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WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUFFERED ABOUT $300,000 IN ROAD AND BRIDGE DAMAGE IN THIS SPRING’S RAINS. LAST WEEK, THE COUNTY WAS ONE OF SEVERAL IN IOWA TO BE DECLARED A DISASTER AREA BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IT MEANS 75% OF THE REPAIRS COSTS WILL BE BORNE BY THE FED. COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE SAYS THERE ARE SEVERAL PROJECTS RELATED TO THE RAIN DAMAGE:
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BJERKE SAYS THE COUNTY’S SHARE OF THE COSTS WILL BE 15%, OR ABOUT $45,000. THE REMAINING 10% WILL BE PAID BY THE STATE OF IOWA.

AFTER NEARLY A MONTH ON THE JOB, LUTHER COLLEGE PRESIDENT DR. PAULA CARLSON SAYS SHE’S BEEN IMPRESSED BY THE AREA AND IT’S PEOPLE. CARLSON, ONLY THE 10TH PRESIDENT IN THE COLLEGE’S 150-PLUS YEARS, SAYS THE JOB PRESENTS SEVERAL OPPORTUNITIES:
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DR. CARLSON WILL WELCOME STUDENTS BACK TO LUTHER WHEN THE FALL SEMESTER BEGINS SEPTEMBER 3RD. SHE MADE HER COMMENTS ON THE OUR TOWN PROGRAM ON KDEC AM1240. THE INTERVIEW WILL BE RE-BROADCAST ON KDEC-FM100.5 SUNDAY MORNING AT 7.

DAVID VASQUEZ, WHO HAS SERVED AS CAMPUS PASTOR AT LUTHER COLLEGE SINCE 2001, IS EXPECTED TO BECOME THE NEW PRESIDENT AT PACIFIC SCHOOL OF RELIGION IN BERKLEY, CALIFORNIA JANUARY 1ST. THE SCHOOL’S BOARD OF TRUSTEES WILL ACT ON A SEARCH COMMITTEE’S RECOMMENDATION IN AUGUST. VASQUEZ HAS LED EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES IN GUATEMALA, GHANA, ISRAEL, PALESTINE AND JORDAN WHILE AT LUTHER, AND PROVIDED SUPPORT TO THOSE WHO WERE AFFECTED BY THE MAY 2008 IMMIGRATION RAID IN POSTVILLE. VASQUEZ CURRENTLY LIVES IN DECORAH WITH HIS WIFE, DR. KARLA SUOMALA, AND THEIR TWO CHILDREN.

A CITIZEN’S ACTION NETWORK HAS STARTED A PETITION DRIVE URGING GOVERNOR BRANSTAD TO REJECT A PROPOSED CRUDE OIL PIPELINE THAT WOULD STRETCH DIAGONALLY ACROSS IOWA AND BE IN OPERATION IN ABOUT TWO YEARS. MEMBERS OF CITIZENS FOR COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT LAUNCHED THE EFFORT THIS WEEK. THE 11-HUNDRED MILE LONG CRUDE OIL PIPELINE WOULD CROSS FOUR STATES AND 17 IOWA COUNTIES AS IT RUNS FROM THE BAKKEN FIELD IN WESTERN NORTH DAKOTA TO PATOKA ILLINOIS.

29-HUNDRED SOLAR PANELS AT A SOLAR GENERATING FARM IN KALONA ARE BEING ACTIVATED TODAY(THURS) AS A RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE HOPES TO GENERATE ENOUGH POWER TO RUN ABOUT 120 OF THEIR 650-HOME SERVICE AREA. GENERAL MANAGER WARREN MCKENNA SAYS THE FARMER’S ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE’S NEW SOLAR FARM IS ONE WAY THEY’RE TRYING TO SNSURE THEY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCES:
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IN ADDITION TO THE SOLAR FARM, THE COOP IS ALSO PURCHASING ELECTRICITY OFF THE GRID THAT IS GENERATED BY WIND POWER LOCALLY.

