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Prudence Lodge again fundraising for area food shelves - Dec. 18, 2014  

JACKSON - Members of the Prudence Lodge #97 are again conducting a fundraising campaign to help area food shelves.  All donations will be matched, up to $3,000.

Checks should be made out to Prudence Lodge #97, with the food shelf you wish to have the donation go toward noted in the memo line of the check.  Checks can be dropped off at the food shelf.

Donations need to be received by Monday, January 5, 2015.

December Terrific Kids honored at Riverside - Dec. 18, 2014  

 JACKSON - December’s Terrific Kids were recognized Thursday afternoon at Riverside Elementary.

For the 22nd year, the Jackson Kiwanis Club honors Terrific Kids monthly throughout the school year.  In addition to the Kiwanis Club, sponsors of the program include Jackson businesses Burger King, Livewire Printing Company, Santee-Crossing Embers America, the Historic State Theater, the AmericInn, the JCC Swimming Pool, the Pizza Ranch, Casey’s, Dairy Queen and KKOJ/KRAQ.  The Terrific Kids are chosen from nominations that are submitted by teachers and staff during the past month.

December’s Terrific Kids honored for being “Responsible” were Pre-K student Bently Runge, son of Andy Runge, Fourth Grader Cameron Scholten, son of Chris and Cara Scholten, and Fifth Graders Molly Turner, daughter of Kelly Antonson and Tom Turner, Payton Handevidt, son of Chris and Tammy Handevidt and Landin Warmka son of Justin and Stacy Warmka. 

Terrific Kids honored for being “Respectful” were First Grader Payton Hartley, daughter of Alissa Hartley and Second Grader Erica Hanson, daughter of Nate and Kristin Hanson.

Terrific Kids honored for being “Positive” were First Grader Isabella Moonen, daughter of Annette Noonen, Second Grader Allie Robertson, daughter of Sara Robertson and Fourth Grader Jack Pierson, son of Lisa Riemer.

And the Terrific Kid honored for being “Safe” was Kindergartener Donovan Gray-Nohrenberg, son of Travis Nohrenberg.

The students honored as November’s Terrific Kids received a Certificate proclaiming them as a Terrific Kid, a magnet, a button, pencil and certificates from the sponsoring businesses.

JCC Board moves forward with building security - Dec. 17, 2014  

JACKSON - The JCC School board met Tuesday night and approved the 2014 Payable 2015 Levy Limitation and Certification in the amount of three million ninety-seven thousand dollars, which is approximately one and a half percent lower than last year.

They approved authorizing I.S.G. to prepare plans and specs for a JCC Building and Security Improvement project. Plans are to do the work over the summer and have the improvements complete for the start of school next fall.

The board approved changing the dates for parent teach conferences for Riverside and Pleasantview Elementary to Thursday, February 19th and Monday, February 23rd. Middle and High School Conferences will remain as originally scheduled on Thursday, January 22nd and Monday, January 26th.

They approved the hiring of Lindsey Chapman-Nesseth as the new school nurse, starting in January, hiring Danyelle Swanson as Middle School Assistant Cook effective immediately, and hiring Patty Morton as part-time high school Lunch Cashier, strating in January. Approved one year of service wage increases for pool lifeguards: Jeremiah Manwarren, Ana Dunlavey and Emma Pohlman.

 In other action the board approved Riverside’s One School One Book Project Fundraiser, accepted several donations, and set Monday, January 5th at 6pm at the date and time for their annual Reorginzation Board meeting. 

Jackson Commissioners approve final levy - Dec. 16, 2014 

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday morning and approved the 2015 Final Tax Levy at nine million eight hundred eighty two thousand dollars, a three point six percent increase over 2014.

They set elected officials salaries for 2015; approved a three year tentative contract with the highway maintenance union calling for a 1% increase in 2015, 1.5 in 2016 and 2 percent in 2017.

Board members salaries were set for 2015 at $18,500 for each commissioner and $19,000 for the board chair; a fifteen hundred dollar increase from 2014. The per deim rate will stay at $75 per meeting, the same as 2014.

The board held a joint conference call meeting with commissioners from Nobles County regarding Judicial Ditch numbers thirteen and forty-five. They appointed Chuck Brandel of I and S Group as the engineer for the improvement of both Judicial Ditches.

