11-1 NEWS

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL HOLD PUBLIC MEETINGS MONDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT. THE BOARD SAYS THEY WILL GATHER PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING THE POTENTIAL OF CLOSING THREE BRIDGES INDEFINITELY. A MEETING WILL BE HELD MONDAY NIGHT AT SIX P.M. AT THE RIDGEWAY COMMMUNITY CENTER. THAT MEETING WILL DISCUSS A BRIDGE ON 310TH AVENUE IN ORLEANS TOWNSHIP AND ANOTHER ON HAPPY HOLLOW ROAD IN MADISON TOWNSHIP. TUESDAY NIGHT, A MEETING WILL BE HELD AT SIX AT THE HIGHLANDVILLE SCHOOL REGARDING A BRIDGE ON 360TH STREET IN HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP.

13 ITEMS WILL GO BEFORE THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL FOR ITS MEETING TOMORROW NIGHT. THE COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER AWARDING A BID FOR THE NEW WATER SLIDE AT THE DECORAH MUNICIPAL SWIMMING POOL. THE COUNCIL WILL ALSO HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING TAKING BIDS FOR AN EMERGENCY POWER GENERATOR REPLACEMENT AT THE WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT. THE COUNCIL WILL ALSO CONSIDER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR VOLUNTARY ANNEXATION. THE MEETING BEGINS AT FIVE-45 AT CITY HALL.

THE MONTHLY MEETING OF THE SOUTH WINNESHIEK SCHOOL BOARD WHICH WAS SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW NIGHT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. SCHOOL OFFICIALS SAY THE REASON FOR THE POSTPONEMENT IS THE SCHOOL’S FOOTBALL PLAYOFF GAME AT SAINT ANSGAR. THE MEETING WILL NOW BE HELD THURSDAY AFTERNOON AT THREE-30 AT BOARD ROOM OF THE HIGH SCHOOL IN CALMAR.

A GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD TUESDAY FOR A NEW DRIFTLESS AREA EDUCATION AND VISITOR CENTER IN LANSING. THE ALLAMAKEE COUNTY CONSERVATION FOUNDATION SAYS IT WILL BE HELD AT ELEVEN A.M. AT THE SITE AT 1944 COLUMBUS ROAD IN LANSING. ALLAMAKEE COUNTY CONSERVATION OFFICIALS WILL PROVIDE MEETING AND OFFICE SPACE FOR PUBLIC USE, CLASSROOMS AND GROUP LEARNING AREAS, MULTIPLE OBSERVATION DECKS, RECREATIONAL TRAILS AND MORE.

THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH IS AWARDING FEDERAL FUNDING TO IOWA PROVIDERS, TO HELP PAY FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT, SPECIFICALLY ADDRESSING OPIOD ABUSE. MONICA WILKEY-BROWN OF THE I-D-P-H, SAYS FUNDS ARE AIMED AT COMBATTING SOME DISTURBING STATS IN IOWA.

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THE FEDERAL SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION GRANTS TOTAL THREE MILLION DOLLARS, ONE MILLION IN EACH OF THREE YEARS.

THE LUNG ASSOCIATION IN IOWA IS “ON BOARD” WITH A NATIONAL AWARENESS CAMPAIGN. SPOKESPERSON MICKI SANDQUIST SAYS WOMEN IN PARTICULAR FAIL TO BE DIAGNOSED WITH LUNG CANCER, AT AN EARLY STAGE.

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LUNG CANCER IS THE TOP KILLER FOR BOTH WOMEN AND MEN. THE LUNG ASSOCIATION REPORTS DIAGNOSES HAVE NEARLY DOUBLED AMONG ALL WOMEN IN THE PAST 37-YEARS, YET ONLY ONE PERCENT OF WOMEN CITE LUNG CANCER AS A “TOP OF MIND” CANCER CONCERN.

10-31 NEWS

A SAINT LUCAS MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED AFTER A LENGTHY INVESTIGATION. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 38 YEAR OLD SCOTT FRANZEN WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WEDNESDAY. AUTHORITIES SAY HE WAS CHARGED WITH THIRD DEGREE SEXUAL ABUSE, A CLASS C FELONY. THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING AND FURTHER CHARGES ARE PENDING.

