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IT MAY BE CAUCUS DAY, BUT CANDIDATES WILL REMAIN ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL UNTIL TONIGHT. REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE DR.BEN CARSON WILL BE AT MABES PIZZA IN DECORAH TODAY FROM TWO UNTIL THREE P.M.

 

REPUBLICAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOSH BRYNES OF OSAGE SAYS HE SUPPORTED A TWO PERCENT INCREASE IN STATE SUPPLEMENTAL AID FOR K-12 EDUCATION LAST WEEK. HE EXPECTS THE FINAL AGREEMENT TO BE AROUND TWO AND A HALF PERCENT BUT SAYS LAWMAKERS SHOULD LOOK AT EDUCATIONAL FUNDING IN THE BIGGER PICTURE.

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BYRNES SAYS ONE OF THOSE AREAS WOULD BE TO OFFSET SCHOOLS WITH LARGER TRANSPORTATION COSTS.

 

13 ITEMS WILL GO BEFORE THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL AT ITS MEETING TONIGHT. STREETS SUPERINTENDENT KEVIN NELSON WILL PROVIDE AN UPDATE REGARDING FALL LEAF COLLECTION. THE COUNCIL  WILL CONSIDER BIDS FOR CROP LAND RENT AND HOLD THE SECOND READING AN ORDINANCE TO REZONE THE FORMER WAPSIE PRODUCE PROPERTY FROM INDUSTRIAL TO RESIDENTIAL. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT FIVE-45 AT CITY HALL.

 

WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN A CAUCUS BUT DON’T KNOW WHERE TO GO? LUTHER COLLEGE POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFESSOR CARLY HAYDEN FOSTER SAYS IT’S EASY TO FIND OUT.

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CAUCUSES BEGIN AT SEVEN P.M. THERE ARE 22 LOCATIONS IN WINNESHIEK COUNTY AND 1681 STATEWIDE.

 

THE BUDGET WILL BE THE MAIN TOPIC OF DISCUSSION AT TODAY’S WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS MEETING. THE BOARD WILL REVIEW THE COUNTY CONSERVATION BUDGET, WILL HEAR A BUDGET REQUEST FROM THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY E-M-S ASSOCIATION AND WILL HOLD AN HOUR LONG BUDGET DISCUSSION TO START THE MEETING. THE MEETING BEGINS AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

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REPUBLICAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOSH BYRNES (BURNS) OF OSAGE ATTENDED THURSDAY NIGHT’S G-O-P DEBATE IN DES MOINES. BYRNES SAYS THIS ELECTION CYCLE HAS BEEN MORE OF A CIRCUS THAN A PRACTICE OF DEMOCRACY.

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BYRNES SAYS ALTHOUGH HE PLANS TO CAUCUS FOR CARLY FIORNIA (FEE-OR-REE-NA) HE’S FELT DISENFRANCHISED ABOUT THE PROCESS.
A NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PROGRAM OF THE DISCOVERY OF A GIANT FOSSILIZED SEA SCORPION DISCOVERED NEAR DECORAH WILL AIR THIS EVENING. THE PROGRAM WILL BEGIN AT EIGHT P.M. ON THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL.LAST FALL, A PRODUCTION CREW CAME TO DECORAH TO FLIM THE UNVEILING OF A REPLICA OF THE 467 MILLION YEAR OLD FOSSILIZED GIANT SEA SCORPION ON THE STEVE AND JANE HILDEBRAND PROPERTY.
THE DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT IS REMINDING THE PUBLIC OF OPEN ENROLLMENT DEADLINES FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR. THE DEADLINE FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES ONE THROUGH 12 IS MARCH FIRST. THE DEADLINE FOR STUDENTS ENTERING KINDERGARTEN IS SEPTEMBER FIRST. APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION OFFICE ON WINNEBAGO STREET.

THE IOWA RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION LOVES CAUCUS TIME. SUE DANIELSON REPORTS.

