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For the Record: Discussing Decorah’s Drinking Water Protection Plan

Wednesday, August 16, 2023 2:21 pm

“We are water rich right now. The meat of this report is an action plan.  Now that we know our capture area and the timing of things, do we need to update our drinking water emergency response plan? If there is a spill, what happens now that we know it’s a smaller area we need to focus on, and things may move faster.”

An ode to Decorah

Thursday, August 10, 2023 2:04 pm

No, not a poem, rather more like a paean of praise for Decorah. Early this September I will have lived longer with a Decorah mailing address than any other place. Thirty years.

For the Record: Expansion of fiber into Decorah

Wednesday, August 9, 2023 4:00 pm

Decorah City Manager Travis Goedken (TG) and Decorah IT Director Chopper Albert (CA) explain and clarify the proposed plan to expand fiber to reach all businesses and residential properties.

Know Your Driftless Neighbor: Teacher Brenda

Friday, August 4, 2023 1:30 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…

Fishing low water in high summer

Wednesday, July 26, 2023 3:13 pm

Last summer’s low water levels in the Upper Mississippi didn’t even make the top-20 list for low water levels the Corps of Engineers has kept for almost 100 years. The river’s low water in 2022 came within four inches of marks set in 1988 and 21 years before that in 1967, exposing bottom structure which would hold fish when the Father of Waters returned to normal pool levels – and beyond.

Echoes of the Past: Local doctor suffers attack at hospital

Friday, July 14, 2023 3:16 pm

EIGHTY YEARS AGO: A heart spell hit Decorah’s leading physician when he was on duty at the hospital the other morning . . .

Field to Fork: The broccoli breakthrough

Thursday, June 29, 2023 4:08 pm

Growing up, I was never a fan of broccoli. The over-cooked mush from the school cafeteria went best stuffed in an empty milk carton (evading the cafeteria veggie police), and the rubbery raw stuff at potlucks and holiday parties was just a vehicle for ranch dressing. Needless to say, broccoli was rarely on the menu once I had any say in the matter.

For the Record: Sheriff’s response sheds light on resources requested for private events

Wednesday, June 28, 2023 3:51 pm

For the Record is part of a series of informational articles aimed at helping clarify some of the hot-topic issues currently facing the area. In this issue, we hear from Winneshiek County Sheriff Dan Marx, whose response defines the stance of the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office regarding a recent event that traveled through the county. The following is from Sheriff Marx.

Driftless Jams

Tuesday, June 27, 2023 4:14 pm

Decorah Municipal Band Thursday, June 29, 7pm Washington St.,  downtown Decorah Live Music Friday, June 30, 6 p.m. Atomic Pizza,  downtown Cresco Abby Towne & Avey Grouws Band Saturday, July 1, 4-9:45pm Bluffton Resort & Bar, Decorah Switchback Friday, July …

Driftless Foodie: Asparagus . . . part three

Thursday, June 22, 2023 2:20 pm

The final recipe of this three-part asparagus madness will incorporate various other produce items that you can find alongside that beloved asparagus at the farm stands.

Nat’l High School Bass Tourney is this week

Monday, June 19, 2023 2:10 pm

Over 440 to student teams from all over the United States will be chasing $3.3 million in scholarships and prizes.

Driftless Business Spotlight: Reveling in her roots while spreading her wings

Tuesday, June 6, 2023 10:02 am

When Elissa Shepard’s husband Justin purchased Shep’s Riverside Bar & Grill eight years ago, she had no way of knowing how that would lead her on the journey she enjoys today as owner of Driftless Gypsy Boutique in Lansing.

Spring tactics on a falling river

Sunday, May 28, 2023 12:32 pm

Fishing tactics on the dynamic Mississippi River change every day. Sometimes every hour.

The Driftless Foodie: Asparagus Part Two! 

Friday, May 26, 2023 12:08 pm

This recipe comes together with less than five ingredients with asparagus as the star. As it should be!

For the freshest Field to Fork moment, skip the fork

Monday, May 22, 2023 3:08 pm

Last year, my wife Carly and I launched our vegetable farm as part of a beginning farmer land access opportunity just outside of Decorah at Canoe Creek Produce, owned by Barb Kraus.

Driftless Home & Garden: Containing our enthusiasm – A search for an empty nest abode

Tuesday, May 16, 2023 3:39 pm

During a recent Planning and Zoning (P&Z) meeting, my granny flat fantasies again found shape and form. Vice chair for P&Z, Marla Klocke, brought into focus a simple two-word solution to the myopic housing shortage issue: container homes.

Driftless Home & Garden: In-home organization assistance available in the Driftless

Tuesday, May 16, 2023 3:26 pm

When Decorah resident Cerrisa Snethen-Murphy originally began working from home at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, she had no idea it would morph into a passion project around one of the major components in her mental health toolkit. Through those complex days, she found herself leaning heavily on home organization.

Driftless Home & Garden: Bluffside Gardens designed by Klosterwill

Thursday, May 11, 2023 9:57 am

Kevan Klosterwill is the Landscape Designer for Bluffside Gardens, a resort now being built just off Highway 9 on the edge of Decorah. Its first phase is slated to open in July of this year, and reservations can be made now at www.bluffsidedecorah.com.

Rationing of shoes announced in area

Thursday, May 11, 2023 9:24 am

EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Remember, the pair of shoes you buy with Ration Stamp No. 17 is one-third of your whole year’s supply! Don’t wait too long – that’s the message from the local War Ration officials and local shoe outlets.

Driftless Home & Garden: Landscaping as an extension of living

Wednesday, May 10, 2023 3:21 pm

“Our yards are the primary —and often the only — way we engage with the nonhuman world. How we choose to manage them impacts who we are and how we understand our place in the world.”