Fact Check Friday

Our final #FactCheckFriday before #Election2022 responds to #disinformation circulating encouraging voters to return absentee ballots to their polling place on #ElectionDay. Rely on trusted sources for election info. For info visit sos.iowa.gov/electionsecurity #TrustedInfo2022

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Voting Information

Early Voting:

Wednesday (11/2/2022) 8:00AM-4:00PM

Thursday (11/3/2022) 8:00AM-4:00PM

Friday (11/4/2022) 8:00AM-5:00PM

Saturday (11/5/2022) 9:00AM-5:00PM

Monday (11/7/2022) 8:00AM-4:00PM

Election Day Voting:

7:00AM – 8:00PM

Third-Parties Charging for Military Records

Third-Parties Charging for Military Records

The Iowa County Recorders Association wants to make all veterans aware that recording or requesting military records is always free of charge for a veteran. In recent weeks it has been reported that a third-party company has been charging veterans to record these documents. Please review the Iowa Code chapter and information regarding submitting copies of DD214 documents below. Please remember to always contact your local County Recorder for assistance recording or requesting military records.

The County Recorder’s office has on permanent record, military discharges that have been presented for recording by the veterans themselves. Pursuant to Iowa Code Chapter 331.608(6), notwithstanding section 22.2, subsection 1, such record shall be confidential and shall not be made available for examination or copying except as follows:

  • To the person who is the subject of the record, to a member of that person’s immediate family, or to that person’s agent or representative duly authorized in writing.
  • To a person requesting to examine or copy a record when the event that resulted in the record being made occurred more than sixty-two (62) years prior to the request. However, the recorder shall redact any social security number included in a record made available pursuant to this paragraph.
  • To a person who is a funeral director licensed pursuant to chapter 156 and who has custody of the body of a deceased veteran.
  • When otherwise ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction.
  • When otherwise required by a department or agency of the federal or state government or a political subdivision. The recorder shall make these records available to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. The Department of Veteran’s Affairs and its employees shall be subject to the same state and federal confidentiality restrictions and requirements that are imposed on the recorder.

Veterans are also eligible to submit legal copies of their DD214 to the County Recorder’s office in the county in which they reside. There is no fee to record the DD214. Copies of military discharge records are also free of charge. Veterans and entitled immediate family members may request in-person or complete a military discharge application. All records not recorded in your local county can be requested from the National Personnel Records Center.

For more information, please contact the Winneshiek County Recorder’s Office at (563)382-3486.

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2022 Iowa Department of Correction Jail Inspection Report

The Winneshiek County Jail was inspected by the Iowa Department of Corrections on September 15, 2022, as required by Iowa Code Section 356, to ensure compliance with Chapter 201-50 of the Iowa Administrative Code.  The inspection included an examination of staff training records, required documentation, prisoner files, jail policy and procedures and a tour of the jail.

Winneshiek County Jail is a clean, well-managed, well-maintained facility.

Documentation appears to be complete and was readily assessable for inspection.

It is a pleasure to work with the professional staff of the Winneshiek County Jail.

At the end of the report Delbert G. Longley, Chief Jail Inspector, thanks Sheriff Dan Marx, Assistance Jail Administrator Sam Courtney and the entire staff of the Winneshiek County Jail for their cooperation and assistance during the inspection.

Below is the inspection report

2022 Iowa Department of Correction Jail Inspection Report

County Supervisor Shirley Vermace Graduates  

County Supervisor Shirley Vermace Graduates  

Statewide Continuing Education Program 

The first class of Certified Iowa County Supervisors were honored during a ceremony on August 25. 

Decorah, IA (August 29, 2022) – Shirley Vermace, District 3 County Supervisor has become a Certified Iowa County Supervisor. The Iowa State Association of County Supervisors (ISACS) honored its first class of Certified Iowa County Supervisors during a ceremony in Des Moines on August 25 that was held in conjunction with the Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) Annual Conference. 

Vermace is serving her first term (elected in 2020) as the District 3 Supervisor in Winneshiek County. She serves on on the Upper Explorerland board, the Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health Board, the Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation Board, and the board of Iowa RC & D.  

The Certified Iowa County Supervisor program was created and is administered by county supervisors for county supervisors to create a culture of Iowa county supervisor leadership development through a well-rounded continuing education program with the overall goal of bettering county government in Iowa through education. Certification requires a two-year commitment and a total of 30 total credit hours.  

“I am extremely proud of the commitment that was made by the graduates of this program. They have put in a lot of time, energy, and effort on behalf of their constituents to become better public servants through education,” said Tim Neil, ISACS President, Bremer County Supervisor, and Certified Iowa County Supervisor. “Certified Iowa County Supervisors are educated leaders!”  

“I value the shared information about county government from other supervisors across the state of Iowa, and the valuable educational seminars and classes offered by the Iowa State Associations of County Supervisors (ISACS) throughout the year,” Vermace said, “I plan to continue to learn from ISAC each and every year I serve the Winneshiek County community.”  

County supervisors in Iowa are elected to a four-year term by a vote of the public and serve as a member of a three or five-person board of supervisors. The board of supervisors is the governing body of county government. A county supervisor’s duty is to “protect and preserve the rights, privileges, and property of the county or of its residents, and to preserve and improve the peace, safety, health, welfare, comfort, and convenience of its residents.”  

More information about the program and a full listing of graduates can be found at https://www.iowacounties.org/programs/certified-iowa-county-supervisor/ 


New Deputy, Cole Tweten

New Deputy for the Winneshiek County

The Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office recently hired Deputy Cole Tweten and today he was sworn in. Cole comes to the sheriff’s office as an experienced, certified deputy. Cole grew up in Decorah, Iowa, and graduated from Decorah High School in 2018. Cole graduated from Hawkeye Community College in 2020, with a degree in Police Science. In February 2020, he was hired by the Mower County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota as a jailer. Then in January 2021, he joined the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy sheriff. In his free time Cole enjoys spending time boating with family and friends, working out, woodworking, and trying new food on the grill. All of us at the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office welcome Deputy Cole Tweten back to Winneshiek County!