12-1 NEWS

THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL RECENTLY REJECTED PAYING A BILL FROM WINNESHIEK COUNTY FOR I-T EQUIPMENT PURCHASED UNDER AN AGREEMENT WHERE THE CITY COUNTY SHARED AN I-T COORDINATOR. THE CITY LEFT THAT AGREEMENT EARLIER THIS YEAR. DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD WAS ASKED IF THE ISSUE IS DONE.

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BIRD SAYS HE TOLD COUNTY OFFICIALS HE’S WILLING TO DISCUSS OPTIONS WITH THE COUNTY ON HOW TO PROCEED. THE COUNTY HAS FORMED A PANEL TO EXAMINE THEIR OPTIONS RELATED TO THE MATTER.

THE FIRST SHOTGUN DEER SEASON BEGINS IN IOWA THIS WEEKEND. D-N-R WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST TERRY HAINFIELD SAYS THEY WILL BE TESTING FOR CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE IN NORTHEAST IOWA THIS WEEKEND.

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PERSONS WANTING MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE IN NORTHEAST IOWA CAN CONTACT HAINFIELD. HIS NUMBER IS 380-3422.

THE DECORAH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE’S HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE WILL BE HELD THIS WEEKEND. CHAMBER REPRESENTATIVES SAY PERSONS ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN IN-STORE SPECIALS, HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES AND MORE. THE ANNUAL LIGHTED HOLIDAY PARADE WILL BE HELD TONIGHT ON WATER STREET BEGINNING AT SIX P.M. AFTER THE PARADE, SANTA WILL BE AT T-BOCKS AND EARL PUBLIC TRANSIT WILL PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION FROM DOWNTOWN TO HOLIDAY LIGHTS, MAGICAL NIGHTS.

The Medicare Open Enrollment period is winding down and an expert says you should be sure to look and see if there might some changes needed in your plan. Julie Brookhart of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services says open enrollment ends on December 7th.

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Brookhart says it is a good time to compare plans to see if a change could cost you less. She says there are some simple steps to take during the enrollment period to ensure that your plan is personalized to best address your health care needs.

11-30 NEWS

A PANEL OF WINNESHIEK COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES HAS BEEN FORMED TO REVIEW A MATTER CONCERNING I-T EQUIPMENT, WINNESHIEK COUNTY AND THE CITY OF DECORAH. THE COUNTY HAS REQUESTED THE CITY PAY 26-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THEIR SHARE OF I-T EQUIPMENT WHICH WAS PURCHASED WHEN THE CITY AND COUNTY SHARED AN I-T COORDINATOR. THE CITY LEFT THAT AGREEMENT EARLIER THIS YEAR. THE CITY COUNCIL REJECTED THE FINANCIAL AGREEMENT AT ITS NOVEMBER 20TH MEETING. SUPERVISORS JOHN LOGSDON AND DEAN THOMPSON, COUNTY AUDITOR BEN STIENES AND COUNTY I-T DIRECTOR STEVE SMITH WILL MEET TO REVIEW THE COUNTY’S OPTIONS REGARIDNG THE MATTER.

A FORT ATKINSON MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED ON A WARRANT FOR FAILURE TO SERVE JAIL TIME. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 47 YEAR OLD CHAD BENZING WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY TUESDAY NIGHT.

A WEST UNION MAN WAS ARRESTED THIS WEEK ON TWO CHARGES OF VIOLATING A PROBATION WARRANT. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 31 YEAR OLD WILLIAM MACK WAS TRANSPORTED FROM THE FAYETTE COUNTY JAIL TO THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY JAIL.

CORN HARVEST IS ALMOST COMPLETE IN IOWA. RADIO IOWA’S DAR DANIELSON REPORTS.

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An Iowa State University expert says the current economic climate in the state should lead to a little more spending this holiday season. Economist David Swenson says Iowa’s economy has generated some confidence in consumers.

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Swenson says issues with Iowa’s ag economy have had an impact, but that has become less as the state has done more to diversify its industries.

