THE WEST UNION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN THE NORTH FAYETTE VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED AS A NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL FOR 2016. IOWA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SPOKESPERSON STACI HUPP SAYS THE PROGRAM HONORS SCHOOL FOR OVERALL ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT OR FOR CLOSING GAPS IN ACHIEVEMENT AMONG GROUPS OF STUDENTS. HUPP SAYS THE PROGRESS OF THE SCHOOLS IN BASED ON STATE ASSESSMENT TESTS. WEST UNION ELEMENTARY WAS ONE OF FIVE SCHOOLS IN THE STATE RECOGNIZED WITH THE BLUE RIBBON HONOR. ALL BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS NATIONWIDE WILL RECOGNIZED IN A CEREMONY NEXT MONTH IN WASHINGTON, D-C.
THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION HAS SCHEDULED A MEETING FOR NEXT MONTH TO DISCUSS POTENTIAL IMPROVEMENTS TO THE HIGHWAY NINE AND 52 INTERSECTION IN DECORAH. D-O-T OFFICIALS WILL BE ON HAND TO DISCUSS PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS TO THE INTERSECTION ON NOVEMBER 2ND AT FIVE P.M. AT THE DECORAH CITY HALL.
A RESCHEDULED COMMUNITY TAILGATE WILL BE HELD THIS WEEK. IT WILL BE A THANK YOU TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO DONATED TOWARDS THE FOOTBALL AND TRACK STADIUM IMPROVEMENTS. KAREN TREWIN (TRUE-WIN) IS ONE OF THE EVENT ORGANIZERS.
THE EVENT WILL BE HELD PRIOR TO FRIDAY’S DECORAH VERSES SOUTH TAMA FOOTBALL GAME.
WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER WILL HOST A DIABETES SCREEING EVENT THURSDAY MORNING. JEAN IRVIN WITH WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER.
THE EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL.
HOMECOMING WEEKEND WILL COME TO A CLOSE ON THE LUTHER COLLEGE CAMPUS TODAY. THE HIGHLIGHTED EVENT OF THE DAY WILL BE THE HOMECOMING CONCERT AT THE CENTER FOR FAITH AND LIFE AT ONE-30 P.M.
WINNESHIEK, ALLAMAKEE, HOWARD, FAYETTE, CHICKASAW, CLAYTON, FLOYD AND MITCHELL COUNTIES HAVE BEEN DECLARED A PRESIDENTIAL DISASTER AREA RELATED TO THE FLOODING AND STORMS OF LATE AUGUST. THE DECLARATION WAS SIGNED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA FRIDAY MORNING. ALL AREA GOVERNMENTS AND CERTAIN PRIVATE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS FOR ACTIONS TAKEN TO PREVENT OR REDUCE LONG-TERM RISK TO LIFE AND PROPERTY FROM NATURAL HAZARDS.
THE DECORAH SCHOOL BOARD WILL DISCUSS POTENTIAL LOCATIONS FOR A PROPOSED ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AT A SPECIAL MEETING NEXT WEEK. SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA (HA-LUSK-A) SAYS THEY WILL LIKELY DISCUSS FOUR POTENTIAL LOCATIONS AT EVENING
THE MEETING WILL BE MOSTLY HELD IN CLOSED SESSION AND WILL BE HELD AT THE CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION OFFICE.
ABSENTEE BALLOTING IS NOW AVAILABLE DURING NORMAL HOURS AT THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY AUDITOR’S OFFICE. COUNTY AUDITOR BEN STIENES (STINE-ES) SAYS THOSE WISHING TO CHANGE THEIR VOTER REGISTRATION NEED TO STOP BY HIS OFFICE AT THE COURTHOUSE.
ABSENTEE BALLOTS CAN ALSO BE REQUESTED THROUGH THE MAIL BY CONTACTING THE AUDITOR’S OFFICE.
The wet weather had already raised some concerns about the mycotoxins or mold in corn before the flooding. Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey
Northey :22 :that corn”
The crop report showed that 72 percent of the corn crop was mature or beyond, three days ahead of last year, and two days ahead of the five-year average. Corn condition rated 82 percent good to excellent. Ninety-three percent of soybeans were turning color or beyond, three days ahead of last year’s pace. Sixty-eight percent of soybeans were dropping leaves or beyond, three days ahead of average. Soybean harvest has begun where field conditions were dry enough. Soybean condition rated 81 percent good to excellent.
