7-1 NEWS

The Iowa Supreme Court has upheld one of the strictest voting laws in the country. Radio Iowa’s O. Kay Henderson reports.

HENDERSON VOICER

A report released today (Wednesday) shows nearly one-third of Iowans struggle to afford basic living expenses. Deann Cook is executive director of United Ways of Iowa, which issued the statewide study.
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Cook says around 12-percent of Iowans are below the federal poverty line, but Cook says that federal level is “outdated” and thousands of Iowans above the line are living paycheck to paycheck.

Neighboring property owners have filed an appeal with Iowa City Board of Adjustment in an effort to stop an Iowa City couple’s plans to build a home designed to resemble Kinnick Stadium. The Press-Citizen reports the appeal was filed Wednesday by the Neighbors of Manville Heights Association and property owners in the area. Reed and Sandy Carlson of Decorah have filed building plans for a nearly 7,500-square-foot house that would echo the stadium architecture. City officials recently issued a building permit, determining that, despite the size and appearance of the proposed building, the Carlsons’ intention to use the house as a single-family home is allowed. The Board of Adjustment is scheduled to discuss the appeal on Aug. 10.

A range of bills signed into law this year by Gov. Terry Branstad are taking effect in Iowa. Branstad signed roughly 130 bills during and after the legislative session that adjourned at the end of April. Some legislation went into effect immediately, while others are slated to be official on Friday when the next budget year begins. Measures set to take effect include laws aimed at criminal justice reform. One law will make most juvenile delinquency records in Iowa confidential unless otherwise ordered by a judge. Another law will allow certain non-violent drug offenders in Iowa to be eligible for parole after they serve at least half of their mandatory minimum sentence. Another law will allow companies to be eligible for tax credits for producing renewable chemicals from biomass feedstock.

6-30 NEWS

Iowa Lottery C-E-O Terry Rich told members of the Lottery Board at their meeting Tuesday the organization is on pace to break several records as the fiscal year comes to a close. He says the numbers are not finalized, but look very good.
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Rich says they usually look to hit 70 million dollars as a goal for profits to be turned over to the state, and will easily surpass that this year.

THE PERSONNEL COMMITTEE OF THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL HAS RECOMMENDED FIVE INDIVIDUALS TO SERVE ON THE MUNICIPAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS BOARD OF TRUSTEES. THE COMMITTEE MET TO DISCUSS TO THE ISSUE WEDNESDAY MORNING. THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED CAROLYN CORBIN, PAUL MATTSON, BRUCE BUTTERS, ANNA NORRIS AND JARAD WALTER TO SERVE ON THE BOARD. THE COMMITTEE’S RECOMMENDATION WILL GO BEFORE THE ENTIRE COUNCIL AT THEIR NEXT MEETING SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY NIGHT.

DECORAH SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICIALS ARE CONTINUING TO STUDY THE POTENTIAL FOR A NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE CITY OF DECORAH ARE DISCUSSING A PIECE OF LAND ON CLAIBORNE DRIVE AS THE LOCATION FOR A NEW SCHOOL. SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS DISTRICT OFFICIALS WANT TO KEEP THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN A SIMILAR LOCATION TO WHERE JOHN CLINE IS NOW.

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HALUSKA SAYS THE DECORAH SHAREHOLDERS GROUP HAS BEEN TOLD BY CITY RESIDENTS THEY WANT TO SEE THE ELEMENTARY BUILDING TO REMAIN IN AN EASILY ACCESSIBILE CENTRAL LOCATION IN THE CITY. HE SAYS WHEN IT COMES TO HAVING THE NECESSARY INFRASTRUCTURE TO BUILD A SCHOOL BUILDING, THAT LIMITS POTENTIAL LOCAITONS IN THE COMMUNITY.

A new poll shows support for Senator Chuck Grassley’s re-election still sits below 50 percent. Last week Public Policy Polling surveyed 897 Iowa voters. 46 percent said they would vote for Grassley. 39 percent said they support his Democratic challenger, Patti Judge. 14 percent were undecided. The poll’s margin of error was 3.3 percent. Today, Judge challenged Grassley to four televised debates before the November election. She wants those debates in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Sioux City, and Davenport, along with a radio debate. Grassley’s campaign says it will consider the debates after getting more information. Public Policy Polling also asked Iowans about the presidential race, and the results were tight. 41 percent said they’d vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton. 39 percent favored Republican Donald Trump. With a 3.3 percent margin of error, that’s a statistical tie. 20 percent said they’re not sure.

