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 Jackson Council approves Airport Phase II - Sept. 17, 2014 

JACKSON - The Jackson City Council met in regular session Tuesday night at City Hall in Jackson.  The meeting was called to order at 6:35pm with Chris Vee the only council member absent.

Chelsea Honnette and Kristy Thurmer, co-Presidents of the Jackson Women of Today, requested use of the Jackson Trails from Riverside Elementary, up Springfield Parkway and around to Pond Drive for a Monster Dash, 5K run/walk on October 25.  Proceeds from this event will go to the Riverside and Pleasantview PTO’s.  The request was approved.

Jackson Ambulance Director Mike Muchlinski requested permission to purchase a new ambulance for around $160.000 in 2015.  One current ambulance has over 100,000 miles and another is around 82,000 miles.  The council approved the purchase.

On a late addition to the agenda, the council was requested to approve Phase II of the Jackson Airport Master Plan Study for just under $27,000, a 10% share.  City Adminstrator Jennifer Bromeland advised the council that if this was not approved at the meeting, the project would have to start over if the city wished to continue the process.  Councilman Dave Cushman asked why these requests come in last minute.  There was a similar request this summer where a decision had to be made that meeting as well.  City Administrator Bromeland said that if the city went forward and didn’t like the project, they could back out.  Councilman Fred Bern said the City should move forward, that businesses didn’t want to waste time and that made the airport expansion more important.  The council voted 4-1 to proceed with Phase II, with Councilman Cushman casting the lone no vote.

City Administrator Bromeland contacted MnDOT regarding excessive vehicle noise signage in Jackson.  There is a sign on the north side of Jackson on southbound 71 entering Jackson, however the sign is small and not easily noticeable.  The Council approved moving forward with bigger signs and placing them on southbound 71 entering Jackson from the north, eastbound county road 34 entering Jackson from the west and northbound 71 entering Jackson from the South.

In other action, the council approved the development agreement between the city and Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership Street E Townhomes, LLC and approved the city moving forward with the Library Construction Grant Program Application.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:15pm, to be continued at a special city council meeting at 12:15pm on Wednesday, September 24th.

DMVHSS receives UCare Community Grant - Sept. 17, 2014 

WINDOM - Des Moines Valley Health and Human Services is pleased to announce that it has received a $50,000 UCare Community Grant to make healthy living readily available to more people.

The UCare grant will support the work of the Statewide Health Improvement Program (or SHIP) in Jackson, Cottonwood and Nobles Counties.  This grant will allow SHIP to partner with communities to create active living plans to improve walking and bicycling, support promotional activities related to active living, assist healthcare organizations in addressing obesity and tobacco use among patients and wo work with schools to increase physical activity and nutrition for students and employees.

Many schools in Jackson, Cottonwood and Nobles Counties have partnered with SHIP over the last five years to improve school nutrition and school activity including the Farm2School program, salad bars, school gardens, healthy snacks and vending.

For additional information, you can contact Diane Marsden, SHIP Coordinator for Des Moines Valley Health and Human Services at 507-831-1987.

Two killed in two-vehicle accident near Fulda - Sept. 16, 2014 

FULDA - Two people were killed in a two vehicle accident Sunday north of Fulda.  38-year old David Schultz of Worthington was driving a 2009 Toyota Rav4 southbound on Highway 59 around 3:20pm Sunday, and 24 year-old Charles Goode of Lewisville NC was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Impala westbound on County Road 3, when the vehicles collided in the intersection.

A passenger in Schultz’s vehicle, 34 year-old Kerry Schulz of Worthington and a passenger in Goode’s vehicle, 24 year-old Kristen Boynton of Perry, GA were pronounced dead at the scene.  Both drivers were transported to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale with serious injuries.  Two other passengers in Schultz’s vehicle, both minors, were transported to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls with non-life threatening injuries.

The Fulda Police Department, Murray County Sheriff’s Department, the Slayton Police Department, Fulda Ambulance, Slayton Ambulance and Fulda Fire Department assisted the State Patrol at the scene.