A LUTHER COLLEGE ART INSTRUCTOR WILL BE RECOGNIZED AT THIS WEEKEND’S ART EDUCATORS OF IOWA CONFERENCE. LEA DONHOWE LOVELACE (DON-HOW) (LOVE-LACE) WILL RECEIVE THE OUTSTANDING HIGHER EDUCATION ART EDUCATOR. THE AWARD IS DETERMINED THROUGH A PEER REVIEW OF NOMINATIONS, RECOGNIZES OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AND CONTRIBUTIONS IN PREVIOUS YEARS TO THE FIELD OF HIGHER EDUCATION WITHIN THE STATE.
HOMECOMING WEEKEND CONTINUES ON THE LUTHER COLLEGE CAMPUS TODAY. THE HOMECOMING PARADE FROM WATER STREET TO CAMPUS WILL BEGIN AT TEN A.M. THE LUTHER BOOK SHOP WILL HOST A NUMBER OF ALUMNI BOOK SIGNINGS. A SUSTAINABILITY TOUR WILL BEGIN AT ELEVEN-30. THE NORSE FOOTBALL TEAM WILL HOST NEBRASKA WESLEYAN AT ONE P.M. AT CARLSON STADIUM. THE ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME RECEPTION WILL BEGIN AT FOUR P.M. IN THE JENSON-NOBLE HALL OF MUSIC.
A FINAL DECISION IS EXPECTED (FRIDAY) NIGHT REGARDING A DECORAH COUPLE’S PLAN TO BUILD A HOUSE DESIGNED TO LOOK LIKE KINNICK STADIUM IN IOWA CITY. THE IOWA CITY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT WILL HOLD ITS THIRD HEARING ON THE BUILDING PERMIT APPLIED FOR BY REED AND SANDY CARLSON. THE PERMIT AND SITE PLAN WAS ORIGINALLY APPROVED BY CITY OFFICIALS BUT NEIGHBORS APPEALED THE DECISION.
ACTOR SEAN ASTIN WILL CAMPAIGN FOR DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE HILLARY CLINTON IN DECORAH (FRIDAY). THE ACTOR, KNOWN FOR ROLES IN THE LORD OF THE RINGS, GOONIES AND RUDY, WILL BE ON THE LUTHER LIBRARY LAWN AT TWELVE-15. ORGANIZERS SAY HIS EIGHT STOP IOWA TOUR WILL FOCUS ON GETTING THE VOTE OUT.
A WATERLOO MAN WAS ARRESTED EARLY THURSDAY MORNING IN CALMAR. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 29 YEAR OLD NICOLAS SMITH WAS CHARGED WITH FELONY DOMESTIC ASSAULT AND INTERFERENCE WITH OFFICIAL ACTS. AUTHORITIES SAY SMITH IS ALSO BEING HELD ON THREE WARRANTS OUT OF BLACK HAWK COUNTY.
CITY OF DECORAH RESIDENTS WILL BE PROVIDED SOME INFORMATION REGARDING FALL LEAF COLLECTION IN THE NEAR FUTURE. DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD.
BIRD SAYS SOME OF THE LEAF COLLECTION EFFORTS WILL BEGIN AS EARLY AS NEXT WEEK.
Iowa farmers who had flooding in their corn fields MAY have the option of feeding some of that grain to livestock, but the corn must be tested first. Dr. Charles Hurburgh (HER-berg) is an agricultural engineer with Iowa State University Extension Service.
Hurburg :27 :grain is done.”
Hurburgh says farmers who call in a vet to do the testing and decide to feed flood-damaged corn to livestock will have to consult with their crop insurance agent, too. There aren’t that many options with soybeans that have been swamped by flood waters.
AUTHORITIES IN MONTANA HAVE FOUND THE BODY OF A DECEASED MAN AT THE BOTTOM OF A CLIFF IN THE WESTERN PART OF THE STATE. THE PARK COUNTY, MONTANA SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HAD PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED THEY WERE SEARCHING FOR 60 YEAR OLD MARK ROLLINS FROM DECORAH WHO WAS REPORTED MISSING TUESDAY AFTERNOON. PARK COUNTY SHERIFF SCOTT HAMILTON SAYS AUTHORITIES WERE UNABLE TO IDENTIFY THE VICTIM BUT THEY HAD NO OTHER REPORTS OF MISSING PERSONS IN THE AREA. ROLLINS WAS IN MONTANA ELK HUNTING WAS EXPECTED BACK IN IOWA MONDAY OR TUESDAY. SHERIFF’S OFFICIALS BELIEVE THE VICTIM FELL OFF A CLIFF. AUTHORITIES FOUND THE BODY SHORTLY AFTER NOON MOUNTAIN TIME. THE SEARCH STARTED TUESDAY AFTERNOON SHORTLY BEFORE THREE P.M. MOUNTAIN TIME.
