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Local students name new K9 "Bosco"
JACKSON - The Jackson County Sheriff’s
Department is getting a new K-9, and it now has a name. Middle
School students in Jackson County were given a list of five names to
choose from and the students at the JCC, Immanuel Lutheran and Heron
Lake-Okabena chose the name “Bosco” for the new K-9.
Bosco received 89 votes, followed by Diesel
with 76 and Maverick with 74. The other choices were Cash, Grizz
Former Jackson County Sheriff’s K-9, Bear,
retired in the spring due to an injury.
Bosco is coming from the Czech Republic and
will be assigned to K9 Deputy Nick Schwalbe. Bosco will hopefully
join the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department in the spring of 2015
JCC School Board met Monday
Sept. 23, 2014
County Central School Board met in regular session Monday night.
The meeting was called to order at 6pm with all members present.
approved setting the Truth and Taxation hearing for December 16th
at 6pm in the Board Room, approved hiring Alexis Johnson as
Superintendent’s Administrative Assistant starting September 30th,
approved hiring Arica Svoboda as a paraprofessional at Riverside
Elementary and Dallas Murray as a paraprofessional at the High
School and approved Middle Management Contracts
The Board also
approved a quote from NAC Mechanical & Electrical for just under
$84,000 for installation of boilers at the High School, a quote from
MAVO Systems for just under $2,000 for asbestos abatement and
approved Family Medical Leave requests for Joan Voss and Aline
action, the board approved the resignations Kathy Clymer and Cindy
Kolander, the retirement of Harold Voehl and approved a multitude of
was adjourned at 6:45pm. The next regular meeting of the JCC School
Board is Monday, October 27th at 6pm.
Council approves Airport Phase II
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
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
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.
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
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
Two killed in two-vehicle
accident near Fulda
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
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
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
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
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
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
"Mission Impossible" this week
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
Sophomore attendants are Jessica Reyes and
Freshman attendants are Tessla Crowell and
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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 email@example.com
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
Stellmacher’s Trailblazer sustained severe
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office assisted
the State Patrol at the scene.
Little Tykes Storytime coming to Jackson Library
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
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
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
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.
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
Both vehicles sustained moderate damage.