THE DECORAH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE’S LIGHTED HOLIDAY PARADE WILL BE HELD TONIGHT. THE PARADE BEGINS AT SIX P.M. AND STARTS ON SOUTH AVE, HEADS TO WATER STREET AND CONCLUDES ON MILL STREET. AFTER THE PARADE, SANTA CLAUS WILL BE AT T-BOCKS. EARL PUBLIC TRANSIT WILL OFFERING FREE RIDES FROM DOWNTOWN DECORAH TO HOLIDAY LIGHTS, MAGICAL NIGHTS AFTER THE PARADE AS WELL.

11-29 NEWS

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY VETERANS AFFAIRS OFFICE WILL BE HOSTING AN OPEN HOUSE FOR VIETNAM VETERANS (WEDNESDAY). FAITH HLUBEK IS THE VETERANS AFFAIRS COORDINATOR FOR THE COUNTY.

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HLUBEK SAYS THE BOOK IS ENTILED “VIETNAM WAR 50TH COMMEMORATION:A TIME TO HONOR:STORIES OR SERVICE, DUTY AND SACRIFICE.

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HLUBEK SAYS ANY VIETNAM ERA VETERAN THAT CANNOT MAKE THE EVENT (WEDNESDAY) AND CAN ARRAIGNMENTS TO PICK UP THEIR COPY OF THE BOOK BY CONTACTING THE COUNTY VETERANS AFFAIRS OFFICE.

Iowa’s Medicaid program will provide some patients with coverage under an old state-run system rather than the current privatized setup involving insurance companies. The Des Moines Register reported Monday the Iowa Department of Human Services will resume direct oversight of benefits for roughly 10,000 Medicaid members who tried to switch coverage to the private insurance company Amerigroup. Amerigroup said recently it wasn’t adding new patients. It’s unclear how long affected patients will receive coverage through the so-called fee-for-service model. The state used the reimbursement payment system before it privatized in 2016. Amerigroup and UnitedHealthcare are the remaining insurance companies in Iowa running the health care program for poor and disabled people. Another company, AmeriHealth Caritas, will stop coverage in the state at the end of the month. UnitedHealthcare is expected to take the bulk of AmeriHealth Caritas patients. That’s now expected to total a little over 190,000 Medicaid members.

The holiday shopping season is underway, and many Iowans are combing newspapers and flyers full of ads. President and C-E-O of the regional Better Business Bureau Jim Hegarty has some advice for shoppers looking for those big bargains. He tells people to read the ads carefully, including the fine print, to make sure they don’t spend time running out to get a great deal – and end up disappointed.

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Some stores only honor sale ads during a certain time frame, or have limits in terms of what’s available or how many can be purchased. And when looking at ads for the same item from two different stores, Hegarty says make sure you’re comparing the sale terms, not just the items. More than 150 million people are expected to shop on Black Friday.

The number of people killed in traffic crashes in Iowa has dropped significantly this year compared to last. Radio Iowa’s Pat Curtis reports.

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11-28 NEWS

CLASSES WILL RESUME TODAY AT ALLAMAKEE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS IN WAUKON AFTER BEING CANCELLED MONDAY BECAUSE OF A GAS LEAK. SUPT. DAVID HEROLD TOLD KDEC HE CANCELED CLASSES AFTER A STRONG GAS SMELL WAS DISCOVERED AT EAST ELEMENTARY AROUND 6 A.M. SUPT. HEROLD SAYS BLACK HILLS ENERGY FOUND THE SOURCE….A LEAKING VALVE…AND MAKE NECESSARY REPAIRS FAIRLY QUICKLY. NO ONE WAS MADE ILL BY THE LEAKAGE.

A NORTHEAST IOWA GROUP OPPOSED TO FRACK SAND MINING HAS BEGUN A CAMPAIGN TO SAVE LAND NEAR THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. THE ALLAMAKEE COUNTY PROTECTORS ARE ASKING FOR SUPPORT FROM GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS TO PURCHASE A PIECE OF PROPERTY:
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PROTECTORS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ROBERT NEHMAN(NEEMAN) SAYS THE PROPERTY CAME ON THE MARKET ABOUT A MONTH AGO, WITH AN ASKING PRICE OF $765,000. NEHMAN SAYS THE FRACK SAND INDUSTRY WANTS TO ACQUIRE THE PROPERTY TO BUILD A TOTAL OF 5 RAILROAD SPURS WITH FIVE THOUSAND FEET OF TRACK:
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NEHMAN SAYS THE EFFORT CAN BE SUPPORTED BY GOING TO GO-FUND-ME DOT COM AND SEARCHING FOR “HELP STROP FRACKING”.

