Veterans Memorial Hospital will be offering a variety of free health tests and education at the 2018 Allamakee County Fair.  Testing and educational materials will change daily and will include the following schedule:

  • Wednesday, July 18, 6:00-10:00 p.m.—Special Exhibit of real pig lungs showing the effects of smoking, presented by Veterans Memorial Hospital Respiratory Therapists Stacie Radloff and Chanice Drahn.

  • Thursday, July 19, 4:00-8:00 p.m.— Free Chair Massages by Veterans Memorial Hospital certified massage therapists Edna Wyninger, Shannen Mezera and Vicki Klepper.

  • Friday, July 20, 4:00-8:00 p.m.— Free blood sugar and diabetes testing by Angie Mettille, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator, of the Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Department.

  • Saturday, July 21, 4:00-8:00 p.m.— Educational Laboratory Display presented by the Veterans Memorial Hospital Laboratory Department. 

  • Sunday, July 22, Noon-4:00 p.m.—Free blood pressure checks by the Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care Nurses.  

Veterans Memorial Hospital will also be offering a wellness activity challenge to all attending the fair.  Participation prizes will be awarded as well as many door prizes. 

Everyone is also invited to have their cell phones sanitized with a PhoneSoap machine available at the hospital booth.  This process takes about 10 minutes and cleans all germs from cell phones using ultra violet rays.  These machines will later be available at the front entrance of the hospital for anyone to stop by and use.  The hand washing bug will also be back by popular demand for kids to test just how well they do wash their hands and use hand sanitizer.

A special display will also be set up throughout the fair on Radon Education and Awareness.   This display is in honor of Paul Kammarmeyer, former Veterans Memorial Hospital Wellness Fair and Allamakee County Fair Balloon Artist who lost his battle to lung cancer caused by Radon in his home at the end of 2017.  Also in his honor, coupons for $5 radon testing kits will be handed out compliments of the Allamakee County Environmental Health Office.

As always, Veterans Memorial Hospital will have a medical kit available for any first aide emergencies on the Fairgrounds.  The hospital booth will be located inside the Fairgrounds Pavilion building on the stage area.

The winner of the Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation’s 25th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament held on June 18 was team “School Boys” with a score of 60.   Pictured, left to right, is team members Bob Wasson, Brian Hilsabeck and Bill Wasson.  The Foundation Golf Tournament is an annual event, held each year in June at the Waukon Golf and Country Club.


The 25th annual Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation Golf Tournament was held on Monday, June 18 at the Waukon Golf and Country Club.  Thirty-one teams of three participated in this tournament. Each team enjoyed 18 holes of golf plus lunch and dinner prepared by Rich Schulte, Marge and Bud Strike, and the Foundation Directors.

 The Foundation gives credit for the success of this tournament to the many local businesses that provide great prizes so everyone participating wins. Plus many businesses serving this area contribute as hole sponsors to the tournament making it an enjoyable, community-wide event.

Foundation President Kevin Hanson, recognized Dave Martin, Marge Strike and Dennis Lyons, who were all in attendance, for beginning this annual fundraising event for the Foundation 25 years ago, stating it has been a great success ever since.

The hole sponsors for this 25th annual event included: Access Systems, Avadyne Health, CPSI, Coverys/MHA Insurance (2 holes), Dalco, EideBailey, Fairway Outdoor Advertising, Farmers and Merchants Savings Bank, Freedom Bank, Gundersen Waukon Cinic, Hartig Drug, Henkel Construction/Accord Architecture, Kerndt Brothers Savings Bank, LC Signs, LaMair-Mulock-Condon Company, Mayo Waukon Clinic, New Albin Savings Bank, RW Pladsen, Inc., Systems Equipment, Torkelson Motors of Waukon, Waukon Dental, and Waukon State Bank.

This year, the numerous prizes were donated by the following individuals and businesses:  AgVantage FS, Alliant Energy, Bemiss Distributing, Bodensteiner Implement, Bud and Marge Strike, Carquest, Coverys/MHA Insurance, Cunningham Hardware, Double D Liquors, Dr. Larry Barthel, Edward Jones, Epic Wear, Farm Bureau Insurance, Farmers & Merchants Savings Bank, Fiddler’s On the Green (Whalen’s), Fiesta Vallarta, Freedom Bank, German Farmers Mutual Insurance, Gordy’s Auto Body, Green Valley Getaway, Grinnell Mutual Insurance, Gundersen Health Waukon Clinic, Hacker Nelson & Co., Hausladen’s Auto Supply, Horsfall’s Lansing Variety, Houg Chiropractic, Jim’s Appliance, Kerndt Brothers Savings Bank, KNEI, Krambeer Barber Shop, KolGol, Kristi’s Stylesetter Salon, Ardie Kuhse, Larre’s Service and Repair, Leiran Auto Repair, MaCal Grove Country Club, Main Channel, McMillan Muffler, Milty’s, Norplex Micarta, Old Rossville Store, Oneota Golf & Country Club, Pepsi Cola Bottling, Peterson’s Auto Repair, Red Geranium Floral and Gifts, Regi & Denise Tysland, S&D Café, Safehouse Saloon, S.E.W.-Linda Berger Mahr, Silvercrest Golf & Country Club, Stoney Creek Inn, Steve Duffy, Sycamore Floral, System’s Equipment, TriCity Golf & Country Club, UPS, Upper Iowa Insurance, Village Farm & Home-Lansing, Village Farm & Home-Waukon, Waukon City Club, Waukon Golf & Country Club, Waukon Greenhouse, Waukon Harley Davidson, Waukon State Bank, West Side Waukon Lumber, WW Homestead Dairy, Waukon Banquet Center and Xpressions.

Special hole in one contests were sponsored by Farm Bureau Agents Wade Bucknell and Andy Moore, and also by Waukon Implement.  Volunteers Kenny O’Hara and Rich Cota were witnesses for these contests.

Other special hole contests and winners included the following:  Closest to Pin (Hole #9) was Dan Headington; Longest Putt (Hole #3) was Brian Rodman; Closest to the Pin in 2 (Hole #4) was Mike Myers; and Longest Putt (Hole #7) was Pete Grangaard.

Many other businesses and individuals pitched in to help with the food expenses and preparation, including Quillin’s Food Ranch, Casey’s, Fareway, Bud and Marge Strike, Rich Schulte, and the entire Foundation Board. 

The thirty-one teams participating in the tournament consisted of three people each who played a best shot tournament.  The winner of the Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation’s 25th Annual Golf Tournament with a score of 60 was team “School Boys” consisting of Brian Hilsabeck, Bob Wasson and Bill Wasson.   

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation, including Sue Blagsvedt, Dan Denk, Amy Cote’, Jane Dietrich, Jackie Halverson, Kevin Hanson, Ardie Kuhse, Craig Lensing, Gail Prestemon, Jeanette Ruegnitz, Nona Sawyer, Nancy Schoh, Breanna Sommer, Matt Teslow and Kay Zimmerman, sponsor this annual golf tournament at the Waukon Golf and Country Club in June of each year.

Veterans Memorial Hospital


40 First St SE

Waukon, IA  52172

Veterans Memorial Hospital is a critical access hospital located in Waukon, a rural community in the very northeast corner of Iowa.