Driftless Outdoors: Successful May anglers are not deep thinkers

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 3:03 pm

Pride won’t allow wannabe pro anglers that spend Saturdays flying up and down the river in $100,000 bass boats to admit they got “skunked”.  They will tell you time on the intimidating Mississippi was spent “eliminating unproductive water”.

Harpers Ferry Area Heritage Society hosts pop-up museum for Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 3:02 pm

The museum will include items from the collection of the late Lois Robinson, who collected various items dealing with the history of Allamakee County, including photographs and documents. Her daughters, Regina Manning and Patty Manning, inherited their mother’s collection will share these pieces of Allamakee County’s history with all.

Class of 2024 celebrates 

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 2:59 pm

Decorah, South Winneshiek and Turkey Valley High Schools all held commencement ceremonies Sunday, May 19 along with Luther College.

McGregor native earns 2024 Jenson Medal at Luther

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 6:35 am

Luther College graduating senior Matilda Koeller received the college’s Elizabeth A. and Paul G. Jenson Medal for the class of 2024. The announcement was made during the commencement ceremony Sunday, May 19.

Law enforcement seat belt campaign under way

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 5:41 am

The Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) is partnering with law enforcement across Iowa to support the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Click It, Don’t Risk It high-visibility enforcement effort. The national seat belt campaign, which coincides with the Memorial Day holiday, is May 20-June 2, 2024.


Missing kayaker last seen Saturday near Freeport

Monday, May 20, 2024 11:33 am

A 39-year-old kayaker has been missing since Saturday, according to a report from the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office.

Library hosts June book discussions

Monday, May 20, 2024 4:46 am

Decorah Public Library staff will host five book discussions in June. The groups are open to the public and newcomers are encouraged to attend. Anyone interested should call the library at 382-3717 to learn more or to reserve a book. Email to be added to any of the five groups’ email distribution lists. Funds for multiple copy sets were  provided by Friends of Decorah Public Library.

Decorah’s 175th celebration June 15

Monday, May 20, 2024 4:38 am

The City of Decorah will commemorate the town’s 175th Anniversary – the Dodransbicentennial – Saturday, June 15.
The public is invited to a short program at 10 a.m. at Vesterheim Commons on Water Street on the morning of the 15th. Visits to historic locations around the community are encouraged, and special tours, events and family activities are planned.


Summer kayak kick-off at Lake Meyer May 29

Saturday, May 18, 2024 11:57 am

Vessels, paddles and life jackets will be provided for registered participants.

P&Z approves Anundsen building rehabilitation

Saturday, May 18, 2024 9:43 am

The end goal for the building is to house 10 residential apartments on the second floor, and the 8,600 sq. ft. main level will be used as commercial space. According to Koester, apartments will include two studio apartments, five one-bedroom units, and three two-bedroom units, ranging from 550 to 1,100 sq. ft. in size.

Syttende Mai with Vesterheim

Friday, May 17, 2024 3:47 pm

Vesterheim, the National Norwegian-American Museum and Folk Art School, celebrated Syttende Mai, Norway’s Constitution Day, on May 17.

Spring Grove celebrates Syttende Mai

Friday, May 17, 2024 3:42 pm

Spring Grove’s Barnetoget (Norwegian for “children’s parade”) was held Friday afternoon, May 17.


The economic impact of hospitals in Iowa – National Hospital Week is May 12-18

Friday, May 17, 2024 2:58 pm

National Hospital Week, observed May 12-18, recognizes the 5,000 hospital, health systems and networks in the United States, as well as the more than 6 million people who provide care to individuals in communities.

May 13 Deco fire deemed an accident

Friday, May 17, 2024 12:36 pm

Once the fire was extinguished, the area was overhauled, the building was deemed safe to re-occupy, and employees were allowed to return to the building.

Patriotic performance

Friday, May 17, 2024 12:28 pm

The Decorah High School band performed a series of familiar patriotic melodies May 16 during a special outdoor concert held at the corner of Washington and Water Streets in downtown Decorah.


Driftless Area Art Festival applications due May 31

Friday, May 17, 2024 11:56 am

Teachers and homeschool students from across the Driftless Region are invited to exhibit their students’ works.

Luther receives one of largest planned gifts

Friday, May 17, 2024 8:48 am

The receipt of one of the largest planned gift commitments in college history has lifted Luther College to its greatest single year of fund-raising with just over $33 million committed, President Jenifer K. Ward announced prior to the 2024 Commencement.

Winneshiek County students plant trees

Friday, May 17, 2024 8:38 am

Students were able to plant their own trees.

Law enforcement reports

Thursday, May 16, 2024 12:33 pm

The Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office received a report of enticement of a minor child May 2 at 5:30 p.m. in Castalia. Officers immediately started investigating, which led to an arrest warrant as well as a search warrant for Jose Maria …

Celebrate Syttende Mai with Vesterheim

Thursday, May 16, 2024 11:53 am

Vesterheim, the National Norwegian-American Museum and Folk Art School, invites all to celebrate Syttende Mai, Norway’s Constitution Day, on Friday, May 17, with activities on campus in Decorah and a live-stream fiddle concert online.