12-1 NEWS

DECORAH POLICE ARRESTED A MAN LATE FRIDAY NIGHT AFTER AN A-T-M HAD BEEN REMOVED FROM WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER. AUTHORITIES SAY 29 YEAR OLD EVAN FRANK BLUE WAS CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE THEFT AND FIRST DEGREE CRIMINAL MISCHIEF. POLICE SAY THEY USE WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER VIDEO SURVAILENCE TO IDENTIFY THE SUSPECT.

A WEST UNION TEENAGER WAS INJURED WHILE SQUIRREL HUNTING SUNDAY. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 17 YEAR OLD DANIEL LYNN GIBBS TRIPPED OVER A LOG AND IMPALED THE BARREL OF THE GUN INTO HIS NECK. AUTHORITIES SAY THE GUN DID NOT DISCHARGE, HOWEVER IT CAUSED A SEVERE INJURY. GIBBS WAS TAKEN BY AMBULANCE TO PALMER LUTHERAN HOSPITAL IN WEST UNION AND THEN AIR-LIFTED TO UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITAL AND CLINICS IN IOWA CITY. HE IS LISTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION.

A WEDNESDAY NIGHT INCIDENT JUST EAST OF WEST UNION HAS LED TO MULTIPLE CHARGES FILED AGAINST A WEST UNION MAN. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 53 YEAR OLD TERRY SCOTT MORK WAS CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL TRESPASSING AND INTERFERENCE WITH OFFICIAL ACTS, BOTH SIMPLE MISDEMEANORS AND ASSAULT ON A PEACE OFFICER, A CLASS D FELONY. MORK POSTED AN EIGHT THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLAR BOND.

IOWA GROWN CHRISTMAS TREES ARE WORTH A MILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY TO IOWA’S ECONOMY. IOWA AGRICULTURE SECRETARY BILL NORTHEY SAYS TREE FARMS MAKE GOOD USE OF LAND THAT MIGHT NOT BE SUITABLE FOR RAISING OTHER CROPS.

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NORTHEY SAYS AS THE INDUSTRY GROWNS, HE SAYS REVENUE FROM CHRISTMAS TREES ARE NOW A SIGNIFICANT SOURCE OF YEARLY FAMILY INCOME FOR SOME FARMERS.

Gas prices in Iowa have fallen 2.4 cents per gallon in the past week to an average of $2.05 a gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s latest report. The national average has fallen 2.4 cents a gallon to $2.04.
Prices Sunday were 70.5 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago, and 30.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. GasBuddy reports the national average has decreased 14.1 cents per gallon during the last month.

Nearly five years after Iowa residents flocked to sheriff’s offices in a rush to obtain firearm permits, sheriffs are bracing for a wave of renewals. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that the initial spike in 2011 came after the Iowa Legislature changed the state’s permitting law from “may issue” to “shall issue,” giving law enforcement less discretion over who can receive a permit. The number of permits issued in Iowa skyrocketed after the change was made, from roughly 39,000 non-professional permits issued in 2010 to more than 101,000 in 2011. The number of permits issued has remained high ever since, but nowhere near the number issued in 2011. Gun store owners say the law change helped improve sales.

AN INCIDENT LAST THURSDAY HAS LED TO CHARGES FILED AGAINST A DECORAH WOMAN. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 18 YEAR OLD TAYLOR BUCHEIT WAS ARRESTED AFTER AN INCIDENT ON QUARRY HILL ROAD. BUCHEIT WAS CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE BURGLARY, A CLASS C FELONY. THE INVESTIGATION IS ON-GOING.

11-30 NEWS

DECORAH FIREFIGHTERS WERE CALLED TO A GARAGE FIRE ON NORTH STREET SATURDAY MORNING. FIRE OFFICIALS SAY THEY WERE CALLED TO THE MIKE AND SUSAN BLAIR RESIDENCE AT 514 NORTH STREET AROUND QUARTER TO TEN. FIREFIGHTERS SAY WHEN THEY ARRIVED A GARAGE AND TWO VEHICLES WERE ON FIRE. THE FIRE WAS QUICKLY KNOCKED DOWN AND THE REMAINING STRUCTURE WAS OVERHAULED. AUTHORITIES SAY NO INURIES WERE REPORTED AND NO DAMAGE ESTIMATE WAS AVAILABLE. THE FIRE WAS RULED ACCIDENTIAL.

