WCHFH begins work on Hesper project, volunteers sought

Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity (WCHFH) will begin work on its latest project–converting the Hesper Friends Church into a home for its newest partner family, Holly Dahl and daughters Deanna and Savannah–on Saturday, September 17. Work will start at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 4:30 p.m.; lunch will be provided. The first few days will involve demolition, and work will continue on the project every Tuesday and Saturday at the same hours until further notice. Volunteers are welcome.


Hesper Friends Church

The project site is located at 1882 County Road A14, Hesper, Iowa. For further information, contact Gus Johnson at 563-382-1802, 563-380-6023, or Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization.

Sustainability Study and Review are Now Available

A study done recently into sustainability in Decorah is now available on the Sustainable Decorah Website in the Library. Also available is a recently completed review of the Sustainable Decorah Plan. the URL’s are:

Sustainability Study

Review of Sustainable Decorah Plan

Trout Run and Freeport Trail Closures

Due to the recent heavy rains and extreme flooding, the Trout Run Trail and Freeport Trail are closed for public use until further notice.

The trails will be closed until all water recedes and crews have time to assess and clean-up damage and debris.

Re-opening announcements will be shared publicly as soon as possible through local radio, newspaper, and social media outlets. The trail may be opened only in sections over time.

The Prairie Farmer Recreation Trail is open and clear for use.

For more information, please call or visit the websites or social media accounts of the following offices:

Winneshiek County Conservation: or (563) 534-7145

Decorah Parks and Recreation: or (563) 382-4158

Friendship Families Needed for New International Students

The Luther Diversity Center is seeking families and individuals to connect first year international students with the Decorah Community.  A great way to bring some of the world to your home, the Friendship Family program asks for a minimal commitment of time and an openness to learn about another country and culture.  Learn more and sign up at our website or call 563-387-1014.

“Souvenir” at the Commonweal Theatre


Eccentric Manhattan socialite Florence Foster Jenkins once declared, “People may say I can’t sing, but no one can ever say I didn’t sing.” And oh, did she sing — often and loudly, but rarely on-key. Her recitals brought her a legion of die-hard fans, and she capped her improbable career with a Carnegie Hall concert that famously sold out in two hours. Time Out calls Souvenir “a memorable illustration of the purely theatrical magic that can turn the tinniest ear to gold.”  Soon to be a movie starring Meryl Streep, this charming and hilarious musical comedy reminds us that you can achieve anything you set your mind to.

Opening night of Souvenir at the Commonweal is on May 14th at 7:30pm. The production runs through September 3 at the theatre located at 208 Parkway Ave. North in downtown Lanesboro, MN. For tickets, call (800) 657-7025 or visit for specific performance dates and times.

Decorah Parks & Recreation Summer Activity Registration Opens May 2


Decorah Parks & Recreation Summer Activity Registration Opens May 2!

Park-Rec staff encourage families to get ready for summer registration BEFORE May 2! If you will be registering you or your family for recreation activities, swimming lessons, or purchasing a season swim pass, it is important that you set up a family or individual account now on our new Online Registration system.  By setting up your account, you will be all set to go for summer registration which will begin May 2 at 8:00 am. By delaying this process, your desired activities may be closed by the time you get set up.

Go to, scroll down and click Register Online in the Decorah Park-Rec. column, which will bring you to our registration website.  Click on Register Now under Registration Information and follow the instructions for creating a new account.  If you have an account on our system already, please update it so that all family members are on your account.  If you have any questions or problems with setting up your account, please call the Park-Rec. Office at (563) 382-4158 for assistance. Office hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday – Friday.

We are in the process of setting up our summer activities on our new site and hope to have everything posted by Friday, April 29.  Recreation programs, swim lessons and season passes will be available for you to view, but you have to wait until 8am on May 2 to register.