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August 2017

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09/05/17 - 09/05/17
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Toppling Goliath Job Fair

Join Toppling Goliath at the Chamber of Commerce in downtown Decorah for a taproom beverage server job fair. We will be meeting with applicants seeking full and/or part-time beverage server positions. Excellent customer service and quality communication skills with fellow staff members are a must, candidates should be available to work all shifts including nights and weekends. Please bring an updated resume, must be 21 or older to apply.

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NMP Auditions

New Minowa Players Director Rick Scheffert is looking for actors from Kindergarten through 8th grade to act in the children's show. 
"What To Do," is a humorous adaptation of "Rapunzel" and a less well know story, "Cap O' Rushes." The script was written by Rick Scheffert and the music and lyrics were written by Sheryl Scheffert. 

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Cooking with Heirlooms

Savor the diversity of heirloom fruits and vegetables in this culinary workshop with local chef, Justin Scardina. Participants will taste family heirloom recipes and forgotten culinary traditions, all with fresh vegetables from our very own Seed Savers Exchange gardens. After the workshop, take a tour of our Evaluation Garden with the Seed Savers Exchange Evaluation Team.

  • 11:00 am-12:00 pm workshop
  • 12:15 pm Evaluation Garden Tour

$5 | Free for Members of Seed Savers Exchange

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Beer-mosas with Branum

Decorah - All are welcome to sign up for an acrylic painting and ales event at Pulpit Rock.  Taught by artist, Rachelle Reis Branum, this morning paint-a-long features beer-mosas in an outdoor setting.  

"Participants will enjoy their time together as much as their end result," says Shannon Dallenbach Durbin, Executive Director of ArtHaus.  "Rachelle is known for her skills with clay, but she is also a fabulous painter and a great guide."
Registration is available on the website under adult classes.  The cost is $35 and a minimum of 10 painters are needed for the event to take place on August 26 from 10 am to noon.  

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Thunder Rode Dance & Fundraiser

Thunder Rode, a therapeutic horsemanship program for individuals with special needs, is hosting a benefit dance and silent auction featuring Flashback, a Northeast Iowa band.

TJ (Cash) Vobr, Waukon, is a guest singer that will perform off and on throughout the evening, with the band. TJ is a Thunder Rode Sports Therapy participant, who is also talented with spoons and the guitar. He can cover Johnny Cash, George Strait and other great country stars.

Tickets are $10 at the door. 

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Reicks Chicken Dinner Fund Raiser

The youth at Washington Prairie Lutheran Church, rural Decorah, are hosting a Reicks Chicken Dinner Fund Raiser at the church. They will be serving chicken, potatoes, roll, side, dessert and a drink. You are welcome to eat-in or take home!  Proceeds from the fund raiser will help send youth from Washington Prairie Lutheran Church to the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, TX. Tickets are $10 per person. 

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The Luther College Student Activities Council invites the community to laugh and interact with ComedySportz. Hailed as a fast-paced comedy show that is fun or all ages, ComedySportz is improvisational comedy played as a "sport" by members of the World Comedy League. 
The event is open to the public with no charge for admission. 

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Decorah Lutheran Annual Outdoor Service

Decorah Lutheran Church invites everyone to attend their fourth annual Outdoor Service at Siewers Springs. 
The theme for this years' service is "Shall we Gather at the River." 
Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs. Parking is limited and carpooling with family, friends or neighbors is encouraged. 
There will be chairs available or those who cannot bring one or who would like to ride their bike to church. Sandwiches, chips, bars and lemonade will be served following the service. 
Change of location due to weather will be announced on the local radio stations and posted on the Decorah Lutheran website. 

Humane Society Pooch Paddle

The Humane Society of Northeast Iowa is hosting the 8th annual Pooch Paddle at the Monona Pool. The public is invited to enjoy swimming with their dog. 
The event is a fundraiser for HSNEI. Cost is $10 for the first dog and $5 for each additional dog. Proof of vaccinations and a leash for each dog is required.  A snack bar will be onsite. 