AUTHORITIES IN MONTANA ARE SEARCHING FOR A DECORAH MAN WHO IS MISSING. THE PARK COUNTY, MONTANA SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS THEY WERE NOTIFIED THAT 60 YEAR OLD MARK ROLLINS WAS MISSING TUESDAY AFTERNOON. ROLLINS WAS IN MONTANA ON A HUNTING TRIP. AUTHORITIES SAY HE WAS EXPECTED TO BE BACK IN IOWA BY MONDAY OR TUESDAY. THE SEARCH IS INVOLVING MOTORCYCLES, HELICOPTERS, DOGS AND HORSES. THE PARK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT LATEST INFORMATION REGARDING THE SEARCH WAS RELEASED SHORTLY AFTER NOON CENTRAL TIME TODAY.
ABSENTEE BALLOTING WILL BEGIN (THURSDAY) IN IOWA. WINNESHIEK COUNTY AUDITOR BEN STIENES.
STIENES SAYS THERE ARE ALSO MAIL OPTIONS RELATED TO ABSENTEE BALLOTING
STIENES SAYS THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY REQUESTED ABSENTEE BALLOTS WILL RECEIVE THEM WITHIN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.
Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says while there has been a lot of flooding in the state in recent weeks, there has NOT been widespread damage to crops.
Northey :14 :pushed over”
Northey says most of the state has been delayed to some extent by wet weather and could use some dry days. He says water impacts corn and beans differently.
A DECORAH MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED ON TWO PROBATION VIOLATIONS. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS EVAN BLUE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY TUESDAY EVENING.
THE RAPTOR RESOURCE PROJECT IS REPORTING THAT A DECORAH EAGLE HAS BEEN FOUND DEAD. RAPTOR RESOURCE OFFICIALS SAY EAGLE D-25 WAS FOUND TUESDAY ALONGSIDE A ROAD BETWEEN MAYNARD AND WESTGATE. THEY SAY THE EAGLE WAS LIKELY SCAVENGING A RACCOON CARCASS WHEN HE WAS STRUCK AND KILLED BY A VEHICLE.
Money is being made available to help small Iowa towns inspect and properly remove asbestos from abandoned buildings. Scott Flagg with the Iowa D-N-R says the grants are open to communities of under five-thousand residents.
Flagg :17 “the buildings”
Flagg says learn more about the program at the Iowa DNR website: http://www.iowadnr.gov.
Strict new rules for storing a popular farm fertilizer are proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and Iowa’s top farm advocate says the rules are “wrong on several levels.” Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says the rules needs to be thrown out and OSHA should go back to the drawing board. He says the proposed regulations stem from a fatal accident, but they really shouldn’t.
Northey :18 “this way”
The blast at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas in April of 2013 leveled the small town, killed 15 people and destroyed dozens of homes. Investigators determined the explosion was caused by a fire that was intentionally set and was not caused by any breach in safety protocols. Northey says implementation of the regulations will cause a host of problems.
The first Presidential debate was held Monday night but there hasn’t been too much talk of debates for the federal offices in Iowa. University of Northern Iowa political science professor Christopher Larimer (LAIR-um-mer) says mobilizing the voting “base” in each party appears to be more important than a debate that could reach all voters.
No debates have been scheduled in the senate race between Chuck Grassley and Patty Judge or for the district one house race between Rod Blum and Monica Vernon.
The official head count for school enrollment will be filed early next week in the state of Iowa. Decorah schools superintendent Mike Haluska.
The enrollment total is how state funding will be determined. Haluska expects a decrease of approximately ten students.
WINNESHIEK COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH WILL HOST ITS FIRST FLU SHOT CLINIC OF THE SEASON (TUESDAY). NANCY SACQUITNE WITH WINNESHIEK COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH SAYS THE CLINIC WILL BE HELD FROM THREE UNTIL SIX P.M. AT THE DANAN LANSING BUILDING ON THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS.
