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Trimont man injured in two semi accident - Sep 1, 2015   

HERON LAKE - A Trimont man received minor injuries in a two vehicle accident yesterday on Highway 60 near Heron Lake.

49 year-old Michael Junker of Trimont was driving a 2003 Volvo Semi eastbound on highway 60 when he collided with a 2014 Freightliner semi driven by 54 year-old Michael Schultz of Lake Crystal.  Junker was transported to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls with non-life threatening injuries.  Schultz sustained no apparent injuries.

Severe damage was reported to Schultz’s Freightliner.  Junkers Volvo was considered a total loss.

The Heron Lake Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Windom Police Department, Heron Lake Fire and Ambulance and Windom Fire and Ambulance assisted the State Patrol at the scene.


JCC Board approves contract with teachers - Aug 25, 2015   

JACKSON - The Jackson County Central School Board met in regular session last night.  The meeting was called to order at 6:02pm with all members present.

The board approved the 2015-17 agreement with the JCC Teachers.  Superintendent Todd Meyer noted that 90 out of 97 teachers voted in favor of the agreement.  They also approved the 10 year Long-Term Facilities Management Plan.  It was noted that this was not a firm schedule, but rather a guideline to help keep a handle on what needs to be done.  The Truth in Taxation meeting was scheduled for December 14th at 6pm.

In other action, the board approved a resolution for board member Jody Thrush to continue working as a substitute teacher in the JCC School District, approved Family Medical Leave for Wendy Fredrickson.  The Board also approved hiring Cheryl Bass as an ELL teacher, Brandon Fredrickson as a Social Studies teacher at the High School, Maria Hustedt as a reading teacher at Riverside, Mary Benson as a para at the High School, Lori Kroger as a para at the Middle School, Ashley Johnson, Melissa Polz, Crystal Ringling, Shirly Slater and Blaike Smith as paras at Riverside and Tiffany Mathias and Rachel Truong as paras at Pleasantview.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:43pm The next regular meeting of the JCC School board is scheduled for 6pm on Monday, Sept 28.


Disc Golf tournament Sept 12 in Okoboji - Aug 24, 2015              

OKOBOJI - Okoboji Disc Golf Course will be the host for the first Professional Disc Golf Association tournament on Saturday, September 12.

The Battle at the Border event will be a full-day of competition, education and fun for disc golf players of all skill levels.

Registration begins at 8am at the course in Kenue Park in Okoboji.  A players meeting will be held at 9:45am with tee off scheduled for 10:15am.  Players can register in pro, advanced, intermediate or junior.  Pro level competitors will play for cash awards with other skill levels receive player packs with a custom-dyed disc and T-shirt.   

Competitors can also play in a team of five, and if multiple teams sign up a team trophy will be given out to the group with the lowest combined score.

Following the tournament will be a free putting and driving clinic put on by Ascension Disc Golf staff, and anyone is invited to attend, including people who do not wish to participate in the tournament.

The Battle at the Border will also feature a longest drive contest, which costs $1 per disc throw, and a raffle for a disc golf basket valued at $220. Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 each.

Registration is $50 for pros, $40 for advanced players, $30 for intermediate and $25 for juniors. An extra $10 fee will be charged to those competitors not members of the PDGA, but the additional fee is waived for competitors 16 and younger. The Dickinson County Conservation Board will receive $5 from each entry fee.

For more information on the tournament, e-mail ascensiondiscgolf@outlook.com. To learn more about the Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course, contact the Dickinson County Nature Center at 712-336-6352 or go online to dickinsoncountynaturecenter.com.


Ruby's Pantry in Jackson on Tuesday - Aug 23, 2015    

JACKSON - Ruby’s Pantry returns to Jackson today from 4:30 to 6pm at the Jackson National Guard Armory. 

There are no income or residency requirements to participate in Ruby’s Pantry.  Everyone participating needs to bring two large boxes or laundry baskets and a $20 donation for the abundance of food that you will receive.

Ruby’s Pantry will be in Jackson from 4:30 to 6pm today at the Jackson National Guard Amory.


Alpha Appreciation Days Aug 28-29 - Aug 22, 2015    

ALPHA - Alpha will hold their annual Appreciation Days August 28-29.  On Friday, the beer garden opens at 6pm with burgers, brats and more.  The Alpha Fire Department Street Dance featuring the Nectorines starts at 8:30 with no cover charge.

On Saturday is the Grilled Pork Chop Supper featuring a pork chop dinner for $10 or a pork burger dinner fro $6.  There will be kids games and a beer garden.  At 7pm is Karaoke with Larry Clymer with fireworks at 9:30.  Don’t forget about the huge raffle Saturday night.

That Alpha Appreciation Days, next weekend, August 28th & 29th in Alpha.


Truck vs Cow accident south of Jackson - Aug 22, 2015   

JACKSON - The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office investigated a car vs. cow accident on the Petersburg Road south of Jackson on Monday, August 17th.

55 year old Jeff Fiala of Jackson was southbound on Petersburg Road when a cow ran onto the roadway. Fiala struck the cow with his 2013 Chevy pick-up causing major damage. The cow was found deceased.

The owner of the cow was determined to be 60 year old Mark Olson of Jackson. The cow had gotten loose from the Jackson Sale Barn approximately 1 week earlier.


Investigation continues into death in Brewster - Aug 20, 2015   

BREWSTER - Authorities in Nobles County continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a Brewster woman.

Nobles County Deputies responded to a 911 call around 2:40 Wednesday morning reporting a woman had been shot.  Inside, investigators located the body of a 40-year old female who was the victim of an apparent gunshot wound.  Two other individuals inside the home at the time of the shooting were not injured.

The woman’s body was taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy and formal identification.

The Brewster Fire and Rescue Department and the Worthington Ambulance Service assisted at the scene yesterday.

The incident remains under investigation.


Federated REA holds 80th Annual Meeting - Aug 19, 2015  

FAIRMONT - A large crowd attended Federated Rural Electric's 80th Annual Meeting August 18 at the Martin County Fair Arena.

Members elected director: Jon Saxen, Sherburn, for District At-Large. On the Nominating Committee Steven Landsteiner, Sherburn, was elected for District 5; while Lowell Spee, Fairmont, was elected for District 6. Members also passed amendments to Federated’s Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws; these changes allowed for fair representation of the new Alliant members with redistricting, setting a higher level of indebtedness, eliminates membership fees and provides flexibility on the annual meeting order of business during the meeting.

President David A. Hansen and General Manager Richard Burud provided a cooperative update on 2015 highlights. Hansen welcomed the former Alliant customers as new Federated member-owners, where they cast ballots in their first Federated elections. Hansen told the membership that General Manager Richard Burud will retire January 6, 2016; the Board of Directors is working with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s consulting agency on hiring the best possible candidate as general manager. Hansen also reported on a successful state legislative session that “allows cooperatives to apply a reasonable fixed charge that requires members generating their own power to pay their fair share of the co-op’s lines and substation when selling excess power on the grid, instead of it being subsidized by the rest of the Federated members.”

Manager Burud reported that 2015 was a year of financial stability with equity growing from $27.9 million to $30.4 million in 2014. “Residential electric rates are also stable, with the possibility of slight increase in wholesale power costs in 2016,” Burud stated. He also thanked state and federal legislators, especially for passing the federal water heater legislation. Burud voiced concern over the next legislative hurdle for the industry being “the EPA’s ruling on coal generation emissions effecting your rates and ultimately what members’ energy costs are.”                                                              

In addition, Burud thanked the Federated membership as it’s his last annual meeting address. “In my past 42 years of working for Federated, I’ve enjoyed my employment immensely,” he stated. “I want to thank you for your support and patronage. It has been a true honor to represent you.”

