11-1 NEWS

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS GAVE COUNTY SHERIFF DAN MARX THE OK TO BEGIN NEGOTIATIONS TO HOUSE HOWARD COUNTY INMATES AT THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY JAIL. THE SUPERVISORS TOOK THE ACTION AT THEIR MEETING MONDAY. HOWARD COUNTY IS LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO HOUSE PRISONERS WHILE THE COUNTY BUILDS A NEW PRISON. HOWARD COUNTY VOTERS APPROVED A BOND ISSUE FOR A NEW JAIL IN APRIL OF THIS YEAR.

THE ICE CAVE ROAD IN DECORAH HAS BEEN CLOSED FOR NEARLY TWO WEEKS. WINNESHIEK COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE SAYS THEY NEED TO DETERMINE WHAT’S EXACTLY WRONG WITH THE ROAD SURFACE.

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BJERKE SAYS THEY HOPE TO HAVE THOSE TESTS DONE IN THE NEAR FUTURE AND WILL MAKE A DETERMINATION FROM THERE.

DRY WEATHER ALLOWED FARMERS TO MAKE GAINS IN THE FIELDS LAST WEEK. RADIO IOWA’S DAR DANIELSON REPORTS.

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A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by one of Iowa’s largest public workers unions that challenged the state’s new collective bargaining law. The ruling Monday by District Court Chief Arthur Gamble concludes the law’s new classification for public safety workers is rational. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Iowa Council 61 argued in its lawsuit that the classification — which allowed some workers to keep bargaining over working conditions taken away for others — violated the state constitution.
AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan says in a statement the union is considering its legal options, including an appeal. The decision comes after a separate judge dismissed a similar lawsuit filed by the state’s largest teachers union. Iowa State Education Association says it’s considering an appeal.

10-31 NEWS

THE SUGGESTED TRICK-OR-TREATING HOURS IN THE CITY OF DECORAH WILL BE FOUR UNTIL EIGHT P.M. (TUESDAY) NIGHT. DECORAH POLICE CHIEF BILL NIXON.

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NIXON ALSO CAUTIONS MOTORISTS TO BE CAREFUL DURING TRICK-OR-TREATING HOURS. IT’S ALSO SUGGESTED THAT A RESPONSIBLE ADULT ACCOMPANY CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER.

DECORAH IS ONE OF TEN COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE BEEN SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE IOWA’S LIVING ROADWAYS COMMUNITY VISIONING PROGRAM NEXT YEAR. THE PROGRAM INTEGRATES TECHNICAL LANDSCAPE PLANNING AND DESIGN TECHNIQUES WITH SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY ACTION TO ASSIST COMMUNITY LEADERS AND VOLUNTEERS IN MAKING SOUND AND MEANINGFUL DECISIONS ABOUT THE LOCAL LANDSCAPE. TO QUALIFY FOR THE PROGRAM, A COMMUNITY MUST HAVE A POPULATION OF FEWER THAN TEN THOUSAND RESIDENTS, EXISTING TRANSPORTATION-RELATED ISSUES AND A COMMITTEE OF VOLUNTEERS WILLING TO DEDICATE THEIR TIME AND TALENTS TO THE VISIONING PROCESS.

The Iowa Department of Public Health says a central Iowa man who was older than 81 has died from the flu. Deputy state epidemiologist, Ann Garvey, says the death comes at a time when the flu season is just starting.

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Garvey says Iowa’s flu season generally hits its peak during the months of January and February. The C-D-C recommends that essentially everyone over six months of age should receive the flu vaccine.

IOWA SENATOR CHARLES GRASSLEY SPOKE TO KDEC NEWS MONDAY AFTERNOON. FORMER DONALD TRUMP CAMPAIGN MANAGER PAUL MANAFORT WAS INDICTED MONDAY. GRASSLEY SAYS THE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR ROBERY MULLER NEEDS TO BE ALLOWED TO DO HIS JOB BUT HIS SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IS STILL INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS.

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GRASSLEY SAYS THEY’RE DOING SO IN TWO WAYS.

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GRASSLEY SAYS PRESIDENT TRUMP NEEDS TO LET MULLER DO HIS JOB AS WELL.

