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DECORAH POWER WILL HOST A QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION TONIGHT. DAVE BERG FROM NEW GEN STRATEGIES AND SOLUTIONS, THE COMPANY WHICH CONDUCTED A FEASIBLITY STUDY SAYING A MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC UTILITY COULD WORK IN DECORAH, WILL HOST THE PRESENTATION AT SEVEN P.M. AT T-BOCKS UPSTAIRS. THE SESSION IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

THE UTILITY COMMITTEE OF THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET FOLLOWING TONIGHT’S REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING. THE COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS WATER AND SEWER RATE INCREASES. CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD WAS ASKED WHY THE INCREASES ARE NECESSARY.

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THE COMMITTEE WILL BE GIVEN TWO OPTIONS. ONE INCLUDES A 30 PERCENT INCREASE IN WATER FOLLOWED BY TWO PERCENT INCREASES THE NEXT TWO YEARS AND A 12 PERCENT INCREASE IN SEWER RATES FOLLOWED BY 12 PERCENT INCREASES THE NEXT TWO YEARS. SCENARIO TWO INCLUDES A 15 PERCENT WATER INCREASE FOR THE NEXT YEAR AND A TEN PERCENT INCREASE THE YEAR AFTER AND 12 PERCENT INCREASE IN SEWER RATES THE NEXT THREE YEARS.

THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL WILL DISCUSS A CORPORATE HANGAR AT THE DECORAH AIRPORT AT ITS MEETING TONIGHT. CITY OFFICIALS SAY GUNDERSEN HEALTH SYSTEMS WANTS TO RE-ENGAGE THE CITY IN A DISCUSSION ABOUT THE HANGAR FOR THEIR MEDLINK HELICOPTER. THE COUNCIL WILL BE PRESENTED A LETTER FROM GUNDERSEN REPRESENTATIVES PLEDGING TO ENTER INTO A LONG TERM LEASE AGREEMENT FOR THE HANGAR IF THE CITY CONSTRUCTS THE SPACE. THE COUNCIL WILL ALSO CONSIDER A SIDEWALK ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT FIVE-45 AT CITY HALL.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS WILL HOLD THEIR FIRST MEETING IN THE COURTHOUSE ANNEX BUILDING TODAY. IT WILL BE THEIR NEW LOCATIONS FOR MEETINGS MOVING FORWARD. THE BOARD WILL DEAL WITH A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT AND A RESOLUTION FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30.

WINNESHIEK COUNTY CREWS ARE SCHEDULED TO BEGIN TWO PROJECTS TODAY. COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE SAYS COUNTY ROAD A-46 WILL BE CLOSED BEGINNING THIS MORNING TO REPLACE A BRIDGE A HALF A MILE EAST OF THE HOWARD COUNTY LINE. BJERKE SAYS 230TH STREET NEAR RIDGEWAAY WILL BE CLOSED REPLACE A BRIDGE. COUNTY OFFICIALS SAY BOTH PROJECTS ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE UNTIL SUMMER.

A WEST UNION MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED ON A WARRANT FOR THREE COUNTS OF FIRST DEGREE THEFT AND NINE COUNTS OF TAMPERING WITH RECORDS. DECORAH POLICE SAY 31 YEAR OLD ABRAHAM WALTER WHITE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY FOLLOWING AN INVESTIGATION WITH HIS FORMER EMPLOYER, THOMPSON TRUCK AND TRAILER IN DECORAH.

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THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS WILL HOLD THEIR FIRST MEETING IN A NEW LOCATION TOMORROW. THE BOARD WILL NOW MEET IN THE COURTHOUSE ANNEX BUILDING. ITEMS ON TOMORROW’S AGENDA INLCUDE A RESOLUTION FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH AND A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT FOR A PROJECT IN BURR OAK. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 A.M.

A CAMPAIGN KICKOFF EVENT FOR A DEMOCRAT RUNNING FOR THE IOWA HOUSE DISTRICT 55 SPOT WILL BE HELD THIS WEEK. KAYLA KOETHER (KAY-TER) HAS FILED PAPERS TO CHALLENGE INCUMBENT REPUBLICAN MIKE BERGAN. THE KICKOFF EVENT WILL BE HELD AT THE LINGONBERRY AT 218 WEST WATER STREET WEDNESDAY NIGHT FROM FIVE UNTIL SEVEN P.M.

