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Decorah Council signs MOU on electric scooters

The Decorah City Council discussed the possibility of permitting Bird Scooters – a rentable, electric stand-up scooter sharing system– during their May 16 meeting. A representative of Bird Rides, Inc. was present via Zoom to answer questions posed by the council, such as helmet use, education on the scooters, age restrictions and more. The discussion centered around the possibility of signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the company, which ultimately passed via a motion by Councilmember Zittergruen.
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Authorities Investigate Animal Neglect in Chickasaw County

Authorities are investigating possible animal neglect at a farm about 15 miles northwest of New Hampton. The Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office says they received a report of alleged animal neglect shortly before 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, at 1660 130th Street, Alta Vista. Deputies responded to the address, owned by Dianne Williams, met with Derek Burton, who lives at the address, and an investigation was conducted over the next four days.
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School board members recognized by supt.

CRESCO - May is School Board Recognition Month, and Supt. Ted Ihns recognized the five school board members at the May 16 meeting, giving them a certificate. This year has been even more busy than recent years for the board — they had to hire a superintendent to replace Ihns and are in the midst of hiring a secondary principal and constructing a new addition for approximately $8 million.
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LeFebvre retiring after nearly 40 years

CRESCO - Last week, the Times Plain Dealer focused on elementary teachers who were retiring, Kelly Buehler, Julie Wilson and Teresa Zeimetz. The only other retiree from Notre Dame and Crestwood is Karen LeFebvre. She has taught a total of 39-and-a-half years in Cresco, the first 12 years at Notre Dame, starting at the high school.
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Steven ‘Steve’ Slifka, 65

CRESCO - Steve M. Slifka, age 65, of Cresco, Iowa, passed away peacefully on May 24, 2022, at home surrounded by his family. “Professional workmanship with a personal touch.” These are the words that Steve Slifka chose to promote his business — Steve Slifka Construction. For those who knew him, they knew he lived out that motto. Steve strove for excellence in every project of his career, and for anyone who had the pleasure of meeting him, he left a lasting personal touch.

New Hampton Heartland Days Parade Entries Due Friday (05.27)

New Hampton’s “Heartland Days” is two weeks away, but the deadline for parade entries is this week. The parade is set for its usual Friday night run on June 10th, but New Horizon’s Chamber Director Jason Speltz says some other features will be different that night.

Tripoli man Arrested for Sex Abuse Again

On May 9th the Bremer County Sheriff’s Office arrested 51 year-old Tracy Buchholz of Tripoli. He was charged with sexual abuse 3rd degree following an investigation of a February 8, 2022 incident, near Bremer. On Thursday, May 26th Buchholz was arrested for an additional charge of sexual abuse 3rd degree. The second charge is from an incident that occurred on April 25, 2022 at Sweet Marsh, northeast of Tripoli. The two incidents are unrelated; Both persons involved were acquaintances of Buchholz. On his Facebook page Buchholz is listed as co-owner of Panther Lanes in Tripoli. Sex abuse 3rd is a “C” felony.

Bremer County man arrested on sex abuse charges for the second time this month

Bremer County — The Bremer County Sheriff's Office is reporting new sex abuse charges for a man arrested earlier this month in connection with a separate incident. Tracy Buchholz, 51, of Tripoli was arrested and charged with 3rd degree sexual abuse, a class C felony, on May 9th, following an investigation into a February 8th incident near Bremer.

Iowa woman facing charges after dozens of animals found neglected

ALTA VISTA, Iowa (WOWT) - Animal neglect charges are pending against an Iowa woman. Law enforcement has charges pending following the removal of 23 dogs, five cats and four other dead dogs from an Alta Vista property Sunday. It happened after a report prompted a four-day-long investigation. The surviving dogs...

USC downs Mabel-Canton to advance in 1A tournament

WELLS, Minn. (KEYC) - The Section 1A baseball tournament kicked off with the sixth-seeded United South Central Rebels hosting the 11th-seeded Mabel-Canton Cougars at Thompson Park on Wednesday. The Rebels put forth a four-run second inning to aid in the 9-1 victory and advance in the tournament. USC will play...
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Ghost Army of WWII

CRESCO - World War II soldier. What comes to your mind? A young man wearing a green uniform and helmet, carrying a rifle or machine gun, with a cigarette hanging loosely by his lips? Perhaps he is ready to go into combat or just got out of a fight. That...
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RHSHC welcomes women’s health specialist

CRESCO - Dr. Randall Bremner, a board certified gynecologist who has been practicing in Northeast Iowa for 34 years, joined the staff of the Cresco Medical Clinic and Regional Health Services of Howard County in January. His practice is focused exclusively on women’s health through all stages of a woman’s life.

Stand in the Light Memory Choir

May 23rd: An evening of choral music featuring the Luther College Nordic Choir from Decorah, Iowa and the Stand In The Light Memory Choir from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. This performance is in support of the Standing in the Light Memory Choir and the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County. Their work raises awareness and supports a strong community for adults with memory loss and those with disabilities.

Ribbon Cutting, Open House for Relocated New Hampton Daycare Thursday

The public can get its first look at the relocation and expansion of Great Plays Daycare in New Hampton Thursday. The center was awarded an “Investing in Iowa Childcare” grant last fall of almost $750,000 to help make the move into a new home in an unused wing of First United Methodist Church on North Locust Avenue. Brian Carolan is on the daycare’s Board of Directors and says they’re ready to show off its new location and new look.