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November 28, 2020
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In response to directives from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the Presidents Council of the American Rivers Conference (A-R-C), Luther College’s intercollegiate athletic conference passed a resolution Monday to postpone football, women’s and men’s soccer and volleyball to spring 2021. The conference intends to move forward with fall competition in women’s and men’s cross country, women’s golf and women’s tennis. Schedules will be determined and announced at a later date.
  • The Iowa State Department of Health's COVID-19 reporting service indicates a dramatic spike in positive cases of the coronavirus across Northeast Iowa this week. Winneshiek County data shows a total of 958 positive cases of COVID-19 and a total of 12 deaths related to the virus in the county to date. The Nov. 27 report listed 548 cases as "recovered" in the county.

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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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  • Auditions are now open for New Minowa Players’ January production of “My Father’s Dragon.”

    This show will use puppets in addition to actors, and will be rehearsed remotely, using Zoom. The performance will be a video posted on the New Minowa Players YouTube channel. Audition materials are available at, and must be submitted by Monday, Nov. 30, using the form on the website.

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  • Vesterheim launches new brand identity
    Vesterheim, the National Norwegian-American Museum and Folk Art School in Decorah, has announced the launch of its new brand identity and logo developed by Snøhetta, an international design firm headquartered in New York and Oslo, and known for their trans-disciplinary approach, integrating architectural, landscape, interior, graphic, and product design into their projects.
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  • Sheriff's Office welcomes new Deputy
    The Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office recently hired Calmar native Deputy Makenz (Mak) Kriener.
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  • Luther College has announced that, along with 50 other leading liberal arts colleges, it has joined the Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance (LACRELA) launched by the University of Southern California's Race and Equity Center. 
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  • Winneshiek County Auditor Ben Steines has announced ballots for the Dec. 8 Special Election for the Decorah Ward 5 City Council vacancy are now available.
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  • Winneshiek County is seeking a new assistant county attorney. County Attorney Andrew Vander Maaten noted at Monday’s meeting of the Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors that the need arises from staff changes.

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  • The Locust Road Improvement Project is on the home stretch. That was the report from City Engineer Jeremy Bril at Monday’s meeting of the Decorah City Council.

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  • Decorah Greenhouses Inc. still blooming after 144 years
    Step inside one of Decorah's most historic landmark businesses and you'll find a little bit of everything when it comes to flowers, gardening, landscaping and gift-giving. The 144-year-old business has been sold by former owners Jim and Linda Lukes (at right) to Deon Sawyer and her husband Issac Packnett (at left). The new owners recently moved to the area from Indiana.
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