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Light Up Water Street!
09/28/17 - 12/31/17
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Visitor Center Volunteer
09/30/17 - 12/31/17
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Lighted Holiday Parade Entry
11/30/17 - 11/30/17

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Women's Weekend Out Guest Registration
04/06/18 - 04/08/18
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Events in the month of October 2017
DateEvent
10/01/17
Luther College Peace Brunch

Brunch Buffet
 

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10/01/17
Ossian Lutheran Chicken Dinner Fundraiser

Ossian Lutheran Church will hold their annual Fall Fundraiser with a Chicken Dinner featuring Three pieces of Mike Reick's Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Corn, Dinner Roll and  Homemade Desserts for $10.  The fundraiser will be held at the church located at 305 Jessie Street in Ossian (next to Silver Springs Golf Course just of W42) from 11 am until 1 pm.  Proceeds will go to Winneshiek Co. Celebration of Life, South Winn Dig Pink Volleyball event, and  our annual sharing and caring to fourteen charities.  Tickets are available from church members or by calling Karla at 563-380-1399 or Dianne at 563-380-7279.  Funds have been applied from from Thrivent and the event will also feature a country store with home baked goods and crafts available for purchase. 

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10/01/17
St. Bridget's Oratory Fall Dinner

Serving pork loin, mashed potatoes and gravy, full salad bar, corn, dinner roll, homemade pies and dessert.
Adult tickets $10
Children ages 5-12 $5
Ages 4 and under are free

Carryouts will be available. Mass will be at 8 a.m.
Raffle, country store and silent auction

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10/01/17
Bluegrass Music Cruise

It is the third and final Bluegrass cruise for the summer of 2017! You are invited to join GrassRun Bluegrass Band for a fall evening of Mississippi cruising with Captain Robert on his Maiden Voyage Tour boat. Bring a camera, a light jacket, a snack to share, and beverages of your choice. Meet at the McGregor, Iowa Waterfront. Boarding starts at 4; departure is at 5 pm. $25/person. Reservations requested. 

 

10/01/17
 -10/31/17
Decorah Mart Fuel Discount for Breast Cancer

Decorah Mart has joined forces with the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA), Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB), National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), and The Hormel Institute to help combat breast cancer through the use of cleaner-burning E15.

We’ll donate 3-cents for every gallon of E15 purchased throughout the entire month of October to National Breast Cancer Foundation and The Hormel Institute to help fight breast cancer through early detection, education, support services, and research.

Choose E15 on October 11 at Decorah Mart in Decorah and save 10 cents a gallon from 11 am to 1 pm.

E15 is approved for use in all 2001 and newer vehicles, and contains less toxins and cancer-causing chemicals than straight petroleum gasoline. By choosing E15 at Decorah Mart during the month of October, you’re not only supporting a cleaner-burning fuel, you’re helping to combat breast cancer!

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10/02/17
100+ Women Who Care

Everyone is invited and donations are tax-deductible. Everyone may enter the name of a nonprofit into the drawing; three will be chosen and the person who suggested that non-profit will have a chance to give a two-minute speech about why that nonprofit deserves the donation.

100+Women Who Care – Oneota Valley Chapter raised over $9,000 for the Helping Services for Youth & Families’ Domestic Violence program at its last meeting.

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10/03/17
Downtown National Register Celebration

The Decorah Historic Preservation Commission invites the public to a celebration of the recent listing of the Decorah Commercial Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. The celebration will begin with a 4:00 p.m. ribbon-cutting on the corner of Water and Mechanic streets to be followed by a 4-6 p.m. reception with light snacks

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10/04/17
St. John's Bazaar

St. John's Lutheran Church in Locust will host a bazaar. The event includes an auction of crafts, baked goods and garden items. A lunch will follow, during which a free will offering will be accepted.
Everyone is welcome.

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10/04/17
Progressive Walking Supper

Join us for a FREE MEAL and Community Walk  as part of the Healthiest State Initiative’s Annual Walk!

Event Details:
5-5:30-Appetizers at Carrie Lee School Park
5:30- Walk to John Cline
5:45-6:30-Walking Tacos at John Cline School Park 
6:30-Walk to Library
6:45-Dessert at the Decorah Public Library
 
This FREE Progressive Walking Supper is open to everyone thanks to the following partners:
The Winneshiek County Community Foundation, Gundersen Health Systems, Decorah Public Library, Decorah Public Schools, the Luther Women’s Basketball Team, Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative, and Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission.
 
*Check out “Events” on the @iowafoodandfitness Facebook page to invite your friends, family, and neighbors! 

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10/05/17
 -10/08/17
Luther College Homecoming

Each year more than 2,500 alumni and friends gather at the college for Homecoming.