Burud also recognized two other employees who will be retiring as well in the next few months. Jerald “Festus” Hagen is the assistant line superintendent in Welcome with 49 years at Federated. Meanwhile, Brian Hansen is Federated’s warehouseman/mechanic and he will retire this fall with 29 years at the cooperative.    

Members attending the Annual Meeting received two LED light bulbs as attendance gifts, along with two $5 food tickets to use at local fair food vendors.  

Twelve children ages nine and under each won $17 worth of Midway ride tickets at the fair.

In addition, nearly 45 door prizes were awarded to the members. The top three prize winners were:

  • Curtis Luetgers, Fairmont, won a $300 Federated gift certificate.
  • Wade Krenz, Fairmont, won a Hitachi LI-ION impact driver.
  • Ronald Blair, Winnebago, won a Hitachi 18-volt cordless drill
Federated is a Touchstone Energy cooperative serving 6,700 electric members in Jackson and Martin Counties.

Jackson Council approves library changes - Aug 19, 2015   

JACKSON - The Jackson City Council met Tuesday nightt in regular session. Mayor Pro-Tem Fred Bern called the meeting to order with Mayor Wayne Walter the only member absent.

The council approved engaging JMCM Consulting to apply for grant funding for the Fire Department. Gary Reif from the Fire Dpartment told the council that the firm charges 5% if they help get a grant approved, but there is no fee if their help does not result in getting grant approval.

They adopted Ordinance Number Eighty-seven amending fees, rates and charges for 2015.
They reviewed and approved the engineer's recommendation to Award the Sanitary Sewer Extension Project Contract to Svoboda Excavating. It is hoped that the work can begin this fall and be completed in 2016.

They approved change orders totaling just over twenty thousand dollars for the Library Expansion and Renovation Project. The change orders involve performing soil correct6ions and converting the library's electric service from overhead to underground. Both change orders are within the project budget.

The council approved recommendations from the Planning Commission including a variance for New Fashion Pork to build an addition to their present office building at 164 Industrial Parkway that will be fourteen feet from the side property line; and an interim use permit for Holi and Davin Amara to operate an office-professional business in a zoned residential area at 97 Muir Avenue.

They approved a one day temporary liquor license for the Jackson Knights of Columbus Steak and Brew Fundraiser on September twelfth, and a one day temporary liquor license for the Jackson American Legion Post One Thirty for a wedding reception at the Jackson National Guard Armory on September nineteenth.

The next regular meeting of the Jackson City Council is scheduled for Tuesday September first.


Commissioners set public hearing - Aug 19, 2015   

JACKSON - The Jackson County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. at the Courthouse with all members present.

They approved a recommendation letter and resolution authorizing David Drown Associates to solicit bids for the sale of drainage bonds for the Judicial Ditch Forty-six Improvement Project in the amount of nine hundred fifteen thousand dollars. The sale will tentatively be held on September fifteenth with the project funded on October first.

They set the Judicial Ditch Thirty-five final public hearing for the purpose of considering the revised Final Engineers Report in the matter of the proposed drainage improvement for Tuesday, September fifteenth at 1:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria of the Government Center East Building.

They approved a letter of support for Western Community Action’s proposal to bring E.B.T.-card acceptance to our local farmers markets in Southwest Minnesota, including the Riverside Farmers Market in Jackson. Health Educator Angela Naumann (NEW-mun) from the Statewide Health Improvement Program told the commissioners that the goal is to provide a central terminal for all vendors at the farmer’s market.

In other action, the commissioners approved a request for a two day temporary on-sale liquor license for American Legion Post One Thirty to provide services during the National Sprint League Jackson Speedway Nationals at the Fairgrounds on September fourth and fifth.

They set a public hearing on two separate ordinance additions. The planning commission will hold public hearings for the adoption of the Subdivision of Land and Solar Energy Ordinances at their regular meeting on August twenty-sixth. The full board will then hold a public hearing on the ordinance additions and amendments at the September fifteenth meeting at 9:30 a.m. Anyone interested in viewing the ordinance amendments may do so at the Jackson County Auditor/Treasurer’s Office or the Jackson County Land Management Office during regular office hours. The document can also be viewed online. (www.co.jackson.mn.us)

They supported a resolution initiated by Nobles County to propose that the state use the budget surplus to repair unsatisfactory roads and bridges.  The board met in closed session to discuss real estate negotiations. No action was taken when they returned to open session.

The next regular meeting of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners is set for Tuesday, September first at 9:00 a.m.


Deputies investigate stolen ATV in Jackson - Aug 18, 2015

JACKSON - The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported theft of a youth sized ATV on Friday.  The theft occurred at Jackson Sports located in Industrial Parkway in Jackson.

The ATV was removed from a crate and is described as a 2015 Polaris ATV-15 Outlaw, blue in color with a reported value of $1,000.00

Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office.


Domestic assault in Jackson County leads to arrest - Aug 17, 2015  

JACKSON - A 25 year-old male was arrested last weekend in Iowa after a reported domestic assault.  At approximately 10:30am Saturday, deputies responded to a domestic assault in Minneota Township in Jackson County.

A 23 year old victim reported that they were assaulted by their 25 year old boyfriend, Wesley Hanson.

The victim told deputies an altercation occurred with Hanson earlier that morning when he reportedly threw her to the ground, slapped and punched her and held a lit torch next to her face. The victim attempted to call her mother and Hanson reportedly took the phone from her preventing her from calling.

Hanson left and returned around 9:30 a.m. to retrieve a work torch. He allegedly placed his hands around the victim’s neck and told her he was going to kill her. It was also reported that he kicked her several times.

A warrant was issued for Hanson’s arrest and was arrested in Palo Alto County in Iowa. He waived extradition and is expected to appear on felony terroristic threats-second degree, felony assault and domestic assault.

Hanson remains in custody.


Seal Coat project delayed until Wednesday - Aug 17, 2015 

JACKSON - Due to the rain Monday and forecast for Tuesday, the contractor has put the seal coat work on hold until Wednesday. 

They will leave the signs in place, but cars can be parked in the affected streets until then. 


Weaver to seek 4th District Seat - Aug 16, 2015 

CLEAR LAKE, IA - Kim Weaver of Sheldon has announced she’s running as a Democrat for the 4th District Congressional seat in Iowa.  Weaver made her announcement at the Democratic Wing Ding event Friday evening in Clear Lake.

Weaver is a single mother of three children.  She said her campaign will be centered on fighting income inequality and preserving a strong middle class.   


IA man arrested for counterfeit currency - Aug 15, 2015  

EMMETSBURG, IA - At approximately 10:25 Friday morning, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested 43 year old Brian Stowe of Waverly, Iowa on a valid Federal Arrest Warrant for Manufacturing Counterfeit Currency and Dealing in Counterfeit Currency. 

Following his arrest, Stowe was taken to the Palo Alto County Jail in Emmetsburg to await transport by the U.S. Secret Service to Federal Court in Cedar Rapids.


Butterfield man injuried in motorcycle accident Friday - Aug 15, 2015  

ST. JAMES - A Butterfield man was injured when his motorcycle struck a deer around 5:30 Friday afternoon.

