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THE GRAND OPENING FOR THE NEW SLIDE AT THE DECORAH MUNICIPAL SWIMMING POOL WILL BE HELD TONIGHT. ERIKA RANDALL IS WITH THE DECORAH PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT.

RANDALL

THE EVENT WILL BE HELD FROM FIVE-30 UNTIL SEVEN P.M. THE RIBBON CUTTING FOR THE NEW SLIDE WILL BE HELD AT SIX-15.

A MEETING IS SET FOR (WEDNESDAY) BETWEEN DECORAH AND NORTH WINNESHIEK SCHOOL OFFICIALS TO BEGIN DISCUSSIONS TOWARDS A SCHEDULED CONSOLIDATION IN THREE YEARS. DECORAH SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS THEY HOPE TO BEGIN DISCUSSION ON CIRRICULUM MATTERS.

HALUSKA

NORTH WINNESHIEK SCHOOL OFFICIALS RECENTLY ANNOUNCED THEY PLAN TO CONSOLIDATE WITH THE DECORAH DISTRICT IN THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR.

The increasing trend continues, as gas prices in Iowa have gone up 6.3 cents per gallon in the past week. GasBuddy reports prices in the state now average $2.32 per gallon. The national average has increased three cents per gallon in the last week to $2.32 a gallon. GasBuddy reports prices Sunday were 33.9 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago, and 17.2 cents per gallon higher than one month ago. The national average increased 11.1 cents per gallon during the last month.

Iowa is the nation’s top pork producer and the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has killed more than six-million piglets nationwide since 2013. The virus likely originated in China, but no one has determined how it got to the U-S. A new study simulates the trip pig feed ingredients make on the way from production in China to an American hog farm. Lead author Scott Dee says the P-E-D virus survived on one-third of the tested ingredients after a 37-day experimental journey.
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An earlier study from the U-S Department of Agriculture suggested fabric shipping totes were inadvertently offering the virus a free ride. Dee says he’s shown imported ingredients may have brought the virus here from China.

ABSENTEE BALLOTING REMAINS AVAILABLE UNTIL NEXT MONDAY FOR THE JUNE PRIMARY ELECTION. WINNESHIEK COUNTY AUDITOR BEN STIENES SAYS PERSONS CAN DO SO DURING REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS AT THE AUDITOR’S OFFICE AT THE COURTHOUSE. THERE ARE FOUR CONTESTED LOCAL RACES. IN HOUSE DISTRICT 55, MICHEAL BERGAN AND ALEX POPENHAGEN ARE FACING ONE ANOTHER IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. STEVE MCCARGAR AND PAT RITTER ARE VYVING FOR THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION. THERE WILL BE RACES FOR THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION IN SUPERVISOR DISTRICT THREE AND FOUR. IN DISTRICT THREE, FORMER SUPERVISOR LES ASKELSON IS FACING FORMER DECORAH CITY COUNCILMAN TADE KERNDT FOR THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION. IN DISTRICT FOUR, SUPERVISOR CHAIR JOHN LOGSDON IS FACING A CHALLENGE FROM DEVIN HUMPAL FOR THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION.

A DECORAH MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER RETURNING TO THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY JAIL FROM A WORK RELEASE PROGRAM LAST FRIDAY. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 40 YEAR OLD HAROLD ALLEN JACOBSEN JUNIOR WAS CHARGED WITH POSESSION OF CONTRABAND IN A CORRECTIONAL INSITUTION AND THIRD OFFENSE POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, BOTH CLASS D FELONIES AND TWO COUNTS OF UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF PRESCRIPTION DRUG, A SERIOUS MISDEMEANOR. AUTHORITIES SAY JACOBSEN’S WORK RELEASE WAS ALSO REVOKED.

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GOVERNOR BRANSTAD HAS APPROVED A NEW STATE REQUIREMENT THAT IOWA TEENAGERS GET THE MENINGITIS VACCINATION BEFORE ENROLLING IN SCHOOL. RADIO IOWA’S O.KAY HENDERSON REPORTS.