DECORAH RESIDENTS WILL GO TO THE POLLS TUESDAY IN THE GENERAL ELECTION. THERE WILL BE ONE CONTESTED RACE FOR CITY COUNCIL. FOR THE AT-LARGE SEAT BEING VACATED BY TADE KERNDT, JIM MCINTOSH AND KIRK JOHNSON WILL FACE OFF WITH ONE ANOTHER. DAN BELLRICHARD IS RUNNING UNOPPOSED FOR THE WARD TWO SEAT BEING VACATED BY JODI NIESS. ANDY CARLSON, WHO WAS APPOINTED TO THE COUNCIL LAST SPRING, IS RUNNING UNOPPOSED FOR THE WARD THREE SEAT. NO ONE FILED PAPERS TO RUN FOR THE WARD FOUR SEAT. DECORAH RESIDENTS WILL ALSO BE ASKED TO SUPPORT STUDYING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS UTILITY. THE POLLS WILL BE OPEN FROM SEVEN A.M. UNTIL EIGHT P.M.

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS THIS WEEK. FIRE OFFICIALS SAY IT’S A GOOD TIME TO CHANGE THE BATTERIES IN YOUR SMOKE DETECTOR. STEVE VANDENBRINK WITH THE DECORAH FIRE DEPARTMENT OFFERS ANOTHER SMOKE DETECTOR REMINDER.

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DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME OFFICIALS ENDS SUNDAY MORNING AT TWO A.M.

WINNESHIEK COUNTY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY WILL BE HOLDING A BLITZ BUILD THIS WEEKEND. THE BUILD WILL BE HELD AT THE SITE FOR THIS YEAR’S HOUSE AT 302 EAST HENRY IN CALMAR ON (SATURDAY) FROM EIGHT-30 A.M. UNTIL FOUR-30 P.M. AND TWELVE-30 UNTIL FOUR-30 SUNDAY. HABITAT OFFICIALS SAY VOLUNTEERS ARE WELCOME OF ANY SKILL FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME. ANYONE WITH QUESTIONS CAN CALL GUS JOHNSON AT 382-1802.

IOWA’S PHEASANT HUNTING SEASON BEGINS THIS WEEKEND, AND EXPECTATIONS ARE HIGH. DNR WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST TODD BOGUNSHUTTS SAYS THE NUMBERS HAVE COME BACK, AND THAT’S FUELED A LOT OF INTEREST.PHEASANT HUNTING IS EXPECTED TO PUMP BETWEEN 50-AND 100-MILLION DOLLARS INTO THE STATE’S ECONOMY THIS FALL AND WINTER. BOGUNSHUTTS SAYS AFTER SOME VERY BAD YEARS, THE PHEASANT NUMBERS HAVE REBOUNDED….NEARLY STATEWIDE. THE NUMBERS ARE ESPECIALLY GOOD, ALONG A DIAGONAL, FROM NORTHWEST IOWA TO SOUTH EAST IOWA, WHERE ROADSIDE SURVEYS HAVE NOTED 35-BIRDS PER MILE….THE SEASON OPENS (SATURDAY) AND RUNS THRU JANUARY 10TH.

THE 30TH ANNUAL NORTHEAST IOWA HOLIDAY CRAFT SALE WILL BE HELD IN DECORAH THIS WEEKEND. THE EVENT, SPONSORED BY THE DECORAH MUSIC BOOSTERS, WILL BE HELD SATURDAY FROM NINE UNTIL FOUR AND SUNDAY FROM TEN UNTIL THREE AT THE DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL. THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR ADMISSION.

THE DECORAH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SAYS SUGGESTED TRICK OR TREATING HOURS IN DECORAH WILL BE (SATURDAY) NIGHT FROM FIVE UNTIL EIGHT P.M. CHAMBER OFFICIALS SAY THE CHAMBER WEBSITE HAS INFORMATION ON COMMUNITY HALLOWEEN RELATED EVENTS.

