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..**.***************ALL FOR ADC 980 2498 00-00-00 62P 32"I" SMALL TOWN PAPERS **C005_A 217 W COTA ST t]  I..," SHELTON WA 98584-2263 I/ lhh,h,h,hhh,h,h,h,hh,hhlh,,,lh,,lhl THE FROMM: Living the good life in small-town America. OPINION - Page A4 Thursday, March 17, 2011 Vol. 146, Issue 11 Decorah, Iowa 52101 Phone 563-382-4221 Two Sections Price Seventy-Five Cents OPINION: Page A4 RELIGION: Page Ao7 OBITUARIES: Page A-8 'The ship that launched a thousand books': Good Shepherd Sunday school kids join ...... Luther-based initiative, 'Books for Namibia' By Julie Berg-Raymond URING espe- cially difficult times -- when, for exam- ple, just watching the news on televi- sion requires a certain amount of courage, and bidding a co-work- er good morning can seem like an act of faith -- something as simple as hearing a child's voice nual Lenten Project, which they hope will raise enough money to send I000 books to two Lu- theran high schools in northern Namibia. In doing this, the Sun- day School is joining forces with "Empowering Learners, Stock- ing the Shelves/Books for Na- mibia" -- a project initiated by Luther staff member Ann Spon- berg Peterson and Luther junior Ethan Schultz. email: fax: 563-382-5949 SPORTS: Page A-12 CLASSIFIEDS: Page B,3 . ARTS: Page B-10 "For me, music eliminated the visual differences I saw and showed me all the similarities we shared," Lutehr junior Ethan Schultz says of singing as part of the Luther African Choir with the Oshigambo High School choir in January, 2010. (Submitted photo) .... ...... : Ann Sponberg>Peters0n r : and Ethan Schultz ', (Photo: Julie Berg.Raymond) :i time actually carries surface wa- ter, Oshigambo High School in northern Namibia is a place that knows the power of hope. The school buildings sand- wich the river -- which, true to its ephemeral nature, flowed and broke its banks in 2006, flood- ing the school's village and then leaving again. A fig tree grow- ing on the river's shore is called "omukwiyugwemanya" -- a name derived from the fact that it grew oa rock. The high school, a mission- Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Sunday school students from Pre-K to 9th grade sang with the Luther College African Choir last weekend, kicking off the Sunday school's Lenten project -- raising $500 to purchase books for school children in Nambia. (Photo: Julie Berg-Raymond) raised in song can make all the difference. Last Sunday at Good Shep- herd Lutheran Church in Deco- rah, Sunday school students from Pre-K to 9th grade -- in concert with the Luther College African Choir -- went a long way toward making that kind of difference. They were launching their an- The Sunday school's goal is $500, and the "Books For Na- mibia" project will run through Palm Sunday, April 17. Books for Namibia Not far from the oldest desert in the world and situated on the banks of a river that, only once in awhile and for short periods of ary and church school of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia and one of the oldest in the northern part of the country, is especially noted for its excel- Books Continued on page A-3 Area students named to All-S[ zte The much-anticipated All-State Individual Speech Festival nomina- tions were released this week, and several area students are participat- ing. The Individual All-State Festival is March 28, on UNI's campus. Select groups from Winneshiek County Schools rated high marks at the State Speech Contest earlier this month at Starmont and learned of their All-State honors this week. Decorah High School students selected to perform at All-State are Erica Bjelland, storytelling; Liv Ulring, after dinner speaking; and Pearl Faldet, storytelling. The students' coach is Amanda Huinker. All-State honoree from Turkey Valley is Alex Meirick, prose. South Winneshiek's All-State honoree is Kennidee DeVilbiss, acting. The coach for South Winneshiek is Margie Holien. Decorah High School's indi- vidual speech participants, coached by Amanda Huinker, competed last Saturday in Starmont. Twenty- seven students participated in the contest. Out of Decorah's 38 per- formances, 27 received I ratings. Of the 27 1 ratings, 17 received straight