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THE DECORAH FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS RELEASED DETAILS OF A FRIDAY INCIDENT IN WHICH A PERSON FELL 25 FEET. FIRE OFFICIALS SAY THE INCIDENT HAPPENED SHORTLY AFTER NOON NEAR MALANAPHY SPRINGS JUST WEST OF DECORAH. AUTHORITIES SAY WHEN RESCUE PERSONNEL ARRIVED, THE VICTIM WAS LOCATED APPROXIMATELY A MILE FROM THE ROADWAY ON THE BASE OF A BLUFF. FIRE OFFICIALS SAY DUE TO THE LOCATION OF THE VICTIM AND STEEP TERRAIN, A LOW ANGLE ROPE LOWERING SYSTEM WAS USED TO SET UP LOWERING THE PATIENT TO AN AREA WHICH WOULD BE EASIER TO ACCESS. FIRE DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL ALSO CLEARED SOME VEGETATION AND DOWNED TREES TO ALLOW FOR ACCESS TO THE VICTIM. THE PATIENT WAS CARRIED BY THE FIRE DEPARTMENT’S U-T-V OUT OF A WOODED AREA AND TO AN AWAITING MEDLINK HELICOPTER.

THERE’S NO SOLUTION IS SIGHT REGARDING THE DISCUSSIONS ON HEALTH CARE IN THE U.S. CONGRESS. BRIAN HUINKER WITH MIDWEST GROUP BENEFITS IN DECORAH SAYS THE UNCERTAINTY HELPS NO ONE.

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HUINKER SAYS CONGRESS IS REFUSING TO TALK ABOUT CONTROLLING THE COST OF HEALTH CARE. HE SAYS IF THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN, CHANGES IN HEALTH INSURANCE WON’T MATTER.

A DECORAH WOMAN HAS BEEN HIRED AS NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S NEW EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND BOARD OF TRUSTEES SECRETARY. JULIA SOLLIEN COMES TO THE POSITION FROM THE PARK NICOLLET HEALTH SERVICES FOUNDATION IN MINNEAPOLIS. SHE HAS EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES WORKING FOR FIVE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS. SOLLIEN REPLACES JANET BULLERMAN WHO HAD SERVED IN THE POSITION SINCE 1987.

A FREDERICKSBURG MAN WAS ARRESTED LAST THURSDAY DURING THE FAYETTE COUNTY FAIR. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS A DEPUTY OBSERVED 40 YEAR OLD SHANNON DARYL TIEDT ASSAULTING HIS EIGHT YEAR-OLD SON ON THE FAIRGROUNDS. AUTHORITIES SAY TIEDT RESISTED ARREST CAUSING A MINOR INJURY TO A DEPUTY. TIEDT WAS CHARGED WITH CHILD ENDANGERMENT, AN AGGRAVATED MISDEMEANOR AND INTERFERENCE WITH OFFICIAL ACTS CAUSING INJURY, A SERIOUS MISDEMEANOR. HE WAS RELEASED FROM THE FAYETTE COUNTY JAIL AFTER POSTING A FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND. AUTHORITIES SAY THE BOY WAS RELEASED TO HIS MOTHER. THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES WILL ALSO BE CONDUCTING AN INVESTIGATION RELATED TO THE INCIDENT.

AN ELGIN MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY ATTEMPTING TO BREAK INTO A VEHICLE SUNDAY NIGHT. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 45 YEAR OLD CHAD ANTHONY PALMER WAS CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED BURGLARY.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS HAVE FORMALLY APPROVED A POLICY TO BAN DANGEROUS WEAPONS FROM THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY COURTHOUSE, THE COURTHOUSE GROUNDS AND ADJACENT COUNTY OWNED BUILDINGS. THE BOARD TOOK THE ACTION AT ITS MEETING MONDAY MORNING. THE ACTION IS IN RESPONSE TO AN IOWA SUPREME COURT ORDER ENACTED IN JUNE. ACCORDING TO THE POLICY, A DANGEROUS WEAPONS IS DEFINED AS ANY INSTRUMENT OR DEVICE DESIGNED PRIMARILY FOR USE IN INFLICTING DEATH OR INJURY UPON A HUMAN BEING OR ANIMAL. THE SUPERVISORS SAY THE PROHIBITION DOES NOT APPLY TO EMPLOYEES WITH A PROFESSIONAL CARRY PERMIT.

