9-1 NEWS

IOWA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION CREWS HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY NINE AND 52 INTERSECTION IN DECORAH FOR MUCH OF THE SUMMER. DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS THE WORK WILL CONTINUE FOR AWHILE.

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THE CITY CONTRIBUTED 60-THOUSAND DOLLARS TOWARDS THE PROJECT TO INSTALL UTILITY CASINGS UNDER THE HIGHWAY ALLOW CITY WATER AND SEWER TO AREAS ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE INTERSECTION.

 

The state treasurer has delivered a letter to Governor Kim Reynolds, formally asking her to reconsider a short-term borrowing plan to ensure the state can pay all its bills on time. Radio Iowa’s O. Kay Henderson reports.

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DECORAH’S NEWEST HOTEL WILL OPEN UP (FRIDAY). THE FAIRFIELD INN AND SUITES WILL HOLD AN INVITATION-ONLY RIBBON CUTTING AT ELEVEN A.M. THE HOTEL, LOCATED NEAR THE HIGHWAY NINE AND 52 INTERSECTION, WILL BE ACCEPT RESERVATIONS BEGINNING NEXT WEEK.

 

EVERY WEEK LAW ENFORCEMENT IS NOTIFYING THE PUBLIC ANOTHER SCAM ALERT. DECORAH POLICE CHIEF BILL NIXON SAYS ITS TOUGH FOR AUTHORITIES TO KEEP UP.

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NIXON SAYS KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR FINANCIAL MATTERS IS A GOOD WAY TO STAY OUT OF TROUBLE

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NIXON ALSO SAYS IF ANYTHING SOUNDS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT LIKELY IS.

 

 

8-31 NEWS

LUTHER COLLEGE WILL HOLD ITS OPENING CONVOCATION FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR (THURSDAY) MORNING. IT WILL BEGIN AT NINE-40 A.M. AT THE CENTER FOR FAITH MAIN HALL. THE CONVOCATION ADDRESS WILL BE DELIVERED BY AUTHOR MELINE TOUMANI. HER ADDRESS WILL BE ENTITLED “THE IDENTITIES WE INHERIT, THE IDENTITIES WE CREATE.” THE EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

 

Gasoline prices are already rising in Iowa as part of the fallout from Hurricane Harvey as many Houston-area oil refineries are offline, but analysts still aren’t sure how the still-raging storm may impact propane supplies. Paul Ovrom (OH-vrum), an ag marketer with the Iowa Department of Agriculture, is urging Iowa propane users — businesses, farmers and rural residents — to stock up as the flooding in southeast Texas will persist.

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Ovrom says a colder-than-normal autumn with significant rain could also draw down supplies. Farmers would need additional propane to dry their grain and rural residents would likely need more to heat their homes.

 

Advocates for a program that delivers meals to seniors in northeast Iowa are looking for support from their congressmen to defend the service amid potential budget cuts. The Telegraph Herald reports that the Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging recently delivered nearly 700 paper plates to U.S. Rep. Rod Blum’s and U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley’s offices. The plates had notes from area seniors about the importance of the Meals on Wheels program, which delivers nutritious meals to seniors. Budget cuts have forced the agency to provide only 1,000 meals a day, placing nearly 100 seniors on a waiting list. The program receives most of its funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. President Donald Trump’s administration has proposed cutting the department’s funding by nearly 20 percent.

 

There were 581 Iowans convicted of passing a stopped school bus last year. Iowa Department of Transportation director Mark Lowe (LOH) says the best way to avoid a ticket — or a crash — is to obey the speed limit and keep your eyes on the road.

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Lowe says there have been “at least two incidents in the past two years” in which drivers have been killed when their vehicle smashed into the back of an Iowa school bus.

8-30 NEWS

AN OPEN HOUSE TO UNVEIL A NEW SANDBAGGING MACHINE WILL BE HELD THIS AFTERNOON. WINNESHIEK COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR SEAN SNYDER.

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SNYDER SAYS THE FREEPORT COUNTY SHOP IS LOCATED ON THE OLD STAGE ROAD, DOWN THE ROAD FROM THE WAL-MART SUPERCENTER.

