10-1 NEWS

CANDIDATES FOR DECORAH MAYOR, DECORAH CITY COUNCIL AND THE DECORAH PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD HAVE BEEN INVITED TO A CANDIDATES FORUM ON THE LUTHER COLLEGE CAMPUS THIS WEEK. THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN, THE LUTHER COLLEGE SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM AND THE LUTHER COLLEGE POLITICAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT WILL HOST THE FORUM THURSDAY NIGHT. IT WILL BEGIN AT SEVEN P.M. IN VALDERS HALL ROOM 206 ON THE LUTHER CAMPUS.

THE FIRST OF FOUR PUBLIC OPEN HOUSES TO DISCUSS THE RECENT WINNESHIEK COUNTY HOUSING STUDY WILL BE HELD TOMORROW NIGHT. UPPER EXPLORERLAND AND WINNESHIEK COUNTY DEVELOPMENT SAYS THE OPEN HOUSE WILL BE HELD AT OSSIAN CITY HALL TOMORROW NIGHT FROM SIX-30 UNTIL SEVEN-30. W-C-D-I DIRECTOR STEPHANIE FROMM SAYS THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO THESE OPEN HOUSES TO VIEW THE FINDINGS FROM THE ASSESSMENT TO SHARE THEIR COMMENTS AND IDEAS. PUBLIC MEETINGS ON THE HOUSING STUDY WILL BE HELD IN CALMAR, DECORAH AND SPILLVILLE IN NOVEMBER.

A VARIETY OF ISSUES WILL GO BEFORE THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TOMORROW. PUBLIC HEARINGS WILL BE HELD ON A VACATION OF A PORTION OF OLD SPRING ROAD AND A REZONING REQUEST. THE BOARD WILL ALSO HEAR FROM TODD DUNCAN FROM THE N-R-C-S AND COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE (BEER-KEY). THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

BEGINNING TODAY, THE DECORAH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WILL TAKE OVER MANAGEMENT OF THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY VISITOR’S CENTER. BUSINESS HOURS WILL BE NINE A.M. UNTIL FIVE P.M. MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AND TEN A.M. UNTIL FOUR P.M. SATURDAY. CHAMBER REPRESENTATIVES SAY THEY WILL BE WORKING WITH R-S-V-P TO BUILD A VOLUNTEER BASE TO MAINTAIN SATURDAY HOURS YEAR ROUND. THE CHAMBER SAYS THE INFORMATION KIOSK IN FRONT OF THE BUILDING WILL CONTINUE TO BE AVAILABLE DURING THE EVENING HOURS.

Iowa’s effort to cut a key Medicaid benefit could foreshadow other state-level efforts to change the safety net program after Congress repeatedly failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Federal health officials could decide as early as this week whether to back Iowa’s proposal. It would reduce retroactive payments for poor or disabled residents eligible for Medicaid. The plan was in the latest Republican effort to repeal the health care law, but it didn’t get a Senate floor vote. Although the Trump administration has yet to approve any major proposed changes to state Medicaid programs, some experts predict that soon could change. Iowa says the reduction to retroactive pay would save more than $37 million annually – more than $9 million of that for the state.

 

The northern Iowa town of Osage is the chosen site for a 20-million dollar demonstration plant to produce a highly-digestible feed product from excess corn stover. Stover Ventures was formed in 2015 by Ag Ventures Alliance Cooperative of Mason City and Cellulose Sciences International of Madison, Wisconsin. Jude Conway is the executive director of Ag Ventures Alliance says the high energy, high value forage is used in dairy cow and beef cattle diets and offers both economical and practical benefits.

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The plant will be located on a 10-acre parcel in the Osage Northwest Industrial Park. Construction is scheduled to start in the second quarter of next year with production being launched in early 2019, creating about 15 jobs.

WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF DAN MARX RECENTLY COMPLETED PARTICIPATION IN THE NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ INSTITUTE. IT WAS HELD LAST WEEK IN AURORA, COLORADO. THE N-S-I IS THE ONLY NATIONAL EXECUTIVE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM DESIGNED FOR SHERIFFS. MARX IS THE FIRST WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF TO GRADUATE FROM THE NATIONAL SHERIFF’S INSTITUTE.

