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FIRE DEPARTMENT STAFFING WILL BE A TOPIC OF DISCUSSION AT TONIGHT’S DECORAH CITY COUNCIL MEETING. THE COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER A PROPOSAL TO HIRE A FIRE DEPARTMENT SUPERINTENDENT. THE SUPERINTENDENT WOULD WORK TO HANDLE ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES AND WORK WITH OTHER CITY DEPARTMENTS. CITY OFFICIALS SAY THE POSITION WOULD FILL THE SPOT OF THE SOON TO BE RETIRING PHIL HARDY, WHO IS ONE OF THE THREE FULL TIME FIRE ENGINEERS. UNDER THE PROPOSAL, CITY OFFICIALS SAY THE STATION WOULD REMAIN STAFFED AT ALL HOURS. THE POSITION WOULD NOT ELIMINATE THE FIRE CHIEF’S POSITION, WHICH WOULD REMAIN A VOLUNTEER SPOT. THE COUNCIL WILL ALSO CONTINUE DISCUSSION TO POSSIBLY EXIT A 28-E AGREEMENT WITH COUNTY REGARDING I-T SERVICES. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT FIVE-45 AT CITY HALL.

 

EVERETT WEGGE, THE SON OF GLEN AND DENSIE WEGGE, HAS BEEN NAMED AS THE 2017 NORMAN BRADISH SCHOLARSHIP AT DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL. SCHOOL OFFICIALS SAY PAUL STRAND WAS ORIGINALLY AWARDED THE BRADISH WAS HE HAS DECIDED TO ATTEND LUTHER COLLEGE AND ONE OF THE REQUIREMENTS IS A STUDENT MUST ATTEND A COLLEGE OUTSIDE THE STATE OF IOWA. THE SCHOLARSHIP IS AWARDED TO A MALE GRADUATE OF D-H-S WHO POSSESSES HIGH ACADEMIC ABILITY AND CURIOSITY, IS LIKED BY PEERS AND ADULTS, AND DISPLAYS HIGH STANDARDS OF CHARACTER. THE RECIPIENT MUST AGREE TO ATTEND A NON-RELIGIOUS INSTITUTION OUTSIDE OF THE STATE OF IOWA AND MUST REMAIN UNMARRIED UNTIL FINISHING HIS STUDIES. WEGGE PLANS TO ATTEND WISCONSIN-PLATTEVILLE WHERE HE WILL MAJOR IN ENGINEERING, BUSINESS OR MUSIC PERFORMANCE. WEGGE IS ACTIVE IN MUSIC, SPEECH AND DRAMA. NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY, ROBOTICS, ENVIROTHON, GOLF AND 4-H.

 
Cold, wet weather has slowed down spring planting in Iowa. Iowa Agriculture Secretary, Bill Northey, says things vary a great deal across the state.

Northey

Northey, who farms near Spirit Lake, says farmers are poised to get the planters moving as soon as they get dry weather.

 
A DECORAH WOMAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED AFTER A LONG TERM NARCOTICS INVESTIGATION. THE DECORAH POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS 22 YEAR OLD CHEYENNE MILLER WAS CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF DELIVERY OF MARIJUANA.

 

STATE REPRESENTATIVE MIKE BERGAN WILL STOP BY TODAY’S MEETING OF THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. BERGAN WILL PROVIDE A LEGISLATIVE UPDATE. THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, ROAD AND LEGAL MATTERS. THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUS PLACING A CELLULAR PHONE TOWER ON COUNTY LAND AND MAKE A PROCLAMATION OF PIONEER CEMETERY MONTH. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

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A VARIETY OF ISSUES WILL GO BEFORE THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TOMORROW. COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR SEAN SNYDER WILL DISCUSS AN AGREEMENT FOR DEMOLITION AND ASBESTOS ABATEMENT BIDS. THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS A PROCLAMATION FOR PIONEER CEMETERY MONTH, A CELL PHONE TOWER ON COUNTY LAND AND WILL HEAR FROM STATE REPRESENTATIVE MIKE BERGAN. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