10-30 NEWS

A VARIETY OF ISSUES WILL GO BEFORE THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AT ITS MEETING TODAY. THE BOARD WILL DISCUSS A JAIL CONTRACT WITH SHERIFF DAN MARX AND A VIETNAM ERA RECOGNITION DAY WITH V-A ADMINISTRATOR FAITH HLUBEK. THE SUPERVISORS WILL ALSO LOOK TO APPOINT COUNTY I-T COORDINATOR STEVE SMITH AS THE HIPPA SECURITY OFFICER AND WILL HOLD REGULAR MEETINGS WILL COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE AND COUNTY ATTORNEY ANDY VAN DER MAATEN. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

The Iowa Supreme Court has issued its first ruling on a new law that allows certain criminal charges to be erased from someone’s record. Radio Iowa’s Dar Danielson reports.

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SIGN UP ON THE 2018 HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE WILL BEGIN THIS WEEK. BRIAN HUINKER WITH MIDWEST GROUP BENEFITS IN DECORAH WAS ASK WHAT HIS BIGGEST CONCERN IS.

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HUINKER SAYS INDICATIONS ARE THAT TAX CREDITS WILL LIKELY BE SIMILAR AS THEY WERE IN YEAR’S PAST. SIGN UP BEGINS WEDNESDAY AND WILL CONTINUE THROUGH DECEMBER 15TH.

THE CITY OF DECORAH’S CURBSIDE LEAF PICKUP WILL BE IN WARD THREE THIS WEEK. STREET DEPARTMENT CREWS WILL PICKUP LEAVES THAT ARE RAKED TO THE CURB IN WARD THREE THROUGH FRIDAY OF THIS WEEK. ANY CITY RESIDENT CAN DROP OFF LEAVES AT THE STREET DEPARTMENT SHOP ON RAILROAD AVENUE AND AT THE CITY’S COMPOST SITE ON TROUT RUN ROAD. THE SITE IS OPEN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM EIGHT A.M. UNTIL THREE P.M, WEDNESDAYS THROUGH SEVEN P.M. AND SATURDAYS FROM EIGHT A.M. UNTIL NOON P.M

10-29 NEWS

THE CITY OF DECORAH’S CURBSIDE LEAF PICKUP WILL BE IN WARD THREE THIS WEEK. WARD THREE RESIDENTS CAN RAKE THEIR LEAVES TO THE CURB MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY OF THIS WEEK AND STREET DEPARTMENT CREWS WILL PICK THEM UP. PERSONS CAN ALSO DROP OFF LEAVES AT THE STREET DEPARTMENT SHOP ON RAILROAD AVENUE AND AT THE CITY’S COMPOST SITE ON TROUT RUN ROAD. THE BIN AT THE STREET DEPARTMENT SHOP IS OPEN ANYTIME. THE COMPOST SITE IS OPEN FROM EIGHT A.M. UNTIL THREE P.M. MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, UNTIL SEVEN P.M. ON WEDNESDAYS AND EIGHT A.M. UNTIL NOON ON SATURDAYS.

THE DECORAH POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS RELEASED THE SUGGESTED TRICK-OR-TREATING FOR HALLOWEEN NIGHT. POLICE SAY THE SUGGESTED HOURS WILL BE FROM FOUR UNTIL EIGHT P.M TUESDAY NIGHT.

A federal report predicts the Midwest will be greatly impacted by future climate changes which will be as expensive as they are damaging. The report from the Government Accountability Office says the federal government has spent more than 350-billion dollars in the last ten years on floods, drought and other natural disasters. Iowa Farmers Union President Aaron Lehman (LAY-mun) says his group’s members are concerned and they’re ready to act.

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He says agriculture has a significant role to play in helping battle the impacts of climate change.

The Iowa Supreme Court has adopted new rules to prohibit the use of handcuffs, chains and other restraints for juveniles appearing in court unless a judge approves in advance. Currently juvenile officers determine whether a child is restrained during court appearances. An order signed by Chief Justice Mark Cady on Wednesday says the rules will become effective Jan. 1 unless a legislative council objects. Cady’s order says the rule is flexible enough to deal with juveniles at risk of fleeing or endangering themselves or others.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa and a children’s rights group at the Drake Law School pushed for the changes last year. They say at least 28 states ban or limit the use of restraints on children in juvenile court hearings.

