October Breast Cancer Awareness Tree – WMC

Thirty years ago Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation became a reality because dedicated community members saw a health care need and started raising dollars for WMC’s first mammography machine. This year, the WMC Foundation is raising $85,000 to support yet another upgrade of mammography services to 3D imaging.

For $1, anyone can recognize a loved one or write a message on the WMC Foundation tree for breast cancer awareness. The tree is located in the WMC Main Entrance throughout October. All money raised will support the purchase of 3D mammography at WMC. Stop in to check it out and leave your message!

Learn more about this year’s Annual Fund campaign:

Wellness life coaching now available!

Hey Decorah!

I am a certified wellness coach with a passion for fitness and style. I provide coaching services for women who are tired of not feeling their power and ready to live their dream life! As your coach, I help you to develop the habits and skills you need to effectively overcome the blocks you have, and to tap into your personal strength so you can make your dreams your reality. All in a completely compassionate, non-judgemental way.

If some (or all) of this sounds like you:

You feel stuck and uninspired and you don’t know what you want out of life

You feel overweight and out of shape and are unhappy with your closet

You are stressed and don’t know how to manage it

You have big dreams but you have no idea where to begin


Then I can help! If deep down you feel that you can accomplish whatever you set your mind to and become the person you dream of being, it’s because you can! And I can help you get there.


I offer a free first session so that we can decide if coaching is right for you, and so you can get a feel of what coaching is like. Please feel free to email me if you have questions or are ready to schedule your first session! My email is For more information on my pricing and packages, or if you are still confused on what the heck a life coach is, you can visit my website:

Perry Sievert Fundraiser–Hunting for a Cure

A benefit fundraiser for Perry Sievert of Calmar, who is fighting his third round of cancer is set for Sunday, October 21, 2018 at the Waucoma Event Center 308 Riverview Dr West Waucoma IA. Doors open at 10:30 am with a meal served from 11am-1 pm for a free will donation. A silent auction will go throughout the day and a live auction begins at 1 pm. The committee is also looking for donations for the silent and live auction. You can call Sally at 563-380-3149 to donate. Cash contributions can be made to the Perry Sievert Benefit Account at State Bank in Calmar or Ossian or at

Tennis lessons for all ages

Luther Tennis Players are offering one-on-one lessons for community members. This opportunity is open to all ages and experience levels. Contact tennis coach, Miriam Skrade, for more details.

Western Home String Band Contra Dance 2018-19 Season

Join us for our 2018-19 Contra Dance Season this year. Here are the dates. Check us out on FB too, Decorah Contra Dance.  The Lingonberry location is 218 W Water St.  The UCC is 209 W Broadway, both in Decorah.

Sept 15-Contra at the Lingonberry, Jesse Downs calling

Oct 14  Family Dance at the UCC Decorah, Reid Miller calling

Nov 10  Contra at the Lingonberry, Sue Hulsether, calling

Jan 19, Contra at the Lingonberry, Bill Deutsch, calling

Feb 10, Family Dance at the UCC Decorah, Bill Deutsch, calling

Mar 9, Contra at the Lingonberry, Beau Farmer, calling

May 4, Contra at the Lingonberry, Bill Deutsch, calling

Game Plan for 1st-2nd Grades – Deadline Fri, August 31

Come right after school and participate in a variety of activities including yard games, kickball, soccer, ultimate Frisbee and more!  This program is on Thursdays, September 6 thru September 27, 3:00-4:00 pm.   Students will meet in the gym at John Cline and walk over to the green space in the outfield of Diamond #2.

There is a maximum of 20 participants for this program.  Cost is $20 and registration must be completed by this Friday, August 31.  Register online with a credit or debit card by going to and click on the Online Registration & Activities Info button.  Registration may also be done in the Park-Rec Office (cash or check only). If you have any questions please feel free to contact us via email or by phone (562-382-4158).

Kickoff Kids for ages 5 and 6 – Deadline Fri, August 31

Decorah Parks & Recreation is offering a brand new program, Kickoff Kids, on Saturday mornings September 15 – October 6.  During this program participants jump, run, grow and have fun as they play games and learn some basic skills. Each week includes different tag games, sports skills, and fun agility exercises to keep kids moving and engaged.

Cost is $20 and participants can register for one of two time slots (9:15-10am or 10:15-11am). Registration must be completed by this Friday, August 31.

Register online with a credit or debit card by going to and click on the Online Registration & Activities Info button.  Registration may also be done in the Park-Rec Office (cash or check only). If you have any questions please feel free to contact us via email or by phone (562-382-4158).

Good Shepherd Welcome Friends and Neighbors Picnic, Sunday, September 16, 5-6:30 pm

9TH ANNUAL WELCOME FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS PICNIC, Sunday, September 16 from 5-6:30 p.m. – a chance to celebrate community and enjoy good food and conversation! As in the past, the picnic will include lots of great local food, live music including the Good Shepherd Band and a special performance by local musicians Mark Stumme, Erik Berg, Jody Koenig, Amalia Vagts and friends. As always, there will be games for kids, a marshmallow roast, and this event is free and open to all. A large tent will provide shelter from sun or showers, and in the event of a heavy rain, the picnic will be held in the Fellowship Hall. The entire Decorah community is invited to the event, including Luther College students, faculty, and staff.  

Students and Volunteers Invited to join the Walking School Bus and Biking Club!


Walking School Buses (WSB) are a great way for TK-2nd graders to make friends and stay active!  Safe Routes to School (SRTS) will be offering several WSB opportunities this school year (see above map).

The Biking Club is a fun way to get out on the bike trail before and after school on the Wednesdays in September! Students bike with an adult volunteer from Freeport Park OR the corner of Rural Ave./Ridgewood Dr. to school in the morning and then bike back after school (see below map). If a student can’t make it in the morning but can in the afternoon (or vice versa), that’s alright…just let us know! Those interested in joining the Biking Club need to register by noon on August 31st

To sign your child up for the Biking Club any of the WSB routes, express interest in starting a new route location, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please contact SRTS Coordinator April Bril at or 563-382-6171 ASAP or check out our NEW Facebook Group: Decorah Walking and Biking School Bus Program.

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