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Iowans who plan to celebrate the upcoming holiday with alcohol are being told to plan ahead. Patrick Hoye (rhymes with TOY), chief of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, says Iowa roadways are already more congested over the busy holiday period, but adding intoxicated drivers to the mix ramps up the danger. Most fatal crashes in Iowa over the Fourth of July period, historically, have involved alcohol.

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Hoye says these days, according to Hoye, it’s easier than ever to avoid driving drunk.

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Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows nationally over the 2015 Fourth of July holiday period (6 p.m. July 2 – 6:00 a.m. July 6), 146 people were killed in crashes involving at least one motorist with a BAC of .08 or higher.

TWO AREA COMMUNITIES HAVE BEEN AWARDED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANTS FROM THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. FAYETTE WILL RECEIVE 350-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR STORM SEWER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS. GARNAVILLO WILL RECEIVE 245-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN HOUSING SUSTAINABILITY FUNDING.

Motorists on Iowa roads have a variety of new state laws to navigate. Most laws passed by the 2017 Iowa legislature go into effect this Saturday, July 1st — including one about motorists involved in fender-benders. Senator Waylon Brown of Osage says it directs people involved in wrecks that ONLY result in damage to the vehicle to get out of traffic as soon as possible.

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Supporters say this new requirement for drivers who are NOT hurt in an accident MAY reduce chain-reaction accidents.

AFTER A YEAR OFF, THE DECORAH ROTARY CLUB’S FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION WILL RETURN THIS YEAR. THE EVENT WILL BE HELD TUESDAY NIGHT FROM FIVE UNTIL SEVEN P.M. TUESDAY AFTERNOON. THE EVENT WILL FEATURE CRAFTS FROM ART HAUS, THE MUSIC OF A BRASS QUINTET, FREE ICE CREAM BARS AND THE DECORAH LIONS CLUB POPCORN MACHINE.

THE EITZEN, MINNESOTA FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION WILL CONTINUE TOMORROW. TOMORROW NIGHT, A TRI-STATE TRUCK AND TRACTOR PULL WILL BEGIN AT SEVEN AND CHALLENGER WILL PERFORM NEAR THE BEER GARDEN BEGINNING AT EIGHT P.M. EVENTS TUESDAY WILL INCLUDE THE GRAND PARADE AT NOON, A CHICKEN DINNER BEGINNING AT TEN-30 , A PEDAL PULL, FLEA MARKET AND FIREWORKS AT DUSK.

DECORAH CITY HALL WILL BE CLOSED BOTH MONDAY AND TUESDAY IN HONOR OF THE INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY. CITY HALL WILL RE-OPEN WEDNESDAY AND THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL MEETING WILL BE HELD WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

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ANOTHER STEP-OR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM-WILL BEGIN (SATURDAY). AREA LAW ENFORCEMENT ENTITIES AND THE GOVERNOR’S TRAFFIC SAFETY BUREAU WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE EFFORT WHICH WILL FOCUS ON IMPAIRED DRIVING. THE STEP PROGRAM WILL CONTINUE THROUGH TUESDAY.

This weekend will be the busiest Independence Day weekend for travel in history, according to predictions. At the start of the year, Triple-A-Iowa spokeswoman Gail Weinholzer (WINE-hole-zer) says they made a projection about gasoline prices that didn’t end up coming true, to the benefit of consumers. Weinholzer says Factors like low gas prices, strong employment, rising incomes and higher consumer confidence all come into play, but she says gas prices are often one of the biggest deciding factors.

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Nationwide, Triple-A predicts a record-breaking 44-point-2 million Americans will take to the roads, skies, rails and waterways over the four-day weekend, that’s an increase of 1-point-3 million from last year’s holiday.

If the dangers involved with texting and driving aren’t enough, Iowa motorists will soon have a financial incentive to put away their phones. Beginning (Saturday), texting while driving becomes a primary offense in the state – meaning patrol officers can pull you over and ticket you for that violation alone. Iowa Highway Patrol Sergeant Scott Bright recommends that drivers put their mobile phones in the console or glove compartment, because incoming texts are just too tempting.

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Sergeant Bright recalls a particular accident one year ago in northern Iowa involving a teenage girl who’d sent a text a half-second prior to crashing.