SACQUITNE SAYS THE FLU MIST WAS NOT APPROVED BY THE C-D-C SO VACCINATION IS ONLY AVAILABLE BY SHOT.
THIS WILL BE THE FINAL WEEK THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION WILL BE IN WINNESHIEK COUNTY TO ASSIST RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES WHICH SUFFERED DAMAGE FROM THE RECENT FLOODING. S-B-A REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE AT THE SPILLVILLE LIBRARY THROUGH TUESDAY AND WILL BE AT THE CHRISTIAN LIFE CENTER IN DECORAH WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY. S-B-A IS OFFERING LOW INTEREST TO ASSIST THOSE WITH FLOOD DAMAGE. WINNESHIEK COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR SEAN SNYDER TOLD THE COUNTY SUPERVISORS MONDAY MORNING 18 RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN ASSISTED BY S-B-A IN SPILLVILLE AND 17 HAVE IN FREEPORT
IT MAY BE A WEEK. IT MAY BE A MONTH BEFORE WINNESHIEK COUNTY WILL FIND OUT IF IT IS DECLARED A PRESIDENTIAL DISASTER AREA. GOVERNOR BRANSTAD FILED THE REQUEST LAST WEEK RELATED TO THE FLOODING OF LAST AUGUST. WINNESHIEK COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR SEAN SNYDER SAYS IT USUALLY TAKES TWO TO SIX WEEKS FOR A PRESIDENT TO DECIDE ON THE DECLARATION. SNYDER SAYS WINNESHIEK COUNTY WILL ALSO BE A PART OF A DECLARATION APPLICATION FROM LAST WEEK’S FLOODING. SNYDER SAYS LAST WEEK’S FLOODING COULD SPEED UP ANY POTENTIAL ACTION ON A PRESIDENTIAL DECLARATION
WINNESHIEK COUNTY AND CITY OF DECORAH OFFICIALS WILL RE-OPEN THE PROCESS TO HIRE A NEW I-T COORDINATOR. THE COMBINED CITY/COUNTY POSITION HAS BEEN VACANT SINCE LATE JULY WHEN CHOPPER ALBERT LEFT THE POSITION. A COMMITTEE CONSISTING OF DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD, DECORAH CITY CLERK WANDA HEMESATH, WINNESHIEK COUNTY AUDITOR BEN STIENES AND WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF DAN MARX HELD A SECOND INTERVIEW WITH A CANDIDATE LAST THURSDAY. BIRD TOLD THE COUNTY SUPERVISORS MONDAY MORNING THE COMMITTEE MET AGAIN FRIDAY AND DECIDED THERE WERE SOME CONCERNS ABOUT THE CANDIDATE THEY INTERVIEWED THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED. THE SUPERVISORS RE-OPENED THE APPLICATION PROCESS UNTIL OCTOBER SEVENTH. SUPERVISOR MARK KUHN COMPLIMENTED THE COMMITTEE FOR DOING ITS DUE DILENGENCE.
A FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA MAN WAS INJURED IN AN A-T-V IN ALLAMAKEE COUNTY SATURDAY AFTERNOON. THE ALLAMAKEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 23 YEAR OLD MATTHEW SCHAFFRAN WAS INJURED IN THE ACCIDENT WHICH OCCURRED ON PRIVATE PROPERTY. AUTHORITIES SCHAFFRAN DID NOT HAVE THE LANDOWNER’S PERMISSION TO BE ON THE PROPERTY. HE WAS TRANSPORTED TO VETERANS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN WAUKON AND THEN TRANSFERRED TO GUNDERSEN IN LA CROSSE. THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS CHARGES ARE PENDING IN THE ACCIDENT.
2016 IS NOW THE WETTEST YEAR EVER IN DECORAH WEATHER HISTORY. DECORAH WEATHER STATISTICIAN RICHARD BERNATZ SAYS THROUGH FRIDAY, THE CITY HAS RECEIVED 51.11 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION. THAT TOTAL IS EXACTLY TWO INCHES MORE THAN THE PREVIOUS RECORD SET BACK IN 1993. THE RAINFALL THROUGH FRIDAY ALSO SET A RECORD FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER. BERNATZ SAYS THE CITY HAS RECEIVED 11.57 INCHES OF RAIN THIS MONTH. THE PREVIOUS SEPTEMBER RECORD WAS SET BACK IN 1972 AT 11.22 INCHES.
