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THE NORDIC FEST BOARD OF DIRECTORS ISSUED A STATEMENT SATURDAY AFTERNOON REGARDING A PARADE ENTRY WHICH THE BOARD CALLED “VERY OFFENSIVE AND NOT ANYTHING APPROPRIATE FOR THE INTENDED SPIRIT OF THE FEST.” A TRUCK AND TRAILER WITH MINNESOTA PLATES DISPLAYED A SIGN THAT SAID HILLARY FOR PRISON 2016. THE FEST BOARD APOLOGIZED FOR THE ENTRY SAID THEY DID NOT AUTHORIZE THE FLOAT. THE STATEMENT CONTINUED SAYING THIS A TATIC BEING USED AT PARADES NATIONWIDE AND THEY INTEND TO ALERT OTHER COMMUNITY FESTIVALS ABOUT IT. THE FEST WISHED TO THANK THE WONDERFUL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARADE AND THE FEST.

A DECORAH WOMAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH INTERFERENCE WITH OFFICIAL ACTS. DECORAH POLICE SAY 59 YEAR OLD SHIRLEY LANGLAND WAS CHARGED AFTER AUTHORITIES SHE ALLEDGEDLY OPENED A PATROL CAR DOOR TO CONFRONT AN OFFICER THEY WERE INVESTIGATING A MOTOR VEHICLE VERSUS BICYCLIST ACCIDENT. POLICE SAY LANGLAND WAS WARNED SEVERAL TIMES BY POLICE TO LEAVE THEM ALONE DURING THE INVESTIGATION.

THE DECORAH SCHOOL DISTRICT WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE A PIECE OF CITY OWNED PROPERTY ON CLAIBORNE DRIVE FOR A POTENTIAL NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THAT WILL BE A TOPIC OF DISCUSSION OF A JOINT MEETING OF THE DECORAH SCHOOL BOARD AND DECORAH CITY COUNCIL TONIGHT. SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS THE DISTRICT‘S GOAL FOR THE MEETING IS SIMPLE.

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THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT SIX-30 AT CITY HALL.

TEN ITEMS WILL GO BEFORE THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL FOR ITS MEETING TONIGHT. THE COUNCIL WILL HOLD THE SECOND READING OF AN ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH A STORM WATER UTILITY. THE COUNCIL WILL ALSO DISCUSS WHAT TO DO WITH A PARKING LOT LOCATED AT 406 WEST MAIN STREET. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT FIVE-45 AT CITY HALL.

A PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING THE FRANKVILLE WATER PROJECT WILL BE HELD AT TODAY’S MEETING OF THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS. THE BOARD WILL ACCEPT PUBLIC COMMENTS ON ESTABLISHING A FRANKVILLE WATER UTILITY. THE BOARD WILL ALSO RECEIVE G-I-S UPDATES AND WILL REVIEW POSSIBLE AMENDMENTS TO THE FIVE YEAR CONSTRUCTION PROJECT.

DECORAH POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT REPORTED SATURDAY. A VAN OWNED BY OPPORTUNITY HOMES WAS PARKED ON RIVER STREET AND WAS STRUCK BY AN UNKNOWN VEHICLE SOMETIME BETWEEN TEN A.M. AND TWO P.M.

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The Nordic Fest board of directors issued a statement regarding a parade entry which the fest called “very offensive and not at all in the spirit of the fest.” A truck and trailer made its way into the parade with a sign that said Hilary for Prison 2016. Fest officials said the entry was not authorized by the fest board. The statement added this is a similar tatic that is being used at parades nationwide and fest officials plan to alert other small town areas festivals to alert them to the tatic. The fest wished to thank all entries that made the parade great and all people that have made the 50th fest a great event.

THE DECORAH CREW ORGANIZATION WILL BE HOSTING A POOL PARTY THIS WEEK. AREA MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO THE DECORAH MUNICIPAL POOL FRIDAY NIGHT FROM EIGHT-30 UNTIL TEN-30 P.M. MUSIC WILL BE PROVIDED AND CONCESSIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE.

