7-1 NEWS

WEST NILE SEASON IS UPON. STATE MEDICAL DIRECTOR, DR. PATRICIA QUINLISK RECOMMENDS PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO BE SPENDING TIME OUTDOORS, USE A MOSQUITO REPELLENT, CONTAINING “DEET.”

QUINLISK

THE PEAK SEASON FOR WEST NILE VIRUS IN IOWA IS LATE SUMMER AND EARLY FALL. DR. QUINLISK NOTES, SINCE IT’S BEEN SO RAINY, THERE MAY BE STANDING WATER, WHICH WILL BE ATTRACTIVE TO MOSQUITOS. SHE SAYS IT’S BEST TO GET RID OF SUCH POTENTIAL BREEDING GROUNDS. BIRDBATHS AND DOG-DISHES AND SUCH ARE OKAY, AS LONG AS THE WATER IS CHANGED OFTEN.

THE QUICK RESPONSE TO THE TORNADOES IN IOWA AND LAST WEEK’S FLOODING ARE PROMPTING STATE OFFICIALS TO REMIND YOU TO HAVE AN EMERGENCY PLAN IN PLACE IN CASE YOU HAVE TO EITHER EVACUATE YOUR HOME OR SEEK SHELTER. LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR KIM REYNOLDS SAYS IT’S BEST TO HAVE AN EMERGENCY KIT READY

REYNOLDS

IN ADDITION, SHE SAYS THE FAMILY NEEDS AN EMERGENCY PLAN, WITH THE NAME AND PHONE NUMBER OF A FAMILY MEMBER WHO LIVES OUT OF TOWN WHO COULD HELP, ALONG WITH ALL THE EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION.

The severe weather that rolled through Iowa last week has threatened crop yields across the state. The U.S.D.A.’s latest crop report issued Monday places 83 percent of the state’s corn crop in good to excellent condition. Soybean emergence rose to 96 percent, which is on par with the five-year average, but 11 days behind last year’s crop. Seventy-eight percent of Iowa’s soybeans are rated in good to excellent condition.

THE LATEST STEP-OR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM-WILL BEGIN (WEDNESDAY). AREA LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AND THE GOVERNOR’S TRAFFIC SAFETY BUREAU WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE EFFORT WHICH RUNS THROUGH NEXT TUESDAY, COINCIDING WITH THE FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY TRAVEL PERIOD. THE FOCUS WILL BE ON IMPAIRED DRIVING.

A POSTVILLE MAN WAS ARRESTED BY THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT MONDAY. AUTHORITIES SAY 44 YEAR OLD MAURO NUNEZ WAS CHARGED WITH FIFTH DEGREE THEFT, A SIMPLE MISDEAMEANOR. HE WAS RELEASED ON A PROMISE TO APPEAR.

WINNESHIEK, ALLAMAKEE AND CLAYTON ARE THREE OF 18 COUNTIES IN A DISASTER EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION SIGNED BY GOVERNOR BRANSTAD YESTERDAY. THE PROCLAMATION ALLOWS STATE RESOURCES TO BE UTILIZED TO RESPOND TO AND RECOVER FROM THE EFFECTS OF THE HEAVY RAINFALL AND STORMS FROM LAST WEEK.

6-30 NEWS

AASE HAUGEN SENIOR SERVICES WILL CELEBRATE ITS 100TH ANNIVERSARY TODAY. THE CEREMONY WILL BEGIN AT FOUR P.M. AT THE SOUTH BEAR SCHOOL SITE, WHERE THE ORIGINAL AASE HAUGEN HOME WAS LOCATED. THE EVENT WILL INCLUDE GUEST SPEAKERS, MUSIC, A BARBEQUE PICNIC, KIDS GAMES AND ANECOTAL HISTORIES FROM RESIDENTS OF THE ORIGINAL HOME.

THE ANNUAL DECORAH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE JUNE DAIRY MONTH OPEN HOUSE WILL BE HELD THIS AFTERNOON. THE EVENT WILL BE HELD FROM FOUR-30 UNTIL SIX-30 AT HILLTOP ACRES FARM, LOCATED NEAR CALMAR. THE FACILITY, OWNED AND OPERATED BY DENNIS AND BARB MASHEK, IS HOME TO ONE OF THE TOP BROWN SWISS HERDS IN THE WORLD. CHAMBER REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE GRILLING BURGERS AND SERVING SIDE DISHES AND THE MOO-MOBILE WILL ALSO BE ON HAND.

