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Business Luncheon with NICC
04/12/19 - 06/03/19
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Golf Outing Sponsorships
06/24/19 - 06/24/19
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Golf Outing Team Registration
06/24/19 - 06/24/19
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Events in the next 30 days...
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05/21/19
May Program features Kerri Johannsen, Iowa Environmental Council


 

The Monthly Energy Breakfast series from the Winneshiek Energy District welcomes Kerri Johannsen from the Iowa Environmental Council to Decorah on Tuesday, May 21.  Johannsen will join the local energy conversation at 7:30 AM at T-Bock’s Sports Bar and Grill and share updates from this legislative session regarding clean and local energy. Register at energydistrict.org/breakfast by May 17th.

Johannsen will provide a review of activity from this spring’s legislative session including the recently defeated HF 669 “sunshine tax” bill, and bills that passed which negatively affect electric vehicles and energy efficiency. She will discuss future legislative challenges and opportunities, and what citizens and clean energy organizations can do now to prepare.

“Defeating the MidAmerican Energy attack on net metering in Iowa (HF669) was a huge win”, said Joel Zook of the Energy District. “It would have killed much of Iowa’s growing solar industry. We expect the utility efforts against customer-owned solar to continue, however and will discuss this and other issues at breakfast. If you’re considering solar, however, the upshot is: do it now!”

Kerri Johannsen is Energy Program Director with the Iowa Environmental Council. She has over a decade of experience in energy policy, most recently serving as the Council’s Manager of Government Affairs, leading state-level legislative strategy.  She previously developed energy policy with the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, administered the Iowa Power Fund for innovative clean energy projects, and worked as an analyst and Legislative Liaison with the Iowa Utilities Board before joining the Council in 2016.

The program will also feature a short introduction to the “Replace Our Ride” crowdfunding campaign. The Campaign was launched by the energy district mid-April and aims to raise $9,000 by May 31st to purchase a safe, reliable vehicle for the Green Iowa AmeriCorps team.  Learn more at energydistrict.org.


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05/23/19
Red's Retreat & Guesthouse Ribbon Cutting

Join the DACC in welcoming Red's Retreat & Guesthouse to the business community! Stop by for the ribbon cutting and stay for their open house. 

The home boasts 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and will sleep up to 13 guests. The additional 1,100 square foot common space is perfect for quilting retreats, family gatherings and more!

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05/23/19
Courtyard & Cellar Ribbon Cutting

Join the DACC in welcoming Dylan and Katie and with the Courtyard & Cellar to the business community. 
Join us for hte Ribbon Cutting and stay for happy hour.

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05/23/19
Local Business Happy Hour

Let's celebrate local business together!
During the month of May we celebrate National Small Business Week and locally we honor what it means to #LoveDecorah and shop local.
Let's take some time to gather and celebrate what small business means for Decorah. 
It will also be a great opportunity to network with business neighbors and colleagues. Visit with new business owners and expand your network. 

A group business photo will be taken at 5:30 p.m. by Brittany Todd with Photography by Brittany

All businesses are encourged to attend. 
 

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05/23/19
 -05/24/19
Red's Retreat & Guesthouse Open House

Join us for our open house May 23 & 24! We'll kick of the open house at Noon on Thursday with a Chamber ribbon cutting and open house to follow until 7pm and 10-5 on Friday. The Decorah Quilts of Valor group will also be set up sewing in the retreat space.

Red's Retreat & Guesthouse, conveniently located across the street from Vesterheim boasts 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and sleeps up to 13 with an additional 1,100 square feet of common space perfect for quilting retreats, family gatherings and more!

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05/24/19
Live Jazz: Free Time

Kicking off our full Graduation weekend is your favorite, Free Time! 

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05/24/19
MLB Tax & Accounting Ribbon Cutting

Join the DACC in congratulating MLB Tax & Accounting on their new location with a ribbon cutting celebration. 

EXPERIENCE. Michele Birdsell has been an Enrolled Agent since 2013 and has worked in the accounting and tax field for more than 10 years. She has recently opened her own office in Decorah and is excited to serve new clients.

EXPERTISE. Our office provides accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, and tax services for individuals and businesses. We are committed to providing excellent service for all of your accounting and/or tax needs.

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05/25/19
Live Music: Ghost Peaks

Ghost Peaks is back for another awesome night! A trio of Decorah's very talented musicians will rock the Courtyard- If the weather is bad, we'll just move inside to the Cellar. Show starts at 8pm. No cover charge!

