Looking for Bowlers!

Yeehaw! Youth Mentoring at Helping Services is hosting a bowling fundraiser on March 16 at Arrowhead Lanes in Waukon. We are looking for bowlers that like to have fun and want to support kids in the community. Bowlers do not have to be associated with mentoring to be part of this great time! The event is a Western theme so bowlers can dress with their cowboy gear. All proceeds from this event support a friendship with a youth age 5-16 in Allamakee, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties.

For all event details go to this link. Let’s lasso up some fun!

Faculty Artist Series: Luther College professors Xiao Hu and Du Huang to present recital Feb. 23

DECORAH, Iowa— Luther College piano faculty members Xiao Hu and Du Huang will present a piano duo recital at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in Luther’s Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.

The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The piano duo has selected for the program Austrian composer Franz Schubert’s “Lebensstürme” (Storms of Life), D. 947 and 20th century Chinese composer Chu Wanghua’s “Girl in Red” and “Celebration Dance,” based on two traditional Chinese folk songs. The duo will also perform 20th century Russian composer Igor Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring;” a piece published as a four-hand piano score in 1913, after its ballet and orchestral premiere inspired a riot.

Performing as Unison Piano Duo, Du Huang and Xiao Hu have performed in concert halls in Europe, Asia, and America, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Grosser Saal of the Konzerthaus and the Brahms Saal of the Musikverein in Vienna, Salle Gaveau and Salle Cortot in Paris, Shanghai Music Hall, and Beijing Music Hall. In the Czech Republic, they have performed as part of the Vysočina Music Festival and the South Bohemia Music Festival. They have premiered and commissioned many new works for the piano duo medium.

Unison Piano Duo has released recordings on Innova and MSR Classics labels in the United States. They also released an album on the Chinese label Yangtze River. Their performances have been broadcast by Minnesota Public Radio and Iowa Public Television.

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation, with five choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and nearly 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.

Bob Naslund receives Spirit of Luther Award

As a long-time friend, supporter, participant of and coach for Luther College, Bob Naslund received the Spirit of Luther Award at spring semester opening convocation. Luther President Paula Carlson recognized Naslund and presented him the award.

Naslund, class of 1965, “has been a dedicated coach and mentor to generations of Luther student-athletes and a champion of diversity and opportunity,” said President Carlson when presenting the award.

As a member of the Luther coaching family for more than 40 years, “Nas” served at the helm of the football team for 18 years and the track and field team for 12 years, winning 12 Iowa Conference team titles and Coach of the Year honors nine times. He played football, reporting to the field as a “Blue Bullet,” and ran track and field at Luther, earning all-conference honors in both sports and the respect of his coaches and teammates. Naslund was a teacher and mentor for Luther students and has maintained relationships with alumni for decades. In retirement, Naslund often drives the Luther team bus and remains a fan of Norse student-athletes and teams.

“I’m honored to receive this award,” said Naslund. “There is no athlete I admire more than the Luther College student-athlete. My most sincere appreciation and admiration go to all the ‘Norse’ student-athletes; past, present and future!”

His nomination is especially timely during the 50th anniversary year of the Black Student Union, as Naslund joined the faculty in the fall of 1967 and was dedicated to recruiting African-American students to Luther from the 1960s through the 1990s. His nominators shared that he emphasized “team building at a time when resources on campus were thin.” As a champion of diversity and opportunity, he recruited students to campus, “cared for them, advocated for them, and gave his heart and soul to them.”

The Spirit of Luther Award recognizes individuals or couples who have provided significant sustained service to the college. This award recognizes persons who have demonstrated a personal commitment to Luther’s mission, quality and character. Recipients are endorsed by the Faculty Honorary Degrees Committee and chosen by the president of Luther College.

Winneshiek Medical Center invites the community to share health concerns

Winneshiek Medical Center is seeking community input on the health needs of northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota through an online survey.

Called a Community Health Needs Assessment, the survey is designed to gather information on unmet health needs in the area. With this data, communities can map out a course for health improvement by creating strategies to make positive and sustainable changes in their communities.  Winneshiek Medical Center leads, or participates in, a Community Health Needs Assessment every three years.

Lisa Radtke, chief administrative officer, Winneshiek Medical Center says, “Our mission is to be a lifelong community partner improving the health and well-being of those we serve through patient-centered collaboration worthy of the trust our patients place in us. The survey process and results will allow us to deepen our partnership with the communities we serve through a greater understanding of the health issues they face.  We look forward to learning more, and encourage everyone to participate in the survey so each voice can be heard.”

WMC’s Community Health Needs Assessment survey is open now through February 20, 2019, and can be found on the Winneshiek Medical Center website (, or directly by typing in the web address:  

The online survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. Paper copies are also available at the WMC Main Entrance in Decorah, and in our clinics in Ossian, Postville, Calmar, Mabel and Spring Grove.  Survey results and WMC’s priorities and action plan will be shared publically at the June 2019 Board of Trustees meeting at the medical center, and then posted on WMC’s website.

Radtke says, “We appreciate the thoughtful participation of community members.  Input from citizens is the most authentic way for us to understand the health needs in our area.”


