11-30 NEWS

THE FUTURE OF THE SOUTH WINNESHIEK SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL BE DISCUSSED TOMORROW NIGHT. THE SOUTH WINNESHIEK SCHOOL BOARD WILL HOLD A WORK SESSION TO DISCUSS FUTURE PLANNING AT THE CONCLUSION OF ITS REGULAR MEETING. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT SEVEN P.M. IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE HIGH SCHOOL IN CALMAR.

THE DECORAH SCHOOL BOARD WILL MEET IN A SPECIAL SESSION TUESDAY NIGHT. THE BOARD WILL MEET WITH STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOSH BYRNES OF OSAGE AND STATE REPRESENTATIVE-ELECT DARREL BRANHAGEN OF DECORAH. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT FIVE P.M. AT THE CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION OFFICE.

MEMBERS OF THE DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNITY CLUB AND THE DECORAH F-F-A RECENTLY HELD A SUCCESSFUL FOOD DRIVE. STUDENTS AND STAFF DONATED 346 ITEMS AND 185 DOLLARS TO THE FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH FOOD PANTRY.

TODAY IS THE FINAL DAY OF THE MOST RECENT STEP-OR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM. LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ENTITIES ARE FOCUSING ON THOSE WHO DON’T BUCKLE UP. DAVE SMUTZLER WITH THE DECORAH POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS BUCKLING UP REDUCES THE CHANCE OF A FATAL ACCIDENT BY 50 PERCENT.

TWO DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL VOCALISTS WERE RECENTLY SELECTED AS SOLOISTS AT THE ALL-STATE MUSIC FESTIVAL. SENIORS PARKER FRETHEIM AND ADAM KNIGHT WERE SELECTED TO SING SOLOSTS WITH THE 603 MEMBER IOWA ALL STATE CHORUS LAST SATURDAY IN AMES. THE ALL-STATE FESTIVAL CONCERT, WHICH INCLUDED A TOTAL OF 18 DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL MUSICIANS, WILL BE REBROADCAST TODAY AT 12:30 ON IOWA PUBLIC TELEVISION.

11-29 NEWS

THREE DECORAH BASED CHOIRS WILL BE SINGING ON NORWEGIAN TELEVISION (SATURDAY). FRANCIS PETERSON IS WITH THE LUREN SINGERS IN DECORAH.

PETERSON

THE LUREN, THE NORTHERN LIGHTS WOMEN’S CHORUS AND THE DECORAH FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH ADULT CHOIR WILL BE PARTICIPATING IN THE EVENT.

THE TENTH ANNUAL HOLIDAY LIGHTS EVENT IS UNDERWAY AT THE PULPIT ROCK CAMPGROUND IN DECORAH. THE HOLIDAY LIGHTS 5-K RUN WILL BE HELD (SATURDAY) MORNING AT EIGHT-30. DENNIS OSMUNDSON WITH HELPING SERVICES FOR NORTHEAST IOWA SAYS A NEW EVENT WILL BE HELD (SATURDAY) NIGHT.

OSMUNDSON

PROCEEDS FROM THE EVENT WILL GO TO HELPING SERVICES FOR NORTHEAST IOWA

TWO DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL VOCALISTS WERE RECENTLY SELECTED AS SOLOISTS AT THE ALL-STATE MUSIC FESTIVAL. SENIORS PARKER FRETHEIM AND ADAM KNIGHT WERE SELECTED TO SING SOLOSTS WITH THE 603 MEMBER IOWA ALL STATE CHORUS LAST SATURDAY IN AMES. THE ALL-STATE FESTIVAL CONCERT, WHICH INCLUDED A TOTAL OF 18 DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL MUSICIANS, WILL BE REBROADCAST SUNDAY AT 12:30 ON IOWA PUBLIC TELEVISION.

THE IOWA INITIATIVE FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES WILL PAY A VISIT TO THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MONDAY. THE GROUP WILL PRESENT AN ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF FRAC SAND MINING. THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS A SOLAR PANEL INSTALLATION ON THE RIDGEWOOD DUPLEX AND I-T UPDATES. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE A.M. AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

12 ITEMS WILL GO BEFORE THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL AT ITS MEETING MONDAY NIGHT. THE COUNCIL WILL HEAR THE ANNUAL REPORT OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND WILL CONSIDER A POLICY TO FORMALIZE ALLOWING OF RESIDENTS TO RUN WATER TO AVOID PIPES FROM FREEZING. THE COUNCIL WILL ALSO LOOK TO MAKE APPOINTMENTS TO THE TREE BOARD, BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT, AIRPORT COMMISSION AND PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT FIVE-45 AT CITY HALL.

