11-2 NEWS

ZONING MATTERS WILL GO BEFORE THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW. BOB WATSON HAS BEEN WORKING ON SOME WAYS THE COUNTY COULD IMPROVE THE PROCESS RELATED TO CONDITIONAL USE PERMITS AND ZONING ORDINANCES. WATSON TOLD KDEC NEWS LAST WEEK HE PLANNED TO PRESENT THE PROPOSAL TO THE BOARD AT ITS NEXT MEETING. THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS I-T, ROAD AND LEGAL MATTERS. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL WILL REVIEW THE CITY’S FIVE YEAR STREET MAINTENANCE PLAN AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW NIGHT. DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS THE PLAN IS USED AS A FLEXIBLE GUIDELINE BY CITY OFFICIALS

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BIRD SAYS THE MAJOR PROJECT THAT WILL LIKELY BE DEALT WITH IN THE NEAR FUTURE IS LOCUST ROAD. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT FIVE-45 AT CITY HALL.

A PUBLIC MEASURE WILL GO BEFORE ALLAMAKEE COUNTY VOTES TUESDAY. A 4.9 MILLION DOLLAR BOND ISSUE WILL GO BEFORE VOTERS FOR A NEW JAIL AND PUBLIC SAFETY CENTER. THE CURRENT COUNTY JAIL IS LOCATED ON THE FOURTH FLOOR OF THE COURTHOUSE AND HAS BEEN USED SINCE 1939. IF VOTERS APPROVED THE BOND ISSUE, THE PLAN IS TO BUILD A 27 BED JAIL ON COUNTY PROPERTY.
IOWA’S U-S SENATE RACE IS AMONG THE MOST EXPENSIVE IN THE NATION, THANKS TO OUTSIDE GROUPS SPENDING MILLIONS ON BOTH OF THE MAJOR PARTY CANDIDATES. UNIVERSITY OF IOWA POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFESSOR TIM HAGLE SAYS WHILE “NEGATIVE” ADS CAN BE VERY EFFECTIVE, IT’S ALSO POSSIBLE THERE ARE SIMPLY TOO MANY OF THEM, AND VOTERS (ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO CAST BALLOTS ALREADY) ARE “TUNING OUT.”

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HAGLE SAYS THE RACE BETWEEN JONI ERNST AND BRUCE BRALEY IS GETTING AN INCREASING AMOUNT OF NATIONAL, BUT ALSO \i INTERNATIONAL\i0 ATTENTION, BECAUSE IT’S CLOSE, IT’S EXPENSIVE, AND THE OUTCOME COULD DETERMINE WHICH PARTY CONTROLS THE U-S SENATE.
THE IOWA SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE SAYS 493-THOUSAND REQUESTS FOR ABSENTEE BALLOTS HAVE NOW COME IN.

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SPOKESMAN CHANCE MCELHANEY SAYS ABOUT 75-PERCENT OF THE REQUESTED BALLOTS HAVE NOW BEEN RETURNED, AND OF THOSE: 41-PERCENT CAME FROM REGISTERED DEMOCRATS, 39-PERCENT FROM REGISTERED REPUBLICANS, AND 19-PERCENT FROM “NO PARTY” VOTERS. IN ORDER FOR BALLOTS TO BE COUNTED IN THE UPCOMING ELECTION, THE ENVELOPE MUST BE POSTMARKED BY NOVEMBER 3RD.

11-1 NEWS

REPUBLICAN U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT ONE CANDIDATE ROD BLUM MADE A CAMPAIGN STOP IN DECORAH FRIDAY. BLUM SAYS THE ELECTION RESULTS IS NOW UP TO THE BASE.

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BLUM IS FACING OFF WITH WITH DEMOCRAT PAT MURPHY FOR THE SPOT THAT WAS HELD BY BRUCE BRALEY. BRALEY IS FACING OFF WITH JONI ERNST FOR THE U.S. SENATE SEAT LEFT VACANT BY THE RETIREMENT OF TOM HARKIN.

