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ArtHaus in Decorah is seeking artists of all types and stripes to cover the gallery with artwork of your pets.    No mats or frames are necessary, each artwork will find a home in the gallery either with a pedestal, pushpin or nail.  Artwork must be original and can be dropped off between 1-5 Monday-Friday until February 1 at the ArtHaus Gallery.  The entry fee is $5 per piece. 
 
Artists are encouraged (but not required) to sell their work with a silent auction bid form with proceeds going to Humane Society of NE Iowa.  A closing reception with refreshments will take place March 29, where people may make their final bids and collect their artwork.  
 
The Pet Show recognizes creative talent throughout Northeast Iowa; artists of all ages are encouraged to participate including beginners, emerging, established professionals, hobbyists, youngsters, college students, and retirees.
 

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2/18/2019
-2/22/2019
1:00 - 5:00 PM


Emma Big Bear was a revered figure in northeast Iowa for decades before her death at age 99 in August 1968. Learn about her Winnebago Tribe heritage and the handmade baskets for which she is still known during the next meeting of the Luther College Woman’s Club.

Terry Landsgaard, vice president of the Emma Big Bear Foundation, will present “Emma Big Bear and Her Winnebago Heritage” at the group’s February meeting, to be held Tuesday, February 19, at 1:30 p.m. in Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union, on the Luther 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.
 

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2/19/20191:30 pmBonnie Warrington


Preschoolers will go crazy for color during Barnetimen (Children’s Hour) at Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center.

“This month, we will search the museum to seek out vibrant hues in folk art, learn why we see colors, and experiment with blending and making new colors,” Jennifer Kovarik, Vesterheim’s Youth Educator, said. Colorful snacks will be provided. Activities will begin in the Main Building at 502 W. Water St.
           
Barnetimen is a free program that meets at Vesterheim Museum the third Tuesday of each month, September-April. The program is geared toward 3-5 year olds, but all ages are welcome. No sign-up is necessary—come to one session or all of them.
           
Barnetimen is sponsored by Amy and Keith Bruening, David and Brenda Carlson, and Norwegian Mutual Insurance Association.

 

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2/19/201910:00 - 11:00 AMVesterheim


Emma Big Bear was a revered figure in northeast Iowa for decades before her death at age 99 in August 1968.

Learn about her Winnebago Tribe heritage and the handmade baskets for which she is still known during the next meeting of the Luther College Woman’s Club (LCWC).

Terry Landsgaard, vice president of the Emma Big Bear Foundation, will present “Emma Big Bear and Her Winnebago Heritage” at the group’s February meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 1:30 p.m. in Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union, on the Luther campus. 

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2/19/20191:30 PM Bonnie Warrington


Teacher, educational activist, and founder of Freedom Writers Foundation, Erin Gruwell will speak at Luther College. The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission. Gruwell will be available after the lecture for discussion and a book signing.

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2/20/20197 p.mCatherine


If you would like to learn how to create fabrics using a variety of yarns and tools, please join us for an after-school weaving class. We will learn weaving basics while making bands and braids for belts, friendship bracelets, phone straps, and more. We will also explore different types of fiber and learn something about the history of making fabric along the way.

Past students are welcome to attend.

February 7, 14, 21, 28 and March 7, 14, 2019 (3:15-5:15) Ages 10 to 17. $35 per student.


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2/21/20193:13 - 5:15 PMVesterheim


Check out our new duo, "Doug Skullery and Nan Sheniggans". A free will donation will be taken to help with the refugee crisis. BYOB!

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2/21/20197:00 - 8:30 PM


The History Book Group will discuss of Frederic Morton’s “Thunder at Twilight: Vienna 1913/1914” Thurs. Feb. 21st on the 2nd floor of the library. “Thunder at Twilight” illuminates two crucial years in Vienna. It was during the carnival of 1913 that a young Stalin arrived on a mission that would launch him into the upper echelon of Russian revolutionaries, and it was here that he first collided with Trotsky. It was in Vienna that the failed artist Adolf Hitler kept daubing watercolors and spouting tirades at fellow drifters in a flophouse. And it was here, shortly before his assassination would trigger the Great War, that Archduke Franz Ferdinand had a troubled audience with Emperor Franz Joseph.
 

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2/21/20196:30 PMKristin Torresdal


On Thursday, February 21, Sierra Hull is set for a stop at the Potter Auditorium in Chatfield, Minnesota with her 4-piece band as part of her 2019 Winter Tour. The show will be opened by a special performance by 10 String Symphony.
 

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2/21/20197:30 PM


Climate activist and former member of the Iowa Legislature Ed Fallon will be speaking at Luther College. The Luther College Center for Ethics and Public Engagement and the Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center are sponsoring an educational Ed Fallon presentation/ book signing.

Fallon is the author of Marcher, Walker, Pilgrim. This book describes an eight-month odyssey from L.A. to D.C., where dozens of marchers become a mobile village, sounding the alarm about our climate crisis. How they worked together, butted heads, solved conflicts, risked their lives, and ultimately stayed true to their goal makes for an exciting, multi-layered tale.

Fallon will be holding his presentation in Olin 102.  
How much are you willing to do to avert the climate crisis? 
Meet the man who walked and led a group 3000 miles to connect with Americans about our choices

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2/21/20197:00 PMCenter for Ethics and Public Engagement


An open gym for children will be offered Friday mornings during February at Luther College. 
Luther's east gym will be available with no admission fee. Balls and scooters will be provided. A parent or guardian is required to stay and supervise their children.
Enter through the main doors of the Regents Center. Registration is not required. 

