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Wed
15
May

ISU Extension and Outreach offering Mental Health First Aid Training

In response to the nation’s mental health crisis, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Allamakee County will bring Mental Health First Aid training to Waukon Tuesday, June 4. This groundbreaking skills-based course gives people the tools to identify, understand and respond to someone who might be struggling with a mental health or substance use challenge - and connect them with appropriate support and resources when necessary.

One in five Americans has a mental illness, and the pandemic has dramatically increased depression and anxiety, but many are reluctant to seek help or don’t know where to turn for care. Unlike physical conditions, symptoms of mental health and substance use problems can be difficult to detect.

Friends and family members may find it hard to know when and how to step in. As a result, those in need of mental health services often do not receive care until it is too late.

Wed
15
May

Tips for hunting for wild mushrooms in Iowa

In Iowa, mushroom hunting is quite common. However, knowing the peak time to hunt for a particular mushroom can be challenging.

Chelsea Harbach, a plant disease diagnostician in the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, shares helpful guidelines when hunting for common mushrooms.

Three common types of mushrooms are regularly sought out. While using the mushroom foraging calendar key, Iowans can find peak times to hunt for common, white, black or half-free morels in the Spring; Chicken of the Woods in late summer; and oysters May through September.

When hunting for mushrooms, hunters can determine whether the mushroom is edible or inedible by asking:

Does the mushroom have a stem or cap?

Does the mushroom have gills or pores?

Where is the mushroom growing?

How is the mushroom growing? Out of the soil or out of a tree?

What is the time of year?

Wed
15
May

May “Bridge Talk” attendees learn about progress on new bridge, and get a close look at a section of the enormous rebar cage used in a drilled shaft


Rebar example ... The rebar cage brought to the library as part of the May “Let’s Talk Bridges” presentation was the top portion of the rebar cage poured into the demonstration drilled shaft used in the new bridge construction project. This rebar was the extra portion sticking out of the top of the shaft that was cut off after the concrete hardened. “We brought this along to show how big these parts of the drilled shafts really are,” Burke said. “We also wanted to show how the rebar is tied together to make the cage, and how the testing equipment is attached to the cage.” Photo by Robert Raymond.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

Attendees at the Thursday, May 9 session of “Let’s Talk Bridges!” - informational meetings on the new bridge construction held the second Thursday of each month at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library - had an opportunity to appreciate the sheer magnitude of the drilled shafts upon which the piers of the new Mississippi River bridge at Lansing will sit, when they were able to stand next to a section of the rebar cage from the demonstration shaft built by Kraemer North America, contractors on the bridge project.

Wed
15
May

Lansing City Council sets public hearing on FY25 budget for May 20; tax abatement slated to also be on May 20 council agenda

by Julie Berg-Raymond

During its regular meeting Monday, May 6, the Lansing City Council set the public hearing on the Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25) budget for Monday, May 20, at 7 p.m. The council also accepted a bid of $.85/gallon from Welch Inc. of Waukon, for dust control for the City of Lansing this summer. No other bids were submitted.

In other business, the council approved Resolution #1007 regarding the transfer of monies between funds for accounting purposes, and approved liquor licenses for Casey’s, The Buck Stops Here and Kwik Trip, Inc.

UPDATE: TAX ABATEMENT
In an email interview following the council’s May 6 meeting, during which Mayor Mike Verdon was asked about the status of the Tax Abatement Ordinance/Urban Revitalization Plan, Mayor Verdon said, “tax abatement will be on the next (May 20) agenda.”

Wed
15
May

New Albin Public Library to host bird exhibit by Blank Park Zoo May 31

The New Albin Public Library will be hosting an interactive bird exhibit by Blank Park Zoo from Des Moines Friday, May 31, beginning at 3 p.m. and open to the public. The free event will feature a variety of educational opportunities to learn about birds, including different sensory bins that let kids explore human-made items that were inspired from different bird beaks. There will also be an opportunity to view a variety of bird feathers, skulls and eggs. No live animals will be present at the event.
 