 

THE PROPERTY COMMITTEE OF THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL WILL HOLD A WORK SESSION TONIGHT. THE COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS EASEMENTS ON THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS AND AT 331 PERSHING AVENUE, A CITY LOT ON WINNESHIEK AVENUE, FUTURE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT AND BUILDING CODES AND PROPERTY MAINTENANCE. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT FIVE-30 AT CITY HALL.

 

One analyst predicts gasoline prices in Iowa could rise between ten and 25-cents a gallon over the next week or two because of Hurricane Harvey. Gail Weinholzer, spokeswoman for Triple-A-Iowa, says oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico were shut down as a precaution as the massive storm approached and they’ll reopen soon. The problem is — the historic storm is still causing big troubles inland. The storm, which is blamed in several deaths, is causing widespread flooding in Texas and Louisiana and may force the evacuation of 30-thousand people. The significant disruption to those key oil producing areas will be felt far away, even in Iowa.
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Gas prices in Iowa are now averaging two-dollars and 30-cents a gallon while nationwide, it’s two-37 a gallon.

 

The storm that’s brought widespread flooding to Texas and Louisiana will also have an impact on grain exports from the Gulf Coast. Mike Steenhoek (steen-hook), with the Soy Transportation Coalition, says the extent to which it will be a problem for farmers remains unclear.

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The Texas Gulf is NOT that consequential for soybean and corn exports, but it does account for 24-percent of wheat exports. Steenhoek says the greater concern, from the perspective of a farmer in Iowa, is how the storm will impact the lower Mississippi River. He says that area accounts for about 60-percent of U.S. soybean and corn exports.

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Steenhoek says grain handlers who export from the Mississippi Gulf region are taking the storm very seriously.

 

The Winneshiek county sheriff’s department says they’ve received several calls about individuals going door-to-door which is making some people feel uneazy. Authorities say the county does not have a peddler’s ordinance but some municipalities do. The Sheriff’s department reminds residents you do not have to let anyone into their home or on their property. Authorities say if someone will not leave your property you can contact your local law enforcement entity.

8-29 NEWS

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DID NOT TAKE ANY ACTION ON THE PROPOSED EXPANSION OF A HOG CONFINEMENT NEAR RIDGEWAY. JEFF WEMARK OF D AND J HOGS, L-L-C SAYS THEY WANT TO BUILD A 2480 HEAD FACILITY WHICH WOULD BE IN ADDITION TO ITS CURRENT 2480 HEAD FACILITY. MUCH OF THE CONVERSATION FOCUSED ON INCLUDING SOME C-R-P LAND IN THE MANURE MANAGEMENT PLAN. WEMARK TOLD THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HE WOULD LIKE TO AVOID SPREADING MANURE ON C-R-P PLAN. THE OWNERS AGREED TO REVISE THE MANURE MANAGEMENT PLAN. THE SUPERVISORS SAID THEY DID NOT WANT TO MAKE A RECOMMENDATION ON THE PLAN UNTIL THE REVISED PLAN GOES BEFORE D-N-R REVIEW. THE BOARD HAS UNTIL SEPTEMBER 25TH TO ENTER A RECOMMENDATION ON WHETHER OR DENY OR ACCEPT THE EXPANSION.

WINNESHIEK COUNTY HAS RECENTLY PURCHASED A NEW SANDBAGGING MACHINE.

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COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR SEAN SNYDER SAYS MANY ORGANIZATIONS CAME TOGETHER TO MAKE THE PURCHASE POSSIBLE.

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SNYDER SAYS AN OPEN HOUSE TO UNVEIL THE MACHINE WILL BE HELD (TUESDAY) NIGHT FROM FIVE UNTIL SEVEN P.M. SNYDER SAYS THE AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS WILL BE SELLING STEAK SANDWICHES AND THE DECORAH FIRE DEPARTMENT DRONE WILL ALSO BE ON HAND.

