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DECORAH SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICIALS MET WITH THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS MONDAY. THE DISTRICT IS SEEKING A LOCATION TO CONSTRUCT A BUS BARN. SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA TOLD THE SUPERVISORS THEY’VE RUN OUT OF SPACE AT THEIR CURRENT LOCATION ON COLLEGE DRIVE. THE DISTRICT INQUIRED ABOUT A LOCATION ADJACENT TO THE COUNTY SHOP ON OLD STAGE ROAD. THE SUPERVISORS SAID THEY WOULD CONTINUE THE DISCUSSION BY CONSULTING WITH COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE.

WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER WILL BE HOSTING COMMUNITY FLU SHOT CLINICS THIS WEEK. A FLU SHOT CLINIC WILL BE HELD (WEDNESDAY) AT WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER FROM ELEVEN A.M. UNTIL TWO P.M. THREE CLINICS WILL BE HELD THURSDAY. THE MABEL CLINIC WILL HOST ONE FROM ONE UNTIL FOUR P.M. THE OSSIAN CLINIC WILL HOST ANOTHER TWO UNTIL SIX P.M. AND WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER WILL BE HOST A CLINIC FROM FOUR UNTIL SEVEN P.M. MEDICAL CENTER OFFICIALS SAY ANYONE NINE OR OLDER MAY RECEIVE THE INFLUENZA VACCINE AT THE WALK-IN COMMUNITY FLU CLINICS. ONLY THE INJECTION FORM OF THE VACCINE WILL BE GIVEN AT THESE CLINICS. THE VACCINATION COST IS 25 DOLLARS AND IS PAYABLE AT THE TIME OF SERVICES.

THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNITY BETTERMENT COMMITTEE OF THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL HAVE REACHED AN AGREEMENT REGARDING A HOUSING INCENTIVE PROGRAM. RANDY SCHISSELL CHAIRS THE COMMITTEE.

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ANOTHER PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PROGRAM WILL BE HELD AT NEXT MONDAY NIGHT’S DECORAH CITY COUNCIL MEETING.

THE DECORAH SCHOOL BOARD HAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED A TECHNOLOGY PURCHASE AGREEMENT. THE BOARD TOOK THE ACTION AT A SPECIAL MEETING MONDAY NIGHT. THE DISTRICT WILL PURCHASE AN I-PAD FOR ALL PRE-KINDERGARTEN THROUGH FOURTH GRADERS AND A MAC BOOK FOR ALL FIFTH THROUGH TWELFTH GRADERS. DISTRICT OFFICIALS SAY THE ONE -POINT-SIX-EIGHT-MILLION DOLLAR PURCHASE WILL BE FINANCED OVER FOUR YEARS AND WILL BE PAID FOR WITH INFRASTRUCTURE SALES TAX DOLLARS. DISTRICT OFFICIALS SAY THEY HOPE TO FULLY IMPLEMENT THE 1-TO-1 TECHNOLOGY INIATIVE BY THE SECOND SEMESTER.

A CLARIFICATION OF A NEWS STORY REPORTED YESTERDAY. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS HAVE APPROVED SUPPORT FOR AN APPLICATION TO EXPAND THE DRIFTLESS AREA SCIENIC BYWAY INTO THE COUNTY. THE BOARD APPROVED THE APPLICATION PRESENTED BY COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE AND REQUESTED BY THE NORTHEAST IOWA R-C AND D. IF APPROVED, THE DRIFTLESS AREA SCIENIC BYWAY WOULD CONSIST OF A ROUTE INCLUDING COUNTY ROADS A-26, A-52 AND THE NORTH WINN ROAD IN THE COUNTY.