 

 

 

9-30 NEWS

THE DECORAH ROTARY CLUB’S SIXTH ANNUAL LOOP-DE-LOOP EVENT WILL BE HELD (SATURDAY). SHANNON DUNCAN IS WITH THE DECORAH ROTARY CLUB.

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PERSONS CAN REGISTER THE MORNING OF THE RACE AT DECORAH CITY HALL. THE HALF-MARATHON WILL BEGIN AT EIGHT A.M. WITH THE 10-K AND 5-K STARTING 15 MINUTES AFTER EACH RACE START.

 

DOWNTOWN DECORAH WAS RECENTLY PLACED ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES. THAT DESIGNATION WILL BE CELEBRATED NEXT WEEK. MARK MUGGLI (MUG-LEE) IS THE CHAIR OF THE DECORAH HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION.

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MUGGLI SAYS THE EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

 

THE CITY OF DECORAH’S STREET DEPARTMENT WILL BE OFFERING LEAF PICK-UP BEGINNING NEXT WEEK. STREETS DEPARTMENT SUPERINTENDENT KEVIN NELSON SAYS LEAVES WILL BE PICKED UP IN WARDS ONE AND TWO NEXT WEEK. IN ADDITION TO THE LEAF PICKUP, DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS THE CITY’S COMPOST SITE WILL HAVE EXTENDED HOURS BEGINNING NEXT WEEK.

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THE COMPOST SITE IS LOCATED ON TROUT RUN ROAD.

 

Angie Rieck Hinz (REEK-hynes), an agronomist with Iowa State University, says harvest season is just beginning in the state. The unseasonable weather last week helped get many Iowa corn crops in prime condition for harvest.

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A report from the state ag department finds 52-percent of the state’s corn had reached maturity, five days behind average, while five-percent of the soybean crop has already been harvested, two days behind average.

 

New Iowa Lottery vending machines are now being used across the state. Iowa Lottery C-E-O Terry Rich says the new machines have several upgrades over the old machines.

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Rich says customers should like the wider variety of tickets.

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There are 125 new machines replacing 250 older machines. Rich says the cost of the new machines and the current contract with the gaming company required them to buy fewer of the new machines. He says they cost around 28-thousand dollars each, and they should be able to add more machines once their contract with the gaming company is renewed.

9-29 NEWS

DESPITE THE RAINS OF THIS WEEK, THE MAJORITY OF THE AREA IS IN AT LEAST ABNORMALLY DRY. THIS WEEK’S IOWA DROUGHT MONITOR SAYS ALL OF HOWARD, CHICKSAW AND FAYETTE COUNTIES ARE ABNORMALLY DRY. IT ALSO SAYS THE MAJORITY OF WINNESHIEK, ALLAMAKEE AND CLAYTON COUNTIES ARE UNDER A MODERATE DROUGHT. THE AREAS OF NORTHEASTERN WINNESHIEK INTO NORTHWESTERN ALLAMAKEE COUNTIES ALONG THE MINNESOTA BORDER IS UNDER A SEVERE DROUGHT.

After a hot weekend with high temperatures in the 90s, much cooler weather is rolling in, and Iowa farmers are starting to get their tractors and combines rolling into the fields. Angie Rieck Hinz (REEK-hynes), an agronomist with Iowa State University, says harvest season is just beginning.
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A report from the state ag department finds 52-percent of the state’s corn had reached maturity, five days behind average, while five-percent of the soybean crop has already been harvested, two days behind average.