 

Another judge has ruled that Iowa Department of Transportation officers didn’t have authority to issue speeding tickets to drivers of noncommercial vehicles. The Des Moines Register reports Scott County District Associate Judge Christine Dalton says if officers had the authority to give tickets prior to a law change in May, an amendment wouldn’t have been necessary. The new law gave department officers the authority to ticket drivers of noncommercial vehicles until July 2018. The ruling comes only weeks before another court takes up the broader issue of whether the agency acted illegally before the state law change.
State officials say the department could lose millions of dollars in federal money without the authority to ticket drivers of all types of vehicles.

 

Last Wednesday, a morning report of a fish kill about four miles southwest of Decorah sent DNR staff to investigate Dry Run Creek that afternoon. Following a trail of contaminated water, the DNR traced the fish kill to a dairy owned by Darryl Humpal of Ridgeway. Humpal had land applied manure on a hay field near the creek on Monday. Rainfall Monday night apparently flushed the dairy manure into the creek.
About five miles of stream were affected, but DNR environmental staff found no dead game fish. DNR fisheries staff found large numbers of dead minnows and suckers. Authorities say Humpal recently disked the hay field and pumped more than 10,000 gallons of diluted water from the creek to prevent further contamination downstream. DNR will continue to monitor the cleanup, conduct a fish kill count and consider appropriate enforcement action.

8-28 NEWS

THE U-S-D-A SAYS CORN AND SOYBEAN PRODUCTION WILL BE DOWN IN IOWA THIS YEAR. RADIO IOWA’S PAT CURTIS REPORTS.

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A PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD ON A POTENTIAL ANIMAL CONFINEMENT EXPANSION NEAR RIDGEWAY AT TODAY’S WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS MEETING. D-J HOGS L-L-C IS APPLYING TO EXPAND ITS FACILITY. THE BOARD WILL TAKE PUBLIC COMMENT AND CONSIDER ACTION ON A RECOMMENDATION TO THE D-N-R REGARDING THE FACILITY. THE D-N-R HAS THE ULTIMATE SAY ON WHETHER OR NOT IT PROCEEDS. THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS ROOFING OPTIONS AND AN ENGINEERING CONTRACT FOR THE UPPER IOWA RIVER WATERSHED FLOOD REDUCTION PROJECT. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

 

THE DECORAH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS OFFERING AN UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS IN THE AREA. CHAMBER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KRISTINA WILTGEN SAYS THE PROGRAM IS CALLED LEADERSHIP DECORAH.

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WILTGEN SAYS THOSE WHO HAVE GONE THROUGH THE PROGRAM HAVE FOUND IT REWARDING.

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ANYONE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN THE PROGRAM CAN CONTACT WILTGEN AT THE DECORAH CHAMBER OFFICE.

 

 

A PRESIDENTIAL DIASASTER DECLARATION HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR SEVEN AREA COUNTIES RELATED TO SEVERE WEATHER AND FLOODING FROM JULY 19TH THROUGH JULY 23RD. FEMA SAYS FEDERAL DOLLARS HAVE BEEN MADE AVAILABLE TO SUPPLEMENT STATE AND LOCAL RECOVERY EFFORTS IN ALLAMAKEE, CHICKASAW, CLAYTON, FAYETTE AND THREE OTHER AREA COUNTIES. THE FEMA DOLLARS ARE MADE AVAILABLE TO LOCAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS.

8-27 NEWS

A SEED COLLECTING HIKE WILL BE HELD AT THE DECORAH COMMUNITY PRAIRIE TODAY. JERRI OSENGA WILL THE LEAD THE WALK BEGINNING AT TWO P.M. THIS AFTERNOON. THE HIKE WILL BEGIN IN THE BUTTERFLY GARDEN OF THE PRAIRIE, LOCATED ACROSS THE DIKE AT OHIO STREET.

LUTHER COLLEGE WILL HOLD ITS OPENING CONVOCATION THIS WEEK. IT WILL BE HELD THURSDAY MORNING AT NINE-40 A.M. AT THE CENTER FOR FAITH MAIN HALL. THE CONVOCATION ADDRESS WILL BE DELIVERED BY AUTHOR MELINE TOUMANI. HER ADDRESS WILL BE ENTITLED “THE IDENTITIES WE INHERIT, THE IDENTITIES WE CREATE.”