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THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL DISCUSS A 28-E AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY OF DECORAH AT ITS MEETING TODAY. RECENTLY, DECORAH LEFT A 28-E AGREEMENT WITH THE COUNTY FOR I-T SERVICES. COUNTY I-T COORDINATOR STEVE SMITH WILL MEET WITH THE BOARD TO DISCUSS AN AGREEMENT FOR THE I-T EQUIPMENT THAT IS SHARED BY BOTH THE CITY AND COUNTY AND PURCHASED UNDER THE PREVIOUS AGREEMENT. THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS COURTHOUSE SECURITY AND HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING THE SALE OF COUNTY PROPERTY NEAR FORT ATKINSON. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNITY BETTERMENT COMMITTEE OF THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET TONIGHT. THE COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS TAX ABATEMENT APPLICATIONS FROM NORWEGIAN MUTUAL INSURANCE AND DECORAH AUTO CENTER AT FIVE-30 AT CITY HALL.

CITY OF DECORAH OFFICIALS HAVE A CONFERENCE CALL SCHEDULED FOR TODAY WITH GUNDERSEN OFFICIALS REGARDING THE POSSIBILITY OF HOUSING A MEDLINK HELICOPTER PERMANENTLY AT THE DECORAH AIRPORT. DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD DISCUSSES WHAT GUNDERSEN IS ASKING FOR.

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BIRD SAYS THE LONG-TERM LEASE AGREEMENT WOULD ESSENTIALLY PAY FOR THE COST OF CONSTRUCTION OF THE HANGAR. A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE MATTER IS SCHEDULED FOR THE AUGUST SEVENTH DECORAH CITY COUNCIL MEETING.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IS NOTIFYING THE PUBLIC OF A SCAM. AUTHORITIES SAY PERSONS ARE RECEIVING CALLS FROM SOMEONE CLAIMING TO BE FROM A LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY WANTING TO VERIFY THE VICTIM’S HOME ADDRESS. THE CALLER THAN INFORMS THE VICTIM THERE IS A WARRANT OUT FOR THEIR ARREST FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR FOR A JURY SERVICE. AUTHORITIES REMIND PEOPLE THAT THOSE WHO FAIL TO APPEAR FOR JURY DUTY ARE NOT CONTACTED BY TELEPHONE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS DO NOT COLLECT FINES AND FEES.

State health officials are giving Iowa families a heads-up about a new vaccination requirement for students going back to school next month. Under a new state law, a meningitis shot will be required for students entering 7th and 12th grades. Bethany Kintigh (KINN-tee) manages the Immunization Program at the Iowa Department of Public Health.

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The vaccine has been recommended for pre-teenagers since 2005 and she does not anticipate any shortages. Students entering those grades will be required to show proof of the meningitis vaccination and Kintigh says many students have already gotten the shots. Kintigh says meningitis is a serious and potentially-deadly bacterial disease.

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The Health Information Technology Program at Northeast Iowa Community College has received some national recognition. Affordable Colleges-dot-com says the program ranks 21st in the nation. The survey included a review of 107 accredited two-year HIT programs. The study evaluated and ranked all programs in the US based on tuition costs, online availability and employment rates.

A law enforcement agency in northeast Iowa has added drones to its workforce. Fayette County Sheriff Marty Fisher told KCRG-TV he purchased two drones with drug forfeiture money.

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The drones will help deputies cover large areas of Fayette County that aren’t easily accessible by vehicle or even by foot. Because the county has such a diverse terrain, Fisher believes the drone will be particularly useful for search and rescue missions. Volga State Park is just one area the sheriff’s office has had issues in the past.

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Fisher said the drones will cut down search times, according to Fisher. They could also be used to collect evidence. Fisher and his chief deputy are both licensed to fly drones, while several deputies are pursuing Remote Pilot Certificates.

