5-21 NEWS

A Decorah man was killed in a car vs UTV accident Monday afternoon east of Decorah. The Iowa State Patrol says 86 year old Norman Dickman died of injuries suffered in the accident. Authorities say shortly before three p.m. Dickman was driving his UTV eastbound on highway nine when he made a left turn in front of a vehicle driven by 62 year old Lorrie Reed of Darlington, Wisconsin and the car and UTV collided. Reed was uninjured in the accident, which closed that portion of highway nine for nearly two hours

An inmate at the Winneshiek county jail was charged with assault on a correctional officer following an incident Sunday night. The Winneshiek county sheriff’s department says 21 year old Donavon Nelson allegedly attacked a jailer around nine p.m. Authorities say the correctional officer was not injured in the assault.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds will be signing a bill into law in Decorah (Tuesday). The Governor will sign senate file 230 into law at Toppling Goliath at ten-30 a.m. The bill will allow brewers in the state to be allowed to be involved in beer, wine and distilled spirits. Previously Iowa-based brewers were only allowed to be involved in one of the three. Also (Tuesday), Iowa Lituentant Governor Adam Gregg will tour W-W Homestead Dairy in Waukon at nine a.m. The Governor and Lieutenant Governoor will also visit the downtown West Union business district beginning at twelve-15.

A Chatfield, Minnesota man has been charged with third degree felony sexual assault following an investigation by the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Department with the assistance of the Fillmore County sheriff’s department. Authorities say 18 year old Damian Anthony was arrested in Fillmore County. The Sheriff’s department says Anthony is being held in the Fillmore County Jail awaiting extradition.

Howard county jail inmates could be returning to Howard county soon. Winneshiek county sheriff Dan Marx told the Winneshiek county board of supervisors (Monday) morning an inspector will be at the newly constructed Howard county jail later this week. Winneshiek county has been housing Howard county jail inmates since Feburary of 2018.

On a 4-3 vote, the Decorah city council passed the first reading of a zoning code amendment ordinance at its meeting last night. The amendment would change the requirement of council members needed to approve a rezoning request should the planning and zoning commission recommend against rezoning a property. The change would require a 2/3 majority of the council, or five votes, to approve a rezoning. Currently city code requires a 3/4 majority, or six votes, of the council. Kirk Johnson was one of four council members who voted for the first reading.


Johnson, Ross Hadley, Randy Schissell and Andy Carlson voted for the change. Johanna Bergan, Dan Bellrichard and Steve Luse voted against it. Six people spoke at the public hearing on the issue with three favoring the change and three opposing the change. Luse stated others should have been consulted before the change was proposed. Bergan stated the change does a disservice to future council ignoring the work the planning and zoning commission puts into these issues. Decorah mayor Lorraine Borowski said she presented the change after many constituents raised concerns to her after the planning and zoning commission rejected the Menards rezoning application and finding out a super-majority of the council was needed to overturn the planning and zoning commission decision. The second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for the June third council meeting.

The Decorah high school band department is scheduled to perform an outdoor patriotic concert today. The concert will begin at noon at the intersection of Washington and Water Streets and is open to the public. In case of rain, the concert will be held in the high school auditorium.

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