October 24 Deadline for Sharp Shooters & Hoopsters Leagues

The deadline for two Decorah Park-Rec. youth basketball leagues is Monday, October 24. You may register online by going to and clicking on the online registration link, or register in person at the Park-Rec. Office.

Sharp Shooters is for grades 1st thru 3rd and is held in the Carrie Lee Elementary Gym on Saturday mornings, November 12 thru December 10.  Registration fee is $25 per child and includes a reversible jersey.

Hoopsters is for grades 4th thru 6th and is held in the Middle School Gym on Saturday mornings, November 5 thru December 10.  Registration fee is $30 per child and includes a reversible jersey.

For more information, go to or call (563) 382-4158.

Employment Opportunity: ArtHaus Directorship(s) Opening

ArtHaus seeks dynamic and multifaceted applicants to coordinate year-round visual and performing arts classes and events for arts programming for all ages. Responsibilities include managing and recruiting instructors and volunteers, office and studio management, marketing and outreach, educational programming, fundraising, and events. This hourly position(s) reports to a Board of Directors and could be shared or full-time, depending upon the candidate’s qualifications and availability. Ideal applicants are passionate and experienced in arts education and administration, possess excellent communication skills, and have a vision for the arts community of Decorah and the region. An entrepreneurial spirit, positive attitude, and knowledge of nonprofit development is a plus.

Submit cover letter and resume, including the contact information of three professional references, in one PDF file to  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

More information about ArtHaus and a detailed description of the position can be found here. No phone calls.


ArtHaus is ‘your haus’ in downtown Decorah, Iowa for the arts bringing visual, performing, and literary art together and offering creative educational and cultural programs for all ages. ArtHaus was opened in the fall of 2008 to provide a venue for quality arts education and experiences in the heart of downtown Decorah.

Hosting programs in two locations, ArtHaus (508 W. Water St.) and ArtHaus Studio (516 W. Water St.), ArtHaus offers professional instruction in visual, performing and literary arts to students of all ages, working with children as young as two. ArtHaus also hosts free and low-cost events throughout the year such as art fairs, gallery openings, poetry slams, and live music concerts.

In addition to structured classes and public arts events, ArtHaus also provides space and mentorship for budding artists through their Youth Apprenticeship Program, bonding through creative expression in Date Nights and Family Workshops, and a variety of outreach activities that mobilize individuals and groups to use the power of the arts to have a positive impact on their community.

ArtHaus is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization funded through earned income, individual and corporate donations, and grants.

Green Iowa Potluck: New Indoor Location

Given the chilly weather for Thursday’s Americorps welcome potluck, we will change locations. Thank you folks at the Senior Center (806 River Street) for inviting us to join forces and share space!


See you 5:30 Thursday at the Decorah Senior Center!!

Men’s 3 on 3 Basketball League


participants must be out of college or past college age

League play is Thursday evenings from November 10 thru mid-March in the DHS Practice Gym. Game play provides a good workout with two 12-minute halves.  Official roster forms may be picked up at the Park-Rec. Office or downloaded from



Adult Volleyball Leagues


 High School volleyball team rostered players will not be allowed to play until their season is completed. In Women’s League, High School players may only play in “A” League.

            Matches are played in the evenings in the Carrie Lee Elementary Gym. League play starts in November with Coed on Sundays (Nov 6), Men’s on Mondays (Nov 7) and Women’s on Wednesdays (Nov 9). Official roster forms are available at the Park-Rec. Office or may be downloaded from

FEE:   $75/TEAM


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.

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