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October 27, 2020
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  • All-State honorees announced at DHS
    All-State honorees announced at DHS
    Congratulations go out to Decorah High School music students who were selected into a 2020 All-State music ensemble.
  • Drive-thru haunted house at fairgrounds here Oct. 28, 29 and 30
    Drive-thru haunted house at fairgrounds here Oct. 28, 29 and 30
    A drive-thru haunted house will be held Oct. 28, 29 and 30, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Winneshiek County fairgrounds in Decorah. Guests may enter the north parking lot (at the end of East Main Street). Donations will benefit the Winneshiek County Fair Board's current building and remodeling projects.
  • Celebration of Life drive-thru event Oct. 29
    Celebration of Life drive-thru event Oct. 29

    For the first time in more than 25 years, there will be no fundraiser for Winneshiek County Celebration of Life. A drive-thru fundraising event is planned Thursday, Oct. 29 at KVIK Radio parking lot at the corner of Water and Mechanic Streets in Decorah. Donations are accepted from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Donors contributing $20 or more receive a logo face mark as a thank you. All proceeds are used locally. 

    
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News

  • The Iowa State Department of Health's COVID-19 reporting service indicates a continued spike in positive cases across NE Iowa. Winneshiek County data shows a total of 475 positive cases of COVID-19 and a total of nine deaths related to the virus in the county to date. The Oct. 26 report listed 366 cases as "recovered" in the county.

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  • Decorah Community School District (DCSD) has immediate needs for substitute teachers and for special education associates working with students in grades 2 through 8.

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  • All-State honorees announced at DHS
    Congratulations go out to Decorah High School music students who were selected into a 2020 All-State music ensemble.
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  • New Minowa Players online show announced

    New Minowa Players is pleased to announce their online Children’s Show.  “If I Were” is a series of monologues and songs where thirteen young actors, ages 7-13, explore what it might be like to be an animal, plant or some other part of nature.  


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  • Energy District observes 10th birthday Nov. 1

    The public is invited to Decorah Bank and Trust’s Solar Carport Sunday, Nov. 1, from 2 to 5 p.m. to celebrate Winneshiek Energey Distrit's 10th birthday anniversary. The event was previously scheduled for Oct. 25.

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  • On Tuesday, Oct. 27 the Northeast Iowa Retired Service Volunteer Program (RSVP) 55+ Program is hosting a drive-thru appreciation at Chimney Rock Campground for the 316 Winneshiek County volunteers. The public is welcome to visit between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
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  • A special runoff election will be conducted later this year to fill the vacancy in the Decorah City Council's 5th Ward. The action comes after the Coucnil had previously appointed a resident to fill the one-year post. County Auditor Ben Steines has outlined procedures for those interested in becoming candidates for the Ward 5 seat on the City Council.
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  • Drive-thru haunted house at fairgrounds here Oct. 28, 29 and 30
    A drive-thru haunted house will be held Oct. 28, 29 and 30, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Winneshiek County fairgrounds in Decorah. Guests may enter the north parking lot (at the end of East Main Street). Donations will benefit the Winneshiek County Fair Board's current building and remodeling projects.
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  • Luther's Guy Nave receives Racial Equity and Interfaith Cooperation Award from IFYC
    Guy Nave, Luther College professor of religion, has received the Racial Equity and Interfaith Cooperation Award from the nonprofit organization Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC).
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  • Celebration of Life drive-thru event Oct. 29

    For the first time in more than 25 years, there will be no fundraiser for Winneshiek County Celebration of Life. A drive-thru fundraising event is planned Thursday, Oct. 29 at KVIK Radio parking lot at the corner of Water and Mechanic Streets in Decorah. Donations are accepted from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Donors contributing $20 or more receive a logo face mark as a thank you. All proceeds are used locally. 