Trout Fishing Workshop

The Iowa Driftless Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Decorah Parks & Recreation, and Winneshiek County Conservation will co-host this workshop on Saturday, February 9, from 9:00 am to noon in the Decorah High School Gym. Driftlesss Trout Unlimited members will discuss equipment and demonstrate basic casts with a fly or spinning rod. Participants can watch experts tie their favorite flies and find out how and when to fish them. Coffee and treats will be available. This workshop is free and open to anglers of all ages and levels of experience. 12 & under must be accompanied by an adult.

Luther College presents ‘From Coffee Beans to Opera Scenes’ performance Jan. 29

During this January Term, several Luther College first-year students are participating in the 2019 opera scenes performance course. The course culminates in a performance at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, in the Noble Recital Hall in Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on Luther’s campus.

The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission. The performance will also be live-streamed to those outside of a 30-mile radius of Decorah, and available as a delayed stream to all 48 hours after the concert at

In order for each of the scenes and songs to be linked together in a seamless flow, the upcoming production is set in a modern café called, “Java Jenson.” The students are performing modernized adaptations of scenes, arias and art songs by Bernstein, Donizetti, Fauré, Gilbert and Sullivan, Mozart, Nicolai, Schubert and Strauss.

Luther students performing in this year’s opera scenes include first-years Presli Abraham, William Benjamin, Camille Blanford, Liz Burton, Megan Elford, Indigo Fish, Brynn Guth, Kien Huynh, Erik Johnson, Jack Jorgensen, Juhl Kuhlmeier, Jessica Labenski, Kloey Lekatz, Chloe McDonnell, Ben Meyer, Hunter Meyer, Noah Parulski, Abby Trewin and Madeline Wilkins, as well as Joshua Burniece, ’20. Luther pianists CJ Heck, ’19, and Joshua Burniece will accompany the performance.

The class taught and directed by Luther voice faculty Deborah Gover and Carol Kreuscher. Students spend the month of January experiencing a foretaste of the world of opera, a dramatic art form in which a story is set to music for singers and instrumentalists. In regards to presenting the show in a café, Gover and Kreuscher commented, “[This production’s] contemporary neutral setting allows diverse songs, arias and scenes to make sense in the program…the audience is able to understand an updated version of the number.”

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation, with five choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and more than 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. Nearly 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.

Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity seeks partner family

Calmar, Iowa, will be the next building site for Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity (WCHFH), which works in partnership with families in need of affordable housing.

The organization recently dedicated its 31st project: a new home in Ridgeway for Rachel Blake and her three young children. With that project ending, WCHFH is now seeking a partner family for its 2019 home build, the Calmar house. Partner families must have a stable employment record and a history of financial responsibility, demonstrate that they currently have an inadequate housing situation, and be willing to work alongside volunteers. Selected partner families must be able to invest at least 150 hours of labor or “sweat equity” into building their homes and the homes of others. Once a project is complete, WCHFH houses are sold to selected partner families at no profit and with no interest charged.

For further information on partner-family eligibility requirements, visit or contact Gus Johnson at 563-382-1802 or Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity (WCHFH) is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization.

Beat the Blues Winter Marathon: A Wellness Challenge for all ages and abilities!

The Challenge:

Complete a full marathon worth of activities (or more!) between January 1st and March 1st, 2019.

Run, walk, ski, snowshoe, or bike 26 miles outdoors at your own pace, when it works for you and your family. Or you can play outside (create forts, build a snowman, sled, etc.) for 30 minutes to equal one mile. Record your mileage on the Mileage Log which can be submitted via email, mail, or online. Both online and downloadable Mileage Logs can be found at

Raffle Prize:

Complete one or more marathons for a chance to win a $50 gift card to the local sports/health business, or recreation center of your choice! The more marathons you complete, the more chances you have to win!

“Early Bird” Special:

Turn in one (or more) marathon mileage logs via the online survey by noon on January 31st for your chance to win a BONUS $50 rental gift card from Decorah Bicycles that you can use to rent skis, ice skates, snowshoes, or bikes!

Submit Your Completed Marathons:

Visit to complete the online Mileage Log Survey OR download a hardcopy of the Mileage Log Form. Downloaded forms can be returned via email ( or mail (April Bril UERPC; 325 Washington Street, Suite A; Decorah, IA 52101).

*Mailed logs must be received by February 27th 2019 to be considered for the raffle prize. Emailed and online forms must be submitted by noon on March 1st 2019.

This free wellness opportunity is brought to you by Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission, Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative, and For questions contact Upper Explorerland’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator, April Bril, at 563-382-6171 or

Creativity Your Way

Creativity Your Way is for individuals or groups of all ages and of any number who would like to reserve the studio space for an hour or more of fun.

$7.50 per person/per hour includes use of ALL MATERIALS. From weaving to printmaking, painting to paper circuits, wood burning to glass etching, we have it all. See the Arthaus website for more on materials available. A studio assistant will be present to help you find materials, but will not be providing instruction. Snacks and beverages may be brought in.

Reservations must be made at least a week in advance and be on Saturdays after 1 pm and ending before midnight.

To make a reservation click add to cart, change the quantity to the number of people who will be using the studio at that time. (If you need assistance with checkout call us at 563-382-5440.) Under the category Additional Information, please leave the date and times that you would like to reserve for. You will hear from us within the week to make arrangements.

No refunds will be made unless ArtHaus is not able to provide space at a desired time.

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