The Decorah Nespapers
October 26, 2016
Decorah FFA circa 1987
Karen Forde shared this picture of the 50th birthday observance of the Decorah FFA (1937-1987). Holding the special anniversary cake back in 1987 were Peggy Sparrgrove, FFA alumni officer, and Rick Twedt, FFA leader and educator. Pictured from left are Brad Ruen, Mark Borreson, Brian Bigler, Jeremy Tollefson, Lance Thompson and Carey Nordheim; standing from left are: Tammy Walk, Kraig Langreck, Eric Knutson, Jeff Numedahl, Bryon Ruroden, Julie Ruen, Keith Forde, Ron Moen, Alice Bjergum, Carlton Bakken, Roger O’Hara and Cory Folstad.
  • New sign erected at West Decorah bridge
        EIGHTY YEARS AGO: A metal tablet about two feet square with the outlines of a ship has been erected at the east entrance of the beautiful new West Decorah Bridge, now and hereafter to be called Leif Eirikkson Bridge. The metal plate has been erected at a particularly appropriate time just prior to the Luther College Diamond Jubilee Celebration. The authority for the spelling of Leif Eiriksson is Dr. T. Stabo of Decorah, the Norwegian Voice Consul, and a real authority on the Norwegian language.
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  • Dr. Preus enjoys concert with the king of Norway
       EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Dr. O.J.H. Preus enjoyed a concert with King Haakon of Norway at Trondhjem earlier this summer. The popular king reportedly refused to use an umbrella offered to him by the Luther president. He stated that he didn’t wish to hinder the view of others in the audience. Dr. Preus, who recently returned to Decorah from his trip to Europe, said he was greatly impressed by the concert, which featured Luther students. Dr. Carlo A. Sperati, veteran director of the band, and Dr. Preus who escorted King Haakon to the Castle Yard where the concert was played. The king speaks English fluently, according to Dr. Preus.
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  • Fuller Brush Co. hiring; seeking ambitious men
        EIGHTY YEARS AGO: From the HELP WANTED section of the Decorah Newspaper in 1936: WANTED: Four capable, ambitious men to qualify for positions paying up to $33 per week. Write: Fuller Brush Company.  
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  • Robert Erickson wins prize for his Elks essay

        EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Robert Erickson from Decorah earned second prize for his essay about the Junior Drum and Bugle Corps trip to attend the Elks National Convention in Los Angeles.

    The city of Ossian now has a new fire truck. The truck was purchased for approximately $1,500.

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  • Electrification line planned for Burr Oak
        EIGHTY YEARS AGO: A new rural electrification line will be allocated for customers in the Burr Oak area. Some 100 farm families will be served. A total of $33,500 is being allocated for this Winneshiek County improvement. The estimated cost of 100-killowat hours is understood to be approximately $7.50.
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  • WPA workers begin project at the pool
     EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Of the more than 20 WPA (Works Progress Administration under Roosevelt’s New Deal) workers assigned to work at the Decorah Municipal Swimming Pool construction project, all reported for duty and have started excavation. Two of the new laborers decided the work was too arduous, and failed to show up at their assigned work time for the next day; but two others reported. So, there are now a good number of capable men hard at work.
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  • Girls make up one-third of Luther fall enrollment

        EIGHTY YEARS AGO: A good number continue to sign up for Luther. Girl applicants are about one-third of the total fall enrollment. There could be nearly 100 girls at Luther in the fall term. History is being made this fall on the campus.

    Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Hlubek of Fort Atkinson received a telegram the other evening from Minneapolis, alerting them to the death of Mrs. Hlubek’s brother.

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  • Eight new rooms at Hotel Winneshiek
         EIGHTY YEARS AGO: There are eight new rooms on the second and third floor of the Hotel Winneshiek in downtown Decorah. The rooms are above the lobby area. Each room is equipped with a French phone. Four of the rooms have modern SQUARE bathtubs. The hotel can now house 125 guests. Hotel Manager Ernest Bergman said a new bar in the Italian taproom has been completed, with the most sanitary draught beer equipment – just as in the old Indian room at the hotel. “Even the ladies will like it too.” Public inspection is encouraged.
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  • Locust Rd. deadlock has officially ended
         EIGHTY YEARS AGO: The final act of the Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors last week was in closed session. The Locust Road deadlock has officially ended. A step closer has been made for improvements, with an agreement approved to install blacktop over the next three years.
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  • Destructive fire causes $15,000 in damages

        EIGHTY YEARS AGO: One of the most destructive fires in the city of Decorah in recent years was reported the other day. An estimated $15,000 in damages resulted in the blaze at the Ingvoldstad Lumber Company yards when nine immense coal silos caught fire.

    A Chicago attorney has donated a valuable wall rug to Luther College. The rug, measuring 5x6 feet, is valued at a whopping $1,750. The rug is a semi-antique Kirmanshah portrait rug, portraying a Shah of Persia. Arthur Anderson, the donor, is well known in this area, as he is the donor of the boat Tradewind, a small craft that crossed the Atlantic Ocean and is now displayed at the Norwegian American Historical Museum.

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  • Rev. Paul Koren celebrates 50th

       EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Rev. Paul Koren, the pastor at Washington Prairie Church, is celebrating his 50th anniversary as a pastor.

    Enrollment FOR GIRLS is officially under way for the first time in history at Luther College. It is reported that there are already as many inquiries from prospective girl students as to make it seem certain that the total enrollment for girls for the first year of coeducation will exceed 100. This is a very satisfactory start. Luther has been a college for men for 75 years.

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  • Plans for city swimming pool are now finalized
         EIGHTY YEARS AGO: The construction plans for a new swimming pool for the city of Decorah have been finalized. Bids came in this week, according to Mayor George A. Baker. The contract for supervision of the construction work of the Decorah swimming pool has been awarded. The bid of the Fred Carlson Company of Decorah was  $2,800 for which they will provide one concrete mixer, mixing scales, truck, scrapers, wheelbarrows, water hose, picks and shovels, as well as other small tools. Labor on the pool is to be provided from the WPA rolls.
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  • ‘Risky’ prisoners are captured in big raid
         EIGHTY YEARS AGO: A siren-screaming state highway patrol car and officers in a caravan of 11 cars drove into Waukon with some “risky” prisoners the other night, following that big raid reportedly conducted in the area. The gang of thieves was traced to a “shady” headquarters in Postville. A stolen car, men’s and women’s clothing, whiskey, playing cards, poker chips, some lumber and a gas siphon were just a few items of “loot” discovered by investigating officers.
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  • Decorah remains in Republican ranks

         EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Democrats had 780 more votes in the June 1936 Winneshiek County primary election than did the Republicans. Decorah, however, remained in the Republican ranks again this year, with 781 votes, compared with 617 for Democrats.

    Ice cold milk – that stays near the freezing point even on a “near hundred-mile drive” in the summer months. That is what can be found soon here in Decorah these days with refrigerated trucks being the latest in new machinery.

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  • Land purchased for new Decorah pool
        EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Official word has finally been released to the public that the modern, new Decorah Swimming Pool will be constructed at the intersection of Luther College and Highway 52. Land has been purchased and deeded to the city park board for the new pool. Time of actual start of construction is still on hold.
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