Minnesota State Patrol says 39-year-old Jaysen Vaughn of Caledonia was killed in an accident near Houston. It happened in Money Creek Township around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the driver of a Chevrolet Astro Van, 56 year old Richard Daniel Torgeson of Caledonia, was pulling two gravity boxes on Highway 76 southbound when Vaughn rear-ended it in a 2004 Subaru Forester. State Patrol’s accident report indicated Vaughn was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

THE 2017 DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING CELEBRATION WILL BE HELD (FRIDAY). THE KING AND QUEEN CORONATION CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT TWELVE-30 IN THE HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM. THAT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A PEP ASSEMBLY, THE PARADE AT TWO-30 AND THE VIKINGS HOSTING WAVERLY-SHELL ROCK ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD. THE FRESHMAN GAME WILL BEGIN AT FIVE P.M. FOLLOWED BY THE VARSITY AT SEVEN-30 P.M.

9-28 NEWS

THE KEYSTONE AREA EDUCATION ASSOCIATION HAS SET A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PETITION TO MERGE THE DECORAH AND NORTH WINNESHIEK SCHOOL DISTRICTS. KEYSTONE ADMINISTRATOR PAT HEIDERSCHEIT SAYS THE PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD OCTOBER 16TH AT FIVE-30 IN THE RECITAL HALL FOR THE CENTER FOR FAITH AND LIFE AT LUTHER COLLEGE. KEYSTONE OFFICIALS SAY THE FINAL DATE FOR FILING OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSED MERGER WILL BE OCTOBER NINTH.

 

WINNESHIEK COUNTY DEVELOPMENT AND UPPER EXPLORERLAND HAVE SCHEDULED FOUR OPEN HOUSES REGARDING THE RECENT HOUSING NEEDS ASSESSMENT STUDY. WINNESHIEK COUNTY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR STEPHANIE FROMM SAYS THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO VIEW THE FINDINGS FROM THE ASSESSMENT, AND TO SHARE THEIR COMMENTS AND IDEAS. THE FIRST OF THE FOUR PUBLIC HOUSES WILL BE HELD NEXT MONDAY NIGHT AT OSSIAN CITY HALL BEGINNING AT SIX-30. OPEN HOUSES WILL BE HELD IN CALMAR, DECORAH AND SPILLVILLE IN THE FIRST WEEK OF NOVEMBER.

 

A LOCAL CANDIDATES FORUM HAVE BEEN SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEK. THE LUTHER COLLEGE POLITICAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT, LUTHER COLLEGE SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM AND THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN WILL HOST THE FORUM THURSDAY, OCTOBER FIFTH. THE FORUM WILL BEGIN THAT EVENING AT SEVEN P.M. IN THE VALDERS ROOM 206 ON THE LUTHER COLLEGE CAMPUS. ALL CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR CITY OF DECORAH POSITIONS HAVE BEEN INVITED TO THE FORUM.

 

THE CITY OF DECORAH IS WORKING ON A SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENT PLAN. THE PLAN, DEVELOPED BY CITY OFFICIALS, WAS NEVER VOTED ON BY THE CITY COUNCIL. DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD WAS ASKED WHY.

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BIRD SAYS BRINGING UP THE ISSUE IS DOING HIS JOB

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BIRD SAYS AS HE HOLDS DISCUSSIONS WITH THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION AND THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL ON THE ISSUE, HE’S SEEKING ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTION FROM THE BODIES ON HOW TO PROCEED.

 

A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY COURTHOUSE IS BEING DEVELOPED BY THE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. SUPERVISOR DEAN THOMPSON IS THE BOARD MEMBER LEADING THE PROJECT.

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THOMPSON SAYS IT WILL COST SOME MONEY TO MAKE THE NECESSARY REPAIRS.

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THOMPSON SAID RECENTLY A NEIGHBORING COUNTY SPENT TEN MILLION DOLLARS TO BUILD A NEW COURTHOUSE.

9-27 NEWS

We are just heading into fall and winter is still weeks away, but cases of the flu are already showing up in Iowa. Health Department Medical Director Patricia Quinlisk says they’ve seen a handful of cases and it’s a sign to begin preparing.

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Quinlisk says the flu vaccine is plentiful and you shouldn’t have any problem finding a place to get vaccinated.

