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THE FUTURES OF BOTH THE SOUTH WINNESHIEK AND TURKEY VALLEY SCHOOL DISTIRCTS WILL BE DISCUSSED MONDAY NIGHT. THE SOUTH WINNESHIEK AND TURKEY VALLEY SCHOOL BOARDS, ALONG WITH THE FUTURE DIRECTION COMMITTEES OF BOTH DISTRICTS, WILL HOLD A WORK SESSION. THE SESSION WILL BEGIN AT SEVEN-45 IN THE HIGH SCHOOL STUDY HALL IN CALMAR.

185TH AVENUE NEAR OSSIAN WILL BE A TOPIC OF DISCUSSION AT TOMORROW’S WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING. BOB RILEY AND MONICA ZWEIBOHMER WILL MEET WITH THE BOARD TO DISCUSS POSSIBLY SURFACING THAT ROAD. THE SUPERVSIORS WILL ALSO DISCUSS V-A OFFICE MATTERS AND PART TIME EMPLOYEE SALARIES. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT WILL HOLD ITS MONTHLY MEETING TUESDAY NIGHT. THE BOARD WILL REVIEW A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT REQUEST FROM DEB KEEFE FOR A TEMPORARY MUSIC EVENT. THE MEETING BEGINS AT SEVEN-30 AT THE LARGE COURTROOM OF THE COURTHOUSE.

THE UTLITIES COMMITTEE OF THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET FOLLOWING TOMORROW NIGHT’S FIVE-45 MEETING. THE COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE POSSIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A STORM WATER UTILITY. THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO HEAR A PRESENTATION FROM THE DECORAH FAST FIBER GROUP. THAT GROUP IS STUDYING THE POSSIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A BROADBAND PUBLIC UTILITY IN DECORAH.

THIS IS A REALLY GOOD TIME TO BE TRYING TO SELL YOUR HOME. JIM BOYD REPORTS.

Iowa’s Republican Governor officially neutral in the crowded race for the G-O-P Presidential nomination, but, Terry Branstad says Iowans have typically rewarded candidates who make the effort to meet “face-to-face” with as many potential caucus-goers as possible.

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But, Governor Branstad dismissing businessman Donald Trump’s good showing in recent polls. He says surveys this far out from the caucuses basically reward name recognition and Branstad says he doesn’t expect the reality T-V star to win the nomination.

Bird flu restrictions are forcing a young magician to come up with new wrinkles – or animals – in his act, because the Iowa State Fair says he can’t use his pet doves. In May Iowa agricultural officials barred live bird exhibitions from county fairs and the Iowa State Fair because of the avian influenza outbreak.
That means 19-year-old Michael Osman – or Mike Oz on stage – can’t use his doves when he competes Aug. 13 in the Iowa State Fair Bill Riley Talent Search. Fair spokeswoman Mindy Williams said Wednesday that the state veterinarian’s office told fair officials that no exceptions could be made.

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THIS PAST MONDAY, A URBAN REVITILIZATION PLAN FROM REBOUND HOSPITALITY WAS PRESENTED TO THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNITY BETTERMENT COMMITTEE OF THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL. THE COUNCIL WILL SET A PUBLIC HEARING ON THAT PLAN AT ITS MEETING MONDAY NIGHT. REBOUND WANTS TO BUILD A FAIRFIELD INN ON THE CURRENT BLUFFS INN SITE WITH ADJACENT SITES AVAILABLE FOR OFFICE SPACE, RETAIL OR RESTARAUNTS. REBOUND IS ASKING THE CITY FOR TAX ABATEMENT AND OTHER FUNDING FROM CITY, COUNTY, STATE OR FEDERAL SOURCES. THE COUNCIL WILL ALSO HOLD THE SECOND READING OF A ZONING CODE AMENDMENTS CHANGING THE SIGN CODES IN THE CITY. A PUBLIC HEARING WILL ALSO BE HELD ON A CHANGING THE CITY’S HOUSING TAX ABATEMENT PLAN. CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS THE CHANGE WILL INCLUDE ADDING THE CITY’S RECENT ANNEXED LAND TO ELIGIBLE PROPERTIES. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT FIVE-45 AT CITY HALL.

