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Residents in Clayton County are mourning the loss of a former Sheriff. On Wednesday, Verdean Dietrich died in his hometown of Garnavillo. His visitation will be held on Sunday and the funeral service will be Monday. Instead of flowers, his family is asking memorials be given to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the city’s fire department, EMS or Booster Club. Dietrich was 70 years old.

People could soon drive golf carts in the northeast Iowa city of Guttenberg under a proposal nearing approval.
The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reported Friday the Guttenberg City Council has twice approved a proposed ordinance allowing licensed drivers to operate golf carts on most city streets. A third approval is needed before the proposal becomes law.
Guttenberg Mayor Russ Loven says business owners and tourism representatives requested the new rules.
Loven says the change would help visitors get around the Mississippi River town.
The proposal would be limited to people 18 and older who obtain a $50 permit and carry insurance.
The carts couldn’t travel more than 25 mph.
A final vote could be delayed until questions are resolved about crossing U.S. Highway 52 and how to issue permits.

14 ITEMS WILL GO BEFORE THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL FOR ITS MEETING MONDAY NIGHT. THE COUNCIL WILL DISCUSS THE FINANCING PLAN FOR THE HIGHWAY NINE WATER AND SEWER PROJECT AND WILL CONSIDER FISCAL YEAR 2015 SALARIES FOR SUPERVISORY AND NON-UNION STAFF. THE COUNCIL WILL HEAR FROM A REPRESENTATIVE FROM ALLIANT ENERGY AND WILL LOOK TO APPOINT THREE MEMBERS TO THE LOW RENT HOUSING COMMISSION. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT FIVE-45 AT CITY HALL.

THE DECORAH SCHOOL BOARD APPROVED THE REMAINING CONTRACT FOR THIS YEAR AT A SPECIAL MEETING THIS WEEK. THE BOARD APPROVED 3.53 PERCENT INCREASES FOR ADMINISTRATION AND FOR CENTRAL OFFICE EMPLOYEES. THAT WAS COMPARED TO A 4.19 PERCENT INCREASE GIVEN TO TEACHERS AND OTHER NON-CERTIFIED PERSONEL. DISTRICT OFFICIALS SAY ADMINISTRATION HAD AGREED TO THE 3.53 PERCENT INCREASES, AND THEY FELT THAT PERCENTAGE INCREASE SHOULD BE ACROSS THE BOARD TO THOSE WHO SERVE IN QUASI-ADMINSTRATIVE POSITIONS, SUCH AS THE CENTRAL OFFICE.

COUNTY AUDITOR’S OFFICES THROUGHOUT THE STATE WILL BE OPEN (SATURDAY). IOWA SECRETARY OF STATE MATT SCHULTZ SAYS ALL OFFICES WILL BE OPEN TO ACCOMMODATE EARLY VOTING FOR TUESDAY’S PRIMARY ELECTIONS. THE POLLS WILL BE OPEN TUESDAY FROM SEVEN A.M. UNTIL NINE P.M.

THE NORTHEAST IOWA DAIRY CENTER RECENTLY RECEIVED A REBATE FROM HAWKEYE R-E-C FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY INSTALLATIONS. HAWKEYE R-E-C OFFICIALS PRESNETED THE NEARLY THREE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED DOLLAR REBATE TO COLLEGE OFFICIALS ON MAY 23RD.

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THE ALLAMAKEE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVED THE SECOND READING OF AN ZONING ORDINANCE RELATED TO THE FRAC SAND MINING ISSUE AT ITS MEETING THIS WEEK. COUNTY OFFICIALS SAY THE ORDINANCE PUTS NEW REGULATIONS ON EXTRACTION PITS. THE BOARD SET THE THIRD READING OF THE ORDINANCE AND WILL GIVE FINAL CONSIDERATION TO IT NEXT TUESDAY MORNING AT TEN A.M.

ACCORDING TO ESTIMATES FROM THE U.S. CENSUS DATA RURAL IOWA IS LOSING POPULATION. ACCORDING TO THE SURVEY, THE CITY OF DECORAH LOST 111 RESIDENTS BETWEEN JULY FIRST OF 2012 AND JULY FIRST OF 2013. DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS A PRESENATION CITY OFFICIALS HEARD A YEAR AGO OFFERED A DIFFERENT TAKE.

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THE STUDY SAID DECORAH’S POPULATION ESTIMATE AS OF JULY FIRST OF LAST YEAR WAS 8,089.

THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL WILL TAKE A BUS TOUR OF CITY FACILITIES TONIGHT.CITY OFFICIALS SAY THE TOUR WILL BEGIN AT FIVE P.M. AND NO FORMAL COUNCIL ACTION WILL BE HELD.

THE DECORAH SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL HOST OPEN HOUSES AT BOTH THE JOHN CLINE AND WEST SIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS THIS EVENING. SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO BOTH BUILDINGS FROM FIVE UNTIL SEVEN P.M. TONIGHT TO SEE THE NEED TO UPGRADE THE ELEMENTARY FACILITIES. HALUSKA SAYS IT WILL BE THE FIRST OF MULTIPLE OPPORTUNITIES TO SEE THE JOHN CLINE AND WEST SIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS.

(FRIDAY) IS THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL IN THE DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT. IT MARKS THE LAST DAY ON THE JOB FOR DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL BAND DIRECTOR JIM FRITZ. FRITZ HAS BEEN BAND DIRECTOR FOR THE PAST 28 YEARS IN DECORAH. THE NATIVE OF ALPHA SAYS HE NEVER PLANNED ON BEING IN DECORAH THIS LONG

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THE DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL BAND DEPARTMENT HAS RECEIVED 50 DIVISION ONE RATINGS DURING FRITZ’S TENURE.

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Iowa farmers, for the first time this season, are ahead of the five-year average for planting corn and soybean acres. Warm temperatures and below normal precipitation allowed soybean planting and crop progress to rapidly advance during the week that ended May 25. The USDA says statewide there were five days suitable for planting. The report released Tuesday says 96 percent of the expected corn acres have been planted, 13 points ahead of last year and a percentage point better than the average.
Soybean planting progress doubled with 80 percent complete. That’s 5 percentage points above average.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says after the extremely late planting last year farmers are excited to get the crop in the ground more timely this year.

AN ELGIN MAN WAS ARRESTED FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 34 YEAR OLD DON REINHART WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE FAYETTE COUNTY JAIL, WHERE HE WILL BE HELD UNTIL HIS INITIAL APPEARANCE.

THE DECORAH SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL HOST AN OPEN HOUSE AT THE JOHN CLINE AND WEST SIDE TONIGHT. DECORAH SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA.

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HALUSKA SAYS BOTH BUILDINGS WILL BE OPEN FROM FIVE UNTIL SEVEN P.M. TONIGHT. THE DISTRICT IS DETERMINING HOW TO PROCEED WITH ITS ELEMENTARY FACILITIES ISSUE.

THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL WILL TAKE A BUS TOUR OF CITY FACILITIES THIS EVENING. CITY OFFICIALS SAY THE TOUR WILL BEGIN AT FIVE P.M. AND THE COUNCIL WILL TAKE NO ACTION.

LUTHER COLLEGE WILL BE SPRAYING LAWNS LATER THIS WEEK. COLLEGE OFFICIALS THEY SPRAYING WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE AFTERNOON OF FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, WEATHER PERMITTING. COLLEGE VICE PRESIDENT FOR COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING ROB LARSON SAYS THE COLLEGE WILL ENGAGE IN THE USE OF HERBICIES TO ASSIST IN MAINTAINING THE GREEN SPACE ON CAMPUS. LARSON SAYS A NUMBER OF MODIFICATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE TO THE APPLICATION PROCESS TO ENSURE WIND VARIABILITY IS TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT WITH ANEMOMETER READINGS AND THAT ADDITIONAL SPACE IS USED AS A BUFFER BETWEEN LUTHER GREEN SPACE AND PUBLIC SPACE PARTICULARY IN THE AREA OF THE COMMUNITY POOL.

ALL AREA COUNTIES HAVE SEEN A POPULATION DECREASE SINCE THE 2010 CENSUS. THAT ACCORDING TO ESTIMATES RELEASED BY THE U.S. CENSUS BUREAU THIS WEEK. CLAYTON AND FAYETTE COUNITES BOTH SAW AROUND A TWO PERCENT DECREASE. ALLAMAKEE AND CHICKASAW COUNTIES SAW AROUND A ONE PERCENT DECREASE, AND HOWARD AND WINNESHIEK COUNTIES LESS THAN A HALF PERCENT DECREASE.

IOWA’S SMALLER CITIES ARE GETTING SMALLER, AND THE LARGER CITIES, AS WELL AS THOSE NEAR LARGER CITIES…ARE GROWING. ANALYST LIESEL EATHINGTON, AT IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY, SAYS THAT’S ACCORDING TO THE LATEST U-S CENSUS DATA. SHE SAYS THIS STATE WEATHERED THE RECESSION BETTER THAN OTHERS….AND IT’S CERTAINLY POSSIBLE THAT IOWA MAY SEEM ATTRACTIVE TO THOSE IN OTHER AREAS OF THE MIDWEST THAT ARE STILL STRUGGLING WITH HIGHER UNEMPLOYMENT.