A CALMAR WOMAN WAS ARRESTED THURSDAY ON A WARRANT. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 28 YEAR OLD IRENE JONES WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WITH THE ORIGINAL CHARGE OF FIFTH DEGREE THEFT.

10-30 NEWS

DECORAH POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A VEHICLE BREAK IN AND BURGLARY. POLICE SAY THE INCIDENT OCCURRED WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON BETWEEN FOUR AND SEVEN P.M. IN THE 200 BLOCK OF STATE STREET. AUTHORITIES SAY A PIECE OF BROKEN CONCRETE WAS USED TO SMASH THE PASSENGER SIDE WINDOW OF A TRUCK OWNED BY KENZIE HOVDEN OF DECORAH. THE SUSPECT ALLEGEDLY STOLE A SCHOOL ISSUED MAC BOOK AIR LAPTOP AND HOVDEN’S PURSE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CONTACT DECORAH POLICE.

FRAUD IS A GROWING CONCERN. IOWA INSURANCE COMMISSIONER NICK GEARHARDT SAYS THERES TWO MAIN REASONS FOR THE INCREASE.

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GEARHARDT WILL BE HOSTING AN IOWA FRAUD FIGHTERS FORUM ON NOVEMBER TENTH AT THE PEACE DINING ROOM ON THE LUTHER COLLEGE CAMPUS BEGINNING AT NOON. PERSON CAN R-S-V-P FOR THE EVENT UNTIL NEXT TUESDAY AT IOWA-FRAUD-FIGHTERS-DOT-GOV.

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME COMES TO A CLOSE THIS WEEKEND. STEVE VANDENBRINK WITH THE DECORAH FIRE DEPARTMENT SAYS IT’S A GOOD TIME FOR A FIRE SAFETY REMINDER

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VANDENBRINK SAYS IF YOUR SMOKE DETECTOR IS OVER TEN YEARS OLD, ITS ALSO A GOOD TIME TO REPLACE IT.

A majority of Iowans use natural gas to heat their homes and for those folks, there’s good news and even better news from the American Gas Association. Spokesman Bruce McDowell says supplies are up, prices are down and the winter ahead in Iowa may not be as bitter cold as some fear. The latest long-range forecasts point to a strong El Nino weather pattern which typically means a warmer-than-normal winter for Iowa and the Midwest. He predicts customers may see lower utility bills throughout the winter, in fact, they may be the lowest bills in a decade. A report from the U.S. Census Bureau estimates 67 percent of Iowans use natural gas to heat their homes, 15 percent use electricity, 14 percent use propane, and the rest use wood or fuel oil.

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a report Monday that claims people raise their risk of getting colorectal cancer by eating processed meats, such as hot dogs, ham, bacon and beef jerky.
Doctor Patricia Quinlisk, medical director with the Iowa Department of Public Health, says health officials — for many decades — have urged people to follow a diet that’s heavy on fruits and vegetables.
Quinlisk suggests Iowans simply pursue a “varied” diet. Iowa is nation’s leading pork producing state and usually ranks among the top 10 states for beef production.

10-29 NEWS

A MAN WAS SENTENCED TUESDAY IN DISTRICT COURT IN CONNECTION TO THE THEFT OF A MOTOR VEHICLE IN JULY. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS JONATHAN PAWLOWSKI ENTERED A GUILTY PLEA TO SECOND DEGREE THEFT AS A HABITUAL OFFENDER, AND WAS SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON IN STATE PRISON. PAWLOWSKI WILL BE TRANSPORTED TO THE IOWA PRISON CLASSIFICATION AT OAKDALE.

A MAN WAS ARRESTED IN KANSAS THIS WEEK ON A WINNESHIEK COUNTY FELONY PROBATION VIOLATION ARREST WARRANT. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS JOEL HOOD JUNIOR WAS ARRESTED IN CRAWFORD COUNTY, KANSAS AND WAS TRANSPORTED BACK TO WINNESHIEK COUNTY.

WHEN IT COMES TO SOLAR ENERGY, WINNESHIEK COUNTY TAKES A BACK SEAT TO NO ONE IN THE STATE. KAYLA KEYTHER IS WITH THE WINNESHIEK ENERGY DISTRICT.