IMPROVING THE LOCUST ROAD IS IN THE FIVE YEAR STREET PLAN FOR THE CITY OF DECORAH. A CONCEPTUAL STREET LAYOUT FOR LOCUST ROAD WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE STREET COMMITTEE OF THE CITY COUNCIL FOLLOWING THE MEETING MONDAY NIGHT.

11-27 NEWS

THE NORTH WINNESHIEK SCHOOL BOARD HELD A WORK SESSION IN WHICH COMMUNITY MEMBERS CHIMED IN ON THE FUTURE OF THE DISTRICT TUESDAY NIGHT. SUPERINTENDENT TIM DUGGER SAYS THERE WAS A CONSENSUS OUT OF THE MEETING.

DUGGER

DUGGER SAYS IF THE BOARD PROCEEDS WITH THAT PLAN, IT WOULD REQUIRE MORE GRADES IN THE WHOLE GRADE SHARING AGREEMENT WITH DECORAH. DUGGER SAYS THE BOARD HOPES THEY CAN MAKE A DECISION ON HOW TO PROCEED BY EARLY NEXT YEAR.
THE DECORAH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH WILL HOST ITS ANNUAL COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER (THURSDAY). TOM HANSEN IS ONE OF THE EVENT ORGANIZERS. HE SAYS IT’S A TRUE COMMUNITY EVENT.

HANSEN

THE MEAL WILL BEGIN AT NOON. ATTENDEES ARE ASKED TO BRING A DISH TO SHARE.

IF THE IDEA OF PREPARING A HUGE, THANKSGIVING MEAL IS DAUNTING, YOU COULD BREAK UP THE TASKS A LITTLE BIT

MYMAN

LIZ MEIMANN (MY’-man) OF I-S-U’S EXTENSION HOTLINE SAYS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT TIPS SHE OFFERS….IS FOR COOKS TO AVOID CROSS-CONTAMINATION, TO AVOID FOOD-RELATED ILLNESSES. THE I-S-U EXTENSION ANSWER LINE 1-800-262-3804

YOU’LL HAVE PLENTY OF COMPANY ON THE ROADS, IF YOU’RE TAKING A THANKSGIVING ROAD-TRIP.

WEINHOLZER

GAIL WEINHOLZER OF IOWA-MINNESOTA TRIPLE-A SAYS ABOUT 89-PERCENT OF ALL THANKSGIVING TRAVELERS WILL BE USING A PERSONAL AUTOMOBILE….AND NO DOUBT WILL BE THANKFUL FOR LOWER GAS PRICES.

THE ANNUAL HOLIDAY NIGHTS EVENT WILL BEGIN (THURSDAY) NIGHT. THE FUNDRAISER FOR HELPING SERVICES FOR NORTHEAST IOWA WILL BE HELD AT THE PULPIT ROCK CAMPGROUND IN DECORAH. HE EVENT WILL RUN FROM FIVE-30 UNTIL NINE P.M. TONIGHT. THE EVENT WILL BE OPEN THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY FOR THE FIRST TWO WEEKENDS AND NIGHTLY DECEMBER 11TH THROUGH THE 27TH.

AREA GOVERNMENT OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED (THURSDAY) AND (FRIDAY) FOR THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY COURTHOUSE AND DECORAH CITY HALL WILL BE CLOSED FOR BOTH DAY AND WILL RE-OPEN MONDAY.

11-25 NEWS

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF THE SEASON FOR THE CITY OF DECORAH YARD WASTE COLLECTION SITE ON TROUT RUN ROAD. THE SITE WILL BE OPEN TODAY FROM ONE UNTIL SEVEN P.M. AND WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL SPRING.

THREE 18 YEAR OLDS FROM WAUKON HAVE BEEN CHARGED AFTER AUTHORITIES CONDUCTED A SEARCH WARRANT TUESDAY AFTERNOON ON SECOND STREET NORTHEAST IN WAUKON. THE WAUKON POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS NOAH DIXON, BRENNEN FRICK AND LANE STEWART HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AND POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA.