DECORAH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL SHOW OFF THEIR MUSICAL TALENTS THIS WEEK. DECORAH SECOND AND FOURTH GRADERS WILL PRESENT THEIR SPRING CONCERT MONDAY NIGHT BEGINNING AT SIX P.M. TUESDAY NIGHT, FIRST AND THIRD GRADERS WILL PERFORM BEGINNING AT SIX. BOTH PERFORMANCES WILL BE HELD IN THE HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM AND ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Authorities say another newborn has been turned over to state custody under Iowa’s safe haven law.
The Iowa Human Services Department said in a news release Friday the infant was born April 10 and released to state custody the next day. The department didn’t say where the birth took place.
It’s the 27th time the law has been used to protect the welfare of an infant since the law was approved following a 2001 case, in which a teenage mother in eastern Iowa killed her home-delivered newborn.
The law lets parents hand over custody of babies up to 14 days old without fear of prosecution.

The state of Iowa has spent $55,000 so far defending itself against a lawsuit challenging a new collective bargaining law. An invoice reviewed this week by a state council shows the Belin McCormick law firm in Des Moines charged the amount on behalf of four lawyers and a paralegal. They worked more than 175 hours between Feb. 20 and March 30 on a lawsuit filed by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Iowa Council 61. The outside counsel was hired after Attorney General Tom Miller announced he wouldn’t defend against the lawsuit to avoid an appearance of conflict of interest because public sector unions have previously supported him. Documents show the state plans to use the same firm on a separate collective bargaining lawsuit filed by Iowa State Education Association.

THE DECORAH CHAPTER OF ONE HUNDRED PLUS MEN WHO CARE WILL MEET AGAIN THIS WEEK. THE ORGANIZATION MEETS QUARTERLY AND DECIDES ONE CHARITY FOR EACH MEMBER TO DONATE ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS TO. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD TUESDAY NIGHT AT DECORAH BANK AND TRUST. A HAPPY HOUR WILL BE HELD AT FIVE-15 FOLLOWED BY THE MEETING AT SIX P.M.

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Saturday is another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, where you get the chance to bring in unwanted prescription drugs. The Director of the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy, Steve Lukan (Loo-can) , says the take back days are part of the bigger effort to stop drug abuse.

Lukan

In Decorah, persons can drop off Prescription Drugs at two locations, Wal-Mart and Thrifty Wife Pharmacy. Both locations will be available from ten a.m. until two p.m.

THE IOWA DRIFTLESS CHAPTER OF TROUT UNLIMITED WILL HOLD ITS 16TH ANNUAL TROUT STREAM CONSERVATION BANQUEY (SATURDAY). STEVE MATTER (MAA-TER) IS WITH TROUT UNLIMITED.

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THE BANQUET WILL BE HELD AT THE DANAN LANSING BUILDING ON THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS. A RECEPTION WILL BEGIN AT FIVE FOLLOWED BY A BUFFET DINNER AT SIX.

SOME HAVE NOTICED THE RECYCLING BINS IN DOWNTOWN DECORAH HAVE MOVED. DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS THERE’S A REASON FOR THAT.

BIRD

BIRD SAYS THE MOVE IS A TEMPORARY ONE.
The results of the latest youth survey of kids in sixth, eighth and 11th grade shows a drop in alcohol use, but an uptick in kids who have had thoughts of suicide. The Iowa Department of Public Healths survey coordinator, Pat McGovern, says reported alcohol use was down among both middle school and 11th graders.

McGovern

They will be releasing school-by-school and county-by-county data in the coming weeks. For more information about the survey, visit: http://www.iowayouthsurvey.iowa.gov
ICE CAVE ROAD IN DECORAH WILL BE CLOSED MOST OF THE DAY (SATURDAY). CITY OFFICIALS SAY THE ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FROM TEN A.M. UNTIL FIVE P.M. FOR THE DECORAH MOUNTAIN BIKE TIME TRIALS.

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A WEST UNION WOMAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER ATTEMPTING TO ESCAPE HER HOME WHILE AUTHORITIES WERE EXECUTING A SEARCH WARRANT WEDNESDAY. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 37 YEAR OLD LISA SCHROEDER WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AFTER SHE ATTEMPTING TO FLEE HER HOME IN A VEHICLE. SHE WAS CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, CHILD ENDANGERMENT AND POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA AND INTERFERENCE WITH OFFICIAL ACTS. SCHROEDER IS BEING HELD IN THE FAYETTE COUNTY JAIL ON FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.