NEXT WEEK IS IOWA PRIVATE COLLEGE WEEK. DEREK HARTL IS THE DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS AT LUTHER COLLEGE. HARTL SAYS STUDENTS SHOULDN’T GET STICKER SHOCK WHEN CONSIDERING A PRIVATE INSITUTION.

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SESSION WILL BEGIN AT NINE A.M. AND ONE-30 P.M. EACH DAY NEXT WEEK ON THE LUTHER COLLEGE. A LINK TO REGISTER IS AVAILABLE ON THE LUTHER COLLEGE ADMISSION WEBSITE.

THE IOWA BOARD OF REGENTS NEXT WEEK WILL CONSIDER A MID YEAR TUITION INCREASE FOR THE COMING ACADEMIC YEAR. JIM BOYD REPORTS

A FULL DAY OF ACTIVITIES IS PLANNED FOR OSSIAN FEST (SATURDAY). THE EVENT IS SPONSORED BY THE CITY OF OSSIAN AND ORGANIZED BY THE OSSIAN CROWN CLUB. THE THEME OF THE EVENT IS ANYTHING GOES. EVENTS WILL INCLUDE KIDS GAMES, FOOD BOOTHS, THE TOE TAPPERS AND A BLUFF COUNTRY CRUISERS CAR SHOW. THE GRAND PARADE WILL BEGIN AT SEVEN P.M. FOLLOWED THE MUSIC OF THE BAND BUZZWORTHY FROM EIGHT-30 UNTIL TWELVE-30.

GREEN IOWA AMERICORPS WILL HOST A DECORAH TRAILS EXPLORATION DAY (SATURDAY). EVENT ORGANIZERS SAY FAMILIES WILL GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET UP-CLOSE WITH NATURE THROUGH PLANT IDENTIFICATION CHARTS, MAGNIFYING GLASSES, LEAF RUBBINGS, SUN PAPER PRINTS, PHOTOGRAPHY, JOURNALING AND OTHER ACTIVITIES. ATTENDEES ARE ASKED TO MEET AT THE RIVER TRAIL PARKING LOT, ACROSS FROM DUNNINGS SPRINGS ON THE ICE CAVE ROAD, AT ONE P.M.

FRIDAY NOON AND 5 P.M.

A TEN YEAR TRADITION WILL COME TO A CLOSE TONIGHT WITH THE FINAL PERFORMANCE OF THE WESTON NOBLE ALUMNI CHOIR. MYRON HEATON, IS ONE OF THE CHOIR MEMBERS,IS A 1968 LUTHER GRADUATE. HE EXPECTS THE CONCERT TO BE AN EMOTIONAL ONE.

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THE CONCERT BEGINS AT SEVEN-30 AND IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. THE CONCERT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A RECEPTION IN THE DAHL CENTENNIAL UNION.

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A RICEVILLE WOMAN WAS KILLED WEDNESDAY AFTER BEING HIT BY A CAR WHILE RIDING HER BICYCLE ALONG HIGHWAY 218 NEAR OSAGE. THE IOWA STATE PATROL SAYS GRACE HARKEN OF RICEVILLE WAS HIT BY 23-YEAR OLD COURTNEY JOHNSON OF OSAGE. HARKEN WAS TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL BUT LATER DIED FROM HER INJURIES.

AUTHORITIES ARE ASKING FOR HELP INVESTIGATING AN ACCIDENT THAT HAPPENED ON HIGHWAY 150 NORTH OF FESTINA THURSDAY AFTERNOON. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS TWO MOTORCYCLE RIDERS FROM OSTRANDER MINNESOTA RECEIVED NON-LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES WHEN A GREY 4-DOOR SEDAN SLOWED RAPIDLY IN FRONT OF THEM, CAUSING THEM TO LOSE CONTROL AND COLLIDE WITH EACH OTHER. THE CYCLISTS, WHOSE NAMES HAVE NOT BEEN RELEASED, WERE TAKEN TO WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER FOR TREATMENT, AND ONE WAS LATER TRANSFERRED TO GUNDERSEN IN LA CROSSE. AUTHORITIES ARE ASKING THE SEDAN’S DRIVER TO CONTACT THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE TO ASSIST WITH THE INVESTIGATION.

