The Decorah Nespapers
August 25, 2016
  • 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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  • Dear Editor:


    This election year, more than most, I, like many others, have acquaintances, friends and family members who support and will vote for a candidate that I think is bad for the country, perhaps even a bad person. They, by the way, have a similar opinion of my candidate.

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  • Dear Editor:


    Hello. This past Saturday’s Nordic Fest parade, which was supposed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Fest, was marred by one entry that got into the parade at the last minute. As the parade chairman, I take the responsibility of putting forward the best possible parade. 

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  • [The following letter was first written on Saturday night July 29 when I couldn’t sleep. It was edited on Monday morning as the Nordic Fest float crisis unfolded. Though the Nordic Fest board’s quick apology was responsible, there is still some truth hiding.]


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  • 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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