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KEYTHER SAYS THE PAYBACKS ON SOLAR INSTALLATIONS ARE IMPROVING AS TIME GOES BY.

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KEYTHER SAYS WITH THE TAX CREDITS THAT ARE AVAILABLE, THAT CAN TAKE CARE OF APPROXIMATELY 48 PERCENT OF THE COST OF THE INSTALLATION.

THIS IS THE FINAL FULL WEEK ON THE JOB FOR WINNESHIEK COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR BRUCE GOETSCH. GOETSCH HAS SERVED IN THE POSITION FOR 15 YEARS. HE SAYS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT IS A GROUP EFFORT.

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SEAN SULLIVAN, WHO CURRENTLY IS A PARAMEDIC FOR THE WAVERLY AMBULANCE SERVICE, WILL ASSUME THE ROLE BEGINNING NEXT MONDAY. COUNTY OFFICIALS DECIDED TO MAKE THE POSITION A FULL TIME JOB. GOETSCH WORKED AS A PART-TIME EMPLOYEE.

A common sight in Iowa is a vehicle driving with a handicapped placard hanging from the rear-view mirror. But, here’s a reminder about that practice from House Transportation Chair Josh Byrnes

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Representative Byrnes says the placards can create a dangerous “blind spot” in drivers’ forward vision.

A Riceville man was convicted of one count of possession of child pornography on Monday.
Adam Haacke, 27, pleaded guilty to the charge and admitted that between 2014 and 2015, he knowingly possessed child pornography on a hard drive. Haacke will remain in custody until the sentencing hearing. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

10-28 NEWS

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IS REMINDING MOTORISTS OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES RELATED TO YIELDING THE RIGHT OF WAY. AUTHORITIES SAY WHEN AN EMERGENCY VEHICLE DISPLAYING RED OR BLUE LIGHTS OR GIVING AN AUDIBLE SIGNAL BY SIREN MOTORISTS SHOULD PULL TO THE RIGHT SHOULDER OF THE ROADWAY TO ALLOW THE VEHICLE TO PASS, AUTHORITIES ALSO SAY MOTORISTS SHOULD YIELD THE RIGHT OF WAY TO A PEDESTRIAN CROSSING THE ROADWAY WITHIN ANY MARKED CROSSWALK OR WITHIN ANY UNMARKED CROSSWALK AT AN INTERSECTION. THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS THEY’VE BEEN MADE AWARE OF SEVERAL INCIDENTS OF MOTORISTS NOT YIELDING TO PEDESTRIANS IN CROSSWALKS NEAR THE NEW TRAIL ON DECORAH’S EAST SIDE AND SEVERAL OTHER INCIDENTS OF MOTORISTS FAILING TO YIELD TO EMERGENCY VEHICLES.

Clayton County supervisors have questioned the county auditor about late budget work and reports.
The board had Dennis Freitag placed under oath on Monday and asked about unfinished work on the fiscal 2015 budget year, which ended June 30, and about reports that hadn’t been sent to the county’s outside auditing firm. Freitag has been working from home to care for his ailing wife, and he told the supervisors that they should be questioning his chief deputy auditor. He accused board members of badgering him by repeatedly asking the same questions. Supervisor Larry Gibbs says the issue is not Freitag or his wife. Rather, he says, “It’s about what we need to run the county.” Gibbs says supervisors will consult with the county attorney before deciding their next step.

A department director has acknowledged in a court hearing that the Iowa Medicaid director likely had improper communication with an insurance company worker but says that didn’t taint the state’s selection of companies to run Iowa’s program. Three companies challenging the process for Medicaid privatization say the communication illustrates the flawed process. Evidence shows Medicaid Director Mikki Stier exchanged emails with former Rep. Renee Schulte, who was working for WellCare, one of the four companies selected for the privatization project, during the so-called blackout period. That’s when people involved with the bid process were to communicate only through a designated contact officer.
But Human Services Department Director Chuck Palmer said Monday in court that the exchange had no bearing on the state’s decision.

