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County/City Map 2020
10/12/2020 - 11/15/2020
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2020 Holiday Promotion Sign Up
10/14/2020 - 10/31/2020
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Decorah's Lighted Holiday Parade Entry
12/3/2020 - 12/3/2020
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Events in the month of January 2020

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Saturday, January 4, 2020
Monday, January 6, 2020 - Monday, January 13, 2020
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
 Instructor Rebecca Hanna will lead this hands-on experience with kroting, a traditional Norwegian technique of decorating painted-wood surfaces. 
 

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Thursday, January 9, 2020
This ain't your grandma's water aerobics; you will increase you energy, stamina and strength with this higher intensity program that includes cardio conditioning alternationg with strength/balance and core training segments.  
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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Interested in learning the fundamentals of photo-editing? Do you want to learn how to get started turning your snapshots into fine art photos? 

Join professional photographer Nick Chill as he walks you through the essentials of editing digital photos to look their best. This class is not specific to a certain editing program, but instead will give you an understanding of general editing practices and tools.


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Friday, January 10, 2020 - Saturday, January 11, 2020
A family friendly opera originally written for NBC to broadcast live in the 1950's.
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Friday, January 10, 2020
An opera in one act by Gian Carlo Menotti

The Oneota Valley Community Orchestra is looking forward to our two performances, Friday, Jan. 10 and Saturday, Jan. 12 of Amahl and the Night Visitors!

Amahl and the Night Visitors (1st Performance)
 

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Saturday, January 11, 2020
An opera in one act by Gian Carlo Menotti

The Oneota Valley Community Orchestra is looking forward to our two performances, Friday, Jan. 10 and Saturday, Jan. 12 of Amahl and the Night Visitors!

Amahl and the Night Visitors (1st Performance)
 

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Monday, January 13, 2020
Once a month NAMI NE Iowa hosts a Family Support Group event..
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Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Come to Decorah Public Library Tuesday to learn about weather and climate change in your own backyard. Amy Bouska is a retired actuary who returned to her native Cresco after a career that took her to insurance centers around the world. She loves spreadsheets and, after becoming concerned about climate issues, was ecstatic to find a huge collection of weather data from cities around Iowa.  

The climate scientists tell us that the world is- on average- becoming warmer and wetter, but what is happening HERE in Decorah?  Hint: You’ll be surprised by the answer.

After looking at the Decorah data, Bouska will review some of the changes to date as well as predictions for the Upper Midwest region more broadly.    Finally, she will briefly consider (but not resolve) the question of individual versus nation-state action: can we stop climate change by what we do (or don’t do) as individuals? What does the data say? Come for the discussion.  

Contact Decorah Public Library at 382-3717 with questions.

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Thursday, January 16, 2020
This ain't your grandma's water aerobics; you will increase you energy, stamina and strength with this higher intensity program that includes cardio conditioning alternationg with strength/balance and core training segments.  
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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Interested in learning the fundamentals of photo-editing? Do you want to learn how to get started turning your snapshots into fine art photos? 

Join professional photographer Nick Chill as he walks you through the essentials of editing digital photos to look their best. This class is not specific to a certain editing program, but instead will give you an understanding of general editing practices and tools.


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Thursday, January 16, 2020
The quarterly Hotel/Motel Marketing Committee Meeting will be held. Meeting agenda is linked below. 
 

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Thursday, January 16, 2020
The New Minowa Players present "Winnie-The-Pooh".  Music by Allan Friedman.  Lyrics by A.A. Milne. Adapted by Kristin Sergel.  
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Friday, January 17, 2020
The New Minowa Players present "Winnie-The-Pooh".  Music by Allan Friedman.  Lyrics by A.A. Milne. Adapted by Kristin Sergel.  
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Friday, January 17, 2020
Decorah native, singer-songwriter Helen Johnson is back in town for a short stay! Come out this Friday evening to say hello and enjoy a set of tunes featuring Helen on guitar, keyboard and vocals. Original songs and covers. Admission is free!
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Saturday, January 18, 2020
Hobo Jim is known worldwide for his hard-driving, rowdy, backwoods Alaskan shows.  Jim sings original songs of his life as a commercial fisherman, lumberjack, cowboy, woodsman and early days of hitchhiking and freight-riding.  
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Saturday, January 18, 2020
The New Minowa Players present "Winnie-The-Pooh".  Music by Allan Friedman.  Lyrics by A.A. Milne. Adapted by Kristin Sergel.  
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Sunday, January 19, 2020
The New Minowa Players present "Winnie-The-Pooh".  Music by Allan Friedman.  Lyrics by A.A. Milne. Adapted by Kristin Sergel.  
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Sunday, January 19, 2020
Decorah’s Ward 2 Councilperson Emily Neal is announcing a
listening session on Sunday, January 19th at 6:30 pm at Decorah’s City Hall Council Chambers.