J-C PENNY MADE IT OFFICIAL THIS WEEK. THE DECORAH STORE WILL CLOSE ON JULY 31ST. DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS EFFORTS ARE BEING MADE TO EVENTUALLY FILL THAT LOCATION.

BIRD

OVER FOUR THOUSAND PEOPLE SIGNED A PETITION WITH THE HOPE OF KEEPING THE DECORAH J-C PENNY STORE OPEN.

TWO PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED AFTER AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATED A TRIP OF A FUGITIVE LIVING AT AN ELGIN RESIDENCE THIS WEEK. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 54 YEAR OLD KEITH TAYLOR OF POSTVILLE WAS ARRESTED ON THREE FELONY WARRANTS FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER. AUTHORITIES SAY 36 YEAR OLD SHANNON THOMPSON OF ELGIN WAS CHARGED WITH ACCESSORY AFTER THE FACT. BOTH ARE BEING HELD IN THE FAYETTE COUNTY JAIL AWAITING THEIR INITIAL APPEARANCE.

NORTHEAST IOWA R-C AND D WILL HOST AN EVENT AT THE DECORAH FISH HATCHERY (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON. THE EVENT WHICH WILL BE HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH TROUT UNLIMITED WILL HIGHLIGHT THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF TROUT FISHING IN THE DRIFTLESS AREA. THE EVENT WILL FEATURE A NUMBER OF SPEAKERS, INCLUDING D-N-R DIRECTOR CHUCK GIPP, AND WILL BEGIN AT TWO P.M.

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A WEST UNION WOMAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER ATTEMPTING TO ESCAPE HER HOME WHILE AUTHORITIES WERE EXECUTING A SEARCH WARRANT WEDNESDAY. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 37 YEAR OLD LISA SCHROEDER WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AFTER SHE ATTEMPTING TO FLEE HER HOME IN A VEHICLE. SHE WAS CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, CHILD ENDANGERMENT AND POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA AND INTERFERENCE WITH OFFICIAL ACTS. SCHROEDER IS BEING HELD IN THE FAYETTE COUNTY JAIL ON FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.

 

 
J-C PENNY MADE IT OFFICIAL THIS WEEK. THE DECORAH STORE WILL CLOSE ON JULY 31ST. DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS EFFORTS ARE BEING MADE TO EVENTUALLY FILL THAT LOCATION.

BIRD

OVER FOUR THOUSAND PEOPLE SIGNED A PETITION WITH THE HOPE OF KEEPING THE DECORAH J-C PENNY STORE OPEN.

 

 
The Iowa Legislature approved a medical marijuana oil program in the final hours of the session, but advocates remain skeptical the expansion of an existing program will have a large impact. The Republican-controlled chambers approved a bill that would allow the oil to treat nine conditions, including cancer and multiple sclerosis. The expansion builds off an existing program for epilepsy patients. Some medical marijuana advocates say a cap on the strength of the oil used is arbitrary and limits the benefit. Rep. Jared Klein, the bill’s manager, says lawmakers may consider broadening the program in future sessions if medical professionals advise it. The program would continue to prohibit smoking, vaporizing or eating food containing marijuana. Despite questions raised about the program, some argue that small steps are better than none.

 

 
NORTHEAST IOWA R-C AND D WILL HOST AN EVENT AT THE DECORAH FISH HATCHERY (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON. THE EVENT WHICH WILL BE HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH TROUT UNLIMITED WILL HIGHLIGHT THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF TROUT FISHING IN THE DRIFTLESS AREA. THE EVENT WILL FEATURE A NUMBER OF SPEAKERS, INCLUDING D-N-R DIRECTOR CHUCK GIPP, AND WILL BEGIN AT TWO P.M.

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DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL IS THE TOP HIGH SCHOOL IN IOWA. THAT’S ACCORDING TO A REPORT RELEASED THIS WEEK BY U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT. THE SURVEY WAS CHANGED THIS YEAR THE WAY IT FACTORS A-P EXAMS TO BETTER REFLECT SCHOOLS THAT ARE PREPARING STUDENTS FOR COLLEGE. THE MEASURE GIVES MORE WEIGHT TO SCHOOLS WHERE STUDENTS PARTICIPATE AND PASS A VARIETY OF COLLEGE-LEVEL COURSES AND EXAMS. 52 PERCENT OF D-H-S TAKE A-P CLASSES AND 88 PERCENT OF THOSE STUDENTS PASS A-P EXAMS. THE SURVEY SAID 95 PERCENT OF STUDENTS ARE PROFICIENT IN MATH AND ENGLISH ACCORDING TO STATEWIDE ASSESSMENTS.

