55+ Volunteers Needed

RSVP stands for Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.  Not retired?  Don’t consider yourself a Senior?  You can still volunteer with Northeast Iowa RSVP, a program whose mission is to engage persons age 55 and older in volunteer service to meet critical community needs; and to provide a high quality experience that will enrich the lives of volunteers.  We are a point of coordination and serve Howard, Winneshiek and Allamakee counties and currently have 321 volunteers in 58 stations.  Last year our volunteers gave 26,756 hours of service to their communities resulting in an economic impact of $660,606.  Many organizations would not be in operation without volunteers.  The volunteers choose where they would like to serve and how much time they would like to spend volunteering.  We offer one-on-one volunteer placement services to help find a good fit for an individual’s skill, talents, and interests that also matches a nonprofit’s needs. This provides a win-win relationship: nonprofits receive skilled volunteers they need and mature individuals who volunteer live happier, healthier lives.  We also value the knowledge and experience of our volunteers.  You will receive pre-service orientation and training from the organization where you will serve.  Joining is free and there is supplemental insurance coverage when at a volunteer station.


We currently have stations in Disaster Services (Blood drives, Volunteer Reception Center, etc), Healthy Futures (Food Pantries, Backback programs, meal delivery, etc), Education (Reading buddies, preschool, Daycares), Nursing Homes (Reading and help with activities), Economic Development (Tax program and helping with donations), Cultural Heritage (Historical, Genealogy, museums), and others (Veteran programs Humane Society, etc).    Our program is hosted by the Decorah Public Library and funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service.  Additional funding is provided by United Way of Winneshiek County, Allamakee County Board of Supervisors, Howard County Board of Supervisors, and Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors, the Marion E. Jerome Foundation, and local donors.


Why volunteer through RSVP?  You, as a volunteer, is our main focus.  We want to be sure you are finding your volunteer experience to be rewarding and personally satisfying.           Also, being a part of RSVP allows us to incorporate the volunteer work you do in identifying the impact today’s 55+ population contribute to the health and welfare of their communities.  Finally, tracking volunteer data is a valuable tool in detailing and highlighting how volunteers impact a community, what they actually accomplish, and just how valuable they are to the operation of hundreds of nonprofit organizations, schools, and health care facilities in our area.  Without the tracking done by RSVP, the efforts of volunteers may remain unidentified in any comprehensive way.  This leads to a total lack of knowledge as to the true impact of todays’ volunteers.  In addition, the data collected is shared with Legislators and Congress, who then use the information to help determine future allocation of funds for volunteer efforts.


If you are interested in learning more or having me come to speak, please let me know.  There is additional information on our website or you can contact Deana Hageman at 563-277-5181 or

Fair Fun Run Results

The 27th annual Decorah Parks and Recreation Fair Fun Run was held on Saturday, July 14th with 125 people registering.  The overall male champion in the 3 mile run was Richard Weis of Decorah with a time of 14:18. The overall female champion was Shayla Betts of Decorah with a time of 16:47.  Kids 12 and under were also able to participate in a ¾ mile run.  The overall male champion of the kid’s race was Jackson Pipho of Decorah with a time of 4:26; the overall female champion was Kathryn Kelly of Decorah with a time of 4:32.  Medals were awarded 1st through 3rd place in each division and there was a drawing with over $250 in prizes.