(HENDERSON VOICER)
THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS WILL DISCUSS ANIMAL CONFINEMENTS AT ITS MEETING TODAY. BOB WATSON WILL MEET WITH THE BOARD TO DISCUSS THE HEALTH EFFECTS OF ANIMAL CONFINEMENTS. DEB MONSON WILL MEET WITH THE BOARD TO TALK ABOUT FLAG HOLDERS FOR VETERAN GRAVES AND COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE WILL DISCUSS ROAD MATTERS. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.
A CRESCO MAN WAS ARRESTED FRIDAY NIGHT. DECORAH POLICE SAY 23 YEAR OLD JORDAN JAMES HARRINGTON WAS CHARGED WITH DRIVING WHILE LICENSE REVOKED.
DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS THE CITY IS IN THE PROCESS OF LOOKING AT WHAT OTHER SIMILAR SIZED CITIES PAY ITS EMPLOYEES. BIRD WAS ASKED IF GOVERNMENTS HAVE A RESPONSIBLE TO COMPARE WAGES OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES TO PRIVATE SECTOR WORKERS.

BIRD

BIRD SAYS THEY’VE STUDIED PRIVATE VERSES PUBLIC WAGES IN THE PAST AND FOUND THE EVIDENCE WAS ANECDOTAL AT BEST.

5-30 NEWS

THE CITY OF DECORAH’S MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE WILL BEGIN THIS MORNING AT TEN A.M. A MEMORIAL SERVICE WILL BE HELD ON THE COLLEGE DRIVE BRIDGE AT TEN FOLLOWED BY A PARADE THROUGH DOWNTOWN DECORAH PROCEEDING TO THE COURTHOUSE. A CEREMONY WILL BE HELD ON THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY COURTHOUSE GROUNDS. THIS YEAR’S PARADE GRAND MARSHALL WILL BE WORLD WAR TWO VETERAN LYLE SACQUITNE (SOCK-WHITNEY). THE GUEST SPEAKER FOR THE CEREMONY WILL BE FORMER U.S. ARMY RESERVIST AND CURRENT DECORAH RESIDENT JOHN ANDERSON. ANY VETERAN PLANNING TO MARCH IN THE PARADE SHOULD BE AT THE COLLEGE DRIVE BRIDGE BY NINE-30. A FLATBED TRUCK WILL BE WILL PROVIDED FOR THOSE WISHING TO RIDE.

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THE DECORAH PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT WILL HOST ITS ANNUAL SIMMER KICK OFF THIS WEEK. THIS YEAR THE EVENT WILL BE HELD AT THE DECORAH MUNICIPAL SWIMMING POOL. ERIKA RANDALL IS WITH THE DECORAH PARKS AND RECREATION OFFICE.

RANDALL

THE EVENT WILL BE HELD FROM FIVE-30 UNTIL SEVEN. IT WILL ALSO CELEBRATE THE PARKS AND RECREATION ENDOWMENT FUND REACHING ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS.

So far this year, 136 people have been killed in traffic crashes on Iowa roads. Alex Murphy, with the Iowa Department of Public Safety, notes dozens of lives may’ve been saved if people had buckled up.
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The 136 traffic fatalities to date compares to 108 at this time in 2015. Murphy says there’s no clear reason why traffic deaths are up this year.

There are plenty of things for families to do and see across the state of Iowa as summer arrives, without breaking the bank. Jessica O’Riley with Travel Iowa says tourism is an eight-billion-dollar industry, and this year’s numbers are expected to surpass last year’s because costs for travelers have been going down.

O’Riley

The website ‘TravelIowa.com’ has a calendar feature where you can enter the type of attraction or event you might like to see – for instance, arts and culture, family fun, or food.

THE DECORAH FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS DONATED FIVE NEWER HIGHER PRESSURE SELF-CONTAINED BREATHING APPARATUS UNITS AND ADDITIONAL AIR TANKS TO THE WINNESHIEK/DECORAH SPECIAL RESPONSE TEAM. OFFICIAL SAY THE DONATIONS WILL ASSIST THE DECORAH SPECIAL RESPONSE TEAMS WHEN THE RESPOND TO HAZARDOUS WASTE ENVIRONMENTS SUCH AS METH LABS.

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WITH THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND UPON, A REMINDER A SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT-OR STEP PROGRAM IS UNDERWAY. LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE GOVERNOR’S TRAFFIC SAFETY BUREAU ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE EFFORT WHICH IS FOCUSED ON GETTING MOTORISTS TO BUCKLE UP. THE EFFORT WILL RUN THROUGH JUNE SIXTH.