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2/22/201910:30-11:30 a.m.


This is your chance to support a great cause – The Laura Ingalls Wilder Park & Museum – and have a great meal at the same time! Tickets $10 Adults (sold at the door)

Live Auction – Purchase goods donated by local businesses

Homemade Pie Auction – your chance to purchase a homemade pie from a local kitchen – with proceeds benefiting the Museum!

Raffle – $100 Walmart Gift Card; $100 Fareway Gift Card; $100 Visa Prepaid Card. Tickets $2 a piece


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2/22/20195:30-7:30 pmLaura Ingalls Wilder Park & Museum


Donating blood is safe, simple and it saves lives. It takes just one hour to make a life-saving blood donation, which will impact the lives of up to three different hospital patients. You can make a difference in your community by helping to maintain the local blood supply when you donate blood with LifeServe Blood Center.
 

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2/22/201910:00 AM - 2:00 PMWinneshiek Medical Center Community Relations


Critically acclaimed stand-up comedian Eric O'Shea is performing at Luther College at Marty's in the lowest level of the Dahl Centennial Union on Luther's campus.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online at www.tickets.luther.edu or via the Luther Ticket Office, telephone (563) 387-1357 or tickets@luther.edu. The Ticket Office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; with extended hours on Thursdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
 

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2/22/20197:30 PM


In this introductory class to the ancient art form of taxidermy, you’ll learn basic techniques of preparing, stuffing, and mounting animal skins. A brief introduction will set the stage for you to create your very own mouse rug or stuffed mouse in an action setting of your choice. All equipment and materials are provided, and you get to keep your mouse! Don’t worry if you’re feeling squeamish; most people find the process far less gruesome than they imagined.
Preregistration required.


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2/23/20199am-12pmJennie Dieterman


An elegant evening of socializing, food, drink and entertainment hosted by the St. Wenceslaus Parish of Spillville, Iowa.  Enjoy the pre-meal social hour, with games and silent auction available, beginning at 5:30 pm.  A prime rib or chicken dinner by U2 BBQ and Catering of Calmar, Iowa, follows at 7:00 pm.  After dinner entertainment, scheduled for 8:00 pm, will be provided by comedian, Tim Walkoe.  A musician and improvisational actor, Tim's rapid-fire delivery and shoot-from-the-hip style leaves his audience rolling in the aisles.  The evening concludes with a live fundraising auction with auctioneer, Steve Darrington, and a drawing for the grand door prize. 

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2/23/20195:30 PMJudy Adams


When days are short and nights are long, it’s time to celebrate community the koselig Norwegian way—with delicious cake, warm drinks, and new and familiar friends—at Vesterheim, the National Norwegian-American Museum and Heritage Center.

This informal gathering is free and open to everyone. Come and go as you wish.

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2/23/20191:00 - 2:00 PMVesterheim


Join us for an evening of relaxing laughs, food, and fun to beat the winter blues! "The Princess Bride Died" production will keep you and your table of friends laughing all night long. The actors perform between the 3 course dinner.

Upstage Productions Cast will be here again putting on this comedy murder mystery with the help of a few guests that evening to complete the show; this show is full of heros, villains, wizards, true love & murder. We sell out very fast for all these performances at Empty Nest Winery, so buy your tickets now!

$46/person for the whole evening's entertainment and 3 course dinner, menu is: House Caesar Salad, Sliced Pork Loin, Chicken Condon Bleu, Cheesy Potatoes, Corn, Fresh baked Dinner Rolls, Choice of Dessert. Bar is open serving Wine, Sangria, Craft Beer on tap, Can Domestic Beer & Hard Ciders. We accommodate group seating so let us know if you have a group or are joining a table. Guests must be 13 years or older to attend the Dinner Theater.

Tickets can be transferred to another person but dates cannot be changed or money refunded.

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2/23/20196:00 - 9:00 PMEmpty Nest Winery


Luther College Admissions will host a Scholar Recognition Day on Saturday, Feb. 9 and Saturday Feb. 23 in order to recognize the highest achieving admitted students at Luther, and allow those students the chance to interact with faculty and current students.

Students who have been awarded the Founder's, President's or Dean's Scholarship, or the Martin Luther Award are invited to attend the event.
 

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2/23/20198:45 AM


Join us for the second annual Winneshiek Idea House! Last year's event was full of energy and excitement, and we're expecting more of the same this year.

This event is for anyone interested in building a more resilient and sustainable Winneshiek County. Our focus this year is on *local impact investing*—how we can use our dollars and time and skills to improve our community & create a secure future for ourselves and our neighbors.

During the *Trout Tank* portion of the evening four fabulous entrepreneurs will present their business ideas and needs. After each five-minute presentation, attendees (you!) will be able to ask clarifying questions. Then we share out loud how we’re willing to support each entrepreneur. Community members may “invest” loans or gifts of money, in-kind offers, expertise, neighborliness, and more to support their favorite local enterprises. Think of it as crowdfunding in real time!

The evening will conclude with a an opportunity for you to meet the entrepreneurs and network with other attendees. We'll also have a *Needs and Offers Wall* that you can peruse. Grab a beverage and stay for a while!

Tickets are available at a sliding scale price ($5–$25). Nobody will be turned away due to lack of funds. Register at winneshiekdevelopment.org/idea-house/

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2/23/20194:30PM - 9:00PMKristin Eggen


Luther College piano faculty members Xiao Hu and Du Huang will present a piano duo recital in Luther’s Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.