HOUSTON COUNTY AUTHORITIES HAVE RELEASED INFORMATION ON A CALEDONIA DRUG RAID LAST WEEK. ACCORDING TO THE LA CROSSE TRIBUNE, 31-YEAR OLD MICHAEL MASSMAN AND 34-YEAR OLD BRIDGETTE BLUMENSTEIN WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AT A HOUSE ON EAST MONROE STREET IN CALEDONIA. DEPUTIES FOUND MARIJUANA, METH AND MARIJUANA WAX AT THE HOUSE, AND ALSO SEIZED A STUN GUN AND SHOTGUN IN THE SEARCH. MASSMAN WAS CHARGED WITH SIX FELONY-LEVEL COUNTS RELATING TO POSSESSION, MANUFACTURING AND DISTRIBUTION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES, WHILE BLUMENSTEIN WAS CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT OF POSSESSION.

LORRAINE BOROWSKI WILL BECOME DECORAH’S FIRST-EVER FEMALE MAYOR ON JANUARY FIRST. BOROWSKI SAYS SHE WANTS TO BE THE PUBLIC FACE OF THE CITY.

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BOROWSKI WILL PRESIDE OVER HER FIRST COUNCIL MEETING ON JANUARY SECOND.

NORTHEAST IOWA R-C-AND-D WILL ANOTHER OPEN HOUSE TO DISCUSS PLANS TO REDUCE FLOODING AND IMPROVE WATER QUALITY IN THE UPPER IOWA RIVER WATERSHED TONIGHT. WATERSHED OUTREACH COORDINATOR MEGAN BUCKINGHAM SAYS IT WILL BE HELD FROM SIX-30 UNTIL EIGHT AT THE CRESCO UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. RESIDENTS AND LANDOWNERS IN THE UPPER IOWA RIVER WATERSHED ARE INVITED TO EITHER OF THE OPEN HOUSES.

A SATURDAY MORNING ACCIDENT NORTH OF WEST UNION HAS CLAIMED THE LIFE OF AN OSSIAN MAN. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 73 YEAR OLD KARL ZWEIBAHMER WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT PALMER LUTHERAN HOSPITAL IN WEST UNION. AUTHORITIES SAY KARL WAS A PASSENGER IN A VEHICLE DRIVEN BY 68 YEAR OLD JEAN ZWEIBAHMER WHEN THE VEHICLE LOST CONTROL AND WENT INTO THE DITCH ON THE GREAT RIVER ROAD. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED SHORTLY AFTER EIGHT-30 A.M. IT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

11-27 NEWS

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS WILL DISCUSS I-T MATTERS AT ITS MEETING TODAY. THE COUNTY HAS REQUESTED THE CITY OF DECORAH PAY THE COUNTY 26-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THEIR SHARE OF I-T EQUIPMENT WHICH WAS PURCHASED WHEN THE CITY AND COUNTY SHARED AN I-T COORDINATOR. THE CITY LEFT THAT AGREEMENT EARLIER THIS YEAR. LAST WEEK, THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL REJECTED THE PROPOSED PAYMENT. THE BOARD WILL DISCUSS THEIR OPTIONS REGARDING THE MATTER WITH COUNTY ATTORNEY ANDY VAN DER MAATEN. THE SUPERVISORS WILL ALSO DISCUSS APPOINTMENTS TO THE COMPENSATION BOARD AND ROAD MATTERS WITH COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

THE SOUTH WINNESHIEK SCHOOL BOARD WILL DISCUSS A VARIETY OF ISSUES IN A WORK SESSION THIS EVENING. THE ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE FINANCIAL INFORMATION, ENROLLMENT, GOALS, OPERATIONAL SHARING, COMMUNICATION, EARLY RETIREMENTS AND TECHNOLOGY AND TRANSPORATION NEEDS. THE WORK SESSION WILL BEGIN AT SIX P.M. AT THE BOARD ROOM OF THE HIGH SCHOOL IN CALMAR.

FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE CITY OF DECORAH WILL HOLD A COUNCIL-MEMBER ELECT ORIENTATION PROGRAM TODAY. CITY CLERK WANDA HEMESATH SAYS JOHANNA BERGAN AND ROSS HADLEY, WHO WON ELECTION TO THE CITY COUNCIL EARLIER THIS MONTH, AS WELL AS MAYOR-ELECT LORRAINE BOROWSKI WILL PARTICIPATE.

THE NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES RENEWED THE LEASE FOR ITS WAUKON CENTER AT ITS MEETING LAST WEEK. THE LEASE AGREEMENT WITH THE ALLAMAKEE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL NOW RUN THROUGH MAY OF 2023. THE N-I-C-C WAUKON CENTER WAS BUILT AFTER ALLAMAKEE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT VOTERS APPROVED A BOND ISSUE IN 2005.

The head of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the state park system is “heavily used” and D-N-R director Chuck Gipp says it’s time for lawmakers to consider raising fees to boost the D-N-R’s budget for outdoor recreation.

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Gipp wants new authority to set different prices for camping spaces and cabin rentals based on demand. That means he could raise rental rates during high-demand periods, like holiday weekends, or reduce park camping fees during slow periods to attract more visitors.

THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF IOWA INTERFAITH POWER AND LIGHT WILL SPEAK ON THE LUTHER COLLEGE CAMPUS TONIGHT. REVEREND SUSAN HENDERSHOT GUY WILL PRESENT “STEWARDSHIP, FAITH AND COMMUNITY DECISION:HOW CONSUMER-OWNED UTILITIES CAN REFLECT MEMBER VALUES AND PRIORITIES” AT SEVEN P.M. TONIGHT IN VALDERS HALL OF SCIENCE ROOM 362. IOWA INTERFAITH POWER AND LIGHT IS A STATEWIDE ORGANIZATION WHOSE MISSION IS TO INSPIRE AND EQUIP PEOPLE OF FAITH TO BECOME LEADERS IN FINDING SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE.

11-26 NEWS

THIS WEEKEND WAS THE START OF THE HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON, BUT THE FUN WILL CONTINUE BEGINNING THURSDAY NIGHT IN DECORAH. DECORAH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KRISTINA WILTGEN.

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WILTGEN SAYS THE COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS PROMOTION WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE HOLIDAY SEASON. BY SHOPPING LOCAL, PERSONS CAN HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN ONE OF FOUR BASKETS, VALUED AT NEARLY ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS.

Scams targeting veterans are on the increase, according to the U-S Postal Inspection Service, so postal inspectors are teaming up with A-A-R-P’s Fraud Watch Network in a new campaign called “Operation Protect Veterans.” Researchers surveyed vets and found they are victimized by con artists twice as often as are the rest of the public. Jeremy Barewin with A-A-R-P Iowa says there are scams out there now that specifically target the veteran population.

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Authorities also have received many complaints about fake charities that claim to help veterans but are really just pocketing the donations. Barewin says people also charge money for access to records that the U-S Department of Veterans Affairs provides for free.

TWO DECORAH MIDDLE SCHOOL MOCK TRIAL TEAMS WILL BE IN DES MOINES THIS WEEK FOR THE STATE MOCK TRIAL TOURNAMENT. A TEAM OF SEVENTH AND EIGHTH GRADERS FINISHED FIRST AND A TEAM OF SEVENTH GRADERS FINISHED THIRD AT THE REGIONAL COMPETITION WHICH WAS HELD IN DUBUQUE ON NOVEMBER SIXTH. THE STATE MOCK TRIAL TOURNAMENT WILL BE HELD MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY.

NORTHEAST IOWA R-C AND D WILL HOST TWO OPEN HOUSES TO DISCUSS THE UPPER IOWA RIVER WATERSHED THIS WEEK. THE FIRST WILL BE HELD MONDAY NIGHT AT DECORAH CITY HALL FROM SEVEN UNTIL EIGHT-30 P.M. THE SECOND WILL BE AT THE CRESCO UNITED METHODIST CHURCH FROM SIX-30 UNTIL EIGHT P.M. TUESDAY. PLANS TO REDUCE FLOODING AND IMPROVE WATER QUALITY IN THE UPPER IOWA RIVER WATERSHED WILL BE DISCUSSED.

