6-1 NEWS

13 ITEMS WILL GO BEFORE THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL FOR ITS MEETING TONIGHT. THE COUNCIL IS EXPECTED TO AWARD A CONTRACT FOR THE HANGAR DEMOLITION AND GRADING IMPROVEMENT PROJECT AT THE DECORAH AIRPORT. THE COUNCIL WILL HOLD THE FIRST READING OF AN ORDINANCE TO INCREASE WATER AND SEWER RATES. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT FIVE-45 AT CITY HALL.

LAST AUGUST, THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES APPROVED A PERMIT FOR MILLENIUM AG TO EXPAND ITS HOG CONFINEMENT IN HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP IN NORTHERN WINNESHIEK COUNTY. THAT WAS DESPITE THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDING THE PERMIT BEING DENIED. THAT FACILITY WILL BE DISCUSSED AGAIN AT TODAY’S MEETING OF THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS. NANCY EVERMAN FROM THE WAUKON FEED RANCH WILL MEET WITH THE BOARD AND MAKE A REQUEST FOR THE BOARD TO VISIT THE SITE. COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE WILL DISCUSS A PROCUREMENT POLICY AND COUNTY V-A ADMINISTRATOR FAITH HLUBEK WILL DISCUSS A COUNTY VETERANS BENEFITS FAIR. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

THE U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY SAYS THAT HIGHER LEVELS OF ETHANOL AND BIODIESEL MUST BE BLENDED INTO THE NATION’S FUEL SUPPLY. HEATHER JORDAN HAS MORE.

THE U.S. CONGRESS RECENTLY PASSED AN EXTENSION TO THE CURRENT FEDERAL HIGHWAY FUNDING BILL. IOWA SENATOR CHARLES GRASSLEY SAYS IT WILL BE AWHILE BEFORE A LONG TERM MEASURE IS PASSED.

GRASSLEY

WITHOUT THE RECENT EXTENSION, THE FUNDING WOULD HAVE DRIED UP TODAY.

THE SOUTH WINNESHIEK SCHOOL BOARD WILL CONDUCT INTERVIEWS FOR A PRINICPAL AT ITS MEETING TONIGHT. THE DISTRICT IS LOOKING TO HIRE A NEW K-12 PRINCIPAL NEXT YEAR. ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL BARB SCHWAMMAN WILL BECOME SUPERINTENDENT AT OSAGE NEXT YEAR AND HIGH SCHOOL PRINICIPAL MARY RECKER IS RETIRING. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT SEVEN P.M. AT THE BOARD ROOM IN CALMAR.

THE FILLMORE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS A 23 YEAR OLD DECORAH MAN WAS KILLED IN AN ACCIDENT ON THURSDAY. AUTHORITIES SAY THE MAN WAS TRAPPED BETWEEN A LARGE LOGGING TRAILER AND A LARGE TRUCK AROUND TWELVE-30 THURSDAY AFTERNOON IN RURAL MABEL. THE NAME IS NOT BEING RELEASED.

5-31 NEWS

THE HONORARY SURVIVOR CHAIRS FOR THE RELAY FOR LIFE OF WINNESHIEK COUNTY HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED. RELAY OFFICIALS SAY BRIAN WILLIE, KAREN ERION AND SHARI SHAY WILL SERVE AS THE CHAIRS FOR THE EVENT, WHICH WILL BE HELD NEXT SATURDAY AT THE DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL TRACK. PERSONS CAN STILL GET INVOLVED IN THE EVENT BY LOGGING ONTO RELAY FOR LIFE-DOT-ORG-SLASH-WINNESHIEK-COUNTY-I-A.

NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE VICE PRESIDENT WENDY MIHM-HEROLD WAS RECENTLY HONORED BY THE COLLEGE. SHE RECEIVED THE DISTRICT EXTRA EFFORT AWARD FOR HER WORK WITH N-I-C-C BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS IN A CEREMONY ON MAY 14TH. THE DISTRICT EXTRA EFFORT AWARD HONORS INDIVIDUALS WHO DEMONSTRATE THE ABILITY TO PROMOTE THE N-I-C-C MISSION BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY.