6-29 NEWS

THE PERSONNEL COMMITTEE OF THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET (WEDNESDAY) MORNING. THREE ITEMS WILL BE ON THE AGENDA. THE COMMITTEE, WHICH INCLUDES ALL COUNCIL MEMBERS, WILL DISCUSS THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS UTILITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES, THE REVIEW OF THE CITY’S HEALTH INSURANCE RENEWAL AND AN UPDATE ON THE CITY/COUNTY I-T 28-E AGREEMENT. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT SEVEN A.M. IN THE CITY CLERK’S CONFERENCE ROOM AT CITY HALL.

WHILE 44 PERCENT OF THE STATE OF IOWA IS ABNORMALLY DROUGHT OR IN A MODERATE DROUGHT SITUATION, NORTHEAST IOWA IS DOING WELL REGARDING MOISTURE. THE U.S. DROUGHT MITIGATION CENTER RELEASED ITS LATEST FIGURES MONDAY. THE PRIMARY AREA OF CONCERN IN THE STATE WHEN IT COMES TO DRY CONDITIONS IS EAST CENTRAL TO SOUTHEAST IOWA. THE NEAREST AREA OF CONCERN IS TAMA AND JOHNSON COUNTIES.

The U-S-D-A’s latest crop and weather report for Iowa shows most of the state has enough moisture in the soil for crops to handle the high heat. Radio Iowa’s O. Kay Henderson reports.

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New data from the Iowa Department of Transportation shows 42 more people have died on Iowa roads in 2016 than at the same time last year. The Des Moines Register reports seven people were killed in traffic accidents over the weekend, bringing the total number of motor vehicle deaths to 170 people. That’s 30 more than the five-year average of 140. The worst month of the year so far has been May, which had 39 deaths. State officials say a mix of high speeds and impaired or distracted driving have contributed to the higher number. The data shows victims weren’t wearing seatbelts in about half of the deaths. The department’s driver data manager says he has noted more single-vehicle accidents in which the vehicle left the roadway before crashing.

Iowa State Auditor Mary Mosiman says state officials have done a good job with budgeting, keeping spending below revenues for seven consecutive years. She gives the governor and legislators a B-plus grade for budgeting at her annual review of the fiscal year 2017 budget which begins in July 1 and ends next June 30. Mosiman says state revenues are lower than they were but stable and reserve funds are filled to the legal limit of $738 million. She says property tax reform and education spending bills passed in 2013 have eaten away at the surplus balance left at the end of the year and cautioned lawmakers to be careful about passing similar long-term financial commitments that grow in cost. Low commodity prices have decreased farm income, curbing state tax revenue.

6-28 NEWS

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS FORMALLY ACCEPTED THE RESIGNATION OF COUNTY I-T DIRECTOR CHOPPER ALBERT AT ITS MEETING MONDAY MORNING. ALBERT SUBMITTED A LETTER OF RESIGNATION TO THE BOARD AND TO DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD LAST WEEK. THE POSITION IS SHARED EQUALLY BETWEEN THE CITY AND COUNTY. IN THE LETTER, WHICH WAS READ AT LAST WEEK’S CITY COUNCIL MEETING, ALBERT SAID HE FELT HE WAS UNDERAPPRECIATED AND STATED HE HAD ISSUES WITH ONE INDIVIDUAL. AT THE BOARD MEETING MONDAY MORNING, ALBERT EXPRESSED CONCERNS REGARDING SUPERVISOR DEAN THOMPSON. ALBERT SAID HE HAD HEARD FROM COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT THOMPSON STATED ALBERT WAS INSUBORDINATE. ALBERT SAID HE IS NOT LEAVING THE POSITION ONLY DUE TO THE PAY AND SAID THOMPSON FAILED TO COMMUNICATE ANY CONCERNS DIRECTLY TO HIM. THOMPSON DID NOT ANSWER THE CLAIMS IN THE MEETING. DECORAH MAYOR DON ARENDT SAID HE WAS EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED IN THE SUPERVISORS WITH THEIR LACK OF COMMUNICATION WITH ALBERT SAYING THEY ARE LOSING A CAPABLE, TALENTED INDIVIDUAL. BOARD CHAIR JOHN LOGSDON SAID HE WAS AMAZED OVER THE AMOUNT OF DRAMA THAT ALBERT’S RESIGNATION HAS CREATED. LOGSDON SAID A COUNTY EMPLOYEE TENDERED HIS RESIGNATION AND THE BOARD ACCEPTED IT. LOGSDON SAYS ANYTHING SAID BEYOND THAT IS NOT BASED IN FACT.

