11-30/12-1 WEEKEND NEWS

SUNDAY 12-1

THE HEAD OF THE IOWA LOTTERY SAYS THEY’RE TRYING TO EXPAND TO NON-TRADITIONAL AREAS TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR YOU PLAY THE LOTTERY, PULL-TABS OR SCRATCH GAMES.

RICH

..BUT, DIRECTOR TERRY RICH OF THE IOWA LOTTERY SAYS INTERNET SALES AREN’T ON THEIR RADAR RIGHT NOW

THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET IN A REGULAR SESSION TOMORROW NIGHT. DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD.

BIRD

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT SEVEN-30 AT CITY HALL.

ZONING WITHIN THE TWO MILE AREA SURROUNDING THE DECORAH CITY LIMITS WILL BE A TOPIC OF DISCUSSION AT TOMORROW’S WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING. THE ISSUE WILL BE DISCUSSED WITH COUNTY ZONING ADMINISTRATOR TONY PHILLIPS AND DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD. JIM MARTIN-SCHRAMM FROM THE WINNESHIEK ENERGY DISTRICT WILL MEET WITH THE BOARD TO DISCUSS PROGRAM UPDATES. THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS UNION NEGOTIATIONS, ROAD AND LEGAL MATTERS. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

THE DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL BAND DEPARTMENT WILL PRESENT ITS 2013 HOLIDAY CONCERT TOMORROW NIGHT. THE CONCERT BAND AND WIND ENSEMBLE WILL BOTH PERFORM BEGINNING AT SEVEN-30 AT THE DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM. THE CONCERT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

A REBROADCAST OF THE IOWA HIGH SCHOOL ALL-STATE MUSIC FESTIVAL WILL BE SHOWN ON IOWA PUBLIC TELEVISION THIS AFTERNOON. THE CONCERT, WHICH WAS HELD NOVEMBER 23RD IN AMES, WILL BE SHOWN AT TWO P.M. THIS AFTERNOON. A RECORD 18 DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC STUDENTS TOOK PART IN THE EVENT.

 

SATURDAY 11-30

DECORAH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DIRECTOR NIKKI BREVIG SAYS MANY AREA BUSINESSES HAVE HAD A SUCCESSFUL TOURISM SEASON, BUT THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS ALSO A MAKE OR BREAK TIME FOR A GOOD NUMBER OF THEM. CHAMBER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NIKKI BREVIG.

BREVIG

BREVIG SAYS THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING IS LABELED AS BLACK FRIDAY BECAUSE IT’S THE DAY MANY BUSINESSES RELY ON TO GET IN THE BLACK FOR THE YEAR. SHE SAYS (SATURDAY) IS KNOWN AS SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY, TO GIVE THANKS FOR THE CONTRIBUTIONS SMALL BUSINESSES MAKE TO LOCAL ECONOMIES.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS, AN ANNUAL FUNDRAISER FOR HELPING SERVICES FOR NORTHEAST IOWA, IS UNDERWAY AT DECORAH’S PULPIT ROCK CAMPGROUND. ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE EVENT WILL BE HELD (SATURDAY) MORNING ACCORDING TO DENNIS OSMUNDSON WITH HELPING SERVICES.

OSMUNDSON

THE EVENT WILL BE HELD THURSDAY-SATURDAY THROUGH DECEMBER 12TH, AND NIGHTLY FROM THE 12TH THROUGH THE 28TH.

THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL WILL DISCUSS A TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT TO THE WARD FIVE POSITION ON THE COUNCIL AT ITS MEETING MONDAY NIGHT. RANDY SCHISSELL, WHO WAS SERVING IN THE WARD FIVE POSITION, WON THE WARD ONE SEAT ON ELECTION. AFTER REDISTRICTING, SCHISSELL NOW LIVES IN WARD ONE. JARAD WALTER WAS APPOINTED TO THE WARD ONE POSITION THIS SUMMER. THAT APPOINTMENT WAS UNTIL THE NEXT ELECTION. SINCE SCHISSELL WAS ALREADY SERVING ON THE COUNCIL, ELECTION LAW PERMITTED HIM TO MOVE TO THE WARD ONE SEAT. CHUCK LORRE WON THE WARD FIVE SEAT ON ELECTION DAY, BUT THE NEW COUNCIL DOES NOT GET SEATED UNTIL JANUARY. IF THE COUNCIL DECIDES TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT IT WOULD ONLY BE FOR THE TWO DECEMBER MEETINGS.

