How Mora County Banned Fracking...and What Came Next

Mora county New Mexico used a community rights ordinance to ban fracking. What’s the connection with frac sand mining in our county? Two chances to find out: 

  • Sept 28 at the Cellar in Decorah, 7pm. Free and open to the public
  • Sept 29 at the Winneshiek Board of Supervisors, 10:30 am

John Olívas, elected in 2010 to the Mora County, New Mexico Commission, will speak in Winneshiek county on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 7:00 at the Cellar, 521 W Water Street in Decorah.  He will also speak with the Winneshiek County supervisors on Monday morning, Sept. 29 at 10:30 in the courthouse. Both events are free and open to the public.

In April 2013, Olívas led the charge to make his county the first in the U.S. to permanently ban corporations from fracking or otherwise developing oil and gas within its borders. Olívas states, "A lot of people ask, ‘Who is this small community up in northern New Mexico that's picking a fight with oil and gas?' But as a matter of survival, local people have always prioritized conservation, and they resent outside corporations making money at their expense.” During six months of meetings, residents made clear that they want to protect their land-based heritage. "If you allow industry to come into your community, it changes the dynamics of the culture. I don't think we're ready for that."

Where Mora's fracking ban is concerned, the work is just beginning: Four private landowners backed by oil and gas interests sued last November, followed by a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell in January, alleging violation of their constitutional rights. "We knew we were going to get sued," Olívas says. Mora County plans to fight, with help from the Pennsylvania-based Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and the New Mexico Environmental Law Center. Given opponents' deeper pockets, that could mean five to seven years of wrangling, and the creation of some legal precedents. Other communities that have adopted similar measures, banning specific corporate activities that harm the resources of local citizens – Las Vegas, New Mexico, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and more – are watching.

Winneshiek County is the home of many mines serving local needs such as road gravel and dairy farming. Frac sand mining is currently not allowed under the 18 month moratorium passed by the Board of Supervisors. The moratorium, which can be extended, ends in December of 2014. The Board of Supervisors is currently asking questions and investigating facts about this new industry, such as water pollution from surficants, air pollution from silica dust, and road damage from truck traffic.

Olívas will also speak in Allamakee County, IA; Crawford, Vernon, Trempeleau, and Chippewa Counties, WI; and Hennepin County, MN.

The event is sponsored by the Community Rights Alliance of Winneshiek County (CRA). CRA was formed in May 2013 to peacefully assert our Constitutional right to local, democratic self-governance, for the purpose of protecting the health and integrity of our communities, our commonly shared natural resources, and our future.

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Saturday, September 20

Volunteers and bicyclists needed for Northeast Iowa Cycling Experience

Sat, September 20 to Sun, September 21, 2014

@NE Iowa Peace & Justice Center, 119 Winnebago Street, Decorah, IA

Volunteers and bicyclists needed: The inaugural Cycle Iowa event–NICE (Northeast Iowa Cycling Experience) is planned for Sept. 20 and 21 in Decorah to benefit the Adaptive Sports Iowa program that has been a growing part of the Iowa Sports Foundation. ASI provides sports and recreation opportunities for people with physical disabilities. Find out more about ASI at There will be a "short" and "long" route each day. Participants will camp at the fairgrounds…

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Annual United Way Used Book Sale

Sat, September 20 at 8:00 AM

@Good Shepherd Lutheran Church


The United Way of Winneshiek County will hold its annual used book sale on Saturday, September 20 from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (701 Iowa Avenue) in Decorah.

Items available for purchase include hard- and soft-cover books, children’s book, DVDs, CDs, comic books, and magazines.

A PreSale will be available Friday evening from 4:00-7:00 with a $5 suggested donation if purchases are made.

During the…


Bridge 2 Bismarks at Camp Tahigwa

Sat, September 20 at 8:00 AM - **optional overnight September 19

@Camp Tahigwa, 318 Tahigwa Drive in Dorchester


Girl Scout Camp Tahigwa is not just a very special place for campers, it's also a great place for a run or walk! Join us at Second Annual Bridge to Bismarks 5K/One Mile. Come run the beautiful and challenging trails of Tahigwa! Why Bridge to Bismarks? Camp Tahigwa is famous for it's iconic swinging bridge, and once the race is over, runners will be treated to their very own bismark, made over the campfire…

Contact: Friends of Camp,


Luther College Admissions Preview Day

Sat, September 20 at 8:30 AM

@Luther College


Luther College invites high school students beginning their college search to campus Saturday, Sept. 20. Students will have the opportunity to see the quality of life on campus, discover the academic excellence of Luther students and explore what life at Luther is really like. Students can also schedule a visit with an admissions counselor, sit in on a class or two or chat with faculty members about the various academic programs Luther has to…

Contact: Luther College Admissions


Luther College Concert Band and Jazz Orchestra concert

Sat, September 20 at 12:30 PM

@Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life, Luther College


The Luther College Concert Band and Jazz Orchestra will perform in concert at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus as part of Luther's 2014 Family Weekend. Joan deAlbuquerque, director of bands and associate professor of music, directs the Concert Band and Juan Tony Guzmán, director of the jazz program and professor of music, directs the Jazz Orchestra.
The Luther College…

Contact: 563-387-1865


Singers and Accompanists Needed for Singing (Mostly) Sondheim!

Sat, September 20 at 1:00 PM - End time: 4:00 PM

@New Minowa Players Theatre, 906 South Mill St., Decorah

The fall musical cabaret for New Minowa Players will feature songs by the legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, winner of an Academy Award, multiple Tony Awards and Grammys, and even the Pulitzer Prize! Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 8, and Saturday, November 9. The show will include solos, duets, and small and large group numbers. There will be a minimal rehearsal schedule. If you're interested in participating and are high school…

Contact: Karen L. Esterl


Mud Club Night | Fantasy Figures

Sat, September 20 at 6:00 PM - Register online at, search for The Clay Studio or email: - See more at:

@The Clay Studio - 207 Washington St, Decorah


Mud Club is super fun for clay loving kids! This 2 hour event includes a project based lesson, fun art games, and a popcorn/juice snack. Drop off and pick up when the fun in done!