The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.
 

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2/23/20194:00 PM


Oneota Valley Community Orchestra

A Czech Influence

At Decorah High School Auditorium

Sunday, February 24th at 2:30 pm

Season Sponsor: The Marion E. Jerome Foundation

Everyone is invited to join the Oneota Valley Community Orchestra for their second concert of their fifth season featuring principal cellist Craig Hultgren on Sunday, February 24th at 2:30 pm.  Celebrating their fifth season as the Driftless Region’s foremost orchestral ensemble, the OVCO will perform works by Janacek, Mozart, and Dvorak. This free concert will take place at Decorah High School Auditorium.

The OVCO will begin with Lachian Dances, Movements V and VI.  Written by Czech composer Leos Janacek, Lachian Dances is a collection of instrumental arrangements of Czech folk dances.  Movement V, Celadensky, is a ode to the village of Celandna, from which this lively dance came. Movement VI, Pilky, has its origins in a dance that comes from farmers preparing for the onset of winter.  This three-section piece ends with a climatic finish.

The OVCO continues with Mozart’s Symphony No. 30 in D Major.  This symphony, also known as the Prague symphony, was debuted there in 1787.  One of Mozart’s three-movement symphonies, this piece also included the lavish use of wind instruments.  These two characteristics point to Mozart’s intention to expand what traditional symphonies have been in the past.  This virtuosic piece is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

The OVCO concludes with Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104, by Antonin Dvorak.  This piece, written in 1894, was one of Dvorak’s last solo concertos. Considered one of his innermost works, this piece is one of profound contemplation but also one of expression and liberal proportions.  The OVCO is thrilled to feature their own Craig Hultgren on cello.

Craig Hultgren is active in new music, the newly creative arts, and the avant-garde. Recently leaving Birmingham after more than 30 years as a member of the Alabama Symphony, he now resides on a hobby farm outside of Decorah.  The New York Classical Review commented that he, "…played with impressive poise and sensitivity…" for Dorothy Hindman's 2016 chamber music retrospective at Carnegie Hall. At this point, almost 300 works have been created for him. A recipient of two Artist Fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, he was a member for many years of Thámyris, a contemporary chamber music ensemble in Atlanta. He is a founding member of Luna Nova, a new music ensemble with a large repertoire of performances available as podcast downloads on iTunes. Hultgren is featured in three solo CD recordings including The Electro-Acoustic Cello Book on Living Artist Recordings. For ten years, he produced the Hultgren Solo Cello Works Biennial, an international competition that highlighted the best new compositions for the instrument. He taught at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Alabama School of Fine Arts, Wartburg College, Iowa, and Birmingham-Southern College where he directed the BSC New Music Ensemble. He is a founding member and former President of the Birmingham Art Music Alliance and was on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestras of Birmingham and their Scrollworks program. Currently, he is Vice President of the Oneota Valley Community Orchestra Board of Directors, and has recently become Chair of the Board of Directors for the Iowa Composers Forum.

Founded in 2014 under the direction of Matthew Cody, the Oneota Valley Community Orchestra presents free live classical music to the residents of the Oneota Valley, promotes music education, and provides the opportunity for amateur and professional musicians to perform great masterpieces of music. The fifth season of the OVCO is sponsored by the Marion E. Jerome Foundation.

The OVCO is a 501(c)3 non-profit through the state of Iowa and the federal IRS. All donations are tax deductible.  For more information about the OVCO, visit www.ovcorchestra.org.

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2/24/20192:30 p.m.Megan Lien


Luther College music faculty Jonathon Struve, baritone, and Nicholas Shaneyfelt, piano, present a voice recital in Luther’s Noble Recital Hall in Jenson-Noble Hall of Music. Carol Hester, flute, will also collaborate on the recital.
           
The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.
 

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2/24/2019 


Bingo on the 1st, 2nd & 4th Mondays of each month.

Support the LS Community Center and the Pool & Parks.

The packet of 25 games is $15. There will be hot dogs, chips and drink available for $5.
There will also be coffee, bars and rolls offered.
First bingo call is at 6:30.

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2/25/20196:30-9:30


ArtHaus in Decorah is seeking artists of all types and stripes to cover the gallery with artwork of your pets.    No mats or frames are necessary, each artwork will find a home in the gallery either with a pedestal, pushpin or nail.  Artwork must be original and can be dropped off between 1-5 Monday-Friday until February 1 at the ArtHaus Gallery.  The entry fee is $5 per piece. 
 
Artists are encouraged (but not required) to sell their work with a silent auction bid form with proceeds going to Humane Society of NE Iowa.  A closing reception with refreshments will take place March 29, where people may make their final bids and collect their artwork.  
 
The Pet Show recognizes creative talent throughout Northeast Iowa; artists of all ages are encouraged to participate including beginners, emerging, established professionals, hobbyists, youngsters, college students, and retirees.
 

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2/25/2019
-3/1/2019
1:00 - 5:00 PM


You are invited to join with women and girls in SongSisters, 8 weeks of playful and heartful singing. It doesn’t matter whether you think of yourself as a ‘singer’ or not, for every voice adds to the beauty of our songs, and we need yours!

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2/25/20194:00 - 5:00 PMLiz Rog


This meet up provides a space for farmers to discuss the upcoming season, challenges, opportunities, ideas, and network with other farmers over a cup of coffee and some breakfast. The event is free and open to all fruit and vegetable growers. You don't have to be a PFI member to attend, but bring a breakfast dish to share! 