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Open House: New Sandbagger

The new county owned sandbagging machine will be on display during an open house at the Winneshiek County shop in Freeport. 
Winneshiek County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Sean Snyder will be on hand to answer questions and the American Legion Riders will serve food. 

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Author Talk with Benjamin Percy: The Dark Net

Dragonfly Books will host Minnesota author Benjamin Percy with his latest novel The Dark Net on Wednesday, August 30 at 7:00 pm. Back for his third visit to Decorah, Percy is known and loved for his thrilling storytelling and engaging readings.


In The Dark Net (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2017), Percy uses his vivid prose and extravagant imagination to weave a tale of cyber hacking and black magic.


Benjamin Percy is also the author of the novels The Dead Lands and Red Moon and currently writes the Green Arrow and Teen Titans series at DC Comics.


This event is sponsored by Dragonfly Books at 112 W. Water St., Decorah, and is free and open to the public. To learn more about this and other events at Dragonfly Books, please visit, or contact us at or 563-382-4275.

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Concealed Carry

Eligible to carry in up to 36 states. Reserve your spot today! 
Cost is $50 and a photo ID is required. 

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Empty Nest Buffet

Hot food buffet all 4 days. Release of Fall Wines - Mildlife Crisis, Apple Road & Crimson Cranberry
Friday 4-9
Sat, Sun, & Mon 11-5 

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Tomato Tasting

Sample dozens of heirloom and open-pollinated tomatoes – including favorites and rare varieties from Seed Savers Exchange’s seed bank – while learning how to save tomato seeds and put tomatoes away for the winter.

  • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Tomato Tasting
  • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Salsa Tasting Contest
  • 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Hayrides
  • 1:30 pm – Tomato Preservation Workshop
  • 2:30 pm – Workshop, TBD
  • 3:30 pm – Tomato Seed Saving Workshop


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Raising The Roof - Winneshiek County Fairgrounds

A “Raising the Roof” fundraiser featuring country musicians will begin an effort to build a new youth educational facility on the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds in Decorah. High Valley will be the opening act for Craig Morgan at the grandstand on the fairgrounds starting at 7:30 p.m.; Morgan takes the stage at 9 p.m.

A pork roast dinner will be held in the Danan Lansing Building from 3-6 p.m. The dinner is open to the public. 

$35 before concert price! Kids under 6 Free. Concert tickets can be bought at Viking State Bank, Mabes Pizza, Country Gardens, Red Roxy, Decorah Bank & Trust in Decorah. Country Express south of Burr Oak. Ox and Wren, Cresco Bank & Trust in Cresco. State Bank in Ossian and Calmar, Lickity Split in Fort Atkinson, Citizen Bank in Spillville, Fisks Farm & Home in Waukon, WW Homestead Dairy in Waukon. Online at:

Camping available $20, non electrical call for reservations 563-419-4716

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Winneshiek County Farm Crawl

Free event! Spend the day visiting seven Winneshiek County farms. Each farm will offer free tours and samples. See below for the list of farms and tour schedule. Attached is a flyer with schedule, information, and addresses.

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Amish Experience: Pickling

Join us to learn about pickling from an Amish family. This is an opportunity to visit an Amish home and learn to pickle a variety of vegetables. You’ll also get to take home a few jars of pickled snacks for yourself! Not only will you learn a new skill, you’ll also create many memories. Participants will need to bring 6, pint jars to the class.
Note: The Amish do not allow photos to be taken or names to be published. Travel time is included at beginning and end of class.
Preregistration required.

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September YP Event

We are excited to bring another wonderfully talented local person to you! Karen will share her leadership path and her passion for all things local with you!

Karen Trewin is a wife, mom, author and professional, living the dream in an idyllic town in Northeast Iowa. She feels fortunate she has managed to find plenty of interesting and challenging things to that actually pay the bills, but she still hasn’t quite figured out what she wants to be when she grows up.

