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November 22, 2014
Wrestling champs from spring of 1974
This keepsake photograph pictures the Decorah High School wrestling squad from 1974. The team captured the Northeast Iowa Conference title that year. Pictured in front row, from left, are: Gary Cline, Roger Dahlen, Bruce Kinseth, Lars Sacquitne, Dean Barth, Dan Hovden, and Al Thornton; and in second row, from left, are: Rick Swanson, Tom Hovey, Les Kinseth, Mike Molumby, Roger Rausch, Paul Wolfe and Randy Kittelson. Coaches in the back row are Jim Dohse and LeRoy Kopriva. (Photo by Rick Fromm)
  • $5,000 a year goes to local school, colleges
         EIGHTY YEARS AGO: More than $5,000 a year is being poured into Decorah, Luther College and the Decorah College for Girls as a result of the activities of the federal government’s Student Emergency Relief program. Thirty-three boys and nine girls are paid $15 a month at 30 cents per hour for the educational work.  The New Deal is helping 2,000 students in 65 colleges nationwide. 
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  • Sheriff Graf nabs a slippery robber
       EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Sheriff M. Graf has nabbed a slippery robber who stole $668.85 over in Dubuque. The police gong rang in Decorah early Monday morning and a short time later the phone in the office of Sheriff Graf rang with the alert. The calls were to notify the local authorities to be on the lookout for the man who robbed a tavern two miles out of Dubuque. When the daily bus arrived in Decorah in the morning, the local police were on hand to meet it. The bus stopped at the Winneshiek Hotel, where Sheriff Graf promptly confronted the suspect. The man gave up the roll of bills and $23 in silver. The thief was taken off to the local jail in quick order. He was described as a “tough egg;” but he was arrested here without any trouble. 
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  • EIGHTY YEARS AGO: There are now plans for a state park for the village of Bluffton. A 100-acre state park, comprising a strip of land up to 200 yards wide along each side the Oneota River for a total distance of one mile, is a strong possibility in the future. 
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  • Fire Department boasts modern, new equipment
     EIGHTY YEARS AGO: If a farm fire should break out in this vicinity, the firefighters here in town will be ready to go. The Fire Department now boasts modern, new pumping equipment for fighting such blazes. According to Theo. Moen, fire chief, the fire-fighting equipment in Decorah has been doubled. A new truck has arrived and is reportedly doing efficient service. 
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  • Frank Germann celebrates 22 years in clothing business
    EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Frank Germann came to Decorah and opened his small clothing store in the Citizens Savings Bank building 21 years ago this month. From the first day he opened doors here, he has been steady, fair, courteous and generous to the public. We applaud him as he begins his 22nd year as Decorah’s outstanding clothier. 
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  • New fire truck is on display Saturday
    EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Decorah’s new fire truck will be on display here Saturday night. The truck will be given a 12-hour test of its pumping equipment at the fairgrounds. 
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  • EIGHTY YEARS AGO: The public schools here in Decorah are badly crowded as enrollment continues to be on the increase. All will agree that the congestion in classrooms is making teachers’ tasks difficult. Space issues have forced some instructors into private residences. The commercial department, for example, is currently offering courses in the C.J. Weiser residence, with the school paying out rent of upwards of $75 per month.


     

     



     
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  • St. Lucas man fined for under-sized bass
        EIGHTY YEARS AGO: It cost Edward Klemmer of St. Lucas about $33.25 for having nine under-sized bass in his possession when he was stopped along the Turkey River between Spillville and Fort Atkinson by Game Warden George Kaufman of Lansing. This fine included court costs assessed by George E. Cooney of Fort Atkinson, justice of the peace. When the fisherman saw the game warden he promptly dropped the fish, which he had been carrying on a stringer, in the grass and marched right along to the warden, all the while denying having possessed the fish in question. The St. Lucas man also had no valid fishing license. It is reported that the warden may have been more lenient had the culprit “come clean” immediately. 
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  • Church people of this area want to help drought victims
    EIGHTY YEARS AGO: The church people of this area and other territories know they are blessed with rain and good crops; and they are urging the government and Red Cross to continue to raise funds for relief in the severely drought-stricken areas of the Dakotas and in parts of Nebraska and Missouri. 
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  • Erosion causing a tremendous loss of soil
    EIGHTY YEARS AGO: A tremendous loss of soil is reported in this area through erosion. Thirty four tons of soil per acre were lost in one year on un-terraced rolling land according to a spokesman here last week. 
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  • New uniforms expected for the VFW drum, bugle corps

    EIGHTY YEARS AGO: The snappy new uniforms for the VFW Boys Drum and Bugle Corps are scheduled to arrive this week. 

    …The Happy Hustlers 4-H Club met last week at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Vine. A delightful program entitled “Ode to Posture” was presented to the club members by Loretta Anderson.

     

     
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  • Co-ed decision for Luther is deferred

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    IGHTY YEARS AGO: A much-anticipated decision on co-education at Luther College has been deferred. After two full days and nights of meetings, the board members of the Norwegian Lutheran Church of America were unable to recommend a single plan of action for the proposal. A series of speeches held during the board gathering revealed that there is considerable division of opinion on the matter of co-education. Debate continues. In other news, the Decorah College for Girls has voted to make no change in operation of the college for the coming school year. Dr. Ottar Tinglum has presided over the college for the past few years and will continue in his position.

     
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  • DHS earns another scholastic accolade
        EIGHTY YEARS AGO: The highest of scholastic honors has once again been won by Decorah High School, placing third in competition with all Class A high schools in the state. Miss Olga Strandvold, the capable daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Georg Strandvold, had the unusual distinction of placing first in the World History examinations. Samie Meyer was fifth in English literature and Elmer Bredesen took seventh in American Literature. A splendid record indeed. 
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  • Bluffton’s McCaffrey wins ‘big egg’ contest
        EIGHTY YEARS AGO: Leonard McCaffrey of Bluffton Township beat Hans Williams and Carl Gulbranson of Madison Township for the “Biggest Egg” challenge here in town. The winning egg weighed 4 ½ ounces. The prize egg is proudly displayed in the window of the newspaper office for all to see. 
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  • Total of 73 students graduate from DHS
    EIGHTY YEARS AGO: A grand total of 73 students will graduate from the Decorah High School this weekend. The class of accomplished seniors will be honored at exercises at the C.K. Preus gymnasium at Luther College. 
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