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A DECORAH MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED AFTER ALLEDGEDLY TAKING MONEY FROM THE DEPOT OUTLET WHILE BEING EMPLOYED THERE. DECORAH POLICE SAY 31 YEAR OLD MICHEAL HANAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH FIVE COUNTS OF THIRD DEGREE THEFT.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HAS EXTENDED THE MORATORIUM ON FRAC SAND MINING IN THE COUNTY. THE BOARD TOOK THE ACTION AT ITS MEETING MONDAY. SUPERVISORS DENNIS KARLSBROTEN SAYS THE EXTENSION ALLOWS THE SUPERVISORS TO ANALYZE MORE INFORMATION

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THE MORATORIUM WILL BE EXTENDED UNTIL OCTOBER 15TH, 2015. IT WAS SET TO EXPIRE IN DECEMBER OF THIS YEAR.

THERE’S BEEN A HEALTHY NUMBER OF ABSENTEE VOTERS ALREADY IN WINNESHIEK COUNTY. WINNESHIEK COUNTY DEPUTY AUDITOR TONY CLARKE SAID AS OF MONDAY MORNING MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND PEOPLE HAVE EITHER VOTED OR REQUESTED A BALLOT BE SENT TO THEM THROUGH THE MAIL. ABSENTEE BALLOTING FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION BEGAN LAST THURSDAY. THE GENERAL ELECTION WILL BE HELD NOVEMBER FOURTH.

THE DRIFTLESS AREA SCIENIC BYWAY WILL NOW INCLUDE WINNESHIEK COUNTY. COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE TOLD THE SUPERVISORS MONDAY MORNING UPPER EXPLORERLAND MADE THE REQUEST. BJERKE SAID THE D-O-T WOULD PROVIDE THE SIGNS, THE COUNTY WOULD HAVE TO PUT THE SIGNS UP. THE BYWAY, WHICH IS USED FOR TOURISM PURPOSES, WILL ENTER THE COUNTY ON COUNTY ROAD A-26, HEAD DOWN THE NORTH WINN ROAD AND THEN EXIT THE COUNTY VIA COUNTY ROAD A-52.

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MATTERS RELATED TO THE FRAC SAND MINING ISSUE WILL HEADLINE TODAY’S MEETING OF THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. THE BOARD WILL GET AN UPDATE ON THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA’S AIR QUALITY STUDY RELATED TO THE ISSUE FROM DOCTOR PETER THORNE. MORA COUNTY, NEW MEXICO COMMISSIONER JOHN OLIVA WILL MEET WITH THE BOARD. HE LEAD THE EFFORTS TO BECOME THE FIRST COUNTY IN THE NATION TO BAN FRACKING. THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS A POTENTIAL EXTENSION OF A FRAC SAND MINING CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT MORATORIUM WITH COUNTY ATTORNEY ANDY VAN DER MAATEN. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

DISCUSSION REGARDING A PROPOSED HOUSING INCENTIVE PROGRAM FOR THE CITY OF DECORAH WILL CONTINUE TONIGHT. THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE OF THE COUNCIL WILL DISCUSS THE PROPOSED TAX ABATEMENT PROGRAM BEGINNING AT FIVE-30. A SECOND PUBLIC HEARING ON THE ISSUE WILL BE HELD AT NEXT WEEK’S CITY COUNCIL MEETING.

THE DECORAH SCHOOL BOARD WILL MEET IN A SPECIAL SESSION THIS EVENING. THE BOARD WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON A TECHNOLOGY PURCHASE. SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS THE PURCHASE WILL ALLOW THE DISTRICT TO ENTER A ONE-TO-ONE INITIATIVE, PUTTING AN I-PAD IN FRONT OF ALL K-4 STUDENTS AND A MAC BOOK IN FRONT OF ALL 5-12 STUDENTS. HALUSKA SAYS THERE’S A LONG TERM GOAL AS WELL.

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HALUSKA SAYS THE COST WILL BE ONE-POINT-SIX-EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS AND WILL BE PAID FOR WITH SALES TAX INFRASTRUCTURE DOLLARS. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT FIVE P.M. AT THE CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION OFFICE.

Iowa Association of School Boards working on its “wish list” for next legislative session. President-elect Amy Jurrens says “stable and secure” funding is one of their top priorities

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.Jurrens say they’ll also be lobbying to refine implementation of “the Iowa Core”, better teacher preparation and for effective assessment of education effectiveness.

NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLLEGE’S PRESIDENT RECENTLY WAS RECOGNIZED BY A NATIONAL ORGANIZATION. LIANG CHEE WEE WAS NAMED THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS’ DISTRICT FIVE PACESETTER OF THE YEAR. THE HONOR RECOGNIZES A PRESIDENT OR C-E-O AT A TWO-YEAR COMMUNITY OR TECHNICAL COLLEGE OR DISTRICT OFFICE WHO HAS DEMONSTRATED LEADERSHIP AND SUPPORT IN THE AREA OF COLLEGE COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING. DR. WEE IS NOW A CANDIDATE FOR THE NATIONAL HONOR, WHICH WILL BE NAMED NEXT MARCH.

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THE COMMUNITY RIGHTS ALLIANCE OF WINNESHIEK COUNTY WILL SPONSOR A PROGRAM RELATED TO THE FRAC SAND MINING ISSUE TONIGHT. JOHN OLIVAS, A COUNTY COMMISSIONER FROM NEW MEXICO, WILL SPEAK AT THE CELLAR, LOCATED IN THE OLD ARMORY BUILDING AT SEVEN P.M. OLIVAS LED THE CHARGE TO MAKE HIS COUNTY THE FIRST IN THE NATION TO PERMANTLEY BAN CORPORATIONS FROM FRACKING OR OTHERWISE DEVELOPING OIL AND GAS WITHIN ITS BORDERS.

DETAILS HAVE BEEN RELEASED FOR A SATELITE ABSENTEE VOTING STATION TO BE HELD AT LUTHER COLLEGE. WINNESHIEK COUNTY AUDITOR BEN STIENES (STINE-ES) SAYS IT WILL BE HELD THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23RD FROM NINE A.M. UNTIL THREE P.M. IN THE DAHL CENTENNIAL UNION. THE STATION WILL BE FOR VOTING PRECINCTS FIVE AND SIX. ABSENTEE BALLOTING IS AVAILABLE DURING NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS AT THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY AUDITOR’S OFFICE.

THE NORTHEAST IOWA PEACE AND JUSTICE CENTER WILL HOST A LUNCH AND LEARN PRESENTATION THIS WEEK. ORGANIZERS FROM WISCONSIN HABITAT FOR HUMANITY’S ECO VILLAGE COMMUNITY WILL TALK ABOUT WHAT’S POSSIBLE IN THE GREEN BUILDING INDUSTRY AT NOON TUESDAY IN THE BASEMENT OF MABE’S PIZZA. PERSONS CAN R-S-V-P BY CALLING THE NORTHEAST IOWA PEACE AND JUSTICE CENTER.

THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN WILL HOST A CANDIDATES FORUM THIS WEEK. IT WILL BE HELD FRIDAY BEGINNING AT SEVEN P.M. AT VALDERS HALL ROOM 206 ON THE LUTHER COLLEGE CAMPUS. CANDIDATES FOR LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL OFFICES HAVE BEEN INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FORUM.

The American Red Cross is encouraging farmers to donate part of their crop to the charity to fund programs of special importance to rural IowaThe Gifts of Grain program has been successfully tried in Nebraska with 19 cooperatives and the American Red Cross is looking to expand it in Iowa, said Bryce Sitter, who is coordinating the Iowa program. Sitter told The Daily Freeman-Journal that a volunteer had contacted more than 600 Iowa cooperatives about that program and that 570 had agreed to participate.
Under the program, farmers can contact participating cooperatives and say how many bushels of grain they want to donate. The co-ops then will transfer the value of that grain to the Red Cross.
The donations will be used by the American Cross Serving Greater Iowa for five areas: disaster relief, supporter military families, blood services, international services and health and safety services.