Land Management Director Andy Geiger presented a plan to prevent Aquatic Invasive Species in Jackson County which was approved by the board:

In other action, the board authorized official notice for the sale of Jackson Speedway; approving the Legal Notice, Bid Conditions and Bid form for the sale and directed County Coordinator Jan Frantsen to publish the documents. In order to sell the property, it must be advertised in the County’s legal newspaper for three consecutive weeks and once in a newspaper of area general circulation.

The board designated the Personnel Committee to hear and act on a grievance request filed by two deputies in the Law Enforcement union regarding wages.

They approved the legislative platform to be presented to the legislators representing Jackson County.

The board met in closed session for the county coordinator’s annual performance review. 

MCW School Board approves levy - Dec. 16, 2014  

SHERBURN - The Martin County West School Board met in regular session Monday night.  The meeting was called to order at 6:04pm with all members present.

Joel Stencel, an auditor from Eide Bailey presented the 2013-14 School District Audit which was approved.

In other action, the board certified the Final 2014 Payable in 2015 Levy for just over $2,250,000, approved letting bids for building improvement projects, approved child care leave for Leah Rode-Mulder, accepted the resignations of Jannee Wagenman, paraprofessional at Sherburn Elementary and Cindy Nelson, food service staff at Sherburn Elementary with regrets and authorized the South Central Service Cooperative to conduct the request for proposal process as is required by the Health Insurance Transparency Act.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:05pm.  The next regular meeting of the MCW School Board will be at 6:30pm on Wednesday, January 21st with a reorganizational meeting scheduled for 6:15pm.

Butterfield teen killed in accident - Dec. 14, 2014  

MADELIA - 16 year old Ross Blomgred of Butterfield died as a result of a one car accident on Highway 60 near Madelia on Saturday night.

A 17 year old Butterfield male was driving a 2003 Chevrolet PT Cruiser westbound on Highway 60 when he entered the center median and rolled several times coming to rest upside down.

The driver along with two passengers, 16 year old Julie Hiebert and 17-year old Rose Martinez received non-life threatening injuries.

The PT Cruiser was a total loss.

The Madelia Police, Lake Crystal Police, Watonwan County Sheriff, Madelia Fire Department, Madelia Ambulance and Lake Crystal Ambulance assisted the State Patrol at the scene.

Nutcracker Ballet to be performing in Spirit Lake - Dec. 12, 2014  

SPIRIT LAKE - Ballet Nebraska, along with Iowa Great Lakes Nutcracker, is excited to present The Nutcracker Ballet at the Sami Bedell Center for the Performing Arts in Spirit Lake on this weekend. Show time for is 7:30 pm with a matinee being presented at 2:00 pm on Saturday.

Performances will feature 67 local young dancers from Jackson, Fairmont, Worthington, Spirit Lake, Estherville, Spencer, Sheldon, and Storm Lake including Makenna Richter who has been cast to play Clara.

Follow the magical story as Clara braves fearsome giant mice and is transported to a beautiful land of snow. With the Nutcracker Prince as her guide, she is led to a fabulous kingdom where she is entertained by characters from around the world.

Tickets are available online now at tututix.com and enter Spirit Lake Nutcracker to purchase tickets for either show.

Ballet Nebraska, along with Iowa Great Lakes Nutcracker presenting The Nutcracker Ballet this weekend at the Sami Bedell Center.  Friday night at 7:30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2pm.

Jackson County Libraries hos "Device Advice" sessions - Dec. 12, 2014  

JACKSON - The Jackson and Lakefield Libraries will be holding “Device Advice” sessions for those who have questions regarding their technology devices. 

Bring your device to the library and staff will help you with your questions. They will also help you set up accounts on your device to checkout e-books through OverDrive and e-magazines through Zinio.

The Lakefield Library session will be on Tuesday, December 16 from 2:00-3:00 PM.  The Jackson session will be on Thursday, December 18 from 2:00-3:00 PM.  Please bring your library card with you.

For more information please call either the Jackson Library at 847-4748 or the  Lakefield Library at 662-5782.

Riverside to perform "The Incredible Reindeer" - Dec. 11, 2014  

JACKSON - The Riverside 2nd and 3rd grade classes will perform “the incredible reindeer” at 1pm Thursday afternoon at the JCC Performing Arts Center in Jackson.

