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iowa Today is a pretty neat day to be an Iowan.

Earlier this morning the Iowa Supreme Court upheld a Polk County judge’s 2007 ruling that marriage should not be limited to one man and one woman. This ruling will mean that starting April 24, Iowa will be one of only 3 states where gay couples can legally marry and the first midwestern state to do so.

The gay rights legal group, Lambda Legal, helped bring the challenge to court and represented six couples who challenged Iowa’s ban on gay marriage, including long time Decorah residents Otter Dreaming and Bill Musser. The unanimous decision, read by Supreme Court Justice Mark Cady points out the Iowa Supreme court’s decisions as far back as 1839 which struck down slavery laws 17 years before the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of a slaves. Cady wrote that the ban “is unconstitutional, because the county has been unable to identify a constitutionally adequate justification for excluding plaintiffs from the institution of civil marriage.”

There will be a celebration rally on the Winneshiek County  Courthouse steps Saturday, April 4 at 10AM sponsored by the Waukon/Decorah chapter of PFLAG. For more information on the rally contact Amalia Vagts at 563-382-6277.

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Roger Brooks – Nationally known tourism & economic development expert to visit Winneshiek County

By Benji Nichols  (benji@theinspiredmedia.com)

Take a moment to imagine your favorite vacation memory: a peaceful place, perfect day, great meal, rare find, or wild night out. Now imagine creating those experiences and memories for others – and imagine them right here in Northeast Iowa. Roger Brooks of Destination Development helps communities across North America accomplish exactly that.

“During the late seventies I was working in the concert promotion business – a friend, Paul Revere (of the Raiders) convinced me to get out of the music business and into promoting places. In particular, a start-up ski development in British Columbia called Whistler,” he says in a phone conversation earlier this spring. “I went up and helped promote the Resort and that was the beginning.”brooksphoto3

For over 28 years, Destination Development has assisted more than 740 communities with branding, tourism, downtown development, and marketing. As a founding member and CEO, Roger Brooks has worked on projects across the US and Canada – including notable locations like Sunriver Resort in Oregon, Copper Mountain Resort in Colorado, and the Route of the Hiawatha trail in Idaho. However, Brooks also calls Destination Development the “Champions of rural America” with countless projects, workshops, and assessments in communities like Storm Lake, Iowa, the Wisconsin Dells, Battle Creek, Michigan, and Door County. He will visit Winneshiek County May 4 through 7 to both assess the region and conduct a public workshop.

“This will be an honest assessment of the area through the eyes of a first time visitor. That’s what we’re all about – no sugar coating. I’ll visit different areas of the county, gather a couple hundred photos, and then give a bottom up assessment,” Brooks says.

Brooks is known for his invigorating and entertaining public presentations garnering much praise from public officials, tourism and economic development leaders, and business professionals. Since 1991 much of his work has focused on the public sector with states, counties, and specific regions. Sighting rural America and the need to tap into the huge prospect of tourism based business, Brooks has become a walking encyclopedia of astounding facts on tourism economics and isn’t afraid to share them.

“The number one activity of visitors in the world is shopping, dining, and seeing entertainment in a pedestrian friendly environment. 80 percent of that business happens in downtown areas, and of that, 70 percent happens after 6 pm. Are you open? Are you ready? If you want those visitors, do you have the places for them to go?”

Brooks has amassed an enormous amount of practical but priceless information for branding and developing communities. His statistics have become the shining stars of his work, including the figure that 70 percent of all consumer spending is done after 6 pm – not just tourist spending, but all consumer spending on things like dining, hotels, retail shops, golf courses, and wineries. Brooks says, “If I spend all day on your trails, I’m not spending money in your downtown, I’m out enjoying the day. After six, we eat, walk, shop, and see entertainment. A great hotel room is a necessity, but if there’s not anything to do nearby you won’t retain your visitors. Where do you dine? Where do you hang out? What do you do? Are you open?”