ILCC Farm Field Day & Expo Thursday - Sept. 16, 2014 

EMMETSBURG- The Farm Lab of Iowa Lakes Community College will host its annual Farm Field Day and Expo Thursday starting at 4pm in Emmetsburg.  Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig will be the featured speaker.

Van tours of the college crops and animal enterprises will be given from 4 to 6pm.  A free dinner will be served from 5 to 6pm with Deputy Ag Secretary Naig speaking at 6pm.

The Farm Expo will be held rain or shine.  The College Farm Laboratory is located on US Highway 18, about 5 miles west of Emmetsburg.  For more information, contact Iowa Lakes at 712-852-5259 or visit them online at iowalakes.edu.

Jeffers male arrested on sexual conduct charges - Sept. 15, 2014 

JACKSON - An 18 year-old male from Jeffers was arrested by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday.  Taylor Lopez was charged with one count of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree.

During the investigation, Lopez admitted that he had sexual intercourse with a 15 year-old Jackson youth.

Lopez was released from custody after posting a $50,000 bond.

HL-O Homecoming "Mission Impossible" this week - Sept. 15, 2014 

OKABENA - The Heron Lake-Okabena Homecoming coronation will be held tonight at 7:30pm in Okabena.  Queen candidates are Desiree Crews, Rachel Mathias, Sarah Schmid and Kailey Wendland.  King candidates are Isaac Fest, Jacob Getzel, Garrett Schumacher and Hunter Timko.

Junior attendants are Haley Ruesch and Chad Holey.

Sophomore attendants are Jessica Reyes and Logan Knutson.

Freshman attendants are Tessla Crowell and Hunter Lubben.

8th Grade attendants are Jessica Rossow and Eli Becker.

And 7th Grade attendants are Madison Ruesch and Brandon Hinkeldey.

The theme for this year’s homecoming festivities at Heron Lake-Okabena is “Mission Impossible”.  Daily activities continue through the week.  Tuesday is Gender Blender/Undercover Day.  Wednesday is Class Color Day with Powder Puff Football and Powder Tough Volleyball.  Thursday is Suit Up MIB day with a volleyball match against WWG at 7:30pm in Okabena. 

Activities wrap up on Friday with Wildcat Spirit Day.  There will be a Homecoming Parade and Pepfest at 1pm in Okabena, the Homecoming game against RCW is at 7pm in Heron Lake with the Homecoming dance to follow the game in Okabena.

Agroforestry event planned in Waseca - Sept. 11, 2014 

WASECA - Interest in alternative bioenergy feedstocks and producing multi-value perennial plants using Agroforestry systems is expanding.  Several research programs/projects are underway in Minnesota to document practical bioenergy production systems from perennial plants. 

Research on willows, hazelnuts, grasses, poplar and other perennial plants will be the focus of a “Walk & Talk” event on Tuesday, September 16, from 1 to 4 PM at the University of Minnesota, Southern Research and Outreach Center (SROC) in Waseca.  This event and tour is free to the public.  The program will begin at the SROC Administration Building in the conference room.  

Designed for landowners and natural resource professionals you will learn options for producing biomass for energy using Agroforestry practices, get an update on the hazelnut research being done in Minnesota and the Midwest, learn about the willow variety study for biomass use and as living snow fences, perennial crop research for bioenergy and bioenergy crop landscape positioning studies. 

This unique field day will provide an opportunity to learn and ask questions about a diverse set of topics around agroforestry.  For more information about this tour contact Gregg Johnson, SROC, 507-837-5617.

One injured in 3-vehicle accident in Sherburn - Sept. 10, 2014  

SHERBURN - One person was injured in a three vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon in Sherburn.  Around 3:17pm, 26 year-old Jacob Korte of Fairmont was driving a 2003 Dodge Ram eastbound on county road 13 in Sherburn.  Korte crossed Highway 4 to enter eastbound I-90 and collided with a 1994 Ford Taurus driven by 16 year-old Ily Schlenk of Sherburn.  After the initial collision, Schlenk’s Taurus collided with a 2008 Winnebago Motorhome driven by 67 year-old James Hall of Cambridge, MN.

