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.
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.