EVEN AS ENERGY COSTS DECLINE, MANY IOWANS ARE HAVING TROUBLE PAYING THEIR HEATING BILLS. TOM NOELLER HAS THE STORY

Fayette Police Chief Brad Gardner has resigned. Mayor Andrew Wenthe told the City Council Monday night he had received Gardner’s voluntary resignation earlier Monday. Gardner did not attend the special meeting of the council Monday. Last week, the mayor confirmed the police chief had been placed on administrative leave. Wenthe did not provide a reason for the action.He also did not comment on whether the administrative leave was related to a citation made against Gardner for passing a school bus with red lights flashing and the stop arm extended. That citation came Nov. 4, two days after the alleged incident was reported by the North Fayette Valley School bus driver, Roberta Schlitter.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and health officials are urging Iowans to make sure they prepared meals safely. State Epidemiologist Patricia Quinlisk says chefs need to start thawing turkeys soon for them to be ready for Thanksgiving dinner.

Quinlisk Quinlisk says for every FIVE pounds a turkey needs 24-hours to defrost in the refrigerator. If you thaw the turkey in cold water, every FIVE pounds takes about THIRTY minutes to prevent the spread of salmonella .


			

11-25 NEWS

TWO PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED AFTER A SEARCH WARRANT WAS EXECUTED IN WAUKON SUNDAY. THE WAUKON POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS 37 YEAR OLD TERESA A’HEARN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH THIRD OR SUBSSEQUENT OFFENSE OF POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE, A CLASS D FELONY. AUTHORITIES ADD 56 YEAR OLD ROGER HANSON HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH INTERFERENCE WITH OFFICIAL ACTS AS A RESULT OF THE WARRANT AS WELL. THE SEARCH WARRANT WAS EXECUTED AT 802 FIRST AVENUE NORTHWEST.

PATRONS IN THE NORTH WINNESHIEK SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO WEIGH IN ON THE DISTRICT’S FUTURE TONIGHT. SUPERINTENDENT TIM DUGGER.

DUGGER

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT SEVEN P.M. AT THE SCHOOL CAFETERIA.

WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER HAS ANNOUNCED THE HIRING OF A NEW CHIEF NURSING OFFICER. MEDICAL CENTER OFFICIALS SAY SUSAN HEITMAN HAS BEEN NAMED TO THE POSITION. HEITMAN’S PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE INCLUDES SERVING AS THE NURSING SUPERVISOR FOR MAYO CLINIC HEALTH SYSTEM-FRANCISCAN HEALTHCARE IN LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN AND AT VERNON MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE IN VIROQUA, WISCONSIN.

THANKSGIVING COOKS WILL NEED TO “HEED” GRETTA IRWIN’S ADVICE VERY SOON.

IRWIN

SHE’S WITH THE IOWA TURKEY FEDERATION, AND SAYS TURKEY PRICES HAVE BEEN AS LOW AS 89-CENTS PER POUND RECENTLY. IOWA RANKS 5TH IN THE NATION, IN TURKEY PROCESSING, AND 9TH IN PRODUCTION.

A NORTH FAYETTE VALLEY SCHOOL BUS DRIVER HAS BEEN CITED IN AN ACCIDENT WHICH OCCURRED ON OCTOBER 30TH. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 50 YEAR OLD CAROLINE BEMISS WAS CITED FOR FAILURE TO REDUCE SPEED AT A REASONABLE AND PROPER RATE IN THE ACCIDENT IN WHICH A BUS COLLIDED WITH A LIQUID MANURE SPREADER. FOUR STUDENTS SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES IN THE ACCIDENT.

11-24 NEWS

THE FRANKVILLE WATER PROJECT WILL BE A TOPIC OF DISCUSSION AT TODAY’S MEETING OF THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS. GEORGE TEKIPPE FROM FEHR GRAHAM ENGINEERING AND FRANKVILLE COMMUNITY MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS A TIMELINE FOR THE PROJECT. THE BOARD WILL ALSO ATTEND THE FREEPORT TRAIL GROUNDBREAKING AND WILL DISCUSS MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

193 VOLUNTEER HOURS HAVE BEEN PUT INTO THE DECORAH COMMUNITY PRAIRIE BUTTERFLY GARDEN THIS SEASON. THE PRAIRIE REPORT WAS PRESENTED TO THE DECORAH PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD LAST WEEK. COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER JERI OSEGNA SAYS VOLUNTEERS PERFORMED DUTIES SUCH AS DIGGING UNWANTED PLANTS, WATERING AND WEEDING PLOTS, PUBLICIZING THE GARDEN AND ORGANIZING SEED COLLECTION HIKES. PARKS AND RECREATION DIRECTOR ANDY NIMROD SAYS THE COMMUNITY PRAIRIE WOULD NOT BE THE ASSET IT IS WITHOUT THE HARD WORK OF THESE VOLUNTEERS.

