Greetings from the Statehouse: Bills pass to improve childcare and healthcare

Friday, April 5, 2024 2:33 pm

This was a slower week here at the Capitol. However, even though the week was slow, it was nonetheless important. On Tuesday the House passed a bill involving reimbursement rates for childcare assistance. Then on Wednesday, the Capitol was visited by the Iowa Honey Producers Association, as well Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley. Finally, on Thursday, the Capitol was visited by the Iowa Public Transit Association and the Iowa Association of Councils of Governments.

Driftless Puzzle Solutions for April 2

Tuesday, April 2, 2024 3:14 pm


Greetings from the Statehouse: Legislative session is entering the final stretch

Saturday, March 30, 2024 2:29 pm

Now that the second funnel has come and gone, the legislative session is entering the final stretch. This week was mainly spent passing simple bills that made their way through the funnel, except for HF 259 which expands eligibility of Veterans benefits, and the AEA bill that made its way over from the Senate. Outside of legislation, the Capitol, as usual, was filled with visitors. Some of the visitors I met with included Iowa PBS, middle school students from Fayette County, and members of the Iowa Pork Producers Association.

Historic walleye spawn happening now

Tuesday, March 26, 2024 1:48 pm

The elusive double-dorsaled denizen of the low light – the walleye—is in the midst of the annual spring rite of procreation on the Upper Mississippi.

Greetings from the Statehouse: High-profile bills passed on the House Floor

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 11:36 am

Some of those bills included laws that would ensure election integrity here in Iowa, raise teacher’s starting salaries, and address the growing problem of fentanyl.

Klimesh’s Corner: Second funnel week

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 11:34 am

Some of the bills that passed in the House this week involved the regulation of products containing THC and school safety.

Greetings from the Statehouse: First week of debate

Tuesday, March 5, 2024 1:56 pm

The first week of debate is always an enjoyable, if not demanding, time at the Capitol. As the Legislature wipes the dust off their microphones, there’s a sense of fulfillment in seeing legislation pass on the floor, knowing that Iowans will benefit as a result.

Area women invited to City Rest Room

Monday, March 4, 2024 1:47 pm

1924 ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO: The officers of the Decorah Civic Club have invited all area women interested in the good of Decorah to meet in the City Rest Room next Tuesday.

Klimesh’s Corner: Let’s talk energy!

Monday, March 4, 2024 2:53 am

Last year the legislature passed a bill that required the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) to hire an outside consultant and take a deep dive into Iowa’s energy code sections. This is something that hasn’t been looked at in 20 years.

Driftless Wedding Series: A winter wedding for the Weymillers

Friday, March 1, 2024 4:17 pm

“I wouldn’t change a thing,” said Mitch of the big day and 13 months after. “It’s hard to believe it’s been a year ago already,” added Callie, “I couldn’t imagine it being any better.”

Driftless Outdoors: Will we see March weather in April?

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 3:05 pm

Walleye fishing in Pool 9 is phenomenal right now! Last week the “clicker” used to count fish coming across the gunnel of my board recorded 100 walleyes, sauger and perch—by Wednesday.

Driftless Wedding Series: Velvet and lace… and a new last name

Friday, February 23, 2024 1:24 pm

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”.

Greetings from the Statehouse: Funnel week

Thursday, February 22, 2024 1:39 pm

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.

From fireworks to forever

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 6:33 pm

Andre and Morgan (Kuennen) Walz met as teenagers in 2009, and were wed July 8, 2023.

City Manager sheds light on issues regarding Decorah’s digital and electronic signs ordinance

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 1:59 pm

“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.”

Driftless Wedding Series: A fairytale all their own

Saturday, February 17, 2024 9:46 am

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.

Greetings from the Statehouse: Addressing licensing and clinical privileges of physicians, more

Friday, February 16, 2024 9:43 am

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.

Driftless Wedding Series: Boyd-Mendez wedding – A unique celebration of love, friendship and family

Monday, February 12, 2024 9:59 am

Sammi and Matt were married Oct. 14, 2023, at Wold Strawberries in rural Mabel — a place sacred to Matt since he was a young boy.

Driftless Wedding Series: What’s in a name? ‘Ryan’ proves significant for Madrigal family

Monday, February 12, 2024 9:52 am

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.

The Driftless Foodie: Birria Tacos

Friday, February 9, 2024 4:20 pm

Instead of a stew recipe to cook on your next snow day, I have a recipe for braised birria tacos to enjoy!