TOMORROW IS THE FINAL DAY TO REGISTER FOR THE DECORAH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE GOLF OUTING AT A DISCOUNTED PRICE. CHAMBER OFFICIALS SAY TEAMS CAN SIGN UP FOR 350 DOLLARS THROUGH TOMORROW AT THE DECORAH AREA CHAMBER WEBSITE. THE GOLF OUTING WILL BE HELD JUNE 22ND AT THE ONEOTA GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB IN DECORAH.

THE DECORAH PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT AND THE DECORAH PUBLIC LIBRARY WILL HOLD A SUMMER FAMILY-STYLE KICK-OFF AT PHELPS PARK WEDNESDAY NIGHT. POPCORN AND LEMONAGE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ON-SITE. CARNIVALS GAMES AND LIVE MUSIC WILL BE PROVIDED. THE EVENT WILL BE HELD AT PHELPS PARK FROM FIVE-30 UNTIL SEVEN. IN CASE OF RAIN, IT WILL BE HELD IN THE PARKING LOT BENEATH THE DECORAH PUBLIC LIBRARY.

5-30 NEWS

The Iowa Supreme Court is dismissing a lawsuit that challenged Gov. Terry Branstad’s decision to close the Iowa Juvenile Home last year. The court ruled Friday the lawsuit brought by Democratic lawmakers and a labor union leader was now moot because the Legislature is no longer appropriating money to operate the home. The court’s decision vacates a temporary injunction entered by a district judge last year ordering the home to be reopened. The high court had put the injunction on hold while it heard the governor’s appeal. For decades, the home in Toledo provided housing, education and other services to some of Iowa’s most troubled youth. The Branstad administration transferred the home’s residents elsewhere and laid off its workers amid reports of mistreatment, including the use of isolation cells.

Budget talks continue to drag on in the Iowa legislative session, and education funding is one of the major hold-ups. Lawmakers were scheduled to adjourn in early May, but now there are rumblings of the session lasting until the middle of June. Leaders from both parties continue to hold discussions about a compromise budget plan that involves education funding as well as health and human services funding.

THE FIRST READING OF AN INCREASE IN WATER AND SEWER RATES WILL GO BEFORE THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL AT ITS MEETING MONDAY NIGHT. THE COUNCIL WILL ALSO LOOK TO AWARD A BID FOR THE HANGAR DEMOLITION AND GRADING IMPROVEMENT PROJECT AT THE DECORAH AIRPORT. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT FIVE-45 AT CITY HALL.

A REQUEST TO VISIT AN ANIMAL CONFINEMENT WILL BE DISCUSSED AT MONDAY’S MEETING OF THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. NANCY EVERMAN FROM THE WAUKON FEED RANCH WILL VISIT THE BOARD TO MAKE THAT REQUEST. COUNTY VETERANS AFFAIRS ADMINISTRATOR FAITH HLUBEK (LOO-BECK) WILL DISCUSS THE FOUR COUNTY VETERANS BENEFIT FAIR AND COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE (BEER-KEY) WILL DISCUSS A PROCUREMENT POLICY. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

Iowa’s new gas tax appears to be getting the job done. State revenue officials say the ten-cent increase produced more than $18-million in extra funds for Iowa’s roads in April. That money will be used on much needed repairs to the state’s highways. The new gas tax went into effect March 1st and is expected to bring in more than $200-million annually in extra road funding.

5-29 NEWS

TRIPLE-A IOWA/MINNESOTA IS PREDICTING A LOT OF SUMMER “ROAD TRIPS” THIS YEAR. SPOKESPERSON GAIL WEINHOLZER SAYS DRIVERS SHOULD FIND SOME GOOD PRICES AT THE PUMP.