A VARIETY OF ISSUES WILL GO BEFORE THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR ITS MEETING TOMORROW. COUNTY SHERIFF DAN MARX WILL DISCUSS A JAIL CONTRACT. THE SUPERVISORS WILL LOOK TO APPOINT COUNTY I-T COORDINATOR STEVE SMITH AS THE COUNTY’S HIPPA SECURITY OFFICER AND VETERANS AFFAIRS COORDINATOR FAITH (LOO-BECK) WILL DISCUSS V-A ISSUES. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

10-28 NEWS

MORNING STORY
A DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR IOWA GOVERNOR WILL BE IN THE AREA (SATURDAY). STATE SENATOR NATE BOULTON WILL MAKE TWO STOPS IN DECORAH AND ONE STOP IN WEST UNION. BOULTON WILL BEGIN HIS DAT AT THE WINNESHIEK FARMERS MARKET IN DECORAH AT EIGHT A.M. AT NINE-30, BOULTON WILL HOLD A LISTENING POST AT THE TOWN HOUSE CAFÉ IN WEST UNION. (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON, THE STATE SENATOR WILL RETURN TO DECORAH FOR A MEET AND GREET AT JAVA JOHNS AT THREE P.M.

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NATE BOULTON, A DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR IOWA GOVERNOR, WILL BE IN DECORAH THIS AFTERNOON. THE STATE SENATOR WILL HOLD A MEET AND GREET AT JAVA JOHNS ON WATER STREET BEGINNING AT THREE P.M.

ANOTHER OPEN HOUSE TO DISCUSS THE RECENT WINNESHIEK COUNTY HOUSING NEEDS ASSESSMENT STUDY WILL BE HELD NEXT WEEK. WINNESHIEK COUNTY DEVELOPMENT AND UPPER EXPLORERLAND REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION WILL HOST THE OPEN HOUSE WEDNESDAY NIGHT FROM FIVE UNTIL SIX P.M. AT THE CALMAR FIRE STATION. THE PUBLIC IS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND TO VIEW THE FINDINGS FROM THE ASSESSMENT AND TO SHARE COMMENTS AND IDEAS.

THE IOWA FINANCE AUTHORITY HAS RECENTLY REDUCTED LOANS GIVEN OUT THROUGH THE STATE REVOLVING LOAN FUND. CITIES THAT RECEIVED FUNDING THROUGH THE PROGRAM FOR WATER QUALITY PROJECTS HAVE HAD THEIR INTEREST RATE REDUCED FROM THREE PERCENT TO ONE-POINT-SEVEN-FIVE PERCENT. TWO AREA COMMUNITIES WILL SAVE MONEY THROUGH THIS ACTION. LANSING WILL SAVE 243-THOUSAND DOLLARS THROUGH THE PROGRAM AND LAWLER’S SAVINGS WILL BE NEARLY 87-THOUSAND DOLLARS AFTER THE ACTION.

MORNING STORY
THE DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC BOOSTERS WILL HOLD THEIR ANNUAL CRAFT AND BAKE SALE THIS WEEKEND. THE EVENT WILL BE HELD AT DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL. THE HOURS OF THE SHOW WILL BE NINE A.M. UNTIL FOUR P.M. (SATURDAY) AND TEN A.M. UNTIL THREE P.M. SUNDAY. OVER ONE HUNDRED VENDORS WILL BE ON HAND AND THERE WILL BE A RAFFLE FOR A FLAT SCREEN TELEVISION FROM ROCKWEILER APPLIANCE AND T-V.

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THE DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC BOOSTERS WILL HOLD THEIR ANNUAL CRAFT AND BAKE SALE THIS WEEKEND. THE EVENT WILL BE HELD AT DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL. THE HOURS OF THE SHOW WILL BE OPEN UNTIL FOUR P.M. TODAY AND TEN A.M. UNTIL THREE P.M. SUNDAY. OVER ONE HUNDRED VENDORS WILL BE ON HAND AND THERE WILL BE A RAFFLE FOR A FLAT SCREEN TELEVISION FROM ROCKWEILER APPLIANCE AND T-V.