Open indeed, but Brooks also waxes the importance of first impressions, and great public spaces that not only interest tourists but locals alike.
“70 percent of sales of first time visitors come from curb appeal. How is your downtown put together? Think of it like a stage – you want a great streetscape, good signage, public spaces, and appealing storefronts. At the end of the day you can create it, but YOU also have to want to hang out there too,” he says excitedly. “Of course what also makes it is what’s IN the building – what’s ON the stage. Your business owners also have to be empowered.”

downtownpicwebLayout, Brooks says, is key to successful businesses in a vibrant downtown. “You have to group like businesses – have you ever thought about why food courts, auto malls, gas station and fast food outlets, or antique malls work? When you group like businesses together, the figures show that they all do exponentially better.” Brooks also likes to tote what he calls the “Rule of Critical Mass” or the 10+10+10 rule for making “a downtown a destination,” stating you need to have a minimum of ten places that serve food, ten retail shops, and ten places open after 6 pm – all within three lineal blocks.

A successful downtown is certainly part of the equation to drawing visitors to rural Iowa, but Brooks acknowledges that Iowa already has a positive image going for it.
“Of course there’s more than corn fields and freeways. I think a lot of people don’t realize there are almost 900 towns in Iowa – one of the highest per capita of any state, and you’re well known for your education system. Unfortunately you export a lot of your education, but it’s still a huge asset. I’ve never been to the Northeast corner, so I’m excited about that. I hear it’s beautiful – and Iowa is a beautiful state,” he says.

But a realistic viewpoint is a main part of Brooks’ program – you can’t just say your community is in a pretty place and expect people to come. You need to find what makes you unique and work hard at marketing it.
“Geographic location is not a brand. Often times communities fail at attracting visitors by trying to please everyone. Your brand has to set you apart. You build that brand through public relations,” explains Brooks, “and advertising is used to maintain it.”

Roger Brooks’ three-day visit to Northeast Iowa will be comprised of a field day on May 5 with trips to see the Prairie Farmer Trail, Trout Run Trail, local mountain biking trails, and the Upper Iowa River water trail, as well as various parks, public lands, and downtown areas throughout the county. The following day – Wednesday, May 6 – a public workshop will be held from 8 am to 3 pm at the Hotel Winneshiek in downtown Decorah. This workshop welcomes all interested parties (by registration) and will have sessions focusing both on specific results for Winneshiek County as well as more general topics and facts useful to anyone interested in marketing, tourism, and travel. Also featured at the workshop will be Nancy Landess, from the Iowa Department of Economic Development Tourism Office.

The public workshop will help area and regional professionals understand what it takes to make the most of natural, business, and marketing resources in the modern world of tourism and travel.

“Imagine if we had all the money in the world, how could we improve our trail systems or our downtowns?” asks Winneshiek County Convention and Visitors Bureau (WCCVB) director Brenda Balk. “Imagine if we didn’t have welcoming communities or fun trails– how would our economy be affected? We want everyone to come to Decorah and learn from Roger’s dynamic presentation as well as our County’s real-life assessment process. This couldn’t be a more important conversation for our region.”

Click Here For Registration Information!

Click Here For Registration Information!

Roger Brooks also stresses the importance of having strong community support: “In almost every case it is a bottom up effort,” he says. “What will put you on the map? What do you want to be known for? What sets you apart? The process is like pushing a car – you can never rest. You push hard to get the car rolling and then you make sure it keeps rolling along – never rest on your laurels, or you’ll be passed up. Are you ready?”

The entire event is made possible by an Iowa Natural Resource Based Business Opportunity Grant facilitated by the Northeast Iowa RC&D as well as the Winneshiek County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Winneshiek County Development, and the Decorah Hotel Motel Tax fund. The grant was proposed to help Winneshiek County and area businesses maximize the economic benefits of trails such as the Prairie Farmer Trail, Trout Run Trail, area mountain bike trails, and the Upper Iowa River water trail. For more information on registration and ongoing events please contact the Winneshiek County Convention & Visitors Bureau by calling 563-382-2023 or emailing wctc@alpinecom.net. For more information on Roger Brooks and Destination Development visit www.destinationdevelopment.com.

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April/May Inspire(d) Magazine on stands by March 28!

Featuring: David Cavagnaro & The Pepperfield Project, a chat with the New Zealand String Quartet, The Decorah Community Free Clinic, David Faldet’s ‘Oneota Flow‘, Roger Brooks (Destination Development) amazing tourism statistics come to Winn Co., Brownsville artist Sara Lubinski, reviews, calendars, live music round up, festival news, the Probituary, and more!!!

A huge thank you to all of our advertisers, supporters, readers, and fans from across the Driftless Region and the country! We hope you enjoy this new issue of Inspire(d) Magazine. If you’d like to subscribe – email benji@theinspiredmedia.com.