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Iowa is now the 14th best state when it comes to happiness. In its annual Well-Being Index, Gallup-Healthways moved the Hawkeye State up two spots from last year’s index. The poll looks into and ranks states in a number of categories before determining an overall ranking. Iowa’s best ranking came in the financial security category where the state was ranked 5th. However, the poll says Iowa has a lot of work to be done when it comes to health areas. Iowa was 38th for obesity and dead-last for eating fruits and vegetables.

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A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE IS SCHEDULED TO MEET NEXT WEEK IN AN ATTEMPT TO COME TO AN AGREEMENT ON STATE SUPPLEMENTAL AID FUNDING FOR K THROUGH 12 EDUCATION AT THE STATEHOUSE. REPUBLICAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOSH BYRNES (BURNS) OF OSAGE SAYS MANY OF HIS COLLEAGUES WHO SAY THIS DEBATE IS FOR THE CHILDREN ARE BEING DISINGENUOUS.

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THE HOUSE APPROVED A TWO PERCENT INCREASE. THE SENATE APPROVED A FOUR PERCENT INCREASE. BYRNES SAYS AN AMENDMENT WAS OFFERED DURING THE HOUSE DEBATE FOR A TWO-AND-A-HALF PERCENT INCREASE BUT WAS DEFEATED.
THE WINNESHIEK MUSIC FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD THIS WEEKEND AT THE HOTEL WINNESHIEK IN DECORAH. DAN (METTER) WITH THE HOTEL WINNESHIEK SAYS A VARIETY OF MUSIC WILL BE AVAILABLE TO ATTENDEES.

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15 BANDS WILL BE HANDS WITH PERFORMANCES SCHEDULED THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON.
The mayor and a council member have quit their posts in a northeast Iowa town, saying the City Council isn’t doing its job. Marquette Mayor David Schneider and council member Rinda Ferguson resigned Wednesday. Schneider says the council “did not follow through on their oath of office to protect city ordinances and state laws.” The council voted earlier this month not to pursue more legal action after a judge ordered the city to grant a zoning variance so a man could live in a mobile home on his property while building a house. The town had refused to issue a variance because the man’s property isn’t properly zoned for a mobile home. Schneider told Waterloo station KWWL that a bad precedent has been set for future zoning issues.

The American Wind Energy Association’s fourth quarter report shows Iowa has moved one rung from the top when it comes to producing power from the wind. Iowa moved past California by 104 megawatts, but would have to triple its output to overtake top-ranked Texas — which has nearly 18,000 megawatts. AWEA manager of data and analysis John Hensley says Iowa was part of a trend that saw more wind turbines come online across the country. He says wind will account for around one-third the electric power produced in Iowa.

Gov. Terry Branstad and House Republican leaders have different views this session on the impact of a tax bill that would cut available state revenue by more than $95 million. The House overwhelmingly voted 82-14 Thursday for legislation that would make retroactive tax changes to better mirror federal guidelines. The non-partisan Legislative Services Agency projects the bill would reduce available state revenue by more than $95 million. That cut would affect surplus dollars, which Republicans don’t use to calculate for the next fiscal year. They contend there’s still at least $153 million in new state revenue available. Branstad didn’t support the measure in his budget recommendations. He said Monday it would make it “impossible” to fund education needs and other expenses. The bill now heads to the Democratic-majority Senate.

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THE IOWA SENATE PASSED A FOUR PERCENT STATE SUPPLEMENTAL AID INCREASE FOR K-12 EDUCATION WEDNESDAY, TWO DAYS AFTER THE HOUSE APPROVED A TWO PERCENT INCREASE. REPUBLICAN STATE SENATOR MIKE BREITBACH OF STRAWBERRY POINT WAS ASKED IF THREE PERCENT WOULD BE A REASONABLE COMPROMISE.

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BREITBACH SAYS THE BIGGER ISSUE IN EDUCATION IS SCHOOL WITH DECLINING ENROLLMENT AND HIGHER TRANSPORTATION COST HAVING LESS MONEY TO SPEND ON CIRRICULUM THAN URBAN SCHOOL DISTRICTS.