THE BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL DISCUSS THE CITY’S AGREEMENT WITH DECORAH JOBS REGARDING DISTRIBUTION OF HOTEL/MOTEL TAX DOLLARS AT A MEETING MONDAY NIGHT. CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED EXTENDED THE CURRENT AGREEMENT WITH DECORAH JOBS FOR FIVE YEARS AFTER THE CURRENT EXPIRARATION DATE OF MARCH 2017. BIRD SAYS THE PROPOSED AGREEMENT INCREASES THE AMOUNT FROM 75-THOUSAND DOLLARS PER YEAR TO 135-THOUSAND DOLLARS PER YEAR. THE AGREEMENT WILL GO BEFORE THE CITY COUNCIL NEXT MONDAY NIGHT. BIRD SAYS IF THE AGREEMENT IS APPROVED, IT WOULD ALLOW DECORAH JOBS TO NEGOTIATE AN AGREEMENT WITH REBOUND HOSPITALITY REGARDING A POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT AT THE CURRENT BLUFFS INN SITE.

10-27 NEWS

13 DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC STUDENTS HAVE BEEN SELECTED TO THE IOWA ALL-STATE MUSICAL FESTIVAL. THE ALL-STATE AUDITIONS WERE HELD SATURDAY IN MANCHESTER. VOCAL STUDENTS SELECTED INCLUDE AUTUMN DELONG, ANNIKA KRIEG, ALI VOIGT, MAGGIE BREITENSTEIN, NAOMI DAVIDSON, LAUREL FADNESS, HELEN JOHNSON, ABBY TREWIN, MILES WILKIE AND EVERETT WEGGE. ORCHESTRA STUDENTS CARINA YEE, KATELYN YEE AND TREVOR PHILLIPS WERE ALSO SELECTED. INDIGO FISH, GARRET BAUMLER AND DALTON BROWN WERE ALSO SELECTED FOR RECALL AUDITIONS.

THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL’S BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL MEET TONIGHTAT FIVE-30 AT CITY HALL. THE MAIN TOPIC OF DISCUSSION WILL BE A 28-3 AGREEMENT WITH DECORAH JOBS.

THE DECORAH PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD MADE A RECOMMENDATION ON A BID FOR A NEW WATER SLIDE FOR THE SWIMMING POOL AT A SPECIAL MEETING MONDAY. PARKS AND RECREATION DIRECTOR ANDY NIMROD SAYS THE BOARD RECOMMENDED A 301-THOUSAND DOLLAR BID WITH PORTZEN CONSTRUCTION OF DUBUQUE FOR THE PROJECT. NIMROD SAYS THE RECOMMENDED SLIDE WOULD BE FIVE FEET HIGHER THAN THE PREVIOUS ONE AND WOULD HAVE A LONGER RUN. NIMROD SAYS THE BOARD WANTED TO KEEP THE COST AROUND 250-THOUSAND DOLLARS, BUT THE BOARD FELT THEY COULD HAVE BUILT A SUITABLE REPLACEMENT FOR THAT COST KNOWING HOW THE BIDS CAME OUT. THE MATTER WILL GO BEFORE THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL NEXT MONDAY NIGHT.

A DECORAH MAN WAS ARRESTED ON A VARIETY OF CHARGES EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 28 YEAR OLD DANIEL MARQUEZ-CEDILLO WAS CHARGED WITH OPERATING WHILE INTOXICATED, DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED, POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AND INTERFERENCE WITH OFFICIAL ACTS.

AN OELWEIN MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER AUTHORITIES WERE CALLED TO AN INCIDENT ALONG THE ROADWAY SOUTH OF WEST UNION SUNDAY AFTERNOON. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 18 YEAR OLD VICTOR CHILDERS WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC ABUSE ASSAULT, A SIMPLE MISDEMEANOR.

10-26 NEWS

THE BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET TONIGHT. THE COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS FINANCE MATTERS AND A 28-E AGREEMENT WITH DECORAH JOBS BEGINNING AT FIVE-30 AT CITY HALL.

