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December 4, 2020
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News

  • The Iowa State Department of Health's COVID-19 reporting service has changed the way it releases the data of positive caseloads throughout the state. According to the Dec. 4 report, there have a total of 103 new positive cases in Winnehsiek County in the past seven days. There have been 13 virus-related deaths in Winneshiek County to date. The Dec. 4 data showed a statewide increase in the number of positive cases.

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  • Winneshiek. County Sheriff's Office reported an accident resulting in the death of a Decorah woman Wednesday, Dec. 2.

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  • Vesterheim, the National Norwegian-American Museum and Folk Art School in Decorah, has announced it received a Council Conducted Partnership (CCP) from Humanities Iowa for Phase II of the Heritage Park signage project. The funding will support installation of 12 interpretive signs for the 12 historic buildings in the new outdoor Heritage Park.
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  • WMC offering curbside pick up Christmas meals

    The public is invited to pre-order Christmas Dinner meals from Winneshiek Medical Center (WMC) this holiday season. Meals will be available for curbside pick up in parking lot E, door E-1 on WMC’s Decorah campus. Deadline to order the $10 meals is Dec. 18.

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  • Aase Haugen Senior Services is introducing new co-directors of nursing (DON), Diana Sobolik, RN, and Stephanie Marnin, RN.
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  • Bailey is new vp for finance at Luther
    Luther College President Jenifer K. Ward has announced the appointment of Andrew N. Bailey as vice president for finance and administration at Luther College. 
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  • It may be the best early Christmas present ever. According to Winneshiek County Health Director Krista Vanden Brink, “preliminary doses of a vaccine to combat COVID-19 will arrive in Winneshiek County within two weeks.”  Vanden Brink delivered the news to the Board of Supervisors at their Nov. 30 meeting. 

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  • Rilling named Decorah chamber director

    The Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce (DACC) board of directors has selected Jessica Rilling as executive director. Rilling replaces Kristina Wiltgen.

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  • Christmas Around Calmar is Dec. 3
    The City of Calmar will host “Christmas Around Calmar” Thursday, Dec. 3, beginning at 6 p.m.
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  • 'Christmas at Luther' in virtual format Dec. 4
    The online premier of "Christmas at Luther 2020: For Everyone Born" in virtual format is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4.
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  • DHS students donate to food pantry

    The Decorah FFA and Community Club organized the most successful food drive to date, with Decorah High School (DHS) students and staff donating more than $1,660 to the Decorah Community Food Pantry.

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  • Public hearings on three county rezoning requests will be conducted by the Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors at their meeting Monday morning, Nov. 30, at 9:30 a.m. at the courthouse annex in Decorah.
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  • The Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce (DACC) has announced the cancellation of the annual Lighted Holiday Parade and Santa photos. The events were scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 3. However, the fireworks display will go on as scheduled that evening at 6:30 p.m. in the downtown area. The fireworks will be set off north of the Decorah High School baseball field.
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  • Oneota Co-op names new general manager

    Nate Furler of Decorah has been named the new general manager of the Oneota Community Food Co-op (OCC) in Decorah.

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  • Locust Road is now open

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony at Locust Road was held Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 25, at the intersection of College Drive and Locust Road in Decorah to commemorate the completion of the improvement project.

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Sports

  • Warrior grapplers have perfect night
    Tuesday evening, the South Winn wrestling team got on the mats for the first time this season, competing at home against Maquoketa Valley and Jesup. The Warriors won both matches, defeating Maquoketa Valley 51-22 and Jesup 61-17.
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  • Defense and fast breaks push SW past Pirates

    The South Winn boys’ basketball team (1-0, 1-0 UIC) set the stage for the new season with a win over Postville (0-1, 0-1 UIC) Monday night at home, 58-43.


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  • Bench provides spark in Lady Warriors’ victory
    It was a slower start than either team would have preferred, but in the end it was the South Winn girls’ basketball team (1-1, 1-1 UIC) coming out on top of Postville (0-2, 0-2 UIC) at home, 45-37, Monday night.
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  • Trojans off to 1-1 start to season
    The Turkey Valley boys’ basketball team (1-1, 1-0 UIC) rebounded from a loss in the season opener Monday to pick up an Upper Iowa Conference win at home Tuesday night.
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  • TV tallies 15 steals in opener
    It was a split start to the season for the Turkey Valley girls’ basketball team (1-1, 0-1 UIC) earlier this week with a non-conference win over New Hampton Monday and an offensive struggle versus MFL MarMac Tuesday night.
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  • Decorah stops Kee Hawks, 50-22

    The Decorah girls’ basketball team (1-0, 0-0 NEIC) rolled over Kee (0-1, 0-0 UIC) at home Tuesday night to kick off the season.


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  • Keglers sweep Cougars to start season

       It was a big night for the Decorah bowling program as both the girls and boys picked up victories Tuesday night at Thunder Lanes in Sumner.

    Facing Sumner-Fred, it was the start the Vikes were looking for this season.

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  • Leadership will come from core returnees for Lady Trojans

    The key to the new season will be like every team in the state — staying healthy amid a pandemic — as the Turkey Valley girls’ basketball team prepares to step onto the court this season.

    Back in charge of the team for her eighth season is head coach Carla Nymeyer, with Steve Hoffert stepping in as the squad’s new assistant after Justin Bakula resigned following last season. Bakula plans to help as a volunteer coach.

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  • Trojans looking to reload this season
    Graduating a group of seniors who accounted for most of the minutes played during the 2019-20 season, the Turkey Valley boys’ basketball team will be looking to younger athletes to step up to fill the void.
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  • Lady Vikes eager to take the floor
    Although the numbers continue to rise within the Decorah girls’ basketball program, depth and experience continue to be obstacles to overcome at the varsity level, according to fifth-year head coach Shannon Quandahl.
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  • Step up; Warriors have just two seniors

    For the second season in a row, underclassmen will be asked to step up for the South Winn girls’ basketball team.


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  • Opportunity there for Warriors

    The ball is in their court and there’s a strong core of athletes to build a team around for the South Winn boys’ basketball program.


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  • Warrior matmen veterans in charge for 2020-21

    Veterans will fill the line-up once again, as the entire South Winn wrestling team returns this winter for the new season.


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  • Waukon Indians claim second state title
    A week after leaving the semifinal game with an injury, Waukon quarterback Creed Welch stepped back on the turf at the UNI-Dome to help lead the Indians to their second Class 2A state championship Friday afternoon.
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