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Wellington Place Groundbreaking

Wellington Place Nursing & Rehabilitation Campus will soon begin construction on Phase 1 of a $4 million-dollar project. The public is invited to an official groundbreaking ceremony and celebration. Stay and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and refreshments and get a sneak peak of the building plans.

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NICC Fall Fest

Come and enjoy some great food, games, and music at the 2017 Fall Fest on the Calmar campus! There will be fun for the whole family!

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Ossian Garage Sales

The Ossian Crown Club will host the annual fall garage sales. Citywide garage sale maps will be available at Casey's in Ossian. 

Bend & Brew in the Park

Join us for another Bend & Brew event!

$20 per participant gets you:
-Choice of smoothie from Impact Coffee before class begins
-1 hr, all levels, flow yoga class led by Laree from Reefuel
-One free beer after class at Pulpit Rock to reward all your hard work

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Live on Water Street

Live on Water Street is a FREE, community pop-up festival brought to you by Water Street Music Series and the Oneota Community Food Co-op. The event is sponsored by KDEC Radio, Pulpit Rock Brewery, Ace Hardware, Java John's, Reefuel, Luther College, and Inspire(d) Media.

WHAT'S IN STORE - Music from John Goodin and Erik Sessions, Dickie, and Farewell Milwaukee - Delicious food available for purchase from Oneota Community Food Co-op - Tasty beer from Pulpit Rock Brewing Company and Toppling Goliath

Bring your favorite lawn chairs/blankets and your family and friends for an amazing night on Water Street!

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Good Shepherd Lutheran Picnic

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will host its 8th annual Welcome Friends and Neighbors Picnic in its backyard. 
The picnic will include great local food, live music by local musicians, including the Good Shepherd Band, games for kids, a marshmallow roast and good conversation. 

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Nordic Fest Annual Meeting

Nordic Fest will hold it's annual meeting. This is a great time for community members to come and offer input to the board of directors.

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Free Car Seat Checks

To promote car seat safety, Winneshiek County Medical Center and Culver's are urging all parents and caregivers to take advantage of free car seat checks held the second Thursday of every other month at the WMC east enterance. For each seat inspected, Culver's of Decorah will donate a coupon for free small ice cream sundae. 

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Release Limited Edition Little Black Dress Wine

Wild Blackcaps with Shiraz grapes ferented out & aged dry

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Spanish Brass - Center Stage Series

One of the most dynamic and admired brass groups on the international music scene, Spanish Brass dazzles audiences with a range of styles from baroque to flamenco to jazz. The quintet has released 20 albums and founded three international brass festivals. No one sets higher standards for brass chamber music.

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Aase Haugen Golf Outing

Aase Haugen Senior Services is hosting a Fairway Foursome Scramble. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with tournament play starting at 10 a.m. 

Entry fee is $60/person or $200/team. Limited to 20 teams of 4. Singles will be assigned teams. Cart rental is included for the first 10 teams that register. 

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Fall City Wide Garage Sales

Decorah Newspapers will host the fall city wide garage sales. 

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Luther College Peace Brunch

Brunch Buffet

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Caregiver Support Group

Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging facilitates a free caregiver support group the 3rd Monday of every month at the Aase Haugen Nursing Home at 10:00 am. These support groups are a free resource for indiciduals caring for an elderly spouse, grandparent, mother, father, relative, or non-relative such as a neighbor. If you are interested in attending these support groups and need more information, please contact Kelly Kuennen at 563.277.6024.

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Mentoring Mingle

Enjoy an informal atmosphere to visit with mentors—ordinary people who take a few hours a month to do simple things that make a life-changing friendship with a youth.

Hear what it takes to get involved, how big the need is for volunteers, and why you should consider being a mentor. No need to commit; just come listen and ask questions.

Complimentary coffee and snacks will be available.

No R.S.V.P necessary.

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