8-27 NEWS

A Caledonia man is dead as a result of a tree-cutting accident near Dexter, MN Sunday. KIMT reports 64-year old Earl Klankowski died and two others were injured in the incident when they fell 30-35 feet while cutting trees shortly after noon Sunday.

While persons have until September 19th to file their nomination papers to run for city council or school board positions this fall, those wanting to run for the ward two position on the Decorah city council have until the end of the week to do so. Earlier this month, the Decorah city council set September 24th as a date of a special election in Decorah’s ward two. Dan Bellrichard stepped down from the position in July when he moved out of the second ward. At the August fifth meeting, Emily Neal was appointed to the position by the council. Later that week, the petition with the signatures of 56 ward two residents was presented to the council requesting the special election. City clerk Wanda Hemesath says papers must be turned into the Winneshiek county auditor’s office by Friday. Hemesath adds the election will cost the city around 1500 dollars. City manager Chad Bird says after the petition was presented, the council was obligated to call for the election. Whoever wins that election, will serve three meetings until the general election is held on November fifth.

Iowa gas prices have fallen three cents a gallon in the past week, to an average of $2.43 a gallon. GasBuddy reports prices in Iowa are 13.6 cents per gallon lower than a month ago, and 29.3 cents a gallon lower than one year ago. The lowest price in Iowa today is $2.14 a gallon, while the highest is $2.99 per gallon.

As the new school year starts in Decorah, there will be some new faces in school classrooms. Decorah schools superintendent Mark Lane.

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Lane says only one of the new faces in entirely new to the profession. Lane says Decorah is a well-known school district with a strong reputation and that allows the districts to receive applications from educators with extensive experience.

A Howard County man has pled guilty as a result of a motorcycle vs. car crash that left a woman with a broken foot in August of last year. 52-year old Lonnie Dishinger of Cresco wss riding his motorcycle when he crossed the centerline and hit a Dodge Neon. The driver of the Neon suffered 12 fractures in her foot as a result.

As students head back to class, dozens of Iowa schools are preparing to offer free breakfast and lunch. A federal program called the Community Eligibility Provision or C-E-P pays for meals at select schools. Patti Harding, at the Iowa Department of Education, says schools have to show they have a high percentage of students who qualify for free lunch through other federal programs like SNAP or welfare.

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As students head back to class, dozens of Iowa schools are preparing to offer free breakfast and lunch. A federal program called the Community Eligibility Provision or C-E-P pays for meals at select schools. Patti Harding, at the Iowa Department of Education, says schools have to show they have a high percentage of students who qualify for free lunch through other federal programs like SNAP or welfare.

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A total of 157 Iowa schools were part of the program in the 2018-19 school year. Based on preliminary numbers, Harding expects more Iowa schools to offer free lunch this year, but at fewer school systems overall.

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