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05/26/19
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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05/26/19
Empty Nest Winery Event

May 3 First Friday open with the El Caminos playing & smoked brisket on the buffet
May 3 Release Simplicity wine
May 12 Mothers Day Brunch tickets online at eventbrite.com
Memorial weekend luau party Friday 4-9pm; Sat-Sun- Monday 11-5pm
May 26 Live Music on the Patio 1-5pm
Memorial Weekend hours Friday 4-9pm; Sat. Sun & Monday 11-5  Hot food buffet all weekend, live music on patio Sunday @ 1pm  Release summer wines
May 30th Release Dragonfly Dreams Wine at 4pm
 

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05/26/19
Joe & Vicki Price!

Joe & Vicki are both member of the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame. They put on a great show!!
Nothing like a great live band, sitting (or dancing!) outside with a drink, and relaxing after a busy graduation weekend... Throw in a Heggies pizza for dinner and you're all set, we'll do the work for you!
Whether you're seeing Joe & Vicki for the first time or the 100th, it's quite an experience and you wont want to miss it! 
 

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05/26/19
Dandelion Festival

Local youths organizing Dandelion Festival

A festival celebrating all things dandelion is Sunday, May 26, in Phelps Park

The festival will include activities and games, an art show, a variety show, food and drinks.


 

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05/26/19
Upper Iowa Speedway Hosts 12th Annual Nordic Nationals

The Upper Iowa Speedway will host the 12th Annual Nordic Nationals Presented by American Racer on Sunday, May 26th. On tap for the evening will be the United States Modified Touring Series along with the Arnold Motor Supply Iron Man Series featuring the American Racer USRA Stock Cars, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, and Cook’s Racing Supply USRA Hobby Stocks.
 
Last year the event attracted drivers from 14 different states across the country. The highlighted class of the evening will be the United States Modified Touring Series as they battle for an impressive $2,500 to win. Extra money is up for grabs in all four classes.
 
Tickets will be available for purchase at the front gate: $20 for adults, $15 for juniors (12-16) and seniors (65+), and $5 for kids 11 and under. The grandstand opens at 3PM, hot laps at 6PM, and racing to follow at 6:30PM.
 
For more information visit usmts.com or find Upper Iowa Speedway on Facebook
 

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05/30/19
Soup and Learn: Johanna Bergan

This month's Soup and Learn will host Decorah City Council Woman, Johanna Bergan. Johanna will give her take on becoming a new council member, what the learning curve has been for her, and what issues she has taken action on so far. Q&A to follow.

Come at 5:30 to enjoy a simple soup and bread in community. Program will begin at 6:00 PM.

This informal gathering is open to all.

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05/30/19
Empty Nest Winery Event

May 3 First Friday open with the El Caminos playing & smoked brisket on the buffet
May 3 Release Simplicity wine
May 12 Mothers Day Brunch tickets online at eventbrite.com
Memorial weekend luau party Friday 4-9pm; Sat-Sun- Monday 11-5pm
May 26 Live Music on the Patio 1-5pm
Memorial Weekend hours Friday 4-9pm; Sat. Sun & Monday 11-5  Hot food buffet all weekend, live music on patio Sunday @ 1pm  Release summer wines
May 30th Release Dragonfly Dreams Wine at 4pm
 

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05/31/19
Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging

Back by popular demand!  Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging is bringing back our walk!  Our Aging, Active and Alive Walk will be held during Older Americans Month to celebrate the strength and vitality of older Americans and to emphasize the importance of being active!

This year's walk will be held on May 31 at  20 locations throughout our 18 county region in Northeast Iowa. Walks will be held in Iowa Falls, Toledo, Grinnell, Grundy Center, Eldora, Marshalltown, Cresco, Decorah, West Union, New Hampton, Waukon, Elkader, Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Green, Independence, Waverly, Dubuque, Manchester, and Bellevue

The walk is free and people of all ages are encouraged to participate. Register by May 10 to guarantee a free t-shirt! To register click here or call Vicki Hyke at 319-874-6847 or Janet Buls at 319-231-1551.

If you would like to be a sponsor, contact Lisa Wetzel at 319-874-6879 or email lwetzel@nei3a.org.


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06/01/19
Tattoo: Identity through Ink Opening Exhibit

For more than 5,000 years, tattoos have been used to document the history of humanity one painful mark at a time. Spanning cultures and continents, tattooing has adorned European nobility and Native Americans, celebrities and Scandinavian sailors, punks and presidents, and seemingly everyone else in between.

Valkyrie Strike IPA bottles will be sold exclusively at Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. and Vesterheim’s Museum Store for one month. Members of the Toppling Goliath team will be present at the exhibit opening on June 1, and of course Vesterheim will be serving “Valkyrie Strike” then.
 

