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April 2017

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04/27/17 - 04/27/17
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Events in the month of April 2017
Cringe Night Returns

What could be better than reading your teenage diary to a room full of strangers?
Dig yours out and come share aloud. Accompanying photos, props, and BYOB welcome. Hosted by local author, June Melby, there will be lots of laughing, a few tears, and hey, it's cheaper than therapy!

$5 / $3 students 

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Salutations & Libations

Come zen with us! T-Bock's Upstairs hosts Salutations and Libations with an all ages & levels yoga class hosted by Laree Schouweiler 10:30 AM - Noon. Class will be followed by a cash bar & 2 complimentary luscious libations! Twenty Five dollar advanced reservations requested. Limited space available. To purchase tickets stop into T-Bock’s today or call 563-382-5970.

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The Bars® Introduction and Gift & Receive

If you have taken the Bars® class, you are welcome to gift and receive with other practitioners. If you have not, come with your interest and questions. If you are coming for an introduction, you will learn and share two or three points and have an opportunity to ask questions. Children are also welcome to learn, try, and participate along with their adult friend or parent.
  • Would you like to gift your body more ease and joy?
  • Would you like to sleep better and wake up feeling refreshed and full of energy?
  • Would you like to dissipate some of the mental, emotional, physical, and energetic blockages that are keeping you stuck?
What are the Bars®? The Bars® is an energetic body process that contains 32 different points on your head that when run, assist you finding more ease and joy with you, your body, your life, and even the Earth.   When you’ve had a Bars® session the worst that can happen is you’ll feel like you’ve had a great massage. The best thing that can happen is that your whole life could change. 
A donation for space is appreciated. If you would like a short Bars® "taster" a $1/minute donation is appreciated.

More information about the Bars® at

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Tony Arata, Casey Beathard at Elks Lodge

Nashville songwriters Tony Arata and Casey Beathard are performing an evening of music and storytelling. The event is a benefit for Winneshiek County Celebration of Life. Proceeds will help supply gas cards for those traveling for cancer treatment. Admission is $20 a ticket. 

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Fellow Pynins to Perform

Fellow Pynins: An American roots duo weaving whimiscal folk tales will perform  at Lingonberry in Decorah. (218 W. Water Street). Tickets are $5-$25 dollars, pay as you choose. The performance will feature original songs and stories from the group's travels to and from Europe and the UK/Ireland. 

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Pheasants Forever Banquet

The 31st annual Pheasants Forever banquet will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. (either prim rib, chicken, or pork). As usual the event will included games for prizes, displays of wildlife art, merchandise and guns along with a silent auction and live auction. 

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Spring Farm and Machinery Auction

Tractors: ’99 JD 7410 FWA 3 Remote Hyd. & Hyd. Return, New Tires & Rebuilt Hyd. Pump, 2015 JD 3032 w/H130 Loader and 72” Mower Deck, 3pt., remote hyd. only 27 hrs., IH 1086, Cab. 3pt., 540/1000 PTO, JD 50, Farmall B, good paint, ’92, Cab, 7840 Ford Tractor, 3 pt. and Much, Much more!

Vehicles: ‘04 Cadillac CTS, ’95 Ford Taurus only 65k miles, ’79 Ford Ranchero, great condition, IH tandem-axle Grain Truck, and Much More!!

Outdoors/Tools/Misc: John Deere D140 Riding Mower w/48" deck & 140 hrs.; Manure Spreader, Small Cultivator, 18 ft. Tandem Axle Car Trailer w/dovetail, 8300 JD 15ft. Drill w/15” spaces, 12ft. IH Field Cultivator, newer cyl., Noble 12ft. 3 Bar Harrow/Drag;  Seed Auger, Trash Whips, Grain Drill Parts, Walsh Flair Box w/Westendorf Gear, 4 Row Noble Cultivator, Tub Grinder, New 8500 Watt Generator, Lincoln Welder, Oliver 4340 4-bottom plow w/coulters, Tandem Disc, IH 800 Planter w/ 30” space & dry fert.,  (4) Hesston Long Hyd. Cylinders, JD Field Cultivator Shanks, Wil-Rich Field Cultivator Shanks, Westendorf Running Gear, Campbell Running Gear, MF 14ft. Disc, White 5100 Planter, 275gal Totes w/Cages, (20) 55gal Plastic Drums, Industrial Shop Lights, New Feed Bunks, New Lumber, (1)Hayrack w/Running Gear, (2) Replacement Hayrack Tops; Wagon 6” Seed Auger, 