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  • The voting public is notified of several Election related reminders by Winneshiek County Auditor Ben Steines. Among the reminders are notices regarding absentee ballots, early voting in the auditor's office, COVID-19 protocols at the auditor's office, Election Day voting procedures and sample ballots.
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  • As a Cultural Leadership Partner, Vesterheim, the National Norwegian-American Museum and Folk Art School, has receive a $20,000 grant from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs for operating support.
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  • Vesterheim museum opens to visitors
    Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum and the Museum Store on Water Street in Decorah has re-opened to the public. Face coverings are required to those entering the museum and store.
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  • Luther Colleges presents virtual haunted lab
    Members of the Luther College physics and chemistry departments will present a virtual Haunted Lab experience this Halloween season. The video will feature fun and seasonal demonstrations to enjoy, as well as easy to follow directions to replicate them at home
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  • Pine Crest Drive closure starts Oct. 21
    Effective Wednesday, Oct. 21, the east end of Pine Crest Drive will be closed at Locust Road, Decorah. The closure allows contractors on the current Locust Road Project to make the planned improvements to the Locust Road and Pine Crest Drive intersection.
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Sports

  • Racing for a trophy; four Winneshiek County teams qualify for state

    Look out Fort Dodge — Winneshiek County harriers are coming.

    Four county cross country teams qualified for the state cross country meet, by placing at their respective state qualifying meets last week.

    Next up — a chance to earn a trophy, as all four will take the course in Fort Dodge for the state meet, Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 31 (see box for details).

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  • TV spikers cage Panthers, 3-2

    They finally did it. 

    After falling to Tripoli eight of the last 10 postseasons, the Turkey Valley volleyball team (20-6) defeated the Panthers, 3-2, Wednesday night at home. Set scores were 25-21, 12-25, 25-21, 17-25 and 16-14.

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  • Warriors to travel to Saint Ansgar

    The season lives on for the No. 7 South Winn football team.

    The Warriors (8-1) punched their ticket into the sweet 16 Friday night by defeating Lake Mills (5-4) at home in the second round of the postseason, 21-14.

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  • Vikes playoffs end with W-SR
    Facing No. 2 Waverly-Shell Rock for the third time in a week, the Decorah volleyball team closed out the 2020 season, falling 3-0. Set scores were 10-25, 18-25 and 19-25.
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  • Vikings stifled by Wahlert to end season
    Although the Decorah football team (6-2) fell short of its postseason goals, the Viking players and coaches will always remember the 2020 season district title they earned during a pandemic.
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  • Eight golds for Decorah swimmers
    The Decorah swim and dive team had another strong showing in the lanes in Waterloo Thursday. The Vikes competed against Waterloo in a team dual, winning both the varsity and JV meets, with the varsity score 120 to 66 and JV 140 to 13.
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  • Viking spikers sweep past Mason City in regional

      The season lives on for the Decorah volleyball team.


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  • Bring on Tripoli; TV netters spike Kee 3-0 in first round

    The season remains alive for the Turkey Valley volleyball team as the Trojans defeated Kee 3-0 Monday night at home.


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  • Warriors come up short versus MFL

    The season has come to an end.

    In the first round of the Class 2A Region 7 playoffs, the South Winn volleyball team (4-21) fell to MFL MarMac (8-10) in three sets, 18-25, 14-25 and 14-25.

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  • Week five brought some close contests in the pigskin picks football contest. This week, there were only 17 games figuring into the results, instead of the usual 19, because two games —Oklahoma State at Baylor, and Florida versus LSU were both postponed due to COVID-19 illnesses.
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  • Another NCC title for Decorah swimmers
    Saturday marked the fourth time in five years, and the 13th in school history, the Decorah girls swim team has earned the North Central Conference swim title with 443 points. Favored to win by 90 points was Boone, who finished as the runner-up with 393 points.
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  • Coach Ohrt collects 100th win
    Not only did the South Winn football team (7-1) advance to round two of the 2020 playoffs, the Warriors also handed Coach Jason Ohrt his 100th career win who has been at the helm of the program since coming to Calmar in 2007. Friday night, the Red and White shut out Nashua-Plainfield in Calmar, 42-0.
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  • TV closes out the season with Kee
    Hurting from the loss of several running back and an injury to starting QB, the Turkey Valley football team (2-5) faced an uphill battle Friday at Kee (5-3) in the first round of the 2020 football playoffs. In the end it was the Hawks getting the best of the Trojans, 50-24.
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  • Lady Vikes go 3-3 at NEIC tourney
    After finishing second in the conference during the season, the Decorah volleyball team (18-11, 6-2 NEIC) finished 3-3 at last week’s Northeast Iowa Conference tournament held in two days.
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  • SW girls, NFV boys finish on top of UIC

    Cool temperatures, rolling hills and lots of fans were on tap for the Upper Iowa Conference cross country meet Thursday in West Union.


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