Event decorator Emily Novotny pulled off one of her most beautiful weddings yet – her own! Last Sept. 16, surrounded by family, friends and amazing flowers, Emily (Brink) and Ethan Novotny tied the knot in a celebration Emily termed “classy boho”.
This week was funnel week, and while fun may be in the name it was not quite that exciting. However, it was a fulfilling week as the House worked hard to get all the bills through committee before the end of the week deadline.
“Currently, according to the digital and electronic sign code, no digital or electronic signs should be permitted in Decorah. However, there are numerous signs in town —like Culver’s and McDonalds — that have been allowed by variances from the city’s Board of Adjustment of Zoning, or the sign could have potentially been part of the site plan when the business was being constructed.”
It’s a love story with a rich history for newlyweds Ryan and Brigid (Berns) Whalen of Waukon. The two have known each other since they were children, spending time together as family friends. It wasn’t until they started college that their love bloomed.
Of particular note from the subcommittees I worked on was HF 2210, which seeks to address licensing and clinical privileges of physicians by providing them with an accessible path to receiving mental health support.
Jon and Marcia Madrigal’s youngest daughter followed the lead of her two older sisters by adding her new husband Ryan to the fold in 2023. Yes, all three Madrigal girls (Liz, Rachel and Anna) from Decorah have married men named Ryan.
During the week, Iowa House held a subcommittee on the Governor’s AEA proposal, HSB 542. In the end, the subcommittee decided not to advance the bill to the full committee, citing the need for more conversations on the matter.
The bill focused on giving pharmacies protection from three of the worst predatory practices used by PBMs: the claw-back, MAC list manipulation, and lastly it prevents contract reimbursement differentials.
At this point, the Governor’s office has stated that an amendment to the original bill is being proposed that shifts the control of state and federal special education funding from the AEA’s to local public school districts.
A Drake University professor recently released a study showing that nearly 100 pharmacies have closed across the state since 2008. Thirty-eight percent of those were privately owned independent pharmacies. Nineteen percent of the closures occurred in rural Iowa.
Chris Miculinich is one of two new members recently elected to the Decorah City Council and serves as Ward Two representative. Public Opinion’s Denise Lana sat down with Miculinich to learn more about the budding council member.
Last year we passed a bill that ordered the IUB (Iowa Utilities Board) to hire an outside company to perform a detailed review of our existing energy code, something that has not been done in 20 years. The firm selected (London Economics Institute) provided us with a detailed report of their findings.
I have received dozens of emails and phone calls from constituents with concerns over the proposed changes to AEAs and the disruption that is anticipated and feared. Many of the emails share information on Keystone AEA, their services, and testimony to the value of the services received by area schools, teachers, and students.
The groundhog may reveal how we play winter’s back nine. Right now, we’re sloshing through a January thaw on the heels of an arctic Snowmaggedon. Will this weather trend continue like it did last year or return like the brutal winter of 1978-79?
Every year in the U.S., more than 435,000 people die from cardiac arrest (when the heart stops beating) due to coronary artery and heart disease, obesity, trauma, smoking, high cholesterol and other causes.