THREE DECORAH SCHOOL DISTRICT RESIDENTS HAVE TURNED IN PAPERS TO RUN FOR POSITIONS ON THE BOARD OF EDUCATION. TWO ARE CURRENT MEMBERS, JOHN HJELLE AND BRIAN PETERSBURG. KRISTA VANDENBRINK HAS ALSO FILED PAPERS TO FILL A VACANCY TO BE CREATED WHEN MELANIE TIETZ LEAVES THE BOARD AT THE END OF THE CURRENT TERM. ELECTION DAY IS SEPTEMBER 8TH.

A DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER IS IN WASHINGTON, D-C THIS WEEK. ALLYSEN LOVSTUEN IS BEING RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF 108 TEACHERS NATIONWIDE TO RECEIVE THE PRESIDENTIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN MATHEMATICS AND SCIENIC TEACHING. THE WINNERS ARE SELECTED BY A PANEL OF DISTINGUISHED SCIENTISTS, MATHEMATICIANS AND EDUCATORS FOLLOWING AN INITIAL SELECTION PROCESS DONE AT THE STATE LEVEL. AWARD RECEPIENTS WILL A TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR AWARD FROM THE NATIONAL SCIENIC FOUNDATION TO BE USED AT THEIR DISCRETION.

THE IOWA OFFICE OF INSPECTIONS AND APPEALS HAS HEARD A NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS RECENTLY ABOUT DOOR-TO-DOOR MEAT SALES. SPOKESMAN DAVE WEARNING (WARN’-ing) SAYS THE SELLERS, DON’T APPEAR TO HAVE THE PROPER PERMITS…AND THEY’RE OFFERING DEALS THAT ARE “TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE

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WEARNING SAYS CONSUMERS SHOULD ASK TO SEE THE COMPANY’S MOBILE FOOD LICENSE. HE NOTES, THE SELLERS IN QUESTION ARE DRIVING VEHICLES WITH OUT-OF-STATE LICENSE PLATES.

THE WESTON NOBLE ALUMNI CHOIR WILL HOST ITS FINAL PERFORMANCE EVER (FRIDAY) NIGHT. MYRON HEATON IS A 1968 GRADUATE OF LUTHER. HE SAYS PERFORMERS WILL FEATURE LUTHER STUDENTS FROM SIX DECADES.

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HEATON SAYS A GOOD NUMBER OF ALUMNI ARE BACK FOR THE FINAL YEAR

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THE PERFORMANCE WILL BEGIN AT SEVEN-30 AT THE CENTER FOR FAITH AND LIFE AND IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. IT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A RECEPTION IN THE DAHL CENTENNIAL UNION.

THE EXTENSION OF CITY AND WATER SEWER TO THE DECORAH BUSINESS PARK IS PROGRESSING. DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD.

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BIRD SAYS THE WATER BOOSTER STATION IS LOCATED ABOUT HALF WAY UP THE BLUFF ON HIGHWAY NINE.

With the bird flu outbreak hitting the Midwest, a popular holiday staple might not be as prevalent at local grocery and meat stores. So far, 31.5 million birds have been infected in Iowa, 1.1 million of them turkeys. Nationwide, USDA reports show approximately 7.7 million turkeys have died as a result of the bird flu. The outbreak has hit Iowa, the nation’s largest producer of egg-laying hens, especially hard. Governor Terry Branstad recently extended for a third time a disaster declaration to free up state resources in response to the bird flu.

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THERE ARE THREE SPOTS UP FOR ELECTION ON THE DECORAH SCHOOL BOARD THIS FALL. AS OF WEDNESDAY MORNING, ONLY ONE PERSON HAS TURNED IN PAPERS TO RUN FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD. JOHN HJELLE HAS TURNED IN PAPERS TO SEEK RE-ELECTION. BRIAN PETERSBURG HAS STATED HE INTENDS TO SEEK RE-ELECTION. 12 YEAR SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER MELANIE TIETZ SAYS SHE WILL NOT SEEK RE-ELECTION. THE DEADLINE TO TURN IN PAPERS IS THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

BOTH MEMBERS UP FOR ELECTION ON THE NORTH WINNESHIEK SCHOOL BOARD WILL RUN AGAIN THIS FALL. SUPERINTENDENT TIM DUGGER SAYS BRENDA KREITZER AND BEN LANGE HAVE BOTH FILED PAPERS TO SEEK RE-ELECTION.