HOW TO FILL THE I-T POSITION WAS DISCUSSED BY THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AND DECORAH CITY OFFICIALS MONDAY MORNING. NEITHER SIDE EXPRESSED ANY CONCERNS OVER CONTINUING THE 28-E AGREEMENT WHICH ALLOWS THE POSITION TO BE SHARED BETWEEN THE CITY AND COUNTY. THE TWO SIDES AGREED TO CREATE AN AD-HOC COMMITTEE TO REVIEW AND UPDATE THE JOB DESCRIPTION AND TO STUDY HOW BOTH SIDES SHOULD PROCEED IN THE FUTURE. THE COMMITTEE WILL CONSIST OF COUNTY AUDITOR BEN STIENES, COUNTY G-I-S COORDINATOR JON LUBKE, COUNTY SHERIFF DAN MARX, DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD AND DECORAH CITY CLERK WANDA HEMESATH. LUBKE AGREED TO TAKE CARE OF THE I-T DUTIES IN THE INTERIM.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ARRESTED A CASTALIA WOMAN ON A WARRANT OVER THE WEEKEND. AUTHORITIES SAY 43 YEAR ODL RACHEL SORENSEN WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WITH THE ORIGINAL CHARGE BEING ASSAULT CAUSING BODILY INJURY.

A DECORAH MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER AN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING TRAFFIC STOP ON THE OLD STAGE ROAD. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 25 YEAR OLD COLE MCCREA WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AND DRIVING WHILE BARRED.

Iowa gas prices are now averaging about $2.30 a gallon, according to GasBuddy’s latest report. Gas prices in Iowa fell 2.2 cents per gallon in the past week. The national average fell 2.4 cents last week to an average of $2.31 a gallon. Prices Sunday were 43.7 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago, and are unchanged compared to a month ago. According to GasBuddy, the national average decreased 1.3 cents per gallon during the last month.

Iowans who plan to do any traveling over the Fourth of July holiday weekend can expect to see a few more police officers on the road. Patrick Hoye (rhymes with ‘toy’), with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, says a “drive sober or get pulled over” campaign is scheduled for July 1st through the morning of the 5th. The focus of the campaign is to remove drunk drivers from the roads, but Hoye says he hopes all drivers will also obey speed limits and buckle up. He says last year was unusual as there were no fatalities over the three-day holiday weekend.
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But, in 2014, seven people were killed on Iowa roadways and one was alcohol related. And in 2013, six people were killed on Iowa roadways over the Independence Day holiday and three of those crashes were alcohol related.

THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ARRESTED A GUTTENBERG WOMAN FRIDAY AFTER A REPORT OF A WOMAN HIDING OUT IN WEST UNION. AUTHORITIES SAY 21 YEAR OLD SIERRA JOY BENNETT WAS ARRESTED ON AN OUTSTANDING WARRANT WITH THE ORIGINAL CHARGE OF UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A PRESCRIPTION DRUG.

NO ONE WAS INJURED IN A TWO-VEHICLE ACCIDENT AT WATER AND RIVER STREETS IN DECORAH THIS MORNING. DECORAH POLICE SAY AROUND QUARTER AFTER SEVEN, A VEHICLE DRIVEN BY 24 YEAR OLD CHASE CHRISTOPHER OF DECORAH RAN A STOP LIGHT ON WATER STREET AND COLLUDED WITH A VEHICLE DRIVEN BY 53 YEAR OLD MARTHA KEIGER-GRIESHEIMER OF DECORAH. CHRISTOPHER WAS CHARGED WITH RUNNING A RED LIGHT. BOTH DRIVERS REFUSED MEDICAL TREATMENT AT THE SCENE.

