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Apr

Birth announcement: Heitman

Xander Heitman
Xander Heitman

Paul and Lisa Heitman of Marshalltown announce the birth of their son, Xander Elmer Heitman, born March 13, 2019 at UnityPoint Health in Marshalltown. He weighed 7 lbs. 5 ozs. and measured 20-1/2 inches in length at the time of his birth.

Grandparents are Alan and Lori Heitman of New Albin and Mark and Holly Kukkonen of Iowa City.
 

Wed
10
Apr

Word for Word 4/10/19


Rev. Sedar Wembonyama

Lent

As we are in the season of Lent, many Christians in the world observe the discipline of praying and fasting; it’s the period we approach God through discipline.

The period of Lent many churches and Christians observe their discipline to God, it’s the season we think about our issues and others. It’s the season to walk on God’s path and take Jesus as an example which we can follow. Since I am talking about Lent, I have three points that we can observe during lent: Sacrifice, prayer and charity.

Wed
10
Apr

Letter to the Editor: Libraries build communities

To the Editor:

When I became library director at Robey Memorial in 2014, I remember feeling a lot of things - mostly anxiety. I had been living in Waukon for two years but working at Meehan Memorial Library in Lansing, a much smaller town with a much smaller library. Not being a northeast Iowa native, I worried about whether I would fit in with the community. I worried about whether I would get along with the staff, the board, and the patrons. Basically, I worried about everything.

But it wasn’t all anxiety. The other feeling I had, the stronger feeling, was one of excitement. Robey was just completing an amazing renovation, and it felt like a privilege to be invited to take the wheel at such an important turning point for the library. I felt honored that the board of trustees was giving me a chance to lead.

Wed
10
Apr

What's Up at the FSA Office?

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

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
May 14: Deadline to complete mid-contract management (MCM) activities on CRP
May 15 - August 1: Primary Nesting Season.  No MCM activities on CRP acres.

April 2019 CCC and FSFL Interest Rates
New rates were issued for the month of February and are as follows:
• 2.500% for 3 years
• 2.500% for 5 years
• 2.500% for 7 years
• 2.625% for 10 years
• 2.750% for 12 years
• 2.750% for 15 years
Crop year commodity loan rate for April is 3.500%

Wed
10
Apr

Impact of cover crops on weed management


Figure 1. Relationship between cover crop biomass and weed suppression. Adapted from Webster et al. 2013.

Figure 2. Cereal rye biomass at termination as affected by planting and termination date. Adapted from Nord et al. 2011.

by Bob Hartzler, Iowa State University Professor of Agronomy and Meaghan Anderson, ISU Extension Field Agronomist in Central Iowa

One benefit of planting cover crops is their contribution to weed management.  While several factors contribute to the inhibition of weeds by cover crops, the physical barrier of cover crop residue on the soil surface is most important. Research has shown a strong relationship between the amount of cover crop biomass at termination and the level of weed control provided by the cover crop (Figure 1 above).

Because of the importance of cover crop biomass, it is essential to manage the cover crop to maximize growth when using cover crops to aid weed management. The following practices have a major influence on cover crop biomass:

Wed
10
Apr

Research helps farmers succeed with prairie

More landowners are interested in planting strips of deep-rooted prairie within crop fields or on marginal land as an effective soil conservation and water quality practice. But they need reliable answers about the costs and benefits, the best seed mixes to use and how to establish a prairie that resists weedy invasion.

Answers to practical questions like these are coming out of projects led by University of Northern Iowa researchers and funded by the Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University.

“Restoring prairie at strategic locations in agricultural landscapes is a practice that can gain huge improvements in water quality and bring other benefits, like reduced weed pressure and valuable habitat for pollinators and wildlife,” said Justin Meissen, Research & Restoration Program Manager at the University of Northern Iowa’s Tallgrass Prairie Center and principal investigator on one of the projects.

Wed
10
Apr

Waukon man arrested on several charges after report of domestic assault, shot fired

Loren Havens ...
Loren Havens ...

Early Saturday afternoon, April 6, a Waukon Police Department Officer responded to 409 First Avenue NW for a report of a domestic assault of a juvenile phoned in by the juvenile, according to court documents. While in the downstairs area of the residence, the officer attempted to make contact with the suspect, who was located in the upstairs of the residence, at which time the suspect made a comment about someone dying.

The suspect then fired a .45 caliber gun one time, but no one was injured as a result of the firearm discharge. The suspect then came downstairs and turned himself in to law enforcement without further incident, admitting that he did aggressively grab and restrain his juvenile daughter, according to court documents.

Wed
10
Apr

Search warrant results in felony firearms charge

Mitchell Kubik ...
Mitchell Kubik ...

Thursday, April 4 at approximately 1 p.m., the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Postville Police Department with the execution of a search warrant for a residence located at 2117 Cota Drive, Harpers Ferry. The search of the residence was in connection with a burglary at a business in the town of Postville, the investigation of which is ongoing. During the search, a .22 caliber rifle was located in plain sight within the residence, according to court documents.

As a result of the search, Mitchell Joseph Kubik, age 31, of rural Harpers Ferry was arrested without incident at the scene and charged with Possession/Control of a Firearm by a Felon, a class D felony. A criminal charge is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed not guilty unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
 

Wed
10
Apr

Kee High School 2019 Prom Queen and King candidates ...

The 2019 Kee High School Prom is scheduled for this Saturday, April 13. Pictured above are the senior class Queen and King candidates for the annual event. Left to right - Front row: Queen candidates Sahreya Dodd, Michelle Walleser and Keirsten Mathis. Back row: King candidates Logan West, Ryan Whalen and Shawn Wild. The annual banquet will be held at TJ Hunter’s Banquet Hall on Main Street in Lansing at 5:30 p.m. The dance will take place from 8 p.m. to 12 midnight in the banquet hall. The public is invited to attend the Grand March which is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening to the public at 7:15 p.m. and a free-will donation being taken. Following the Grand March, this year’s Prom King and Queen will be crowned. Post Prom festivities will follow the dance until 4 a.m. at the former Lansing Middle School gymnasium. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.
 

Wed
10
Apr

Black Hawk Bridge to close April 15 for repairs

A bridge repair project to remove and replace several structural steel pieces on the Iowa 9 (Black Hawk) Bridge over the Mississippi River at Lansing will require closing the bridge for approximately one week beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, April 15, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation. (DOT). Motorists are also reminded that another popular route for local travelers to access the La Crosse/Onalaska, WI area via Lycurgus Road and Iowa River Drive (A26) also currently has a bridge closure at Irish Hollow Creek that features a detour via nearby gravel roads. The latest traveler information is available anytime through the Iowa DOT 511 system. Visit 511ia.org or call 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide).

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