Blood donations picked up slightly in Iowa this month after the American Red Cross issued an emergency appeal. Samantha Pollard of the Red Cross says that plea brought more donors, but there’s still a desperate need for blood.

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A Red Cross blood dirve will be Friday from noon until six p.m. at the Saint Benedicts Church in Decorah. Appointments can be made by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS and visiting redcrossblood-dot-gov.

A record number of homes were sold in Iowa last month. Radio Iowa’s Pat Curtis reports.

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THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS WILL DISCUSS COURTHOUSE SECURITY UPDATES AT ITS MEETING MONDAY. THE BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE ISSUE WITH COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR SEAN SNYDER. THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS A 28-E AGREEMENT FOR I-T EQUIPMENT WITH THE CITY OF DECORAH. THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS ROAD AND VETERANS AFFAIRS ISSUES. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH

The state Departments of Public Health and Education have issued new expanded guidelines for dealing with students who may have concussions. The Iowa Legislature passed a law in 2011 that dictated how concussions should be handled for students participating in sports, dance, or cheerleading in seventh through 12th grades. The Health Department’s Brain Injury Program coordinator, Maggie Ferguson, says the new expanded guidelines are trying to make sure all students get attention.

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The Iowa Departments of Education and Public Health strongly encourage the use of these concussion management guidelines — but they are voluntary and each individual school must make the decision to use them.

THIS IN FROM THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY ENGINEER’S OFFICE. COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE (BEER-KEY) SAYS WORK HAS STARTED ON THE NORTH WINN ROAD. BJERKE SAYS ALL OF THE CROSS ROAD CULVERTS ARE BEING REPLACED AND THERE ARE TWO LARGE BOX CULVERTS THAT ARE BEING REHABILITITATED. HE SAYS THE WORK WILL CREATE CLOSURES ALONG THE ROAD. COUNTY OFFICIALS SAY ANYONE WHO DOES NOT NEED TO USE THE NORTH WINN ROAD SHOULD AVOID IT.

A TRENTON, MISSOURI MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER AN INCIDENT THURSDAY NIGHT. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 19 YEAR OLD JEFFERY CORBIN WAS CHARGED WITH DISORDERLY CONDUCT.

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THE DECORAH SWIMMING POOL WILL HAVE ADJUSTED HOURS BECAUSE OF RAGBRAI TODAY. PARKS AND RECREATION REPRESENTATIVES SAY THERE WILL NOT BE A MORNING OR NOON LAP SWIM OR AQUACISE CLASS AND THE POOL WILL BE OPEN FROM THREE UNTIL EIGHT P.M.

THIS NOTE IN FRIDAY VETERANS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. HOSPITAL OFFICIALS ARE REQUESTING THAT ALL HOSPITAL PATIENTS, INCLUDING EMERGENCY PATIENTS, ENTER THROUGH THE MAIN ENTRANCE OF THE HOSPITAL. THIS WILL HELP KEEP THE E-R PARKING AREA CLEAR IN CASE THE HELICOPTER WOULD NEED TO LAND. VETERANS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL WILL BE PROVIDING AND STAFFING THREE DIFFERENT MEDICAL TENTS THROUGHOUT THE CITIES FOR RIDERS WITH MEDICAL ISSUES.

TODAY IS THE FIRST FULL DAY OF THE 51ST ANNUAL NORDIC FEST. ENTERTAINMENT WILL BEGIN IN THE BEVERAGE GARDEN AT RIVER AND DAY STREETS THIS MORNING AT SEVEN-30 WITH MIKE MCABEE AND GAELSTORM BEGINNING AT NOON. THE DOWNTOWN CANOPY ENTERTAINMENT WILL BEGIN AT TEN A.M. THE NORDIC FEST ARTS AND CRAFTS CENTER WILL BE OPEN FROM NINE A.M. UNTIL FIVE P.M. AT THE DECORAH MIDDLE SCHOOL. THE KANOLOPET CANOE RACE WILL BEGIN AT SIX-30 NEAR THE DECORAH CAMPGROUNDS. THE FEST WILL RUN THROUGH TOMORROW.