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THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE WILL MEET AGAIN MONDAY NIGHT. THE TOPIC OF DISCUSSION WILL BE DISCUSSING THE CITY’S PROPOSED TAX ABATEMENT HOUSING INCENTIVE PROGRAM. THERE REMAINS DISAGREEMENT ON THE COUNCIL ON HOW THE CITY SHOULD PROCEED REGARDING THE ISSUE. ANOTHER PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PLAN WILL BE HELD AT THE OCTOBER SIXTH COUNCIL MEETING. MONDAY NIGHT’S MEETING WILL BEGIN AT FIVE-30 AT CITY HALL.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS WILL GET AN UPDATE ON A STUDY RELATED TO THE FRAC SAND MINING ISSUE AT ITS MEETING MONDAY. DOCTOR PETER THORNE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA DEPARTMENT OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH WILL MEET WITH THE BOARD AT NOON IN THE THIRD FLOOR COURTROOM OF THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY COURTHOUSE. DOCTOR THORNE WILL UPDATE THE BOARD ON THE UNIVERSITY’S ONGOING STUDY OF AIR QUALITY ASSOCIATED WITH THE MINING, PROCESSING AND TRANSPORTATION OF INDUSTRIAL FRAC SAND.

THE DECORAH SCHOOL BOARD WILL MEET IN A SPECIAL SESSION TONIGHT. A PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD ON A TECHNOLOGY PURCHASE. SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS IT WILL ALLOW THE DISTRICT TO PURSUE A ONE-TO-ONE TECHNOLOGY INIATIVE

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HALUSKA SAYS THE DISTRICT IS LOOKING AT OFFERING A I-PAD FOR ALL STUDENTS IN GRADES PRE-K THROUGH FOUR AND A MAC BOOK FROM STUDENTS IN GRADES FIVE THOUGH 12. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT FIVE P.M. MONDAY NIGHT.

THE DECORAH ROTARY CLUB’S THIRD ANNUAL LOOP DE LOOP HALF-MARATHON AND 5K AND 10K RUN/WALK WILL BE HELD (SATURDAY). THE EVENT WILL BEGIN AT EIGHT-30 WITH THE START LOCATION NEAR THE DECORAH MUNICIPAL CENTER. PROCEEDS FROM THE EVENT WILL BE APPLIED TO THE LOCAL, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CHARITABLE EFFORTS SUPPORTED BY THE DECORAH ROTARY CLUB AND ROTARY INTERNATIONAL. INFORMATION ABOUT THE EVENT IS AVAILABLE AT DECORAH-ROTARY-DOT-ORG.

THE DECORAH FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL BE HOSTING A PANCAKE BREAKFAST (SATURDAY) MORNING. IT WILL BE HELD FROM EIGHT A.M. UNTIL NOON IN THE OLD KILTIE BUILDING ON GOOSE ISLAND DRIVE.

THE 38TH ANNUAL FORT ATKINSON RENDEZVOUS (RON-DAY-VOO) DAYS WILL BE HELD THIS WEEKEND. JAY SCHWMAN (SCHWA-MAN) IS ON THE RENDEZVOUS COMMITTEE

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SCHWMAN SAYS THERE’S A NEW FEATURE TO THIS YEAR’S EVENT

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THE EVENT WILL BE HELD (SATURDAY) FROM NINE-30 UNTIL FOUR-30 AND SUNDAY FROM NINE A.M. UNTIL THREE-30 P.M.

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MORE DISCUSSION ON THE TAX ABATEMENT HOUSING INCENTIVE PLAN FOR THE CITY OF DECORAH WILL TAKE PLACE EARLY NEXT WEEK. ONE OF THE CRITICISMS OF THE PLAN IS POTENTIAL LOST REVENUE TO THE CITY. CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD OFFERS A DIFFERENT VIEWPOINT.

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THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE OF THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL WILL DISCUSS THE ISSUE IN A MEETING MONDAY NIGHT AT FIVE-30 AT CITY HALL.