THERE IS A NEW POLL OUT CONCERNING THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE IN IOWA AND FOR AT LEAST ONE OF THE RACES IT IS VERY DIFFIERENT FROM ANOTHER POLL THAT CAME OUT LAST WEEK. JIM BOYD REPORTS.
ROAD MATTERS WILL BE DISCUSSED AT TODAY’S MEETING OF THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS. DALE SMITH WILL MEET WITH THE BOARD REGARDING HAUGEN HILL ROAD AND COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE WILL DISCUSS ROAD MATTERS. THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS HUMAN RESOURCES MATTERS AND WILL RECEIVE A FUNDING REQUEST FROM THE PIONEER CEMETERY COMMISSION. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

A NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT COULD BE COMING TO DECORAH’S EAST SIDE. DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS JAYME FOLKEDAHL IS PROPOSING THE DEVELOPMENT.

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THE PROPOSAL WILL GO BEFORE THE DECORAH PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION TWO WEEKS FROM TONIGHT.

11-29 NEWS

ECONOMISTS ARE GENERALLY NOT ALL THAT “BULLISH” ON RETAIL SALES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

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ERNIE GOSS OF CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY EXPECTS ON-LINE PURCHASES TO CONTINUE TO GROW, BUT SALES AT STORES WILL BE JUST “SO-SO.” HE ALSO SAYS GIVEN LOWER GAS PRICES, MANY AMERICANS ARE CHOOSING TO PUTTING THOSE EXTRA DOLLARS “IN THE BANK,” OR TO PAY DOWN DEBT.
ROADS MATTERS WILL BE DISCUSSED AT TOMORROW’S MEETING OF THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE (BEER-KEY) WILL DISCUSS ROAD MATTERS AND DALE SMITH WITH MEET WITH THE BOARD REGARDING HAUGEN HILL ROAD. THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS HUMAN RESOURCES MATTERS AND WILL HEAR A FUNDING REQUEST FROM THE PIONEER CEMETERY COMMISSION. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

A northeast Iowa town will host a birthday party next week for the state’s oldest known resident. Emma Hough of Sumner will turn 111 years old on December 2. Connie Rochford is helping organize a celebration. A community celebration, with birthday cake, is planned from 1 to 2 p.m. on December 6 at the Hillcrest Home in Sumner. Hough is a resident of Hillcrest and until recently walked the halls and grounds on her own. She now uses a wheelchair, but Rochford says Hough is still in good health.
Hough grew up in Sumner and graduated from Upper Iowa University in 1926. Last month, she was a guest of honor in Upper Iowa’s homecoming parade. Hough married her husband, Charles, in 1928. They were together for 53 years before he died in 1981. Rochford said, on Hough’s 101st birthday, she hopped on a camel and took a ride in a Lamborghini. That same week, she also handled a boa constrictor. These days, her adventures mostly involve rides in a golf cart around Sumner.

DECORAH ELEMENTARY STUDENTS HAVE SPENT THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER SUPPORTING LOCAL FOOD BANKS. SCHOOL OFFICIALS SAY WEST SIDE, JOHN CLINE AND CARRIE LEE STUDENTS PARTICIPATED IN A COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT TO SUPPORT LOCAL FOOD BANKS. MONEY, FOOD AND PERSONAL HYGIENE PRODUCTS HAVE BEEN COLLECTED FOR THE FOOD PANTRY THROUGHOUT THE MONTH.