DECORAH IS ON THE RAGBRAI ROUTE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 18 YEARS. DECORAH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DIRECTOR KRISTINA WILTGEN DISCUSSES THE ROUTE THROUGH TOWN THE BIKERS WILL TAKE.

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WILTGEN SAYS TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ALONG THE ROUTE ARE PRESENTLY IN PLACE AND WILL RE-OPEN AS THE BIKERS MOVE THROUGH TOWN. WILTGEN ADVISES THOSE COMING INTO DECORAH THIS MORNING TO USE MONTGOMERY OR MECHANIC STREETS AND TO AVOID THE WEST SIDE OF TOWN.

FROM DECORAH BIKERS WILL TRAVEL TO OSSIAN THIS MORNING. CLARK GOLTZ IS WITH THE OSSIAN RAGBRAI COMMITTEE.

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THE ROUTE WILL GO THROUGH CASTALIA AND POSTVILLE BEFORE THE OVERNIGHT STOP OF WAUKON. THE ROUTE WILL GO THROUGH CASTALIA AND POSTVILLE BEFORE THE OVERNIGHT STOP OF WAUKON. WAUKON IS HOSTING AN OVERNIGHT STOP ON RAGBRAI FOR THE FIRST TIME. ARDIE KUHSE WITH THE WAUKON RAGBRAI COMMITTEE SAYS HOSTING THE EVENT HAS ALLOWED CITY RESIDENTS TO SHOW THEIR CIVIC PRIDE.

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THE 2017 RAGBRAI ROUTE WILL END SATURDAY IN LANSING.

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THE OPENING CEREMONIES FOR THE 51ST ANNUAL NORDIC FEST WILL BE HELD TONIGHT IN DECORAH. THE CEREMONIES WILL BEGIN AT SIX-45 WILL INCLUDE PERFORMANCES FROM THE LUREN SINGERS AND THE NORDIC DANCERS. ENTERTAINMENT AT THE DOWNTOWN CANOPIES WILL BEGIN FOLLOWING THE OPENING CEREMONIES. THE FEST WILL RUN THROUGH SATURDAY IN DECORAH.

THE DECORAH SWIMMING POOL WILL HAVE ADJUSTED HOURS BECAUSE OF RAGBRAI FRIDAY. PARKS AND RECREATION REPRESENTATIVES SAY THERE WILL NOT BE A MORNING OR NOON LAP SWIM OR AQUACISE CLASS AND THE POOL WILL BE OPEN FROM THREE UNTIL EIGHT P.M.

RAGBRAI WILL BE PASSING THROUGH THE CITY OF OSSIAN TOMORROW. CLARK GOLTZ IS WITH THE OSSIAN RAGBRAI COMMITTEE. HE SAYS THE SIDE STREETS OF OSSIAN WILL BE CLOSED BEGINNING AT SEVEN A.M.

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THE ROUTE WILL CONTINUE THOUGH CASTALIA AND POSTVILLE AND WILL END TOMORROW IN WAUKON.

DECORAH IS ON THE RAGBRAI ROUTE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1999. THE RIDERS WILL PASS THROUGH DECORAH AFTER LEAVING CRESCO FRIDAY MORNING. CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS THE CITY IS READY.

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DECORAH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DIRECTOR KRISTINA WILTGEN ADVISES HOW PERSONS SHOULD TRAVEL AROUND DECORAH FRIDAY MORNING.

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CITY OFFICIALS SAY TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ALONG THE RAGBRAI ROUTE WILL BE IN PLACE AS EARLY AS FOUR A.M.

AN ELGIN MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED BY ALLAMAKEE COUNTY AUTHORITIES ON A FAYETTE COUNTY WARRANT FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 47 YEAR OLD SCOTT WILLIAM DILLEY IS BEING HELD IN THE FAYETTE COUNTY JAIL ON FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.