During the Ward 2 listening session, council member Emily Neal will welcome questions and
comments regarding city affairs, policies. and priorities. Residents interested in either the
2020/21 budget planning process, the drafted City of Decorah Sustainability Plan, or other city
matters are encouraged to attend.

“Perhaps one of the most important tasks of the City Council is planning and implementing the
city budget, I feel it is very important for my constituents to understand how the budget is put
together and equally important for me to hear about their priorities for our community.” said
Emily Neal.

Budget discussions are currently underway in the City of Decorah. On December 30th, the
council took time to strategically think about upcoming infrastructure improvements and large
capital expenditures that may be needed in the next several years. By laying out this work early,
the council hopes to be able to prioritize and plan for these expenditures in the long term while
capitalizing on state and national funding when available for projects. In addition, the
categorizing and sharing of the city “wish” list will allow the council to make sure that they are
both being as efficient with resources as possible and looking out for new opportunities as they
arise. The council budget work session is scheduled for January 21st at 4:00.

In addition to the City Budget, the City has been engaged in the process of approving the
updated Sustainability Plan. Over the course of 2019, the Sustainability Committee utilized a
robust public input process to develop the vision statements and related actions in the 2020
Decorah Sustainability Plan. A draft of the plan is available on the City of Decorah website for
public review and comments are welcome by email to ward2@decorahia.org or during the
listening session.

“I’m looking forward to re-connecting with people in Ward 2. Sunday is an opportunity to engage
in open dialog about our community, share ideas and for folks to learn more about city
government, finance and infrastructure. I welcome anyone to the meeting and welcome any and
all questions that folks may have” said Neal.

For further information please contact Emily Neal, ward2@decorahia.org, 563.568.1456
Chad Bird, City Manager at 563-382-3651, cell / text msg: 563-387-7628 or email at
citymanager@decorahia.org
 

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Monday, January 20, 2020
Monday, January 20, 2020 - Monday, April 13, 2020
All are welcome to sing with the Northern Lights Womens Chorus!
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Monday, January 20, 2020 - Monday, January 27, 2020
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Mmm, pasta...if just the thought of this makes your moujth water, you won't want to miss this evening devoted to  learning about, making and eating pasta!!
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Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Energy Efficiency remains the foundation of a prosperous, sustainable clean energy future. Our elected leadership need to hear that serious work is needed to restore and improve Iowa’s energy efficiency programs. We encourage all citizens to be heard, and especially encourage EE-related businesses to be present.

 Register and learn more: iaenvironment.org/eedayonthehill2020.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020
DECORAH, Iowa —Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to get creative with food during Barnetimen (Children’s Hour) at Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center on Tuesday, January 21, from 10-11 a.m.

“This month, we’ll learn about interesting tools to make fun Norwegian foods. Then we’ll use our imaginations to make pretend smørbrød (Norwegian open-faced sandwiches) out of recyclables, before mixing and matching edible ingredients for a real snack,” Jennifer Kovarik, Vesterheim Youth Educator, said. Meet in the lobby of the museum’s Main Building.

The program is free, thanks to sponsors David and Brenda Carlson, Greg and Karen Bruening, Amy and Keith Bruening, and Norwegian Mutual Insurance Association. Barnetimen meets at Vesterheim Museum the third Tuesday of each month, September-April.

The program is geared toward 3 to 5 year olds, but all ages are welcome. No sign-up is necessary—come to one session or all of them. Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, in scenic Decorah, Iowa, showcases the best in historic and contemporary Norwegian folk and fine arts, and explores the American immigrant experience. This national treasure includes world-class exhibitions and 12 historic buildings. It is also a center for folk-art education, offering a wide variety of classes in authentic Norwegian folk art every year.

For more information on the museum’s exhibitions, classes, events, membership opportunities, and ways to donate, check Vesterheim’s website at vesterheim.org, call (563) 382-9681, or write to Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, 502 W. Water St., P.O. Box 379, Decorah, IA, 52101-0379

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Adventure and education—both by film and by travel—will be the focus of the next meeting of the Luther College Woman’s Club (LCWC), to be held Tuesday, January 21, at 1:30 p.m. in Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union, on the Luther campus.

Nancy Sojka, president of the Oneota Film Festival (OFF) Board of Directors, will present “Oneota Film Festival XI: Inform. Inspire. Engage,” while Molly Holkesvik, Decorah High School English teacher, will present “Decorah Schools: European and Washington, D.C., Trips” with Maddie Putnam, a current DHS senior and a recent tour participant. 