A LISTENING POST REGARDING IOWA’S RECENTLY PRIVATIZED MEDICAID SYSTEM WILL BE HELD THIS WEEK IN DECORAH. STATE SENATOR JOE BOLKCUM WILL HOST THE FORUM AT THE WEST UNION COMMUNITY LIBRARY, I-C-N ROOM AT TWO P.M. WEDNESDAY. THE LISTENING POST IS OPEN TO AREA RESIDENTS WHO HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT IOWA MEDICAID PRIVATIZATION.

WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER’S MABEL CLINIC HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED BY THE MINNESOTA HEALTH ACTION GROUP. THE MABEL CLINIC IS ONE OF 276 MINNESOTA CLINICS THAT WERE RECENTLY RECOGNIZED FOR IMPROVING CARE DELIVERY AND OUTCOMES FROM PATIENTS WITH DIABETES. THE ACTION GROUP SAYS PATIENT OUTCOMES FOR DIABETES CARE IMPROVED BY TEN PERCENTAGE POINTS IN THE LAST YEAR.

The Iowa Utilities Board recently updated its rules for people who produce their own electricity. I-U-B spokesman Don Tormey says it involves a process known as “net metering.”
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Tormey explains the new rules expands the size of operations that can feed electricity back into the grid.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL DISCUSS THE FRANKVILLE WATER PROJECT AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW. A PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD TO ESTABLISH A WATER UTILITY ORDINANCE. A PUBLIC HEARING WILL ALSO BE HELD ON A REZONING REQUEST. THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS ROAD AND I-T UPDATES. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

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THE PROCESS OF DEVELOPING A PLAN TO CONSTRUCT A NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN DECORAH WILL CONTINUE MONDAY NIGHT. THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL AND DECORAH SCHOOL BOARD WILL HOLD A JOINT MEETING TO DISCUSS A PIECE OF CITY OWNED PROPERTY ON CLAIBORNE. SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS IF DISTRICT VOTERS OK A NEW ELEMENTARY BUILDING, THE PLAN WOULD BE TO MOVE THIRD GRADERS INTO IT. HE SAYS THAT CREATES A SPACE PROBLEM AT THE CURRENT JOHN CLINE LOCATION.

HALUSKA

THE JOINT MEETING WILL BE HELD MONDAY NIGHT AT SIX-30 AT CITY HALL.

TEN ITEMS WILL GO BEFORE THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL FOR ITS REGULAR MEETING THAT NIGHT. THE COUNCIL WILL HOLD THE SECOND READING OF AN ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH A STORM WATER UTILITY. THE COUNCIL WILL ALSO DISCUSS OPTIONS RELATED TO A PARKING LOT AT 406 WEST MAIN STREET. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT FIVE-45 AT CITY HALL.

AN ELGIN WOMAN WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND WAS CHARGED WITH ANOTHER OFFENSE WHILE BEING BOOKED THURSDAY. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHEIRFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 53 YEAR KIMBERLY KAYE HENRIKSEN WAS ARRESTED FOR PUBLIC INTOXICATION. AUTHORITIES SAY THEY DISCOVERED CONTRABAND ON HENRIKSEN WHILE SEE WAS BEING ARRESTED. HENRIKSEN WAS ALSO CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, A CLASS D FELONY.
THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT WILL DISCUSS A QUARRY OPERATION IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE COUNTY AT ITS MEETING TUESDAY NIGHT. THE BOARD WILL ACCEPT PUBLIC COMMENTS ON THE RENEWAL OF A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT FOR THE QUANDAHL/WILTGEN QUARRY, ORIGINALLY APPROVED FIVE YEARS AGO. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT SEVEN-30 AT DECORAH CITY HALL.
DECORAH SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICIALS ARE ASKING PEOPLE TO STAY AWAY FROM THE HIGH SCHOOL TRACK AND FOOTBALL STADIUM DURING (SATURDAY) NIGHT’S FIREWORKS. SCHOOL OFFICIALS SAY THE NEW SURFACE ON THE TRACK IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY THEN AND THEY NEED PEOPLE TO STAY OFF THE NEWLY LAID SURFACE.