THE NORTH WINNESHIEK SCHOOL BOARD APPROVED THE PURCHASE OF A NEW BOILER AT A SPECIAL MEETING TUESDAY AFTERNOON. THE BOARD APPROVED A 229-THOUSAND DOLLAR CONTRACT WITH CASPER PLUMBING AND HEATING OF DECORAH FOR THE PROJECT.

Governor claims he’s not paying attention to his falling poll numbers. Latest Quinnipiac Poll shows Terry Branstad’s favorability rating dipping below fifty percent for the first time in the survey’s history. But, Branstad says he’s taking a long-term view to governing rather than “knee-jerk” reacting to the latest survey. He says he stands by his controversial budget vetoes and decision to shut-down two of the state’s Mental Health Institutes.

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…And, Governor Branstad says the only survey that counts is what happens on election day, and, he points out he’s got a pretty good record on that score. The Governor has never lost a primary or general election during his political career.

ARRAIGNMENTS FOR BOB ANDERSON HAVE BEEN SET. A CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR THE MAN BEHIND THE WORLD-FAMOUS DECORAH EAGLE CAM WILL BE HELD SATURDAY AT ONE P.M. AT THE SIEWERS SPRING STATE PARK AT THE DECORAH FISH HATCHERY. NO VISITATION WILL BE HELD AND THE FJESTUL FUNERAL HOME IN DECORAH IS HANDLING THE ARRAIGNMENTS.

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IOWA’S CORN AND SOYBEAN CROPS ARE PROGRESSING NICELY.SUE DANIELSON REPORTS.

REBOUND HOSPITALITY PRESENTED A PROPOSAL TO BUILD A FAIRFIELD INN ON THE CURRENT BLUFFS INN PROPERTY MONDAY AFTERNOON. THE MATTER WENT BEFORE THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNITY BETTERMENT COMMITTEE OF THE COUNCIL. BRETT REESE IS THE C-E-O OF REBOUND HOSPITALITY. HE EXPLAINS WHAT THEY’RE ASKING FROM THE CITY.

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CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD WAS ASKED HOW THE CITY CAN RESPOND TO THAT REQUEST.

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BIRD WAS ASKED WHO COULD BE INVOLVED IN PROVIDING THE NECESSARY FUNDING.

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THE PLAN ALSO INCLUDES LOTS FOR POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT FOR OFFICE SPACE, RETAIL OR RESTAURANTS. THE COMMITTEE TOOK NO FORMAL ACTION AT MONDAY’S MEETING. THE COUNCIL IS EXPECTED TO SET A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE URBAN REVITILIZATION PLAN AT ITS MEETING NEXT MONDAY.

THE SOUTH WINNESHIEK FUTURE DIRECTION COMMITTEE WILL CONTINUE ITS WORK TONIGHT. THE COMMITTEE WILL MEET AT SEVEN IN THE HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY IN CALMAR.

THE CLOCK IS TICKING DOWN TO TOMORROW’S (WED) DEADLINE FOR LEGISLATORS IN IOWA TO CALL A SPECIAL SESSION.

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OF THE FOUR LAWMAKERS THAT SERVE WINNESHIEK COUNTY, DEMOCRATIC STATE SENATOR MARY JO WILHELM OF CRESCO IS THE ONLY LEGISLATOR TO FORMALLY ASK FOR THE SPECIAL SESSION.

IT APPEARS ONLY ONE OF THE FOUR CANDIDATES UP FOR ELECTION ON THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL WILL RUN THIS FALL. THIRD WARD COUNCIL MEMBER ANDY CARLSON TOLD KDEC NEWS HE PLANS TO RUN FOR ELECTION THIS FALL. CARLSON WAS APPOINTED TO THE COUNCIL IN MARCH REPLACING LONG TIME COUNCIL MEMBER PAUL WANLESS. AT-LARGE REPRESENTATIVE TADE KERNDT TOLD KDEC NEWS HE IS LEANING TOWARDS NOT SEEKING RE-ELECTION. KERNDT SAYS HE IS PLANNING ON MOVING OUTSIDE OF THE CITY LIMITS. LAST WEEK, SECOND WARD COUNCIL MEMBER JODI NIESS AND FOURTH WARD COUNCIL MEMBER BILL WAGNER SAID THEY WOULD NOT SEEK RE-ELECTION.