Fog is rolling in on Christmas Eve and Santa is getting a little nervous. The elves aren't worried because good old Rudolph will guide the sleigh. Not this year...Rudolph played a little too much snow football and is sick! What is Santa going to do? With Christmas not happen? Join us to see if Santa can figure out a solution to his Christmas Eve problem.

Prior to the program, the 2nd and 3rd grade classes will be holding an art show in the conference room across from the auditorium.  The students have been busy creating masterpieces and their ceramic projects will be on display starting at 11:30am.  Everyone is invited to the art show then encouraged to stay for the program at 1pm.

Compassionate Friends Candle Lighting is Sunday - Dec. 11, 2014  

WINDOM - Compassionate Friends of Windom will host a special holiday Candle Lighting starting at 6:30 PM on Sunday evening, December 14th,  at the Cottonwood County Historical Society located at 812 4th Avenue in Windom.  The event is free and open to all area parents and families of children who have died at any age from any cause, no matter how long ago their child died. 

Doors will open at 6:00 PM and materials will be provided for people to make a special tree ornament for their child or they may bring an ornament of their own to place on the tree.  Everyone who attends will have the opportunity to light a candle for their special child.  There will be refreshments afterward. 

For more information, call Carol Hartman at 507-831-4235 or 507-822-2781. 

Highway 86 to be detoured on Friday - Dec. 11, 2014  

MANKATO - Highway 86, at the junction of Highway 60 near Wilder, will be detoured tomorrow (Fri 12/12) for track repair by the Union Pacific Railroad.

The UP Railroad will be setting up the detour and motorists are advised to watch for signs.  The Railroad estimates Highway 86 will detoured from 8am to around mid-afternoon.

Jackson County Historical Society received grants - Dec. 10, 2014  

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) announces the most recent recipients of over $1 million in funding from three grant programs that collectively preserve, conserve and enhance access to Minnesota’s cultural heritage.

The Jackson County Historical Society received 2 of the 64 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grants.  A grant for $10,000 was awarded to purchase a microfilm reader/printer and $8,000 was awarded to microfilm newspapers.  In all, 31 counties were awarded  more than $520,000 in grants.

Funded by the Legacy Amendment, small grants of up to $10,000 each provide a valuable opportunity for Minnesota’s non-profit and educational organizations, government units and tribal organizations to preserve and share the state’s history and cultural heritage.

All grants are competitive and are awarded according to program guidelines and criteria and professional standards.

Heron Lake man arrested in joint investigation - Dec. 10, 2014  

JACKSON - The Jackson County Sheriff's Office cooperated with the Cottonwood County Sheriff’s Office and the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension with a drug investigation last Thursday.

As a result of the investigation, 55 year-old Antonio Garcia Nieblas of Heron Lake, MN was arrested in Windom, MN for a 1st degree controlled substance crime after selling methamphetamine to an undercover agent.

A search warrant was issued on the residence where Nieblas was residing in the city of Heron Lake. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office K9 Unit, Bosco, was deployed and approximately 2 ounces a possible controlled substance was located.

This is the same residence where approximately 1 year ago, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and the MN BCA arrested 51 year-old Esteban Chavez-Cruz and located 5 pounds of marijuana, 3 pounds of methamphetamine, and seized over $50,000.

Chavez-Cruz was prosecuted federally and is currently serving a 22 year sentence for controlled substance crimes.

The Heron Lake Police Department also assisted with the search warrant.

JCC FFA Hosts Crop Show and Degree Night - Dec. 9, 2014  

JACKSON - The JCC FFA Crop Show and Degree Night was held Monday night at the JCC High School.  The Shelled Corn Champion was Clair Smith.  Jordan Winter was the reserve champion.  Soybean Champion was Michaela Kellner.  Jacob Christopher was the reserve champion.  The Ear Corn Champion was Jacob Christopher.  Megan Edlin was the reserve champion.  And the Specialty Crop/Small Grains Champion was Zach Bargfrede.  Maggie Post was the reserve champion. 

The Premier Showman was Maggie Post, Reserve Showman was Megan Edlin.  Top Senior was Megan Edlin.  Top Junior was Maggie Post.  Top Sophomore was Jordan Winter.  And Top Freshman was Ashley Keck.

