Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity seeks partner family

Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity is currently seeking a partner family for its next building project, slated for Ridgeway, Iowa. Partner families must have employment, demonstrate that they currently have an inadequate housing situation, and, working alongside volunteers, be able to invest many hours of labor or “sweat equity” into building their homes and the homes of others. For more information, e-mail, call (563) 382-1802, or visit

New Minowa Players Seeks Directors for 2017-2018 Productions

Decorah, IA- New Minowa Players in Decorah, Iowa is seeking directors for its 2017-2018 season. Applicants of all experience levels will be considered  and anyone with an interest in directing is encouraged to apply for this exciting volunteer opportunity, regardless of prior directing experience or participation in NMP productions.
A variety of performance slots are still available, including the 2017 Young People’s Production (August, 2017), 2017 Children’s Show (Fall, 2017), 2018 Family Show (January, 2018), 2018 Adult Show (April, 2018), 2018 Summer Musical (June, 2018), and 2018 Young People’s Production (August, 2018).
Anyone interested in directing should propose a production to the New Minowa Players board of directors using the Director Proposal form, available by e-mail or at The deadline for application is March 31st, 2017. 
Please contact NMP board president Mette Hammer at or corresponding secretary Aaron Kvale at for more information and/or to request a proposal form.

Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)

Join others in NE Iowa to count birds this weekend for the Great Backyard Bird Count. The 20th annual GBBC is taking place February 17-20 in backyards, parks, nature centers, on hiking trails, school grounds, balconies, and beaches—anywhere you find birds.

Bird watchers count the birds they see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, then enter their checklists at All the data contribute to a snapshot of bird distribution and help scientists see changes over the past 20 years.  It’s fun to see who is participating in NE Iowa.  Contact Dennis Carter at 563-382-3754 or Connie Hvitved 563-547-4685 or any Upper Iowa Audubon Society member for more info.

Registration and Open House at Northeast Iowa Montessori School

Come explore Northeast Iowa Montessori (NEIM) Preschool and Elementary School at 418 West Water Street in Downtown Decorah! Our Spring Open House is Saturday, February 11, from 10 a.m. to Noon. Enjoy snacks, painting, touring the school, and visiting with staff.

NEIM preschool (ages 3-5) currently has a waiting list for the rest of this school year, but some openings will be available starting in Fall 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year. The new NEIM elementary program (ages 6-10) is growing quickly, and enrollment is open and ongoing.

Registration materials will be available at the NEIM open house on Sat, Feb. 11 from 10-Noon, by calling the school at (563)382-6491, or by visiting the school’s website at  Registrations for all programs are taken on a first-come basis, with priority given to returning students and families.

NEIM is a non-profit Montessori school founded in 2004 and participates in Iowa’s Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program for Four-Year-Old Children.

More info available at:

Registration Open for Nisse Preschool

Are you looking for somewhere fun for your child this Fall? Join us this Fall at Nisse Preschool and Kid’s Place! Spots are limited for our 3 year-old class (our 4 year-old class is currently full, but you may join our wait list). Do not hesitate to sign your child up TODAY! Please contact Director Kasey Koeniger or Board President Brittany Todd with any questions. We look forward to meeting you soon!


Hello! Fall Registration is now OPEN to the public. We cannot wait for you to join us!


ExCel Grants are Available for Summer Study!

Even though there is snow on the ground, the time is NOW to start thinking about summer!  The Decorah Community School District Foundation offers financial assistance for students wishing to pursue technical, academic and fine arts opportunities during the summer months. Funds are available for programs outside of Winneshiek County for students in the Decorah Community School District, grades 6 through 11.  This includes students at Saint Benedict’s as well as students who are homeschooled and supervised by DCS.

To find out more about the ExCel Grant, please visit the Decorah Community School District website,  Click on the Academics tab and open the Decorah Community School District Foundation page.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity!  Applications are due on the last school day in April.

Beat the Blues Winter Marathon – Now through Feb 12th

The Challenge: Complete a full marathon (or more!)—26 miles!—between December 10th, 2016 and February 12th, 2017. 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.

Final Mile Party: Sunday, February 12th, 3:15-4:30pm at West Side Elementary and Wayside Ice Skating Rink in Decorah. Join us for a walk from West Side to Wayside for fun outdoor activities, games, snacks, and raffle prizes! This party is free and open to everyone, even if you didn’t complete a marathon.

ULTRA Marathon Challenge: See how many marathons you can complete during the program! Challenge yourself! Fill as many logs as you can!

Raffle Prizes: Complete one or more marathon mileage logs for a chance to win some great prizes! The more marathons you complete, the more chances you have to win! Prizes include: Pair of Snow Shoes (Decorah Bicycles), Free Canoe/Kayak Rentals (Hutchinson Family Farm Campground), Free Camping at Lake Meyer (Winneshiek County Conservation), Free Admission Punch Passes to the following: Cresco Fitness Center, Decorah Public Swimming Pool, Northeast Iowa YMCA, and Waukon Wellness Center

Mileage Log Pick-up Starting December 10th:
Download your mileage log at:
Pick up your mileage log at: Cresco Fitness Center, Decorah Bicycles, Northeast Iowa YMCA, or Waukon Wellness Center

Mileage Log Return:
In person: Final Mile Party on February 12th
Mail: April Bril UERPC, 325 Washington St., Suite A, Decorah, IA 52101
*Emailed/mailed logs must be received by Friday, February 10th to be considered for prizes

Thanks to our Sponsors: Cresco Fitness Center, Decorah Bicycles, Decorah Park and Recreation, Gundersen Health System, Hutchinson Family Farm Campground, Northeast Iowa YMCA, and Waukon Wellness Center

DUSC Spring Soccer Registration Open Through January 31

Decorah United Soccer Club (DUSC) provides youth with the opportunity to participate in a recreational soccer league with area communities.  Soccer programs are offered for all children born in 2010 and up through 8th grade.

DUSC is excited to announce the opening of registration for the 2017 spring soccer season.  Practices will be held April – May on Monday and Thursday evenings at 6-7:30 pm at Will Baker Soccer Fields.  Games for children born in 2008 and up through 8th grade will be on Saturdays and some Sundays at various times and locations.  Children born in 2009 and 2010 will receive soccer skills training without the traveling requirements for games.  For additional information and to register, go to  Registration closes January 31.

The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley

Join us this month for The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, a New Minowa Players show for the whole family! This hilarious musical is based on the much-loved childrens’ books by Jeff Brown. Stanley Lambchop wakes up one morning flat as a pancake, but discovers he can do amazing things – including traveling the world! The fast-paced musical adventure will be performed the last two weekends of January.

Purchase your tickets online now at or at the Oneota Food Co-op. Remaining tickets will be sold beginning one hour before each performance.

Flat Stanley will be performed at 7:00 p.m. January 19, 20, 21; 2:00 p.m. on January 22; 7:00 p.m. on January 27 and 28, and a 2:00 p.m. matinee also on January 28 at the New Minowa Players’ theatre (906 S. Mill Street).

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