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Firemen respond
The Decorah Fire Department was called to a motor vehicle fire Wednesday morning on Highway 9 near the Decorah Municipal Airport. Traffic was rerouted for a time to allow firemen to get the blaze under control. (Decorah Newspapers photo by Roz Weis)
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 11:59 AM
The Fayette County Fair Board has made the decision to move forward with the 2020 Fayette County Fair, scheduled July 30 to Aug. 8.
  • According to Saturday'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 95 cases, with 60 recovered. Of those 35 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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  • Driveby/dropoff registration Aug. 11 at St. Benedict School
    St. Benedict School Registration Day for kindergarten through 8th grade students will be Tuesday, Aug. 11, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
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  • Hybrid 'return to learn' concept endorsed Monday night
    The Decorah Community School District Board of Directors endorsed the proposed "return to learn" model for the district's 2020-2021 school year at a special meeting Monday night.
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