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THREE INDIVIDUALS HAVE BEEN CHARGED IN CONNECTION TO THE THEFT OF GAY PRIDE FLAGS FROM HOMES IN DECORAH ON MAY 21ST. DECORAH POLICE SAY 18 YEAR OLDS SHAWN SHINDELAR AND ISAIAH MITCHELL, BOTH OF DECORAH, WERE CHARGED WITH FIFTH DEGREE THEFT, A SIMPLE MISDEMEANOR. AUTHORITIES SAY A 16 YEAR OLD JUVENILE WAS ALSO CHARGED WITH FIFTH DEGREE THEFT AND WAS REFERRED TO JUVENILE COURT SERVICES.

A CALMAR MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH DISORDERLY CONDUCT AND A FALSE 9-1-1 REPORT. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 30 YEAR OLD WILLIAM MACK WAS ARRESTED AFTER THE SUNDAY NIGHT INCIDENT.

WINNESHIEK COUNTY AUTHORITIES ARRESTED A BRISTOL MAN ON A PROBATION VIOLATION WARRANT TUESDAY. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 31 YEAR OLD RYAN HACKMAN WAS TRANSPORTED FROM THE BUTLER COUNTY JAIL TO THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY JAIL.

A WATERLOO MAN WAS ARRESTED LAST WEEK ON WARRANT FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 30 YEAR OLD DANIEL MARQUEZ CEDILLO WAS TRANSPORTED FORM THE BLACK HAWK COUNTY JAIL TO THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY JAIL.

A new interactive map on the Iowa Department of Transportation website offers Iowans a glimpse into the conditions of the state’s 24-thousand bridges. The D-O-T’s Andrea Henry says the map is searchable by county, city or state legislative district and it indicates whether bridges are in good, fair or poor condition.

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To see the map, visit the Iowa Department of Transportation website (www.iowadot.gov), click on the Performance tab at the left, and choose the Bridge Condition link.

THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL IS EXPECTED TO DISCUSS FIRE DEPARTMENT STAFFING AT ITS MEETING NEXT WEEK. ONE PROPOSAL WOULD HAVE CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD BE THE SUPERVISOR OF THE THREE FULL-TIME FIRE ENGINEERS. BIRD WAS ASKED WHAT THAT STRUCTURE WOULD LOOK LIKE.

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THE MATTER IS EXPECTED TO BE ON THE COUNCIL AGENDA NEXT MONDAY NIGHT.

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A Lansing man is dead after a Monday morning accident which has lead to the closure to the Blackhawk bridge between Lansing and DeSoto. Authorities say shortly before four-30 this morning, a vehicle driven by 59 year old James Walleser drove over a washed-out portion of Wisconsin highway 82 and his vehicle fell into the Mississippi River. His body was recovered around four hours later. The Iowa Department of Transportation announced the closure of the bridge around five this morning and repairs to the bridge could take up to a week. The nearest ways to cross the Mississippi from the Lansing area include La Crescent and Prairie Du Chien.

A West Union man was arrested after a Saturday evening incident. The Fayette County sheriff’s department says 24 year old Kyle Bishop was charged with assault while displaying a dangerous weapon, an aggravated misdemeanor.

The Iowa DNR says an 8-year-old girl is in critical condition after falling off a cliff at Backbone State Park near Strawberry Point. The DNR says the girl from Jesup was hiking with family and friends Sunday afternoon and fell nearly 60 feet. Family called 911 and the girl was flown to University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. A DNR spokesman says she may have been skipping from rock to rock and slipped, causing her to fracture her skull.

The number of people killed in traffic crashes in Iowa climbed over 100 earlier this month and now the busy summer driving season is here. Dennis Kleen tracks crash data for the Iowa Department of Transportation.

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There were 320 people killed in traffic crashes in Iowa in 2015. Last year, that number rose to just over 400. The Iowa legislature this year passed and Governor Branstad signed a bill in to law that will allow police to pull over drivers who are looking at their cell phone rather than the road. The fine for a texting-while-driving ticket will be $30 when the new law takes effect on July 1.