A STEP-OR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM-IS CONTINUING THIS WEEKEND. THE GOVERNOR’S TRAFFIC SAFETY BUREAU AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ENTITIES ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE EFFORT WHICH FOCUSES ON IMPAIRED DRIVING. THE EFFORT WILL RUN THROUGH NEXT SUNDAY.

THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF NORTHEAST IOWA WILL BE HOSTING ITS EIGHTH ANNUAL POOCH PADDLE TODAY. THE EVENT WILL BE HELD AT THE MONONA POOL FROM ELEVEN A.M. UNTIL TWO P.M. THE COST IS TEN DOLLARS FOR THE FIRST DOG AND FIVE DOLLARS FOR EACH ADDITIONAL DOG. OWNERS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO PROVIDE PROOF OF VACCINATIONS. THE EVENT IS A FUNDRAISER FOR THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF NORTHEAST IOWA.

It was a little more than a month ago when an EF-1 tornado ripped through the small Clayton County town of McGregor, leaving a path of destruction behind. Cleanup started almost immediately, and people in and around the small town haven’t stopped working to get things back to normal. The McGregor Achievement Club, a non-profit group, is also helping. They’re selling t-shirts with “#McGregorStrong” emblazoned on the front. They initially hoped to sell just 100 shirts, but now have sold more than 400, including shirts shipped to California and Texas. The group is waiting for the fundraiser to be over before they decide where the money will go, but they do have some ideas. Fixes to benches and pianos in Triangle Park, streetlight fixes and replacing trees are among the projects that could be funded by that money. There is still time to order t-shirts. The McGregor Achievement Club is accepting orders through Friday, August 25. The shirts are $20 and come in five different colors. Place your order by email mcgregorachievementclub@gmail.com or by phone through contacting a club member.

 

FIVE SEATS ARE UP ON THE NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. THE ELECTION WILL BE HELD SEPTEMBER 12TH. THE SEATS UP ARE SUE RUNYON IN DISTRICT ONE, KATHY GUNDERSON IN DISTRICT TWO, GENE FUELLING IN DISTRICT FOUR, DAVID SCHUELLER IN DISTRICT SIX AND ROBERT SHAFER IN DISTRICT IN DISTRICT NINE.

 

8-26 NEWS

TWO 1998 DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES WILL GO FOR A LONG WALK FOR A GOOD CAUSE (SATURDAY). ANDY CARLSON AND BARRETT GIPP WILL BE WALKING ACROSS THE COUNTY TO RAISE FUNDS FOR A SCHOLARSHIP. GIPP SAYS GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY IS THEIR MOTIVATION.

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PERSONS CAN DONATE TO THE CAUSE BY CONTACTING GIPP OR CARLSON OR LOGGING ONTO CROWD-RISE-DOT-COM.

THE DECORAH PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT WILL HOST ITS DOG DAY AT THE POOL (SATURDAY). THE EVENT WILL BE HELD FROM NOON UNTIL THREE P.M. THE ADMISSION IS THREE DOLLARS PER DOG AND ONE DOLLAR PER HUMAN. THE EVENT IS THE FINAL EVENT OF THE SEASON AT THE DECORAH MUNICIPAL SWIMMING POOL.

THE THUNDER-RODE THERAPUTIC HORSE RIDING ORGANIZATION WILL HOLD ITS ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DANCE (SATURDAY) NIGHT. MICHELLE MCCLAIN-KRUSE (CRUISE-EE) IS WITH THUNDER RODE.

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TICKETS FOR THE EVENT ARE TEN DOLLARS AT THE DOOR.

A new report indicates 70 percent of Iowa students in kindergarten through third grade met or surpassed reading goals by the end of last school year. Iowa Department of Education director Ryan Wise says that’s a four percent improvement in reading proficiency in the early grades compared to the year before.

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The testing began in the fall of 2015 and Wise says it helps quickly identify which kids need more help. Iowa policymakers abandoned a previous plan to force students to repeat third grade if they were not reading at grade level by the end of the year. A pilot program which provided extra money so struggling third graders could attend summer school will not be continued. Governor Kim Reynolds says there may be other ways to accomplish the goal of boosting reading skills among elementary students.

