The experts say our region’s weather patterns will likely be changing for the warmer and wetter in the seasons ahead, but how much they’ll change is still anybody’s guess. Meteorologist Dennis Todey (TODD-ee), director of the U-S-D-A’s Midwest Climate Hub — based in Ames, explains.
La Nina patterns often bring cooler temperatures along with more storms in some areas and droughts elsewhere. El Nino patterns typically do the opposite. Todey says the region’s outlook for the month ahead will likely include more rain than normal.
A Cresco family will be recognized (Wednesday) by the Iowa Department of Agriculutre. The Tim Huhe family is this year’s recipient of the Gary Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award. The award, named for a long-time farm broadcaster, recognizes livestock producers who take time to do things right, including caring for the environment, their livestock and being good neighbors. The Huhe family raises dairy, beef, pork, sheep and crops on their farm in rural Cresco. A ceremony will begin at eleven-30 on the Howard county fairgrounds.
A recent Decorah high school graduate has received an Air Force Reserve training corps scholarship. Dawson Bauer will attend the University of Wisconsin at Madison this fall. Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities, physical fitness, specific performance or accomplishment, leadership abilities and personal interviews. The scholarship includes tuition and fees, a six hundred dollar allotment for text books and a 10-month stipend per year. Bauer will incur a military active duty assignment for four years following graduation.
The city of Decorah set a record high Sunday. Decorah weather statistician Richard Bernatz says Sunday’s high temperature was 94 degrees, defeating the previous May 27th record of 92 in 1967. Monday’s high of 93 fell short of the May 28th high of 96 set back in 1913. Sunday and Monday marked the first back-to-back days of over 90 degrees temperatures in Decorah since May 27th and 28th of 2013, when the temperature high 90 and 91 degrees.
An Elkader man was arrested after an incident at a Castalia residence on Saturday. The Winneshiek county sheriff’s department says 35 year old Brandon Brown was charged with willful injury causing bodily injury.
An Ossian man was charged with two counts of assault after authorities responded to a fight in progress on Main Street in Ossian Sunday. The Winneshiek county sheriff’s department says 23 year old Jorge Cardona was arrested for allegedly asaulting two individuals.
A Ridgeway man was arrested after authorities were called to a residence in Madison Township Monday. The Winneshiek county sheriff’s department says 33 year old Ronald Still was charged with criminal mischief after finding property scattered throughout the yard and driveway when they arrived on the scene.
A motorcycle accident near the intersection of Canoe Ridge and River Road Saturday caused injuries to the passenger of the motorcycle. The Winneshiek county sheriff’s department says 57 year old Timothy Morris of Onalaska, Wisconsin lost control of his motorcycle around two-30 Saturday afternoon. Authorities say an unidentified female passenger was thrown from the bike and was taken by ambulance to Winneshiek Medical Center. The accident remains under investigation and charges are pending.
A Saturday afternoon accident on Town Line Road in Madison Township injuried a Shell Rock woman. The Winneshiek county sheriff’s department says 22 year old Amber Cole was lost control of her vehicle, entered the ditch and rolled several times. She was taken by ambulance to Winneshiek Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Charges are pending in the accident.
A Decorah man was injuried in an accident Friday afternoon in Fayette County. The Fayette county sheriff’s department says 24 year old Eric Smorstad lost control of his vehicle on Lincoln Road and entered the ditch totalling the vehicle. Smorstad was transported by ambulance to Palmer Lutheran hospital in West Union with non-life threatening injuries. The accident remains under investigation.