ANOTHER STEP-OR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM WILL BEGIN TODAY. AREA LAW ENFORCEMENT ENTITIES ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE EFFORT FOCUSED ON MOTORISTS WHO DON’T BUCKLE UP. THE STEP PROGRAM RUNS THROUGH NEXT SUNDAY.

NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE WILL BE HOSTING AN OPEN HOUSE TO VIEW THE COLLEGE’S COMPLETED EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES SIMULATION LABORATORY THIS AFTERNOON. IT WILL BE HELD FROM FIVE-30 UNTIL SEVEN-30 AT THE MAX CLARK HALL ON THE CALMAR CAMPUS. THE EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

OFFICIALS WITH IOWA’S RENEWABLE ENERGY INDUSTRY SAY THEY HAVE REASON TO BE ENCOURAGED BY A DELAY IN A DECISION ABOUT HOW MUCH ETHANOL SHOULD BE ALLOWED IN THE NATION’S FUEL SUPPLY. MONTY SHAW OF THE IOWA RENEWABLE FUELS ASSOCIATION.

SHAW

THE E-P-A HAS PROPOSED A REDUCTION IN ETHANOL-CONTENT IN FUEL, PROMPTING A HUGE-BACK-LASH FROM INDUSTRY PROPONENTS AND CORN GROWERS. THE E-P-A NOW
SAYS A DECISION WILL COME NEXT YEAR.

WITH THE HOLIDAYS NEARING, A FOCUS INCREASES ON HELPING OUT THE LESS FORTUNATE. DAVE CARLSON IS WITH THE FOOD PANTRY AT FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH IN DECORAH. CARLSON SAYS THEY CAN DO A LOT WITH CASH DONATIONS.

CARSLON

CARLSON SAYS THOSE INTERESTED IN HELPING OUT IN ANYWAY CAN CONTACT THE FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH.

11-23 NEWS

NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE WILL HOST AN OPEN HOUSE TO VIEW THE COLLEGE’S COMPLETED EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE SIMULATION LABORATORY AT THE CALMAR CAMPUS MONDAY AFTERNOON. IT WILL BE HELD FROM FIVE-30 UNTIL SEVEN-30 IN MAX CLARK HALL ON THE CALMAR CAMPUS. COLLEGE OFFICIALS SAY COMMUNITY MEMBERS WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TOUR THE LAB AND VIEW DEMONSTRATIONS.

THE PROCESS TO PUTTING UP EMERGENCY SIGNAGE IN RECREATIONAL AREAS IN WINNESHIEK COUNTY IS IN THE WORKS. THE ISSUE WAS DISCUSSED BY THE DECORAH PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD AT ITS MEETING LAST WEEK. PARKS AND RECREATION DIRECTOR ANDY NIMROD SAYS THE SYSTEM WILL BE BASED ON THE NATIONAL GRID AND WILL BE AVAILABLE ON RECREATIONAL TRAILS AND ALONG RIVERS. NIMROD SAYS IT WILL ALLOW EMERGENCY PERSONNEL TO RESPOND TO SITUATIONS WITH MORE EFFICENTLY. NIMROD SAYS THEY HOPE TO HAVE THE SYSTEM IN PLACE BY NEXT SUMMER.

THE DECORAH SCHOOL BOARD HAS SCHEDULED A MEETING WITH TWO AREA LAWMAKERS. STATE REPRESENATIVES DARRELL BRANHAGEN AND JOSH BRYNES WILL MEET WITH THE SCHOOL BOARD ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER SECOND AT FIVE P.M. AT THE CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION OFFICE.

THE FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH IN DECORAH WILL HOST ITS ANNUAL COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER THURSDAY. THE MEAL WILL BEGIN AT NOON. EVENT ORGAINZERS SAY TURKEY, DRESSING AND A BEVERAGE WILL BE PROVIDED. PERSONS ARE ASKED TO BRING A COVERED DISH TO SHARE. TRANSPORTATION TO THE MEAL AND HOME DELIVERIES ARE AVAILABLE BY CALLING THE CHURCH. VOLUNTEERS ARE ALSO APPRECIATED.

