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Bentz named new Fifth Judicial District Judge -
Aug. 27, 2014
FAIRMONT - Minnesota’s Fifth Judicial District has a new
judge. Governor Mark Dayton appointed Darci Bentz to replace the Honorable
Linda Titus, who retired earlier this year. Bentz will be chambered in Jackson.
Bentz is an Assistant Public Defender for the Fifth
Judicial District where her practice focuses on representing adults and
juveniles in criminal cases. Previously she was an attorney at Scott, Nielsen &
Bentz representing clients in worker’s compensation, unemployment and civil
Bentz received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota
and her J.D. from the Hamline University School of Law.
Minnesota’s Fifth Judicial District consists of Blue Earth,
Brown, Cottonwood, Fairbault, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Murray, Nicollet,
Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock and Watonwan counties.
Youth hunting Rendezvous to
be held in Windom
Aug. 27, 2014
WINDOM - A youth hunting rendezvous will be held at the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife service in Windom from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, September
6th. Scheduled events include: Pointing and water dog
demonstrations, field dressing wild game birds, goose decoy and hunting
presentations, big game tracking and a duck calling seminar and youth calling
On-going activities include spear target toss, camouflage
face painting and bracelet weaving, free wood duck, bluebird and bee house
construction, gun safety and BB gun shoot and a shooting simulator.
A free lunch will be served from 11:30am to 1pm, and
conservation officers will be available to answer questions.
For more information, call 800-577-2875 or visit their
website at midwest.fws.org/windom.
Sen. Weber appointed to
Rural Task Force
Aug. 26, 2014
LUVERNE - State
Senator Bill Weber (R-Luverne) was
appointed to the Minnesota State Senate’s Rural Task Force. The group will study
the needs of Minnesota’s rural communities, including nursing home and health
care access, education, transportation, economic development, and property
taxes. The group will have its first meeting Wednesday, August 27th.
The bipartisan panel is made up
of four Republicans and four Democrats, all from rural communities. It will also
feature involvement from The Association of Minnesota Counties, the League of
Minnesota Cities, the Minnesota Association of Townships, the Coalition of
Greater Minnesota Cities, the Minnesota Rural Caucus, the Minnesota Association
of Small Cities, and members of the Governor’s administration.
The group will meet once per
month during the interim and bring forward potential legislation when the 2015
legislative session convenes.
Arch Allies close out 2014 Live at the Lake series -
Aug. 26, 2014
- The final
2014 Live at the Lake concert at Arnolds Park Amusement Park will be at 7:30pm
this Saturday featuring the music of the Arch Allies.
Allies are a triple threat paying tribute to Journey, Styx and REO. Only the
best of the best will be performed from each of these classic rock bands.
Touring all over the Midwest the Arch Allies have gained a strong fan base with
their lively band tours. Great music and highly talented performers, the Arch
Allies put on an energetic show with creative costumes to keep the audience
engaged and moving.
join us on Preservation Plaza Saturday for our final concert of the season, Arch
Allies. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m., don’t forget your lawn chair.
SW MN Red Cross holding golf
Aug. 26, 2014
WORTHINGTON - The Southwest Minnesota American Red Cross will
be holding its First Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser on Monday, September 8th
at the Prairie View Golf Course in Worthington.
The tournament is a 9-hole scrambler with
registration at 2:30pm and a shotgun start at 3:30pm. Dinner will be served at
6:30pm. Tickets are $55 per individual or $200 for a team of four and include
golfing, cart and dinner.
All proceeds go to the Southwest Minnesota
American Red Cross to provide services to the communities in Jackson, Martin,
Nobles, Murray and Rock counties.
Tickets can be purchased online at redcross.org/mn/worthington
or by calling the chapter office at 507-372-4702.
Purple Ribbon Auction set new records Saturday -
Aug. 25, 2014
ST. PAUL - The 35th 4-H Purple
Ribbon Auction again set new records Saturday night at the Minnesota
State Fair. Eight new records were set and two more were tied as
the auction rose more than $490,000 in additional premium dollars
from 101 head for Minnesota 4-H youth and Animal Science programs.
Gavin Mulder of Jackson County set a new
Minnesota record for Champion Market Beef Steer with his Champion
Division II Crossbred Steer. Ames Construction had the successful
bid of $20,000. The Reserve Champion Market Beef, owned by Blake
Heideman of Freeborn County, received a winning bid of $11,500 from
Minnesota Farmers Union Industries.
