Telephone survey on a possible fast fiber internet utility for Decorah

The City of Decorah wants to know how many people would sign up to be a customer of a fast fiber Internet utility in Decorah.

The city has hired a market research company to gauge public interest in the concept.  Starting this Thursday, May 25, at least 400 city residents will be contacted to get citizen feedback on the possibility of fast fiber Internet service within the city limits.

City officials are publicizing the telephone survey because they want to make sure people won’t think it’s a telemarketing call.  The caller ID number for the survey will start with the (515) area code.

The survey should take ten to 12 minutes to complete.  City officials are asking people to please participate if they are called.


Kinderhaus Now Offering Full Days!

We are excited to announce that Kinderhaus Preschool and Kindergarten will be offering afternoon care for the 2017-2018 school year!

Kinderhaus will continue to offer it’s unique Waldorf-inspired and Outdoor-based programming every morning from 8:45-12:15.  Now families may also choose to have their child stay the full day until 3:00.

During the afternoon, children will eat their lunches brought from home, then settle into a peaceful rest time, accompanied by stories, music, and a special blessing for each child.  After rising from their rest, the children and Ms. Kristin will find home-like projects to work on, such as baking or gardening, and will finish their time together in free play.

Contact Rachel for more information: 563-419-9135,,

Build a Better World…Become a Reading Mentor!

Decorah Public Library is excited to offer a weekly Reading Mentor Program this coming summer to children in kindergarten through second grade. The program will team children with caring middle school/high school students and RSVP volunteers for one-on-one shared reading experiences.

Book Buddies will meet on Tuesday afternoons, from 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm. A kick-off celebration will be held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 with a culminating event on Tuesday, July 25, 2017.  There will be no meeting on the 4th of July.

If you are interested in in becoming a reading mentor,  please contact Joan Roach, Children’s and Youth Librarian, at the Decorah Public Library (Phone: 382-3717; Email 

2017 Driftless Safari

Ready to explore some of the natural, cultural, and historic treasures of Winneshiek County?

Driftless Safari is a long-term scavenger hunt that covers all of Winneshiek County and runs from Memorial Day until Halloween. The program is free and open to anyone that loves to explore and wants to experience some of the special places of Winneshiek County.

The program’s guidebook and map feature twenty locations across the county, all highlighting a unique natural, historical, or cultural place. Once at a site, participants follow clues in the guidebook to find a wooden post affixed with a special tile, using that tile to make a crayon rubbing in their guidebook as proof of their visit. Every guidebook page provides information about the site, gives tips on what clothing or gear might be appropriate for that location, and offers ideas for fun activities to do while there. Sites can be visited in any order and at your own pace.

Participants who are able to visit at least fifteen of the twenty Safari sites are eligible for entry in a drawing for one of several prizes at the end of the season.

To join in, visit any Winneshiek County public library during their operating hours to pick up a free map and guidebook.

The purpose of Driftless Safari is to help residents of and visitors to Winneshiek County engage in healthful physical activity, to increase awareness of and connectedness to the natural, historical, and cultural environments of Winneshiek County, and to foster a sense of community engagement and environmental stewardship in participants.

The 2017 Driftless Safari is made possible through the generous support of Alliant Energy, Family Table Restaurant, the Center for Sustainable Communities at Luther College, the Iowa Driftless Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Upper Iowa Audubon, the Winneshiek Soil and Water Conservation District, Winneshiek County Conservation, the Winneshiek County public libraries, and many additional local businesses and organizations.

Further information on the Driftless Safari program can be found at or by calling (563) 534-7145.

Build a Better World: A Summer Reading Program for Families at Decorah Public Library!

Readers of all ages will be able to access free educational and cultural enrichment activities throughout the summer as Decorah Public Library presents its 2017 Summer Reading Program, “Build a Better World!!” A variety of fun events have been planned for families to participate in both at the library and within the community during the nine week program, which runs from June 1, 2017 to  August 3, 2017.