 

A McGregor man died Monday afternoon after an incident at a rural Luana farm. The Clayton county sheriff’s department says 88-year old Duane Walter entered a grain bin to break up some corn and became completely submerged. Rescue crews worked for an hour to locate and free Walter from the grain bin. He died a short time later at a local hospital.

 

The Decorah school board met last month in a closed session to discuss potential locations for a new elementary school. Decorah schools superintendent Mike Haluska

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Haluska says while he can’t specifically discuss the locations in detail yet, he does say the location on Claiborne Drive where the current ball diamond and municipal parking lot is one of them

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Haluska says the district hopes to announce more specific information in the near future.

 

The Winneshiek county engineer’s office is announcing a road closure. County engineer Lee Bjerke says 155th street, just north of Ossian off of highway 52, will be closed beginning (Wednesday) morning to install a box culvert. Bjerke says the closure is expected to last a week.

 

Crops across Iowa are progressing slowly according to the Iowa Crop Progress Report. Seventy-six percent of the corn crop is at or past the dent stage, three days behind the five-year average, and 15 percent of corn is at maturity, eight days behind the average. Corn conditions are down slightly to 60 percent good or excellent. Forty-seven percent of soybeans are turning color, a day behind the average, while eight percent of soybeans are dropping leaves, four days behind average. Bean conditions are at 61 percent good to excellent. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says the weather has been abnormally dry, especially the last few weeks. The Iowa crop report says topsoil moisture is rated 49 percent short to very short and subsoil moisture is at 53 percent short to very short.

 

9-26 NEWS

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HAS APPROVED A RESOLUTION TO NO LONGER SHARE AN I-T SERVER WITH THE CITY OF DECORAH. THE BOARD UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE RESOLUTION MONDAY AFTERNOON. THE TWO ENTITIES HAVE BEEN DISCUSSING HOW TO SPILT THE I-T EQUIPMENT THAT WAS PURCHASED UNDER A PRIOR AGREEMENT IN WHICH THE CITY AND COUNTY SHARED AN I-T COORDINATOR. THE CITY OF DECORAH LEFT THAT AGREEMENT, WHICH HAD BEEN IN PLACE SINCE 2012, EARLIER THIS YEAR. SUPERVISOR DEAN THOMPSON STATED THIS RESOLUTION WAS TO PROTECT THE COUNTY’S INTEREST SAYING NON-COUNTY EMPLOYEES SHOULD NOT HAVE EASY ACCESS TO SENSITIVE COUNTY DATA. COUNTY I-T COORDINATOR STEVE SMITH AND CITY I-T COORDINATOR CHOPPER ALBERT SAID THEY WOULD CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER ON I-T MATTERS WHERE SENSITIVE DATA IS NOT IN PLAY. DECORAH MAYOR DON ARENDT, WHO WAS PRESENT AT THE MEETING, ACCUSED THE SUPERVISORS OF RAIL-ROADING THROUGH THE MEASURE WITH NO CITY INPUT. THE RESOLUTION SAYS THE DEADLINE TO SPILT SERVER INFORMATION WILL BE NOVEMBER 30TH.

LAST WEEK, IOWA GOVERNOR KIM REYNOLDS ANNOUNCED SHE WAS TRANSFERRING 13 MILLION DOLLARS FROM THE STATE’S RESERVE TO THE GENERAL FUND TO MAKE UP FOR THE BUDGET SHORTFALL. REYNOLDS SAYS SHE WILL NOT CALL LAWMAKERS BACK FOR A SPECIAL SESSION. REPUBLICAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE MIKE BERGAN OF DECORAH SAYS STATE OFFICIALS ARE STILL EXPECTING GROWTH.

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BERGAN SAYS THERE ISN’T EVIDENCE THAT THINGS ARE MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

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THE STATE’S REVENUE ESTIMATING CONFERENCE WILL MEET AGAIN IN OCTOBER AND THEN IN DECEMBER.