A passenger in Schlenk’s vehicle, 16 year-old Allissa Weber of Trimont, was transferred to the Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont with non-life threatening injuries.  There were no other apparent injuries.

Korte’s Dodge was estimated as totaled.  No damage was reported to Schlenk’s Ford or Hall’s Winnebago.

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office and the Sherburn Police Department assisted the State Patrol at the scene.

Commissioners support Road to Recovery Center - Sept. 9, 2014 

JACKSON - The Jackson County Board of Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday morning at the Jackson County Courthouse with all commissioners present.

Chrystal Dunker, Executive Director of the Prairie Ecology Bus Center, addressed the council about a bathroom and storm shelter project at Sparks Park in Lakefield.  With the increase in classes and usage at the park, there has become a need for an all-season restroom and storm shelter.  Initial estimates for the project are $125,000.  Dunker said that the PEBC is contributing $10,000 and is seeking outside grants and funding for the project.  A donation of $25,000 was requested from the County.  The request was tabled until the September 23rd meeting to address concerns.

Shelby Boone asked the Commissioners to consider sending a letter of support to the Fountain Centers and Mayo Health for the Road to Recovery Center in Jackson.  Boone outlined how vital this is to the community of Jackson and Jackson County and that there are number of citizens who are able to lead functional lives because of this Center.  The Commission emphatically approved sending an official letter of support to Mayo and copying it to all four of our state legislators.

The Commissioners set civil penalties for failed alcohol compliance checks at $100 for the first offense and $500 for a second offense in a 24-month period.  In a recent compliance check, 6 out of 17 business checked did not comply,  approved a conditional use permit for M. Rowe Properties for crushing and stockpiling concrete and block on the old DeKalb Seed property with conditions, approved a liquor license renewal for the Bergan Bar and Grill.

A public hearing was held to approve changes to the Jackson County Development Code.  There were no comments and the change was approved.

The Commission also heard a review of the 2013 Audit reports from Jim Murray, CPA at Baker Tilly.

In other action, the Commissioners declared the old Fish Lake siren as surplus and donated it to the Round Lake Camp Ground, set a public hearing for 9:30am on September 23rd regarding improvements on Judicial Ditch #46 and approved the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office working with Mark McDonough to choose and train a new K-9 to replace the retired Bear.  Federal Drug Forfeiture funds were used to fund the initial training.

The meeting went into closed session to discuss a property forfeiture and labor negotiations.  The next regular meeting of the Jackson County Commission will be Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 9am at the Jackson County Courthouse.

Grape Escape in Spirit Lake Sept. 20 - Sept. 9, 2014 

SPIRIT LAKE - The Lakes Regional Healthcare Foundation will be hosting their third annual Grape Escape wine dinner and auction on Saturday, September 20 at Okoboji Classic Cars.  The event will consist of a wine tasting upon arrival, a five course dinner, each paired with a select wine, immediately followed by a reverse raffle and auction.

Live auction items include an eye procedure at ReBe Skin Clinic, a hunting trip to West River, SD or a condominium in Naples, FL, and a captained pontoon for 26 guests.

The reverse raffle is a new event this year.  There will be one winner at the end who wins $5,000, although every tenth name drawn will receive a nice door prize.  Reverse raffle tickets are $50 and can be purchased in advance separate from the Grape Escape tickets.

Tickets are $100 each, of which $25 is tax deductible, and can be purchased at Lakes Regional Healthcare’s patient registration desk, by calling 712-336-8799 or email jennifer.gustafson@lakeshealth.org anytime.  Proceeds for the event will benefit the advancement of healthcare in the Iowa Great Lakes.

Human Trafficking awareness event in Estherville - Sept. 8, 2014 

ESTHERVILLE - Trinity Lutheran Church in Estherville will be hosting a Human Trafficking Community Awareness Event Wednesday, September 10th at 7pm.  The presenter will be Milford native Stephanie (Fisk) Mendez, the European Director of Men Against the Trafficking of Others).