March 26, 2009 – 3:15AM – 24 degrees F

Greetings Inspire(d)ville!

As March makes one more chilly pass at us, Aryn and I are dangerously close to putting our April/May issue “to bed.” Itnever fails to be

Spring Frost Breaker - March 2009 - 412 Oak - (B. Nichols)

Spring Frost Breaker - March 2009 - 412 Oak - (B. Nichols)

an exciting process, this magazine making that we love so much. It was just Tuesday evening that I snapped this picture off of our porch – the air was incredibly balmy and fresh – like all of the frost decided to float out of the ground and create the most luscious amber air. We often joke about making a new logo for ourselves with bunnies & unicorns & rainbows on it – and we would truly be making mad fun of ourselves, except that there was the most amazing rainbow Tuesday evening, just as I was about to put the camera away. I didn’t see any unicorns, and we haven’t found a pot of gold yet, but we hope that this issue of Inspire(d) will help bring in a beautiful new season of Spring, growth, community, and beautiful weather. Thanks for tuning in – please stop back again soon as I’ll be posting more stories here throughout the next week – and – we truly are in the process of relaunching www.theinspiredmedia.com into something spectacular. Keep an eye out for us this Spring – and for bunnies & rainbows. Over and out for now, we’ve got a magazine to finish…       -benji

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A Q&A with Diavolo

by Aryn & Benji Nichols / Inspire(d) Media

A veritable dance circus is coming to Decorah – but instead of bearded ladies, lion tamers, and clowns, the performance company, Diavolo Dance Theatre, brings dancers, gymnasts, rock climbers, and actors.
Diavolo was founded in 1992 in Los Angeles by Jacques Heim in an effort to create large-scale interdisciplinary performances that examine the funny and frightening ways individuals act with their environment. They will bring their antics and props to the Luther College Center Stage Series March 17 at 7:30 pm.
Inspire(d) caught up with Diavolo performer Garrett Wolf to ask him a few questions about the show. Wolf is an elite level gymnast who has been a part of Diavolo Dance Theater since August of 2000. Raised in Alaska, he trained in gymnastics and garnered further skills in partner stunts at the University of Anchorage, Alaska, where he studied American Sign Language. Wolf’s stunt, dance, and acrobatic work has been viewed in many of the Southern California Theme Parks. His role in Diavolo has not been limited to Dancer; he has been Video Archivist, Rehearsal Director, Associate Artistic Director, Studio Manager, and Assistant to the Artistic Director, Jacques Heim. A working model for both film and television, Wolf’s professional skills are complemented by his enthusiasm for downhill skiing and sea kayaking.


I. (inspired) Diavolo is not your standard American dance company. Please give us a brief description in your words of what Diavolo encompasses as a performance group unlike any other.

W. (wolf) Diavolo embraces spectacle. Because Diavolo’s works incorporate athleticism, architecture, and pedestrian movement along with dance, our audiences become interested in a form of art that they wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to see anywhere else.

I. Are there different prerequisites to becoming a Diavolo company member than in a more traditional dance company? Are there particular skills that make some resumes stand out more than others?

W. The dance world is becoming a fusion of all kinds of art outlets. The dancer needs to know basic gymnastics, the gymnast is being introduced to martial arts and aerial work. Similarly, the Diavolo performer needs to be skillful in dance, gymnastics, acting, martial arts, and aerial work, making them hard to find. We require a great amount of upper body strength, tumbling skills, air awareness, and they must be quick studies. But besides being talented, what really makes the Diavolo performer – something that can’t be seen on a resume – is the ability to be a team player. The 10 dancers teach, train, and perform as a team. The high level of danger within the dance does not allow the performer to be a single player.

I. The props used by Diavolo are very unique, such as doors, chairs, and stairways. What are the technical challenges of traveling with the Diavolo show? What outlandish props will be making their way to Decorah on this tour?

W. The most common challenge we face with our set pieces is their durability – they must be able to withstand constant usage, repetitive building/breaking down, as well as extensive travel. The sets are often made of steal, fiberglass, or a sturdy wood, so it is a heavy piece of equipment, and the freighting definitely makes up a significant portion of the annual budget! Pragmatically speaking, something as simple as the measurements of a theater’s loading dock becomes hugely significant for us, as there is often a chance that we won’t be able to fit all our pieces through. Fortunately for us, we work with an amazing team of designers and fabricators when constructing new set pieces. Foreign Bodies, for example, was originally planned as an 8 ft by 8 ft cube once put together, though the design changed to 7 ft by 7 ft because that would allow us easier access through most doors – theater/truck etc.