 

TWO 80-YEAR TEMPERATURE RECORDS FELL IN DECORAH OVER THE RECORD. SATURDAY’S HIGH IN DECORAH WAS 94 DEGREES. THE PREVIOUS WARMEST SEPTEMBER 23RD WAS 90 DEGREES IN 1937. DECORAH RECORDED AN OFFICIAL HIGH OF 93 ON SUNDAY, BREAKING THE RECORD FOR SEPTEMBER 24TH. THE PREVIOUS SEPTEMBER 24TH RECORD WAS 91 SET BACK IN 1935.

 

CHARGES ARE PENDING IN AN ACCIDENT WHICH SENT A DECORAH MAN TO THE HOSPITAL LATE FRIDAY NIGHT. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS MICHAEL ZIDLICKY LOST CONTROL OF HIS TRUCK ON 355TH STREET NEAR BURR OAK SHORTLY BEFORE MIDNIGHT FRIDAY. THE TRUCK ENTERED THE DITCH ON ROLLED ONTO ITS TOP. AUTHORITIES SAY ZIDLICKY WAS TAKEN BY AMBULANCE TO WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER.

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THE DECORAH PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION WILL CONTINUE DISCUSSIONS ON THE TOPIC OF NEW SIDEWALKS IN THE CITY. MONDAY NIGHT, THE COMMISSION DISCUSSED HOW TO IMPLEMENT A REQUIREMENT IN LIGHT OF ISSUES SUCH AS DECORAH’S HILLY TOPOGRAPHY, COSTS OF RETAINING WALLS, LOSS OF TREES AND MOVEMENT OF UTILITY LINES. DOZENS OF RESIDENTS OF BRUENING’S SECOND ADDITION OBSERVED THE DISCUSSION, AND FORMER SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT STEVE CHAMBLISS, REPRESENTING THE NEIGHBORS, RECOMMENDED THE COMMISSION TAKE THE TIME TO DO A PROFESSIONAL FEASIBILITY STUDY BEFORE FORCING RESIDENTS TO ADD SIDEWALKS. CHAMBLISS SAID THE CITY HASN’T PROVIDED A CONSISTENT POLICY FOR 30 YEARS. THE COMMISSION NOW WILL CONSIDER WHETHER TO DO A PROFESSIONAL FEASIBILITY STUDY, DETERMINE CRITERIA FOR WAIVERS AND HOW TO HANDLE WAIVER REQUESTS FROM HOMEOWNERS WHO REQUEST THEM. THE P&Z COMMISSION WILL MEET AGAIN OCTOBER 9TH.

FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS MONTH, THE DECORAH PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION WILL MEET TONIGHT. THE TOPIC OF DISCUSSION WILL BE SIDEWALKS. EARLIER THIS MONTH, THE COMMISSION HEARD FROM MANY IN THE BRUENING EDITION RAISING CONCERNS OVER THE REQUIREMENT. THE COMMISSION WILL ALSO CONSIDER A VACATION OF A PUBLIC PROPERTY ON PERSHING AVENUE AND WILL CONTINUE ITS REVIEW OF THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT SIX AT CITY HALL.

 

THE DECORAH TELECOMMUNICATIONS UTILITY BOARD WILL MEET (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON. THE BOARD WILL MEET FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE A FEASIBILITY STUDY REPORT TO THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL WILL RECOMMENDED THE CITY NOT PURSUE A TELECOMMUNICATIONS UTILITY. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT FIVE-30 IN THE CITY HALL CONFERENCE ROOM.

 

9-25 NEWS

THE DECORAH PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION WILL TALK SIDEWALKS AGAIN THIS EVENING. THE COMMISSION WILL HOLD A WORK SESSION ON CITY’S SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENT PLAN. THE COMMISSION WILL ALSO CONTINUE ITS REVIEW OF THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND WILL CONSIDER VACATING A PIECE OF PUBLIC PROPERTY AT 331 PERSHING AVENUE. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT SIX P.M. TONIGHT AT CITY HALL.