A MABEL WOMAN WAS CITED FOR SHOPLIFTING AFTER AN INCIDENT AT WAL-MART LAST THURSDAY. DECORAH POLICE SAYS 20 YEAR OLD ELIZABETH WATHIER WAS CITED, GIVEN A COURT DATE AND RELEASED.

TWO DECORAH RESIDENTS WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY SUNDAY MORNING ON MULTIPLE CHARGES. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 35 YEAR OLD GEORGE MARTINEZ AND 33 YEAR OLD ANGEL BARRIENTOS WERE CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF COCAINE WITH INTENT TO DELIVER AND CHILD ENDANGERMENT. THE ARRESTS WERE MADE AFTER AUTHORITIES EXECUTED A SEARCH WARRANT ON COTTONWOOD ROAD.

A POSTVILLE MAN WAS ARRESTED ON A WINNESHIEK COUNTY WARRANT SATURDAY. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 24 YEAR OLD MUHUMED MUHUMED WAS ARRESTED BY POSTVILLE POLICE FOR FAILING TO APPEAR IN WINNESHIEK COUNTY COURT. AUTHORITIES SAY THE ORIGINAL CHARGES AGAINST MUHUMED INCLUDED OPERATING WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE AND POSSESSION OF CONTRABAND IN A CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION.

IOWA GOV. TERRY BRANSTAD IS EXTENDING THE STATE OF DISASTER EMERGENCY IN RESPONSE TO THE AVIAN FLU OUTBREAK. SUE DANIELSON REPORTS

THE IOWA LEGISLATURE, EARLIER THIS MONTH, AGREED TO A ONE-POINT-TWO-FIVE PERCENT ALLOWABLE GROWTH FOR K-12 EDUCATION AS WELL AS A 55 MILLION DOLLAR ONE TIME SOURCE OF FUNDING. BUT SCHOOLS ARE STILL AWAITING A FINAL DECISION FROM DES MOINES ACCORDING TO DECORAH SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA.

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GOVERNOR BRANSTAD SAYS HE HAS A CONCERN WITH THE ONE-TIME SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR ONCOMING EXPENSES.

BRANSTAD

THE GOVERNOR SAYS HE HAS UNTIL JULY SIXTH TO MAKE A FINAL DECISION ON THE BUDGET.

6-29 NEWS

EARLIER THIS MONTH, THE NORTH WINNESHIEK SCHOOL BOARD ANNOUNCED ITS INTENTION TO OPERATE AS A PRE-KINDERGARTEN THROUGH SIXTH GRADE SCHOOL DISTRICT BEGINNING IN THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR. PART OF THE RESOLUTION WOULD BE EXTENDING THE CURRENT ONE WAY WHOLE GRADE SHARING AGREEMENT WITH DECORAH TO SEVENTH THROUGH TWELFTH GRADE. DECORAH SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA EXPECTS THERE TO BE NO PROBLEM AT ALL WITH THE IDEA.

HALUSKA MONDAY

HALUSKA SAYS HE WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED IF THE NEW WHOLE GRADE SHARING AGREEMENT WOULD ONLY SEE THE SEVENTH THROUGH TWELFTH GRADE LANGUAGE CHANGE WITH THE REST REMAINING THE SAME.

CITY OF DECORAH CREWS WERE BUSY LAST WEEK CLEANING UP FROM LAST MONDAY’S HEAVY RAINFALL AND WIND. DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS THE CITY IS ASKING RESIDENTS TO HELP IN A PREVENTIVE WAY.

BIRD MONDAY

REPORTS FROM FOUR TO SIX INCHES OF RAIN WERE REPORTED LAST WEEK.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL START ITS DAY WITH A DEPARTMENT HEADS MEETING AT EIGHT-30 THIS MORNING. SHERIFF DAN MARX WILL MEET WITH THE BOARD REGARDING OFFICE UPDATES. OTHER MATTERS THAT WILL BE DISCUSSED INCLUDE HUMAN RESOURCES UPDATES, A DISCUSSION ON COMPUTER EQUIPMENT FROM UPPER EXPLORERLAND REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION AND ROCK RESURFACING BIDS. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

6-28 NEWS

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL OPEN ITS DAY WITH A DEPARTMENT HEADS MEETING AT EIGHT-30 TOMORROW MORNING. THE BOARD WILL HOLD DISCUSSION OF ROCK RESURFACING BIDS, UPPER EXPLORERLAND COMPUTER EQUIPMENT AND COUNTY SHERIFF DAN MARX WILL MEET WITH THE BOARD TO PROVIDE AN UPDATE. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY COURTHOUSE.