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EATHINGTON (ETH’-ing-ton) SAYS OVERALL, IOWA IS EXPERINCING SLOW, STEADY POPULATION GROWTH. 10 LARGEST CITIES ACCOUNTED FOR 44 PERCENT OF STATEWIDE GROWTH FROM 2010 TO 2013. HOWEVER, THREE OF THOSE CITIES (WATERLOO, SIOUX CITY AND COUNCIL BLUFFS) EXPERIENCED A LOSS. CITIES WITH A POPULATION UNDER 500-WERE HIT THE HARDEST, LOSING THERE PERCENT OF THEIR POPULATION OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS.

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AN OPEN HOUSE FOR THE NEW WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER OSSIAN CLINIC WILL BE HELD (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON. IT WILL BE HELD FROM FOUR UNTIL SEVEN P.M. AT THE CLINIC AT 112 MAIN STREET IN OSSIAN. AN OFFICIAL RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE AT FOUR P.M, AND REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED. ATTENDEES CAN ALSO SIGN UP TO WIN ONE OF THREE WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER CENTENNIAL RED WING COMMEMMORATIVE POTTERY PIECES.

THE DECORAH SCHOOL BOARD WILL TAKE CARE OF SOME ORGANIZATIONAL MATTERS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR AT A SPECIAL MEETING (WEDNESDAY) AT NOON. THE BOARD WILL LOOK TO APPROVE CONTRACTS FOR ADMINISTRATORS, NON-TEACHING SUPPLEMENTAL PERSONNEL AND COACHES, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS, ASSOCIATES, BUS DRIVERS, CUSTODIANS, FOOD SERVICE PERSONNEL AND THE SCHOOL NURSE. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION OFFICE.

(WEDNESDAY) WILL BE THE FIRST DAY ON THE JOB FOR THE NEW WINNESHIEK COUNTY CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU DIRECTOR. CHARLENE CORSON SELBEE IS A 1976 NORTH WINNESHIEK GRADUATE. SHE HAS SPENT MORE THAN 15 YEARS IN THE NEW MEXICO TOURISM INDUSTRY. SELBEE REPLACES BRENDA LUZUM, WHO LEFT THE POSITION AFTER NINE YEARS TO WORK IN THE DEVELOPMENT OFFICE AT UPPER IOWA UNIVERSITY.

WHEN THE STATE REPUBLICAN PLATFORM COMMITTEE MET EARLIER THIS MONTH, THEY PUT AN INCREASE IN THE GAS TAX AS PART OF THE PARTY PLANK. TOM HANSON OF DECORAH SERVES ON THE PLATFORM COMMITTEE. HE SAYS THAT CHANGED LAST WEEK.

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HANSON SAYS THE INCREASE WAS REMOVED DUE TO PRESSURE FROM THE TOP.

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HANSON SAYS HE PLANS ON PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT AT THE STATE CONVENTION ON JUNE 14TH TO HAVE INCREASING INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING AS PART OF THE PARTY PLATFORM. HANSON SAYS IT WOULD TAKE AWAY THE EXCUSE LAWMAKERS MAKE SAYING THERE IS NO MANDATE FROM THE PUBLIC TO INCREASE THE GAS TAX.

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SOME LANDOWNERS ALONG THE FREEPORT RECREATIONAL TRAIL HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT LIABILITY ISSUES. BECAUSE OF THAT, THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS WILL DISCUSS INDEMNIFICATION AGREEMENTS AT THIS MORNING’S MEETING. THE BOARD WILL ALSO GET AN UPDATE FROM THE CONSULTING FIRM OF YAGGY COLBY, THE FIRM ASSISTING THE COUNTY WITH THE UPDATING OF THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN. A PUBLIC HEARING ON A NEW FIREWORKS PERMIT WILL ALSO BE CONTINUED. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

THE FRAC SAND MINING ISSUE WILL GO BEFORE THE ALLAMAKEE COUNTY SUPERVISORS TODAY. SUPERVISORS CHAIR LARRY SCHELLHAMMER SAYS THE BOARD IS CONSIDERING AN AMENDMENT TO A ZONING ORDINANCE. SCHELLHAMMER SAYS THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT IS VERY SPECIFIC AND DETAILED, STIPULATING AREAS OF EXCLUSION, SETBACKS, TRANSPORTATION AND IMPACT STUDIES, AS WELL AS A REQUIREMENT FOR ARCHEALOGICAL SURVEYS. SCHELLHAMMER SAYS THE NEW ORDINANCE WILL BE IN PLACE BEFORE AN 18-MONTH MORATORIUM PERIOD ENDS IN A FEW MONTHS.