A NEW HAMPTON TEENAGER TURNED HIMSELF INTO FAYETTE COUNTY AUTHORITIES YESTERDAY. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 18 YEAR OLD TYSON GREEN WAS CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE BURGLARY, A CLASS C FELONY AND FOURTH DEGREE THEFT, A SERIOUS MISDEMEANOR. THE CHARGES ARE IN CONNECTION TO A BURGLARY AT THE GAS N GOODS CONVENIENCE STORE IN HAWKEYE WHICH OCCURRED ON JULY 23RD. GREEN IS BEING HELD IN THE FAYETTE COUNTY JAIL ON SEVEN THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS BOND.

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SOME SAD NEWS TO REPORT THIS MORNING. BOB ANDERSON, THE MAN BEHIND THE WORLD-FAMOUS DECORAH EAGLES CAM, PASSED AWAY YESTERDAY. BOB’S DEATH WAS CONFIRMED ON THE RAPTOR RESOURCE PROJECT FACEBOOK PAGE LAST NIGHT AROUND EIGHT-30 P.M. THE POST SAYS ANY FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS WILL BE MADE ON THE FACEBOOK PAGE AND ON USTREAM. THE POST ALSO ASKS TO RESPECT THE PRIVACY OF BOB’S FAMILY.

A URBAN DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL FROM REBOUND HOSPITALITY WENT BEFORE THE COMMUNITY BETTERMENT COMMITTEE OF THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL LAST NIGHT. THE PROPOSAL IS TO BUILD A FAIRFIELD INN ON THE CURRENT BLUFFS INN PROPERTY. BRETT REESE IS THE C-E-O OF REBOUND HOSPITALITY.

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REESE SAYS THE HOTEL WOULD BE A 78 ROOM STRUCTURE. THE PROJECT WOULD ALSO INCLUDE TWO FREE STANDING COMMERCIAL SITES FOR RESTAURANT, RETAIL OR OFFICE DEVELOPMENT. REESE SAYS ALL TOTAL IT IS A 11-14 MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT. THE REQUEST IS FOR A TEN YEAR TAX ABATEMENT ON THE PROPERTY. REESE SAYS THE THEY’RE ALSO ASKING FOR FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM COUNTY, STATE OR FEDERAL RESOURCES AND FIVE TO SEVEN HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS IN UPFRONT CONTRIBUTIONS. CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS THAT COULD INCLUDE A VARIETY OF IN-KIND OPTIONS AND THE POSSIBILITY OF THE CITY’S SPONSORING GRANT APPLICATIONS. COMMITTEE MEMBERS SEEMED AGREEABLE TO THE TAX ABATEMENT BUT WERE A LITTLE LESS RECEPTIVE UPFRONT CONTRIBUTIONS. NO FORMAL ACTION WAS TAKEN MONDAY NIGHT. THE COUNCIL WILL SET A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT NEXT MONDAY. CITY OFFICIALS SAY THE LIKELY DATE OF THE PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE THE SEPTEMBER EIGHTH COUNCIL MEETING.

TWO JESUP RESIDENTS WERE ARRESTED AFTER AN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING INCIDENT IN HARPERS FERRY. THE ALLAMAKEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 29 YEAR OLD SHANE ARNOLD CHRISTOPHER AND 20 YEAR OLD TAYLOR FRICKSON ALLEGEDLY ATTEMPTED TO BURGLARIZE A HOME ON PARK DRIVE IN HARPERS FERRY AROUND TWO-20 THAT MORNING. A WITNESS PROVIDED AUTHORITIES A DESCRIPTION OF THE VEHICLE AND THE TWO WERE STOPPED BY CLAYTON COUNTY AUTHORITIES ON HIGHWAY 18 A SHORT TIME LATER. CHRISTOPHER AND FRICKSON WERE BOTH CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF THIRD DEGREE BURGLARY, ONE COUNT OF THIRD DEGREE BURGLARY, AN UNOCCUPIED MOTOR VEHICLE, ONE COUNT OF SECOND DEGREE THEFT, ONE COUNT POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA AND ONE COUNT OF POSSESSION OF BURGLAR’S TOOLS. BOTH ARE BEING HELD IN THE ALLAMAKEE COUNTY JAIL.