Age: 5-12 years old
Dates: Saturday, September 20
Time: 6-8pm
Cost: $15 (Includes all materials and snack.)
Instructor: Rachelle Reis Branum
Location: The Clay Studio @ 207 Washington St, Decorah (behind Fareway)

Contact: The Clay Studio


Holly Harden with Good Food From Mrs. Sundberg's Kitchen

Sat, September 20 at 6:30 PM

@Dragonfly Books


Dragonfly Books is pleased to host essayist and author Holly Harden with her new cookbook Good Food From Mrs. Sundberg’s Kitchen on Saturday, September 20 at 6:30 pm at Dragonfly Books. A writer for A Prairie Home Companion, Holly Harden brings to life the best recipes this side of Lake Wobegon.

Bring your kitchen back to basics with Mrs. Sundberg’s 160 simple recipes for all occasions throughout the year. Including a few of…



Luther College presents Family Weekend concert Sept. 20

Sat, September 20 at 7:00 PM

Luther College's music
department will present an
evening of choral and
instrumental music at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 20, as part of
Family Weekend activities.

Contact: Julie Shockey, 563-387-1865,


Luther College Jazz Band and Jazz Orchestra to perform Sept. 20

Sat, September 20 at 8:45 PM

@Marty's Cafe, Luther College


Luther College's Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Band will perform as part of Luther's 2014 Family Weekend festivities at 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in Marty's located in the Dahl Centennial Union on the Luther campus. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Luther's Jazz Band is under the direction of Jon Ailabouni, Luther adjunct faculty in music. The Jazz Orchestra is under the direction of Juan Tony Guzmán, Luther…



Monday, September 22


PFLAG's Showing of Elena Rue's "Shared Origins"

Mon, September 22

@NEIA Peace and Justice 119 Winnebage Decorah, IA

Elena Rue, formerly from Decorah, is allowing her award winning 18 minute film, "Shared Origins,: to be shown at PFLAG"S September 22, 2014 monthly 7:00 P.M. meeting. The free showing will be at NEIA Peace and Justice, 1119 Winnebago, Decorah, IA. The public is, as always, invited to attend.
"Shared Origins" is a film that shares the story of Zoe and Tsehaye were born in Ethiopia and adopted by Lory and Sonya, a lesbian…

Contact: Ellen Cutting 382-2894


Ants Can Draw and So Can You

Mon, September 22 at 3:15 PM - to 5 pm

@Decorah Public Libary


If you’re like most people, you might think drawing is kinda scary. You think you have to be “talented”—able to make an exact replica picture of something. That’s a lot of pressure to be perfect! Well, it’s time you got out of drawing and into “Mark Making,” the fine art of having fun making marks. This is the first of several programs to help you explore this better way to experience your creative self.…

Contact: Heidi Swets, Decorah Public Library, 382-3717


Introduction to Home Beer Brewing

Mon, September 22 at 6:00 PM

@From Grain to Glass | 2427 Tamarack Drive | Decorah , IA 52101


Learn about the equipment, ingredients, techniques and more that you need to brew your own beer. The first session will cover the basics and give you a good foundation as local instructor, Brad Balk, takes you through the process of making a batch of home brew. Bottling will be the focus of the second session, while enjoying the fruits of your labor happens in the third session. This class fills up quickly, so register…

Contact: To register online, visit or call NICC Business and Community Solutions at 800.728.2256, ext. 399.


Tuesday, September 23

Jobs With a Future - CNC & Welding

Tue, September 23 at 5:00 PM - To Register: Call 563-547-3355

@Northeast Iowa Community College - Cresco Center


There are not enough Computer Numerical Control (CNC) operators or Welders to meet the demands of the advanced manufacturing businesses here in Northeast Iowa. That means stable jobs with good wages are going unfilled! So what are you waiting for? Attend “Jobs With A Future”, held on Tuesday, September 23, to learn about the up coming Career Pathway Certificate trainings that could lead you to employment in less then 5 months or continue in…

Contact: NICC - Business and Community Solutions
To Register: Call 563-547-3355


Sibling Class

Tue, September 23 at 6:00 PM - No charge with pre-registration

@Winneshiek Medical Center - Conf. Room B


Designed to help preschoolers and elementary-age siblings feel more comfortable with the hospital setting. They will meet an OB nurse and tour an OB room to learn about where mom will be when she has the new baby. We read stories and play games related to babies and big brothers or sisters.

Contact: Register for any of the classes by calling Carol Voss, OB Nurse Coordinator at

Carol Voss, RN, BSN
OB Nurse Coordinator
Winneshiek Medical Center


Knee Deep in Monkeys - Protecting Tropical Forests for Our Migratory Birds

Tue, September 23 at 7:00 PM

@Decorah Public Library

“Knee Deep in Monkeys - Protecting Tropical Forests for Our Migratory Birds”

Join Craig Thompson, from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Tuesday, September 23, 7 pm, at the Decorah Public Library as he shares stories and insights from the Osa Peninsula in South America. Home to over 400 neo-tropical migrants, learn how protecting this peninsula equates to saving the birds in your own backyard! Craig coordinates the agency's international migratory bird program…


Wednesday, September 24

Frugal Gourmet Cooking Class Featuring Pinto Beans

Wed, September 24 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 pm

@Oneota Co-op Kitchen, 308 W. Water St., Decorah

Are you in a search of real food that is affordable and practical to prepare? Then this is the class for you. Eating well and cooking wholesome, all while being on a budget, is the challenge accepted in each Frugal Gourmet class. Co-op instructors will stretch your kitchen skills as we focus on a single ingredient, preparing multiple dishes featuring this ingredient. Class participants will dive into food preparation as well as eating and…

(563) 382-4666


The Lowest Pair, with Faust & Field

Wed, September 24 at 7:30 PM

@Courtyard & Cellar


The Courtyard & Cellar presents The Lowest Pair with special opening guests Faust & Field. Sweet sweet double banjo Americana from Olympia/Minneapolis - Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee have been strumming songs together across the midwest and beyond - recently with folks like Trampled by Turtles and Elephant Revival. We bring them to you for an intimate evening of gorgeous songs & wise words.
Tickets $6 available online:
or at door.