DECORAH MIDDLE SCHOOL WILL HOST A SPEAKER THIS WEEK. MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL JUSTIN ALBERS SAYS JOE BECKMAN WILL DISCUSS HOW TO RECLAIM HUMAN CONNECTION WITH OUR YOUTH. ALBERS SAYS BECKMAN WILL SPEAK TO THE STUDENTS THURSDAY AFTERNOON FOLLOWED BY A PARENT/COMMUNITY EVENT AT SIX-30 THAT EVENING AT THE CARRIE LEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AUDITORIUM.

VETERANS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL WILL HOST A PUBLIC FORUM WITH JOAN BECKER THIS WEEK. BECKER’S SON MARK WAS FOUND RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATH OF COACH ED THOMAS IN PARKERSBURG. BECKER’S BOOK, “SENTENCED TO LIFE,” EXPLAINS HOW HER PERSONAL FAMILY EXPERIENCE SERVED AS THE CATALYST FOR HER TO BECOME AN ADVOCATE AND PUBLIC SPEAKER FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS. THE PRESENTATION WILL BEGIN FRIDAY NIGHT AT SEVEN-30 AT THE WAUKON HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM.

SOUTH WINNESHIEK MIDDLE SCHOOL WILL PRESENT THEIR SPRING PRESENTATION THIS WEEK. THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE WILL BE PUT ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS AT SEVEN AND SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT THREE P.M. AT THE SOUTH WINNESHIEK HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM.

THE FIFTH ANNUAL LUTHER COLLEGE DANCE MARATHON WILL BE HELD NEXT SATURDAY. THE EVENT WILL BE HELD FROM ELEVEN A.M. UNTIL ELEVEN P.M. AT THE REGENTS CENTER. THE EVENT WILL INLCUDE PUBLIC HOURS FROM TWO UNTIL FIVE P.M. THE EVENT RAISES MONEY TO SUPPORT THE FAMILIES OF PEDIATRIC PATIENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA STEAD FAMILY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL.

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WINNESHIEK COUNTY FARM BUREAU WILL HOLD ITS CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION (SATURDAY) NIGHT. JOHN HEGG IS WITH WINNESHIEK COUNTY FARM BUREAU.

HEGG

THE EVENT WILL BE HELD AT NOB HILL FROM EIGHT P.M. UNTIL MIDNIGHT

DECORAH POWER WILL HOST ANOTHER SPEAKER MONDAY. DAVE BERG FROM NEW-GEN STRATEGIES AND SOLUTIONS, THE CONSULTING TEAM THAT CONDUCTED A RECENT FEASIBILITY STUDY, WILL GIVE A PRESENTATION AND TAKE QUESTIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE. THE EVENT WILL BEGIN AT SEVEN P.M. AT T-BOCKS UPSTAIRS. IT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

WINNESHIEK COUNTY ROAD CREWS ARE SCHEDULED TO BEGIN TWO PROJECTS MONDAY MORNING. COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE (BEER-KEY) SAYS COUNTY ROAD A-46 IN WESTERN WINNESHIEK COUNTY WILL CLOSE MONDAY TO REPLACE A BRIDGE ONE HALF MILE EAST OF THE HOWARD COUNTY LINE. BJERKE SAYS 230TH STREET NEAR RIDGEWAY WILL CLOSE MONDAY DUE TO THE POOR CONDITION OF A BRIDGE. BJERKE SAYS BOTH CLOSURES ARE EXPECTED TO LAST UNTIL SUMMER.

THE CITY OF DECORAH’S COMPOST SITE WILL OPEN NEXT WEEK. CITY OFFICIALS SAY THE REGULAR HOURS FOR THE SITE ON TROUT RUN ROAD WILL BE WEDNESDAYS FROM EIGHT A.M. UNTIL SEVEN P.M. AND SATURDAYS FROM EIGHT A.M. UNTIL NOON. CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD SAYS THE SITE WILL BE OPEN EVERY WEEKDAY DURING THE SPRING FROM EIGHT A.M. UNTIL THREE P.M.

