5-1 NEWS

ABSENTEE BALLOTING IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE JUNE SEVENTH PRIMARY ELECTION. PERSONS CAN CAST ABSENTEE BALLOTS DURING REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS AT THEIR COUNTY AUDITOR OFFICES. COUNTY OFFICIALS SAY PERSONS MUST DECLARE A PARTY BEFORE VOTING IN THE PRIMARY. THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE OR TO CHANGE YOUR PARTY AFFILIATION IS MAY 27TH.

18 ITEMS WILL GO BEFORE THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL FOR ITS MEETING TOMORROW NIGHT. THE COUNCIL WILL HEAR REPORTS FROM THE LIBRARY AND LANDFILL. THE COUNCIL WILL ALSO REVIEW THE BIDS FOR AIRPORT IMPROVEMENTS, A CONTRACT WITH W-H-K-S FOR THE RECONSTRUCTION OF A BRIDGE AND WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON A CONVEYANCE OF PROPERTY ON OAK STREET. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT FIVE-45 AT CITY HALL.

THE PERSONNEL COMMITTEE OF THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL WILL DISCUSS THE TELECOMMUNICATION UTILITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES AT THE CONCLUSION OF TOMORROW NIGHT’S COUNCIL MEETING. THE COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS QUALIFICATIONS AND THE APPLICATION PROCESS.
A VARIETY OF ROAD ISSUES WILL BE DISCUSSED AT TOMORROW’S WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS MEETING. COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE (BEER-KEY) WILL DISCUSS THE RECLASSIFICATION OF 310TH AVENUE AND A LOW WATER CROSSING ON 230TH STREET. DECORAH CITY ADMINISTRATOR CHAD BIRD WILL MEET WITH THE BOARD REGARDING THE RELAY FOR LIFE. COUNTY I-T DIRECTOR CHOPPER ALBERT WILL PROVIDE AN UPDATE REAGRDING I-T MATTERS AND THE BOARD WILL TAKE A ROAD TOUR TO SEE THE FREEPORT WATER DISTRICT RESERVOIR AND OTHER PROJECTS. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.
A CRESCO WOMAN WAS ARRESTED ON A FORGERY WARRANT THURSDAY NIGHT. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 26 YEAR OLD SHANAE BURGART WAS TRANSPORTED FROM THE HOWARD COUNTY JAIL TO THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY JAIL LAST WEEK.
A POTLUCK FOR RETURNING PEACE CORPS (CORE) VOLUNTEERS WILL BE HELD TONIGHT. IT WILL BEGIN AT FIVE-30 AT THE GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH AT 701 IOWA AVENUE AT DECORAH. PERSONS ARE ASKED TO BRING A DISH TO PASS AND THEIR OWN TABLE SERVICE. COFFEE AND MILK WILL BE PROVIDED.

4-30 NEWS

A HAWKEYE MAN HAS BEEN CITED FOR PERMITTING AN UNAUTHORIZED MINOR TO DRIVE IN CONNECTION TO AN A-T-V ACCIDENT WHICH INJURED TWO TEENAGERS EARLIER THIS WEEK. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 34 YEAR OLD JASON CANNON WAS CITED WITH THE SIMPLE MISDEMEANOR. AUTHORITIES SAY A 13 YEAR OLD WAS AIR-LIFTED TO LA CROSSE FOLLOWING THE TUESDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT. HE HAS SINCE BEEN RELEASED. A 14 YEAR OLD WAS ALSO INJURED IN THE ACCIDENT AND TAKEN TO PALMER LUTHERAN HOSPITAL IN WEST UNION. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT DID NOT RELEASE THE NAMES OF THE INJURED INDIVIDUALS.

REPUBLICAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOSH BYRNES (BURNS) OF OSAGE (O-SAGE) SAYS THE TRANSPORTATION BUDGET IS CURRENTLY ONE OF THE STICKING POINTS STANDING IN THE WAY OF LAWMAKERS AND ADJOURNMENT. BYRNES IS POINTING THE FINGER AT HIS OWN PARTY.

BYRNES 1

BYRNES SAYS THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IS BEING COST-EFFECTIVE IN ITS PLANNING

BYRNES 2

BYRNES CALLED THE ACTION VINDICTIVE AFTER LAWMAKERS INCREASED THE FUEL TAX LAST SESSION.