WEINHOLZER

SHE SAYS GASOLINE SUPPLIES ARE PRETTY GOOD, AND PRICES SHOULD REMAIN FAIRLY STABLE- BARRING ANY DISRUPTIONS DUE TO HURRICANE SEASON OR PROBLEMS IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS THE STREET DEPARTMENT IS CURRENTLY WORKING ON A PROJECT.

BIRD

THE ISSUE OF SIDEWALKS HAS BEEN DISCUSSED BY VARIOUS BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS AS WELL AS THE CITY COUNCIL FOR AWHILE.

FINAL RULES ADOPTED BY THE U-S ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION COMMISSION THIS WEEK MAY, OR MAY NOT, EASE THE CONCERNS OF FARMERS THAT FEDERAL REGULATORS WERE TRYING TO TAKEOVER CONTROL OF THEIR LAND. IOWA AGRICULTURE SECRETARY BILL NORTHEY’S ONLY HAD A QUICK GLANCE AT THE NEW RULE

NORTHEY

NORTHEY SAYS HE HASN’T TALKED TO ANY ATTORNEYS, BUT IF THE E-P-A DID SAY THEY DIDN’T HAVE TO REGULATE DRAINAGE TILES, THAT MIGHT GO FAR IN THE DEFENSE OF SEVERAL AG DRAINAGE DITCHES, WHO’RE BEING SUED IN FEDERAL COURT BY THE DES MOINES WATER WORKS. THE WATER WORKS WANTS THE COURT TO FORCE THE E-P-A TO REQUIRE THE DISTRICTS TO GO THROUGH THE PERMIT PROCESS UNDER THE CLEAN WATER ACT. IN ADDITION, NORTHEY SAYS HE HAD HOPED THE E-P-A WOULD HOLD ANOTHER COMMENT PERIOD TO ALLOW THOSE AFFECTED TO COMMENT ON THE SPECIFIC RULES.

A FOUR WHEELER ACCIDENT WEDNESDAY NIGHT CAUSED SERIOUS INJURIES TO A CALMAR RESIDENT. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 26 YEAR OLD EFFIE HUINKER WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED WHEN JACOB HUINKER LOST CONTROL OF HIS FOUR WHEELER ON 245TH AVENUE NEAR CONOVER ROAD AND WENT INTO THE DITCH. JACON HUINKER WAS CITED FOR FAILURE TO MAINTAIN CONTROL AND ILLEGAL OPERATION ON A PUBLIC ROADWAY.

A DECORAH MAN WAS CHARGED WITH FOURTH DEGREE THEFT AFTER AN INVESTIGATION. DECORAH POLICE SAY 57 YEAR OLD GARY WIEST WAS ARRESTED AFTER WAL-MART LOSS PREVENTION HAD DISCOVERED A SERIES OF THEFTS BY THE SAME PERSON OVER A FOUR MONTH PERIOD. THE CHARGE IS A SERIOUS MISDEMEANOR

5-28 NEWS

A DECORAH MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT WHO WAS FOUND UNRESPONSIVE AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL ON MAY 15TH HAS DIED. SCHOOL OFFICIALS NOTIFIED STUDENTS AND PARENTS TODAY ROBERT RONEY PASSED TUESDAY NIGHT AT SAINT MARY’S HOSPITAL IN ROCCHESTER. MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL LEONA HOTH SAYS COUNSELORS WILL BE AVAILABLE WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY AFTERNOON AT THE SCHOOL FOR SUPPORT.