During her presentation, Sojka will discuss how the OFF board selects films and prepares for the festival as well as share a couple films that will be part of this year’s event. The festival will be held February 16-19, 2020, at Luther and in downtown Decorah. Holkesvik will provide an overview of trips that she helps lead for area students, including a trip to Washington, D.C., after the eighth-grade year and a trip to Europe for high school students. Among the topics she and Putnam will address are the following: who goes, where they go, what they learn, and how travel helps students develop compassion, empathy, self-awareness, independence, and social and teamwork skills.

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. A short business meeting, refreshments, and special music are also on the afternoon’s agenda.


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Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Join the Winneshiek Energy District team on Tuesday, January 21st from 7:30-8:30 AM to get the tools you need to start working towards carbon neutrality.   Hear Joe Grimstad, Vice Chairman, Decorah Bank and Trust, share the bank’s journey to reach their net-zero carbon goal in 2019. Joel Zook, the Energy District’s Energy Planner, will then speak about how you can take steps to go carbon neutral.

 

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Thursday, January 23, 2020
This ain't your grandma's water aerobics; you will increase you energy, stamina and strength with this higher intensity program that includes cardio conditioning alternationg with strength/balance and core training segments.  
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Thursday, January 23, 2020
You, like many others, may have training in CPR to stabilize those who are not breathing or in cardiac arrest until emergency responders arrive. CPR (short for cardiopulmonary resuscitation) has saved countless lives of those we love in their time of need. But what about the times when people are in a mental health crisis? Do you have the skills and training to perform life-saving mental health intervention?

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Bridgette Hensley, Psy.D., Mayo Clinic Health System psychologist and QPR certified trainer at Winneshiek Medical Center says, “Everyone should be trained in QPR. Suicide is one of the most preventable kinds of death.

QPR provides hope and empowers people to help by teaching them how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.” The QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. QPR training is for anyone: parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, foremen, advisors, caseworkers, law enforcement, and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide. Dr. Hensley says, “In CPR the general public is educated about the classic signs of a heart attack, and then taught how to respond. In QPR participants are educated about the known warning signs of a suicide crisis: expressions of hopelessness, depression, giving away prized possessions, talking of suicide, securing lethal means, and then taught how to respond.” Dr. Hensley adds, “The more people trained in QPR in our community, the more lives will be saved.”

Free QPR Training at WMC Winneshiek Medical Center is holding a free QPR training in the WMC lower level conference rooms on Thursday, January 23 from 6:30 – 8 pm. The training is appropriate for teens and older, and is led by Dr. Hensley. Space is limited and registration is appreciated by Friday, January 17. 

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Thursday, January 23, 2020
The Porter House Museum will be hosting a featuring violinist/composer and Decorah native Philip Wharton and pianist and former Luther faculty member John Krebs.

The performance, held in the museums recently-revitalized historic music parlor, will include Grieg’s Sonata in G Major, Beethoven’s Sonata in G Major, and Games, an original piece composed by Wharton.

Tickets for the performance will be available at $14 on a first-come, first-served basis at the Porter House. Seating is limited. Members of the Porter House Museum may reserve tickets in advance as a benefit of museum membership. Respond to this email for more information.
 
A native of Iowa, John Krebs holds degrees in piano performance from Northwestern University, the University of Illinois, and the University of Maryland. After teaching at Central Missouri State University, Prince George’s Community College, and Luther College, he has been at Hendrix College in Arkansas since 1992. An avid collaborative pianist, Krebs has performed in Canada, Croatia, Iceland, Germany, Slovenia, Scotland, and Thailand.

Of Philip Wharton’s performing, The New York Times proclaimed, “a rousing performance!” and The Waterloo Courier wrote, “a golden tone with breathtaking execution.” His compositions, heralded from coast to coast, are described by the New York Concert Review as, “…decidedly contemporary…both engaging and accessible.” In past seasons, the Santa Fe Opera remounted Wharton’s Two Saintes Caught in the Same Act, the Grammy-nominated Borealis Wind Quintet performed his Quintet on their concert tours.
 
Kind regards,
Your friends at the Porter House Museum
 

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Friday, January 24, 2020
The New Minowa Players present "Winnie-The-Pooh".  Music by Allan Friedman.  Lyrics by A.A. Milne. Adapted by Kristin Sergel.  
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Saturday, January 25, 2020
The Host Country is back for more at The Haymarket in Decorah! Join us for an evening of good tunes that are guaranteed to melt the ice off your boots. Plus, get a preview of the new songs off our 3rd full length album to be released later in 2020!