FOUR NORTH FAYETTE VALLEY SCHOOL STUDENTS SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES IN A CAR VS TRACTOR ACCIDENT THURSDAY AFTERNOON. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED ON O AVENUE SHORTLY AFTER FOUR P.M. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS THE BUS, DRIVEN BY 50 YEAR OLD CAROLINE BEMISS OF WEST UNION, FAILED TO YIELD AT AN INTERSECTION AND SIDE-SWIPED A TRACTOR DRIVEN BY 55 YEAR OLD BRENT MITCHELL OF HAWKEYE. THE BUS ENTERED THE DITCH. THE ACCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

DESPITE POLLS THAT SAY THE CONTRARY, DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE JACK HATCH SAYS THE RACE FOR TERRACE HILL IS GOING UNTIL TUESDAY. HATCH SAYS THERE ARE CLEAR DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HIM AND INCUMBENT REPUBLICAN TERRY BRANSTAD.

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HATCH AND HIS RUNNING MATE MONICA VERNON MADE A STOP IN DECORAH ON THURSDAY.

THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL WILL HOLD THE THIRD READING AND GIVE FINAL CONSIDERATION TO A TAX ABATEMENT HOUSING INCENTIVE PROGRAM AT ITS MEETING NEXT WEEK. THE FIRST TWO READINGS HAVE PASSED THE COUNCIL ON A 4-3 VOTE. CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS THE COUNCIL WILL HAVE THE ABILITY TO ASSESS THE PROGRAM AND JUDGE HOW IT’S WORKING IF IT PASSES

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THE INCENTIVE WOULD OFFER A FIVE YEAR ONE HUNDRED PERCENT TAX ABATEMENT FOR NEW HOMES UP TO FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS, ABATEMENT FOR EXISTING HOMES IMPROVING THEIR VALUE AT LEAST TEN PERCENT AND A 40-THOUSAND DOLLAR PER UNIT CREDIT FOR MULTI-FAMILY DWELLINGS. THE COUNCIL MEETING WILL BEGIN AT FIVE-45 MONDAY NIGHT AT CITY HALL.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY AUDITOR’S OFFICE WILL BE OPEN FOR ABSENTEE BALLOTING (SATURDAY). COUNTY AUDITOR BEN STIENES (STINE-IS) SAYS THE OFFICE WILL BE OPEN FROM NINE A.M. TO FIVE P.M. (SATURDAY).

10-31 NEWS

DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATIORAL CANDIDATE JACK HATCH AND HIS RUNNING MATE MONICA VERNON MADE A CAMPAIGN STOP IN DECORAH THURSDAY MORNING. HATCH SAYS HIS SERVICE TO THE STATE WILL RESONATE WITH VOTERS COME TUESDAY.

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HATCH SAYS THE PURPOSE OF THE LATEST CAMPAIGN SWING IS TO ENERGIZE THE DEMOCRATIC BASE AND TO MAKE SURE THEY SHOW UP AT THE POLLS

THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR U.S HOUSE DISTRICT ONE WILL BE IN DECORAH FRIDAY MORNING. ROD BLUM WILL BE AT THE COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY HEADQUARTERS AT 122 WINNEBAGO STREET AT ELEVEN-30. BLUM WILL APPEAR WITH RETIRING CONGRESSMAN TOM LATHAM.

A CALMAR WOMAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 21 YEAR OLD COREYANN JEAN HALL WAS CHARGED WITH DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED, NO SR-22, TWO COUNTS OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, ALL SIMPLE MISDEAMEANORS, AND POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, A SERIOUS MISDEMEANOR.

ABSENTEE VOTING CONTINUES AT A HIGH LEVEL IN WINNESHIEK COUNTY

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WINNESHIEK COUNTY AUDITOR BEN STIENES SAYS THERE ARE OVER SIX HUNDRED ABSENTEE BALLOTS THAT HAVE BEEN SENT OUT THAT HAVE NOT BEEN RETURNED YET, SO HE REMINDS PEOPLE TO DO SO. STIENES SAYS DURING THE LAST GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION THERE WERE JUST OVER 3300 ABSENTEE BALLOTS CAST.

10-30 NEWS

DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATIORAL CANDIDATE JACK HATCH WILL BE IN DECORAH THURSDAY MORNING. HATCH WILL APPEAR AT THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY HEADQUARTERS AT 105 WEST WATER STREET THURSDAY MORNING AT EIGHT A.M.

