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6.1.20 Gundersen updates Clinic, Surgery, Emergency Services visitor guidelines 

Gundersen updates Clinic, Surgery, Emergency Services visitor guidelines


Patients coming to Gundersen for emergency or urgent care and those who have an appointment will soon be able to bring one person with them.

Effective Monday, June 1, one person, 16 years old or older, may accompany a patient who has an appointment in a Gundersen Clinic, Surgery, Outpatient Surgery Center or Emergency Services location.


Pediatric patients at Gundersen clinic locations will continue to be allowed one person with them. And, as it was updated May 19, adult patients in Gundersen hospitals are allowed one visitor over the age of 18 per 24-hour period.


All patients and visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms when they arrive and must continue to wear a face covering whenever they are in a Gundersen facility.


Visitors who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms will not be permitted to enter any Gundersen facility.


Patients and visitors should not congregate in public areas within Gundersen and are asked to not bring any food or drinks into Gundersen facilities. They may purchase food or beverages in designated Gundersen food establishments.


A reminder that these guidelines are temporary. Gundersen continuously evaluates visitor guidelines and may update them as the COVID-19 response continues to evolve locally, regionally, and nationally.


Visit to read more details about our visitor guidelines and for information on face coverings, social distancing, hand hygiene and much more to help us continue to keep our communities healthy and safe.

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FEMA Extends Grace Period for Flood Insurance Renewal Premiums

FEMA Extends Grace Period for Flood Insurance Renewal Premiums

Release date:

March 29, 2020

Release Number:


WASHINGTON – FEMA continues to take proactive steps to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  To help serve its National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) customers who may be experiencing financial hardships, the agency is extending the grace period to renew flood insurance policies from 30 to 120 days. This extension applies to NFIP flood insurance policies with an expiration date between February 13-June 15, 2020.

To avoid a lapse in coverage, there is typically a 30-day grace period to renew policies. However, due to the widespread economic disruption arising from this pandemic, FEMA recognizes that flood insurance policyholders may not meet the standard policy renewal deadline.

“FEMA understands the sense of urgency related to financial hardships and wants to be proactive,” said David Maurstad, deputy associate administrator of FEMA’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, who oversees the NFIP. “We want to make sure that policyholders don’t have to worry that their policy will lapse during the spring flood season or into the start of hurricane season.  We hope this extension will give policyholders some peace of mind and allow them extra time to renew their policies to ensure they are covered should a flood loss occur.”

For more information about renewing flood insurance policies or resolving an underpayment, policyholders can contact their insurance carriers or call the National Flood Insurance Program Call Center at 1-877-336-2627.



Corey P Snitker


Emergency Management Coordinator

Allamakee County Iowa


877 HWY 9

Waukon, IA 52172

Cell: 563-568-1911

Office: 563-568-4233

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Decorah Public Library will begin offering curbside materials pickup on Monday June 1, 2020

The Decorah Public Library will begin offering curbside materials pickup on Monday June 1.


Library books, books on CD, and DVDs will be available for curbside pickup from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Beginning June 8, interlibrary loan services will also resume, so items not owned by Decorah Public Library may be borrowed from other libraries across the state.


Anyone wishing to select items for curbside pickup may do so by using the library’s online catalog (see Facebook or the library website for step-by-step instructions) or by calling the library at 382-3717. If requested, Library staff will be happy to share reading recommendations. Brand new video recommendations for children’s and young adult materials are available on Facebook as well. Library phone lines are open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and voicemail is available after hours. Ten items may be reserved at once, and ten items checked out per pickup date.


Once reserved items become available, Library staff will contact individuals to schedule a pickup date. Items will be bagged and labeled on tables near the loading dock on the south side of the building (off Winnebago St.). Parking is available, or cars may pull in and drive downhill through the lower parking lot to exit. Rain location will be in the covered parking area located underneath the library. Checkouts are for 3 weeks, with one renewal available. No late fines will accrue during this time. Both exterior library book drops are now open for returns.


Returned materials are quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours before being reintegrated with the library collection.


Call the library at 563-382-3717 for more information.


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River-N-Ridge Outdoors a semi-finalist in Main Street Iowa’s Open 4 Business competition

River-N-Ridge Outdoors has been announced as a semi-finalist in Main Street Iowa’s Open 4 Business competition. The business is one of twelve businesses to advance to the next round. Their next step is an online interview with the judging panel. If they advance again, they will receive $8,000 as a finalist, with the chance to win a further $20,000.

River-N-Ridge Outdoors previously won the Lansing contest, Open 4 Business: Fish Tank Edition, which awarded $2,000 (provided jointly by Kerndt Bothers Savings Bank, Kerndt Brothers Insurance Agency, Lansing Fitness Center, and Main Street Lansing).