DECORAH ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL RICK VARNEY HAS BEEN ELECTED AS VICE PRESIDENT OF THE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS OF IOWA. RICK VARNEY WILL BEGIN HIS TERM ON THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ON SEPTEMBER FIRST. VARNEY WAS RECENTLY NAMED A FINALIST FOR THE ORGANIZATION’S STATE ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR.

THE DECORAH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WILL HOST A UTILITY LUNCH AND LEARN (THURSDAY). REPRESENTATIVES FROM DECORAH POWER, A GROUP LOOKING INTO ESTABLISHING A MUNICIPAL POWER UTILITY IN DECORAH AND ALLIANT ENERGY WILL ATTEND THE EVENT WHICH WILL BE HELD IN THE BASEMENT OF T-BOCKS. LUNCH WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM ELEVEN-30 UNTIL NOON, FOLLOWED BY A PRESENTATION FROM DECORAH AT NOON, THEN A PRESENTATION FROM ALLIANT ENERGY AT TWELVE-30.

REPUBLICAN STATE SENATOR MIKE BREITBACH OF STRAWBERRY POINT SAYS THE IOWA LEGISLATURE DID A LOT OF GOOD THINGS THIS SESSION, BUT THERE WERE A COUPLE OF DISAPPOINTMENTS. BREITBACH SAYS HIS MAIN DISAPPOINT WAS NOT HELPING RURAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS.

BREITBACH

BREITBACH SAYS THE LEGISLATURE NEEDS TO MAKE FUNDING TRANSPORTATION DOLLARS TO RURAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS A PRIORITY NEXT SESSION. BREITBACH SAYS THE INABILITY TO FUND WATER QUALITY INITIATIVES WAS ANOTHER DISAPPOINTMENT.

 

THE MONTHLY MEETING OF THE DECORAH PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD WILL BE HELD TODAY. THE BOARD WILL DISCUSS ROUTINE BUSINESS BEGINNING AT SEVEN P.M. AT CITY HALL.

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TWO WINNESHIEK COUNTY JAIL INMATES HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH FIFTH DEGREE CRIMINAL MISCHIEF. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 25 YEAR OLD SHELBY HENRY AND 29 YEAR OLD ROSS KENNEDY, BOTH OF CRESCO, WERE CHARGED AFTER ALLEGEDLY INTERNATIONALLY FLOODING THEIR JAIL CELL.

 

REPUBLICANS SAY REFORMING IOWA’S INCOME TAX STRUCTURE WILL BE A TOP GOAL OF NEXT YEAR’S LEGISLATIVE SESSION. REPUBLICAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE MIKE BERGAN OF DECORAH SAYS THE REFORMS WILL BE A TWO-PART PROCESS.

BERGAN

BERGAN SAYS HE WAS PLEASED WITH THE LEGISLATION PASSED THIS SESSION BUT SAID HE WAS DISAPPOINTED LAWMAKERS COULDN’T REACH AN AGREEMENT ON FUNDING WATER QUALITY INITIATIVES.
THE DECORAH HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION WILL RECOGNIZE TWO INDIVIDUALS AND ONE ORGANIZATION EARLY NEXT MONTH. COMMISSION CHAIR MARK MUGGLI SAYS NORB BOHR AND PETE MEYER AND THE DECORAH STREET DEPARTMENT WILL BE PRESENTED THE GROUP’S ANNUAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION AWARD ON MAY EIGHTH. THE STREET DEPARTMENT, BOHR AND MEYER WILL BE RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR ONGOING MAINTENANCE OF THE BRICK PAVING ON COURT STREET IN DOWNTOWN DECORAH.

 

LAWMAKERS ARE EXPECTED TO BE DISCUSSING POTENTIAL CHANGES TO THE NATION’S HEALTH CARE LAWS IN THE NEAR FUTURE. BRIAN HUINKER WITH MIDWEST GROUP BENEFITS FEELS THEY NEED TO GO AFTER THE PHARMACHEUTICAL COMPANIES.

