Be a Friendship Family to new international students!

Friendship Families Needed 
Many new international students will be arriving at Luther this fall.  Luther College is seeking  Friendship Families to share  their version of family and community life with one or more students from around the world.  There is no financial obligation or need to house students.  We ask that you try to get together with your student 2-3 times per semester for their first year at Luther, and be a support for someone whose family is far away.  Sign up here!  Call 563-387-1431 with questions.

Youth Auditions: “Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater” at New Minowa Players

New Minowa Players is excited to announce auditions for the 2018 Young People’s Production of “Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater” at 4:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 19th, at the New Minowa Players Theatre (906 S. Mill Street, Decorah)!

An adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s classic novel, this musical tells the story of Eliot Rosewater, an eccentric multimillionaire and WW2 veteran who makes it his life’s mission to use his money to improve the lives of the poor. “God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater” comments on the follies of greed and shows us how our actions and attitudes affect others.

Auditions are open to those going into seventh grade through those having just graduated from college (roughly ages 12-22). No prior theatrical experience is necessary; all experience levels are welcome!

All interested in auditioning should prepare a 30-90-second monologue, as well as 16-32 bars of a song of their choice to sing a cappella. Additionally, they should come prepared to move wearing comfortable and flexible clothing. If they are necessary, callbacks will be held the following day (Wednesday, June 20th) at 4:00 P.M.

Performances will run August 9th-12th.

For more information about “Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater” or the audition process, please contact director Ayla Carbonell at For more information about the Young People’s Production or New Minowa Players, please contact NMP on Facebook or at

Decorah Red Cross blood drive

Please put on the site Red Cross blood drive Friday June 22 2018 noon-6pm. Stone Ridge Community Church for appointment call 1-800-733-2767 0r 563-380 6335 Decorah area please help us out we need your donation thanks Doris Sweet

Day Camps for Kids!

Green Iowa AmeriCorps will offer day-long outdoor day camps for your kid this summer. All camps will be located in Decorah and last from 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM.

Trout Run Travel, June 20th: Explore sustainable transportation through biking part of the trout run trail, take a tour of the fish hatchery, and have a picnic lunch. There’s so much to see in our backyard!

Nature Connection, July 10th: Get creative with nature art, journaling, chemical-free tye-dying, outdoor games and fun in the sun. We’ll learn new ways to relate to nature and each other!

Camping Basics, August 8th: How can we tread lightly while enjoying nature? Kids will learn camping basics, environmental stewardship, and leave no trace practices that will set them up for a lifetime of outdoor recreating.

Each camp is open to students ages 8-12 and will be hosted at different locations in Decorah. The camps are $5-20 (pay what you can) per student attending, with scholarships available. There is a minimum participation number of 7 students per camp and a maximum of 40 students.

Register your student by May 30th by following this link or calling 563-382-4207 ext 2 and asking for Ashley. You may direct questions to Ashley via phone as listed or via email at

Babysitter Training – Summer 2018 Class Schedule

Winneshiek Medical Center has scheduled babysitter training sessions for this summer on June 11, June 22, July 17 and July 30.

Babysitter training is a one-day class, and is held from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm on the lower level of Winneshiek Medical Center. Class cost is $40 per child, which includes all materials for the day, lunch and a snack.

This course is appropriate for youth ages 11 and older, and prepares students to face the challenge of babysitting. At the Winneshiek Medical Center babysitter training, students learn the basics of babysitting, basic child care and first aid from trained instructors, first-responders/paramedics and law enforcement.

Students may register for the class by calling the WMC Volunteer Services department at 563-387-3036.  Spots in the class are limited; pre-registration is required.

Decorah Municipal Band- Accepting New Members

The Decorah Municipal Band is proud to present their annual performances this summer on June 5 and June 21, both in front of the Decorah Court House starting at 7:00 pm. The band is currently accepting new members by contacting Jen Bliven at 712-541-8923 or emailing Rehearsals for the concerts will be May 31, June 4, 18, and 20 all at 7:00 pm. The band is under the direction of Jim Fritz and Merlyn Finley.

Decorah Park-Rec. Summer Registration begins May 1

Registration for Decorah Parks & Recreation summer recreation activities and swimming lessons is now being taken from May 1 thru May 25.  Get a pool pass at a reduced price if purchased by June 1.  To get summer information and to register online, go to and click on the Online Registration & Activities Info icon.  Credit and debit cards are accepted online.


You may also register at the Park-Rec. Office (checks and cash only) from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday thru Friday.  Brochure information can be viewed or downloaded from or you can pick up copies at the Park-Rec. Office, local banks, and the Decorah Public Library.