I. Is there a usual phrase you tend to hear when audiences come out of a Diavolo performance?

W. Yes… “The performance was amazing and different from what I’ve seen before, Thank You.” Also… “I’m so amazed by the level of commitment and teamwork displayed by the dancers at all times on stage.”

I. In Diavolo founder Jacques Heim’s artistic statement he speaks of wanting to “expand the boundaries” of dance in ways that offer audiences “a cinematic experience of powerful images and abstract narratives.” Diavolo represents something much more than just a classical or modern dance company – almost a new hybrid of entertainment that engages viewers on a different level, pulling in humor, awe, and surrealism. Why take dance to this new level?

W. Because we can. Audiences are interested in seeing something new and different. People can’t always describe exactly what it is we do, but there’s something very much enjoyable about experiencing the unfamiliar and new.diavolo-dance-020

The Diavalo Dance Theatre will be performing at Luther College’s Center for Faith and Life Tuesday, March 17, at 7:30 pm. Tickets go on sale Thursday, February 26, and are $22 with $20 tickets for seniors 65+ and students age 4 to 21. All are invited to experience the post performance discussion with the dancers and artistic director. For more information on tickets please contact the Luther College Box Office at (563) 387-1357, or visit www.luther.edu/programming.
More information can be found on the Diavolo Dance Theatre at www.diavolo.org.

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A Saturday in late Midwest Winter – what to do? Rent a movie? Go out to dinner with friends? Or drive to  Madison with 20 friends to eat mexican food, dress up in ridiculous costumes, drink, and head to the ‘Mad Rollin’ Dolls Flat Track Roller Derby Bout to cheer on the ‘Unholy Rollers’? Huh?

Mad Rollin Dolls Bout Poster 3_2009

Mad Rollin Dolls Bout Poster 3_2009

Perhaps this is all a bit strange; Let us begin at page 3 of the Mad Rollin’ Dolls official souvenir -complete-with-autograph-page program:

LISTEN UP: Derby can be dangerous. Please pay attention to the following and keep yourself and your loved ones safe while you enjoy the bout! TRACKSIDE SEATING AT YOUR OWN RISK – MIND YOUR CHILDREN – LOOK OUT FOR SKATERS – DESIGNATE A DRIVER.”

…..now those statements really tell both in plain english and rather more subtle ways what ‘the derby’ is all about, but just in case, here’s the actual mission statement – or something like it:

“Mad Rollin’ Dolls is a flat-track derby league based in Madison, WI, run by the skaters, staff, & volunteers. Flat-track derby is a hard-core sport played by independent, strong, modern women. Mad Rollin’ Dolls provides an outlet for female aggresion and self-expression. We encourage and organize women to participate in service to the community; we get fit, have fun, and throw killer parties.”


(above: Vaudeville Vixins vs. Holy Rollers, 3/7/09 Madison, WI)

Tammy Faye Undertaker, #700

(photo of Tammy Faye Undertaker by svheartphotography.com)

It would be enough fun to take in this sport as a harmless bystander, but in fact, Decorah native ‘Tammy Faye Undertaker’  (#700) skates as a blocker with the Unholy Rollers team. This Iowan gone Wisco-kid is not to be reckoned with while on 4 wheels. “TFU” as she is known to her fans, has only been skating for a couple years and had never skated to any extent until her interest in the Mad Rollin Dolls was peaked. Now her family, friends, and fans cheer her and the ‘Unholy Rollers’ on with rabid enthusiasm.

Roller Derby itself is a slightly complicated sport to follow. The basics are such:

“Roller derby takes place on a circuit track. It is somewhat unusual among competitive sports in that offense and defense are played simultaneously. The two teams playing send five players each onto the track — three blockers (defense), one pivot (last line of defense) and one jammer (scorer).”  To understand how points are scored by the various positions, follow up with this comprehensive Wikipedia article.

But the real deal with modern day Roller Derby is not the competitive sport itself; the heart & soul Derby resides in an almost rugby-like family association between the competitors and teams. Most matches are held in the Alliant Center Exhibition Hall in Madison with local vendors offering micro-brews, fruit smoothies, gourmet coffee, and pizza slices. All bouts not only raise funds for powerful causes, but are finished with fantastic parties in local bars with teams and fans mixing, drinking, re-hashing the highlights – the injuries, and the bouts to come. Roller Derby is not the television sport it once was – it is a female driven community that promotes fun, competition, and activity – it’s a way of life!