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Bright says it’s surprisingly easy to spot people texting and driving. Patrol cars are outfitted with video cameras that record drivers weaving or crossing center lines. Inattentive driving has always been illegal in Iowa, but patrol officers couldn’t previously pull over motorists solely for texting and driving.

Iowa DNR officers are ramping up enforcement efforts this weekend as part of the national Operation Dry Water campaign. Susan Stocker, boating law administrator and education coordinator for the Iowa DNR, says the goal is decrease crashes and deaths.

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In Iowa, it’s illegal to operate a vessel with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of point-oh-eight (.08) or higher – the same as it is to drive a car. A BWI fine can up to $1,000 and those found guilty can lose their boating privileges up to a year.

THE STATE OF IOWA’S BUDGET IS FACING A SHORTFALL AT THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR (FRIDAY). REPUBLICAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE MIKE BERGAN OF DECORAH SAYS THE BUDGET WAS BASED ON FIVE PERCENT REVENUE GROWTH AND TAX RECEPITS ARE COMING IN ONE-POINT-EIGHT PERCENT OVER LAST FISCAL YEAR. BERGAN IS RULING OUT HAVING TO BE CALLED BACK TO DES MOINES FOR A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE SESSION.

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BERGAN SAYS THE EARLIEST HE WOULD EXPECT A DECISION WOULD BE MID-AUGUST.

THE CITY OF SPILLVILLE WILL HOLD ITS ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION (SATURDAY). THE GATES AT RIVERSIDE PARK AND THE INWOOD BALLROOM WILL OPEN AT TWO P.M. BOUNCE HOUSE, MINI GOLF AND FACE PAINTING WILL BEGIN AT THREE P.M. THE COMMUNITY BAND, FREE ROOT BEER, FREE WATERMELON AND BINGO WILL BEGIN AT FOUR P.M. A D-J WILL BEGIN ON THE BALL DIAMOND AT SIX P.M. AND THE AREA’S LARGEST DISPLAY OF FIREWORKS WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 P.M.

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(FRIDAY) IS THE FINAL DAY ON THE JOB FOR LORRAINE BOROWSKI AS THE DIRECTOR OF THE DECORAH PUBLIC LIBRARY. BOROWSKI HAS BEEN A LIBRARY EMPLOYEE FOR 27 YEARS, WITH THE LAST 16 YEARS AS DIRECTOR. BOROWSKI SAYS THE BIGGEST CHANGE IN THAT TIME HAS BEEN TECHNOLOGY.

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A RECEPTION FOR BOROWSKI WILL BE HELD FROM THREE UNTIL FIVE ON THE MAIN FLOOR OF THE LIBRARY. LONG-TIME LIBRARY EMPLOYEE KRISTIN TORRESDAHL WILL BE REPLACING BOROWSKI.

EARLIER THIS MONTH, THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL APPROVED HIRING A FULL-TIME FIRE ENGINEER AND PLACED THE THREE FULL-TIME ENGINEERS UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD. A QUESTION WAS RAISED BY FIRE CHIEF MIKE ASHBACHER, WHO SAID HE WAS TOLD BY CITY OFFICIALS HE WASN’T A DEPARTMENT HEAD OR A CITY EMPLOYEE. BIRD RESPONDED THURSDAY MORNING ON OUR TOWN ON AM 1240-KDEC.

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BIRD SAYS APPLICATIONS FOR THE POSITION ARE DUE JULY SEVENTH AND CIVIL SERVICE, DRIVING AND PHYSICAL AGILITY TESTS ARE SCHEDULED FOR JULY 15TH. PHIL HARDY, ONE OF THE THREE FULL-TIME FIRE ENGINEERS, WILL RETIRE AT THE END OF THE JULY.

THE LONG TIME EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY ACTION HAS ANNOUNCED HER PLANS TO RETIRE. MARY ANN HUMPAL SAYS HER LAST DAY ON THE JOB WILL BE DECEMBER 21, 2017. HUMPAL BEGAN WORKING AT NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY ACTION IN 1972 AND HAS BEEN THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE ORGANIZATION SINCE 1989.

A warning for Snapchat users: a new update may compromise your safety. Snapchat’s most recent update includes a tracker allowing users to view your exact location, including the area, town, and street layout.
The Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office encourages all Snapchat users to set their location to Ghost Mode to keep this information private. The sheriff’s department says to change the setting, go to selfie mode on the camera and pinch the screen, then click the gear and switch to Ghost Mode.