Corn has been dethroned as the king of crops as farmers report they intend to plant more soybeans than corn for the first time in 35 years. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its annual prospective planting report released Thursday that farmers intend to plant 89 million acres in soybeans and 88 million acres in corn. The primary reason is profitability. Corn costs much more to plant because of required demands for pest and disease control and fertilizer. When the profitability of both crops is close, farmers bet on soybeans for a better return. The only year that soybean acres beat corn in recent memory was 1983, when the government pushed farmers to plant fewer acres to boost prices in the midst of the nation’s worst farm crisis.
Iowa is the top corn producing state, followed by Illinois, Nebraska and Minnesota. Top soybean states are Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and North Dakota.

A new law is expanding access to mental health services across Iowa. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed legislation Thursday at a ceremony in the state Capitol rotunda that creates six access centers to provide short-term care for people in crisis. The legislation also doubles the number of teams across the state that provide 24/7 flexible treatment and support to patients. The nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency estimates the total cost at more than $31 million over two years. Funding would come from federal, state and local taxes. Iowa’s 14 mental health regions would spend down excess cash reserves to pay for initial costs. Reynolds also signed a bill requiring Iowa school districts to train educators on how to identify and help students at risk of suicide.

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THE IOWA LEGISLATURE HAS PASSED A BILL REQUIRING ALL SCHOOLS TO CONDUCT DRILLS FOR ACTIVE SHOOTERS. DECORAH SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS IT’S ALREADY HAPPENING IN THE DECORAH DISTRICT.

HALUSKA

HALUSKA SAYS SECRUITY MEASURES IN THE DISTRICT HAVE BEEN UPGRADED A LOT OVER THE LAST FIVE TO TEN YEARS.

CITY OF DECORAH OFFICIALS HAVE SET UP SEVERAL WARD MEETINGS TO ANSWER QUESTIONS RELATED TO THE UPCOMING MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC UTILITY REFERENDUM. DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD.

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DECORAH VOTERS WILL BE ASKED IF THEY WANT TO PURSUE THE POSSIBILITY OF A MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC UTILITY MAY FIRST.

FLOODING IS THE FOCUS OF THE DAY TODAY FOR SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK. TODD SHEA IS WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN LA CROSSE. HE SAYS THIS AREA HAS SEEN THE POTENTIAL DEADLY CONSEQUENCES OF FLASH FLOODING.

SHEA

SHEA SAYS AS A MOTORIST YOU SHOULD NEVER CROSS A FLOODED ROADWAY, REMINDING PEOPLE TO TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN.

THE LONGTIME ANCHOR OF ABC NEWS’ NIGHTLINE WILL PRESENT A LECTURE IN MAY ON THE LUTHER COLLEGE CAMPUS. TED KOPPEL WILL PRESENT THE 2018 ROSLIEN DISTINGUISHED LECTURE MAY FIRST AT SEVEN P.M. ON THE LUTHER COLLEGE CAMPUS. KOPPEL WILL PRESENT “SCIENCE AND POLICY:COMMUNICATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY WORLD OF FAKE NEWS.” THE LECTURE WILL BE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

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THE IOWA SENATE PASSED A MEASURE (TUESDAY) TO ALLOW INSURANCE COMPANIES TO SELL PLANS ON THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET, WHICH DO NOT COMPLY WITH THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. REPUBLICAN STATE SENATOR MIKE BREITBACH OF STRAWBERRY POINT SEES THE MOVE AS A POSITIVE.

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BREITBACH SAYS THE MEASURE ALLOWS MORE CONSUMER FREEDOM AS WELL.

A FORT ATKINSON HAS BEEN ARRESTED ON A WARRANT FOR THE VIOLATION OF A PRE-TRIAL SUPERVISION. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 47 YEAR OLD CHAD BENZING WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY TUESDAY NIGHT.

WHILE THE DECORAH SCHOOL DISTRICT IS CONTINUING TO EXPLORE USING CITY-OWNED PROPERTY ON CLAIBORNE DRIVE, THE DISTRICT IS ALSO EXPLORING OPTIONS FOR A NEW BUS GARAGE. SUPERINTENDENT MIKE HALUSKA SAYS THERE AREN’T MANY SITES THAT FIT ONE OF THEIR MAIN REQUIREMENTS.

HALUSKA

THE DISTRICT IS CURRENTLY LEASING A BUILDING ON THE POLE LINE ROAD FOR THEIR BUS GARAGE.