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THE FIRST FULL DAY OF THE 50TH ANNUAL NORDIC FEST WILL BE HELD TODAY. THE NORDIC FEST ARTS AND CRAFTS CENTER AT DECORAH MIDDLE SCHOOL WILL BE OPEN FROM NINE UNTIL FIVE P.M. TODAY. KIDS GAMES WILL BE HELD FROM ELEVEN A.M. UNTIL FIVE P.M. ON WATER STREET BETWEEN RIVER AND MECHANIC. MUSIC AT THE DOWNTOWN CANOPIES BEGINS AT TEN THIS MORNING AND CONTINUES ALL DAY. TIME MACHINE WILL PERFORM IN THE BEVERAGE GARDEN TONIGHT AT EIGHT P.M.
THE OLE AND LENA THEATRE COMPANY, BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS, WILL BE IN DECORAH FOR THE 50TH ANNUAL NORDIC FEST THIS WEEKEND. PRESIDENT CO-PRESIDENT TOM HOUDEK.

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PERFORMANCES WILL BE HELD AT ONE, THREE AND FIVE P.M. FRIDAY AND TWO AND FOUR P.M. SATURDAY AFTERNOON.
YOU MAY GET GREETED BY SOME UNFAMILAR CHARACTERS WHILE DOWNTOWN (FRIDAY) AND (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON DURING NORDIC FEST. DECORAH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DIRECTOR NIKKI BREVIG.

BREVIG

THE TROLLERI PLAYERS WILL BE ON WATER STREET FROM ONE UNTIL SEVEN P.M. (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON AND NINE A.M. UNTIL THREE P.M. ON SATURDAY.

A BOOK ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE NORDIC FEST WILL BE FOR SALE THIS WEEKEND. NORDIC FEST:50 YEARS STRONG IS AVAILABLE FOR 50 DOLLARS BOTH TODAY AND TOMORROW AT THE DECORAH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OFFICE. PROCEEDS FROM THE BOOK SALE WILL GO TO VESTHERHEIM TO SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE PERMANENT ARCHIVES OF NORDIC FEST.

No one has matched the jackpot-winning numbers in Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing, and the prize has increased to an estimated $478 million. The next drawing will be Saturday. Nearly three months have passed without a winner of the big prize. The chance of winning the Powerball is incredibly small, at 292.2 million-to-1. But players have much better odds, of about 1 in 25, of winning smaller prizes ranging from $4 to $1 million.

State officials will be releasing an insect in Allamakee county next week in efforts to help manage the Emerald Ash Borer. State officials say small stingless wasps will be released from Mount Hosmer City Park in Lansing next week. Authorities say the wasps target and kill EAB. This is the second site in the State of Iowa that has received such treatment.

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THE 50TH ANNUAL NORDIC FEST WILL BEGIN TONIGHT IN DECORAH. DECORAH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DIRECTOR NIKKI BREVIG.

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THE OPENING CEREMONIES WILL BEGIN AT SIX-45 TONIGHT AT THE COURTHOUSE SQUARE. SOMETHING NEW FOR THIS YEAR’S NORDIC FEST IS A LOCAL NIGHT AT THE BEVERAGE GARDEN. BREVIG SAYS IT’S OPPORTUNITY TO THANK THE COMMUNITY SUPPORT WHICH MAKES THE FEST HAPPEN.

BREVIG

COMMUNITY NIGHT WILL BEGIN AT EIGHT P.M. AT THE BEVERAGE GARDEN ACROSS FROM THE DECORAH POST OFFICE. THERE IS NO ADMISSION FOR (THURSDAY’S) ENTERTAINMENT.
CAN YOU BE THE ULTIMATE NORWEGIAN? PERSON WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO EARN THAT TITLE THIS WEEKEND DURING THE 50TH ANNUAL NORDIC FEST. FEST CO-PRESIDENT TOM HOUDEK.

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HOUDEK SAYS WINNING THE COMPETITION WILL BE WORTH

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ALL THREE EVENTS WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY.
THREE MEN CONVICTED OF MURDERING A DECORAH NATIVE IN 1994 WERE RESENTENCED THIS WEEK. RADIO IOWA’S PAT CURTIS REPORTS.

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A DECORAH MAN HAS BEEN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON A WARRANT. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 22 YEAR OLD JASON SMITH WAS CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC ABUSE ASSAULT AND HARASSMENT.