DECORAH POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A THEFT FROM DECORAH LUTHERAN CHURCH. POLICE SAY AN UNKNOWN PERSON REMOVED A WHITE BANK BAG CONTAINING OVER TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CASH AND CHECKS FROM THE CHURCH OFFICE DURING NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS MONDAY. THE INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.

THE NORTH WINNESHIEK SCHOOL BOARD WILL MEET IN A SPECIAL SESSION THIS AFTERNOON. THE BOARD WILL LOOK TO APPROVE A NEW BOILER BID AT FOUR-30 AT THE SCHOOL LIBRARY.

NORDIC FEST PRESIDENT TOM HOUDEK IS CALLING THIS YEAR’S FEST A SUCCESS

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HOUDEK SAYS INITIAL PLANS IN THE WORKS FOR NEXT YEAR’S 50TH FEST.

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HOUDEK SAYS HE THANKS THE COMMUNITY FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THE FEST. HE SAYS VOLUNTEERS ARE ALWAYS NEEDED FOR THE EVENT. HOUDEK SAYS INTERESTED PERSONS CAN CONTACT THE CHAMBER OFFICE.

AN INCIDENT EARLY SATURDAY MORNING AT HRUSKA’S CAMPGROUND IN BLUFFTON LED TO THE ARREST OF AN AMES MAN. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 22 YEAR OLD COLE RUTHERFORD WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH SECOND OFFENSE PUBLIC INTOXICATION, SERIOUS ASSAULT AND INTERFERENCE WITH OFFICIAL ACTS.

A DECORAH MAN WAS ARRESTED OUTSIDE OF THE CORNER BAR EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. DECORAH POLICE SAY 25 YEAR OLD WILLIAM CLOYD WAS CHARGED WITH SECOND OFFENSE PUBLIC INTOXICATION.

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A PROPOSED URBAN RENEWAL PLAN FOR THE BLUFFS INN PROPERTY WILL BE DISCUSSED BY THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNITY BETTERMENT COMMITTEE OF THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL THIS AFTERNOON. ACCORDING TO THE APPLICATION, THE PROPOSED REDEVELOPMENT WOULD INCLUDE A HOTEL, RESTAURANT AND OFFICE SPACE. THE COMMITTEE MEETING BEGINS AT FOUR P.M. THIS AFTERNOON AT CITY HALL.

ROAD MATTERS WILL BE DISCUSSED AT TODAY’S MEETING OF THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS. A PUBLIC HEARING ON A ROAD AND BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION ORDINANCE. COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE WILL MEET WITH THE BOARD REGARDING A ROAD SAFETY STUDY PROPOSAL. THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS I-T MATTERS. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE.

A DELEGATION FROM ALGERIA WILL VISIT THE NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAMPUS IN SEPTEMBER. N-I-C-C PRESIDENT LIANG CHEE WEE TOLD THE COLLEGE’S BOARD OF TRUSTEES LAST WEEK THE VISIT WILL OCCUR ON SEPTEMBER 18TH. WEE SAYS THE DELEGATION IS INTERESTED IN DAIRY EDUCATION, AGRICULTURE AND THE COLLEGE’S LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY TECHNICIAN PROGRAM. WEE SAYS THE TRIP BY ALGERIAN REPRESENTATIVES IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THE COLLEGE TO DEVELOP A PARTNERSHIP WITH THAT COUNTRY AND TO SHARE THE BEST AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES IN THE WORLD.

THE COLLEGE SAVINGS IOWA PROGRAM, HAS NOW GROWN TO 230-THOUSAND ACCOUNTS. STATE TREASURER MIKE FITZGERALD SAYS THE RETURNS HAVE BEEN PRETTY GOOD, AND HAVE ATTRACTED A LOT OF INVESTORS FROM “OUT-OF-STATE.”

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HE SAYS COLLEGE SAVINGS IOWA NOW HAS A TOTAL VALUE OF 4.1 (B) BILLION DOLLARS.
FITZGERALD, RECENTLY TOOK HIS OWN ADVICE- AND OPENED UP A COLLEGE SAVINGS ACCOUNT FOR HIS NEWBORN GRAND-CHILD. GOVERNOR TERRY BRANSTAD’S TAX RETURNS, MADE PUBLIC THIS YEAR- ALSO SHOW CONTRIBUTIONS TO “COLLEGE SAVINGS IOWA” ACCOUNTS- TO THE BRANSTAD’S GRAND-CHILDREN.