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2/26/20199:30 - 11:30 AMBarb Kraus


In 1968, a group of students led the longest campus strike in United States history in search of equality and social justice for the African American community. Today this event is seen as a starting point for the establishment of ethnic studies and social equality. Through the stories of the young men and women who lead the battle for a more relevant and meaningful education for African American students, "Agents of Change" is a film that examines the racial conditions found on college campuses.

As part of their 50-year anniversary commemoration, Luther College's Black Student Union will host a film screening of "Agents of Change" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on the Luther campus.

Both the screening and discussion to follow are open to the public with no charge for admission.
 

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2/26/20196:00 PM



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2/27/20198-9:30 a.m. Kristina


Winneshiek County will host a Seed Treatment Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators, Wednesday, February 27, 2019. The program will be shown at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP).

Registration begins at 8:30 AM.
 
 

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2/27/20199:00 - 11:00 AMBetsy Buffington


If you would like to learn how to create fabrics using a variety of yarns and tools, please join us for an after-school weaving class. We will learn weaving basics while making bands and braids for belts, friendship bracelets, phone straps, and more. We will also explore different types of fiber and learn something about the history of making fabric along the way.

Past students are welcome to attend.

February 7, 14, 21, 28 and March 7, 14, 2019 (3:15-5:15) Ages 10 to 17. $35 per student.


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2/28/20193:13 - 5:15 PMVesterheim


Join the DACC for our annual Gala fundraising event. This year's theme is "Tailgating." Wear your favorite sports gear and enjoy a night out. 
We will tailgate from the Hotel Winneshiek, Rubaiyat, and the Courtyard & Cellar. Game time is at 8 p.m. at T-Bock's Upstairs. Entertainment will be provided by Odd Ballz and there will be a tailgate buffet. We will also host a live and silent auction.

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3/1/20195:30 p.m. Kristina or Gabriel


Luther College faculty members Spencer Martin and Nicholas Shaneyfelt are performing a program titled, "1919: A Viola Centenary," in Luther's Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.
The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.
 

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3/1/20197:30 PM



Kids and adults are all invited to a free story time and author talk with children’s book author Jacqueline Briggs Martin and illustrator Larry Day as they share their new picture book Bim, Bam, Bop...and Oona. A tale about being true to yourself, Bim, Bam, Bop . . . and Oona (Univ. of Minnesota Press 2019) is an irresistible read-aloud picture book in which a little odd-duck-out discovers her unique strengths. Jacqueline and Larry will read and talk about their new book on Saturday, March 2 at 10:00 AM at Dragonfly Books.


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3/2/201910:00 AMDragonfly Books


New Minowa Players is excited to present a workshop for anyone who has considered directing a show. Creating opportunities for people to learn new skills, or to improve existing skills, is a joy to us, and we take it seriously. Offering workshops is one of the ways we do that. Please join us for A Directing Workshop. The cost, $10 for members of New Minowa Players and $20 for non-members, includes all materials and lunch. Registration is limited t 20 participants and is open to adults and high school or college age students.

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3/2/201910 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sheryl Scheffert


Luther College music faculty and pianist Miko Kominami will give a solo piano recital in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.
           
The recital, open to the public with no charge of admission, includes three Scarlatti Sonatas, four Liszt-Schubert songs, Haydn Sonata in F Major and concludes with Liszt's "Rhapsodie Espagnole."
 

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3/2/20194:00 PM


Slow down with Vesterheim, the National Norwegian-American Museum and Heritage Center, and the work of painter Christian Midjo at a S.L.O.W.A.R.T workshop at the museum on Sunday, March 3.
           
This program combines mindfulness meditation, focused observation, and fine art. “Slowing down reveals complexity we would otherwise miss because of the many distractions we have in our lives,” Zach Row-Heyveld, Vesterheim’s exhibitions manager, said.
 

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3/3/20191:30 - 3:00 PMVesterheim


Bingo on the 1st, 2nd & 4th Mondays of each month.

Support the LS Community Center and the Pool & Parks.

The packet of 25 games is $15. There will be hot dogs, chips and drink available for $5.
There will also be coffee, bars and rolls offered.
First bingo call is at 6:30.

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3/4/20196:30-9:30


In this class you will learn basic forging theory, shop safety, and proper use of tools prior to starting up the forges. Once in the shop, each of you will use the forging equipment, including forges, anvils, hammers, and tongs to forge your own key rack or coat hook. You will come away knowing how to taper, bend, rivet, and make scrolls. The class will be tailored to different ages and individual skills. All supplies and materials are included in the registration fee.

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3/4/2019
-3/8/2019
3:15 - 5:15 PMVesterheim


ArtHaus in Decorah is seeking artists of all types and stripes to cover the gallery with artwork of your pets.    No mats or frames are necessary, each artwork will find a home in the gallery either with a pedestal, pushpin or nail.  Artwork must be original and can be dropped off between 1-5 Monday-Friday until February 1 at the ArtHaus Gallery.  The entry fee is $5 per piece. 
 
Artists are encouraged (but not required) to sell their work with a silent auction bid form with proceeds going to Humane Society of NE Iowa.  A closing reception with refreshments will take place March 29, where people may make their final bids and collect their artwork.  
 
