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July 22, 2014

 
Honoring water, wastewater workers
The Decorah Utility Department, from left, Michael O’Hara, Rick Bohr, Jeremy Carolan, Todd Ihde, Dennis Myhre, Jon Young, Don McCormick (retired), Jason Hovey, David Pahlas (retired), Andy Kruse, David Halverson (retired), Josh Ludeking and Bob Watson, who initiated Water and Wastewater Workers of Iowa week. Not pictured, Jim Cooper. (Decorah Newspapers photo by Sarah Strandberg)

News

  • A raffle to benefit the Nordic Dancers is offering one Norwegian sweater, a one-of-a-kind carving by famed woodcarver Harley Refsal; and one handcrafted piece of Nordic jewelry by Norma Refsal. 
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  • The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be conducting an informational meeting to explain a project to repair a steep bank on the Upper Iowa River below the lower dam in Winneshiek County.  
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  • This year’s Nordic Fest will provide an opportunity for the Decorah Community to reconnect with Ernest Peterson, the original Pokey Pete. 
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  • New WCCVB Director Charlene Corson Selbee believes in 'sustainable tourism'
    There are many things to consider when marketing Decorah to tourists.
     
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  • Tara A. Bohr of Ossian was arrested Friday by a Winneshiek County Sheriff’s deputy on an outstanding warrant. 
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  • Ben Gardner named director of Oneota Film Festival
    Ben Gardner, a Decorah native, has been selected director of the Oneota Film Festival (OFF). The announcement was made by Nancy Sojka, president of the festival’s board of directors. 
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  • The Decorah School Board approved a number of new hires at its meeting Monday evening.  
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  • After some discussion during its meeting last week, the Decorah City Council voted unanimously to make up a shortfall of administrative funding for the city’s Low Rent Housing Agency. 
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  • The Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors has instructed Winneshiek County Attorney Andy Van Der Maaten to file a lawsuit against the Oneota Historic Future Alliance (OHFA). 
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  • April and Judd Larson, Jennaya Robison and Andrew Last, all of Decorah, will join the Weston Noble Alumni Choir in Decorah for its eighth reunion. The choir, representing Luther classes from 1949 to 2013, will meet for five days of intense rehearsals culminating in two public concerts. 
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  • The North Winneshiek School Board has hired Martin Gardner Architecture of Marion for $11,956 to evaluate the North Winneshiek school facility. 
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  • The story is fascinating. The music is enchanting. The young people are amazing. 

    All these components are present in the 2014 Young People’s Production of The Burnt Part Boys. 
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  • Dragonfly Books hosting local author, Rebecca Hahn, July 26
    Dragonfly Books in Decorah is hosting ane event featuring local author Rebecca Hahn and her new book A Creature of Moonlight. 

    Hahn will be signing copies of her new book at Dragonfly Books Saturday, July 26, at 12:30 - 2 p.m. 
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  • Award-winning Norwegian films to be spotlighted at Nordic Fest
    ONEOTA Film Festival and Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in special arrangement with the Norwegian Film Institute will present recent Norwegian films beginning with the award-winning documentary North of the Sun (Nordfor Sola). It will play at 3 p.m., Fri.day July 25, at the Amdal-Odland Heritage Center at 523 W. Water Street across from Vesterheim Museum in downtown Decorah. 
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  • A strong May boosted financials at Winneshiek Medical Center just one month away from the close of the fiscal year.  
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Sports

  • Warriors advance to substate final Tuesday
    The South Winn baseball team is on the verge of making history.  
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  • One game down, two left until state for Vikes
    The first step in the journey was completed Friday night in the first round of district action as the Decorah baseball team (22-10) disposed of Charles City (10-20) for the fourth time during the season. 
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  • Decorah’s Knaack wins state title for DEC
    Decorah’s Isaac Knaack made history Saturday by becoming the first state champion for the Decorah Swim Club (DEC), coached by Eric Crawford. 
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  • Two local softball players have been recognized by the Iowa Girls Softball Coaches Association. 
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  • Jack Lynch will be inducted into the umpire hall of fame. 
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  • Four members of the Decorah softball team were honored by the Northeast Iowa conference recently by being named all-conference. 
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  • Recent Luther College graduate Becca Girvan (Maple Grove, Minn.) has been selected as the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's nominee for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. 
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  • Getting by; No. 8 Warriors hold on to defeat NFV, NH next
    It was a little too close for comfort for Warrior fans Tuesday night as Class 2 No. 8 South Winn and North Fayette Valley battled in the district semifinal in New Hampton. 
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  • Vikings ready for district ball
    The Decorah baseball team will be riding a six-game win streak to open the playoffs Friday night, after the Vikings defeated Waterloo West (2-28) 11-1 in five innings at home Tuesday night. 
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  • Trojans end year with Tripoli
    The season came to an unexpected end Tuesday night for the Turkey Valley baseball team. 
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  • Busche enjoying first “le Tour”
    Riding in his first Tour de France, Matthew “Flip” Busche, Luther College class of 2007, was excited for the opportunity and impressed by the start of the 101st “le Tour.” 
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  • Over 100 take part in Fair Fun Run
    Over 100 people participated in the annual Decorah Park and Rec Fair Fun Run, held July 12. 
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  • South Winn graduate Darrik Poshusta and Turkey Valley alum Luke Kuennen will take part in the annual Shrine Bowl. 
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  • Vos a preseason All-American
    Josh Vos, a 2010 graduate of Morrison High School and current Luther football player, has been named to the 26th annual USA College Football Division III Pre-Season All-America Team as a third team selection at running back. 
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  • South Winneshiek cross country camp will be held Monday, Aug. 4, through Friday, Aug. 8.  
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