HUINKER

HUINKER SAYS NEW LEGISLATION SHOULD ALSO INCLUDE A HIGH-RISK POOL ALLOWING THOSE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS TO BE COVERED UNDER A GOVERNMENT FUNDED PLAN, ALLEVIATING THE FINANCIAL PRESSURE ON THE INSURANCE COMPANIES.

 

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS FROM SEVERAL DISTRICTS HAVE RECENTLY REPORTED AN INCREASE IN SCHOOL BUS VIOLATIONS. AUTHORITIES SAY THE VIOLATIONS ARE MOST OFTEN BEING SEEN ON HIGHWAY 52 NORTH OF CALMAR AND THE OLD STAGE ROAD AREA. THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT REMINDS MOTORISTS IT IS ILLEGAL TO PASS A BUS FROM THE REAR WHEN THE AMBER OR RED LIGHTS ARE FLASHING, WHEN APPROACHING A BUS FROM THE FRONT, DRIVERS SHOULD PROCEED CAUTIOUSLY AT NO MORE THAN 25 MILES PER HOUR WHILE THE AMBERS ARE ON AND TO BE PREPARED TO STOP AND DRIVERS MUST STOP A MINIMUM OF 15 FEET AWAY FROM THE BUS WHEN THE RED LIGHTS ARE FLASHING AND THE STOP ARM IS OUT. AUTHORITIES SAY ANYONE WHO VIOLATES THESE LAWS CAN HAVE THEIR LICENSE SUSPENDED IN ADDITION TO A FINE.

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THE DECORAH J-C PENNY STORE WILL OFFICIALLY CLOSE JULY 31ST. THE CITY OF DECORAH AND DECORAH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT (MONDAY) MORNING. DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAID AN OFFER TO WORK WITH J-C PENNYS ON EXPANDING THEIR CURRENT STORE OR PROVIDING ASSISTANCE IN RELOCATION TO A MORE SUITABLE LOCATION WAS NOT SUCCESSFUL. BIRD SAYS ALTHOUGH THIS ISN’T THE RESULT THE CITY WAS HOPING FOR HE APPRECIATED THE COMPANY’S CANDOR AND THAT J-C PENNY DID NOT GIVE THE COMMUNITY ANY FALSE HOPE. OVER FOUR THOUSAND PEOPLE SIGNED A PETITION WITH THE HOPE OF KEEPING J-C PENNY IN DECORAH. THE COMPANY ANNOUNCED THE CLOSURE OF 138 STORES NATIONWIDE, INCLUDING THE DECORAH LOCATION, IN MARCH.

A DECORAH MAN WAS ARRESTED OVER THE WEEKEND. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 38 YEAR OLD JEROME SANDERSON WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON A WARRANT FOR FAILURE TO SERVE JAIL TIME.

A NEW WINNESHIEK COUNTY HOUSING SURVEY IS UNDERWAY. STEPHANIE FROMM IS THE DIRECTOR OF WINNESHIEK COUNTY DEVELOPMENT.

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FROMM SAYS THEY’LL USE THE DATA FROM THE SURVEY FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT REASONS.

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THE SURVEY IS AVAILABLE AT THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY DEVELOPMENT WEBSITE.

Iowa gas prices are now averaging $2.35 a gallon after falling 1.7 cents per gallon in the past week. GasBuddy reports the national average has increased 1 cent per gallon in the last week to $2.42 a gallon. Prices Sunday were 23.5 cents a gallon higher than the same day one year ago, and 7.7 cents per gallon higher than one month ago. The national average went up 13 cents a gallon during the last month.
Governor Terry Branstad says it is “likely” he will approve a bill that expands Iowa’s medical marijuana law.

Branstad

Iowa’s current law which decriminalized possession of cannabis oil for treatment of chronic epilepsy expires June 30th. The bill that passed the legislature early Saturday morning would sanction operations to grow marijuana, produce cannabis oil and dispense it in Iowa. Iowa doctors could prescribe cannabis oil for treatment of a wider range of 15 chronic and debilitating conditions if Branstad signs the bill into law.

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THE FEMA FLOOD BUY-OUT PROGRAM WILL BE A TOPIC OF DISCUSSION OF TODAY’S WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING TODAY. THE ISSUE WILL BE DISCUSSED WITH COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR SEAN SNYDER. THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS A BOX CULVERT LETTING FOR QUARRY HILL ROAD AND AN APPLICATION FOR THE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMISSION. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

 

The consecutive months with a drop in the state unemployment rate is now at six. Cory Kelly with Iowa Workforce Development says the March unemployment rate fell to three-point-one percent compared to three-point-two percent in February.