According to the State Patrol, 58 year old Timothy Steinle was driving a 1991 Honda south on Highway 4 near mile marker 41 in Watonwan County when three deer crossed the roadway.  Steinle struck one of the deer and laid the motorcycle down. 

Steinle was taken to the St. James Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Moderate damage was reported to motorcycle. 

The St. James Fire Department, St. James Ambulance and Watonwan County Sheriff’s Office assisted the State Patrol at the scene.  The State Patrol is investigating the mishap.


I-90 construction to wrap up for 2015 - Aug 15, 2015  

MANKATO, Minn. –  Interstate 90 motorists in Jackson and Martin County should see traffic restrictions removed on Aug. 18 as the construction wraps up for 2015. The Jackson County Road 29 ramp opened Friday.

Drivers need to continue to use caution as workers install interchange lighting and work on culverts off the roadway.

In 2016, construction will resume between Jackson County Road 5 and Highway 86 (Lakefield).

This $36 million project, consisting of both concrete and asphalt work between Round Lake and Sherburn, is being designed and built at the same time and should be complete in July 2016.

Information on all I-90 work in southwestern Minnesota can be found www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/projects/I90preserve/ where the public is encouraged to sign up for e-mail updates.


Motorcycle accident in Spirit Lake claims life - Aug 15, 2015 

SPIRIT LAKE, IA - A Logan, Iowa woman died from injuries sustained in a traffic accident Friday afternoon in Spirit Lake.

Just before 2 o’clock, Police were called to an accident involving two motorcycles on Highway 71, just south of 36th street in Spirit Lake.  According to police, both motorcycles were travelling south on Highway 71.  The driver, 53 year old Julie Coolman from Logan, Iowa collided with the rear of a motorcycle driven by 45 year old Laura Levell of Magnolia, Iowa.  Both drivers were taken by ambulance to Lakes Regional Healthcare.  Coolman later died from her injuries.  Levell sustained serious and incapacitating injuries.  

Spirit Lake Police were assisted at the scene by the Spirit Lake Fire Department, Lakes Regional Healthcare Ambulance, Spirit Lake First Responders, Okoboji Police and the Iowa State Patrol.


JCC hosts Back to School nights - Aug 12, 2015  

JACKSON - Students entering the 12th grade at Jackson County Central are encouraged, along with their parents, to attend a 12th grade orientation Thursday at 7pm at the JCC High School Auditorium.  Doors will open at 6:15pm and iPads will be distributed.

On Monday, there will be an FFA Orientation at 5:30pm in the High School Ag Room, then at 7pm there will be a 9th Grade Orientation in the High School Auditorium.  All incoming freshman and at least one parent are encouraged to attend.  Doors will open at 6:15pm.  iPads will be distributed and schedules will be available.

On Tuesday, there will be an open house for students entering 10th and 11th grade from 4-7pm in the High School Auditorium.  Students and at least one parent are encouraged to attend.  Schedules and iPads can be picked up that night.

There will be a Middle School Back to School Night on Thursday, August 20th.  6th grade students and their parents are encouraged to attend an orientation from 6-6:45pm in the Middle School Auditorium.  The technology department and Southwest Coaches will be on hand to discuss iPads and transportation.  Classrooms will be open from 6:45-7:30pm for students and parents to meet the staff.  7th and 8th grade students are encouraged to come after 6:45pm unless you have a brother or sister in 6th grade.


MN Crops continue to excel - Aug 11, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's small-grain farmers are making substantial harvest progress while the state's corn and soybean crops are in great shape.

In its weekly crop progress and condition report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that almost half the state's barley crop was harvested last week, the second-largest portion harvested in one week on record, trailing only a 1990 mark. Thirty-three percent of the spring wheat acreage has been harvested, three weeks ahead of last year's pace and slightly ahead of average.

Minnesota corn and soybean conditions are rated at their best levels since 2010. The report says 89 percent of the corn crop is in good to excellent condition, up 2 percentage points from last week. Soybean condition is rated 83 percent good to excellent, up 2 points.


Federated REA's 80th Annual Meeting Aug 18th - Aug 10, 2015

JACKSON - Attend Federated Rural Electric’s 80th Annual Meeting Tuesday, August 18, and learn about the electric cooperative’s 2015 accomplishments.

The meeting is at the Martin County Fair in Fairmont in the Martin County Arena. Federated members receive free admittance to the fair between 3:30-6 p.m. by registering at the northwest gate (look for the Federated sign). Members may park in the north fair lot. They can walk over to the northwest gate or catch a free Federated golf cart shuttle up to the gate.  

During meeting registration, members receive the co-op’s Annual Meeting attendance gift — two LED light bulbs. Besides election ballots, Federated members receive two $5 coupons to use at preapproved local fair food vendors. While waiting for the meeting to begin, attendees can listen to acoustic pop music by Elyse Barnard and visit Federated's booths for information on Federated's money-saving programs, Exede Internet, Heartland Security Services and electric grills.

The 41st round of Operation Round Up funds from this spring will be highlighted at 5:30 p.m. with a slide show. Approximately $17,888 was awarded to 17 local organizations, which included $5,600 as eight Operation Round Up scholarships. Operation Round Up is a program where participating Federated members' electric bills are rounded up to the nearest dollar. This money goes to a trust fund, which the Trust Board oversees, and is awarded twice a year to organizations serving Jackson and Martin Counties.           

The meeting starts at 6 p.m., Federated members will learn about the cooperative's highlights for the year and welcome the former Alliant customers at their first Federated Annual Meeting. President David Hansen and General Manager Richard Burud will give reports on the year in review and a preview of 2016.  

Members will also elect one director and two members to serve on the Nominating Committee; terms for all positions start December 1, 2015. Director candidates for District At-Large are: Donald E. Tietje, Fairmont; and Jon Saxen, Sherburn.                               

The Nominating Committee candidates for District Five are Kelvin Klunder, Ceylon; and Steven Landsteiner, Fairmont. District Six candidates are Larry Cowing, Granada; and Lowell Spee, Fairmont.

            Following the business meeting more than 40 prizes will be given away. The top five prizes are:

·         $300 Federated electricity gift certificate

·         Hitachi Li-On impact driver

·         Hitachi 18V cordless drill

·         Dremel Ulta-saw tool kit

·         $100 Welcome TV & Sales gift certificate

 Federated members’ children ages nine and under can register for prizes too. Federated will give away $17 worth of Midway ride tickets to 12 kids. Members must be registered to win.

Federated members should bring along their August Connections newsletter, which includes their registration card.

Federated is a Touchstone Energy electric cooperative serving 6,700 members in Jackson and Martin Counties.                      

Clay Co Fair looking for Farm Gadgets - Aug 10, 2015

SPENCER, IA - The 2015 Clay County Fair is excited to host a Farm Gadget Show for the first time this year.  Exhibits will be displayed in and around the Innovation Pavilion in the southwest corner of the fairgrounds.

Each entry will need a laminated written description of the project, its intended use and safety qualities. Entries are due on or before August 15. To see the complete rules and regulations to enter in your gadgets go to www.claycountyfair.com for more information.  

"Take It All In" September 12-20, 2015 at the Clay County Fair in Spencer, Iowa!  Known as "The World's Greatest County Fair" since 1917, the Fair attracts more than 300,000 people each September for world-class Grandstand events, daily livestock and horse shows, more than $140,000 in free entertainment, thousands of competitive exhibits, and the largest farm machinery show at any fair in the United States!  For more information, visit online at claycountyfair.com.