WINNESHIEK COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH WILL BE HOSTING A FLU CLINIC AT NORTH WINNESHIEK SCHOOL THURSDAY AFTERNOON FROM TWO-30 UNTIL SIX P.M. PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY THE TRIVALENT VACCINE INJECTION WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE CLINIC, MEANING IT WILL BE EFFECTIVE AGAINST THREE STRAINS OF FLU AND THE TWO STRAINS CONFIRMED IN IOWA. THE QUADRIVALENT MIST, EFFECTIVE AGAINST FOUR FLU STRAINS. IS AVAILABLE FOR HEALTHY INDIVIDUALS AGES TWO THROUGH 49. THE QUADRIVALENT VACCINE IS TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE. PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY THEY EXPECT THEIR NEXT QUADRIVALENT VACCINE SHIPMENT IN MID TO LATE NOVEMBER.

Bad news: Doctor Ann Garvey of Iowa Public Health says you could get the flu twice this year. But, the good news: the state deputy epidemiologist says this year’s flu shot should help protect you from both strains detected around Iowa so far.

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And, more good news, Doctor Garvey says there doesn’t appear to be any shortage of vaccine this year. So, she says you have no excuse for not protecting yourself and your family and friends from flu.

A FINAL IOWA BASED POLL ON THE SENATE RACE INDICATES IT COULD BE SOMETIME ON NOVEMBER 5TH WHEN WE LEARN WHO WON. JIM BOYD REPORTS.

An eastern Iowa man has been arrested for 3rd degree kidnapping and multiple other charges after sheriff’s deputies were called to investigate a domestic abuse assault.  Authorities say 32-year-old Christopher Bormann choked someone, and also held a person for hours against their will. KWWL TV says  The Chickasaw County Sheriff arrested Bormann on Friday, October 24. In addition to 3rd degree kidnapping, Bormann faces charges of domestic abuse assault, harassment, and obstructing emergency communications. He is also charged with manufacturing marijuana, failure to affix a drug tax stamp, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges stem from an investigation into a domestic abuse assault which led to a search warrant being conducted at Bormann’s home in Ionia.  Bormann is being held in the Chickasaw County Jail. Another person also faces domestic abuse assault charges.  The Chickasaw County Sheriff arrested 24-year-old Travis Ruttman of Alta Vista on Sunday.  Like Bormann, he is charged with Domestic Abuse Assault by knowingly impeding the breathing of another and causing bodily injury, and harassment in the first degree. It is unclear if the arrests of Ruttman and Bormann are related at this time

10-29 NEWS

A NEW HAMPTON FURNITURE STORE HAS BEEN DESTROYED BY FIRE. AUTHORITIES THEY WERE CALLED TO THE DUNGEY’S FURNITURE IN NEW HAMPTON SHORTLY AFTER TWO A.M. THIS MORNING. ALL SEVEN CHICKASAW COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENTS HELPED FIGHT THE BLAZE. FIRE FIGHTERS REMAINED ON THE SCENE THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING PUTTING OUT HOT SPOTS.

Iowa taxpayers are about to pay millions more to keep state employees in working condition. Under the new plan which was approved yesterday, rising premiums will cost Iowans an extra $40-million. Starting in January, premiums for state coverage will increase from a little more than $369-million to more than $409-million. The program will also have some state employees paying more than others because of already arranged bargaining agreements. Governor Terry Branstad says that one of his concerns is getting unions to agree that everyone pay 20-percent toward health care. That’s something he’s already tried, but couldn’t make happen. He says the health care coverage plan is a shock to the budget and that he wasn’t expecting it. Next month, state leaders will gather to talk about a new two-year labor agreement.

The latest U.S.D.A. crop report shows just 36-percent of this year’s corn crop has been pulled from the fields, which is six days behind last year and 16 days behind the 5-year average for harvest times. Monday’s report says the moisture content in the corn is causing farmers to be selective about when they harvest.They soybean harvest has moved right along as many farmers combined beans first to let their corn dry longer. The soybean harvest is 81-percent complete, with is 2 days behind last year and 4 days behind normal. The U.S.D.A. says some farmers have to wait for soybeans they replanted to mature before harvesting them.

PART OF THE POLITICAL STRATEGY OF MANY REPUBLICANS IS TO CAMPAIGN AGAINST PRESIDENT OBAMA IN THE MID-TERM ELECTION DUE TO THE PRESIDENT’S LOW APPROVAL NUMBERS. DOES THIS STRATEGY WORK? LUTHER COLLEGE POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFESSOR EMERITUS JIM RHODES SAYS YES AND NO.

