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votes against roundabout -
Jan. 28, 2015
JACKSON - The Jackson City Council met in
regular session Tuesday night in the Council Chambers at City Hall
in Jackson. The meeting was called to order at
6:30pm with all members present.
Chris Bower with MnDOT was at the meeting and
informed the council that they needed a decision on the proposed
roundabout project on Highway 71 at Industrial Parkway because time
was getting tight for planning the project.
Councilman Donnie Schoenrock said that in his opinion that
intersection was mildly dangerous and that if we did not do something
now, when the city can for a minimal cost, how much would it cost in
8-10 years? Mayor Wayne Walter said that he looks
at other areas in our community that this $385,000 to $400,000 could
be spent when we did not need a roundabout. Bower
emphasized again that if the council votes not to proceed with the
roundabout project, it could be a long time before anything else could
be done. The council vote was split 3-3 with
Councilmen Fred Bern, Ken Temple and Donnie Schoenrock voting in favor
and Councilmen Mike Handevidt, Brandon Finck and Dave Cushman voting
against. Mayor Walter cast his deciding vote
against the roundabout basing it on the fact that doing anything at
the interchange is not a necessity at this time and the money could be
used in other places.
In other action, the board introduced and had the
first reading for an ordinance that would amend the city code relating
to background checks for employment and license applicants.
The meeting was adjourned to executive session at
7:17pm. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the
Jackson City Council is at 6:30pm on Tuesday, February 3rd
at Jackson City Hall.
JACKSON - Winterfest Royalty
was crowned last night at the JCC High School.
Hannah Guggisberg was crowned queen and Brandon Schmit was crowned
king. Other senior royalty was Macy Kalfs and Paden
Moore, Riley Schneekloth and Scott Ringquest and Jessica Jandera and
Entertainment was provided by Stephanie Block and
Calize Insixiengmay singing “Stay”, Trista Paulson singing “Someone
Like You” and Glory Meyer singing “I’ll Stand by You”.
Representatives from the winter sports teams also
Winterfest activities continue throughout the
week at JCC.
JCC Board moves
ahead with FLY 3 -
Jan. 27, 2015
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.
Jody Thrush and Jeff Johnson were absent.
Justin Ambrose addressed the council regarding
parking safety concerns at Pleasantview Elementary. With
both buses and parents parking on Milwaukee Street, it is creating a
safety hazard for students and drivers. The board asked the
transportation committee to look into options.
In action items, the board approved authorized
planning with the FLY Consortium regarding renewal of the FLY
application for 3 more years. JCC is currently in
year 2 of the second FLY. The Board supports being part of the
consortium, but has reservations regarding starting two weeks early.
In addition, there were benefits seen during FLY 1 that are not
present in FLY 2, such as teacher collaboration. With the vote,
JCC can stay a part of the process, but can opt out later if they
In other action, the board approved signing the
contract with ISG Group to move forward with security projects at the
JCC Schools this summer, approved a resolution authorizing the
dissolution of the Red Rock Ridge Learning Center and termination of
the joint powers agreement, approved the 2015 Pay Equity report,
approved Heather Hendricks as a Reading Corp tutor for Pleasantview
Elementary and approved Family Medical Leave for Chris Naumann.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:34pm.
The next regular meeting of the JCC School Board is scheduled
for 6pm on Monday, February 23.
Orientation to be held in Jackson County -
Jan. 22, 2015
LAKEFIELD - New 4-H families or those
interested in learning about 4-H are encouraged to attend a new member
orientation on February 7th. The event will be from
10:30am to noon at the Lakefield Multi-Purpose Building.
This informal meeting for both youth and
parents include information on project ideas, 4-H, county fairs, and
much more! Youth activities will be led by Ambassadors while an
informational meeting is being held for adults.
Please RSVP to the Jackson County Extension
Office at 507-662-5293 by February 6th.
Rock the Roof on Friday -
ARNOLDS PARK - The Iowa RockNRoll Music
Association will be hosting the University of Okoboji Winter Games
Rock the Roof tomorrow night at the Pavilion at Arnolds Park.
Doors will open 6:30pm with the dance and show from 7:30-10pm.
