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 [email protected], 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 [email protected] or corresponding secretary Aaron Kvale at [email protected] 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!

Kasey: [email protected]
Brittany:[email protected]

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.

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