THE DECORAH HOLIDAY PARADE WILL BE HELD THIS WEEK. THE PARADE TAKES PLACE FRIDAY BEGINNING AT SIX P.M. THE PARADE ROUTE WILL BE SOUTH AVENUE TO WATER STREET TO MILL STREET. BUSINESSES OR ORGANIZATIONS WANTING TO BE A PART OF THE PARADE CAN CONTACT THE CHAMBER OFFICE.

11-28 NEWS

LAST WEEK, THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RECEIVED A DONATION FROM BETTY MCCOY OF WATERLOO TO CONTINUE ITS K-9 UNIT. THE FORMER SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT K-9 RICKY PASSED AWAY LAST SATURDAY. SHERIFF DAN MARX SAYS HIS DEPARTMENT IS READY TO GET THE UNIT BACK UP AND RUNNING

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MARX SAYS ONCE A NEW K-9 IS PURCHASE THERE WILL BE A TRAINING TIME AND TIME NECESSARY FOR THE OFFICER AND K-9 TO GET A FEEL FOR ONE ANOTHER BEFORE THE DEPARTMENT WOULD PUT THE UNIT IN ACTION.

EARLIER THIS MONTH, DECORAH RESIDENTS APPROVED LOOKING INTO THE POSSIBLE FORMATION OF A MUNICIPAL COMMUNICATIONS UTILITY. CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS DECORAH RESIDENTS SHOW HISTORIC SUPPORT FOR THE IDEA.

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BIRD SAYS THE CITY WANTS TO HEAR FROM PEOPLE ON THE ISSUE

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THE SURVEY WILL BE AVAILABLE UNTIL DECEMBER ELEVENTH.

ONCE YOU ARE FINALLY HUNGRY AGAIN AFTER STUFFING YOURSELF FULL OF FOOD ON THANKSGIVING, YOU MAY LOOK IN THE FRIDGE AND SEE SOME STUFF LEFT OVER FROM THE FEAST. IOWA STATE EXTENSION FOOD SAFETY EXPERT CATHERINE STROHBEHN (STRO-bean) SAYS IT WILL ONLY KEEP FOUR TO SEVEN DAYS:

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SHE SAYS THAT’S TRUE WHETHER YOU PLAN TO SIMPLY HEAT IT UP, OR INCORPORATE IT IN SOME OTHER DISH.
THE ANNUAL HOLIDAY NIGHTS FUNDRAISER FOR HELPING SERVICES FOR NORTHEAST IOWA IS UNDERWAY. DENNIS OSMUNDSON FROM HELPING SERVICES SAYS THERE WILL BE AN ADDED TREAT (SATURDAY) NIGHT.

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THE EVENT IS HELD AT THE DECORAH CAMPGROUND. IT WILL RUN THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT FOR THE FIRST TWO WEEKENDS AND EVERY NIGHT FROM DECEMBER 10TH THROUGH THE 26TH.
LAW ENFORCEMENT ENTITIES WILL CONTINUE A STEP-OR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM-THIS WEEKEND. THE GOVERNOR’S TRAFFIC SAFETY BUREAU SAYS THE EFFORT, WHICH CONTINUES THROUGH MONDAY, IS FOCUSED ON SEAT BELT USAGE. AUTHORITIES SAY THE RISK OF A FATAL INJURY GOES DOWN BY 45 PERCENT WHEN PERSONS USE SEAT BELTS.

11-27 NEWS

THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING IS USUALLY WHEN CHRISTMAS SHOPPING STARTS IN EARNEST. THE DECORAH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS OFFERING INCENTIVES FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS TO DO THEIR SHOPPING IN TOWN. TYLER RINKEN IS WITH THE CHAMBER.

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RINKEN SAYS SHOPPING LOCALLY HELPS SUPPORT SCHOOLS, INFRASTRUCTURE AND LOCAL JOBS.

DRIVERS NATIONWIDE CONTINUE TO ENJOY SIGNIFICANT YEARLY SAVINGS IN THE PRICE OF GAS AND TRIPLE-A ESTIMATES THAT CONSUMERS ARE SAVING NEARLY $350 MILLION ON FUEL EVERY DAY COMPARED TO A YEAR AGO.