Opening the show will be the winners of the
2014 Battle of the Bands, Black Diamond from Carroll. Sly James & the
New City Council will headline the show and dance. South Dakota and
Iowa Hall of Fame Inductee Kevin King (Hot Rod Chevy Kevy) from Des
Moines leads this talented group of musicians. On bass guitar and
vocals will be Hall of Famer Shane Von Holdt from Sac City.
Spirit Award winner Tyler Pedersen (BB & the Bullfrogs) is the
For complete information you can go online
Tickets are only $10 each and available at
the door - no advance ticket sales. Kick off the 2015 University of
Okoboji Winter Games with Rock the Roof, tomorrow night at the
Pavilion at Arnolds Park. Doors open at 6:30pm with the show and
dance starting at 7:30pm.
Sheriff's office investigating break in at
MN West -
Jan. 20, 2015
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is investigating a break-in at
MN West Community and Technical College in the city of Jackson last week.
Last Monday, January 12th,
the suspects gained entrance into the college through a rear door and
once inside the college, broke into an ATM machine. An undetermined
amount of cash was taken from the machine.
Anyone with any information is
urged to contact the Jackson County Sheriff's Office at 507-847-4420.
IA Jazz Band Contest this week -
Jan. 20, 2015
ESTHERVILLE - The annual Iowa Jazz Band Contest
for area high schools will be tomorrow and Thursday at
Iowa Lakes Community College
in Estherville. Fifteen schools will perform and compete for
first, second and third place ratings in three classes. Each
band will also be given valuable feedback from experienced judges.
Class 1A and 3A schools perform on Wednesday with
Class 2A schools performing on Thursday. 1A schools
start at 9am with awards at 10:25. 3A schools start
at 10:30 with awards scheduled for 3:45pm tomorrow.
Class 2A schools start at 9am Thursday with
awards scheduled for 1:15pm. All performances take
place in the Iowa
Community College gymnasium.
There is no admission for this event and the
public is invited to attend. Please contact Linda Kautz at
712-362-8345 or check the Iowa Lakes
website at iowalakes.edu for more details.
JCC HS One Act Play to perform/compete -
Jan. 19, 2015
JACKSON - The JCC High School One Act Play will
be competing in the Sub-Section 9 Contest on Saturday, January 31 at
Springfield High School. JCC will be performing the
one act play “The Invasion of Earth as It Began in Grover’s Mill, New
Jersey” by J. R. Mimbs.
This one act play is based upon the radio play by
Orson Welles from 1938. The plot takes you into the lives of the
people listening to the Welles radio play to see the effects upon
17 JCC students will perform during the One Act
Play. They include Hannah Guggisberg, Derek Somnis,
Katrina Stoltenberg, Nick Reed, Rebecca Dose, Josie Nunez, Nic Koehne,
Abby Brinkman, Janice Zhang, Teague Schultz, Maddie Isaacson, Maggie
Post, Isaac Johnson, Ashley Kennedy, Jenna Sassenrath, Kristin
Stoltenberg, and Tara Porter. The One Act Play is
directed by Tracy Steiner.
Seven schools will perform at
the Sub-Section Contest on January 31st to see who moves on
to the Section contest. The performances begin at
10:30 with JCC performing sixth at approximately 2:00 P.M. Each
play is about 30 minutes long. Admission is $6 for
adults and $4 for students.
JCC will be doing a preview performance on
Friday, January 30, at 7:30 P.M. in the JCC Performing Arts Center.
Admission for this performance will be free.
Lakefield Business Association meets -
Jan. 18, 2015
LAKEFIELD - The Lakefield Business Association held their annual
meeting Sunday night at the Hi-Lo Club in Lakefield.
A summary of 2014 events and treasurer reports were reviewed.
In Board action, Heather Hussong was elected to
the Board to fill the seat vacated by Tracy Wheeler.
JCC gets ready for Winterfest -
Jan. 17, 2015
JACKSON - Winterfest will be next
week at JCC. This year’s theme is “Winter
Wonderland”. Coronation will be at 8pm on
Monday, January 26th in the High School Auditorium.
Senior Royalty is Hannah Guggisberg and Brandon
Schmit, Macy Kalfs and Paden Moore, Riley Schneekloth and Scott
Ringquist and Jessica Jandera and Jack Ringkob.