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THE 52ND ANNUAL NORDIC FEST WILL BEGIN TONIGHT IN DECORAH. THE OPENING CEREMONIES WILL BEGIN AT SIX-45 AT THE COURTHOUSE SQUARE. THE CEREMONY WILL HONOR THIS YEAR’S GRAND MARSHALL AND FLAG RECEPIENT. CHARLIE LANGTON OF VESTHERHEIM WILL BE THE GRAND MARSHALL, RECOGNIZING HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COMMUNITY. SALLY STROMSETH WILL BE THE FLAG RECEPIENT, RECOGNIZING HER CONTRIBUTIONS TO NORDIC FEST. ENTERTAINMENT AT THE DOWNTOWN CANOPIES WILL BEGIN FOLLOWING THE OPENING CEREMONIES.

RAGBRAI WILL BE COMING INTO THE AREA TODAY. AFTER LEAVING CHARLES CITY THIS MORNING, THE BIKERS WILL TRAVEL TO IONIA, NEW HAMPTON, LAWLER AND PROTIVIN AND WILL END THEIR DAY IN CRESCO. TAMMY HENDERSON IS THE PUBLICITY CHAIR OF THE CRESCO RAGBRAI COMMITTEE. SHE SAYS ALL OF THE ENTERTAINMENT WILL BE HELD DOWNTOWN.

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THE RAGBRAI ROUTE WILL GO THROUGH DECORAH, OSSIAN, CASTALIA, POSTVILLE AND WILL END UP IN WAUKON ON FRIDAY.

WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER IS REPORTING A PHONE SCAM. MEDICAL CENTER OFFICIALS SAY LOCAL RESIDENTS HAVE REPORTED RECEIVING PHONE CALLS CLAIMING TO BE WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER STAFF OR REPRESENTATIVES. THEY ADD CALLERS HAVE BEEN LIVE VOICES AND RECORDINGS AND THE CALLER I-D IS SHOWING THE CALLS ARE COMING FROM WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER. WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER SAYS THEY DO NOT CALL RANDOMLY CONTACT INDIVIDUALS FOR INFORMATION. AUTHORITIES REMIND PEOPLE TO NEVER SHARE PERSONAL INFORMATION WITH AN UNKNOWN CALLER OVER THE PHONE.

AN ELDORADO WOMAN WAS ARRESTED THURSDAY NIGHT AFTER A DISTURBANCE. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 46 YEAR OLD DAWN ANN COLE WAS CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC ABUSE ASSAULT AFTER ALEDGEDLY PHYSICALLY ASSAULTING HER ROOMMATE.

THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL SET A PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ON AIRPORT HANGAR IMPROVEMENTS AT A SPECIAL MEETING WEDNESDAY MORNING. PUBLIC COMMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED ON THE PLANS, SPECS AND COST ESTIMATES FOR THE PROJECT AT THE AUGUST SEVENTH COUNCIL MEETINGS. CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS CITY OFFICIALS WILL HOLD A CONFERENCE CALL WITH GUNDERSEN OFFICIALS NEXT MONDAY. GUNDERSEN IS CONSIDERING HOUSING A MEDLINK HELICOPTER PERMANETLY AT THE DECORAH AIRPORT.

The Iowa State Fair will this year celebrate “Little House on the Prairie” with a butter sculpture of author Laura Ingalls Wilder. The Des Moines Register reports that the dairy likeness of Wilder will be displayed next to the butter cow, which is an annual feature at the fair. Wilder wrote the “Little House” series about 19th Century homesteaders in the Midwest, and the books formed the basis for the long-running television show. She spent part of her childhood in Burr Oak.

There’s no damage estimate yet from the tornado that struck the small northeast Iowa town of McGregor last Wednesday, but most of the businesses in the community’s historic downtown have reopened. Katie Ruff is president of the McGregor Chamber of Commerce.

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Ruff said the EF-1 twister, with wind speeds of up to 110 miles an hour, went down McGregor’s Main Street. Two building had to be demolished. No one was seriously injured in last Wednesday’s tornado, but a 72-year-old man died last Friday in an accident related to the storm. Officials say Roger Witter was removing storm debris with a tractor four mile west of McGregor when the tractor rolled and pinned him underneath.