THE UTILITIES COMMITTEE OF THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSED AN IDEA FROM AN INTERNET PROVIDER AT ITS MEETING WEDNESDAY NIGHT. CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS THE PROVIDER WANTS TO LEASE SPACE ON A DECORAH WATER TOWER FOR A WIRELESS INTERNET ANTENNA.

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BIRD SAYS THE COMMITTEE SEEMED RECEPTIVE TO THE IDEA AND WILL DISCUSS OPTIONS AND A POTENTIAL LEASE AGREEMENT IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

SNOW IS IN THE LONG-RANGE FORECAST FOR THE IOWA CAUCUS NEXT WEEK. CAN WEATHER KEEP PEOPLE AWAY FROM A CAUCUS? LUTHER COLLEGE POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFESSOR CARLY HAYDEN FOSTER

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THE FIRST IN THE NATION IOWA CAUCUS WILL BE HELD MONDAY NIGHT.

A POSTVILLE MAN WAS ARRESTED WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON ON A WISCONSIN GOVERNOR’S ARREST WARRANT. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 26 YEAR OLD JAVIER ROSAS WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WITH THE ORIGINAL CHARGE OF SUBSTANTIAL BATTERLY AND DISORDERLY CONDUCT. HE WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE ALLAMAKEE COUNTY JAIL AND WISCONSIN AUTHORITIES WILL TRANSPORT HIM BACK TO WISCONSIN.

REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE CARLY FIORINA WILL BE IN WAUKON TONIGHT. FIORINA WILL HOST A TOWN HALL MEETING AT THE VETS CLUB BEGINNING AT SIX-30.

ONE PERSON WAS KILLED AND ANOTHER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN A HEAD-ON COLLISION IN FILLMORE COUNTY LAST NIGHT. THE FILLMORE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS TWO VEHICLES COLLIDED HEAD-ON ON HIGHWAY 52 NORTH OF FOUNTAIN AROUND QUARTER TO NINE. THE MINNESOTA STATE PATROL SAYS 16 YEAR OLD KAITLYN HANSEN OF CANTON WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. AUTHORITIES SAY 55 YEAR OLD CINDY MUESKE OF ASHLAND, ILLINOIS WAS TAKEN TO ST.MARY’S HOSPITAL IN ROCHESTER WITH NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES.

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THE IOWA HOUSE HAS PASSED A TWO PERCENT STATE SUPPLEMENTAL AID INCREASE FOR K-12 EDUCATION. THE SENATE IS EXPECTED TO PASS A FOUR PERCENT INCREASE, WHICH MEANS THE MATTER WILL LIKELY HEAD TO CONFERENCE COMMITTEE. DEMOCRATIC STATE SENATOR MARY JO WILHELM OF CRESCO SAYS SHE HOPES LAST YEAR’S STRUGGLES OVER THE NEGOTIATION ON THIS ISSUE WON’T LINGER INTO THIS YEAR.

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WILHELM SAYS DOLLARS ALLOCATED TO THE TEACHER LEADERSHIP PROGRAM ARE SEPARATE FROM THE STATE SUPPLEMENTAL AID DOLLARS.

THE TURKEY VALLLEY SCHOOL BOARD HELD A WORK SESSION WITH THE NEW HAMPTON SCHOOL BOARD THIS WEEK. EARLIER THIS ACADEMIC YEAR, THE TURKEY VALLEY BOARD APPROVED AN AGGREEMENT TO SHARE SUPERINTENDENT JAY JURRENS WITH THE NEW HAMPTON SCHOOL DISTRICT BEGINNING NEXT YEAR. DISTRICT OFFICIALS SAY JURRENS PLANS TO HOLD A SERIES OF TOWN HALL MEETINGS IN THE NEXT COUPLE MONTHS THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT. JURRENS SAY HE PLANS TO SPEND HALF DAYS AT BOTH TURKEY VALLEY AND NEW HAMPTON NEXT YEAR FOR THE FIRST SEMESTER.

