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DHS donates prom grand march proceeds to HSNEI

Thursday, April 18, 2024 2:56 pm

Decorah High School hosted the 2024 Prom, which included the Grand March, dance, and Post Prom, on Saturday, April 13, and proceeds from the festivities went to the Humane Society of Northeast Iowa.

Earth Day Festival at fairgrounds April 20

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 3:24 pm

During the event, explore the latest in recycling, composting, solar power, electric vehicles, native planting, wildlife habitat, conservation practices and more.

Decorah Chamber celebrates 100 years at annual gala

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 1:23 pm

The Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 100th anniversary during its annual Gala, Friday, April 26.

Existing Lansing Bridge on track to reopen by the end of April

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 12:54 pm

“It’s on track to definitely be operational by the end of the month,” said Clayton Burke, IDOT project manager on the Lansing bridge project.

County considers demolishing bridge, raising speed limit on portion of Middle Hesper Road

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 12:46 pm

At least one rural Decorah bridge has outlived its usefulness and has become more of a safety hazard. Winneshiek County Engineer Michael Kueny shared his concerns about the old bridge during Monday’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors, and he recommended that the bridge be demolished.

Celebrating the Co-op

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 12:38 pm

The Footnotes delighted the crowd at the Oneota Community Co-op’s 50th anniversary celebration.

Know your Driftless Neighbor: Nick Zielinski

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 12:27 pm

From your next-door neighbor to that one down on main street, a face you see around town or a name you hear over and over, these are your Driftless Neighbors.

Barefoot in the Park event celebrates the Earth April 20

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 12:11 pm

All practitioners, inquisitive souls and community members are welcome. Come and explore the energy that builds as we come together in peace, collaborate in a message to heal the earth, connect with others seeking to promote positivity with their neighbors, learn from others on the journey and celebrate Earth Day in nature.

Driftless Home and Garden: Carriage House at Walnut Hill Farm is a dream come true for local couple

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 12:01 pm

“Once we started,” he continued, “We wanted the look of a Norwegian long house with modern amenities.”

New wall built at former Spectrum building further divides county supervisors

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 10:55 am

Another wall may have been built between some members of the Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors during Monday morning’s regular meeting, when one supervisor questioned others about a wall that was built in the new Community Services Building (formerly Spectrum) without the entire board’s knowledge or approval.

Driftless Home and Garden: ‘Because it’s pretty’ Nick Wallin’s quest for floral perfection

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 10:36 am

In 2017, Nick Wallin’s daily attire consisted of fine suits and dress shoes. He and his partner, Gary Barness, lived in a new house in Aurora, Colo., and they had what many would consider a good life, but for Nick, something just wasn’t quite right. Their life together wasn’t pretty enough, and so in 2018 the couple set out to remedy that deficit when they purchased their new home at 107 W. North Street in Calmar, which includes nearly two acres of yard, which Nick was determined to make pretty.

Reports from the Winneshiek County Sheriff

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 10:24 am

Following a traffic stop on Highway 9 near Ridgeway at 9:02 p.m. March 26, 44-year-old Fredrick Jones of Postville was charged and arrested for driving while barred and taken to the Winneshiek County Jail. Amber Baker, 19 of Calmar, was …

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Iowa farmers encouraged to remain vigilant against threat of HPAI

Monday, April 15, 2024 1:40 pm

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship today provided an update on the continually evolving situation regarding the spread of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in dairy cattle and poultry flocks in other states, strongly encouraged both dairy farmers and poultry producers to heighten their biosecurity protocols and practices, and reminded consumers that pasteurized milk and dairy products are safe to enjoy.

Driftless Puzzle Solutions for April 16

Monday, April 15, 2024 11:58 am

Driftless Puzzle Solutions for April 16.

Prom season

Monday, April 15, 2024 11:29 am

Decorah High School and South Winn 2024 proms are in the books! Check out the Public Opinion Newspaper for photos.

NMP summer musical auditions scheduled April 21

Sunday, April 14, 2024 9:21 pm

The New Minowa Players have announced upcoming auditions for the 2024 summer musical.
Auditions for the bluegrass musical “Bright Star” are Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. at the New Minowa Players Theatre, 906 South Mill St., Decorah.

Mindy Jones dubbed ‘habitual violator’ by sentencing judge, now behind bars in Minnesota prison

Sunday, April 14, 2024 10:47 am

At the sentencing, Jones’ lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Graham Henry, shared a lengthy plea with the court, “I think it’s important for the court to know a little bit about Miss Jones as (the court is) here now to sentence her for something terrible … something that has had an impact on many people’s lives, is still having an impact, and likely will have an impact in the long term.”

School district surveys residents about improving aging facility

Friday, April 12, 2024 3:45 pm

Information detailed on the survey website explains much of the history of the proposal. The renovation of John Cline School was estimated at approximately $9 million but would not meet the needs of the district. New construction is estimated at approximately $13 million.

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P&Z board discusses façade colors, aging mural at former Donlon’s Pharmacy location

Friday, April 12, 2024 1:46 pm

Each of the three buildings would be painted different colors. Ulring explained the three colors selected for the façades were inspired by Norwegian wharfs like Bergen and Trondheim.

Peter Essa is ’24 Bradish Scholarship recipient

Friday, April 12, 2024 5:30 am

Decorah High School has named Peter Essa as the recipient of the Norman C. Bradish Scholarship for the 2023-2024 school year.