THE DECORAH PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD WILL MEET IN A SPECIAL SESSION AT NOON TODAY. THE BOARD IS EXPECTED TO CONSIDER A RECOMMENDATION TO THE CITY COUNCIL REGARDING A BID FOR A NEW WATERSLIDE AT THE DECORAH SWIMMING POOL. THE BOARD TABLED THE ACTION AT ITS MEETING EARLIER THIS MONTH TO FURTHER REVIEW SOME OF THE ENGINEERING FEES FOR THE PROJECT. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NOON AT CITY HALL.

A ROUTINE AGENDA WILL GO BEFORE THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS TODAY. THE BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE C-D-L MEDICAL CARD POLICY WITH COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE. BRIAN HUINKER WITH MIDWEST GROUP BENEFITS WILL DISCUSS INSURANCE UPDATES AND THE BOARD WILL ALSO HOLD ITS REGULAR MEETING WITH COUNTY ATTORNEY ANDY VAN DER MAATEN. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

THE JOHN DEERE TECH PROGRAM ON THE NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE CALMAR CAMPUS WILL BE RECEIVING A BOOST. LAST WEEK, THE COLLEGE’S BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPROVED USING ACE-OR ACCELERATED CAREERS IN EDUCATION FUNDING-FOR UPGRADES TO THE JOHN DEERE TECH PROGRAM BUILDING. COLLEGE OFFICIALS SAYS THE UPGRADES WILL BE COMPLETED OVER THE NEXT TWO FISCAL YEARS. COLLEGE PRESIDENT DOCTOR LIANG CHEE WEE SAYS THE JOHN DEERE TECH PROGRAM HAS BEEN AT THE COLLEGE FOR 25 YEARS AND THIS COMMITMENT WILL ENSURE THE PROGRAM IS A GOOD INVESTMENT FOR YEARS TO COME FOR THE COLLEGE, THE STATE OF IOWA AND FOR JOHN DEERE CORPORATE AND DEALERSHIPS.

HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE ENCOURAGING IOWANS TO GET VACCINATED AGAINST THE FLU, BUT IF YOU PREFER “FLU-MIST” OVER A TRADITIONAL VACCINE, YOU MAY BE DISAPPOINTED.

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IOWA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH MEDICAL DIRECTOR, DR. PATRICIA QUINLISK SAYS IOWANS HAVE OTHER OPTIONS. SHE SAYS THERE’S PLENTY OF VACCINE, IN THE TRADITIONAL FLU-SHOT FORM, AND EVEN SOME PRODUCTS THAT FEATURE SMALLER NEEDLES.

IN 2014, THE DECORAH SHAREHOLDERS, THE SCHOOL DISTRICT’S CITIZEN ADVISORY GROUP, RECOMMENDED CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FACILITY IN DECORAH. WHERE DOES THAT ISSUE CURRENTLY STAND? DECORAH SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA.

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HALUSKA SAYS THE ISSUES INCLUDE THE COMMERCIAL PROPERTY TAX ROLLBACK APPROVED THE LEGISLATURE IN THE 2014 AND THE SALES TAX FOR SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE CURRENTLY SET TO SUNSET IN 2029 IS MAKING IT DIFFICULT FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT TO BORROW MONEY FOR LONG-TERM PLANNING PURPOSES.

10-25 NEWS

THE HOLIDAY LIGHTS FUNDRAISER FOR HELPING SERVICES WILL BEGIN AT THE DECORAH CAMPGROUND ON THANKSGIVING. DENNIS OSMUNDSON WITH THE ORGANIZATION SAYS PEOPLE CAN HELP SET UP THE DISPLAYS NEXT SATURDAY MORNING.

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THE EVENT WILL BE HELD FROM THANKSGIVING THROUGH DECEMBER 26TH

CONSTRUCTION IS UNDERWAY ON A NEW BEEF SCIENIC TECHNOLOGY FACILITY ON THE NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE CALMAR CAMPUS. THE COLLEGE’S BOARD OF TRUSTEES RECEIVED AN UPDATE ON THE PROJECT AT ITS MEETING LAST WEEK. COLLEGE OFFICIALS SAY AS THE BEEF INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO EXPAND IN THE STATE, THE COLLEGE IS COMMITTEE TO THE VITALITY OF THE INDUSTRY AND BEING A LEADER IN AGRICULTURE EDUCATION AND FACILITIES. THE NEW 13-THOUSAND 750 SQUARE FOOT STRUCTURE WILL BE USED BY THE BEEF SCIENIC TECHNOLOGY, LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY TECHNICIAN, AGRILCUTRE BUSINESS AND DAIRY SCIENIC STUDENTS.