rs. DECORAH 9 Receiving a I rating: Poetry: Alison Schwartzhoff Improvisational: Sam Iverson Acting: Gabriela Deifelt- Streese Other Participants Storytelling: Gabriela Deifelt- Streese, Maria Hoyme Review: Maria Hoyme DECORAH 10-12 Receiving a 1 rating: Speech Continued on page A-3 Masopust time Becky Neuzil of Spillville and Kurt Anfinson of Ossian kick up their heels during the annual Masopust celebration - a Czech-style Mardi Gras -- at the Protivin Community Center. (Photo by Joyce Meyer) It's Mardi Gras -- Czech style By Joyce Meyer A large crowd enjoyed the annual Masopust, a Czech style Mardi Gras, that was held recently at the Protivin Community CefitEn .......... The Masopust -- meaning in Czech "good-bye to meat'S,-- celebration traditionally takes place during the period before the start of Lent, Ash Wednesday. This local festive event was organized by the Czech Heritage Partnership, whose mission is the preserva- tion and promotion of heritage and culture in coopera- tion with others, Czech or not, of like mind. The event benefits local heritage and historic projects. The fun-filled festivities started at noon with live music from the Little Fisherman Band. Activities scheduled throughout the afternoon into the evening included two sessions of Czech songs and dances from the Czech Youth Ensemble Svetlusky (Fireflies) from Cedar Rapids under the-direction 0f'Donna Merkle, The Protivin Czech Choir, The Joseph J. and Martha M. Pecinovsky Scholarship presented to Turkey Val- ley senior Calsey Schwamman, live and silent auctions and a Czech meal. For Masopust 2011, the recognized Czech village was Driten, in south Bohemia. The Driten area is the ancestral home to many of the early settlers in North- east Iowa. Co-chairpersons for this event were Linus Voves and Eileen Tlusty. County approves budget; only minor changes in rates Union employees, elected officials receive 1.75% raises By Sarah Strandberg Winneshiek County's annual budget hearing Monday generated few comments. There will be only a slight change in the property tax rate under the $19,549,584 2011/2012 fiscal year budget that was unanimously ap- proved by the Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors after Mon- day's hearing. The proposed tax rate for resi- dents of incorporated areas is $7. ! 5 per $1,000 of taxable value, 5 cents less than the current levy. The pro- posed rate of $8.87 per $1,00.0 of taxable value for rural residents is an increase of 3 cents. The supervisors also approved salary increases for the county's elected officials. The Winneshiek County Compensation Board rec- ommended 2 percent increases for all except newly elected Win- neshiek County Recorder Teresa Bockman. But the supervisors ap- proved 1.75 percent increases for all but Bockman. The county's union employees are receiving the same increase. Paul Hunter of rural Decorah questioned whether anything had gone up significantly in the budget or any cuts had been made. Askelson explained due to the number of veterans needing ser- vices, an additional staff member has been added to the Winneshiek County Veteran's Affairs office. "We're seeing an increase. Over 1,200 veterans are being served right now. With the work load and more attention needed from the di- rector, the VA Commission felt it was time to bring in somebody in that office," Askelson said. With the additional employee, Askelson said the office would now be open through the noon hour. "It's better service for our veter- ans," he said. The Board chairman said an- other staff person has been added in the recorder's office, which will help with efficiency. He noted funding for county libraries increased 2 cents, for an overall increase of about $15,000. "Due to the economic times, we heard from county librarians that use is up for families who cannot afford Internet and access to com- puters, that's why we allowed that increase. Mental health budget The county's mental health bud- get expenditures will increase from the $2,310,024 re-estimated total for the current budget to $3,244,376 in 2011/12. Mental health budget County Continued on page A-3 12 years experience, 5 years in Esthetics Emily Jones 5 years experience Linda Arneson 32 years experience