1-1 NEWS

A TAX ABATEMENT HOUSING INCENTIVE PROGRAM WILL GO BEFORE A PUBLIC HEARING AT TOMORROW NIGHT’S DECORAH CITY COUNCIL MEETING. CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS THE PROGRAM, WHICH HAS BEEN IN PLACE FOR THREE YEARS, HAS CAUSED AN UPTICK IN HOUSING ACTIVITY IN THE CITY LIMITS.

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THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNITY BETTERMENT COMMITTEE OF THE COUNCIL HAS RECOMMENDED A FIVE-YEAR ABATEMENT WITH NO LIMIT. PREVIOUS THE ABATEMENT LIMIT WAS FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT FIVE-45 TUESDAY NIGHT AT CITY HALL.

BOY SCOUT TROOP 66 IN DECORAH WILL BE PICKING UP CHRISTMAS TREES SATURDAY. TROOP LEADERS ASK THAT ALL LIGHTS AND DECORATIONS BE REMOVED FROM THE TREE. PERSONS WANTING TO DISPOSE OF THEIR TREES ARE ASKED TO HAVE THEM CURBSIDE BY EIGHT-30 A.M. TROOP 66 WILL TAKE THE TREES TO THE CITY GARAGE TO BE RECYCLED.

TOMORROW IS THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR FIVE WINTER DECORAH PARKS AND RECREATION PROGRAMS. TUESDAY THE FINAL DAY FOR PARENTS TO SIGN THEIR KIDS UP FOR BIDDY BASKETBALL, WATER WIZARDS, OPT OUTSIDE, PLAY PALS AND TAEKWONDO. PERSONS CAN SIGN UP AT THE DECORAH PARKS AND RECREATION OFFICE OR ON-LINE AT PARKS-DOT-DECORAH-I-A-DOT-ORG.

Some Republicans in the legislature have said it’s time to end state payments to cities, counties and school districts that cover a decline in commercial property tax revenue, but Governor Kim Reynolds is reluctant to break a promise.

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The annual payments were set up in 2013 when the legislature and Governor Terry Branstad acted to cut commercial property tax rates by 10 percent. Reynolds is open to discussing changes in the future as part of a larger tax reform package, but she says local officials need to be part of the negotiations.

Alliant Energy is warning people of a record number of scam phone calls. The company says customers are reporting scammers impersonating workers from Alliant by phone, text message, or even coming right to your front door. From January 2016 to November 2017, there have been an average of 53 reports of scam activity per month. Since the first of December, there have been 416 reports of scam phone calls. 265 have come from the state of Iowa. Typically, scammers call customers claiming to represent Alliant Energy. They threaten to disconnect utility service if the customer doesn’t immediately buy a prepaid credit card to make a payment. Alliant Energy wants to remind people they never request immediate payment or prepaid credit cards. They never threaten to disconnect service via text message. The company suggests hanging up on scammers. You can always call Alliant directly to confirm your account status. Customers should report attempted scam contacts to local law enforcement.

12-31 NEWS

THE DECORAH PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT’S ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH WILL BE HELD TONIGHT AT THE LUTHER COLLEGE REGENTS CENTER.

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ERIKA RANDALL SAYS A WIDE VARIETY OF GAMES AND ACTIVITIES WILL BE AVAILABLE. RANDALL SAYS THE LUTHER SWIMMING POOL WILL BE OPEN AND A CONCESSION STAND WILL BE AVAILABLE.

AREA GOVERNMENT OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED TOMORROW FOR THE NEW YEAR’S DAY HOLIDAY. DECORAH CITY HALL, THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY COURTHOUSE AND THE DECORAH PUBLIC LIBRARY WILL ALL BE CLOSED. EARL PUBLIC TRANSIT WILL NOT BE OPERATIONAL MONDAY. THE WEEKLY MEETING OF THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL BE MOVED TO TUESDAY.

REGARDING THE ISSUE OF METHAMPHETAMINES IN WINNESHIEK COUNTY, COUNTY SHERIFF DAN MARX SAYS THERE IS SOME GOOD NEWS AND SOME BAD NEWS.

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MARX SAYS LAW ENFORCEMENT BELIEVES THERE IS A MAJOR METH LINE THAT PROVIDES THE SUPPLY FROM THE CHICAGO AREA, WHICH USUALLY COMES TO CEDAR RAPIDS AND GETS TRANSPORTED THROUGHOUT EASTERN IOWA.

THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE YELLOW RIVER STATE FOREST WILL BE HOSTING A FIRST DAY HIKE TOMORROW. FIRST DAY HIKES ARE A NATIONWIDE INITIATIVE HELD IN STATE AND LOCAL PARK IN AN EFFORT TO GET OUTSIDE AND ENJOY THE OUTDOORS. HIKERS ARE ASKED TO MEET AT THE FOREST HEADQUARTERS AT 729 STATE FOREST ROAD IN HARPERS FERRY AT TEN A.M. D-N-R OFFICIALS SAY TO DRESS APPROPRIATELY FORT HE WEATHER AND CONDITIONS. SNOWSHOES AND TREKKING POLES WILL BE PROVIDED FREE OF CHARGE, BUT PARTICIPANTS MAY BRING THEIR OWN.

12-30 NEWS

A PROPOSAL TO PROVIDE RURAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS MORE TRANSPORATION DOLLARS FROM THE STATE FAILED TO MOVE FORWARD DURING THE LAST LEGISLATIVE SESSION. DECORAH SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A POSITIVE FOR HIS DISTRICT.

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HALUSKA SAYS A LOCAL LAWMAKER HAS BEEN A LEADER ON THE ISSUE

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HALUSKA EXPECTS LITTLE IF ANY INCREASE IN STATE SUPPLEMENTAL AID THIS YEAR WITH THE STATE BUDGET SHORTFALL.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL HOLD ITS ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING TUESDAY. THE BOARD WILL ELECT ITS LEADERSHIP FOR THE YEAR AND DEAL WITH OTHER BEGINNING OF THE YEAR BUSINESS. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

THE DECORAH PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD ITS ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH TOMORROW NIGHT. ERIKA RANDALL IS WITH THE DECORAH PARKS AND REC DEPARTMENT.

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PIZZA AND OTHER CONCESSIONS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE.

THERE REMAINS AN OPENING ON THE DECORAH BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT. CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD TOLD THE CITY COUNCIL THIS WEEK JOHN MOELLERS’ TERM IS EXPIRING AND HE WISHES TO NOT BE RE-APPOINTED. BIRD SAYS ANYONE INTERESTED IN SERVING ON THE POSITION CAN CONTACT DECORAH CITY HALL.

More homes were sold in Iowa last month compared to the same period last year. Radio Iowa’s Pat Curtis reports.

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12-29 NEWS

A NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER WILL BE IN DECORAH NEXT WEEK. ERIKA SKOGG WILL BE IN TOWN TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY WORKING ON A PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT TO VISUALLY PRESERVE THE SCANDINAVIAN CULTURE WITHIN THE UPPER MIDWEST. THE DECORAH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SAYS SKOGG IS LOOKING FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO CAPTURE VISUAL SIMILARTIES BETWEEN SCANDINAVIA AND NORTH AMERICA WITH IMAGERY. PERSONS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN CONTRIBUTING CAN E-MAIL SKOGG-PHOTOG-AT-GMAIL-DOT-COM.

RECENTLY, THE F-C-C REPEALED THE NET NEUTRALITY LAWS RELATED TO THE INTERNET. DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD WAS ASKED HOW THAT COULD POTENTIALLY EFFECT A MUNICIPAL FIBER UTILITY.

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BIRD SAYS THE NET NEUTRALITY REPEAL WAS NOT SOMETHING THAT WAS CONSIDERED WHEN THE MUNICIPAL FIBER FEASIBILITY STUDY WAS BEING DONE.

A new report is out that updates progress on efforts to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus runoff into Iowa’s streams and rivers. It’s called The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Mike Naig (rhymes with ‘beg’), Iowa’s Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, says the report documents 420-million dollars in public and private funding support for water quality improvements.

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Naig says he’s also seeing a boost in private investment in water quality programs. He says the report includes data from extensive water monitoring. It also identifies and quantifies the practices farmers are using to achieve a 45percent reduction in nitrogen and phosphorus runoff.

THE IOWA LEGISLATURE PASSED A BILL THAT MADE TEXTING WHILE DRIVING A PRIMARY TRAFFIC OFFENSE DURING THIS YEAR’S LEGISLATIVE SESSION. WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF DAN MARX SAYS ENFORCING THE LAW IS DIFFICULT.

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PRIOR TO THE LEGISLATION WHICH WAS PASSED THIS YEAR IT WAS A SECONDARY OFFENSE, MEANING OFFICERS COULD NOT PULL OVER A DRIVER FOR TEXTING ALONE.