WCA to merge with Heartland Community Action - Aug 9, 2015 

JACKSON - Heartland Community Action will grow due to a merger with longtime partner Western Community Action.  This past year the agency served over 12,000 people in McLeod, Meeker, Renville and Kandiyohi counties with a mission to lift people out of poverty.  

This merger is scheduled to become official October 1, 2016 and services will be shared across Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Redwood and Renville counties, but local services will not diminish. 

The merger will mean less competition for funding and will also be an easier way to share existing funds and make them last longer.


Arnolds Park to be recognized for 125 years on Friday - Aug 9, 2015 

ARNOLDS PARK - The National Amusement Park Historical Association will recognize the 125th anniversary of the Arnolds Park Amusement Park and Boji Bay Fun House during a special presentation on Friday, August 14th.

The National Amusement Park Historical Association will present park officials with a special plaque commemorating the 125th anniversary of the Arnolds Park Amusement Park.  The Boji Bay Fun House and Pavilion will also receive a plaque in commemoration of its preservation of the sugar bowl, slide and barrel from the fun house of the original amusement park. 

The Arnolds Park Amusement Park and Boji Bay Fun House Pavilion are members of the National Amusement Park Historical Association organization, which lists The Legend Rollercoaster at Arnolds Park as the 12th oldest rollercoaster in operation at the same location in the world. 

The National organization is dedicated to the preservation, documentation and enjoyment of the amusement and theme park industry.  


Roundabout accident in Worthington injures 1 - Aug 8, 2015 

WORTHINGTON - One person was injured in a one vehicle accident just before 8 o’clock Friday morning in the Highway 59-Highway 60 Roundabout at Worthington. 

According to the State Patrol, 37 year old Bezpyatko Lyubov of Schiller Park, Illinois was driving a 2012 Volvo Semi-Tractor northbound on Highway 59 going through the roundabout.  Lyubov lost control of the semi-tractor and it rolled. 

Lyubov was taken to the Worthington hospital but had no apparent injuries.  A passenger, 35 year old Hromyak Ihor, also of Schiller Park, Illinois was taken to the Worthington Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The 2012 Volvo semi-tractor was estimated as totaled.

The Nobles County Sheriff’s Department and Worthington Ambulance assisted the State Patrol at the scene.


One injured on I-90 near Adrian - Aug 8, 2015

ADRIAN - One person was injured in a two vehicle rear-end accident at 5 o’clock Friday afternoon near mile post marker 22 in the eastbound lane of Interstate 90.

According to the State Patrol, a 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by 58 year old David Mohr of Dubuque, Iowa struck the rear of a 2006 GMC Yukon driven by 42 year old Shanna Kooker of Spencer, Iowa. 

Mohr was taken to the Sanford-Luverne Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Kooker was not injured.

Severe damage was reported to Mohr’s motorcycle.  Moderate damage was reported to Kooker’s vehicle.

The Adrian Fire Department, Adrian Ambulance, Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Nobles County and Rock County Sheriff’s Departments assisted the State Patrol at the scene. 

The accident remains under investigation by the Minnesota State Patrol.


Jackson Businesses to choose waste collectors - Aug 5, 2015 

JACKSON - The Jackson City Council met in regular session last night.  The meeting was called to order at 6:35pm with all members present.

The council approved renewing the contract with Waste Management to haul residential garbage collection for 2016 to 2020, but starting January first 2016, the City will no longer contract for commercial pick-up.  Business owners will be able to negotiate their contracts with any of the approved waste companies in the city.

In other action, the council approved Eide Bailey as the City’s Auditing Firm for 2015, 2016 and 2017, approved a proposal from Marsden Building Maintenance for cleaning services at City Hall for a monthly cost of $470, and approved introduction of an ordinance adding a one-time $1 per linear foot charge for fiber optic cable laid in the City’s Right of Way.

The council also reviewed upcoming recycling collection changes.  In January 2016, billing for recycling services will be handled by the county rather than the city.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:55pm.  The next regular meeting of the Jackson City Council is scheduled for Tuesday, August 18th at 6:30pm.


Jackson Commissioners to discuss volunteers - Aug 4, 2015

JACKSON - The Jackson County Board of Commissioners met yesterday (Tue) morning at 9 a.m. at the Courthouse with all members present.

After a public hearing regarding the proposed fee schedules for 2016, the board voted not to change the camping fees for county parks. The vote was 3-2 with Commissioners Dave Henkels, Rose Schultz and Bill Tusa in favor of keeping the fees the same and Commissioners Kim Hummel and Don Wachal against the motion. The board unanimously approved changes to the beer license fees including adding a five hundred dollar late charge for applications that miss the deadline for getting on the board’s agenda and result in a special meeting being called.

The board also held a public hearing regarding a five year capital improvement plan. There was no public comment and the board unanimously approved the plan as presented.

They approved a plan dealing with County Ditch Number Thirteen and a ditch crossing. The issue dates back to 2006 when Rodney and Sylvia Von Ohlen requested replacement of a ditch crossing. In 2007 heavy rains washed part of the new crossing out and it was repaired. In 2012 upstream landowner Keith Clark complained the crossing is too small. Engineering studies confirmed it, and options were explored for correct sizing. Cost estimates for replacement were just under eighty-four thousand dollars. Instead, county staff recommends procuring an easement from Ron and Margaret Svehla for nine thousand dollars and constructing a private road that would be more cost effective and practical for about ten thousand dollars. The board approved that option pending receipt of an original signed easement from the Svehlas.

They heard a presentation regarding a program that connects volunteers with organizations that need volunteers. The program was formerly known as RSVP and is now called ACE which stands for Advocate, Connect and Educate.  The cost for Jackson County to join the program is around forty thousand dollars a year. If they decide to add the program to their 2016 budget, Cottonwood County Coordinator Brenda Skrove told the board she would also be willing to work in Jackson County.  Skrove is currently working twenty hours a week in Cottonwood County and would also work from sixteen to twenty hours a week in Jackson County, depending upon the board’s wishes.  No, action was taken by the board at the meeting, but they plan to give it consideration during their upcoming budget meetings.

In other action, the board approved a request from County Library Director Tam Erickson in regard to the Jackson Library Renovation Project. Salonek Construction determined the value for the Jackson Library to remain open during the project to be nine thousand dollars. The City of Jackson feels this amount is a county expense since it is related to library service rather than a building expense. The renovation is scheduled to happen between mid-October and mid-April.

Discussion was held regarding the upcoming retirement of Court Services Director Mary Leach. Leach has served the county for thirty-eight years. A new person will be hired this fall to help cover a family medical leave in the office and also be trained by Leach to take her position full-time soon after the first of the New Year.

They approved filling a full-time Heavy Equipment Operator position in the Public Works Department due to the retirement of Mark Spaeth. (SPAYTH)

They approved the purchase of the Apprize Online Benefits Administration system; approved the release of excess right of way to the City of Heron Lake in connection with road changes during the Highway 60 Four-lane Expansion Project.

They met in closed session to discuss real estate negotiations. No action was take when they returned to open session. The next meeting of the Jackson County Board will be Tuesday, August 18th at 9 a.m.


PEBC Prairie Steak Fry is Monday - July 30, 2015

LAKEFIELD - The Prairie Ecology Bus Center will be hosting their 8th Annual Prairie Steak Fry Monday night at the Heron Lake Community Center.  Social Hour and Silent Auction start at 5pm with a cash bar provided by the Heron Lake Liquor Store.  The steak dinner will follow.  There will also be a live auction, door prizes and wine wall.  Entertainment will be provided by SugarLoom.  Dinner tickets are $20 and are only available in advance.  To reserve tickets, call the PEBC at 507-662-5064.