A MAN ARRESTED EARLIER THIS WEEK FOR LOCKING HIS GIRLFRIEND’S FIVE CHILDREN IN A BEDROOM WITHOUT FOOD OR RESTROOM FACILITIES IS BACK IN GAIL. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ARRESTED 28 YEAR OLD JOSHUA STEINBRON OF WESTGATE. LAST WEEK ON CHARGES OF FALSE IMPRISONMENT AND CHILD ENDANGERMENT AFTER AN INCIDENT IN WESTGATE. STEINBRON WAS RELEASED ON BAIL. AUTHORITIES ISSUED A NO-CONTACT ORDER BETWEEN STEINBRON AND THE CHILDREN HE ALLEDGELDLY WAS HOLDING. A DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES INVESTIGATION DISCOVERED STEINBRON HAS HAD MULTIPLE CONTACT WITH THE FIVE CHILDREN IN THE LAST 48 HOURS WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF 29 YEAR OLD JOYNA MARIE RUTH SMITH OF WESTAGE, THE CHILDREN’S MOTHER. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS STEINBRON WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WAS CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE COUNTS OF VIOLATION OF A PROTECTIVE ORDER. SMITH WAS CHARGED WITH FIVE COUNTS OF CHILD ENDANGERMENT, TWO COUNTS OF AIDING AND ABETING A NO-CONTACT ORDER AND DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED. TWO OTHERS, 19 YEAR OLD TRAETON WILHARM OF SUMNER AND 21 YEAR OLD MEGAN OWENS OF OELWEIN WERE CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. THE INVESTIGATION STILL REMAINS OPEN AND MORE CHARGES ARE PENDING.

WINNESHIEK COUNTY DEVELOPMENT AND NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE HAVE RECEIVED A RURAL BUSINESS ENTERPRISE GRANT FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. THE 35-THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLAR GRANT WILL BE USED TO FUND OUTREACH AND EDUCATION THROUGHT N-I-C-C, THE NORTHEAST IOWA SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER AND THE NORTHEAST IOWA BUSINESS NETWORK.

EFFORTS TO CONNECT FREEPORT TO THE CURRENT TROUT RUN TRAIL HAVE RECEIVED A FINANCIAL SHOT IN THE ARM. WELLMARK BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD SAYS THE FREEPORT TRAIL IS ONE OF 16 PROJECTS IN IOWA AND SOUTH DAKOTA TO RECEIVE A SEVEN THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLAR GRANT. WELLMARK AWARDED THE GRANTS AS PART OF ITS 75TH ANNIVERSARY. OVER ONE HUNDRED ENTRIES WERE A PART OF THE CONTEST, WHICH WAS DONE THROUGH AN INTERNET VOTE.

FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR, THE CITY OF DECORAH HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED WITH THE ALL-STAR COMMUNITY AWARD. DECORAH WAS RECOGNIZED FOR ITS EFFORTS RELATED TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE METRONET LAST NIGHT AT THE IOWA LEAGUE OF CITIES CONFERENCE IN COUNCIL BLUFFS. THE AWARD RECOGNIZES SUPERIOR AND INNOVATIVE EFFORTS .LEAGUE OF CITIES OFFICIALS SAY THE PROGRAM ALSO PROVIDES A MEANS FOR SHARING IOWA’S BEST PUBLIC SERVICE IDEAS AND DEMONSTRATES THAT THOSE INVOLVED WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARE PROGRESSIVE, CARING AND COMMITTED TO THEIR COMMUNITIES. LAST YEAR, DECORAH WAS RECOGNIZED WITH THE SAME AWARD FOR THE TROUT RUN TRAIL.

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ABSENTEE VOTING FOR THE NOVEMBER FOURTH GENERAL ELECTION WILL BEGIN (THURSDAY). WINNESHIEK COUNTY AUDITOR BEN STIENES SAYS ABSENTEE VOTING IS AVAILABLE DURING NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS. STIENES SAYS HIS OFFICE WILL BE OPEN TWO SATURDAYS-OCTOBER 25TH AND NOVEMBER FIRST-FOR ABSENTEE BALLOTING PURPOSES. ANY QUESTIONS CAN BE DIRECTED TO THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY AUDITOR’S OFFICE.