The Champion Market Gilt brought a new record
of $10,000 for Lance Becker of Martin County. The Minnesota Farmers
Union was the bidder. Isaac Ihnen of Jackson County tied the
Reserve Champion Market Gilt record with a bid of $5,000 by New
Fashion Pork and AgStar Financial.
This year’s Grand Champion Barrow received a
bid of $12,000 for Kenny Strobel of Waseca County. Levi Becker of
Martin County received a record setting bid of $10,000 for the
Reserve Champion Barrow.
The Grand Champion Market Lamb shown by Brok
Miller of Brown County received a record bid of $7,350. The Reserve
Champion Market Lamb exhibited by Jessica Wiebe of Cottonwood County
brought a bid of $4,000.
Other bids for Market Beef included $8,000 to
Carlie Jackson of Cottonwood County, $7,000 to Adriane Rentschler of
Jackson County, $6,000 each to Ben Freking, Jayma Benda and Cole
Lusk, all of Jackson County and $5,000 to Nathan Hinkeldey of
Market Swine bids included $6,800 to Luke
Becker of Martin County, $6,700 to Larissa Becker of Martin County,
$3,800 to Ran Franz of Cottonwood County, $3,100 each for Nolan
Hohenstein, Joshua Ulbricht, Darick Vancura and Jon Harmening of
Jackson County and Bruce Adrian of Cottonwood County, $3,000 each to
Elijah Ihnen and Michaela Vancura of Jackson County and Cole Jackson
of Cottonwood County, $2,900 to Melanie Adrian of Cottonwood County
and $2,750 to Mikaela Smith of Cottonwood County.
Jordann Schneekloth received a bid of $3,100
and Bailey Schneekloth $3,000 for their Market Sheep.
Leo's Lions and UMDF Fundraiser today -
Aug. 21, 2014
JACKSON - There will be a special fundraising
event for Leo’s Lions and the United Mitochondrial Disease
Foundation today at the ExpressWay BP and Dairy Queen in Jackson.
The event will be held from 10am to 7pm.
All proceeds from Dairy Queen food and ice
cream sales will be donated to Leo’s Lions and the UMDF along with
$.10 of every gallon of BP gas purchased. In addition, for every
dollar that you donate to Leo’s Lions and the UMDF you will receive
a coupon good for a small DQ cone.
There will also be a Twins Ticket Raffle, two
drawings for 4 dugout box tickets to a Twins Game.
Come out today from 10am to 7pm at the
ExpressWay BP and Dairy Queen off Highway 71 just south of I-90 in
Jackson for this special fundraising event. KKOJ/KRAQ will be
broadcasting live throughout the event.
Scoops of Blessing Ice Cream Social
Aug. 21, 2014
JACKSON - The annual Ice Cream Social, “Scoops
of Blessings” will be held today from 6:45 to 8pm at the Good
Samaritan Society in Jackson. Due to the forecasted heat, the event
will be held inside.
Everyone is invited to enjoy ice cream, cake,
lemonade and popcorn. The Blue Water Gospel Group will provide
Come enjoy food, fun and fellowship at the
annual “Scoops of Blessings” Ice Cream Social from 6:45-8pm tonight
at the Good Samaritan Society in Jackson.
Appreciation Days this weekend -
Aug. 21, 2014
ALPHA - Alpha Appreciations Days is this
weekend in Alpha. Tomorrow at 6pm the Beer Garden opens along with
Pork Burgers, Brats and more. The Alpha Fire Department Street
Dance gets underway at 8:30pm featuring the music of "The Nectorines".
There is no cover charge for the Street Dance.
On Saturday, there are rummage sales from 10am
to noon and kids games from 4 to 7pm. The Beer Garden opens at
4pm and the Grilled Pork Chop Supper starts at 5pm. Get a pork
chop dinner for $10 or a pork burger dinner for $6. Larry
Clymer will have Karaoke from 7pm to midnight with fireworks around
Everyone is invited to Alpha this weekend for
their annual Appreciation Days.
Jackson Council sets public hearing
for Hwy 71 work -
Aug. 20, 2014
JACKSON - The Jackson City
Council met in regular session Tuesday night in the Council Chambers
at City Hall. The meeting was called to order at 6:30pm with all
council members present.
The meeting was opened to a
public hearing where Jeff Gladis with Western Community Action
updated the council on the Small Cities Development Program Grant.