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Iowans who are looking for full-time work and students who need a summer job can find plenty of options through a state agency. Jennifer Andrade (ON-drade), at Iowa Workforce Development, suggests starting with the website future-ready-iowa-dot-gov.

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For more information, visit iowa-workforce-development-dot-gov.

A VARIETY OF ISSUES WILL GO BEFORE THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS AT ITS MEETING TODAY. THE BOARD WILL DISCUSS BRIDGE AND ROAD MATTERS WITH COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE. THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS VETERANS AFFAIRS AND SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL ISSUES AND WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON A BUDGET AMENDMENT. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

NEXT MONDAY NIGHT, THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL IS EXPECTED TO DISCUSS THE FIRE DEPARTMENT STAFFING ISSUE. ONE OF THE THREE FULL-TIME FIRE DEPARTMENT ENGINEERS WILL BE RETIRING NEXT MONTH. PHIL HARDY ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT IN JANUARY. CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD WAS ASKED WHY IT HAS TAKEN TO SO LONG TO COME TO A CONCLUSION ON THIS MATTER.

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BIRD WAS ASKED IF THERE WAS A FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION TO THESE DISCUSSIONS.

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THE MATTER IS EXPECTED TO BE ON THE AGENDA FOR THE JUNE FIFTH COUNCIL MEETING.

NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE PRESIDENT DR. LIANG CHEE WEE SAYS IT’S TOO EARLY TO ESTIMATE WHAT THIS FALL’S ENROLLMENT WILL BE AT N-I-C-C. DR. WEE SAYS MANY OF THEIR STUDENTS HAVE MANY THINGS TO BALANCE IN LIFE.

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WEE EXPECTS ENROLLMENT TO BE DOWN, BUT THERE’S A POSITIVE REASON FOR THAT.

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WEE SAYS SOME STUDENTS DON’T SIGN UP FOR CLASSES UNTIL THE LAST POSSIBLE MOMENT.

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THE CITY OF DECORAH’S MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE WILL BE HELD THIS MORNING. THE PARADE WILL BEGIN AT THE WEST DECORAH BRIDGE AT TEN A.M. THE GRAND MARSHALL WILL BE RICHARD DINGER, A 98-YEAR OLD WORLD WAR TWO VETERAN. FOLLOWING THE PARADE, A CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY COURTHOUSE. CRESCO NATIVE CINDY YSLAS WILL BE THE GUEST SPEAKER. YSLAS IS A 26 YEAR U.S. AIR FORCE VETERAN. ALL VETERANS WANTING TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PARADE ARE ASKED TO BE AT THE WEST DECORAH BRIDGE AT NINE-30. A FLATBED TRAILER WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT MARCH.

THE COMMUNITY OF RIDGEWAY WILL BE HOLDING ITS SESQUICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION THIS WEEKEND. THE CELEBRATION IS SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY. A PARADE WILL BE HELD AT TWO P.M. THE TOE TAPPERS WILL PERFORM FROM THREE-30 UNTIL SIX-30 AND A DANCE FEATURING THE BAND TROUBLESHOOTER WILL BE HELD FROM EIGHT P.M. UNTIL MIDNIGHT. THE EVENT WILL ALSO INCLUDE A RAFFLE, FOOD, KIDS GAMES AND FIREWORKS.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IS USUALLY THE START OF SUMMER. AND WITH SUMMER THAT MEANS COMMUNITY FESTIVALS. JENNA HAYNES IS THE COORDINATOR OF THE NORDIC FEST PARADE.

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THIS YEAR’S NORDIC FEST WILL BE HELD JULY 27TH THROUGH THE 29TH.

A recent report in U-S-A Today warns of the dangers of a new type of pest called the “seed tick,” but Iowa State University entomologist Donald Lewis says technically, the story is wrong.