THE DECORAH SCHOOL BOARD HAS NOT DETERMINED A DIRECTION TO GO WHEN IT COMES TO IMPROVING ITS ELEMENTARY FACILITIES. SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS THE REASON FOR THE CONVERSATION IS A POSITIVE RELATED TO MANY IOWA SCHOOL DISTRICTS.

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THE SHAREHOLDERS GROUP, THE DISTRICT’S ADVISORY GROUP, HAS RECOMMENDED BUILDING A NEW ELEMENTARY FACILITY.

A new study confirms what anyone watching Iowa television probably knows already — Gov. Terry Branstad is massively outspending his Democratic opponent Jack Hatch in the Republican incumbent’s drive for re-election. The data compiled by the non-partisan Center for Public Integrity shows that $2.9 million has been spent on television advertising in Iowa state level races — such as governor or the state legislature — through Sept. 8. Nearly all the money has been spent on the governor’s race, with $2.2 million coming from Branstad’s campaign, and just $129,200 from the Hatch campaign.

THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL IS CONTINUING TO WRESTLE WITH A POTENTIAL HOUSING INCENTIVE PROGRAM. THE PLAN IS TO OFFER TAX ABATEMENT TO NEW HOMES AND IMPROVEMENTS TO RESIDENTIAL HOMES. HOW MANY LOTS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE DECORAH CITY LIMITS?

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DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS ANOTHER PUBLIC HEARING ON THE ISSUE WILL BE HELD AT THE OCTOBER SIXTH CITY COUNCIL MEETING.

MEMORIAL SERVICES HAVE BEEN SCHEDULED FOR A DECORAH MAN WHO DIED AFTER INJURIES SUFFERED IN A BIKE ACCIDENT LAST WEEK. 66 YEAR OLD DAN WERNER DIED SUNDAY AT SAINT MARY’S HOSPITAL IN ROCHESTER. MEMORIAL SERVICES FOR WERNER WILL BE HELD MONDAY AT TWO P.M. AT FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH IN DECORAH. VISITATION WILL BE HELD ONE HOUR TO SERVICES AT THE CHURCH.

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THERE WILL BE A SATELITE VOTING STATION AT LUTHER COLLEGE IN THE UPCOMING ELECTION SEASON. COUNTY AUDITOR BEN STIENES SAYS HIS OFFICE RECEIVED A REQUEST FOR A SATELITE STATION IN THREE LOCATIONS AT LUTHER AND THE COLLEGE APPROVED A SINGLE LOCATION. STIENES SAYS DETAILS ABOUT THE SATELITE STATION WILL BE RELEASED IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

THE CITY OF DECORAH IS DEVELOPING A PLAN TO DEAL WITH THE EMERALD ASH BORER. CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS THE FIRST PART OF THE PLAN WILL HAPPEN IN THE NEAR FUTURE

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BIRD SAYS IT’S A MATTER OF SAFETY

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BIRD SAYS THE CITY IS PLANNING TO BE PRO-ACTIVE AND TAKE DOWN AS MANY ASH TREES AS POSSIBLE BEFORE THEY DID RATHER THAN BEING REACTIVE AND WAITING FOR THE TREES TO DIE.

ALLAMAKEE COUNTY ENGINEER BRIAN RIDENOUR MADE A PRESENTATION BEFORE THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS MEETING THIS WEEK. IT DEALT WITH COUNTY ROADS AND THE POSSIBILITY OF EXPANDED INDUSTRIAL MINING IN THE AREA. RIDENOUR SAYS A CHANGE IN STATE LAW COULD HELP THE COUNTY RE-COOP SOME COSTS.

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RIDENOUR SAYS 30 STATES HAVE SUCH A STATUTE IN PLACE ALLOWING LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO RECOUP SOME COSTS FOR ROAD MAINTENANCE.