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A PRESCRIPTION DRUG DROP OFF EVENT WILL BE HELD (SATURDAY). THE DECORAH POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS PERSONS DROP OFF THEIR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AT THE DECORAH WAL-MART AND AT THRIFT WHITE PHARMACY FROM TEN A.M. UNTIL TWO P.M. (SATURDAY). AUTHORITIES SAY EVENTS LIKE THIS ARE HELD TO MAKE SURE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS STAY OUT OF THE HANDS OF THOSE WHO MAY ABUSE THEM, ESPECIALLY OUR YOUTH.

LUTHER COLLEGE WILL BE CELEBRATION REFORMATION DAY ON SUNDAY. THE EVENT WILL BE IN HONOR OF THE 500TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION. THE REFORMATION FESTIVAL EUCHARIST WILL BEGIN AT TEN A.M. IN THE CENTER FOR FAITH AND LIFE. A REFORMATION HYMN FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD AT FOUR P.M. AT THE CENTER FOR FAITH AND LIFE ON SUNDAY. MARTY HAUGEN, A 1973 GRADUATE OF LUTHER, WILL LEAD THE FESTIVAL.

10-27 NEWS

Authorities have charged an Iowa couple with murder in the death of their 4-month-old son, whose maggot-infested body was found in a baby swing in the family’s home. Twenty-year-old Cheyanne Harris and 28-year-old Zachary Koehn (kayn) were arrested Wednesday on charges of child endangerment and first-degree murder in the death of their son, Sterling Koehn. Authorities say in court records that deputies and medics were called to the couple’s Alta Vista apartment on Aug. 30 found Sterling dead in the swing. A medical examiner found maggots in his clothing and skin that indicated he hadn’t had a diaper change, bath or been removed from the seat in over a week

Some small towns continue to thrive even as their populations drop and those towns are the subject of research by a team from Iowa State University. Kimberly Zarecor (ZARE-core), director of the interdisciplinary design program in the I-S-U College of Design, says the outlook in these towns is overwhelmingly optimistic.
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I-S-U has won a one-year, $100,000 planning grant from the National Science Foundation to study these “shrink smart” communities in Iowa.

A recent study finds about one in three Iowans is overweight or obese, prompting renewed concerns about the threat of diabetes. Dr. Griffin Rodgers, a renowned diabetes researcher, says identifying diabetes early and properly managing the disease can help prevent a host of health problems

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For people of all ages, Iowa’s rate of those diagnosed with diabetes is a full point-and-a-half below the national average of 9.2%. In Iowa, 32% of adults are obese or overweight, which leads to an increased likelihood of health problems, like diabetes, which may significantly impact quality of life.

THE DECORAH COMMUNITY IS INVITED TO THE SPIN’S THEATRE HAUNTED DOLL HOUSE TONIGHT AND TOMORROW NIGHT. THE HAUNTED HOUSE WILL BE LOCATED AT LUTHER’S STORRE THEATRE AND WILL BE OPEN FROM SEVEN-30 UNTIL TEN P.M. EACH NIGHT. ADMISSION TO THE HAUNTED HOUSE IS THREE DOLLARS.

10-26 NEWS

The warm weather last week allowed farmers to get in a lot of combine time as the corn harvest moved ahead by 10 percent and the soybean effort by 29 percent. State Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says after worries about a late start and drought, farmers have been seeing some good things.

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Northey says some farmers are seeing better yields than they figured to have a few months ago.

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The U-S-D-A crop report Monday showed that 23 percent of the corn crop has been harvested — which is the smallest percentage by this date since 2009 and more than two weeks behind average. The bean harvest moved to 61 percent — but is also the smallest percentage harvested by this date since 2009. Northey says cooler weather doesn’t help with drying the crop — and as we head into the last full week of October — the urgency increases for farmers with crops still in the fields.