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THE ANNUAL SALES TAX HOLIDAY WILL BE HELD IN IOWA THIS WEEKEND. BEGINNING FRIDAY AT MIDNIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY AT 11:59 P.M. SALES TAX WILL BE WITHHELD ON CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR PRICED UNDER ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS. DECORAH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NIKKI BREVIG SAYS ITS AN IMPORTANT WEEKEND FOR DECORAH BUSINESSES WITH THE PROXIMITY TO MINNESOTA.

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BREVIG SAYS THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE WEBSITE IS A GOOD RESOURCE FOR THOSE WONDERING WHAT IS AND ISN’T ELIGIBLE FOR THE SALES TAX HOLIDAY.

Some big changes have taken place in the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, right in the middle of two of the busiest weeks of the summer for the county. KWWL reports just as RAGBRAI wraps up and the Clayton County Fair begins, an integral person in the office has resigned his position. Sheriff Mike Tschirgi says Chief Deputy Ryan Johnson resigned his position for personal reasons, but is still a member of the department. Michael Aschinger has been appointed as the new chief deputy

A former Des Moines school board member will be on the ballot for governor as a third-party candidate. Jonathan Narcisse (NAR’-siss) announced Tuesday he had been certified by the Iowa secretary of state’s office to run as the Iowa Party candidate. Narcisse attempted to run as a Democrat in the primary election, but the secretary of state’s office ruled his nomination petitions were incomplete. His attempts to overturn the ruling in the courts were unsuccessful. That meant that state Sen. Jack Hatch was the only Democrat running for governor. Republican Gov. Terry Branstad is running for an unprecedented sixth non-consecutive term. Narcisse has owned a number of publications, including the Iowa Bystander. He served on the Des Moines School Board for two years. He also ran for governor in 2010.

The Monday Iowa Crop Progress report showed perfect conditions for fungicide and herbicide applications in the nearly six days suitable for fieldwork. Eighty-five percent of the corn acreage was at or beyond the silking stage, almost two weeks ahead of last year and a week over the five year average. Corn in the dough stage is at 14%, seven points ahead of normal. Eighty-two percent of soybeans are at blooming or beyond about 10 days ahead of last year and 41% of the bean crop was setting pods way ahead of last years 10%. Corn saw 78% of crop conditions good to excellent up a point from last week. Soybeans saw much of the same, 76% of the crop in the good to excellent category.

 

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DECORAH SCHOOL DISTRICT VOTERS WILL GO TO THE POLLS ON A VOTE ON A NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. DECORAH SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS THERE IS NO SPECIFIC TIMETABLE SET YET. HALUSKA SAYS VARIOUS DECISIONS HAVE TO BE MADE WITH THE MOST IMPORTANT BEING WHERE TO LOCATE THE SCHOOL.

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HALUSKA SAYS PART OF THE LOCATION DECISION MAKING PROCESS IS MAKING SURE THERE IS ENOUGH INFRASTRUCTURE AT A LOCATION TO SUPPORT AN EDUCATIONAL FACILITY.

IN HONOR OF ITS CENTENNIAL YEAR, WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER HAS ESTABLISHED A CENTENNIAL FUND. WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION COORDINATOR HOLLY KANENGIETER SAYS A LIST OF 244 SUBSCRIPTIONS FROM HOUSEHOLDS AND BUSINESSES TO FUND A HOSPITAL IN WINNESHIEK COUNTY WERE GIVEN OUT A CENTURY AGO. KANENGIETER SAYS PERSONS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEMORIALIZE THE ORIGINAL SUBSCRIPTIONS TO THE HOSPITAL

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PERSONS CAN DONATE ON-LINE OR DONATE BY MAIL AT 901 MONTGOMERY STREET IN DECORAH. ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

A national survey finds the average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has plummeted 9 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $3.58. That’s the largest drop this year. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said the decrease came despite a rise in crude-oil prices. Lundberg says U.S. refiners, enjoying plentiful supplies, aggressively cut wholesale prices to chase sales. It’s even cheaper for Iowans to fill up the gas tank. The average price across the state for a gallon of regular is $3.43.