THE SOUTH WINNESHIEK SCHOOL BOARD WILL MEET IN A SPECIAL SESSION THIS MORNING. THE BOARD WILL DISCUSS SUMMER PROJECTS AT SEVEN-30 IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE HIGH SCHOOL IN CALMAR.

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THE DECORAH SCHOOL BOARD AND THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL WILL HOLD A JOINT MEETING NEXT MONDAY NIGHT. THE TWO ENTITIES WILL DISCUSS THE POTENTIAL SALE OF CITY PROPERTY TO THE DECORAH SCHOOL DISTRICT. DISTRICT OFFICIALS WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE A PIECE OF LAND ON CLAIBORNE DRIVE WHERE THE CITY SOFTBALL DIAMOND AND A PARKING LOT ARE CURRENTLY LOCATED FOR A POTENTIAL NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT SIX-30 NEXT MONDAY NIGHT AT CITY HALL.
A record number of bicyclists have died in accidents in Iowa this year, and that has caught the attention of Governor Terry Branstad. Branstad says it is part of a larger problem on the roadways.
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Nine bicyclists have died in the state this year. Department of Public Safety Commissioner Roxann Ryan has put together a group that is working on the issue.
Democratic lawmakers have released a survey that says some health care providers are not being paid properly under Iowa’s privatized Medicaid program. The survey released Monday says 90 percent of more than 400 health care providers who responded have seen administrative costs increase since the program switched to private management April 1. The survey indicates nearly eight in 10 of those providers say they haven’t been paid on time. There are more than 20,000 providers in the Medicaid program, which offers health care to poor and disabled residents. Staff for the Democratic-controlled Senate says the survey was posted on social media and health care associations were contacted. Ben Hammes, a spokesman for Gov. Terry Branstad, says the survey is partisan and unscientific.
Decorah Police chief Bill Nixon says fewer people want to work in law enforcement.

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Nixon has been Decorah’s police chief for six years. He says the number of applications for openings has significantly decreased in that time.

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Nixon says no one in law enforcement wants to lower standards for hiring officers, but if the current trend continues some may be forced into doing so.

Cooler, more seasonable weather is in Iowa’s forecast this week as last week’s extreme high temperatures in the upper 90s are giving way to the 80s and even the upper 70s. Iowa’s crops appear to have weathered the triple-digit heat indices well, according to Brad Rippey (RIP-ee), a meteorologist with the U-S-D-A.
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Rippey says there’s been fairly timely rain across much of the state throughout the growing season so there should not be fears of a crop disaster.

A Clermont man has been arrested after the investigation into an ATV accident earlier this month. The Fayette county sheriff’s department says 52 year old Joseph Gene Daughton was taken into custody after receiving results from the DCI lab. Daughton was charged with third offense operating while intoxicated, punishable by up to five years in prison. Authorities say Daughton also failed to serve seven days in jail from a second offense operating while intoxicated conviction last year. He is being held in the Fayette county jail.
This in from the Decorah area chamber of commerce. Downtown Decorah streets will be closed beginning at 6 a.m. Thursday morning. Chamber officials say this will allow the Nordic Fest board to move equipment to prepare for the fest without having to worry about traffic. The 50th annual Nordic Fest will be held this weekend in Decorah. Opening ceremonies will begin at seven p.m. Thursday night at the courthouse

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A DECORAH WOMAN WAS INJURED IN CAR-BICYCLE ACCIDENT AT THE INTERSECTION OF DIVISION AND SHORT STREET YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. DECORAH POLICE SAY THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED AROUND QUARTER TO THREE. POLICE SAY 53 YEAR OLD JEAN BATTLES WAS STRUCK WHILE RIDING HER BIKE BY A VEHICLE DRIVEN BY 66 YEAR OLD EDITH JACOBSEN OF DECORAH. BATTLES WAS TAKEN BY AMBULANCE TO WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER WITH INJURIES. JACOBSEN WAS CHARGED WITH FAILURE TO YIELD TO A PEDISTRIAN.