Since the grant was issued in 2013, there have been 28 homes
approved for grants. Of those, 2 are done, 16 are in progress, 5
are out for bid and the last 3 are in inspection. Gladis said that
they are on schedule and the projects are coming in within budget.
Chris Bower with MnDOT addressed
to council on the Highway 71 bridge project. MnDOT has heard the
concerns expressed by Jackson residents and businesses and presented
a new proposal that would allow for a southbound thru lane, a left
turning lane and two uphill lanes. In addition, this proposal would
move the trail 15 feet from the roadway. There were two locations
where that distance would be closer. In tradeoff, the thru lanes
were narrowed from 12 to 11 feet, the turning lane from 15 to 13
feet and the shoulders from 8 to 4 feet. The council felt this was
a good compromise and a public hearing was set for 6:30pm on
Tuesday, October 7th for public comment.
Jodi Edlin with the Jackson
Promotions Committee addressed the council requesting one block of
main street be blocked off from 9am to 7pm on Thursday, September 18th
for a the annual Craft Fair. The council authorized the closure of
main street from Ashley Street to Sherman Street be blocked off for
Greg Mitchell with Bolton and
Menk presented quotes for the sealcoat project in Jackson. The
council approved the bid of just over $72,000 from Pearson Brothers
of Hanover. The project was estimated at over $102,000.
In other action, the council
approved a vacant land purchase agreement with Southwest Minnesota
Housing Partnership pending notation stating that the JEDC would not
be responsible for any of the costs and approved contracting for
crosswalk and parking stall striping for 2014.
The meeting was adjourned to
closed session at 7:10pm. The next regular meeting of the Jackson
City Council is scheduled for 6:30pm on Tuesday, September 2nd.
PEBC Star Party
Aug. 20, 2014
LAKEFIELD - The Prairie Ecology Bus Center Star
Party will be Friday night from 8:30 to 11pm. The program will
start at Sparks Park in Lakefield with a presentation by 30-year
amateur astronomer, Kevin Hlavac of Lakefield and Dr. Paul Seifert,
physics professor at Minnesota West in Worthington.
Participants will become familiar with some of
the objects that will be observed through telescopes, as well as
view photos and information on telescopes at Mauna Kea in Hawaii and
Kitt Peak near Tuscon, Arizona.
Following the indoor presentation, participants
will caravan to Sandy Point County Park where there will be a
variety of telescopes to observe Saturn, Mars, the summer Milky Way
and many other astronomical objects.
Pre-registration is required at 507-662-5064 or
by email at Marilyn@ecologybus.org.
JCC schedules HS iPad meetings -
Aug. 20, 2014
JACKSON - Mandatory
iPad Meetings for JCC high school students will be held on Monday,
August 25th or Wednesday, August 27th at 6:30 p.m. in the JCC High
School Auditorium. All high school students and 1 parent in grades
10 and 11 must attend one of these iPad meetings in order for their
student to receive his/her iPad for this school year.
Any Senior students
and parents who did not attend senior orientation must also attend
one of these meetings. Paperwork will be available for parent and
student signatures and iPads will be issued to students after the
Please visit our
website www.jccschools.com for more information.
Reading Buddies volunteers needed -
Aug. 20, 2014
JACKSON - The Jackson Public Library is in need
of volunteers who are willing to donate a half to an hour of their
time each week to help with the Reading Buddies program. The
Reading Buddies program offers 2nd and 3rd
grade students at Riverside Elementary time to sit down and do some
oral reading with a partner. The students will have the same buddy
Many of the younger readers are working on
their accelerated reading goals for the year. The buddies will meet
once per week at the library for a half hour at a time.
Anyone interested, or for more information,
please contact Carrie Dose at the Jackson Public Library at
JCC Board approves staff positions as school starts -
Aug. 19, 2014
The Jackson County Central School
Board met in regular session Monday night. The meeting was called
to order at 6pm. Gary Place was the only Board Member absent.