Governor Terry Branstad Monday morning signed into law the Home Based Iowa initiative which received overwhelming approval earlier this year by the legislature. The measure was signed during a ceremony at Camp Dodge as part of its Memorial Day activities. The effort is designed to attract more retired veterans to the state.

Home Based Iowa fully exempts military pensions from the state income tax, lets military training suffice for the professional licensing process in the state and it allows private sector companies to give preference in hiring and promotion of veterans.

MANY ACROSS THE AREA BENEFITED THIS TAX SEASON DUE TO THE NORTHEAST IOWA R-S-V-P ORGANIZATION. THE GROUP IS HEADQUARTED AT THE DECORAH PUBLIC LIBRARY. LIBRARY DIRECTOR LORRAINE BOROWSKI TOLD THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL LAST WEEK, 748 HOUSEHOLDS BENEFITED BY THE R-S-V-P ASSISTANCE. R-S-V-P PROVIDED 11 VOLUNTEERS FOR THE SERVICE. BOROWSKI SAYS 97 PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE SERVED SAID THEY WOULD HAVE HAD DIFFICULTY FILLING OUT THE FORMS WITH THE ASSISTANCE R-S-V-P PROVIDED. THE TOTALS REFLECTED HELP PROVIDED IN ALLAMAKEE, HOWARD AND WINNESHIEK COUNTIES.

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MEMORIAL DAY IS BEING OBSERVED WITH A TRADITIONAL PARADE THIS MORNING. IT BEGINS AT 10 A.M. AT THE WEST DECORAH BRIDGE, DOWN COLLEGE DRIVE TO WATER STREET AND ENDING AT THE COUNTY COURTHOUSE. THE PARADE GRAND MARSHALL IS KEN NESSET, WHO SERVED IN THE NAVY FROM 1940 UNTIL 1961. COURTHOUSE CEREMONIES WILL PAY RESPECTS TO THE DECEASED VETERANS OF WINNESHIEK COUNTY WHO HAVE PASSED AWAY SINCE LAST MEMORIAL DAY. CHUCK IRA OF SPILLVILLE, A D-DAY VETERAN WHO SERVED ABOARD THE BATTLESHIP U.S.S. TEXAS, SAYS VETERANS OF ALL WARS SHOULD BE ACKNOWLEDGED FOR THEIR SERVICE:

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THE SPEAKER AT THE COURTHOUSE THIS YEAR IS MICHAEL FOSTER, A DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WHO’LL BE ATTENDING THE SUMMER SEMINAR AT THE U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY IN JUNE.

 

THREE AREA RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN ELECTED TO THE NICC FOUNDATION. THREE-YEAR BOARD TERMS WILL BE SERVED BY DAVID KRATZ OF DECORAH, ALVIN HACKMAN OF LAWLER AND KAY ZIMMERMAN OF WAUKON.

 

THE DECORAH SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL BE HOLDING OPEN HOUSE AT JOHN CLINE AND WEST SIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS THIS WEEK. SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS THE BOTH BUILDINGS WILL BE OPEN THURSDAY NIGHT FROM FIVE UNTIL SEVEN

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HALUSKA SAYS THURSDAY WILL BE THE FIRST OF MULTIPLE OPPORTUNITIES FOR DISTRICT PATRONS TO VIEW THE BUILDINGS. THE DISTRICT IS IN THE PROCESS OF DECIDING WHAT TO DO ABOUT ITS ELEMENTARY FACILITIES.

PRIMARY ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD A WEEK FROM TOMORROW. ALL COUNTY AUDITOR OFFICES WILL BE OPEN THIS SATURDAY FOR EARLY VOTING PRIOR TO THE PRIMARY. ABSENTEE BALLOTING IS ALSO AVAILABLE THROUGH NEXT MONDAY DURING REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS AT THE COURTHOUSE.

THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL IS EXPECTED TO TAKE A BUS TOUR THIS WEEK. THE ISSUE WAS DISCUSSED AT LAST WEEK’S DECORAH CITY COUNCIL MEETING. CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS THE CITY STAFF HAS A FEW SITES THEY FEEL THE COUNCIL SHOULD TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT. AT LAST CHECK, BIRD WAS ORGANIZING THE DAY. THE CITY IS EXPECTED TO USE A NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY ACTION BUS FOR THE TOUR.

WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER WILL HOST AN OPEN HOUSE AT THE OSSIAN CLINIC THIS WEEK. IT WILL BE HELD WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON FROM FOUR UNTIL SEVEN P.M. THE OFFICIAL RIBBON CUTTING WILL BE HELD AT FOUR P.M. MEDICAL CENTER OFFICIALS SAY ATTENDEES CAN ALSO SIGN UP TO WIN ONE OF THREE WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER CENTENNIAL RED WING COMMEMORATIVE POTTERY PIECES.

MANY ACROSS THE AREA BENEFITED THIS TAX SEASON DUE TO THE NORTHEAST IOWA R-S-V-P ORGANIZATION. THE GROUP IS HEADQUARTED AT THE DECORAH PUBLIC LIBRARY. LIBRARY DIRECTOR LORRAINE BOROWSKI TOLD THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL LAST WEEK, 748 HOUSEHOLDS BENEFITED BY THE R-S-V-P ASSISTANCE. R-S-V-P PROVIDED 11 VOLUNTEERS FOR THE SERVICE. BOROWSKI SAYS 97 PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE SERVED SAID THEY WOULD HAVE HAD DIFFICULTY FILLING OUT THE FORMS WITH THE ASSISTANCE R-S-V-P PROVIDED. THE TOTALS REFLECTED HELP PROVIDED IN ALLAMAKEE, HOWARD AND WINNESHIEK COUNTIES.

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SUNDAY EIGHT A.M.

COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES WILL BE HELD ON THE LUTHER COLLEGE CAMPUS THIS MORNING. THE CEREMONY WILL BEGIN AT TEN A.M. AT CARLSON STADIUM. 527 MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF 2014 WILL RECEIVE THEIR BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE AT THE CEREMONY. THE COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS WILL BE GIVEN BY IOWA SENATOR TOM HARKIN.

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TWO PEOPLE RECEIVED HONORARY DEGREES THIS MORNING DURING THE COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES AT LUTHER COLLEGE. IOWA SENATOR TOM HARKIN AND EUGENE TAKLE, DIRECTOR OF THE CLIMATE SCIENCE PROGRAM AND PROFESSOR OF ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE AND AGRICULTURAL METEOROLOGY AT IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY RECEIVED HONORARY DEGREES DURING THE CEREMONY. HARKIN GAVE THE COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS. 527 MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF 2014 RECEIVED THEIR BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE DURING THE CEREMONY.

IOWA LAW ENFORCEMENT ENTITIES ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LATEST STEP-OR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM. THE NATIONAL CLICK IT OR TICKET PROGRAM WILL RUN THROUGH JUNE FIRST. LAST MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, THE STATE OF IOWA HAD THREE TRAFFIC FATALITIES, TWO OF WHICH WERE ALCOHOL RELATED. AUTHORITIES SAY THE STEP EFFORT WILL FOCUS ON BUCKLING UP, SLOWING DOWN AND THE NEED TO DRIVE SOBER TO INCREASE THE ODDS OF PREVENTING OR AT LEAST SURVIVING A CRASH.

IT’S THE UNOFFICIAL START OF SUMMER TODAY. THE DECORAH MUNICIPAL SWIMMING POOL WILL OPEN FOR THE SEASON AT ONE P.M. PUBLIC HOURS FOR THE SWIMMING POOL WILL BE MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY ONE UNTIL FIVE-25 AND SIX-30 UNTIL EIGHT-30 P.M. AND SATURDAY AND SUNDAY FROM ONE UNTIL EIGHT P.M. SEASON LONG POOL PASSES ARE AVAILABLE AT A REDUCED RATE UNTIL NEXT FRIDAY.

 

SCHOOL WAS SCHEDULED TO BE OUT BY NOW IN THE DECORAH SCHOOL DISTRICT. BUT SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS IT COULD BE WORSE.

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THE LAST DAY OF CLASSES AT DECORAH WILL BE FRIDAY.

