Registration for Summer Decorah Park-Rec. Activities

Registration for Decorah Parks & Recreation summer recreation activities and swimming lessons is now being taken from May 1 thru May 26. 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, The Decorah Public Library, and Decorah Chamber of Commerce.


Register early for best availability.

Decorah Prairie Butterfly Garden Volunteers

The Prairie Smoke are in bloom in the Decorah Prairie Butterfly Garden. The Prairie Gardeners have planted prairie roses, prairie phlox and wild quinine, adding to the 57 other types of plants. There are a number of plants ready to be adopted by happy gardeners.The Prairie Gardeners welcome you to join them with your tools and curiosity. They garden every Tuesday morning from 9:00-11:00. The season begins the first Tuesday in May and continues every Tuesday until October. If Tuesday mornings are not good for you, we offer an Adopt-a-Plant Program so that you may work at a time of your choosing. Once you have adopted and been introduced to your special plant, you will be responsible for its care throughout the growing season. The plant plots are approximately 6 feet x 8 feet. You will have a helper to get you started and to answer any questions you may have. The city provides water and mulch and picks up the garden refuse. The contributions of many part-time gardeners are needed for continuing to reach the goals of the many volunteers who created the Decorah Prairie Butterfly Garden in 2002. This garden is intended to introduce visitors to the native plants of the prairie; provide habitat for butterflies and other pollinators; and to make this handicapped-accessible calm oasis available for all to enjoy.                                                                    To set up an appointment, please call Jerri Osenga at 563-382-1453 or meet us on a Tuesday morning! We hope you will join our gardening community! How better to enjoy this wildly peaceful haven within our city than to become involved in its living community.

For an introduction look us up at and find our link, Community Prairie and Butterfly Garden under Parks/Campgrounds.

Luther College Friendship Families

The Luther College Diversity Center seeks individuals and families in the Decorah community to help incoming international students adjust to life at Luther and in the United States. The goal of the program is to promote international understanding and develop an appreciation of how others live and view the world. Interested individuals and families can sign up on the Diversity Center website.

Decorah Walking/Biking School Bus Spring and Fall 2017

Looking for a great way to exercise and develop friendships? Decorah Walking/Biking School Bus Spring and Fall 2017 are looking for more students to join and adults to volunteer!

Email Safe Routes to School Associate, April Bril ( or check out for more information.

Imagine Northeast Iowa Blog Announces Open Submissions

Waking on Water Street Writing Series on Imagine Northeast Iowa

We want to publish community member’s stories about life on Water Street! Water Street in downtown Decorah is, in many ways, the heartbeat of the community. Its eclectic mashup of businesses and organizations create a completely unique and totally charming scene. But there’s so much more to Decorah’s “main drag” (not to be confused with Main Street– that’s a block south!).

It’s easy to forget that above the shop doors, there are countless living spaces that have served as a home base for many. Water Street is a neighborhood too! That’s what we want to hear from you about, on Imagine Northeast Iowa’s new spring story series– Waking on Water.

Here’s how it works:

  • Now through May 31stsubmit your stories about living on Water Street– or interview someone who has. We know a lot of life has been lived in these spaces! Signup to blog in seconds. It’s easy and free.
  • Once your post is published to the site, we’ll let you know right away, and you can start sharing your story via email or social media with your friends, family, and fans. Your “Waking on Water” feature is also guaranteed to earn you a few bucks.
  • We’ll share each story across our own social media channels and together we’ll help weave together a tapestry of precious Decorah stories of a similar thread. It’s going to be so much fun!

**Do you have a great story to share, but aren’t up for writing? We’ve got you covered! Visit and fill out our survey on the Waking on Water story. We’ll drum up a piece for you!

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.
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