THE DECORAH ROTARY CLUB WILL HOLD ITS ANNUAL LOOP DE LOOP ON SEPTEMBER 26TH. IT MIGHT SEEM LIKE A LONG TIME AWAY BUT JOHN ANDERSON WITH THE ROTARY CLUB SAYS THE EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS COMING UP THIS WEEK.

ANDERSON

THE EVENT WILL INCLUDE A FIVE AND TEN-K WALK AND RUN AND A HALF MARATHON. ON-LINE REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE AT DECORAH-ROTARY-DOT-ORG.

THE CALMAR COMMERCIAL CLUB HAS MADE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S CAMPAIGN FOR EXCELLENCE. THE CALMAR COMMERCIAL CLUB SAID IN ITS FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR CONTRIBUTION THE COLLEGE IS A STANDOUT EXAMPLE OF COMMUNITY TEAMWORK AND COLLABORATION IN ACTION.

THE DECORAH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WILL HOST ITS JUNE DAIRY MONTH OPEN HOUSE THIS WEEK. IT WILL BE HELD TUESDAY AFTERNOON AT THE HILLTOP ACRES FARM AT 1701 253RD AVENUE IN CALMAR. THE FARM IS OPERATED BY DENNIS AND BARB MASHEK. CHAMBER REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE ON HAND GRILLING BURGERS AND SERVING SIDE DISHES AND THE MOO-MOBILE WILL BE ON HAND.

THE DECORAH ROTARY CLUB WILL HOST ITS ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION NEXT SATURDAY AT PHELPS PARK. THE MUSIC WILL BEGIN AT SIX-30 AT THE BAND SHELL FEATURING TOUCH OF BRASS. THE PROGRAM WILL BEGIN AT SEVEN P.M. FEATURING A PRESENTATION FROM JIM GRIESHEIMER, LUTHER COLLEGE PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF MUSIC. THE ROTARY CLUB WILL PROVIDE ICE CREAM AND LEMONADE. THE DECORAH LIONS CLUB WILL PROVIDE POPCORN.

6-27 NEWS

THE U-S SUPREME COURT DECISION ON THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT IMPACTED A NUMBER OF IOWANS, ACCORDING TO STATE INSURANCE COMMISSIONER NICK GEARHART. THE HIGH COURT DECIDED THAT STATES LIKE IOWA WHO DIDN’T SET UP THEIR OWN HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE QUALIFY FOR THE TAX CREDITS THAT HAVE SUBSIDIZED PREMIUMS. GEARHART SAYS IF THE COURT RULED DIFFERENTLY, QUITE A FEW IOWANS WOULD HAVE SEEN THEIR PREMIUMS GO UP

GEARHART

GEARHART SAYS THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT PROVIDES THE SUBSIDIES, BUT HE SAYS THEY ARE REVIEWING REQUESTS FOR INCREASES IN RATES THAT HAVE BEEN FILED BY COMPANIES ON THE HEALTH CARE EXCHANGE.

ALL OPTIONS REMAIN ON THE TABLE FOR THE SOUTH WINNESHIEK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT FUTURE DIRECTION COMMITTEE. THE COMMITTEE HELD A MEETING THIS WEEK AND DISCUSSED POSSIBLY ELIMINATING SOME OF THE OPTIONS FOR THE FUTURE OF THE DISTRICT. SOUTH WINNESHIEK DISTRICT BUSINESS MANAGER KRIS SMITH SAYS NO FINAL DECISIONS HAVE BEEN MADE AND A FUTURE MEETING DATE HAS NOT BEEN SCHEDULED TO THIS POINT.