Wine wall tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door but there are a limited number of tickets available.

Everyone is invited to the Prairie Ecology Bus Center Prairie Steak Fry this Monday at the Heron Lake Community Center.


Jackson County Relay for Life is Friday - July 29, 2015 

JACKSON - The 2015 Jackson County Relay for Life will be held on Friday at the Jackson County Fairgrounds.  Registration will be from 4-6pm with a silent auction from 4-10pm and smart shop from 4-11pm.

There will be a burger feed from 5-7pm grilled by the Cottonwood-Jackson Cattlemen’s Association and the Lakefield Lions will be hosting BINGO from 5:30-7:30 and from 9-11pm.

At 5pm will be a JCC & HL-O Variety Show.  Mickala Ziegler will take the stage at 6pm and at 6:30 it will be “Grand Old Country” with Mike & Dawn Strum.

At 7pm is the Colors of Cancer Fun Run/Walk Lap and the Locks Challenge on the stage.  Denny Amundson will take the stage at 7:30 with the opening ceremonies at 8pm.

At Dusk, is the Lighting of the Luminaria with the Invocation by Father James Seitz.  Denny Amundson will be on the stage again at 9pm with Rawlusion at 10pm.  Closing Ceremonies are scheduled for midnight.

KKOJ/KRAQ will have live reports throughout the night and will broadcast the opening ceremony live at 8pm.


Naumann approved as MS Principal - July 28, 2015  

JACKSON - The Jackson County Central School Board met in regular session last night in the Board Room at the JCC High School.  The meeting was called to order at 6:10pm.  Jeff Johnson was the only Board Member absent.

The Board approved hiring Chris Naumann as the new Middle School Principal, Amy Gathercole as a half time Speech Language Pathologist, Donna Grunewald as Assistant Head Cook at the High School, Janelle Janssen as a Food Service Assistant at the High School and Sandra Franks as Food Service assistant at Riverside Elementary.

In other action, the Board approved transferring $300 per adjusted pupil unit of the district’s Voter-approved referendum authority to a Board-approved referendum authority starting with taxes payable in 2016 and run for 5 years.  Board Member Jody Thrush pointed out that this would not affect taxes and would give the local board more control and stability.

The board also approved a contract with Des Moines Health and Human Services for the use of a Public Health Nurse to be housed in the school district from August 19, 2015 to May 26, 2016, approved going out for Long-term Disability and Life Insurance bids, approved the district wide Health and Safety Policy for fiscal years 2015, 2016 and 2017 and approved moving the Activity Fund balance to Jackson Federal Savings and Loan.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:49pm.  The next regular meeting of the JCC School Board is scheduled to be on Monday, August 24th at 6pm in the Board Room at the JCC High School.


Jackson woman arrested following reported assault - July 27, 2015  

JACKSON - A Jackson woman was arrested last week after a reported assault in Jackson.  32 year-old Christine Lloyd is charged with one felony count of 2nd degree assault and one felony count of terroristic threats.

On Wednesday, Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of an assault at 2015 Highway 71 North.  The reporting party told deputies that Lloyd had threatened to kill them while holding a knife.  The incident was the result of an argument over child custody and divorce.

Lloyd was arrested a short distance from the residence.  Deputies recovered two knives from the residence matching the description given and Lloyd admitted she had held the knives and threatened to kill the complainant.

Lloyd is currently being held under a $50,000 bond.


Lions hold raffle drawing Saturday- July 26, 2015            

JACKSON - The Jackson Lions Club held their Raffle Drawing at noon Saturday at the Jackson County Fair.

The Grand Prize winner of a $3,000 Trip Voucher (purchased through Southwest Coaches) or $2,750 cash-out option is Bert Winrich of Jackson.

There were three $500 cash winners. They were Steve Borer, Jed Hesebeck and Steve Henderson.

There were eleven $100 cash winners, Marilyn Rossow, Jim Worshek, Paul Meium, Larry Sayler, John Osterberg, Maureen Gieseke, Roger Geiger, Chris Hein, Walter Svoboda, Linda Ebeling and Patrice Frick.

Proceeds from the raffle go to support Jackson Lions Club Projects in the community.

Saturday 4-H Results - July 25, 2015            

2015 Jackson County Fair 4-H Livestock Show Results - Premier Showmanship

·         Premier Showmanship

o   Champion: Riley Johnson

o   Reserve Champion: Jadi Koep

·         Junior Stockman

o   Champion: Ethan Varilek

o   Reserve Champion: Garrhet Kellner


Friday 4-H Results - July 25, 2015

2015 Jackson County Fair 4-H Livestock Show Results - Beef

·         Interviews

o   Senior Champion: Jonathan Hussong

o   Senior Reserve Champion: Sydney Eddy

o   Intermediate Champion: Jon Handzus

o   Intermediate Reserve Champion: Nathan Hinkeldey

o   Junior Champion: William Freking

o   Junior Reserve Champion: Preston Christoffers

·         Showmanship

o   Senior Champion: Riley Johnson

o   Senior Reserve Champion: Marcus Hinkeldey

o   Intermediate Champion: Ethan Varilek

o   Intermediate Reserve Champion: Jon Handzus

o   Junior Champion: Caleb Vancura

o   Junior Reserve Champion: William Freking

·         Class Results

o   Cow/Calf:

§  Champion: Marcus Hinkeldey

§  Reserve Champion: Ashley Wagner

o   Prospect Market Calves:

§  Overall Champion: Maggie Post (Prospect Steer)

§  Overall Reserve Champion: Maggie Post (Prospect Heifer)

§  Champion Market Heifer: Maggie Post

§  Reserve Champion Market Heifer: Zachary Rasmussen

§  Champion Market Steer: Maggie Post

§  Reserve Champion Market Steer: Thomas Freking

o   Breeding Heifer:

§  Champion: Jayma Benda

§  Reserve Champion: Caleb Vancura

o   Market Animal:

§  Overall Champion: Gavin Mulder (Market Steer)

§  Overall Reserve Champion: Ali Eckert (Market Heifer)

§  Champion Market Heifer: Ali Eckert

§  Reserve Champion Heifer: Caleb Vancura

§  Champion Market Steer: Gavin Mulder

§  Reserve Champion Market Steer: Scott Christopher

o   Jackson Feed, LLC/Big Gain Calf-fed Holstein Calf Project:

§  Champion Class 1: Case Bennett

§  Reserve Champion Class 1: Jonah Carr

§  Champion Rate of Gain Class 1: Hannah Wedebrand

§  Reserve Champion Rate of Gain Class 1: Case Bennett

§  Champion Class 2: Kristin Liepold

§  Reserve Champion Class 2: Mason Wedebrand

§  Champion Rate of Gain Class 2: Keldon Bennett

§  Reserve Champion Rate of Gain Class 2: Mason Wedebrand


Thursday 4-H Results - July 24, 2015

2015 Jackson County Fair 4-H Livestock Show Results - Horse

·         Interviews

o   Senior Champion: Elizabeth Garber

o   Senior Reserve Champion: Jade Holthe

o   Junior Champion: Tanner Marie Christoffers

o   Junior Reserve Champion: Trinity Allen

·         Class Results

o   Senior Division:

§  English Champion: Angela Holthe

§  English Reserve Champion: Jade Holthe

§  SMS Champion: Angela Holthe

§  SMS Reserve Champion: Bailey Collin

§  Pleasure Champion: Angela Holthe

§  Pleasure Reserve Champion: Bailey Collin

§  Egg and Spoon Champion: Elizabeth Garber

§  Egg and Spoon Reserve Champion: Bailey Mills

§  Games Champion: Elizabeth Garber

§  Games Reserve Champion: Jade Holthe

o   Intermediate Division:

§  Egg and Spoon Champion: Sharon Murdock

§  Games Champion: Sharon Murdock

§  Games Reserve Champion: Jossi Vander Woude

o   Junior Division:

§  English Champion: Tanner Marie Christoffers

§  SMS Champion: Tanner Marie Christoffers

§  SMS Reserve Champion: Victoria Murdock

§  Pleasure Champion: Tanner Marie Christoffers

§  Pleasure Reserve Champion: Rylen Pierce

§  Egg and Spoon Champion: Jonah Carr

§  Egg and Spoon Reserve Champion: Clayton Cavness

§  Games Champion: Clayton Cavness

§  Games Reserve Champion: Rylen Pierce


Thursday FFA results - July 23, 2015

Thursday Morning FFA results from the 2015 Jackson County Fair.

Swine

Champion Market Hog    

Adriane Rentschler     

      

Reserve Champion Market Hog

Brooklynn Elder

 

Champion Showmanship

Dalton Dykstra

 

Reserve Champion Showmanship

Nolan Hohenstein


Wednesday FFA Results - July 22, 2015 

Wednesday FFA results from the 2015 Jackson County Fair.

 

Sheep

Champion Market Lamb 

Bailey Schneekloth

 

Reserve Champion Market Lamb          

Paige Anderson

 

Champion Showmanship

Bailey Schneekloth

 

Reserve Champion Showmanship

Paige Anderson

 

Beef  

Champion Beef Steer       

Michaela Kellner

 

Champion Showmanship

Michaela Kellner


Great turnout for Hotdish Contest - July 22, 2015  

JACKSON - The first ever Taste of Jackson Hotdish contest was held Wednesday at the Jackson County Fair.  There were twelve entries judged in three categories, With Meat, Without Meat and Most Unique.

First place in the Meat category went to Scott Place with his Chick N’ Lick N’ Hotdish.  Second went to Steph Porter with Mom’s Tater-tot Hotdish and third was Roman Voss with Grandma’s Hotdish.

In the Without Meat category, first place went to Scott Place with 2 & C Casserole and second was Mike Dahlin with Carrots Au Gratin.

In the Most Unique category, first place went to Sue Jansma with her Pork Ball Hotdish, second was Jody Brinks with Gluten Free Low Carb Chicken Bacon Hotdish and third was Amy DeKok with Bac-eroni.

Judges for this year’s contest were Doug Johnson, Jason Oye and Cec Handevidt.


Wednesday 4-H Livestock Show Results - July 22, 2015  

2015 Jackson County Fair 4-H Livestock Show Results - Sheep

·         Interviews

o   Senior Champion: Paige Anderson

o   Senior Reserve Champion: Abi Fest

o   Intermediate Champion: Jordann Schneekloth

o   Intermediate Reserve Champion: Parker Benda

o   Junior Champion: Carson Schneekloth

o   Junior Reserve Champion: Payten Benda

·         Showmanship

o   Senior Champion: Logan Ward

o   Senior Reserve Champion: Jadi Koep

o   Intermediate Champion: Kailey Koep

o   Intermediate Reserve Champion: Jordann Schneekloth

o   Junior Champion: Carson Schneekloth

o   Junior Reserve Champion: Payten Benda

·         Lamb Lead

o   Overall Champion: Jordanne Schneekloth

o   Overall Reserve Champion: Abi Fest

o   Senior Champion: Abi Fest

o   Intermediate Champion: Jordanne Schneekloth

o   Intermediate Reserve Champion: Eli Fest

o   Junior Champion: Carson Schneekloth

o   Junior Reserve Champion:Payten Benda

·         Class Results

o   Breeding Ewe

§  Champion: Payten Benda (Registered Suffolk Yearling Ewe)

§  Reserve Champion:Parker Benda (Registered Suffolf January Ewe Lamb)

o   Market Lamb:

§  Overall Champion: Logan Ward (Middleweight Champion)

§  Overall Reserve Champion: Jadi Koep (Heavyweight Champion)

§  Champion Lightweight: Ryan Christopher

§  Reserve Champion Lightweight: Logan Ward

§  Champion Middleweight: Logan Ward

§  Reserve Champion Middleweight: Ryan Christopher

§  Champion Heavyweight: Jadi Koep

§  Reserve Champion Heavyweight: Kailey Koep

2015 Jackson County Fair 4-H Livestock Show Results - Meat Goat

·         Interviews

o   Senior Champion: Kristin Liepold

o   Senior Reserve Champion: Kilen Warmka

o   Intermediate Champion: Jon Handzus

o   Intermediate Reserve Champion: Grace Killian

o   Junior Champion: Ryan Killian

o   Junior Reserve Champion: Landin Warmka

·         Showmanship

o   Senior Champion: Kristin Liepold

o   Senior Reserve Champion: Carter Johnson

o   Intermediate Champion: Zoe Pohlman

o   Intermediate Reserve Champion: Jon Handzus

o   Junior Champion: Landin Warmka

o   Junior Reserve Champion: Rylen Pierce

·         Class Results

o   Meat Goat

§  Overall Champion: Carter Johnson (Champion Heavyweight)

§  Overall Reserve Champion: Emma Pohlman (Reserve Champion Heavyweight)

§  Champion Lightweight: Tyler Brunk

§  Reserve Champion Lightweight: Landin Warmka

§  Champion Middleweight: Trey Rossow

§  Reserve Champion Middleweight: Carter Johnson

§  Champion Heavyweight: Carter Johnson

§  Reserve Champion Heavyweight: Emma Pohlman

o   Meat Breeding Doe

§  Overall Champion: Jon Handzus (Champion Dry Breeding Yearling Doe)

§  Overall Reserve Champion: Landin Warmka (Champion Senior Meat Breeding Doe)

§  Champion Senior Meat Breeding Doe: Landin Warmka

§  Reserve Champion Senior Meat Breeding Doe: Bailey Mills

§  Champion Dry Breeding Yearling Doe: Jon Handzus

§  Reserve Champion Dry Breeding Yearling Doe: Carter Johnson


JCC Schedules back to school meetings - July 22, 2015

  

JACKSON - The Jackson County Central Schools have announced meeting and orientation dates for the upcoming school year.

Thursday, August 6, 2015; 7:00 p.m. – Fall Sports Meeting - JCC HS Auditorium. All fall athletes and one parent are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting.  Paperwork and fees will be collected.  The forms can be downloaded from the web site and brought to the meeting.  HS Football practice begins on Monday, August 10th.  HS Volleyball and HS Cross Country practice begins on Monday, August 17th. 

Thursday, August 13, 2015; 7:00 p.m. -  12th Grade Orientation – JCC High School Auditorium.  All 12th grade students and their parents are encouraged to attend this orientation.  The doors will open at 6:15 p.m.  12th grade student schedules will be available.  Payment of class dues and lunch money will be appreciated. i-Pads will be distributed.

Monday, August 17, 2015 ; 7:00 p.m.  – 9th Grade Orientation – JCC High School Auditorium.  All 9th grade students and their parents are encouraged to attend this orientation.  The doors will open at 6:15 p.m.  9th grade student schedules will be available.  Building tours will be given.  Payment of class dues and lunch money will be appreciated. i-Pads will be distributed.