Highlighted Events Include:
Friday
8:30 p.m. / Center for the Arts, Jewel Theatre Theatre Performance: The Life of Galileo
8:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. / Marty’s, Dahl Centennial Union Jazz at Marty’s Luther College Jazz Band; Luther College Jazz Combo; and Luther College Jazz Orchestra Directed by Juan Tony Guzmán '90 and Jon Ailabouni '10

Saturday
8:30 a.m. / Legacy Field, Carlson Stadium First Annual Flag Football Game for Football Alumni
10:00 a.m. / Water Street to Campus Homecoming Parade
11:00 a.m. / Athletic Field Alumni Softball Game
1:00 p.m. / Carlson Stadium Football vs. Nebraska Wesleyan University
7:30 p.m. / Soccer Field Men's Soccer vs. Loras College

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10/05/17
Broker Leather Ribbon Cutting

Join the DACC in welcoming Broker Leather to the  business community! 

Broker Leather features durable and fashionable boots for those who aren’t afraid to get their feet dirty—from the field to the dance floor! [leather shoes & accessories too]

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10/05/17
Retirement, Taxes and Generosity

Get started on your retirement journey! Join us for a free workshop. As you prepare for your journey in to retirement, it's importnat to develop a strategy to help you make th right decisions. This free workshop will help you get started so you can control taxes and live your goals. Please call Miri or email to reserve a place for yourself and a guest. Appetizers and refreshments will be served.

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10/05/17
Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary Fall Luncheon

Serving: Chicken wild rice casserole, glazed carrots, dinner roll & homemade desserts. Carry-outs and deliveries available. All proceeds will support Auxillary projects at Winneshiek Medical Center. Tickets available at the door or the Winneshiek Medical Center Gift Shop.

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10/05/17
Community Flu Clinic

$30 for a flu shot. No mist is available this year. Cash or check only and also accepting Medicare.

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10/05/17
Decorah Community Free Meal

Join friends, family, neighbors and everyone else who would like to share a meal at the Decorah Community Free Meal Dinner on Thursday, October 5th, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., at First Lutheran Church, corner of W. Broadway and Mill Street.

The main dish will be provided by Sodexo from Luther with salads and desserts provided by Opportunity Homes assisted by volunteers From APO at Luther  College.

All ages are welcome.  There is no charge for the meal.

The Decorah Community Free Meal takes place twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays.

Sponsored by The Decorah Community Meal steering committee.


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10/05/17
Candidate Forum

The Luther College political science department, Luther College social work program and the American Association of University Women is hosting a local political candidate forum.
The event is open to the public with no charge for admission. Candidates for Decorah mayor, Decorah City Council and Decorah Parks and Recreation Board will be present.

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10/06/17
Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

Answer the call and give blood in honor of everyday heroes.   

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10/06/17
Amish Experience: Bread Making Demonstration

Ever wondered what it would be like to live without electricity and modern appliances? This is an opportunity to visit an Amish home, get to know your hostess and learn how to bake bread in a wood fired stove. After the bread is baked and the butter made, you will enjoy the freshly made bread and butter with a warm beverage. Take home a loaf of fresh baked bread and get to know our local Amish community. The class meets at Eagle Bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to the Amish home.
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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10/06/17
Cringe Night

Cringe Night is an event sponsored by Nordic Chiropractic and includes participants reading from their old journals, school papers, blogs, etc. The night is often hilarious and the event sells out quickly. The cost of ArtHaus events at the Courtyard and Cellar is your choice of $3-$10.

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10/06/17
Limited Edition Naked Iced Apple Wine

Celebrate the release of Naked Iced Apple Wine

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10/06/17
WMC Blood Drive

Winneshiek Medical Center is hosting a blood drive on the lower level of the Medical Center.
Appointments are recommended, bt walk-in donors will be worked into the schedule as time allows.

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10/07/17
St. Wenceslaus Craft Show and Bake Sale

Come view a wide variety of vendors with great items for gifts or the home at Chihak Hall in Spillville!  Grab some lunch and take home some kolache - chicken noodle soup and chicken sandwiches offered, as well as pies and desserts!  Kolaches sold by the dozen or individually!  Over 20 craft show vendors will be present - with clever and creative items you must see to believe!

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10/07/17
Basket Weaving

Everyone needs a good bread basket! What could be more impressive to your family and friends, than if you made this basket yourself?! Artist, Pug Murphy will teach you to make a round bread basket in just one day.
Preregistration required.

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10/07/17
Introduction to Spey Casting

Join Steve Sobieniak, owner of the Root River Rod Co. a fly-fishing outfitter located in downtown Lanesboro, as he teaches you the basics of spey casting. Steve will have rods available for you to learn and practice the techniques on. You will leave with an understanding of the advantages of being able to spey cast both single and double handed fly rods.
Note: Be prepared to wade into the Root River to practice your casting. Waders will be available for you to borrow. Feel free to bring your own gear to class.
Preregistration required.

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10/07/17
Hand Tied Corn Brooms

Join self-taught broom artist, Chris Nibbe for a half-day full of broom making! You will be introduced to the history of broom making and how to grow and harvest your own broomcorn. During class you will create your very own handmade brooms. Using simple tools and methods, you’ll make brooms with modern twine and unprocessed broomcorn. This is a hands-on class you won’t want to miss.