A COMMITTEE THAT HAS BEEN INTERVIEWING CANDIDATES FOR AN I-T COORDINATOR WILL REPORT BACK TO THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS TODAY. THE COMMITTEE COULD MAKE A RECOMMENDATION TO THE BOARD ON A REPLACEMENT FOR CHOPPER ALBERT WHO LEFT THE POSITION IN JULY. THE POSITION IS SHARED BETWEEN THE COUNTY AND THE CITY OF DECORAH. THE BOARD WILL ALSO HEAR FROM COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR SEAN SNYDER, COUNTY CONSERVATION DIRECTOR BARB SCHROEDER AND COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.
An analysis of how Iowa’s soybean production is utilized finds that nearly one of every four rows of soybeans is fed to the more than 38 million pigs raised annually in the state. Aaron Putze (PUTT-zee) is director of communications for the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA), which conducted the study.
Putze :10 soybean farmer
Putze says pig production creates a market for 2.7 million tons of soybean meal per year, or 31 percent of all soybeans processed in the state. Poultry, including laying hens, broilers and turkeys, account for another 6.4 percent of meal usage.
A new poll finds Republican Senator Chuck Grassley has a 12-point lead over Democratic challenger Patty Judge. Fifty-five percent of those surveyed for the Quinnipiac (KWIHN-uh-pee-ack) University Poll supported the six-term senator. Judge, a former state ag secretary who also served one term as Iowa’s lieutenant governor, got 43 percent. Peter Brown is the assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll.
Brown :12 :for reelection.”
Grassley has an overwhelming lead 25 percent lead among men. Nearly half of the women surveyed said they’d vote for Grassley, while the other half said they’d vote for Judge.
Some of Iowa’s most powerful interest groups along with environmental organizations are backing efforts to clean up the state’s waterways, but there isn’t unity about how to take action on an issue that has frustrated lawmakers in the past. The proposals present a challenge for the split Iowa Legislature to reach consensus. Two new coalitions have offered very different plans for trying to fix the problem, with one backing an increase in the sales tax and another supporting a moratorium on livestock confinement operation. Gov. Terry Branstad has rejected both of their proposals. Neither House Republicans nor Senate Democrats, who now control those chambers, have endorsed a specific water quality plan for the next session.
Branstad has been clear he doesn’t support raising taxes to pay for water quality initiatives.
THE DECORAH PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD DISCUSSED A RECENTLY DONATED PIECE OF LAND TO THE CITY AT ITS MEETING THURSDAY NIGHT. DAVE AND RICK CARLSON RECENTLY DONATED 110 ACRES OF LAND TO BE USED AS A CITY PARK. THE LAND IS LOCATED JUST OFF OF HIGHWAY NINE AND EAST OF PLEASANT AVENUE. PARKS AND RECREATION DIRECTOR ANDY NIMROD SAYS THURSDAY NIGHT WAS THE BEGINNING OF WHAT WILL LIKELY BE UP TO A TWO YEAR PLANNING PROCESS ON WHAT SPECIFICALLY TO DO WITH THE LAND. NIMROD SAYS THE BOARD IS EXCITED TO DEVELOP A NEW PARK AND THEY APPRECIATE THE CARLSON FAMILY’S GIFT TO THE CITY.
THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU IS NOW ON YOUTUBE. C-V-B DIRECTOR CHARLEEN SELBEE
SELBEE SAYS THE CHANNEL IS TITLED VISIT DECORAH.
A MEMBER OF THE NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES IS STEPPING DOWN. JOHN ROTHLISBERGER OF FREDERICKSBURG TOLD THE BOARD LAST WEEK HIS RESIGNATION WILL BE EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 22ND. COLLEGE OFFICIALS SAYS A COMMITTEE OF TRUSTEES WILL INTERVIEW PERSONS INTERESTED IN REPRESENTING DISTRICT ONE. ANYONE INTERESTED IN THE POSITION CAN CONTACT BOARD SECRETARY JANET BULLERMAN. THE DISTRICT ONE INCLUDES THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS OF NORTH FAYETTE VALLEY, WEST CENTRAL, NEW HAMPTON, RICEVILLE AND FREDERICKSBURG.