MEMORIAL DAY WILL BE OBSERVED IN DECORAH TOMORROW. A MEMORIAL SERVICE WILL BE HELD ON THE COLLEGE DRIVE BRIDGE AT TEN FOLLOWED BY A PARADE THROUGH DOWNTOWN DECORAH PROCEEDING TO THE COURTHOUSE. A CEREMONY WILL BE HELD ON THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY COURTHOUSE GROUNDS. THIS YEAR’S PARADE GRAND MARSHALL WILL BE WORLD WAR TWO VETERAN LYLE SACQUITNE (SOCK-WHITNEY). THE GUEST SPEAKER FOR THE CEREMONY WILL BE FORMER U.S. ARMY RESERVIST AND CURRENT DECORAH RESIDENT JOHN ANDERSON. ANY VETERAN PLANNING TO MARCH IN THE PARADE SHOULD BE AT THE COLLEGE DRIVE BRIDGE BY NINE-30. A FLATBED TRUCK WILL BE WILL PROVIDED FOR THOSE WISHING TO RIDE.

LAWN CHAIR NIGHTS WILL BEGIN THIS WEEK. THE EVENT WILL FEATURE PERFORMANCES IN FRONT OF THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY COURTHOUSE THURSDAY NIGHTS FROM NOW UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY FAIR AND NORDIC FEST. THIS WEEK, SARAH BRANDT AND THE NEW MINOWA PLAYERS WILL PERFORM BEGINNING AT SEVEN P.M. THE RAIN LOCATION IS THE DECORAH PUBLIC LIBRARY PARKING LOT.

THE DECORAH SWIMMING POOL WILL OPEN TODAY. DECORAH PARKS AND RECREATION OFFICIALS SAY THE POOL WILL BE OPEN WEEKDAYS FROM ONE UNTIL FIVE-25 AND SIX-30 UNTIL EIGHT-30 AND SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS FROM ONE UNTIL EIGHT P.M. SEASON PASSES CAN BE PURCHASED AT THE DECORAH PARKS AND RECREATION OFFICE OR ON-LINE AT THE DECORAH PARKS AND RECREATION WEBSITE.

THE 2016 DRIFTLESS SAFARI IS NOW UNDERWAY. THE DRIFTLESS SAFARI IS DESIGNED TO GET FAMILIES AND GROUPS OUT OF THE HOUSE AND EXPLORING THE NATURAL, CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL TREASURES OF WINNESHIEK COUNTY. PERSONS CAN PICK UP THEIR FREE MATERIALS AND JOIN IN THE SCAVENGER HUNT BY STOPPING BY THEIR LOCAL LIBRARY OR LOGGING ONTO DRIFTLESS-SAFARI-DOT-ORG.

5-28 NEWS

THE NORTH WINNESHIEK SCHOOL DISTRICT RECENTLY ANNOUNCED THEY PLAN TO CONSOLIDATE WITH THE DECORAH SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR. DECORAH SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS THE PROCESS WILL BEGIN SOON.

HALUSKA

HALUSKA SAYS AN INITIAL MEETING WITH NORTH WINNESHIEK SCHOOL OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS THE PROCESS IS SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEDNESDAY.

The arrival of warmer weather and frequent rain signals spring, but also marks the arrival of tick season. Doctor Patricia Quinlisk, with the Iowa Department of Public Health, says there are a wide variety of ticks in the state and they’re all potentially dangerous.
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Some suggestions for preventing tick bites include; avoid wooded and grassy areas, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants tucked into socks or boots, and use insect repellents that contain DEET. Even though it takes a day or so for the attached ticks to inject the bacteria, checking yourself over immediately after being outdoors is also important.

TRAFFIC DEATHS ARE UP 23-PERCENT OVER LAST YEAR IN THE STATE AS WE HEAD INTO THE BUSY SUMMER TRAVEL SEASON. RADIO IOWA’S PAT CURTIS REPORTS.

(Curtis Voicer)

The state of Iowa has been quiet when it comes to tornadoes lately. Meteorologist Craig Cogil (CO-gill), at the National Weather Service, says the spring and summer months have been relatively quiet in Iowa the past three years.
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While last year had a slow start, there were eventually 58 tornadoes reported statewide.