UPPER IOWA UNIVERSITY IN FAYETTE HAS BEEN NAMED A BEST COLLEGE BY MILITARY TIMES. MILITARY TIMES’ RANKINGS ARE BASED ON MANY FACTORS INCLUDING BEING A GOOD FIT FOR SERVICE MEMBERS, MILITARY VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES. UPPER IOWA DIRECTOR OF MILITARY AND VETERAN SERVICES CHAD COOK SAYS OUR NATION’S MILITARY PROVIDES NUMEROUS OPPORTUNITIES FOR THOSE SERVING OUR COUTNRY, AND UPPER IOWA REMAINS COMMITTED TO HELPING THOSE WHO SERVE, OR HAVE SERVED, BY PROVIDING THEM EDUCATION, SERVICES AND SUPPORT TO ACHIEVE AN EDUCATION BUILT FOR LIFE.

CITY OF DECORAH OFFICIALS SAY THERE WILL BE A VACANCY ON A CITY BOARD IN THE NEAR FUTURE. DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD TOLD THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL LAST WEEK THERE WILL BE A VACANCY ON THE DECORAH BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT BEGINNING IN JANUARY. BIRD SAYS ANYONE INTERESTED IN SERVING ON THE BOARD CAN CONTACT CITY HALL.

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HOLIDAY LIGHTS, MAGICAL NIGHTS, A FUNDRAISER FOR HELPING SERVICES FOR YOUTH AND FAMILY, IS UNDERWAY AT THE PULPIT ROCK CAMPGROUND IN DECORAH. DENNIS OSMUNDSON WITH HELPING SERVICES, SAYS (SATURDAY) NIGHT WILL FEATURE SOME ADDED ENTERTAINMENT.

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THE DISPLAY IS OPEN EACH NIGHT FROM NOW CHRISTMAS NIGHT. HOLIDAY LIGHTS, MAGICAL NIGHTS IS OPEN EACH NIGHT FROM FIVE UNTIL NINE P.M.

THE DECORAH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS OFFERING AN INCENTIVE TO SHOP LOCALLY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. DECORAH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KRISTINA WILTGEN.

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WILTGEN SAYS THE BASKETS FEATURE A VARIETY OF GIFTS.

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THE CHAMBER’S HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS PARADE WILL BE HELD NEXT THURSDAY NIGHT AND THE HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE WILL BE HELD NEXT WEEKEND.

LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ENTITIES ARE STILL IN THE MIDST OF A STEP-OR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM THIS WEEKEND. THE GOVERNOR’S TRAFFIC SAFETY BUREAU SAYS THE EFFORT WILL FOCUS ON SEAT BELT USAGE. THE STEP PROGRAM WILL RUN THROUGH MONDAY.

THERE WILL BE TWO NEW MEMBERS ON THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL IN THE NEAR FUTURE AS WELL AS A NEW MAYOR. THE CITY OF DECORAH WILL BE HOSTING A COUNCIL-ELECT ORIENTATION ON MONDAY. CITY CLERK WANDA HEMESATH TOLD THE CITY COUNCIL THIS WEEK THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THE CITY HAS OFFERED SUCH A PROGRAM. JOHANNA (YO-HAAN-A) BERGAN AND ROSS HADLEY WERE ELECTED TO THE COUNCIL AND LORRAINE BOROWSKI (BURR-RAU-SKI) WON ELECTION TO BECOME DECORAH’S FIRST FEMALE MAYOR.

THE ONGOING DISCUSSION BETWEEN THE CITY OF DECORAH AND WINNESHIEK COUNTY REGARDING I-T MATTERS WILL AGAIN BE A TOPIC OF DISCUSSION AT MONDAY’S COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING. THE TWO ENTITIES USED TO SHARE AN I-T COORDINATOR BUT THE CITY OF DECORAH LEFT THAT AGREEMENT EARLIER THIS YEAR. THE COUNTY HAD SENT THE CITY A BILL FOR 26-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THEIR SHARE OF EQUIPMENT PURCHASED UNDER THE PREVIOUS AGREEMENT. THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL REJECTED THAT AGREEMENT AT ITS MEETING THIS WEEK. THE SUPERVISORS WILL DISCUSS THEIR OPTIONS WITH COUNTY ATTORNEY ANDY VAN DER MAATEN. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

