Winneshiek County Public Health has run out of flu vaccine for the general public. Nancy Sacquitne notified media this(Tues) afternoon of the shortage. Sacquitne says there is still vaccine available for children through age 18 who meet qualifications. Call Public Health at 382-4662 with inquiries. Sacquitne suggests you check with healthcare providers or pharmacies to see if flu vaccine is available.
The robbery of Maynard Savings Bank and subsequent shootings of a Police Chief and State Trooper will be featured this weekend on MSNBC. “Heist: Terror In The Heartland” is scheduled to air at 10 p.m. Sunday on the cable channel. Following the October 2012 robbery, a chase by law enforcement led to the shootings of Sumner Police Chief Dennis Cain and State Trooper Mark Domino, and ended with the arrests of 19-year old William Clayton of Osage and 25-year old Jeremiah Mumford of New Hampton. The two are now serving concurrent 50 & 75 year prison terms. They’ll be eligible for parole in 35 years.
Housekeeping chores will be the order of the day when the Allamakee and Fayette County Boards meet Thursday. Appointments to boards, committees and commissions occupy most of the agendas. Allamakee Supervisors will also allow public comment as part of their agenda. The Allamakee Supervisors meet at 9a.m. Thursday, while Fayette County Supervisors meet at 1:30. Winneshiek County Supervisors met this past Monday and will meet next on January 6th.
Effective January 1st, teen drivers in Iowa will need to have 12 months instructional time behind the wheel before receiving an intermediate license instead of only 6 months. Mark Lowe, D-O-T Director of the Motor Vehicle Division, says the second aspect of the new law also limits the number of passengers in the car:
audio…DOT one friend at a time
The new law also limits a young driver with a minor school license to one un-related minor passenger when driving without adult supervision. Unlike the intermediate license, this restriction applies as long as the young driver holds a minor school license.
There’s about $100,000 in grants waiting for organizations, projects or programs that contribute in a significant way to the people of Winneshiek County. Brenda Luzum says the Winneshiek County Foundation will award that much this year, but qualified tax-exempt and local non-profit organizations such as governmental agencies, schools and churches need to apply soon. The deadline is midnight, January 10th. Luzum says the applications are available online at winneshiekccf.org and must be completed through the Foundation’s new online portal. Paper copies will not be accepted.
A Democratic candidate for Governor is proposing a significant jump in the minimum wage. Jim Boyd reports:
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The plan also expresses strong opposition to privatizing State, county and local government services.
Businesses planning for Springtime in Decorah should include plans for Women’s Weekend Out. The weekend of April 4th and 5th has become a favorite of women from all over the Midwest. It’s coordinated by the Winneshiek County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, and designed to provide hassle-free and fun options. There’s no registration fee. Local businesses sponsor the event and provide shopping deals, classes, in-store specials, parties, shows and music. Last year’s Women’s Weekend Out attracted nearly 350 women who pre-registered, and hundreds more who participated. 52% of last year’s attendees were non-Decorah residents, 30% required an overnight stay and 56% were first-time attendees. Weekend details are available at the Visitors Center at 507 West Water Street, downtown Decorah, and also on-line at visitdecorah.com.
Gathering tax information may not be a splashy way to bring in the New Year, but it’s a good idea to start getting organized for tax time. Christopher Miller is with the I-R-S office that covers the State of Iowa. He says, if you don’t already have a filing system, start one….
audio….year-end tax stuff
Miller also reminds taxpayers who are over age 70 that a tax-free transfer of their regular IRA distribution to charity deduction ends at the end of the year.