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GUNDERSEN HEALTH SYSTEMS HAS ANNOUNCED THEY HAVE ADDED A SECOND MEDLINK HELICOPTER AND WILL BASE ONE AT THE DECORAH AIRPORT. COMPANY OFFICIALS SAY BEGINNING NEXT WEDNESDAY THEY WILL ADD THE SECOND HELICOPTER ON A SIX-MONTH TRIAL BASIS. GUNDERSEN SAYS FROM EIGHT A.M. UNTIL EIGHT P.M. EACH DAY ONE OF THE HELICOPTERS WILL BE STATIONED AT THE SPARTA-MCCOY AIRPORT AND AT THE DECORAH AIRPORT. GUNDERSEN SAYS A PURCHASE DECISION WILL BE MADE NEAR THE END OF THE TRIAL PERIOD.

THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL HAS APPROVED THE FIRST READING OF AN ORDINANCE TO RAISE WATER AND SEWER RATES. THE COUNCIL ALSO RECENTLY APPROVED AN 18 PERCENT RAISE FOR CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD.

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BUT BIRD SAYS THE INCREASE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HIS SALARY.

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BIRD SAYS STATE LAW REQUIRES BOTH THE WATER AND SEWER FUNDS TO BE SELF-SUFFICIENT AND CURRENTLY THEY ARE NOT.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY AUDITOR’S OFFICE WILL BE OPEN AN HOUR LATER (FRIDAY). (FRIDAY) IS THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE FOR THE PRIMARY ELECTION WHICH WILL BE HELD TUESDAY, JUNE SEVENTH. COUNTY OFFICIALS SAY PERSONS MUST DECLARE A PARTY TO VOTE IN THE PRIMARY. AFTER (FRIDAY), PERSONS CAN REGISTER AT THE POLLS, BUT ELECTION LAW SAYS WHEN DOING SO YOU MUST PRESENT AN I-D AND A PROOF OF RESIDENCY. THE OFFICE WILL BE OPEN UNTIL FIVE P.M. (FRIDAY).

N-I-C-C CALMAR WILL SHOW OFF ITS NEW BEEF EDUCATION FACILITY FOR THE PUBLIC (THURSDAY) HOSTING AN OPEN HOUSE. N-I-C-C AGRICULTURE FACULTY MEMBER NATE GEBEL SAYS THE BEEF INDUSTRY IS IMPORTANT TO NORTHEAST IOWA AND THE COLLEGE WANTS TO BE REPRESENTATIVE OF THAT.

GEBEL

THE OPEN HOUSE WILL BE HELD FROM FOUR UNTIL SEVEN WITH A RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY SET FOR FIVE P.M.

Close to 90 percent of the Iowa children who are eligible for free meals during their summer break aren’t getting them. Community groups run summer meal sites across the state, but the Iowa Department of Education says of more than 200-thousand kids in need of the meals, only about 21-thousand actually receive them. Stephanie Dross, an education consultant with the department, says lack of transportation is a big factor.

Dross

Families can call the Hunger Hotline to find out where meal sites are located in their area, at 866-3-HUNGRY. Or text the word “food” to 877-877.

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WHAT ARE THE CURRENT PROSPECTS FOR BUILDING A NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN DECORAH? DECORAH SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS THEY’RE IN LIMBO.

HALUSKA

THE DISTRICT AND CITY WERE DISCUSSING AN AREA ON CLAIBORNE DRIVE NEAR THE JOHN CLINE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.
AN OPEN HOUSE FOR A NEW BEEF EDUCATION FACILITY ON THE NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE CALMAR CAMPUS WILL BE HELD (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON. NATE GEBEL IS A MEMBER OF THE N-I-C-C AGRICULTURE FACILITY.

GEBEL

THE OPEN HOUSE WILL BE HELD FROM FOUR UNTIL SEVEN P.M. WITH THE RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY SET FOR FIVE P.M.
AS EXPECTED, GAS PRICES ARE STARTING CREEP UP BEFORE THE START OF A HOLIDAY WEEKEND. CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY ECONOMIST ERNIE GOSS PRICES WILL LIKELY REMAIN AT A LEVEL THAT WON’T CAUSE A CONSUMER OUTCRY.

