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July 22, 2014

 
Ridiculous deals
Mark and Tracey Martin Stumme check out some of the outrageous bargains during Decorah's annual Ridiculous Day promotion Saturday. For more photos, see this week's Decorah Newspapers. (Photo by Lissa Blake)
  • 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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