• Letters to Santa
    Now until December 14th, Decorah Parks and Recreation is helping send your letter to Santa! All you have to do is: Write a letter to Santa, place in the red mailbox outside the park-rec office, and Santa will send a letter back to you! *Be sure to include your name and return address*
  • Women’s health care expands at WinnMed with new OB-GYN
    Mayo Clinic Health System Decorah Clinic Physicians is pleased to welcome Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB-GYN) Specialist Mark Ballard, M.D. to WinnMed. Dr. Ballard comes to northeast Iowa from a private practice in Rapid City, South Dakota. He earned his Bachelor of Science from University of South Dakota and his medical degree from University of South
  • Celebrate the season of giving with WinnMed Auxiliary’s Light for Life
    The WinnMed Auxiliary invites the community to celebrate the season of giving through the 2023 Light for Life program. Light for Life is the Auxiliary’s annual community giving campaign. For a donation of $15 or more, your loved one is honored or remembered with lighted snowflakes in the windows of WinnMed. The snowflakes light up
  • Allergist Michael D’Netto, M.D. discusses the difference between our region’s seasonal allergens and irritants
    Allergist Michael D’Netto, M.D. discusses the difference between our region’s seasonal allergens and irritants – WinnMed Home Allergist Michael D’Netto, M.D. discusses the difference between our region’s seasonal allergens and irritants Dr. D’Netto, allergist, is seeing patients full time at WinnMed in Decorah. © 2023 WinnMed. All Rights Reserved. Source link
  • Bethany Stevens, ARNP highlights the specialty care available at the WinnMed Wound Center
    Bethany Stevens, ARNP highlights the specialty care available at the WinnMed Wound Center – WinnMed Home Bethany Stevens, ARNP highlights the specialty care available at the WinnMed Wound Center © 2023 WinnMed. All Rights Reserved. Source link
  • Rhymes With Decorah Podcast: Rhymes With – Raptor Resource Project’s Dave Kester
    Founded in 1988 by the late Bob Anderson, the Raptor Resource Project (RRP) is a non-profit that preserves and strengthens raptor populations, expands participation in raptor conservation, and educates people around the world about raptors and their habitats. Photo courtesy of Raptor Resource Project With the core goals of education, conservation, and research, RRP was
  • Hannah Ingvalson, D.O. joins Mayo Clinic Health System at WinnMed
    Mayo Clinic Health System Decorah Clinic Physicians is pleased to welcome Hannah Ingvalson, D.O. to WinnMed. Dr. Ingvalson is a Decorah native and has returned to her hometown to provide family medicine and obstetric care. After graduating Decorah High School, Dr. Ingvalson earned her undergraduate degree from University of Iowa and then went on to
  • The City of Decorah’s Partnership with CEDI Receives a Major Federal Grant
    The City of Decorah and Clean Energy Districts of Iowa have been awarded $1.1 million in funding from the Department of Energy’s EECBG Competitive Program. The funding will be used to reduce energy use, emissions, and improve energy efficiency in rural counties in Iowa and Wisconsin. The project will provide technical assistance to municipalities, school districts, and low-income households in making cost-effective investments in clean energy. The funding will also help participants access various financial resources such as federal tax credits, power purchase agreements, rebates, USDA programs, and incentives from utilities. The grant is currently in a negotiation period and is expected to commence in January 2024. This is the second major award to the City of Decorah from the EECBG program.
  • Decorah Family Cuts the Gas Line and Goes All Electric
    A homeowner shares their experience of eliminating all gas appliances and transitioning to an all-electric household, including the benefits and changes in utility bills and carbon emissions.
  • Rhymes With Decorah Podcast: Rhymes With – New Minowa Players
    Since 1975, New Minowa Players (NMP) have been creating community through theatre in Northeast Iowa. From the founding days of friends Bette Greedy, Donalee Burns, and Helen Schmidt meeting up to present true community productions wherever they could find a space, to almost half a century later featuring an annual season of 6 productions, NMP
  • Rhymes With Decorah Podcast: Rhymes With Decorah – Fall 2023 Inspired – Aryn H Nichols
    Aryn Henning Nichols joins Benji for a rundown of the Fall 2023 issue of Inspire(d) Magazine – which also marks 16 years of Inspire(d)! Aryn likes to say the magazine is finally old enough to drive – even though it’s been driving our lives for 16 years! Truly – we’re grateful for everyone that has
  • Influenza vaccines available at WinnMed
    WinnMed staff member Jess Von Arx gets her annual flu shot from Samantha Phillips for the 2023/24 influenza season. Influenza vaccines are available for the public. To schedule an appointment for your influenza vaccine, call 563-382-2911. Influenza season is approaching and it is an important and effective prevention strategy to get a flu shot. When
  • WinnMed introduces hyperbaric oxygen therapy to the region
    Steve Mayer, HBO technician, stands next to the new hyperbaric oxygen chamber at WinnMed. Patients needing pure, pressurized oxygen to promote the healing of chronic wounds can now get that care locally at WinnMed.  In September, the first hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) chamber in the region opened as part of WinnMed’s Wound Center in Decorah. 
