Decorah Blood Drive Red Cross

Decorah Red cross blood drive Friday December 13 2019 Stone Ridge community church 1111Montgomery Street noon/6pm. for appointment call 1-800-733-2767  or 563-380-6335-leave message Iwill return your call Decorah coordinator

HEART Saving Hearts On-line FB PAW-ction!

HEART’S SAVING HEARTS ONLINE FB PAW-CTION is starting around 6pm on Thursday, Nov. 28! You have till Sunday, Dec. 8 to get all your bids in, watch for ending auction times at a later date. (remember we will have staggered ending times!)
We will have around 300 items! THANK YOU to all of you who have donated & some who are still going to get items to us, we post a few new ones each day so exciting all the time!
Many items have been donated by area businesses, so PLEASE support them all in this holiday season by shopping locally!
The album for the PAW-ction will be posted on the HEART Helping Every Animal Rescue Team page & you can share to all your familly & friends! Ask them to ‘Like’ our page so they can join in on the fun!
You can bid anywhere, even in your jammies relaxing at home! 100% will go to animal vet/medical needs. THANK YOU!
PLEASE save our event which will let you know of updates/info, bids will need to be entered on HEART album page. Questions? Let us know!

Stephen K. Sporer named vice president for development at Luther College


Stephen K. Sporer

Stephen K. Sporer

Luther College President Jenifer K. Ward has announced the appointment of Stephen K. Sporer as vice president for development. He will begin his duties in January.

As vice president for development, Sporer will lead and mentor staff in the offices of development, annual giving, alumni relations, donor relations and development operations. Reporting directly to the president, he will provide strategic direction for all aspects of the college’s fundraising and external engagement efforts and serve as a key member of the president’s cabinet.

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Winter Park-Rec. Activities Registration begins November 15

For additional program information and to register online, CLICK HERE.  Credit and debit card payments are only accepted online.  We are still accepting registrations by mail or in person at the Park-Rec. Office, but payment must be made by check or cash.  You may download a brochure online or pick one up at the Park-Rec. Office, local banks and fitness centers, and the Decorah Public Library.

Turkey Shoot Results

156 people participated in the 37th Annual Decorah Park-Rec. Turkey Shoot on Tuesday, November 12.  This parent-child free throw contest was held in the high school gym.  There were 10 age categories (combined ages of parent and child) and a turkey was awarded to the top scoring team in each category.  Turkeys were provided by Decorah Fareway and other prizes by Deco Products Company, The Family Table, and Total Tree Care.  Turkey and drawing winners should pick up their certificate or prize at the Park-Rec. Office by Monday, November 18.

Turkey Winners were Megan & Eli Lyon, Bryan & Beckham Panos, Derek & Elena Thompson, Brian & Grady Huinker, Joe & Maggie Gavle, Mike & Oliver Bollinger, Brent & Claire Storhoff, Matt & Cade Olson, Jon & Jacob Pipho, Larry & Cohen Berland.

Prize Winners were Mitch & Brady Benzing, Jesse & Crosby Butler, Gregg & Kyle Pattison, Lori & Carter Rissman, Kerbie & Tate Dahlen, Megan & Levi Sherman, Mike & Adeline Bollinger, Doug & EmilyGrace Bryce, Sarah & Isaiah Harman, Tadd & Natalie Schutte, Josh & Cora Giddings, Tova Brandt & Emmett Olson, Amanda & Anna Bailey, Matt Kuempel & Kelley Gates, Dan & Tyler Shaw.


Thank You Walking and Biking School Bus Volunteers!

Upper Explorerland’s Safe Routes to School Program recently hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast for their Decorah Walking and Biking School Bus Volunteers. This fall 19 volunteers led 6 Walking and 2 Biking routes, serving OVER 45 kids.  Four Walking School Bus groups are still walking in the colder weather!

Fall 2019 Volunteers in the photo (from left to right): Tristian Round, Michelle Barness, Rowan Collins, Nancy Sojka, Stephanie Garcia-Prats, Heidi Snell-Anderson, Brooke Joyce, Heather Levinson, Lisa Lensing and Julie Fischer.

Missing from the photo: Olivia Christensen, Lisa Lantz, Judy Moen, Rhonda Thompson, Melissa Koch,  High School Volunteer Rorie Wiedow and Green Iowa AmeriCorps members Briana Burke, Troy Downey, and Jessica Hegdahl

Anyone interested in learning more about the Walking and Biking School Bus Program can contact Safe Routes to School Coordinator April Bril at or visit the Decorah Walking and Biking School Bus Facebook Page.