THE NORTHERN LIGHTS WOMENS CHORUS WILL PRESENT ITS FALL CONCERT THIS AFTERNOON. SPIRIT OF LIFE WILL BEGIN AT THREE P.M. AT THE DECORAH LUTHERAN CHURCH. A RECEPTION WILL TAKE PLACE FOLLOWING THE CONCERT.

THE ANNUAL DECORAH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CHRISTMAS PARADE WILL BE HELD FRIDAY, DECEMBER FIFTH. PARADE ENTRIES ARE BEING ACCEPTED. PERSONS CAN SIGN UP FOR THE PARADE BY GOING TO DECORAH-AREA-CHAMBER-DOT-COM.

11-22 NEWS

NORTH WINNESHIEK SCHOOL DISTRICT PATRONS WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE THEIR TWO CENTS ON THE FUTURE OF THE DISTRICT NEXT WEEK. SUPERINTENDENT TIM DUGGER.

DUGGER

THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE SCHOOL TUESDAY NIGHT BEGINNING AT SEVEN P.M.

AN AREA SENATOR WILL BE THE SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE WHEN THE IOWA LEGISLATIVE SESSION BEGINS IN JANUARY. SENATE DEMOCRATS MADE THEIR COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS THIS WEEK. MARY JO WILHELM WILL CHAIR THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE AND THE NATURAL RESOURCES BUDGET SUBCOMMITEE. SHE WILL ALSO BE THE VICE-CHAIR OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE AND AS A MEMBER OF THE APPRORIATIONS, ECONOMIC GROWTH, EDUCATION AND HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEES. WILHELM WILL ALSO SERVE AS AN ASSISTANT MAJORITY LEADER FOR THE SESSION.

18 DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL BE SPENDING THEIR WEEKEND IN AMES AT THE ALL-STATE MUSIC FESTIVAL. THE STUDENTS QUALIFIED FOR THE FESTIVAL LAST MONTH AT THE ALL-STATE AUDITIONS IN MANCHESTER. THE GRAND CONCERT WILL BE HELD SATURDAY NIGHT AT HILTON COLISEUM. IT WILL BE AIRED ON IOWA PUBLIC TELEVISION TWICE NEXT WEEK, THURSDAY NIGHT AT SEVEN P.M. AND SUNDAY THE 30TH AT 12:30.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS WILL DISCUSS THE FRANKVILLE WATER PROJECT AT ITS MEETING MONDAY. GEORGE TEKIPPE FROM FEHR GRAHAM ENGINEERING AND FRANKVILLE COMMUNITY MEMBERS WILL MEET WITH THE BOARD TO DISCUSS A TIME LINE FOR THE PROJECT. THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS AND WILL ATTEND A GROUND BREAKING FOR THE FREEPORT TRAIL. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

THE IOWA COLLEGE STUDENT AID COMMISSION IS REMINDING PARENTS THAT THIS TIME OF YEAR, SCAMMERS COME OUT OF THE WOOD-WORK, TRYING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENTS, LOOKING FOR FINANCIAL AID. SPOKESPERSON HEATHER DOE WARNS PARENTS AND STUDENTS ABOUT SOME OF THE COMMON “PITFALLS

DOE

DOE SAYS ALSO WATCH OUT FOR PROMISES, AND MONEY-BACK GAURANTEES….BECAUSE THE SCAMMER IS REALLY JUST AFTER YOUR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION. SHE SAYS THE SCAMS TEND TO BE MORE COMMON, AS STUDENTS PREPARE TO FILL OUT FINANCIAL AID FORMS TOWARD THE FIRST OF THE YEAR.

ANOTHER STEP, OR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM, WILL BE GIN MONDAY. THE EFFORT, COORDINATED BY THE GOVERNOR’S TRAFFIC SAFETY BUREAU AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, WILL FOCUS ON DRIVERS WHO DO NOT BUCKLE UP. THE EFFORT WILL RUN MONDAY THROUGH SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH.

11-21 NEWS

THE DECORAH PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD WILL GET AN UPDATE ON THE CITY PRAIRIE AT ITS MEETING TONIGHT. JERI OSENGA WILL PROVIDE THE REPORT. THE BOARD WILL ALSO RECEIVE UPDATES REGARDING THE FREEPORT, DRY RUN AND RIVER TRAILS AND WILL RECEIVE AN EMERGENCY SIGNANGE UPDATE. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT SEVEN AT CITY HALL.