  • Allergy specialist joins Mayo Clinic Health System and WinnMed
    Dr. D’Netto, allergist, is seeing patients full time at WinnMed in Decorah. WinnMed is pleased to share that allergy specialist Michael D’Netto, M.D., M.B.A., has joined the Mayo Clinic Health System practice full time in Decorah, and is accepting new patients. An allergist helps patients manage allergic and immunologic diseases.  As a Mayo Clinic-trained allergist,
  • Rhymes With Decorah Podcast: Rhymes With – Mission Green LLC / Good Shepherd Church
    On today’s show we welcome Liz & Jim Fritz, both (mostly!) “retired” music educators from Decorah, and longtime members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. As it turns out, Liz & Jim also have a long track record of home improvement, efficiency, and sustainability projects, stemming from lifelong interests and opportunities to make their corner of
  • Be part of the Walking/Biking School Bus Program
    Safe Routes to School is getting ready for another year of coordinating Walking and Biking School Buses -a fun and healthy way for students to get to/from school with supervision.  Anyone interested in volunteering or having their kids join the Walking/Biking School Bus is encouraged to fill out the following survey: Questions can be emailed to
  • WinnMed holds annual community picnic Thursday, August 31
    WinnMed will hold their Grand Community Picnic on Thursday, August 31 from 4-7 pm on the WinnMed campus.  Thomas Marquardt, D.P.M., WinnMed Chief Medical Officer, says, “The Community Picnic has become a staple for many individuals and families in the region as summer winds down and the fall season begins. We are honored to host
  • 2024 Pool Season Passes- Important Note
    Decorah Pool Pass Members, Thank you to everyone who purchased a pass for the 2023 season. A reminder that our last day of Public Swim is Sunday August 20th.IMPORTANT NOTE: Please keep ALL of your physical season passes (key cards) you purchased for this season. Key cards from the previous year can be reused with
  • Rhymes With Decorah Podcast: Rhymes With – Driftless Flyathlon
    Run. Fish. Beer. > Help  Benji reach his fundraising goal –  Donate here to the Driftless Flyathlon <  Ryan Rahmiller and Scott Stimmel join us to talk about the Driftless Flyathlon – a favorite annual event of Benji’s that happens each fall at Yellow River Forest in rural Allamakee County, Iowa. Ryan and Scott are
  • Fall Brochure- Coming Soon!
    Mark Your Calendars- Decorah Parks and Recreation will have it’s Fall Brochure available August 15th! Source link
  • Moving the Needle: How One Rural Congregation Electrified its Building and Secured its Future
    Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Decorah, Iowa, has successfully transitioned from natural gas furnaces to heat pumps and solar energy in just four years. The church used an LLC called Mission Green to implement the project, which included installing heat pumps, solar panels, and a French drain. The project was approved by the congregation and has significantly reduced energy costs and carbon emissions.
  • Please Keep Trash Out of Recycling Bins
    Happy Friday! This is another friendly reminder to please ensure you are only placing recyclable materials in the recycling collection bins throughout Winneshiek County. Bags filled with garbage were recently discovered in a Ridgeway recycling collection bin. There was also a ceiling fan in the 48 hour lot paper bin in Decorah. If you have
  • Appliances
    Do you have an appliance that you need to dispose of? Check out our Applicances page for directions on where to take your item. Appliances must be dropped off during office hours. Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and dehumidifiers (appliances with freon) should be taken to the Winneshiek County Landfill appliance trailer- $20.00 fee per appliance. Microwaves, stoves,
  • Can I buy an EV, Already?!
    According to’s 2023 Electric Vehicle Survey, top concerns for new car buyers regarding EVs are high prices, limited range, and lack of public charging. Progress has been made, but obstacles remain.