A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE IOWA ASSOCIAITON OF SCHOOL BOARDS PRESENTED INFORMATION TO THE SOUTH WINNESHIEK AND TURKEY VALLEY SCHOOL BOARDS IN A JOINT WORK SESSION MONDAY NIGHT. CLARK GOLTZ, WHO SERVES AS SUPERINTENDENT OF BOTH DISTRICTS, WAS ASKED WHAT THE BOARDS DO WITH THE INFORMATION PRESENTED TO THEM

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GOLTZ SAYS THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF THE DISCUSSION PROCESS ABOUT THE FUTURE

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GOLTZ SAYS THE INFORMATION PRESENTED AT THE MEETING WILL BE ANALYZED AND WILL HELP DETERMINE THE PATH TO THE FUTURE.

DECORAH POLICE ARE RELEASING DETAILS OF AN ACCIDENT ON STATE STREET WHICH OCCURRED MONDAY AFTERNOON. POLICE SAY SHORTLY AFTER FIVE P.M, A VEHICLE DRIVEN BY 21 YEAR OLD NICOLE WINK OF MONTICELLO COLLIDED WITH A VEHICLE DRIVEN BY 18 YEAR OLD MCKINLEY EIDE OF DECORAH. THE IMPACT FORCED THE EIDE VEHICLE INTO A VEHICLE DRIVEN BY 51 YEAR OLD THOMAS HAUBER OF DECORAH. EIDE WAS TAKEN BY AMBULANCE TO WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER. WINK WAS CHARGED WITH FAILURE TO MAINTAIN CONTROL.

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APPLICATIONS WILL SOON BE ACCEPTED FOR THE LOW INCOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. JERRY MCKIM OF “LI-HEEP” SAYS SOME RESIDENTS CAN SEND IN THEIR PAPER-WORK, BEGINNING OCTOBER 1ST. HE SAYS THAT GROUP INCLUDES IOWANS WHO ARE 60 OR OLDER, OR THERE’S A MEMBER OF THE HOUSEHOLD WHO IS DISABLED, OR THE HOUSEHOLD IS IN “CRISIS.” THERE ARE INCOME GUIDELINES AS WELL.

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THE GENERAL APPLICATIONS CAN BE SUBMITTED, BEGINNING NOVEMBER 1ST. LAST YEAR, 85-THOUSAND IOWA HOUSEHOLDS SIGNED UP IN THE PROGRAM. THE AVERAGE ONE-TIME BENEFIT WAS $450.
MCKIM SAYS THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF GOVERNMENT FUNDING TO BE ALLOCATED, IS STILL UNRESOLVED, BUT HE’S PREDICTING FUNDING WILL BE SIMILAR TO LAST YEAR

FARMERS ARE GETTING READY TO HARVEST WHAT’S EXPECTED TO BE A RECORD AMOUNT OF CORN AND SOYBEANS THIS FALL. TRACEY SCHLATER (SHLAY’-tur) OF THE IOWA-BASED ORGANIZATION KNOWN AS “FARM SAFETY FOR JUST KIDS,” REMINDS FARM-FAMILIES TO “SLOW DOWN,” AND LISTEN TO EACH-OTHER….SOMEONE MAY HAVE A VALID POINT ABOUT SAFETY.

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SCHLATER SAYS THE MOST COMMON FARM INJURIES, ARE DUE TO EQUIPMENT, TRACTOR ROLL-OVERS, EXTRA-RIDERS, AND USING ALL TERRAIN VEHICLES. \par
SHE ALSO REMINDS ANYONE LIVING NEAR CROP-LAND, TO TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS AT HARVEST TIME, AND EXPECT TO SHARE THE ROADS WITH BIG EQUIPMENT.
THIS WEEK IS NATIONAL FARM SAFETY WEEK

THE IOWA D-O-T IS READY….FOR WHAT’S COMING.