The Board approved a resolution
relating to the election of school board members and calling for the
School District General Election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.
number of new hires were approved, Tori Kroger as a reading
integration teacher, Zach Johnson as a First Grade Teacher at
Riverside Elementary, Emily Anderson as the Human Resources/Finance
Clerk for the central office, Amber Lessman as a half-time Preschool
Teacher, Joseph Heckard as a paraprofessional at the High School,
Amy Gilmore as a paraprofessional at the Middle School, Cindy
Kolander as a paraprofessional at Pleasantview Elementary, Ashly
Linscheid, Ashley Morrison, Nichol Shelhamer, Lisa Ringkob, Amanda
Taylor and Kathy Conners as paraprofessionals at Riverside
Elementary, Emily Arduser and Kristoffer Saunders as Minnesota
Reading Corps Aides at Riverside and Katherine Clymer as a part time
Minnesota Reading Corp Aide and part time paraprofessional at
Board also approved the Food Service Workers agreement for
2014-2016, approved the Square 1 Art Fundraiser and approved a
resolution for Board Member Jody Thrush to continue working as a
substitute for the JCC School District.
meeting was adjourned at 6:47pm. The next regular meeting of the
JCC School Board is scheduled for Monday, September 22 at 6pm at the
JCC High School.
Jackson man arrested on drug charges -
Aug. 19, 2014
JACKSON - A Jackson man is under arrest on drug
charges. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office arrested 30-year old
Roland Ybarra of Jackson for 4th degree felony sale of a
According to the Sheriff’s Office, on August 1st,
Ybarra sold approximately a half gram of methamphetamine to a
Officers executed a search warrant at Ybarra’s
residence. Additional methamphetamine was located and seized along
with approximately $600 in quarters.
Additional charges are pending at this time.
Friends of Jackson Libraries gets $5,000 grant -
Aug. 18, 2014
JACKSON - The Friends of the Jackson County
Library has been awarded a $5,000 grant from ITC to purchase e-books
and digital audio. The addition of new titles will help meet
the demand for registered borrowers not only from Jackson County,
but the entire Plum Creek Regional Library System.
Jackson County Library Director Tamera Erickson
says with more library users purchasing readers and tables, the
demand for e-books and digital audio is growing.
Open House Wednesday at Spirit Lake VA Clinic -
Aug. 17, 2014
SPIRIT LAKE - The Spirit Lake VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic
invites area residents to an open house on Wednesday to celebrate
their seventh anniversary in the community.
The open house will be from 11:00am to 1:30pm at the Clinic at 1310
Lake Street in Spirit Lake. There will be facility tours, live music
by Jessie James and the Outlaws and refreshments.
VA staff will be available to explain Veterans’ benefits and
services and encourages Veterans who are not enrolled for VA care to
Message boards to be installed on I-90 and Hwy 60 -
Aug. 17, 2014
MANKATO - By October motorists on Highways 60 and Interstate 90 will
have another way to get real-time information during road
Permanent electronic message boards will be installed beginning
August 25. Motorists can expect shoulder closures on Highway 60
near Worthington, Windom, St. James, Madelia and Lake Crystal. On
Interstate 90 the locations include Jackson, Worthington, Fairmont
and Blue Earth.
The electronic message boards will only be used for events and
emergencies that impact traffic. The Minnesota Department of
Transportation and State Patrol will partner in the use of and
responsibility for the messages. The project is part of the Toward
Zero Deaths effort, which includes staff from MnDOT, State Patrol,
Public Safety and Emergency Services.
Messages typically include a statement of the problem, effect on the
motorist and an action or suggestion for the motorist.
Examples of traffic conditions ahead that warrant the use of the
signs include: Crashes, Closures, Construction and hazardous
The message boards will also be used for Amber Alerts and other
public safety messages.
By providing real-time information to the motorists, the signs can
improve route selection, reduce travel time and mitigate the
severity/duration of incidents.
Jackson County Sheriff's Office investigating break-ins -
Aug. 16, 2014
JACKSON - The Jackson County
Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help regarding a couple of
recent break-ins in the city of Jackson.
On Tuesday, August 12th,
the Sheriff’s Office responded to a break-in at Vet’s Oil Company in
Jackson. The suspect removed an undetermined amount of cash from
On Friday, August 15th,
the Sheriff’s Office responded to a possible break-in at the Good
Hair Day Salon in Jackson. No forced entry was found and an
undetermined amount of cash was taken.
Anyone with information regarding
these break-ins is requested to contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s
I-90 bridge work to change directions -
Aug. 15, 2014
MANKATO - Bridge
work on the I-90 bridge over Highway 1 in Jackson will shift from
the westbound lane to the eastbound lane next week. The change
is expected to occur around Wednesday, August 20th.