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THE DECORAH SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS ANNOUNCED TWO ADMINISTRATIVE HIRES. SARAH TOBIASON HAS BEEN HIRED AS THE CARRIE LEE ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL. TOBIASON HAS BEEN SERVING AS THE ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL IN THE EDDYVILLE-BLAKESBURG SCHOOL DISTRICT AND IS A LUTHER COLLEGE GRADUATE. DECORAH NATIVE JAKE NIMROD HAS BEEN HIRED AS THE ASSISTANT MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL AND ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR. NIMROD COMES TO THE DECORAH DISTRICT AFTER SERVING AS A MATH TEACHER AT NORWALK. BOTH HIRES ARE PENDING BOARD APPROVAL.

THE DECORAH PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION RECOMMENDED THE REZONING OF A PROPERTY IN NORTH DECORAH AT ITS MEETING THIS WEEK. AASE HAUGEN WAS REQUESTING A CHANGE FROM H-M HOSPITAL MEDICAL TO R-3 MULTI-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL FOR PIECE OF LAND NEAR VENNEHJEM. THE RECOMMENDATION NOW MOVES ONTO THE CITY COUNCIL.

The Iowa Lottery expects to finish the fiscal year at the end of June taking in more money than predicted. Lottery C-E-O Terry Rich says they projected revenue of 69-point-eigh million dollars.

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Rich says the performance is good considering the economic conditions in the state, and the fact there was a mega jackpot in the previous year. Rich told the Iowa Lottery Board that the organization does 130 million transactions each year with the purchase and cashing in of tickets and the number of problems are few compare to the amount of transactions.

The Iowa State Patrol launched a new program to help stop people from texting and driving. Troopers, along with Triple A, are giving out these phone slips. If you slip your phone into it while driving, it blocks the signal, so you wouldn’t get texts or calls. They say it will hopefully cut down on the urge to check your phone behind the wheel. They’re doing all this just days before the state’s new texting and driving laws go into effect.

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THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IS ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC’S HELP IN LOCATING AND IDENTIFYING A DOG AND ITS OWNER. AUTHORITIES SAY A LOCAL RESIDENT WAS RECENTLY ATTACKED BY A DOG AND SUSTAINED A SERIOUS INJURY WHILE ON THE BIKE TRAIL NEAR FREEPORT. THE OWNER WAS DESCRIBED AS A THIN, WHITE MAN IN HIS LATE 50’S OR 60’S, WITH SHORT BROWN HAIR. THE DOG WAS DESCRIBED AS ALL-WHITE, MUSCULAR, SHORT-HAIRED, MEDIUM-SIZED WEIGHING 50-60 POUNDS. THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS WHEN THE VICTIM ASKED THE OWNER’S NAME, THE OWNER RESPONDED WITH “JULIUS RAMBUNCTIOUS” AND HE TOOK HIS DOG AND FLED. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT.

THE DECORAH PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION IS RECOMMENDING CHANGES TO THE CITY’S TAX ABATEMENT HOUSING INCENTIVE. THE COMMISSION DISCUSSED THE ISSUE AT ITS MEETING MONDAY NIGHT. CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS THE COMMISSION RECOMMENDED CAPPING THE HOME VALUE AT TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS AND REDUCING THE ABATEMENT FROM FIVE YEARS TO THREE YEARS. UNDER THE CURRENT HOUSING INCENTIVE, THE FIRST FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS OF A NEW HOME IS ELIGIBLE FOR TAX ABATEMENT. THE RECOMMENDATION NOW MOVES ONTO THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL. THE TAX ABATEMENT HOUSING INCENTIVE PROGRAM HAS BEEN IN PLACE SINCE 2014.

A POSTVILLE MAN WAS ONE OF FOUR PEOPLE ARRESTED FOLLOWING THE EXECUTION OF A SEARCH WARRANT IN FAYETTE MONDAY AFTERNOON. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 36 YEAR OLD JESUS VARGAS WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AND POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. AUTHORITIES SAY HIS PICKUP WAS IMPOUNDED AND TOWED FROM THE SCENE. THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS A SEARCH OF THE HOME REVEALED SEVERAL GUNS THAT WERE STOLEN FROM ANOTHER STATE, MORE THAN 1500 DOLLARS CASH DERIVED FROM THE SALE OF STOLEN PROPERTY, METHAMPHETAMINE AND MANY ITEMS OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. THREE OTHERS ARE FACING DRUG-RELATED CHARGES. THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING AND MORE CHARGES ARE PENDING.