THE SECOND ANNUAL RUBIYAT FUNDRAISER FOR THE TRAILS FROM FREEPORT WILL BE HELD MONDAY NIGHT. ANDY BONNET (BONN-ET) FROM RUBIYAT SAYS THE EVENT WILL BEGIN AT FIVE P.M. AND WILL BE HELD IN T-BOCKS UPSTAIRS. BONNET SAYS A VARIETY OF ITEMS WILL BE AVAILABLE THROUGH LIVE AND SILENT AUCTIONS AND A RAFFLE.

BONNET

BONNET SAYS TEN DOLLARS ADMISSION INCLUDE APPETIZERS THROUGHOUT THE EVENING. BEER AND WINE WILL BE AVAILABLE AND MUSIC WILL BE PROVIDED BY STRIKE FORCE ENTERTAINMENT. ALL OF THE PROCEEDS FROM THE EVENT WILL BENEFIT EFFORT TO CONNECT THE CURRENT TROUT RUN TRAIL TO FREEPORT.

AREA RESIDENTS WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO HELP THE VICTIMS OF THE TYPOON WHICH OCCURRED IN THE PHILLIPINES (SATURDAY) NIGHT IN DECORAH. NANCY SALMANSON IS THE PASTOR AT ST.JOHN’S LUTHERAN AND HAUGE (HOW-GEE) LUTHERAN CHURCH

SALMANSON

A FREE WILL OFFERING WILL BE ACCEPTED. THE PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED THROUGH LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE.

11-29 SPORTS

THE IOWA MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM CAME BACK FROM A 15 POINT SECOND HALF DEFICIT TO DEFEAT XAVIER 77-74 IN OVERTIME IN THE OPENING ROUND OF THE BATTLE FOR ATLANTIS LAST NIGHT. THE HAWKEYES NEVER LED UNTIL THERE WAS 4:06 LEFT IN OVERTIME. DEVYN MARBLE SCORED 30 POINTS FOR IOWA, WHO IS NOW 6-0. THE HAWKEYES WILL TAKE ON TENNESSEE/UTEP TONIGHT AT 6. PREGAME AT 5 ON FM 100.5

IT’S THE FINAL GAME OF THE REGULAR SEASON FOR THE IOWA HAWKEYE FOOTBALL TEAM TAKING ON NEBRASKA IN LINCOLN. AS FOR PLAYING ON BLACK FRIDAY……………….

IOWA COACH KIRK FERENTZ SAYS THEY ARE GETTING USED TO THE 6 DAY TURN AROUND………..

YOU CAN HEAR THE GAME ON FM 100.5. PREGAME 9. KICKOFF 11 ON FM 100.5

THE IOWA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM WON ITS OPENING ROUND GAME IN THE CANCUN CHALLENGE LAST NIGHT.IOWA DEFEATED USC 78-56 AND WILL PLAY BOSTON COLLEGE IN THE SEMIFINALS OF THE TOURNAMENT TONIGHT.

A DECORAH VOLLEYBALL PLAYER HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED FOR HER WORK IN THE CLASSROOM. ALEXIS HOVE HAS BEEN NAMED TO THE IOWA GIRLS COACHES ASSOCIATION’S VOLLEYBALL ACADEMIC ALL STATE TEAM 

THE LUTHER COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM WILL BE BACK IN ACTION TONIGHT. THEY WILL TAKE ON BARCLAY COLLEGE OF KANSAS IN THE 1ST ROUND OF THE NEBRASKA WESLEYAN CLASSIC

11-28 SPORTS

The Iowa-Iowa State football series will last at least into the next decade. The two schools announced an agreement yesterday to extend the series through 2021. The previous agreement between the two schools lasted until 2017. With the expansion of conference schedules coming in the near future, some thought the series could be in jeopardy. Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta says interstate rivalries are an exciting part of college athletics and you can feel the energy across the state during Hawkeye-Cyclone week. Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard said the game is very important to residents of the state and he’s pleased both schools are committed to continuing the rivalry.