The Pet Show recognizes creative talent throughout Northeast Iowa; artists of all ages are encouraged to participate including beginners, emerging, established professionals, hobbyists, youngsters, college students, and retirees.
 

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3/4/2019
-3/8/2019
1:00 - 5:00 PM


You are invited to join with women and girls in SongSisters, 8 weeks of playful and heartful singing. It doesn’t matter whether you think of yourself as a ‘singer’ or not, for every voice adds to the beauty of our songs, and we need yours!

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3/4/20194:00 - 5:00 PMLiz Rog


Pancake Supper
Serving Pancakes, Eggs, Applesauce and Beverages
*Take Outs Available*

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3/6/20194:00pm-7:30pmTara McConnell


If you would like to learn how to create fabrics using a variety of yarns and tools, please join us for an after-school weaving class. We will learn weaving basics while making bands and braids for belts, friendship bracelets, phone straps, and more. We will also explore different types of fiber and learn something about the history of making fabric along the way.

Past students are welcome to attend.

February 7, 14, 21, 28 and March 7, 14, 2019 (3:15-5:15) Ages 10 to 17. $35 per student.


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3/7/20193:13 - 5:15 PMVesterheim


So You Want to be a Beekeeper?

Saturday March 9, 2019     9am-4:30pm

What’s all the buzz about? Join this in-depth beekeeping class to find out! You’ll get an extensive look at what it means to be a beekeeper through a presentation and hands-on learning. You’ll have an opportunity to work with hives (minus the bees). The first half of the day will cover beekeeping terminology, biology of bees, pests and diseases, and beekeeping equipment. The second half of the day will include buying bees, hive and pest management, winter preparation, extracting honey, and working with beekeeping equipment. At the end of this class you will have a better understanding of what it takes to be an effective beekeeper.

Instructors: Chris Schad (The Bee Shed) – is a biologist by training, with several peer-reviewed papers published in scientific journals. Several years ago he turned his attention to prairie restoration and other ways to support local pollinators such as honey bees. He manages bees on his rural Rochester, MN property plus on other sites in the region.

John Shonyo (The Bee Shed) – has been beekeeping since 2009 in Oronoco Township. Up until the merger with The Bee Shed he owned and operated Bee’s Knees Honey Farm. He has been a honey bee advocate giving presentations to community groups, schools, and service organizations about how important the honey bee is to our food supply and what people can do to help keep a healthy bee population.

 


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3/9/20199am-4:30Jennie Dieterman


Whether you live on a city plot or acres of land, learn new homesteading skills and become better stewards of your land. Attend the Eagle Bluff Homesteading Weekend Workshop and learn how to manage a beehive, graft fruit tress, cultivate mushrooms, or start an organic garden. These workshops have something for everyone.

Register for the entire weekend or individual classes.

So You Want to be a Beekeeper?

Saturday March 9, 2019     9am-4:30pm

What’s all the buzz about? Join this in-depth beekeeping class to find out! You’ll get an extensive look at what it means to be a beekeeper through a presentation and hands-on learning. You’ll have an opportunity to work with hives (minus the bees). The first half of the day will cover beekeeping terminology, biology of bees, pests and diseases, and beekeeping equipment. The second half of the day will include buying bees, hive and pest management, winter preparation, extracting honey, and working with beekeeping equipment. At the end of this class you will have a better understanding of what it takes to be an effective beekeeper.

Instructors: Chris Schad (The Bee Shed) – is a biologist by training, with several peer-reviewed papers published in scientific journals. Several years ago he turned his attention to prairie restoration and other ways to support local pollinators such as honey bees. He manages bees on his rural Rochester, MN property plus on other sites in the region.

John Shonyo (The Bee Shed) – has been beekeeping since 2009 in Oronoco Township. Up until the merger with The Bee Shed he owned and operated Bee’s Knees Honey Farm. He has been a honey bee advocate giving presentations to community groups, schools, and service organizations about how important the honey bee is to our food supply and what people can do to help keep a healthy bee population.

Beginning Organic Gardening

Sunday March 10, 2019     9am-1pm

Designed for the beginner, this class will give you the basics of plant biology in simple terms. We’ll also discuss how to prepare your growing places, and how to choose the best garden for you. Upon completion of this class, you’ll have a list of possible produce to grow tailored to your own particular space and to the amount of time you want to devote to your garden.

Instructor: Sarah Hansen – has been married to her best friend and fellow enthusiast for over 20 years. Together they are the parents of 13 healthy and vibrant children. They work, play, learn, grow, eat, camp, and explore together on 13 acres in rural Minnesota. Sarah grew up in the country, learning life skills such as gardening, butchering, preserving, cooking, and living naturally. During her years as a wife and mother, she’s added bee-keeping, herbal medicine and home education to her list of joys. In the second third of her life, she plans to continue her love of music and fitness, and hopes to expand her base of organic gardening practices and experiencing adventures with her husband and kids.

Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation

Sunday March 10, 2019      2-5pm

Are you interested in growing one of the most popular mushrooms consumed world-wide? This class helps you get started and sends you home with knowledge, handouts, and an inoculated shiitake log. You will learn how to select shiitake logs, choose spawn, use equipment, and more! Class begins with a presentation and then relocates to inoculate logs. Growing and marketing considerations will be discussed.

