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A SECOND PERSON HAS BEEN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY IN CONNECTION WITH A SEARCH OF THREE WEST UNION RESIDENCES LAST WEEK. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 42-YEAR OLD SAMANTHA KAY DARLING OF WEST UNION WAS ARRESTED MONDAY NIGHT AND CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. 39-YEAR OLD TINA SCHULER OF WEST UNION WAS ARRESTED LAST WEEK. AUTHORITIES ARE LOOKING FOR 40-YEAR OLD DAVID SHANNON, 49-YEAR OLD TINA NICHOLS, 48-YEAR OLD ROGER NICHOLS AND 52-YEAR OLD HERMAN RONFELDT, ALL OF WEST UNION.

A CALMAR MAN IS IN THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY JAIL ON $10,000 BOND AFTER A MONDAY ARREST. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 39 YEAR OLD JOSEPH MOSHER WAS CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE AGGRAVATED MISDEMEANOR HARASSMENT.

THE DECORAH SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS LOST FIVE DAYS THIS ACADEMIC YEAR DUE TO WEATHER. DECORAH SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS THERE’S A LOT THAT GOES INTO MAKING THOSE DECISIONS.

HALUSKA

AS OF RIGHT NOW, THE LAST DAY OF CLASSES IN THE DECORAH SCHOOL DISTRICT IS SET FOR MAY 31ST.

A GOOD AMOUNT OF DEBT WILL BE COMING OFF THE CITY OF DECORAH’S BOOKS IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

BIRD

DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS THE ELIMINATION OF THE DEBT COULD ALLOW THE CITY TO EXLORE SOME OPPORTUNITIES IN THE NEAR FUTURE. BIRD SAYS THE CITY COULD POSSIBLY BOND TO MAKE LOCUST ROAD IMPROVEMENTS.

A HOUSE AND SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE APPROVED A ONE-POINT-ONE PERCENT INCREASE IN STATE SUPPLEMENTAL AID FOR K-12 EDUCATION MONDAY. REPUBLICAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE MIKE BERGAN OF DECORAH SAYS LOOKING AT THE BUDGET IN THE BIG PICTURE, LAWMAKERS FEEL THAT’S THE BEST THEY CAN DO FOR NOW.

BERGAN

IF APPROVED, THE BILL WOULD INCREASE K-12 EDUCATION FUNDING BY 40 MILLION DOLLARS. GOVERNOR BRANSTAD REQUESTED A TWO-PERCENT, 80-MILLION DOLLAR INCREASE IN HIS BUDGET FOR K-12 EDUCATION.

The Decorah couple building a house modeled after the University of Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium have voluntarily halted construction. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the work will wait until a court rules on a lawsuit filed by neighborhood residents against the Iowa City Board of Adjustment. The residents’ lawyer said Monday that they had already asked the court for an order halting construction. The house Reed and Sandy Carlson plan to build would look like the Hawkeyes’ 87-year-old stadium, complete with brick siding and a replica of the press box. The neighborhood association has expressed concern about the home’s size, the potential for big parties, as well as drainage, fire safety and traffic issues. The board officials have said the house plans met all of the city’s guidelines.

THE DECORAH TELECOMMUNICATIONS UTILITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES WILL HOLD ITS FIRST MEETING OF 2017 TONIGHT. THE BOARD WILL CONTINUE ITS WORK RELATED TO A FEASIBILITY STUDY AND NAME A CHAIR AND VICE-CHAIR FOR THE YEAR. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT FIVE-30 AT CITY HALL.

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ONE PERSON HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND WARRANTS HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR FIVE OTHERS IN CONNECTION TO THE SEARCH OF THREE WEST UNION RESIDENTS LAST WEEK. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 40 YEAR OLD DAVID SHANNON, 42 YEAR OLD SAMANTHA DARLING, 39 YEAR OLD TINA SCHULER, 49 YEAR OLD TINA NICHOLS AND 48 YEAR OLD ROGER NICHOLS, ALL OF WEST UNION, HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. AUTHORITIES SAY 52 YEAR OLD HERMAN RONNFEDLT OF WEST UNION WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE WITH INTENT TO DELIVER. THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS SCHULER WAS ARRESTED LAST WEEK. THE REST REMAIN AT-LARGE. AUTHORITIES SAY RONNFEDLT IS ALSO LISTED ON THE SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY.