Freshman attendants are Kelsey Kannenberg and
Hunter Gustin, Sophomore attendants are Jayni Anderson and Chris Gumto
and Junior attendants are Emma Pohlman and Bodey Behrens.
Dress up days for Winterfest week are Pajama Day
on Monday, Tuesday is Twin Day, Wednesday is White Out, Thursday is
Thrift Shop and Friday is Husky Day.
There will be a Winterfest Dance from 9pm to
midnight on Friday, January 30th in the Auxiliary Gym.
Two injured in one-vehicle accident Friday -
Jan. 12, 2015
JACKSON - Two people were hurt in
a one vehicle accident just west of Jackson on Interstate 90 Friday
33 year-old Jeffrey Barnes of Rapid City, SD was
driving a 2010 Ford Expedition eastbound on I-90 around 2pm on Friday
when he left the roadway and entered the median.
Two passengers, 34 year-old Sarah Brashear and 8
year-old Taycen Barnes, both of Rapid City, SD were transported to the
Sanford Jackson Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Jackson
Fire and Ambulance assisted the State Patrol at the scene.
Long-term camping applications available
from DNR -
Jan. 10, 2015
ST. PAUL - Those who want to stay longer than a week or two at a Minnesota state park
should act now to nab one of the few campsites available for longer stays,
according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
If demand exceeds availability at a particular park, a lottery
will be held on Monday, Feb. 2, and the park will notify applicants whether or
not they were selected. If sites are available after this date, they will be
administered on a first-come, first-served basis. No preference will be given to
monthly or seasonal campers from prior years.
At a limited number of state park campsites, visitors can stay for a whole month
or even a full season. Reservations for these opportunities in 2015 are due by
Saturday, Jan. 31.
Nine Minnesota state parks have monthly and seasonal openings for camping in
2015. Kilen Woods State Park will offer monthly and seasonal camping from
May 22 to Sept. 6 at three sites with electric hookups. Call Phil Nasby at
507-831-2900, ext. 225, for information.
Luverne wind farm investors file for
Jan. 9, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS - Farmers and land owners who invested in two small wind farms in
southwest Minnesota have filed for bankruptcy reorganization.
Regulatory filings say the 360 owners stand to lose their investment and the
wind farms may eventually have to shut down.
The two Minwind Energy projects are located near Luverne. Minwind says the
turbines have needed extensive repairs and it can no longer afford the
Minwind has also failed to file some paperwork with the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission since 2006 and has a $1.9 million liability. Minwind's
attorneys have told the government the owners are "unsophisticated" about
regulatory matters and should be excused for the filing lapse.
The Minwind farms went online with 11 turbines in 2002 and 2004. The
electricity is sold to Xcel Energy and Alliant Energy.
Operation Round Up deadline is Feb. 9th -
Jan. 9, 2015
JACKSON - February 9th is the next deadline to request Operation Round Up funds
from Federated Rural Electric’s Trust Board.
The application form can be downloaded from Federated’s website,
federatedrea.coop. You can also call Federated at 507-847-3520, 728-8366 or
1-800-321-3520. Ask for Andrea to request an application or by e-mail to
Since 1995 Federated's Trust Board has distributed more than $450,000 to local
organizations including senior dining, hospice, fire/ambulance departments and
as high school scholarships. Details on Federated’s Round Up scholarships for
high school seniors will be announced in the April 1 electric bills and April
Organizations that serve Federated members in Jackson or Martin
Counties can request funds for projects involving community service, community
leadership programs, disaster relief, environmental programs, youth education or
Federated is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative serving 5,000 members in Jackson
and Martin Counties.
Moore elected JCC Board Chair -
Jan. 8, 2015
JACKSON - The Jackson County Central School Board
held their reorganizational meeting Wednesday night in the Board Room
at the JCC High School. The meeting was called to
order at 7:02pm. Tim Thurmer was the only board
The Oath of Office was given to newly elected
board members Brad Anderson, Holli Arp and Rhonda Moore.