Contact: More info


Thursday, September 25


2nd Seed Collecting Time

Thu, September 25 at 10:00 AM

@City Community Prairie


If you would like to increase diversity in your existing prairie or create a natural area in your yard, this is an opportunity to get started.
The Decorah Parks and Recreation Department has authorized volunteer Jerri Osenga to lead a series of seed collection hikes in the City Community Prairie throughout this fall season. As the plants’ seeds are ripe for harvesting, they will be posted on with the date for the hike.…

Contact: Decorah Park-Rec., (563) 382-4158,,


Parent/Child Play Group | Grupo de Padres e Hijos

Thu, September 25 at 11:00 AM - To 1 p.m.

@First United Methodist Church in Decorah


Join us for this fun opportunity to meet and talk with other area families. We will share planned activities for parents to do with their children ages 0 to 3. Information about parenting and child-development will also be available.


Para conocer mas padres en el area y tener la oportunidad de pasar afuera con los ninos. Padres con ninos desde el acimiento de 0-3 anos o mas. Compartimos actividades y tambien…

Contact: Lillian 563-419-5431


Needle Felting for Beginners

Thu, September 25 at 6:00 PM - Class will run approximately two hours (6-8 PM). Must register to in advance!

@Lanesboro American Legion | Upstairs Banquet Room | 103 Elmwood St E, Lanesboro, MN 55949


Learn how to turn fluffy wool roving into fun sculptures! Instructor Courtney Bergey will show you the basics of needle felting and use her own designs to teach you how to make felted acorns, pin cushions, finger puppets, and more! Your materials fee covers all you need to get started: several felting needles, a felting cushion, and a generous heap of colorful wool!

$25 + $15 materials fee (Please bring cash or check…

Contact: Courtney Bergey


Friday, September 26

Concert: Druha Trava

Fri, September 26 at 7:00 PM

@Protivin Community Center, 103 S. Main in Protivin IA.

Druha Trava, a band playing New World acoustic music with bluegrass influences, will be in
concert Fri. September 26, 2014, 7:00 p.m. at the Protivin Community Center, 103 S. Main in Protivin IA.

Druha Trava is famed on both sides of the Atlantic for its “Czechgrass” fusion of acoustic,
bluegrass, folk and rock, however, as the band’s name, “Second Grass” implies, Druha Trava
reaches far beyond the classic bluegrass genre for inspiration. The…


Decorah Komicon

Fri, September 26 at 7:00 PM to Sat, September 27, 2014



Come have fun at Decorah Komicon 2014
Comics, Gaming, Tournments and more
This Years keynote Speaker is Johne Cook
Sci-fi writer for
So come down and join the fun
Times: Friday Sept 26th 7pm to midnight
Saturday Sept 27th 10 am to midnight
Place: VFW (104 state st Decorah Ia)
Pricing: Friday Night Magic $5 per person
$20 free t-shirt and entry into any or all tournments
(Prizes awared to top three places)


Kathy Reed, faculty harpsichord recital

Fri, September 26 at 7:30 PM

@Jenson-Noble Recital Hall, Luther College


This program features both French and Italian music from the Baroque periods, two different styles that were often in competition with each other. The frenchiest of the French is Francois Couperin's Concert Royale No. 3, a chamber work to be performed with Carol Hester, flute, and Heather Armstrong, oboe. Kathy will also play a solo harpsichord piece in the French style by the great German, J.S. Bach. The program will conclude with a piece…

Contact: Kathy Reed, 563 419 3486

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Decorah Eagle Interviews



Do you love the Decorah Eagles? Or do you think their popularity is overrated? Either way, I want to hear what you think!
I am a Luther student making a documentary about the eagles and I am looking for input from the Decorah community. If you would be willing to share your thoughts on camera, please contact me and we can schedule a time and location for the interview.

Contact: Emily Tope,


New NAMI Chapter

@NE Iowa Peace & Justice Center


Individuals at the NE Iowa Peace and Justice Center are working to organize a new NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) chapter in Decorah. If you would like to become involved (or were involved in the past NAMI chapter and wish to be so again) please contact the Center at 563-382-5337 or via email at

Contact: NEIPJC, 563-382-5337,


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Homebuyer Education Class

Sat, September 27 at 9:00 AM

@NE Iowa Community Action Office

This class is designed to help people interested in purchasing a home be ready for homeownership. We go through importance of spending plans, savings, your credit score, and the entire buying process. Many students have said they were glad they took the class as they would not have been prepared to purchase the home and know what to do when the time came. If you have any questions call Lesa.

Contact: Lesa 563-387-4917


Mud Club Night | Fantasy Figures

Sat, September 20 at 6:00 PM - Register online at, search for The Clay Studio or email: - See more at:

@The Clay Studio - 207 Washington St, Decorah


Mud Club is super fun for clay loving kids! This 2 hour event includes a project based lesson, fun art games, and a popcorn/juice snack. Drop off and pick up when the fun in done!