TREES:  (8) 20" Norway Spruce, (20) 20" Black Hills Spruce, (10) 30" Cannan Fir, (15) 30" Black Hills Spruce; and Much, Much More!!!

Lunch Stand on Site – Lunch available on site

Terms & Conditions:  Announcements the day of the auction take precedence over any printed material. All settlements made day of auction. All items sold “AS IS”. Not responsible for accidents. Cash or good check on day of sale! Now excepting Credit & Debit Cards

redit & Debit Cards

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Burr Oak Cemetery Association Meeting

The annual meeting of Burr Oak Cemetery Association will take place at the Burr Oak Methodist Church. All lot owners are encouraged to attend. 

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Jerry Johnson with the latest Old Coots book!

Everyone is invited to join Dragonfly Books with local Decorah author Jerry Johnson as he shares his new book in the Old Coots series, A Limit of Coot: A Curmudgeon’s Final Observations. A call to renew our appreciation and respect for the natural world, A Limit of Coot expresses the joy and awe of days spent in the wild places

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100+ Women Who Care

Join 100+ Women Who Care Oneota Valley in raising money for local nonprofit organizations! Each member has a chance to discuss a charity close to their heart and one nonprofit will be chosen to receive $100 from each member. Help us raise $10,000 in 1 hour!

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'Immigration and Unaccompanied Minors: Schmidt, Vang to Host Panel

Speaking on their work with unaccompanied minors entering the United States from Mexico and Central America, Luther College visiting assistant professor of social work Susan Schmidt and immigration lawyer Yer L. Vang will host a panel. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission. 

Drawing on the professional perspectivies of social work and law, the speakers in this panel will consider the United States' treatment of unaccompanied migrant children, the broader policy context, and the current implications for immigrant youth in the U.S. and locally. 

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'Of Methadone and Men: The Gender of Drug Use in Wartime Ukraine'

Luther College will host lecturer Jennifer Carroll as she delivers a lecture titled, 'Of Methadone and Men: The Gender of Drug Use in Wartime Ukraine'. The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission. In the lecture, Carroll detials her research on opioid use and abuse, which she has conducted over 10 years on two continents, to illustrate the impact of gendered social experiences on the treatment and preservation of opioid misue, and the socio-political  ramifications of those efforts. 

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Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary book sale

The Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary is holding a Collective Goods (formerly Books Are Fun) book sale just in time for summer reading!  The book sale takes place in the lower level conference rooms at Winneshiek Medical Center.  The sale features unique books and gifts for all ages.
Proceeds from all Auxiliary fund raisers, including profits from the WMC Gift Shop, benefit Winneshiek Medical Center by supporting program and equipment needs, as well as the Auxiliary Health Care Career Scholarship. 
To learn more about Auxiliary events, contact the Winneshiek Medical Center Volunteer Services department at 563-387-3036.  

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The Bad Plus

The Bad Plus—bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson, and drummer David King—have Minnesota roots and a well-earned reputation for pushing the musical limits. Through almost 15 years and 14 albums, they have thrived at the intersection of jazz, indie rock, and iconoclast covers of artists, inspiring Rollin Stone to call them "about as badass as highbrow gets."

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Apple Grafting/Apple School

Learn how to graft and care for apple trees. Discuss apple histories, practice apple propagation, and take home three grafted trees to begin your very own orchard.

Every Apple Grafting School attendee is welcome to attend a free workshop from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm on the day of their grafting session. This free workshop covers caring for young apple trees, pruning, training, and general tree care.