THE FLOODS OF LAST AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER CLOSED THE DUG ROAD TRAIL IN DECORAH. DECORAH PARKS AND RECREATION DIRECTOR ANDY NIMROD SAYS HIS DEPARTMENT IS UNCERTAIN ABOUT HOW TO PROCEED WITH DUG ROAD IN THE SHORT TERM.

NIMROD

THE ENTIRE TROUT RUN TRAIL WAS CLOSED FOR SOME TIME AFTER BOTH AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER FLOOD EVENTS LAST YEAR.

IOWA’S SECRETARY OF STATE IS ENCOURAGING LAWMAKERS TO PASS A VOTER INTEGRITY BILL THIS SESSION. WINNESHIEK COUNTY AUDITOR BEN STIENES SAYS WHILE IOWA HAS A HIGH LEVEL OF INTEGRITY IN ITS ELECTION PROCESS, THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION COULD MAKE IT EVEN BETTER.

STIENES

STIENES SAYS THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION INCLUDES REQUIRING VOTERS TO PRESENT A VOTER I-D CARD, REQUIRE A PIN NUMBER FOR VOTERS RETURNING ABSENTEE BALLOTS THROUGH THE MAIL AND REQUIRE ALL POLLING LOCATIONS TO HAVE AN ELECTRONIC POLL BOOKS TO KEEP TRACK OF THOSE WHO HAVE VOTED ALREADY.

THE CITY OF DECORAH’S FIFTH ANNUAL ELECTRONICS AND RECYCLING DAY WAS HELD SATURDAY. WINNESHIEK COUNTY RECYCLING COORDINATOR TERRY BUENZOW SAYS IT WAS A SUCCESS

BUENZOW

BUENZOW SAYS MANY TUBE-TYPE TELEVISIONS WERE COLLECTED. BUENZOW IS ENCOURAGING RESIDENTS TO GET RECYCLE THEM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE THE MARKET FOR THOSE MATERIALS WILL DECREASE IN DEMAND AS TIME PASSES.

A DECORAH MAN IS IN THE FAYETTE COUNTY JAIL AFTER A SATURDAY AFTERNOON INCIDENT. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT WERE CALLED TO A REPORT OF A VEHICLE IN THE DITCH NEAR OELWEIN. AUTHORITIES SAY WHILE THEY WERE CONDUCTING THE INVESTIGATION 34 YEAR OLD BRIAN FULLHART BECAME CONFRONTATIONAL WITH DEPUTIES. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS FULLHART WAS CHARGED WITH THIRD OFFENSE PUBLIC INTOXICATION, INTERFERENCE WITH OFFICIAL ACTS, THIRD DEGREE CRIMINAL MISCHIEF AND ASSAULT ON A PEACE OFFICER.

A WINNESHIEK COUNTY JAIL INMATE IS FACING FURTHER CHARGES AFTER A SATURDAY MORNING INCIDENT AT THE COUNTY JAIL. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 26 YEAR OLD ASTYN ROUSE OF FORT ATKINSON WAS CHARGED WITH FIFTH DEGREE CRIMINAL MISCHIEF FOR DESTROYING JAIL PROPERTY. SHE WAS ALSO CHARGED WITH INTERFERENCE WITH OFFICIAL ACT FOR THE INCIDENT THAT OCCURRED WITHIN THE JAIL.

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THE IOWA LEGISLATURE IS CONSIDERING CHANGES TO IOWA’S COLLECTIVE BARGAINING LAWS RELATED TO PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. BOTH THE DECORAH SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE DECORAH EDUCATION ASSOCIATION SAY IT’S A PROCESS THAT WORKS WELL IN DECORAH. STEVE PEDERSON IS WITH THE D-E-A.

PEDERSON

SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA AGREES

HALUSKA

THE D-E-A MADE ITS INITIAL OFFER FOR A MASTER CONTRACT FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR LAST WEEK. IT INCLUDED A THREE HUNDRED DOLLAR INCREASE IN THE BASE PAY AND KEEPING INSURANCE LEVELS THE SAME.
LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WILL SOON SET THEIR BUDGETS FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR.

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DECORAH CITY MANGER CHAD BIRD SAYS THERE A COUPLE OF REASONS HE EXPECTS THE PROPERTY TAX LEVY ASKING TO DECREASE IN THE FISCAL YEAR 2018 CITY BUDGET.