Age: 5-12 years old
Dates: Saturday, September 20
Time: 6-8pm
Cost: $15 (Includes all materials and snack.)
Instructor: Rachelle Reis Branum
Location: The Clay Studio @ 207 Washington St, Decorah (behind Fareway)

Contact: The Clay Studio


Knitting the King's Sweater with Laura Ricketts

Mon, November 10 at 9:00 AM to Tue, November 11, 2014

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

On the night of April 9, 1940, three-year-old Crown Prince Harald and his two sisters left their home. Told they were going on a ski trip, they actually were fleeing the Nazi invasion. The future King Harald used this sweater during his flight. It is also pictured in his passport from that time. In this two day class, we will discuss wartime Norway while knitting a miniature version of this sweater. We will also…

Contact: 563-382-9681


Brewing Beer and Scandinavian Mead with Mark Rhodes

Sat, November 8 at 9:00 AM

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

Brewing beer and mead are very old traditions and have been a custom in Norway for many centuries. Ale, or øl, was once brewed year round in rural Norwegian communities, but is now mainly brewed for the Christmas season. Carry on an old holiday tradition, or start a new one, by brewing your own jul øl, Christmas beer. Mark will discuss the ingredients and demonstrate both the all-grain and extract method of brewing beer…

Contact: 563-382-9681


Carving for Christmas- Figures and Toys with Harley Refsal

Fri, November 7 at 9:00 AM to Sun, November 9, 2014

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

Give the most awesome and lasting Christmas gifts possible this year—something you’ve made yourself. How about giving a handcarved holiday figure, or a sturdy wooden toy for a very young family member or neighbor. Warm to the touch, with a safe finish, wood is a great alternative to plastic. A toy to be passed on for years to a child or grandchild.

Level of instruction: All levels, including wood-be carvers. Youth ages 12-17…

Contact: 563-382-9681


Chip Carving with Ellen Macdonald

Fri, November 7 at 9:00 AM to Sun, November 9, 2014

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

"Let the chips fly" as you learn this surprisingly easy form of woodcarving dating back to the Gothic Period. Students will begin by drawing their pattern on a flat wooden practice board followed by using a special chip carving knife to cut and remove the small chips of wood. The work is portable, held on one's knee, at home or away. The goal of this class will be to master technique, not complete a…

Contact: 563-382-9681


Knitting Sami Mittens with Laura Ricketts

Thu, November 6 at 9:00 AM to Fri, November 7, 2014

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

Learn about the Sami community and its history of knitting, while knitting who very different miniature Sami mittens, one based on a mitten in Vesterheim's collections. You will learn to make two and three colored slyngborden (the leaning braid at the cuff), afterthought thumbs, braids, and tassels. There will be a materials fee.

level of instruction: Intermediate knitting ability is required-- casting on, knitting, purling, and decreasing, plus color work and knitting-in-the-round.

Contact: 563-382-9681


Wrist Warmers in the Skinnfell Technique with Kate Martinson

Sat, October 25 at 9:00 AM to Sun, October 26, 2014

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

From the time of first habitation in Norway, people harvested skins from animals and converted them into clothing and household goods. What developed over time was the beautiful craft of sheepskin printing. We will gather beautiful skins and leather, traditional wooden blocks, and simple sewing tools in order to decorate and make traditional wrist warmers. Also included will be a history of this remarkable handcraft. Materials will be provided by the instructor with a…

Contact: 563-382-9681


Os Rosemaling in Acrylics with Lois Mueller

Fri, October 24 at 9:00 AM to Sun, October 26, 2014

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

Attention acrylic Os painters at all levels-- this rosemaling class is for you! This class will explore unique colors and flowers of the Os style of rosemaling using a black background on your choice of a jewelry cabinet, a panel that could be framed, or the door for the cabinet that is already a framed panel. Basic brush stroked, color mixing, and a bit of history will be included in the instruction. The Os…

Contact: 563-382-9681


Letter Incising in Wood with Jock Holmen

Fri, October 24 at 9:00 AM to Sun, October 26, 2014

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

Learn to carve letters, numbers, and small insignia to mark your work. We'll cover how to transfer designs to work and incise letters and numbers. These skills can be utilized for projects as prominent as road signs and as discreet as a small smiling face that only the most observant passerby will notice. These will be a number of tools available for you to try, including a variety of chisels and v-gouges, but much…

Contact: 563-382-9681


Tatting Needlework with Judy Hansen

Sat, October 18 at 9:00 AM to Sun, October 19, 2014

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

Everyone is welcome in this beginner class where Judy will teach the basics of using a tatting shuttle and thread. Tatting consists of making rings from the shuttle thread and chains from the ball thread. Together, these rings and chains can be used to make ornaments, doilies, bookmarks, jewlery, 3D tatted pictures, and many other fine lace items. You will learn the technique of the double-stitch, which has two complementary slip-knots. There will be…

Contact: 563-382-9681


Hedebo Needlework

Fri, October 17 at 9:00 AM

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

This class is designed to teach beginners the basic stitches of this unique form of needlework that originated in Denmark in the late 1700's. It is one of the least known needlework techniques and one of the most beautiful. Thread rings, buttonhole stitches, any pyramids are combined to make interesting forms of needle lace that can be used as inserts in fabric or independently attached to a piece of fabric as an edging. Hedebosom…

Contact: 563-382-9681


Weaving a Nordhordland Banded Coverlet with Jan Mostrom

Mon, October 6 at 9:00 AM to Fri, October 10, 2014

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

Coverlets from Nordhordland, Norway, are often characterized by narrow sections bands in various techniques. Weaving this sample is a great way to learn or to review these classic Norwegian Coverlet techniques. Your finished sample will make an attractice wall hanging, table runner, or cushion cover.

Level of instruction: Appropriate for any weaver who has experience working at a floor loom and is comfortable reading weaving drafts.
$320 members/ $370 non-members

Contact: 563-382-9681


Basics in Rosemaling for Beginners with LoyAnn Nasby

Fri, October 3 at 9:00 AM to Sun, October 5, 2014

@Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

This simplified class will be taught in oils and is geared not to intimidate. LoyAnn will share the step-by-step basics and a collection of tips that have worked for her, gathered over the years. The two easy projects will be pre-based coated Christmas ornaments to develop brush control. Pre-base coated sheets will be ready to practice on. She will cover base-coating steps, brush care, mediums, detail, strokes, varnish, and rosemaling products.