Wed
15
May

Kee girls track team qualifies six events for State Meet to pace fourth-place finish at Class 1A State Qualifying Meet


State Meet qualification in four events includes return in pair of hurdle races ... Kee girls track and field sophomore Addison Winters leads this line of hurdlers on the way to a sweep of the two individual hurdle events at the Class 1A State Qualifying Meet at Edgewood-Colesburg Thursday, May 9. Winters topped this 100 meter hurdle field in a time of 16.08 seconds and also won the 400 meter hurdles in a school record time of 1:08.53 that edged out that event victory by just fifteen-hundredths (.15) of a second. Winters also leaped 16’1.5” to finish second in the long jump and helped Kee’s sprint medley relay to a fourth-place finish in a time of 1:57.05, with both of those performances falling within the next-best 14 non-championship Class 1A performances to earn at-large State Meet qualifications. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

Winters returns to State in two hurdle events, qualifies in long jump; Strong wins high jump, Mohn claims 400 meter berth and joins Winters, Colsch and Mudderman in sprint medley

Wed
15
May

Waukon boys track team qualifies nine events for State Track and Field Meet to pace sixth-place team finish at Class 2A State Qualifying Meet


Double qualifier returns in 1600 meter run ... Waukon boys track senior Skyler Dugan keeps pace with a pack in the 1600 meter run at the Class 2A State Qualifying Meet at Denver Thursday, May 9. Dugan earned a return trip to the Class 2A State Meet in that distance event with his fifth-place finish in a time of 4:37.12 that was fast enough to earn an at-large qualification for the season grand finale, and he also led off the Tribe’s 4x800 relay for a win in 8:11.90 to help that relay earn an automatic berth among Class 2A’s State Meet elite. Photo by Dave Davies.

Indians qualify for State in all individual running events, as well as 4x800 and 4x400

Competing for the opportunity to extend its season to every high school track and field team’s ultimate destination, the Waukon boys track team battled 11 other schools on that same quest at its Class 2A State Qualifying Meet in Denver Thursday, May 9. The track Tribe’s efforts resulted in a total of nine events earning qualification for this year’s State Track Meet in Des Moines, including six events that earned automatic qualification with top-two placewinnings, with five of those being event wins to headline the Indians’ 64 team points and a sixth-place team finish.

ON TO STATE
The Waukon track and field boys will now compete among their elite colleagues in their nine qualified events at the State Track and Field Meet taking place this Thursday through Saturday, May 16-18 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.

Wed
15
May

Pasture walk near Decorah June 25 to focus on fence and water improvements

Jewell Enterprises has developed a managed grazing system including over 10,000 feet of buried water lines with quick couple attachments, water tanks on skids, subdivision fences with high tensile wire, and some silvopastures. Robert Jewell has moved cows on about a daily basis for over three years now. Jewell and his dad farm together and have also seeded some cover crops on grain fields for additional fall or early spring grazing.

Jewell will share his experiences at a pasture walk on Tuesday, June 25, at 6:00 pm. In addition, Jacob Hawes, NE Area Grassland Specialist, will speak on cost share opportunities to improve pastures and soil health, and Denise Schwab, ISUEO beef specialist, will discuss grazing efficiency.  Some of the grazing practices to be highlighted include buried water lines to each paddock, pasture subdivision layout, division fencing, and the equipment he uses to make moved cows easier.

Wed
15
May

Waukon girls track team claims five top-two State Meet qualifications, adds another at-large berth to pace fifth-place State Qualifier team finish


Double throwing events qualifier... Waukon girls track and field senior Kloe Hemmersbach launches a shot put heave at the Class 2A State Qualifying Meet at Denver Thursday, May 9. Her toss of 37’5.25” won the event and qualified her for a third consecutive State Meet in the event. She also qualified for the season grand finale with a second-place discus blast of 123’2”. Photo by Dave Davies.

Johnson, Hemmersbach each qualify in two individual events, shuttle hurdle and 4x800 also advance

The Waukon girls track and field team initially came away from its Class 2A State Qualifying Meet at Denver Thursday, May 9 knowing five young ladies in five events were guaranteed an extension of their season to every high school track and field athlete’s desired destination. Those five Indian events featured the required top-two finishes necessary for qualification for this year’s Iowa High School Track and Field Meet in Des Moines taking place later this week, but as the eight at-large event qualifying performances from across the state of Iowa were sorted out, another four young ladies in one other event were added to that season grand finale mix, with all of those State Meet qualifications headlining the Indians’ effort that placed the track Tribe fifth in the final 12-team standings at Denver.

Tue
14
May

Virgil Opfer

Virgil L. Opfer, 91, of Waukon died Monday, May 6, 2024, at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 25 at 11 a.m. at Salem United Church of Christ in rural Waukon with Pastor Sue Klimstra officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. until the time of services Saturday, May 25 at the church. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements.

Virgil Leonard Opfer was born in Postville May 11, 1932, the son of Leonard and Viola (Koehring) Opfer. He was baptized and confirmed at Zalmona Presbyterian Church in rural Waukon, and graduated from Waukon High School in 1950. June 25, 1951, he married Betty Henning at Salem United Church of Christ in rural Waukon.

Throughout his life, Virgil farmed and drove bus, which he enjoyed very much. He enjoyed playing baseball, bowling, playing cards, and dancing.

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