The Decorah Nespapers
July 29, 2016
  • Dear Editor:


    I don’t usually read the minutes to the Winneshiek County Supervisor meetings, but for some reason I saw the minutes of the June 13 meeting published in this newspaper and decided to read them. I was shocked to see that $1,310,410 was approved towards the resurfacing of county road A46, a road that leads from Ridgeway to Schley.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Decorah is about to make headlines again. Nordic Fest is celebrating its 50th year. As a special tribute to commemorate Decorah’s 50-year celebration of all things Norwegian and to preserve its history, Dawn Svenson-Holland has written a book called “Nordic Fest: 50 Years Strong.”  

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  • Dear Editor:


    Have you seen the “Nordic Fest: 50 Years Strong” commemorative book yet? If you haven’t -- you have a real treat in store.

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  • Dear Editor:


    It’s been a difficult period for law enforcement and although we have not directly experienced the kind of tragedies other agencies have, all law enforcement officers are affected by it in a variety of ways.  

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  • Dear Editor:


    To Mayor Arendt and the Decorah City Council: I am writing to you as a citizen of Decorah, a parent of kids who grew up here, a long-time resident who spent my childhood here, and also as a Park & Recreation Board member. These are my own opinions only and not those of the others on the Decorah Park and Recreation board.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Recently in our neighboring town of Elgin a four year old fatally shot himself with an unsecured gun. It is a tragedy; a simple question could have prevented his death.

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  • Dear Editor:


    It is my understanding no resolution has been made in the firemen escapade.

    First of all the city budget. Although broken down to many different areas still starts as one large lump sum. Therefore the $18,000 raise as well as overtime for three firemen comes from the budget as well as all other expenses. This fix would require moving dollars from one line to another.

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  • Dear Editor:


    EDITOR’S NOTE: The following letter was addressed to Senator Joni Ernst and was sent to her and Senator Chuck Grassley.


    I write you this letter with a heavy heart. You need to be aware that I am a life-long progressive Democrat and consequently am opposed to most (but not all) of everything that you stand for in the U.S. Senate.

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  • Dear Editor:


    I would like to respond to Editor Rick Fromm’s June 23 editorial about “the Decorah Way” and what it truly means, as the “win/lose” analogy that he used misses the point entirely.

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  • Dear Editor:


    We volunteer at the Visitor Center in Decorah, usually on a Sunday afternoon. We have a plea to downtown businesses – please open on Sunday afternoons.

    We obviously see only a tiny portion of the visitors to Decorah, but you’d be surprised at who drops in, where they’re from, and why they’re here. When they ask what’s to do and what’s open, it is disappointing to realize that most downtown businesses don’t seem to want their business if they’re here on Sunday. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    The Orlando killer, armed with a rapid-fire, military-style weapon, took a fearful toll: 49 dead, 53 wounded. Could he have been stopped if somebody in the crowd had a gun?

    One Des Moines Register reader thinks so: “One patron, bartender or bouncer with one bullet could have prevented this mayhem” (Good guy with  a gun ends yet another shooting, June 15 letter).

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  • Dear Editor:


    Many of you were undoubtedly shocked by the violent shooting at a gay club in Orlando, Florida last Sunday. Even though our society has become tragically accustomed to gun violence, the sheer magnitude of this massacre has impacted most of America.

    Behind the numbers are the individual stories of the victims – most of them Latino/Latina and many of them also lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ). We think of the loss of life and the devastation to their families and loved ones left behind.

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  • Dear Editor:


    At approximately 2:30 p.m., Thursday, June 2, while driving from Calmar to Decorah on Highway 52, I experienced a medical emergency. With no cell phone and afraid for my life, I frantically attempted to wave-down passing motorists to assist me.

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  • Dear Editor:


    We live in a great area. We had the honor of hosting a lunch for veterans on Memorial Day. We had the privilege of having over 200 people at our Elks Lodge. Our board and lodge members worked very hard to make it aa success.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Once again, the powers that be are trying to draw the American public’s attention away from the real problems that are facing us by creating a crisis out of nothing. This time, whom should use which bathroom is the crisis de jure however the unseen ramifications should be the real concern especially to those in spotlight this time.

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