Decorah named one of the "Prettiest Towns in America"

Decorah named to Forbes 'Prettiest Towns' list

Decorah was named to the Forbes "America's Prettiest Towns" list, detailing Nordic Fest and the variety of outdoor activities available in our little corner of the world. Kyle Munson, a blogger for the Des Moines Register, did us one better-mentioning Decorah being named to the list in a blog post today.

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Curtis Reiso

Luther College alumnus given Pioneer Memorial Award

Curtis Reiso, Luther College class of 1954, was given the Pioneer Memorial Award at the Heritage Club Dinner in Decorah this spring. The Pioneer Memorial Award was established in 1988 to honor individuals who characterize the spirit of Heritage Club and whose generous support serves as an inspiration to others. It is for his visionary commitment and steadfast support to Luther that the college presented the 2013 Pioneer Memorial Award to Reiso.

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Luther professors attended conference in Italy

Luther College professors attend ACM-SAIL seminar in Italy

Three Luther College professors explored the links among Earth, the environment and culture during a seminar in Italy this summer. Anita Carrasco, Beth Lynch and Matt Simpson participated in the Associated Colleges of the Midwest-Mellon Seminar for Advanced Interdisciplinary Learning.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Paideia text in the news-Decision made on Lacks' cells

Those who read last year's Paideia text at Luther, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot may be interested in this report from Reuters news service: "The National Institutes of Health announced on Wednesday that it had reached an agreement with the family of the late Henrietta Lacks, the African-American woman whose cancer cells scientists took without her permission 62 years ago and used to create an endlessly replicating cell line now used in countless labs worldwide."

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Luther announces 2013 graduates

Luther College held commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2013 Sunday, May 19 at 10 a.m. in Luther College's Regents Center Main Gym. A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,500, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the bachelor of arts degree in 60 majors and pre-professional programs.

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Luther announces 2013 spring semester Dean's List

Kevin Kraus, Luther College vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, announces Luther students were named to the 2013 spring semester Dean's List. There were 310 seniors named to the Dean's List, 199 juniors, 181 sophomores and 103 first year students.

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Brooke Joyce

'Talking Trees' on IPR Aug. 3

Luther College composer-in-residence Brooke Joyce shares insight on his unique new project "Talking Trees," on Iowa Public Radio's Iowa Arts Showcase with Jacqueline Halbloom at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3.

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Nordic Choir

Members of Luther College Nordic Choir to perform National Anthem at Minnesota Twins game Aug. 12

Members of the Luther College Nordic Choir, one of the top college choirs in the nation, have been selected to represent the music department of Luther College by singing the National Anthem at an upcoming Minnesota Twins game at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn., Aug. 12. The Twins will host the Cleveland Indians at 7:10 p.m. Tickets are available through http://tinyurl.com/mutd47v.

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Luther College Seeks Friendship Families

The International Student Friendship Family Program is seeking individuals or families in the Decorah community to help Luther College's incoming international students adjust to life at Luther College and in the United States.

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