THE DECORAH FIRE DEPARTMENT’S BUCKET OF COLOR IN YOUR FACE STOP, DROP AND ROLL 5-K WILL BE HELD (SATURDAY), RAIN OR SHINE. MIKE BOCKMAN IS WITH THE DECORAH FIRE DEPARTMENT.

BOCKMAN 1

THE EVENT IS AN ANNUAL FUNDRAISER FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. REGISTRATION WILL BE FROM NINE UNTIL TEN-30 ON THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS WITH THE EVENT BEGINNING AT ELEVEN.

THE 15TH ANNUAL TROUT STREAM FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD (SATURDAY) NIGHT IN DECORAH. THE FUNDRAISER FOR TROUT UNLIMITED WILL BE HELD AT THE DANAN LANSING BUILDING ON THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS. STEVE MATTER (MAA-TER) IS WITH TROUT UNLIMITED.

MATTER

A RECEPTION WILL BE HELD FROM FIVE UNTIL SIX AND A BUFFET DINNER WILL BE SERVED FROM SIX UNTIL SEVEN P.M.

A PRESCRIPTION DRUG DROP-OFF EVENT WILL BE HELD (SATURDAY). THE EVENT IS SPONSORED BY THE NORTHEAST IOWA DRUG TASK FORCE IN COOPERATION WITH HELPING SERVICES FOR NORTHEAST IOWA. THE DROP-OFF WILL BE HELD FROM TEN A.M. UNTIL TWO P.M. AT THE DECORAH WAL-MART AND THE THRIFTY WHITE PHARMACY IN DECORAH. AUTHORITIES SAY THE PURPOSE OF THE EVENT IS TO KEEP MEDICATIONSOUT OF THE HANDS OF PEOPLE WHO MAY MISUSE OR ABUSE THEM AND TO ENSURE THEY ARE DISPOSED OF IN AN ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY WAY.
THE CITY OF DECORAH’S WOOD CHIPS AND COMPOST GIVEAWAY WILL CONTINUE (SATURDAY). THE GIVEAWAY WILL BE HELD FROM EIGHT A.M. UNTIL NOON AT THE CITY’S COMPOST SITE LOCATED ON TROUT RUN ROAD.

ICE CAVE ROAD IN DECORAH WILL BE CLOSED (SATURDAY) FROM TEN A.M. UNTIL FIVE P.M. CITY OFFICIALS SAY THE CLOSURE WILL BE BECAUSE OF THE DECORAH MOUNTAIN BIKE TIME TRIALS EVENT BEING (SATURDAY).

4-29 NEWS

THE IOWA HOUSE AND SENATE PASSED A SENTENCING REFORM MEASURE THIS WEEK. REPUBLICAN STATE SENATOR MIKE BREITBACH OF STRAWBERRY POINT SAYS LAWMAKERS DIDN’T GO SOFT ON CRIME.

BREITBACH

THE BILL ALSO INCREASES PENALTIES FOR THOSE CONVICTED OF CHILD ENDANGERMENT THAT LEADS TO THE DEATH OF A CHILD.

THE CITY OF DECORAH WILL HOST A COMPOST AND WOOD CHIPS GIVEAWAY (FRIDAY) AND (SATURDAY). THE GIVEAWAY WILL BE HELD (FRIDAY) FROM EIGHT A.M. UNTIL THREE P.M. AND SATURDAY FROM EIGHT A.M. UNTIL NOON AT THE CITY’S COMPOST SITE LOCATED ON TROUT RUN ROAD.

THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL APPROVED 19 PERCENT PAY RAISE FOR CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD HAS BEEN A TOPIC OF DISCUSSION SINCE THE COUNCIL ACTION EARLIER THIS MONTH. BIRD SAYS THE COUNCIL IS IN THE PROCESS OF STUDYING WHERE THE CITY FITS IN COMPARISON TO OTHER SIMILAR-SIZED CITIES WHEN IT COMES TO EMPLOYEE PAY.