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THE GENERAL ELECTION WILL BE HELD NEXT TUESDAY.

10-28 NEWS

A 58-year-old woman has died more than two weeks after being burned in a fire at her northeast Iowa home. Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home in Fredericksburg says Sandra “Sandy” Hamann died Thursday at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Authorities say the fire erupted early in the morning on Oct. 8 at her rural Fredericksburg house. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports  that Hamann suffered burns on more than 40 percent of her body. Her three dogs and five cats died in the blaze. The fire cause is being investigated.

THE ELECTION DAY REGISTRATION PROCESS IS NOW IN EFFECT AT THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY AUDITOR’S OFFICE. WINNESHIEK COUNTY AUDITOR BEN STIENES.

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THE GENERAL ELECTION WILL BE HELD NEXT TUESDAY. STIENES SAYS ABSENTEE BALLOTING WILL BE AVAILABLE THIS COMING SATURDAY FROM NINE A.M. UNTIL FIVE P.M. AT THE AUDITOR’S OFFICE.

A WEST UNION TEENAGER WAS REFERRED TO JUVENILE COURT SERVICES FOLLOWING AN INCIDENT AT WAL-MART SATURDAY NIGHT. DECORAH POLICE SAY 15 YEAR OLD COLTON BUSHAW WAS CHARGED WITH FIFTH DEGREE THEFT AFTER ALLEGEDLY ATTEMPTING TO TAKE 14 DOLLARS AND 95 CENTS WORTH OF MERCHANDISE FROM THE STORE.

WAYS TO IMPROVE THE WAY WINNESHIEK COUNTY DEALS WITH ZONING MATTERS WERE DISCUSSED AT MONDAY’S MEETING OF THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. BOB WATSON DISCUSSED THE ISSUE THE BOARD, SAYING HE’S BEEN WORKING WITH DAVID WILLIAMS ON WAYS TO CLEAN UP THE ZONING ORDINANCES TO ALLOW FOR THE PUBLIC TO HAVE MORE OF A SAY ON ZONING MATTERS. WATSON MET WITH THE SUPERVISORS AND PLANNING AND COMMISSION ON THE ISSUE TWO WEEKS AGO. WATSON SAID WHILE THE DISCUSSION WITH THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WAS GOOD AND OPEN, NO DISCUSSION WAS ALLOWED WITH THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION AT THE ADVICE OF THE COMMISSION’S LEGAL COUNSEL STEVE BELAY. WATSON SAYS THE PROPOSED CHANGES HIM AND WILLIAMS ARE WORKING ON WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE SUPERVISORS. HE SAYS HE DOESN’T TRUST THAT THE MATTER WILL GET A FAKE SHAKE BEFORE THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION. WATSON SAYS HE HOPES TO PRESENT HIS PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE SUPERVISORS AS EARLY AS NEXT WEEK.

10-27 NEWS

THE ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUESTS FOR NEXT MONTH’S ELECTION KEEP ROLLING IN. CHANCE MCELHANEY (mac-el-HAY’-nee) OF THE IOWA SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE SAYS THE TOTAL OF REQUESTS HAS SURPASSED 430-THOUSAND. HE SAYS MORE THAN HALF HAVE BEEN RETURNED

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ELECTIONS OFFICIALS SAY THE NUMBERS ARE WAY AHEAD OF A USUAL MID-TERM ELECTION.

VOTER TURN OUT IS USUALLY FAR-LESS FOR MID-TERM ELECTIONS, THAN IN A PRESIDENTIAL YEAR, BUT IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFESSOR DIANE BYSTROM SAYS THIS TIME….AT LEAST IN IOWA….IT WILL LIKELY BE BIGGER THAN NORMAL.