A DECORAH WOMAN HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED WITH A HEALTHY IOWA AWARD. GOVERNOR BRANSTAD PRESENTED ANN MANSFIELD WITH THE AWARD AT THE HEALTHIEST STATE INITIATIVE’S TAKING BACK OUR HEALTH CONFERENCE ON JUNE 18TH. MANSFIELD WAS HONORED WITH THE VISIONARY LEADERSHIP AWARD FOR HER WORK WITH THE NORTHEAST IOWA FOOD AND FITNESS INITIATIVE.

A BIOSWALE CONSERVATION IMPROVEMENT PROJECT HAS BEEN COMPLETED ON THE NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE CALMAR CAMPUS. THE PROJECT WAS SUPPORTED BY A GRANT FROM THE IOWA’S LIVING ROADWAYS PROJECT PROGRAM, THE NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOUNDATION, COLLEGE STAFF MEMBERS AND VOLUNTEERS. COLLEGE OFFICIALS SAY THE COMPLETED BIOSWALE WILL CAPTURE A PORTION OF THE ESTIMATED 423-THOUSAND GALLONS OF WATER RUN-OFF IN THE AREA AND ALLOW THE WATER TO PERCOLATE INTO THE GROUND TO REDUCE FLOODING, RECHARGE UNDERGROUND AQUIFIERS AND MITIGATE THE COLLEGE’S ENVIORMENTAL IMPACT ON THE PROPERTY.

A 75-year-old Dubuque man has scratched off two winning tickets in one day. One was worth $100,000, the other $930. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that Ken Broadwell bought both of his Tuesday winners at the same convenience store in Dubuque. He said Wednesday that he intends to “buy my real estate up at the cemetery and a headstone,” and that he is thinking about buying a new vehicle.

6-26 NEWS

A YEAR AND A HALF AGO, THE DECORAH SHAREHOLDERS GROUP RECOMMENDED CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO REPLACE JOHN CLINE. DECORAH SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS AS OF THIS TIME THE DISTRICT CANNOT MOVE FORWARD ON THE IDEA FOR TWO FINANCIAL REASONS.

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HALUSKA SAYS A DECREASE IN TAXABLE VALUATION WOULD ALSO DIMINISH THE DISTRICT’S ABILITY TO BORROW. HALUSKA SAYS HE DOESN’T SEE THINGS CHANGING FOR THE BETTER ANYTIME SOON.

DECORAH CITY CREWS HAVE BEEN CLEANING UP FROM THE HEAVY RAIN AND WIND WHICH AFFECTED THE AREA MONDAY MORNING. CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS THE CITY GOT OFF EASY RELATIVELY SPEAKING.

BIRD

BIRD SAYS THE MOST AFFECTED AREA WAS DEBRIS THAT WASHED UP ALONG THE RIVER BANKS OF THE TROUT RUN TRAIL.

A Waukon lawyer wants the state to pay more than $50,000 for her work in defending a man who faced drug charges. The Des Moines Register reports that Mary Jane White was appointed by the court to represent Matthew Florek. Florek had faced decades in prison over accusations that he was a pseudoephedrine buyer for local meth cooks. But he only spent six months in a county jail after White negotiated a plea deal for him. She charged the state $50,678 for 800 hours of work and expenses in the case that she called complicated. State Public Defender Adam Gregg said the fee was too costly for a drug case. He told her that his office would pay her $21,940. White seeks the full amount and has gone to court over the matter.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IS INVESTIGATING A VEHICLE THEFT. AUTHORITIES SAY A 1999 BLACK AND RUSTY CHEVROLET SILVERADO WAS REPORTED STOLEN FROM A LOCAL BUSINESS MONDAY. THE TRUCK HAS A SILVER TOPPER AND LADDER ATTACHED AND THE LICENSE PLATE IS MINNESOTA 0-0-3-M-G-L. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT.

6-25 NEWS

COUNTY RECORDERS FROM AROUND THE STATE ARE IN DECORAH PRESENTLY. THE STATEWIDE YEARLY MEETING OF THE COUNTY RECORDERS OF IOWA WILL CONTINUE THROUGH FRIDAY. MEETINGS WILL BE HELD AT THE PEACE DINING ROOM ON THE LUTHER COLLEGE CAMPUS.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HELD A CRESCO WOMAN ON A MINNESOTA WARRANT TUESDAY. AUTHORITIES SAY 31 YEAR OLD CRYSTAL KRAMER WAS RELEASED ON A SIGNATURE BOND BUT WAS HELD ON AN OLMSTEAD COUNTY WARRANT. SHE WAIVED EXTRADITION AND WILL BE TRANSPORTED TO MINNESOTA FRIDAY.