Note: Additional supplies for future broom making will be available for purchase directly from instructor at class.

Preregistration required.

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10/07/17
 -10/08/17
Turned Christmas Ornaments for Beginners

Learn how to turn Christmas ornaments. Examples of ornament designs that may be turned during class include a snowman icicle, an old fashion Christmas light bulb, a small Christmas tree and a small candle. We will also work on a Christmas icicle. These ornaments will be using spindle turning tools, specifically skew, spindle gouge and parting tool. You are encouraged to bring your own tools, if you have them. Wood will be supplied, but you may bring your own if you so desire. The best wood for these ornaments are 1” diameter wooden dowels cut to 8-12” long. Wood should be dried.
Note: Class size is limited to 7. All class participants will need a full face shield.

Preregistration required.

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10/07/17
 -10/08/17
Mosaic Basics

In this two-day workshop, you will create your very own stained glass mosaic! No prior art experience necessary, just the openness to learn and have fun. We will discuss basic history, techniques and materials traditionally used for mosaics. You will learn about tools, substrates, adhesives, cutting and working with stained glass, grouting and finishing options. You will come away with the basic knowledge to move forward on your new mosaic adventure. Your individual mosaic project will measure 8”x8”.

Note: Class size is limited to 10. If bringing your own image, please try to bring one that is as close to 8” x 8” as possible.

Preregistration required.

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10/07/17
Service of Remembrance

Please join Winneshiek Medical Center Hospice in attending a Service of Remembrance. Help celebrate a life that was important, a relations hip that made a difference, and a love that cannot be taken away.

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10/07/17
Whitetails Banquet

The 33rd annual Northeast Iowa Chapter Whitetails Banquet will feature raffles, prizes, auction, and guns.
Tickets are $50 single, $25 spouse, $20 junior membership.
 

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10/07/17
Touch-A-Truck

Touch-A-Truck a free open house event for the entire family. Police, fire and emergency vehicles, construction equipment, tow trucks, and city maintenance equipment will be on display for kids to explore. The Decorah Fire Department will provide a free hot dog lunch. No registration required. Touch-

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10/07/17
2017 Homecoming Book Signing Bonanza

Homecoming Book Signing Bonanza
Four Luther authors will be visting the Book Shop. Stop in and give them a warm Norse welcome!

From 11am-1pm Jerry Johnson will be signing his new book, A limit of Coot: A Curmudgeon's Final Observations about life in the North Country.
From 11am-1pm Keith Lesmeister '01 will be signing his new book, We Could've Been Happy Here.

From 1pm-3pm Marvin Slind, Emeritus History Professor, will be signing his new book, Ivy.
From 1pm-3pm Jerry Twedt '57, books he has written will we signed and available for all classmates and friends to purchase. Jerry cannot attend but sends his love!

From 3:30pm-5pm Kurt Clopton '92 will be signing his new book, Superguy.

*All books listed above are available for purchase in the Book Shop


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10/08/17
Luther College Peace Brunch

Brunch Buffet
 

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10/08/17
Beginning Nalbinding

Using a simple needle and wool yarn, nalbinding is a method of making fabric from loops of yarn. Nalbinding, also known as needle looping or knotless netting, is found worldwide and dates back to the early Bronze or Iron Age cultures. In this class you will be introduced to the nalbinding technique and make a neck warmer using wool yarn.

Preregistration required.

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10/09/17
Retirement, Taxes and Generosity

Get started on your retirement journey! Join us for a free workshop. As you prepare for your journey in to retirement, it's importnat to develop a strategy to help you make th right decisions. This free workshop will help you get started so you can control taxes and live your goals. Please call Miri or email to reserve a place for yourself and a guest. Appetizers and refreshments will be served.

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10/09/17
Decorah Power Learning Series: Kalona, Iowa's Coop

Decorah Power invites the public, business community, and local leadership to learn how solar, wind, and diesel backup are serving customers of the locally-owned utility based near Kalona, Iowa on Monday, October 9, 2017.

Warren McKenna, Manager of Farmers Electric Co-op in Kalona, will present at a noon brownbag at City Hall and speak again at 7:00 p.m. at Luther College in Valders 367.

McKenna joined Farmers Electric Cooperative in 1992 and has helped make the co-op an innovator in renewable energy, establishing a goal of generating 15 percent of the community’s power from renewable sources by 2025. To help achieve this goal, the cooperative has built two solar farms and has incented over 130 of their customers to buy solar. Farmers Electric Cooperative also has a “solar garden” program that allows consumers to purchase and produce solar energy from community-owned solar arrays. Farmers Electric Cooperative has been recognized by the National Renewable Energy Laboratories as one of the nation’s top 10 utilities for customer participation in its green power project.
 
McKenna serves on the Executive Board of the Resale Power Group of Iowa, a consortium of 25 electric utilities. He is also a current and founding board member of the Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association, which has been instrumental in crafting and passing solar legislation in Iowa—most notably the Iowa solar tax credit and the solar production tax credit.
 