Emergency crews were on the scene of a train derailment near Reno, Minnesota in Southern Houston county early Wednesday morning. The derailment of the Canadian Pacific train happened around 11:00 p.m. Tuesday. There were no injuries. Brownsville Fire Chief Gary Meiners told WXOW-TV that there are six cars off the tracks with another seven or eight cars unstable behind the derailment. Houston County Sheriff Mark Inglett said that two cars broke through the ice and are in the water. One car, carrying grain, is mildly leaking. The second car, carrying sodium chlorate, doesn’t appear to be leaking. He called the situation stable. Sodium chlorate is used primarily in the paper making process. It is also used in herbicides. The railroad tracks are parallel to Minnesota State Highway 26 along the Mississippi River. Reno, Minnesota is approximately seven miles south of Brownsville and about eight miles north of the Iowa border.

IN NOVEMBER, 93 PERCENT OF CITY OF DECORAH VOTERS APPROVED LOOKING INTO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS UTILITY. LAST WEEK, THE DECORAH FAST FIBER ORGANIZATION PRESENTED A RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH AN UTILITY BOARD. THE ISSUE WILL BE DISCUSSED BY THE UTILITIES COMMITTEE OF THE COUNCIL TONIGHT AT FIVE-30. THE PROPERTY AND STREET COMMITTEES WILL ALSO MEET TONIGHT. THE PROPERTY COMMITTEE OF THE COUNCIL WILL DISCUSS VENDOR SALES ON PUBLIC PROPERTY AT FIVE P.M. THE STREET COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS PROJECT PRIORITIES, TRUCK ROUTES AND BIKE ROUTES AT SIX P.M.

Young people across the state who cannot vote have had their say about the presidential candidates. Jim Boyd reports.

THE IOWA HOUSE HAS PASSED A TWO PERCENT STATE SUPPLEMENTAL AID INCREASE FOR K-12 EDUCATION. THE SENATE IS EXPECTED TO PASS A FOUR PERCENT INCREASE, WHICH MEANS THE MATTER WILL LIKELY HEAD TO CONFERENCE COMMITTEE. DEMOCRATIC STATE SENATOR MARY JO WILHELM OF CRESCO SAYS SHE HOPES LAST YEAR’S STRUGGLES OVER THE NEGOTIATION ON THIS ISSUE WON’T LINGER INTO THIS YEAR.

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WILHELM SAYS DOLLARS ALLOCATED TO THE TEACHER LEADERSHIP PROGRAM ARE SEPARATE FROM THE STATE SUPPLEMENTAL AID DOLLARS.

THE TURKEY VALLLEY SCHOOL BOARD HELD A WORK SESSION WITH THE NEW HAMPTON SCHOOL BOARD THIS WEEK. EARLIER THIS ACADEMIC YEAR, THE TURKEY VALLEY BOARD APPROVED AN AGGREEMENT TO SHARE SUPERINTENDENT JAY JURRENS WITH THE NEW HAMPTON SCHOOL DISTRICT BEGINNING NEXT YEAR. DISTRICT OFFICIALS SAY JURRENS PLANS TO HOLD A SERIES OF TOWN HALL MEETINGS IN THE NEXT COUPLE MONTHS THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT. JURRENS SAY HE PLANS TO SPEND HALF DAYS AT BOTH TURKEY VALLEY AND NEW HAMPTON NEXT YEAR FOR THE FIRST SEMESTER.

Emergency crews were on the scene of a train derailment near Reno, Minnesota in Southern Houston county early Wednesday morning. The derailment of the Canadian Pacific train happened around 11:00 p.m. Tuesday. There were no injuries. Brownsville Fire Chief Gary Meiners told WXOW-TV that there are six cars off the tracks with another seven or eight cars unstable behind the derailment. Houston County Sheriff Mark Inglett said that two cars broke through the ice and are in the water. One car, carrying grain, is mildly leaking. The second car, carrying sodium chlorate, doesn’t appear to be leaking. He called the situation stable. Sodium chlorate is used primarily in the paper making process. It is also used in herbicides. The railroad tracks are parallel to Minnesota State Highway 26 along the Mississippi River. Reno, Minnesota is approximately seven miles south of Brownsville and about eight miles north of the Iowa border.