The Iowa football team wraps up the regular season at Nebraska tomorrow. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says his team has played well on the road this season.

Iowa has yet to beat Nebraska since the Cornhuskers joined the Big Ten. Kickoff is 11. Pregame at 9 on FM 100.5

The Iowa basketball team is in the Bahamas this week. The 5-0 Hawkeyes will take on 5-0 Xavier in the first round of the battle for Atlantis tonight. Pregame at 5. Tipoff at 6 on FM 100.5

Thanksgiving is known as a day where many of us enjoy good food. But, what about a wrestler trying to manage his weight. Luther wrestling coach Dave Mitchell

The Norse will get back into action next week traveling to UW-La Crosse on Thursday night and Dubuque on Friday night.

Two area volleyball players have been recognized as all-district players by the Iowa girls coaches association. Kayla Schaufenbuel from Turkey Valley was named to the team in class 1-a and Morgan Huinker from North Fayette Valley was named to the team in 3a in the northeast district

NASCAR has taken over ownership at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, officials announced Wednesday. NASCAR will host a special event in Des Moines on Thursday, December 12, to outline additional details on the purchase and plans for the future. Information on this event will be announced soon. NASCAR officials did say having a Sprint Cup Race at the Iowa Speedway is not in their plans as of this time.The 2014 Iowa Speedway season opens May 17th.

11-29 NEWS

THE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING SEASON GETS GOING IN EARNEST TODAY WITH BLACK FRIDAY. DECORAH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NIKKI BREVIG SAYS KEEPING YOUR DOLLARS LOCAL HAS LONG TERM POSITIVE EFFECTS ON THE COMMUNITY

BREVIG

BREVIG SAYS IF SHOPPERS SPEND AT LEAST 25 DOLLARS AT PARTICIPATING MERCHANTS, THEY WILL BE ENTERED INTO A DRAWING FOR A GIFT BASKET. GIFT BASKETS WILL BE GIVEN AWAY EVERY FRIDAY. THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS THERE WILL BE A DRAWING FOR A TELEVISION DONATED BY SIMS T-V AND ELECTRONICS.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS IS NOW OPEN AT DECORAH’S PULPIT ROCK CAMPGROUND. DENNIS OSMUNDSON IS WITH HELPING SERVICES FOR NORTHEAST IOWA

OSMUNDSON 1

OSMUNDSON SAYS THE EVENT IS A FUNDRAISER FOR THE MANY SERVICES HELPING SERVICES PROVIDE.

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OSMUNDSON SAYS THOSE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING FOR THE EVENT CAN CONTACT THE HELPING SERVICES OFFICE IN DECORAH.

A STEP-OR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM-WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND. THE PROGRAM IS A COMBINED EFFORT OF LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE GOVERNOR’S TRAFFIC SAFETY BUREAU. THE FOCUS OF THIS STEP PROGRAM IS TO MAKE SURE TRAVELER’S BUCKLE UP, SLOW DOWN AND DRIVE RESPONSIBLY IN ORDER TO SAVE LIVES AND REDUCE CRASHES. LAST YEAR THERE WERE NINE FATALITIES ON IOWA ROADWAYS OVER THE THANKSGIVING TRAVEL PERIOD.

DOES ANY MUSIC BEING PLAYED OUTDOORS IN WINNESHIEK COUNTY NEED A PERMIT BEFORE IT’S ALLOWED? THE QUESTION WAS ASKED OF THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS AT ITS MEETING THIS WEEK. JIM JUVE, WHO OWNS COUNTRYVIEW NORTH OF DECORAH, TOLD THE BOARD HE ASKED COUNTY ZONING ADMINISTRATOR TONY PHILLIPS IF HE HAD A BAND PLAYING OUTSIDE AT HIS FACILITY IF THAT WAS ALLOWED UNDER CURRENT COUNTY ZONING CODES. PHILLIPS SAYS WITHOUT FURTHER INVESTIGATION, HE COULD NOT GIVE A COMPLETE ANSWER. PHILLIPS SAID HE WOULD INVESTIGATE FURTHER TO GIVE A COMPLETE ANSWER TO JUVE.