WITH A LOOK AT SOME OF THE STATE’S TOP HUMAN INTEREST STORIES OF 2017, HERE’S RADIO IOWA’S PAT CURTIS

CURTIS YEAR IN A REVIEW

12-28 NEWS

DECORAH SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS HE’S NOT EXPECTING MUCH OF AN INCREASE, IF ANY, FROM STATE FUNDING IN THE UPCOMING LEGISLATIVE SESSION. BUT HALUSKA SAYS THERE’S ANOTHER WAY LAWMAKERS CAN HELP SCHOOLS.

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THE CURRENT ONE CENT SALES INFRASTRUCTURE TAX IS SET TO SUNSET IN 2029.

A D-N-R study done in October on the things that go into state landfills showed the amount of food waste had doubled since the last study in 2011. The D-N-R’s Tom Anderson oversaw the study, and says that’s a key issue that caught their attention.

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Anderson says it appears people are throwing more food out because they don’t understand the labeling. Anderson says the D-N-R will look at ways to try and get people to throw away less food.

The man who conducts the annual Iowa State University Extension land value survey says he doesn’t see many things in the proposed federal tax reform that would impact land values. Economist Wendong Zhang (When-dong Jong) says tax policy is one of the things he is keeping an eye on as an impact to land values next year.

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He says tax issues involving depreciation aren’t changing, and that will give farmers little reason to sell their land right now.

Long-term funding for water quality is expected to be one of the first priorities for Iowa legislators when they return to the State Capitol in January. Competing water-quality bills in the House and Senate failed to pass both chambers this year, and Republican leaders say they think the Senate version is the most feasible choice for long-term funding. But Kerri Johannsen with the Iowa Environmental Council says it’s troubling that the bill doesn’t take a comprehensive approach to improving water quality by watershed.

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She explains a watershed framework brings together urban and rural stakeholders to consider the challenges and needs of local communities, and develop collaborative solutions.

WITH A RECAP OF THE TOP MILITARY STORIES IN THE STATE IN 2017, HERE’S RADIO IOWA’S DAR DANIELSON

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12-27 NEWS

IN TODAY’S WORLD, LAW ENFORCEMENT IS UNDER GREATER SCRUNITY WITH VIRTUALLY ALL MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC HAVING THE ABILITY TO RECORD THEIR ACTIONS. WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF DAN MARX SAYS IT’S NOT A BAD THING.

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MARX SAYS THE ADDITIONAL OF BODY CAMERAS ON DEPUTIES HAVE ALSO BEEN A POSITIVE.

Members of Iowa’s largest business group are predicting the state’s economy will grow over the first three months of 2018. Mike Ralston is president of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, which has released the results of an inaugural survey of its members.

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Ralston says there are several reasons why so many leaders of those companies expect a bump in sales over the first quarter of next year.

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ABI member companies come from all 99 Iowa counties. This is the first time ABI has conducted a public quarterly survey of its board in the organization’s 114-year history.

THE WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION’S ANNUAL CAMPAIGN IS UNDERWAY. HOLLY KANINGETER (CANNON-GATOR) IS THE COORDINATOR OF THE WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION.

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KANINGETER SAYS MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION IS AVAILABLE AT WINN-MEDICAL-DOT-ORG.

EARLIER THIS YEAR, AFTER NEARLY A CENTURY J-C PENNY LEFT ITS STORE IN DOWNTOWN DECORAH. WINNESHIEK COUNTY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR STEPHANIE FROMM WAS ASKED WHAT’S BEING DONE ABOUT THE VACANCY.

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THE J-C PENNY DECORAH STORE CLOSED ON JULY 31ST.

2017 WAS AN INTERESTING YEAR IN POLITICS IN THE STATE. WITH A RECAP OF THE STATE’S TOP POLITICAL STORIES HERE’S RADIO IOWA’S O-KAY HENDERSON VOICER.

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12-26 NEWS

NOW THAT CHRISTMAS IS OVER, THERE ARE SOME ITEMS THAT CAN AND CAN’T BE RECYCLED. WINNESHIEK COUNTY RECYCLING COORDINATOR TERRY BUENZOW (BEN-ZO)

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BUENZOW SAYS THERE ARE NUMEROUS ITEMS THEY WILL ACCEPT.

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ANYONE WITH QUESTIONS CAN CALL THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY RECYCLING CENTER LOCATED IN FREEPORT.

THE DECORAH SCHOOL DISTRICT STILL WANTS TO EXPLORE A SITE ON CLAIBORNE DRIVE FOR A POTENTIAL NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS THE DISTRICT PLANS TO MAKE A PROPOSAL TO THE CITY SOON.

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THE PROPOSED SITE IS WHERE THE CITY SOFTBALL DIAMOND NUMBER TWO AND THE MUNICIPAL PARK LOT IS LOCATED. THE CITY COUNCIL PREVIOUSLY TOLD THE DISTRICT NO TO USING THAT PROPERTY.