A new consortium of environmental groups is asking Gov. Terry Branstad to support a statewide moratorium on new and expanded hog confinement operations because of polluted waterways. The Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture announced itself at a Wednesday Capitol news conference and sought Branstad’s backing. The alliance, which includes more than 20 groups, wants the moratorium in place until the state improves water quality in lakes and streams. Alliance members blame hog confinements for polluting waterways and creating health problems for nearby residents. Branstad spokesman Ben Hammes rejected the alliance’s proposal, calling it an “extreme” plan that would hurt agriculture and Iowa’s economy. The alliance is separate from the recently formed Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy Coalition, comprised of agriculture, business and conservation groups that support increasing the sales tax to fund natural resource programs.
THURSDAY NIGHT, THOSE SEEKING STATE AND COUNTY OFFICES PARTICIPATED IN A CANDIDATES FORUM ON THE LUTHER COLLEGE CAMPUS. THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN AND THE LUTHER COLLEGE POLITICAL SCIENCE AND SOCIAL WORK DEPARTMENTS PUT ON THE FORUM. A PODCAST OF THE FORUM IS AVAILABLE IN THE NEWS SECTION OF KDECRADIO.COM. THERE’S ALSO A LINK TO THE PODCAST ON THE KDEC FACEBOOK PAGE.
THE RECENT HEAVY RAINFALL HAS CLOSED PORTIONS OF THE TROUT RUN TRAIL, IN TURN FORCING THE POSTPONEMENT OF (SATURDAY’S) SCHEDULED LOOP DE LOOP EVENT. THE DECORAH ROTARY CLUB, WHO ORGANIZES THE LOOP DE LOOP, SAYS THEY WILL ATTEMPT TO HOLD THE EVENT ON OCTOBER 22ND.
THE ELECTION ISN’T FOR ANOTHER MONTH PLUS BUT VOTING BEGINS NEXT WEEK IN IOWA. ABSENTEE BALLOTS CAN BE FILED AT YOUR LOCAL COUNTY AUDITOR’S OFFICE AS EARLY AS NEXT THURSDAY. WINNESHIEK COUNTY AUDITOR BEN STIENES SAYS ABSENTEE BALLOTING CAN BE DONE DURING REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS AT THE AUDITOR’S OFFICE. HE SAYS BALLOTS CAN ALSO BE REQUESTED THROUGH THE MAIL. STIENES SAYS ANYONE WAS HAS REQUESTED A BALLOT BE MAILED TO THEM ALREADY WILL LIKELY RECEIVE THEIR BALLOT LATE NEXT WEEK.
PERSONS WILL HAVE THEIR FIRST OPPORTUNITY TO RECEIVE A FLU IMMUNIZATION NEXT WEEK. NANCY SACQUITNE (SOCK-WHITNEY) IS WITH WINNESHIEK COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH.
SACQUITNE SAYS ONLY THE FLU SHOT IS AVAILABLE THIS YEAR. THE FLU MIST WAS NOT APPROVED BY THE F-D-A.
The head of the Iowa DNR’s State Forest section is predicting an “average” year for fall colors. Jeff Goerndt (GORNT) is hoping he’s wrong, but says recent wet and cool conditions may not result in the best and brightest show for leaf watchers.
Goerndt :16 good fall color
Goerndt says northeast Iowa has an abundance of hard maple trees, which supply bright red and orange colors. Goerndt suggests the Loess (less) Hills in western Iowa offer a completely different, yet equally stunning, fall look.
THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL APPROVED THE SECOND READING OF AN ORDINANCE TO RESPECIFYING SIDEWALK DISPLAY REGULATIONS AT ITS MEETING THIS WEEK. THE NEW SPECIFICATIONS WOULD ALLOW A BUSINESS FIVE FEET OF DISPLAY ROOM WHEN THE SIDEWALK IS TEN FEET WIDE AND THREE FEET IF THE SIDEWALK IS LESS THAN TEN FEET WIDE. THE SECOND READING PASSED ON A 4-2 VOTE. COUNCILMAN STEVE LUSE (LOOSE), WHO VOTED NO ON THE ISSUE, SAID THE NEW ORDINANCE DOES NOT ADDRESS CONCERNS RELATED TO THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT.
THE 40TH ANNUAL FORT ATKINSON RENDEZVOUS DAYS WILL BE HELD THIS WEEKEND. THE ANNUAL EVENT REENACTS LIFE AS IT WAS IN THE 1840S FEATURING DISPLAYS, GAMES AND OTHER ACTIVITIES. THE EVENT WILL BE HELD (SATURDAY) FROM NINE-30 UNTIL FOUR-30 AND SUNDAY FROM NINE A.M. UNTIL THREE P.M.