– A bird flu that resulted in the deaths of 48 million chickens and turkeys has finally waned, but industry officials and government researchers will gather this week in Des Moines to discuss next steps if the virus returns this fall or next spring.

Meetings scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday in Des Moines are coordinated by the Georgia-based U.S. Poultry & Egg Association. The trade organization represents egg and meat chicken companies as well as businesses handling turkeys, ducks and breeding stock. Organizers closed most sessions to the public and media, saying they wanted participants to talk freely about what caused the outbreak and how to respond more effectively to future problems. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad are scheduled to talk Tuesday morning.

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SUNDAY

THE SENATE THIS WEEK IS STARTING WORK ON A SIX-YEAR FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION BILL…BUT REPUBLICANS HAVE FOUND ONLY THREE YEARS OF FUNDING TO PAY FOR IT. IOWA SENATOR JONI ERNST SAYS FINDING WAYS TO PAY FOR IT IS DICEY WITHOUT A BOOST IN THE FEDERAL FUEL TAX.

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ERNST SAYS GETTING THREE YEARS OF FUNDING IS BETTER THAN THE YEAR-BY-YEAR APPROACH THAT CONGRESS HAS HAD UNDER DEMOCRATIC CONTROL. BUT SHE ACKNOWLEDGES IF THE SENATE PASSES THE BILL, THE HOUSE MAY REJECT IT. G-O-P LEADERS THERE WANT TO EXTEND CURRENT SPENDING AND WORK OUT LONG-TERM WAYS TO PAY FOR IT. ERNST SAYS SHE SUPPORTS THE BILL AS IT STANDS NOW.

ROAD MATTERS WILL HEADLINE TOMORROW’S MEETING OF THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. A PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD ON A ROAD AND BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION ORDINANCE. COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE WILL ALSO DISCUSS A ROAD SAFETY STUDY PROPOSAL. THE BOARD WILL ALSO RECEIVE UPDATES ON LEGAL AND I-T MATTERS. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

THE NORTH WINNESHIEK SCHOOL BOARD WILL MEET IN A SPECIAL SESSION TUESDAY AFTERNOON. THE BOARD WILL REVIEW A BID TO REPLACE THE SCHOOL’S BOILER SYSTEM. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT FOUR-30 AT NORTH WINNESHIEK SCHOOL LIBRARY.

A NEW STRATEGIC PLAN FOR NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE WAS DISCUSSED AT LAST WEEK’S COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING. COLLEGE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS KRISTIN DIETZEL SAYS THE PLAN WILL FOCUS ON PROGRAMMING, STUDENTS, ORGANIZATION, COMMUNITY AND FACILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY. THE PLAN OUTLINES THE GOALS FOR THE COLLEGE FOR THE NEXT THREE FISCAL YEARS.

Iowa Attorney-General joining with other state A-G’s calling on phone companies to do more to block those annoying so-called “robocalls”. Geoff Greenwood of the Iowa A-G’s office says they get a lot of calls about the computer-generated phone-calls.

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Greenwood says Tom Miller and 44-other state attorneys-general are writing to the five major phone service providers asking for them to offer robo-call blocking technology. He says a recent F-C-C rule clarification is offering “a green light” to that action.

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THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNITY BETTERMENT COMMITTEE OF THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET MONDAY. THE COMMITTEE WILL REVIEW AN URBAN RENEWAL/REVITALIZATION PLAN APPLICATION FOR THE CURRENT BLUFFS INN PROPERTY. THE PLANS PROVIDED TO CITY INCLUDE A NEW HOTEL, RESTAURANT AND OFFICE SPACE. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT FOUR P.M. MONDAY AFTERNOON AT CITY HALL.

A MAJOR MILESTONE COMES THIS WEEKEND AS THE LANDMARK CIVIL RIGHTS LAW ENSURING EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES CELEBRATES ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY. JOHN MICHAELSON REPORTS.

