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October 19, 2020
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DHS Homecoming 2020
Decorah High School Homecoming Week kick-off was an outdoor coronation program at Viking Stadium Sunday night. 2020 DHS Homecoming Royalty includes Homecoming Queen Morgan Brauer, daughter of Trista and Sam Brauer, and Homecoming King Sawyer Bulman, son of Laurie Bulman and the late Tom Bulman. Morgan was out-of-town for the Sunday night ceremony, and coronation program emcee Noah Breitenbach-Dirks held up Morgan’s picture and accepted the crown and bouquet of roses on her behalf.
  • Celebration of Life events Oct. 22, 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. 22 and 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 p.m. Donors contributing $20 or more receive a logo face mark as a thank you. All proceeds are used locally. 
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  • Seasonal influenza vaccine appointments at Winneshiek Medical Center begin on Thursday, Oct. 15.
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  • Ossian Main Street Story Walk is Oct. 14
    The Ossian Main Street Story Walk, originally scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 15, has been moved to Wednesday, Oct. 14 due to projected inclement weather. 
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  • The Decorah Fire Department (DFD) was notified of a round bale fire on a trailer on Thursday, Oct. 8.

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  • Putnam earns award and raises awareness 
with Alzheimer’s essay
    The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) has named Maddie Putnam of Decorah as a runner-up in its national 2020 Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship Essay Contest and awarded her a $500 college scholarship. Maddie was chosen from nearly 2,000 entries nationwide for her essay about her experiences with her father who lives with Alzheimer’s disease and how it impacted her life. Read the essay here . . .
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  • In a statement released Monday, Oct. 5, the Luther College Center for Global Learning (CGL) and the Dean’s Office noted the decision to extend the suspension of most international off-campus programs through June, 2021. Most international programs scheduled through fall 2020 were originally halted last March.

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  • The Decorah Board of Directors approved transitioning to on-site learning for all preschool through 12th grade students beginning Monday, Sept. 28. 
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  • Luther College has announced plans to continue in-person instruction and residential living on campus for Fall Quarter 1.

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  • A recent Publishers Clearing House scam has left area citizens out of thousands of dollars.
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  • Winn. Co. Sheriff’s Office issues bus safety reminder
    In a statement issued Wednesday, Sept. 16, the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office states, “We want to remind you, our school buses are hauling precious cargo and it is imperative that we prevent a tragedy. Let’s work together to ensure a safe school year for all of our students. Make sure you know the laws, and share this information with your friends.”
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  • Memorial fund honors cyclist’s legacy
    Area children in need of cycling equipment, or assistance getting a bike repaired, now have a helping hand, thanks to the lateRon Ruen of Decorah. 
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  • The Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors endorsed the Winneshiek County Board of Health recommendation to wear a cloth mask or face covering in meeting Monday, Sept. 14. The WCBH recommendation states:
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  • South Winn QB shakes off health challenges, is one of best in Iowa

    Jacob Herold has battled linemen, cornerbacks and safeties en route to becoming one of the best high school quarterbacks in the state. But one of his toughest opponents doesn’t wear a helmet or shoulder pads. Herold is a Type 1 diabetic. Yet this 17-year old has learned to thrive while living with a disease that would sideline most anyone, much less an elite athlete. 

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  • Two South Winneshiek High School students tested positive for COVID-19 Monday, Aug. 31. South Winn Superintendent Kris Einck has stated the two students are currently in isolation. School officials are in frequent communication with Winneshiek County Public Health and proper guidelines are in place.

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  • In an update released Friday, Aug. 28, the City of Decorah announced FEMA has announced the beginning of a 90-day Flood Insurance Rating Map (FIRM) appeal process for the preliminary flood insurance maps.
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