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Wed
07
Nov

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that by now, you know who the winners were in yesterday’s midterm elections. As this is being written, October 29,1 have no clue.

I do know that I have no trust in the polls being quoted. I received the same polling call three consecutive nights last week, seeking opinions on the house district race. It was one of those “press one” type calls, so there was no way I could interrupt to say I had already taken the quiz. So I gave them the same answers three times in a row! I am sure I am not alone in that respect, so how can the poll be accurate?

At my age, I probably should not be terribly concerned about who wins what, since what the winners do isn’t likely to affect me very far into the future.

But I do care.

Partly because according to the Sunday Register editorial, I am an extremist!

Why?

Wed
07
Nov

Letter to the Editor: The Addams Family production is a scream

To the Editor:

How appropriate. Just the day after Halloween the Adam’s Family visited Waukon on the high school stage.  This ghoulish hysterical musical completely entertained and delighted the recently tricked and treated.

Leading the cast was Ryan VanderVelden as Gomez, the passionate, outlandish head of the household. The cool power behind the throne, Morticia, was played with delightful detachment by Leslie Halverson. Uncle Fester capturing his lunar obsession was portrayed handsomely by Sean Liddiard. Oonagh Ahouse captured Wednesday’s pluck and pique perfectly. Lurch, played by Aidan Jones, needed no words to convey his commanding presence.

Wed
07
Nov

Letter to the Editor: Allamakee County Food Shelf

To the Editor:

Recently several volunteers were asked if the Allamakee County Food Shelf is federally funded. We would like to say we are not funded by the federal government or by the state in any way. We are completely funded by our community churches, 4-H clubs, area Boy Scouts and many other organizations, local businesses and residents of Allamakee County among our donors.

Your generosity is amazing. This summer, we announced that if people had extra garden produce, we would gladly take it. The response was great. We express our appreciation to everyone for all they do to help the food shelf. Without all of you, we wouldn’t have the Allamakee County Food Shelf.

Julie Rotach and Ann Roed
Allamakee County Food Shelf Organizers

Wed
07
Nov

What's Up at the FSA Office?

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

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• November 12: Office closed in recognition of Veteran’s Day

Fall Certification
Unlike previous years, producers are no longer required to report their fall forage acres by December 15 to FSA.  These crops can be reported in the spring, by July 15, along with your spring-planted crops.  If you do insure any fall forage, make sure you still report this to your crop insurance agent. 

Wed
07
Nov

New water quality funding will emphasize edge of field practices

New resources will help get proven practices on the ground

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today highlighted how the long-term water quality funding passed and signed into law earlier this year is being used to scale up water quality efforts in Iowa.

“Having dedicated, long-term water quality funding in place is critically important as we continue to expand our focus on edge of field conservation practices that have been proven to significantly reduce nitrate levels. We are excited to highlight the first examples of how Iowans will benefit from this legislation that provides more than $280 million for water quality efforts over the next 11 years,” Naig said.

Wed
07
Nov

Stockmanship, Cattle Handling and BQA Workshops

A Stockmanship, Handling and BQA workshop featuring Curt Pate from Ryegate, Montana, will be held in Waukon November 17. The Stockmanship session teaches cattle handling methods that improve animal movement and cattle performance by reducing the stress on livestock. Pate will demonstrate low stress cattle handling methods that can be used whether gathering from the pasture or processing through corrals. The workshop will be held Saturday, November 17 at the Northeast Iowa Equity Sales Commission facility located north of Waukon on State Highway 76 starting at 10 a.m. and conclude about 2 p.m. 

In addition to animal handling, Denise Schwab from ISU Extension, will also be certifying participants in the BQA program. BQA is the foundation for the Tyson FarmCheck program which will be required for all who sell cattle to Tyson Fresh Meats in 2019. Other packers and many auction markets will also be requiring BQA certification.

Wed
07
Nov

Register before November 28 for fall commercial pesticide applicator training recertification

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Allamakee County office will host a Pest Control Operators Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Wednesday, December 5. The program provided by the ISU Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) can be seen at office locations across Iowa.