IN NOVEMBER, 93 PERCENT OF CITY OF DECORAH VOTERS APPROVED LOOKING INTO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS UTILITY. LAST WEEK, THE DECORAH FAST FIBER ORGANIZATION PRESENTED A RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH AN UTILITY BOARD. THE ISSUE WILL BE DISCUSSED BY THE UTILITIES COMMITTEE OF THE COUNCIL TONIGHT AT FIVE-30. THE PROPERTY AND STREET COMMITTEES WILL ALSO MEET TONIGHT. THE PROPERTY COMMITTEE OF THE COUNCIL WILL DISCUSS VENDOR SALES ON PUBLIC PROPERTY AT FIVE P.M. THE STREET COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS PROJECT PRIORITIES, TRUCK ROUTES AND BIKE ROUTES AT SIX P.M.

Young people across the state who cannot vote have had their say about the presidential candidates. Jim Boyd reports.

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THE IOWA HOUSE APPROVED A TWO PERCENT STATE ALLOWABLE AID INCREASE FOR K-12 EDUCATION MONDAY NIGHT ON A PARTY-LINE VOTE. REPUBLICAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE DARRELL BRANHAGEN OF DECORAH FEELS THAT’S THE BEST THE STATE CAN DO.

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THE SENATE IS EXPECTED TO PASS A FOUR PERCENT INCREASE. BY STATE CODE, LAWMAKERS ARE SUPPOSED TO COME TO AN AGREEMENT REGARDING STATE SUPPLEMENTAL AID IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS. THAT HASN’T HAPPENDED IN THE LAST FOUR SESSIONS.

FURTHER DETAILS HAVE BEEN RELEASED ABOUT A SUNDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT IN CLERMONT WHICH CLAIMED THE LIFE OF A CLERMONT MAN. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 38 YEAR OLD JAMES ALLEN TACKETT WAS KILLED WHEN HE LOST CONTROL OF VEHICLE AND IT STRUCK A BUSINESS. A FIVE YEAR OLD FEMALE WAS ALSO IN THE VEHICLE AND WAS TAKEN TO A WEST UNION HOSPITAL WITH INJURIES. AUTHORITIES SAY TACKETT WAS A CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER AND HAD FAILED TO REGISTER WITH THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT. INVESTIGATORS SAY HE WAS LIVING IN CLERMONT WITH 27 YEAR OLD HILARY MARIE UPTON AND HER FIVE YEAR OLD DAUGHTER. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ON MONDAY FILED CHILD ENDANGERMENT CHARGES AGAINST UPTON. THE ALLEDGED OFFENSE IS AN AGGRAVATED MISDEMEANOR. AUTHORITIES ALSO REQUESTED THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES OPEN AN INVESTIGATION ON UPTON DUE TO OTHER CHILDREN LIVING IN THE HOME.

WHAT IMPACT DO THE CURRENT, LOW GAS PRICES REALLY HAVE ON YOUR WALLET

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I-S-U ECONOMIST DAVE SWENSON SAYS CHEAP GAS EQUALS GREATER CONSUMER CONFIDENCE. HE SAYS SPENDERS ENJOY MORE MOVIES AND RESTAURANTS, WHILE THE SAVERS, MIGHT STASH MORE MONEY AWAY. SWENSON NOTES, HOWEVER, THE TREND SEEMS TO BE “SPEND IT” RATHER THAN “SAVE IT.”

THREE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEES WILL MEET TONIGHT. THE PROPERTY COMMITTEE WILL MEET AT FIVE TO DISCUSS ALLOWING VENDOR SALES ON PRIVATE PROPERTY AND THE SALE AND PURCHASE OF LAND. THE UTILITIES COMMITTEE WILL MEET AT FIVE-30 TO DISCUSS AN ORGANIZATIONAL ORDINANCE FOR A TELECOMMUNICATIONS UTILITY, A STORM WATER UTILITY AND WATER TOWER ANTENNAE LEASE AGREEMENTS. AND THE STREET COMMITTEE WILL MEET AT SIX TO DISCUSS PROJECT PRIORITIES, TRUCK AND BIKE ROUTES. ALL MEETINGS WILL BE HELD AT CITY HALL.

