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

and register by August 15 at:



Luther College names new dean for institutional equity and inclusion

Luther College President Paula J. Carlson has announced the appointment of Lisa M. Scott as interim dean for institutional equity and inclusion. Scott will begin her service at Luther Aug. 7.

“We are thrilled that such an accomplished student affairs and diversity administrator will be joining the Luther family this year,” said President Carlson. “Our mission statement calls us, ‘as people of all backgrounds,’ to high aspirations for our life together in this community. I am excited for Ms. Scott to work with students, faculty, staff and the Decorah community to promote a culture of inclusion on campus and to advance us toward our goals of becoming an evermore diverse and welcoming community.”

Scott will serve as the first dean for institutional equity and inclusion at the college, a re-visioning of the former position of executive director of the Diversity Center. As a member of the senior administrative leadership team, Scott will provide key leadership and a strong voice on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion across the college.

“I look forward to working with the Luther community to design ways to build on the work of Dr. Sheila Radford-Hill, the Diversity Council and others, to further create and sustain the environmental and institutional infrastructure toward the goal of inclusive excellence,” said Scott.

For the past four years, Scott has served as vice president of student engagement and success at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. At the university, she designed and expanded the co-curricular and social programing for a new requirement for all students who live on campus and was responsible for the complete overhaul of the Title IX process and procedure. She also led a new campus-wide diversity series featuring student-designed events with faculty involvement.

Prior to her appointment as vice president, Scott served as special assistant to the president-chief diversity officer, assistant provost for student engagement and success, and special assistant to the president-diversity and inclusion chief diversity officer at Susquehanna.

From 1999-2001, Scott served as the director of multicultural affairs at Roger Williams University in Bristol Rhode Island, and as the program director of Everywoman’s Center at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst from 1993-99. She also worked as the director of recruitment and retention for Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield Massachusetts from 1991-93.

Scott holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cambridge College, and is working to complete Ph.D. studies at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Her research concerns diversity of senior administrators at predominantly white institutions.

At Luther, Scott will be responsible for leading and assessing initiatives to enhance diversity on campus; developing strategies to ensure the college is a diverse and welcoming community; coordinating with leadership across campus to enhance diversity and equity as a means of academic excellence; serving as an advocate for students, faculty and staff from historically underrepresented groups; and working with the college and Decorah communities to enhance the academic and social climate for students and employees.

She will also oversee the college’s Diversity Center and serve as a member of the college-wide Diversity Council.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,150, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college’s website:

Luther pledges to support local municipal electric utility

Luther College has pledged $15,000 to Decorah Power, a local citizens group, towards a feasibility study of a Municipal Electric Utility for Decorah. An MEU is a community owned electric utility, of which there are 136 in Iowa.

Decorah has the option to consider an MEU because the 25-year electricity franchise agreement with Alliant Energy expires in 2018.

According to Decorah Power, a public electric utility could offer Decorah-area residents an opportunity to invest in local initiatives and promote local community ownership of Decorah’s energy future. It could also help Decorah residents and businesses exercise local control over their sustainability and carbon reduction goals through locally owned electricity generation.

As the largest user of electricity in Decorah, Luther has committed to help develop Decorah as a sustainable community. The college is also constantly working toward reducing its energy consumption and being a clean energy role model.

“We see a municipal electric utility as a very exciting prospect for both Luther and the Decorah community and were happy to support the feasibility study. This is in line with Luther’s sustainability goals, both fiscally and environmentally. We hope others in the community will see the value in supporting Decorah Power so that our community can have the facts as we evaluate the option of an MEU for Decorah,” said Jon Jensen, director for the Luther College Center for Sustainable Communities.

The study will provide the necessary information to determine whether an MEU is possible and desirable for the Decorah community. After this study the information will be brought to community leaders to determine whether it is advisable to seek a referendum for a MEU.

Members of the community can join Luther in supporting the feasibility study of an MEU at:

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,150, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college’s website:

Decorah United Soccer Club Fall Registration is Now Open

Decorah United Soccer Club (DUSC) has announced registration for the fall season is now open. The fall program is for children born in 2003 (8th grade)–2011.

Practices will be held Sundays at 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m., August 26th–October 15th at Will Baker Soccer Fields.

Games for children born 2003–2009 will be Saturdays, September 16th–October 21st in Decorah and various communities throughout Northeast Iowa. Children born in 2010 and 2011 will receive soccer skills training without the traveling requirements for games.

