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July 29, 2014

  • Long  journey home:
    This is a story about journeys, and about going home.

    The story involves a group of brave men and women who sought religious freedom and economic opportunity in a land foreign to them -- and who were determined to make a home there.

    It also involves a group of those early immgrants’ descendants -- who, 190 years later, went home again. 
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  • Puppet Project expanding
    In 1999, Decorah’s Puppet Project was born, with the idea of bringing even more magic to the Nordic Fest parade. 
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  • Ben Gardner named director of Oneota Film Festival
    Ben Gardner, a Decorah native, has been selected director of the Oneota Film Festival (OFF). The announcement was made by Nancy Sojka, president of the festival’s board of directors. 
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  • The story is fascinating. The music is enchanting. The young people are amazing. 

    All these components are present in the 2014 Young People’s Production of The Burnt Part Boys. 
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  • Award-winning Norwegian films to be spotlighted at Nordic Fest
    ONEOTA Film Festival and Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in special arrangement with the Norwegian Film Institute will present recent Norwegian films beginning with the award-winning documentary North of the Sun (Nordfor Sola). It will play at 3 p.m., July 25, at the Amdal-Odland Heritage Center at 523 W. Water Street across from Vesterheim Museum in downtown Decorah. 
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  • Review: June Melby’s memoir a warm, wise celebration of family, and a meditation  on the pursuit of the ‘American Dream’
    The other day I was reading aloud to a friend of mine from June Melby’s recently published memoir, “My Family and Other Hazards”; I had to keep stopping to wipe my eyes so I could see the print -- I was laughing so hard that I was crying.

    I really, really like that in a book.  
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  • Decorah’s ArtHaus welcomes new co-directors
    After six years, the two public faces of ArtHaus -- co-founders Kristin Underwood and Lea Lovelace -- are stepping aside. 
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  • 'Spirituality and Your Life Story':
    Dragonfly Books is hosting a four-week discussion series with local author Bradley Hanson on his new book, “Spirituality and Your Life Story,” starting Wednesday, July 2, at 7-8:30 p.m. at Dragonfly Books in downtown Decorah. 
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  • Mollie B performing with Jim Busta  Band at Winneshiek County fair July 8
    Mollie B is performing with the Jim Busta Band at the Winneshiek County Fair Tuesday, July 8, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in front of the grandstand following the coronation of the 2014 fair royalty.
    Admission is free. 
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  • Exhibition of chalk pastel drawings by J.K. Hall at Java John’s in Decorah through July
    An exhibition of 11 original chalk pastel drawings by John Hall is on display in the Reading Room of Java John’s, 400 W. Water St., Decorah. 
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  • Retiring Carol Gaustad, Elizabeth Lorentzen exemplify art of teaching
    It's the end of an era in the Decorah School District.

     In January, 17 Decorah teachers with combined service of 508 years to the District announced they would retire.

     Among those moving on are two longtime art teachers – Carol Gaustad, most recently a teacher at John Cline and Carrie Lee; and Elizabeth Lorentzen, who is retiring from Decorah High School.

     Together, they served the District for 76 years. 
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  • Luther College announces 2014-15 Center Stage Series
    Luther College Center Stage Series invites you to be at the center of it all with 10 acclaimed arts performances on the Center for Faith and Life stage for the 2014-15 season, Sept. 13-April 11.  
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  • ‘What’s Your Spark?’ programs start at library
    “What’s Your Spark?” is a series of free, weekly hands-on activity and reading programs for anyone age 10 and older, including curious adults.  
    Running through Aug. 4, the series focus is on things to make, do and learn about that “spark” ideas and creative self expression; develop useful skills and build connections with others (human and non-human).   
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  • The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Burr Oak is seeking vendors of handmade/homemade goods, of any time period, for the annual Laura Day Celebration Saturday, June 28. 
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