Newly-elected Iowa Secretary of State is signaling he will push for Voter I-D once he takes office. And, former Cedar Rapids Mayor Paul Pate has an answer for critics who claim requiring a photo I-D to obtain a ballot is “a solution in search of a problem”.

PATE

…The Secretary-elect asks “how much is too much”? And, Pate says other states that have instituted Voter I-D actually have seen increased voter turn-out and increased minority participation after a transition period.

SOME LUTHER COLLEGE STUDENTS HAD TROUBLE REGISTERING TO VOTE ON ELECTION DAY IN WINNESHIEK COUNTY BECAUSE THEY COULDN’T PROVIDE PROOF OF THEIR ADDRESS. WINNESHIEK COUNTY AUDITOR BEN STIENES SAYS ALL PARTIES NEED TO LEARN A LESSON FROM THE SITUATION.

STIENES

STIENES SAYS THERE WAS A SATELITE STATION ON THE LUTHER COLLEGE CAMPUS TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE ELECTION. HAD THE STUDENTS THAT HAD ISSUES ON ELECTION DAY VOTED THEN, THEIR VOTES WOULD HAVE BEEN ALLOWED SINCE LESS DOCUMENTATION IS REQUIRED IN A SATELITE STATION.

THE DECORAH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND IS UNDERWAY. CHAMBER OFFICIALS SAY BUSINESSES WILL BEGIN EXTENDING STORE HOURS AND OFFERING HOLIDAY SPECIALS THIS WEEKEND. ALSO BEGINNING THIS WEEKEND, FOR EVERY 25 DOLLARS A CUSTOMER SPENDS AT A PARTICIPATING MERCHANTS, THEY RECEIVE AN ENTRY FORM TO BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN A GIFT BASKET FEATURING FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS IN ITEMS, GIFT CERTIFICATES AND ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS IN CHAMBER BUCKS FROM FIDELITY BANK.

11-20 NEWS

AN ELGIN MAN WAS ARRESTED FOLLOWING A TRAFFIC STOP IN THE CITY OF ELGIN LAST FRIDAY. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 32 YEAR OLD BRIAN REAR WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA, A SERIOUS MISDEMEANOR AND POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, A SIMPLE MISDEMEANOR.

WINNESHIEK COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH WILL BE OPEN ADDITIONAL HOURS TODAY FOR FLU SHOT VACCINATIONS. PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY THEIR OFFICE IN THE SMITH BUILDING ON MONTGOMERY STREET WILL BE OPEN UNTIL SIX P.M. WALK-INS ARE WELCOME AT THE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICE FROM EIGHT-30 UNTIL FOUR P.M. MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY.

THE IOWA DNR SAYS THE DEER BOW-HUNTING SEASON IS OFF TO A GOOD START. THE D-N-R’S JIM COFFEY SAYS HUNTERS HAVE REPORTED HARVESTING 23,807 DEER AS OF MONDAY, WHICH IS WITHIN 100 DEER OF WHERE IT WAS A YEAR AGO AT THIS TIME DESPITE THE RECENT COLD WEATHER. HE SAYS BOW-HUNTING HAS GROWN IN POPULARITY.

COFFEY

BOW-HUNTING SEASON ENDS, AS SHOT-GUN SEASON BEGINS IN EARLY DECEMBER. HUNTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO BUY THEIR LICENSES EARLY.

IOWA FARM LAND VALUES SLIPPED FOUR PERCENT, ACCORDING TO THE LATEST CHICAGO FEDERAL RESERVE STUDY. ECONOMIST DAVE OPPEDAHL SAYS VALUES MAY DROP EVEN MORE THIS WINTER. -BUT HE SAYS THERE’S CERTAINLY A SILVER LINING

OPPEDAHL

OPPEDAHL SAYS THE DECLINE IN VALUES IS DIRECTLY RELATED TO LOWER COMMODITY PRICES.

TUESDAY WAS THE COLDEST NOVEMBER 18TH IN DECORAH WEATHER HISTORY. THE DECORAH WATER DEPARTMENT, THE OFFICIAL REPORTING STATION FOR DECORAH, RECORDED A HIGH OF 19 AND A LOW OF 2. IT WAS THE LOWEST HIGH TEMPERATURE ON RECORD FOR DECORAH FOR THAT DATE AND ALSO SET A RECORD LOW. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WERE A HIGH OF 21 AND A LOW 5, BOTH SET BACK IN 1989.