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AND THAT TRANSLATES INTO HOLIDAY ROAD TRIPS FOR MORE PEOPLE, ACCORDING TO GAIL WEINHOLZER FROM THE IOWA & MINNESOTA TRIPLE-A OFFICE. ALMOST 47 MILLION AMERICANS WILL JOURNEY 50 MILES OR MORE FROM HOME DURING THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND.

A GROUP OF GRADUATE STUDENTS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA WANTS TO HEAR WHAT WINNESHIEK COUNTY RESIDENTS THINK ABOUT INTERNET SERVICE IN THE COUNTY.

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UNIVERSITY OF IOWA GRADUATE STUDENT JEFF GEPPER SAYS THE SURVEY CAN BE ACCESSED IN VARIOUS WAYS.

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THE SURVEY IS AVAILABLE UNTIL DECEMBER 11TH.

IOWA CONGRESSMAN ROD BLUM HAS BEEN IN WASHINGTON, DC FOR ELEVEN MONTHS. HE SAYS THE PERCEPTIONS HE HAD ABOUT HOW WASHINGTON WORKS BECAME REALITY. BLUM ENCOURAGES REGULAR FOLKS TO PUT PRESSURE ON CONGRESS TO PUT PEOPLE FIRST.

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BLUM SAYS HE CONTINUES TO PUSH FOR ISSUES SUCH AS TERM LIMITS AND TO MAKE SURE CONGRESS HAS TO LIVE UNDER THE LAWS THEY PASS.

Iowa egg farms are gradually recovering from the bird flu that destroyed 25 million of the state’s egg-laying hens this spring. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in a report Monday that Iowa egg production during October was 753 million eggs. That’s up 2 percent from September but down 47 percent from a year ago. Iowa, typically by far the nation’s leading egg producer, fell behind Ohio where hens laid 18 million more eggs last month. Nationally, nearly 7.8 billion eggs were produced in October. That’s down 9 percent from a year ago. Wholesale egg prices remain about a dollar a dozen higher than a year ago in some markets but the USDA expects prices to fall below that level by the second half of next year.Jimmy John’s and other fast-food sandwich chains around the country.

11-26 NEWS

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT LOST ITS K-9 OFFICER LAST WEEKEND AS RICKY PASSED SATURDAY. THE FUTURE OF THE PROGRAM WAS IN DOUBT. THAT’S WHEN THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HEARD FROM THE FAMILY OF 89- YEAR OLD BETTY MCCOY FROM WATERLOO. SHERIFF DAN MARX PICKS UP THE STORY FROM THERE.

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MCCOY HAS NO TIES TO WINNESHIEK COUNTY AND IS BATTLING CANCER. MARX SAYS IN ADDITION TO BETTY’S DONATION, THE AMERICAN LEGION IS ALSO PLANNING A VARIETY OF FUND RAISERS TO COVER THE ON-GOING COST OF THE PROGRAM. A FULL INTERVIEW WITH MARX IS AVAILABLE AT KDECRADIO.COM
THE IOWA D-N-R SAYS DEER SEASON IS OFF TO A VERY GOOD START. SUE DANIELSON REPORTS.

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Remember that old saying? “Failing to plan is planning to fail?” Well, head of the Iowa Turkey Federation says that goes double if you’re in charge of cooking the bird for Thanksgiving.

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Gretta Irwin says once you put the turkey in the oven, LEAVE THE DOOR SHUT! Once it’s cooked, she says you should let it sit for half-an-hour and, then, dig in!

IOWA CONGRESSMAN ROD BLUM (RHYMES WITH DUMB) SAYS HE’S SEEN AN IMPROVEMENT IN THE U.S. HOUSE SINCE PAUL RYAN TOOK OVER AS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE.

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BLUM SPENT TUESDAY IN DECORAH SPEAKING TO THE DECORAH ROTARY CLUB AND TAKING AN ENERGY EFFICIENCY TOUR ORGANIZED BY THE WINNESHIEK ENERGY DISTRICT.