Mendez has been combating human trafficking in Southern Spain since 2010 and mentors women who have chosen to leave their life of prostitution and helps them reintegrate into society.

Everyone is invited to attend this event.  Refreshments will be served.  For more information, you can call the church at 712-362-3335 or go online to trinityestherville.org.

2 injured in one-vehicle accident near Windom - Sept. 7, 2014 

 WINDOM - Two people were injured in a one-vehicle accident Saturday night on Highway 86 near Windom.  59-year old Lynette Stellmacher of Redwood Falls was driving a 2002 Chevry Trailblazer northbound on Highway 86 around 6:30pm when she fell asleep, woke and overcorrected.  The vehicle entered the ditch, rolled and came to rest on its side.

Stellmacher and a passenger in her vehicle, 73 year-old Richard Stellmacher, also of Redwood Falls, were both transported by the Windom Ambulance to the Windom Area Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Stellmacher’s Trailblazer sustained severe damage.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office assisted the State Patrol at the scene.

Little Tykes Storytime coming to Jackson Library - Sept. 5, 2014 

JACKSON - Little Tykes Storytime will be held at the Jackson Library on Mondays from 10-10:45am starting  next Monday, September 15th, for toddlers and preschoolers.

Each week will consist of theme-based stories, finger plays, songs, rhymes and crafts.  In addition, storytimes provide opportunities for children to interact with one another, engage in dramatic play, learn new words and concepts and help gradually increase their attention spans.

Registration is requested.  For more information, or to register, call the Jackson Library at 847-4748.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month - Sept. 3, 2014 

JACKSON - September is Library Card Sign-up Month and the Jackson County Libraries want to make sure that everyone in Jackson County has the smartest card of all – a library card. During Library Card Sign-up Month get a free library card protector with a new library card or replace a lost card free of charge!

Getting a card is easy and free.  People of all ages can receive a card.  Stop in your local library today and register for a library card.  You will need to fill out a short form and provide some proof of identification. Children need a parent’s signature.

Use the library card to check out a variety of materials: books, ebooks, DVDs, books on CD, CD-ROM games, magazines, cake pans, music CDs, and large print books.  Library cards can be used from home, too.  Our libraries offer access to an online catalog and ebooks at plumcreeklibrary.org/jackson

For more information on how you can sign up for your library card and for programming events, call or visit your local library.  You can call the Jackson Library at 847-4748, Lakefield Library at 662-5782 or Heron Lake Library at 793-2641. 

Trailer home destroyed in fire - Sept. 3, 2014  

HERON LAKE - Around midnight on Sunday, August 31st, a passerby reported a house fire in La Crosse Township.

The Heron Lake and Okabena Fire Departments responded to the scene and a trailer house was fully engulfed.

The trailer house was rented by 42 year-old Michael Johnson of Heron Lake, who was not home at the time of the fire.

The trailer house is considered a total loss.

The MN State Fire Marshall was contacted and deemed the cause of the fire as undetermined and is most likely electrical.

Libraries to hold technology classes - Sept. 3, 2014  

JACKSON - Get connected with free technology classes at the Jackson County Library on Thursday, September 18th at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Participants will learn  how to download eBooks, audio, and magazines from the PCLS digital collection using a Kindle Fire HDX tablet. A library card is required. If you don’t have a card you may sign up for one at the class. Kindle tablets will be provided and may be checked out after the class.

Class size is limited. Please pre-register by calling or visiting the library. 847-4748

This program is made possible by a grant through the Blandin Broadband Community Project.

City Council oks fiber optic line through Jackson - Sept. 3, 2014 

JACKSON - The Jackson City Council met in regular session Tuesday night in the Council Chambers at City Hall with all members present.  City Attorney Steve Handevidt was absent.