SHOULD VENDORS BE ALLOWED TO USED CITY AND PUBLIC PROPERTY FOR BUSINESS? THE ISSUE WAS DISCUSSED BY THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL’S PROPERTY COMMITTEE LAST WEEK. CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS NO CONCLUSIONS WERE REACHED. BIRD SAYS COMMITTEE MEMBERS ASKED TO RESEARCH WHAT OTHER COMMUNITIES DO REGARDING THE ISSUE.

ONE ASPECT OF SCHOOL FUNDING THAT DOESN’T GET A LOT OF ATTENTION IS THE ONE CENT SALES TAX THAT DISTRICTS CAN USE FOR INFRASTRUCTURE PURPOSES. DECORAH SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS MANY DISTRICTS WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT EXTENDED BY STATE LAWMAKERS.

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THE TAX IS SCHEDULED TO SUNSET IN 2029. HALUSKA SAYS SCHOOL DISTRICTS WOULD LIKE THE LEGISLATURE TO EXTEND THE TAX FOR 20 MORE YEARS.

Tests on over 750 ducks shot by Minnesota hunters this fall have turned up no signs of the kind of bird flu that devastated the Midwest poultry industry earlier this year.
Researchers are testing wild waterfowl to see if ducks flying south for the winter are carrying highly pathogenic forms of avian influenza such, which could provide an early warning if the disease returns. Wild waterfowl don’t normally get sick from these viruses, but they’re deadly to domestic poultry. Bird flu cost producers more than 48 million chickens and turkeys earlier this year, mostly in Minnesota and Iowa.
Lou Cornicelli (korn-ih-SEL’-lee) of the Department of Natural Resources tells The Associated Press that none of the 753 Minnesota duck samples tested so far came back positive for highly pathogenic flu strains.

10-24 NEWS

THE WINNESHIEK ENERGY DISTRICT WILL HOST AN ENERGY EXTRAVAGANZA (SATURDAY). KAYLA KOETHLER (KAY-THER) WITH THE WINNESHIEK ENERGY SAYS THERE AREA TWO SCHEDULED EVENTS (SATURDAY).

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A TOUR OF TEN EFFICIENCY AND SOLAR POWERED HOMES WILL TAKE PLACE FROM NINE A.M. UNTIL ONE P.M. A MAP OF THE LOCATIONS IS AVAILABLE AT ENERGY-DISTRICT-DOT-ORG.

A NEW STUDY FINDS SERIOUS LAG-TIME, BEFORE DISTRACTED MOTORISTS, MANAGE TO RE-DIRECT THEIR FULL ATTENTION TO DRIVING. GAIL WEINHOLZER IS WITH TRIPLE-A IOWA/MINNESOTA

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SHE SAYS THAT’S THE CASE WHETHER IT’S SOMEONE HOLDING A PHONE, OR USING HANDS-FREE TECHNOLGIES. SHE SAYS THE DISTRACTIONS CAN LEAD TO ALL SORTS OF COLLISIONS….NOTING DRIVERS CAN FAIL TO SEE PEDESTRIANS, STOP-SIGNS AND OTHER VEHICLES.

NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE IS IN GOOD FINANCIAL SHAPE. FOR NOW. N-I-C-C EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF FINANCE TOM RIDOUT PRESENTED THE COLLEGE’S FINANCIAL REPORT TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES AT ITS MEETING THIS WEEK. RIDOUT TOLD THE BOARD THE COLLEGE IS IN GOOD FINANCIAL STANDING, YET DECREASES IN REVENUE COULD PRESENT CHALLENGES IN THE COMING YEARS. RIDOUT SAYS 51 PERCENT OF THE FUNDS IN THE OPERATIONAL BUDGET NOW DERIVE FROM STUDENT TUITION AND FEES, 33 PERCENT FROM STATE AID AND SEVEN PERCENT FROM LOCAL SUPPORT.

THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH HAS AN AMBITIOUS PLAN IN PLACE FOR REDUCING A NEEDLESS DEATH RATE. TOM NULLER REPORTS.

HELPING SERVICES FOR NORTHEAST IOWA AND WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER ARE TEAMING UP FOR A REDUCED RATE C-P-R CLASS NEXT WEEK. DENNIS OSMUNDSON IS WITH HELPING SERVICES FOR NORTHEAST IOWA.

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OSMUNDSON SAYS PERSONS CAN SIGN UP AT WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER’S WEBSITE.

10-23 NEWS

A new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg poll has Hillary Clinton leading Bernie Sanders 48% to 41%.
In the last Iowa poll Clinton was ahead by eight points, so that’s now down to seven. Both Clinton and Sanders have gained support from likely caucus goers since that August poll. Clinton is up 5% and Sanders is up 6% This poll was conducted October 16-19, so before Joe Biden announced he would not be running. The margin of error is +/-4.9%.

DECORAH POLICE ARE RELEASING DETAILS OF A SEARCH WARRANT EXECUTED OCTOBER 14TH AT 309 CENTER STREET. DECORAH POLICE SAY 40 YEAR OLD JESSICA BERNS OF DECORAH WAS ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AND POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. POLICE ADD 39 YEAR OLD HAROLD JACOBSON, A RESIDENT AT THAT LOCATION, HAS CHARGES PENDING AGAINST HIM RELATED TO THE SEARCH WARRANT. IN A SEPARATE INCIDENT, POLICE SAY JACOBSON WAS ARRESTED ON OCTOBER 13TH AFTER AN INVESTIGATION ON SANFORD STREET. AUTHORITIES SAY THE CHARGES INCLUDE SECOND OFFENSE O-W-I, AN AGGRAVATED MISDEMEANOR, THIRD OFFENSE POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA, AN AGGRAVATED MISDEMEANOR, THIRD OFFENSE POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE, A CLASS D FELONY AND POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, A SIMPLE MISDEMEANOR.

A TRACY, CALIFORNIA MAN WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH PUBLIC INTOXICATION EARLY LAST SATURDAY. DECORAH POLICE SAY 19 YEAR OLD DAMON STROUP WAS CHARGED AFTER AUTHORITIES FOUND HIM ALLEDGEDLY URINATING ON A WALL ON COLLEGE DRIVE.

A MONONA WOMAN WAS CHARGED AFTER ALLEDGELY TAKING ITEMS FROM WAL-MART LAST SATURDAY. DECORAH POLICE SAY 40 YEAR OLD SHANA KNICKERBOCKER ALLEDGELY WAS FOUND IN POSSESSION OF OVER 256 DOLLARS IN STOLEN ITEMS. SHE WAS CHARGED WITH FOURTH DEGREE THEFT.

A CALMAR MAN WAS CHARGED WITH FIFTH DEGREE THEFT WAS ARRESTED AFTER DECORAH POLICE WERE CALLED TO WAL-MART SUNDAY NIGHT. DECORAH POLICE SAY 29 YEAR OLD WILLIAM MACK ALLEDGEDLY WAS FOUND IN POSSESSION OF JUST OVER 69 DOLLARS WORTH OF MERCHANDISE.

For the first time this election season, a new poll has Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump not in the lead. Dr. Ben Carson is now taking the edge over Donald Trump according to a new Quinnipiac Poll released today. Carson takes the lead with 28% support among likely Iowa Republican Caucus participants, compared to Trump’s 20%. Sen. Marco Rubio has the next highest amount of support at 13%, and Sen. Ted Cruz has 10% support. Sen. Rand Paul is at 6% support, and Carly Fiorina and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are at 5% each. No other candidate tops 3% support, and 3% of likely caucus-goers are still undecided. Quinnipiac polled 574 likely Iowa caucus-goers between October 14-October 20. The margin of error is +/- 3.4 percentage points.