In 2014 McKenna was awarded Solar Energy Power Association (SEPA) Utility CEO of the year. Farmers Electric Cooperative has received SEPA’s Annual Utility Ranking Awards—achieving second place in 2014 and third place in 2016—for annual solar-watts-per-customer installed.
 
In addition to sharing information about the co-op’s success with solar projects, McKenna will talk about how consumer-owned utilities like rural electric co-ops and municipal electric utilities access regional energy markets, and ensure very high reliability. Farmers Electric Co-op buys large amounts of Iowa wind energy through collaboration with other consumer-owned utilities. The co-op also has achieved very high reliability while serving a very geographically diverse set of rural and community customers.
 
McKenna’s presentation is part of a Decorah Power Learning Series designed to investigate the opportunities and challenges involved in a Decorah municipal electric utility—a locally owned, city utility that would provide electricity services in the same way it provides water and sewer services.  With the support of the City Council, local citizens group Decorah Power is conducting a feasibility study with privately-raised funds. The study is expected to be completed before the end of the year. For more information about Decorah Power see www.decorahpower.org

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10/10/17
Let's Talk About It!

Join your neighbors, Sheriff Marx, Calmar Chief Ward and Emergency Management for coffee and conversation. No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and learn about various things going on in Winneshiek County.

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10/10/17
The Ground-breaking of the Nabotunet Construction site

The Ground-breaking of the Nabotunet Construction site! Join in a brief ceremony and photo opportunity as we “dig in” to the newest addition to the Aase Haugen Senior Services continuum of care. A simple shovel will turn the soil into the reality of simple, convenient 50+ living!

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10/12/17
Amish Experience: Bread Making Demonstration

Ever wondered what it would be like to live without electricity and modern appliances? This is an opportunity to visit an Amish home, get to know your hostess and learn how to bake bread in a wood fired stove. After the bread is baked and the butter made, you will enjoy the freshly made bread and butter with a warm beverage. Take home a loaf of fresh baked bread and get to know our local Amish community. The class meets at Eagle Bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to the Amish home.
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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10/12/17
Learn About Decorah Power

Decorah Power is a local citizens group investigating the formation of a Decorah Municipal Electric Utility--a city utility that would provide electricity services in the same way it provides water and sewer services. Board member Carly Hayden Foster will talk about the feasibility study underway, which began in August and is expected to be completed before the end of the year. 

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10/13/17
 -10/15/17
Studio Tour

The 20th Annual Studio Tour will feature 51 Artists at 38 locations all within 40 miles of Decorah.

The Tour Artists nestled among the wooded hills and winding rivers will open their doors daily from 10-5. Decorah, is the hub, the central community from which the tour radiates, up to 40 miles in all directions, in Iowa. Go for a scenic drive and experience a unique, behind-the-scenes view into how their work is created.

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10/13/17
 -10/15/17
Wining with the Arts

4th Annual "Wining with the Arts" hours: 13th 2-8pm 14 & 15th 10-5:00.  10 Local Artist setup in Event room, Hot food & cold beverages in Tasting room.  Mark your calendar & stop by to see all under one roof!

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10/14/17
Harvest Festival

Soup cook-off, pumpkin carving, garlic workshop, cider pressing and more. It’s time for Harvest Festival at Heritage Farm. Vote for your favorite soup, attend a workshop, take a hayride, and make your very own corn husk doll. This family friendly event is one of our favorites.

  • 12:00 pm Orchard Hike & Tour; Squash Display & Presentation
  • 12:45 pm Food Preservation Techniques Workshop
  • 1:30 pm Garlic Workshop
  • 2:15 pm Beans, Squash, and Peas: A Beginner’s Workshop on Seed Saving Techniques
  • 2:45 pm Gourd Hunt Winner Announced
  • 3:00 pm Making Hard Cider: A Beginner’s Workshop & Tasting
  • 4:00 pm Soup Cook-Off Winner Announced, Trophy Presented
  • 4:15 pm Last Hayride Goes Out
  • Ongoing Events Hayrides, cider pressing, soup cook-off, face painting, pumpkin carving, apple tasting, gourd hunt, natural dye demonstration, and kids activities (seed collage, corn husk dolls, seed jewelry, corn shelling, and more)

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10/14/17
Lidtke Mill Harvest Festival

Fall Craft Show
Soup Supper
Hay Rides from Community Building to Mill and Back
Ghost Tours of Old Town
Tours- $5 Adults and $3 Children

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10/14/17
Chester Fall Festival

Craft & Vendor Show 9am - 2pm
Games & Crafts for Children 10am - 11:30am
Salad Luncheon 11am - 1pm

Sponsored by Chester Community Center Board

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10/14/17
SHE WRITES! Concert

Showcasing the songs and sounds of Jeni Grouws, Brianna Lane, and Siri Undlin, “She Writes!” brings together three of the region’s most powerful and inspiring singer / songwriters.  The concert follows a day of teaching “Life at the Mic” (see classes). 