BIRD 1

BIRD ADMITS WHEN LOOKING AT OTHER CITIES ITS NOT ALWAYS AN APPLES-TO-APPLES COMPARISON. BIRD SAYS HIS DUTIES INCLUDE FLOOD PLAIN ADMINISTRATOR AND ZONING ADMINISTRATOR. BIRD SAYS SOME CITIES HAVE THREE DIFFERENT EMPLOYEES FOR THOSE THREE DUTIES.

Industry experts say there is a glut of corn on the world market and a new report on planting intentions shows corn acres up more than five-million from a year ago. U-S-D-A grains analyst Jerry Norton says those numbers are higher than anyone expected, though he says farmers in Iowa and elsewhere really can’t afford -not- to plant those acres in corn.
*
[rimkcorn1] :14 “good right now”

Norton says one of the reasons corn is so attractive right now is because fuel and fertilizer costs are down, but so are commodities prices.

THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IS RELEASING DETAILS OF AN A-T-V ACCIDENT WHICH INJURED TWO JUVENILES TUESDAY NIGHT. AUTHORITIES SAY THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED NEAR HAWKEYE AROUND SIX P.M. THAT EVENING. THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS ONE JUVENILE WAS TAKEN TO PALMER LUTHERAN HOSPITAL IN WEST UNION ANOTHER WAS AIR-LIFTED WITH INJURIES. NO NAMES WERE RELEASED. THE ACCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

4-28 NEWS

CONCERNS HAVE BEEN RAISED OVER A PLAN TO CUT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION BUDGET BY TEN MILLION DOLLARS. DEMOCRATIC STATE SENATOR MARY JO WILHELM OF CRESCO SAYS THEY’RE LEGITIMATE CONCERS.

WILHELM

HOUSE REPUBLICANS SAY THE D-O-T SHOULD USE ADDITIONAL DOLLARS FOR ROAD PROJECTS INSTEAD OF SALARY INCREASES.
WHAT TO DO ABOUT DEER IN THE CITY LIMITS OF DECORAH REMAINS A TOPIC OF DISCUSSION. THE ISSUE WAS DISCUSSED BY THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE OF THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL TUESDAY NIGHT. COMMITTEE CHAIR CHUCK LORE SAYS CITY OFFICIALS ARE STILL IN DISCUSSIONS WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES ABOUT WHAT THE CITY’S OPTIONS WILL BE.
DID YOU MISS LAST SATURDAY’S WINNESHIEK COUNTY RECYCLING SPRING CLEAN-UP DAY? COUNTY RECYCLING COORDINATOR TERRY BUENZOW THERE WILL BE ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY LATER THIS YEAR.

BUENZOW

BUENZOW SAYS ITS POSSIBLE APPLIANCES COULD ALSO BE A PART OF THE FALL EVENT.

A placement hearing is scheduled May 6 for a teenager convicted of killing his mother at their Osage home more than four years ago. Prosecutors say Noah Crooks was 13 years old when he fired rifle round after rifle round into his mother, 37-year-old Gretchen Crooks, in their Osage home on March 24, 2012. He was convicted of second-degree murder as a youthful offender in 2013, given a deferred sentence and placed at the Eldora State Training School for Boys. Under the deferred sentencing, he must have a hearing before his 18th birthday to determine whether he will be discharged or remain under court supervision after he turns 18. His birthday is in July. Options include continued incarceration or another placement in a state-supervised facility.

4-27 NEWS

CRIMINAL CHARGES ARE PENDING AGAINST A DECORAH MAN AFTER AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATED AN INCIDENT TUESDAY MORNING. DECORAH POLICE SAY THEY RECEIVED A CALL OF A MAN WITH A GUN IN THE AREA OF THE CROSSROADS ACADEMY EDUCATIONAL FACILITY (ON VERNON STREET). AUTHORITIES SAY THE MAN, IDENTIFIED AS 58 YEAR OLD JOSEPH DURVIN GALLAGHER, HAD MADE SUICIDAL COMMENTS AND GUN SHOTS WERE HEARD. AUTHORITIES SAY GALLAGHER WAS CONTACTED AT RESIDENCE AND TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. DECORAH POLICE SAY A HANDGUN WAS LATER RECOVERED AND THE INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.

