The Decorah Nespapers
September 28, 2016
  • Dear Editor:


    I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank the dedicated staff of Barthell Eastern Star Nursing home as well as Kathy Petersburg, the nurse practitioner who visited my folks so faithfully, for the incredible, patient, caring ministry to my parents, Ted and Freda Jacobsen for almost a decade.  

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  • Dear Editor:


    I feel compelled to write our appreciation for the outstanding, above and beyond, dedication and service we have seen recently in Decorah.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Options have expanded in Decorah for families looking for another approach to education.

    The Northeast Iowa Montessori School opened its doors to elementary students ages 6-9 years old this fall. The program, E1, gives a unique meaning to fun and structure at school. From exploring personal interests that arise from discovering their part within the historical journey stories of ‘Cosmic Education’ to planning their own field trips, children are able to move through an age-appropriate curriculum that supports their deep need for freedom within limitations.  

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  • Dear Editor:


    We all receive political mail but one piece this week caught my attention. It read “Neighbors helping neighbors, that’s how I grew up.” It was for Jan Heikes and it struck me as a perfect summary of her attitude on life and not simply a political slogan.

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  • Dear Editor:


    The voters of Northeast Iowa have the opportunity in the upcoming election to choose a caring, concerned and competent State Senator for District 28 -- Jan Heikes.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are both horrific choices to lead this country. There have been countless articles, interviews and speaking engagements which illustrate this point regarding Trump, so this letter will focus on Clinton, the darling of the business class.

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  • Dear Editor:


    The other day I was in a local diner and I observed a fellow diner eating alone. When he finished he continued to remain at his table and periodically make noises.

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  • Dear Editor:


    I am writing this not so much as a commentary on what occurred in the Nordic Fest parade, although a couple of points do need to be clarified, but more as a warning as what I see a dangerous drift back towards a dark time in Constitutional history. To begin with, the clarifications.

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  • Dear Editor:


    The 50th anniversary of Nordic Fest parade was a community celebration of all that makes us proud to live in Decorah.

    Until almost the end that is. When the float drove by with a cage mounted on it and a sign saying to imprison one of the candidates for the president of the United States of America, my heart sank. Some around me cheered and snapped cell phone pictures. Most of us were stunned.

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  • Dear Editor:


    I have a suggestion, common courtesy really. Perhaps the Nordic Fest parade spectators could place their chairs and blankets on the boulevards and lawns late on Friday or Saturday morning.

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  • Dear Editor:


    The article on the front page of the July 21 Decorah Journal, “City Council considers lease, purchase options for Folkedahl property,” should be read by all. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    Congratulations to the Nordic Fest Board and all of the volunteers who once again produced a wonderfully successful Nordic Fest. The parade, bathed in sunshine splendor, was particularly good this year and everyone around us enjoyed it - until close to the end, appeared a “float” with a large jail-like cell and a sign saying “Jail for Hillary.”

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  • Dear Editor:


    For the first time in many years, I didn’t have to work for much of the Nordic Fest. I had many relatives in town and was able to enjoy the 50th Fest for the joy and good times it has been for years for the Decorah community. Unfortunately, that good feeling was ruined on Saturday while watching the parade. 

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  • Dear Editor:


    As a volunteer and tour guide at Vesterheim, I have a wonderful opportunity to interact with many visitors to our community. All year long and at Nordic Fest, I am proud to be able to draw attention to Decorah’s and the Fest’s many attractions.  

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  • Dear Editor:


    As most everyone who attend the “50Strong” Nordic Fest parade this past Saturday knows by now, there was one small grey cloud among the otherwise superb float entrants. Regardless, the Nordic Fest celebration once again made this relative newcomer to the community proud to witness the pride and hard work evident at every turn. Minus this one.

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