THE CITY OF DECORAH’S FRANCHISE AGREEMENT WITH ALLIANT ENERGY TO PROVIDE POWER TO THE CITY EXPIRES IN MAY. THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL LAST YEAR PUT A MORATORIUM ON TALKS OF EXTENDING THAT AGREEMENT UNTIL A FEASIBLITY STUDY COMMISSIONED BY DECORAH POWER ON THE POSSIBILITY OF A MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC UTILITY IS COMPLETED. DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD.

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BIRD EXPECTS DECORAH POWER TO PRESENT THEIR FINDINGS TO THE CITY COUNCIL IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

TWO AREA HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS HAVE BEEN NOMINATED TO ATTEND A U.S. SERVICE ACADEMY. HUNTER CAREY FROM NEW HAMPTON HAS BEEN NOMINATED TO ATTEND THE NAVY AND LEVI TUECKE FROM GARNAVILLO HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR THE AIR FORCE. IOWA SENATORS CHUCK GRASSLEY AND JONI ERNST ANNOUNCED THE NOMINATIONS LAST WEEK.

RADIO IOWA HAS COMPLIED THE TOP NEWS STORIES OF 2017. MATT KELLY REPORTS.

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12-24 NEWS

A ROUTINE AGENDA WILL GO BEFORE THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS ON TUESDAY. THE BOARD WILL CONTINUE TO ACCEPT BUDGET REQUESTS FOR NEXT FISCAL YEAR. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

THERE ARE TWO NIGHTS REMAINING FOR THIS YEAR’S HOLIDAY LIGHTS, MAGICAL NIGHTS EVENT. THE EVENT IS A FUNDRAISER FOR HELPING SERVICES FOR YOUTH AND FAMILY. THE CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAYS AT THE DECORAH CAMPGROUND WILL BE OPEN TONIGHT AND TOMORROW NIGHT FROM FIVE UNTIL NINE P.M.

The Iowa Supreme Court has eased its ban on guns in county courthouses. Chief Justice Mark Cady says in an order signed Tuesday that county supervisors and other local officials may request guns to be allowed in areas of courthouses not totally occupied by the courts. Cady’s order in June banned guns throughout all courthouses after the Iowa Legislature passed a law authorizing citizens to sue local officials who enact local gun bans in public buildings including courthouses. The law also allows guns to be carried into the Iowa Capitol. Gun rights advocates say Iowans should not lose the right of self-defense when inside public buildings like courthouses. Opponents say emotions often run high in courthouses and it’s asking for trouble allowing guns inside.

It’s a busy time of the year for everyone, especially the medical experts working the phones at the Iowa Statewide Poison Control Center. Registered nurse Joan McVoy says the number of accidental poisonings involving children typically rises during the holiday season.

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The state of Iowa’s Poison control number is 1-800-222-1222.

TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE FOR DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL’S MADRIGAL DINNER. THE 31ST ANNUAL EVENT WILL BE HELD SUNDAY, JANUARY 28TH AT FIVE P.M. AT THE HIGH SCHOOL. HIGH SCHOOL VOCAL MUSIC INSTRUCTOR JASON RAUSCH SAYS ONLY 220 TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AND WILL BE SOLD THROUGH JANUARY 24TH AT THE HIGH SCHOOL OFFICE. TICKETS ARE 25 DOLLARS. THE EVENT HAS SOLD OUT IN THE PAST.

AREA GOVERNMENT OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED TOMORROW FOR THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY. DECORAH CITY HALL, THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY COURTHOUSE AND THE DECORAH PUBLIC LIBRARY WILL ALL BE CLOSED MONDAY. EARL PUBLIC TRANSIT WILL ALSO BE CLOSED.

12-23 NEWS

THE DECORAH PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD APPROVED PLANS TO ADD A TODDLER SLIDE AT THE DECORAH SWIMMING POOL. THE BOARD TOOK THE ACTION AT ITS MEETING THURSDAY NIGHT. PARKS AND RECREATION DIRECTOR ANDY NIMROD SAYS THE COST OF THE SLIDE IS 48-THOUSAND DOLLARS. NIMROD SAYS 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS OF THE COST WAS GIFTED FOR THE PROJECT WITH THE REST BEING FINANCED THROUGH A FUND SET ASIDE FOR POOL IMPROVEMENTS. NIMROD SAYS CONSTRUCTION OF THE SLIDE WILL BE COMPLETED BY THE POOL OPENING IN MAY.