IT COULD TAKE UP TO TWO YEARS BEFORE IOWA’S POULTRY FACILITIES THAT DESTROYED 26 MILLION CHICKENS AND TURKEYS TO STOP SPREAD OF THE AVIAN FLU WILL BE ABLE TO GET BACK TO BUSINESS. THAT’S THE WORD FROM IOWA POULTRY ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RANDY OLSON. HE SAYS POULTRY FARMS ARE WAITING ON WORD FROM THE U-S-D-A ON HOW TO MOVE FORWARD AFTER LOSING ALL OF THEIR BUSINESS TO THE DISEASE

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AT MEETINGS IN NORTHWEST IOWA SATURDAY, IOWA AGRICULTURE SECRETARY BILL NORTHEY CAUTIONED THOSE IN ATTENDANCE THAT THERE MAY NOT BE ENOUGH HEALTHY CHICKENS AND TURKEYS WHEN FACILITIES ARE CLEARED TO HAVE THEM. SO THE DELAY COULD BE EVEN LONGER. THE IMPACT HITS THE STATE’S LABOR FORCE AS WELL. THE UNCERTAINTY’S CAUSED ONE TURKEY PROCESSOR TO LAY OFF OVER 200 PEOPLE LAST WEEK…AND OTHER IOWA-BASED PROCESSORS ARE EVALUATING IF THEY SHOULD CURTAIL OPERATIONS OR FOCUS ON OTHER AREAS NOT HIT BY THE H5N2 VIRUS.

DID YOU BUY A POWERBALL TICKET FOR THE DRAWING JUNE 28TH, 2014 AT QUILLINS FOOD RANCH IN WAUKON? YOU MIGHT WANT TO DO SOME DOUBLE-CHECKING. THE IOWA LOTTERY SAYS A 20-THOUSAND DOLLAR WINNING TICKET THAT WAS PURCHASED THERE REMAINS UNCLAIMED. LOTTERY OFFICIALS SAY PERSONS HAVE UNTIL JUNE 29TH TO CLAIM THE PRIZE. PRIZES CAN BE CLAIMED AT ANY OF THE LOTTERY OFFICES IN COUNCIL BLUFFS, STORM LAKE, MASON CITY, CLIVE AND CEDAR RAPIDS.

FEWER AND FEWER PEOPLE ARE BEING CONSIDERED UNEMPLOYED AROUND THE STATE. JIM BOYD REPORTS.

5-27 NEWS

An 84-year-old man has died after suffering critical injuries when the golf cart he was driving collided with a van near his driveway in Alta Vista. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Marvel Erion died Saturday at St. Marys Hospital at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, after first being treated at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton. The collision happened Thursday evening. Chickasaw County sheriff’s deputies say Erion was pulling out of his driveway when his cart collided with the van driven by a 40-year-old Minnesota resident. The five people in the van were not hurt.

Improvements will be coming to Mary Christopher Park in Decorah. The issue was discussed last week by the Decorah Parks and Recreation Board at its monthly meeting. Parks and Recreation director Andy Nimrod says initial plans include removing the cement shuffle board areas and the horse shoe pits and replacing it with a swing set. Nimrod says the conversation started with a donation from a neighbor. Nimrod says the initial improvements are planned for this fall. He says some long term plans include improving trees and shrubbery and eventually replacing the shelter at that location.

The Decorah city council went through a goal setting session two and a half years ago. They’ll go through another one tonight. Decorah city manager Chad Bird.

Bird

The meeting will begin at five-30 at city hall.

A West Union man was charged after failing to return to the West Union Residential Facility after work release last night. The Fayette county sheriff’s department says 26 year old David Matthews turned himself into the facility but after his scheduled return. Authorities say Matthews is a registered sex offender and cut his GPS tracking device. Matthews was transported to the Fayette County Jail where he is being held on a Temporary Confinement order.

A Waucoma woman was arrested after authorities were called to a Waucoma home Monday evening. The Fayette county sheriff’s department says 52 year old Teresa Bolin was charged with disorderly conduct, a simple misdemeanor.

A Decorah man was arrested after a Sunday afternoon traffic stop. The Winneshiek county sheriff’s department says 25 year old Joseph Francisco was a passenger in vehicle stopped by Decorah Police on fifth avenue. Authorities say Francisco was found to be in possession of marijuana. He was booked into the Winneshiek county jail.