A GROUP ORGANIZING EFFORTS TO ESTABLISH A LOCAL BROADBAND UTILITY IN DECORAH WILL MEET TONIGHT. DECORAH FAST FIBER WILL MEET AT THE GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH FELLOWSHIP HALL. THE GROUP IS ORGANIZING ITS CAMPAIGN TO BRING A PETITION TO THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL TO ENCOURAGE A REFERENDUM VOTE ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A MUNICIPAL COMMUNICATIONS UTILITY IN DECORAH. ANYONE INTERESTED IN WELCOME TO ATTEND THE MEETING WHICH WILL BEGIN AT SEVEN P.M.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CONFIRMED A TORNADO WAS ON THE GROUND IN FAYETTE COUNTY MONDAY MORNING. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICIALS SAY THE E-F-ONE TORNADO WAS 50 YARDS WIDE AND WAS ON THE GROUND FOR SIX MILES. THE PATH OF THE TORNADO WAS FOUR MILES SOUTHEAST OF MAYNARD TO TWO MILES SOUTHWEST OF ARLINGTON. THE ESTIMATED WIND SPEED IN THE TORNADO WAS ONE HUNDRED TO ONE HUNDRED TEN MILES PER HOUR. DAMAGE WAS REPORTED TO BUILDINGS, TREES AND CROPS IN THAT AREA.

6-24 NEWS

A WINNESHIEK COUNTY INMATE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH DOING DAMAGE TO THE JAIL. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 31 YEAR OLD CRYSTAL KRAMER OF CRESCO WAS CHARGED WITH FIFTH DEGREE CRIMINAL MISCHIEF.

A DECORAH MAN WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY MONDAY AFTERNOON. DECORAH POLICE SAY 32 YEAR OLD ANDREW QUINN WAS ARRESTED ON A WARRANT FOR HARASSMENT AND CRIMINAL MISCHIEF. HE WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY JAIL.

THE SOUTH WINNESHIEK FUTURE DIRECTION COMMITTEE WILL LOOK TO NARROW ITS FOCUS AT ITS MEETING THIS WEEK. THE AGENDA FOR (WEDNESDAY) NIGHT’S MEETING INCLUDES ELIMINATING SOME OF THE OPTIONS FOR THE FUTURE THAT HAVE BEEN DISCUSSED. THE COMMITTEE HAS REVIEWED PARTIAL DAY, WHOLE GRADE SHARING, CHARTER SCHOOLS, INNOVATION ZONE CONSORTIUM AND THE STATUS QUO AS OPTION FOR THE FUTURE. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT SEVEN P.M. IN HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY.

The Decorah eagle camera was damaged the storm on Monday. Those with the Raptor Resource Project say it was likely damaged by lighting or rain; their live stream has been replaced by a message that reads: “The Decorah Eaglecam is experiencing technical difficulties following a storm. We will be looking at the system over the next day to determine the extend of damage and will post when we know more.” The post goes on to say that the eagles, nests and trees appear to be fine

A HAWKEYE MAN WAS ARRESTED MONDAY ON A PROBATION VIOLATION. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 48 YEAR OLD DARYL JONES WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND IS BEING HELD IN THE FAYETTE COUNTY JAIL ON FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.

AN EARLY TUESDAY MORNING INCIDENT IN RURAL WAUCOMA HAS LED TO THE ARREST OF AN OELWEIN MAN. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 30 YEAR OLD ADAM NIELSEN WAS CHARGED WITH SERIOUS ASSAULT CAUSING BODILY INJURY.

6-23 KDEC NEWS

A TOTAL OF 9 BIDDERS SUBMITTED OFFERS TO THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS MONDAY MORNING, COMPETING FOR WORK ON THE FRANKVILLE WATER PROJECT. COUNTY AUDITOR BEN STEINES SAYS THE NUMBER OF BIDS HELPED THE PROJECT COME IN UNDER ENGINEERING ESTIMATES.  VOLKENS, INCORPORATED OF DYERSVILLE WAS AWARDED THE INITIAL PORTION OF THE PROJECT, WITH A LOW BID OF JUST OVER $314 THOUSAND.  J.B. HOLLAND OF DECORAH WAS AWARDED THE REMAINDER OF THE PROJECT AT A LOW BID  OF NEARLY $432 THOUSAND.  STEINES SAYS THE WELL-DRILLING AND WATER MAIN PORTIONS BY BE COMPLETED BY NOV. 15TH, AND CONNECTIONS TO FRANKVILLE HOMES SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY NEXT SPRING.  ABOUT 55 HOMES WILL BE SERVED BY  THE PROJECT.