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The school year for most Iowa students began Wednesday.

A PUBLIC HEARING ON A LIVESTOCK EXPANSION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT WILL BE HELD AT MONDAY’S MEETING OF THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS. D AND J HOGS L-L-C HAS FILED AN APPLICATION TO EXPAND ITS FACILITY NEAR RIDGEWAY. THE BOARD WILL ALSO REVIEW AN ENGINEERING AGREEMENT FOR THE UPPER IOWA RIVER WATERSHED FLOOD REDUCTION PROJECT AND WILL DISCUSS ROOFING OPTIONS FOR THE COURTHOUSE. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT IS NOTIFYING THE PUBLIC OF ANOTHER SCAM. THE DECORAH POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS A LOCAL BUSINESS RECEIVED A CALL FROM AN INDIVIDUAL CLAIMING TO BE WITH ALLIANT ENERGY SAYING THERE METER WAS JUST CHECKED AND THEIR POWER WAS GOING TO BE SHUT OFF. AUTHORITIES REMIND INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES TO NEVER GIVE OUT PERSONAL INFORMATION OVER THE PHONE TO NEVER TO SEND MONEY.

8-25 NEWS

 

THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL SCHEDULED THREE PUBLIC HEARINGS FOR ITS NEXT MEETING AT ITS MEETING THIS WEEK. THE COUNCIL WILL ACCEPT PUBLIC COMMENTS ON URBAN RENEWAL PLANS SUBMITTED BY NORWEGIAN MUTUAL INSURANCE AND DECORAH AUTO CENTER. THE COUNCIL WILL ALSO ACCEPT PUBLIC COMMENTS THAT NIGHT ON THE 2017 ASPHALT STREET IMPROVEMENT PROJECT.

THE PROCESS OF HIRING A THIRD DECORAH FIRE DEPARTMENT ENGINEER IS CONTINUING. DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD TOLD THE CITY COUNCIL THIS WEEK THE INTERVIEWS AND TESTING FOR THE POSITION WAS HELD LAST WEEK. THE CITY IS LOOKING FOR A REPLACEMENT FOR PHIL HARDY, WHO RETIRED IN AUGUST. THREE FIRE ENGINEERS SPILT DUTIES TO COVER THE FIRE STATION AT ALL HOURS.

ANOTHER ARREST WARRANT HAS BEEN ISSUED IN THE INVESTIGATION OF A THEFT RING IN FAYETTE COUNTY. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 45 YEAR OLD CHAD ANTHONY PALMER OF ELGIN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF A FIREARM AS A FELONY, A CLASS D FELONY. AUTHORITIES ARE ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC’S HELP IS ANYONE HAS INFORMATION ABOUT PALMER’S WHEREABOUTS. SIX OTHER INDIVIDUALS WERE ARRESTED LAST WEEK FOR ALLEDGEDLY DEFRAUDING A WEST UNION RESIDENT OF OVER 30-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

Preliminary information shows more than one Iowan came close to getting a piece of the mega Powerball jackpot. Radio Iowa’s Dar Danielson reports.

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8-24 NEWS

WINNESHIEK COUNTY IS SECOND HEALTHIEST COUNTY IN THE STATE. THAT’S ACCORDING TO A STUDY FROM SMART ASSET FINANCIAL COMPANY. THE SURVEY REVIEWS FOUR FACTORS INCLUDE PREMATURE DEATHS, HEALTH BEHAVIORS AND ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE. JOHNSON COUNTY IS THE STATE’S HEALTHIEST COUNTY. AMONG IOWA’S 99 COUNTIES, ALLAMAKEE IS RANKED 48TH, HOWARD IS RANKED 55TH AND FAYETTE IS RANKED THE 90TH HEALTHIEST COUNTY ACCORDING TO THE SURVEY.

The prize in tonight’s (Wednesday) Powerball drawing has bumped up to 700 million dollars — making it the second largest lottery prize ever offered in North America. Iowa Lottery spokesperson, Mary Neubauer, says the big number brings in lots of new players hoping to become rich. She reminds everyone to not get carried away.
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Neubauer says strong sales could push the jackpot even higher before the 8:59 p-m drawing.