 

11-28 NEWS

MAY THE NORSK BE WITH YOU HAS BEEN CHOSEN AS THEME FOR THE 2014 NORDIC FEST. THE FEST BOARD OF DIRECTORS ANNOUNCED THE THEME IN A PRESS RELEASE WEDNESDAY MORNING. THE THEME WILL BE INCORPORATED IN THE FEST’S BUTTONS, PROGRAMS AND MERCHANDISE. RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES WILL ALSO BE ENCOURAGED TO DECORATE WINDOW DISPLAYS, PORCHES OR GARDENS UTILIZING THE THEME. NEXT YEAR’S NORDIC FEST WILL BE HELD NEXT JULY 24TH THROUGH THE 26TH.

GRETA IRWIN OF THE IOWA TURKEY FEDERATION SAYS TURKEY SUPPLIES ARE GOOD AND SO ARE PRICES.

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SHE SAYS IF THE TURKEY IS STILL FROZEN, THE DAY YOU NEED TO GET IT INTO THE OVEN, DON’T WORRY- JUST ALLOW EXTRA TIME FOR THE MEAT TO REACH THE PROPER TEMPERATURE. IRWIN NOTES FOR MORE TIPS AND RECIPES CHECK THEIR WEBSITE (WWW.IOWATURKEY.ORG) OR FACEBOOK OR PINTEREST.

You’ll be paying the lowest prices to gas up and go to grandma’s in the last three years this Thanksgiving — with the average price of gas sitting at $3.08 a gallon. That’s 22 cents lower than average price of a gallon last year according to Triple-A Iowa-Minnesota.

THE FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH IN DECORAH WILL HOST A COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER. SERVING WILL BEGIN AT NOON AT THE CHURCH’S FELLOWSHIP HALL. THE CHURCH IS LOCATED AT 302 WEST BROADWAY STREET IN DECORAH. TURKEY, DRESSING AND A BEVERAGE WILL BE PROVIDED. ATTENDEES ARE ASKED TO BRING COMMUNITY SPIRIT, WILLING HANDS AND A COVERED DISH TO SHARE. TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM THE DINNER WILL BE AVAILABLE AND DELIVERIES CAN BE MADE TO SHUT INS BY CALLING THE CHURCH OFFICE.

A REPLAY OF LAST WEEKEND’S IOWA ALL-STATE MUSIC FESTIVAL GRAND CONCERT WILL SHOWN (THURSDAY) NIGHT ON IOWA PUBLIC TELEVISION. THE CONCERT WILL AIR TONIGHT AT SEVEN P.M. A RECORD 18 DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WERE A PART OF THE FESTIVAL. THE SHOW WILL REBROADCAST SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT TWO P.M.

A POPULAR DEER DONATION PROGRAM IS STARTING UP AGAIN IN IOWA.THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES SAYS THE PROGRAM, CALLED “HUSH”, WHICH STANDS FOR \HELP US STOP HUNGER\, INVOLVES HUNTERS BRINGING IN A WHOLE DEER THAT WILL BE PROCESSED INTO PACKAGES OF GROUND MEAT.

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JIM COFFEY, WHO COORDINATES THE PROGRAM FOR THE D-N-R, SAYS THE FOOD BANK OF IOWA COORDINATES THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE MEAT TO LOCAL FOOD PANTRIES. GO TO IOWAHUSH.COM FOR DETAILS.IOWA HUNTERS HAVE DONATED MORE THAN 56,000 DEER TO THE PROGRAM SINCE IT BEGAN. MORE THAN 5,200 DEER WERE DONATED LAST YEAR, RESULTING IN 800,000 MEALS.

LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT IS AWARE OF NUMEROUS SCAMS GOING ON IN THE AREA. DECORAH POLICE AND THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAY TO NOT GIVE OUT ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION OVER THE PHONE OR TO SEND ANY MONEY TO AN SOURCE THAT IS NOT WELL-KNOWN. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION REGARDING POTENTIAL SCAMS IS ASKED TO CALL THEIR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ENTITY.

11-27 SPORTS

GIRLS BASKETBALL

CEDAR RAPIDS XAVIER 55, DECORAH 39

-DECORAH OUTSCORED XAVIER 23-20 IN THE SECOND HALF

-SONDRA ZIDLICKY HAD 11, KAITLYN KREGEL 10

-DECORAH IS NOW 1-1 WILL HOST MFL/MAR-MAC ON THURSDAY 12/5

 

OTHER SCORES IN GIRLS BASKETBALL

SOUTH WINN 45, POSTVILLE 38

KEE 38, TURKEY VALLEY 36

OELWEIN 43, ELKADER CENTRAL 30

CEDAR FALLS 55, CHARLES CITY 37

WATERLOO WEST 66, WAVERLY SHELL ROCK 34

WOMENS COLLEGE BASKETBALL

LUTHER 90, WISCONSIN-PLATTEVILLE 86

 

WAUKON FOOTBALL PLAYER PARKER HEESE GAVE HIS VERBAL COMMITMENT TO THE IOWA HAWKEYES YESTERDAY ACCORDING TO IOWAPREPS.COM. HEESE RECEIVED A SCHOLARSHIP OFFER LAST MONTH. HE PLAYED QUARTERBACK AND LINEBACKER FOR THE CLASS 2-A STATE RUNNER-UP INDIANS. IOWA SEES HIM AS A LINEBACKER. HE BECOMES THE HAWKEYES 17TH COMMITMENT FOR THE CLASS OF 2014. 

11-27 NEWS

A CARLOS, MINNESOTA MAN WAS KILLED AS A RESULT OF HIGH VOLTAGE ELECTROCUTION SATURDAY. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 31 YEAR OLD RYAN SVOR SUSTAINED FATAL INJURIES IN THE ACCIDENT, WHICH OCCURRED IN BLUFFTON TOWNSHIP. SVOR WAS WORKING FOR HIGHLINE CONSTRUCTION OUT OF PAYNESVILLE, MINNESOTA. THE COMPANY IS CONTRACTED BY THE R-E-C TO REPLACE HIGHLINES AND POWER POLES.

Misty Morrissey, the mother of Lyric Cook, has been arrested by Fayette County authorities after a week-long drug investigation. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office says 36-year-old Morrissey is charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance (Crystal Meth), possession with intent to deliver marijuana, ongoing criminal conduct, and possession of drug paraphernalia..The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and West Union Police Department executed a search warrant at 100 E. Franklin Street in West Union Monday afternoon. The sheriff’s office says that’s the home Morrissey shared with 25-year-old Todd Michael Henriksen. Both are formerly of Waterloo, but now live in West Union. Henriksen is charged with delivery of a controlled substance (Crystal Meth), possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Investigators will be going over all the evidence and more people and charges could be filed at a later date. The arrest comes a little more than a week before the one year mark since hunters found the body of Misty Morrissey’s daughter Lyric, and Lyric’s cousin Elizabeth, in Bremer County. The discovery happened December 5, 2012.

FIVE BUSINESS WILL SHARE IN GRANT FUNDING IN THIS YEAR’S BIZ BOOSTER COMPETITION. THE COMPETITION SPONSORED BY WINNESHIEK COUNTY DEVELOPMENT WAS FOR START-UP BUSINESS OR BUSINESSES THAT ARE PLANNING SIGNFICANT EXPANSION. RIVER ROOT FARM, AN ORGANIC VEGETABLE FARM AND SEED OPERATION, AND OPEN DECORAH, FOCUSING ON BRINGING BUSINESSES SUCH AS SALES, MARKETING, SOCIAL MEDIA, ADVERTISING, GRAPHIC DEISNG AND OTHER BUSINESS SUPPORT ROLES, WILL EACH RECEIVE A TWO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLAR AWARD. AL’S COUNTY MEAT LOCKER IN CALMAR WILL RECEIVE TWO THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS AND CORBIN GROUP MODERN MARKETING AND THE DIRT FARM, WHICH SELLS GOURMET AND MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS WILL EACH RECEIVE ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS.