THE PROMISE OF A BUMPER CORN CROP THIS YEAR, HAS MOVED CORN PRICES LOWER, WHICH IMPROVES THE MARGINS AT THE ETHANOL PLANS.

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MONTY SHAW OF THE IOWA RENEWABLE FUELS ASSOCIATION SAYS “WHOLESALE” E-85, IS MORE THAN A DOLLAR BELOW THE LEVEL OF GASOLINE- WHICH SHOULD BODE WELL FOR CONSUMERS. IOWA HAS 42-ETHANOL PLANTS, AND LEADS THE NATION IN PRODUCTION OF THE BIO-FUEL.

Iowa Lottery sales have fallen 7.4 percent over the past year, a drop lottery officials attribute to a rough winter that altered customers’ buying habits and fewer extremely high jackpots that drive up sales.
Overall lottery sales dipped to $314 million in fiscal year 2014, which ended in June from $339.3 million the year before. Scratch tickets, the biggest income generator, fell 6.7 percent to nearly $189 million. Powerball sales fell nearly 25 percent to $61 million. The Mega Millions lottery game sales climbed nearly 64 percent to $21.8 million. Lottery officials say Powerball sales dropped because jackpots rose above $300 million three times during the year. It had climbed above that threshold four times the year before including the game’s largest jackpot of $590.5 million reached in May 2013.

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THE 48TH ANNUAL NORDIC FEST IS HISTORY, AND ACCORDING TO FEST PRESIDENT RANDY SCHISSEL, THE 3-DAY EVENT WAS A GREAT SUCCESS. SCHISSEL SAYS THE EXCELLENT WEATHER WAS A FACTOR. HE SAYS GREAT ENTERTAINMENT WAS ANOTHER:

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SCHISSEL SAYS ALL FOOD VENDORS WERE SOLD OUT BY MID TO LATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON, WHICH HE SAYS, HASN’T HAPPENED FOR AWHILE. NEXT YEAR’S NORDIC FEST WILL RUN FROM JULY 23RD TO 25TH.

 

THE NUMBER OF OVERALL FATAL CRASHES ON IOWA ROADS HAS BEEN SLIGHTLY LOWER THIS YEAR, AND COULD BE ON PACE TO MATCH LAST YEAR’S RECORD LOW OF 317. STILL, DENNIS KLEEN OF THE IOWA D-O-T SAYS THERE ARE FAR TOO MANY….AND HE NOTES A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER WERE RELATED TO ALCOHOL OR DRUG-USE.

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HE SAYS MOTORCYCLE FATALITIES HAVE BEEN UP THIS YEAR, COMPARED TO LAST YEAR’S NUMBERS. SO FAR THERE HAVE BEEN 27-MOTORCYLE FATALTIES ON IOWA ROADS, LAST YEAR THERE WERE A TOTAL OF 41-SUCH CRASHES.

A CALEDONIA MAN WAS SENT TO THE HOSPITAL AFTER CRASHING HIS MOTORCYCLE IN RUSHFORD SUNDAY EVENING. ACCORDING TO THE MINNESOTA STATE PATROL, 23-YEAR OLD JORDAN BECKER OF CALEDONIA WAS DOING A BURNOUT STUNT ON HIGHWAY 43 WHEN HE LOST CONTROL AND CRASHED. HE WAS TAKEN TO LACROSSE WITH NON-LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES.

Starting today (Monday), U.S. 52 will be down to one lane on the Upper Iowa River bridge near Decorah. This is due to the bridge deck joint will be getting repaired. For now, motorists will be directed through the construction by temporary traffic lights. Signs will be posted in advance of the construction to reminder both directions of traffic to be alert. The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution and obey the speed limit signs.