Find out more about Madison’s ‘Mad Rollin Dolls upcoming bouts by visiting www.madrollindolls.com

Upcoming bouts are on March 21, April 5 & 25, and May 16. See you there!

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Harlem Gospel Choir

Harlem Gospel Choir

The Thing That Is Absolutely True

Benji Nichols – Inspire(d) Magazine February/March 2009

Gospel, by definition, is “the thing that is absolutely true.” It also, of course, refers to the first four books of the New Testament in the bible telling the story of Jesus’ life and teachings. But gospel music is something that brings a much more tangible presence to the joy in life that can be found each day – and it is that joy that the Harlem Gospel Choir brings to their concerts. Perhaps Pope Benedict XVI said it best: “It’s not just a show – it’s a feeling!”
It was shortly after a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday celebration in January of 1986 that Allen Bailey brought the Harlem Gospel Choir to life. Their purpose was  “bringing people and nations together and giving something back.” In fact, it is upon the words and teaching of MLK, “We can all be great, we can all serve,” that the Choir found its roots and inspiration. After 23 years of ministering and honoring the words of Dr. King, the Harlem Gospel Choir has become one of the premier gospel choirs in the world with friends and performances with or for such notable people as Pope John Paul, Pope Benedict XVI, U2, Elton John, Jimmy Cliff, Diana Ross, Lyle Lovett, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah, and more. Yes, this group of Harlem singers has found much success in their high energy music, but sing their praises more so because, in the word’s of Allen Bailey, “Everyone needs to be inspired in these troubling times.”

President Barack Obama with Allen Bailey

President Barack Obama with Allen Bailey

The Harlem Gospel Choir will make a stop in their tour in Decorah, Iowa, on February 21 to perform at the Center for Faith and Life, continuing Luther College’s Center Stage Series. (“Oh you know, you’re out there in God’s Country!” Bailey says of Decorah and the Midwest.)
Throughout the years, the gospel choir has toured all over the US and world. From incredibly diverse urban areas like New York, to rather distant rural communities like Decorah, the Harlem Gospel Choir shares their vision and words. Some places and audiences may never have heard gospel music before, but that doesn’t mean they won’t like it.
“People are very receptive, and love to learn about our music, and our culture, as we do theirs. Gospel music – it transcends – regions, cultures, language; it crosses borders – that’s the amazing thing about gospel music,” Bailey says.
Crossing borders is something the Choir knows quite a bit about – they have visited no less than 15 countries, including a tour just last year of Eastern Europe and Asia to countries where English is not the first language.
“We were in Lebanon, Slovakia, Bulgaria, and Korea this past year, and you know, the crowd doesn’t all understand our words, but they understand what we are saying. I looked out and saw tears coming down the cheeks and you know they get it,” says Bailey.
The Choir stays true to their mission of  “bringing people and nations together and giving something back” by contributing profits from their concerts to Children’s charities in a variety of places and countries.
“We believe young people are the future,” stresses Bailey. “That is also why the Harlem Gospel Choir primarily raises funds for children’s charities – children are the future. But we also have to teach them to give back.”
Born and raised in Harlem, Bailey’s parents worked hard and had little money, but brought their children up in the church and taught them to contribute to their community and the world.
“We would go to church on Sunday and after my Mother would help cook dinner at the church – everyone would eat,” Bailey says. “We really received a lot from the church, as everyone did, but we also learned that you had to give back – that’s how it works.”
Even after going on to have a very successful career in the entertainment world as a promotional director and advance man for major recording artists and film stars, as well as organizing several large-scale entertainment events, Allen Bailey came back to this idea. He found that his upbringing and history held strong, and he returned to his roots in the church, that of gospel music, and the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Last year we sang at an event for President Obama in Harlem, and a lot of people were like ‘who is this guy from Chicago’ because Bill Clinton has an office in Harlem – they’re very well known here – but sitting back stage speaking with Mr. Obama you could just feel it – I saw Dr. King in him, and I knew he was going to be the next president,” says Bailey.
Like the great excitement that has built around the election of President Obama, the Harlem Gospel Choir also builds excitement through their shows. Consider yourself warned by the MC himself to wear comfortable shoes to the concert: “We’ll have our fifteen member choir with us on this tour plus a drummer and keyboard player. Our crowds are on their feet and moving! It is high-energy music, and our music is for everyone. Everyone can find inspiration in gospel music, and everyone can use a little inspiration.”