Paul Erickson of Midcontinent Communications addressed the council regarding a proposed fiber optic line that would run through the city of Jackson.  The line is intended to connect Sioux Falls to the 511 building in Minneapolis, creating a third access point to the 511 building and providing greater service.  The proposed line would enter Jackson on the west side and run down Sayles Drive, then North Highway to Highway 71, then to Industrial Parkway and out of Jackson on the East toward Sherburn.

Councilman Donnie Schoenrock expressed concern regarding the homes on Sayles Drive.  Many of these were new construction and he was concerned about the right of way being torn up and not replaced on these newly landscaped properties.  Schoenrock questioned why the route did not follow County Road 34 to Highway 71 and then up to Industrial Parkway.  Erickson explained that route was considered first, but they would have to lay the cable under the sidewalks through the downtown area, and that was not feasible.  Erickson also stated that they do a lot of work with Sanford in the Dakotas, and by taking this route, they would pass right by the Sanford Jackson Medical Center and allow greater service and security for them.  Erickson also assured the council that all properties would be returned to an acceptable appearance.  The council approved the permit for Midco Communications.

Mary Muir addressed the council regarding reducing engine breaking noise.  She had spoken with Ken Wenkel at MnDOT and was advised that they could put signage up regarding noise reduction, but needed a resolution from the City Council before they could start.  Councilman Fred Bern said he believed that something had already been done as signs had been up before.  Councilman Schoenrock said that there was an ordinance already in place that addressed this.  The council referred it to city staff to review and will revisit the issue at the September 16th council meeting.

In other action, the council approved a resolution of Tax Levy Collectable in 2015.  The preliminary 2014 tax levy is just under $1.4 million dollars, an increase of around $54,000 of 4% from 2013.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:15.  The next meeting of the Jackson City Council is Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 6:30pm.

Sheriff's Office responds to multiple break-ins - Sept. 2, 2014 

JACKSON - The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a couple of weekend break-ins in Jackson.

On Saturday, officers responded to a break-in at Leach Decorating in Jackson.  Entrance was gained through a rear door of the business and an undetermined amount of money was taken.

Also reported on Saturday was a second break-in at Coast True Value Marine/Radio Shack.  A padlock and hasp was pried and opened and it is believed tools were missing.

Last Wednesday, officers responded to an apparent break-in at the Good Shepard Catholic Church.  A screen on the parsonage garage had been torn to gain access to the garage.   It appeared that access was attempted into the parsonage which is attached to the garage.  Nothing was reported missing.

Anyone with information regarding these break-ins is urged to contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

One injured in two vehicle accident in Jackson - Sept. 2, 2014 

JACKSON - One person received minor injuries in a two-vehicle accident in Jackson around 12:30pm on August 28th.  88-year-old Beverly Benes of Jackson was driving a 2003 Pontiac Bonneville eastbound on White Street and pulled into the intersection of Highway 71.

67-year-old Donald Sebby of Jackson was driving a 2012 Chevrolet pickup northbound on Highway 71 when the vehicles collided in the intersection.

Benes was treated for minor injuries by the Jackson Ambulance.

Both vehicles sustained moderate damage.

Local talent on display tonight at the MN State Fair - Aug. 31, 2014 

 ST. PAUL - Southwest Minnesota will be well represented in the Grandstand at the MN State Fair tonight during the State Talent contest finals.

Claire Gerhardt representing Jackson County and Rebecca Dose representing Martin County will be competing in the teen division finals of the County Fair Talent Contest, and Alaina Wolff of Jackson will be in the preteen finals of the Amatuer Talent Contest.

The competition starts at 7:30pm tonight.

JCC Schools to host technology session - Aug. 31, 2014 

JACKSON - The Jackson County Central technology committee will be holding a Schoology Technology session on Monday, September 8th in the High School Auditorium beginning at 6:30pm.  All High School and Middle School parents are invited to come learn how they can check their child's calendar, assignments, and materials using Schoology.  Assistance with usernames and passwords will also be available after the meeting. 

There will also be a short demonstration of the new JCC website at 6:00pm that night in the High School Auditorium. See how to navigate the new website on both a computer and a web enabled mobile phone.