Level of…

Contact: 563-382-9681


Sewing a Busserull, Norwegian Heritage Shirt

Sat, October 4 at 9:00 AM to Sun, October 5, 2014

@Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum

Participants will sew imported red or blue and white striped cotton fabric to create a classic shirt to fit. Beginner to advanced sewers will be guided step-by-step from cutting to finishing.

There will be a materials fee.

Level of instruction: All levels. Must bring your own sewing machine.
$128 members/ $178 non-members

Contact: or call 563-382-9681


Ants Can Draw and So Can You

Mon, September 22 at 3:15 PM - to 5 pm

@Decorah Public Libary


If you’re like most people, you might think drawing is kinda scary. You think you have to be “talented”—able to make an exact replica picture of something. That’s a lot of pressure to be perfect! Well, it’s time you got out of drawing and into “Mark Making,” the fine art of having fun making marks. This is the first of several programs to help you explore this better way to experience your creative self.…

Contact: Heidi Swets, Decorah Public Library, 382-3717


Freestyle: Afterschool Mud Club

Tue, October 28 at 3:30 PM to Tue, December 16, 2014 - Register online at, search for The Clay Studio or email:

@The Clay Studio - 207 Washington St, Decorah


In this 8 week class your child will dream up their own projects! When problem-solving using brainstorming, trial and error, and focused research your child will learn to become more confident and creative. They are taught to become experts at both coming up with ideas and seeing them come to fruition! On Tuesdays come right after school, bring your own snack and then we will create! Walking school bus option from John Cline.

Contact: The Clay Studio


Painting Class at the Winery

Sun, October 26 at 1:00 PM - The cost will then be $37.50 for a 16 x 30 picture and includes appetizers. Class size limited to 20. Please e-mail for signup information.

@Winneshiek Wildberry Winery


Painting Class with Annie Adams. The class includes all supplies and materials needed, plus 2 hours of step by step painting instruction. No experience in painting required.

Contact: Beth Guzman, 563.735.5809


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Activity Specialist - Aase Haugen Nursing Home

The Aase Haugen Activities Department is looking for someone who will spend one-to-one and small-group time with residents who have significant health problems and limited ability to communicate. The preferred candidate might have experience with sensory, music, and/or aroma therapies. With increased technology in nursing home environments, excellent computer and tablet skills compatible with both Microsoft and Apple platforms is strongly preferred. Must be comfortable working with or learning sound system and projection tv…

Posted 2 days ago


Mom's group looking for sitters for our kids in the First Lutheran Church nursery on the first 3 Fridays of the month from 9:30-11:30. Contact Lisa at 563 379-5474 or email me if interested.

Posted 2 days ago

Dairy Farm morning help

Ridgeway area dairy farm is looking for a.m. help, milking and general dairy farm chores, for more details call 563-380-9000

Posted 3 days ago

Assessment Coordinator - Public Allies Iowa AmeriCorps


Assessment Coordinator -- Public Allies Iowa AmeriCorps (Start Date: Oct. 1)

"The Ally will gather data to meet the needs of our organization. The Ally will do this by planning for and organizing focus groups. The Ally will identify participants, plan the logistics of hosting focus groups, and facilitate the focus group. The Ally will analyze the results of the focus groups and create a proposal to inform organizational programming."

Public Allies…

Posted 3 days ago

Loving Touch Inc.

looking to hire additional part time personal care/homemaking staff in the Decorah, Dorchester, Cresco, Ft. Atkinson, El Dorado and West Union areas. Call Amy at 563-382-4613 between 9am and 5pm Monday thru Friday.

Posted 5 days ago

Store Director

Thriving Thrift Store is seeking a full-time Store Director.

Retail sales experience and computer knowledge recommended. We are looking for an energetic team leader who can demonstrate staff leadership and management skills and can communicate effectively with customers and staff. Competitive salary and benefits package available.

Cover letter and resume may be sent to The Depot Outlet, 510 Montgomery Street, Decorah, IA 52101

Posted 8 days ago

Part-time HSED Instructor wanted

Need an instructor for HSED classes (formerly known as GED) for 6 hours per week in Cresco. Hours approx. 4-7 pm 2 evenings per week (some flexibility in days/hours). Required: BA degree. Teaching experience also preferred.
Sharon D. Speckhard
563/557-8271 x108

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For Sale: Over 100 vases and votive holders


Over 100 small to medium vases and about 60 votive candle holders in a variety of styles . Used for a recent wedding. $100 Pick up in Decorah.

Posted by Mary F. about 20 hours ago

For Sale: Solid oak gun cabinet


For sale: Solid oak 8 position gun cabinet. This cabinet was handmade and the guns are positioned in a horizontal manner. $400.00 OBO

Posted by Roger H. about 22 hours ago

Wanted: Freezer upright or chest

Looking for a freezer, upright or chest style. Preferably 7 cubic ft or larger. Call 563-568-7696 or email Thanks!

Posted by Justin 1 day ago

For Sale: Paknic - Picnic in a Backpack


Brand new, never used durable picnic backpack filled with 4 place settings, table cloth, salt & pepper shakers, bread knife, cutting board, multi-function tool. Backpack has insulated inner pouch as well as a detachable insulated wine bottle holder. Selling for $30. New is $60.

Posted by Natalie 1 day ago

Rideshare: Ride to Minneapolis wanted on Sept.26, return Sept.28

I am looking for a ride to MPLS on Friday afternoon, 9/26, returning on Sunday afternoon, 9/28, will contribute gas $.

If no ride is found, I will be driving and would take a passenger if needed.

Posted by Pine W. 2 days ago

Free: Moving Boxes and Packing Paper

We moved recently and have a large stock of boxes. There are official moving boxes along with many produce boxes. There are a couple of large wardrobe boxes and other large moving boxes. There is also a large pile of packing/wrapping paper that is available too.

Come pick up as many as you can fit in your car or truck!

Posted by Neil Martinsen-B. 2 days ago

Wanted: Dresser Drawers

I'm looking for a wooden dresser. Hoping to have 3-4 drawers. I do not have a truck so if I could have assistance in transporting it, that would be helpful.
Thanks! Please message me via this site.