THE DECORAH PUBLIC LIBRARY WILL NO LONGER BE OPEN ON SUNDAYS IN THE NEAR FUTURE. LIBRARY DIRECTOR KRISTIN TORRSDAHL TOLD THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL THIS WEEK THE LIBRARY BOARD HAS CONCLUDED THAT BEING OPEN ON SUNDAY WAS NOT THE BEST USE OF THE LIBRARY’S RESOURCES. TORRSDAHL SAYS THE BOARD CAME TO THAT CONCLUSION AFTER EXAMING DATA AND CIRCULATION NUMBERS. THE FINAL SUNDAY THE LIBRARY WILL BE OPEN IS DECEMBER 17TH.

11-24 NEWS

IF YOU HAVE LEFTOVERS FROM YOUR THANKSGIVING DINNER, DON’T LET THEM SIT AROUND TOO LONG. JOAN MCVOY IS AN EDUCATOR WITH THE IOWA STATEWIDE POISON CONTROL CENTER.

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ANYONE WITH QUESTIONS CAN CONTACT THE POISION CONTROL CENTER AT 800-222-1222.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS, MAGICAL NIGHTS, IS THE LARGEST FUNDRAISER FOR HELPING SERVICES FOR NORTHEAST IOWA. DENNIS OSMUNDSON WITH HELPING SERVICES SAYS THE EVENT IS NOW OPEN AT THE PULPIT ROCK CAMPGROUND AT DECORAH.

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OSMUNDSON SAYS SANTA WILL BE ON HAND THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHTS.

THIS WEEKEND IS THE TRADITIONAL START OF THE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING SEASON. DECORAH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KRISTINA WILTGEN SAYS THERE ARE NUMEROUS REASONS TO SHOP LOCAL.

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THE CHAMBER’S ANNUAL LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE WILL BE HELD NEXT THURSDAY NIGHT AND DECORAH’S ANNUAL HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE WILL BE HELD NEXT WEEKEND.

THE DECORAH STREET DEPARTMENT IS WRAPPING UP LEAF COLLECTION THIS WEEK. STREET DEPARTMENT SUPERINTENDENT KEVIN NELSON SAYS THEIR CREWS ENDED CURBSIDE PICKUP LAST WEEK. NELSON SAID THEY HAVE CLOSED THE LEAF COLLECTION BIN AT THE STREET DEPARTMENT SHOP BUT THE CITY’S COMPOST SITE ON TROUT RUN ROAD WILL BE OPEN 24/7 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE FOR LEAF DISPOSAL.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU HOPES TO HIRE A NEW DIRECTOR BY THE END OF THE JANUARY. C-V-B PRESIDENT DEAN MEADER (MEE-DER) PRESENTED THE ORGANIZATION’S ANNUAL REPORT AT THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL MEETING THIS WEEK. MEADER SAYS THE HIRING COMMITTEE WILL CONSIST OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE DECORAH CHAMBER, WINNESHIEK COUNTY DEVELOPMENT, THE HOTEL-MOTEL TAX COMMITTEE AND THE C-V-B BOARD. CHARLEEN SELBEE LEFT THE POSITION AFTER THREE YEARS ON THE JOB EARLIER THIS MONTH.

THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL APPROVED THE SECOND READING OF AN ORDINANCE TO ALLOW BEE KEEPING WITH THE CITY LIMITS AT ITS MEETING THIS WEEK. THE MEASURE PASSED ON A 6-1 VOTE WITH COUNCILMAN RANDY SCHISSELL VOTING AGAINST IT. SCHISSELL SAYS HE’S HEARD CONCERNS FROM PERSONS THAT ARE ALLERGIC TO BEE STINGS. LOCAL RESIDENT SHARON DALVENTO TOLD THE COUNCIL SHE DIDN’T BELIEVE IT WAS SAFE. LOCAL RESIDENT KIRK LARSEN SAYS BEE KEEPERS ARE RESPONSIBLE AND WILL DO THEIR BEST TO PREVENT SWARMING. LARSEN TOLD THE COUNCIL MIDWEST CITIES THAT HAVE SIMILAR ORDINANCES INCLUDES INDIANOLA, MADISON, WISCONSIN, AND DULUTH, MINNESOTA.