THE DECORAH SCHOOL DISTRICT AND DECORAH EDUCATION ASSOCIATION HAVE REACHED A TENTATIVE AGREEMENT ON A MASTER CONTRACT FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR. DISTRICT OFFICIALS SAY THE TWO SIDES AGREED TO A THREE-POINT-TWO-SIX PERCENT TOTAL PACKAGE INCREASE. IN ADDITIONAL TO THE FINANCIAL SETTLEMENT, THE GROUPS AGREED TO CHANGES IN PARENTAL LEAVE IN RELATION TO FAMILIES EXPERIENCING ADOPTION. DISTRICT OFFICIALS SAY IN CASE OF ADOPTION, A PARENT MAY TAKE 15 DAYS OF ACCRUED SICK LEAVE FOR PAID PARENTAL LEAVE FOR THE ADOPTION OF A CHILD WHO IS SCHOOL-AGE OR YOUNGER.

THE IOWA HOUSE REJECTED A PLAN THAT WOULD HAVE EXPANDED IOWA’S MEDICAL CANNIBUS LAW MONDAY NIGHT. THE HOUSE TURNED DOWN ON A  63-31 MARGIN AN MEASURE THAT WOULD HAVE ALLOWED IOWANS TO PURCHASE MEDICAL CANNIBUS OUT OF STATE AND USE IT IN IOWA. REPUBLICAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE DARRELL BRANHAGEN OF DECORAH SAYS THERE’S TOO MANY UNKNOWNS REGARDING THE ISSUE.

BRANHAGEN

BRANHAGEN SAYS WITH MONDAY’S VOTE HE EXPECTS THE ISSUE TO BE OVER FOR THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION.

AFTER FURTHER REVIEW, A PUBLIC HEARING WAS HELD. THE DECORAH SCHOOL BOARD RECEIVED NO COMMENTS ON THE 2016-2017 SCHOOL CALENDAR AT A SPECIAL MEETING HELD MONDAY AFTERNOON. LAST YEAR, THE STATE LEGISLATURE SAID THE EARLIEST SCHOOLS CAN START IN IOWA IS AUGUST 23RD. PREVIOUSLY, STATE LAW REQUIRED DISTRICT TO BEGIN THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER FIRST AND REQUIRED DISTRICTS TO HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING TO RECEIVE A WAVIER TO START EARLIER. SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS THE PUBLIC HEARING REQUIREMENT RELATED TO THE CALENDAR WAS KEPT IN THE BILL DESPITE THE CHANGE. HALUSKA SAYS THE BOARD WILL LOOK TO REAPPROVE THE 2016-2017 CALENDAR AT ITS MAY MEETING.

Wet weather slowed progress, but Iowa farmers were able to get some planting done last week. Radio Iowa’s Dar Danielson reports.

 

4-26 NEWS

THE ISSUE OF A COMMUNITY CENTER/INDOOR EXERCISE FACILITY IN DECORAH HAS BEEN ON THE BACKBURNER FOR A WHILE. LOCAL RESIDENT JEFF TOMLINSON BROUGHT UP THE ISSUE TO THE DECORAH PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD AT ITS MEETING LAST WEEK. PARKS AND RECREATION DIRECTOR ANDY NIMROD SAID TOMLINSON TOLD THE BOARD HE HAS HAD DISCUSSIONS WITH THE Y-M-C-A. TOMLINSON INVITED A BOARD REPRESENTATIVE TO VISIT WITH A LA CROSSE Y-M-C-A REPRESENTATIVE BUT NIMROD SAYS NO MEETING HAS BEEN SET UP YET.

THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET IN A SPECIAL SESSION THIS AFTERNOON. THE COUNCIL WILL MEET WITH A MEDIACOM REPRESENTATIVE BEGINNING AT FIVE P.M. AT CITY HALL.

THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE OF THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET AT SIX-30 TONIGHT AT CITY HALL. THE COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS DEER DEPREDATION, FIRE ALARM AND BUILDING SECURITY AND EQUIPMENT. AT SEVEN-30, THEY WILL BE JOINED BY THE 28-E RURAL FIRE BOARD TO DISCUSS S-C-B-A EQUIPMENT UPGRADES AND MATTERS OF MUTUAL CONCERN.