The head of Iowa’s Medicaid program says she’s “very confident” the $4.2 billion system will be ready for private management on March 1, though some lawmakers expressed lingering concerns. Mikki Stier from the Iowa Department of Human Services told lawmakers Monday her confidence comes from more signups of Medicaid health providers and better communication to Medicaid recipients about the switch. The state’s Medicaid program provides care to some low-income people, children and disabled individuals. Three private companies are scheduled to take over the program amid growing criticism from some lawmakers that the new setup needs better state oversight. Stier told lawmakers about 45 percent of Medicaid service providers have signed up with all three private insurers. Some lawmakers on the Senate Human Resources Committee said the number should be higher.

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THE FOURTH ANNUAL MID-WINTER APPLIANCE RECYCLING DAY WAS HELD IN DECORAH OVER THE WEEKEND. WINNESHIEK COUNTY RECYCLING COORDINATOR TERRY BUENZOW SAYS AS USUAL IT EXCEEDED EXPECTATIONS.

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BUENZOW SAYS THEY’RE PLANNING A SIMILAR EVENT IN APRIL.
DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE AND VERMONT SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS SAYS ITS IMPORTANT FOR HIS SUPPORTERS TO NOT BE SPECTATORS IN ELECTIONS. SANDERS SAYS MANY PEOPLE DIDN’T CAST BALLOTS IN THE 2014 MID-TERM ELECTIONS AND DEMOCRATS PAID THE PRICE.

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SANDERS MADE APPEARANCES AT LUTHER COLLEGE IN DECORAH AND UPPER IOWA UNIVERSITY IN FAYETTE ON SUNDAY.

DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE HILLARY CLINTON WILL MAKE HER SECOND TRIP TO DECORAH (TUESDAY). THE FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE WILL BE AT THE HOTEL WINNESHIEK BEGINNING AT TWO-15 (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON.

ALL INDICATIONS POINT TO A BIG TURNOUT BY REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS FOR THE PRECINCT CAUCUSES. IOWA REPUBLICAN PARTY SPOKESMAN CHARLIE SZOLD SAYS THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO HANDLE IT.

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JOSH LEVITT OF THE IOWA DEMOCRATIC PARTY

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MANY OF THE SITES ARE IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS TO BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

A CLERMONT MAN WAS KILLED IN A SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN CLERMONT SUNDAY AFTERNOON. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS SHORTLY AFTER FIVE-30 38 YEAR OLD JAMES ALLEN TACKETT LOST CONTROL OF HIS VEHICLE ON HIGHWAY 18 AND STRUCK THE BUSINESS OF RESALE THERAPY IN CLERMONT. TACKETT WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS A FIVE YEAR OLD FEMALE PASSENGER WAS RECOVERED FROM THE VEHICLE AND TRANSPORTED TO PALMER LUTHERAN HOSPITAL IN WEST UNION. AUTHORITIES SAY A PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION SHOWS THAT ALCOHOL MAY HAVE BEEN FACTOR IN THE ACCIDENT.

 

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TWO PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO A BURGLARY ON THE OLD STAGE ROAD LAST WEDNESDAY NIGHT. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 35 YEAR OLD WILLIAM TROXEL OF DECORAH AND 25 YEAR OLD ASTYN ROUSE OF RIDGEWAY WERE CHARGED WITH THIRD DEGREE BURGLARY. TROXEL WAS ALSO CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF METH, THIRD OR SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE AND POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA, THIRD OR SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE. ROUSE WAS ALSO CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA WITH INTENT TO DELIVER AND POSSESSION OF METH. ALL CHARGES ARE CLASS D FELONIES.

REPUBLICAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOSH BYRNES OF OSAGE FILED A BILL AT THE STATEHOUSE LAST WEEK RELATED TO THE ISSUE OF TEACHER PAY.

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BYRNES SAYS HIS GOAL OF FILING THE BILL IS TO CREATE CONVERSATION AND THROUGH CONVERSATION COMES GREAT IDEAS.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS WILL CONTINUE BUDGET DISCUSSIONS TODAY. THE BOARD WILL REVIEW THE COUNTY TREASURER BUDGET AND WILL RECEIVE REQUESTS FROM THE WINNESHIEK ENERGY DISTRICT AND SOUTH WINN REC PROGRAM. THE BOARD WILL ALSO RECEIVE UPDATES FROM THE C-S-S AND I-T DEPARTMENTS. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

THE ALLAMAKEE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ARE EXPECTED TO AWARD BIDS FOR THE NEW COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER AT ITS MEETING TODAY. A PUBLIC HEARING IS SCHEDULED FOR ELEVEN THIS MORNING ON THE PLANS AND SPECS, FORM OF CONTRACT AND ESTIMATE OF COST FOR THE PROJECT. LAST MAY, COUNTY VOTERS APPROVED A BOND ISSUE TO CONSTRUCT THE NEW LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER AT THE CURRENT MAKEE MANOR SITE. BOARD CHAIR LARRY SCHELLHAMMER SAID THE BIDS WERE OPENED LAST TUESDAY AND THE BOARD WAS PLEASED WITH THE BIDS. THE METING WILL BEGIN IN THE SUPERVISORS ROOM OF THE ALLAMAKEE COUNTY COURTHOUSE IN WAUKON.

AN ESTIMATED CROWD OF TWO THOUSAND PEOPLE SHOWED UP AT THE LUTHER COLLEGE REGENTS CENTER YESTERDAY FOR VERMONT SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS. SANDERS IS RUNNING NECK AND NECK WITH FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON IN THE DEMOCRATIC POLLS PRIOR TO NEXT WEEK’S IOWA CAUCUS. SANDERS SAYS THE CURRENT POLITICAL SYSTEM ISN’T WORKING.

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SANDERS SUPPORTING HIM IS SUPPORTING A POLITICAL REVOLUTION

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THE FIRST IN THE NATION IOWA CAUCUS WILL BE HELD A WEEK FROM TONIGHT.

IT WAS A GOOD DAY FOR THE DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL SPEECH PROGRAM SATURDAY. 26 OF THE 34 D-H-S ENTRIES AT THE DISTRICT LARGE GROUP SPEECH CONTEST RECEIVED DIVISION ONE RATINGS, QUALIFYING THOSE EVENTS FOR THE NORTHEAST STATE LARGE GROUP SPEECH CONTEST WHICH WILL BE HELD IN WATERLOO ON FEBURARY SIXTH. OVER 200 DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS PARTICIPATED IN SATURDAY’S CONTEST IN WAUKON.

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VERMONT SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS WILL MAKE STOPS IN DECORAH AND FAYETTE TODAY. THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE WILL HOLD A TOWN HALL MEETING AT THE LUTHER COLLEGE REGENTS CENTER BEGINNING AT TWELVE-30. FROM THERE, SANDERS WILL TRAVEL TO FAYETTE FOR A TOWN HALL MEETING AT THE UPPER IOWA UNIVERSITY STUDENT CENTER BEGINNING AT THREE P.M.

THE ALLAMAKEE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ARE EXPECTED TO ACCEPT BIDS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER AT ITS MEETING MONDAY. THE BOARD OPENED THE BIDS LAST WEDNESDAY BUT DID NOT TAKE ACTION AT THAT TIME. BOARD CHAIR LARRY SCHELLHAMMER SAYS THEY WERE VERY PLEASED THE BIDS. HE SAYS THE DEMOLITION OF THE MAKEE MANOR SITE, WHERE THE CENTER WILL BE LOCATED, IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN FEBRUARY. SCHELLHAMMER SAYS THE BEGINNING OF CONSTRUCTION WILL DEPEND ON THE WEATHER.