Kids Race (3/4 mile)

Male 6 & under:  Mitchel Fullhart, Decorah (6:03), Bain Leonhart, Castalia (6:21), William Baker, Decorah (6:31)

Male 7-8:  Leonard Nimrod, Decorah (4:32), Oak Pasche, Decorah (4:35), Bode Leonhart, Castalia (4:51)

Male 9-10:  Eli Fullhart, Fergus Falls, MN (4:43), Jack Wadsworth, Phoenix, AZ, (4:57), Bill Fullhart, Decorah (5:27)

Male 11-12:  Jackson Pipho, Decorah (4:26), Holten Palmer, Decorah (4:27), Fisher Tweten, Decorah (7:36)

Female 6 & under:  Jodi Fullhart, Decorah (7:30), Andria Dibble, Decorah (9:05), Petra Simon, Decorah (9:32)

Female 7-8:  Rachel Weis, Decorah (4:59), Jennessa Kane, Decorah (6:02), Jana Wilkins, Waukon (6:28)

Female 9-10:  Hattie Fullhart, Fergus Falls, MN (4:41), Regine Hougen, Decorah (4:44), Ella Wadsworth, Phoenix, AZ (5:10)

Female 11-12:  Kathryn Kelly, Decorah (4:32), Amelia Wadsworth, Waukon (4:41), Grace Blikre, Decorah (5:29)



3 Mile Run

Male 14 & under:  Jacob Pipho, Decorah (17:17), Erik Hjelle, Decorah (17:20), Clarence Nimrod, Decorah (17:33)

Male 15-19:  Richard Weis, Decorah (14:18), Brady Hogan, Waukon (15:08), Drew White, Decorah (15:52)

Male 20-29:  Jeremy Stenseth, Calmar (19:19), Ben Stenseth, Calmar (24:28), no 3rd place

Male 30-39:  Justin Scardina, Decorah (19:45), Paul Pellett, Decorah (22:33), Matt Simon, Decorah (27:43)

Male 40-49:  Jason Leonhart, Castalia (15:51), James Wadsworth, Phoeniz, AZ (17:11), Kelly Holthaus, Decorah (19:53)

Male 50 & over:  Scott Hervey, Decorah (17:09), Ron Hougen, Decorah (17:48), Steve Massman, Caledonia, MN (22:50)

Female 14 & under:  Samantha See, Decorah (19:08), Rebecca Kane, Decorah (23:12), Stella Pole, Decorah (23:13)

Female 15-19:  Shayla Betts, Decorah (16:47), Shania Kelly, Decorah (17:27), Payton Taylor, Decorah (18:03)

Female 20-29:  Martel DenHartog, Decorah (16:54), Annie Stenseth, Calmar (27:40), no 3rd place

Female 30-39:  Sarah Wadsworth, Phoenix, AZ (17:22), Marissa Nordschow, Decorah (17:43), Katie Schnur, Ridgeway (20:13)

Female 40-49:  Andrea Knaack, Decorah (18:42), Denise Leonhart, Castalia (19:21), Jennifer Mikkelson, Dorchester (21:44)

Female 50 & over:  Sharon Gerleman, Ridgeway (20:25), Linda Hougen, Decorah (24:16), Darlene Juve, Decorah (31:30)


For complete Fair Fun Run results, go to and click “online registration”

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 2014 through high school age.
All levels of experience are welcome. Fall registration closes on July 27th. For additional information and to register, go to Follow Decorah United Soccer Club on facebook for the most up to date DUSC news. Questions may be directed to Kyle Nelson, DUSC Director of Coaching, at


Decorah Dog Park is Now Open

The Decorah Parks and Recreation Department has announced the opening of the Decorah Dog Park located at 1788 Old Stage Road between Walmart and the City Wastewater Plant.  The idea for the Dog Park was that of local citizens who raised the money needed and organized the concept for this park. The Decorah Dog Park is a community park.  Park users should park at Walmart and walk to the park entrance. There is no parking at the Decorah Dog Park. More information about the park, including rules, can be found at

Day Camps for Kids!

Green Iowa AmeriCorps will offer day-long outdoor day camps for your kid this summer. All camps will be located in Decorah and last from 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM.

Trout Run Travel, June 20th: Explore sustainable transportation through biking part of the trout run trail, take a tour of the fish hatchery, and have a picnic lunch. There’s so much to see in our backyard!

Nature Connection, July 10th: Get creative with nature art, journaling, chemical-free tye-dying, outdoor games and fun in the sun. We’ll learn new ways to relate to nature and each other!