THE FINAL DAY OF THE ANNUAL TRASH INTO TREASURE SALE ON THE LUTHER COLLEGE CAMPUS WILL BE HELD (MONDAY). COLLEGE OFFICIALS SAY THE SALE WAS FOUNDED TO COMBAT THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF BLOSSOMING LANDFILLS AS WELL AS THE TROUBLING SCENARIO OF PERFECTLY USABLE ITEMS LEFT UNWANTED OR THROWN AWAY BY STUDENTS EVERY YEAR. THE SALE WILL BE HELD FROM SEVEN A.M. UNTIL ONE-30 P.M. IN THE ASHMORE-JEWELL BARN NEAR LUTHER’S BAKER VILLAGE. THIS IS THE 11TH YEAR OF THE TRASH INTO TREASURES SALE.

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TWO NEW MEMBERS WERE ELECTED TO THE CITY OF DECORAH’S LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES AT THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL MEETING THIS WEEK. THE NOMINATIONS OF PAT ANDERSON AND MATT TAPSCOTT WERE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED. LIBRARY DIRECTOR LORRAINE BOROWSKI SAID TRUSTEE REBECCA SULLIVAN RECENTLY RESIGNED DUE TO A JOB COMMITMENT. THE COUNCIL HAD APPROVED THE NOMINATION OF ALAN ELLICKSON, BUT IT WAS DETERMINED HE LIVED OUTSIDE OF THE CITY LIMITS AND THE BOARD ALREADY HAD A RURAL MEMBER.

AREA NON-PROFIT ENTITIES ARE BENEFITING FROM A RECENT COMMUNITY MUSICAL PERFORMANCE. THE ANNUAL LUREN/LUTHER NORSEMEN MOTHER’S DAY CONCERT RAISED ONE THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED TWENTY-FOUR DOLLARS FROM A FREE WILLING OFFERING. LUREN REPRSENTATIVES SAY THE PROCEEDS WERE SPILT EVENLY BETWEEN THE DECORAH FREE CLINIC, THE DECORAH FREE MEALS, THE FIRST LUTHERAN FOOD PANTRY AND THE DECORAH LUTHERAN FOOD PANTRY.

THE CITY OF DECORAH REMAINS A SAFE PLACE TO WORK. CITY CLERK WANDA HEMESATH SAID THE CITY’S WORKMAN COMP REPRESENTATIVE VISITED THE CITY EARLIER THIS MONTH. HEMESATH SAIDTHE REPRESENTATIVE FOUND NO CONCERNS WITH THE CITY’S WORK PRACTICES. HEMESATH SAID THE REPRESENTATIVE TOLD HER HE NEVER HAS TO WORRY ABOUT WHAT HE’S GOING TO FIND WHEN HE COMES TO DECORAH. HEMESATH SAYS IT’S A GOOD REFLECTION OF ALL CITY STAFFS AND DEPARTMENTS.

THIS CLASS OF 2014 WILL BE GRADUATING THIS WEEKEND ON THE LUTHER COLLEGE CAMPUS. LUTHER COLLEGE CAREER CENTER DIRECTOR BRENDA RANUM SAYS FUTURE GRADUATING CLASSES NEED TO THINK ABOUT MARKETING THEMSELVES FOR THE JOB MARKET NOW.

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RANUM SAYS AROUND 65 PERCENT OF LUTHER GRADUATES ANNUALLY ENTER THE WORKFORCE, WITH THE REST DIVIDED BETWEEN GRADUATE SCHOOL, ADDING ON TO THEIR DEGREES IN WAYS SUCH AS STUDENT TEACHING AND ENTERING A VOLUNTEER MISSION LIKE THE PEACE CORPS.

A DECORAH WOMAN HAS BEEN SELECTED AS THE HONORARY CHAIR FOR THIS YEAR’S RELAY FOR LIFE OF WINNESHIEK COUNTY. KAREN FOSTER WILL SERVE IN THE ROLE FOR THE EVENT, WHICH WILL BE HELD JUNE SEVENTH FROM THREE UNTIL TEN P.M. AT THE DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL TRACK. MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS YEAR’S RELAY IS AVAILABLE BY LOGGING ONTO RELAY-FOR-LIFE-DOT-ORG-SLASH-WINNESHIEK-COUNTY-IA.

FRIDAY NOON AND 5 P.M.