A LEGAL CHALLENGE HAS BEEN MOUNTED AGAINST THE U.S. DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION, CLAIMING NEW RULES FOR OIL-TRAINS TO PROTECT THOSE IN IOWA AND NATIONWIDE LIVING ALONG RAIL LINES DON’T DO ENOUGH. ATTORNEY KRISTEN BOYLES SAYS A MAJOR PROBLEM IS THAT THE NEW STANDARD FOR TANK CARS HAVE A PHASE-IN TIME SOME BELIEVE EXTENDS TOO FAR.
BOYLES AUDIO
IN IOWA AS OF THIS SPRING, IT WAS ESTIMATED BETWEEN 20 & 30 TRAINS CROSSED THE STATE EACH WEEK, CARRYING AT LEAST A MILLION GALLONS OF CRUDE OIL.

ONE FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT IN THE AREA AFTER YESTERDAY’S HEAVY RAINFALL. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LA CROSSE SAYS A WARNING WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR THE UPPER IOWA RIVER AT DORCHESTER UNTIL WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. AT FOUR A.M. THIS MORNING, THE RIVER WAS AT 15 FEET. FLOOD STAGE IS 14 FEET. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICIALS SAY MINOR FLOODING IS FORECAST. FORECAST IS CALLING FOR A CALMER WEATHER TODAY AND THE POSSIBILITY OF SEVERE WEATHER AGAIN TOMORROW AFTERNOON.

WINNESHIEK COUNTY OFFICIALS ARRESTED A FRANKVILLE MAN ON A FAYETTE COUNTY WARRANT FRIDAY. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 26 YEAR OLD JUSTIN STEEGE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WITH THE ORIGINAL CHARGE OF VIOLATION OF A NO CONTACT ORDER.

THE INCIDENCE OF BIRD FLU IN IOWA IS WANING AS THE SUMMER HEAT TAKES OVER, BUT SENATOR CHARLES GRASSLEY SAYS HE’S STILL HEARING ABOUT PRODUCERS IN NORTHERN IOWA HAVING A DIFFICULT TIME GETTING ANSWERS FROM U.S.D.A. OFFICIALS:
GRASSLEY AUDIO
GRASSLEY SAYS HE GOT SUSPICIOUS THAT THINGS MIGHT NOT BE GOING AS WELL AS THEY COULD BE WHEN THE USDA ASKED FOR A MEETING WITH HIM INSTEAD OF THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

6-22 NEWS

ENROLLMENT IS DOWN SLIGHTLY AT NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE. BUT N-I-C-C DOCTOR LIANG CHEE WEE SAYS ITS NOT ALL BAD NEWS.

WEE

WEE SAYS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THREE YEARS THE COLLEGE IS RAISING TUITION. BUT WEE SAYS AN N-I-C-C EDUCATION REMAINS A VERY AFFORDABLE OPTION.

A VARIETY OF ISSUES WILL GO BEFORE THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS FOR ITS MEETING TODAY. THE BOARD WILL OPEN BIDS FOR THE FRANKVILLE WATER PROJECT. A PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD ON THE RECODIFICATION OF THE EXISTING COUNTY CODE. OTHER MATTERS THAT WILL GO BEFORE THE BOARD INCLUDE MENTAL HEALTH STAFFING, TAX ABATEMENTS, COURTHOUSE MAINTENANCE AND ROCK RESURFACING QUOTES. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

EARLIER THIS MONTH, THE FUTURE OF THE TURKEY VALLEY COMMITTEE HELD MEETINGS WITH SOUTH WINNESHIEK, NORTH FAYETTE VALLEY AND NEW HAMPTON SCHOOL OFFICIALS. TONIGHT, THE COMMITTEE WILL REVIEW THOSE DISCUSSIONS IN A MEETING WHICH BEGINS AT SIX AT THE TURKEY VALLEY SCHOOL LIBRARY.