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Apple Grafting Workshop registration is under way

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 3:31 am

Imagine the joy of picking heirloom apples off the boughs of your very own apple tree. Then imagine the fulfillment of knowing you grafted and planted that apple tree with your very own hands.

Winneshiek County deputies seek market adjustment raises

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 11:09 am

Fewer qualified candidates are applying for and keeping law enforcement jobs across the country. And, that national trend has a trickle-down effect, meaning law enforcement agencies at the local, state and national levels are finding it difficult, if not impossible, to attract new officers and deputies.

Wicks Construction, Inc. gives former North Winn School building new purpose

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 9:10 am

The board of adjustment unanimously approved a conditional use permit for Wicks Construction to use the former school building to provide housing for company employees. But, the decision faced some challenge and scrutiny from a nearby neighbor.

22nd annual Women’s Weekend Out in Decorah April 5-7

Monday, February 19, 2024 4:13 pm

More than 40 Decorah Area businesses will join together to host Women’s Weekend Out in Decorah on April 5, 6 and 7. The three-day event, in its 22nd year, is a showcase for Decorah’s small retail and restaurant businesses with added entertainment and in-store experiences.

Driftless Wedding Series: Cache of a lifetime – How an avid geocacher found his greatest treasure

Monday, February 19, 2024 9:59 am

Looking back at their special day, Abby grinned as she lamented, “You do all this planning, then you blink and it’s over! It went by way too fast! It was a perfect day.”

Local robotics teams complete season

Monday, February 19, 2024 2:05 am

The Decorah Robotics teams finished their season by competing at their league tournament competition this Saturday at Peet Junior High School in Cedar Falls. The tournament featured 26 area robotics teams all competing in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) competition.

Two DHS speech groups bring home All-State banners

Monday, February 19, 2024 2:00 am

Two Decorah High School groups were selected as banner recipients at this year’s All-State Speech Festival held in Ames over the weekend: a Musical Theater performance of “tick, tick…BOOM!” and a Radio Broadcasting performance entitled “KWAK.”

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.

300-Bushel Yield Club

Saturday, February 17, 2024 9:08 am

Farmers from Winneshiek and Allamakee counties were honored at a Yield Chasers banquet, held Feb. 3 in Ossian, for breaking the 300-bushel-per-acre mark with DEKALB brand corn in the 2023 National Corn Growers Association National Corn Yield Contest.

‘Excellence in Collaboration” award presented to Luther professor

Saturday, February 17, 2024 6:25 am

Luther College’s Hongxiao Yu, assistant professor of management, is the first recipient of the Excellence in Collaboration Award from the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce and Luther College for her active role in helping local businesses.

Matt Sweeney Memorial Ride makes donation to Veterans Memorial Hospital EMS

Saturday, February 17, 2024 4:11 am

Members of the Matt Sweeney Memorial Ride committee recently made a donation to the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation for the Emergency Medical Services Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital.

Ossian City Council approves first reading of SOO Green franchise agreement ordinance

Friday, February 16, 2024 5:05 pm

The SOO Green project is moving full steam ahead, thanks in part to a recent public hearing in Ossian.

The curling must go on!

Friday, February 16, 2024 12:41 pm

Event coordinators have announced that the annual Busch Light curling is still happening, despite warmer temperatures, Feb. 17, in Lansing.

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.

Aase Haugen names general contractor on new building

Friday, February 16, 2024 8:53 am

The new facility will be approximately 72,000 sq. ft. and will be constructed on land Aase Haugen already owns near the independent senior living neighborhoods of Vennehjem and Nabotunet. It will replace the existing facility on Ohio Street in the city of Decorah. Construction is expected to begin early in 2024.

County citizens group opens dialog with supervisors over Freeport land sale issue

Friday, February 16, 2024 8:38 am

Erickson said the purpose of the deep-rooted native grasses, which, she said later in the meeting were planted in 2018 or 2019, is to mitigate the water, but Vick said those grasses can only soak up so much.

Council discusses upcoming city projects, part-time police officers

Friday, February 16, 2024 6:53 am

Ward 1 representative Brent Parker voiced concern that currently, part-time police officers are not required to undergo the rigorous training and civil service vetting process that full-time officers are required to pass.

Reports from the Winneshiek County Sheriff

Friday, February 16, 2024 1:59 am

Winneshiek Sheriff’s Office was called to an accident Jan. 19, at approximately 8:22 p.m. A vehicle operated by Haylie Langdon, 21, of Prairie du Chien, Wis., was westbound on Twin Springs Road near Decorah. The driver lost traction going around …

DNR to recap hunting seasons, discuss possible rule changes at public meeting Feb. 22

Thursday, February 15, 2024 4:37 pm

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting a series of town hall-style meetings where local staff provide updates on recently completed hunting seasons, discuss possible changes to hunting rules and regulations, and address other topics as requested.

A toast to Kanpai – New soda shop debuts in Decorah

Thursday, February 15, 2024 4:31 pm

Patrons are greeted with fresh-popped popcorn as they sip their favorite beverages.