A TRAFFIC STOP IN THE MCDONALDS PARKING LOT LAST NIGHT HAS LED TO CHARGES FILED AGAINST TWO INDIVIDUALS. DECORAH POLICE SAY 20 YEAR OLD KATHRYN YARWOOD OF DECORAH WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA, POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA AND FIRST OFFENSE OPERATING WHILE INTOXICATED. AUTHORITIES SAY A PASSENGER IN THE VEHICLE, MARLENE JONES WAS ALSO CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA AND POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA.

AN ARLINGTON MAN WAS SENTENCED TO 60 YEARS IN PRISON YESTERDAY IN FAYETTE COUNTY DISTRICT COURT. AUTORITIES SAY 36 YEAR OLD LEROY DANIEL KULA JUNIOR WAS FOUND GUILTY OF TWO COUNTS OF SECOND DEGREE SEXUAL ABUSE AND TWO COUNTS OF SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR. KULA IS FACING SIMILAR CHARGES IN POWESHIEK COUNTY.

WINNESHIEK COUNTY RECYCLING SAID ITS CLEANUP DAY, HELD SATURDAY, WAS A SUCCESS.

BUENZOW

COUNTY RECYCLING COORDINATOR TERY BUENZOW SAYS COUNTY RESIDENTS ARE ALWAYS WILLING TO DO THE RIGHT THING WHEN IT COMES TO REUSING MATERIALS.
THE DECORAH SCHOOL BOARD HELD A PUBLIC HEARING ON PLANNED IMPROVEMENTS TO THE HIGH SCHOOL TRACK AND FOOTBALL STADIUM AT A SPECIAL MEETING MONDAY AFTERNOON. NO PUBLIC COMMENTS WERE GIVEN. THE PROJECT WILL INCLUDE THE RESURFACING OF TRACK, A NEW SCOREBOARD AND SOUND SYSTEM. BIDS FOR THE PROJECT WILL BE OPENED MAY FIFTH. THE BOARD IS EXPECTED TO AWARD A BID AT ITS MAY NINTH MEETING.

4-25 NEWS

REPUBLICAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOSH BYRNES OF OSAGE WAS THE LONE MEMBER OF HIS PARTY TO VOTE NO ON A TRANSPORTATION BILL IN THE HOUSE LAST WEEK WHICH CUTS TEN MILLION DOLLARS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION’S BUDGET. BYRNES SAYS THERE ARE REPUBLICANS STILL UPSET OVER THE INCREASE IN THE STATE’S FUEL TAX IN THE 2015 SESSION.

BYRNES 1

BYRNES SAYS THE BILL WHICH PASSED THE IOWA HOUSE WILL HAVE NEGATIVE EFFECTS ON ALL SCHEDULED ROAD PROJECTS.

BYRNES 2

BYRNES SAYS THE SENATE MEMBERS HE’S TALKED TO ON THE ISSUE ARE IN FAVOR OF A STATUS QUO BUDGET FOR THE D-O-T, WHICH IS WHAT THE ORGANIZATION REQUESTED.
THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS WILL DISCUSS MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS AT ITS MEETING TODAY. THE BOARD WILL MEET WITH C-S-S REGIONAL DIRECTOR SHEILA KOBLISKA. A PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD ON THE RECLASSIFICATION ON 310TH AVENUE NEAR SPILLVILLE AND JULIE WURTZEL FROM N-I-C-C WILL MEET WITH THE BOARD REGARDING A 50TH ANNIVERSARY PROCLAMATION. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.
THE DECORAH SCHOOL BOARD WILL MEET IN A SPECIAL SESSION TODAY. TWO PUBLIC HEARINGS WILL BE HELD AT THE MEETING. ONE, REGARDING THE HIGH SCHOOL TRACK IMPROVEMENTS, THE OTHER, REGARDING NEXT YEAR’S SCHOOL CALENDAR. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NOON AT THE CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION OFFICE.
A WYKOFF, MINNESOTA MAN, FACING CHARGES IN WINNESHIEK COUNTY IN CONNECTION TO TH THEFT OF A VEHICLE, IS NOW FACING CHARGES IN FILLMORE COUNTY IN CONNECTION TO A BURGLARY LAST WEEK. THE FILLMORE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 39 YEAR OLD JUSTIN RICKERT WAS PULLED OVER IN THE VEHICLE HE ALLEDGEDLY STOLE FROM WINNESHIEK COUNTY LAST WEDNESDAY. AUTHORITIES SAY THEY FOUND EVIDENCE OF STOLEN PROPERTY FROM A BURGLARY AT HAHN LUMBER IN HARMONY REPORTED EARLIER IN THE DAY. THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE SITUATION IN CONTINUING. RICKERT REMAINS IN CUSTODY IN THE FILLMORE COUNTY DETENTION CENTER.

