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Thu
15
Feb

UPDATE: Hansmeier loses by fall in semifinal match, will wrestle again Saturday in consolation semifinals

Waukon wrestling 170-pound senior Tristan Hansmeier (42-5) had his championship hopes at the 2018 Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament brought to a close by top-ranked senior Kolton Bartow (44-3) of Dubuque Wahlert, falling to Bartow by fall in 4:39. Bartow will now advance to the Class 2A 170-pound championship match and Hansmeier will next wrestle again in the Class 2A consolation semifinals Saturday morning, beginning at 10 a.m. Hansmeier's consolation semifinals opponent will actually be his first-round opponent, New Hampton senior Noah Glaser, who Hansmeier beat, 8-6, in that Thursday morning opening-round match. The winner of that consolation semifinal match will then wrestle for third or fourth place later during that same Saturday session, with the loser of that semifinal match then wrestling for fifth and sixth place later that same Saturday as well.

 

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Wed
14
Feb

What's Up at the FSA Office?

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

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• February 19: Office closed in observance of George Washington’s Birthday

Transitioning Expiring CRP Land to Beginning, Veteran or Underserved Farmers and Ranchers
Retired or retiring landowners or operators are encouraged to transition their Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres to beginning, veteran or underserved farmers or ranchers through the Transition Incentives Program (TIP). TIP provides annual rental payments to the retiring farmer for up to two additional years after the CRP contract expires, provided the transition is not to a family member.

Wed
14
Feb

Northey: Century and heritage farm owners encouraged to apply

Applications must be postmarked by June 1, 2018 to be recognized at Iowa State Fair

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today encouraged eligible farm owners to apply for the 2018 Century and Heritage Farm Program. The program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and recognizes families that have owned their farm for 100 years in the case of Century Farms and 150 years for Heritage Farms.

“Century and Heritage Farm recognitions at the Iowa State Fair are a great celebration of Iowa agriculture and the families that care for the land and produce our food,” Northey said. “I hope eligible families will take the time to apply and then come to the State Fair to be recognized.”

Applications are available on the Department’s website at www.IowaAgriculture.gov by clicking on the Century Farm or Heritage Farm link under “Hot Topics.”

Wed
14
Feb

Master matrix adopted in 89 counties

In January, 89 of 99 Iowa counties notified the DNR that they plan to evaluate construction permit applications and proposed locations for animal confinements by using the master matrix.

With 10 exceptions, all counties will use the matrix during the next 12 months. The following counties will not use the matrix in 2018: Davis, Des Moines, Keokuk, Lee, Mahaska, Osceola, Plymouth, Wapello, Warren and Washington.

Animal producers in these counties must meet more requirements than other confinement producers who need a construction permit. Producers qualify by choosing a site and using practices that reduce impacts on air, water and the community.

Wed
14
Feb

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... in life, they say, sometimes timing is everything.

I was thinking about starting this column when I noticed that the classic movie channel was going to show an hour long documentary featuring Robert Frost. The poet. I have been a fan of his poetry since college days, when I used to sneak up to a remote area of the university library and listen to recordings of Frost reading his own poetry.

That would have been in the mid-1950s. He was well into his 80s when he died in 1963, and his voice was old and raspy on the recordings. But his words were powerful then and remain so today to anyone who listens closely. For someone who has made his life writing words, it is humbling to be aware that there are writers, and then there are WRITERS!

With that as prelude, I begin this column, which I intended to be mostly about the Super Bowl.

Wed
14
Feb

Word for Word 2/14/18

Pastor Duane Smith
Pastor Duane Smith

Valentine’s Day is upon us again. We all knew it was coming and yet many of us will be rushing to buy cards and flowers at the last minute. This is a day for those who are married (or hope to soon be married) to express their undying love for their significant other. While this is a good thing, many people feel the obligation of the holiday can take away from the sincerity of the expression of love. I believe husbands and wives need to communicate their love for one another and if it takes a holiday to make them consider how to express it, well, at least they are doing it!

Wed
14
Feb

Letter to the Editor: Now is the time to get things done

To the Editor:

Right now we have a Republican President and Congress and it’s time that they show some gumption and take this bull by the horns. Put the Bible and 10 Commandments back in our schools. Defund Planned Parenthood.

Put a stop to all the huge benefits they have voted for themselves. I would not deny all the perks if our country was in a sound financial situation. American companies don’t give big bonuses if the company is losing money, they fire the manager. Republicans, please quit sitting on your hands and pass a bill that would eliminate all perks and benefits you voted for yourselves, or are you just a part of the good old boys group?

Now is the time to get it done. It would show good leadership and concern for our country.

Kindest Regards & God Bless,
Osmond (Ozzy) Quandahl
Waukon

Wed
14
Feb

Rehabilitation provides a great “tune up” when needed


Rehabilitation at VMH ... The Rehabilitation Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital has proven to be a great place to come whenever someone feels they need to “tune up” and regain some strength in their muscle tone, work on better balance, or flexibility. Marshall Kruse of rural Lansing attends regular physical and occupational rehabilitation two times per year whenever he is ready for a ‘tune up’ to regain muscle strength and walking ability. Pictured above, Marshall with Amy Robinson, Rehabilitation Director at Veterans Memorial Hospital. Submitted photo.

The Rehabilitation Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital has proven to be a great place to come whenever someone feels they need to “tune up” and regain some strength in their muscle tone, work on better balance or flexibility.

Marshall Kruse is one of those patients. For the past five years, he has been visiting the Rehabilitation department for regular physical and occupational therapy each spring and fall. Marshall experienced a brain injury in 2005 while living in Cedar Falls. After he and his family moved to Lansing, he began having his rehabilitation at Veterans Memorial Hospital. Whenever he feels that he has declined in his abilities, he receives doctor’s orders to attend rehab to work on building his muscles back up and get walking again.

Wed
14
Feb

February is Heart Month: Learn Hands Only CPR to save the life of a loved one

February is Heart Month. Veterans Memorial Hospital is encouraging the public to learn the American Heart Association’s “Hands Only CPR.” This simple way of performing CPR is very easy to do and effective for the victim.

According to the American Heart Association, sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death with nearly 400,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurring annually in the United States. An average of 89% of people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene.

The American Heart Association has found Hands Only CPR to be as effective as conventional CPR for sudden cardiac arrest at home, at work, or in the public - doubling or even tripling a victim’s chance of survival.

Since 80% of cardiac arrests happen in private or residential settings, learn these simple steps for performing Hands Only CPR to help save the life of someone you love:

Wed
14
Feb

Bench donated in memory of Diana Ward ...

Several members of the Diana Ward family presented Veterans Memorial Hospital with this bench in memory of Diana, who was a dedicated LPN at the hospital in Waukon for over 25 years. This bench is located directly inside the main entrance of the hospital and will aid many visitors and patients with a comfortable, sturdy and safe place to wait as they are dropped off or picked up at the main entrance. Pictured, left to right, are: Front row - Diana’s grandchildren, Anastasia, Keaton and Tamara. Back row - Diana’s daughter, Tonia; Diana’s sister, Carole Gehrig, and Diana’s brother, Robert Ward. Submitted photo.
 

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