When the shift occurs, motorists
will be able to access I-90 westbound from Highway 71 in Jackson,
but a detour will be posted for eastbound traffic exiting to
Jackson. Eastbound traffic eill be routed off of I-90 at
Highway 86 near Lakefield and detoured on Jackson County Road 34
Rumbles to perform at IRRMA's Hall of Fame -
Aug. 15, 2014
ARNOLDS PARK -
Legendary band and Iowa Hall of Fame inductees, The Rumbles will
kick off the Iowa Rock n Roll Music Association’s Hall of Fame
Induction Spectacular on Labor Day Weekend at the Roof Garden in
Arnold’s Park. With a legacy that spans 50 years, The Rumbles were
inducted into the Iowa Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
The Rumbles will
perform at the Roof Garden in Arnold’s Park on Friday, August 29,
beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 for IRRMA members, and $10.00
for non-members. Tickets for the concert, as well as for The Hall of
Fame Induction Ceremony and Concert are now available by calling
712-330-0889. Details may be found online at iowarocknroll.com.
City and School
Board ballots are set -
Aug. 13, 2014
JACKSON - The November ballots for City and
School Board elections are set. In the city of Jackson, Mayor Wayne
Walter is running unopposed for his second term. In City Council
Ward 2, incumbents Dave Cushman and Ken Temple are seeking
re-election. Also on the ballot will be Jeff Gay. In City Council
Ward 1, there are two seats open and nobody filed to fill those
seats. Incumbents Dennis Hunwardson and Chris Vee elected not to
In Lakefield, Mayor Darrell Nissen is running
unopposed, as are council members Bruce Bakalyar and Andrea Monson.
There are three seats open on the Jackson
County Central School Board. Holli Arp and Rhonda Moore are seeking
re-election. They will be joined on the November ballot by Brad
Anderson and Ron Anderson.
Aug. 12, 2014
JACKSON - The Jackson County Board of
Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday Morning. The meeting
was called to order at 9am with all members present.
A public hearing was held regarding tax
abatement for TP Holdings, LLC in Jackson. The requested abatement
is for no more than $1,291/year for 15 years, with an overall
maximum abatement of $19,365. There were no comments from the
public and the abatement was approved.
A public hearing was held to review the Jackson
County Capital Improvement Program for 2015-2019. There were no
comments from the public and the CIP was approved.
The Board approved the purchase of a Trimble
Robotic Total Station and controllers for just over $41,000. The
current total station is 14 years old and not functioning properly.
The Commissioners also approved a one year permit for an individual
to cut and remove dead fall trees and branches from Jackson County
Parks, approved a Conditional Use Permit for IJ Sether Limited
Partnership to require perimeter tile testing once every 5 years and
set a public hearing for September 9th at 9:30am for
revisions to the Jackson County DepartmentCode.
In other action,
Commissioners Rosemary Schultz and Bill Tusa were appointed to the
Election Canvassing Board and a framed print and plaque were gifted
to the county.
The next regularly
scheduled meeting of the Jackson County Commissioners is on Tuesday,
August 26th at 9am.
Aug. 12, 2014
WINDOM - Highway 62 from Fulda to
Windom will be detoured into September as the major resurfacing
project has been delayed due to the June flooding.
The project, which consists of
reclaiming the old pavement and paving a new surface, was projected
to be complete in late August.
The detour, which has been in place
since June 2, includes Highway 59, Nobles County Road 16, Jackson
County Road 24 and Highway 60.
Lakes area to host pair of car shows-
Aug. 12, 2014
MILFORD - The Black Knights
Car Club will be holding an event called “Spectacular Cars Weekend’'
Saturday August 16th 2014. This is one of
Northwest Iowa's largest Car Shows with 29 classes and 3 special
awards. Trophys will be awarded to top three in each class.
Sunday is the 3rd annual
“Cruise the Lakes” which is approximately a 2-hour cruise around the
Iowa Great Lakes.
Both events start at The
Classic Car Museum in Milford, Iowa just west of Perkins on Highway
On-Farm GAP's Workshop to be held in
Aug. 11, 2014
LAKEFIELD - The University of Minnesota On-Farm
GAP’s Education Program and University of Minnesota Southwest
Regional Sustainable Development Partnership are partnering to
provide a day-long on-farm GAP’s workshop at Brandt Gardens &
Greenhouse in Lakefield.
This workshop is intended for
commercial fruit and vegetable farmers. Participants will learn the
most recent food safety information including GAPs audits and the
Food Safety Modernization Act and what it may means for producers.