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SHE SAYS THE SENATE RACE BETWEEN REPUBLICAN JONI ERNST AND DEMOCRAT BRUCE BRALEY HAS GENERATED A LOT OF INTEREST, BECAUSE IT’S BEEN NAMED AS ONE OF THE “KEY” RACES, THAT COULD DETERMINE WHICH PARTY WILL CONTROL THE U-S SENATE.
PROCEDURES RELATED TO WINNESHIEK COUNTY ZONING MATTERS WILL BE DISCUSSED AGAIN TODAY AT THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING. BOB WATSON DISCUSSED THE ISSUE WITH BOTH THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AND THE COUNTY PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION TWO WEEKS AGO. WATSON WILL THE UPDATE THE BOARD ON THOSE DISCUSSIONS THIS MORNING. THE BOARD WILL ALSO DEAL WITH A PROCLAMATION FOR TOBACCO AWARENESS WEEK. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

17 DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC STUDENTS WERE SELECTED AS MEMBERS OR ALTERNATES FOR THE ALL-STATE MUSIC FESTIVAL FROM AUDITIONS HELD IN MANCHESTER ON SATURDAY. DECORAH STUDENTS NAMED ALL-STATE INCLUDE BRENNA HERRMANN, FREDDIE PAULSON, JACOB SKOLD, GABRIELLE BRUNS, TREVOR PHILLIPS, TIM WINTER, CARINA YEE, MACKENZIE SNYDER, AUTUMN DELONG, ALI VOIGT, ANNIKA KRIEG, LINNEA CARLSON, LINNEA KEPHART, MICHEAL FOSTER, PARKER FREITHEIM, ADAMN KNIGHT AND CONNOR FREEMAN. THREE D-H-S MUSIC STUDENTS WERE SELECTED FOR A RECALL AUDITION-GARRETT BAUMLER, GABLE LONNING AND AMANDA TAYLOR. 56 DECORAH

IOWA GOVERNOR TERRY BRANSTAD MADE A CAMPAIGN STOP IN DECORAH FRIDAY. HE WAS ASKED ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF INCREASING INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING.

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BRANSTAD SAYS THE STATE DOES NEED TO COME UP WITH A NEW WAY TO FUND THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM

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BRANSTAD PART OF THE REASON FOR THE DECREASE IS FUEL TAX REVENUE IS PEOPLE ARE DRIVING MORE FUEL EFFICIENT VEHICLES, THUS THE NEED TO MODERNIZE THE FUNDING THE MECHANISM.

10-26 NEWS

THE DECORAH BOARD OF ADJUSTEMENT WILL MEET TOMORROW NIGHT. THE BOARD WILL REVIEW A REQUEST FROM BLACK HILL ENERGY TO CONSTRUCT COMMERCIAL COMMUNICATIONS TOWERS IN FOUR LOCATIONS, WHICH WOULD BE CONTRARY TO THE R-2 ZONING REQUIREMENTS. THE PROPOSED TOWER LOCATIONS INCLUDE PLEASANT HILL, HIGH STREET, LAUREL DRIVE AND DIVISION STREET. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT FIVE P.M. AT CITY HALL.

VOTER TURN OUT IS USUALLY FAR-LESS FOR MID-TERM ELECTIONS, THAN IN A PRESIDENTIAL YEAR, BUT IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFESSOR DIANE BYSTROM SAYS THIS TIME….AT LEAST IN IOWA….IT WILL LIKELY BE BIGGER THAN NORMAL

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SHE SAYS THE SENATE RACE BETWEEN REPUBLICAN JONI ERNST AND DEMOCRAT BRUCE BRALEY HAS GENERATED A LOT OF INTEREST, BECAUSE IT’S BEEN NAMED AS ONE OF THE “KEY” RACES, THAT COULD DETERMINE WHICH PARTY WILL CONTROL THE U-S SENATE.