There are sections of the state that could use some rain, but overall, Iowa’s corn and soybean crops are faring well according to a weekly report from the USDA. Radio Iowa’s Pat Curtis has details.

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THE STATE OF IOWA’S BUDGET WILL BE BALANCED COME THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR FRIDAY BY TRANSFERRING SOME RESERVE FUNDS TO COVER SHORTFALLS. REPUBLICAN STATE SENATOR MIKE BREITBACH OF STRAWBERRY POINT SAYS IF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS PASSES TAX REFORM, IT COULD HELP THE STATE’S BUDGET SITUATION.

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BREITBACH SAYS IT’S WORTH LOOKING AT THE STATE’S TAX CODE, SO THAT THE STATE BUDGET COULD BE AFFECTED LESS BY WHAT GOES ON AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL.

DECORAH POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICERS HAVE HAD BODY CAMERAS FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS. DECORAH ASSISTANT POLICE CHIEF SCOTT HERMAN.

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HERMAN SAYS THE DECORAH POLICE DEPARTMENT ALSO USES DASH CAMS.

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FIREWORKS SALES ARE NOW LEGAL IN THE STATE OF IOWA THROUGH JULY EIGHTH. THE IOWA LEGISLATURE APPROVED A BILL TO ALLOW RETAILERS TO SELL FIREWORKS JUNE FIRST THROUGH JULY EIGHTH AND DECEMBER TENTH THROUGH JANUARY THIRD. DECORAH POLICE CHIEF BILL NIXON SAYS IT’S STILL AGAINST CITY LAW TO DISCHARGE ANY FIREWORKS.

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NIXON SAYS HIS DEPARTMENT RECEIVED A FEW CALLS OVER THE WEEKEND REGARDING RESIDENTS SETTING OFF FIREWORKS. THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL IS EXPECTED TO DEAL WITH THE ISSUE NEXT WEEK. CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS THE PROPOSED ORDINANCE WHICH WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE COUNCIL WILL STILL PROHIBIT THE DISCHARGE OF FIREWORKS WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS.

A FRIDAY NIGHT INCIDENT IN RURAL ELGIN HAS LEAD TO CHARGES BEING FILED AGAINST A WEST UNION MAN. THE FAYETTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 40 YEAR OLD JONATHAN NEAL VANDERVORT WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC ABUSE ASSAULT CAUSING BODILY INJURY.

Iowans who plan to celebrate the upcoming holiday with alcohol are being told to plan ahead. (Radio Iowa’s Pat Curtis reports)

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AS DISCUSSIONS CONTINUE REGARDING HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION IN THE U.S. SENATE, BRIAN HUINKER WITH MIDWEST GROUP BENEFITS IS CONCERNED THAT THE LEGISLATION IS BEING CRAFTED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.

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HUINKER SAYS ITS UNFORTUNATE THAT POLITICS IS SUPERCEEDING WHAT’S BEST FOR MOST AMERICANS WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTH INSURANCE.

A BIRMINGHAM, IOWA MAN WAS ARRESTED FRIDAY IN CALMAR. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 66 YEAR OLD JOHN BARRETT WAS CHARGED WITH CARRYING WEAPONS AND OPERATING WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE.

A CALMAR WOMAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH DRIVING WHILE REVOKED. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 32 YEAR OLD ASHLEY JOHNSON WAS ARRESTED FOLLOWING A TRAFFIC STOP NEAR JACKSON JUNCTION LATE SATURDAY NIGHT.

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THE DECORAH PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION WILL MEET TONIGHT. THE COMMISSION’S REGULAR MEETING WAS POSTPONED EARLIER THIS MONTH WHEN FEWER THAN FOUR MEMBERS WERE PRESENT FOR THE REGULAR MEETING TWO WEEKS AGO. A PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING THE REZONING OF PROPERTY OWNED BY AASE HAUGEN NEAR VENNEHJEM WILL BE HELD. THE PROPOSED REZONING WOULD BE FOR A POTENTIAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT SEVEN AT CITY HALL.