 

DECORAH POWER SAYS THEY’VE RAISED OVER HALF THE FUNDING NEEDED FOR A FEASIBILITY STUDY TO SEE IF A MUNICIPAL POWER UTILITY COULD WORK IN DECORAH. DECORAH POWER REPRESENTATIVES SAY DECORAH BANK AND TRUST, VIKING STATE BANK, KERNDT BROTHERS SAVINGS BANK AND FARMERS AND MERCHANTS SAVINGS BANK HAVE JOINTLY CONTRIBUTED 24-THOUSAND DOLLARS TOWARDS THE STUDY. OTHER FUNDING FOR THE STUDY HAS COME FROM A U-S-D-A GRANT AND A CONTRIBUTION FROM LUTHER COLLEGE.

 

THE ON-GOING DISCUSSION BETWEEN THE CITY OF DECORAH AND WINNESHIEK COUNTY REGARDING I-T EQUIPMENT WILL AGAIN BE A TOPIC OF DISCUSSION AT TODAY’S COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING. I-T DIRECTOR STEVE SMITH WILL MEET WITH THE BOARD TO DISCUSS WHETHER THE CITY AND COUNTY SHOULD CONTINUE TO SHARE SERVERS WITH THE CITY AND OTHER DETAILS RELATED TO A POTENTIAL 28-E I-T EQUIPMENT. THE SUPERVISORS WILL ALSO DISCUSS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT UPDATES, ROOFING AND REPAIRS OPTIONS FOR THE COURTHOUSE ANNEX BUILDING AND VETERANS AFFAIRS OFFICE UPDATES. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

Unseasonably warm weather has held off the cool fall days in Iowa and that’s impacting the transition of some trees to their fall leaf colors. State Forester Jeff Goerndt (Gornt silent d) says dry weather has also had an impact on the changing of leaf colors.

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Goerndt the cool fall days are important to the process.

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The D-N-R provides a weekly fall color report each Monday afternoon. Updates are available by calling the D-N-R fall color hotline at 515-233-4110 and online at http://www.iowadnr.gov/fallcolor.

Homes are selling quicker across Iowa and for more money. Radio Iowa’s Pat Curtis reports.

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9-24 NEWS

The Iowa Transportation Commission approved grants and loans for three rail development projects at its meeting last week. DOT spokesperson Laura Hutzell says the Pattison Sand Company in the eastern Iowa town of Clayton was awarded a 700-thousand dollar loan and a 252-thousand dollar grant for rail service improvements.

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The rail funding works similar to money given for roadway projects. If job creation is tied to the money, the companies have to prove they created the jobs. Hutzell says they have around three years to fulfill the job requirements and they monitor the companies to see that they follow through.

 

Several voting advocacy groups in Iowa are expressing concern about proposed rules for the state’s new voter identification law. The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, the League of Women Voters of Iowa and six other groups say proposed administrative rules that will govern how the law is followed will add unnecessary complications. In documentation submitted Tuesday as part of a public comment period, the groups claimed the rules could negatively impact Election Day registrants, the use of voter registration lists and a signature verification provision. The secretary of state’s office declined to comment on the specific concerns raised, noting there will be a period of time to respond. The office has previously disputed a separate claim that the rules could complicate how data is shared for voter registration drives.

 

THE DECORAH ROTARY CLUB’S ANNUAL LOOP-DE-LOOP WILL BE HELD NEXT SATURDAY. SHANNON DUNCAN IS WITH THE DECORAH ROTARY CLUB.

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INTERESTED PERSONS CAN SIGN UP FOR THE RACE AND FIND MORE INFORMATION AT DECORAH-ROTARY-DOT-ORG.

 

NORTH WINNESHIEK SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDENTS ARE COLLECTING BOX TOPS OF EDUCATION AND MILK MOOLA CAPS AND LABELS OR A TEXAS SCHOOL AFFECTED BY HURRICANE HARVEY. NORTH WINN SUPERINTENDENT TIM DUGGER SAYS AREA COLLECTION SITES ARE AT FAREWAY AND QUILLIN’S IN DECORAH AND THE HIGHWAY 52 WINNESHIEK CO-OP. SCHOOL OFFICIALS SAY ANYONE WISHING TO DONATE BOX TOPS OR MILK MOOLA CAPS CAN DO SO AT ANY OF THE LOCATIONS OR AT THE NORTH WINNESHIEK SCHOOL BUILDING.