THE LEADERSHIP ON THE NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES WILL REMAIN THE SAME THIS YEAR. AT LAST WEEK’S BOARD MEETING, DOCTOR KEN REIMER (RY-MER) OF ELKADER WAS RE-ELECTED AS PRESIDENT AND JIM ANDERSON OF DECORAH WAS RE-ELECTED AS VICE-PRESIDENT. THE BOARD ALSO RE-APPOINTED JANET BULLERMAN AS ITS SECRETARY AND TOM RIDOUT AS ITS TREASURER.
A DECORAH MAN HAS BEEN PRESENTED WITH THE 2014 LUTHER COLLEGE CARLOS SPERATI (SPUR-RAA-TEE) AWARD. WILLIAM LINNEVOLD (LINN-E-VOLD) IS A 1937 GRADUATE OF LUTHER COLLEGE. THE AWARD IS NAMED FOR CARLOS SPERATI, WHO WAS A PROFESSOR OF MUSIC AND DIRECTOR OF THE CONCERT BAND FROM 1905-1943. IT HONORS A LUTHER GRADUATE WHO WAS A PAST MEMBER OF THE CONCERT BAND AND HAS LED A DISTINGUISHED CAREER IN MUSIC.
Online retailor Amazon has agreed to refund more than 1,000 Iowa customers over issues regarding a subscription service. The state Attorney General’s Office says the agreement means Amazon.com Inc. and Amazon Services LLC will give $122,000 in refunds and credits to Iowa customers. State officials say a free shipping promotion enrolled Iowa customers in a free trial of the Amazon Prime subscription service. Its annual $99 membership fee offers shipping discounts, streaming video and other features.
Customers who didn’t cancel during the free-trial period were shifted to regular Prime memberships.
The agreement requires that Amazon comply with state law aimed at making the enrollment process for club memberships clear. As part of the deal, Amazon denies any wrongdoing or liability. The company will contact qualifying customers for refunds and credits.

TODAY IS THE SECOND AND FINAL DAY FOR THE 29TH ANNUAL DECORAH MUSIC BOOSTERS HOLIDAY CRAFT SALE. PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE GO TO ENHANCE MUSIC EDUCATION IN THE DECORAH SCHOOL DISTRICT. THE HOURS OF THE SHOW TODAY WILL BE FROM TEN A.M. UNTIL THREE P.M.

10-25 NEWS

POLLS INDICATE IOWA GOVERNOR TERRY BRANSTAD HAS A HEALTHY LEAD OVER CHALLENGER JACK HATCH IN THE GOVERNOR’S RACE. BUT BRANSTAD SAYS HE’S TAKING NOTHING FOR GRANTED.

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BRANSTAD SAYS HE WILL BE CANVASSING THE STATE IN COMING DAYS TO MAKE SURE HE ENERGIZES THE BASE.

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BRANSTAD AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR KIM REYNOLDS MADE A CAMPAIGN STOP IN DECORAH FRIDAY MORNING.

WINNESHIEK COUNTY AUDITOR BEN STEINES (STY-NIS) SAYS ONE HUNDRED BALLOTS WERE CAST AT A SATELITE VOTING STATION HELD AT LUTHER COLLEGE ON THURSDAY. STEINES SAYS THE STATION COST THE COUNTY APPROXIMATELY FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS TO OPERATE. A REQUEST WAS MADE FOR THREE STATIONS AT LUTHER COLLEGE. COUNTY ELECTION OFFICIALS APPROVED ONE, WHICH WAS HELD AT THE DAHL CENTENNIAL UNION. THE COUNTY AUDITOR’S OFFICE WILL BE OPEN (SATURDAY) FOR EARLY VOTING FROM EIGHT A.M. UNTIL FIVE P.M.

THE U.S. SENATE RACE IS IOWA HAS DRAWN A LOT OF NATIONAL ATTENTION, AS WELL KNOWN DEMOCRATS AND REPUBICANS HAVE TRAVELED TO THIS STATE TO GIVE THEIR BACKING TO JONI ERNST OR BRUCE BRALEY. LUTHER COLLEGE POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFESSOR EMERITUS JIM RHODES SAYS ALTHOUGH THOSE EVENTS GARNER A LOT OF ATTENTION, THEY DON’T MOVE THE OPINION OF VOTERS TOO MUCH.

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POLLS HAVE THE RACE BETWEEN BRALEY AND ERNST AS A TOSS UP. BOTH CANDIDATES ARE VYVING FOR THE SPOT BEING LEFT BY THE RETIREMENT OF LONG TIME IOWA SENATOR TOM HARKIN.

230 REPRESNTATIVES OF LAW ENFORCEMENT WERE IN DECORAH FOR A LAW ENFORCEMENT PRESENTATION THIS WEEK. TUESDAY, THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HOSTED DOCTOR KARIE GIBSON WITH F-B-I. GIBSON DID A PRESENTATION ON “AN ACTIVE SHOOTER:PRE-ATTACK BEHAVIORAL INDICATORS” AND “THREAT ASSESSMENT CORE CONCEPTS” AT LUTHER COLLEGE.