Instructor: Joe Deden is the former Executive Director of Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center in Lanesboro Minnesota. As a child he spent time in the woods with his maternal grandfather who shared his love for especially wildflowers.  He even attempted to teach him their Latin names.  He was Hay Creek township’s version of Thoreau. The love for nature stuck and giving that opportunity to other children has been Joe’s life mission. He believes we have to share our passion for nature with others, make it infectious and something everyone wants and does. In his free time he enjoys sustainable living, gardening, biking, wild edibles, ecotourism, Ethnobotony and food preservation.

Fruit Tree Grafting and Orchard Care

Saturday March 9, 2019        9am-12pm & 1-4pm

Sunday March 10, 2019        9am-12pm & 1-4pm

This class will teach you how to graft your own apple tree to take home as well as how to care for your trees from planting till harvest. Topics will include rootstock selection, pruning basics and creating habitat that will insure pollination of your new ‘orchard’. The course will provide semi-dwarf rootstocks, a selection of heirloom apple varieties to choose from as well the materials to make your own grafts. This is a hands-on class for all skill levels.

Instructor: Dan Bussey grew up in the middle of his family’s farm orchard in Wisconsin and has been surrounded by apples all his life. Dan is a past president of the Wisconsin Apple Grower’s Association and had operated Albion Prairie Cyder Orchard and Mill in Edgerton for over 30 years before coming to work as the Orchard Manager at the Seed Savers Exchange from 2012 until 2017. Dan has taught fruit tree grafting for 32 years and lectures on heirloom apple growing, orchard management, cider making and even apple pie baking. Dan is the author of the recently published, 7-volume “The Illustrated History of Apples in the United States and Canada” by the Jakkaw Press of Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin. This book won the 2018 Literature Award given by the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries. Dan currently resides in Ridgeway, Iowa.


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3/9/2019
-3/10/2019
9am-4:30, 9am-5pmJennie Dieterman


Fruit Tree Grafting and Orchard Care

Saturday March 9, 2019        9am-12pm or 1-4pm

Sunday March 10, 2019        9am-12pm or 1-4pm

This class will teach you how to graft your own apple tree to take home as well as how to care for your trees from planting till harvest. Topics will include rootstock selection, pruning basics and creating habitat that will insure pollination of your new ‘orchard’. The course will provide semi-dwarf rootstocks, a selection of heirloom apple varieties to choose from as well the materials to make your own grafts. This is a hands-on class for all skill levels.

Instructor: Dan Bussey grew up in the middle of his family’s farm orchard in Wisconsin and has been surrounded by apples all his life. Dan is a past president of the Wisconsin Apple Grower’s Association and had operated Albion Prairie Cyder Orchard and Mill in Edgerton for over 30 years before coming to work as the Orchard Manager at the Seed Savers Exchange from 2012 until 2017. Dan has taught fruit tree grafting for 32 years and lectures on heirloom apple growing, orchard management, cider making and even apple pie baking. Dan is the author of the recently published, 7-volume “The Illustrated History of Apples in the United States and Canada” by the Jakkaw Press of Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin. This book won the 2018 Literature Award given by the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries. Dan currently resides in Ridgeway, Iowa.


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3/9/2019
-3/10/2019
9am-12pm or 1-4pm on both daysJennie Dieterman


The 36th Annual KDEC Spring Home, Sport & Garden Show returns to Decorah High School Sunday, March 10th. The free-admission show, considered to be one of the best in the region, normally attracts over two-thousand visitors in the 5-hour duration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
 

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3/10/201910:00 - 3:00 PMKDEC Radio


Come meet our teachers, explore our spaces, and learn about our outdoor-based, Waldorf-inspired preschool!

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3/10/201910:00-12:00Rachel


Madison 4-H Soup Supper Annual Fundraiser
 

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3/10/20194:00pm-7:00pmRenate Hunter


Beginning Organic Gardening

Sunday March 10, 2019     9am-1pm

Designed for the beginner, this class will give you the basics of plant biology in simple terms. We’ll also discuss how to prepare your growing places, and how to choose the best garden for you. Upon completion of this class, you’ll have a list of possible produce to grow tailored to your own particular space and to the amount of time you want to devote to your garden.

Instructor: Sarah Hansen – has been married to her best friend and fellow enthusiast for over 20 years. Together they are the parents of 13 healthy and vibrant children. They work, play, learn, grow, eat, camp, and explore together on 13 acres in rural Minnesota. Sarah grew up in the country, learning life skills such as gardening, butchering, preserving, cooking, and living naturally. During her years as a wife and mother, she’s added bee-keeping, herbal medicine and home education to her list of joys. In the second third of her life, she plans to continue her love of music and fitness, and hopes to expand her base of organic gardening practices and experiencing adventures with her husband and kids.

 


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3/10/20199am-1pmJennie Dieterman


Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation

Sunday March 10, 2019      2-5pm

Are you interested in growing one of the most popular mushrooms consumed world-wide? This class helps you get started and sends you home with knowledge, handouts, and an inoculated shiitake log. You will learn how to select shiitake logs, choose spawn, use equipment, and more! Class begins with a presentation and then relocates to inoculate logs. Growing and marketing considerations will be discussed.

Instructor: Joe Deden is the former Executive Director of Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center in Lanesboro Minnesota. As a child he spent time in the woods with his maternal grandfather who shared his love for especially wildflowers.  He even attempted to teach him their Latin names.  He was Hay Creek township’s version of Thoreau. The love for nature stuck and giving that opportunity to other children has been Joe’s life mission. He believes we have to share our passion for nature with others, make it infectious and something everyone wants and does. In his free time he enjoys sustainable living, gardening, biking, wild edibles, ecotourism, Ethnobotony and food preservation.