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

FOLKS CAN GET A SNEAK AT THE HOLIDAY LIGHTS EVENT AT THE DECORAH CAMPGROUND TONIGHT. DENNIS OSMUNDSON IS WITH HELPING SERVICES FOR NORTHEAST IOWA.

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THE EVENT WILL RUN FROM FIVE UNTIL SEVEN P.M. PERSONS ARE ASKED TO PARK THEIR VEHICLE AT WILL BAKER PARK OR AT THE CITY’S SOCCER FIELDS.

THURSDAY MORNING

THE OFFICIAL OPENING NIGHT FOR THE HOLIDAY LIGHTS FUNDRAISER FOR HELPING SERVICES FOR NORTHEAST IOWA IS TONIGHT. DENNIS OSMUNDSON WITH HELPING SERVICES SAYS THERE IS EXTENDED HOURS THIS YEAR.

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PROCEEDS SUPPORT THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY HELPING SERVICES FOR NORTHEAST IOWA.

11-25 NEWS

ANOTHER STEP-OR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM-WILL BEGIN (WEDNESDAY), COINCIDING WITH THE THANKSGIVING TRAVEL PERIOD. THE GOVERNOR’S TRAFFIC SAFETY BUREAU AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ENTITIES WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE EFFORT WHICH RUNS THROUGH MONDAY. THE EFFORT WILL FOCUS ON SEAT BELT USAGE. THE GOVERNOR’S TRAFFIC SAFETY BUREAU SAYS IOWA HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST SEAT BELT COMPLIANCE RATES IN THE NATION AT 93 PERCENT BUT THE UNBUCKLED SEVEN PERCENT REPRESENT 46 PERCENT OF THE FATALIES.

Annual Governor’s pardoning of the turkeys taking place at Terrace Hill Monday. The honor of naming the pair of poultry went to the Thorston turkey producer’s grandkids.

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But, “Zoe” and “Spike” get to be “extra thankful” over the holidays thanks to the Governor

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Terry Branstad says pardoning the turkeys this year is especially symbolic of the “gratitude” that producers have that they, and these turkeys, survived the outbreak of avian influenza. “Zoe” and “Spike” will be taken to Living History Farms to live out their natural lives. But, Branstad says, other turkeys won’t be so lucky, he’s set a personal goal of eating a six-inch turkey sub from every Subway in Iowa and that he’s “well on his way”. Iowa produces much of the sliced turkey served in Subway, Jimmy John’s and other fast-food sandwich chains around the country.

It’s a too-close-to call race between Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz in a new Iowa poll released today.
The new poll from Quinnipiac University has Donald Trump with 25% support among likely Iowa Republican Caucus participants. Cruz is at 23% support, doubling his support from four weeks ago. Dr. Ben Carson has 18%, and Sen. Marco Rubio has 13% support. Sen. Rand Paul is at 5% support, and Carly Fiorina is at 3%. No other candidate tops 2%, with 2% undecided. Quinnipiac polled 600 likely caucus Iowa caucus-goers between November 16-22. The margin or error is +/- 4 percentage points.

THE ROOF OF THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY JAIL NEEDS REPAIR. WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF DAN MARX DISCUSSED THE ISSUE WITH THE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MONDAY. SUPERVISORS CHAIR JOHN LOGSDON SAYS THE COUNTY WILL DO SOME TEMPORARY PATCHING UNTIL NEXT SPRING. LOGSDON SAYS THE ISSUE WILL LIKELY HAVE TO BE DEALT WITH IN THE NEAR FUTURE.
DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS SPENT TUESDAY MORNING PACKING 20-THOUSAND MEALS TO BE SENT TO THE HUNGRY OVERSEAS THROUGH THE OUTREACH PROGRAM. THE EFFORT WAS SPONSORED BY THE DECORAH F-F-A. JONI BRUVOLD IS THE HEAD OF THE CHAPTER.

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LEON SPORRER IS WITH THE OUTREACH ORGANIZATION.

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THE PACKING WAS DONE AT THE DANAN LANSING BUILDING ON THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS.