BIRD 2

THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL WILL HOLD A BUDGET WORKSESSION NEXT WEEK.
THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS WILL DISCUSS BUDGET MATTERS AT TODAY’S MEETING. THE BOARD WILL RECEIVE THREE BUDGET REQUESTS AND WILL DISCUSS INSURANCE FOR THE FRANKVILLE WATER DISTRICT. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

LAST YEAR, THE STATE LEGISLATURE FAILED TO MAKE TAX COUPLING PERMANENT. THE PRACTICE WOULD ALLOW SMALL BUSINESSES AND FARMERS TO DEDUCT UP TO FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS OF PURCHASE ASSESTS IN A SINGLE YEAR, INSTEAD OF SPREADING IT OUT OVER MULTIPLE YEARS. REPUBLICAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE JANE BLOOMINGDALE OF NORTHWOOD SAYS PERMANENT COUPLING WILL HAVE TO WAIT.

BLOOMINGDALE

SMALL BUSINESSES AND FARMERS ARE ALLOWED TO DEDUCT UP TO FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS WHEN FILING THEIR FEDERAL TAXES.

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THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL CONTINUE BUDGET DISCUSSIONS AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW. THE BOARD WILL HEAR THREE BUDGET REQUESTS AND WILL DISCUSS INSURANCE FOR THE FRANKVILLE WATER DISTRICT. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

THE DECORAH TELECOMMUNICATIONS UTILITY BOARD WILL MEET THIS WEEK. A WORK SESSION WILL BE HELD TUESDAY NIGHT TO DISCUSS THE MUNICIPAL UTILITY FEASIBILITY STUDY. THE BOARD WILL ALSO ELECT ITS OFFICERS FOR THE YEAR. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT FIVE-30 TUESDAY NIGHT AT CITY HALL.

An Iowa legislative panel has approved a bill that would make it easier for parents to avoid requirements that their children be vaccinated. The subcommittee approved the bill Thursday despite testimony from health care professionals that the move would lower vaccination rates and could ultimately lead to more sick children. Iowa already allows parents to skip vaccinations based on religious beliefs or medical needs, but the bill would let parents state they simply had a personal conviction against vaccinations.
Dr. Nathan Boonstra, a Des Moines pediatrician, said fewer immunizations could cause “grave concern” for public health. However, the two Republicans on the three-member panel say parents should have the freedom to make decisions for their children. The measure now moves to the full House Human Resources Committee

Iowa farmers who are looking ahead to the spring planting season are carefully watching the demise of the La Nina weather pattern to see what may come next. Dennis Todey (TODD-ee), director of the U-S-D-A’s Midwest Climate Hub — based in Ames, says it’s almost over.
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Todey :14 “fledged La Nina” (2X)
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Surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean are fluctuating and may have an impact across North America. Cooling temperatures the last few months created a La Nina effect, but now that may be vanishing. Todey says the climate experts don’t agree yet on what may happen next.

Iowa legislators are moving forward with a bill to ban traffic enforcement cameras, despite concerns from police that it could increase crashes. A three-person Senate Judiciary subcommittee unanimously approved legislation Wednesday that would remove traffic enforcement cameras from Iowa roadways. It now moves to the full Judiciary Committee. At the meeting, several Iowa police chiefs opposed the bill. Des Moines Police Chief Dana Wingert noted the increase in fatal crashes in Iowa last year and argued the cameras were a tool that could reduce such accidents. But Urbandale Republican Sen. Brad Zaun, who filed the bill, says he thinks governments primarily use the cameras to generate revenue. He says they also violate motorists’ right to due process.

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THE CITY OF DECORAH’S FIFTH ANNUAL MID-WINTER RECYCLING EVENT FOR ELECTRONICS AND APPLIANCES WILL BE HELD (SATURDAY). TERRY BUENZOW (BEN-ZO) IS WINNESHIEK COUNTY RECYCLING COORDINATOR. HE ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET RID OF ONE ITEM IN PARTICULAR.

