Archives 2014


Winneshiek County residents care... More than 100 protesters came to the courthouse to air their opinion about hog confinement as reported by KWWL.

Hog Confinement Protest

Bruce Braley and Tom Harkin

Braley and Harkin at Java John's in Decorah

Thanks to Democrats throughout the state who worked hard on the Braley campaign. U.S. Senate Candidate, Bruce Braley, and Senator Tom Harkin were in Decorah on Sunday, November 2, at Java John's Coffee Shop, 400 West Water Street.

The #iowafreshstart tour rolled through Decorah on the morning of October 30, 2014!

#iowafreshstart in Decorah

Winn Dems in Action

Winneshiek County Dem Headquarters Grand Opening

On Monday, Sept. 8, Democrats from across the county came together to celebrate the opening of the Decorah Field Office (Decorah, IA) 105 W. Water St. Speakers included Rick Edwards, Barbara Massman, and Pat Murphy.

Edwards, Massman, Murphy
Winn Dems
Rick Edwards speaks

The Decorah office will be the hub of organizing for our neighborhood, where folks will come together to elect Bruce Braley and Democrats up and down the ticket.

Candidates and Friends!

Democratic Events

Roger Thomases and Rich Edwardses

Roger Thomas's and Rick Edwards'

Rick Edwards Fundraiser on Sunday, Sept 21st Rick's home, 2742 Hidden Falls Drive. Decorah The party will begin at 2:00 and conclude at 5:00. There will be a live band from Decorah and local beers available.

Democratic All Star Four County Fundraiser on Sunday, Oct 19, 1:00 PM. Johnson's Restaurant, 916 High St, Elkader

Executive Committee meeting, Headquarters, Sept 18

Central Committee meeting, The Oaks, Sept 25th

Garden Party: August 2014

Meet and Greet Pat Murphy

Ed and Joyce Epperly hosted Winn Democrats and Pat Murphy, 2014 Democratic candidate for Congress in Iowa's 1st Congressional District, on August 19, 2014.

Working for Working Families

More photos of the event...

Reclaiming Opportunity for All at Nordic Fest

Even the Norsk Need to Vote!
Nordic Fest Float

Nordic Fest 2014

State Convention

Members of the Winneshiek County Democrats attended the state convention on June 21, 2014. Delegates met with several candidates and their staff members.

Roger Thomas is retiring from the Iowa House, and we’ve got the perfect gift for him-

a great Democrat to carry on his work--Rick Edwards!

Roger and Rick and wives

A reception to honor Roger, and a fundraiser to support Rick’s election to the Iowa House was held at the Boyd Wasson home in Decorah on May 30th. Vote in the primary on June 3! More photos...

First District Convention

First District

Eight people from Winneshiek County participated in the First District Convention on April 26th in Vinton: Joyce Becker, Deborah Bishop, Phyllis Burri, Steve Heins, Mary Hoffman, Georgie Klevar, and Peter and Becky Olafsen.

The Convention delegates heard speeches by Bruce Braley, candidate for the Senate; Jack Hatch, Gubernatorial candidate; and all five candidates for Congress. The delegates also voted on representatives to the State Central Committee and approved a platform. More photos...

Congressman Bruce Braley


Congressman Bruce Braley visited Decorah on Monday, April 14, 2014. He met with students at Luther College and then went on to a fundraiser at the home of Georgie and Harv Klevar. There he talked to over 60 people about his commitment to the middle class and veterans.

Braley and co-chairs

Braley with Winn. Co. Co-chairs

He said that he keeps a worn pair of work boots in his office from the days when he worked construction while in law school. They are there to remind him that many of his constituents are working that hard every day and he wants them to have opportunities. This led to a discussion of the importance of investing in education. After he finished speaking, he circulated and visited with many of the guests. More photos...

Winneshiek County Democrats Convention 2014

The Winneshiek County Democrats met at their biennial convention on Saturday, March 8, 2014 to discuss issues of local, state, and national importance. The resulting platform covered agricultural, environmental, economic, and governmental issues as well as health care and international affairs.

Included in the formally adopted platform were support for programs to protect soil and water resources, programs to strengthen sustainable agriculture, and programs that make it feasible for beginning and small farmers to adapt to the shifting of agricultural land ownership. Strong support for “protections to health, the local environment, and the local economy as they relate to ‘fracing’ and ‘frac sand’ mining” was a statement of the official platform.

Elected delegates also supported statements to reduce dependence on fossil and carbon-emitting energy sources by implementing solar, wind, wave, and geothermal energy systems together with the distribution systems needed to make them viable.

“These statements fit well with the efforts already in place in the area,” noted Georgie Klevar, co-chair of the local Democratic organization.

Dealing with economic concerns, the assembly also affirmed the need to address the looming Student Loan Debt crisis, maintaining Social Security and Medicare benefits, assisting veterans, and economic equity for women.

“It was good to hear candidates and representatives of candidates for local, state, and national offices speak to these issues as well,” stated Klevar.

Establishing equitable access to free speech, public financing of elections, and prioritizing human and infrastructure needs over weapons of war were included in the extensive platform document. Parts of this document will be combined with other county platforms and further debated and voted on at the First District Democratic Convention held on Saturday, April 26 in Vinton. Winneshiek County residents representing the Democrats will be Joyce Becker, Deborah Bishop, Steven Hein, Georgie Klevar, Becky Olafsen, and Peter Olafsen. The Democrats State Convention will be held Saturday, June 21 in Des Moines.

“Local people discussing issues that affect Winneshiek County is democracy at its best,” said Pat Brockett, co-chair of the Winneshiek County Democrats.

District Democrats Planning Committee

District Planning Meeting

Members of the Democrats District Planning Committee met at Black Hawk County Democrats headquarters in Waterloo on March 15, 2014. Deborah Bishop of Decorah is part of the committee. More photos...

Minutes of the Winneshiek County Democrats Convention on March 8, 2014...

It's Easy Being Green

St. Pat's Day Gathering Decorations

More photos

Members of the Winneshiek County Democrats met at the home of Sue and Doug Burks on March 16, 2014 to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, enjoy some music and refreshments, and hear potential candidates address a few of the issues in this year's elections.

Decorah Video

President Barack Obama waves to people along the road in Decorah, Iowa, Aug. 15, 2011, during a three-day bus tour in the Midwest focusing on ways to grow the economy. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama waves to people along the road in Decorah, Iowa, Aug. 15, 2011,

during a three-day bus tour in the Midwest focusing on ways to grow the economy.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Read about it in the Decorah Newspapers HERE.