The Harlem Gospel Choir

The Harlem Gospel Choir

The Harlem Gospel Choir can be seen live in Decorah at the Center for Faith and Life, February 21, at 7:30 pm. For tickets and information call (563) 387-1357, email boxoffice@luther.edu, or visit http://www.luther.edu/programming.

Benji Nichols was introduced to gospel music by one of his best college friends and an amazing singer, Maureen Murphy, who was a member of the Berklee Gospel Choir and Ensemble. He plans to ‘give it up’ at the Harlem Gospel Choir show while wearing very comfortable shoes.

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oday_workshopOn the evening of January 20, 2009 over one hundred people gathered in the Winneshiek ballroom at the Hotel Winneshiek in downtown Decorah to talk about the future of sustainability in our region. The community planning workshop was sponsored and facilitated by the Sustainable Future Network with facilitators Carolyn Corbin and Luther Snow. Amongst the topics discussed were how to communicate effectively about sustainability within our communities, the effects of the economic crisis in terms to local economy, and how to overcome the challenges we face by connecting with like minded groups, organizations, and people.

The two-hour workshop was free to the public and well attended with various businesses, educational organizations, and community groups being represented. A follow up event is in the works for sometime in late April, possibly near Earth Day (April 22). For more information on this event and to get involved visit the Sustainable Future Network Website or email corbinconsulting@gmail.com.


Following the community planning workshop an Inaugural Ball was held in the Steyer Opera House at the Hotel Winneshiek featuring the music of local bands Done Doin’ Laundry and The Benefits, with a special reading of ‘Driftless Dreams,’ a play writted by Bob Wolf of the Free River Press and directed by Kristen Underwood of Upstart Crow Theatreworks and Arthaus.


More than 200 people danced and socialized in celebration of President Barack Obama’s first night in office. The crowd was a diverse collection of citizens from the Driftless Region, all with one common theme to celebrate. Below are select photos from the party.









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It’s never to early to start thinking spring! Here at Inspire(d) we’re making sure that it’s going to be a great one. Check out what we’re helping make happen here in Decorah April 17-19,  along with the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce and the Hotel Winneshiek. Also make sure to mark your calendars now for The Diplomats of Solid Sound Saturday, April 18 at the Steyer Opera House brought to you by Inspire(d) Media and KDEC – FM 100.5!


…because the world needs more positive fun….

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Greetings Inspire(d) Friends!

Just wanted to let you know that we are in the midst of re-working our website and we should SOON (not yet) have a new face up for


We are hoping the new site will be a much more comprehensive place to come check out positive stories from the tri-state area and also keep up on all of the current happenings! As most of you know, we are a 2 person, husband & wife company with lots of friends who help us out. Please help pass the word about our new website and we appreciate all of your support, and patience, as we grow in yet another direction! It is possible in the future that you may end up here by searching the web instead of our new site, if so, click the big link above.

Happy new year and here’s to what will be nothing less than an exciting 2009!!!

Aryn & Benji Nichols


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hsneia_inspd_adHere at Inspire(d) we’ve teamed up with our neighbors just down the street at Helping Services of Northeast Iowa to produce a CD of regional musicians performing holiday themed music. The CD features all sorts of amazing folks like Julie Meirick, Amalia Vagts, Mike McAbee, The Foot-Notes, The Decorah Chorale, Done Doin’ Laundry, Tom Bourcier, The Nadas, The Luren Singers, and more – and it’s available by donation from Helping Services at the “Holiday Lights, Magical Nights”.

We are also happy to announce that we are offering a sweet holiday subscription deal! Purchase a year subscription or renewal to Inspire(d) (6 issues) for yourself or as a gift, and we’ll include a copy of the ‘Helping (Inspire) Services’ record for FREE! Actually, Inspire(d) will make a donation to Helping Services for each subscription sold – so get on it!

Send the name and mailing adress for the subscription plus a check for $25 to:

Inspire(d) Media
412 Oak Street
Decorah, IA 52101

Thanks for your support of Inspire(d) and our greaeter community, and Happy Holidays to all!

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