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Sun
26
Nov

Phyllis Snitker

Phyllis L. Snitker, 85, of Rossville died Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Funeral services were held Monday, November 27 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon, with Pastor Tim Rupert officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.

Phyllis LaVonne Snitker was born December 18, 1931 in the Hickory Creek area of rural Monona, the daughter of Henry and Iva (Ames) Snitker. She attended Rossville Country School, Waukon High School and later received her GED.

February 18, 1948, she married Leonard Junior Snitker at the First Presbyterian Parsonage in Waukon. They farmed together on a farm a quarter of a mile west of Rossville. Phyllis also worked at Northern Engraving in Waukon for 39-1/2 years, until it closed in 2008.

Fri
24
Nov

Shirleen "Sam" Rosendahl

Shirleen "Sam" A. Rosendahl, 66, of Waukon went home to be with our Lord Tuesday, November 21, 2017 after a brief battle with cancer; she passed away at home surrounded by her family. Funeral services were held Monday, November 27 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Waukon with Pastor Bill Odermann officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.

Shirleen “Sam” Ann Fritz Moe Rosendahl was born April 9, 1951 in Marshalltown, the daughter of Leo and Ida (Johnson) Fritz of Cresco. She was baptized and confirmed at the Notre Dame Catholic Parish and in 1969 graduated from Notre Dame High School in Cresco.

Wed
22
Nov

Mary Blake

Mary E. Blake, 97, of Waukon died Sunday, November 19, 2017 at her home. Funeral services were held Saturday, November 25 at St. Mary's Catholic Church Hanover in rural Waukon with Rev. Jerry Blake officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Mary Blake Memorial, 1972 State Highway 76 N, Waukon, IA 52172.

Mary E. Hammell was born February 16, 1920 on the family farm on the Sand Cove in rural New Albin, the daughter of Cornelius “Con” and Mary T. (Wall) Hammell. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in New Albin and graduated from high school in Lansing. She completed teacher training in La Crosse, WI and taught in rural Allamakee County schools for several years.

Wed
22
Nov

What's up at the FSA Office?

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

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• November 23: Office closed in observance of Thanksgiving
• December 15: Report acreages intended to be used for forage and pasture in 2018
• December 15: Sign up for, or opt out of, the 2018 Margin Protection Program

Wed
22
Nov

Trent Loos visits with Waukon High School FFA students


Radio host Trent Loos visits Waukon High School FFA ... Nationally syndicated radio host Trent Loos, famous for the “Rural Route” radio show and “Loos Tales” podcast, visited Waukon High School FFA students November 10 to discuss a variety of agriculture related topics. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

Trent Loos presented Waukon High School FFA t-shirt ... Nationally syndicated radio host Trent Loos was presented a Waukon High School FFA t-shirt during his visit with FFA students. Pictured left to right, FFA member and Waukon High School student Cayla Nolting, Trent Loos and FFA Advisor and Ag Instructor at Waukon High School Jessica O’Connor. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

Syndicated radio host Trent Loos, a sixth generation farmer from central Nebraska, visited Waukon High School November 10 to speak with FFA students regarding a variety of agriculture related topics.

Loos, famous for his nationally syndicated radio show “Rural Route” and his podcast “Loos Tales,” discussed misconceptions related to farming and agriculture. Loos questioned the FFA students about how they would define agriculture and received a range of answers dealing with the production of crops and livestock and in general terms, the use of nature for the continuation of mankind.

Loos expanded upon the general definition by commenting that agriculture is involved with or benefits most aspects of our lives. Loos discussed that beyond the food that we eat, agriculture is involved in most of the products that we use on a daily basis with components of many things coming from animals and agriculture.

Wed
22
Nov

Practical Farmers of Iowa to host beginning farmer retreat December 1-2 in Indianola

Practical Farmers of Iowa is organizing its 10th annual overnight retreat for beginning farmers, taking place this year December 1-2 at the Wesley Woods Retreat Center in Indianola (10896 Nixon St., about 8.5 miles south of town). The event starts at 1 p.m. Friday, December 1 and runs through 2 p.m. Saturday, December 2. The annual event welcomes individuals who aspire to farm as well as beginning farmers from all farm enterprises.

Registration fees include all materials and workshop costs, breakfast and lunch Saturday, snacks throughout and bunk-style lodging on-site. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share for the Friday night potluck; Practical Farmers will provide the main dish.

Registration is required by Monday, November 27. Register at practicalfarmers.org or by calling Practical Farmers of Iowa at (515) 232-5661. Attendance is limited, so sign-up soon.

Wed
22
Nov

Iowa farmers using cover crops may be eligible for crop insurance premium reduction program

New IDALS-Funded Program Aims to Incentivize Expanded Use of Cover Crops to Improve Water Quality
 
Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig has announced a new program aimed at increasing acres of cover crops in the state. Iowa farmers who plant cover crops this fall (2017) may be eligible for a $5 per acre premium reduction on their crop insurance in 2018. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) worked with the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA), who oversees the federal crop insurance program, to establish a 3 year demonstration project aimed at expanding the usage of cover crops in Iowa.

Beginning today, IDALS will open the online sign-up and application process for farmers and landowners to certify eligible land for the program at the following link: www.cleanwateriowa.org/covercropdemo.

Wed
22
Nov

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that I have often heard radio and TV announcers refer to something happening in Waukon, “way up there in northeast Iowa,” or print media reading Waukon, “in extreme northeast Iowa.” It is almost as though we don’t exist for the rest of Iowa.

So, after RAGBRAI put us on the map this summer, it is nice to see Waukon getting attention on the sports pages for its football team making the state finals.

By the time you read this, you will know if the result was the championship or runner-up. Either is quite rare for the school. We did have a state championship girls’ basketball team in recent years, and I can remember a runner-up finish for the softball team several years earlier. There were the successes of the boys’ cross country teams, but only “major” sports seem to get the attention.

It’s nice to be noticed for pleasant things.

Wed
22
Nov

Letter to the Editor: Progress?

To the Editor:

Forty-plus years ago, a Superintendent of McGregor (Mar-Mac) Schools went on to become Iowa’s Superintendent of Schools. His well-known agenda was that of closing Iowa’s smaller schools and making them move to central locations. Then on to mergers and more centralization. This has been the agenda for over 40 years. Progress.

I recently received a district-wide mailer, generated by a “committee” or “task force”, with many charts and graphs; all trying to close our Waterville Elementary. Progress.

Let’s have our “committee/task force” drag up stats on the drug addiction problem facing our “centralized” schools over the last 40 years! Is that also progress?

We are trying to replace quality education with economic education, for what reason? Progress?

Mark E. Young
Waterville

 

Wed
22
Nov

Letter to the Editor: Concerns taken from Waterville Elementary forum

To the Editor:

I attended the public forum for the potential Waterville school closing being discussed to hear what the school board would share in the way of facts. I left with a couple of items of concern I wish to comment on.

A board member represented they receive a lot of “heat” for the disparity in costs per student between the Waterville and Waukon operations and the same taxpaying parents don’t think it’s right that their Waukon attendee children get less from their tax dollars. It would seem a great misnomer that any taxpayer expects a proportionate direct benefit from taxes paid, that is not how the system works.

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