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Lewis says there’s no need to be particularly concerned about this insect. Lewis says when the so-called seed ticks mature, they can carry many types of illnesses including Lyme disease. He is not predicting a particularly bad tick season. He admits they do grow well in humid and wet conditions with a good food source like small mammals. If a mature tick of any kind does become attached, the recommended way to remove it is with tweezers

An Iowa State University study finds traumatic events like natural disasters or terrorist attacks can have a profound impact on children a world away. Carl Weems, an I-S-U professor and chair of human development and family studies, says this week’s pop concert bombing in England where children were killed is a prime example.

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Weems says parents and teachers should not try to shield children when bad things happen, but instead work to help kids build up their confidence to handle coping with events.

AREA GOVERNMENT OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF MEMORIAL DAY. DECORAH CITY HALL, THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY COURTHOUSE AND THE DECORAH PUBLIC LIBRARY WILL ALL BE CLOSED TODAY. THE WEEKLY MEETING OF THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS WILL BE HELD TUESDAY.

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The Memorial Day weekend is recognized as the start of the summer vacation season and Iowa State Patrol Trooper Vince Kurtz is pleading with motorists to put their phones away and focus on the road.

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Kurtz says distracted driving is blamed in large part for the more than 400 traffic fatalities in Iowa last year – up from 320 the previous year. A new state law takes effect on July 1 making text and app use a primary offense, meaning police can pull over and ticket a driver who is spotted sending a text or email or recording video with their phone. The fine for a texting-while-driving ticket will be $30. Iowa law enforcement officers, through the holiday weekend, will be watching for motorists who aren’t buckled-up. Kurtz says seat belts are proven to save lives.

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AAA (Triple-A) Iowa has predicted this will be the busiest Memorial Day weekend for travel in the state in more than a decade.

A VARIETY OF ISSUES WILL GO BEFORE THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS AT ITS MEETING TUESDAY. THE BOARD WILL DISCUSS BRIDGES, VETERANS AFFAIRS MATTERS AND WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON A BUDGET AMENDMENT. THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISUCSS PERSONNEL MATTERS WILL COUNTY SHERIFF DAN MARX. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD TUESDAY MORNING AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

LORRAINE BOROWSKI (BUR-RAU-SKI) WILL BE RETIRING NEXT MONTH AS THE DECORAH PUBLIC LIBRARY DIRECTOR. BOROWSKI HAS WORKED AT THE LIBRARY FOR 27 YEARS SERVING THE LAST 16 YEARS AS DIRECTOR. SHE SAYS THE TECHNOLOGY UPGRADES IN THAT TIME HAVE BEEN AMAZING.

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KRISTIN TORRESDAHL (TORS-DAHL) WILL TAKE OVER FOR BOROWSKI JULY FIRST.

THE AMERICAN LEGION SHEEHAN-OLSON POST 375 WILL HOLD A SERIES OF MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS IN CLERMONT TOMORROW. ALL VETERANS ARE ENCOURAGED TO MEET AT THE AMERICAN LEGION HALL, LARRABEE SCHOOL, AT EIGHT A.M. FROM THERE MILITARY HONORS WILL GIVEN AT THREE CLERMONT AREA CEMETERIES. AT NINE-20, A WREATH LAYING FOR THOSE LOST AT SEA WILL BE HELD AT THE TURKEY RIVER BRIDGE. THE MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM WILL BEGIN AT TEN A.M. AT LINCOLN PARK WITH THE RAIN LOCATION BEING THE CLERMONT OPERA HOUSE.

A NATIONWIDE AIRPLANE WILL BE COMING TO DECORAH NEXT MONTH. THE 41ST AIR RACE CLASSIC, THE ANNUAL ALL-WOMEN CROSS-COUNTRY AIRPLANE RACE, WILL BEGIN JUNE 20TH IN MARYLAND AND WILL END JUNE 23RD IN SANTE FE, NEW MEXICO. THE DECORAH MUNICIPAL AIRPORT WILL BE ONE OF EIGHT STOPS IN THE RACE. EVENT OFFICIALS SAY TEAMS WILL EXECUTE HIGH-SPEED FLY-BYS OVER A TIMING LINE AS THEY RACE AGAINST THE CLOCK.