11-24 NEWS

Iowans hitting the road this holiday are in for some good news at the fuel pump. The state Department of Agriculture reports the price for a regular gallon of gasoline is slipping below TWO dollars a gallon in several parts of the state.

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Fuel Analyst Harold Hommes says the next foreseeable increase for fuel prices will come after the beginning of the year. He warns there’s always the possibility of refinery problems or other issues that could cause prices to spike.

DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL BE PARTICIPATING IN PROJECT OUTREACH TODAY. THE EFFORT, SPONSORED BY THE DECORAH F-F-A, WILL HAVE STUDENTS BAG 20-THOUSAND MEALS TODAY TO BE SENT OVERSEAS TO THOSE IN NEED OF FOODS. STUDENTS WILL BE BAGGING MEALS THIS MORNING AT THE DANAN LANSING BUILDING ON THE FAIRGROUNDS.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS WILL MEET IN A SPECIAL SESSION THIS AFTERNOON. THE BOARD WILL DEAL WITH A POTENTIAL DISCIPLINARY ACTION IN THE ROAD DEPARTMENT AT ONE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT K-9 OFFICER HAS DIED. THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS RICKY PASSED AWAY SATURDAY AND A PRIVATE MEMORIAL SERVICE WAS HELD THAT AFTERNOON. RICKY HAD BEEN THE DEPARTMENT’S K-9 SINCE 2008. SHERIFF’S OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE UNCERTAIN ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE PROGRAM.

THE HEAD OF THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF DRUG CONTROL POLICY SAYS HE’S ENCOURAGED ABOUT A NEW “YOUTH DRUG REPORT,” WHICH SHOWS DECLINES IN ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, AND MARIJUANA USE. SUE DANIELSON REPORTS

A ROCHESTER, MINNESOTA WOMAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER DECORAH POLICE WERE CALLED TO WAL-MART SHORTLY AFTER ELEVEN P.M. LAST NIGHT. POLICE SAY 37 YEAR OLD ANGIE STAPLETON WAS FOUND TO BE IN POSSESSION OF 46 DOLLARS AND 94 CENTS WORTH OF MERCHANDISE SHE DID NOT PAY FOR. AUTHORITIES SAY STAPLETON WAS ALSO FOUND TO BE IN POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE. SHE WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE, POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA AND FIFTH DEGREE THEFT.

11-23 NEWS

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL DISCUSS A VARIETY OF ISSUES AT ITS MEETING TODAY. THE COMPENSATION COMMITTEE WILL MEET WITH THE BOARD TO DISCUSS THE I-T DIRECTOR AND I-T DIRECTOR CHOPPER ALBERT WILL MEET WITH THE BOARD REGARDING A 28-E AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY OF DECORAH REGARDING A NEW I-T POSITION. SHERIFF DAN MARX WILL MEET WITH THE BOARD REGARDING JAIL ISSUES AND REGULAR MEETINGS WITH COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE AND COUNTY ATTORNEY ANDY VAN DER MAATEN WILL ALSO BE HELD. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

THE SOUTH WINNESHIEK SCHOOL BOARD WILL HOLD A WORK SESSION TONIGHT. THE TOPIC OF DISCUSSION WILL BE ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS AND SHARING OPPORTUNITIES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2016-2017 AND OTHER TOPICS RELATED TO SCHOOL FINANCES. THE WORK SESSION WILL BEGIN AT SEVEN IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE HIGH SCHOOL IN CALMAR.

THE STATE OF IOWA ONCE AGAIN WILL KICK OFF THE PROCESS OF NOMINATING PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES WITH THE IOWA CAUCUS ON FEBURARY FIRST. IOWA SECRETARY OF STATE PAUL PATE SAYS THE STATE WILL LIKELY HAVE TO BATTLE TO KEEP ITS FIRST IN THE NATION STATUS.

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THE IOWA CAUCUS HAS KICKED OFF THE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATING PROCESS SINCE 1972.