Guest speakers were the JCC FFA Veterinary Science Team members Jacey Edlin, Hannah Holmberg, Alexa Palmer and Elyse Johnson. They competed at the National FFA Convention and finished 11th in the Team standings, earning a Gold. The team members spoke about what the competition consisted of, their preparations for competing at the National FFA Convention and their Convention experience. The other guest speaker was Justin Petersen who told about his experience serving as a Barnyard Assistant at the Miracle of Birth Center at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair.

Alpha man arrested in Jackson - Dec. 9, 2014 

JACKSON - A 23 year-old Alpha man was arrested last Thursday by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies responded to a report of a person slumped over the steering wheel of a vehicle at the Super America parking lot around 9pm.  The vehicle was running and they woke an individual identified as Joshua Joe Kauffman of Alpha.

 Jackson County Sherriff’s Office K-9 Bosco was deployed and located approximately 11.2 grams of methamphetamine in the vehicle.

Kaufman was arrested and charged with a controlled substance crime in the 2nd degree and 4th degree DWI.  He remains in custody under a $25,000 bail.

IRRMA to host December "Third Saturday" - Dec. 9, 2014  

OKOBOJI - The Iowa RockNRoll Music Museum in Arnolds Park will host “Third Saturday” with a Christmas carol sing-along and the opportunity to taste delicious holiday treats this Saturday. All those who would like to share their favorite holiday candy are invited to bring a plate of their tasty delicacies along with copies of the recipe if you are willing to share.

Special guest will be Don Bourret, the original drummer for the famous Velaires from Sioux City. He will talk about the band’s early years and travels with Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars. Don will also answer questions from the audience.

Hot coffee and cider will be served along with everyone’s Yuletide nibblies. “Third Saturday” begins at 1 p.m. and concludes at 2:30. There is no admission charge to join in the fun, enjoy Don’s interesting stories, sing your favorite holiday songs, satisfy your sweet tooth and take home a recipe or two to try for the family.

The Iowa RockNRoll Music Museum is located on Lake Street next to the Amusement Park. Winter hours are Thursday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call the IRRMA office at 712-330-0889.

JHCF awards almost $14,000 to 5 organizations - Dec. 8, 2014   

JACKSON - Six organizations were awarded a total of almost $25,000 from the Jackson Healthcare Foundation during their 3rd Annual Holiday Gala held Saturday. 

Awards presented include $3,557 to Sacred Heart Mercy Health Center for a digital scale and 24-hour BP monitor, $3,500 to the JCC School District to help install three Halsey Taylor water bottle filling stations at Riverside Elementary, Pleasantview Elementary and the JCC Middle School.  $3,500 to the Jackson County Food 4 Kids Program.  $2,096 to the Good Shepherd Church for an AED Plus system and $1,200 to the Alpha Youth Group to build an ice rink at the park in Alpha.

The Jackson Health Care Foundation presented the Jackson Ambulance Services with an donation of $10,500 at the 3rd Annual Holiday Gala.  The Jackson Ambulance Service receives an annual donation from the Foundation to be used for training and equipment purchases.  The Jackson Health Care Foundation recognizes the importance of having such a great crew and appreciates everything the Jackson Ambulance crew does for our community and citizens.

Iowa Lakes names new Executive Dean - Dec. 8, 2014  

ESTHERVILLE - Iowa Lakes Community College has a new Executive Dean of Instruction and Development.

Scott Stokes was officially named the Executive Dean at the Board of Trustees meeting in October.  He was selected from a field of five finalists.

Stokes has nearly 12 years of experience at Iowa Lakes having most recently served as Executive Dean of the Estherville campus.  Before that, Stokes was the college Registrar for six years and started at the college with housing and assistant coaching responsibilities.

During his tenure at Iowa Lakes, he has served on several college committees including academic policies, curriculum, advising and enrollment management.

Robert (Bob) Leifeld was hired as Executive Dean for the Estherville campus of Iowa Lakes Community College replacing Stokes.

Bob has worked as an administrator, a coordinator of online programming at a university, a coordinator of cooperative programs as well as having served as a faculty member.

Leifeld plans on being actively involved in the Estherville community.

Those interested in more information about Iowa Lakes Community College may refer to the college website at iowalakes.edu.

Cub Scouts take Holiday Fest Parade honors - Dec. 8, 2014  

JACKSON - The Holiday Fest Parade was Saturday night in Jackson. Judges selected the top three entries in the lighted parade. First place honors went to the float by Jackson Cub Scout Pack 80....Second Place to Tri-County Implement and Third Place honors to the Jackson Lions Club.