Tens of thousands of Iowans are at risk of having their utility services disconnected next week when a winter heating moratorium comes to an end. Christine Taylor, with the Iowa Department of Human Rights, oversees the state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP (pronounced “LIE-heep”).

Taylor

Under Iowa law, utility customers approved for LIHEAP cannot have their natural gas or electric service cut off due to unpaid bills between November 1 and April 1. Taylor is encouraging those customers to contact their local community action agency if they’re unable to catch up on their utility debt.

THE FOCUS OF TODAY DURING SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IS FAMILY PLANNING. TODD SHEA IS WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LA CROSSE

SHEA

SHEA SAYS FAMILIES NEED TO MAKE SURE THEY’RE ON THE SAME PAGE BEFORE SEVERE WEATHER HITS.

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A TRIAL DATE HAS BEEN SET FOR AUGUST EIGHTH FOR A DECORAH MAN CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER AND GOING ARMED WITH INTENT. 34 YEAR OLD BRIAN FULLHART IS ACUSSED OF KILLING 34 YEAR OLD ZOANNE FULLHART OF DECORAH IN CRESCO ON MARCH FIRST. ARRAIGNMENT FOR FULLHART WAS HELD MONDAY IN HOWARD COUNTY DISTRICT COURT. A PRE-TRIAL HEARING WAS SCHEDULED FOR JULY 16TH. FULLHART ENTERED A NOT-GUILTY PLEA TO THE CHARGES EARLIER THIS MONTH.

A DECORAH MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO A SERIES OF VEHICLE BURGLARIES REPORTED TO AUTHORITIES MARCH 17TH. DECORAH POLICE SAY A SEARCH WAS EXECUTED AT 605 IOWA AVENUE MONDAY IN CONNECTION TO THE INVESTIGATION. POLICE SAY 27 YEAR OLD JOSEPH MICHAEL FRANCISCO WAS CHARGED WITH THIRD DEGREE BURGLARY, DISTRIBUTION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE TO A PERSON UNDER 18, POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA AND POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA.

A WATERLOO MAN HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED FROM THE BREMER COUNTY JAIL TO THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY JAIL. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 34 YEAR OLD RYAN TOVAR WAS ARRESTED ON A WARRANT FOR FIRST DEGREE FELONY THEFT.

A CALMAR WOMAN WAS TRANSPORTED FROM THE FAYETTE TO THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY JAIL. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 33 YEAR OLD MEGEN CLARK WILL FACE CHARGES IN WINNESHIEK COUNTY FOR FELONY FORGERY AND IDENTITY THEFT.

A CALMAR WOMAN WAS ARRESTED FOR DRIVING WHILE BARRED AFTER A SUNDAY AFTERNOON TRAFFIC STOP. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 23 YEAR OLD NICOLE HAYEK WAS BOOKED INTO THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY JAIL ON THE CHARGES.

AN IOWA SENATE SUB-COMMITTEE HAS MOVED FORWARD A BILL TO ESTABLISH EDUCATIONAL SAVINGS ACCOUNT, KNOWN TO MANY AS VOUCHERS. THE BILL WOULD ESTABLISH FOUR-THOUSAND DOLLAR CREDITS TO ALLOW STUDENTS TO ATTEND PRIVATE SCHOOLS. REPUBLICAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE MIKE BERGAN OF DORCHESTER SAYS THERE’S NO ACTION PLANNED ON THE IDEA IN THE HOUSE.

BERGAN

THE MEASURE NOW MOVES ONTO SENATE APPRORIATIONS COMMITTEE.

THIS WEEK IS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN IOWA. A STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL IS PLANNED FOR (WEDNESDAY). TODD SHEA IS WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LA CROSSE.

SHEA

THE DECORAH LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL BE ACTIVATING AND TESTING THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY-WIDE OUTDOOR WARNING SIRENS DURING THE TEST WARNING WEDNESDAY MORNING.

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TWO TEAMS OF DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HAVE QUALIFIED FOR THE STATE ENVIROTHON CONTEST. THE TEAMS FINISHED SECOND AND THIRD EARLIER THIS MONTH AT THE REGIONAL ENVIROTHON CONTEST HELD IN IOWA CITY. THE STATE CONTEST WILL BE HELD APRIL 16TH AT THE Y-M-C-A CAMP NEAR BOONE. THE ENVIROTHON IS A TEAM COMPETITION FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, TESTING THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF NATURAL RESOURCES.