The local attendance site for the December 5 CIC is the Allamakee County Extension Office located at 218 Seventh Avenue SE, Suite #102 in Waukon. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by sessions from 9-11:30 a.m. The registration fee increases after November 28. To register or to obtain additional information about the CIC, contact ISU Extension and Outreach Allamakee County in Waukon at 563-568-6345.
 

Wed
07
Nov

Vietnam Veteran John Curtin to be honored as a “Hawkeye Hero” this Saturday during Iowa football game


Honored as a Hawkeye Hero ... John and Eileen Curtin of rural Waukon take a moment following the Memorial Day Parade held in Waukon in 2014, when John was named Grand Marshall of the parade. John served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1969 before being wounded three times in Vietnam and earning the Purple Heart. He is now also being honored as a “Hawkeye Hero” this Saturday, November 10 during the Iowa football game at home vs. Northwestern, an honor his family nominated him for. Submitted photo.

Family pride ... The children and grandchildren of John Curtin of rural Waukon coordinated the above photos that were then arranged in a three-section frame and given to him to help announce his honoring as a “Hawkeye Hero” at the Iowa vs. Northwestern football game this Saturday, November 10. Pictured above in the three photos, left to right are John’s son, Brian, and his wife, Michelle, and their kids, Alex and Hudson, of Urbandale; John’s daughter, Kelly Brown, and her husband, Nick, and their children, Caleb, Jace and Nathan, of Lisbon; and John’s son, Brad, and his wife, Olivia, and their children, Payton and Dawson, of North Liberty. Submitted photos.

by Lissa Blake

Since serving in Vietnam 50 years ago, U.S. Army Veteran John Curtin has continued to honor his country and his service in the military by participating in many area events.

However, this Saturday, November 10, Curtin, himself, will be honored for his military service during one of his favorite pastimes, an Iowa Hawkeye football game.

Curtin, of rural Waukon, was nominated by his family this past summer to be a “Hawkeye Hero” for a day. During the Iowa vs. Northwestern Military Appreciation Day football game this Saturday at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Curtin will be recognized during a media time-out in the first quarter of the game, where a brief piece of his military story will be told and some photos will also be shared on the stadium’s big video screen. Further details of Curtin’s honoring taking place this Saturday appear elsewhere with this story in a colored box.

Wed
07
Nov

Remembering her hero: Waukon’s Helen Stegen recounts the service of her uncle, Harris Quanrud


Proud of his service ... Helen Stegen of Waukon holds the display case that houses the medals and other honorings of her uncle, Harris Quanrud, who served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Stegen said her uncle and his love for children had a big impact on her life and the lives of her two sons, Lee and Lloyd. Photo by Lissa Blake.

Harris Quanrud ... Submitted photo.

by Lissa Blake

When Waukon’s Helen Stegen reflects upon the gifts she received in life, she treasures the fact she had her very own war hero in her uncle, Harris Quanrud.

“He was my hero … and still is,” said Stegen, now 81 years old.

Stegen was born Helen Forde in 1937. Her mother, Harriet Quanrud, was a sister to Harris Quanrud, who was born August 4, 1915.

“I was just three years old when Harris went into the Army, in April of 1941,” remembered Helen.

Although she was young, she said she can vividly remember her mother and aunt Barbara sitting on top of a heater, crying. “And I cried too, because they were crying. I had never seen my mom cry before,” said Helen.

Helen remembered the Quanrud family having a schedule for corresponding with Harris when he was overseas. “Each of his three sisters and his mom had a specific day of the week they would write to him. My brother, Jim, and I wrote to him as well,” she said.

Wed
07
Nov

Three Allamakee County communities among those awarded low-interest loans for water quality projects

The Iowa Finance Authority and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources recently announced that 58 Iowa communities have received a total of more than $171 million in low-interest loans through the State Revolving Fund to assist in advancing water quality projects. State Revolving Fund Construction Loans are a low-cost construction financing option available for Iowa cities and municipalities for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. Planning & Design Loans are zero percent loans that assist with the first-phase of project expenses.

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