THE DECORAH SCHOOL DISTRICT IS CURRENTLY DEADLING WITH THE POTENTIAL MERGER OF THE NORTH WINNESHIEK SCHOOL DISTRICT AND IS ALSO CONSIDERING OPTIONS FOR A NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. DECORAH SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS IT’S ALL PART OF THE JOB.

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THE MERGER OF THE DECORAH AND NORTH WINNESHIEK SCHOOL DISTRICT IS EXPECTED TO GO BEFORE VOTERS ON FEBRUARY SIXTH. HALUSKA SAYS THE DISTRICT IS CONSIDERING AT LEAST THREE SITES FOR A NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

THE DECORAH POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS RELEASED THE SUGGESTED TRICK-OR-TREATING FOR HALLOWEEN NEXT WEEK. POLICE SAY THE SUGGESTED HOURS WILL BE NEXT TUESDAY FROM FOUR UNTIL EIGHT P.M.

The coldest weather of the season so far is expected this weekend and it should bring Iowa its first snowfall of the season. While high temperatures may reach into the 60s today (Wednesday), forecasters say we’ll be in the low 30s — or colder — by Friday night. Meteorologist Cory Martin, at the National Weather Service, says most of western, central and northeast Iowa will get at least a dusting of snow, perhaps a half-inch or more.

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The snow’s predicted to start falling late Friday and may continue into Saturday morning. It may seem a bit too soon to have flakes flying before trick-or-treaters hit the streets, but he says we’re essentially on schedule.

10-25 NEWS

THE STATE OF IOWA ANNOUNCED MONDAY IT IS NO LONGER PURSUING A STOP GAP MEASURE TO ASSIST THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET FOR THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT IN THIS STATE. BRIAN HUINKER WITH MIDWEST GROUP BENEFITS IN DECORAH SAYS THE STOP GAP MEASURE WAS A REASONABLE, WELL THOUGHT OUT PLAN SO WASHINGTON D-C POLITICIANS WANTED NOTHING TO DO WITH IT.

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HUINKER SAYS THEY DIDN’T EVEN STUDY THE PLAN TOO MUCH SINCE THERE WERE DOUBTS FROM THE BEGINNING WHETHER THE FEDS WOULD APPROVE THE IDEA.

THREE JUVENILES FROM THE DECORAH AREA HAVE BEEN CHARGED IN CONNECTION OF A SERIES OF CAR BURGLARIES IN CLERMONT DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF OCTOBER 15TH. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS THE THREE 15 YEAR OLDS WERE CHARGED WITH THIRD DEGREE BURGLARY AND ALL THREE HAVE BEEN REFERRED TO JUVENILE COURT SERVICES.

OCTOBER IS NATIONAL DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT. BEVERLY FREDERICK IS WITH THE SPECTRUM NETWORK IN DECORAH. SHE SAYS SPRECTRUM’S ROLE IS TO MAKE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN INDIVIDUALS AND EMPLOYERS.

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FREDERICK SAYS SPECTRUM SERVES 115 INDIVIDUALS THROUGH EITHER EMPLOYMENT OR JOB SKILLS TRAINING.

NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY ACTION’S FAMILY SERVICES OFFICES WILL BE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE LIHEAP-OR LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM-NEXT WEEK. TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE PROGRAM HOUSEHOLDS MUST BE AT OR BELOW 175 PERCENT OF THE FEDERAL POVERTY LEVEL. PERSONS CAN SIGN UP FOR THE PROGRAM AT THE COMMUNITY ACTION OFFICE IN DECORAH IN THE SMITH BUIDLING ON MONTGOMERY STREET. COMMUNITY ACTION REPRESENTATIVES SAY THE PROGRAM IS NOT DESIGNED TO PAY A HOUSEHOLD’S TOTAL ENERGY COSTS. THE PROGRAM PROVIDES SUPPLEMENTAL ASSISTANCE BASED ON SEVERAL FACTORS, INCLUDING TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME, HOUSEHOLD SIXE, DWELLING TYPE AND TYPE OF HEATING FUEL.

