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05/24/19
 -10/31/19
2019 Winneshiek County Driftless Safari

Driftless Safari is a long-term scavenger hunt that covers all of Winneshiek County . The program is free and open to anyone who loves to explore and wants to experience some special places of Winneshiek County.

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06/21/19
 -07/27/19
Contemporary Folk Art Exhibition

What’s happening today in the world of Norwegian-inspired folk art? Find out at “The National Norwegian-American Folk Art Exhibition,” a judged show open at Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, from June 21 through July 27.

This annual exhibition celebrates the past, present, and future of folk art by encouraging and inspiring emerging and established folk artists to develop their craft. It features woodworking, knifemaking, metalwork, rosemaling, and weaving, and includes stories from the artists about their pieces–the craft and inspiration behind the artwork.

The exhibition is sponsored by Decorah Bank & Trust, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

“The mission of Vesterheim’s Folk Art School is to embrace, nurture, and carry forward these strong folk-art traditions, so it is wonderful to see over 160 diverse entries by both returning and first time artists from across the country!” Lea Lovelace, Vesterheim’s Director of Folk Art Education, said.

As part of the exhibition, artists compete for ribbons. Judges award Blue, Red, and White Ribbons representing points that accumulate over successive exhibitions toward a Vesterheim Gold Medal. Judges also present Honorable Mention Awards and Best of Show Awards. Visitors vote for People’s Choice Awards. Ribbons are placed next to winning entries on July 25, opening day of Decorah’s Nordic Fest celebration.

 Artists may choose to offer their pieces for sale by silent auction. Bidding begins on July 25 at 9:00 a.m. and ends on July 27 at 4:00 p.m. Bids must be placed in person. Please visit the exhibition for more information on bidding. There will be free admission all day on July 4 for Free First Thursday, and on July 25, opening day of Nordic Fest.

Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, in scenic Decorah, Iowa, showcases the best in historic and contemporary Norwegian folk and fine arts, and explores the American immigrant experience. This national treasure includes world-class exhibitions and 12 historic buildings. It is also a center for folk-art education, offering a wide variety of classes in folk art every year. For more information on the museum’s exhibitions, classes, events, membership opportunities, and ways to donate, check Vesterheim’s website at vesterheim.org, call (563) 382-9681, or write to Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, 502 W. Water St., P.O. Box 379, Decorah, IA, 52101-0379.
 
 

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07/22/19
A Continent Divided: How Germany and Europe have Reacted to Today's Refugees and Migrants

Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center (119 Winnebago, Decorah) is hosting a program with Michael Luick-Thrams, PhD on Monday, July 22that 6:30pm.
 
A Continent Divided: How Germany and Europe have Reacted to Today's Refugees and Migrants
 
In this program, Luick-Thrams will offer a review of the strains caused by swelling numbers of non-Europeans in Europe today, as well as the evolving issues involving their integration and a growing restrictive reaction on the parts of Europeans everywhere.  A lively Q-and-A session as well as an all-group discussion will follow.
 
Iowa social historian Michael Luick-Thrams lives in Germany, where he teaches and writes. He directs two non-profits (www.TRACES.org) that deal with multi-cultural issues.  Since 1.5 million refugees or migrants began arriving, Luick-Thrams has witnessed not only the Germans specifically but Europeans generally struggle with how to respond to their new neighbors.
 
A sliding scale donation of $5-$15 is asked at the door.  
 

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07/23/19
Little Naturalist Program

Winneshiek County Conservation will be hosting Little Naturalists programs at Lake Meyer Park for children 3-6 years old.

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07/25/19
 -07/27/19
Barthell Bluffs Open House (Eight new townhomes for sale on the Eastern Star Campus)

We will be hosting open houses at our new townhomes Barthell Bluffs the following dates and times:

Thursday July 25, 2-6
Friday, July 26, 10-2
Saturday July 27, 1-5

PLEASE COME VISIT AND ENJOY THE AMAZING VIEW FROM ATOP RIDGEWOOD DRIVE

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07/25/19
 -07/27/19
Nordic Fest

If You Build It, They Vel-Kommen
Since 1967, over 1 1/2 million visitors from all over the world have attended our festival in Decorah, Iowa!