WINNESHIEK COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE SAYS ANOTHER ROAD CLOSURE WILL AFFECT SOME DRIVERS THIS WEEK, THROUGH THURSDAY. MEADOWLARK ROAD, A HALF-MILE WEST OF HIGHWAY 52 NORTHWEST OF DECORAH IS CLOSED FOR CULVERT REPLACEMENT.

THE IOWA DNR LAST WEEK HELD AN INFORMATIONAL MEETING RELATED TO THE REPAIR OF A STEEP BANK ON THE UPPER IOWA RIVER BELOW THE LOWER DAM. WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST TERRY HAINFIELD EXPLAINS THE ISSUE:

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HAINFIELD SAYS THEY’RE AWAITING VERIFICATION BEFORE A SPECIFIC TIMEFRAME IS ANNOUNCED. HE SAYS THE PROJECT WILL COST $177,000. THE DAMAGE WAS CAUSED BY THE FLOODING OF 2008.

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WINNESHIEK COUNTY FARMER DEAN DARLING RECENTLY VISITED CHINA. DARLING SAYS THE CURRENT PRESIDENT OF CHINA THINKS A LOT OF IOWA.

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DARLING WAS A PART OF AN 18 MEMBER IOWA FARM BUREAU DELEGATION WHO TRAVELED TO CHINA. DARLING SAYS THE TRIP WAS LARGELY TAKEN FOR EDUCATIONAL REASONS, AS WLL AS SOME PUBLIC RELATIONS.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE RAUSCH-PRAIRIE HEIGHTS RE-ZONING AND SUBDIVISION AT ITS MEETING TODAY. COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE WILL DISCUSS A BRIDGE THREE AND ROAD ROCK LETTING. THE BOARD WILL ALSO MEET WITH COUNTY ATTORNEY ANDY VAN DER MAATEN. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

A narrowly focused medical marijuana law just took effect in Iowa, but advocates are already hoping they can expand access to the drug for the chronically ill. State lawmakers this year approved legislation allowing the use of oil derived from marijuana to treat chronic epilepsy. The law was driven largely by mothers of children with epilepsy. It lays out strict criteria, including acquiring a registration card through the state and buying the oil in another state that produces it. State Sen. Joe Bolkcom, a Democrat from Iowa City, says he hopes this bill is a first step toward a more comprehensive medical marijuana law. He hopes to get bipartisan support for legislation in 2015. A spokesman for Gov. Terry Branstad says Iowa should be cautious about expanding the law.

The Iowa Department of Human Services is warning that some Iowa businesses will have to pay for equipment and supplies, or pay transaction fees, to accept food stamp payments.
The agency says the change comes courtesy of this year’s federal farm bill that passed in February.
Before the legislation, Iowa used federal funds to provide equipment and pay transaction costs for retailers who averaged $100 per month or more in food stamp transactions. Under the new farm bill, the agency says, that’s no longer allowed. DHS says the change will affect about 1,100 retailers in Iowa who use the state-provided equipment.

The acting head of the Iowa Tobacco Use Prevention Division says latest numbers show more smokers reaching out to the Quitline for help

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And, Jerilyn Oshel says she expects the number of calls to the Quitline to continue to rise this current fiscal year. She says they’re still offering eight weeks of free “nicotine reduction therapy” for callers. That’s “the patch”, nicotine lozenges or gum. The Quitline number is 1-800-QUIT-NOW

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THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS WILL HAVE A LIGHT AGENDA FOR ITS MEETING TOMORROW. A PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD REGARDING THE RAUSCH/PRAIRIE HEIGHTS RE-ZONING AND SUBDIVISION. THE BOARD WILL ALSO MEET WITH COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE (BEER-KEY) AND COUNTY ATTORNEY ANDY VAN DER MAATEN (MAA-TEN). THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

THE LACK OF ACTION IN CONGRESS HAS MANY VOTERS UPSET WITH POLITICIANS GENERALLY. BUT CHRIS BUDZISZ (BUD-ZIZ), DIRECTOR OF THE LORAS COLLEGE POLL, TELLS IOWAWATCH THEIR POLLING SHOWS VOTERS DO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN POLITICS AND GOVERNANCE AT THE STATE AND FEDERAL LEVELS.