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3/10/20192-5pmJennie Dieterman


Luther College will host its annual Benefactor's Organ Recital,  featuring Kimberly Marshall, professor of organ at Arizona State University. The recital will take place in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus.

The program, titled "Serving God and Humanity: The Organ in Liturgical and Ceremonial Context" will include music by Bach, Brahms, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Felix Mendelssohn, Ethel Smyth and Margaret Vardell Sandresky.


 

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3/10/20194:00 PM


Decorah Public Library and Reefuel are teaming up to offer “Bend, Brew, and Books” from 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday March 10 at Pulpit Rock Brewing Co. The program is free but space is limited to 25 people, so registration is required (register online at www.decorah.lib.ia.us).
 

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3/10/20193:00 - 4:30 PMDecorah Public Library


Bingo on the 1st, 2nd & 4th Mondays of each month.

Support the LS Community Center and the Pool & Parks.

The packet of 25 games is $15. There will be hot dogs, chips and drink available for $5.
There will also be coffee, bars and rolls offered.
First bingo call is at 6:30.

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3/11/20196:30-9:30


ArtHaus in Decorah is seeking artists of all types and stripes to cover the gallery with artwork of your pets.    No mats or frames are necessary, each artwork will find a home in the gallery either with a pedestal, pushpin or nail.  Artwork must be original and can be dropped off between 1-5 Monday-Friday until February 1 at the ArtHaus Gallery.  The entry fee is $5 per piece. 
 
Artists are encouraged (but not required) to sell their work with a silent auction bid form with proceeds going to Humane Society of NE Iowa.  A closing reception with refreshments will take place March 29, where people may make their final bids and collect their artwork.  
 
The Pet Show recognizes creative talent throughout Northeast Iowa; artists of all ages are encouraged to participate including beginners, emerging, established professionals, hobbyists, youngsters, college students, and retirees.
 

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3/11/2019
-3/15/2019
1:00 - 5:00 PM


You are invited to join with women and girls in SongSisters, 8 weeks of playful and heartful singing. It doesn’t matter whether you think of yourself as a ‘singer’ or not, for every voice adds to the beauty of our songs, and we need yours!

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3/11/20194:00 - 5:00 PMLiz Rog


Join for casual conversation with area leaders. Our speakers will share their stories and experiences with organizational and community leadership.

The second presenter in the Women in Leadership series is Lorraine Borowski. Lorraine was elected as the mayor of Decorah in 2017. Decorah has been her home since she attended Luther College. Lorraine previously worked as the director of the Public Library and filmed city council meetings for the last 10 years. Her work on civic, county and state initiatives, gives her a strong understanding of the city and its government.

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3/12/20195:00 - 6:15 PMGabriel Eide



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3/13/20198-9:30 a.m. Kristina


The Happy Hour Book Group will meet at Rubaiyat to discuss Michelle Obama’s memoir “Becoming.” As First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama helped create the most inclusive White House in history, established herself as a powerful advocate for women, and dramatically changed the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives. In her memoir, she chronicles the experiences that shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address.
 

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3/13/20195:15 PMDecorah Public Library


If you would like to learn how to create fabrics using a variety of yarns and tools, please join us for an after-school weaving class. We will learn weaving basics while making bands and braids for belts, friendship bracelets, phone straps, and more. We will also explore different types of fiber and learn something about the history of making fabric along the way.

Past students are welcome to attend.

February 7, 14, 21, 28 and March 7, 14, 2019 (3:15-5:15) Ages 10 to 17. $35 per student.


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3/14/20193:13 - 5:15 PMVesterheim


The Friday Book Group will meet on the 2nd floor of the library to discuss Emma Donoghue’s “The Wonder.” The Irish Midlands, 1859. An English nurse, Lib Wright, is summoned to a tiny village to observe what some are claiming as a medical anomaly or a miracle—a girl said to have survived without food for months. Tourists have flocked to the cabin of eleven-year-old Anna O’Donnell, and a journalist has come down to cover the sensation. “The Wonder” is a tale of two strangers who transform each other’s lives, a psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil.
 

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3/15/20192:00 PMDecorah Public Library


Intertwine is an informal time for knitters, spinners, weavers, and other textile enthusiasts to gather, share, learn, and celebrate all things fiber.  Join us the third Sunday of each month from September though April.

This opportunity is for anyone—non-member or member, new to fiber arts or experienced. Bring your ideas or ​fiber project in progress and leave your stress behind. Check out the fun and lively conversation once or several times. No formal classes will be offered.


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3/17/20192:00 - 4:00 PMDarlene Fossum-Martin


ArtHaus in Decorah is seeking artists of all types and stripes to cover the gallery with artwork of your pets.    No mats or frames are necessary, each artwork will find a home in the gallery either with a pedestal, pushpin or nail.  Artwork must be original and can be dropped off between 1-5 Monday-Friday until February 1 at the ArtHaus Gallery.  The entry fee is $5 per piece. 
 
Artists are encouraged (but not required) to sell their work with a silent auction bid form with proceeds going to Humane Society of NE Iowa.  A closing reception with refreshments will take place March 29, where people may make their final bids and collect their artwork.  
 
The Pet Show recognizes creative talent throughout Northeast Iowa; artists of all ages are encouraged to participate including beginners, emerging, established professionals, hobbyists, youngsters, college students, and retirees.
 