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SPOKESMAN BOB YOUNIE (YOU’-nee) SAYS IT COST ABOUT 10-PERCENT MORE TO REPLENISH THE SUPPLY, BECAUSE OF INCREASED DEMAND. A LOT OF STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS USED MORE THAN NORMAL LAST WINTER. HE NOTES, HOWEVER, IOWA BENEFITS FROM MULTIPLE SUPPLIERS, WHO KNOW THIS STATE WILL BE A “GOOD CUSTOMER”

A WESTGATE MAN WAS ARRESTED FRIDAY AFTER AUTHORITIES WERE CALLED TO A HOME ON A REPORT OF A DISTURBANCE. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS UPON ARRIVAL, THEY FOUND FIVE CHILDREN AGES THREE THROUGH NINE LOCKED IN A BEDROOM, AFTER THEY HAD BEEN DENIED FOOD AND A RESTROOM. AUTHORITIES ARRESTED 28 YEAR OLD JOSHUA STEINBRONN AND CHARGED HIM WITH FIVE COUNTS OF FALSE IMPRISONMENT, A SERIOUS MISDEMEANOR, AND FIVE COUNTS OF CHILD ENDANGERMENT, AN AGGRAVATED MISDEMEANOR. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ALSO FOUND DRUG PARAPHERNALIA ON THE PROPERTY. STEINBRONN AND THE TWO OTHER ADULT RESIDENTS LIVING AT THE RESIDENCE, 22 YEAR OLD MEGAN OWENS AND 20 YEAR TRAETON WILHARM WERE CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. THE CHILDREN WERE PLACED IN THE CUSTODY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES. THE CASE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

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A DECORAH MAN INJURED ON THE TROUT RUN TRAIL LAST THURSDAY HAS DIED. SOURCES TELL KDEC NEWS DAN WERNER PASSED AWAY SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN ROCHESTER, MINNESOTA. WERNER WAS INJURED WHILE RIDING ON TRAIL BETWEEN THE OLD STAGE ROAD AND MONTGOMERY STREET LAST THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

A JOINT MEETING OF THE SOUTH WINNESHIEK AND TURKEY VALLEY SCHOOL BOARDS WILL BE HELD TONIGHT. THE TWO BOARDS WILL MEET AT THE WILDER BUILDING ON THE NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAMPUS IN CALMAR. A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE IOWA ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL BOARD WILL PRESENT FINANCIAL INFORMATION FOR BOTH DISTRICTS. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT SEVEN P.M.

RURAL ROAD FUNDING WILL BE A TOPIC OF DISCUSSION AT TODAY’S MEETING OF THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. ALLAMAKEE COUNTY ENGINEER BRIAN RIDENOUR WILL DISCUSS INFORMATION REGARDING COUNTY ROAD IMPACTS DUE TO NEW RURAL DEVELOPMENTS AND ROAD IMPACT FUNDING OPTIONS. THE PRESENTATION WILL BEGIN AT NOON IN THE THIRD FLOOR COURTROOM OF THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY COURTHOUSE. THE SUPERVISORS MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

LAST SPRING 15 YEAR OLD AT DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL TOOK AN INTERNATIONAL TEST INVOLVING READING, MATH AND SCIENCE. DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL WAS ONE OF SIX SCHOOLS IN THE STATE SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE EXAM. DECORAH SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS THE RESULTS WERE IMPRESSIVE.

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HALUSKA SAYS THE IOWA RESULTS WOULD HAVE RANKED THE STATE IN THE TOP TEN IN THE WORLD, IF IOWA WAS ITS OWN COUNTRY.

Iowa’s unemployment rate held steady at FOUR POINT FIVE percent in August. Last year at the same time, the unemployment rate was FOUR POINT SEVEN percent. Iowa Workforce Development Spokesperson Kerry Koonce says the rate will likely stay around FOUR AND A HALF percent moving forward.

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The national unemployment rate is SIX POINT ONE percent, it fell a tenth of a point from July.

THE IOWA D-O-T IS READY….FOR WHAT’S COMING.

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SPOKESMAN BOB YOUNIE (YOU’-nee) SAYS IT COST ABOUT 10-PERCENT MORE TO REPLENISH THE SUPPLY, BECAUSE OF INCREASED DEMAND. A LOT OF STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS USED MORE THAN NORMAL LAST WINTER. HE NOTES, HOWEVER, IOWA BENEFITS FROM MULTIPLE SUPPLIERS, WHO KNOW THIS STATE WILL BE A “GOOD CUSTOMER”