A bear struck and killed by a truck is believed to be the same animal that was recently caught on camera wandering around in a northeast Iowa cornfield. Department of Natural Resources spokesman, Kevin Baskins, says the bear died after being hit Friday night on Highway 76 near the Yellow River Forest in southeast Allamakee County.
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(as he says) He says the bear was struck by a glass delivery truck and there was not much damage to the truck. Baskins says the driver of the truck was not injured. The young bear weighed about 200 pounds, and Baskins says is looks to be the one spotted recently in Clayton County. Baskins says bear was probably not used to moving in areas where there are cars and trucks.

6-27 NEWS

THE SOON BE VACANT I-T POSITION WILL BE DISCUSSED BY THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS AT ITS MEETING TODAY. CHOPPER ALBERT, WHO SERVED IN THE JOINT POSITION OF I-T DIRECTOR FOR THE CITY AND COUNTY, ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK HE WOULD BE LEAVING THE POSITION JULY FIRST. ALBERT AND CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD WILL DISCUSS THE ISSUE WITH THE SUPERVISORS. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

AN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING TRAFFIC STOP LED TO THE ARREST OF A DECORAH MAN. DECORAH POLICE SAY 32 YEAR OLD JOEL YOS MUJ WAS CHARGED WITH SECOND OFFENSE OPERATING WHILE INTOXICATED AND DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED. POLICE SAY THEY PULLED OVER HIS VEHICLE AFTER HE RAN A RED LIGHT.

PERSONS HAVE A WEEK LEFT TO PRE-ORDER A BOOK ABOUT THE 50-YEAR HISTORY OF THE NORDIC FEST. DAWN SVENSON-HOLLAND IS THE PROJECT COORDINATOR.

SVENSON-HOLLAND

NORDIC FEST:50 YEARS STRONG, WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR 65 DOLLARS AFTER BEGINNING JULY FIFTH AND DURING THE FEST ITSELF.

DECORAH SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS HE EXPECTS OVERALL ENROLLMENT TO BE DOWN SLIGHTLY IN THE DECORAH DISTRICT FOR THE UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR.

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HALUSKA SAYS IT IS DIFFICULT TO PREDICT THE STUDENT POPULATION TWO MONTHS BEFORE CLASSES BEGIN.

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SCHOOL WILL BEGIN AUGUST 24TH.

6-26 NEWS

THE VESTHERHEIM NORWEGIAN-AMERICAN MUSEUM IN DECORAH HAS RECEIVED A GRANT FROM THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS. THE MUSEUM WILL RECEIVE THE GRANT THROUGH THE ORGANIZATION’S CULUTRAL LEADERSHIP PARTNERS PROGRAM. MUSEUM OFFICIAL SAY THE MONEY WILL BE PUT TOWARDS ITS OPERATING EXPENSES.

ANOTHER STEP-OR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM-WILL BEGIN THIS WEEK. LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ENTITIES AND THE GOVERNOR’S TRAFFIC SAFETY BUREAU WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE EFFORT WHICH RUNS JULY FIRST THROUGH THE FIFTH, COINCIDING WITH THE FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY. THE EFFORT WILL FOCUS ON IMPAIRED DRIVING.

New research shows that when it comes to gun violence, Iowa ranks low. Iowa have the ninth-lowest rate of gun violence in the United States, according to a 24-7 Wall Street study. In 2014, Iowa had 7.8 gun-related deaths per 100,000 people, making it one of the lowest ranking for gun violence.

A federal report finds Iowans are paying less at the grocery store for a variety of products, including: pork, poultry, eggs, dairy products and fresh vegetables. Annemarie Kuhns (COONS), an ag economist with the U-S-D-A, says food prices overall have fallen five out of the last seven months. Kuhns says there are only two categories where prices have gone up.
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Fruit prices are up 2.8-percent from a year ago. There are likely several reasons for the overall drop, according to Kuhns, including lower prices at the farm level for many products.