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07/25/19
 -07/27/19
Vesterheim Nordic Fest Events

Vikings, folk-artists, live tattooing, music, and more—explore Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, during Decorah’s 53rd Annual Nordic Fest. “Whether or not you have Norwegian heritage, there is plenty to enjoy at this citywide celebration of Nordic traditions and heritage—join the fun!” said Vesterheim event organizer Martha Griesheimer.
 

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07/26/19
Genealogy Research Help During Nordic Fest

Are you curious about how to research your Norwegian ancestry? Cyndi Gipp was the person in her family who was excited about genealogy research. That's why her husband Dean Gipp and family are sponsoring genealogy information in her memory during Decorah's Nordic Fest this year.

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07/27/19
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

Join us for an evening of relaxing laughs, food, and fun in our beautiful air conditioned winery! "Dr. Who Dunnit” production will keep you and your table of friends laughing all night long. A Time Traveler solves some of History's Greatest Mysteries; the actors perform between the 3 course dinner.

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07/27/19
Genealogy Research Help During Nordic Fest

Are you curious about how to research your Norwegian ancestry? Cyndi Gipp was the person in her family who was excited about genealogy research. That's why her husband Dean Gipp and family are sponsoring genealogy information in her memory during Decorah's Nordic Fest this year.

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07/28/19
Scandinavian Music Jam

Stop by from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in Vesterheim’s Bruening Visitor Center, 502 W. Water Street, to learn a tune, share a tune, jam with us, or just come to listen.

Bring any instrument you play and join in. This informal music collaboration is great fun for all levels and happens the fourth Sunday of each month.

Drop in whenever it works in your schedule. No charge. Recording device advised.


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07/29/19
 -08/15/19
FARMLAND LEASING & MANAGEMENT WORKSHOPS




    

 
 More than half of Iowa farmland is rented.  In some Iowa locations, as much as 70 percent of the land is farmed by farmers who don’t own the land.In Northeast Iowa, the result is many conversations and negotiations between farmland owners and producer-tenants to determine what makes sense for farmland leases and cash rental rates – both fixed rent and flexible arrangements.  Strong landlord/tenant relationships are important for the long-term viability of Iowa’s farming communities.

These are just a few reasons why Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers workshops designed to answer questions that land owners and tenants have about farmland leasing and land management issues.
These workshops will be held across northeast Iowa counties starting July 29 through August 15.
Melissa O’Rourke, ISU Extension Farm & Agribusiness Management Specialist will present a wide range of topics related to farmland leasing and management.

O’Rourke is a licensed attorney with extensive experience in working with farm, ranch and agribusiness interests.
“Year after year, I receive numerous contacts from persons who have questions about farmland values and rental rates,” says O’Rourke. 

“The interest in and conversations about farm leasing arrangements continues to grow, and 2019 is no different,” O’Rourke noted.  “We always have good attendance and discussion at these meetings.”

“Due to the volatility of commodity and land markets, we have seen had increased inquiries regarding both fixed and flexible cash lease methodologies,” says O’Rourke.  “There are dozens of methods for putting together flexible cash lease arrangements, and we will work through several examples.”
 
O’Rourke also noted that ISU research indicates that on average, cash rent values across the state have declined for several years.  The most recent ISU cash rent survey showed steady rents to slight declines in Iowa. 
O’Rourke has also seen that farmland owners and producer-tenants need to have more conversation about the cost of inputs to put in the crop and reasonable expectations on profit margins.

“ISU Extension and Outreach has good resources for people to use to gain an understanding of how crop input costs can be considered in setting cash lease rates, and I’ll show how those can be used.”