The Host Country brings you rock infused with Americana, blues, and folk - with a kick. Unique, lyrically driven music that's inviting and sincere, but tinged with the rawness of the emotions that live within love, longing, regret, joy, and everything in between. Dual vocalists & songwriters Ty Wistrand (guitar) & Diana Weishaar (keys) along with a solid crew of Tom Rue (bass), Ethan Weishaar (drums), and Michael Lovan (guitar) use their music to tell a story that's heartfelt, relatable, and magnetic.

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Saturday, January 25, 2020
The New Minowa Players present "Winnie-The-Pooh".  Music by Allan Friedman.  Lyrics by A.A. Milne. Adapted by Kristin Sergel.  
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Saturday, January 25, 2020
The New Minowa Players present "Winnie-The-Pooh".  Music by Allan Friedman.  Lyrics by A.A. Milne. Adapted by Kristin Sergel.  
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Sunday, January 26, 2020
Odd Fellow Lodge (across from the Social Security Office)

Come enjoy Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, vegetable, cole slaw, bread, dessert and a drink.    
 

Sunday, January 26, 2020
The Winneshiek Wedding Market is your source for all things wedding!

Sample and experience the best wedding products and talk face to face with local and regional vendors who have the knowledge and experience that you are looking for. Enjoy three full floors of wedding and prizes! Individual vendors will have prize drawings throughout the fashion show. All registered brides will be entered into several grand prize drawings including a Romantic Escape Package at the Hotel Winneshiek (must be present to win all prizes).
 

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Sunday, January 26, 2020
All you can eat Dad's Belgium Waffles & Sausages 
Bring your friends and family to celebrate with St. Ben's School KICK OFF TO CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Come to Decorah Public Library to meet K9 Handler/Deputy Steve Nesvik and K9 McCoy along with Sheriff Dan Marx of the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office. Learn about their training, daily life at work and at home, and see a short demo of McCoy’s skills in action. Program is open to all ages- but caters to an adult audience.

Contact Decorah Public Library at 382-3717 with questions.


 

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020
What: A reflective, quiet night aiming to help men experience a moment of peace and recollection. This is done through a guided meditation and time for prayer, reading, learning, and reflection. No ice breakers, no sharing. Come and go as you please.

 

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Be inspired by budding folk artists and Scandinavian traditions at Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, during an open house for students from the “Scandinavian Fine Handcraft” January Term course at Luther College. 
            During the open house, students from the class will demonstrate carving and exhibit their class projects. Refreshments will be served.
            The class is taught by Harley Refsal, Luther professor emeritus of Scandinavian folk art. Refsal is a Vesterheim Gold Medalist who has taught Scandinavian figure carving throughout the United States and Norway. He was honored by Norway’s King H. M. Harald V with the St. Olav Medal of Honor for his efforts in reinvigorating Scandinavian figure carving in both the United States and Norway.
          

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Thursday, January 30, 2020 - Friday, January 31, 2020
The upcoming Driftless Region Beef Conference will showcase two nationally-known keynote speakers. 
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Thursday, January 30, 2020
This ain't your grandma's water aerobics; you will increase you energy, stamina and strength with this higher intensity program that includes cardio conditioning alternationg with strength/balance and core training segments.  
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Thursday, January 30, 2020
Hazard risks can be natural or manmade, and cover a variety of things, such as storms and flooding, hazardous materials, infrastructure failure, terrorism, and more.

The public is invited to review a draft of the Winneshiek County MultiJurisdiction Multi-Hazard Mitigation plan then attend a meeting to share feedback on the plan on Thursday January 30th, 2020.

A version of the draft plan will be available for review on this Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission website beginning January 23rd, 2020: http://uerpc.org/comprehensiveplanning-comments.html

Please contact Regional Planner Michelle Barness at Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission for more
information:

(563) 382-6171,
mbarness@uerpc.org
 

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Friday, January 31, 2020
Decorah Rotary Club Annual Chili Supper

Proceeds help support Decorah Rotary's scholarship fund which provides four $1000 scholarships each year to graduating seniors.
 

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Friday, January 31, 2020
All Ages, All Stages, All mediums displayed.
"Where I'm From" Theme
Bring artwork to ArtHaus 107 W Broadway, Decorah, between 1-5PM Monday-Saturday from now until January 25th.

Choose an option:
1) Artwork returned- $5 entry fee per piece
2) Artwork donated- No entry fee, work auctioned.

All entry fees and auctions proceeds will go to Northeast Iowa Piece and Justice center.

Reception and Art Auction: January 31st 7:00PM @ ArtHaus
arthausdecorah.org/events/where-im-from/

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