AREA GOVERNMENT OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED (FRIDAY) AS PART OF THANKSGIVING WEEKEND. BOTH DECORAH CITY HALL AND THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY COURTHOUSE WILL BE CLOSED (FRIDAY) AND WILL RETURN TO NORMAL HOURS ON MONDAY.

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THE FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH IN DECORAH WILL HOST ITS ANNUAL COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING MEAL (THURSDAY). HOME DELIVERIES WILL BEGIN AT TEN A.M. WITH THE MEAL BEING SERVED AT NOON. TOM HANSEN IS INVOLVED WITH THE ORGANIZATION OF THE EVENT. HE SAYS THE MEAL ATTRACTS ALL WALKS OF LIFE.

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HANSEN SAYS THOSE ATTENDING THE MEAL IS ASKED TO BRING COMMUNITY SPIRIT, WILLING HANDS AND IF POSSIBLE A COVERED DISH TO SHARE. TURKEY, DRESSING, GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE, MASHED POTATOES, GRAVY, A DINNER ROLL AND A BEVERAGE WILL BE PROVIDED.

Forecasters say it should be a relatively quiet weather week for Iowans, which is good news as it’s also one of the busiest travel weeks of the year. Meteorologist Dennis Todey (TODD-ee), director of the U-S-D-A’s Midwest Climate Hub — based in Ames — says there are no major storm fronts brewing, but they’re staying vigilant.

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Since many tens of thousands of Iowans will be on the road to see loved ones for the Thanksgiving holiday, Todey says travelers should pay close attention to local forecasts, wherever they may end up.

PERSONS WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO GET A SNEAK PEAK OF HOLIDAY LIGHTS, MAGICAL NIGHTS, THIS EVENING. DENNIS OSMUNDSON WITH HELPING SERVICES FOR YOUTH AND FAMILY, SAYS THE EVENT IS BEING HELD AT THE PULPIT ROCK CAMPGROUND IN DECORAH.

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THE FUNDRAISER FOR HELPING SERVICES WILL BEGIN (THURSDAY) NIGHT AND CONTINUE EVERY NIGHT UNTIL CHRISTMAS EVENING.

A PUBLIC HEARING ON A TAX ABATEMENT HOUSING INCENTIVE IN THE CITY OF DECORAH WILL BE HELD AT THE DECEMBER 18TH DECORAH CITY COUNCIL MEETING. THE COUNCIL SET THE PUBLIC HEARING AT ITS MEETING THIS WEEK. THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNITY BETTERMENT COMMITTEE OF THE COUNCIL HAS RECOMMENDED A FIVE-YEAR ONE HUNDRED PERCENT ABATEMENT ON NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION WITHOUT A CAP. THIS WEEK, THE COUNCIL ALSO AGREED TO NOT HAVE A SUNSET DATE FOR THE INCENTIVE, RATHER THE COUNCIL WILL REVIEW THE PROGRAM ON A YEARLY BASIS. A PLAN THAT HAS BEEN IN PLACE SINCE 2015 HAS A CAP OF FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ON NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION, 40-THOUSAND DOLLAR PER UNIT IN A MULTI-FAMILY COMPLEX AND ANY REMODEL THAT INCREASES THE INCENTIVE BY TEN OR MORE PERCENT.

EIGHT DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC STUDENTS SPENT LAST WEEKEND IN AMES PARTICIPATING IN THE ALL-STATE MUSIC FESTIVAL. THE FESTIVAL’S GRAND CONCERT WILL BE RE-BROADCAST (THURSDAY) NIGHT AT SEVEN P.M. ON IOWA PUBLIC TELEVISION.