Rhonda Moore was elected the new Board Chair, with Jody Thrush
elected Vice-Chair, Kirk Dunlavey elected Clerk and Jeff Johnson
The board approved increasing board compensation
by $10. Board meeting compensation for regular
board members and compensation for committee meetings is now $55,
Compensation for Chair and Clerk for board meetings is set at $65 and
all day in-services and workshops are set at $85.
This is the first increase for board members since 1998 and it was
noted that JCC Board is still among the lowest paid in our area.
The Board recognized and thanked Gary Place for
his service on the board this past year. Place
stepped in when there was an vacancy and really went above and beyond
while filling in.
The meeting went into closed session at 7:30pm
for Superintendent review.
The next regular meeting of the JCC School Board
is scheduled for Monday, January 26th.
Jackson Council tables roundabout approval
Jan. 7, 2015
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.
Donnie Schoenrock was the only council member absent.
The Oath of Office was given to Mayor Wayne
Walter, then to elected council members Mike Handevidt, Brandon Finck,
Ken Temple and Dave Cushman.
Chris Bower with MnDOT addressed the council
regarding the Highway 71 bridge project and the proposed roundabout at
the intersection of Highway 71 and Industrial Parkway.
Bower says if the city moves forward with the roundabout, they
could delay parts of the bridge project until 2016. The project
would have to be approved in 2015 for funding, but the majoritity of
work could be postponed until 2016 leaving Highway 71 to be closed for
only 1 year, rather than 2.
The council tabled action approving the
roundabout until the next council meeting.
Susan Reiter of Coffee Choices asked the council
to consider eliminating the 2 hour parking limit in the downtown
business district. Reiter said that the current parking limit is
not welcoming to those wanting to shop and stay downtown. No
action was taken on the request.
In other action, the council approved Ordinance
83 regarding Fees, Rates and Charges for 2015, eliminated the Sidewalk
Display Permit requirement, authorized hiring Blaike Smith as a
part-time liquor store clerk at the Jackson Liquor Store, approved
Fred Bern as Mayor Pro Tem and moved the January 20th
meeting to January 27th.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:00pm.
The next regular meeting of the Jackson City Council will be at
6:30pm on Tuesday, January 27.
Jackson man arrested for marijuana -
Jan. 6, 2015
JACKSON - A Jackson man is under arrest
following the execution of a Search Warrant in Jackson last Friday.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s office seized
approximately ½ pound of marijuana and two indoor hydroponic marijuana
grow boxes during the execution of the Search Warrant. No marijuana
plants were found growing at the time.
Arrested was 66 year old Clarence Franklin
Higdon of Jackson. Higdon stated he purchased the grow boxes online
for approximately $6000. The boxes were manufactured exclusively to
Higdon was released after posting a $5000
Henkels elected Board Chair -
Jan. 6, 2015
JACKSON - The Jackson County Board of
Commissioners met this (Tue 1/6/15) morning and approved the
re-appointment of Roger Hartman to the Heron Lake Watershed Board of
Managers for a three year term. The vote was 4-1 with Commissioner
Rose Schultz voting against the motion. A letter of interest for the
position was also received from Lloyd Kalfs.
County Coordinator Jan Fransen informed the
board that a new County 4-H coordinator has been hired. Her name is
Sarah Jacobs and she grew up in 4-H in Nobles
and is currently teaching in
Marshall. She will begin her new duties on
January 12. Another new county hire is Heavy Equipment Operator Randy
Schubert, who also begins January 12. The list of candidates for the
open Assistant County Attorney position have been narrowed to four.
Information Systems Department Head Dennis
Fields requested and the board approved authorizing the filling the
full time position of PC/Network Specialist One. The position is
currently held by Damon Radcliffe, who has accepted a position with
another company. They also reclassified at part-time Information
Systems Administrative Assistant position, which is currently vacant,
to a full-time Administrative Assistant/Software Specialist position
and to also advertise and fill that position.
Sheriff Roger Hawkinson asked the board to
approve a request that results in Deputy Brad Nestegard resigning his
full-time position and remaining with the county as a part-time
deputy. Part-time Deputy Adam Cook is interested in moving from
part-time to full time. The board approved the request.
County Attorney Sherry Haley was pleased to
report that Jackson County was approved to receive a little over
seventy-eight thousand dollars in state grant money to implement
e-citations throughout the entire county.