DISCUSSION REGARDING PLANNING AND ZONING PROCEDURES WILL BE HELD AT MONDAY’S MEETING OF THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION. BOB WATSON WILL MEET WITH THE BOARD TO DISCUSS POTENTIAL CHANGES TO PROCEDURES RELATED TO CONDITIONAL USE PERMITS AND ZONING ORDINANCES. THE BOARD WILL ALSO DEAL WITH A PROCLAMATION FOR TOBACCO AWARENESS WEEK. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

NORTHEAST IOWA’S LARGEST HOLIDAY CRAFT WILL BE HELD IN DECORAH THIS WEEKEND. JASON RAUSCH IS THE VOCAL MUSIC TEACHER AT DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL.

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THE EVENT IS IN ITS 29TH YEAR.

10-24 NEWS

IOWA GOVERNOR TERRY BRANSTAD WILL MAKE A STOP IN DECORAH (FRIDAY) MORNING. BRANSTAD WILL BE AT THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY G-O-P HEADQUARTERS AT 122 WINNEBAGO STREET AT NINE A.M.

THE IOWA DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS FILED A FORMAL COMPLAINT AGAINST REPUBLICAN HOUSE DISTRICT 55 CANDIDATE DARREL BRANHAGEN TO THE IOWA ETHICS AND CAMPAIGN DISCLOSURE BOARD. THE COMPLAINT SAYS BRANHAGEN’S CAMPAIGN FAILED TO PROPERLY REPORT OVER ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS AND EXPENDITURES, WHICH THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY SAYS BRANHAGEN HAS USED FOR TELEVISION ADS IN THE CEDAR RAPIDS MEDIA MARKET. IN A STATEMENT FROM BRANHAGEN EMAILED TO KDEC NEWS LAST NIGHT, BRANHAGEN SAYS THE STATE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS GOING TO ISSUE AN IN-KIND NOTIC OF CONTRIBUTION TO HIS CAMPAIGN. BRANHAGEN SAYS HE CANNOT REPORT SUCH CONTRIBUTIONS UNTIL THE DONORS HAVE GIVEN HIM THE PARTICULARS, INCLUDING THE DONATED AMOUNTS. BRANHAGEN SAYS HE EXPECTS TO EITHER AMEND HIS PAST REPORT OR TO REPORT ANY ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS BY THE NEXT REPORTING DEADLINE, WHICH IS NEXT TUESDAY.
A VOLGA MAN WAS ARRESTED WEDNESDAY AFTER THE COMPLETION OF AN INVESTIGATION. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 58 YEAR OLD JAMES MASEN MILLER WAS CHARGED WITH THIRD DEGREE SEXUAL ABUSE, A CLASS C FELONY, ASSAULT WITH THE INTENT TO COMMIT SEXUAL ABUSE, AN AGGRAVATED MISDEMANOR AND THIRD DEGREE HARRASSMENT, A SIMPLE MISDEAMEANOR. MILLER IS FACING UP TO 23 YEARS IN PRISON ON THE CHARGES.

THE EFFORTS OF THE IOWA NATURAL HERITAGE FOUNDATION WILL SOON ADD TO RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES IN THE AREA. JOE MCGOVERN IS PRESIDENT OF THE ORGANIZATION.

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MCGOVERN SAYS THE PROJECT IS IN ITS EARLY STAGES AND SOME FUNDRAISING EFFORTS ARE TAKING PLACES. MCGOVERN SPOKE TO THE DECORAH ROTARY CLUB THIS WEEK.

THREE MEN WHO ESCAPED FROM A WEST UNION CORRECTIONAL FACILITY LAST FRIDAY ARE ALL BACK IN CUSTODY.AUTHORITIES SAY 21 YEAR OLDS SHAWN MCBRIDE AND TAYLOR OAKS HAVE BEEN CAUGHT IN MITCHELL COUNTY. MCBRIDE AND OAKS HAD G-P-S TRACKING DEVICES ON, BUT CUT THEM OFF WITH SCISSORS AND BRACELERS WERE FOUND ABOUT A BLOCK AWAY FROM THE FACILITY. ANOTHER MAN, 23 YEAR OLD TYLER ROE. WAS APPREHENDED IN HOWARD COUNTY MONDAY. ALL THREE MEN WERE LISTED AS SEX OFFENDERS.