Monday, August 17, 2015 ; 5:30 p.m.  – FFA Orientation – JCC High School Ag Room


Tuesday FFA Results - July 21, 2015  

JACKSON - Tuesday FFA results from the 2015 Jackson County Fair.

Floral

            Champion                             Alyssa Post

            Reserve Champion             Grant Voss

 

Fruit/Vegetable

            Champion                             Megan Edlin                                                             

            Reserve Champion             Megan Edlin

                                                                 

New Crop

            Champion                             Ali Eckert

            Reserve Champion             Maggie Post

 

Shelled Corn

            Champion                             Megan Edlin

            Reserve Champion             Jordan Winter

 

Small Grain

            Champion                             Megan Edlin

            Reserve Champion             Maggie Post

 

Ten Ear Corn Sample

            Champion                             Ashley Keck

            Reserve Champion             Clair Smith

 

Soybeans

            Champion                 Michaela Kellner

            Reserve Champion             Megan Edlin


Tuesday 4-H Livestock Show Results - July 21, 2015

2015 Jackson County Fair 4-H Livestock Show Results - Poultry

·         Interviews

o   Senior Champion: Michaela Kellner

o   Senior Reserve Champion: Nolan Hohenstein

o   Intermediate Champion: Rudy Voss

o   Intermediate Reserve Champion: William Pell

o   Beginner Champion: Trey Rossow

o   Beginner Reserve Champion: Sadie Voss

·         Showmanship

o   Senior Champion: Nolan Hohenstein

o   Senior Reserve Champion: Ashley Wagner

o   Intermediate Champion: Rudy Voss

o   Intermediate Reserve Champion: Garrhet Kellner

o   Beginner Champion: Clayton Cavness

o   Beginner Reserve Champion: Sadie Voss

·         Poultry Project

o   Overall Champion: Michaela Kellner

o   Overall Reserve Champion: Clayton Cavness

o   Senior Champion: Michaela Kellner

o   Senior Reserve Champion: Nolan Hohenstein and Ashley Wagner (tie)

o   Intermediate Champion: Rudy Voss

o   Intermediate Reserve Champion: Garrhet Kellner

o   Beginner Champion: Clayton Cavness

o   Beginner Reserve Champion: Sadie Voss

·         Poultry Poster Contest

 Overall Champion: Michaela Kellner

o   Overall Reserve Champion: Kade Zishka

 

2015 Jackson County Fair 4-H Livestock Show Results - Rabbit

·         Interviews

o   Senior Champion: Rylee Pierce

o   Senior Reserve Champion: Alyssa Post

o   Intermediate Champion: Morgan Ignaszweski

o   Beginner Champion: Taylor Post

o   Beginner Reserve Champion: Trinity Allen

·         Showmanship

o   Senior Champion: Ashley Wagner

o   Senior Reserve Champion: Alyssa Post

o   Intermediate Champion: Alec Ascheman

o   Intermediate Reserve Champion: Morgan Ignaszweski

o   Beginner Champion: Taylor Post

o   Beginner Reserve Champion: Trinity Allen

·         Class Results

o   Overall Champion: Alyssa Post (Mini Rex Sr)

o   Overall Reserve Champion: Ashley Wagner (Jersey Wooley)

·         Best Dressed Bunny Contest

o   Overall Champion: Emmi Randolph

o   Overall Reserve Champion: Rylee Pierce

 

2015 Jackson County Fair 4-H Livestock Show Results - Dairy Goat

·         Interviews

o   Senior Champion: Michaela Kellner

o   Intermediate Champion: Garrhet Kellner

o   Beginner Champion:

·         Showmanship

o   Senior Champion: Michaela Kellner

o   Intermediate Champion: Garrhet Kellner

·         Class Results

o   Overall Champion: Michaela Kellner (Registered Junior Kid Doe)

o   Overall Reserve Champion: (Registered Dry Yearling Doe)

 

2015 Jackson County Fair 4-H Livestock Show Results - Dairy

·         Interviews

o   Senior Champion: Nolan Hohenstein

o   Senior Reserve Champion: Marcus Hinkeldey

o   Intermediate Champion: Nathan Hinkeldey

o   Beginner Champion: Noah Thompson

o   Beginner Reserve Champion: Isaac Olson

·         Showmanship

o   Senior Champion: Marcus Hinkeldey

o   Senior Reserve Champion: Ryan Hinkeldey

o   Intermediate Champion: Dan Eggink

o   Intermediate Reserve Champion: Kayla Arp

o   Beginner Champion: Noah Thompson

o   Beginner Reserve Champion: Issac Olson

·         Class Results

o   Overall Champion: Dan Eggink (Holstein 2 yr old)

o   Overall Reserve Champion: Nolan Hohenstein (Holstein 4 yr old)

      Junior Dairy

§  Champion: Nolan Hohenstein (Holstein Fall Senior Yearling)

§  Reserve Champion: Kayla Arp (Holstein Fall Calf)

       Senior Dairy

§  Champion: Dan Eggink (Holstein 2 yr old)

§  Reserve Champion: Nolan Hohenstein (Holstein 4 yr old)


Council set to discuss skate park updates - July 21, 2015  

JACKSON - The Jackson City Council met in regular session last night.  The meeting was called to order at 6:30pm.  Brandon Finck was the only council member absent.

Isaac Rinkenberger with DGR Engineering presented the bid tabulations results for the 2015-16 Electric Distribution Conversion project.  Aevenia, out of Moorhead, was the lowest of four bids at just under $500,000.  Rinkenberger stated that they have some familiarity with Aevenia, and that their references were good and advised the council to approve the bid, which they did.

City Administrator Jennifer Bromeland updated the council on the Sanitary Sewer Extension project.  A funding package from the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority has been secured in the amount of just over $1.1 million Point Source Implementation grant and a $390,000 Wastewater Infrastructure Fund Grant.  The total project cost is just over $2.2 million which means the cost per connection for the public portion will average around $6,700 and the average cost for the private portion will be just over $13,000.

Councilman Donnie Schoenrock advised the council that he met with a representative from ARC out of Missouri regarding updates to the skate park.  The item will be put on the next council agenda for discussion.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:05pm.  The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Jackson City Council is set for Tuesday, August 4th at 6:30pm.


Audit shows Jackson County in good financial shape - July 21, 2015  

JACKSON - The Jackson County Board of Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. at the Jackson County Courthouse with all members present.

They reviewed the annual audit reports for 2014 with Kim Schult of Baker Tilly, LLC of Minneapolis. Schult said they found Jackson County in good financial shape. The budget to actual schedule for the general fund showed a net increase in fund balance of just over 1.16 million dollars, and for the road and bridge fund a net increase of over two hundred seven thousand dollars.

The board approved the appointment of Mitch Kling and Bill Ufkin to the Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water System Board; approved the renewal of a five year lease agreement for the 4-H Foodstand at the fairgrounds; approved a temporary on-sale liquor license for Michael and Bridget, Incorporated for the Beer Garden at the fairgrounds; approved utility permits and approved a letter to the sent to Sanford Medical requesting that they consider establishing a chemical dependency program here in Jackson County due to the loss of Fountain Center, formerly known as Road to Recovery. The letter states that these services are essential to the health and well being of the county.

 It was reported that five applicants have been received so far for the County Coordinator Position and that applications will continue to be received until August 6th. The next meeting of the Jackson County Board will be on Tuesday, August 4th at 9:00 a.m.