THE CITY OF DECORAH HAS RECEIVED 8.78 INCHES OF RAIN SO FAR THIS MONTH. DECORAH WEATHER STATISTICIAN RICHARD BERNATZ SAYS THAT TOTAL IS MORE THAN THE LAST FOUR JULYS COMBINED. BERNATZ SAYS THE TOTAL IS THE SIXTH WETTEST JULY ON RECORD. THE WETTEST JULY ON RECORD WAS IN 1950 WHEN DECORAH RECEIVED 10.73 INCHES.

Gas prices in Iowa have fallen 3.6 cents a gallon in the past week to an average of $2.15 per gallon, according to GasBuddy’s latest weekly report. The national average has fallen 4.5 cents per gallon in the last week. GasBuddy reports prices Sunday were 58.9 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago, and 15.6 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. During the last month, the national average has decreased 15.7 cents per gallon.

IOWA FARMLAND VALUES HAVE DECREASED FOUR PERCENT OVER THE PAST. IOWA AGRICULTURE SECETARY BILL NORTHEY SAYS THERE’S BAD AND GOOD IN THAT.

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NORTHEY SAYS WHEN PROFITIABLITY SOFTENS WITH LOWER COMMODITY PRICES, IT IMPACTS IMPLEMENT DEALERS, BANKERS, CO-OPS, INSURANCE COMPANIES AND OTHER FACETS OF THE RURAL ECONOMY.

CITY OF DECORAH OFFICIALS ARE HOPING TO SCHEDULE A JOINT MEETING BETWEEN THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE OF THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL AND THE PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD IN THE NEAR FUTURE. THE TOPIC OF DISCUSSION WOULD BE DEER DEPRIDATION. CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD AND CITY COUNCILMAN CHUCK LORE DISCUSSED THE ISSUE WITH THE PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD LAST WEEK. THE CITY IS CONSIDERING ENTERING INTO AN URBAN DEER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM TO CONTROL THE DEER POPULATION WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS.

AS THE DECORAH SCHOOL DISTRICT CONTINUES TO EXPLORE OPTIONS REGARDING WHERE TO LOCATE A POTENTIAL NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS THE DISTRICT’S HOPE IS TO LOCATE IT ON CLAIBORNE DRIVE.

HALUSKA

THE DISTRICT WOULD LIKE TO REACH AN AGREEMENT TO LOCATE THE SCHOOL WHERE THE CITY SOFTBALL DIAMOND AND A PARKING LOT ARE CURRENTLY LOCATED.

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FORMER STATE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR PATTY JUDGE IS CHALLENGING LONG-TIME REPUBLICAN CHARLES GRASSLEY TO REPRESENT IOWA IN THE U.S. SENATE THIS FALL. JUDGE SAYS THE ISSUES THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO PEOPLE AREN’T BEING DISCUSSED BY LAWMAKERS.

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JUDGE MADE AN APPEARANCE FRIDAY MORNING IN DECORAH.

ROADS, LEGAL AND MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES WILL BE DISCUSSED AT TODAY’S MEETING OF THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE WILL DISCUSS ROAD GRADER BIDS AND THE AMENDED FIVE YEAR CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM. C-S-S DIRECTOR BOB LINCOLN AND COUNTY ATTORNEY ANDY VAN DER MAATEN WILL ALSO PROVIDE UPDATES. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

JUNE UNEMPLOYMENT IN IOWA IS UP SLIGHTLY. RADIO IOWA’S DAR DANIELSON REPORTS.

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A report from the Iowa Association of Realtors (IAR) shows 4,998 homes were sold across the state last month. That’s up from 4,817 home sales in June of last year. IAR President Ken Clark says home sales in the state over the first six months of the year were up 4.6 percent compared to the first half of 2015.
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. The median sale price for a home sold last month was $156,000 as compared to $153,000 in June of last year. Iowa is mirroring the nation’s housing market — as homes are selling quicker, with rising prices, and low inventory across the country. But, Clark say the Iowa housing market is not as volatile.

LAST WEEK, THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL FORMALLY ACCEPTED AN 11-THOUSAND FIVE DOLLAR GRANT FROM USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT. CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS THE MONEY WILL BE PUT TOWARDS THE A FEASIBILITY TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT A PUBLIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS UTILITY COULD WORK IN DECORAH.