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YOU CAN HEAR ANALYSTS, JOURNALISTS, AND POLITICAL ACTIVISTS DISCUSS IOWA’S POLITICAL CLIMATE ON THIS WEEK’S EDITION OF “THE IOWAWATCH CONNECTION” RADIO PROGRAM, MONDAY ON AM 1240 KDEC BEGINNING AT 8:20

Iowa’s favorite farmer may have some stiff competition in his quest to become the next bachelor.
According to the gossip site RadarOnline.com, ABC is considering both Chris Soules and Arie Luyendyk Jr. for the next season. They reported this week that ABC has filmed Luyendyk in his home in Arizona and hired him a trainer. also say Soules was flown to LA to meet with show producers in the last few days.
The site says producers have not decided on who they like better. Our Iowa farm boy was eliminated toward the end of the season and fans on social media immediately started calling for the Arlington farmer to be the next Bachelor.

THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY DESIGNED TO REDUCE THE ODOR FROM HOG MANURE WILL BE THE FOCUS OF A CONFERENCE NEXT MONTH AT IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY.
THE BIOFILTER CONFERENCE ON AUG. 20 IS HELD FOR PRODUCERS AND MANAGERS OF ANIMAL FEEDING OPERATIONS AND OTHERS INTERESTED IN LEARNING ABOUT DEVELOPMENT OF THE LATEST EQUIPMENT. ISU AGRICULTURAL AND BIOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING PROFESSOR STEVE HOFF SAYS BIOFILTERS CAN BE AN EFFECTIVE MEANS TO REDUCE ODOR AND OTHER GAS EMISSIONS FROM VENTILATED ANIMAL AND MANURE STORAGE FACILITIES. HE SAYS THE CONFERENCE WILL OUTLINE COSTS, EFFECTIVENESS, MANAGEMENT AND OTHER DETAILS, AND PROVIDE SOURCES OF SCIENCE-BASED INFORMATION ON BIOFILTERS.A DEMONSTRATION OF BIOFILTER OPERATION WITH AN IOWA STATE BIOFILTER MOBILE UNIT IS PLANNED.

 

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THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES WILL BEGIN A PROJECT BELOW THE LOWER DAM ON THE UPPER IOWA RIVER IN THE NEAR FUTURE. TERRY HAINFIELD WITH THE D-N-R SAYS THERE IS TWO REASONS FOR THE PROJECT.

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HAINFIELD SAYS ONCE THE PROJECT BEGINS, THE LOWER DAMN ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FOR APPROXIMATELY 30 DAYS.

GOV. TERRY BRANSTAD WANTS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO NOTIFY STATE OFFICIALS ABOUT ANY IMMIGRANT CHILDREN PLACED IN IOWA.
A SPOKESMAN FOR THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SAID THIS WEEK THAT 122 CHILDREN WHO ENTERED THE COUNTRY ILLEGALLY AND ALONE WERE SENT TO IOWA IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR. BRANSTAD LEARNED OF THE PLACEMENTS FROM A NEWS REPORTER.
IN A LETTER SENT THURSDAY TO PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, BRANSTAD ASKED THAT THE STATE BE ALERTED TO FUTURE PLACEMENTS. HE ALSO SAID IMMIGRANT CHILDREN ARE GETTING THE WRONG MESSAGE DUE TO “A LACK OF A SECURE BORDER AND SOUND IMMIGRATION POLICY.”
MORE THAN 57,000 YOUTHS, MOSTLY FROM CENTRAL AMERICA, HAVE CROSSED INTO THE U.S. ILLEGALLY SINCE OCTOBER.

