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August 11, 2020
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News

  • Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah is experiencing a phone outage. A notice was sent to the newspaper office at around noon Tuesday.
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  • Decorah Community School District (DCSD) is taking its first step toward selling the North Winneshiek School property north of Decorah.
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  • ArtHaus in Decorah was recently awarded a grant by the Iowa Arts Council to implement New Voices in Public Art.

    The grant provides ArtHaus with the ability to teach a select group of artists mural and business skills in a 10-hour class done over zoom and 10 hours hand-on socially distanced painting. The class is free and artists will be paid a $250 stipend on completion of the class. All skill levels of artists may apply at arthausdecorah.org/gallery/call-for-artists/ by Aug. 15.
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  • According to Monday's report from the Iowa Department of Health the number of positive cases of COVID-19 continues to increase in Northeast Iowa. Winneshiek County's total is 97 cases, with 60 recovered. Of those 37 active cases, there are no reports of hospitalizations according to Winneshiek County Public Health Director Krista Vanden Brink.
     
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  • Earlier this week the Decorah Community School District (DCSD) Board of Directors approved the Return to Learn plan, which has seen significant changes and adjustments based on directives from Governor Reynolds, the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and  Prevention. An updated summarized version of the plan, which is a Hybrid Learning Model for the first five weeks of school (Aug. 24 to Sept. 25), has been sent out to all parents.

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  • Raegan Kime is Miss Congeniality
    Raegan Kime, 17, the daughter of Dann and Annette Kime of Waucoma, was named Miss Congeniality at the 67th Iowa Dairy Princess contest in Ankeny this week.
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  • The Secretary of State will be sending absentee ballot request forms to all Iowa registered voters later this month. Many political parties, candidates, and political activist groups are also sending out absentee ballot request forms.  Forms sent by these groups may be pre-addressed to return to the County Auditor’s office at: 201 W. Main St., Decorah, IA  52101.
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  • County Board of Health issues strong recommendation for wearing masks, social-distancing
    At their meeting earlier this week, members of the Winneshiek County Board of Health adopted a strong recommendation for all Winneshiek County residents and visitors to wear a cloth face mask or face covering when in public and maintain a six(6) foot distance from others.
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  • The Successful Farming/Loren Kruse Outstanding Iowa 4-H Leader award is presented each year to an adult volunteer who has encouraged, challenged, and also inspired Iowa 4-H members to achieve at their fullest potential. This year’s recipient is Kay Schmitt of Fort Atkinson in Winneshiek County. Schmitt is the current leader of the Turkey Valley Clovers 4-H Club.
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  • NICC resuming option for face-to-face classes

    Northeast Iowa Community College plans to bring students, staff and faculty back its campuses and service locations in a slow, safe and methodical way this fall. The College’s primary goal is to preserve a vibrant learning environment while keeping the college community safe. 

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  • Charges are being filed following an investigation of stolen Pride flags from five homes in Decorah.
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  • Fayette County authorities searching for wanted man
    Fayette County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating a person wanted in Fayette County. The 29-year-old man may be driving a Dodge Durango painted to look as a police car.
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  • Finding community at a distance: NMP’s Young People’s Production directors on creating a computer screen show
    Opening night for Decorah’s New Minowa Players Community Theatre will be without its traditional audience on Aug. 7 due to COVID-19. However, the three directors are making sure the camaraderie of NMP’s Young People Production (YPP) carries through in virtual format.
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  • The section of Quarry Hill Road along Bruening Rock Products’ (BRP) quarry sees enough traffic to warrant dust control measures. That was the result of a recent traffic count facilitated by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
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  • Several contestants from this area are participating in the 2020-21 Iowa Dairy Princess Contet this week in Ankeny.
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Sports

  • Six Lady Vikes receive All-NEIC honors

    Six members of the Decorah softball team were named to the all-Northeast Iowa Conference all-NEIC list, released last week.


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  • Decorah puts seven on All-NEIC list

    Seven members of the Decorah baseball team were recognized by the Northeast Iowa Conference as being named all-NEIC.

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  • SW falls to Dons in state quarterfinals
    The postseason run came to an end for the South Winn baseball team in the state quarterfinals at Principal Park in Des Moines Friday. Making their second consecutive appearance at the state tournament, the fourth-seeded Warriors fell to Don Bosco, 3-1.
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  • Area softball players receive all-UIC nods

    A combined 12 athletes from Turkey valley and South Winn softball teams were named to the Upper Iowa Conference all-league softball team recently.

    Turkey Valley had eight athletes, while South Winn had four recognized.

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  • To better prepare for the 2020 varsity football season, the IHSAA developed and released a revised schedule plan which allows for member school adjustments due to COVID-19. Football remains the only Iowa high school sport with regular season schedules and postseason qualifying managed by the IHSAA. The revised plan considers flexibility for school return concerns, geography, postseason qualifying, transportation and possible COVID-19 cases as rationale for changing previously announced varsity football schedules.
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  • Warriors headed back to Principal Park for second straight season
    It’s back to back trips to the state tournament for the fourth-ranked South Winn baseball team (25-1) after avenging their only regular season loss to the Saint Ansgar Saints (15-4) Tuesday night, 3-0, in Cresco.
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  • Penny signs to swim at Eastern Illinois

    Recent Decorah High School graduate Jackson Penny has signed to swim at Eastern Illinois University (EIU).


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  • Mohawks end Decorah’s season
    The up and down season came to an end Saturday for the Decorah softball team as the Vikings fell to Mason City, 17-14, in Class 4A regional action Saturday, July 18.
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  • Warriors kennel Bulldogs 15-0
    The Class 1A No. 4 Warriors are another step closer to making their second consecutive trip to the state baseball tournament at Principal Park Saturday night. The South Winn baseball team (24-1) defeated MFL MarMac (12-6) 15-0 in four innings to win their fifth district title in the 11 years.
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  • Comets bounce Vikings in district semifinal, 7-0
    Giving up the momentum in the first innings was too much for the Decorah baseball team to overcome Friday night in the Class 3A District 6 semifinal as the Vikings fell to Charles City, 7-0.
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  • Kee dashes Trojans’ playoff hopes, 19-10

    The Turkey Valley softball team fell to Kee High in the regional quarterfinals Wednesday, July 15, in Jackson Junction, ending its 2020 season.

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  • The IHSAA is preparing to begin the 2020 fall sports seasons as currently scheduled. 


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  • All-UIC baseball teams released

    South Winn put all nine of its starters on the Upper Iowa Conference list as announced last week, along with two three Trojans.


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  • Warriors prevail through rain, lightning and Ed-Co
    An hour rain delay, several lightning delays and a tough Ed-Co (8-6) squad couldn’t bring down the South Winn baseball team (23-1) Tuesday night in the Class 1A District 6 semifinal. With the Warriors leading 4-1 in the bottom of the fifth innings, the game was called due to unplayable field conditions. 
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  • Vikings take down Clear Lake
    Following two cancelled contests Friday and Monday, the Decorah baseball team (12-4) got back on the field Tuesday at Clear Lake (9-7), winning the nonconference tussle, 4-1.
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