Speaker Date Topic
Les Askelson Feb 27, 2024 12:00 PM
The Inner Workings of KVIK Radio

DRC Sponsor: Lorraine Borowski

Les Askelson is the General Manager and locally well-known morning co-host voice at KVIK Radio in Decorah. He will be sharing information on the business and broadcasting developments at the station and provide insight into its day-to-day operations.

Les was born and raised on a farm in northeast Iowa. He graduated from Brown Radio Broadcasting in 1971. He has worked at WCCI in Savannah, IL, KCRG in Cedar Rapids, and KDEC in Decorah. He contributed 20 years of local public service as a County Supervisor for Winneshiek County and served two terms as Chairman, from 1997-2005 and again from 2011-2013 . His familiar voice may be heard as the track announcer for the Upper Iowa Speedway and sub-track announcer at the Iowa Speedway in Newton.

Formerly owned by Wennes Communications, longtime owner Greg Wennes exited the company in 2021 and in the process agreed to give up his 69% stake in six Wennes Communications stations and translators in Decorah and Waukon for $2.5 million in compensation. Concurrently, Les was able to increase his share of the ownership to a majority interest in KVIK and KNEI and retain his role as General Manager.

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**Please complete your meal sign-up prior to the meeting, preferably not later than close of business Monday. Our face-to-face meeting will be hosted at the VFW. The meal sign-up, meeting announcment, and any other logistical information will be distributed in advace to all members by email.

Colin Betts Mar 05, 2024 12:00 PM
Archeological Remote Sensing at Highlandville School

DRC Sponsor: Kim Bonnet

Dr. Colin Betts, Professor of Anthropology at Luther College, will be discussing the use of remote sensing technology to provide details about buried archaeological materials without excavating as a vital part of modern archaeology. Last November he shared fascinating details on a project investigating the history of the Ice Cave Mill. This talk will show how Luther College students have used these remote sensing techniques to discover details about the historic Highlandville School.

Dr. Betts is a Luther alumnus and has been a professor in the anthropology department since 1999. He also serves as the director of the Anthropology Laboratory. Some of his course topics include Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Born to Run, Experimental Archaeology, and Remote Sensing in Archaeology. His research focuses on North American archaeology, mound construction, ethnicity, research methods and geophysical survey. His research is focused on the late prehistoric and early historic period in Northeast Iowa. The Upper Iowa valley has a fascinating and rich archaeological heritage that spans thousands of years of human habitation and provides an ideal natural laboratory for conducting research with students. His recent activities have focused on using a combination of archaeological and historic resources identifying the ethnic dimensions of the area’s most recent inhabitants as well as on understanding how the construction and use of mounds served both in the construction of the cultural landscape and as means of dealing with the impacts of European contact.

He obtained his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois (U of I) at Urbana-Champaign in 2000. He also holds an M.A. from U of I and a B.A. in Anthropology and History awarded by Luther College in 1993.

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**Please complete your meal sign-up prior to the meeting, preferably not later than close of business Monday. Our face-to-face meeting will be hosted at the VFW. The meal sign-up, meeting announcment, and any other logistical information will be distributed in advace to all members by email.

Nate Furler and Tanya O'Connor Mar 12, 2024 12:00 PM
Oneota Community Cooperative 50th Anniversary

DRC Sponsor: Kim Bonnet

Oneota Community Cooperative (Co-op) General Manager Nate Furler and Marketing Outreach Coordinator Tanya O'Connor will be providing some history and an update on the inner working of the Co-op on the 2024 occasion of its 50th year of service to the local community. They will share ways for local community members to be involved in the 50th Anniversary celebration.

The Oneota Co-op is a community-owned grocery store. It follows seven internationally recognized cooperative principles that serve as guidelines by which co-ops put their values into practice, including a democratically elected board of directors. The local Co-op prioritizes the building of bonds between the people who supply their products and the people who use them. It includes a commitment to local producers and other companies with a dedication to healthy food and goods, the quality of life for those who produce these things, and the impact of production on our planet.

For more information about the Oneota Co-op please visit their website at https://oneotacoop.com.

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**Please complete your meal sign-up prior to the meeting, preferably not later than close of business Monday. Our face-to-face meeting will be hosted at the VFW. The meal sign-up, meeting announcment, and any other logistical information will be distributed in advace to all members by email.

Jessica Rilling Mar 19, 2024 12:00 PM
Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce 100th Anniversary

DRC Sponsor: Kim Bonnet

Jessica Rilling, Executive Director of the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce (DACC) will be speaking on the history of the organization, its contributions to the local community, and plannd special events that will celebrate the 100th year of its existence.

The DACC mission is to be the most trusted resource in the business community for advocacy, collaboration, and education. For 100 years, their vision has been to shape and inspire a vibrant business community holding on to four core values: (1) integrity of leadership; (2) responsiveness to business needs; (3) service as a dependable partner for area businesses and community organizations; and (4) commitment to serving members and the community.

Since 1924, the DACC’s has focused on keeping the Decorah area business community strong. Today, they represent more than 300 area businesses. Their membership spans every sector of business including manufacturing, healthcare, retail, restaurants, wellness, service, and visitor attractions.

For more information on the DACC please visit their website at https://www.decorahareachamber.com.

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**Please complete your meal sign-up prior to the meeting, preferably not later than close of business Monday. Our face-to-face meeting will be hosted at the VFW. The meal sign-up, meeting announcment, and any other logistical information will be distributed in advace to all members by email.