MONDAY’S MEETING WAS THE FINAL ONE FOR THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS IN THEIR CURRENT LOCATION. BOARD CHAIR JOHN LOGSDON SAYS THERE ARE TWO REASONS FOR THE CHANGE IN LOCATION.

LOGSDON

LOGSDON SAYS BEGINNING NEXT MONDAY THE BOARD WILL MEET IN THE ANNEX BUILDING ADJACENT TO THE COURTHOUSE.

THIS WEEK IS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN IOWA. TODD SHEA OF THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LA CROSSE SAYS TODAY’S FOCUS IS STAYING AWARE OF THE WEATHER. SHEA SAYS IT’S IMPORTANT TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A WATCH AND A WARNING.

SHEA

SHEA SAYS TO EITHER HAVE A NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR ACCESS TO A TRUSTED MEDIA OUTLET TO HELP INFORM YOU OF THE WEATHER HAPPENINGS. A STORM SPOTTER CLASS WILL BE HELD TONIGHT AT THE FEATHERLITE CENTER ON THE HOWARD COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS IN CRESCO AT SIX-30 P.M. IT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

AN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING TRAFFIC STOP NEAR RIDGEWAY HAS LED TO MULTIPLE CHARGES BEING FILED AGAINST A RIDGEWAY MAN. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 19 YEAR OLD CALEB FENSKE WAS CHARGED WITH DRUG DISTRIBUTION TO A PERSON UNDER 18, A CLASS B FELONY, FAILURE TO AFFIX DRUG STAMP, A CLASS D FELONY, OPEARTING WHILE IMPAIRED AND THE VIOLATION OF A NO-CONTACT ORDER.

THREE FORMER CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANTS AT THE PRAIRIE VIEW RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILITY IN FAYETTE HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH SEXUAL EXPLOTATION OF PATIENTS. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 44 YEAR OLD CAROLYN WIEDRICH OF SUMNER, 23 YEAR OLD SHELBY SEBRING OF HAWKEYE AND 32 YEAR OLD JAMIE PAGEL OF SUMNER ALL POSTED BOND AFTER THEIR ARREST. TWO OTHER C-N-A AT THE FACILITY WERE CHARGED EARLIER THIS MONTH. FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF MARTY FISHER SAYS INVESTIGATORS ARE LOOKING INTO FURTHER INCIDENTS AND MORE CHARGES COULD BE FILED. THE PRAIRIE VIEW RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILITY PROVIDES SKILL-BUILDING SERVICES FOR ADULTS WITH CHRONIC MENTAL ILLNESS.

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TWO DECORAH CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEES WILL MEET TONIGHT. THE BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL MEET AT FIVE-30 TO DISCUSS 28-E AGREEMENTS RELATED TO HOTEL/MOTEL TAX DOLLARS. THE STREET COMMITTEE WILL MEET FOLLOWING THE BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE. THE STREET COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE 2018 STREET IMPROVEMENT PLANS AND THE ADMINISTRATIVE SIDEWALK POLICY. BOTH MEETINGS WILL TAKE PLACE AT CITY HALL.

THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL HAVE A ROUTINE AGENDA FOR ITS MEETING TODAY. THE BOARD WILL DISCUSS BUSINESS PROPERTY TAX CREDITS AND AN UPDATE REGARDING THE FRANKVILLE WATER SYSTEM PERMIT. THE BOARD WILL ALSO MEET WITH COUNTY ENGINEER LEE BJERKE AND COUNTY ATTORNEY ANDY VAN DER MAATEN. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT NINE-30 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DECORAH.

ARRAIGNMENT IS SCHEDULED FOR TODAY IN HOWARD COUNTY DISTRICT COURT FOR A DECORAH MAN CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER AND GOING ARMED WITH INTENT. 34 YEAR OLD BRIAN FULLHART ENTERED A NOT GUILTY PLEA TO THE CHARGES ELEVEN DAYS AGO. FULLHART IS ACCUSSED OF KILLING 34 YEAR OLD ZOANNE FULLHART IN CRESCO ON MARCH FIRST.