 $5

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10/15/17
DHS Orchestra Harvest Moon

Decorah High School Orchestra presents Harvest Moon under the direction of Nicole Cody.
Tickets are $20 each and available for purchase in advance at the Decorah High School office. The event will feature a harvest-themed meal accompanied by live orchestral music. 

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10/15/17
St Benedict School's Pancake Breakfast

All-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast.  

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10/16/17
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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10/16/17
Proud History of Osage Municipal Utilities

Josh Byrnes, General Manager of Osage Municipal Utilities, will be a featured speaker in Decorah Power’s fall Learning Series. His presentation, “Small Community, Big Impact: The Proud History and New Directions of Osage Municipal Utilities,” will be offered Monday, October 16, 2017, at a 12:00 noon brownbag at City Hall and again at 7:00 p.m. at Luther College in Valders 362. 

Byrnes, a 1996 Luther College graduate, served three terms as a Republican party member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing District 51, which includes Osage and Cresco. In the House, Byrnes chaired the Transportation committee and also served on the Education, Natural Resources, and Ways and Means committees, as well as the Education Appropriations budget subcommittee. He was tapped to lead Osage Municipal Utilities in the spring of 2016.
 
Osage, located 55 miles due west of Decorah with a population of approximately 3,600, serves as an example of a small community being served by municipal electric utility. Osage Municipal Utilities was established in 1941. It currently has three departments within its municipality:  gas, electric and telecom. The organization is known for its innovative business plan that encourages customer energy saving practices. Osage Municipal Utilities has also created a renewable energy portfolio that consists of a 1.5MW GE wind turbine and a 792kW community solar farm.
 
Byrnes’s presentation is part of a Decorah Power Learning Series designed to investigate the opportunities and challenges involved in a Decorah municipal electric utility—a locally owned, city utility that would provide electricity services in the same way it provides water and sewer services. With the support of the City Council, local citizens group Decorah Power is conducting a feasibility study with privately-raised funds. The study is expected to be completed before the end of the year. For more information about Decorah Power see www.decorahpower.org

 

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10/17/17
Renew Rural Iowa Seminar

Every business faces peaks and valleys as they progress through stages of growth. Do you know what stage your business is in and how you can reach the next level?

Attend this valuable one-day seminar to help stack the odds in your favor by understanding the stages of business growth, their unique challenges, and methods to overcome them.

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10/17/17
Barnetimen (Children’s Hour)

Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, invites all pre-school-aged children and their parents or caregivers to Barnetimen (Children's Hour) this school year. Join Vesterheim Youth Educator Jennifer Kovarik and Decorah ArtHaus Director and Instructor Shannon Dallenbach Durbin on the third Tuesday of each month to explore art and culture.

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10/17/17
Alive Inside Movie Showing Fund-Raiser

As a certified Music & Memory Provider, Aase Haugen Senior Services wants to Keep the Music Playing for our residents.  We need your help!  We accept donations of used iPods, iPhones, and of course, cash to help purchase supplies, iTunes songs, and equipment for the program.                            
Join us for a great movie, popcorn & root beer!  Your freewill donations at this event support the Music & Memory Program and our residents!
 

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10/17/17
Luxury & Comfort Sale

Jump into savings at Winneshiek Medical Center. From blankets, pillows, and sheets. Cash, checks, and credit/debit cards accepted.

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10/17/17
Free Health Insurance Seminars

Health insurance is complicated, especially right now. That’s why the local health insurance experts at Lentz Benefit Solutions & Wiltgen Financial will be hosting two FREE educational seminars.
From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the small group health insurance market will be the topic of discussion. Lunch will be served during this session.
Then, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the individual under-65 market will be the topic of discussion.

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10/17/17
Luther College Woman's Club October Meeting

The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, initiated by Martin Luther’s “95 Theses” in 1517.  What was the impact of the Reformation on women’s lives? Carol Gilbertson, Luther College professor emerita of English, will explore that question at the next meeting of the Luther College Woman’s Club.

Gilbertson will present “Women and the Reformation” at the group’s October meeting, to be held Tuesday, October 17, at 1:30 p.m. in Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union, on the Luther College campus. All women from Decorah and surrounding communities are invited to attend. Shuttle service from the Decorah Swimming Pool is available and leaves at 1:10 p.m. In addition to the program, a short business meeting, refreshments, and special music by Luther faculty or students are on the afternoon’s agenda.

During the meeting, Gilbertson will examine Martin Luther’s argument that the church had too much power over believers’ lives as well as his use of biblical passages to argue that all believers are priests (which, by implication, included women). Some have assumed that this and other new theological ideas gave women, as well as men, more freedom. The presentation will include artwork from the period to help explain some of the historical details that complicate the question of whether the Reformation affected women’s lives for the better.