Posted by Laura 2 days ago

Sale: Yard Sale Sept. 19 & 20th

2778 Middle Hesper Road- Friday, Sept. 19: 9am-2pm and Saturday, Sept. 20: 7am-2pm
Past the water tower on Locust Rd, first gravel road on the left as the road curves- Middle Hesper Road, 1st house on the right.
NO EARLY BIRDS please! Thank you.
Lots of items 0.25-$2.00. Small sofa, luggage, plants and ghords, household items, knick knacks, clothing, recliner, some books, disney vhs tapes, Howdy Doody Doll, women's bike, lawn mower, toaster oven…

Posted by Erin 2 days ago

Sale: Garage Sale

Multi-family Garage Sale Fri Sept. 19th, 9-8, & Sat. Sept. 20th 8-?. 2 Wooden Futons, Exercise Equipment, Military Surplus, Household Items, Lots of Clothes, Girls-Woman's Plus Sizes (Name Brand Jeans, Silver, ect.), Mountain Bike, Chainsaw, Paintball Equip. and Lots MORE!! 1304 Blue Grass Dr. Come and check out all our great stuff!!!!

Posted by Leah 2 days ago

For Sale: Tapered Candles - Ivory


Unlit tapered candles in 6" (15 of them) and 8" (22 of them) available. Ends on most shaved to fit into opening of wine bottles. Selling as lot of 37 for $25.

Available for pickup in Decorah, Dubuque, and places in between. Currently at my parents' home outside of Kieler, Wisconsin.

Posted by Jenni Petersen-B. 3 days ago

For Sale: Decorated Wine Bottles


29 hand decorated wine bottles available. Created with love as table decor for my recent outdoor rustic chic-themed wedding. See photos at for all styles / materials - burlap, lace, glitter paint, toile, and more! Perfect as vases or candle holders. Selling individually at $5 each, sets of 5 for $20, or all for $100.

Available for pickup in Decorah, Dubuque, and places in between. Currently being stored at my parents' home…

Posted by Jenni Petersen-B. 3 days ago

For Sale: Mr. and Mrs. plaques


Black and white "Mr." and "Mrs." plaques, used once. 8" x 10". $15 for both.

Available for pickup in Decorah, Dubuque, and places in between. Currently at my parents' home outside of Kieler, Wisconsin.

Posted by Jenni Petersen-B. 3 days ago

For Sale: Large Floral Arrangements - Wedding Decor


Large (~36"H x 24"W x 20"D) floral arrangements made with love (by my mom) for my outdoor rustic-chic themed wedding. Used only once for that -- stored inside. High quality silk flowers, fillers, and gold leaves arranged securely in wall-hanging cone-shaped heavy duty white wire baskets lined with cone-shaped coco coir. Four arrangements available. Asking $125 each or $400 for all -- parts and pieces that make up these arrangements worth double that!!

Posted by Jenni Petersen-B. 3 days ago

For Sale: Wedding Decor - White Burlap Wreath(es)


3 handmade white burlap wreathes with accents of white, gold, and green toile available. 21" wide each. Heavy duty wire wreath frame under fabric. Made as decor for an outdoor wedding and used only for that so basically brand new...and made with love by my mom!! Asking $50 each or $125 for all three, FIRM.

Available for pickup in Decorah, Dubuque, and places in between! Currently at my parents' home outside of Kieler,…

Posted by Jenni Petersen-B. 3 days ago

For Sale: Acer Aspire One ZG5 "Netbook" computer


The "netbook" is smaller and lighter than a normal laptop, but this is a real computer, with a full gigabyte of memory and a 160 GB hard drive. It surfs the web both with cabled wire (ethernet) and also wirelessly (wi-fi). Windows XP with SP3 is installed. There are microphone and headphone jacs, as well as built in speakers, plus a built-in camera. It has three USB 2.0 ports for plugging in lots of…

Posted by M. J. 3 days ago

Wanted: nail grooming/trimmer for 50 pound dog and lab/dogbeds

I am trying to outsmart our dogs who keep hiding the nail trimmer. These two dogs are very smart..too smart...The nail trimmer could be a basic trimmer sharp with a tipping guard but open. Need a back up for these two trouble makers...the trimmer would be disinfected by us..If you happen to have a larger dog bed for a black lab it would be appreciated...he has worn his out. He came to us beaten…

Posted by Mrs. Sarah Helen L. 3 days ago

For Sale: Saunders Cervical Traction Device


Do you suffer from back back and neck pain or even loss of sleep. If so this is the device for you. It is a professional quality. It is in great shape and never used and comes with the user guide. The best part of this device it is portable so you can take it on vacation or even to a friends house so you can relieve the stress on your neck and back.…

Posted by mark 3 days ago


Thursday, Friday 8-5 and Saturday 9-4. Sept. 18-20th. 2932 Ollendieck Road, Ridgeway. (Off Hwy. 9) Downsizing many items priced to sell. Precious Moments, Tupperware, Scrub Tops & Pants, Ceiling Fan Light Kit, Planters, and household misc. Come one - Come All!

Posted 3 days ago

For Sale: Saunders Lumbar Traction Device


Do you suffer from back pain, walk with a limp or even loss of sleep. If so this is the device for you. It is a professional quality. It is in great shape and never used and comes with the user guide. The best part of this device it is portable so you can take it on vacation or even to a friends house so you can relieve the stress on your back. I…

Posted by mark 3 days ago

For Sale: One more day...GREAT STUFF Sale, Multifamily, Saturday 9/20

Lots left...come take a look!