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GOSS SAYS THE AVERAGE GASOLINE PRICE IN THE STATE IS TWO DOLLARS-25 CENTS. HE SAYS THAT’S NOT ENOUGH OF AN INCREASE FOR CONSUMERS TO SIGNIFICANTLY CHANGE TRAVEL PLANS.
AASE HAUGEN SENIOR SERVICES IS POSTPONING AN OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULED FOR (THURSDAY). AASE HAUGEN OFFICIALS SAY DUE TO SOME VERY LAST MINUTE CONSTRUCTION ISSUES, THE OPEN HOUSE FOR THE TWO RIVERS DEMENTIA CARE/C-C-D-I UNIT WILL BE POSTPONED UNTIL A LATER DATE.

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CORN PLANTING IS NEARING COMPLETION IN THE STATE. RADIO IOWA’S DAR DANIELSON REPORTS.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IS RELEASING INFORMATION OF A SATURDAY AFTERNOON INCIDENT WHICH INJURED THREE PEOPLE. AUTHORITIES SAY 43 YEAR OLD BRIAN YOUNGBLUT OF VINTON WAS RIDING HIS MOTORCYCLE NORTHBOUND ON MIDDLE CALMAR ROAD WHEN HE ENTERED THE SHOULDER AND CRASHED INTO A DITCH. ANOTHER RIDER, 26 YEAR OLD JESSE HUG OF TRIPOLI NOTICED THE INCIDENT AND STOPPED TO HELP. AFTER HUG STOPPED TO HELP, A THIRD MOTORCYCLE HIT THE CURVE ON THE ROAD AND HIT HUG’S MOTORCYCLE. YOUNGBLUT AND HUBBARD WERE TAKEN BY AMBULANCE TO WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER WITH NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES. HUG WAS TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES AT THE SCENE.

Employers in Iowa are scrambling for more information on a new federal rule change on overtime pay. The U-S Department of Labor has raised the threshold on who’s eligible from around 23-thousand to more than 47-thousand dollars a year. Rob Green, executive director of the National Council of Chain Restaurants, expects a lot of legal challenges in Iowa and elsewhere.
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Green says employers in Iowa are looking at ways to manage the new ruling, like limiting hours or raising salaries to just over the threshold. He says others workers could see pay cuts to offset the mandatory overtime. Under the change, the threshold was raised from $23,660 a year to $47,476. Starting December 1st, employees who earn that amount or less will be eligible for time-and-a-half pay for more than 40 hours a week.

A DECORAH MAN WAS ARRESTED MONDAY AFTER AN INCIDENT IN HESPER. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 51 YEAR OLD PATRICK CURRAN WAS CHARGED WITH ASSAULT AND TRESPASSING

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AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING AN INCIDENT AT POSTVILLE SCHOOLS MONDAY. THE POSTVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS TWO SIXTH GRADERS BROUGHT SPRING LOADED AIRSOFT GUNS TO SCHOOL AND ALLEDGEDLY SHOT FIVE STUDENTS WITH PLASTIC BBs
NO SERIOUS INJURIES WERE REPORTED. DISTRICT OFFICIALS SAY THE TWO STUDENTS HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM SCHOOL. FURTHER INFORMATION WILL BE RELEASED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE INVESTIGATION.

THE DECORAH SCHOOL BOARD APPROVED CONTRACTS FOR ADMINISTRATION AND SUPPORT STAFF FOR THE 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR AT A SPECIAL MEETING MONDAY AFTERNOON. BOTH SUPPORT STAFF AND ADMINISTRATION WILL RECEIVE A THREE-POINT-TWO-SIX PERCENT TOTAL PACKAGE INCREASE, THE SAME INCREASE WHICH WAS AGREED TO FOR TEACHERS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR. SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA’S SALARY FOR NEXT YEAR WILL BE 165-THOUSAND, 850-DOLLARS.

SOME MAY WONDER WHY THE DECORAH SCHOOL DISTRICT IS CUTTING OVER 250-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN PERSONNEL COST WHILE SPENDING THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS TO MAKE RENOVATIONS TO THE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL FIELD.

DECORAH SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS THERE’S A SIMPLE EXPLANATION.

HALUSKA

HALUSKA SAYS THE DISTRICT COULDN’T PAY FOR THE STADIUM RENOVATIONS OUT OF THE GENERAL FUND EVEN IF THEY WANTED TO.