An Oelwein man was killed Saturday while turkey hunting in Fayette County. According to the Iowa DNR, Michael Adams, 63, was hit in the face and chest area by shot from a 12-gauge shotgun fired from another hunter in his hunting party at approximately 3 p.m. Saturday north of Maynard. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident remains under investigation by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

4-24 NEWS

THE NEGOTIATIONS PROCESS BETWEEN THE DECORAH SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE DECORAH EDUCATION ASSOCIATION WILL CONTINUE DISCUSSIONS TOMORROW NIGHT. THE TWO SIDES ARE TRYING TO REACH AN AGREEMENT FOR A MASTER CONTRACT FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR. THEY WERE SCHEDULED TO MEET LAST WEEK BUT DID NOT BECAUSE SOME PERSONNEL COULD NOT ATTEND.

ROADS AND MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS WILL BE DISCUSSED AT TOMORROW’S MEETING OF THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS. A PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD ON THE RECLASSIFCATION OF 310TH AVENUE AS A CLASS C ROAD. THE BOARD WILL RECEIVE AN UPDATE ON MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS FROM REGIONAL COORDINATOR SHELIA KOBLISKA. JULIE WURTZEL FROM N-I-C-C WILL MEET WITH THE BOARD REGARDING A 50TH ANNIVERSARY PROCLAMATION. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

THE NORTHERN LIGHTS WOMEN’S CHORUS WILL HOLD ITS SPRING CONCERT TODAY. JOYCE EPPERLY WITH THE GROUP SAYS TODAY’S PERFORMANCE WILL HAVE A SPECIAL MEANING.

EPPERLY

THE CONCERT WILL BEGIN AT FOUR P.M. AT THE DECORAH LUTHERAN CHURCH. A FREE WILL OFFERING WILL BE ACCEPTED.
PERSONS ARE INVITED TO REMEMBER LEO GRECO THIS AFTERNOON AT THE NOB HILL BALLROOM IN DECORAH. EVENT PROMOTER JIM JUVE SAYS PROCEEDS FROM THE EVENT WILL GO TO CAMP COURAGEOUS IN MONTICELLO.

JUVE

THE EVENT WILL BE HELD FROM TWO UNTIL SIX P.M. AND WILL FEATURE THE MUSIC OF THE TOE TAPPERS AND FLASHBACK.

THE CITY OF DECORAH WILL BE OFFERING A COMPOST AND WOOD CHIPS GIVEAWAY THIS WEEK. IT WILL BE HELD AT THE CITY’S COMPOST SITE LOCATED ON TROUT RUN ROAD. THE GIVEAWAY WILL BE HELD FRIDAY FROM EIGHT A.M. UNTIL THREE P.M. AND SATURDAY FROM EIGHT A.M. UNTIL NOON.

4-23 NEWS

REPUBLICAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOSH BYRNES (BURNS) OF OSAGE (O-SAGE) IS CALLING OUT HIS OWN PARTY OVER A PLAN TO CUT THE D-O-T BUDGET BY TEN MILLION DOLLARS.

BYRNES 1

BYRNES SAYS THE D-O-T IS THE MOST EFFICIENT RUN STATE DEPARTMENT AND DOESN’T DESERVE THIS SCRUITNEY.

BYRNES 2

THE MEASURE PASSED THE HOUSE ON THURSDAY WITH BYRNES BEING THE ONLY REPUBLICAN TO VOTE AGAINST IT. BYRNES CALLED THE ACTION PAYBACK FOR THE INCREASE IN THE GAS TAX LAST YEAR.
THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY RECYCLING DEPARTMENT WILL HOST THEIR ANNUAL SPRING CLEAN UP (SATURDAY). COUNTY RECYCLING COORDINATOR TERRY BUENZOW (BEN-ZO) SAYS THERE ARE MANY THINGS FOLKS CAN GET RID OF (SATURDAY).