Saturday, 7a til ?
1691 Augusta RD (Woodland Acres, Freeport)

Dual reclining couch in great shape
4-chair glasstop dining set
Vintage wood rocking chair
Gas heater - perfect to heat your shop this winter
Bedding, twin and queen
Home decor, some prim
Women's clothing, size S/M/Lg
Women's shoes
Men's clothing, size L/XL (lots of athletic gear)
Eureka BOSS vacuum cleaner
Arm's Reach Cosleeper -…

Posted 3 days ago

Wanted: Upright String Bass, Half Size

Looking for a used, half size, upright string bass for beginning player. Email

Posted by Jessica 3 days ago

Free: Cardboard boxes - 100+ uniform size


Wrap 100 gifts for Christmas? Organize your seasonal sock collection? Best kitty play house ever? Need a stack of uniform size small-ish cardboard boxes? We've got them and would love to see them have another life before recycling. Boxes are Uline - 11 1/4 x 8 3/4 x 8 (think magazine size 8" tall.) Happy to drop if in Decorah, otherwise will leave them accessible for you. Email:

Posted by Benji 4 days ago

For Sale: Brand New Sofa Bed For Sale


I have a brand new IKEA Lycksele Lovas Sofa Bed in Ransta White for sale. I purchased it about a month ago and it didn't end up working in the space. Unfortunately, I recycled the box, so I can't return it. The metal frame and hardware are no longer in the box, but the mattress and slip cover are still in their original plastic. Purchased for $300 including tax and delivery. Asking $200. For…

Posted by Sonja 4 days ago

Sale: Benefit Garage Sale


A multi-family garage sale benefit to assist Barry and Emily (Gray) Hare with medical expenses will be held during the city-wide sales on September 20 from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 209 Hilltop Drive in Decorah. Emily is a 2003 Decorah high school graduate. Her husband Barry was diagnosed with t-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma in the summer of 2013 and underwent a bone marrow transplant in July of this year. The Hares live in…

Posted 4 days ago

Wanted: Stainless Steel Pipe

Looking for 4-8 feet of 6" stainless steel pipe. Willing to buy.

Posted by Beth R. 4 days ago

For Sale: Nikon Camera Lens


Like new Nikon Camera Lens with Bayonet Lens Hood.
-Nikon AF Zoom - Nikkor 70-300mm
-Manual focus
-Value: $172.95 (Nikon website)
-Further info at:

HB-26 Bayonet Lens Hood (included)
-$17.50 value
-More info at:

$100 for lens, hood, and pouch. Email or text/call six-zero-eight, four-six-nine, eight-one-seven-nine.

Posted by Hillary 4 days ago

Wanted: someone to lead Karoakee @ Decorah Elks Lodge

Looking for someone to lead karoakee at the Elks Lodge weekly through the winter months, must have your own equipment.

Contact: Ranell Bolson 382-3291

Posted by Ranell B. 4 days ago

Sale: Multi Family Garage Sale

305 North Street (Westside). Fri 9/19 and Sat. 9/20 from 8AM to noon.
Lots of household items, cookbooks, purses, mens clothing, vintage, collectibles, books, holiday, misc. Priced to sell!

Posted by Mary T. 4 days ago

For Sale: AT&T Motorola Axtrix MB860 4G Smart Phone Used


Stock Photo, mine is in excellent condition, needs a Sim Card, older model, measures about 4 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches, $50.

Posted by Joanne H. 5 days ago

Housing Wanted: Looking for a room to rent

Looking for a room to rent for possibly a short amount of time, maybe a month or two but could end up being until September 2015. Looking for a place that is in, or near decorah, and also allows dogs, i have a 5 month old lab that i am currently training, so she will be well behaved and is house trained. I am a 24 year old male, and graduated from Luther College,…

Posted by Tristen E. 5 days ago

Wanted: Fixie Bike

I'm searching for a fixie bike or old, cheap road bike to ride around Minneapolis/St. Paul this winter. I'll probably throw some studded tires on and use it for commuting. I'm 5'9'' for size reference.

Let me know if you have something (for cheap or free, preferably)!

Thanks! Clara B

Posted by Clara 5 days ago

For Sale: Antique Chair For Sale


Sturdy, reclining, well maintained antique chair for sale. In a smoke free home. Located in Decorah.

Posted by Sarah 5 days ago

Sale: Estate Sale and Yard Sale

Estate Sale
Grandma’s moved to the nursing home and we are cleaning out her house! Antiques, furniture, dishes, linens, freezer and much more!

Multi-Family Yard Sale
Clothing: girls infant to 16, boys infant to 12, adult all sizes. Winter boots, coats, snowpants. Seasonal items, toys, barbies, books, day bed, toddler bed. Baby items: car seats, tub, high chair, etc. Too much to list, come check it out for yourself!
No early sales please.

Posted by Karla 5 days ago

For Sale: Two tickets to the Packer/Panthers game on October 19

For Sale: Two tickets to the Green Bay Packers/ Carolina Panthers game on October 19 at 12pm. Seats are in section 110 row 19. These are great seats on the Packer side of Lambeau Field.

Posted by Roger H. 6 days ago

For Sale: Broiler Chickens

Home raised broiler chickens. Different sizes available.

Posted 6 days ago

For Rent: 3 bedroom apt. in Decorah

3 bedroom duplex unit available near Luther College for $675 a month. Unit is located next to off campus college students. No Smoking, No pets. Available. Email or call (563) Three Eight Zero - 64 One Five. after 5 pm if interested. Thank you!

Posted by Penguin Properties of D. 6 days ago

For Sale: Wedding Gown for Sale


Beautiful ivory taffeta wedding gown for sale. Simple and classic with a gorgeous train this dress was purchased new and worn once. Comes with matching fingertip length veil with delicate silver edging. $400

Posted by McKenzie J . 6 days ago

For Sale: Couch set


For sale. Tan colored leather couch and love seat. Couch has 3 sections with reclining ends. Entire love seat reclines. $500 o.b.o. for the set.

Posted by Voigt 6 days ago

For Sale: Western Horse Tack


I have 3 saddles, many blankets for all horse sizes,halters, brushes ect. If your looking for something just ask I might have it. Text or call 15635688117 for pictures interested. Nikki

Posted by Nikki 6 days ago

Free: storm windows


3 storm windows, 3-28"wide , 53 3/4 high, good condition. You haul.

if interested, email

Posted by Hongmei Y. 6 days ago

Free: kittens!