Federal prosecutors are rejecting allegations that they committed misconduct against imprisoned kosher meatpacking executive Sholom Rubashkin. The U.S. Attorney’s Office denied that it improperly interfered in the sale of the Agriprocessors plant in Postville or presented false testimony at sentencing. Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Deegan wrote Thursday that Rubashkin was trying to rewrite history. Rubashkin contends prosecutors threatened buyers they would seize the plant if Rubashkin’s father had a role in its operations. He says that drove down the sale price and increased the loss stemming from his fraud, resulting in a 27-year sentence. Several criminal justice heavyweights recently backed Rubashkin’s claims and called on prosecutors “to rectify the injustice,” including four former United States attorneys general and two former FBI directors. Deegan asked a judge to deny any relief.

A color-coded rainfall map of Iowa shows the western third of the state in deep purple hues while most of eastern Iowa is multiple shades lighter, in yellow and orange. Jeff Zogg, a hydrologist at the National Weather Service, says parts of water-logged western Iowa have seen 200-percent more rain than average since mid-April, while areas in the much-drier east are only at 50-percent.
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While parts of southwest Wisconsin are experiencing near-drought conditions, Zogg does -not- think that’s likely here.

A DECORAH MAN WAS ARRESTED ON TWO PROBATION VIOLATION WARRANTS. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 30 YEAR OLD EVAN BLUE BLUE WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY JAIL FROM THE WEST UNION RESIDENTIAL FACILITY.

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GAS PRICES IN IOWA ARE THE LOWEST THEY’VE BEEN IN ELEVEN YEARS HEADING INTO THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. TRIPLE-A PREDICTS IT WILL TRANSLATE INTO A BIG BOOST IN THE NUMBER OF VACATION TRAVELERS HITTING THE HIGHWAY. IN IOWA, THE AVERAGE PRICE OF GAS IS $2.22, DOWN 39-CENTS FROM THE AVERAGE A YEAR AGO.

THE GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION FOR THE NEW WATER SLIDE AT THE DECORAH POOL IS SET FOR WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1ST. THE EVENT, RUNNING FROM 5:30-7:00 P.M., WILL ALSO CELEBRATE THE DECORAH PARKS AND RECREATION ENDOWMENT FUND REACHING ITS INITIAL FUND-RAISING GOAL OF $100,000. THE GOAL WAS REACHED WITH A $50,000 CHALLENGE GIFT IN 2014 TO ENCOURAGE THE COMMUNITY TO INVEST IN THE EFFORT. THE FUND WILL HELP MAINTAIN AND ENHANCE DECORAH PARKS AND TRAILS, RECREATION FACILITIES, THE CAMPGROUND AND POOL.

THE DECORAH SCHOOL BOARD WILL MEET IN A SPECIAL SESSION TODAY AT NOON. THE BOARD WILL LOOK TO ISSUE CONTRACTS TO ADMINISTRATION AND SUPPORT STAFF. A PUBLIC HEARING WILL ALSO BE HELD ON A BUDGET AMENDMENT FOR THE CURRENT YEAR. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION OFFICE.

GETTING MOTORISTS TO BUCKLE UP WILL BE THE FOCUS OF A STEP-OR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM-WHICH BEGINS TODAY. THE EFFORT WILL RUN THROUGH JUNE SIXTH. THE GOVERNOR’S TRAFFIC SAFETY BUREAU SAYS IN 2014, 118 OF THE 322 CRASH FATALITIES IN THE STATE INVOLVED WERE NOT BUCKLED UP.

Iowa’s unemployment numbers for April were released Friday. Courtney Greene is spokesperson for the Iowa Workforce Development agency. She says the state’s unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percent from March to 3.9 percent. It marks the third straight month for an uptick in Iowa’s jobless rate, after nearly 7 solid years of dropping or holding steady.
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Greene says over the last year, construction has accounted for slightly over half of all job gains in Iowa. The number of unemployed Iowans stood at 66,100 in April. That is up from 62,300 one year ago.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL OPEN UP REQUEST FOR QUTOES FRON THE BURR OAK SEWER PROJECT AT ITS MEETING TODAY. A PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD ON A BUDGET AMENDMENT AND COUNTY I-T DIRECTOR CHOPPER ALBERT WILL MEET WITH THE BOARD REGARDING I-T AND WEB UPDATES. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.