Deadline for Decorah Park-Rec. Youth Basketball Programs is Mon, Oct 23

SHARP SHOOTERS for grades 1st thru 3rd is held in the Carrie Lee Elementary Gym on Saturday Mornings, November 11 thru December 9. Fee is $25 and includes a reversible jersey.
HOOPSTERS for grades 4th thru 6th is held in the Middle School Gym on Saturday mornings, November 4 thru December 9. Fee is $30 and includes a reversible jersey.

Backwater Spirits & More Grand Opening!

Backwater Spirits & More is having our Grand Opening this weekend!  On Thursday the 19th, we will be sampling through the day with a more structured wine sampling from 5 to 7 pm.  Friday will be the official ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:45 am just before the doors open at 11.  Friday and Saturday there will be sampling events throughout the day with structured wine tasting from 1 to 3 pm and beer sampling from 5 to 7 pm.  Sunday we will have sampling during the day from noon until close at 6 pm.  Checkout our Facebook page for updates and don’t hesitate to call 563-419-8049 if you have any questions.  We are located on Day Spring Lane (back side of Water Street buildings) between Bank of the West and Hotel Winneshiek.  These events are for people of legal drinking age only, so please have an I.D. ready.

‘From Parlor to Countryside: Recent Fine Arts Collection Print Acquisitions’

A student-curated exhibit, “From Parlor to Countryside: Recent Fine Arts Collection Print Acquisitions,” will open Thursday, Oct. 5, in the Luther College Union Gallery.

Hannah Bergstedt, Luther junior, curated the exhibit as part of her Luther College Work Study opportunity. The exhibit, open to the public with no charge for admission, will be on display through Dec. 4.

Featuring select prints donated to the Luther Fine Arts Collection during 2017 by John and Leone Suttie, and Emeriti Professor Wilfred Bunge and Ruth Bunge, “From Parlor to Countryside” reflects a diversity of subject matter. Print themes include pastoral scenes of the countryside, portraits in the parlor and views inspired by Wittenberg Castle in Germany.

The exhibition includes lithographs, etchings and woodcuts by a wide range of artists including John Steuart Curry, Camille Pissarro, Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec and others.

Beyond the Pages of Nature – Anna Segner

On Display Through November 30
ArtHaus, 508 West Water Street, Decorah, IA

Anna Segner is a mixed-media painter, writer, and second year graduate student in the Integrated Visual Arts program at Iowa State University. She graduated from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature with Writing Emphasis and Studio Art. Growing up in Minnesota and camping in the Boundary Water Canoe Area gave Anna a love for physically and intellectually interacting with natural landscapes and fauna. Anna actively incorporates environmental and animal studies in both her painting and writing. Current artworks explore meaningful connection between animals and the written meanings that humans have assigned to them.

Beyond the Pages of Nature will be on display at the ArtHaus Gallery from 1-5 Monday-Saturday through November 30 (Not open the week of Thanksgiving). The works are for sale and a percentage of all sales goes into the ArtHaus Youth Scholarship Fund.

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Crave Dance Studio accepting registrations

Crave Dance offers classes in ballet, hip hop, jazz, and tap to ages 3 through adult.  All classes are held in our downtown Decorah location.  Crave Dance classes focus on technique while fostering a love of music and creativity.  Our classes are kept small so that instructors are able to focus on each individual student to ensure that everyone is getting the most out of their classes.  Check out our full schedule and more class/registration information at

Seed Collecting Hike at Community Prairie Sunday

The Decorah Parks and Recreation Department has authorized Jerri Osenga to lead a series of seed collecting hikes this fall. The first hike will meet Sunday, August 27, at 2:00 pm in the Butterfly Garden of the Decorah Community Prairie, located across the dike at Ohio Street. Seeds ready for harvesting are: Side Oats Grama grass, Canada Anemone, Canada Tick Trefoil, Golden Alexander, Leadplant, Purple and White Prairie Clover and Pale Purple Coneflower. For more information, call Jerri Osenga at 382-1453.

Park-Rec. Fall Activities Brochure is Now Available

Park-Rec. Winter Fall Brochures are now available on or may be picked up at the Park-Rec. Office, local banks and fitness centers, Decorah Library, and Decorah Chamber of Commerce.

Activities include Adult Coed Softball, Adult Coed and Women’s Volleyball Leagues, Men’s 3 on 3 Basketball League, Spikesters Volleyball for 3rd-6th, Flag Football for 1st-6th), Sports for Shorts for 5-6 yrs, Game Plan for 1st-2nd, Sharp Shooters Basketball for 1s -3rd, Hoopsters Basketball for 4th-6th  and Intro to Taekwondo for ages 4 & up.  Special events include Touch-a-Truck and Turkey Shoot for all ages, Football Clinic for 1st-6th and Whiffle Ball and Dodgeball tourneys for 6th-8th.

Registration is available online.  Go to and click on Online Registration & Activities. Credit and debit card payments are only accepted online.  If you don’t have computer access, we are still accepting registrations by mail or in person at the Park-Rec. Office, but payment must be made by check or cash.


Printable Walking Maps Available

Printable Walking Maps for Calmar, Clermont, Cresco, Decorah, Dorchester, Elgin, Elkader, Fayette, Fredericksburg, Guttenberg, Harpers Ferry, Ionia, Lansing, Lawler, Luther College, Monona, New Albin, New Hampton, NICC-Peosta, Oelwein, Postville, Riceville (Coming Soon), Waterville, Waukon, and West Union

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New Farmers Launch Farmstand at Off The Driftless!

A beautiful new farmstand is now open for business at Off the Driftless canoe livery on Pulpit Rock Road. The stand is operated by beginning farmers Steffen Mirsky and Emily Pulsfus who run Twin Springs Farm, a one-acre parcel on land owned by Larry Grimstad. It features summer fruit and vegetables ideal for grilling and snacking.

Currently there are lots of cherry tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, summer squash, kohlrabi, and green beans. Soon to arrive will be melons, watermelons, sweet peppers, garlic, onions, potatoes and ground cherries.

The stand is open Thursday through Sunday from dawn to dusk and is self-serve with a cash box to deposit money. All produce is grown organically.

Besides produce, the stand features a wonderful garden mural and is a work of art made possible by many friends. Stop by and check it out!

Please join us for an opening ceremony this Thursday, August 10th at 6pm at Off the Driftless! Arrive early at 5pm to depart for a farm tour. See you then!

2-5 year old spots still available THIS FALL at Little Farmers Preschool and Daycare!

Do you want your kids to play outside and learn about farms, animals, growing vegetables, and more – all while playing and having fun? Well, we’d love to have them at Little Farmers! We’re excited to announce the opening of Little Farmers Preschool and Daycare right here in Decorah, and we still have a few openings for this fall!

On a farm – just two miles north of Decorah on Highway 52 – we’ll have a coop full of chickens, four sweet bunnies, flower and food gardens (where the children will harvest produce for some of their meals), and a large natural playground equipped with the fixings for fort-building, slides built into the hillside, and more. Any lessons taught inside will be hosted in our totally renovated 1967 farm out-building! Plus, we have additional Monday-Friday daycare available from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm for all registered preschool attendees.


Interested? Call 563-380-9848, email, or learn more at

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