Commissioner Dave Henkels was elected board
chair. Henkels also presented a prepared statement outlining county
accomplishments in the past six years and his vision for the future.
Rose Schultz was elected vice-chair. Don Wachal was welcomed as a new
board member, and retiring board member Gary Willink was thanked for
Regular board meetings in 2015 will be held
on the first at third Tuesday of each month at 9:00 a.m. Garren
Paulson and Dave Hargan were reappointed to the Planning, Zoning and
Parks Board; Commissioner Rose Schultz was reappointed to the Plum
Creek Library Board; appointments to board committees were made; the
2015 Summary Budget was approved which includes estimated State and
Federal Aid revenues; they accepted the proposals to publish all Board
Proceedings, the annual financial statement and list of delinquent
real estate taxes in the Jackson County Pilot, Lakefield Standard and
Tri-County News; the Jackson County Pilot was designated official
newspaper; and it was reported that the Jackson Speedway For Sale
official notice will be published in the paper starting this week and
that bids will be received until 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 30th.
Lakefield Council names Bakalyar Mayor Pro Tem
Jan. 6, 2015
LAKEFIELD - The Lakefield City Council met in
regular session Monday night at City Hall in Lakefield.
The Council named Bruce Bakalyar Mayor Pro Tem,
approved a quote for crushing a concrete pile, and received an offer
to purchase property near the cell phone tower, which was declined.
The meeting was adjourned around 7:30pm.
The next regular meeting of the Lakefield City Council will be
at 7pm on Tuesday, January 20th at the City Hall in
Jackson Co Historical Society sets 2014 Annual Meeting
Jan. 5, 2015
LAKEFIELD - The Jackson County Historical Society
will hold their 2014 Annual Meeting at 1:30pm on Saturday, January 17th
at the Museum in Lakefield.
The Agenda includes the business meeting followed
by Board elections. After that is the program
consisting of 2014 in review and a retrospect of photographer Harold
Strom operated a photography store in Jackson
until he passed away in 1953 at the age of 54. On
display will be a sampling of his photographs which will include both
family and professional pictures alike.
Refreshments will be serviced.
The 2014 Annual Meeting of the Jackson County
Historical Society will be at 1:30pm on Saturday, January 17th
at the Jackson County Historical Society Museum in Lakefield.
IRRMA names 2015 Hall of Fame Class
Jan. 4, 2015
ARNOLDS PARK - The Iowa RockNRoll Music Association has chosen 24 musicians and music related
entities for induction into the IRRMA Hall of Fame in 2015.
Bands slated for induction include: Smokin’ Clams (Sioux City), Windfall Jac
(Fayette), Inner Lite (Marshalltown), Castels (Milford), FreeStyle (Des Moines)
and Interstate Cruisers (Sibley). The Out-of-State honorees this year will be
Jan & Dean.
Individual musicians to be honored include: Scott Cochran (Des Moines), Craig
Bavender (Waterloo), Dave Christopherson (Waterloo), Carey Crowson (Ankeny),
Kevin Lind (Laurens), Andy Avery (Burlington) and Taylor Mills (Des Moines - in
the Women Who Rock category).
The Border Band honoree for 2015 is Steve Ellis & the Starfires from Pipestone,
The late Dick Dale from Algona is the recipient of the Matousek Family Lifetime
Achievement Award. Receiving the IRRMA Lifetime Achievement Award will be Bob
Gamble (Spirit Lake), the late Richard (Dick) Burns from Woodbine, Jerry LeMire
of Minneapolis and Darwin Eaton from Pocahontas.
Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines, Catamount Studios in Cedar Falls and Hi-Way
Gardens of Stanwood, and the Riviera Ballroom at Janesville will also be
In addition to the Hall of Fame Induction, IRRMA will honor the band November 35th
from Sioux City and Barbara Lancaster of Arnolds Park with the 2015 Spirit Award
for their continued efforts to preserve the music and its history now and into
The 2015 IRRMA Hall of Fame Induction Spectacular weekend, full of exciting
activities, will take place on Sept. 4-6 in Arnolds Park. For more details, go
online to iowarocknroll.com.