BUENZOW

RESIDENTS WILL BE CHARGED A TEN DOLLAR DISPOSAL FEE FOR APPLIANCES AND A TWENTY DOLLAR FEE FOR COMPUTERS AND TELEVISIONS. THE EVENT WILL BE HELD FROM NINE A.M. UNTIL ONE P.M. IN THE PARKING LOT BELOW THE ONEOTA CO-OP, ACROSS FROM THE DECORAH POST OFFICE.

AN IOWA GAMES EVENT WILL BE HELD THIS WEEKEND IN CRESCO. THE IOWA GAMES CROSS COUNTRY SKIING EVENT WILL BE HELD AT THE PRAIRIE’S EDGE NATURE CENTER SATURDAY. THE CLASSICAL DIVISION WILL BEGIN AT TEN A.M. THE FREESTYLE DIVISION BEGINS AT TWO P.M. THERE IS A 25 DOLLAR FEE TO PARTICIPATE. MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE EVENT IS AVAILABLE AT IOWA-GAMES-DOT-ORG.

IOWA LAWMAKERS ARE EXPECTED TO DEAL WITH K-12 EDUCATION FUNDING AT THE STATEHOUSE NEXT WEEK. REPUBLICAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE JANE BLOOMINGDALE OF NORTHWOOD SAYS THEY HOPE TO GIVE DISTRICTS MORE FLEXIBILITY WITH THE DOLLARS THE STATE ALLOCATES.

BLOOMINGDALE

BLOOMINGDALE SAYS THEY EXPECT A FORTY MILLION DOLLAR INCREASE IN K-12 SPENDING FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR.

EVERY WEDNESDAY MORNING, CLASSES IN THE DECORAH SCHOOL DISTRICT BEGIN AT NINE A.M. AS FACULTY TAKES PART IN AN HOUR-LONG PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SESSION. BUT EVERY WEDNESDAY IN JANUARY, DECORAH SCHOOLS HAVE EITHER STARTED LATE OR HAD CLASSES CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER. SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS THOSE SESSIONS WILL NOT BE MADE UP.

HALUSKA

HALUSKA SAYS THE SCHOOL YEAR WILL NOW LAST UNTIL JUNE FIRST BECAUSE OF MAKEUP DAYS.

A CRESCO MAN WAS ARRESTED ON A FAYETTE COUNTY WARRANT THURSDAY. AUTHORITIES SAY 42 YEAR OLD LANCE SOUHRADA (SUE-RA-DA) WAS CHARGED WITH FAILURE TO APPEAR FOR CHILD SUPPORT.

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THE DECORAH EDUCATION ASSOCIATION MADE ITS INITIAL PROPOSAL FOR A MASTER CONTRACT FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR THURSDAY AFTERNOON. THE OFFER INCLUDED A THREE HUNDRED DOLLAR INCREASE ON THE BASE SALARY AND KEEPING THE DISTRICT PLAN AND CONTRIBUTION THE SAME REGARDING HEALTH INSURANCE.

ONE OF THE THREE FULL TIME FIRE DRIVERS AT THE DECORAH FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL SOON RETIRE . DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS CITY OFFICIALS ARE CONSIDERING SEVERAL OPTIONS REGARDING THE FUTURE OF THE POSITION.

BIRD

BIRD SAYS WHENEVER A CITY EMPLOYEE LEAVES A POSITION, CITY OFFICIALS EVALUATE HOW TO PROCEED IN REGARDS TO THE POSITION. PHIL HARDY WILL RETIRE FROM THE POSITION IN JUNE.

A NEW STONE ARCH BRIDGE AT DUNNING SPRINGS WILL BE COMPLETED IN THE SPRING. ANDY NIMROD IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE DECORAH PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT.

NIMROD

NIMROD SAYS THE PROJECT WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY A DONATION FROM DECO PRODUCTS AND CHRIS AND RHONDA STORLIE. HE SAYS THERE IS ABOUT A MONTH OF WORK REMAINING TO COMPLETE THE BRIDGE.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is moving quickly to get some more samples after more positive tests for Chronic Wasting Disease were discovered from deer shot in the Harpers Ferry area of eastern Iowa during the recent hunting season. Wildlife Management Biologist, Terry Haindfield (Hayn-field, D is silent) says this is the same area where there have been positive tests before, and this time around multiple deer came back positive.
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The nine positive samples in the deer there more than doubled the six positive tests found in recent years. The increase in samples is just one of the things that raises concern for the D-N-R.
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C-W-D can be spread easily among deer and causes them to get sick, and always results in death. This is the only area of the state where C-W-D has been found in wild deer. There’s been speculation that the infected deer could be coming into Iowa from Wisconsin.

