Driftless Journal

FFA food drive a success

Sunday, December 3, 2023 9:01 am

The Decorah FFA and Community Club members once again joined forces to organize a school-wide “food” drive to help others in their community.

DMS Mock Trial students sweep regional competition

Thursday, November 30, 2023 7:05 am

Decorah Middle School’s four Mock Trial teams swept the Regional Competition at Waterloo earning first through fourth place among 12 teams.

Luther College receives history-making $10 million gift

Monday, November 27, 2023 3:18 pm

Luther College announced Monday the commitment of a historic $10 million gift from Michael and Nicole Gerdin and the Gerdin Charitable Foundation. This is the largest individual gift in the college’s 162-year history, which will serve as the lead gift toward the expansion and renovation of the Regents Center, home to Norse athletics and the center for sports and recreation at Luther College.

Please don’t LEAF your leaves in the street!

Wednesday, November 22, 2023 11:44 am

Please refrain from sweeping any leaves or debris into the street.

Holiday Lights Walk-through, one night only, Wednesday

Monday, November 20, 2023 3:50 pm

This is the only night visitors will be able to walk-through to see the lighted displays up close.

15 DHS students selected for All-State Music Festival

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 8:02 am

Fifteen Decorah High School (DHS) students have been selected to perform at the Iowa All-State Music Festival.


Luther receives $2 million gift

Sunday, November 12, 2023 5:46 am

Luther College celebrated a $2 million gift from Dennis and Suzanne Birkestrand to support renovations within the college’s Regents Center Gymnasium.

‘SpongeBob Musical” opens this week at DHS

Thursday, November 9, 2023 7:26 am

The Decorah High School Drama program presents “The SpongeBob Musical” Thursday and Friday, Nov. 9-10 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 11 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the DHS auditorium.

Northeast Iowa Veteran, 80, looks back on a life of service

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 3:17 pm

“I was a young kid and thought I knew the world,” he said with a chuckle. “I had good grades, could have made the honor roll, just didn’t want to. After leavin’ school, I turned 17, and a week later, I got off the bus in San Diego, and there was a Chief Petty Officer usin’ cuss words I didn’t even know, and I thought I knew’em all.”

‘Christmas at Luther’ tickets available Nov. 7

Monday, November 6, 2023 5:25 pm

Christmas at Luther returns for 2023, offering both in-person and virtual opportunities for audiences to view this Emmy Award-winning production. This year’s theme, “Love, the Rose, Is on the Way,” will be featured in four performances running Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in the Center for Faith and Life’s Main Hall.

Decorah couple saddened to leave West Bank amid Israel-Hamas war

Thursday, November 2, 2023 9:42 am

George and Martha Monson Lowe, of Decorah, were looking forward to visiting Bethlehem this fall to lend a hand at the Bethlehem Bible College (BCC) Guest House for several months. But, their plans were cut tragically short, when, just two days after they landed in the West Bank, Hamas attacked Israel from Gaza.

200 shows celebrated at New Minowa Players ‘Ye Olde Cabaret’ Nov. 2-5

Monday, October 30, 2023 9:02 am

New Minowa Players celebrates 200 shows at the upcoming “Ye Olde Cabaret”, Nov. 2-5 at the NMP Theatre on South Mill Street in Decorah.

“Holiday Lights” set to open for 19th season

Monday, October 30, 2023 1:14 am

Helping Services for Youth & Families announces the opening of the 19th annual “Holiday Lights” event, held at Pulpit Rock Campground in Decorah. Holiday Lights is an annual fundraiser for Helping Services for Youth & Families, a nonprofit organization with programs promoting healthier and safer families throughout Northeast Iowa.

Witches hit the town

Thursday, October 26, 2023 4:37 am

Spooky treats and pop-up events

Election Guide – Candidates respond

Monday, October 23, 2023 12:39 pm

This election guide has been compiled to ensure the voters of the county are fully aware of their choices on the ballot in Decorah.

NEIA Holiday Craft and Bake Sale Saturday

Monday, October 23, 2023 11:10 am

One day only this year.

Additional arrests made in ongoing investigation

Thursday, October 19, 2023 9:14 am

The investigation into a mid-September vandalism/hate crime incident in Decorah has culminated with search warrants being served at two additional residences in Decorah resulting in more arrests in this case.

New Minowa Players children’s show opens Thursday

Wednesday, October 18, 2023 12:51 am

New Mionwa Player cast members are ready for audiences at their upcoming children’s show “Two Stories About the Gold Bucksin Whincher” opening this week in Decorah.


St. Ben’s 8th graders to present musical Oct. 18

Thursday, October 12, 2023 7:27 pm

The St. Benedict eighth grade class will present the musical “The Enchantment of Beauty and the Beast” (Pioneer Drama Productions) on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

NICC President Riedel placed on administrative leave

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 4:36 pm

In a Statement to Media received Wednesday afternoon President Riedel, stated, “…while I cannot comment on the reasons behind the Board’s decision at this time, I have done nothing unlawful, unethical, immoral, or illegal and remain ready, willing, and able to serve the College.”