  • Gnomes in the Park 2023
    Starting Monday, July 24th Gnomes in the Park returns for Nordic Fest 2023! Stop by the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce to pick up or download a Gnomes in the Park Scavenger Hunt Form and Map for a list of clues to find gnomes for your chance to win a drawing prize. Source link
  • Rhymes With Decorah Podcast: Rhymes With Decorah – Jeff Abbas
    Jeff Abbas poses with agates and polishing equipment at his studio in rural NE Iowa. / Photo by Sara Friedl-Putnam Jeff Abbas has been connecting communities, chasing passions, and picking up rocks for most of his life. A self proclaimed “agatographer”, his passion for Lake Superior agates and photography have found him producing stunning images
  • Paper Bin Contamination In Hesper
    These materials were found in the Hesper paper recycling bin last week. Only paper should be placed in this bin. Aluminum cans belong in the “metals” bin and the #1 and #2 plastics belong in the “plastics” bin. The brown paper bags can actually be placed in the cardboard bin with the brown boxes.
  • Zumba in the Park
    Join us in Phelps Park for a free, drop in Zumba Series! Source link
  • Nordic Round Robin Pickleball- FREE
    The post Nordic Round Robin Pickleball- FREE appeared first on Decorah Park & Recreation Department. Source link
  • Fair Fun Run Results- July 15, 2023
    The 31st annual Decorah Parks and Recreation Fair Fun Run sponsored by Collins Aerospace, Deco Products Company, Gundersen Health System, Oneota Valley Family Eye Care, The Family Table, Viking State Bank was held on Saturday, July 15th with 90 people registering. The overall male champion in the 3-mile run was Grant Zilka of Decorah with
  • Luther College Challenge Course- August 8th
    Decorah Parks and Recreation is partnering with Luther College to offer a fun, yet challenging, opportunity on the Ropes Course located on Luther College Campus Tuesday August 8th. Source link
  • Fair Fun Run- July 15th
    The Fair Fun Run will be held Saturday, July 15. This family friendly event includes a 3/4 mile kids race for children ages 12 and under, and a 3-mle race for older children and adults. Each participant is eligible for a drawing prize distributed during the awards ceremony (must be present to win).  Refreshments are
  • Wishcycling
    Happy Friday! The recycling center will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th. During this time of year, we normally see a significant increase in items getting sent to the landfill and recycling center. We ask folks to avoid WISHCYCLING 🙂 Wishcycling means putting non-recyclable items in the recycling bin with the hope that they will
  • Rhymes With Decorah Podcast: Rhymes With – Wright Way Computers – Tyler Wright
    Tyler Wright of Wright Way Computers shares his story of building a full service computer and IT business out of his early interest in technology. Having just purchased a building and moved into their (second!) Water Street home (117 E Water St) in downtown Decorah, Tyler shares insights into business, technology, and the challenges -and
  • Attention Charge Station Owners: Iowa’s electric vehicle charging tax starts July 1
    Starting July 1, non-residential EV charging stations owners in Iowa will have to pay a new 2.6 cents per kilowatt/hour fuel excise tax.
  • Pulpit to Pulpit Fundraiser July 4th
    Pulpit Rock Brewing Co. recently announced the upcoming Pulpit to Pulpit 2023 fundraiser benefiting the Decorah Public Library and Decorah Free Clinic. The event will be held on Tuesday, July 4. Source link
  • Winneshiek Independent Podcast: Gavy and Tiffany Smith on transgender rights in Iowa
    Gavy and Tiffany Smith came on to talk about the recent legislative session, about the Decorah Community School District, and about pro-trans advocacy in Iowa. The episode is short, and includes a call for support at the end.
  • G2G at Winneshiek County Fair
    Decorah’s Get-2-Gether (G2G) Committee and Decorah Parks and Recreation invite adults with special needs to the Winneshiek County Fair Friday, July 14 for music by Easton Corbin! Source link
  • Does Solar Increase the Resale Value of Your House?
    Installing solar panels on a home can increase its value and result in savings of thousands of dollars over time. However, it’s important for realtors to effectively market the presence of solar to potential buyers. Additionally, other energy-related upgrades like heat pumps and energy efficiency measures may also have value, but it’s important for realtors to understand and convey the potential savings and benefits to buyers.
  • July Book Discussions
    Decorah Public Library staff are hosting five book discussions in July. The groups are open to the public and newcomers are encouraged to attend. Anyone interested should call the library at 382-3717 to learn more or to reserve a book. Zoom links are available on the Library’s website or you can email to be