Winneshiek County Democrats Annual Book Sale

Winneshiek County Democrats Annual Book Sale

Donate your used books, CDs and DVDs for the Winneshiek Democrats’ Book Sale, which is Saturday, July 23, from 7 am to 2 pm at the Democratic Campaign Headquarters, 218 Water Street, Decorah, during Saturday on the Street (formerly known as Ridiculous Day).  This fundraiser helps the Winn-Dems do the work needed to elect Democratic candidates to local and state offices.

Please bring your donations to the Democratic Headquarters during open office hours: Tuesdays from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. If these hours aren’t convenient, contact Boyd Wasson at 563-382-6164 to arrange for him to meet you at the office or call him to pick them up at your home.  You can also leave them on his front porch at 705 Hillside Court.

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.

“On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!:” A Summer Reading Program for Families at Decorah Public Library

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Readers of all ages will explore health and wellness this summer as the Decorah Public Library presents its 2016 Summer Reading Program, “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!!” All summer long, a variety of fun events have been planned for families to participate in both at the library and within the community.

Family Fun activities include yoga, pilates, prairie walks, picnics, cooking classes, and more! Dan Wardell will visit on July 1 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of IPTV’s Reading Road Trip and the Blank Park Zoo will bring its Live Animal Program to the library on August 3.

Story times, crafternoons, and book discussions will also be part of the Summer Reading Program calendar. With the support of RSVP and Silver Cord volunteers, library staff plan to build on the success of last year’s Reading Mentor Program and will offer book buddies to children in kindergarten through second grades. Library staff are also excited to introduce certified therapy dogs to the library for children to read aloud to. It should be a summer full of fun!!

To promote literacy, families will be encouraged to read together for 20 minutes a day. Families who meet reading goals will be entered into a weekly raffle for a chance to win a prize for a family of four. Area businesses including Toys Go Round, Decorah Bicycles, Hutchinson Family Farm Campground, Dragonfly Books, Fridley Theatres, Discover Happy Pilates Studio, Pulpit Rock Campground, and Reefuel Indoor Cycling & Yoga have generously made donations to support the “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!!” program this summer. We are also grateful to the Friends of the Decorah Public Library and the Decorah United Methodist Church Fund who have been strong supporters of the Decorah Public Library’s Summer Reading Program for many years.

Families may come to the Decorah Public Library to register for the 2016 Summer Reading Program after May 26, 2016. The program is free and open to everyone. For additional information, please contact Joan Roach or Kristin Torresdal at (563)382-3717.

“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.