THE ANNUAL HOLIDAY LIGHTS FUNDRAISER FOR HELPING SERVICES FOR NORTHEAST IOWA WILL BEGIN THIS WEEK. DENNIS OSMUNDSON SAYS LAST YEAR THE EVENT WENT TO L-E-D LIGHTING AND IT MADE A FINANCIAL DIFFERENCE.

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A WALK THROUGH WILL BE HELD WEDNESDAY NIGHT FROM FIVE UNTIL SEVEN P.M. AT THE DECORAH CAMPGROUND. THE OFFICIAL OPENING NIGHT WILL BE THANKSGIVING NIGHT.

THE DECORAH SCHOOL BOARD WILL TAKE CARE OF SOME BUSINESS IN A SPECIAL MEETING AT NOON TODAY. THE BOARD WILL REVIEW LANDSCAPE WORK AT DECORAH BANK AND TRUST PER THEIR LEASE AGREEMENT WITH THE DISTRICT. THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE PURCHASE OF A NEW HANDICAP-ACCESSIBLE BUS AND THE SALE AND/OR DISPOSAL OF TECHNOLOGY EQUIPMENT. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION OFFICE.

11-22 NEWS

A DECORAH MAN AND HIS FAMILY HAVE BEEN RECOGNIZED BY THE PRACTICAL FARMERS OF IOWA. DALE NIMROD, ALONG WITH HIS SIBLINGS FAITH SHERMAN AND VANCE NIMORD, ARE THE 2015 WINNERS OF THE PRACTICAL FARMERS FARMLAND OWNER AWARD. THE FARMLAND OWNER AWARD IS GIVEN TO NON-OPERATOR LANDLORDS WHO USE THEIR LAND TO ADVANCE STEWARDSHIP AND HELP GET THE NEXT GENERATION STARTED ON THE LAND. THE AWARD WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE NIMROD FAMILY DURING THE PRACTICAL FARMERS OF IOWA’S ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN JANUARY.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL BEGIN ACCEPTING FUNDING REQUESTS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2016-2017 STARTING IN DECEMBER. ORGANIZATIONS INTERESTED IN FUNDING SHOULD INCLUDE WHETHER THEY HAVE RECEIVED COUNTY FUNDING IN THE PAST AND WHAT EXPENSES ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THAT FUNDING, DO THEY RECEIVE FUNDING FROM OTHER GOVERNMENT ENTITIES AND WHAT IS THE INTENDED USE OF WINNESHIEK COUNTY FUNDING. THE REQUEST SHOULD BE INTO THE COUNTY AUDITOR’S OFFICE BY NO LATER THAN JANUARY 18TH.

ANOTHER STEP-OR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM-WILL BEGIN THIS WEEK. AREA LAW ENTITIES AND THE GOVERNOR’S TRAFFIC SAFETY WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE EFFORT WEDNESDAY NIGHT UNTIL MONDAY MORNING COINCIDING WITH THE THANKSGIVING WEEKEND. THE EFFORT WILL FOCUS ON SEAT BELT USAGE AND OTHER TRAFFIC OFFENSES.

A VARIETY OF ISSUES WILL GO BEFORE THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR TOMORROW’S MEETING. THE BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE I-T DIRECTOR WITH THE COMPENSATION BOARD AND WILL LOOK TO SIGN A 28-E AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY OF DECORAH FOR I-T POSITIONS. COUNTY SHERIFF DAN MARX WILL DISCUSS JAIL ISSUES AND THE BOARD WILL HOLD PRELIMINARY BUDGET DISCUSSIONS. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

THE DECORAH SCHOOL BOARD WILL MEET IN A SPECIAL SESSION MONDAY AT NOON. THE BOARD WILL REVIEW LANDSCAPE WORK ON DISTRICT PER THE LEASE AGREEMENT WITH DECORAH BANK AND TRUST, CONSIDER THE PURCHASE OF A HANDICAP BUS AND CONSIDER SALE AND/OR DISPOSAL OF TECHNOLOGY AGREEMENT. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NOON AT THE CENTRAL ADMINSTRATION OFFICE.