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AN EFFORT TO SHIFT THE ADMINISTRATION OF HOTEL/MOTEL TAX DOLLARS FROM THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU BACK TO THE DECORAH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FAILED AT MONDAY NIGHT’S DECORAH CITY COUNCIL MEETING. WHEN THE AGREEMENT WAS LAST APPROVED, THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE DOLLARS WAS CHANGED FROM THE CHAMBER TO THE C-V-B. COUNCILMAN KIRK JOHNSON SAID AFTER THE C-V-B CHOOSE TO LEAVE THE CHAMBER OFFICES, HE COULDN’T IN GOOD CONSCIENCE CONTINUE TO SUGGEST THE C-V-B MANAGE THOSE FUNDS. JOHNSON SAID SINCE THE DOLLARS ARE CREATED IN THE CITY OF DECORAH, THE ENTITY MANAGING THE MONEY SHOULD HAVE THE CITY’S BEST INTEREST AT HEART. COUNCILMAN STEVE LUSE SAID HE COULDN’T SUGGEST LEAVING AN AGREEMENT WITHOUT A SPECIFIC PLAN OF HOW TO PROCEED. COUNCILMAN ANDY CARLSON SUGGESTED TO REVISIT THE ISSUE WHEN A NEW C-V-B DIRECTOR IS HIRED. THE MOTION FAILED ON A 4-3 VOTE. JOHNSON, RANDY SCHISSELL AND GARY RUSTAD VOTED FOR IT. LUSE, CARLSON, DAN BELLRICHARD AND CHUCK LORE VOTED AGAINST IT.

CREWS BEGAN HAVE STARTED WORK ON DUG ROAD IN DECORAH. PRELIMINARY WORK IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED YET THIS FALL TO RE-ESTABLISH THE BANK THE DIMINISH THE POSSIBILITY OF THE ROAD BEING DAMAGED BY FLOODING, AS IT WAS IN AUGUST OF 2015. CITY OFFICIALS SAY THAT PORTION OF THE TRAIL WILL BE COMPLETELY CLOSED UNTIL THE WORK IS COMPLETE. CITY ENGINEER LINDSAY ERDMANN SAYS THE RESURFACING OF THAT PORTION OF THE TRAIL IS EXPECTED TO HAPPEN NEXT SUMMER.

A court has scheduled separate trials for the Iowa parents of a 4-month-old baby whose maggot-infested body was found in a swing in his family’s home. Twenty-eight-year-old Zachary Paul Koehn and 20-year-old Cheyanne Renae Harris, both of Alta Vista, have pleaded not guilty to charges of child endangerment and first-degree murder in the death of their son, Sterling Koehn. Koehn’s trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 3 in New Hampton. Harris’ trial is set to begin Jan. 31. Authorities say deputies and medics called to the couple’s 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.

WINNESHIEK COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH WILL BE GIVING THE PUBLIC A CHANCE TO RECEIVE A FLU IMMUNIZATION BEFORE THANKSGIVING (WEDNESDAY). PUBLIC HEALTH WILL HOLD A WALK-IN FLU SHOT CLINIC FROM NOON UNTIL FOUR AT THE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICE IN THE SMITH BUILDING AT 305 MONTGOMERY STREET IN DECORAH.

THE SOYBEAN HARVEST IS COMPLETE BUT THERE’S STILL SOME WORK TO DO REGARDING THE CORN HARVEST IN THE STATE. RADIO IOWA’S DAR DANIELSON REPORTS.

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HOLIDAY LIGHTS, MAGICAL NIGHTS, A FUNDRAISER FOR HELPING SERVICES FOR YOUTH AND FAMILY, WILL HOLD A WALK-THROUGH NIGHT (WEDNESDAY) EVENING. DENNIS OSMUNDSON IS WITH HELPING SERVICES.

OSMUNDSON

THE EVENT WILL BE HELD ON THE PULPIT ROCK CAMPGROUND IN DECORAH FROM FIVE UNTIL SEVEN-30 (WEDNESDAY) NIGHT. OSMUNDSON SAYS THOSE ATTENDING THE EVENT ARE ENCOURAGED TO PARK NEAR WILL BAKER PARK AND EARL PUBLIC TRANSIT WILL BE TRANSPORTING PERSONS TO THE CAMPGROUND.

THE NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY ACTION CORPORATION HAS HIRED A NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. TRISHA WILKINS FROM WAUKON WILL BEGIN HER NEW DUTIES ON DECEMBER FOURTH. WILKINS HAS BEEN WITH NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY ACTION SINCE 2008 AS A HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR. WILKINS WILL TAKE OVER FOR MARY ANN HUMPAL, WHO IS RETIRING AFTER 45 YEARS WITH NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY ACTION.