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LATE LAST WEEK, IOWA GOVERNOR KIM REYNOLDS ISSUED A STATE DISASTER DECLARATION AFTER SEVERE WEATHER AND FLOODING. THE DECLARATION COVERS WINNESHIEK, ALLAMAKEE, CLAYTON AND FAYETTE COUNTIES AND OPENS UP THE IOWA INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. DAVID BOSS WITH NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY ACTION SAYS QUALIFICATION FOR THE PROGRAM IS BY INCOME.

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BOSS SAYS PERSONS NEEDING ASSISTANCE CAN CONTACT THEIR OFFICE IN DECORAH.

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BOSS SAYS THE MONEY CAN BE USED FOR HOME AND CAR REPAIRS, TEMPORARY HOUSING EXPENSES OR REPLACEMENT OF CLOTHING OR FOOD.

THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET IN A SPECIAL SESSION (WEDNESDAY) MORNING. THE COUNCIL WILL BE ASKED TO SET A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PLANS, SPECS, COST ESTIMATE AND SETTING A BID DATE FOR AIRPORT HANGAR IMPROVEMENTS. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT SEVEN IN THE CITY HALL CLERK’S CONFERENCE ROOM.

RAGBRAI WILL BE COMING IN NORTHEAST IOWA BEGINNING THURSDAY. AFTER SPENDING WEDNESDAY NIGHT IN CHARLES CITY, THE ROUTE WILL GO THROUGH IONIA, NEW HAMPTON, LAWLER AND PROTIVIN BEFORE SPENDING THURSDAY NIGHT IN CRESCO. TAMMY HENDERSON IS THE PUBLICITY CHAIR OF THE CRESCO RAGBRAI COMMITTEE.

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HENDERSON SAYS THE ENTERTAINMENT WILL BE HELD IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA. HENDERSON CREDIT’S THE MANY COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS FOR ASSISTING THE EFFORTS WITH BEING AN OVERNIGHT COMMITTEE.

A SPILLVILLE MAN IS FACING A NUMBER OF CHARGES AFTER BEING ARRESTED MONDAY AFTERNOON. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS THEY RESPONDED TO A REPORT OF TRESPASSING AT A RESIDENCE NEAR RIDGEWAY SHORTLY BEFORE FOUR PM. AUTHORITIES SAY 45 YEAR OLD JEREMY MEYER WAS LOCATED AT THE RESIDENCE AND RESISTED ARREST. MEYER WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY JAIL WHERE THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS HE ASSAULTED TWO DEPUTIES, CAUSING INJURY TO ONE. AUTHORITIES HAVE CHARGED MEYER WITH TWO COUNTS OF ASSAULT ON A PEACE OFFICER, INTERFERENCE WITH OFFICIAL ACTS, FOUR COUNTS OF FIRST DEGREE AGGRAVATED MISDEMEANOR HARASSMENT AND TRESPASSING.

A CRESCO MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED ON A WARRANT FOR FELONY BURGLARY. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 43 YEAR OLD TROY SOBOLIK WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.

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A DETENTION HEARING FOR TWO OSSIAN BROTHERS FACING FEDERAL DRUG-RELATED CHARGES IS SCHEDULED FOR (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON. 22 YEAR OLD KALEB BREITSPRECHER AND 24 YEAR OLD COLE BREITSPRECHER WERE INDICTED LAST THURSDAY IN U.S. DISTRICT COURT IN CEDAR RAPIDS. BOTH MEN HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH DISTRIBUTION OF HEROIN AND FENTANYL AND BEING IN POSSESSION OF FIREARM AS A DRUG USER. KALEB IS FACING 70 YEARS IN PRISON. COLE IS FACING 30 YEARS BEHIND BARS.

The danger inherent with opioid addiction has gotten worse in Iowa. That’s the conclusion of poison control officials who confirm that fake pills which look like the pain reliever oxycodone have entered the state. Black market opioids are nothing new but these counterfeit pills contain synthetic opioids like fentanyl which is more lethal than heroin. Doctor Ed Bottei with the Iowa Poison Control Center says this development increases the threat to people with addictions.