The Iowa Supreme Court is upholding the search of a high school football player’s equipment bag that uncovered a loaded handgun and drugs. The court ruled Friday that Dunkerton High School officials had grounds to search Mar’yo Lindsey Jr.’s bag in 2013, rejecting arguments that it violated his constitutional rights. The case arose when Lindsey got injured on the field during a road game. Before going to the hospital, Lindsey told school officials to make sure that a specific student got his bag and that nobody else should take it. That raised their suspicions. The superintendent later searched the bag after putting it on the floor and hearing a “clunk” that he believed was a gun. He found marijuana and a loaded long-barreled handgun in a backpack inside the bag.

6-25 NEWS

The state Department of Agriculture is planning an aerial campaign designed to shut down the movement of a destructive pest across the border into eastern Iowa. The department’s Mike Kintner says they’ll be dropping pheromone (Fair-nohm) flakes out of an airplane targeted at gypsy moths,
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The pheromones in the flakes are designed to disrupt the ability of the male gypsy moth to find female gypsy moths to reproduce. The hope is the disruption will keep the moths from expanding their territory further into Iowa.
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The plan is to do the air drop on two segments of land in Allamakee County totaling around 12-thousand acres, and another in Jackson County of around one-thousand acres. He says the pheromone release has proven to be successful in areas where the gypsy moth population isn’t very big.

THE PERSONNEL COMMITTEE OF THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET NEXT WEEK TO DISCUSS THE FORMING OF A TELECOMMUNICATIONS UTILITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES. CITY OFFICIALS TOLD THE CITY COUNCIL THIS WEEK NINE PEOPLE HAVE APPLIED TO BE THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES, WHICH WILL CONSIST OF FIVE INDIVIDUALS. THE COMMITTEE MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEDNESDAY. THE COMMITTEE WILL MAKE A RECOMMENDATION THAT WILL BE ON A FUTURE CITY COUNCIL AGENDA.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL DISCUSS THE I-T POSITION AT ITS MEETING MONDAY. CHOPPER ALBERT RESIGNED HIS POSITION LAST WEEK. THE POSITION IS A JOINT CITY AND COUNTY POSITION. THE BOARD WILL MEET WITH ALBERT AND WITH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD ON THE ISSUE. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

New Census information shows Iowans on average are still just a little older than the rest of the country. Radio Iowa’s Dar Danielson reports.

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Law enforcement officers will be boosting their presence on Iowa’s lakes and rivers this weekend as part of a national effort called Operation Dry Water. Susan Stocker is boating law administrator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
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The Operation Dry Water campaign runs through Sunday. Last year, over the three-day period, 10 people were arrested around the state for boating while intoxicated (BWI). Officials also issued 161 warnings or citations.

FRIDAY 6-24-16

A CEDAR RAPIDS MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ABUSE FOLLOWING AN INCIDENT IN ELGIN. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE RECEIVED A REPORT OF A SEXUAL ASSAULT ABOUT 3:30 THIS(THURS) MORNING. 49-YEAR OLD DEVIN CUMMINGS OF CEDAR RAPIDS IS CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING A 45-YEAR OLD FEMALE AT HER ELGIN RESIDENCE. THE VICTIM WAS TAKEN TO PALMER HOSPITAL IN WEST UNION FOR TREATMENT. CUMMINGS IS BEING HELD IN THE FAYETTE COUNTY JAIL. AUTHORITIES SAY THE INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING AND MORE CHARGES MAY BE FILED.

THE DECORAH SCHOOL DISTRICT  AND NORTH WINNESHIEK WILL BE SHARING AN ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL WHEN SCHOOL RESUMES IN AUGUST. MEANWHILE, NORTH WINN AND POSTVILLE WILL ALSO BE SHARING PERSONNEL. DECORAH SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS THE STATE OF IOWA NEEDS TO MAKE CHANGES THAT COULD BENEFIT SCHOOLS LOOKING TO SHARE STAFF:        (AUDIO: HALUSKA)           HALUSKA SAYS INTER-SCHOOL SHARING IS BECOMING MORE COMMONPLACE AROUND THE STATE. HE SAYS DECORAH WILL ALSO BE BUYING AN HOUR A WEEK FROM NORTH WINNESHIEK FOR MUSIC AND ART INSTRUCTION TO SERVE TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN AT WEST SIDE SCHOOL NEXT SCHOOL YEAR.

