The Oneota Film Festival moves to the Luther Campus today for screenings of great documentaries from 6pm to 10:30pm. Visit the Festival Headquarter at Valders to purchase your pass or become a member.  Passes are $5 for the filmmakers’ reception at T-Bocks on Saturday night,  $10 for a Daily pass, $25 for an All Access Pass.  Member support begins at the $30 level and members get free access to events planned for 2018 plus the ability to check out our copies of previous years’ screenings. (it’s only $5 more)

The Festival runs Friday evening, Saturday from 9-6:30 pm, with a break for lunch.

The filmmakers’ reception happens at T-Bocks at 7:30 on Saturday with introductions, awards and screening of LOSING SIGHT OF SHORE. Screenings continue on Sunday, the 22nd, from 12-4:30pm.

Check out the website to see films, what’s showing and times.

Join us Sunday at 5pm at the Co-op to celebrate Earth Day with music and food.

CRATER50 added to Driftless Discovery Trail Run!

Decorah, Iowa – Upgraded routes and a gnarly addition to Decorah’s Driftless Discovery Trail Runs happens June 2nd, 2018 |

Do you have a strong desire, craving, or undeniable urge to explore the world running?  Satisfy yourself in this series where the best view might just come only after the hardest climb or unnerving descent.  It will likely cost you a toll of a little blood, sweat and/or tears when you take on the Crater50 in a portion of the 500-acre, gorgeous terrain surrounding Decorah, Iowa in the 5th annual Driftless Discovery Trail Run, June 2nd, 2018. 

New to the series, the Crater50 promises NOT to leave you wanting.  If a 50K has you panting from just the thought, step up to the plate of the Meteor 10K or Basin 5K.  They are a worthy thrill, a sure notch on the running belts of those up for an adventure.  Runners traverse the off-road, single track trails of Van Peenen Memorial Park, Ice Cave Trails and Palisades Park. All these trails are maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers from the Decorah Human Powered Trails.  Seriously, of all the paths you might take in life, make sure a few of them are the dirt trails of Decorah.  You won’t regret it.

Little Drifter’s run wild and free on a fun 1mile route in the woods.  Sought after spoils are raffled off post-race thanks to The Decorah Hatchery and other supporters.

4 distances include a Lunar 1 mile (FREE for 13 and under), the Basin 5K ($30), the Meteor 10K ($40) and the NEW Crater 50K ($75).  Proceeds benefit the Northeast Iowa Montessori School, the Decorah Human Powered Trails and the Decorah Park & Rec.

LACE UP & GET LOST, it’s a vacation you don’t have too pay much for.

Register today:

For more information, please contact DDTR Coordinators by email at or visit us at

Nisse Preschool Summer Program Registration Deadline

June 11-15, 18-22, 24-29
🚍Field trips, outdoors, activities, FUN!
☀️Your kid(s) wants to be INVOLVED!
👒 Stay at home Mom need a break? 3 day optionavailable- you pick the days.
👛 Daycare lady off? Multi week discounts.
👯‍♀️ More then one child? Multiple children discounts. (Children 3- finishing kindergarten)

JOIN US! All are WELCOME! No need to have prior affiliation to Nisse Preschool and Kid’s Place. —> 🏃‍♂️Early bird registration ends April 30th

May Biking Club and Walking School Bus Opportunities

Attention Parents:  Check out these FREE wellness opportunities offered through Upper Explorerland’s Safe Routes to School Program.

May Biking Club Sign up is due ASAP- It’s a great way for our kids to take advantage of our beautiful bike trail and freshen up their biking safety skills before summer! We have added a Rural Ave./Ridgewood Dr. meeting location for students who have better access to that area and want to join!

Walking School Buses (WSB) are a wonderful way for K-2nd graders to burn some energy. SRTS currently has volunteer led routes that walk kids from Mechanic St. and the Flats Neighborhood to John Cline 5 days a week, all school year long (yes, even in the winter!). A Friday after school WSB route, going from John Cline to the west side of town, will start on April 13th.

