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REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE DR. BEN CARSON’S NIPPING AT DONALD TRUMP’S HEELS IN IOWA…WHILE A GUY WHO HASN’T ANNOUNCED ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE IS POLLING WELL IN THIS STATE. GARY BARRETT REPORTS.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY ZONING OFFICE WILL ACCEPT WRITTEN PUBLIC COMMENTS ON A REVISED ZONING ORDINANCE UNTIL (TUESDAY) AT NOON. COUNTY ZONING ADMINISTRATOR TONY PHILLIPS SAYS THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION HAS BEEN WORKING ON WORKING ON MAKING SEVERAL CHANGES TO THE ORDINANCE INCLUDE BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE ADDITION OF REGULATION REGARDING INDUSTRIAL MINERAL MINING. WRITTEN COMMENTS WILL BE COMPILED AND DISTRIBUTED TO ZONING COMMISSION MEMBERS BEFORE NEXT WEEK’S MEETING. A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE ISSUE WILL TAKE PLACE SEPTEMBER EIGHTH AT SEVEN-30 AT THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY COURTHOUSE.

LAST FALL, THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL APPROVED A TAX ABATEMENT INCENTIVE FOR NEW HOUSING CONSTRUCTION AND IMPROVEMENTS. THE INCENTIVE PROGRAM HAS BEEN A KICK-START FOR THE MARKET ACCORDING TO DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD.

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BIRD SAYS HE WILL GIVE A FULL REPORT FOR THE TAX ABATEMENT HOUSING INCENTIVE PLAN TO THE CITY COUNCIL BY OCTOBER.

A HOUSTON, TEXAS MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER REFUSING TO LEAVE AN APARTMENT ON EAST MAIN STREET IN DECORAH EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. DECORAH POLICE SAY GEORGE HIRAM MARTINEZ WAS CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL MISCHIEF AND INTERFERENCE WITH OFFICIAL ACTS. AUTHORITIES SAY PAIGE YOS CALLED POLICE WISHING TO HAVE MARTINEZ REMOVED FROM THE RESIDENCE. POLICE SAY MARTINEZ FLED THE APARTMENT BY JUMPING OUT OF A SECOND STORY WINDOW.

A MANCHESTER MAN WAS ARRESTED ON A FAYETTE COUNTY WARRANT SUNDAY. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 30 YEAR OLD MATHEW CONNER WAS CHARGED WITH A PROBATION VIOLATION WITH THE ORIGINAL CHARGES OF DRIVING WHILE LICENSE REVOKED, A SERIOUS MISDEMEANOR AND INTRODUCING INTOXICANTS INTO AN INSITUTION , A CLASS D FELONY. CONNER IS BEING HELD IN THE FAYETTE COUNTY JAIL ON FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS SUPPORTS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A 28-E AGREEMENT TO FORM AN UPPER IOWA RIVER WATERSHED MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY. BUT THE BOARD TABLED ACTION ON THE AGREEMENT AT IS MEETING THIS MORNING. THE BOARD WANTED COUNTY ATTORNEY ANDY VAN DER MAATEN TO REVIEW THE DOCUMENT PRIOR TO THE BOARD’S APPROVAL. SUPERVISOR JOHN BEARD SAYS HE HAS HEARD NO OPPOSITION FROM HOWARD, WINNESHIEK OR ALLAMAKEE COUNTY GOVERNMENT AGENCIES REGARDING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE AUTHORITY. THE MATTER IS EXPECTED TO BE ON THE AGENDA FOR NEXT TUESDAY’S MEETING.

AN IOWA CITY WOMAN WAS ARRESTED THIS MORNING AFTER AN INCIDENT ON WEST MAIN STREET. DECORAH POLICE SAY 21 YEAR OLD JESSICA LEIGH ROBINSON WAS CHARGED WITH PUBLIC INTOXICATION AFTER ALLEGEDLY POUNDING A DOOR AT A RESIDENCE.

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Gas prices are expect to fall in the near future. Iowa Department of Agriculture Fuel Analyst Harold Hommes says the price for a regular gallon of gasoline is down TEN cents from a week ago to $2.62 a gallon. And now the summer driving season is wrapping up, a refinery issue in Indiana has been resolved and crude oil prices are dipping below 40 dollars a barrel.

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Hommes says it could take a while for those factors to work their way into the market. He says prices would likely drop after Labor Day, barring another unforeseen issue. A B-P refinery in Indiana recently suffered a partial shutdown due to a technical issue. It’s now back up and running.