ZONING, ROADS AND FLOOD PROTECTION WILL BE AMONG THE TOPICS OF DISCUSSION AT TODAY’S WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING. PAUL BERLAND WITH NORTHEAST IOWA R-C AND D WILL MEET WITH THE BOARD REGARDING A CONTRACT AMENDMENT FOR THE UPPER IOWA RIVER WATERSHED FLOOD REDUCTION PROGRAM. ZONING ADMINISTRATOR TONY PHILLIPS WILL DISCUSS THE FINAL FLAT FOR THE CASPER SUBDIVSION. THE BOARD WILL ALSO ITS REGULAR MEETINGS WITH COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE AND COUNTY ATTORNEY ANDY VAN DER MAATEN. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

THE STATE OF IOWA’S COFFERS ARE SHORT OF PROJECTED REVENUE AS THE FISCAL YEAR COMES TO A CLOSE NEXT WEEK. WHILE SOME HAVE CALLED FOR A SPECIAL SESSION TO DEAL WITH THE ISSUE, REPUBLICAN STATE SENATOR MIKE BREITBACH OF STRAWBERRY POINT DOESN’T SEE WHAT GOOD IT WILL DO. BREITBACH SAYS ITS BEST TO PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE WITH CAUTION.

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BREITBACH SAYS WHILE PROJECTED INCREASES ARE FALLING SHORT OF EXPECTATIONS, STATE REVENUE IS STILL INCREASING SO THE NEWS ISN’T ALL NEGATIVE.

TWO PROJECTS ON THE NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAMPUS WILL BE ASSISTED BY ACE-OR ACCELERATED CAREERS IN EDUCATION-FUNDING. COLLEGE VICE PRESIDENT OF BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS WENDY MIHM-HEROLD TOLD THE COLLEGE’S BOARD OF TRUSTEES LAST WEEK THE 80-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN ACE DOLLARS WILL ENHANCE CLASSROOM AND LAB AREAS FOR THE MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM ON THE CALMAR CAMPUS AND ANOTHER 50-THOUSAND WILL BE USED TO REMODEL CURRENT CLASSROOM’S AT IOWA’S DAIRY CENTER INTO A SURGERY SUITE FOR THE LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY TECHNICIAN STUDENTS AND FACULTY.

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THE SUSTAINABLE IOWA LAND TRUST WILL BE HOSTING AN OPEN HOUSE FOR POTENTIAL FARMER APPLICANTS AND INTERESTED LANDOWNERS AT ITS NEWEST FARM THIS AFTERNOON.. THE OPEN HOUSE WILL BE HELD FROM TWO UNTIL FOUR AT 2264 200TH STREET IN CALMAR. THE LAND TRUST IS OFFERING 70 ACRES PLUS A FOUR-BEDROOM UPDATED HOME WITH SOLAR AND GEOTHERMAL, PLUS USE OF THE FARM EQUIPMENT FOR AROUND 20-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THE FIRST YEAR OF A THREE-YEAR LEASE. SILT REPRESENTATIVES SAY THE SUCCESSFUL FARMER WILL THEN RECEIVE THE OPTION FOR A 20-YEAR GROUND LEASE AND EQUITY IN THE HOME AND BUILDING.

ANOTHER STEP-OR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM-WILL BEGIN NEXT SATURDAY. THE GOVERNOR’S TRAFFIC SAFETY BUREAU AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ENTITIES WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE EFFORT WHICH WILL RUN JULY FIRST THROUGH THE FOURTH. THE STEP PROGRAM WILL FOCUS ON IMPAIRED DRIVING.

Next weekend will be the busiest Independence Day weekend for travel in history, according to predictions. At the start of the year, Triple-A-Iowa spokeswoman Gail Weinholzer (WINE-hole-zer) says they made a projection about gasoline prices that didn’t end up coming true, to the benefit of consumers.

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Gas prices nationwide and in Iowa are much lower. In Iowa, the average price is two-19 a gallon, which is down six-cents from a year ago and it’s the cheapest price for this date since 2005. OPEC announced in January plans to reel in oil production by three-to-four percent and also convinced 11 other nations to cut supplies. Given that, Weinholzer says our current situation with low prices beat all the odds.