If you want more information about any of our programs or want to get your child involved but don’t see a route near you, contact Safe Routes to School Coordinator April Bril at


Over 20 filmmakers will be coming to Decorah the weekend of April 19th through the 22nd to attend the 9th annual Oneota Film Festival.  This is a NEW record for the festival and we’re counting on YOU to make them feel welcome.

They’re excited to be in Decorah and we’re excited to have them here.

Starting with the filmmakers of SAVING BRINTON, Tommy Haines and Andrew Sherburne from Iowa City, (screening Thursday, April 19, 6:30 pm, Decorah ELKS Lodge), you will have an opportunity to view extraordinary films and ask questions about the choice of subject and the process of making their films.

Greet the filmmakers when you see them, ask questions and make them feel welcome in Decorah.


FREE FILMS @THE Oneota Film Festival

Open to the public at no cost are 2 great films:

Friday, April 20, at 7:45pm, PICTURES FROM A HIROSHIMA SCHOOLYARD will be screened in the CFL Recital Hall on the Luther College campus. Directed by Bryan Reichhardt “this powerful documentary about reconciliation and the power of gift, introduces children artists (now in their 70’s), who created a collection of joyful drawings from the ruins of Hiroshima, and now reflect their early lives amidst the rubble of their destroyed city and the hope they shared through their lives.”


Saturday, April 21, at 3pm, HEROIN(E) will be screened Valders 206 on the Luther College Campus. This 2018 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary (Short Subject) directed by Peabody Award-winning Director Elaine McMillion Sheldon is the story of Huntington, West Virginia, the epicenter of America’s modern opioid epidemic, with an overdose rate 10 times the national average. This flood of opioids now threats the city with a cycle of generational addiction, lawlessness and poverty. But even within this distressed landscape the filmmaker shows a different side of he fight against drugs-one of hope.

As the opioid crisis hits closer to home in rural America, this is an important film to see.  Followed by a panel and discussion led by Helping Services for Youth and Families.

Free ALL ACCESS passes available for volunteers @ Oneota Film Festival

Volunteers are needed at the Oneota Film Festival happening in April.

Dates available are shifts on Thursday evening, Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday afternoon, April 19, 20, 21, and 22.

Volunteers help with registration and ticketing, membership sales, setup and cleanup, doorkeepers and film announcers, greeting filmgoers and other miscellaneous jobs.

Volunteering is easy: go the festival web site,, click on the volunteer button, chose your job and time slot and fill out a short form.

Volunteers will be issued a FREE all access pass to the festival, a $25 value, good for the entire festival.  Volunteer for any time slot and get a pass good for all the films and events for the entire festival.

The 9th Annual Oneota Film Festival “Making Connections” April 19-22.

The Oneota Film Festival opens Thursday, April 19th, with SAVING BRINTON, a film about collector Mike Zahs who discover a collection of showreels from the earliest days of moving pictures in the heart of Washington County, Iowa. It is a portrait of a remarkable folk hero who dreams big and lives simply. (ELKS Lodge, Decorah, 6:30 pm, $5 opening night pass). A discussion with the filmmakers and Michael Zahs will follow the screening.

The festival continues with showings of 85 films at Luther College on Friday, April 20, 6 pm to 10pm, Saturday, April 21, 9am-5:30pm, and Sunday, April 22, 12pm-5:30pm.

A FILMMAKERS’ Reception happens on Saturday, April 21, 7;30 pm with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar at T-Bocks Upstairs, Decorah, at 7:30.  At 8:30, the film LOSING SIGHT OF SHORE will be screened. The film follows four women as they row across the Pacific Ocean from America to Australia unsupported. It is a story of perseverance, friendship and the power of the human spirit.

For more information about the films and schedule, view the website at




Looking for Host Families – High School – Aspect Foundation

As the local representative for Aspect Foundation, an international high school exchange program, I am looking for host families for high school students for the 2018-2019 school year.  Students, age 15 -18 at arrival date in August,  are available to be placed from Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, Colombia, Brazil, Thailand, Japan, and Hong Kong. Host families provide room and board for their student.  Students have their own insurance and spending money during their stay here.

If you have interest, you can go to, or contact me, Gregg Jorgenson, at 563-380-0613.  Email:

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