Picnic and Play dates for area families have been scheduled throughout the summer at Dunnings Spring Park, the Decorah Community Prairie, Phelps Park, and the Decorah Fish Hatchery. Special performances include the Blank Park Zoo’s World for Wildlife program, Mad Science of Iowa’s Construction and Demolition show, and the Grout Museum District’s Creepy Crawlies and Snakes Alive demonstrations. We are grateful to the Decorah United Methodist Church Trust Fund and Friends of the Decorah Public Library for sponsoring these events.

Story times, STEM Fun, and crafternoons will also be part of the Summer Reading Program calendar. A Reading Mentor Program will be offered to children in kindergarten through second grades.

To promote literacy, families will be encouraged to read together for 100 minutes per week. Families who meet reading goals will be entered into a weekly raffle for a chance to win a prize. Area businesses, including Toys Go Round, Fridley Theatres, Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, Discover Happy Pilates Studio, and ArtHaus have generously made donations to support the “Build a Better World!!” program this summer. We are truly thankful for their support!

Families may come to the Decorah Public Library and register for the Summer Reading Program after May 31, 2017. This program is free and open to everyone. For additional information, please contact Joan Roach, Children’s and Youth Librarian, at (563)382-3717 or at

Decorah Human Powered Trails Fundraiser

It’s May and that means it’s Bike Month! Now thru the end of May, Decorah Bicycles is hosting their annual fundraiser for the local trail building & maintenance group DHPT: Decorah Human Powered Trails!

If you have enjoyed the Decorah Time Trials, Driftless Discovery Trail Run, or you simply enjoy walking, horseback riding, running, or biking on our trails- consider giving back to the folks that make the trails enjoyable to use!

If you are not local to Decorah, you can easily mail in a check made out to DHPT:
Decorah Bicycles
101 College Dr.
Decorah, IA 52101

Cash or check donations, only.
$5.00 for a raffle ticket.
You can forego the raffle tickets if you do not wish to be considered for the prizes.
Fundraiser ends on May 31st- drawing will happen after business hours on May 31st.

Registration for Summer Decorah Park-Rec. Activities

Registration for Decorah Parks & Recreation summer recreation activities and swimming lessons is now being taken from May 1 thru May 26. 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, The Decorah Public Library, and Decorah Chamber of Commerce.


Register early for best availability.

Decorah Prairie Butterfly Garden Volunteers

The Prairie Smoke are in bloom in the Decorah Prairie Butterfly Garden. The Prairie Gardeners have planted prairie roses, prairie phlox and wild quinine, adding to the 57 other types of plants. There are a number of plants ready to be adopted by happy gardeners.The Prairie Gardeners welcome you to join them with your tools and curiosity. They garden every Tuesday morning from 9:00-11:00. The season begins the first Tuesday in May and continues every Tuesday until October. If Tuesday mornings are not good for you, we offer an Adopt-a-Plant Program so that you may work at a time of your choosing. Once you have adopted and been introduced to your special plant, you will be responsible for its care throughout the growing season. The plant plots are approximately 6 feet x 8 feet. You will have a helper to get you started and to answer any questions you may have. The city provides water and mulch and picks up the garden refuse. The contributions of many part-time gardeners are needed for continuing to reach the goals of the many volunteers who created the Decorah Prairie Butterfly Garden in 2002. This garden is intended to introduce visitors to the native plants of the prairie; provide habitat for butterflies and other pollinators; and to make this handicapped-accessible calm oasis available for all to enjoy.                                                                    To set up an appointment, please call Jerri Osenga at 563-382-1453 or meet us on a Tuesday morning! We hope you will join our gardening community! How better to enjoy this wildly peaceful haven within our city than to become involved in its living community.

For an introduction look us up at and find our link, Community Prairie and Butterfly Garden under Parks/Campgrounds.

Luther College Friendship Families

The Luther College Diversity Center seeks individuals and families in the Decorah community to help incoming international students adjust to life at Luther and in the United States. The goal of the program is to promote international understanding and develop an appreciation of how others live and view the world. Interested individuals and families can sign up on the Diversity Center website.

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