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Bottei says counterfeit opioid pills have been in the United States for years but are only now being seen by law enforcement in Iowa. He notes that counterfeit opioids were found in the home of the late musician Prince in Minnesota more than a year ago. About 70 people died of opioid overdoses in Iowa last year.

MORE DISCUSSION ON HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION IS PLANNED THIS WEEK IN WASHINGTON, D-C. BRIAN HUINKER WITH MIDWEST GROUP BENEFITS IN DECORAH SAYS LAWMAKERS CONTINUE TO HAVE THE WRONG FOCUS.

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HUINKER SAYS IF THE COST CONTINUE TO GO UP, EITHER GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS OR THE PRIVATE SECTOR WILL HAVE THE FINANCE THE COST, MEANING LESS RAISES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND LESS COMPANIES HIRING INDIVIDUALS.

A CRESCO MAN WAS ARRESTED FRIDAY ON A WINNESHIEK COUNTY WARRANT. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 27 YEAR OLD PATRICK COLVIN WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WITH THE ORIGINAL CHARGE BEING SECOND DEGREE THEFT.

A RIDGEWAY MAN WAS ARRESTED SATURDAY NIGHT. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 28 YEAR OLD NATHAN LEE WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA AND THE VIOLATION OF A PAROLE WARRANT.

The Iowa State Patrol is warning motorists that troopers are getting creative in efforts to enforce the state’s new distracted driving law. Radio Iowa’s Pat Curtis reports.

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THE ANNUAL DES MOINES REGISTER’S GREAT BIKE RIDE ACROSS IOWA IS UNDERWAY AND WILL BE IN THE AREA LATER THIS WEEK. DECORAH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KRISTINA WILTGEN SAYS THE COMMUNITY IS READY.

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WILTGEN SAYS THE LOCAL RAGBRAI COMMITTEE AND THE NORDIC FEST COMMITTEE HAVE WORKED HARD TO MAKE SURE BOTH EVENTS COINCIDE WELL. RAGBRAI WILL PASS THROUGH DECORAH FRIDAY. THE 51ST ANNUAL NORDIC FEST WILL BEGIN THURSDAY NIGHT.

WORK ON THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY COURTHOUSE WILL BE DISCUSSED AT TODAY’S WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS MEETING. THE BOARD WILL DISCUSS A CONTACT WITH MARTIN GARDNER ARCHITECTURE FOR THE COURTHOUSE ROOF, STABILIZATION AND REHABILITATION PROJECTS. A PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD ON LOAN FOR THE SOUTH CENTRAL FIRE DISTRICT AND THE BOARD WILL DISCUSS ROAD MATTERS WITH COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

The state’s unemployment rate increased slightly last month, to three-point-two percent. Cory Kelly is a spokesman for Iowa Workforce Development, the state agency that reports the data.

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Nearly 54-thousand Iowans were unemployed in June. State officials report the number of Iowans in the workforce decreased by about 32-hundred compared to a year ago.

A NEW WATER HEATER TOPS THE LIST OF IMPROVEMENTS AT THE DECORAH SWIMMING POOL. THE DECORAH PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD DISCUSSED SWIMMING POOL IMPROVEMENT PRIORITIES AT ITS MEETING LAST WEEK. PARKS AND RECREATION DIRECTOR ANDY NIMROD SAYS THE DEPARTMENT BORROWED A WATER HEATER FROM FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH WHEN THEIR OLD ONE MALFUNCTIONED RECENTLY. NIMROD SAYS FINDING THE MONEY FOR A NEW WATER HEATER WILL BE CHALLENGE, BUT THE BOARD AGREED IT IS A NECESSITY.

WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF DAN MARX IS PUSHING FOR CHANGES TO THE STATE’S HANDLING OF MENTAL HEALTH PATIENTS. MARX SAYS WHEN A MENTAL HEALTH COMMITAL IS ISSUED, IT’S UP TO COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT TO TRANSPORT THE INDIVIDUAL TO THE NEAREST AVAILABLE FACILITY.

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MARX SAYS PART OF THE DIFFICULTY IS THERE ISN’T ENOUGH FACILITY BEDS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF IOWANS REGARDING MENTAL HEALTH.