THE D-O-T’S DENNIS KLEEN SAYS ON AVERAGE, THE NUMBER OF FATAL CRASHES ON IOWA ROADS HAS BEEN SLIGHTLY LOWER.

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HE SAYS THE EXCEPTION IS AMONG MOTORCYCLE FATALITIES. SO FAR THIS YEAR THERE HAVE BEEN 27-FATAL MOTORCYCLE FATALITIES, EIGHT MORE THAN THIS TIME A YEAR AGO. LAST YEAR, THERE WERE 47-TOTAL MOTORCYCLE FATALITIES.
HE REMINDS DRIVERS TO ALWAYS BE WATCHING FOR MOTORCYCLISTS, AND FOR THE MOTORCYCLISTS, MAKE SURE YOUR SKILLS ARE SHARP, AND MAKE SURE YOU ARE VISIBLE AND WEAR PROTECTIVE GEAR.

THE LANDMARK CIVIL RIGHTS LAW ENSURING EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES CELEBRATES ITS 24TH ANNIVERSARY THIS SATURDAY. THE STORY FROM JOHN MICHAELSON

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FOUR AREA COUNTIES ARE INCLUDED IN A 26 COUNTY PRESIDENTIAL DISASTER DECLARATION, APPROVED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA THURSDAY. WINNESHIEK, ALLAMAKEE, CHICKASAW AND FAYETTE COUNTIES ARE INCLUDED IN THE DECLARATION FROM SEVERE WEATHER WHICH OCCURRED IN JUNE. THE PRESIDENTIAL DECLARATION WILL PROVIDE FEDERAL FUNDING TO THE DECLARED COUNTIES UNDER THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, WHICH INCLUDES LONG-TERM FEDERAL RECOVERY PROGRAMS, SOME OF WHICH ARE MATCHED BY STATE PROGRAMS, AND ARE DESIGNED TO HELP PUBLIC ENTITIES AND NON-PROFITS.

The annual D-N-R Pheasant Population Survey getting underway next week (Aug 1). But, Wildlife Biologist Todd Bogenschutz (BO’-gen-shuts) says another hard winter probably means another dismal outlook for hunters this fall. He says D-N-R’s considering their options

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…And, Bogenschutz says snowfall over thirty inches—like last winter—doesn’t make the pheasant population outlook very favorable. He says six of the last seven winters have been bad for gamebird numbers.But, he’s ruling out what they do with trout…raising some domestically and releasing them to the wild. Bogenschutz says pen-raised pheasants are so ill-equipped to deal with the outdoors…only ten-percent are able to survive even in good conditions.

A WEST UNION WOMAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED ON METHAMPHETAMINE CHARGES. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS MISTY MORRISEY ENTERED A GUILTY PLEA TO TWO COUNTS OF DELIVERY OF METHAMPHETAMINE. SHE WAS ORIGINALLY ARRESTED IN NOVEMBER OF LAST YEAR. MORRISEY WAS SENTENCED TO TEN YEARS IN PRISON. AUTHORITIES SAY SHE MUST SERVE AT LEAST A THIRD OF THAT SENTENCE TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR PAROLE. MORRISEY IS THE MOTHER OF LYRIC COOK, ONE OF TWO EVANSDALE COUSINS WHOSE BODIES WERE FOUND IN JULY OF 2012 NEAR READLYN. THAT MURDER CASE HAS YET TO BE SOLVED.

THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HAVE MADE TWO ARREST IN CONNECTION TO THREE HOME BURGLARIES IN THE ARLINGTON AREA. AUTHORITIES SAY 25 YEAR OLD SAMUEL OBERBRECKLING OF OELWEIN AND 23 YEAR OLD PATRICK FARRELL OF STRAWBERRY POINT WERE ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT OF SECOND-DEGREE BURGLARY, A CLAA C FELONY AND TWO COUNTS OF THIRD DEGREE BURGLARY, A CLASS D FELONY. THE TWO MEN ALLEGDELY STOLE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN TOOL, EQUIPMENT AND PERSONAL ITEMS. BOTH OBERBRECKLING AND FARRELL ARE BEING HELD IN THE FAYETTE COUNTY JAIL ON 20-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.