Register early for best availability.  Activities include:

Youth Programs: Drama, Gardening, Pee Wee T-Ball, Coach Pitch,    Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Outdoor Basketball, Mountain Biking, Team Sports, Outpost, Track, Ultimate Sports, Tots Day Camp, Pee Wee Kids Camp, Dog Obedience & Agility Class
Programs for All Ages: Tennis, Guitar
Special Events: Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Championship, Slide Into Summer Family Fun Night, Kids Fishing Day, Kids Fun Day at the Fair, Fair Fun Run, CREW Middle School Pool Party
Swim Classes: Parent-Infant/Toddler, Pre-School, Learn to Swim Levels 1-6, Adaptive Swimming, Private Swim Lessons, Lifeguard Training, WSI
Adult Swimming (18 & Older): Lap Swim, Aquacise, Beginner Swim Class

Pride Parade!

Decorah will have its first ever Pride Festival on Saturday, May 12, 2018. The all-day event is being organized by a group of community members. Pride is a celebration of people of diverse sexual and gender identities and expressions.

The Festival will begin with a parade at 2 pm, starting from Mary Christopher Park and going down Water Street to the intersection with River Street. Groups and individuals can register for the parade at All groups must register by May 5, 2018. Individuals are encouraged to register in advance, but are also welcome to participate regardless of registration.

The parade will be followed by Party in the Park, an event held in Water Street Park, next to the  Oneota Community Food Co-op. The Party in the Park will feature speeches by members of the LGBTQIA community, a performance by Alexandra Gray, and live music by Free Time, a jazz combo from Luther College.  The Party in the Park begins immediately following the parade and will last until 5 pm.

In the evening, attendees can choose between a variety of activities. These include an all-ages, alcohol-free event at the Lingonberry put on in partnership with the Decorah High School Gay-Straight Alliance from 7-9 pm, the ArtHaus Gala at the Elk’s Lodge from 6:30-10:30 pm, and the Pride After Party at Pulpit Rock Brewing Company from 8-11 pm. Committee member Alex Enriquez said, “We encourage the community to pick and choose between our events and hope that everyone will find something they enjoy.”

The members of the Decorah Pride 2018 Planning Committee are: Storme Barr, Daniel Brown, Andrew Ellingsen, Alex Enriquez, Holly Moore, Charlie Strange, and Amalia Vagts.

More information can be found at the group’s website: Individuals and business can sponsor the event by visiting the website or emailing

Poster made by Oran Deen-Lester!

Kinderhaus Summer Camp Registration!

Play in the woods, make fairy homes, study insects, bake mud pies…!
Join Kinderhaus for a week of playing, exploring, and growing!

For 3-9 year-olds.  August 6-10 and August 13-17, 9:00am-12:00pm.

Cost of camp is $100/week. Register by June 1 for Early Bird pricing of $90/week!
A hearty, healthy, homemade snack will be served each day.

To register, return the following forms with payment to: Kinderhaus, PO Box 114, Decorah, IA  52101

Kinderhaus Summer Camp Registration and Consent Forms

CRATER50 added to Driftless Discovery Trail Run!

Decorah, Iowa – Upgraded routes and a gnarly addition to Decorah’s Driftless Discovery Trail Runs happens June 2nd, 2018 |

Do you have a strong desire, craving, or undeniable urge to explore the world running?  Satisfy yourself in this series where the best view might just come only after the hardest climb or unnerving descent.  It will likely cost you a toll of a little blood, sweat and/or tears when you take on the Crater50 in a portion of the 500-acre, gorgeous terrain surrounding Decorah, Iowa in the 5th annual Driftless Discovery Trail Run, June 2nd, 2018. 

New to the series, the Crater50 promises NOT to leave you wanting.  If a 50K has you panting from just the thought, step up to the plate of the Meteor 10K or Basin 5K.  They are a worthy thrill, a sure notch on the running belts of those up for an adventure.  Runners traverse the off-road, single track trails of Van Peenen Memorial Park, Ice Cave Trails and Palisades Park. All these trails are maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers from the Decorah Human Powered Trails.  Seriously, of all the paths you might take in life, make sure a few of them are the dirt trails of Decorah.  You won’t regret it.

Little Drifter’s run wild and free on a fun 1mile route in the woods.  Sought after spoils are raffled off post-race thanks to The Decorah Hatchery and other supporters.

4 distances include a Lunar 1 mile (FREE for 13 and under), the Basin 5K ($30), the Meteor 10K ($40) and the NEW Crater 50K ($75).  Proceeds benefit the Northeast Iowa Montessori School, the Decorah Human Powered Trails and the Decorah Park & Rec.

LACE UP & GET LOST, it’s a vacation you don’t have too pay much for.

Register today:

For more information, please contact DDTR Coordinators by email at or visit us at

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