527 MEMBERS OF THE LUTHER COLLEGE CLASS OF 2014 WILL GO THROUGH COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES THIS WEEKEND. THE CEREMONY WILL BEGIN AT TEN A.M. SUNDAY MORNING AT CARLSON STADIUM. THE COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS WILL BE GIVEN BY IOWA SENATOR TOM HARKIN. TONIGHT’S EVENT WILL INCLUDE THE NORDIC CHOIR AND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PERFORMING IN THE CENTER FOR FAITH AND LIFE. THE CONCERT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

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IT’S LUTHER COLLEGE GRADUATION WEEKEND. 527 MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF 2014 WIL RECEIVED THEIR BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREES AT COMMENCEMENT TOMORROW MORNING AT TEN A.M. AT CARLSON STADIUM. EVENTS THIS MORNING WILL INCLUDE THE NURSE PINNING CEREMONY FOR NUSING MAJORS AT NINE-30 A.M. IN THE NOBLE RECITAL HALL OF THE JENSON-NOBLE MUSIC HALL, THE SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM CELEBRATION BEGINNING AT TEN A.,. IN THE FAREWELL HALL LOUNGE, THE SENIOR ATHLETE RECOGNITION CEREMONY BEGINNING AT TEN-30 IN THE CENTER FOR FAITH AND LIFE AND THE ALL-COLLEGE PICNIC ON THE LIBRARY LAWN BEGINNING AT ELEVEN A.M.

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COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES FOR THE CLASS OF 2014 AT LUTHER COLLEGE WILL BE HELD TOMORROW MORNING. THE CEREMONY WILL BEGIN AT TEN A.M. AT CARLSON STADIUM WITH IOWA SENATOR TOM HARKIN GIVING THE COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS. EVENTS THIS AFTERNOON INCLUDE THE MUSIC SHOWCASE IN THE CENTER FOR FAITH AND LIFE AT ONE-30 AND A SENIOR ART RECEPTION AT FOUR IN THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS. BACCALAUREATE WILL BE HELD TONIGHT AT EIGHT P.M. IN THE MAIN HALL OF THE CENTER FOR FAITH AND LIFE.

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(FRIDAY) IS THE DEADLINE TO SIGN UP FOR DECORAH PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT SUMMER ACTIVITIES. SIGN UP IS AVAILABLE AT THE DECORAH PARKS AND RECREATION OFFICE AT CITY HALL FROM EIGHT A.M. UNTIL FIVE P.M. REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS. BROCHURES ARE AVAILABLE ON-LINE AT DECORAH-IA-DOT-ORG.

THE ANNUAL TRASH INTO TREASURES WILL BEGIN (FRIDAY) ON THE LUTHER COLLEGE CAMPUS. IN CONSISTS OF SELLING ITEMS THAT WERE LEFT BEHIND BY STUDENTS WHEN THE MOVE OUT OF THE DORMS. COLLEGE OFFICIALS SAY THE SALE IS NOW IN ITS 11TH YEAR, AND HAS THE GOAL OF COMBATING THE ENVIROMENTAL IMPACT OF BLOSSOMING LANDFILL AS WELL AS THE TROUBLING SCANERIO OF PERFECTLY USABLE ITEMS LEFT UNWANTED OR THROWN AWAY BY STUDENTS. THE SALE WILL BE HELD IN THE ASHMORE-JEWELL BARN NEAR THE LUTHER’S BAKER VILLAGE. THE SALE WILL BE HELD FROM SEVEN A.M. UNTIL NINE-30 A.M. AND THEN FOUR UNTIL SIX P.M. (FRIDAY). THE SALE WILL CONTINUE MONDAY.

YOU’LL SEE A SLIGHT INCREASE IN YOUR NEXT WATER AND SEWER BILLS FROM THE CITY OF DECORAH. THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL APPROVED THE THIRD AND FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES TO INCREASE BOTH RATES AT ITS MEETING THIS WEEK. CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS THE INCREASE FOR BOTH WILL BE ONE-POINT-NINE-THREE PERCENT.

THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL APPROVED THE FIRST READING OF AN ORDINANCE REGARDING A-T-V AND SNOWMOBILE USE WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS AT ITS MEETING THIS WEEK. CITY ATTORNEY RICK ZAHASKY SAYS THE ORDINANCE GIVES THE CITY COUNCIL THE RIGHT BY PERMIT TO ALLOW A-T-V, GOLF CARTS OR SNOWMOBILE USE IN THE CITY LIMITS. ZAHASKY SAYS CITY CODE DOES NOT ALLOW GOLF CARTS, A-T-VS OR SNOWMOBILES WITH THE CITY RIGHT OF WAY. THIS ORDINANCE WOULD ALLOW THE COUNCIL THE RIGHT TO GRANT PERMISSION ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS. THE SECOND READING OF THE ORDINANCE WILL BE HELD AT THE COUNCIL’S JUNE SECOND MEETING.