(WEDNESDAY) WILL BE THE FINAL DAY FOR THE DECORAH YARD WASTE DISPOSAL SITE FOR THE SEASON. THE SITE, LOCATED ON TROUT RUN ROAD, WILL BE OPEN (WEDNESDAY) FROM ONE UNTIL SEVEN P.M. THEN WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL THE SPRING.

THERE’S USUALLY AN “UPTICK” IN FLU-CASES RIGHT AFTER THE HOLIDAY SEASON, AS RELATIVES GATHER AND SOMETIMES….SPREAD VIRUSES. DR. ANN GARVEY OF THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH SAYS THERE’S STILL TIME TO GET A FLU-SHOT, BEFORE THE MAIN FLU-SEASON

SHE OFFERS THIS REMINDER AS WELL, JUST BEFORE THANKSGIVING….WE ARE MOST CONTAGIOUS WHEN SYMPTOMS ARE PRESENT, BUT THERE ARE ALSO CONTAGIOUS “PERIODS” BEFORE AND AFTER SYMPTOMS TOO. IN OTHER WORDS, IF YOU ARE SICK, IT’S BEST TO STAY HOME.

The number of fatalities from traffic accidents has dropped to 280 in Iowa as the state heads into the holiday season.
Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Scott Bright told Des Moines television station KCCI that the total was 42 under the 322 fatalities Iowa had suffered by this date in 2012. Bright cited several reasons for the drop. They include increased enforcement and driver education and improvements in vehicle safety features and design. Bright also said new safety features on Iowa’s interstates are helping keep people alive. Among them are cable barriers that keep vehicles from crossing into oncoming traffic.

11-26 SPORTS

FOR THE THIRD TIME IN HER CAREER AND THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR, DECORAH GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY COACH CHRISTY NIMROD HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED AS THE CLASS 3-A GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY COACH OF THE YEAR.  THE AWARD IS GIVEN BY THE IOWA TRACK AND FIELD COACHES ASSOCIATION. NIMROD WON THE STATE COACH OF THE YEAR IN 2007 AND LAST YEAR AS WELL. NIMROD HAS COACHED GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY FOR 12 YEARS. THE DECORAH GIRLS HAVE WON 10 CONSECUTIVE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS AND EIGHT CONSECUTIVE REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. NIMROD HAS LED DECORAH TO STATE TITLES IN 2007, 2012 AND 2013 AND STATE RUNNER-UP FINISHES IN 2009, 2010 AND 2011.

THE IOWA TRACK AND FIELD COACHES ASSOCIATION HAS RECOGNIZED DECORAH BOYS CROSS COUNTRY COACH DENNIS EVELSIZER AS THE CLASS 3-A NORTHEAST REGIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR. EVELSIZER’S SQUAD FINISHED THIRD AT THE STATE MEET THIS YEAR AFTER TAKING HOME THE CROWN IN 2012. EVELSIZER HAS BEEN THE BOYS COACH FOR 12 YEARS.  IN THAT TIME, DECORAH HAS 6 REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AND HAS QUALIFIED FOR STATE TEN TIMES. BOTH NIMROD AND EVELSIZER WILL BE RECOGNIZED AT THE IATC HALL OF FAME BANQUET IN AMES ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER SEVENTH.

THE SCRIBES HAVE SPOKEN. THE IOWA NEWSPAPER ASSOCIATION HAS RELEASED ITS ALL-STATE FOOTBALL TEAM. THREE DECORAH VIKINGS WERE HONORED IN CLASS 3-A, WITH AUSTIN ASHBACHER AND JAKE HOVDEN MAKING THE FIRST TEAM DEFENSE AND HOLT JOHANSEN MAKING THE THIRD TEAM ON OFFENSE. CRESTWOOD’S SEAN OMAR WAS NAMED TO THE THIRD TEAM ON DEFENSE.