 

MONDAY IS THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IN THE WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION’S “CUTEST BABY PHOTO CONTEST”. PHOTOS OF BABIES BORN AFTER JANUARY FIRST, 2015 MAY BE ENTERED BY ANYONE 18 OR OLDER. THE BABY MUST BE A WINNESHIEK COUNTY RESIDENT.  HOLLY KANENGEITER(CANNON GATER) SAYS THE CONTEST IS A FUND-RAISER:  (AUDIO: KANENGEITER)       VOTING WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE WMC BOOTH IN THE SOUTH EXHIBIT HALL DURING THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY FAIR JULY 12-16, AND FAIRGOERS WILL BE ABLE TO VOTE AS MANY TIMES AS THEY WISH, AT $1 PER VOTE.  KANENGEITER SAYS THE NEW ULTRASOUND WILL COST $175,000.

THIS IN FROM THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY RECYCLING DEPARTMENT. RECYCLING COORDINATOR TERRY BUENZOW SAYS ACCESS TO THEIR FACILITY IN FREEPORT WILL BE LIMITED TODAY. BUENZOW SAYS THAT IS DUE TO A CONSTRUCTION OF A CONCRETE SEPARATOR THAT MAKES SURE NO PAPERS GETS INTO THE CARDBOARD RECYCLING AND VICE VERSA. BUENZOW SAYS THE 24 HOUR DROP OFF BUILDING WILL BE OPEN WITH NO PROBLEMS.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT MADE TWO ARRESTS ON WEDNESDAY. AUTHORITIES SAY 40 YEAR OLD SAMANTHA DARLING OF WEST UNION WAS ARRESTED ON A PROBATION VIOLATION WARRANT. SHERIFF’S OFFICIALS ALSO ARRESTED 24 YEAR OLD STEPHEN DAHLSTROM OF SIOUX CITY ON A SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY VIOLATION.

 

6-23 NEWS

THE DECORAH SCHOOL DISTRICT IS STILL DISCUSSING A PIECE OF CITY OWNED PROPERTY ON CLAIBORNE DRIVE FOR A NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS SCHOOLS DO HAVE EMINENT DOMAIN POWER, BUT A DISTRICT WOULD HAVE TO WEIGH A LOT OF FACTORS BEFORE CONSIDERING THAT ROUTE.

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THE ISSUE WAS DISCUSSED EARLIER THIS MONTH BY THE PROPERTY COMMITTEE OF THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL. THE CITY SAID THEY WOULD NOT AGREE TO SELL THE PROPERTY WITHOUT FINDING AN ALTERNATIVE LOCATION FOR THE CITY BALL DIAMONDS WHICH ARE CURRENTLY ADJACENT TO THE TENNIS COURTS.

WILL IOWA GROWN SWEET CORN WILL BE READY BY THE FOURTH OF JULY? RADIO IOWA’S PAT CURTIS HAS THE STORY.

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AN ELGIN MAN, WANTED ON A CHARGE OF ASSAULT WITH A DANGEROUS WEAPON, WAS ARRESTED TUESDAY MORNING. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 37 YEAR OLD JEREMIAH YOUNG WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY TUESDAY MORNING IN CONNECTION TO A JUNE 14TH INCIDENT IN ELGIN. HE IS BEING IN THE FAYETTE COUNTY JAIL ON 15-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.
AN OPEN HOUSE WILL BE HELD AT THE DECORAH AIRPORT THIS AFTERNOON. THE DECORAH AIRPORT COMMISSION WILL PROVIDE TOURS OF THE AIRPORT FOR THE CITY COUNCIL AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC. THE EVENT WILL BEGIN AT FIVE P.M. CITY OFFICIALS SAY THE MAJORITY OF COUNCIL MEMBERS MAY BE AT THE EVENT, BUT NO OFFICIAL CITY BUSINESS IS PLANNED.