THE NORTH WINNESHIEK SCHOOL BOARD APPROVED ITS 2018 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES AT ITS MEETING LAST WEEK. THE PRIORITIES INCLUDE TRANSPORTATION EQUITY, THE EXTENSION OF THE STATEWIDE PENNY FOR SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE THROUGH 2050 AND THE EXTENSION OF THE SHARED OPERATIONS AND REORGANIZATION INCENTIVES BEYOND 2019. THE BOARD APPROVED PRIORITIES WILL BE FORWARDED TO THE IOWA ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL BOARDS.

THE LUREN SINGERS WILL HOST A HOMECOMING CONCERT THIS AFTERNOON. IT WILL BE HELD AT THE TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH IN SPRING GROVE BEGINNING AT THREE P.M. THE CONCERT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. A FREE-WILL OFFERING WILL BE ACCEPTED.

THE FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY WILL CAUSE THE RESCHEDULING OF THE NEXT DECORAH CITY COUNCIL MEETING. THE COUNCIL DECIDED AT LAST WEEK’S MEETING TO SCHEDULE ITS NEXT MEETING FOR JULY FIFTH AT SIX P.M.

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DECORAH POLICE OFFICER SCOTT HERMANN RECENTLY RECEIVED TRAINING ON THE ISSUE ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING. HERMANN SAYS IT HAS HAPPENED LOCALLY.

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HERMANN SAYS MANY TRAFFICKING VICTIMS TRAVEL THROUGH THE STATE OF IOWA.

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HERMANN SAYS THE IOWA ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE AND THE IOWA LAW ENFORCEMENT ACADEMY HAVE CONDUCTED A SERIES OF TRAINING SEMINARS ON THE ISSUE THROUGHOUT THE STATE.

UPPER EXPLORERLAND IS CURRENTLY CONDUCTING A HOUSING SURVEY FOR WINNESHIEK COUNTY DEVELOPMENT. SARA NEUZIL WITH UPPER EXPLORELAND SAYS ONE INITIAL FINDING IS CONCERNING.

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NEUZIL SAYS AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD INCOME IN THE COUNTY HAS DECREASED SINCE 2006 WHILE THE PRICE OF HOUSING HAS STEADILY INCREASED IN THE SAME TIME PERIOD.

An Iowa State University study finds there’s a good chance the fresh vegetables in your refrigerator will end up in the garbage instead of on your plate and in your tummy. Ruth Litchfield, an I-S-U professor of food service and human nutrition, says the average American tosses out 20 pounds of food every month.

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Litchfield says avoid buying in bulk and over purchasing, and abandon the thought that more is better. Some communities offer composting programs for food, and Litchfield says food that’s converted to compost is waste diverted from the landfill.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office has a new drone. It will be used for searching, accident scenes and special events. The drone was purchased from drug forfeiture money. The Sheriff’s Office says you can keep an eye on their Facebook page for live feeds.

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Iowa farmers got some much needed rain for their crops last week, but they also got something they didn’t want. Radio Iowa’s Dar Danielson reports.

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The Decorah city council is expected to deal with a proposed resolution regarding fireworks at its first meeting in July. The issue was discussed by the Public safety committee this week. Committee chair Chuck Lore says there was no consensus from committee members and concerns were presented regarding safety. City manager Chad Bird says city code doesn’t allow for the sale of fireworks. Bird says that need to change after the state legislature passed a bill to allow for the sale of fireworks at certain times of the year. Bird says under the state legislation municipalities still have the authority to regulate the use of fireworks.

Both the Decorah and North Winneshiek school boards have authorized legal counsel to begin work on a petition for a potential reorganization vote. Decorah schools superintendent Mike Haluska says its early on in the process.

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Haluska says once the boards approve the petition, it’s the Keystone area education association that will oversee much of the remainder of the process

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The districts are eyeing a February sixth, 2018 vote.

Efforts towards the establishment of a dog park in Decorah are continuing. Shirley Vermace is part of a committee looking into the idea.

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The issue was discussed at Wednesday morning’s Decorah parks and recreation board meeting. Vermace says best case scenario the park would open in the late summer of 2018.

The Army Reserve unit based in Decorah was decommissioned earlier this month. The center was named for Lyold Wohlford, Junior, the first Winneshiek county native who was killed in the Vietnam War. Monday, the Winneshiek county board of supervisors approved allowing the family to move the mementos from Wohlford’s life that were at the Army Reserve Center to the Winneshiek county courthouse. The request was made by Wohlford’s sister, Maragret Walter.