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Women, Faith, & Finance Seminar

A special, one-day event to educate women of all ages about financial management, retirement and estate planning, and charitable giving.

Keynote presentation by Michelle Janssen, CFRE
"A Report from the Front Lines:  Lessons and Learning
for Women Leaders and Philanthropists in 2017"

Concurrent sessions led by local professionals will also be offered throughout the day on the following topics:

  • Social Security
  • Cost of Elder Care
  • Volunteer Leadership
  • Tips for College Planning and Beyond

Closing Session on Cybersecurity--"Who's Watching Out for You?"

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Apple Grafting/Apple School

Register for class: 10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm

Learn how to graft and care for apple trees. Discuss apple histories, practice apple propagation, and take home three grafted trees to begin your very own orchard.

Every Apple Grafting School attendee is welcome to attend a free workshop from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm on the day of their grafting session. This free workshop covers caring for young apple trees, pruning, training, and general tree care.

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2017 Blessings & Blooms

The Banquet of Blessings Committee is proud to be hosting the "2017 Blessings and Blooms" event held on Saturday, April 8th at Oneota Country Club. 

This year's fun and social format includes a menu of heavy appetizer stations, games, unique live & silent auction packages and a raffle, with DJ Strike Force to follow.

Proceeds go to St. Benedict School towards improving the ever-changing technology, curriculum and infrastructure of the school.

We appreciate the support of our community, families and sponsors in making a difference in the education of our youth.

Follow us on Facebook at 2017 Blessings & Blooms and on Instagram 2017BlessingsBlooms
to see our great prizes, wonderful classroom projects, and up-to-date information!

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WWWinery 2nd Sunday Brunch

Winneshiek Wildberry Winery welcomes you to our monthly brunch served from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The menu includes quiche, made to order omelets, pancakes or french toast with fruit toppings, two types of meat, potatoes, and dessert table with bread pudding and another dessert.  You can also order Mimosas, wine slush or wine by the glass.

 Reservations appreciated at 563.735.5809.

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Eula Thies Estate Auction

Contact Cedar Valley Iowa Realty for more information!

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Access Consciousness Bars® Full day class

“The Access Bars have the capacity to create shifts in your body, shifts in your level of awareness, and shifts in your level of joy.”   Dr. Dain Heer
This class will be two evenings, 5:00pm-9:00pm, April 19th and 20th.

The Access Consciousness Bars® are an effective, fast and easy way of releasing limitations keeping you stuck from enjoying your life. This body process involves gently touching 32 points on the head. Everybody can learn - even kids and seniors.
Are you open to inviting more possibilities and joy for yourself, your body, your children, your relationships, your business, your Earth, your life? Discover how gently holding 32 points on the head can open you to a life of ease, joy, and glory.

You will gift and receive two Bars® sessions and learn several useful tools you may choose to use in your daily life. You will receive Practitioner’s Manual, 2 head charts, Practitioner’s Certificate, on-line resources. 
Investment: $300.  Reduced rates for children, teens, and repeating students.    
Snacks included. Bring a water bottle, and a blanket and pillow if you like. Please arrive 4:30pm on Wednesday April 19th to register
(Massage therapists: 8 NCBTMB (Iowa Category B) CE’s are available)
Please preregister by April 16th to ensure sufficient materials, massage tables, and zero gravity chairs.  Register Online at      classes.

More information about the Bars® at

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Caregiver Conference

Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging is hosting a free caregiver
conference featuring three keynote speakers.

Pre-registration is not required but appreciated by calling 866-468-7887. All caregivers are welcome!

1:00 - 2:15 Compassion Fatigue
Presented by Dr. James Coyle
Cedar Memorial Human Relations Director

2:15 - 2:45 Break - Enjoy snacks and visit exhibits

2:45 - 3:00 NEI3A from A-Z
Presented by Laurie Magnus
Benefits Specialist and Options Counselor

3:00 - 3:45 Finances of Caregiving
Presented by Jeannette Mukayisire
Human Sciences Specialist

3:45 - 4:00 Closing and Wrap Up

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Luther Presents: 'An Evening with X Ambassadors"

Luther College presents An Evening with X Ambassadors on the campus of Luther College in the Regents Center. Tickets for the performance are $45 can be purchased online at or via Luther Ticket Office. 