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10/18/17
Living in the Middle of Everywhere: NEIA Transportation Summit

Join us for "Living in the Middle of Everywhere"-- a Transportation Summit that aims to recognize and engage in discussion with Northeast Iowans about regional transportation needs and coordination. We'll dive into a dialogue about improvements to transportation to support a higher quality of life for our region's residents, and explore improvements to transportation to make our incredible region's economy more productive. We'll have fantastic speakers, lots of connection, food-- and, ahem-- we're actually very serious about having a bit of *fun* as well. Come relaxed and ready to collaborate-- we can't wait to see you in Calmar at the Wilder Business Center on the Northeast Iowa Community College campus.

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10/19/17
 -10/22/17
New Minowa Players Children’s Show What To Do

The show features 19 cast members ages 6-13. Performances will be at 7:00 pm October 19 and 20. On Saturday, October 21 afternoon performances will be at 3:00 and 5:00. Sunday’s final performance will play at 1:00 pm on October 22.

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10/19/17
Saga Oseberg Presentation

Join woodcarver Jay Haavik for the presentation, Saga Oseberg.

Saga Oseberg is a copy of the Oseberg Viking ship that was excavated in 1905. The iconic image of its prow is famous throughout Scandinavia and especially in Norway. The project of the Saga Oseberg replica began in 2010 by a non-profit group in Tønsberg, Norway. It was built using Viking age techniques and tools and launched in 2012.

Jay Haavik, of Seattle, Washington, has extensive experience in Viking age woodcarving and was hired to be the lead carver of Saga Oseberg and to undertake the elaborate carvings on the prow and stern of the ship.

In this lecture, which includes many images, Haavik will talk about the Oseberg ship and its finds, along with the making of the Saga Oseberg.

The presentation is held in conjunction with Vesterheim’s woodworking class, Viking Era Carving, taught by Haavik. It is organized with support from Viking Connection, a program of the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Minnesota.

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10/19/17
Decorah Community Free Meal

DECORAH COMMUNIY FREE MEAL
Building Community One Plate at a Time

Join with family, friends and neighbors for a FREE meal*
served between 5 pm and 6:30 pm
on Thursday, October 19,
at First Lutheran Church in Decorah.
All ages are welcome.

The meal is served on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month.
Main dishes are supplied by local restaurants
with assistance by volunteers from community groups.

*Gluten free options are always available.
Donations welcome.

 

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10/20/17
American Rhapsody - Center Stage Series

Join singer and bandleader Michael Andrew for an evening of iconic American music by the inimitable George Gershwin, whose music remains as fresh and irresistible as it was duirng the Jazz Age. Backed by a 17-piece band, the virtuosic Andrew performs favorites from Broadway, Hollywood, opera, and the classic American songbook.

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10/20/17
Limited Edition Sticky Buns Wine

Release of limited edition sticky buns wine

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10/20/17
Clay Hand-Building: Coils

Have you been looking for an introduction to pottery? Than this clay hand-building class is for you! You will be taught how to make clay pots using the coil method. Instructor and artist Laremy Ellsworth will demonstrate coil making and pot assembly. Get hands-on and messy as you create your very own coil pot. The various tools of this art and what they are used for will also be covered in class.
Note: You may take your pot home at the end of class and find a place to fire it for you, or Laremy will take it home to be fired (no additional cost) and then arrange a time for pick up. If you would like your final product glazed, it will be an additional $10 materials fee, payable to instructor at class. Pots take about 1 week to dry, 2 weeks to fire and additional time if glazed.

Preregistration required.

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10/20/17
 -11/30/17
Beyond the Pages of Nature – Anna Segner

ArtHaus’ 2017 Emerging Artist winner returns with a solo show of mixed media paintings. Beyond the Pages of Nature explores experiences of nature and animals in and beyond the human framework recorded in environmental writing, guides, maps, and diagrams.

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10/20/17
Backwater Spirits Grand Opening

Backwater Spirits & More is having Grand Opening events this coming weekend. Starting on Thursday the 19th, there will be sampling events though the day with a structured wine tasting from 5 to 7 pm. Sampling events continue Friday and Saturday with structured tastings at 1 to 3 pm and beer tasting from 5 to 7 pm. Sunday we'll offer sampling from noon until close at 6 pm. 

The DACC will host a Ribbon Cutting at 10:45 a.m. on Friday!

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10/21/17
Experiencing Animal Fibers

Blue Face Leicester, Merino, Gotland, Huacaya – if you don’t know what these words mean, you will after this class! Get ready to learn all about animal fibers.  We’ll spend the morning talking about what animals grow the fibers, how the fibers are processed, and what we do with them. You’ll be able to touch and see fiber samples from several different animals including sheep, alpacas, and angora rabbits, all spun and processed by Tori. The afternoon will be spent on a field trip to Rockie Top Acres, where you’ll get a hands-on experience with the local family farm’s alpacas.

Preregistration required.

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10/21/17
The Fine Art of Oil Painting

You will find this a great opportunity to take your painting to the next level. Working with Joni will allow you to get the personal help you need with your art. Focus on developing your own artistic vision, or getting you past any painter’s block you may be experiencing. The subject focus of this class is life like landscapes. This class is designed for painters of all levels, whether you are new to oil painting or an advanced painter wanting to brush up on your techniques.