The establishment of a management authority for the Upper Iowa River watershed will be a topic of discussion at today’s meeting of the Winneshiek county board of supervisors. The board will consider a 28-E agreement to establish the authority at today’s meeting. The board will also discuss Grouse Valley Road and hold regular meetings with the county engineer and attorney. The meeting will begin at nine-30 at the courthouse in Decorah.

A Calmar woman was cited for shoplifting after an incident at Fareway in Decorah last week. Decorah police say 28 year old Irene Jones allegedly carried merchandise into a store restroom and was seen by store employees not carrying anything. Jones was stopped when she left the store. Authorities say merchandise was found concealed on Jones. She was arrested, was cited and released.

Authorities are continuing to investigate an incident which locked down Winneshiek Medical Center for around an hour and a half Friday afternoon. Decorah police say they were notified of a man who made threats against a physician at the hospital around three p.m. Authorities say a car belonging to the man who made the threats was located unoccupied in the Winneshiek Medical Center parking lot at 3:38, prompting the lockdown. After a search of the building, telephone contact was made with the man and authorities confirmed he was off of the medical center campus. The lockdown was lifted shortly before five p.m.

The South Winneshiek Future direction committee has schedule two town hall meetings for next month. Committee representatives say the meetings will be held September 21st and 22nd at seven p.m. at the South Winneshiek high school auditorium. The say says the same information will be presented both nights and hope release some further details about the town hall meetings the week prior.

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AREA LAW ENFORCEMENT ENTITIES AND THE GOVERNOR’S TRAFFIC SAFETY BUREAU ARE IN THE MIDST OF A STEP-OR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM. THE EFFORT IS FOCUSED ON IMPAIRED DRIVING. THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION SAYS IN 2013, 424 PEOPLE NATIONWIDE LOST THEIR LIVES OVER THE THREE-DAY LABOR DAY WEEKEND. THE EFFORT WILL RUN THROUGH LABOR DAY.

Lonely Iowans are being warned about “looking for love in all the wrong places”. Geoff Greenwood of the Iowa Attorney General’s office says the get regular calls from Iowans who were “catfished” into thinking they just met their “soulmate” on-line

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…Greenwood says some Iowans have lost “tens of thousands of dollars” trying to help their “on-line lover” out of a jam. He says these scammers like to use legitimate dating websites to find potential victims. One red flag is when they quickly move the conversation off those websites to direct e-mail, text or phone calls. Greenwood says you should NEVER send money to someone you only know on-line.

LUTHER COLLEGE WILL HOST ITS OPENING CONVOCATION FOR THE FALL SEMESTER THIS WEEK. AUTHOR CRISTINA HENRIQUEZ WILL PRESENT “FINDING OURSELVES IN STORIES” THURSDAY MORNING AT NINE-40 IN THE CENTER FOR FAITH AND LIFE MAIN HALL ON THE LUTHER CAMPUS. THE OPENING CONVOCATION IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

THE FINAL EVENT OF THE SEASON AT THE DECORAH MUNICIPAL SWIMMING POOL. ERIKA RANDALL IS WITH THE DECORAH PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT.

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THE DOG SWIM WILL BE HELD FROM NOON UNTIL THREE P.M. THIS AFTERNOON.

WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER WILL HOST A GRAND COMMUNITY PICNIC THIS WEEK. IT WILL BE HELD THURSDAY AT THE MEDICAL CENTER FROM FOUR UNTIL SEVEN P.M. THE EVENT WILL FEATURE FREE B-B-Q PORK SANDWICHES ALONG WITH LIVE MUSIC, TOURS AND DEMONSTRATIONS, EDUCATIONAL DISPLAYS, FITNESS CHALLENGES, FITNESS CLASSES, TROLLEY RIDES, AMBULANCE TOURS AND HELICOPTER TOURS.

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THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION IS ACCEPTING PUBLIC COMMENTS ON A REVISED ZONING ORDINANCE. THE COMMISSION HAS BEEN WORKING ON MAKING SEVERAL CHANGES TO THE ORDINANCE INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE ADDITION OF REGULATION REGARDING INDUSTRIAL MINERAL MINING. THE PROPOSED ORDINANCE IS AVAILABLE ON THE COUNTY WEBSITE. WRITTEN COMMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL TUESDAY AT THE ZONING OFFICE AT THE COURTHOUSE. A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE MATTER WILL BE HELD SEPTEMBER EIGHTH DURING THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION’S MONTHLY MEETING.