Luther College presents sophomore study away scholarships

DECORAH, Iowa – With more than 2,000 study away programs available, Luther College opens unlimited possibilities and new, rare experiences to students.

To make study away opportunities more feasible, on Wednesday, Oct. 30, the Luther College Center for Global Learning and Center for Sustainable Communities hosted the Sophomore Study Away Scholarship Giveaway during which three sophomores were chosen at random to receive a $1,000 scholarship to go towards their future study away experience. Those students were Rachelle Sullivan, Rebekah Lazzeroni and Jessi Labenski. It was also a chance for sophomores to hear the stories of their peers who have already had the chance to study away.

“I really liked the story about swimming in Ireland. I thought that was just such a cool moment. I loved that she shared one memory that she had that was really vivid and comes back to her because I think that’s really what leaving campus and seeing new places is all about,” said Labenski.

Students also told stories about their experiences in Tanzania, Nottingham and Malta, to name a few. Other study away veterans were available for small-group discussion at each of the tables. One of last year’s winners, AJ Bierwirth, a junior Nordic studies major, also discussed what her experience abroad was like after spending a semester in Oslo, Norway.

“Anyone who can study away should do it and if you don’t think you can then you should still try!” said Bierwirth.

Sullivan, an elementary education major with an endorsement in special education, has no concrete plans for her scholarship but hopes that it will be used to return to China.

“I’ve been out of the country once with my family, but this would be my first time out of the country without my family, which would be more independent and that is what I am really excited for,” she said.

Similar to Sullivan, Lazzeroni, who is majoring in accounting, doesn’t have any study away plans yet, but would like to return to Europe after her last adventure in Vienna with the Luther College Symphony Orchestra.

“I’m most excited for the chance to have more time to explore and learn new things and meet the people involved,” said Lazzeroni.

Labenski, who is a double major in biology and environmental studies, plans to use her scholarship this January when she travels to Holden Village in Washington for a course on environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest. “I’m just super excited to learn about how people live carbon neutral and how we can implement that in different places,” she said.

Luther College is among the top baccalaureate colleges in the nation for the number of students who study abroad prior to graduation, with more than two-thirds of Luther students studying off-campus during their college experience. Luther offers the chance for students to study away over a semester, a J-term or during the summer, in a variety of domestic and international locations. The college awards more than $200,000 in study away scholarships each year in an effort to make the experience as accessible as possible.

Luther College is home to more than 1,900 undergraduates who explore big questions and take action to benefit people, communities and society. Our 60+ academic programs, experiential approach to learning and welcoming community inspire students to learn actively, live purposefully and lead courageously for a lifetime of impact. Learn more at

37th Annual Park-Rec. Turkey Shoot

The “shoot” will be held in the DHS Main Gym on Tuesday, November 12, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  In this fun family event, a parent and child team up, combine their ages to determine their competition bracket, and each shoot 10 free throws in an attempt to win a certificate for a free turkey.   In addition, all teams are eligible for a prize drawing.  Winning teams will be posted on the Park-Rec. website and Facebook by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 13.  This is a free event–just show up!  SPONSORS:  Turkeys provided by DECORAH FAREWAY.  Drawing prizes provided by DECO PRODUCTS COMPANY, THE FAMILY TABLE, and TOTAL TREE CARE.

John T. Cord, Luther College associate professor of trumpet, presents album “Beyond Borders”

John T. Cord, associate professor of trumpet, released an impressive, collaborative, album titled “Beyond Borders.” This work represents Cord’s dedication to the diversity and versatility of music representing 300 years of music history.

Each selection found on this album is delivered by a different assembly of outstanding musicians. More than 20 instrumentalists and vocalists contributed to this album including Luther College faculty members and talented students.

“Beyond Borders” was released on the Mark Records Label in Nov. 2018 and is available on iTunes, Amazon, NAXOS Digital Library and the Luther College Bookshop.

Tickets available now for “Christmas at Luther” 2019

In celebration of the holiday season, Luther College will present the 2019 production of “Christmas at Luther” Dec. 5–8 in the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther College campus. Tickets are now available for the 38th season of the Emmy award-winning performances.

The five “Christmas at Luther” performances take place at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5; 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Tickets are $25-$35 and may be purchased online at Patrons may also purchase tickets through the Luther Ticket Office, telephone (563) 387-1357 or

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