There was a drawing for two kids' sleds after the parade. Winners were Ben Botsch and Hailey Petticord.

One injured in two-car accident near Mt. lake - Dec. 8, 2014  

MT. LAKE - One person was injured in a two vehicle accident early Monday morning on Highway 60 near Mountain Lake.

72 year-old James Forman of Windom was driving a 2013 Chevrolet Pick-up eastbound on highway 60 and 62 year-old James Dykstra of Butterfield was driving a 1992 Olds 88 Royale southbound on County Road 1 when the vehicles collided in the intersection.

Forman was transported to the Windom Area Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Dykstra sustained no apparent injuries.  Moderate damage was reported to both vehicles. 

The Cottonwood County Sheriff’s office assisted the state patrol at the scene.

Spirit Lake apartment building destroyed in fire - Dec. 8, 2014  

SPIRIT LAKE - A Spirit Lake Apartment was destroyed by fire this weekend.  The Spirit Lake Fire Department was called to Hill Avenue Apartments around noon on Sunday.  Upon arriving, the firefighters found the entire building engulfed in flames.

Initial reports say the call came in as a report of a kitchen fire in one of the apartments.  It wasn’t reported the number of residents in the building.  At least one person was hospitalized.

The Arnold’s Park-Okoboji, Superior, Milford and Lake Park Fire Departments assisted at the scene.

The American Red Cross set up a shelter at Spirit Life Fellowship Church in Spirit Lake for those affected by the fire.  Donations of new clothes, including socks, shirts and pants of all sizes may be dropped off at Spirit Life Fellowship Church.

City Council declares parks "Tobacco Free" - Dec. 3, 2014 

JACKSON - The Jackson City Council met in regular session last night.  The meeting was called to order at 6:30pm with all members present.

The meeting opened to a public hearing for a Truth-In-Taxation hearing for the Final 2014 Tax Levy collectable in 2015.  There were no comments.  City Administrator Jennifer Bromeland commented that the final levy is an increase of just under $54,000 from 2013, or just under a 4% increase.

Luke Ewald with Public Health addressed the council regarding a Tobacco Free Parks Policy.  Councilman Donnie Schoenrock said this was the most troublesome decision he has faced as a member of the council.  On paper, it looks great, but we have to look at everyone.  Councilman Dave Cushman said he has struggled more with this decision than any during his two years on the council.  Councilman Chris Vee said that the Park Board fully supports this policy and urged the council to support as well.  The council split the vote, with councilmen Fred Bern, Dennis Hunwardson and Vee voting in favor and councilmen Ken Temple, Schoenrock and Cushman voting against.  Mayor Wayne Walter cast the deciding vote in favor of the policy basing his decision on the fact it was only a policy.

Greg Mitchell with Bolton and Menk addressed the council regarding the Lift Station #1 bid results.  The low bid was by Beemer Companies in Fairmont for just under $390,000.  The council voted to award the bid to Beemer.

In other action, the Council proclaimed January 3-10, 2015 as a week of celebration for Community Options and Resources (COR’s) 40th year of service, approved hiring Michael Johnson, Cody Steen and Tom More as new firefighters at a rate of $12/hr, approved the renewal of a planned services agreement with Johnson controls for the Jackson Library and approved hiring Singvongsa Landscaping and Snow and Ice Management to remove snow and ice at City Hall.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:14pm.  The next regular meeting of the Jackson City Council will be on Tuesday, December 16th at 6:30pm at City Hall in Jackson.

Snowmobile Season open in MN - Dec. 1, 2014 

ST. PAUL - Snowmobilers can legally ride any of the more than 22,000 miles of Minnesota’s state and grant-in-aid snowmobile trails, from Dec. 1 through the end of March, according to the Department of Natural Resources. 

The Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association estimates the economic impact of snowmobiling in Minnesota to be approximately $1 billion each year.  Minnesota snowmobile registrations totaled 216,144 last season.

As riders head out on the trails, the DNR urges them to ride safely and responsibly.

Snowmobile trail maintenance costs are partially funded through snowmobile registrations, trail pass sales, and gas tax attributed to snowmobile use. Donations, fundraisers, and volunteer work by trail clubs make up the remainder of the costs and efforts to operate these trails.

Snow depth and trail conditions are updated every Thursday after 2 p.m. throughout the winter months at www.mndnr.gov/snow.

