- DATES & TIMES:
- Saturday, November 16 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm (A Sign)
- Saturday, January 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm ([Un]Spoken Words)
- Saturday, March 21 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm (Madness)
- Saturday, May 16 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm (Camped Out)
- COST: $9 / $4 students
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or during the
“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, email@example.com, 563.568.1456
Chad Bird, City Manager at 563-382-3651, cell / text msg: 563-387-7628 or email at
“This month, we’ll use patterns on warm Norwegian sweaters and mittens to inspire our own decorations on festive ornaments to take home,” Jennifer Kovarik, Vesterheim Youth Educator, said. “We’ll also enjoy a tasty holiday snack,” she added. 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.
Register and learn more: iaenvironment.org/eedayonthehill2020.
“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
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.
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.
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.
Your friends at the Porter House Museum
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.
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).
Come enjoy Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, vegetable, cole slaw, bread, dessert and a drink.
Contact Decorah Public Library at 382-3717 with questions.
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.
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
"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
Come and learn more about the Montessori Education and get your student
signed up for next Fall 2020/2021 academic year.
Montessori Education is continuing to grow and this open house will give you the chance
to ask questions and to observe some of the materials in action.
Joy, feeling one's own value, being appreciated and loved by others, feeling useful and capable of production
are all factors of enormous value for the human soul. Maria Montessori
Barneløpet is open to children of all skill levels and is a great event for the entire family. “When you complete the course, you’ll be awarded a medal and served hot chocolate and homemade cookies as you warm yourself by the fire,” Darlene Fossum-Martin, event organizer, said.
Barneløpet is free thanks to the sponsorship of Jon and Mary Hart of Decorah in memory of Kjell Arne Berntsen, and three Sons of Norway Lodges—Valdres #503 in Decorah, Iowa, Heimbygda #376 in Lanesboro, Minnesota, and Valheim #364 in Spring Grove, Minnesota.
No snow or skis? “Then join in the fun with a walk through the tall prairie grasses,” Fossum-Martin encouraged. If in doubt about weather conditions, listen to local radio stations for cancellations.
Barneløpet, (pronounced BAR-nuh-lop-it) is Norwegian for “kids race” and Sons of Norway lodges all over the country sponsor Barneløpet events. It is modeled after the Barnebirke, a children’s cross-county ski race held each year as a part of the world-famous American Birkebeiner in Hayward, Wisconsin.
Barneløpet, here in Decorah, is held annually to encourage kids and families to enjoy our winter snow season.
The Decorah Community Prairie is accessed by car at the south end of Ohio Street, near Aase Haugen Homes. The trail will be in a loop, with the start and finish at the site of the butterfly garden.
For more information about Barneløpet contact Vesterheim at vesterheim.org or (563) 382-9681.
Winneshiek Medical Center is pleased to host a free “Welcome to Medicare” seminar on Monday, February 3 from 6-8 pm. This two-hour seminar, offered by the Winneshiek Medical Center Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) counselors, will be held in WMC’s lower level conference rooms. The free seminar will cover Medicare Part A and Part B benefits, the prescription drug benefit (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare supplement insurance.
Registration is required by January 24. Please register online at www.winmedical.org/shiip or by calling 563-387-3036.
SHIIP is a service of the State of Iowa. SHIIP counselors are trained by the state and do not sell or promote any insurance companies, policies or agents. Winneshiek Medical Center is a local sponsor for SHIIP in Winneshiek County.
Prescription medications can help us live longer and healthier lives, but any medication has the potential to do harm – especially when misused. That misuse can include not understanding your medication needs, leaving prescriptions where others can access them, and intentional abuse.
“Generation Rx” seminars will be held this winter and spring in Allamakee, Winneshiek and Howard counties. The seminars, aimed at preventing prescription medication misuse, are presented by volunteers with Northeast Iowa Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (NEI RSVP) and Helping Services for Youth & Families.
According to Deana Hageman, Director of NEI RSVP, “Whether prescription misuse is intentional or not, it’s a problem that needs to be addressed. We hope these presentations will alert people to potential dangers of misusing prescription medications and promote safe medication practices.”
The seminars, which are geared to an adult audience, will provide attendees with information about safe storage of medications, proper disposal of unused medications and tips for taking your medications as prescribed.
Northeast Iowa Generation Rx Seminars scheduled to date:
Monday, February 3, 2:00-3:00 pm at Arlin Falck Assisted Living, Barthell Eastern Star, Decorah
Monday, February 24, 6:00-7:00 pm at Fort Atkinson Community Center, Fort Atkinson
Tuesday, February 25, 6:30-7:30 pm at Decorah Public Library, Decorah
Tuesday, March 10, 11:00-11:45 am at Decorah Senior Center, Decorah
Wednesday, March 18, 9:30-10:30 am at Viking State Bank, Decorah
Sunday, March 29, 9:40-10:40 am at Decorah Lutheran Church
Monday, April 6, 1:30-2:30 pm at Cresco Public Library, Cresco
Thursday, May 28, 5:30-6:30 pm at Robey Memorial Library, Waukon
Visit www.decorah.lib.ia.us/RSVP for more information about the seminars and links to Generation Rx resources.
If your business or organization would like to host a Generation Rx seminar, please contact Deana Hageman at 563-382-5181 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northeast Iowa RSVP matches volunteers age 55 and up with opportunities to serve at non-profits in Allamakee, Howard and Winneshiek counties.
All levels are welcome. Stop in once or several times - no committment. No formal classes will be offered.
On Second Saturdays, Vesterheim is also offering fun family-friendly activities at different times of the day.
Register online at verstherim.org or call 563-382-9681
The Happy Hour Book Group will meet at Rubaiyat on Wed. Feb. 12th at 5:15 p.m. to discuss Jojo Moyes’ “The Giver of Stars.” Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve, hoping to escape her stifling life in England—but small-town Kentucky proves equally claustrophobic. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically. She is joined by four other singular women who become known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky.
For more information, contact Carmen Buss (Friday Book Group) or Kristin Torresdal (Happy Hour, History, and Speculative Fiction Book Groups) at 563-382-3717.
The Oneota Film Festival is produced by a dedicated group of volunteers that includes local film enthusiasts, who formed a non-profit corporation for the sole purpose of producing the Festival since 2009. This is an incredible Northeast Iowa Destination Experience, bringing in quality films of all genres that explore the joys of life on earth, as well as the critical issues and challenges we all face.
Film screenings will be on the Luther Campus and in various downtown locations. Film Books, listing the films to be screened and the schedule, will be available in several locations around the area about two weeks before the Festival.
Films are created by independent filmmakers and not readily available through commercial networks. We invite independent filmmakers to the Festival, either live or by Skype, to discuss their works with the audiences.
The music is spawned from the recesses of Bryan’s mind and then brought to the group to interpret a unified vision of what it might look like to be inside Bryan’s head. Much of this material is projected from the places we tend to hide within ourselves. Places we rarely go. A realm of ghosts. We’re trying to project the inhabitants of this ghostland back out into the world. We’re a radio of sorts... a Ghostland Radio.
The band has strong ties to the Haymarket as Bryan and Scott began performing there over 15 years ago in the band Moondawg and Scott with The People Brothers Band as well. As always we cannot wait to be back there! $5 cover