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BIRD SAYS THE STUDY IS EXPECTED TO COST AROUND 60-THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE NEWLY FORMED PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS UTILITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES WILL BE IN CHARGE OF THE STUDY AND WILL MAKE A RECOMMENDATION TO THE COUNCIL.

A DECORAH MAN WAS ARRESTED LAST NIGHT AFTER AUTHORITIES SERVED A PROBATION VIOLATION WARRANT ON HIM. DECORAH POLICE SAY 26 YEAR OLD LESTER WALLACE ERICKSON III WAS APPREHENDED AFTER A SHORT PURSUIT WHEN AUTHORITIES SHOWED UP TO ARREST HIM. HE WAS CHARGED WITH A PROBATION VIOLATION AND INTERFERENCE WITH OFFICIAL ACTS.

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Today is the third and final day of the Cresco 150th celebration. The grand parade will begin one p.m. Other events today include a fly-in breakfast, a 5-k run and walk, art in the park Cresco fine arts show and the closing ceremony.

Road matters will be discussed at tomorrow’s meeting of the Winneshiek county board of supervisors. County engineer Lee Bjerke (Beer-key) will discuss the county’s five year road program and road grader bids. C-S-S director Bob Lincoln will also meet with the board. The meeting will begin at nine-30 at the courthouse in Decorah.

A “bus-eum” (Bus-se-em) about Iowa history will be in Decorah next week. Micheal Luick-Thrams (loo-ick, throms) is the coordinator of At home in the heartland.

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The bus will be parked on Winnebago street all three days of Nordic Fest.

The Iowa Department of Transportation is updating its rules for young drivers to reflect changes in law approved by the Iowa Legislature. Sara Siedsma (Seeds-muh) with the motor vehicle division says one update involves the restriction on passengers.
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Drivers must have an instruction permit for one year without an accident or conviction for traffic offense before getting an intermediate license. Siedsma says drivers have to wait six months after a conviction before the clock can start again, but the year period does not have to be 12 consecutive months.
A Medicaid listening post will be held in West Union in the coming weeks. State senator Joe Bolkcum (Bolk-come) of Iowa City will host the forum on Wednesday, August 3rd at two p.m. at the West Union Community Library. Bolkcum hosts a series of these forums around the state as a help session for area residents who have questions regarding Iowa’s Medicaid privatization.
The Winneshiek county convention and visitors bureau has established a you tube channel. C-V-B director Charlene Selbee says they’ve teamed up with the Corbin Group, a local video production firm, to establish the channel. Selbee says the channel will include videos depicting healthy living, healthy beauty, local foods, culture and the arts. The channel is located at youtube.com/visitDecorah.

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Democratic senate candidate Patty Judge made a stop in Decorah (Friday) morning. Judge says elected officials need to get out of full-time campaigning mode to move the country forward.

Judge

Judge is facing off with long-term republican senator Charles Grassley.

The Decorah area chamber of commerce’s Saturday on the street will be held (Saturday). Decorah area chamber of commerce executive director Nikki Brevig.

Brevig

The event will run from seven a.m. until three p.m. (MORNING ONLY-The Winneshiek farmers market will be located in the 300 and 400 West Water Street block and will run from eight a.m. until eleven a.m.) Water street will be closed from State street to Mechanic street.

The Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) agency has announced Iowans who file continuing unemployment claims should no longer do so by phone after October 1st. Instead, they should file online. IWD spokesperson Courtney Greene says filing online will ensure more timely and accurate payouts to individuals. There are benefits to employers and business as well.
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Greene said. Most Iowans who file continuing unemployment claims already do so online.

Decorah and North Winneshiek school officials will meet next week. North Winn school officials have announced they plan to consolidate with the Decorah district in the 2019-2020 school year. Decorah schools superintendent Mike Haluska says the two options exist. One would involve a partnership between the two districts. The other would involve North Winneshiek dissolving. Haluska says either option would involve many legal steps.

The Cresco 150th celebration is taking place this weekend. Today’s events will include a cruise to Cresco car show, Borlaug farm tours, children’s activities and a craft and vendor show. Tonight in the main stage downtown Sawyer Brown will perform. Activities will continue through Sunday.