Note: Class will be held outdoors if weather allows. You will need to bring your own supplies. Please email for the complete list of supplies needed.

Preregistration required.

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10/21/17
Introduction to Weaving

If you have wondered about frame looms, inkle looms, rigid heddle looms, tapestry looms, 4 harness looms and others, this is your chance to try them out. Try your hand at weaving with these various types of looms and leave with samples of different weaves that can be used as bookmarks or mug rugs. If you have a portable loom you may bring it to class if you wish.
Note: Yarn will be provided. Looms and other supplies for future weaving projects will be available for purchase directly from the instructor at class.

Preregistration required.

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10/21/17
 -10/22/17
Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Workshop

Join us for a hands-on, 2 day workshop for singer/songwriters. You will begin class with a ‘song circle’ where you will perform a recent composition or two. Instructor and artist Steven will outline his creative process including the tools and resources he employs and guitar playing techniques. You will be given a songwriting assignment and time to work on it during class. Steven will be available to provide encouragement and coaching as you work. On the second day, you will end the workshop with a second song circle where you will play your newly composed song(s) for the group. This class is designed for songwriters of all levels, novice to experienced, this is an opportunity to develop and hone your craft.
Note: Students must be funtional guitar players. This class is not a beginning guitar lesson. Class size is limited to 10. The class is designed for acoustic string instruments (guitars, banjos, etc.), rock ‘n roll artists welcome (no amps). Registration fee covers admission to Steven’s concert Saturday evening at 8pm. An additional ticket can be purchased for the concert at a discounted price (one guest per class participant), please call to purchase these tickets.

Preregistration required.

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10/21/17
Steven Schmidt in Concert

Join us for an evening of musical artistry by Steven Schmidt. Steven is ​recipient of the 2017 Sally Irvine Ordway award for Commitment, recognizing lifetime achievement, contribution and leadership in the arts and/or culture. He is a Midwestern singer/songwriter who has written over 200 songs, and each one is like a bottle of fine, bourbon barrel-aged stout.  He performs his rich, full-flavored original tunes, crafted over the last forty years. Steven is a highly skilled guitarist some refer to as “a folkie with chops”. He is noted for his fingerpicking, novel chord voicings, use of alternate tunings, and playing up-the-neck.

Preregistration highly encouraged.

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10/21/17
Farm Party

A family-friendly event! Enjoy music from Viroqua’s Stanton West, painting pumpkins and gourds, fall treats, and family fun while checking out the new school, chickens, bunnies, and more!
 2902 US Hwy 52 (just south of Nob Hill outside of Decorah - Corner of Meadowlark and 52). PLEASE follow the parking signs. Thank you!

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10/21/17
Tinker Competitions – Pumpkin Creations

Free!
Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/FmE83Pctux2DEmTA3

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10/22/17
Oneota Valley Community Orchestra

Fanfare for the Common Man

The Unanswered Question

St. Paul's Suite

Symphony No. 5 "Reformation"

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10/22/17
What the Health

Screening of the film What the Health is a surprising, and at times hilarious investigative documentary that will be an eye-opener for everyone concerned about our nation's health and how big business influences it.

Free event, no ticket needed

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10/22/17
Wine & Painting Party

Wine and painting on wood party, advance seats only.

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10/22/17
House for Sale-Open House!

Open House at 108 St Lawrence Street, Decorah, IA on Sunday, October 22nd 
starting at 1PM to 3PM-New Price! 

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10/23/17
TSN Ground Breaking on The Spectrum Kitchen

The public is invited to a ground breaking for The Spectrum Kitchen. The new building will be constructed on property already owned by The Spectrum Network on Railroad Street, located behind the Mediacom building.

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10/24/17
What the Health Letcure

Kip Andersen's environmental awakening came as a result of the film An Inconvenient Truth. After seeing the film, he began to recycle religiously, turn off lights constantly, shower infrequently, and ride a bike instead of driving.
 

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10/24/17
Medicare D Drug Plans Educational Discussion

Medicare Part D Educational Discussion
Tuesday, October 24
4:00-5:00 PM
Location: Decorah Public Library (Large Community Room)
 
Join us for an Open Educational Discussion about Medicare Part D Drug Plans.
       
Hosted by: Donlon Pharmacy, Thrifty White Pharmacy, A&J Petersburg Agency, Group Benefits Partners/Midwest Group Benefits, and SHIIP.
For more information, call Donlon Pharmacy at 563-382-2626.

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10/25/17
Amish Experience: Bread Making Demonstration

Ever wondered what it would be like to live without electricity and modern appliances? This is an opportunity to visit an Amish home, get to know your hostess and learn how to bake bread in a wood fired stove. After the bread is baked and the butter made, you will enjoy the freshly made bread and butter with a warm beverage. Take home a loaf of fresh baked bread and get to know our local Amish community. The class meets at Eagle Bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to the Amish home.
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 highly encouraged.