Iowa’s corn is typically much taller than knee-high by the 4th of July but right now, the corn’s about shoulder-high for a young adult bear. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has a picture on its Facebook page of a large, lumbering black bear among the green leaves of a northeast Iowa corn field. D-N-R spokesman Alan Foster says this is only the second bear report in Iowa this year.
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It’s unclear if this bear was munching on the developing ears of corn or just passing through. Foster says while it’s a little early for corn detasseling yet, if you should stumble across a bear in your field, don’t panic.
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Foster says this is breeding season for black bears and there are often four or five sightings in Iowa every year.

6-22 NEWS

A 15% INCREASE IN WATER RATES AND A 10% INCREASE IN SEWER RATES IN THE CITY OF DECORAH WILL BE GOING INTO EFFECT IN THE NEAR FUTURE. THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL COUNCIL MONDAY NIGHT APPROVED THE FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES TO RAISE THE RATES OF BOTH. CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS THE RATE INCREASE WILL GO INTO EFFECT WITH THE PUBLICATION OF THE ORDINANCE.

THE DECORAH SCHOOL BOARD APPROVED THREE SHARING AGREEMENTS WITH THE NORTH WINNESHIEK DISTRICT AT ITS MEETING MONDAY NIGHT. CARRIE LEE ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL CHERYL MILLER WILL SPLIT HER TIME BETWEEN THE DECORAH AND NORTH WINNESHIEK DISTRICTS NEXT YEAR. MILLER WILL SERVE AS NORTH WINNESHIEK’S ADMINISTRATOR WHEN NORTH WINNESHIEK SUPERINTENDENT TIM DUGGER IS IN THE POSTVILLE DISTRICT. DUGGER WILL BE SPILTTING TIME BETWEEN NORTH WINN AND POSTVILLE NEXT YEAR. AN ART AND MUSIC TEACHER WILL ALSO BE SHARED BETWEEN THE TWO DISTIRCT.

THE DECORAH FIRE DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING INTO BUYING A NEW AERIAL TRUCK. FIRE OFFICIALS MET WITH THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MONDAY NIGHT TO DISCUSS THE ISSUE. CHIEF MIKE ASHBACHER SAYS THEIR CURRENT AERIAL TRUCK’S LADDER WILL NOT ROTATE RIGHT, CAUSING MANY POTENTIAL ISSUES WHEN THEY ARRIVE ON THE SCENE OF A FIRE. ASHBACHER SAYS THE CITY HAS BEEN UNABLE TO FIND A RESOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM AND 64-THOUSAND DOLLARS HAS BEEN SPENT IN THE LAST 12 YEARS TO TRY TO REMEDY THE ISSUE. ASHBACHER IS ASKING THE COUNCIL TO LOOK INTO PURCHASING A USED TRUCK FROM THE INDIANOLA DEPARTMENT. COUNCILMAN KIRK JOHNSON SAYS THE EARLIER THE CITY CAN MOVE ON THE MATTER, THE BETTER.

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THE TRUCK IS THE CITY IS CONSIDERING WOULD COST NINE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS. ASHBACHER SAYS A NEW AERIAL TRUCK WOULD COST ONE AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS.

HOW SHOULD THE SALARIES OF CITY OF DECORAH EMPLOYEES BE COMPARED TO OTHER SIMILAR SIZED COMMUNITIES? THE ISSUE WAS DISCUSSED BY THE PERSONNEL COMMITTEE OF THE CITY COUNCIL MONDAY NIGHT. THE COMMITTEE’S CONSENSUS WAS THE CITY SHOULD BE IN THE MIDDLE OR ABOVE THE AVERAGE OF SIMILAR SIZED CITIES IN THE REGION. DISCUSSION WAS HELD ON THE POSSIBILITY OF THREE DEPARTMENTS PER YEAR TO BE ANALYZED AND COMPARED. OTHERS ON THE COMMITTEES SAYS THE REVIEWS SHOULD BE DONE AT ALL AT ONCE SO IT DOESN’T APPEAR THEY’RE BEING RANKED IN IMPORTANCE.
Corn and soybeans have rallied in recent weeks, and an Iowa State University Agriculture Economist says farmers should take advantage that increase. Chad Hart says the price rally is due to a combination of factors.
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Hart says July 4th is typically a time when farmers can see what the markets will do for the remaining crop season. However, he believes that time frame may have been pushed up a little. He says this year’s price trends looks familiar to a rally early in last year’s planting season.