10-24 NEWS

13 DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL MUSICIANS HAVE BEEN SELECTED TO BE A PART OF ALL-STATE ENSEMBLES. THE AUDITIONS WERE HELD SATURDAY IN INDEPENDENCE. CARINA YEE, AUDREY CASTERTON, VITA DOMNENKO, AVERY DUGGER, CARSTON KREIG, NOAH LOVELACE, LILLY (MA-GOWAN), JAMES PAULSON, EMMA ROONEY, LILY SMITH, ABIGAIL (TOO-SAUNT). ABBY TREWIN AND SOLOMON THOMPSON WERE ALL SELECTED FROM THE AUDITIONS. SIX MORE D-H-S STUDENTS WERE SELECTED FOR A RECALL AUDITION, CASSIDY CAROLAN, LILLIAN GROUWS, (MY-A) HERMANN, NATHAN LARSON, GARRETT SORENSEN AND SAM WILSON.

A DOG PARK IS GOING TO HAPPEN IN DECORAH. SHIRLEY VERMACE IS A MEMBER OF A COMMITTEE THAT HAS BEEN WORKING TOWARDS THE IDEA.

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VERMACE SAYS ONCE THE PARK IS CONSTRUCTED, THE PROJECT WILL NOT STOP THERE.

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ANYONE WISHING TO DONATE TO THE DOG PARK EFFORT CAN CONTACT THE DECORAH PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT. THE PARK WILL BE LOCATED IN A TWO ACRE AREA BETWEEN WAL-MART AND THE DECORAH WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT ON THE CITY’S EAST SIDE.

THE NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES ELECTED ITS LEADERSHIP FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR AT ITS MEETING LAST WEEK. KEN REIMER OF ELKADER WAS RE-ELECTED AS THE BOARD PRESIDENT AND JIM ANDERSON FROM DECORAH WAS ELECTED AS VICE-PRESIDENT.

THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL IS EXPECTED TO DEAL WITH REPAIRS TO DUG ROAD IN THE NEAR THE FUTURE. DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD.

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BIRD SAYS THE BIDS ARE EXPECTED TO COME IN BY NOVEMBER THIRD AND THE COUNCIL IS EXPECTED TO DISCUSS THE ISSUE AT ITS NOVEMBER 16TH MEETING. DUG ROAD HAS BEEN CLOSED SINCE IT WAS DAMAGED BY FLOODING IN AUGUST OF 2016.

A CLINTON MAN WAS ARRESTED ON A PROBATION VIOLATION WARRANTON FRIDAY. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 51 YEAR OLD SCOTT GEARY WAS ARRESTED AT THE JOHNSON COUNTY JAIL AND TRASNPORTED TO THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY JAIL.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL HAVE APPROVED THE CITY OF DECORAH’S OFFER REGARDING A BILL FOR I-T EQUIPMENT PURCHASED UNDER A PREVIOUS 28-E AGREEMENT. THE BOARD AGREED MONDAY MORNING TO FORMALLY ACCEPT THE CITY’S OFFER OF 34-THOUSAND 267 DOLLARS FOR THE EQUIPMENT. THE SUPERVISORS ALSO AGREED TO CREDIT EIGHT THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THE COUNTY’S SHARE OF THE NEW ROOF AT THE LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER. THE EQUIPMENT IN QUESTION WAS PURCHASED UNDER A 28-E AGREEMENT IN WHICH THE CITY AND COUNTY SHARED AN I-T COORDINATOR. THE CITY LEFT THAT AGREEMENT EARLIER THIS YEAR. THE LETTER WHICH WILL BE SENT TO THE CITY ASKS THAT THE MATTER BE PUT ON THE COUNCIL AGENDA FOR ITS NOVEMBER SIXTH MEETING. THE BOARD ASKS IF THE COUNCIL APPROVES THE AGREEMENT, THAT THE PAYMENT BE MADE BY THE FOLLOWING FRIDAY.