AN ECONOMIC SURVEY OF BANKERS IN THE STATE, FINDS MODERATE GROWTH. IOWA BANKERS ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT JOHN SORENSON SAYS THE LOW UNEMPLOYMENT RATE, ALONG WITH SOLID PROPERTY VALUES ARE TWO FACTORS DRIVING AN INCREASE IN LOAN DEMAND.

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SORENSON SAYS IT APPEARS BORROWERS ARE ABLE TO PAY-OFF THEIR DEBTS TOO. HE SAYS ONE QUESTION GOING FORWARD, IS WHETHER THE FEDERAL RESERVE WILL RAISE INTEREST RATES LATER THIS YEAR.

A WORLD RECORD WILL BE ATTEMPTED (SATURDAY) NIGHT AT THE FOOT NOTES DANCE ON WATER STREET. THEY ARE GOING TO ATTEMPT TO HAVE THE WORLD’S LARGEST SCHOTTISH (SCHOTT-ISH) DANCE. BETH RODDO (ROD-DO) IS WITH THE GROUP.

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RODDO SAYS THEY’RE ENCOURAGING INTERESTED PERSONS TO PRE-REGISTER

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PERSON CAN PRE-REGISTER AT EVENT-BRITE-DOT-COM. THE DANCE IS SCHEDULED FOR 8:50 TONIGHT.

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ANOTHER DAY. ANOTHER QUINIPIAC POLL RELEASED. RICHARD LEE REPORTS.

NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE HAS RECEIVED A SUCCESS MODEL EXPANSION GRANT. COLLEGE OFFICIALS SAY THE GRANT WILL SUPPORT AN INITIATIVE THAT PROVIDES INDIVIDUALIZED COACHING SERVICES FOR STUDENTS, INCLUDING RECRUITEMENT THROUGH JOB PLACEMENT IN FAMILY-SUSTAINING CAREERS. THE THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT WAS PROVIDED BY AN ANONYMOUS DONOR. STIPULATIONS OF THE GRANT REQUIRE THAT EIGHTY PERCENT OF THE STUDENTS SERVED BY THE ADDITIONAL FUNDING BY UNDER THE AGE OF 30 OR A PARENT, AS WELL AS ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED.

A NEW EMERGENCY RADIO COMMUNICATIONS TOWER WILL BE CONSTRUCTED SOON. DECORAH POLICE CHIEF BILL NIXON TOLD THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL THIS WEEK THE TOWER WILL BE CONSTRUCTED NEAR THE BODENSTEINER IMPLEMENT ON HIGHWAY NINE WEST OF DECORAH. NIXON SAYS THE NEW TOWER SHOULD BE FULLY OPERATIONAL BY NEXT SPRING.

THE 2015 NORDIC FEST WILL BEGIN THIS EVENING. THE OPENING CEREMONIES WILL BEGIN AT SIX-45 AT THE COURTHOUSE SQUARE, WHICH WILL INCLUDE RECONGITION OF THE FEST GRAND MARSHALL ELIZABETH LORENTZEN AND THE FLAG RECIPIENT THE FOOT NOTES. IT WILL ALSO FEATURE PERFORMANCES BY THE NORDIC DANCERS, KAI ROBERT AND SISTER AS WELL AS FLAG AND BUNAD PRESENTATIONS. ENTERTAINMENT AT THE DOWNTOWN CANOPIES WILL BEGIN AT EIGHT P.M..

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has reversed the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources decision that the Erickson Sand Mine in Houston could not operate until the owners got a trout stream setback permit. The court reversed the DNR’s decision because the Erickson mine is not a “new project,” so the mine can now legally operate once again.

A DECORAH WOMAN REFUSED MEDICAL TREATMENT AT THE SCENE AFTER BEING HIT BY A VEHICLE NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF COLLEGE DRIVE AND LOCUST ROAD THURSDAY MORNING. DECORAH POLICE SAY AROUND NINE-40, 52 YEAR OLD BETSY BUSCH HAD JUST FINISHED PUTTING INFORMATION ON A ROAD SIDE, ATTEMPTED TO CROSS THE STREET AND WAS STRUCK BY A VEHICLE DRIVEN BY 19 YEAR OLD TYLER BARTH OF DECORAH. AUTHORITIES SAY BUSCH DROVE HERSELF TO THE HOSPITAL.