Winter Marathon: Free Wellness Challenge Offered Now Through March 3rd

Challenge: Complete a full marathon (or more!)—26 miles!—between January 7th and March 3rd. Run, walk, ski, snowshoe, or bike 26 miles outdoors at your own pace, when it works for you and your family. Or play outside for 30 minutes to equal one mile. Record your mileage on the Mileage Log OR keep track of your miles on your own and submit them online at after each marathon you complete.

Raffle Prizes: Complete one or more marathons for a chance to win some great prizes! The more marathons you complete, the more chances you have to win! At least one raffle prize in each NE Iowa County!
Prizes include Free Admission Punch Passes to the following: Calmar Public Swimming Pool, Chickasaw Wellness Complex, Cresco Fitness Center, Decorah Public Swimming Pool, Elkader Public Swimming Pool, Northeast Iowa YMCA (Postville), Waukon Wellness Center, West Union Swimming Pool, and Williams Wellness Center (Oelwein).

Grand Prizes: $80 rental gift card (Decorah Bicycles), Free Camping AND Canoe Rental (Hutchinson Family Farm Campground).

We LOVE Winter Marathon Special: Turn in one (or more) marathon mileage logs online by noon on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14th) for your chance to win a BONUS $80 rental gift card (Decorah Bicycles) that you can use to rent skis, ice skates, snowshoes, or bikes!

Winter Marathon Closing Ceremonies: Will take place throughout the region in early/mid-March. FREE activities, snacks, raffle prizes, awards and more…celebrate the coming of spring with family and friends at a Winter Marathon Closing Ceremony! Everyone is invited, even if you didn’t participate in the Winter Marathon challenge. More information can be found at by late-February.

Mileage Log Pick-up:
Download or submit your mileage log online at:
Or pick up your mileage log at one of these locations: Chickasaw Wellness Complex, Cresco Fitness Center, Decorah Bicycles, Northeast Iowa YMCA, Waukon Wellness Center, Williams Wellness Center

Mileage Log Return:
Mail: April Bril UERPC 325 Washington St., Suite A, Decorah, IA 52101
*Mailed logs must be received by March 3rd to be considered for prizes*


Decorah Genealogy Association invites you to join us for An Evening With June Melby.

We will meet on Monday, January 22 at 7:00 pm in the Decorah Senior Center Diningroom.  Everyone is welcome!

June Melby is the author of My Family and Other Hazards (Holt, 2014), a memoir about growing up on an old time miniature golf course.  Her book was a New York Times Bestseller and won a Medwest Connections award.  A former standup comedian, June has performed as a spoken work artist all over the U.S. and on several tours in Europe as a solo artist or with her band “June Melby and Her Future Enemies.”  Her poetry and prose have been published widely in places including Utne Reader; National Lampoon; LAWeekly, and in numerous journals and anthologies.  She loves teaching writing and encouragin others to jot their own personal stories down on paper, or share them from the stage at the poetry slam.

We welcome June Melby to the Decorah Genealogy Association venue to share her stories.  DGA meetings are free and open to the general public. The DGA Center and the Decorah Senior Center are handicap accessible and there is plenty of parking available.

DUSC Spring Soccer Registration Now Open Through January 28

Registration for the Decorah United Soccer Club (DUSC) 2018 spring soccer season is underway.  Programs are available for youth in 1st – 8th grade.

Practices will be held March 26th – May 17th on Monday and Thursday evenings at 6-7:30 pm at the Will Baker Soccer Fields.  Games for children 3rd – 8th grade will be on the weekends of April 7th – May 20th.  1st and 2nd graders will receive soccer skills training at practices without the traveling requirements for games.

For additional information and to register, go to

Registration closes January 28.

Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary scholarship applications available

The Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary is offering their annual Health Care Career Scholarship to residents of Winneshiek County interested in pursuing a health care profession.  The applicant must be accepted into an accredited health career program to be eligible.  Anyone interested in applying should visit for the application, or contact Winneshiek Medical Center at 563-387-3036. The deadline for applications is March 23, 2018.

Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation to send two local youth to diabetes camp

For the ninth year, the Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation is offering camperships for area youth between ages 8-17 to attend Camp Hertko Hollow, an Iowa camp for kids with diabetes. The campership program is offered thanks to donations from the community dedicated to supporting local diabetes prevention and education.  Past supporters of the program include the Calmar Corvette Club; Gene and Jane Sivesind of Waukon, Iowa; and Blooms for Diabetes Education, coordinated by Marissa Foels, Morgan Moen and The Country Garden Flowers and Gifts in Decorah.

Camp Hertko Hollow was founded in 1968 with 37 campers by Dr. Edward Hertko of Des Moines.  The camp has grown to over 360 campers and 120 staff volunteers each summer.  Jean Irvin, RN and diabetes educator at Winneshiek Medical Center, says, “The week-long camp provides youth the opportunity to interact with and befriend other kids with diabetes – relationships that encourage social and emotional growth –while learning more about their disease.”  She adds, “Kids can participate in traditional camp activities with others just like them.”