SIX WAUKON INDIANS WERE RECOGNIZED IN CLASS 2-A, ALL ON THE FIRST TEAM. MARCUS WEYMILLER ON OFFENSE AND SETH SNITKER, GLYEB EWING, PARKER HEESE, DAKOTA NESS AND JACOB RONAN ON DEFENSE.

FOUR AREA PLAYERS EARNED ALL-STATE HONORS IN 1-A. SOUTH WINN’S JORDAN ROMMES WAS NAMED FIRST TEAM OFFENSE AND NORTH FAYETTE VALLEY’S DALTON LAPE AND JOSH MACKEY WERE NAMED SECOND TEAM OFFENSE. THE TIGERHAWK’S DAKOTA MOORE WAS ALSO RECOGNIZED ON THE THIRD TEAM OFFENSE

AND TWO TURKEY VALLEY TROJANS WERE RECOGNIZED IN CLASS A. LUKE KUENNEN MADE THE FIRST TEAM DEFENSE AND KYLE REICKS EARNED HONORS ON THE THIRD TEAM DEFENSIVELY.

LUTHER COLLEGE WRESTLER JAYDEN DEVILBISS WAS NAMED THE IOWA CONFERENCE MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK. DEVILBISS, THE 184 POUND JUNIOR FROM OSSIAN, WENT 4-0 WINNING THE GOLD DIVISION AT THE AUGUSBURG OPEN LAST SATURDAY.

MENS BASKETBALL

UW-STOUT 88, LUTHER 83-OT

IOWA STATE 110, MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY 51

UNI 65, LASALLE 50

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL

NEW HAMPTON 58, NASHUA-PLAINFIELD 34

DUNKERTON 75, WEST CENTRAL 9

THE DECORAH GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM WILL HAVE ITS HOME OPENER TONIGHT. THE 1-0 VIKINGS WILL HOST DEFENDING 4-A STATE CHAMPION CEDAR RAPIDS XAVIER.

THE 2-1 LUTHER COLLEGE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM WILL HOST UW-PLATTEVILLE AT SEVEN TONIGHT. WATCH IT ON-LINE AT SPORTS.LUTHER.EDU

11-26 NEWS

ELEVEN MONTHS AFTER THE STATE STARTED ISSUING “REAL IDs”….   ONLY A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF IOWANS HAVE ACTUALLY SIGNED UP FOR ONE.  THE GOVERNMENT HAS SAID AT SOME POINT IN THE FUTURE— THEY WILL REQUIRE YOU TO PROVIDE  A “REAL ID” –IF USING YOUR DRIVERS LISCENSE FOR IDENTIFICATION TO BOARD COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS, ENTER A FEDERAL BUILDING OR NUCLEAR FACILITY.   TO GET THE “REAL ID” HOWEVER, YOU WILL NEED TO BRING EXTRA DOCUMENTATION WITH YOU TO THE DMV. MARK LOWE, WITH THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, SAYS YOU CAN FIND OUT EXACTLY WHAT YOU NEED ONLINE.

LOWE

HE SAYS YOU CAN ALSO ACCESS THE INFORMATION ON THE “MY IOWA D-O-T APP” FOR YOUR SMART PHONE.

TRIPLE A-IOWA/MINNESOTA PREDICTS 43.4 (M) MILLION AMERICANS TRAVELING THIS THANKSGIVING, AND SPOKESPERSON GAIL WEINHOLZER SINCE PUMP PRICES SHOULD BE FAVORABLE, THE HURRICANE SEASON IS OVER….AND SUPPLIES ARE GOOD….SHE DOESN’T EXPECT ANY MAJOR PRICE INCREASES IN THE MONTHS AHEAD..

WEINHOLZER

SHE SAYS NATIONALLY, THE NUMBER OF CARS ON THE ROADS THIS HOLIDAY IS EXPECTED TO BE A LITTLE LOWER THAN LAST YEAR.   TRIPLE-A SAYS THAT’S A TREND THEY’VE BEEN SEEING THROUGHOUT 2013, AND IS BLAMED ON A SLUGGISH ECONOMIC RECOVERY.