They will also have an opportunity to tour the packing, washing, and
storage facilities, learn about potential food safety issues on the
farm, practiced food safety SOPs and risk assessment statements.
This training will be held on
Friday, August 22nd from 9:00am to 4:00pm at Brandt
Gardens and Greenhouse in Lakefield, MN. The cost for this training
is $15 which will cover lunch and snacks.
To participate in this daylong
training, participants will need to register online by Tuesday,
August 19th at
For additional information or
questions, contact Bill Brandt at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-662-5631.
Primary elections on Tuesday-
Aug. 11, 2014
JACKSON - Primary elections will be held tomorrow for
several open spots on the November General Election ballot.
Republican candidates for Governor include
Marty Siefert, Kurt Zellers, Jeff Johnson, Scott Honour and Merrill Anderson.
GOP candidates for US Senate are Mike McFadden, Jim Abeler, David Carlson,
Patrick Munro and O. Savior and GOP candidates for US District 1 Representative
are Jim Hagedorn and Aaron Miller.
DFL voters can choose between State Auditor
Candidates Rebecca Otto and Matt Entenza. Governor Mark Dayton and US Senator
Al Franken also face primary opponents.
Independence party voters can select between US
Senate candidates Steve Carlson, Kevin Terrell, Jack Shepard, Stephen Williams
and Tom Books.
Registration dates set for
Martin County West Schools
Aug. 11, 2014
SHERBURN - Registration for Martin County West Sherburn
Elementary will be Tuesday through Friday this week, and Monday through Friday
next week from 9am to 3pm.
Trimont Elementary registration will be Monday,
August 18th through Friday, August 22nd from 8am to 4pm.
Conferences will be held
Wednesday, August 27th from noon to 8pm and on Tuesday, September 2nd
from 8am to noon. Parents of students grade K-6 are encouraged to sign up for a
conference time when you register your children.
Registration for MCW Junior and
Senior High students will be from Monday, August 18th through Friday,
August 22nd from 7:30m to 3pm.
There will be a 7th and 9th
Grade & New student “Transition Day” on Thursday, August 28th from
8:30am to noon. There will be orientation-type activities designed to assist
students to this building and make a positive and effective transition to the Jr/Sr
Three injured in
2-vehicle accident south of Windom
Aug. 10, 2014
WINDOM - Three people were injured in a
two-vehicle accident Highway 71 south of Windom on Saturday
17 year-old Katherine Kelly of Windom was
driving a 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser southbound on highway 71 around
1:20pm Saturday when she collided with a 2006 Chrysler 300 driven by
24-year old Geoffrey Krumweide of Trimont.
Kelly, a passenger in her car, 24 year-old Liam
Kelly and a passenger in Krumweide’s car, David Krumweide, were all
transported by Windom Ambulance to the Windom Area Hospital with
non-life threatening injures. Geoffrey Krumweide and another
passenger in his car, 23 year-old Nick Mahle suffered no apparent
Damage to both vehicles was not reported.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office assisted
the State Patrol at the scene.
found after 17 hour search
Aug. 9, 2014
BERGAN - After nearly 17 hours of searching,
the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office located a missing woman. 54
year-old Sandra Clark was reported missing from her daughters
residence south of Bergan around 10:30pm Friday.
Clark was located around 3:15 Saturday
afternoon, approximately three quarters of a mile west of the
residence in CRP acres. An extensive ground search was conducted
and Clark was located with the aid of a plane owned and operated by
Richard Hample of rural Jackson.
Clark was transported to the Sanford Jackson
Medical Center via Jackson Ambulance.
Back to School nights planned at JCC
Aug. 8, 2014
JACKSON - Back to
School nights are planned for JCC Schools.
Back to School Night
for JCC Middle school students & parents will be held on Thursday,
August 14th in the JCC Middle School Auditorium. Orientation for
6th grade students & parents will begin promptly at 6pm. 7th & 8th
grade students & parents will join the 6th grade group in the
auditorium at 6:30 for important information regarding the 1:1 iPad
project. After the session, parents will have the opportunity to
complete the necessary paperwork so students are able to take their
iPads home the first week of school. Students will also be able to
meet teachers and pick up your schedules.
9th Grade Orientation will be held Monday, August 11th at 7:00 p.m.
Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. Come and take a tour of the building.
