A Cresco man, accused of trying to kill law enforcement officers during a high-speed chase in March, has entered a not guilty plea. Court records say 29 year old Richard Dale Ogle the second was charged with attempted murder, eluding, going armed with intent, two counts of control of a firearm by felon, domestic abuse assault, carrying weapons, OWI and possession of dangerous weapons while under the influence. Authorities say the incident occurred March 16th and the chase hit speeds of 100 miles per hour where Ogle alledgedly shot an pursuing officers. He was arrested three miles east of Ridgeway and after the chase began in Cresco. A trial for Ogle is scheduled for June 26th.
A Cresco man has been arrested and charged after a Sunday incident. Authorities say 35 year old Michael Koch was charged with felony domestic abuse assault and disoderly conduct.
The executive director of the Decorah area chamber of commerce was recently recognized by a regional organization. Kristina Wiltgen was one of three finalists for the Mid-American Chamber Executives Executive of the year. The award recognized a chamber executive who has demonstrated a vision, commitment and passion of the advancement of their chamber and community as a whole. The Mid-American Chamber Executives is an organization consisting of chamber executives from Iowa. Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
A return to cool, wet weather put the brakes on planting in most areas of the state. Iowa Ag Secretary Mike Naig (Like egg) says the weekly U-S-D-A crop report showed less than two suitable days for field work last week. Naig says less than half the projected corn acres are planted.
The U-S-D-A report says this is the smallest percent of corn planted by May 12 since 2013 when just 15 percent of the expected crop had been planted. It is the fifth time in 40 years that less than half the expected crop has been planted by May 12. The soybean planting is six days behind both last year and the five-year average.
The Decorah Education Association and the Decorah school district have reached an agreement on a master contract for next school year. The agreement includes a total package increase of 3.08 percent taking into account salary and insurance increases. This was the first contract negotiation since the state changes in collective bargaining laws in 2017. D-E-A negotiator Steve Peterson said the agreement shows what good will and respect can accomplish. Decorah schools superintendent Mike Haluska says the D-E-A was able to rise above the political pettiness and put together a sound plan representing the best interests of all.
Two people suffered minor injuries in a single vehicle accident which occurred (Tuesday) morning. The Winneshiek county sheriff’s department says around quarter after nine, 83 year old Frances Frana of Decorah lost control of her vehicle on 245th avenue, the vehicle entered the ditch and rolled over once landing on its wheels. Frana and a passenger, Peter Frana, were transported by ambulance to Winneshiek medical center.