ExCel Grants are Available for Summer Study!

Even though there is snow on the ground, the time is NOW to start thinking about summer!  The Decorah Community School District Foundation offers financial assistance for students wishing to pursue technical, academic and fine arts opportunities during the summer months. Funds are available for programs outside of Winneshiek County for students in the Decorah Community School District, grades 6 through 11.  This includes students at Saint Benedict’s as well as students who are homeschooled and supervised by DCS.

To find out more about the ExCel Grant, please visit the Decorah Community School District website,  Click on the Academics tab and open the Decorah Community School District Foundation page.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity!  Applications are due on the last school day in April.

Beat the Blues Winter Marathon – Now through Feb 12th

The Challenge: Complete a full marathon (or more!)—26 miles!—between December 10th, 2016 and February 12th, 2017. Run, walk, ski, snowshoe, or bike 26 miles outdoors at your own pace, when it works for you and your family. Or play outside for 30 minutes to equal one mile. Record your mileage on the Mileage Log.

Final Mile Party: Sunday, February 12th, 3:15-4:30pm at West Side Elementary and Wayside Ice Skating Rink in Decorah. Join us for a walk from West Side to Wayside for fun outdoor activities, games, snacks, and raffle prizes! This party is free and open to everyone, even if you didn’t complete a marathon.

ULTRA Marathon Challenge: See how many marathons you can complete during the program! Challenge yourself! Fill as many logs as you can!

Raffle Prizes: Complete one or more marathon mileage logs for a chance to win some great prizes! The more marathons you complete, the more chances you have to win! Prizes include: Pair of Snow Shoes (Decorah Bicycles), Free Canoe/Kayak Rentals (Hutchinson Family Farm Campground), Free Camping at Lake Meyer (Winneshiek County Conservation), Free Admission Punch Passes to the following: Cresco Fitness Center, Decorah Public Swimming Pool, Northeast Iowa YMCA, and Waukon Wellness Center

Mileage Log Pick-up Starting December 10th:
Download your mileage log at:
Pick up your mileage log at: Cresco Fitness Center, Decorah Bicycles, Northeast Iowa YMCA, or Waukon Wellness Center

Mileage Log Return:
In person: Final Mile Party on February 12th
Mail: April Bril UERPC, 325 Washington St., Suite A, Decorah, IA 52101
*Emailed/mailed logs must be received by Friday, February 10th to be considered for prizes

Thanks to our Sponsors: Cresco Fitness Center, Decorah Bicycles, Decorah Park and Recreation, Gundersen Health System, Hutchinson Family Farm Campground, Northeast Iowa YMCA, and Waukon Wellness Center

DUSC Spring Soccer Registration Open Through January 31

Decorah United Soccer Club (DUSC) provides youth with the opportunity to participate in a recreational soccer league with area communities.  Soccer programs are offered for all children born in 2010 and up through 8th grade.

DUSC is excited to announce the opening of registration for the 2017 spring soccer season.  Practices will be held April – May on Monday and Thursday evenings at 6-7:30 pm at Will Baker Soccer Fields.  Games for children born in 2008 and up through 8th grade will be on Saturdays and some Sundays at various times and locations.  Children born in 2009 and 2010 will receive soccer skills training without the traveling requirements for games.  For additional information and to register, go to  Registration closes January 31.

The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley

Join us this month for The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, a New Minowa Players show for the whole family! This hilarious musical is based on the much-loved childrens’ books by Jeff Brown. Stanley Lambchop wakes up one morning flat as a pancake, but discovers he can do amazing things – including traveling the world! The fast-paced musical adventure will be performed the last two weekends of January.

Purchase your tickets online now at or at the Oneota Food Co-op. Remaining tickets will be sold beginning one hour before each performance.

Flat Stanley will be performed at 7:00 p.m. January 19, 20, 21; 2:00 p.m. on January 22; 7:00 p.m. on January 27 and 28, and a 2:00 p.m. matinee also on January 28 at the New Minowa Players’ theatre (906 S. Mill Street).

Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary scholarship applications available

The Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary is offering their annual Health Care Career Scholarship to residents of Winneshiek County interested in pursuing a health care profession.  The applicant must be accepted into an accredited health career program to be eligible.  Anyone interested in applying should visit for the application, or contact Winneshiek Medical Center at 563-387-3036. The deadline for application is March 17, 2017.

The Mink Creek Lodge

The Mink Creek Lodge is a new place for your family and friends to spend time together.  It is located on 200 acres of prairie and woodland near Wadena, Iowa.  For those who enjoy fishing or just creek stomping, the Mink Creek also runs the length of the property.  With our many trails throughout the property, it would keep any nature enthusiast happy for the length of their stay.

Inside the lodge you will find ample room to relax and enjoy each other’s company.  Its open log design allows for large groups to sit around the fireplace and chat.  The lodge has a full kitchen with two dining areas for your group to enjoy meals together.  With four bedrooms and two bathrooms there will be plenty of room for your group.  The large porch and deck also allows your group to enjoy watching the evening sunsets over the valley.

For more information about staying at the Mink Creek Lodge, please visit us at or on Facebook.

Biddy Basketball Deadline is January 4

DECORAH PARK-REC. BIDDY BASKETBALL for ages 3 years thru kindergarten

Participants will learn the basic fundamentals of basketball and enjoy actual team competition.  Teams are grouped according to age/grade and game rules are modified to accommodate the lower ages and skill levels.  Small baskets, balls and fun teaching techniques are used with special emphasis on sportsmanship.   Each Saturday consists of a skills session followed by a game.

This program meets on Saturday mornings, January 21 thru February 11.  On Thursday, January 19, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, please pick up your schedule and team shirt at the Park-Rec. Office

PARENTS:  Two volunteer coaches are needed for each team. Park-Rec. staff will also assist with this program.    If you are willing to coach, please include your name and shirt size on your child’s registration form.

FEE:  $20 (includes shirt)  For more information or to register online, go to




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