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A Clayton County plant slated for closure this year will remain open. A Commercial Vehicle Group filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said the company’s Monona plant will not be closed, as announced last July. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that the company had planned to move the plant production to a facility in Agua Prieta, Mexico. But the May 24 SEC filing also says the plans changed because of “production challenges with new launches, elevated seasonal orders and a tight labor market in Agua Prieta.” As of July last year the Monona plant employed nearly 150 people to produce wire harness electrical systems.

Next weekend’s holiday marks the -unofficial- start of summer and the -official- start of summer vacation season. Gail Weinholzer (WINE-hole-zer), at Triple-A-Iowa, predicts it’ll be the busiest Memorial Day for travel in more than a decade.

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A rise in the number of travelers on the highways means a rise in the risks for having a fender bender, or worse.

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Gas prices in Iowa are averaging $2.25 a gallon, that’s up four cents from a year ago and is a dime below the national average.

Budget cuts are hitting all areas of state government, inlcuding the state park system as the unofficial kickoff to the summer camping season arrives. Julie Sparks with the D-N-R’s State Parks Bureau, says campers shouldn’t notice many issues.

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Sparks says campers were allowed to start reserving sites for this weekend three months in advance, and the sites fill up quickly. Sparks says they are ready to get the season underway.

A NATIONWIDE TOUR WILL MAKE A STOP IN NORTHEAST IOWA (SATURDAY). THE PATRIOT TOUR CONSISTS OF ONE AMERICAN FLAG BEING CARRIED THROUGH THE 48 CONTINENTAL STATES, ESCORTED BY TENS OF THOUSAND OF MOTORCYCLE RIDERS FOR 110 DAYS STRAIGHT ALL IN HONOR OF AMERICA’S ARMED FORCES MEMBERS. THE FIRST STOP FOR THE TOUR WILL BE (SATURDAY) AT WAUKON HARLEY-DAVIDSON. ARRIVING RIDERS WILL RIDE AS A PARADE THROUGH WAUKON BEFORE THE FLAG TRANSFER TO THE NEXT GROUP OF RIDERS. FROM WAUKON, THE TOUR WILL TRAVEL TO AMES ON SUNDAY. MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE TOUR IS AVAILABLE AT NATION-OF-PATRIOTS-DOT-COM.

LUTHER COLLEGE OFFICIALS WILL BE SPRAYING THE COLLEGE’S GREEN SPACES THIS WEEKEND. THE COLLEGE ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK THEY WILL REDUCE CAMPUS-WIDE SPRAYING TO AN ANNUAL HERBICIDE-SPRAYING APPLICATION. THIS SPRING, THE COLLEGE WILL SPOT SPRAY IN LIMITED AREAS AS DICTATED BY NEED.

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A DECORAH MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF FOURTH-DEGREE HARASSMENT. DECORAH POLICE SAY 52 YEAR OLD ANDRE BERNARD TIMP WAS CHARGED BASED ON AN ON-GOING PATTERN HARASSING CONTEST POSTED ON FACEBOOK AND DIRECTED AT JENNIFER GROUWS FROM AUGUST OF 2016 TO APRIL OF THIS YEAR.

THE IOWA STATE DATA CENTER IS OUT WITH ITS 2016 POPULATION ESTIMATES. SEVEN AREA COMMUNITIES ALL SAW POPULATION DROPS. STATE OFFICIALS SAY DECORAH’S ESTIMATED POPULATION ON JULY FIRST OF 2016 WAS 7918, DOWN 217 RESIDENTS FROM 2015. WAUKON SAW A 177 PERSON DROP IN ITS ESTIMATE TO 3733. STATE DATA REPORTS SPILLVILLE SAW A 5.4 PERCENT DECREASE, OSSIAN A FOUR-POINT-THREE PERCENT DECREASE, WEST UNION A THREE-POINT-PERCENT DECREASE, CALMAR A THREE PERCENT DECREASE AND CRESCO A ONE-POINT-SIX PERCENT DECREASE.