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3/18/2019
-3/22/2019
1:00 - 5:00 PM


You are invited to join with women and girls in SongSisters, 8 weeks of playful and heartful singing. It doesn’t matter whether you think of yourself as a ‘singer’ or not, for every voice adds to the beauty of our songs, and we need yours!

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3/18/20194:00 - 5:00 PMLiz Rog



The annual Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce Ag Appreciation Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, March 20 at the Danan Lansing Building at the Winneshiek County Fair Grounds.This luncheon is a celebration of the partnership between the business and ag community in our area.

Lunch will be available at 11:30 AM with a guest speaker beginning at 12 PM, followed by awards. 

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3/20/201911:30 a.m. Kristina


The History Book Group will discuss Ingrid Rowland and Noah Charney’s “The Collector of Lives: Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art” at 6:30 p.m. Thurs. March 21st on the 2nd floor of the library. Giorgio Vasari (1511–1574) was a man of many talents—a sculptor, painter, architect, writer, and scholar—but he is best known for “Lives of the Artists,” the classic account that singlehandedly established the canon of Italian Renaissance art. It was through Vasari’s writings that Raphael, Leonardo, and Michelangelo came to be regarded as masters. In “The Collector of Lives,” Rowland and Charney introduce readers to this pivotal figure in art history.
 

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3/21/20196:30 PMDecorah Public Library


When days are short and nights are long, it’s time to celebrate community the koselig Norwegian way—with delicious cake, warm drinks, and new and familiar friends—at Vesterheim, the National Norwegian-American Museum and Heritage Center.

This informal gathering is free and open to everyone. Come and go as you wish.

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3/23/20191:00 - 2:00 PMVesterheim


Bingo on the 1st, 2nd & 4th Mondays of each month.

Support the LS Community Center and the Pool & Parks.

The packet of 25 games is $15. There will be hot dogs, chips and drink available for $5.
There will also be coffee, bars and rolls offered.
First bingo call is at 6:30.

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3/25/20196:30-9:30


ArtHaus in Decorah is seeking artists of all types and stripes to cover the gallery with artwork of your pets.    No mats or frames are necessary, each artwork will find a home in the gallery either with a pedestal, pushpin or nail.  Artwork must be original and can be dropped off between 1-5 Monday-Friday until February 1 at the ArtHaus Gallery.  The entry fee is $5 per piece. 
 
Artists are encouraged (but not required) to sell their work with a silent auction bid form with proceeds going to Humane Society of NE Iowa.  A closing reception with refreshments will take place March 29, where people may make their final bids and collect their artwork.  
 
The Pet Show recognizes creative talent throughout Northeast Iowa; artists of all ages are encouraged to participate including beginners, emerging, established professionals, hobbyists, youngsters, college students, and retirees.
 

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3/25/2019
-3/29/2019
1:00 - 5:00 PM


You are invited to join with women and girls in SongSisters, 8 weeks of playful and heartful singing. It doesn’t matter whether you think of yourself as a ‘singer’ or not, for every voice adds to the beauty of our songs, and we need yours!

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3/25/20194:00 - 5:00 PMLiz Rog



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3/27/20198-9:30 a.m. Kristina


ArtHaus in Decorah is seeking artists of all types and stripes to cover the gallery with artwork of your pets.  No mats or frames are necessary, each artwork will find a home in the gallery either with a pedestal, pushpin or nail.  Artwork must be original and can be dropped off between 1-5 Monday-Friday until February 1 at the ArtHaus Gallery.  The entry fee is $5 per piece. 
 
Artists are encouraged (but not required) to sell their work with a silent auction bid form with proceeds going to Humane Society of NE Iowa.  A closing reception with refreshments will take place March 29, where people may make their final bids and collect their artwork.  
 
The Pet Show recognizes creative talent throughout Northeast Iowa; artists of all ages are encouraged to participate including beginners, emerging, established professionals, hobbyists, youngsters, college students, and retirees.

The Pushpin show is sponsored by LuLu and BB's Petmarket.
 

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3/29/2019 


This barrel-aged stout spends over a year in barrels, sometimes closer to two, notes of bourbon warm each sip, washing over a fudgy chocolate base.
Visit Toppling Goliath's website for details on the release event. 

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3/30/2019 Toppling Goliath


Make plans now to participate in WWO 2019! More than 40 participating locations with fun sales, promotions, events, drinks, photo ops, and more! 
Save the date! More information wil be available soon. Be sure to watch the Women's Weekend Out Facebook page and click the link below to sign up for event emails to stay up to date on details.

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4/5/2019
-4/7/2019
 Kristina


Join for casual conversation with area leaders. Our speakers will share their stories and experiences with organizational and community leadership.

The final presenter for the Women in Leadership series is Laurie Bulman. Laurie is currently the director of Human Resources at Winneshiek Medical Center, where she has served for over 21 years. With over 25 years of experience in human resources, Laurie leads all functions of the human resources department including staff development and volunteer services. Additionally, Laurie contributes to strategic planning and sits on WMC’s administrative council. Laurie will share her leadership story and lessons learned along the way.

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4/9/20195:00 - 6:15 PMGabriel Eide


What better way to usher in the spring than listening to vibrant, infectious and creative jazz! Come hear the Luther College Jazz Orchestra at 7:30 PM on April 16th, in the Center for Faith and Life. Under the direction of Juan Tony Guzman, 20 talented student musicians will present a fantastic evening of music. The concert is open to the public; a freewill offering will be taken.


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4/16/20197:30 PMKristen Kocher


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