A GROUP OF IOWA D-O-T EMPLOYEES ARE TESTING A NEW SMARTPHONE APP…IT’S A DIGITAL DRIVERS LICENSE. SPOKESPERSON ANDREA HENRY SAYS IT’S NOT JUST A DEPICTION OF THE DRIVERS LICENSE ON THE SMARTPHONE…IT’S INTERACTIVE

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SHE SAYS IF YOU CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS OR CHANGE DRIVER STATUS, THE APP AUTOMATICALLY UPDATES. IT’S A 90 DAY TRIAL…AND IMPLEMENTATION IS A LONG WAY AWAY.

Some good new out of Indiana will have a positive impact on Iowans’ wallets. A B-P Refinery that suffered a partial shutdown is back up and running, and the soon-to-be abundant supply of gasoline will mean cheaper gas across the Midwest.

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Iowa Department of Agriculture Fuel Analyst Harold Hommes says the refinery repair is lining up with the end of the summer driving season, and comes at a time when crude oil prices are dropping below 40 dollars a barrel. Regular gasoline prices in Iowa have dropped a dime over the last week.

A former lawmaker is accused of providing inside information to one company seeking Iowa Medicaid business before helping another develop a winning bid. Renee Schulte’s actions are being cited by two companies who claim the high-stakes bidding process was unfair. Schulte said Thursday she acted “above board,” denying she provided anyone with confidential information or that she had an ethical conflict.
The Department of Human Services selected four companies to manage the $4.2 billion Medicaid program. Three losing bidders are challenging that decision. Centene alleges Schulte told its lobbyists in 2014 that a DHS official who later evaluated the proposals felt negatively toward the company. At the time, Schulte was a DHS contract worker. Aetna claims Schulte’s subsequent consulting work for winning vendor WellCare is a conflict. WellCare denies that.

THIS WEEKEND WILL BE FINAL WEEKEND OF THE YEAR FOR THE DECORAH MUNICIPAL SWIMMING POOL. THE POOL WILL BE OPEN (SATURDAY) FROM NOON UNTIL ONE P.M. FOR NOON LAP AND AQUACISE AND ONE UNTIL SIX FOR OPEN SWIM. PARKS AND RECREATION OFFICIALS SAY THE SATURDAY ADMISSION WILL BE ONE DOLLAR OR A REGULAR SEASON PASS. SUNDAY, THE POOL SEASON WILL COME TO AN END WITH THE ANNUAL DOG SWIM FROM NOON UNTIL THREE P.M. ADMISSION IS THREE DOLLARS PER DOG AND ONE DOLLAR PER PERSON.

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FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR, THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA’S INITIATIVE FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES WILL SPEND THE YEAR STUDYING IN DECORAH. DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD.

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BIRD SAYS THE INITIAL MEETING BETWEEN CITY OFFICIALS AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE IOWA INITIATIVE FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES ARE TAKING PLACE THIS WEEK.

REPUBLICAN PREISDENTIAL HOPEFUL MIKE HUCKABEE WAS CAMPAIGNING IN NORTHEAST IOWA WEDNESDAY WHEN WORD CAME ABOUT THE SHOOTINGS IN VIRGINIA.

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HUCKABEE SAYS PEOPLE FAIL TO UNDERSTAND THAT EQUALITY AMONG PEOPLE IS ONE OF THE BEDROCK FOUNDATIONAL PRINCIPLES ON WHICH THE COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED.

Iowa’s top insurance regulator has approved rate increases for several health providers in the state. Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart announced Wednesday that he approved increases on individual insurance plans provided by Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Coventry Health Care and Gundersen Health Insurance. The changes go into effect in January. The Des Moines Register reports the rate increases include between 17.6 percent and 28.7 percent on average for plans by Wellmark, 19.8 percent on average for plans by Coventry and 9.4 percent on average for plans by Gundersen. The newspaper reports some residents who attended a hearing earlier this year on the proposed increases criticized it. Officials for at least two of the providers say the increases were needed because of unexpected health care costs.

Iowa high school students who took the ACT college entrance exam this spring performed better than students in most other states. A report issued Wednesday shows 67 percent of this year’s graduating class in Iowa took the ACT. Iowa’s average composite score of 22.2 rose from 22 the previous year. The national average is 21, out of a possible 36. Iowa posted the second best score among the 30 states where at least 60 percent of students took the exam. Paul Weeks is with the Iowa City-based ACT. Minnesota topped the list. Iowa and Wisconsin tied for second. Weeks says one positive trend in Iowa is minority students — particularly Hispanic and African-American students — are performing better on the ACT in recent years.

