The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that seven Emergency Rural Health Care Grant awards will go to rural Iowa hospitals for a total of $5,187,500. Regional Health Services of Howard County in Cresco received a $1,000,000 grant to help build a 3,900-square-foot clinic addition. This project will include nine exam rooms, three offices, three nurses’ stations, and a procedure room to support COVID-19 recovery efforts.
“These grants are big investments in Iowa’s healthcare infrastructure, so that we can care for the people in our hometown communities and rural areas,” said Theresa Greenfield, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa. “As an advocate for rural Americans, USDA is funding critical facilities to make medical services more modern and accessible. By moving fast to improve rural hospitals, we are helping create more positive healthcare activities and outcomes for our family, friends, and neighbors all across Iowa.”
Additional awards will be announced in the coming months.
Join Giants of the Earth for Mini Czech Fest at Giants, part of our “Passport to Other Cultures” travelogue series on Thursday April 14, 2022!
Join us this Thursday (April 14th, 2022) at 6:30pm to explore the Czech pop-up exhibit, get to know Craig and Sarah Neuzil of Pivo Brewery and Blepta Studios, as well as their mother, the fabulous Becky Neuzil! They will wear their cultural costumes, teach us about the history and culture of the country, and provide Czech-style beer samples!!!
Easter Sunday, April 17 the Calmar Lutheran Church (200 North East Street, Calmar) is hosting an Easter Breakfast from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. They will be serving scrambled eggs with toppings, sausages, pancakes, fresh fruit, rolls/muffins, and beverages. This is a free-will event and the proceeds raised will be used for the Youth Mission Trip to Puerto Rico and future youth activities.
The Northern Lights Women’s Chorus of Decorah, Iowa, will present its spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 10 at Decorah Lutheran Church. The 40-member chorus, comprised of women from communities throughout northeast Iowa, will present a variety of styles of beautiful choral music. Pacem, the Latin word for peace, is the theme, and the concert will feature songs designed to inspire peace.
The choir will perform a selection of joyous songs, including “A Canon of Praise,” “Pacem” and “Sanctus” with violin and flute accompaniment. Three American folk tunes will celebrate traditional music: “Banjo Pickin’ Girl” with banjo and string bass, “The Camptown Races” and “Shenandoah.” Meaningful texts and haunting melodies are featured in “Caverns in the Clouds” and “Mother to Son.” The choir will also perform the beloved contemporary standard “What a Wonderful World.” The concert will conclude with a lively traditional spiritual, “Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down.”
Guest musicians include Suzanne Ernst, flute; Julia Wharton, violin; Pat Casey, banjo; and Janice Roseland, string bass.
Decorah pianist Chris Hadley will provide special intermission music.
Northern Lights’ artistic director is Rachael Buresh, and Mary Beth Bouska serves as collaborative pianist.
Northern Lights would like to thank Depot Outlet for a major grant to support its 2021-22 season.
Decorah Lutheran Church is located at 309 Winnebago St., Decorah, Iowa. A freewill offering will be taken, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to Samaritan’s Purse for emergency medical care in Ukraine. For more information, visit the choir’s Facebook page.
The Annual Allamakee County Dairy Banquet will be held on Saturday, April 2 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. Food service will start at 7 pm and the program will start at 8 pm. Production and recognition awards will be presented to local dairy producers and the coronation of the 2022 Allamakee County Dairy Princess. Banquet tickets will be available at the door.
Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care/Allamakee County Public Health will continue to offer walk-in clinics for all doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, EACH FRIDAY afternoon, continuing through the entire month of March, from 1:30-3:45 pm in the ICN Conference Room located on the southeast side of the hospital. Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be available.
Parking is available by the orange cones along the golf course for easy access to the vaccine location. Flu shots will also be available and can be safely administered at the same time as the COVID vaccine. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please wear a mask and bring your insurance card and vaccination card if you are coming for your second or booster shot of the COVID vaccine.
Both Hartig Drug and Nightingale Pharmacy in Waukon have vaccine available for ages 12 and older. Parental/ Guardian consent is required. Please call them ahead to schedule an appointment.
Since Veterans Memorial Hospital is a health care facility, the CDC does require that masks are still required to be worn by every patient and visitor to the hospital.
According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, the best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is to get vaccinated. The risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity. COVID-19 can have serious, life threatening complications and there is no way to know how it will affect anyone. The COVID-19 vaccine, which is readily available locally, creates an antibody (immune system) response without having to experience sickness.
For more information, please call Veterans Memorial Hospital Allamakee Public Health in Waukon at 563-568-5660.