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10/25/17
Calico Critters-Create a Costume!

Make a Halloween Costume for your own Calico Critter! Bring your own little friend and we will supply the materials to make them a little costume. All ages are welcome.

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10/26/17
A 21st Century Municipal Electric Utility

John Norris, former chair of the Iowa Utilities Board and former member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee, will present, "A Clean-Slate, 21st Century Municipal Electric Utility in Iowa and within the National Context" at 7:30 p.m. at Luther College, Valders Hall of Science, Room 362.

His presentation is part of a Decorah Power Learning Series designed to investigate the opportunities and challenges involved in a Decorah municipal electric utility—a locally owned, city utility that would provide electricity services in the same way it provides water and sewer services. With the support of the City Council, local citizens group Decorah Power is conducting a feasibility study with privately-raised funds. The study is expected to be completed before the end of the year. For more information about Decorah Power see www.decorahpower.org
 

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10/27/17
Empty Nest Last Friday

Empty Nest's last Friday open

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10/27/17
Monthly Breakfast

Open to the Public Monthly Breakfast

$5 per person
 

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10/27/17
Grand Opening Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott

Rebound Hospitality is pleased to invite the public to a Grand Opening celebration at its new Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott. Rebound is happy to announce that Arne Sorenson, CEO of Marriott International, will be attending the event. He is a graduate of Luther College where he now serves on the Board of Regents. His wife Ruth (Christenson) Sorenson is a Decorah native.

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10/27/17
 -10/28/17
Luther College SPIN Theatre holding Haunted Doll House

The Decorah community is invited to SPIN Theatre's Haunted Doll House in Luther College's Storre Theatre, located on Luther's lower campus.
Admission to the haunted house is $3. 

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10/27/17
Lingonberry evening of performance and visual arts

The Lingonberry will host an evening of performance and visual arts.

Called “Structural Manifestations (A Ghostly Showcase),” the evening will include an exhibit of original paintings by Decorah-based artist Justin Heisler, and an original performance written an designed by Heisler and Inga Ruth Aleckson.

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10/27/17
SAC Entertainment to host magician Peter Boie

Leading up to Halloween, magician Peter Boie will present his “Magician for Non-Believers” show in Marty’s on the lowest level of Dahl Centennial Union.

Tickets are $9 and can be purchased online at tickets.luther.edu or by contacting the Luther 

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10/28/17
 -10/29/17
Decorah High School Music Boosters

Craft & Bake Sale
Saturday Oct. 28 9-4
Sunday Oct. 29 10-3

Win a flat screen TV!
Raffle tickets are $2.00
100 Vendors, Free Admission

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10/29/17
Singing the Faith: A Reformation Hymn Fesstival

Led by Luther alumnus and renowned composer of church music, Marty Haugen, this event celebrates the role of music, hymns, and singing in the shared work of spiritual formation, proclaiming the Gospel, and building community across generations, cultures, and traditions. 

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10/29/17
Meatball and Ham Dinner

Menu includes real mashed potatoes and gravy, vegtable, cole slaw, beverage and dessert
(Open to the Public)

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10/29/17
Around the World in 5 Plates Dinner - Montessori

Northeast Iowa Montessori's annual fundraising dinner "Around the World in 5 Plates" is coming up Sunday, October 29th from 5-8 pm at the Hotel Winneshiek!

In honor of "United Nations Day" and NEIM's dedication to education on peace and global understanding, the event features local chefs and cuisines from around the world. This year we're excited to have Korean and Algerian food among the cuisines on the menu. We'll also have a silent auction featuring local goods, art, and businesses!
 

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10/31/17
The Reformation of Everything, 1517-2017 Symposium

What was the Reformation? How did it impact Christianity, the church, education, broader society, and culture? How has it shaped Luther College? 
Join the Luther community for a one-day symposium on the Reformation, its historical impact, and its continuing influence. Professor Brad Gregory of the University of Notre Dame will present the opening address, "Why the Reformation Still Matters (Whether We Want It to Or Not)." 

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10/31/17
Reformation Commemoration Concert

This concert will premiere the Luther Cantata, composed in honor of the Reformation Commemoration by four Luther College alumni and four current students. The program will also include a new work for concert band, jointly commissioned by a consortium of Lutheran colleges. Ensembles involved include the Concert Band, Collegiate Chorale, and Cathedral Choir. Additionally, students from Luther's dance program, choreographed by Andrea Vasquez Aguirre, may contribute to portions of the program. This event is free and open to the public.

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10/31/17
Trunk-or-Treat

For the ninth year, Stone Ridge Community Church is sponsoring Trunk-or-Treat, a Halloween event for the entire community, on Tuesday, October 31 from 5 – 6:30 pm in the Decorah Fareway parking lot.  Children are invited to trick-or-treat from vehicle to vehicle, and all vehicles and their owners will be dressed in Halloween costumes.
Candy donations are welcome, and can be dropped off at the church Tuesday – Friday from 9:30 am – 2 pm. 

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