their 40s or 50s, interrupting a most productive time of life. Cardiac Rehabilitation is an important tool in the fight against heart disease. Rehabilitation involves monitored exercise, nutritional counseling, emotional support and education about lifestyle changes to reduce risks of heart problems.

Wed
21
Feb

Blood Donor Day held every month

The next local LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Thursday, March 1, from 12-5 p.m., at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon. Blood drives are held every month in Waukon, allowing for more donors to give. LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with its blood and blood products.

Anyone who lives to the age of 72 will have a 95% probability of needing blood or blood products at sometime in their life, so blood donors are greatly needed.

Regular blood donors may donate blood as often as every 56 days. First-time donors will find that donating blood is a safe and easy way to save lives and make a difference in the community. One single blood donation can save the lives of up to three sick or injured hospital patients. On average, 90% of first-time donors give at blood drives in their community. This is a great opportunity for first-time donors to see how easy the blood donation process is.

The donation process is simple:

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