BUENZOW

THE EVENT WILL BEGIN AT NINE A.M. AT THE RECYCLING CENTER IN FREEPORT. BUENZOW SAYS THE EVENT WILL CONTINUE AS LONG AS PEOPLE ARE THERE.
THE DECORAH SCHOOL BOARD WILL MEET IN A SPECIAL SESSION MONDAY AFTERNOON. TWO PUBLIC HEARINGS WILL BE HELD. ON REGARDING THE TRACK RESURFACING BIDS. THE OTHER FOR NEXT YEAR’S SCHOOL CALENDAR. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NOON AT THE CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION OFFICE.

Living on campus is going to cost more at the three state universities next year. The Iowa Board of Regents voting unanimously to raise room and board costs for the next school year. The most popular dorm and meal plans $9,301 at the University of Iowa, $8,356 at Iowa State University and $8,629 at the University of Northern Iowa. Tuition rates could also increase. The Iowa House discussing increasing the amount of state money the state colleges receive by a little more than 2%. That may not be enough to keep tuition rates flat. The education bill now heads to the senate for a vote.

4-22 NEWS

THE IOWA HOUSE PASSED A HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES BUDGET WEDNESDAY. ON A PARTY-LINE VOTE, THE HOUSE APPROVED BUDGET ELIMINATES STATE FUNDING FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD. REPUBLICAN STATE SENATOR MIKE BREITBACH OF STRAWBERRY POINT SAYS HE APPLAUDS HOUSE REPUBLICANS FOR STANDING UP FOR WHAT THEY BELIEVE IN

BREITBACH

BREITBACH ADMIT’S THE MEASURE IS LIKELY DEAD ON ARRIVAL IN THE SENATE.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU IS HOLDING A DIFFERENT KIND OF COLORING CONTEST. C-V-B DIRECTOR CHARLEEN SELBEE SAYS THE CONTEST IS FOR KIDS AGES TWO THROUGH 17.

SELBEE

SELBEE SAYS THE DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS MONDAY. ENTRIES CAN BE SUBMITTED TO THE CHAMBER DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM OFFICE ON WATER STREET IN DECORAH.

A WYKOFF, MINNESOTA MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH STEALING A VEHICLE FROM A WINNESHIEK COUNTY FARM. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 39 YEAR OLD JUSTIN RICKERT IS BEING CHARGED WITH THEFT, A CLASS D FELONY, TRESPASSING AND CREDIT CARD FRAUD. AUTHORITIES SAY THE THEFT WAS REPORTED SUNDAY AND RICKERT WAS ARRESTED IN FILLMORE COUNTY WEDNESDAY. HE IS BEING HELD IN THE FILLMORE COUNTY JAIL ON MINNESOTA CHARGES. HE WILL BE TRANSPORTED TO THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY JAIL AT A LATER DATE. THE INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING AND FURTHER CHARGES ARE PENDING.

A LANSING COMPANY IS CLOSING ITS DOORS. K-W-W-L-TV IS REPORTING BLUMENTHAL LANSING, A LONG-TIME BUTTON MAKER, WILL CLOSE AFFECTING 70 TO 80 JOBS. A CITY REPRESENTATIVE TOLD K-W-W-L THEY WERE NOTIFIED OF THE COMPANY’S DECISION WEDNESDAY.

A DECORAH WOMAN WAS INJURED IN A TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY NINE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. DECORAH POLICE SAY SHORTLY AFTER FIVE P.M, 65 YEAR OLD MARILYN SABELKA WAS HAVING CAR TROUBLE AND HAD PULLED HER CAR ONTO THE SHOULDER. AUTHORITIES SAY SABELKA GOT HER CAR RUNNING, PULLED OUT IN TRAFFIC AND IT BEGAN TO STALL AGAIN. SABELKA TRIED TO PULL INTO A DEALERSHIP LOT AND COLLIDED WITH A VEHICLE DRIVEN BY 20 YEAR OLD DYLAN STODDARD-HENNING OF DECORAH. SABELKA WAS TAKEN BY AMBULANCE TO WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER. SHE WAS CHARGED WITH AN IMPROPER LANE CHANGE.