Bee & Butterfly Festival Friday in Dickinson County - Aug. 30, 2014 

OKOBOJI - Bask in the beauty of bees and butterflies during the first combined Bee & Butterfly Festival from 4 to 8 p.m. this Friday at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji.

Participants can tag a monarch butterfly as part of the University of Kansas Monarch Watch’s citizen science program which helps scientists track and study monarchs on their migration to Mexico. You can even check to see if your monarch made it to Mexico by tracking it online in February.

Children can also take part in several bee and butterfly crafts. They can decorate butterfly wings they can then wear, roll beeswax candles, create handmade paper, make a thumbprint bee, paint a stepping stone or assemble a native bee home.

Anyone interested in gardening and beekeeping will enjoy chatting with our vendors, and other local beekeepers will be on hand to chat with people about honeybees.

Steve Anderson, a Dickinson County Conservation Board member and local beekeeper, will hold a presentation on beekeeping at 5 p.m. Naturalist Karess Knudtson will talk about native plantings at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., showing examples in the new pollinator gardens outside the renovated Butterfly House.

Door prizes will be awarded at 6:45 p.m. and Lisa Laird and Pockets Full of Fun will present a puppet and magic show about butterflies and insects at 7 p.m. in the amphitheater.

For more information, call 712-336-6352 or go online to dickinsoncountynaturecenter.com. 

Alley Cats to perform in Okoboji - Aug. 30, 2014 

OKOBOJI - The Alley Cats will be performing at 7:30pm this Thursday at the Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji.

The Alley Cats began at Fullerton College in California, and landed their first professional gig at Disneyland's "Blast to the Past." Soon after, they appeared on TV, radio shows, fairs, festivals, and even a USO show aboard the John C. Stennis aircraft carrier welcoming home the troops from Iraq. Currently, the CATS are the opening act for Jay Leno in Las Vegas.

If you love the 50s and 60s A Capella Doo-Wop sound, then we are pleased to present The Alley Cats. These guys are considered one of the top A Capella groups in music today.

For tickets, or more information, you can call the boxoffice at 712-332-7029 or go online to at lakesart.org.

CREST of Martin County to host chiletti dinner - Aug. 30, 2014 

FAIRMONT - The volunteer caregivers organization “CREST” of Martin County will be hosting a chiletti dinner on Sunday, September 14th from 11am to 1pm at the Trimont Community Center.

Chiletti is a combination of chili and spaghetti, and there will also be cheese, onions and beans that can be added.  There is a suggested donation of $5 per bowl and proceeds will help support the CREST program in Martin County.

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 litigation cases.

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 contest.

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 

ARNOLDS PARK - 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. 

The Arch 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.

Please come 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 tournament - 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 Jackson County.

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 tonight - 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 entertainment.

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.

Alpha 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 9:30pm.

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 this event.

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 is Friday- 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 meeting. 

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 all year.

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 847-4748.

JCC Board approves staff positions as school starts - Aug. 19, 2014 

JACKSON - 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. 

A 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 Pleasantview Elementary.

The 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.

The 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 controlled substance.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, on August 1st, Ybarra sold approximately a half gram of methamphetamine to a confidential informant.

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 stop by.

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 emergencies.

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 conditions.

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 the office.

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 Office.

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 into Jackson. 

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 seek re-election.

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.

Commissioners approve abatement - 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.

Highway 62 completion delayed- 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 86.

On-Farm GAP's Workshop to be held in Lakefield- 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 z.umn.edu/gapsww.

For additional information or questions, contact Bill Brandt at brandtgardens@gmail.com 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 High School.

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 afternoon.

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 injuries.

Damage to both vehicles was not reported.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office assisted the State Patrol at the scene.

Missing woman 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.

Walk/Run to 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 presents - 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 Reipke.

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 our Birthday!

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 511mn.org.

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 abatement.

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 19th.

City says "Thank You" to legislators - 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.

Jackson man 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 vehicle.

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 pocket.

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 custody.