River-N-Ridge Outdoors, owned by Mark and Amy Peterson, is a full service outdoor store in business for 4 years, providing a variety of products and services related to hunting, fishing, and boating. A small sampling of their products and services include firearms, ammunition, live bait, tackle, and gun repair. The wide variety of outdoor activities in the Lansing area allow them to capture the market of outdoor enthusiasts, both locals and visitors. Their location along the river allows for easy access from the street and from a dock, and their firearm products and services are unique to the business district.

River-N-Ridge plans to use any awarded funds to expand their services to include archery, clothing, and more boating supplies, as well as helping them reach the goal of opening a larger retail space in Lansing. They also hope to increase advertising, including the use of television. They want to draw new people into Lansing to help not only their business but all the businesses in the community.

Open 4 Business is an annual competition through Main Street Iowa that allows businesses from across Iowa to compete for the chance to win up to $28,000 in grant funds to be used for business expansion efforts. The competition is only open to designated Main Street communities, and each Main Street community can only send one business to represent them in the statewide competition. A 25% cash match is required in order to receive the state funds.

For more information about the Open 4 Business competition, reach out to Andy Kelleher, Executive Director of Main Street Lansing, at 563-538-9229 or

Andy KelleherExecutive Director, Main Street Lansing563-538-9229P.O. Box 307, Lansing, IA  52151

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State of Iowa announces new Test Iowa locations as testing criteria expands

State of Iowa announces new Test Iowa locations as testing criteria expands

Fri, 05/22/2020 – 12:00

Schedule can be found on

Today, the Office of Governor Kim Reynolds announced new Test Iowa locations will open next week in Marshalltown, Sioux Center, and Council Bluffs.

A schedule of sites, locations and times can be found below or on

Test Iowa is a statewide initiative to expand COVID-19 testing. Testing criteria now allows any Iowan to be tested, regardless of symptoms or potential exposure to the virus. To be tested, Iowans must first complete an assessment at and schedule an appointment at a test site.

Test Iowa’s mobile testing model makes it possible to quickly operationalize a temporary test site in a community where virus activity is increasing or access to testing is limited. Testing is rapidly scaled up to identify positive cases, conduct contact tracing, and determine scope of the virus in the community. Over time when test volume decreases, sites are moved to other communities where there is a need.

The Test Iowa site currently in Sioux City will close when testing concludes at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 22. The site opened on May 4. Testing remains in Sioux City through local health care providers as well as the new Test Iowa Site in Sioux Center.


Test Iowa Sites/Schedule

Call Test Iowa with questions about testing: 515-575-2131 or 844-844-1561 (toll free)
Lines are open 8am – 8pm 7 days a week (except Holidays)

County Date/Time (Current and Upcoming Week) Address
Polk 5/18-5/22 and 5/26-5/29; 8am-6pm Iowa Events Center North Parking Lot, 301-499 Crocker St, Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Linn 5/18-5/22 and 5/26-5/29; 8am-6pm Kirkwood Community College, Continuing Education Training Center, 101 50th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404
Crawford 5/18-5/22 and 5/26-5/29; 8am-6pm 1201 N 16th St, Denison, Iowa 51442
Scott 5/18-5/22 and 5/26-5/29; 8am-6pm North Park Mall, 320 W Kimberly Road, Davenport, Iowa 52806
Wapello 5/18-5/22 and 5/26-5/29; 8am-6pm Beach Ottumwa, 101 Church St., Ottumwa, Iowa 52501
Buena Vista 5/18-5/22 and 5/26-5/29; 8am-6pm Storm Lake High School, 621 Tornado Dr, Storm Lake, Iowa 50588
Black Hawk 5/18-5/22 and 5/26-5/29; 8am-6pm Crossroads Mall, 2060 Crossroads Blvd #124, Waterloo, Iowa 50702
Woodbury 5/18-5/22; 8am-6pm Western Iowa Tech Community College, 4647 Stone Ave, Sioux City, Iowa 51106
Sioux 5/27-5/28; 12pm-6pm Sioux Center Middle School, 950 4th Ave. NE, Sioux Center, IA 51250
Marshall 5/28-5/29; 12pm-6pm Marshalltown Community College, 3700 S Center St, Marshalltown, IA 50158
Pottawattamie 5/29; 12pm-6pm To Be Determined


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Half Staff U.S. Flag Notifications

**** Please Note, There are two Half-Staff Events ****


1. President Trump orders flags to fly at half-staff to honor CoronaVirus victims


“I will be lowering the flags on all Federal Buildings and National Monuments to half-staff over the next three days in memory of the Americans we have lost to the CoronaVirus,” the President tweeted the evening of Thursday, May 22nd


*** Flags should be at Half-Staff Immediately for the Next Three Days per the President’s Tweet.    


2. Memorial Day United States Flag Display

Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service.  In observance of Memorial Day, fly the United States flag at half staff from sunrise until NOON , and then raise it to full height from noon to sundown.


United States Flag Code

Section 7.M


The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then slowly lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. On Memorial Day the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff.
Click here to see the entire US Flag Code….

*** Flags should be at Half-Staff From Sunrise Until Noon on Monday, May 25th.

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