THE 48TH ANNUAL NORDIC FEST IN NOW UNDERWAY. THE NORDIC FEST ARTS AND CRAFTS CENTER WILL BE OPEN TODAY AND TOMORROW FROM NINE A.M. UNTIL FOUR P.M. MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT AT THE DOWNTOWN CANOPIES AND COURTHOUSE SQUARE WILL BEGIN AT ELEVEN A.M. CANOPY FIVE WILL PRESENT THE JIM BUSTA BAND AND MOLLIE B AT FIVE AND THE EL CAMINOS AT EIGHT P.M. AND THE WESTON NOBLE ALUMNI CHOIR WILL PERFORM AT THE LUTHER COLLEGE C-F-L AT SEVEN-30

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A DECORAH MAN DROWNED IN THE UPPER IOWA RIVER LAST NIGHT. DECORAH POLICE SAY THE BODY OF 25 YEAR OLD MATTHEW LUNDT WAS FOUND IN THE AREA OF DUNNING SPRINGS AROUND 10:35 LAST NIGHT. AUTHORITIES SAY THEY RECEIVED A 9-1-1 CALL SHORTLY AFTER EIGHT P.M. SAYING HER FRIEND WAS STRUGGLING IN THE RIVER, HAD GONE UNDER THE WAY AND DID NOT RESURFACE. THE DECORAH POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE DECORAH FIRE DEPARTMENT AND WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SEARCHED THE RIVER FROM THE COLLEGE DRIVE BRIDGE TO THE FIFTH STREET IN THE FLATS AREA OF DECORAH UNTIL THE BODY WAS FOUND.

A MAN WHO WAS A BIG PART OF 20 NORDIC FESTS WILL MAKE A VISIT TO DECORAH (THURSDAY). ERNEST PETERSEN OPERATED HIS POKEY PETE TRAIN AT THE NORDIC FEST UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 1989. PROCEEDS FROM THE RIDE WERE DONATED TO CHAIRITY. DAWN SVENSON HOLLAND, WHO IS WORKING ON A BOOK PROJECT ON THE HISTORY OF THE NORDIC FEST, SAYS PETERSON WILL BE AT PIZZA RANCH.

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SVENSON-HOLLAND SAYS PETERSEN WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO SEE A DONATION HE MADE TO DECORAH AS PART OF HIS VISIT,

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SVENSON-HOLLAND SAYS PETERSEN EXTENDS A SPECIAL WELCOME TO THOSE WHO HOSTED HIM DURING HIS 20 VISITS TO THE NORDIC FEST.

WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED FOR SERVICE EXCELLENCE. MEDICAL CENTER OFFICIALS SAY THE OBSTETRICTS AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS WERE RECOGNIZED BY MAYO CLINC FOR SCORING IN THE TOP TEN PERCENT OF HOSPITALS NATIONWIDE FOR OVERALL PATIENT SATISFACTION. THE HOSPITAL CONSUMER ASSESSMENT OF HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS AND SYSTEMS SURVEY RECOGNIZED WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER FOR SCORING IN THE TOP TEN PERCENT NATIONWIDE FOR COMMUNICATION ABOUT MEDICATIONS. AND W-M-C NURSING OFFICER LINDA KLIMESH HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR THE MAE BERRY AWARD, RECOGNIZING ALLIED HEALTH STAFF MEMBERS WHO PROVIDE EXEMPLARY SERVICE TO PATIENTS AND/OR CO-WORKERS.

A CLERMONT MAN WAS INJURED IN A SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT NEAR CLERMONT TUESDAY NIGHT. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 43 YEAR OLD JEFFERY BISHOP LOST CONTROL OF HIS VEHICLE AND ROLLED IT NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF EAST DIAMOND AND HARDING ROAD SHORTLE BEFORE SIX-30. BISHOP WAS TRANSPORTED TO PALMER LUTHERAN HOSPITAL AND WAS LATER AIR-LIFTED TO WATERLOO.