A Hawkeye man was arrested on three outstanding warrants out of Winneshiek county over the weekend. The Winneshiek county sheriff’s department says 30 year old Ryan Tangen was wanted on identity theft, driving while license denied or revoked and false report given to law enforcement, second offense operating under the influence and three counts of unauthorized use of a credit card. He was arrested by Fayette county authorities then transferred to the Winneshiek county jail.

A search warrant executed at a Calmar residence has led to charges filed against a Calmar man. The Winneshiek county sheriff’s department says 53 year old Donald Carnagey was found in possession of a controlled substance during a traffic stop in Howard county. The Winneshiek county sheriff’s department assisted the Cresco Police Department in searching the Carnagey residence for illegal substances. Carnagey was charged with third offense possession of a controlled substance.

5-26 NEWS

AUTHORITIES HAVE RELEASED THE NAME OF A DECORAH WOMAN WHO KILLED IN A SUNDAY MORNING ACCIDENT NORTH OF WEST UNION. THE IOWA STATE PATROL SAYS AROUND ELEVEN-30, A VEHICLE DRIVEN BY 65 YEAR OLD JOAN MAU OF DECORAH CROSSED THE CENTER LINE OF HIGHWAY 150 AND COLLIDED HEAD-ON WITH A SEMI DRIVEN BY 56 YEAR OLD MARK UNGERER OF HAWKEYE. MAU DIED OF INJURIES IN THE ACCIDENT. UNGERER WAS TAKEN BY AMBULANCE TO PALMER LUTHERAN HOSPITAL IN WEST UNION. THE ACCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL WILL HOLD A GOAL SETTING WORK SESSION TONIGHT. THE SESSION WILL INCLUDE A REVIEW OF MAYOR DON ARENDT’S STATED CITY AND COUNCIL GOALS, BUDGETARY POLICY ISSUES AND ITEMS FROM THE FLOOR. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT FIVE-30 AT CITY HALL.

THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE OF THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET PRIOR TO THE GOAL SETTING WORK SESSION TONIGHT. THE COMMITTEE WILL HOLD A JOINT MEETING WITH THE 28-E RURAL FIRE BOARD. THE ITEMS OF DISCUSSION INCLUDE THE SIGNING OF THE JOINT 28-E RURAL FIRE PROTECTION AGREEMENT AND DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING THE PURCHASING OF EQUIPMENT FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT FOUR-45 AT CITY HALL.

THE EMERALD ASH BORER HAS BEEN SPOTTED IN 22 IOWA COUNTIES. D-N-R FORESTRY BUREAU CHIEF PAUL TAUKE SAYS INFESTATIONS ARE BECOMING MORE NOTICEABLE.

TAUKE

HE SAYS STATE FORESTRY EXPERTS HAVE BEEN GETTING HUNDREDS OF PHONE CALLS ABOUT EMERALD ASH BORER. HE SAYS THEY WELCOME THE CALLS AND QUESTIONS, AND E-MAILED PICTURES OF ASH TREES AND E-A-B DAMAGE. AS THE SUMMER CAMPING SEASON BEGINS, TAUKE ALSO REMINDS IOWANS TO AVOID TRANSPORTING WOOD, AS IT CAN HAVE ALL SORTS OF “HITCH-HIKERS” INCLUDING EMERALD ASH BORER.

ROAD MATTERS WILL TAKE A LOT OF TIME AT TODAY’S WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS MEETING. A PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD ON THE PROPOSED ORDINANCE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE ROADS AND BRIDGES. THE SUPERVISORS WILL ALSO DISCUSS ROAD MATTERS WITH COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE. THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