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STATE TREASURER MIKE FITZGERALD’S OFFICE HAD A BOOTH AT THE IOWA STATE FAIR FOR THEIR GREAT IOWA TREASURE HUNT…AND HE SAYS IT WORKED WONDERS TO CONNECT IOWANS WITH THEIR LOST MONEY.

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FITZGERALD SAYS THE LARGEST AMOUNT FOUND WAS OVER 43 THOUSAND DOLLARS. BUT HE SAYS THERE’S STILL MORE. YOU CAN GO TO GREATIOWATREASUREHUNT.GOV FOR MORE INFORMATION.

IOWA SCHOOLS BEGAN THIS WEEK. DISCUSSION IS CONTINUING ABOUT THE LACK OF STATE FUNDING FOR K-12 SCHOOLS. DECORAH SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS THERE’S NOT A LOT OF FINANCIAL DECISIONS THAT CAN BE MADE LOCALLY.

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HALUSKA SAYS WHEN FUNDING ISN’T AT DESIRED LEVELS IT’S HARD FOR IT NOT TO EFFECT PERSONNEL AND PROGRAMMING.

REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MIKE HUCKABEE SAYS HE APPRECIATES THE IOWA CAUCUSES. THE FORMER ARKANSAS GOVERNOR SAYS IT’S PROOF THE BIG MONEY IN POLITICS ISN’T ALL ITS CRACKED UP TO BE.

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HUCKABEE WON THE IOWA CAUCUSES IN 2008. HE MADE CAMPAIGN STOPS IN ELKADER, WEST UNION, DECORAH AND WAUKON WEDNESDAY.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVED THE HIRING OF AN ADDITIONAL I-T STAFF PERSON AT A SPECIAL MEETING MONDAY AFTERNOON. THE BOARD ALSO DISCUSSED THE POSITION WITH DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD AND CITY CLERK WANDA HEMESATH. COUNTY OFFICIALS SAY IF THE CITY COUNCIL WOULD AGREE TO IT, THE NEW HIRE COULD BE A SHARED POSITION BETWEEN THE CITY AND COUNTY. BUT COUNTY OFFICIALS ALSO ACKNOWLEDGED THERE WOULD LIKELY BE ENOUGH WORK FOR THE INDIVIDUAL TO BE A FULL-TIME COUNTY EMPLOYEE.

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THE DOW’S PLUNGE MONDAY CAME AS INVESTORS WORRY ABOUT WHAT’S THE NEXT SHOE TO DROP IN CHINA. THE WORLD’S SECOND LARGEST ECONOMY STARTED TO DEVALUE ITS CURRENCY TWO WEEKS AGO IN THE WAKE OF POOR ECONOMIC DATA. I-S-U ECONOMIST DAVE SWENSON SAYS, BASICALLY NOT TO WORRY.

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HE SAYS WHAT’S HAPPENING IN CHINA IS A SHORT TERM RESPONSE AND DOESN’T TELL US ANYTHING ABOUT THE OVERALL WELL-BEING OF THE UNITED STATES ECONOMY.

ANOTHER STEP-OR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM-IS NOW UNDERWAY. LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ENTITIES AND THE GOVERNOR’S TRAFFIC SAFETY BUREAU WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE EFFORT WHICH IS FOCUSED ON IMPAIRED DRIVING. THE EFFORT RUNS THROUGH LABOR DAY.

REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MIKE HUCKABEE WILL MAKE FOUR CAMPAIGN STOPS IN NORTHEAST IOWA (WEDNESDAY). HUCKABEE WILL BEGIN HIS DAY IN ELKADER AT JOHNSON’S RESTAURANT AT SEVEN-30 A.M. THEN HE WILL TRAVEL TO WEST UNION FOR AN APPERANCE AT GUS AND TONY’S TOWNHOUSE AT ELEVEN-30. THE THIRD STOP OF THE DAY FOR THE FORMER ARKANSAS GOVERNOR WILL BE AT CHASE THE ADVENTURE IN DECORAH AT TWO-30 P.M. HUCKABEE’S FOURTH AND FINAL STOP IN THE AREA (WEDNESDAY) WILL BE AT THE OLD ROSSVILLE STORE IN WAUKON AT FIVE-30.