Printed maps are available at local DNR offices and also can be ordered by calling the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or sending an email message to info.dnr@state.mn.us. More information on snowmobile and winter travel opportunities in Minnesota can be found at www.exploreminnesota.com.

Spring Turkey permits applications now available - Dec. 1, 2014 

ST. PAUL - Hunters can apply for early season spring wild turkey hunting permits now through Friday, Jan. 9, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The spring season, which runs from April 15 to May 28, is divided into eight time periods. Only people age 18 and older who want to hunt during the first three time periods (A-C) need to apply for a spring turkey permit. Permits for the last five time periods and youth licenses for any time period are sold over-the-counter starting March 1. Surplus adult licenses from the first three time periods, if available, are sold starting around mid-March.

In Minnesota, hunters can hunt wild turkeys in spring and fall, but spring turkey hunting is much more popular. The first spring hunting time period begins on Wednesday, April 15.

Turkeys rear their young after the spring hunting season, and nesting success can influence how many turkeys are present during the fall hunting season that runs from early October through early November.

For more information on turkey hunting, see www.mndnr.gov/hunting/turkey.

Crohns and Colitis group forming in Jackson - Nov. 30, 2014 

JACKSON - A Crohn’s and Colitis support group is forming in Jackson.  There will be informational meeting on Wednesday at 7pm at the Jackson Library meeting room. 

The goal is to create a support group that can meet regularly where people who suffer from these diseases and their loved ones can share stories, seek emotional support, find answers to their questions and connect with a community who share their challenges. The meeting is free.

If there is interest, additional support group meeting will be scheduled.  For more information, you can contact facilitators Dawn Duncan at 847-6684 or Darcey Schultz at 847-4570.

That’s an information meeting for a Crohn’s and Colitis support group forming in Jackson.  The meeting will be at 7pm on Wednesday in the meeting room at the Jackson Library.

Federated Rural Electric Trust awards 40th Round Up - Nov. 26, 2014 

 JACKSON - The Federated Rural Electric Trust awarded over $17,000 to 26 local organizations through Operation Round Up.  This is the 40th round of funding for Operation Round Up.  Organizations receiving awards include $2,000 to Salvation Army Heatshare  to assist Federated members with emergency energy assistance and $1,000 each to the Jackson County Historical Society, Reinbows, Inc in Windom and the MCW Early Childhood Family Initiative, $940 to Heron Lake-Okabena High School, $800 to Truman Public School Preschool, $785 to the Jackson Fire Department and $750 each to the Prairie Ecology Bus Center in Lakefield and Martin Luther High School in Northrup.

Other organizations receiving awards include Pleasantview Elementary, MCW Community Education, Welcome and Sherburn Fire Departments, WESCAP Angel Tree and Big Buddies programs, Riverside Elementary, JCC High School, FAST in Jackson, Dunnell/Lake Fremont Fire Department, Girls Scouts swim team, MCW Swimming pool, Lakefield Fire and Rescue, Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce and the JCC Middle School Media Center.

The Board received 31 applications totaling almost $35,000 for this 40th round of funding.  The Board will meet again in the spring to determine the next round of funding.  The deadline for applying is February 9th, 2015.

Interested organizations may go online to federatedrea.coop to download the application form and information, e-mail info@federatedrea.coop for an application or call Andrea at 507-847-3520.  Federated is a Touchstone Energy cooperative serving 5,000 members in Jackson and Martin Counties.

Norland and Heiden Lions students of First Quarter - Nov. 25, 2014  

JCC High School Seniors Luke Norland and Dustin Heiden were honored last night as the Jackson Lions Club's Students of the First Quarter.

Luke Norland, son of Kelly and Denise Norland, is ranked first in his class of 93 seniors. He had a first quarter Grade Point Average of 4.0 and has a overall Grade Point Average since his freshman year of 3.992. Luke is a member of the Student Council, National Honor Society, volunteers to help with Meals on Wheels, and also volunteers at the Dickinson County Courthouse. His first quarter classes included physics, college calculus, academic reading,
American Government and accounting. He is a member of the JCC Wrestling team.

Norland to attend Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and major in Economics.

Dustin Heiden is the son of Chad and Jodi Heiden. He is ranked second in his senior class of 93 students. Dustin had a first quarter grade point average of 3.917 and has an overall GPA since his freshman year of 3.962.