LEGISLATION PASSED IN THIS YEAR’S IOWA LEGISLATIVE SESSION ALLOWS FOR THE SALE OF FIREWORKS DURING LIMITED TIMES OF THE YEAR. THE FIRST SALES PERIOD BEGINS NEXT WEEK. DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS THE LAW ALLOWS FOR THE CITY TO PUT IN ITS OWN RESTRICTIONS. HE SAYS THERE’S TWO MATTERS THE CITY IS LOOKING AT IMPARTICULAR.

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THE MEASURE ALLOWS FOR THE SALE OF FIREWORKS BY IOWA RETAILERS FROM JUNE FIRST UNTIL JULY EIGHTH AND AGAIN FROM DECEMBER TENTH UNTIL JANUARY THIRD.

Iowa court offices will be closed Friday because of mid-year budget cuts that forced the Judicial Branch to reduce expenses. Besides closing Friday, the $3 million budget cut approved by the Legislature forced a hiring freeze for judicial positions and travel restrictions, causing delays in some civil trials. The reductions will continue for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends June 30. Iowa Supreme Court decisions, which are typically issued on Friday, will be published on Thursday because of the closure. The Legislature’s 2018 budget for the judiciary didn’t restore the mid-year cuts. The Supreme Court will approve a budget for the upcoming fiscal year in late June.

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AUTHORITIES HAVE CLOSED THE BOOK ON A LIVESTOCK NEGLECT INVESTIGATION IN WINNESHIEK COUNTY. LOCAL AND STATE OFFICIALS LOOKED INTO A REPORT OF LIVESTOCK NEGLECT ON A FARM IN NORTHERN WINNESHIEK COUNTY. THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND STATE VETERINARIAN’S OFFICE HAVE CONCLUDED THEIR INVESTIGATION AND WILL NOT PURSUE PROSECUTION. STATE VETERINARIAN DOCTOR GARY EIBEN SAYS THE FARMERS HAD COMPLIED WITH THE CONDITIONS OF THE RECOVERY PLAN AND HAVE SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED THE HEALTH OF THE HERD. STATE OFFICIALS SAY THE CASE IS NOW RESOLVED AND NEEDS NO FURTHER ACTION.

A FIRM HIRED BY THE CITY TO COLLECT DATA REGARDING BROADBAND AND HIGH SPEED INTERNET MATTERS AMONG DECORAH RESIDENTS WILL BEGIN THEIR WORK (THURSDAY). CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS PERSONS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR NUMBERS FROM THE DES MOINES AREA.

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BIRD SAYS THE DATA COLLECTED WILL DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT THE CITY WILL PROCEED WITH THE IDEA.

Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says farmers have been able to catch up quite a bit in their planting with some days of dry weather. But he says some of the corn that’s already emerged may have been in too much water to make it.

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Northey says it’s preferred to get the corn all planted by mid-May to avoid any loss in yield.

THE WOMAN WHO IS NOW IOWA’S GOVERNOR SAYS HER SMALL TOWN ROOTS PROPELLED HER TO THIS POINT IN HER POLITICAL CAREER. RADIO IOWA’S O-KAY HENDERSON REPORTS.

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REYNOLDS WAS SWORN IN WEDNESDAY MORNING AS IOWA’S FIRST FEMALE GOVERNOR.

THE DECORAH AND NORTH WINNESHIEK SCHOOL BOARDS HAVE SET THE DATE FOR A JOINT MEETING. DECORAH SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA.

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THE TWO BOARDS WILL MEET ON MONDAY, JUNE 5TH AT FIVE-30 AT THE DECORAH MIDDLE SCHOOL CAFETERIA

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A PROTIVIN MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED AFTER AN FRIDAY INCIDENT AT THE DECORAH FISH HATCHERY. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 30 YEAR OLD JAMIE SCHWADE WAS CHARGED WITH INDECENT EXPOSURE, A SERIOUS MISDEMEANOR.