All levels of experience are welcome. For additional information and to register, go to Registration closes on July 31st.

Horse and Soul Ranch Healing for the Heart

Hello, I am Loreen Owner and Founder of Horse and Soul Ranch.  Here at the Ranch we help make a difference in the lives of survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other violent crimes.  Here at the Ranch our horses enables survivors to gain courage and confidence through interactions with hand-selected horses.  Increasing their horsemanship skills and knowledge.  Most importantly, the horses provide the client a time to relax and escape the stresses of everyday life and motivate them on their journey to success.

We accept ages 6+ of any abuse and any gender.

We ask for 90 minute session per week for a course of six weeks.

What we do:

  • basic horse care and grooming skills
  • ground skills
  • riding
  • other activities and events

If you are interested please send an email to to set up and appointment to come and see if this is something that you may be looking for.

When you believe in yourself and listen to your true self, your heart, your possibilities are endless.




Charles Altfillisch projects

The Decorah Historic Preservation Commission is seeking information, insights, memories, building plans, photographs, etc. on the engineering, architectural, or city planning work of local figure Charles Altfillisch (1892-1978; Decorah resident 1919-1978). Contact Commission chair Mark Z. Muggli (, 612-720-5795).

Photography Workshops in the Decorah Area

Nick Chill Photography WorkshopsMy name is Nick Chill, I’m a professional photographer living in Decorah, Iowa. For about 10 years I’ve been practicing photography full time, doing wedding and portrait photography, and selling fine art prints and stock photos. I have been teaching photography classes and workshops since 2011, starting in Southern California, and now teach out of my Decorah studio, and through both Decorah Arthaus and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC).

Join me for local digital photography classes and workshops, from beginner to advanced. Get the chance to learn with local peers, share ideas, and build your photography circle. Hands on experience is the best teacher. I have the knowledge, and the equipment, to help get you started.

Nick Chill Photography Workshops

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Host Families Needed for High School Exchange Program

I am the local Aspect Foundation Representative for the Aspect International High School exchange program for Decorah High School.   Decorah Community Schools allow up to 4 Aspect Foundation international exchange students to be placed in the district each year.  Past exchange students have enjoyed Decorah, and as a community we have much to offer.

General Info:  

Students:  Ages of the students can be from 15-18 at arrival time.  Most are 16 or 17 when they arrive.  A

Time of stay:   Most students come for the academic year, arriving around a few days before school starts, (August 18-22th) and staying until school ends around June 1st.  For those of you who may be interested in a shorter student stay, there is a semester program.  Students arrive around August 15 – 20th and return home after the end of the 1st semester.  (~Jan. 10th)

Arriving students will have their own health insurance and are asked to have at least $200/month to take care of their school lunches and any incidental expenses they incur throughout the month.

Host families are asked to provide “room and board” for the student.  Host families are not required to provide an exchange student with a private room, but the student can share a room with one of the siblings if the child is within 5 years of age of the exchange student.

If you would like more information, you can contact Gregg Jorgenson at or call 563-380-0613

You can also go to the Aspect website at for more information.


Visit the Love & Friendship Adoption Center on Saturday, June 17 from 12pm – 2pm for our June Adoption Event at 2345 Millennium Road in the Decorah Business Park. There will be many kittens to meet, as well as our resident dogs and cats.

June is Adopt a Cat Month so all adult cats are only $25 and all kittens are $75 with $25 refunded upon proof of spay or neuter by 6 months of age, so really they are only $50!

Adopting a cat is so much easier and cheaper than just going out and getting a free kitten or cat. All our animals are up-to-date on age appropriate vaccines, dewormed, get regular flea and tick treatment while in our care and tested negative for Feline Leukemia and FIV. Also any cat in our care 4 months and older is already spayed or neutered.

Another good thing about adopting, is not only are you helping one cat, but two! Since HSNEI is a no kill shelter the only way a space opens at our Center or in foster care is if cats and kittens get adopted. Please consider adoption!!

You can look at all our available cats and kittens by following this link:…, and start the adoption process by filling out an application online at before stopping out to see any of our animals!

Decorah Municipal Band Concert

The Decorah Municipal Band is proud to present our second year with a concert located in the municipal parking lot behind the Oneota Co-op at 7:00 pm. The Band is under the direction of Jim Fritz and Merlyn Finley. Come out and enjoy a great evening of live music with a great view of the bluffs!

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