Dustin's activities include Football, National Honor Society, he is a member of the National Youth Leadership Forum, Choir and Honor Choir. His classes have included American Government, Western Civilization and college courses physics and academic reading.

Heiden plans to attend Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD an major in Forensic Science.

As the Lions Students of the First Quarter, Norland and Heiden were each presented a framed certificate proclaiming them as the Lions Students of the Quarter and a check for 100 dollars.

Pheasants Forever Banquet Held on Friday - Nov. 24, 2014  

JACKSON - The Jackson County Pheasants Forever Banquet was held Friday night at the National Guard Armory in Jackson.  The annual event raises funds for Pheasants Forever Conservation and Habitat projects. 

Kent Bargfrede was honored as the Conservationist of the Year, Committee member Leigh (Lee) Hohenstein was the recipient of the Long Spur Society Award. 

Jen Tewes of Jackson was the winner of this year’s Pheasants Forever Commemorative gun. 

Two local businesses were recognized at the banquet from the State Pheasants Forever organization.  Bob’s Fleet Supply, along with KKOJ/KRAQ Radio were awarded the Long Tail Feather Award in deep appreciation and recognition of their contributions to the mission of Pheasants Forever.

JCC Board approves purchase of new bus - Nov. 24, 2014  

JACKSON - The Jackson County Central School Board met in regular session Monday night in the Board Room at the JCC High School.  The meeting was called to order at 6pm, board members Gary Place and Kirk Dunlavey were absent.

Kyle Meyers of Abdo, Eick & Meyers, LLP presented the Fiscal Year 2014 Financial Audit to the Board.  The District’s total net position increased by around $1.3 million and the expenditure per pupil remained steady at around $10,700, up $400 from last year.

JCC Softball Coach Shelly Hotzler and Baseball Coach Mike Wierson talked to the Board regarding a proposed spring trip.  Board Chair Holly Arp said the board needed to think through everything before doing anything and said she appreciated the coach’s time and efforts.  No action was taken.

In action items, the board approved the Protection and Privacy of Pupil Records policy, approved the Dewey Street Connector Trail Grant Application, approved the 2014-15 JCC Teacher and Non-Certified staff Seniority Lists, approved hiring Tori Rowland as a Discovery Place Preschool paraprofessional, approved a Family Medical Leave request for Rachael Mitchell for March 2 through April 24, 2015, approved a Family Medical Leave request for Molly Strom for Nov 11, 2015 through Jan. 19, 2015 and approved hiring Jody Thrush as the long term substitute for Molly Strom with Jody Thrush abstaining.

In other action, the board approved purchasing a 2013 International Bus from Hogland Bus Company for $67,000, approved the resignation of Head Volleyball Coach Teresa VanEpps, approved the resignation of Nicole Mohning as an assistant cook and approved a number of donations.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:40pm.  The next regular meeting of the JCC School Board will be at 6:15pm on Tuesday, December 16.

November WBR and "Paws"itive winners - Nov. 23, 2014  

LAKEFIELD - The November WBR and “Paws”itive Performers were drawn at Pleasantview Elementary.

WBR Winners include Kindergartener Adria Ambrose, First Grader Cailee Jo Pauling, Second Graders Brylee Sachtjen and Kendra Haar, Third Grader Aubree Tidyman, Fourth Grader Tyron Collins and Fifth Graders Avery Jensen and Noah Steckman

“Paws”itive Performers are Kindergarteners Jayden Lecky and Xavier Schultz, First Graders Ava Fischer and Jadyn Polke, Second Graders Brylee Sachtjen, Emerson Hendrickson, Alex Koster and Ian Titterington, Third Graders Hannah Hash and Mariah Vancura, Fourth Graders Drew Nichols and Braxton Pavelko and Fifth Graders Trayton Kolander, Trinity Schultz, Alana Freking and Paul Troe.

County announces potential sale of Speedway - Nov. 21, 2014  

JACKSON - The Jackson County Board of Commissioners announced the potential sale of the Jackson Speedway by open bid.  The Speedway was previous offered for sale in 2012, but there was no successful bidder at that time. 

Commissioner Bill Tusa, Chair of the Racing Advisory Committee, stated “there has been renewed interest in the Speedway and the County Board would like to explore the benefits that the sale of the Speedway would bring to the citizens of Jackson County.” 

No official action has been taken, and further discussions are expected in December.