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Prepared Childbirth

Parents learn what to expect during labor and delivery, including: stages of labor, birth plans, labor positions, breathing techniques and relaxation, breast feeding, newborn care and pain control options.  Delivering moms will also learn more about epidural anesthesia which is available at Winneshiek Medical Center 24 hours a day, every day.  The fee for prepared childbirth classes is $30 for 2-3 people.  Participants should dress comfortably.

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City Wide Garage Sales

The Decorah City Wide Garage Sales will take place on Saturday, April 22nd. Contact Decorah News Papers with any questions. 
WWWinery Painting Party

Come join us for a relaxing afternoon painting with friends in a beautiful setting at the Winneshiek Wildberry Winery!  No experience required with step-by-step instructions painting.  You choose your own color palette and add individual style.   With the purchase of your ticket you will supplies for 2 painters-instructions, 2 9"x12" canvases, paint, brushes, aprons, and a glass of wine for both! 

 Please come 20-30 minutes early for check in and to grab a glass of wine!  Your email is your receipt, nothing will be available to download. No need to bring the printed receipt.

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Sports and Rec Auction

Contact Cedar Valley Iowa Realty for more information! 
Hospitality/Customer Service Training

How in the world can you cut through all the distractions of today’s information-saturated markets to get and keep the attention of your desired customers? With the perceived value of your superior customer service, that’s how. The hospitality and tourism industries have always been about customer service, but we must recognize how to cater to the changing expectations of the modern customer. Join this 2-hour interactive workshop, led by Iowa State University Extension Specialists, to explore best practices and targeted strategies that any hospitality volunteer, employee, business owner, shop manager or community tourism leader can implement immediately and become ambassadors for your community. Seats are limited

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Candidate Class

The Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Northeast Iowa Community College and Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission, are offering a candidate class. Anyone interested in running for an elected office throughout the Northeast Iowa region is invited to attend.

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Garden club's 'Dessert Among the Flowers'

Members of the Town and Country Garden Club are busy planning the club's seminannual fundraising event. The club will decorate 20 unique tables in floral themes. Each person attending will make selection of fancy desserts. David Roslien, retired Luther Professor of biology, will be speaking on 'Some Secrets of Winneshiek Wild Flowers". 

Tickets are $9 and are only available from now until April 15th. Tickets can be purchased from Garden Club members, the Oneota Co-op or by calling 563-382-3091

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Ossian Citywide Garage Sales
IA Wine Trail Tropical Spring Fling Weekend

Plan to join the 11 wineries of the Iowa Wine Trail (located in Eastern Iowa) on the weekend of April 23-24, 2016 for our Tropical Spring Fling. Your event tickets give you access to specially prepared food-wine pairings (locally crafted wine paired with food from the tropics), wine tastings, commemorative wine glass, wine information and tours, and gifts shops and vineyard visits, and tons of fun!

Get your EARLY BIRD TICKETS NOW by clicking on the Purchase Tickets tab ( ) or by calling 563-557-3727

​Tropical Attire Suggested
Tropical Costume Contest - dress up in your favorite tropical themed outfit, and post a photo yourself on our Iowa Wine Trail Facebook page (tag yourself and include the hashtag #iowawinetrail) and let the “People’s Choice” contest begin. Post by May 1st - the Fall event ticket winner will be announced on May 11th.

More Prizes! With the addition of two new wineries to the winetrail this year, we’re increasing the number of prize winners from 9 to 11! Complete the entire Spring Iowa Wine Trail event (by visiting each winery) and fill out the questionnaire on the back of your ticket. Turn your completed ticket in at the last winery you visit to be entered to win one of eleven $25 gift cer

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