MN Crops continue to look good - July 21, 2015 

ST. PAUL — Minnesota farmers have generally welcomed the recent rain despite high winds and hail in some areas.

In its weekly crop progress and condition report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that topsoil moisture supplies are rated 87 percent adequate, 10 percent surplus, and only 3 percent short. Subsoil moisture is 89 percent adequate, 6 percent surplus and 5 percent short.

The report says 4.3 days were suitable last week for fieldwork, which included spraying, scouting for aphids and cutting hay.

Crop development remains well ahead of last year's pace and a bit ahead of the five-year averages for corn and soybeans. The condition of Minnesota's corn crop improved slightly to 86 percent good to excellent, while the state's soybean crop is 79 percent good to excellent.


Week 2 Birthday Winners announced - July 20, 2015  

JACKSON - KKOJ Radio is celebrating our 35th Birthday this month, and we’re celebrating by giving our gifts to you.  Our week two prize winners, each winning a pair of tickets to the Minnesota Zoo are:

  • Leach Decorating Center - Karin Trosine, Jackson

  • T-Care - Paul Bland, Jackson

  • Schrader Computer Services - Larry Olson, Jackson 

  • Sunshine Foods - Kristi Herrig, Jackson

  • Dr. Debby Christopher - Nicole Mohning Jackson

  • Royal Treatment  - Pam Nelson

  • Historic State Theater - Rachel Krosch, Jackson

  • Jackson Feed - Michele Hohenstein

  • Len’s Bins - Joey Honken, Lakefield

Be sure to stop by one of our Birthday Sponsors to register for more gifts being given away this month.


Three arrested on burglary charges - July 20, 2015             

JACKSON - Three Jackson men were arrested last week in regards to a burglary earlier in the week in Jackson. 

On June 13th, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a burglary that occurred on Sayles Drive in Jackson. Taken in the burglary was a debit card and a Best Buy card among other items. Through investigation it was learned that the debit card was attempted at United Prairie Bank and Bank Midwest in Jackson. Still photos and video were provided by each bank.

On June 17th and 18th, Deputies arrested 18 year old Chris Breitbarth of Jackson, 18 year old Nathan Sukalski of Jackson and 20 year old Tristan Rzaszutak of Jackson. They face felony charges of 1st degree burglary.

Bail was set in the amount of $25,000for Sukalski, $35,000 for Rzaszutak and $50,000 for Breitbarth. They all remain in custody.

It was learned that other theft may have occurred from vehicles and two residences in the City of Jackson. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate.  


One hurt in accident near Alpha - July 20, 2015   

ALPHA - A Fairmont woman received minor injuries in a two vehicle accident last week near Alpha.

27 year-old Tiffany Harris of Fairmont was driving a 2013 Jeep Cherokee southbound on County Road 29 when she collided with a 2006 Chrysler Sebring driven westbound on County Road 34 by 53 year old Brenda Frolik of Sherburn.

Harris was checked by Alpha First Responders for minor injuries and released.


Mt. Lake man injured in accident on I-90 - July 18, 2015   

HAYWARD - One person was injured in a two vehicle rear-end accident at 4:45 Friday afternoon near milepost 163 in the eastbound lane of Interstate 90 in Freeborn County.

According to the State Patrol involved was a 2007 Chevy pickup driven by 19 year old Jeremiah Helferich of Mountain Lake and a 1997 Saturn driven by 58 year old Pamela Bassett of Buffalo, Minnesota. 

Helferich and a passenger in Bassett’s vehicle, 68 year old Mary Draayer of Austin had no apparent injuries.  Pamela Bassett was taken to the Austin hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Minor damage was reported to the pickup driven by Helferich.  Severe damage was reported to Bassett’s Saturn.

The Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office, Hayward Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance assisted the State Patrol at the scene.


Welcome Summer Festival this weekend - July 16, 2015  

WELCOME - Welcome’s annual Summer Festival is this weekend.  Here is the full schedule of events:

Friday, July 17th

Citywide garage sales – maps available at Casey’s in Welcome

5-7pm – Welcome Firemen’s Relief Association Chicken Feed, Welcome Legion

5-8pm – 2012 Mid-America Music Hall of Fame MN Inductee – Lance Allen

5-8pm – Borderline Cruisers Open Car Show on 1st Street

5-9pm – Inflatable rides & Kids Activities with Food Stands at Welcome City Park

5:30pm – Bean Bag Registration, Main Street

7pm – Bean Bag Tournament, Main Street

8:30pm – 1st Medallion Hunt Clue – posted by Post Office

8:30pm-12:30am – Black Rose Productions with Krissy Marie, Korte’s Bar & Grill

8:30pm-12:30am – Dirt Road Prophets, Main Street

 

Saturday, July 18th

8:30am – Slowpitch Softball Tournament begins

9am – 2nd Medallion Hunt Clue – posted by Post Office

1-4pm – Trinity Lutheran Church Pie and Ice Cream Social

1pm & 3pm – Outlaw Baseball

2-9pm – Inflatable Rides and Kids Activities with Food Stands, Welcome City Park

1pm – Parade Line-up, 5th Street

2pm – Parade

Following Parade – 3rd Medallion Hunt Clue – posted by Post Office

Following Parade – Groove Drum Line Performance, Uptown

4-7pm – Antique Tractor & Equipment Show, Main Street

4-7pm – Lakesters Car Club, Main Street

4-8pm – Petting Zoo, Welcome City Park

5-7pm – Welcome Legion Pork Chop Feed – Welcome Legion

5-6pm – Welcome Fire Department Kitchen Fire Demonstration, Fire Hall

6pm – Kiddie Tractor Pull

7pm – Toilet Races

8:30pm – 4th Medallion Hunt Clue – posted by Post Office

8:30pm-12:30am – Street Dance with PopROCKS

 

Sunday, July 19th

9am – Slowpitch Softball Tournament continues

10am – Community Worship at St. Paul’s UCC, lunch following


Sanford Jackson hosting blood drive Thursday - July 15, 2015  

JACKSON - Sanford Jackson Medical Center will host the annual All American community blood drive on Thursday, July 16 from 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm.  All who donate will receive a special All American Blood Donor t-shirt and a free lunch.

Donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 years old with a signed parent consent form), weigh 110 lbs or more and be in good general health. Please bring an ID with you.  It is recommended that donors eat, and drink plenty of fluid prior to donating blood. 

Community Blood Bank is not affiliated with other blood bank organizations and is proud to be a self-sufficient organization, thanks to the generosity of our local blood donors. For more information log onto www.cbblifeblood.org or contact Sanford Jackson at 847-2200.  Walk-ins are welcome.   


Week 1 Birthday winners announced - July 14, 2015 

JACKSON - KKOJ Radio is celebrating our 35th Birthday this month, and we’re celebrating by giving our presents to you!

Week one winners, who each won a pair of tickets to Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America were: 

  • Leach Decorating Center - Gary Clarke, Fulda

  • T-Care - Linda Rowland, Jackson

  • Schrader Computer Services - Andi Hare, Jackson

  • Sunshine Foods - Mary Voda, Jackson

  • Dr. Debby Christopher - Donna Grunewald, Jackson

  • Royal Treatment  - Linda Clarksean, Alpha

  • Historic State Theater  - Pete Wieneke, Jackson

  • Jackson Feed - Zach Post, Lakefield

  • Len’s Bins - Shirley Handzus, Lakefield

Be sure to stop by one of our Birthday Party Sponsors and register for your chance to win one of KKOJ’s 35th Birthday presents! 


 

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