O’Rourke also noted the increasing age of farmland owners.   “ISU Extension research indicates that the average age of farmland owners continues to rise,” stated O’Rourke.  “Fifty-five percent of Iowa's farmland is owned by people over the age of 65, while 28 percent of the land is owned by individuals over age 75.  We find that children and surviving spouses may be less likely to continue operating the farm themselves.  That’s a major reason why farmland leasing continues to increase.”

O’Rourke encourages anyone with an interest in farmland rental rates to attend these meetings.  “Both farmland owners and producer-tenants should attend.  In fact, the ideal situation is for these folks to attend together and then sit down at the kitchen table to discuss their farm lease arrangements for the coming year.”

Workshop attendees will receive a comprehensive workbook packed with information about land values, leasing and different types of farm lease arrangements.  “Everyone should leave with a heightened understanding of farmland leasing and land management issues.”
 

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07/30/19
BEER and HYMNS

ELCA Pastor Bryan Odeen Osage, Iowa will sing favorite hymns in a fun , relaxed, family-friendly environment. 

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07/31/19
Planning for Profitability Program for Farmers and Agribusinesses

One-day program will focus on planning ahead while facing shrinking margins in production agriculture

 

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08/01/19
Lawn Chair Night

Lawn Chair Night is a summer tradition in Decorah. Grab a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy local bands at the Courthouse square. 

All performances take place in front of the Winneshiek County Courthouse on Main Street. In the event of bad weather, musicians may choose to perform in the covered parking lot under the Decorah Public Library. Changes will be announced with local media. 

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08/01/19
 -08/04/19
Buffalo Bill Days

Buffalo Bill Days in Lanesboro is fun for the Entire Family! Dances, Live Music, Entertainment, Beer & Beverage Tent, Food Vendors, Marketplace, Softball, Volleyball, Spikeball, Youth Basketball tournaments, 5K &1M Walk/Run, Fireworks, Parade, Raffles, FREE kids games, FREE movie in park, Duck Races, Sip & Savor Event, & MORE

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08/01/19
FREE Admission to Vesterheim Museum

Enjoy free admission all day during regular museum hours.

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08/01/19
New Minowa Players to Present "Xanadu"

New Minowa Players will perform the musical Xanadu, a musical comedy based on the 1980 movie of the same name.

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08/01/19
Planning for Profitability Program for Farmers and Agribusinesses

One-day program will focus on planning ahead while facing shrinking margins in production agriculture

 

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08/01/19
Habitat for Humanity Golf Outing

Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity (WCHFH) will sponsor the Sixth Annual Don Kemp Memorial Golf Tournament. The 18-hole event will raise funds to build the organization's next home, located in Calmar

Interested persons can sign up for the event - slated for shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. - as an individual for $70 or recruit a four-person team for $280. The tournament entry fee includes green fees, cart and meal. Those unable to golf Thursday, August 1, but interested in supporting this cause can sponsor a hole for $125 or make a donation directly to Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity. 
 

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08/02/19
Gentleman's Anti-Temperance League: Live outdoor music!

Gentlemen's Anti-Temperance League is coming the the Courtyard, fri, Aug 2nd! They’re a modern string quartet that brings the smoky rhythms and sizzling leads of Prohibition swing into the 21st century. Grab any one of the Courtyard’s 12 tap beers or a signature cocktail and travel back in time with these hot, infectious and emotional jazz tunes. 


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08/02/19
New Minowa Players to Present "Xanadu"

New Minowa Players will perform the musical Xanadu, a musical comedy based on the 1980 movie of the same name.

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08/03/19
FREE - Yoga in the Park

The Decorah Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with local yoga instructors to offer Free Yoga in the Park from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Saturdays from June through August.

This program will be held in the green space west of John Cline School. Bring your own mat or towel (limited supply available). No need to register, just show up!

Yoga in the Park is sponsored by Gundersen Health Clinic and Winneshiek Medical Center.
 

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08/03/19
New Minowa Players to Present "Xanadu"

New Minowa Players will perform the musical Xanadu, a musical comedy based on the 1980 movie of the same name.