Camping Basics, August 8th: How can we tread lightly while enjoying nature? Kids will learn camping basics, environmental stewardship, and leave no trace practices that will set them up for a lifetime of outdoor recreating.

Each camp is open to students ages 8-12 and will be hosted at different locations in Decorah. The camps are $5-20 (pay what you can) per student attending, with scholarships available. There is a minimum participation number of 7 students per camp and a maximum of 40 students.

Register your student by May 30th by following this link or calling 563-382-4207 ext 2 and asking for Ashley. You may direct questions to Ashley via phone as listed or via email at

Decorah Park-Rec. Summer Registration begins May 1

Registration for Decorah Parks & Recreation summer recreation activities and swimming lessons is now being taken from May 1 thru May 25.  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, and the Decorah Public Library.


Register early for best availability.  Activities include:

Youth Programs: Drama, Gardening, Pee Wee T-Ball, Coach Pitch,    Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Outdoor Basketball, Mountain Biking, Team Sports, Outpost, Track, Ultimate Sports, Tots Day Camp, Pee Wee Kids Camp, Dog Obedience & Agility Class
Programs for All Ages: Tennis, Guitar
Special Events: Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Championship, Slide Into Summer Family Fun Night, Kids Fishing Day, Kids Fun Day at the Fair, Fair Fun Run, CREW Middle School Pool Party
Swim Classes: Parent-Infant/Toddler, Pre-School, Learn to Swim Levels 1-6, Adaptive Swimming, Private Swim Lessons, Lifeguard Training, WSI
Adult Swimming (18 & Older): Lap Swim, Aquacise, Beginner Swim Class

Pride Parade!

Decorah will have its first ever Pride Festival on Saturday, May 12, 2018. The all-day event is being organized by a group of community members. Pride is a celebration of people of diverse sexual and gender identities and expressions.

The Festival will begin with a parade at 2 pm, starting from Mary Christopher Park and going down Water Street to the intersection with River Street. Groups and individuals can register for the parade at All groups must register by May 5, 2018. Individuals are encouraged to register in advance, but are also welcome to participate regardless of registration.

The parade will be followed by Party in the Park, an event held in Water Street Park, next to the  Oneota Community Food Co-op. The Party in the Park will feature speeches by members of the LGBTQIA community, a performance by Alexandra Gray, and live music by Free Time, a jazz combo from Luther College.  The Party in the Park begins immediately following the parade and will last until 5 pm.

In the evening, attendees can choose between a variety of activities. These include an all-ages, alcohol-free event at the Lingonberry put on in partnership with the Decorah High School Gay-Straight Alliance from 7-9 pm, the ArtHaus Gala at the Elk’s Lodge from 6:30-10:30 pm, and the Pride After Party at Pulpit Rock Brewing Company from 8-11 pm. Committee member Alex Enriquez said, “We encourage the community to pick and choose between our events and hope that everyone will find something they enjoy.”

The members of the Decorah Pride 2018 Planning Committee are: Storme Barr, Daniel Brown, Andrew Ellingsen, Alex Enriquez, Holly Moore, Charlie Strange, and Amalia Vagts.

More information can be found at the group’s website: Individuals and business can sponsor the event by visiting the website or emailing

Poster made by Oran Deen-Lester!

Kinderhaus Summer Camp Registration!

Play in the woods, make fairy homes, study insects, bake mud pies…!
Join Kinderhaus for a week of playing, exploring, and growing!

For 3-9 year-olds.  August 6-10 and August 13-17, 9:00am-12:00pm.

Cost of camp is $100/week. Register by June 1 for Early Bird pricing of $90/week!
A hearty, healthy, homemade snack will be served each day.

To register, return the following forms with payment to: Kinderhaus, PO Box 114, Decorah, IA  52101

Kinderhaus Summer Camp Registration and Consent Forms

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

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

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