Luther College has officially announced Paula J. Carlson as its tenth president. The college board of trustees voted Carlson for the position at a meeting Friday morning. Carlson’s appointment will be effective July first. She will succeed David Tiede, who has been serving as interim president since the retirement of Richard Torgerson last June. Carlson becomes the first female president of Luther college.
Republican state representative Josh Burns of Osage has introduced another measure at the statehouse in regards to increasing infrastructure funding in the state.
Burns says any idea related to increasing infrastructure funding will not be effected by any funnel deadlines at the statehouse.
The Oneota Film Festival will be held in Decorah this weekend. Erica Kambs is the director of the event
23 films will be screened this weekend. A complete schedule is available at oneotafilmfestival-dot-org.
Negotiations between the Decorah school district and the district’s education association on a master contract for the 2014-2015 school year will begin next week. The D-E-A will present its initial proposal on a master contract Wednesday afternoon at three-30 at the central administration office.
THE COLD WINTER CONTINUES TO PUT STRESS ON IOWA’S LOW INCOME HEATING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, KNOWN AS LIHEEP. BILL BRAND SAYS HOUSEHOLD ENERGY USE IS UP ABOUT 20-PERCENT THIS WINTER
BILL BRAND OF LIHEEP SAYS LAST MONTH, UTILITIES ISSUED OVER 103-THOUSAND DISCONNECT NOTICES, COMPARED TO 85-THOUSAND A YEAR AGO. THOSE SIGNED UP FOR LIHEEP FALL UNDER THE “DISCONNECT-MORATORIUM,” -WHICH KEEPS THE HEAT ON UNTIL APRIL. HE SAYS AGENCIES THAT PROVIDE HEATING ASSISTANCE ARE STRETCHED THIS WINTER, AND MAY FIND IT DIFFICULT TO EXTEND A HELPING HAND TOO FAR INTO APRIL.\