THE SOUTH WINNESHIEK FUTURE DIRECTION COMMITTEE WILL MEET (WEDNESDAY) . THE AGENDA INCLUDES A REVIEW BROCHURE, TOWN HALL MEETINGS AND THE FINALIZATION OF SHORT AND LONG TERM RECOMMENDATIONS. SCHOOL OFFICIALS SAY THE COMMITTEE WILL LIKELY BRING A FINAL RECOMMENDATION TO THE SOUTH WINNESHIEK SCHOOL BOARD AT ITS OCTOBER FIFTH MEETING. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT SEVEN AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL MEET IN A SPECIAL SESSION (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON. THE BOARD WILL MEET WITH DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD AND JON LUBKE AND CHOPPER ALBERT FROM THE COUNTY I-T DEPARTMENT TO DISCUSS POSSIBLE JOB DESCRIPTIONS, A POTENTIAL 28-E AGREEMENT AND RELATED ITEMS. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT ONE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

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A SIDEWALK INSPECTION PROGRAM FOR THE CITY OF DECORAH WAS REFERRED TO COMMITTEE LAST WEEK. THE PROPOSAL WOULD ALLOW CITY STAFF TO PROVIDE AN OVERVIEW OF CITY CODES REGARDING SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENTS AND LAYOUT A PLAN FOR ANNUAL SIDEWALKS INSPECTIONS. CITY OFFICIALS SAY THE PLAN WOULD INCLUDE INSTALLATIONS OF SIDEWALKS WERE NONE CURRENTLY EXIST. THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL REFERRED THE MATTER TO THE STREET COMMITTEE AT ITS MEETING LAST WEEK.

TWO RESIDENTS OF 185TH AVENUE MET WITH THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MONDAY MORNING. BOB RILEY AND MONICA ZWEIBOHMER ARE URGING THE BOARD TO SALVAGE THE ROAD. THEY SAY THE LAST MAJOR REPAIR TO THAT ROAD OCCURRED 15 YEARS AGO. A PETITION WITH 208 SIGNATURES HAS BEEN PRESENTED TO THE BOARD REQUESTING RESURFACING BE COMPLETED BY 2016. THE SUPERVISORS STATED WHILE THEY SYMPHATIZE WITH THE SITUATION, THERE ARE MANY FACTORS THAT GO INTO DECIDING WHICH ROADS GET REPAIRED AND WHEN THEY DO. SUPERVISORS CHAIR JOHN LOGSDON SAYS THE COUNTY FACTORS IN TRAFFIC COUNT, HAZARDS AND FATALIES THAT HAVE OCCURRED ON THAT ROAD. SUPERVISOR MARK KUHN SAYS 185TH AVENUE WILL BE DISCUSSED WHEN THE COUNTY’S FIVE YEAR PLAN IS REVIEWED.

A GROUP LOOKING TO ORGANIZE A WATER MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY FOR THE UPPER IOWA RIVER MET FOR THE FIRST TIME LAST WEEK. SUPERVISOR JOHN BEARD SAYS THE NEXT IN ESTABLISHING THE AUTHORITY SHOULD COME SOON.

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BEARD SAYS THE MEETING HAD GOOD DISCUSSION FROM BOTH THE POTENTIAL MEMBERS OF THE AUTHORITY AND INTERESTED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

THE DECORAH SCHOOL DISTRICT IS IN THE INITIAL PHASES OF ADDING AIR CONDITIONING AT JOHN CLINE AND WEST SIDE. THE ISSUE WAS BRIEFLY DISCUSSED BY THE DECORAH SCHOOL BOARD LAST WEEK. SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS HE WILL PASS ON MORE INFORMATION TO THE BOARD WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE. JOHN CLINE AND WEST SIDE ARE THE ONLY TWO DISTRICT BUILDINGS THAT DO NOT HAVE AIR CONDITIONING.

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A LAWLER TEENAGER WAS KILLED IN AN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. THE IOWA STATE PATROL SAYS SHORTLY AFTER FIVE A.M, A VEHICLE DRIVEN BY 19 YEAR OLD JESSE JOHNSON WAS TRAVELING AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF 150 STREET AND QUINLAN AVENUE NEAR LAWLER. THE VEHICLE LEFT THE ROADWAY, WENT AIRBORNE, STRUCK SEVERAL LARGE TREES IN A ROADSIDE DITCH, CAME TO REST IN A WOODED AND CAUGHT FIRE. JOHNSON DIED OF INJURIES SUFFERED IN THE ACCIDENT.

TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY CANDIDATES CAN FILE PAPERS TO RUN FOR CITY COUNCIL IN DECORAH. FOUR SPOTS ARE OPEN ON THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL. ONLY ONE OF THE FOUR CURRENT MEMBERS SAYS THEY WILL SEEK RE-ELECTION. SECOND WARD COUNCIL MEMBER JODI NIESS, FOURTH WARD COUNCIL MEMBER BILL WAGNER AND AT-LARGE REPRESENTATIVE TADE KERNDT ALL SAY THEY ARE NOT SEEKING RE-ELECTION. THIRD WARD COUNCILMAN ANDY CARLSON, WHO WAS APPOINTED TO THE COUNCIL IN MARCH TO FILL THE UNEXPIRED TERM OF PAUL WANLESS, SAYS HE WILL SEEK RE-ELECTION. THE DEADLINE TO FILE PAPERS IS SEPTEMBER 17TH. THE GENERAL ELECTION WILL BE HELD NOVEMBER THIRD.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL BEGIN ITS MEETING TODAY GATHERING ON COLLEGE DRIVE AT NINE A.M. THE BOARD WILL TOUR A DEBRIS ISSUE AREA AT THAT TIME. WHEN THE SUPERVISORS RECONVENE AT THE COURTHOUSE, BOB RILEY WILL MEET WITH THE BOARD REGARDING 185TH AVENUE. WINNESHIEK COUNTY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR STEPHANIE FROMM WILL DISCUSS PROJECTS UPDATES AND THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS MENTAL HEALTH AND I-T MATTERS.

THE DECORAH SCHOOL BOARD IS STUDYING WAYS TO UPDATE ITS GOOD CONDUCT CODE. THAT IS THE REGULATIONS STUDENTS MUST ABIDE BY TO BE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN CO-CIRRICULAR ACTIVITIES. SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS THE BOARD’S POLICY MUST UPDATE AS TIME EVOLVES.

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THE BOARD HAS NOT MADE A FINAL DECISION ON ANY CHANGES AS OF YET.

A SOUTH WINNESHIEK HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE IS THE NEW VICE PRESIDENT FOR FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION AT NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE. DAVE DAHMS COMES TO THE POSITION FROM SINCLAIR TRACTOR IN MUSCATINE WHERE HE SERVED AS CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER. DAHMS WILL REPLACED JOHN NOEL, WHO RETIRED FROM THE POSIITON IN JUNE.

THE FUTURE OF TURKEY VALLEY COMMITTEE WILL MEET TONIGHT. THE COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS FEEDBACK FROM THE PUBLIC AND FUNDRAISING AND GRANT IDEAS. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT SIX AT THE TURKEY VALLEY ELEMENTARY LIBRARY.

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With the start of the school year tomorrow, the Winneshiek county sheriff’s department is reminding the public to be cautious when driving during school hours. Sheriff’s department officials remind the public that is illegal to pass a bus from the rear when the amber or red lights are flashing, when approaching a bus from the front, drivers should proceed cautiously at no more than 25 miles per hour and be prepared to stop and drivers must stop a minimum of 15 feet away from the bus when the red lights are flashing and the stop arm. Authorities also remind the public the penalty for violating school bus laws is an automatic driver’s license suspension in addition to a fine.

Luther college has announced details of the college’s opening convocation lecture for the fall semester. Author Cristina Henriquez will be the great speaker. She will speak about the concept of identity and address common narratives about immigation on Thursday, September third at nine-40 at the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

The U.S. Department of Labor has selected Northeast Iowa Community College as a Sector of Excellence in Apprenticeships leader for U.S. advanced manufacturing. The federal designation is a result of the college’s successful collaboration with the department of labor in developing and implementing competency-based apprenticeships in metal working. Department of Labor officials say the NICC competency-based apprenticeship allows students to apply previous experience, start on something that they’re comfortable with and work on customized, individuals projects.

THE LATEST READ ON THE RURAL ECONOMY IN A 10 STATE REGION OF THE MIDWEST IS OUT COMPILED BY CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY ECONOMIST ERNIE GOSS.

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ON THE UPSIDE, CASH RENT FOR FARMLAND REMAINS STRONG AND THE HOUSING SECTOR IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN THE SAME. OVERALL THE MAINSTREET INDEX CAME IN GROWTH NEUTRAL FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST.

With the start of school this year, that means the season is coming to an end for the Decorah municipal swimming pool. The pool will be open regular hours today. Monday through Friday of this week the pool will be open for lap and aquacise classes during the morning and at noon. Next Saturday, noon lap and aquacise and an open swim will be held from one until six p.m. The pool will close its season next Sunday, the 30th, with its annual Dog Swim from noon until three p.m.