WINNESHIEK COUNTY HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY NOTIFIED BY THE CITY OF DECORAH OF THE CITY’S INTENT TO LEAVE A 28-E AGREEMENT FOR I-T PERSONNEL. THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL APPROVED A RESOLUTION TO THAT EFFECT A RECENT MEETING. THE CITY AND COUNTY HAD BEEN IN THE SHARING AGREEMENT SINCE 2012. CITY OFFICIALS SAY WITH UPCOMING INITIATIVES THEY FEEL THEIR NEEDS WOULD BE BETTER SERVED WITH THEIR OWN PERSONNEL. THE CITY AND COUNTY ARE CONTINUING DISCUSSIONS ON HOW TO SHARE THE EQUIPMENT THAT WAS PURCHASED DURING THE AGREEMENT.

CITY OF DECORAH OFFICIALS HAVE ANNOUNCED DUG ROAD HAS RE-OPENED. THE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE ON THE PARKS AND RECREATION FACEBOOK PAGE MONDAY. DUG ROAD HAS BENN CLOSED SINCE LAST AUGUST’S FLOODING.

Ninety-two-percent of Iowa’s corn acreage is planted, according to the USDA crop report issued Monday. Corn planting in Iowa is said to be three days behind last year’s pace. Soybean planting in Iowa is 62-percent complete. Paul Kassel is an Iowa State University agronomist .

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Iowa farmers had only two days suitable for field work during the past week, according to the USDA report. The agency rated one-quarter of Iowa’s corn acreage in fair-to-very-poor condition.

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Kassel said. Corn planted after mid-May often yields less and Kassel said cool temperatures are impeding corn plants already in the ground.

A RECEPTION FOR A RETIRING DECORAH SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR WILL BE HELD (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON. LEONA HOTH IS REITIRING AFTER 12 YEARS AS THE DECORAH MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL. THE RECEPTION WILL BE HELD FROM THREE-15 UNTIL FIVE P.M. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ATTEND.

LUTHER COLLEGE OFFICIALS HAVE ANNOUNCED THE COLLEGE WILL REDUCE CAMPUS-WIDE SPRAYING. COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES SAY THEY WILL REDUCE CAMPUS-WIDE SPRAYING TO AN ANNUAL HERBICIDE-SPRAYING APPLICATION. THEY ADD THE COLLEGE WILL SPOT SPRAY IN LIMITED AREAS AS DICTATED BY NEED. LUTHER WILL BE SPRAYING ON CAMPUS THIS FRIDAY OR SATURDAY, OUTSIDE OF NORMAL WORK HOURS.

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A SURVEY TO GAUGE THE OPINION OF DECORAH RESIDENTS REGARDING BROADBAND AND HIGH SPEED INTERNET WILL BEGIN THIS WEEK. DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS THE FIRM THE CITY HAS HIRED FOR THE SURVEY WILL BEGIN ITS WORK THURSDAY.

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BIRD SAYS THE NUMBERS WILL BE FROM A FIVE-ONE-FIVE AREA CODE. BIRD SAYS ITS IMPORTANT FOR THE CITY TO GET AS MUCH FEEDBACK ON THIS ISSUE AS POSSIBLE.

A DECORAH NATIVE WILL BE RETURNING TO THE COMMUNITY TO BECOME PRINCIPAL AT DECORAH MIDDLE SCHOOL. DECORAH SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS JUSTIN ALBERS WILL BE RECOMMENDED TO THE SCHOOL BOARD FOR THE POSITION, EFFECTIVE JULY FIRST. ALBERS HAS SPENT ELEVEN YEARS IN THE SHELDON SCHOOL DISTRICT, WITH THE LAST TWO AS SEVEN THROUGH TWELVE ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR AND HIGH SCHOOL ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL. ALBERS WILL REPLACE LEONA HOTH, WHO IS RETIRING AFTER 12 YEARS AS MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL.

Terry Branstad’s tenure as governor appears to be nearing its end and his impact on state tax policy is assessed differently by his supporters and critics. Radio Iowa’s O. Kay Henderson reports.

Gas prices in Iowa have gone up 0.4 cents per gallon in the past week to an average of $2.27 per gallon. According to GasBuddy, the national average has increased 2.1 cents per gallon in the last week to roughly $2.35 a gallon. Prices on Sunday were 2.1 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago, and 8.4 cents a gallon lower than one month ago. During the last month, the national average has decreased 7 cents per gallon.