THIS WEEK IS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN THE STATE OF IOWA. TODAY’S FOCUS IS SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. TODD SHEA WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LA CROSSE SAYS SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN LEAD TO THREATENING SITUATIONS.

SHEA

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL BE HOSTING A STORM SPOTTER TRAINING CLASS TONIGHT AT THE FAYETTE FIRE STATION BEGINNING AT SEVEN P.M.

DECORAH POWER WILL HOST A SPEAKER ON LOCAL-OWNED UTILITES TONIGHT. JOHN FARRELL, THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEMOCRATIC ENERGY INITIATIVE AT THE INSTITUTE FOR LOCAL SELF-RELIANCE IN MINNEAPOLIS, WILL SPEAK AT SIX-30 THE T-BOCKS UNDERGROUND. THE TALK IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

14 AREA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL BE IN CEDAR FALLS TODAY FOR THE IOWA HIGH SCHOOL INDIVIDUAL SPEECH ALL-STATE FESTIVAL. SIX STUDENTS FROM DECORAH. TWO EACH FROM CRESTWOOD, KEE HIGH AND M-F-L-MAR-MAC AND ONE EACH FROM NORTH FAYETTE VALLEY AND TURKEY VALLEY EARNED ALL-STATE RECOGNITION THROUGH PERFORMANCES AT THE NORTHEAST DISTRICT STATE INDIVIDUAL SPEECH CONTEST EARLIER THIS MONTH. THE FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD AT THE MCLEOD CENTER ON THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA CAMPUS.

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THE DOWNTOWN DECORAH BETTERMENT ASSOCIATION RECOGNIZED 17 BUSINESSES AT ITS ANNUAL MEETING LAST WEEK. THE BUSINESSES EITHER STARTED OR EXPANDED THEIR OPERATIONS IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA. AWARDS WERE PRESENTED TO BROKER LEATHER, CARDBOARD ROBOT, THE GETUP, THE COURTYARD AND CELLAR, GROUP BENEFIT PARTNERS, THRIVENT FINANCIAL, PULPIT ROCK BREWING COMPANY, ACCESS SYSTEMS, THE SUGAR BOWL ICE CREAM COMPANY, GRACIE’S BOUTIQUE, ROOTZ, EDWARD JONES, WILDCRAFTED ACUPUNCTURE AND HERBS, KNOX FINANCIAL, CURVES, BACKWATER SPIRITS AND MORE AND LULU AND BB’S PET MARKET. THE ANNUAL MEETING WAS HELD LAST WEDNESDAY MORNING AT THE HOTEL WINNESHIEK.

THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEMOCRATIC ENERGY INITIATIVE AT THE INSTITUTE FOR LOCAL SELF-RELIANCE IN MINNEAPOLIS WILL BE IN DECORAH MONDAY NIGHT. FARRELL WILL PRESENT “FOLLOW THE MONEY: HOW LOCALLY-OWNED UTILITIES BUILD COMMUNITY,” AT SIX-30 AT T-BOCKS UNDERGROUND. THE TALK IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND IS HOSTED BY DECORAH POWER.

THE LEARNING RESOURCES NETWORK HAS RECOGNIZED NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS PROGRAM. THE PROGRAM IS THE CONTINUING EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE TRAINING DIVISION OF THE COLLEGE. THE PROGRAM WAS PRESENTED BY THE LERN 2018 BEST CONTRACT TRAINING SALES TEAM AWARD. THE PRESENTATION WAS MADE AT THE LEARNING RESOURCES NETWORK’S CONTRACT TRAINING CONFERENCE IN CHICAGO ON MARCH 14TH.

THE GIANTS OF THE EARTH HERITAGE CENTER IN SPRING GROVE HAS RECEIVED A NEARLY TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT FROM THE MINNESOTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY. THE MONEY WILL BE PUT TOWARDS A PORJECT FOR NORWEGIAN RIDGE FARMERS TO PROVIDE THEIR ORAL HISTORIES. THE GRANT IS PART OF 36 GRANTS GIVEN OUT STATEWIDE TOTALING 319-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

NEXT WEEK IS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN THE STATE OF IOWA. TODD SHEA IS WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LA CROSSE.

SHEA

A STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL IS SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEDNESDAY MORNING IN THE TEN O’CLOCK HOUR.