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06/01/19
Driftless Discovery Trail Run

Run a 50K / 25K / 10K / 5K or kids 1Mi in a 470 million year old crater – 5 routes offer a gnarly challenge when you sign up for one of Decorah’s Driftless Discovery Trail Runs.

The 6th annual, Driftless Discovery Trail Run on June 1st, 2019 happens within the trail systems of Barnhart-Van Peenen, Palisades, Ice Cave Hill and Dunning Spring Parks. Those with a strong desire, craving, or undeniable urge to run trails will experience up to 5,500’ of total elevation gain. Sought after spoils are raffled off post-race thanks to The Decorah Hatchery, PIVO Brewery, Body Logics, Hibbett Sports, The Sugar Bowl and other supporters. Seriously, of all the paths you might take in life, make sure a few of them are the dirt trails of Decorah. You won’t regret it.

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06/01/19
Bend & Brew

Join us for an evening of yoga, appetizers, and beer. Laree from Reefuel will assist you with the 'bending' portion of the class, followed by a light fare of appetizers, and Pulpit Rock will finish if off with the 'brews'!
$25 per participant includes:
-1 hr, all levels, flow yoga class led by Laree S. from Reefuel
-Light appetizers
-One free beer after class at Pulpit Rock Brewing Company to reward all of your hard work

Register in advance at Pultpit Rock Brewing Co. or at the link below. 

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06/01/19
Lidtke Mill Pancake Breakfast

Donations will go to the historic Lidtke Mill. Pancake breakfast serving famous buckwheat pancakes. Also serving olde fashion buttermilk pancakes , blueberry and bacon pancakes. With Susage.

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06/03/19
Business Luncheon with NICC



NICC believes building and nurturing strong partnerships throughout northeast Iowa positively impacts our region's economic growth. This collaboration between College and community identifies the needs of employers and area students, resulting in family-sustaining jobs, a strong skilled workforce and a vibrant economy. Through the College, local business and industry can grow and expand, and students have opportunities to pursue their educational and career goals through continuing education.

Join the DACC for our quarterly business luncheon to learn more about how NICC can help you!

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06/03/19
Book Signing with Ann Bolson: A YEAR OF HOPE

Master’s Touch and Dragonfly Books are pleased to host Luther College graduate Ann Bolson with her new book A Year of Hope: 52 Weeks of Faith and Courage. A collection of Sunday morning messages, A Year of Hope looks to the wisdom of scripture to accompany spiritual journeys. Ann Bolson will be signing copies of her book and chatting one-on-one with visitors on Monday, June 3 between 4:30 - 6:00 PM at Master’s Touch.

This event is hosted by Master’s Touch, 104 W. Water St., Decorah, and sponsored Dragonfly Books. The event is free and open to the public.


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06/06/19
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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06/08/19
 -06/09/19
Metal Sculpture Class

Kelly Ludeking, Decorah native and nationally-recognized metal artist, will teach a hands-on metal artwork class at the Folk Art School at Vesterheim, the National Norwegian-American Museum and Heritage Center. The class, “Make Your Own Metal Sculpture,” takes place on June 8 and 9 and is open to students of all experience levels, including very beginners.
           
In Ludeking’s words, “Everyone, from the complete novice to an experienced metal worker, will enjoy this opportunity to try their hands at this rewarding craft.”
 

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06/13/19
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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06/13/19
June YP Event

Join us Thursday, June 13th, as Brianne shares stories from her journey as a small business owner in Decorah.

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06/13/19
Oneota Community Coop Ribbon Cutting

The Oneota Community Coop is wrapping up a complete store remodel. Join the DACC for a Ribbon Cutting to celebrate their improvements and commitment to the local business community. 
 

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06/14/19
Author Talk with Heidi Barr: WHAT COMES NEXT

Dragonfly Books welcomes Luther College graduate Heidi Barr for an author talk featuring her new Little Bound Book What Comes Next: Between Beauty and Destruction. In What Comes Next, Barr examines the emotions and everyday challenges that come with job loss. Barr will share her stories, talk about her book, and sign books on Friday, June 14 at 7:00 PM at Dragonfly Books.

This event is sponsored by Dragonfly Books at 112 W. Water St., Decorah and is free and open to the public. To learn more about this and other events at Dragonfly Books, please visit www.dragonflybooks.com, or contact us at events@dragonflybooks.com or 563-382-4275.


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06/16/19
Lime Springs Fire Dept. Fathers Day Breakfast

All you can eat! Free will donation. Serving pancakes, eggs, any way you want them, omelets with all the fixings, hash browns, pork sausage links, coffee, juice, and milk.

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06/20/19
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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