A WEST UNION WOMAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED ON A FAYETTE COUNTY WARRANT. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 38 YEAR OLD TINA MARIE SCHULER WAS TAKEN INTO WEDNESDAY WITH THE ORIGINAL CHARGE OF POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE. AUTHORITIES SAY SCHULER IS BEING HELD IN THE FAYETTE COUNTY JAIL WITHOUT BOND.

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SOME HAVE SUGGESTED THE STATE OF IOWA’S BUDGET SHORTFALL STEMS FROM PROPERTY TAX REFORM ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE IN 2013. REPUBLICAN STATE SENATOR MIKE BREITBACH OF STRAWBERRY POINT DISAGREES.

BREITBACH

BREITBACH SAYS WHILE REVENUE’S HAVE INCREASE FOUR PERCENT ON AVERAGE OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, SPENDING HAS INCREASED FIVE TO SIX PERCENT AND HE SAYS THAT’S NOT SUSTAINABLE.

THE NEGOTIATION PROCESS ON A MASTER CONTRACT FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR WILL BEGIN (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON. THE DECORAH EDUCATION ASSOCIATION WILL PRESENT ITS INITIAL PROPOSAL FOR A MASTER CONTRACT (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON AT THREE-30 P.M. AT THE CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION OFFICE.

The state’s unemployment rate dropped in December. Iowa Workforce Development spokesperson, Courtney Greene.

Greene

Greene says December was the third straight month the state saw a drop in unemployment.

46 NEW MEMBERS WILL BE INDUCTED INTO THE DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY (THURSDAY) NIGHT. SCHOOL OFFICIALS SAY TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE INTO THE NATIONAL HONORS SOCIETY, A STUDENT MUST HAVE MAINTAINED A THREE-POINT-FIVE GRADE POINT AVERAGE AND IS SELECTED BY A COMMITTEE OF FACULTY ON THE BASIS OF LEADERSHIP, SCHOLARSHIP, CHARACTER AND SERVICE TO OTHERS. THE CEREMONY WILL BEGIN AT SEVEN-30 AT THE HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM.

A district court judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging privatization of the Iowa Medicaid program filed by a group representing hospitals across the state. The Iowa Hospital Association sued in November 2015 seeking to reverse Gov. Terry Branstad’s plan to privatize the Medicaid program claiming it violated state law because it diverted money hospitals have historically been paid to the three health care corporations the state hired. The state contends the hospitals will continue to be paid. By law about $34 million a year is paid into a trust fund by the hospitals and matched by federal funds. It’s used to reimburse hospitals providing Medicaid services. Judge Robert Hanson says if the hospitals don’t get the money, they can sue for financial damages. He concluded state law allows managed care.

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IOWA LAWMAKERS ARE EXPECTED TO VOTE ON A BILL WHICH WOULD REDUCE STATE EXPENDITURES BY 88 MILLION DOLLARS IN THE CURRENT YEAR’S BUDGET, PERHAPS BY THE END OF THE WEEK. REPUBLICAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE MIKE BERGAN OF DECORAH SAYS MANY LEGISLATORS HAD CONCERNS OVER THE GOVERNOR PROPOSING AN EIGHT MILLION DOLLAR CUT TO THE STATE’S COMMUNITY COLLEGES.

BERGAN

BERGAN SAYS LEADERSHIP WANTED TO GET REDUCTIONS OUT OF THE WAY BEFORE TAKING ON ANY NEW INITATIVES.