The new license plate design picked by voters at this year’s Iowa State Fair will start showing up in a handful of counties in the next few weeks. Iowa Department of Transportation spokesperson, Andrea Henry, says the new plates went into production this week and will go out to the counties which need a new supply.

Henry

The plates will feature the new design — which is a reboot of the old plates — and will be made of a new material.

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THE DECORAH HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY WILL PRESENT A HOMETOWN HEROES BASKETBALL GAME TONIGHT, FEATURING THE HIGH SCHOOL FACULTY AGAINST MEMBERS OF THE POLICE, FIRE AND SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT. VITA DOMNENKO IS A MEMBER OF THE D-H-S NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

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A FREE WILL OFFERING WILL BE ACCEPTED WITH PROCEEDS GOING TOWARDS AN OUTDOOR CLASSROOM AND TOWARDS THE ARNESON FAMILY.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL BE HOSTING TWO STORM SPOTTER TRAINING CLASSES THIS WEEK. A CLASS WILL BE HELD AT THE FAYETTE FIRE STATION MONDAY NIGHT AT SEVEN P.M. ANOTHER CLASS WILL BE HELD AT THE FEATHERLITE CENTER ON THE HOWARD COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS IN CRESCO BEGINNING AT SIX-30 P.M. THE SESSIONS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC WITH NO PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

THE WINNESHIEK IDEA HOUSE WILL BE HOLDING AN EVENT (SATURDAY) NIGHT. TABITA (TA-BEET-A) GREEN IS ONE OF THE EVENT ORGANIZERS.

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THE EVENT WILL BEGIN AT FIVE P.M. AT THE ELKS LODGE IN DECORAH

THE BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET MONDAY NIGHT. THE COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS WHETHER OR NOT ANY CHANGES ARE NECESSARY IN THE 28-E AGREEMENT WITH THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU REGARDING THE ADMINISTRATION OF HOTEL/MOTEL TAX DOLLARS.

AN ARRAIGNMENT IS SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY IN HOWARD COUNTY DISTRICT COURT FOR A DECORAH MAN CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER. 34 YEAR OLD BRIAN FULLHART ENTERED A NOT-GUILTY PLEA TO CHARGES OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER AND GOING ARMED WITH INTENT. FULLHART WAS CHARGED IN A MARCH FIRST INCIDENT IN CRESCO IN WHICH 34 YEAR OLD ZOANNE FULLHART WAS KILLED. FULLHART IS BEING HELD IN THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY JAIL. WINNESHIEK COUNTY IS CURRENTLY HOUSING HOWARD COUNTY INMATES AS HOWARD COUNTY IS CURRENTLY BUILDING A NEW JAIL.

THE DECORAH MARCH FOR OUR LIVES IS SCHEDULED FOR (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON. EVENT ORGANIZERS SAY THE MARCH WILL BEGIN AT TWO P.M. AT MARY CHRISTOPHER PARK. FROM THERE PARTICIPANTS WILL MARCH UP WATER STREET TO EVENTUALLY TO THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY COURTHOUSE. EVENT ORGANIZERS SAY THE MARCH WILL HONOR THE VICTIMS OF THE STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING AND TO PROMOTE COMMON SENSE CHANGES IN LEGISLATION.

THE TURKEY VALLEY EDUCATION FOUNDATION GALA WILL BE HELD (SATURDAY) NIGHT. DAVE ANDERSON IS WITH THE TURKEY VALLEY EDUCATION FOUNDATION.

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THE EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE WAUCOMA EVENTS CENTER.

14 AREA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL PERFORM MONDAY AT THE IOWA HIGH SCHOOL INDIVIDUAL SPEECH ALL-STATE FESTIVAL. THE STUDENTS QUALIFIED FOR THE FESTIVAL THROUGH OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES AT THE NORTHEAST DISTRICT INDIVIDUAL SPEECH FESTIVAL HELD EARLIER THIS MONTH. DECORAH WILL SEND SIX PERFORMERS, CRESTWOOD, KEE HIGH AND MFL-MAR-MAC TWO, AND NORTH FAYETTE VALLEY AND TURKEY VALLEY ONE EACH. THE FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD AT THE MCCLOUD CENTER ON THE U-N-I CAMPUS IN CEDAR FALLS.