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December 3, 2020
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  • The Iowa State Department of Health's COVID-19 reporting service indicates a continued spike in positive cases of the coronavirus across Northeast Iowa this week. Winneshiek County data shows a total of 1,037 positive cases of COVID-19 and a total of 13 deaths related to the virus in the county to date. The Dec. 3 report listed 593 cases as "recovered" in the county.

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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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  • Fareway moves to shorter hours Nov. 27

    Fareway is resuming the shortened hours its stores held early in the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Decorah Fareway Store Manager Dave Noack said the grocery store chain's new hours will be implemented company-wide starting Friday, Nov. 27, when all Fareway stores will be open Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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  • Luther "One Team Day" fundraiser a success

    Luther College's first annual One Team Day, a one-day fundraising event to support the college's student-athletes, was held Thursday, Nov. 19; and the campaign raised over $300,000 from more than 2,000 donors. The funds raised during this day will support Luther's 19 intercollegiate teams and 500 student-athletes.

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  • Holiday Lights returns for 16th season

    Helping Services for Youth & Families is bringing back Holiday Lights for the 16th season at Pulpit Rock Campground in Decorah Nov. 25 through Dec. 27.

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  • Decorah Park-Rec hosting Thanksgiving events
    Decorah Parks and Recreation is hosting a series of free, self-guided, outdoor events Thanksgiving weekend. Among the events are a Turkey Trot, Fun Fact Walk-Along, a Downtown Turkey Hunt and a Carlson Park Adventure. Participants are eligible for drawing prizes.
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  • Decorah Community School District Board approves learning model plan, including remote online periods

    Decorah Community School District (DCSD) Board of Directors held a special meeting Monday night and approved Superintenent Mark Lane's proposal for a new learning model plan, which includes remote online learning periods next week (Nov. 30-Dec. 4) and once again later in December (Dec. 21-22).

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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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  • NEIC mandates masks at all indoor sporting events; Decorah releases statement
    Superintendents, activity directors, and student athletes in the Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) have issued a clear message for fans: “Wear a face covering.” 
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  • Wayne Kreitzer of Cresco takes week nine honors in the pigskin picks football contest.
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  • Viking swimmers cap year off with one last swim at state

    Eight events from Decorah High School garnered a total of 12 points at the state swim meet Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13-14, in Marshalltown.

    The Vikes placed 26th overall at the state meet.

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  • Vikes feature eight letter winners

    Excited about the prospect of defending their conference title the Decorah boys’ swim team enters the 2020 season with a positive attitude, a strong history of swimming and a host of talent.

    Back for her fifth season at the helm is Coach Laura Storlie.

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  • For the second year in a row a South Winn football player earned an MVP award as senior Jacob Herold notched the Offensive MVP nod for the 2020 season. 

    Joining Herold in the line-up of special awards was Calvin Knutson, who was named the Lineman of the Year, while Collin Wiltgen received the Golden Award.

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  • Within the 8-man District 2, Turkey Valley had eight athletes receive all-district nods recently.

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  • Kyle Christen takes the win in week eight of the pigskin picks football contest.

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  • Decorah places 13 athletes on all district list; 17 all-academic

    Thirteen members of the Decorah football team were recognized this season by being named all-district in Class 3A, District 3. 

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