The kittens are free to any kind of home(outside/inside). They are mostly shades of orange and we do have one that is black and white that looks like batman. They are foster cats here. Please help me find homes for them before winter. If interested text or call 15635688117. Thanks Nikki.

Posted by Nikki 6 days ago

For Sale: 8' Palomino Pony Pop-Up Camper Model 283


Pony Camper equipped with handy front storage compartment, air-conditioning, furnace, cook stove, refrigerator, awning. Sweet set-up. Call 563-387-7570 or email. $3,750.00.

Posted by Dale 6 days ago

For Sale: Silverware


Silver plated silverware serving for 8 with nice storage case

Community by Oneida

$40 OBO

Posted by Kraig T. 7 days ago

For Sale: Coleman propane stove


2 burner Coleman propane stove. Works fine

$15 OBO

Posted by Kraig T. 7 days ago

For Sale: High density foam


2 rolls of high density foam

Large roll is 9ft long by 77 inches wide. $20 OBO
Small roll is 8ft long by 41 inches wide. $10 OBO

Posted by Kraig T. 7 days ago

For Sale: Harley air cleaner


Brand new air cleaner off of a 2008 Harley Ultra Classic FLHTCU.

$30 OBO

Posted by Kraig T. 7 days ago

For Sale: Harley handlebars


Original handlebars off of a 2008 Harley Ultra Classic FLHTCU Throttle by wire.


Posted by Kraig 7 days ago

For Sale: Window air conditioner and Melissa & Doug car rug

I am selling a window air conditioner purchased at the beginning of summer and only used 5 or 6 times. Still have the warranty and the box it came in. I purchased it for $250 and selling for $150 obo. I am selling the Melissa & Doug car mat that was maybe used a total of 5 times. It is in excellent condition. Selling the rug for $15. If you would like pictures feel…

Posted by Shiloh G. 7 days ago

For Sale: Fire brick


Twenty (new) fire brick.

Posted 7 days ago

For Sale: Mission Oak Library Table and chair

A very nice piece with matching office chair. From my personal collection, refinished. Located in Freeport.
Call Michael C, 563-419-3281. (no email)

Posted 7 days ago

For Sale: Pet Barrier for car/suv


Pet Lodge pet barrier for car or small SUV. Brand new. Purchased a new car and didn't need to use it. Rubber top to keep from scratching vehicle. Adjustable sides. $30 obo.

Posted by Kathryn 7 days ago

For Sale: Air Hockey Table


Goodtime Novelty Air Hockey Table
Approximate dimensions 7' x 4' x 31"
Approximate weight 250 lbs
Fan works
LED Score display may or may not work
Legs fold up to make storage dimension of approx 8"

$50 or best offer

This requires a truck and at least two people to move.

Posted by Tim L. 8 days ago

For Sale: Dutailier Glider Rocker and ottoman


Smooth and silent glider rocker with gliding ottoman create a peaceful place for mother and child - nursing, lullabies, reading, cuddling. Soft Blue denim fabric fits any theme or room setting. Asking $50
Located in Decorah. Can deliver if needed.

Posted by Sarah 8 days ago

Wanted: fiberglass insulation scraps

Clean, remnant fiberglass insulation scraps to be used to fill cavity in deep wall door installation - don't need a full batt

Posted by Bill 8 days ago

For Sale: Dining table and 4 chairs


Dining table and 4 chairs for sale.
Chairs have rollers.
There is also 1 leaf for the table.
Dining table is approximately 60" long.
Chairs were reupholstered 6 years ago.
Good condition.
Located in Decorah.

Posted 8 days ago

Wanted: Working Printer


I'm looking for a reliable printer, simple and cheep/free. Please let me know if you have something laying around not being used. 563 379 6405.


Posted 8 days ago

For Sale: 1yr old female walker coon dog

would like to sale or trade my 1 yr old female walker coon dog would like to trade her for a coon dog all ready trained treeing coons or would sell her for 200.00 she has had her shots call an ask for John or leave a message 563)567-8243

Posted by John 9 days ago

Free: Housecat to giveaway

Beautiful long haired black and white spayed female, 3 years old. Doesn't like her brother cat anymore so needs to be in one cat household. Shy but loving.

Posted by Linda N. 9 days ago

Lost+Found: Specialized Bke

Lost a men's Specialized Cirrus Bike on the Luther campus last spring. Had some repair issues. KariR

Posted by Kari 9 days ago

For Sale: 4 drawer oak chest

An antique, with original hardware. From my personal collection, refinished. Located in Freeport.
Call Michael C, 563-419-3281. (no email)

Posted by Michael C. 9 days ago



Posted by DORIS S. 9 days ago

For Sale: Dodge Brougham Motor Home


For Sale: 1977 Dodge Brougham Motor Home. Great for camping and/or tailgating! (19 ft.--sleeps six) Purchased from Cresco's Campsite RV in 2002. Engine overhauled in 2004. Air-conditioning added in 2007. (Not fancy, but fun and functional.) $3,000 OBO Contact Jeanie L. for more information.

Posted by Jeanie L. 9 days ago

For Rent: Remodeld 2 bedroom house in down town Decorah.

I have for rent a recently remodeled 2 bedroom home in down town Decorah. This is a ranch style home with everything on the main level. The home has hardwood floors that have all been refinished except for the kitchen and bath that also has new flooring. Brand new stove, fridge, and washer/dryer included. The home has an excellent location only 1/2 block from the bike trail at 718 W. Main st. in a…

Posted by Tade K. 9 days ago

For Sale: couch and chair for sale!


couch for sale-100 obo. green/brown color and comfy. doesn't recline.

chair for sale- 75 obo. blue color super comfy!

email me for a picture of the chair!

Posted by Kelsey 10 days ago
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