Beginning on Monday, June 1 area communities of faith will ring their bells for one minute at 11:00 a.m each Monday to mark lives lost and affected by the coronavirus pandemic. This is part of a call for a National Day of Mourning and Lament. The ongoing bell-ringing each week recognizes all lives affected by the pandemic. People are invited to stand outside at this time each week in solidarity with our community and the world.
For information about Alcoholics Anonymous in Decorah amid the coronavirus, please visit http://www.decorahaa.ga/
Would you like to send mail to someone in the community?
Great! Thank you so much for helping us spread some cheer around our town.
Please mail your cards to:
Mail Cheer ProgramPO Box 169Decorah, IA 52101
Once we receive it, we will forward it to those who have requested to receive mail.
A few tips for sending cards:
- Please be safe! Do not include personal information, such as your address or workplace. You can mail your cards without a return address and remain totally anonymous.
- Please be kind and positive! The goal of this program is to brighten someone’s day.
- Please feel free to include artwork or other small items including stickers!
- Please send one piece of mail per envelope.
- Please feel free to send multiple pieces of mail in! There’s no limit to the amount of mail you can send in. We will accept mail until July 15.
Would you or a loved one like to receive mail?
To receive mail, please fill out this google form to submit your information.
Alternately, you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you signed up. Please include your name and the address you’d like to receive mail at.
Need some creative materials to assist with your writing endeavors?
A tote box is available in the Little Free Craft Closet at ArtHaus full of mailing and artistic supplies. Please feel to drop by and pick up whatever materials would be helpful for you to create a cheerful letter for someone in our community! Additionally, if you have supplies to donate, please feel free to drop them off in the tote box as well!
Winneshiek County Development and Tourism (WCDT) and Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce (DACC) have teamed up to bring strategies to help small businesses in the wake of social distancing. Now is the time to work on your business, especially if you cannot work in your business.
Your contribution to this fund will be granted by the Winneshiek County Community Foundation Board to nonprofits that are meeting critical community needs at the hospital, fire departments, first responders, emergency management, and other organizations who are stressed with immediate COVID-19 response needs.
Your contribution to this Mutual Aid Network fund will be distributed through Northeast Iowa Community Action to low income individuals and families in Winneshiek County to cover bills and basic expenses such as rent, energy, telephone, other utilizes, and immediate expenses. Qualification as low income can be based on 2019 income or on the income from the past 30 days. First Lutheran Church of Decorah is collecting these funds on behalf of the Decorah Area Faith Coalition.
The Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to supporting the local business community. As a community we have supported each other through many difficult times and this time will be no different.
The times are uncertain; the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce’s commitment to business and community is not. In response to COVID-19, our office is closed to the public and our in-person meetings and programs are postponed but we will continue to provide resources, engagement and leadership.
Remember all the businesses that have donated to your clubs, events and organizations? They are calling in a favor. Help us answer the call. The Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce has set up a one-stop shop for all your local gift card purchases. Visit www.DecorahAreaChamber.com to support 35 (and counting!) local businesses by purchasing gift cards.
We understand the difficulty our local businesses, and our local economy will have in the coming weeks or months. Many businesses are closed or operating under reduced hours or services. Purchasing gift cards will support local business now while allowing you to shop as soon as doors are open again.
Business hasn’t stopped, and neither has the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce. Learn more about how we’re supporting you and how we can support each other by visiting
The Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce mission is to be the trusted resource in the business community for advocacy, collaboration, and education.
Donlon Pharmacy & Toy Jungle will remain open.
Donlon Pharmacy remains open our regular hours and the public is allowed inside. Keeping full hours helps reduce concentration of patrons. 9:30 – 6:00 Weekdays, 9:30 – 3:00 Saturdays.
Many people are feeling anxious and asking to refill their prescriptions early, which we are doing our best to accommodate but staffing is limited.
- When possible, please plan on picking up non-urgent medications one or two days after your request. Our Certified Pharmacy Technicians are well trained, caring, and hard-working and are doing their best to keep up.
- For prescriptions, we encourage waiting in your vehicle instead of inside the store, if possible. Please use our curbside pickup service.
- For prescriptions, we recommend downloading our new smartphone app, RxLocal. This will allow refills and review of your profile, and also allows HIPAA secure two-way messaging with staff about any questions or needs.
HOW TO RECEIVE YOUR PRESCRIPTIONS & OTHER ITEMS:
- We encourage use of CURBSIDE SERVICE or DELIVERY to reduce concentration of people in the store. Call us at 382-3929 to arrange payment. Delivery service now available on Saturdays too..
- ALL of our products are available to the community for purchase: toys, puzzles, gifts, medical equipment, etc. Some OTC items have a purchase quantity limit. This allows as many families to have the necessary products as needed.
- Our retail departments are open for shopping. Staff will retrieve any item you request.
- Visit our Facebook page and website for store updates and images of daily arrivals of gifts, toys and puzzles.
Thank you in advance for your patience. Our staff is working very hard to meet the increased needs and concerns of patients during this worldwide crisis. We will do everything possible to keep you and your family safe while providing the best pharmaceutical care possible.
Hours will be Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Delivery cost within Decorah is $5 and from Wal-Mart is $6. Discounts for seniors and people with disabilities still apply. Call 563-382-3155 for services, and check Facebook or hometowntaxidecorah.com for possible changes in delivery open hours.
“Since the fall of 1987, Hometown Taxi has been open every week in every type weather to serve our community with safe and friendly transportation to work, to medical appointments, to grocery stores, and to social events,” Scot Idstrom, Hometown Taxi partner said. “It’s terribly difficult for us to have to reduce our services at this time, but it’s the responsible thing to do to keep our riders and the rest of the community safe,” he continued.
“We wish our community of riders well and want to continue supporting them with this delivery service. We hope to resume our regular schedule sometime in the near future,” Idstrom said.
Hometown Taxi is a partnership owned and operated by Scot Idstrom, Ian Miller, Heidi Olstad, Ketel Paulsen, Eric Paulson, Daniel Rotto, Eric VanVliet, and Craig Witt.