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The unemployment rate was three-point-eight percent one year ago in March. The business sector did cut 500 jobs — the first cut since November — but Kelly says gains were made in other areas.

Kelly 2

Kelly says the U-S. unemployment rate dropped to four-point-five percent in March.

 
Saturday night’s Powerball drawing fell on the same date that the very first drawing in the lottery game was held 25 years ago. Powerball was launched during this week in 1992 in Iowa and 14 other states. Iowa Lottery spokesperson Mary Neubauer says a lot has changed with the game in 25 years.

Neubauer

Powerball tickets are now sold in 44 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The world record for the largest lottery jackpot, a Powerball prize of nearly $1.6 billion, was split by three tickets in California, Florida and Tennessee in January of 2016.

 
The Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature has failed to approve legislation that would have designated more funding for water quality initiatives. The chambers bounced measures back and forth this week that proposed using existing state money for the effort. Lawmakers in the House couldn’t agree with a Senate plan to additionally use some gambling money in a few years. Water quality was a top priority last session, but the split-party Legislature back then was also unable to agree on spending. The failed action comes as lawmakers finalized a roughly $7.2 billion state budget and adjourned the session.

 
THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE FRIENDS OF THE DECORAH PUBLIC LIBRARY WILL BE HELD TONIGHT. KRISTIN TORRSDAHL IS WITH THE DECORAH PUBLIC LIBRARY.

TORRSDAHL

THE EVENT WILL BE HELD IN THE LIBRARY’S MEZZANINE GALLERY. REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED AT SIX-30, FOLLOWED BY A BUSINESS MEETING AND THE PRESENTATION.

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THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY RECYCLING CENTER ADDED A NEW SERVICE LAST WEEK. RECYCLING COORDINATOR TERRY BUENZOW (BEN-ZO) SAYS THEY HAVE STARTED TO ACCEPT HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS MATERIALS ON A DAILY BASIS.

BUENZOW

BUENZOW SAYS THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY RECYCLING CENTER IS ONE OF FEW CENTERS THAT WILL ACCEPT HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS MATERIALS WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT.

THE FRIENDS OF THE DECORAH PUBLIC LIBRARY WILL HOLD ITS ANNUAL MEETING TOMORROW NIGHT. KRISTIN TORRSDAHL WITH THE LIBRARY SAYS WISCONSIN AUTHOR KATHLEEN ERNST WILL BE THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER.

TORRSDAHL

REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED AT SIX-30, FOLLOWED THE BUSINESS MEETING AT SEVEN THEN ERNST WILL MAKE HER PRESENTATION. IT WILL BE HELD IN THE MEZZANINE GALLERY OF THE LIBRARY.

THE NORTHERN LIGHTS WOMEN’S CHORUS WILL HOLD A CONCERT THIS AFTERNOON. JOYCE EPPERLY IS WITH THE NORTHERN LIGHTS CHORUS.

EPPERLY

THE CONCERT WILL BEGIN AT THREE P.M. AT THE DECORAH LUTHERAN CHURCH. A FREE WILL OFFERING WILL BE ACCEPTED, WITH A PORTION OF THE COLLECTION TO BE DONATED TO THE KIDS LUNCH CLUB.

A FUNDRAISER CELEBRATING THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF DECORAH’S PORTER HOUSE WILL BE HELD THIS AFTERNOON. C.J. HUBER IS WITH THE PORTER HOUSE.

HUBER

THE EVENT WILL FEATURE A SHORT PROGRAM, LIVE MUSIC, FOOD AND A CASH BAR AND A SILENT AUCTION FUNDRAISE.R

THE TOWN AND COUNTRY GARDEN CLUB WILL HOST DESSERT AMONG THE FLOWERS THIS WEEK. VIRGINA LEIDAHL (LIE-DAHL) IS WITH THE TOWN AND COUNTRY GARDEN CLUB.

LEIDAHL

TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCED. THEY ARE NINE DOLLARS AND ARE AVAILABLE FROM ANY GARDEN CLUB MEMBER OR AT THE ONEOTA CO-OP.