Remember on Saturday in Spirit Lake-
Aug. 8, 2014
SPIRIT LAKE - Lakes Regional Healthcare
Hospice, Schuchert-Lentz Funeral Home and Turner Jenness Funeral
Home have teamed up to honor those who have passed away and those
that are currently in hospice care by hosting Walk/Run to Remember
5K event on Saturday, August 9.
The event will begin at 9:30am at Lakes
Regional Healthcare’s new patio area, south of their new east
entrance. There will be an opening ceremony followed by a butterfly
release to remember those that have passed away.
The walk/run will begin at approximately
10:00am from the east patio and proceed to the YMCA. Individuals of
all ages are welcomed to participate. It is not a race or
competition, so walkers can take as long as needed to finish, or
walk as far as they are able to. Snacks and refreshments will be
served upon returning to the east patio. There is no need to
register for this event. Those with questions can contact Missy
Hilgendorf at 712-338-9998.
KKOJ gives away final birthday
Aug. 6, 2014
JACKSON - KKOJ Radio turned 34 in July and to
celebrate, we gave our birthday presents to our listeners.
Mallory Nosbusch of
Jackson was the winner of our last present, the Weekend Getaway.
Mallory registered at Dr. Debby Christopher’s in Jackson.
Winners were drawn from the remaining entries
for a pair of tickets to various locations.
Winning pairs of tickets to Moose Mountain were
Leo Porter, Jill Winter, Brenda Schlager, Tammy Handevidt, Sandee
Svoboda, Nikki Austin, Brenda Bachenberg, Kelly Baker, Linda
Torgerson and Nathan Schlager.
Winning pairs of tickets to Sea Life Aquarium
were Jeremiah Manwarren, Ginny Krejci, David Doppenberg, Connie
O’Shea, Diane Stoltenberg, Marcy Hassing, Clarice Nasby, Laura Bidne,
Lyn Theobald and Gavyn Rowland.
Winning pairs of tickets to the Minnesota Zoo
were Lori Rossow, Elaine Schentzel, Heidi Farrell, Barb Bern, Ivan
Buhr, Ron Kjergaard, Holly Schmit, Lori Olson, Lila Smith and Holly
Winning pairs of tickets to Nickelodeon
Universe were Crystal Nelson, Marcy Chapman, Peg Sasker, Linda
Clarksean, Shelly DiBrito, Mackenzie Henning, Sonja Koch, Jenny
Eicholz, Mary Voda and Angie Hillmer.
Winning pairs of tickets to the Renaissance
Festival were Mary Bezdicek, Kristi Herrig, Deb Schuller, Laura
DeKok, Mindy Pell, Kevin Nelson, Kay Hummel, Randy Olson, Lucas
Beseke, Donna Taemiltz and Jean Pike.
Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate
Delays expected on Highway 86
Aug. 6, 2014
MANKATO - Motorists are advised to expect delays on Highway 86 from
I-90 to Highway 60 beginning Monday, Aug. 11 through Thursday, Aug.
14, weather permitting, as maintenance crews apply a seal coat.
The seal coat is a preventative maintenance measure that provides a
protective layer, reducing deterioration due to sun and moisture.
Highway 86 traffic should anticipate lane closures during
operations. Traffic will be controlled with flaggers and a pilot
car. Motorists should slow down, drive with caution and watch for
workers, equipment and traffic control devices.
For updated road condition information, call 511 or go online at
Council-MnDOT still disagree on Highway 71
Aug. 6, 2014
JACKSON - The Jackson City Council met in regular session
Tuesday night in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The meeting was called to
order at 6:30pm with all members present.
A public hearing was held regarding a tax
abatement request by TP Holdings, LLC. The requested abatement would not exceed
$3,345 per year for a maximum of 15 years. The Gruhlkes plan on investing over
$600,000 in developing the property which has a current tax value of just under
$66,000. When completed, the property would have a new tax value of over
$332,000. There were no comments from the public. The council approved the tax
Larry Olson of the Jackson Fire Department
addressed the council regarding the Jackson Fire Relief Retirement Fund. They
have excess funds in the account and want to increase from $1,700 per person per
year to $1,800. The council approved the increase.
Dennis Hampel advised the council of the 50th
Anniversary Open House at Minnesota West in Jackson. The event will be held on
September 20. Bridget Kolander-Gilbert requested and was approved for a one day
temporary liquor license to serve beer and wine at the social on September 20th.