Iowa authorities say community college enrollment this fall is down for the third straight year, dropping 3.5 percent from last year. The Des Moines Register reports that enrollment at Iowa’s 15 community colleges peaked in 2010 at more than 106,000 students. This fall’s enrollment estimate is a little over 97,000 students. College officials say that during the recession, Iowans ages 25 to 49 flocked to community colleges to learn new skills. Now more and more Iowans are finding work and not going back to school. An annual community college enrollment report from the Iowa Department of Education says enrollment projections for fall 2014 range from nearly 90,000 to more than 98,000.

Iowans consumed alcoholic beverages in record numbers during the last fiscal year. Sales of alcoholic spirits in Iowa during fiscal 2013 hit an all-time high of nearly $256 million, according to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) — the state’s liquor wholesaler since fiscal 1988. Sales through the 12-month period that ended last June 30 were $21 million, or 5.6 percent, higher than the previous year, and marked the highest level since the state became the exclusive wholesaler of spirits in Iowa. Iowans bought: 4.95 million gallons of spirits, up 1.9 percent from the previous year. 4.42 million gallons of wine, a 6.1 percent increase.73.1 million gallons of beer, which represented a 5.8 percent decline from fiscal 2012.

 

 

 

11-25 SPORTS

FOUR DECORAH VIKINGS HAVE BEEN NAMED TO THE DES MOINES REGISTER CLASS 3-A ALL-STATE FOOTBALL TEAM. EARNING FIRST TEAM DEFENSE HONORS WERE AUSTIN ASHBACHER, MIKHAIL SUVOROV AND JAKE HOVDEN. HOLT JOHANSEN WAS A SECOND TEAM OFFENSE HONOREE.

FOUR MEMBERS OF THE STATE RUNNER-UP WAUKON INIDIAN FOOTBALL TEAM WERE RECOGNIZED, ALL ON THE FIRST TEAM. MARCUS WEYMILLER WAS HONORED ON OFFENSE AND GLYEB EWING, PARKER HEEESE AND SETH SNITKER EARNED RECOGNITION ON DEFENSE. 

IN CLASS 1-A, TWO SOUTH WINNESHIEK WARRIORS MADE THE TEAM, JORDAN ROMMES AS A FIRST TEAM OFFENSIVE PLAYER AND DARRICK POSHUSTA AS A FIRST TEAM DEFENSIVE PLAYER. THREE MEMBERS OF THE NORTH FAYETTE VALLEY TIGERHAWK TEAM WERE HONORED, DALTON LAPE ON FIRST TEAM OFFENSE, DAKOTA MOORE, FIRST TEAM DEFENSE AND TYLER JOHANSEN, SECOND TEAM DEFENSE. 

TURKEY VALLEY’S LUKE KUENNEN WAS RECOGNIZED AS A FIRST TEAM DEFENSIVE PLAYER IN CLASS 1-A

 

A DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE EARNED ALL-AMERICAN HONORS AT THE N-C-A-A DIVISION THREE NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS HELD IN HANOVER, INDIANA OVER THE WEEKEND. LUTHER’S MARTY MITCHELL FINISHED 28TH, HELPING LEAD THE NORSE TO A 14TH PLACE FINISH. ON THE WOMEN’S SIDE, THE NORSE FINISHED 27TH. LUTHER’S TRICIA SERRES FINISHED 32ND. THE SOPHOMORE EARNED ALL-AMERICAN HONORS FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR. 

LUTHER MEN’S SOCCER PLAYER JAMES GARCIA-PRATTS HAS BEEN HONORED FOR HIS WORK IN THE CLASSROOM. GARCIA-PRATTS WAS NAMED A THIRD TEAM ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN, AS SELECTED BY THE BY THE COLLEGE SPORTS INFORMATION DIRECTORS OF AMERICA. TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION, A STUDENT-ATHLETE MUST BE A VARSITY STARTER OR KEY RESERVE, MAINTAIN A G.P.A. OF 3.3, HAVE REACHED AT LEAST SOPHOMORE ATHLETIC AND ACADEMIC STANDING, AND BE NOMINATED BY THE SCHOOL’S S.I.D.