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08/04/19
New Minowa Players to Present "Xanadu"

New Minowa Players will perform the musical Xanadu, a musical comedy based on the 1980 movie of the same name.

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08/05/19
 -08/07/19
NICC for Kids Grades 2-4 Summer Camp

NICC for Kids is a fun and educational camp at our Calmar Campus for students entering grades 2-4. Participants will chose from a wide variety of programs that involve imagination and creativity. August 5-7 | 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Course topics:

It's Sew Fun

Career Detectives

Bugs and Biology, Oh My!

Cupcakes, Cookies, and Kids

3-D Printing

Robots, Robots, and More Robots

Kids in Space

Makey Makey-What?

 

Register online at http://bit.ly/2OH2D8I or call 800.728.2256 ext 399.


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08/06/19
Little Naturalist Program

Winneshiek County Conservation will be hosting Little Naturalists programs at Lake Meyer Park for children 3-6 years old.

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08/07/19
 -09/18/19
SongSisters summer session begins

SongSisters will hold a six-week summer session  at Phelps Park Band gazebo.

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08/08/19
Lawn Chair Night

Lawn Chair Night is a summer tradition in Decorah. Grab a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy local bands at the Courthouse square. 

All performances take place in front of the Winneshiek County Courthouse on Main Street. In the event of bad weather, musicians may choose to perform in the covered parking lot under the Decorah Public Library. Changes will be announced with local media. 

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08/08/19
Reiser Financial Services

Join the DACC in welcoming Reiser Financial Services to the business community. We will host a Ribbon Cutting event at 4 p.m. followed by an open house. 

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08/10/19
FREE - Yoga in the Park

The Decorah Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with local yoga instructors to offer Free Yoga in the Park from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Saturdays from June through August.

This program will be held in the green space west of John Cline School. Bring your own mat or towel (limited supply available). No need to register, just show up!

Yoga in the Park is sponsored by Gundersen Health Clinic and Winneshiek Medical Center.
 

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08/11/19
Fossil Hunting in Fillmore County

Collect fossils older than dinosaurs! At Whispering Winds, Spring Valley, you will tour fossil collections of ancient sea creatures including Gastropods, Cephalopods, Trilobites, Fisherites, Bryozoans and Brachiopods. Then you’ll travel to 2-3 sites to hunt, all within 7 miles of Spring Valley, and collect your own fossils- guaranteed! Bring a bag for carrying your fossils. If you bring a hammer, you must have eye protection. There is always the chance that you could find ice-aged fossils, Native American artifacts, cold water agates, and geodes. All ages welcome!
Note: Eagle Bluff van transportation is NOT available for this class. You will be driving yourself to Whispering Winds hobby farm.
**Schedule a private fossil hunt, tailored to you. For 1 to 10 individuals. Perfect for individuals trying to grow their collection, birthday parties, completion of Boy and Girl Scout Badges, or just a fun day out! 

Optional fee: $5 for a laminated fossil site map, several different site maps are available. Cash payable to instructor at class
Instructor -Beverly Sandlin is an amateur paleontologist and host of Bluffcountryfossils.net & accompanying Fossil Adventure Blog. She has lectured throughout southeast Minnesota on fossils and has hosted numerous tours and fossil hunts. Whispering Winds and one collection site are handicap accessible.
 

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08/15/19
Lawn Chair Night

Lawn Chair Night is a summer tradition in Decorah. Grab a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy local bands at the Courthouse square. 

All performances take place in front of the Winneshiek County Courthouse on Main Street. In the event of bad weather, musicians may choose to perform in the covered parking lot under the Decorah Public Library. Changes will be announced with local media. 

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08/17/19
FREE - Yoga in the Park

The Decorah Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with local yoga instructors to offer Free Yoga in the Park from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Saturdays from June through August.

This program will be held in the green space west of John Cline School. Bring your own mat or towel (limited supply available). No need to register, just show up!

Yoga in the Park is sponsored by Gundersen Health Clinic and Winneshiek Medical Center.
 

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