5-25 NEWS UPDATE

AUTHORITIES HAVE RELEASED THE NAME OF A DECORAH WOMAN WHO KILLED IN A SUNDAY MORNING ACCIDENT NORTH OF WEST UNION. THE IOWA STATE PATROL SAYS AROUND ELEVEN-30, A VEHICLE DRIVEN BY 65 YEAR OLD JOAN MAU OF DECORAH CROSSED THE CENTER LINE OF HIGHWAY 150 AND COLLIDED HEAD-ON WITH A SEMI DRIVEN BY 56 YEAR OLD MARK UNGERER OF HAWKEYE. MAU DIED OF INJURIES IN THE ACCIDENT. UNGERER WAS TAKEN BY AMBULANCE TO PALMER LUTHERAN HOSPITAL IN WEST UNION. THE ACCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

5-24 NEWS UPDATE

A PERSON FROM DECORAH WAS KILLED IN AN ACCIDENT NORTH OF WEST UNION SUNDAY MORNING. THE IOWA STATE PATROL SAID A VEHICLE CROSSED THE CENTER LINE AND COLLIDED WITH A SEMI DRIVEN BY MARK UNGERER OF HAWKEYE. THE STATE PATROL SAID A PASSENGER IN THE VEHICLE WHO IS FROM DECORAH DIED OF INJURIES IN THE ACCIDENT. THE NAME IS BEING WITHHELD PENDING NOTIFICATION OF NEXT OF KIN. THE ACCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

KDEC NEWS 5-25-15

IT’S MEMORIAL DAY, AND EVENTS HONORING SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN ARE TAKING PLACE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN WINNESHIEK COUNTY, OBSERVANCES INCLUDE THE ANNUAL PARADE IN DECORAH. IT BEGINS AT 10 A.M. AT THE COLLEGE DRIVE BRIDGE AND INCLUDES SPECIAL EVENTS AT THE COURTHOUSE. ALL ARE INVITED TO THE ALL-VETS CLUB AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE COURTHOUSE GATHERING. IN CALMAR, AN OBSERVANCE AT 10 A.M. TO HONOR THE SERVICES TAKES PLACE AT THE SOUTH WINNESHIEK SCHOOL AUDITORIUM. OSSIAN’S MEMORIAL DAY PARADE STARTS AT 10:30 AT THE CITY PARK, AND INCLUDES AN 11 A.M. PROGRAM AT THE OSSIAN COLUMBUS HALL. A PARADE IN FORT ATKINSON IS SET FOR 8 A.M. AN 8:30 MASS AT ST. WENCESLAUS IN SPILLVILLE WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A MEMORIAL SERVICE OUTSIDE THE CHURCH.

STARTING TODAY AND CONTINUING THROUGH LABOR DAY, VESTERHEIM MUSEUM IS OFFERING FREE ADMISSION TO ALL ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY PERSONNEL AND THEIR FAMILIES. THIS INCLUDES THE NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVES. IT’S PART OF THE BLUE STAR MUSEUMS PROGRAM, A COLLABORATION AMONG THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS, BLUE STAR FAMILIES, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND MUSEUMS ACROSS AMERICA. MORE THAN 2-THOUSAND MUSEUMS IN ALL 50 STATES ARE PARTICIPATING.

MAJOR WORK TO PROTECT AND IMPROVE LAKE MEYER BETWEEN CALMAR AND FORT ATKINSON IS SET TO BEGIN THIS WEEK. PLANS TO BUILD A WETLAND WITH A ROCK SPILLWAY IN THE LAKE’S HEADWATERS WILL MEAN DRAWING DOWN THE LAKE’S WATER LEVEL. THE DRAWDOWN IS SCHEDULED FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR TO OCCUR AFTER THE PRIMARY SPAWNING SEASON FOR FISH IN LAKE MEYER. BARBARA SCHROEDER FROM THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY CONSERVATION BOARD SAYS LAKE MEYER WAS ORIGINALLY BUILT IN 1968 AS A 37-ACRE LAKE, BUT SEDIMENT FROM THE SURROUNDING WATERSHED HAS DECREASED THE LAKE’S ORIGINAL VOLUME BY OVER 50%. THE DRAWDOWN WILL AFFECT WATER ACCESS AND SHORE FISHING.