(WEDNESDAY) IS THE DEADLINE TO PURCHASE TICKETS TO THIS WEEKEND’S DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL MADRIGAL DINNER. THE DINNER WILL BE HELD SUNDAY BEGINNING AT FIVE P.M. AT DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL. TICKETS ARE 25 DOLLARS AND WILL BE SOLD UNTIL NOON (WEDNESDAY) AT THE DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL OFFICE. THIS YEAR’S EVENT WILL BE THE 30TH ANNUAL MADRIGAL DINNER PUT ON BY THE DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC DEPARTMENT.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s summary of last year’s crop season shows it was record setting for Iowa farmers by several measures. Corn production reached 2.74 billion bushels, 9 percent above the previous record set in 2015. Farmers harvested an average of 203 bushels per acre, marking the first time Iowa’s statewide yield surpassed 200 bushels per acre. In a report released Monday the USDA says Iowa farmers are storing 2.4 billion bushels of corn beating the previous record high set in 1988. The state has led the nation in corn production for the last 23 consecutive years. Iowa Soybean production is at 572 million bushels, topping the previous record by 3 percent and soybean yield at 60.5 bushels per acre was 7 percent above the previous record.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS HAS ENTERED INTO A LOAN AGREEMENT FOR THE SOUTH CENTRAL WINNESHIEK FIRE ASSOCIATION TO PURCHASE A TANKER TRUCK. THE BOARD UNANIMOUSLY PASSED THE RESOLUTION AT ITS MEETING THIS WEEK. THE LOAN AGREEMENT IS FOR 18-THOUSAND DOLLARS AND THE MONEY WILL COME FROM TAXES GENERATED IN TOWNSHIPS. TOWNSHIP GOVERNMENT ARE NOT ALLOWED TO ENTER INTO LOAN AGREEMENT. THAT’S THE REASON THE SUPERVISORS ENTERED INTO AN AGREEMENT. SUPERVISOR MARK KUHN SAYS THE COUNTY ENTERED A SIMILAR AGREEMENT FOR A NEW RIDGEWAY FIRE TRUCK A FEW YEARS AGO.

A DECORAH MAN WAS ARRESTED EARLY TUESDAY MORNING AFTER ALLEDGEDLY TRYING TO ENTER A CLERMONT RESIDENCE. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 31 YEAR OLD WALTER MACLAREN WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH PUBLIC INTOXICATION.

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A FORT ATKINSON MAN WAS ARRESTED FRIDAY ON SECOND DEGREE THEFT CHARGES. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 40 YEAR OLD STEVEN ANDERSON IS BEING HELD IN THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY JAIL WITHOUT BOND.

A DECORAH MAN WAS INJURED IN A MONDAY MORNING ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY NINE. THE DECORAH POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS 40 YEAR OLD COREY BUSTA OF DECORAH WAS EXTRICATED FROM HIS CAR BY THE JAWS OF LIFE AFTER THE VEHICLE WAS STRUCK BY A SEMI DRIVEN BY 49 YEAR OLD DAVID BENTER OF CRESCO. BUSTA WAS TAKEN BY AMBULANCE TO WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER. BENTER WAS CITED FOR FAILURE TO OBEY A TRAFFIC SIGNAL. THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED AROUND SIX-15. NO SPECIFIC DETAILS OF THE ACCIDENT WERE MADE AVAILABLE.

21 DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL SPEECH GROUP RECEIVED DIVISION ONE RATINGS AT SATURDAY’S DISTRICT LARGE GROUP SPEECH CONTEST HELD AT DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL. THE 21 GROUPS QUALIFIED FOR THE NORTHEAST DISTRICT LARGE GROUP SPEECH STATE CONTEST. THE STATE CONTEST WILL BE HELD SATURDAY, FEBRUARY FOURTH AT DUBUQUE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL IN DUBUQUE.

Iowans are encouraged to add their two-cents to new regulations aimed at increasing protections for chicken and livestock producers when dealing with processors. They are the U-S-D-A’s “Farmer Fair Practice Rules,” and Anna Johnson with the Center for Rural Affairs predicts they’ll end some of the unfair or anti-competitive practices sometimes faced by contract poultry and livestock producers. The first rule, already in effect, is known as the “house fire” rule. Johnson explains it specifies that farmers don’t have to prove harm to any of their competitors in the industry when taking a processor to court for unfair practices.

JOHNSON

The second rule essentially requires fair contracts between poultry dealers and producers; and the third specifies which actions by meat processors are considered legally unfair when dealing with livestock growers. The public comment period on all three rules is open until February 21st.

Gasoline prices have remained relatively stable in the last couple of months. Iowa Department of Agriculture fuels analyst Harold Hommes (HOME-us), says there haven’t been any surprises in the market other than the recent report on inventories.
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Hommes says that’s good news as it keeps the price down for motorists, but it’s not such good news for those who sell the product. The most recent survey showed the average price of a gallon of unleaded gas in Iowa was two dollars, 36 cents. That was the same as the week before. Hommes says the continuing supply glut will continue to benefit drivers at the pump.