THERE JUST A COUPLE OF NIGHTS LEFT FOR PEOPLE TO SEE THE HOLIDAY LIGHTS, MAGICAL NIGHTS DISPLAY AT THE DECORAH CAMPGROUND. DENNIS OSMUNDSON WITH HELPING SERVICES FOR YOUTH AND FAMILY SAYS THE EVENT DOESN’T HAPPEN WITHOUT A LOT OF VOLUNTEER HELP FROM THE COMMUNITY.

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OSMUNDSON ESTIMATES OVER FOUR HUNDRED VOLUNTEERS ASSIST WITH THE EVENT. THE ANNUAL FUNDRAISER FOR HELPING SERVICES RUNS THROUGH CHRISTMAS NIGHT WITH THE DISPLAYS BEING OPEN FROM FIVE UNTIL NINE P.M.

NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S SMALL BUSINESS CENTER HAS STARTED A PARTNERSHIP WITH WINNESHIEK COUNTY DEVELOPMENT TO PROVIDE CONSULTING SERVICES FOR BUSINESSES IN NORTHEAST IOWA. COLLEGE VICE PRESIDENT FOR BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS WENDY MIHM-HEROLD SAYS THE PARTNERSHIP IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO ENHANCE THE COLLEGE’S SERVICES IN WINNESHIEK COUNTY AND TO PROMOTE SMALL BUSINESS GROWTH. COUNSELORS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN JANUARY. IT WILL BE A FREE SERVICE FUNDED IN PART BY N-I-C-C AND A COOPERATING AGREEMENT WITH THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION. MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE BY CONTACTING THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE.

Iowa officials are warning that state income tax refunds will be delayed in 2018. The Des Moines Register reports that Iowa Department of Revenue Director Courtney Kay-Decker says the refund delays are a result of her agency doubling down on fraud prevention efforts. The news comes after Iowa residents were told this past spring that their state tax refunds would be delayed several weeks as a measure to combat identity theft and fraud. But the Register found another cause: The state didn’t have enough cash to pay residents at the same pace as previous years. Kay-Decker says her agency stopped nearly 10,500 erroneous refunds from being processed this year through Nov. 12. Those refunds accounted for more than $17 million.

The head of the Iowa Department of Human Services says the state has the ability to fund the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program, also known as CHIP, into April. DHS Director Jerry Foxhoven (fox-hoh-vin) says he thinks CHIP will be reauthorized, but also notes Congress has been unpredictable.

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Congress has yet to renew federal funding for the program, which in Iowa, is called “hawk-i.” That stands for Healthly and Well Kids in Iowa. It provides health insurance for about 60-thousand (60,000) kids from low and moderate income families in the state. Foxhoven admits his agency is “not far along” in developing a plan should funding not be restored.

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Foxhoven said. federal funding for CHIP expired at the end of September. Some states are warning families they may have to end the program soon.

12-22 NEWS

THE AREA IS EXPERICING SOME WINTER WEATHER TODAY. GAIL WEINHOLZER WITH IOWA-MINNESOTA TRIPLE-A SAYS WEATHER USUALLY DOESN’T DRASTICALLY AFFECT HOLIDAY TRAVEL PLAN.

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THE AVERAGE PRICE FOR A GALLON OF GAS IN IOWA IS TWO DOLLARS-FORTY TWO CENTS, WHICH IS 23 CENTS PER GALLON HIGHER THAN A YEAR AGO.

THE CITY OF DECORAH’S SIDEWALK POLICY WILL GO BEFORE THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL. DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD

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THE ISSUE HAS BEEN THE MAIN TOPIC OF DISCUSSION OF THE CITY’S PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION FOR THE LAST FEW MONTHS.

Eating healthy is a challenge for many Iowans during the holidays, with so many parties, family gatherings and opportunities to splurge. April Barsema (BAR-sah-mah), a dietician at the Mercy Medical Center in Clinton, says you can control the temptation by not making unhealthy options available at home and work. She says when you’re faced with some of your favorite holiday foods, choose carefully.

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Over the holidays, Barsema stressed it’s time for family and friends — not food.

The state has approved “Greet Places” grants for four projects that will help build on improvements in their areas. Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs spokesman Jeff Morgan says the city of Elgin in eastern Iowa received a 216-thousand dollar grant to built a bridge for the Turkey River Recreational Corridor (TRRC) Trail.

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The total project cost is nearly one-point-five million dollars.

A CRESCO MAN WAS TRANSFERRED FROM THE HOWARD TO THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY JAIL WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 48 YEAR OLD JUSTIN PAYNE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON A WARRANT FOR A VIOLATION OF PRE-TRIAL SUPERVISION.