 

A LECTURE ON NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES WILL BE HELD ON THE LUTHER COLLEGE CAMPUS TUESDAY NIGHT. UNIVERSITY OF OREGON PROFESSOR OF NEUROSCIENCE MARJORIE HINES WOOLACOTT WILL PRESENT “NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES: WINDOWS INTO THE NATURE AND ORIGIN OF CONSCIOUSNESS,” TUESDAY NIGHT AT SEVEN AT THE CENTER FOR FAITH AND LIFE ON THE LUTHER COLLEGE CAMPUS. THE LECTURE IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

 

9-23 NEWS

A FAYETTE COUNTY FARMER HAS ASSUMED THE ROLE OF PRESIDENT OF THE IOWA CORN GROWERS ASSOCIATION. MARK RECKER FARMS 1400 ACRES IN SOUTHERN FAYETTE COUNTY GROWING CORN, SOYBEANS AND SEED CORN. THE IOWA CORN GROWERS ASSOCIAITON SERVES AS THE COLLECTIVE VOICE FOR IOWA CORN FARMERS, LOBBYING ON AGRICULTURAL ISSUES AT THE STATE AND FEDERAL LEVEL ON BEHALF OF ITS SEVEN-THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED MEMBERS.

THE 41ST ANNUAL FORT ATKINSON RENDEZVOUS DAYS WILL BE HELD THIS WEEKEND. THE EVENT RE-ENACTS LIFE IN THE 1840S. HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEKEND INCLUDE A 5-K RUN/WALK ON SATURDAY, A MELODRAMA PRESENTED BY THE COUNTRY ROAD PLAYERS, DISPLAYS AND CONTESTS. THE GROUNDS ARE OPEN (SATURDAY) FROM NINE-30 UNTIL FOUR-30 AND SUNDAY FROM NINE A.M. UNTIL THREE-30 P.M. THE RENDEZVOUS DAYS CELEBRATION FEATURES FREE ADMISSION AND FREE PARKING.

THE LUTHER COLLEGE MUSIC DEPARTMENT WILL PRESENT A FAMILY WEEKEND (SATURDAY) NIGHT. THE CONCERT WILL FEATURE A VARIETY OF VOCAL AND INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC. IT BEGINS AT SEVEN P.M. AT THE COLLEGE’S CENTER FOR FAITH AND LIFE. IT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

THE VESTHERHEIM NORWEGIAN-AMERICAN MUSEUM WILL HOST TAKKE-FEST (TOCK-A-FEST) (SATURDAY). KARLA BROWN IS WITH VESTHERHEIM.

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A STREET PARTY WILL BE HELD FROM THREE UNTIL EIGHT P.M. ON MILL STREET WITH LIVE MUSIC, DANCING, GAMES FOR ALL AGES, FOLK ART, NORDIC-INSPIRED CUISINE, PULPIT ROCK CRAFT BEERS AND SCANDINAVAIAN TREATS. THE MUSEUM STORE WILL HAVE EXTENDED HOURS UNTIL EIGHT P.M. AND THE KNUDSEN EXHIBIT WILL BE OPEN FROM FIVE UNTIL SEVEN P.M.

A new report says low commodity prices and weak farm incomes are continuing to hamper the rural economy in parts of 10 Plains and Midwestern states. The Rural Mainstreet Index for the region fell to from 42.2 in August to 39.6 in September, its lowest level in 2017. The index released Thursday ranges between 0 and 100, with any number under 50 indicating a shrinking economy. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey of bankers, says more than half of the bankers reported that they have restructured farm loans. Nearly 20 percent have increased their collateral requirements. Bankers reported a 2.1 percent increase in farm loan defaults over the past year. Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY RECORDER’S OFFICE WILL BE HOSTING A PASSPORT DAY (SATURDAY). THE OFFICE, LOCATED AT THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY COURTHOUSE, WILL BE OPEN FROM NINE-30 UNTIL TWELVE-30 TO ACCOMMODATE THOSE WHO CANNOT MAKE IT DURING THE WEEK COUNTY RECORDER THRESA BOCKMAN SAYS YOU WILL NEED TO BRING YOUR CERTIFIED BIRTH CERTIFICATE OR EXPIRED PASSPORT, TWO SEPARATE CHECKS AND YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE. THE RECORDER’S OFFICE WILL ALSO TAKE PASSPORT PHOTOS FOR A FEE OF TEN DOLLARS.