The camp is staffed by physicians, nurses, diabetes educators, registered dietitians, and students of these professions, making it a safe and healthy environment for each camper. Irvin says, “Early education on how to manage diabetes greatly increases the likelihood these youth will make a life-time commitment to healthy diabetes care.  Kids that go to camp will gain the tools to better manage their disease through adulthood.”

Camp Hertko Hollow runs two sessions: Kids week (ages 8-12) is from June 24 – June 30, 2018 and teen week (ages 13-17) is from July 1 – 7, 2018.  Camp is held in Boone, Iowa.

Foundation Campership

Area youth with diabetes (type 1 and type 2) are encouraged to apply for a full campership to Camp Hertko Hollow ($650 value) for the 2018 season. Application packets are available at Winneshiek Medical Center, through school nurses at all Winneshiek County schools, Winneshiek County Public Health and the Decorah Public Library.  The application is also available at

Applications should be returned to Winneshiek Medical Center Nutrition Services and be postmarked by February 9, 2018. For more information, call 563-387-3158.  To partner with the WMC Foundation to continue funding for the Diabetes Campership program, call 563-387-3129.

Decorah Visioning Committee Seeks Residents’ Input through Survey

Decorah has been chosen to participate in this year’s Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program.  As a part of the program, Iowa State University is conducting a random sample survey to learn residents’ opinions on how to improve Decorah’s landscape through transportation enhancements. The goal of the project is to develop a landscape plan that will graphically illustrate the vision of the community for possible improvements to public spaces and transportation infrastructure.

Survey packets will be mailed to randomly selected Decorah households this week. If you receive a packet, please take time to complete the questionnaire and mail it back using the enclosed postage-paid envelope. The questionnaire will take approximately 25 minutes to complete.  These surveys will be an important source of information for the committee’s planning efforts.  At least 100 completed surveys are needed in order to have a valid data set.

In addition to the survey, the Decorah visioning committee will be meeting regularly to discuss transportation enhancement plans for Decorah. The committee will also host a design workshop in the summer of 2018.  These meetings will be open to all residents.

To learn more about participating in the visioning process, please contact April Bril at or Trees Forever field coordinator Meredith Borchardt at 641-430-3854. The Iowa Living Roadways Community Visioning Program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Transportation in partnership with Iowa State University Extension Landscape Architecture and Trees Forever.

Community Assistant – Part Time (Decorah Area)

Full Circle Services is hiring in the Decorah area for Part Time Community Assistants:

We have very FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING to accommodate all types of work, school & social schedules. Schedules could consist of Afternoon, Evenings and Overnight and during weekdays and weekends. Day shifts are limited with more available during the weekends.

Full Circle Services offers 401k, mileage, sick, vacation,and personal time to all our staff.

Required licenses or certifications:

  • Driver License
  • Valid Vehicle Insurance
  • Pass Background Checks

Required education:

  • High School/GED
  • Enrolled in HS/GED

Required license or certification:

  • Drivers Licence
  • Valid Vehical Insurance

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.

Auditions for “Next to Normal” at New Minowa Players

New Minowa Players in Decorah, IA, is excited to announce auditions for the 2018 Spring Production of “Next to Normal” at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, January 24th and 10:30 AM on Saturday, January 27th at New Minowa Players theatre (906 S. Mill St., Decorah, IA)!

A powerful and emotive rock musical, “Next to Normal” tells the story of a suburban family’s hidden struggle with a mother’s mental illness and with lingering grief from the loss of a son years ago.

Auditions are open to anyone of high school age or older. All interested are asked to prepare a 30-90 second monologue, as well as 16-32 bars of a song of their choice to sing a cappella, and should also bring a full list of conflicts between February 1st and April 8th. There are 6-7 parts available, including 3 (2m, 1f) for younger actors (teenagers and young adults) and 3-4 (1m, 1f, 1-2 variable) for actors 30 and older.

Callbacks will be held Monday, January 29th, at 7:00 P.M. at the same location (New Minowa Players, 906 S. Mill St., Decorah, IA). Anyone who auditions and is requested for a callback will be notified no later than late evening on Saturday, January 27th. All interested in auditioning are asked to keep the evening of the 29th open in case they are requested for a callback.

Performances of “Next to Normal” will run April 5-8, 2018.

For more information about auditions, scheduling, “Next to Normal,” or New Minowa Players, please contact director Aaron Kvale (

New Year’s Eve Bash

The Decorah Parks and Recreation Department invites the community to attend the 22nd Annual New Year’s Eve Bash sponsored by Decorah Bank & Trust and Gundersen Health System. This is a free family friendly event for individuals of all ages and will be held December 31, 6:30-10:30pm at the Luther College Regents Center. The evening includes open swimming, basketball, ping pong, badminton, pickleball, and a Bouncy House for the little ones. Concession items including pizza, popcorn, water and Gatorade will be available for purchase.

Park-Rec. Winter Registration due Tues, Jan 2

The deadline to register for Decorah Park-Rec. Winter Recreation Activities is Tuesday, January 2.
Activities include Biddy Basketball for ages 3 yrs-K, Water Wizards for 3rd-4th, Opt Outside for K thru 2nd,
Play Pals for ages 5 and under with parent, and Intro to Taekwondo for ages 4 yrs and up.
For complete information and to register online, go to and click OnLine
Registration and Activities Info.

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