5-22 NEWS

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HAS APPROVED THE FIRST READING OF AN ORDINANCE TO REVISE REQUIREMENTS WHEN APPLYING FOR A FIREWORKS PERMIT. THE BOARD TOOK THE ACTION AT ITS MEETING MONDAY. SUPERVISORS CHAIR JOHN LOGSDON SAYS THOSE WISHING TO FILE APPLICATIONS MUST PAY A 25 DOLLAR FEE AND PROVIDE PROOF OF INSURANCE. LOGSDON SAYS THERE WILL NOW BE TWO DIFFERENT TYPES OF PERMITS, ONE FOR DISPLAY PURPOSES, THE OTHER FOR CONSUMER PURPOSES. THE SECOND READING OF THE ORDINANCE IS SCHEDULED FOR THE BOARD MEETING NEXT TUESDAY.

THE DECORAH METRONET CONTINUES TO MAKE PROGRESS. CHOPPER ALBERT, WHO SERVES IN AN I-T POSITION SHARED BY THE CITY OF DECORAH AND WINNESHIEK COUNTY, UPDATED THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL ON THE PROJECT THIS WEEK. ALBERT SAYS HIGH SPEED INTERNET IS NOW UP AND RUNNING AT THE COURTHOUSE, CITY HALL, DECORAH LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER, PUBLIC HEALTH. ALBERT SAID THE PUBLIC LIBRARY AND UPPER EXPLORERLAND SHOULD COME ON YET THIS WEEK WITH WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER AND THE DECORAH SCHOOL DISTRICT JOINING THE METRONET IN THE NEAR FUTURE. ALBERT SAYS THIS ALLOWS PUBLIC ENTITIES TO BE ON ONE CONNECTION RATHER THAN SIX. ALBERT SAYS THE NEXT STEP IN THE PROCESS WILL BE TO ACTIVATE A VOICE OVER I-P PHONE PROJECT WHICH WOULD ALLOW THE ENTITIES 46 DIFFERENT PHONES ON ONLY TWO FIBER OPTIC CONNECTIONS. ALBERT SAYS THE PROJECT IS ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF OLD.

MATTERS RELATED TO THE HIGHWAY NINE UTILITY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT WERE APPROVED THIS WEEK BY THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL. THE COUNCIL APPROVED THE SCOPE OF WORK AGREEMENT WITH ERDMANN ENGINEERING FOR THE PROJECT. CITY ENGINEER LINDSAY ERDMANN SAYS THE CONTRACT CALLS FOR 200 WORKING DAYS AND THE POTENTIAL FOR SOME WINTER WORK., THE COUNCIL ALSO AUTHORIZED CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD MINIMUM AUTHORITY TO CONSIDER FIELD CHANGES FOR THE PROJECT. BIRD SAYS THIS WAS A SIMILAR MEASURE THAT WAS IN PLACE FOR THE SHORT STREET PROJECT AND IT WORKED WELL. THE COUNCIL GRANTED BIRD PERMISSION TO APPROVE CHANGES UP TO FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS AT A TIME AND 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS TOTAL FOR THE PROJECT. THAT MEASURE PASSED ON A 6-1 VOTE, WITH CHUCK LORE BEING THE LONE DISENTING VOTE.

STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE REMINDING IOWANS ABOUT TICKS, AND THE THREAT OF TICK-BORNE ILLNESSES….AS THE SUMMER SEASON BEGINS.

GARVEY

DR. ANN GARVEY OF THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH REMINDS THOSE WHO MIGHT BE SPENDING TIME IN TICK-HABITAT, TO TAKE PREVENTATIVE MEASURES, INCLUDING COVERING EXPOSED SKIN AND USING INSECT REPELLENT WITH “DEET.” SHE SAYS LYME DISEASE SYMPTOMS CAN BE VAGUE, AND CAN INCLUDE RASHES, FEVERS, ACHES, PAINS, AND JOINT SWELLING.

TUITION WILL REMAIN THE SAME AT NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE NEXT YEAR. THE COLLEGE’S BOARD OF TRUSTEES TOOK THE ACTION AT ITS MEETING THIS WEEK. IT WILL MARK THE SECOND STRAIGHT THE COLLEGE WILL KEEP ITS TUITION RATES THE SAME. N-I-C-C PRESIDENT LIANG CHEE WEE SAYS WITH MANY EXPENSES RISING IN STUDENT’S LIVES, THE COLLEGE STRIVES TO MAKE AN INVESTMENT IN A COLLEGE EDUCATION AT N-I-C-C AFFORDABLE. COLLEGE OFFICIALS SAYS N-I-C-C STUDENTS CARRY THE SECOND LOWEST DEBT LOAD IN THE STATE.