Middle School Bowling Deadine is Friday, December 20

This program for 5th thru 8th graders is held at Oneota Lanes on Saturdays, January 4, 11, 18 and 25, from 10:00 to 11:30 am.  Participants will bowl two games during each class time with some instruction provided.  In addition, youth in this program will be allowed to bowl for a cost of $2 per game throughout the 2020 calendar year.  Registration fee is $25 (lane & shoe rental included).  Register online or in the Park-Rec. Office.  Credit and debit cards are only accepted online.

Christmas Trees for Sale to Benefit The Spectrum Network!


The Spectrum Network will be selling Fraser fir and Balsam fir Christmas Trees this Friday, December 6th from 1-5pm and Saturday, December 7th from 8-11am.

Christmas Trees will be located on the corner of Washington St. and Railroad Ave. on the lawn of The Spectrum Network. Trees will range in heights from 6’ to 8’.

Local Decorah nursery Evergreen Hills will be supplying the trees.

Come support The Spectrum Network and decorate for the holiday season!


Luther College biology students present research at Entomological Society of America

Luther College students Maggie Anderson ’20 and Lena Schmitt ’20 presented their summer biology research at the annual Entomological Society of America meeting in St. Louis, Nov. 17-20.

After the meeting, it was announced that Schmitt won first place and Anderson won second place in the undergraduate poster session for their posters titled “Moths of oak-hickory forests and planted tallgrass prairies in Luther College’s natural areas” and “Ground beetle communities of Anderson Prairie and Lionberger Forest Preserve.” The two were competing largely against students from universities ranked highest in research activity.

“It’s a big deal. There were 3,500 entomologists from all over the country and all over the world. It’s pretty rare for undergrads to go to these meetings, especially undergrads from small liberal arts colleges,” said Kirk Larsen, entomologist and professor of biology at Luther.

Anderson compared ground beetle communities at Luther’s Lionberger environmental preserve with Anderson Prairie during the summer of 2019.

“We found that there’s a really big difference in ground beetle communities in Anderson Prairie versus Lionberger,” said Anderson. “There’s lower beetle species diversity and abundance in Anderson Prairie and we’re not really sure why.”

Over the summer Anderson collected almost 1,200 beetles representing 60 species.

“This research does influence the way we manage our natural areas. We don’t know how climate changes will impact the species that are present here. These studies provide us with an important baseline upon which we can monitor impacts of change on local species,” said Larsen.

Schmitt researched moth assemblages living in Luther College’s natural areas during the summer of 2018.

“We compared three oak-hickory forests and three planted tallgrass prairies on campus in order to see what moth species were there,” said Schmitt.

Using black light traps, Schmitt collected more than 12,200 moths representing 470 species.

“Around 90 species of moths have never been found in Winnishiek county before and nine of them had never been found in the state of Iowa before,” said Larsen. “There’s a lot of really cool species living right here in our own backyard that we didn’t even know were here. For these research students, they’re gaining really valuable experiences.”

Anderson and Schmitt are both hoping to attend graduate school in biology or entomology. Both noted how their projects were different from others they had done in the past because there were no set results or formulas for conducting the research. They had to identify and solve problems as they arose, and got to discover original results. These summer projects provided vital experience for graduate school and careers in research for Anderson and Schmitt.

“I find that Luther biology students are really well prepared for graduate school and graduate programs really want our students,” said Larsen. “Bringing them to a professional scientific meeting of this magnitude is giving them an incredible opportunity to get connected.”

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Food Photography Exhibit at Impact Coffee Through December

An exhibit of food photography & essays by Elisabeth Fondell will be up at Impact Coffee in Decorah, IA for the whole month of December. Come get a coffee and check it out!


Artist statement:

This body of work explores the intersection of food and culture. A set table tells a story, not just a story of food but a story of our relationship with tradition, heritage, identity, and home. Food brings people together onto common ground, both as a basic human need and as a vehicle for sharing, communing, and feasting. With this exhibit, I examine the human element in food that broadens perspectives, rejuvenates amidst pain, and unites regardless of borders.

Luther College alumna named 2019 Yale Younger Poet

Luther College alumna Jill Osier ’96 received the 2019 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize for her manuscript “The Solace Is Not the Lullaby.” It will be published by Yale University Press in April 2020. The Yale Series of Younger Poets prize is the oldest annual literary award in the United States.

“The Yale Younger Poets Award is one of the most prestigious and important literary awards in the nation,” said Lise Kildegaard, professor of English at Luther College. “It’s a match for the Pulitzer or the Booker prize.”

Osier’s piece, “The Solace Is Not the Lullaby” is a collection of poems that center on the human and natural world.

“She has a very intense lyrical voice, it’s very connected to real things in the real world, and yet her poems take you to a place that is kind of luminous and otherworldly,” said Kildegaard.

Osier, who now lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, graduated with a degree in English from Luther and is a testament to the value of a liberal arts education.

“She gives us an idea of the range of things our students do in the world. We have people like her, and we have people who are doing journalism and medical professions. The range of the accomplishments our English majors achieve is truly impressive,” said Kildegaard.

Osier has also authored the chapbooks “Bedful of Nebraskas,” “Should Our Undoing Come Down Upon Us White” and “from.”

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

Tickets still available for Christmas at Luther

Tickets are still available for the Christmas at Luther performance occurring at 9:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Advance purchase is recommended by visiting, calling the Luther College Ticket Office at 563-387-1357 or visiting the ticket office in-person to avoid the will call line the night of the performance.

This year’s theme is “Whom Angels Greet With Anthems Sweet” and promises to offer attendees a beautiful opportunity for peace and reflection during the Christmas season.


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.

Read more. 

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.

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