THE 2014 NORDIC FEST WILL GET UNDERAWAY (THURSDAY). THE EFFORTS OF VOLUNTEERS ARE KEY TO ITS SUCCESS. NORDIC FEST PRESIDENT RANDY SCHISSELL SAYS A NEW GROUP OF YOUNG VOLUNTEERS ARE HELPING THIS YEAR.

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THE OPENING CEREMONIES FOR THE FEST WILL BEGIN AT SIX-45. ENTERTAINMENT IN THE DOWNTOWN CANOPIES WILL BEGIN FOLLOWING THE OPENING CEREMONIES.

A MEETING REGARDING THE LOWER DAM AREA WILL BE HELD TONIGHT. THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES IS PLANNING TO BEGIN A FLOOD REPAIR PROJECT NEAR THE LOWER DAM NEXT MONDAY. TERRY HAINFIELD WITH THE IOWA D-N-R SAYS THE LOWER DAM AREA WILL BE CLOSED DURING THE PROJECT, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO LAST 30 DAYS. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD FROM SIX UNTIL SEVEN TONIGHT AT DECORAH CITY HALL.

 

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A HAWKEYE WOMAN WAS ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES AFTER AN INCIDENT MONDAY NIGHT. THE FAYETET COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 39 YEAR OLD MICHELLE LYNN HALVERSON ALLEDGEDLY BROKE INTO A RESIDENCE AND ASSAULTED THE OCCUPANT. HALVERSON WAS CHARGED WITH THIRD DEGREE BURGLARY, A CLASS D FELONY AND SIMPLE ASSAULT.

THE RISING COST OF HEALTH INSURANCE WAS A TOPIC OF DISCUSSION AT MONDAY NIGHT’S DECORAH CITY COUNCIL MEETING. IT WAS ANNOUNCED AT THE PREVIOUS MEETING THE CITY’S HEALTH INSURANCE COST WAS INCREASING NINE PERCENT THIS NEXT YEAR. CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS APPROXIMATELY HALF THAT INCREASE WAS RELATED TO THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT. COUNCILMAN TADE KERNDT RAISED THE CONCERN ON HOW THE CITY COUNCIL WAS NOT INVOLVED IN APPROVING THE INCREASE. BIRD SAID CITY OFFICIALS DID LOOK AT OTHER PROVIDERS, BUT THEY DETERMINED THE CURRENT PLAN WAS THE MOST AFFORDABLE ONE. DECORAH MAYOR DON ARENDT STOPPED THE CONVERSATION, SAYING NOTHING CAN BE ON THE ISSUE UNTIL NEXT YEAR SINCE THE NEW PLAN GOES INTO EFFECT NEXT MONTH.

THE CITY OF DECORAH WANTS TO STILL RENT A PARKING ON WEST MAIN STREET, BUT AT A LOWER RATE. THE COUNCIL ON A 4-3 VOTE MONDAY NIGHT APPROVED A TWO YEAR LEASE FOR THE LOT BEHIND THE ARMORY BUILDING, OWNED BY MARK FOLKEDAHL. BIRD SAYS THE AGREEMENT WHICH THE MAJORITY OF THE COUNCIL APPROVED WAS A TWO YEAR LEASE AT FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS PER MONTH. BIRD SAYS THAT’S DOWN FROM FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS PER MONTH. BIRD SAYS FOLKEDAHL STILL NEEDS TO APPROVE THE AGREEMENT.

State public health official suggesting you NOT get your medical advice from the likes of “Doctor Oz” or “The Doctors” T-V shows

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.And, the Doctor says any telemarketer or infomercial that claims “big pharmacy companies are covering up this discovery because it could make them bankrupt” is preying on common distrust. She says any real “miracle cures” would be immediately embraced by the medical community IF the research confirms the discovery.