THE CITY OF DECORAH WILL BE PROVIDING EQUIPMENT FOR LOADING WOOD CHIPS AND/OR COMPOST TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS (SATURDAY) MORNING. THE GIVEAWAY WILL BE HELD AT THE CITY’S COMPOST SITE ON TROUT RUN ROAD FROM EIGHT A.M. UNTIL NOOMN.

 

9-22 NEWS

EARLIER THIS WEEK, DEAN THOMPSON WAS ONE OF TWO MEMBERS OF THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO VOTE AGAINST RECOMMENDING APPROVAL FOR AN EXPANSION TO A HOG CONFINEMENT NEAR RIDGEWAY. THOMPSON STATED IN THE MEETING HE FEELS HE CAN NO LONGER SUPPORT THESE PROJECTS IN WINNESHIEK COUNTY. THOMPSON SAYS THE ISSUE NEEDS TO BE LOOKED AT IN THE BIG PICTURE.

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THOMPSON WAS ASKED WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN TO CHANGE THE MINDS OF LAWMAKERS.

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UNDER THE CURRENT SYSTEM, COUNTIES CAN ONLY RECOMMEND APPROVAL OR DENIAL OF THE APPLICATION. THE D-N-R HAS THE ULTIMATE SAY ON WHETHER OR NOT THE CONFINEMENT APPLICATION GETS APPROVED. CRITICS SAY THE RULES MAKE IT TOO EASY FOR CONFINEMENT APPLICATIONS TO EARN APPROVAL.

 

IOWA GOVERNOR KIM REYNOLDS ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY SHE WILL NOT CALL LAWMAKERS BACK FOR A SPECIAL SESSION TO DEAL WITH A STATE BUDGET SHORTFALL. THE GOVERNOR WILL TRANSFER 14 MILLION DOLLARS FROM THE STATE’S RESERVES. REPUBLICAN STATE SENATOR MIKE BREITBACH OF STRAWBERRY POINT.

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BREITBACH SAYS IF THE U.S. CONGRESS PASSES A TAX REDUCTION, IT CAN HELP OUT THE STATE’S BUDGET SITUATION DUE TO IOWANS HAVE THE ABILITY TO DEDUCT THEIR FEDERAL INCOME TAXES PAID ON THEIR STATE RETURNS.

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BREITBACH EXPECTS CHANGES TO BE MADE TO THE WAYS THE REVENUE ESTIMATING CONFERENCE COMES UP WITH THEIR ESTIMATES. THE LAST TWO STATE REVENUE PROJECTIONS WERE TWO PERCENT OFF.

 

THE NORTH WINNESHIEK SCHOOL BOARD HELD ITS ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING FOR THE YEAR WEDNESDAY NIGHT. BRENDA KREITZER WAS ELECTED BOARD PRESIDENT AND BEN LANGE WAS ELECTED VICE-PRESIDENT. THE BOARD WILL HOLD ITS MEETINGS ON THE THIRD MONDAY OF THE MONTH AT FOUR-30 AT THE SCHOOL LIBRARY.

 

THE CITY OF DECORAH WILL BE PROVIDING EQUIPMENT FOR LOADING WOOD CHIPS AND/OR COMPOST TO ALL INTERESTED PERSON (FRIDAY) AND SATURDAY. THE GIVEAWAY WILL BE HELD (FRIDAY) FROM EIGHT A.M. UNTIL THREE P.M. AND (SATURDAY) FROM EIGHT A.M. UNTIL NOON AT THE CITY’S COMPOST SITE LOCATED ON TROUT RUN ROAD.