A COMMUNITY MEETING FOR CONSTIUENTS OF THE TURKEY VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL BE HELD TONIGHT. SUPERINTENDENT JAY JURRENS WILL DISCUSS WHERE THE DISTRICT HAS BEEN AND WHERE IT’S GOING. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT SEVEN P.M. AT THE TURKEY VALLEY SCHOOL GYMNASIUM.

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A FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY WAS INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT WHICH TOTALED HIS PATROL VEHICLE EARLY SATURDAY AFTERNOON. AUTHORITIES SAY DEPUTY CHRISTOPHER SCHVEIGER LOST CONTROL OF HIS VEHICLE ON A COUNTY ROAD NEAR FAYETTE, THE VEHICLE ENTERED DITCH AND STRUCK A TREE. SCHVEIGER WAS TAKEN TO A WEST UNION HOSPITAL AND TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES AND RELEASED LATER THAT AFTERNOON.

THREE AREA COMMUNITIES WILL BE OVERNIGHT STOPS FOR RAGBRAI THIS SUMMER. THE DES MOINES REGISTER ANNOUNCED THE ROUTE FOR THE 25TH ANNUAL REGISTER’S ANNUAL GREAT BIKE RIDE ACROSS IOWA SATURDAY NIGHT. CRESCO WILL BE THE OVERNIGHT STOP ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 27TH. CRESCO HAS PREVIOUSLY BEEN AN OVERNIGHT RAGBRAI STOP IN 1996 AND 2005. WAUKON WILL BE AN OVERNIGHT. RAGBRAI STOP FOR THE FIRST TIME ON FRIDAY, JULY 28TH. RAGBRAI WILL END IN LANSING ON SATURDAY, JULY 29TH. IT WILL BE THE FIRST TIME LANSING WILL CLOSE OUT THE RIDE SINCE 1977.

A PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING A FIRE TRUCK LOAN WILL BE A TOPIC OF DISCUSSION AT TODAY’S MEETING OF THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS. THE BOARD WILL ACCEPT PUBLIC COMMENTS ON THE LOAN FOR THE SOUTH CENTRAL WINNESHIEK FIRE ASSCIATION. ANOTHER PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD REGARDING THE VACATION OF A PLAT FOR THE RIVER VIEW ESTATES. THE SUPERVISORS WILL CONTINUE BUDGET DISCUSSIONS. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

A COMMUNITY MEETING WILL BE HELD TONIGHT AT THE TURKEY VALLEY SCHOOL GYMNASIUM. TURKEY VALLEY SUPERINTENDENT JAY JURRENS WILL DISCUSS WHAT THE DISCUSS HAS ACCOMPLISHED AND WHERE THE DISTRICT IS GOING. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN TONIGHT AT SEVEN P.M.

THE ANNUAL DECORAH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AWARDS LUNCHEON WILL BE HELD TODAY. THE EVENT BEGINS AT NOON AT THE PEACE DINING ROOM ON THE LUTHER COLLEGE CAMPUS. 1992 LUTHER GRADUATE WENDY JAYCOX DAVIDSON WILL BE THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER. DAVIDSON, WHO IS THE PRESIDENT OF US SPECIALTY CHANNELS AT KELLOG COMPANY, WILL DISCUSS A JOURNEY TO PURPOSEFUL LEADERSHIP. THE CHAMBER, WINNESHIEK COUNTY DEVELOPMENT, WINNESHIEK COUNTY CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU AND UNITED WAY WILL PRESENT AWARDS FOLLOWING DAVIDSON’S ADDRESS.

MUCH OF THE DISCUSSION IN THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION HAS BEEN POTENTIAL BUDGET REDUCTIONS TO THE CURRENT YEAR’S STATE BUDGET. REPUBLICAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE JANE BLOOMINGDALE OF NORTHWOOD SAYS THEY HOPE TO FINALIZE A DEAL ON THAT FRONT EARLY THIS WEEK.

BLOOMINGDALE

GOVERNOR BRANSTAD PROPOSED 110 MILLION DOLLARS IN BUDGET REDUCTIONS IN HIS CONDITION OF THE STATE ADDRESS EARLIER THIS WEEK.