Chris Bower from MnDOT talked about the plans
for Highway 71 in Jackson. The Jackson Economic Development Corporation had
written a letter to MnDOT expressing the concern of several Jackson businesses
regarding the removal of a truck passing lane going up the hill. Bower said
that the council needed to approve the joint powers agreement with MnDOT so that
they could begin working with Bolton & Menk on the projects engineering. Once
this was completed, they would have definite options that would be presented for
approval during a public hearing. Bower assured the council and the city that
MnDOT would not move forward without the city’s consent.
Councilman Donnie Schoenrock asked what would
happen if they could not come to an agreement. Bower said that it would go to
arbitration, but that hasn’t happened before and he doubted it would happen
here. Councilman Dave Cushman asked everyone to remember the purpose of highway
71. It was designed to move traffic in and out of Jackson. That meant truck
traffic, implement traffic and car traffic. And while he supports the trails,
and uses them himself, moving bicycle and pedestrian traffic was secondary. If
the trail was going to cause the city to lose a lane on highway 71, the city
could find an alternate route for the trail.
Bower advised that once they were able to
conduct the engineering study, they would have more definitive options for the
city to consider. After Bower assured the council that they were not agreeing
to any specific option for highway 71, the council approved moving forward with
the joint powers agreement with MnDOT.
Greg Mitchell addressed the council regarding sealcoating city streets. This has not been done in a couple years and a recent
inspection showed 8 or 9 streets covering about 35 city blocks were in need of
sealcoating. Mitchell asked for authorization to go out for bids for this
project. His estimated cost was around $100,000. City Administrator Jennifer
Bromeland said that the council had $150,000 in this year’s budget for
sealcoating. The council approved getting bids for sealcoating.
Councilman Fred Bern asked again what was
happing with making Riverside Drive two-way. The council had approved making it
2-way temporarily while traffic is detoured to 71 from the I-90 bridge project
and this has not happened yet. City Administrator Bromeland advised that she
was working with the state to make sure that they would not lose any trail money
due to the trail being closed on Riverside Drive. Bern said that he had heard
from a constituent that said that they were tired of asking him to address the
council with concerns only to have them not addressed.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:00pm. The next
regular meeting of the Jackson City Council will be at 6:30pm on Tuesday, August
City says "Thank You" to
Aug 6, 2014
JACKSON - An open house was held prior to Tuesday’s City
Council meeting to thank State Senator Julie Rosen and State Representative Bob
Gunther for their work in securing funds for the Jackson Library Renovation and
Expansion project and in increasing Jackson’s Tax Abatement Capacity.
City Administrator Jennifer Bromeland said that it is great
to have legislators that are so willing to work with the city when issues arise.
State Senator Rosen explained that it was a pleasure to
work with Jackson. She said that there are a number of legislators that are
excited about what is happening here and are willing to help push for projects
that benefit Jackson.
One injured in
rollover accident near Alpha
Aug. 4, 2014
ALPHA - An Alpha man was injured in a one
vehicle rollover north of Alpha late Friday night. The Jackson
County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Alpha Fire Department and
Jackson Fire Department and Ambulance Service were dispatched around
11pm Friday night to a one-vehicle rollover on County Road 29, just
north of 820th Street.
Upon arrival, they located a 2002 Ford pickup
on its top in a field on the east side of County Road 29. They did
not find anyone at the scene. The vehicle was owned by 38 year-old
Daniel Schultz of rural Alpha.
Deputies were able to contact Schultz, who had
been driving the vehicle, and met with him at the Sanford Jackson
Medical Center where he was treated and released.
The pickup was a total loss. The accident is
still under investigation.
arrested following reported assault
Aug. 4, 2014
JACKSON - A Jackson man is under arrest
following a domestic disturbance in Jackson on Monday, June 28th.
52 year-old Robert Peterson of Jackson is charged with felony
assault with a dangerous weapon, 5th degree controlled
substance crime and open bottle.
29 year-old Theresa Ingvall of Estherville
reported that she was threatened with a knife by Peterson and was
chased by Peterson and 32 year-old Jacob Stammer of Jackson in a
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office located
Peterson and Stammer near Clear Lake, where both men were placed in
custody. During a search of Peterson, a knife was located in his
A search warrant was executed on Peterson’s
residence where a small amount of methamphetamine was located.
Peterson was released after posting $20,000
bond. Charges against Stammer were dropped and he was released from