10-23 NEWS

THE CITY OF DECORAH’S LEAF PICKUP WILL RETURN TO WARD ONE AND TWO THIS WEEK. STREET DEPARTMENT CREWS WILL PICK UP LEAVES IN THOSE AREAS OF TOWN THROUGH FRIDAY OF THIS WEEK. ANY CITY RESIDENT CAN DROP OFF LEAVES AT THE STREET DEPARTMENT SHOP ON RAILROAD AVENUE. THE CITY’S COMPOST SITE, LOCATED ON TROUT RUN ROAD, IS ALSO AVAILABLE FOR LEAF DISPOSAL. THE SITE IS OPEN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM EIGHT A.M. UNTIL THREE P.M. THE SITE OPEN UNTIL SEVEN P.M. ON WEDNESDAYS AND EIGHT A.M. UNTIL NOON ON SATURDAY.

THE ON-GOING DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN THE CITY OF DECORAH AND WINNESHIEK COUNTY ON I-T MATTERS WILL BE A TOPIC OF DISCUSSION AT TODAY’S WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING. ON SEPTEMBER 25TH, THE SUPERVISORS VOTED TO NOT ALLOW THE CITY TO SHARE SPACE ON A SERVER, WHICH WAS PURCHASED UNDER A PREVIOUS 28-E AGREEMENT I-T PERSONNEL AGREEMENT. THE CITY OF DECORAH LEFT THAT AGREEMENT EARLIER THIS YEAR. THE COUNTY BOARD GAVE THE CITY UNTIL NOVEMBER 30TH TO REMOVE ITS DATA FROM THE SERVER. THE SUPERVISORS WILL CONSIDER A LETTER TO THE CITY OF DECORAH REGARDING THE PAST I-T EXPENSES INCURRED OVER THE COURSE OF THE PREVIOUS AGREEMENT. THE BOARD WILL ALSO RECEIVE AN UPDATE ON THE UPPER IOWA FLOOD REDUCTION PROJECT AND WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER WILL HOLD ITS ANNUAL FINANCIAL PRESENTATION. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER HAS ANNOUNCED A NEW CHIEF NURSING OFFICER. KATHY MORITZ COMES TO THE POSITION FROM MAYO CLINC HEALTH SYSTEM-FRANCISCAN HEALTHCARE IN LA CROSSE, WHERE SHE HAS SERVED A VARIETY OF NURSING ROLES SINCE 1991.

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Iowa’s largest teachers union challenging a new law that eliminated most collective bargaining rights for public workers. The judge said in his ruling that the new law does not violate workers’ constitutional rights to equal protection. The Iowa State Education Association, which represents 34,000 education professionals across the state, filed the lawsuit in April. The lawsuit claimed the law creates two classes of public sector employees, unfairly targets unions for collecting dues through payroll deductions and creates an unfair election system for unions. ISEA President Tammy Wawro says the union is considering all of its options, including appealing the ruling. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Iowa Council 61, also has filed a lawsuit challenging the law.

Another tweak has been made to official state tax predictions and it likely means cuts will have to be made in the current state budget.
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That’s Iowa Department of Management director Dave Roederer (ROH-der-er). He’s the governor’s top advisor on budget matters. Roederer is also one of the three members of the Revenue Estimating Conference. The panel met Thursday afternoon and reduced its official prediction of state tax collections in the current budgeting year. If that prediction holds through December, it means at least 35 million dollars would have to be cut from the state budget. Governor Reynolds will review all the information and will “likely” make a recommendation to legislators in January, according to Roederer.

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The governor’s budget director says a long-standing hiring freeze is in effect in state government and agency directors understand they must pinch pennies. Democrats say the state faces “big challenges” because Republican Governor Reynolds and G-O-P lawmakers have made poor budget decisions.

A HARMONY WOMAN WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN A FRIDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS A VEHICLE DRIVEN BY 64 YEAR SUSAN NELSON OF HARMONY WAS ATTEMPTING TO MAKE A LEFT TURN FROM HIGHWAY 52 TO COUNTY ROAD A-18 AND COLLIDED WITH A SOUTHBOUND VEHICLE DRIVEN BY 68 YEAR OLD KATHRYN NEWMAN OF MABEL. AUTHORITIES SAY NELSON WAS AIR-LIFTED FROM THE SCENE BY MAYO ONE AND NEWMAN WAS TAKEN BY PRIVATE VEHICLE TO WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER FOR EVALUATION.