University of Iowa

Winneshiek County

Iowa Counties 

Located in the scenic Driftless Region of northeast Iowa, Winneshiek County draws visitors with its vibrant culture and extensive recreational opportunities. Through partnership with the IISC, Decorah and Winneshiek County will work towards their future goals while preserving their unique cultural and environmental character. The partnership is led by Barbara Schroeder, Director of Winneshiek County Conservation, and Dean Thompson, Winneshiek County Supervisor. Partnership Profile Image: Bluffton Bluffs, Larry Reis

Winneshiek County Projects


Land Cover and Conservation

Overivew Consistent with the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy (INRS), Winneshiek sought to reduce phosphorus and nitrogen pollution from nonpoint sources. To achieve this goal, the County was interested in gaining information about land use and conservation practices in the area. Winnsheshiek...

Marketing Economic Development

Students in the Entrepreneurial Management Institute explored, researched, and produced recommendations on ways that the Economic Development group could effectively market their programs throughout the county, create and maintain communication and public relations with smaller communities, and...

MetroNet Plan

Students in the School of Urban & Regional Planning conducted an economic impact analysis of extending the current fiber optic system and provided recommendations on how best to continue enhancing the service and a 28E partnership between six stakeholders. Since 2007, multiple stakeholders in...
Decorah Eagle Project Prototype

Winneshiek County Public Art

Students from the School of Art & Art history developed two public art pieces. The first project emblematizes the Decorah eagles in a sculpture that celebrates the natural assets of Winneshiek County. The second playfully acknowledges the mythical gnome-like “nisse” of Norwegian culture through...


Frac Sand Mining Industry Legal Analysis

Students in the College of Law conducted statutory and case law research to contribute to the development of the potential regulations being considered by Winneshiek County. In response to the potential entry of the frac sand mining industry into the area, Winneshiek County sought research and...

Interactive Art on Trout Run Trail

MFA students in the School of Art and Art History created 10 small statues of nisse, gnome-like figures from Scandinavian folklore, for the 2015 Nordic Fest Celebration. Following the success of the "Gnomes on the Trail" event during the 2013 Nordic Fest celebration, the Winneshiek County...