IT WAS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR FOR THE HOLIDAY LIGHTS, MAGICAL NIGHTS FUNDRAISER.

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DENNIS OSMUNDSON WITH HELPING SERVICES FOR NORTHEAST IOWA SAYS THE PROCEEDS BENEFIT A GREAT CAUSE.

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THE CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAY WAS AT THE DECORAH CAMPGROUND FROM JUST BEFORE THANKSGIVING TO A DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS.

43 NEW MEMBERS WILL BE INDUCTED INTO THE DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY THIS WEEK. THE CEREMONY WILL BE HELD THURSDAY NIGHT AT SEVEN P.M. AT THE HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM. TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY, STUDENTS MUST HAS AT LEAST A 3.5 GRADE POINT AVERAGE AND ARE SELECTED BY FACULTY ON THE BASIS OF LEADERSHIP, SCHOLARSHIP, CHARACTER AND SERVICE TO OTHERS.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL CONTINUE BUDGET DISCUSSIONS AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW. THE BOARD WILL HEAR BUDGET REQUESTS FROM THE WINNESHIEK ENERGY DISTRICT AND SOUTH WINN REC PROGRAM AND WILL REVIEW THE BUDGET WITH THE COUNTY TREASURER. THE BOARD WILL GET UPDATES FROM THE I-T AND C-S-S. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

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DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BERNIE SANDERS WILL MAKE TWO STOPS IN NORTHEAST IOWA SUNDAY. THE VERMONT SENATOR WILL BE AT THE LUTHER COLLEGE REGENTS CENTER IN DECORAH BEGINNING AT TWELVE-30. FROM THERE, SANDERS WILL HEAD TO FAYETTE FOR A TOWN HALL MEETING AT THE UPPER IOWA UNIVERSITY STUDENT CENTER BEGINNING AT THREE P.M.

DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE HILLARY CLINTON WILL BE BACK IN DECORAH NEXT WEEK. CLINTON IS SCHEDULED TO BE AT THE HOTEL WINNESHIEK BEGINNING AT TWO-15 TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

THE PROPERTY TAX LEVY RATE WILL INCREASE IN THE PROPOSED FISCAL YEAR 2016 CITY OF DECORAH BUDGET. DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD.

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THE PROPOSED RATE IS 14 DOLLARS AND NINE CENTS PER THOUSAND DOLLARS OF ASSESSED VALUE. BIRD SAYS THE COUNCIL WILL SET A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE BUDGET AT THE FEBURARY 15TH COUNCIL MEETING.

THE CITY OF DECORAH AND THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY RECYCLING DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD THE FOURTH ANNUAL RECYCLING EVENT SPECIFICALLY FOR ELECTRONICS AND APPLIANCES (SATURDAY). WINNESHIEK COUNTY RECYCLING COORDINATOR TERRY BUENZOW (BEN-ZO).

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THE EVENT WILL BE HELD IN THE LOWER ONEOTA CO-OP PARKING LOT AT THE CORNER OF HEIVLY AND RIVER STREETS IN DECORAH. IT WILL BE HELD FROM NINE A.M. UNTIL TWO P.M. AND IS OPEN TO ALL WINNESHIEK COUNTY RESIDENTS.

REPUBLICAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOSH BYRNES (BURNS) OF OSAGE RAN AN EDUCATION-RELATED BILL THROUGH A SUB-COMMITTEE THURSDAY.

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BYRNES SAYS A LOBBYIST FROM THE IOWA STATE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION ARGUED AGAINST THE BILL. BYRNES SAYS IT’S SHOCKING THE I-S-E-A WOULD STAND IN THE WAY OF A BILL THAT PUTS STUDENTS FIRST.

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BYRNES SAYS IT’S FRUSTRATING THAT EDUCATION IS BEING A PAWN THAT PEOPLE USE FOR THEIR OWN POLITICAL INTEREST INSTEAD OF DISCUSSING THE NEEDS OF STUDENTS.