YOU HAD ME AT LEFSE. THAT WILL BE THE THEME OF THE 2018 NORDIC FEST. FEST OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED THE THEME TUESDAY. THE THEME WAS DECIDED DURING THIS YEAR’S FEST WHERE PERSONS COULD VOTE BY PLACING MONEY IN ONE OF THREE BOXES AT THE DECORAH CHAMBER OFFICE. FEST OFFICIALS SAY THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE FEST BOARD HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 11TH.

Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen has submitted his plan to the federal government that he says will help those who are being left out by the state’s collapsing individual health insurance market.
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The “stopgap” plan he proposes redirects federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act to encourage younger, healthier people to buy insurance. Iowa is down to one company that plans to offer individual insurance plans and Ommen says some people are facing premium increases that would double.

Rains last week helped some Iowa crops, but it may not be enough for others. Radio Iowa’s Dar Danielson reports.

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8-23 NEWS

THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE OF THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL WILL DISCUSS BEES AT ITS MEETING TONIGHT. RICK BROWN AND DOCTOR KIRK LARSON WILL MEET WITH THE COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS THE HOBBY AND NATURE OF BEEKEEPING. CURRENTLY BEES ARE INCLUDED IN THE BOTHERSOME ANIMALS ORDINANCE OF THE CITY. THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE SALE OF THE OLD AERIAL TRUCK AND THE PURCHASE OF A WASHING MACHINE FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE WILL ALSO MEET WITH THE 28-E RURAL FIRE BOARD TO DISCUSS MATTERS OF MUTUAL CONCERN. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT SIX-30 AT CITY HALL.
THE DECORAH FIRE DEPARTMENT DRONE WAS USED FOR THE 12TH TIME SUNDAY NIGHT IN A RIVER RESCUE IN ALLAMAKEE COUNTY. ZACH KERNDT IS ONE OF THE DRONE OPERATORS FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. HE SAYS IT’S A TOOL THAT MAKES FINDING INDIVIDUALS EASIER.

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KERNDT SAYS THE DRONE SAVES A LOT OF TIME AND IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS ANY TIME THAT CAN BE SAVED IS A POSITIVE.

 

The Iowa Farmers Union will hold a listening session in Decorah (Wednesday) that will focus on the Farm Bill, especially preserving the so-called safety net and a strong risk management program. Farmers Union president Aaron Lehman (LAY-mun) says producers across Iowa are very concerned about those and other issues in the upcoming incarnation of the important legislation.

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He says another area of the Farm Bill that needs attention is conservation.

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The meeting will begin (Wednesday) afternoon at one p.m. at the Decorah Public Library.

 

THE ELEMENTARY FACILITIES ISSUE WAS DISCUSSED BY THE DECORAH SCHOOL BOARD MONDAY NIGHT. THE BOARD MET IN A CLOSED SESSION TO DISCUSS A POTENTIAL PURCHASE OF A PROPERTY FOR A NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS THE BOARD DID NOT REACH A CONCLUSION MONDAY NIGHT. HALUSKA SAYS THE BOARD DID NOT IMMEDIATELY SCHEDULE ANOTHER MEETING REGARDING THE ISSUE. ANY POTENTIAL ANNOUNCEMENT WOULD HAVE TO BE MADE IN AN OPEN MEETING OF THE DECORAH SCHOOL BOARD.

 

SCHOOL BEGINS (WEDNESDAY) IN THE DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT. SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS THE INITIAL ENROLLMENT ESTIMATES LOOK PROMISING.

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THIS YEAR SCHOOL WILL BE THE FIRST WHICH DECORAH AND NORTH WINNESHIEK SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE INVOLVED IN A SEVENTH THROUGH TWELFTH GRADE ONE-WAY WHOLE-GRADE SHARING AGREEMENT.

 

WITH SCHOOL BEGINNING (WEDNESDAY), WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF DAN MARX SAYS TO BE CAREFUL ON THE ROADWAYS.

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MARX SAYS FAILURE TO OBEY THOSE LAWS WILL RESULT IN STIFF PENALTIES

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MARX SAYS KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY.