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First Monster Dash being held Saturday - Oct. 23, 2014 

JACKSON - The Jackson Women of Today will be sponsoring the first ever Monster Dash on Saturday, October 25th.  Registration starts at 9am at Riverside Elementary, with the Dash starting at 9:30am.

 The Monster Dash will follow city trails along Springfield parkway, with the course being just over 3 miles total.  There is a $10 registration fee for individuals with a $30 cap for families.  All proceeds will go to the PTO's at Riverside and Pleasantview Elementary Schools.

Everyone participating is encouraged to wear a costume, and a costume contest will be held.


Reinbows to host 7th annual Horses in Costume - Oct. 23, 2014

WINDOM - Reinbows in Windom will be hosting their 7th Annual Trick-or-Treating and Horses in Costume on Friday, October 31 from 4:00 to 6:00pm.  The Reinbows’ horses can’t wait to show you their costumes!  There is no cost to attend this always-popular event, but we ask that you consider bringing a canned food item to be donated to the Windom Area Sharing Center.

If you have any questions, or for more information, you can call Damon at 507-822-0526 or visit their website at reinbowsinc.org.


Blues/Rock & Roll Jam Nov. 6 at PLAC - Oct. 23, 2014

OKOBOJI - It's time for another Blues/Rock & Roll Jam. Summers gone, dust off your guitars, basses, horns, harmonicas and sticks, bring them to the Pearson Lakes Art Center on Thursday, November 6th and join fellow musicians for some good music and tons of fun. The Blues Jam is in its third year and has built a large crowd of fans - everyone has a good time.
 
A backline of drums, amps, keyboard is provided - all you have to do is show up with your instrument or stick bag. 
 
Jam participation, admission and parking are FREE so tell you friends to be there. The fun begins at 7 p.m. in the casual setting of the Pomerantz room. Cash bar and sign-in starts at 6:45.
 
Don't miss this great opportunity to jam with musicians you normally don't get to play with and trade chops with some new friends.

For more information, contact Rachelle at 712-332-7013, ext. 107 


Jackson Council approves raise for 2015 - Oct. 22, 2014 

JACKSON - The Jackson City Council met in regular session Tuesday night in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

Pete Filippi with Contegrity Group addressed the council with a change order request for Lube Oil piping at the Maintenance facility.  This is needed to handle high pressure oil.  The council approved the request at $42,400, the city’s share is 30%. 

Mike and Kandee Ennis presented an offer to purchase city owned land behind It’s a Keeper 2 in Jackson.  The Ennis’s would like to use that land to unload trucks and eventually put in a building.  The council reviewed the request in closed session, but no action was taken.

Luke Ewald with Public Health addressed the council regarding a tobacco-free parks policy.  No action was taken on the request.  The Council advised city staff to research if a policy currently exists.

The council approved adjusting the pay rates for the Mayor and Council members in 2015.  The mayors pay will increase from $4,290 to $5,300 per year and council pay will increase from $3,240 to $4,200 per year.  A per diem of $50 for half day and $100 for full day seminars or meeting was also approved.

 In other action, the council directed the weed overgrowth at Ashley Park be mowed down for safety concerns.

The next regular meeting of the Jackson City Council will be Wednesday, Nov 5th at 6:30pm.


Commissioners hear concern over sewage pond - Oct. 21, 2014

JACKSON - The Jackson County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday and received a copy of a petition and a presentation from Hunter Township resident John Nauerth. Nauerth represents residents opposed to a proposed City of Lakefield Sewage Treatment Pond near their properties.

The area discussed is located in the Northwest Quarter of Section 18 of Hunter Township. No action was requested or taken by the board.

Also making a presentation to the board was County Veteran’s Service Officer Jeff Johnson regarding a new Minnesota Military Family Tribute on the State Capitol Grounds.

Action items included approval of a bid from Wicks Construction of Decorah, Iowa to pave the public works parking lot and staging area at a cost of $737,827. The amount is over budget, but County Engineer Tim Stahl said they’ve analyzed the overall project and they’ll still be able to stay under the total bond amount due to underspending in other areas.

They approved the purchase of a new crack or tar kettle used for maintaining county asphalt roads from Stepp Manufacturing of North Branch, Minnesota for $49,845.

They approved creation of a new revised Heavy Equipment Operator Position and eliminated two Parks Maintenance Positions. It was noted that this is the last step in reorganization of the joint Jackson and Cottonwood County Parks Department.

They approved utility permits, approved revisions to the county employee handbook, and approved a special meeting for a work session on the proposed 2015 budget for Thursday, November 20th at 9am.


Lakefield in good financial posistion - Oct. 21, 2014 

LAKEFIELD - The Lakefield City Council met in regular session last night at the City Hall in Lakefield.

The council reviewed the Third Quarter Financial report and the city is in a good financial position.

In action items, the council reviewed salary adjustments for 2015 but it was not approved.  The council approved hiring Kyle Reasoner and Josh Bretzman as Fire Fighters and John Carlson as a reserve. 

The Lakefield Police Department submitted a request for a part time officer.   The council requested more information on the cost to the city before taking action.  The council also approved the election judges for the general election November 4th.          

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Lakefield City Council will be on Monday, November 10th at 7pm at City Hall in Lakefield.


Minnesota Manufacturing Week is this week - Oct. 20, 2014 

 JACKSON - This week is Minnesota Manufacturing Week.  Tune in each morning throughout the week for interviews with local businesses sponsored by the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce…a chance for you to find out more about the valuable community resources.

Also, between 7 and 8am on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, you’ll have a chance to win a great prize from one of these businesses by answering a trivia question.

Be sure to be listening all week long for interviews and prize give-aways during Minnesota Manufacturing Week.

We'll be visiting with Full Tilt, Ziegler, FCA Coop, AGCO and Tri-County Implement.  If you missed any of our interviews, they will be on our website.  You can find a link on our home page at kkoj.com.   


Youth injured in accident north of Windom - Oct. 19, 2014  

WINDOM - A 17 year old girl was injured in a one car accident around 11:50 Friday night near milepost 76 on Highway 30 in Cottonwood County.  The name of the girl and her hometown were not released.

According to the State Patrol, the girl was driving a 2005 Chevy Classic west on Highway 30 when she lost control, causing it to roll.  She was taken to the Windom Hospital by the Mountain Lake Ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

The car the girl was driving was estimated as totaled.

The Cottonwood County Sheriff’s Department assisted the State Patrol at the scene.   


Four injured in accident near Brewster - Oct. 17, 2014 

BREWSTER - Four people were injured in a three-vehicle accident Thursday morning on Highway 60 near Brewster.

Just before noon Thursday, a 2004 Honda CR-V driven by 65 year-old Gail Klassen of Windom and a 2012 Ford Focus driven by 57 year-old Todd Dibble of Westbrook were westbound on Highway 60 when they collided with a 2008 Dodge Dakota driven by 82 year-old Amedia Colan of Dundee in the intersection of County Road 1.

Colan, Dibble and a passenger in Dibble’s vehicle, 89 year-old Jacob Wieler of Mountain Lake were all transported to the Sanford Worthington Hospital with non-life threatening injures.  Klassen was transported to the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls with non-life threatening injuries.

Severe damage was reported to all three vehicles.  The Nobles County Sheriff’s Office assisted the State Patrol at the scene.


Beyond Blue to perform at Pearson Lakes Art Center - Oct. 17, 2014

OKOBOJI - “Beyond Blue” with Debby Ankeny and Mike Springer is coming to the Pearson Lakes Art Center for the first time on Thursday, October 23rd at 7:30pm. 

“Beyond Blue” vocalist and musician, Debbie Ankeny, has had a long career in the entertainment industry. Debbie has sung and performed with the legendary Anne Murray for over 30 years, traveling the world, recording records, and making a name for herself among music professionals. Guitarist Mike Springer is a gifted musician with over 30 years of experience, playing and singing with the rock band, “Rambone”.

This is an Open House show on Thursday, October 23rd at 7:30 pm in the Pomerantz Hall. This show is free.  Enjoy an evening of great entertainment.

Call the boxoffice at 712-332-7029 or go online to lakesart.org for more information.


Bull at large in Jackson - Oct. 15, 2014

JACKSON - At approximately 3 p.m. last Saturday, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office responded to the report of a bull at large on Ashley Street nearing River Street in Jackson. The bull had escaped from the Jackson Livestock Exchange and several employees, both on foot and in trucks were attempting to herd it safely back to the sale barn.

In the process of herding the bull back, it rammed two pickups owned by employees of the sale barn and a Jackson County Sheriff's Office squad car. Minor damage was found on all vehicles.

The bull was successfully herded back to the sale barn via Ashley Street by the employees and Jackson County deputies.

The Sheriff’s Office reported a few issues with people in vehicles attempting to see what was going on. People are reminded that when an event such as this occurs, please stay away from the area until the area is deemed safe by deputies!


JHCF now accepting grant proposal applications - Oct. 14, 2014 

JACKSON - The Jackson Health Care Foundation is now accepting grant proposal applications through October 30th.  Applications are available at Bank Midwest and United Prairie Bank, both in Jackson and can be returned to Bank Midwest or mailed to PO Box 124, Jackson, MN  56143.

Any community group is welcome to submit a grant proposal that will help support health and wellness in Jackson County.  Last year, the Jackson Healthcare Foundation donated $8,200 to four local organizations.

The grants will be awarded at the Third Annual Holiday Gala held on December 5th.


Power outage affects more than 2,000 on Friday - Oct. 13, 2014

JACKSON -  More than 2,000 Federated members lost power around 7:45pm Friday after a farmer hit a transmission line pole in Petersburg Township with his equipment. 

Federated Rural Electric crews worked for nearly two hours to restore power. East Chain, Wilbert, Dunnell, Ceylon, Middleton and Enterprise Substations were affected. Federated crews worked with Great River Energy to reroute and restore power Friday night.

The first substations where power was rerouted includes Enterprise and Wisconsin at 8:09 p.m. The other substations had power rerouted between 9:16 p.m. and 9:41 p.m. The transmission line pole will be replaced. The farmer will be billed for the transmission line pole replacement and crews’ labor.


Our Redeemer Lutheran Church to host concert Oct. 21 - Oct. 13, 2014

JACKSON - Dave Anderson and Roger Walck will present a worship concert at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, October 21st.  A light supper will be served at 6:00 PM.  A free will offering will be received to benefit Shepherd's Canyon Retreat. 

For more info call Our Redeemer Lutheran Church at (507) 847-3693. 


Counselors to help with Medicare enrollment in Jackson Co. - Oct. 13, 2014 

JACKSON - The Medicare Open Enrollment period begins on Wednesday and continues through December 7th.  To help with the enrollment process, a trained counselor will be available on Wednesday in Lakefield and on Friday in Jackson.

Appointment times on Wednesday are from 10am until 2:30pm at the Lakefield Library, and on Friday from 10am until 3pm at the Jackson Library.  You can call the Senior LinkAge Line at 800-333-2433 to schedule an appointment at either location.

If you have Medicare Part D drug coverage questions, or want to enroll in a Medicare Part D plan or switch to another Medicare Part D plan, you are encouraged to visit with a counselor.

You can schedule an appointment by calling the Senior LinkAge Line at 800-333-2433.  Appointments are available at the Lakefield Library from 10am to 2:30pm on Wednesday and at the Jackson Library from 10am to 3pm on Friday.


PEBC hosting Halloween Hike Oct. 24 - Oct. 11, 2014 

LAKEFIELD - The Prairie Ecology Bus Center will be hosting a Halloween Hike from 8 to 9:30pm on Friday, October 24th at Sparks Park in Lakefield.  You will have no fear of the dark night after this enlightening walk - especially after you've seen what's NOT lurking out in the woods!

Participants will try night vision tricks, sniff tests, stealth maneuvering and more! Join the PEBC naturalists and learn how to "super-size" all your senses with fun nighttime activities on a hike though Sparks Park. Dress for the weather and wear good walking shoes.

This event is open to families and adults.  To pre-register, you can call 507-662-5064 or email marilyn@ecologybus.org.


Donations sought for Fall Sales MLHS - Oct. 10, 2014

NORTHRUP - Donations to the Fall Rummage and Bake Sale at Martin Luther High School, Northrop will be accepted Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and from 8 a.m. until noon on Wednesday.

Items of fall and winter clothing in good condition, household items, toys, furniture, baked goods and garden produce are appreciated. Appliances, computers or exercise equipment cannot be accepted.   For larger items please call ahead.  Volunteer workers to help set up and during the sale are welcome. 

Sale hours will be from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, October 16, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, October 17 and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 18th. For more information go online at martinlutherhs.com or call 507-436-5249


Crest of Martin County to hold training - Oct. 9, 2014

The volunteer caregivers organization “CREST” of Martin County will be hosting a training session for anyone that is interested in becoming a CREST volunteer. It will be held on Thursday, October 23rd at 7pm in the board room of the Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont.

CREST has volunteer opportunities in friendly visiting, telephone reassurance, home helper, transportation, minor home repair, and respite care. Refreshments will be served and reservations are required so volunteer manuals can be ordered. Please call 235-3833 by October 21st if you are interested in attending.  


Jackson City Council moves forward with airport Phase II - Oct. 8, 2014  

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

Angela Neumann from Des Moines Valley Health and Human Services addressed the council regarding an Active Living Plan.  Neumann asked the council to consider partnering with the Southwest Regional Development Commission to work on improving walking and biking options in and around the city of Jackson.  In many cases, there would be grants available that could limit or eliminate any financial responsibility from the City.  The partnership was approved.

Robin Henning addressed the council regarding their property at 105 Oak Street.  Recent street projects have made it almost impossible to use portions of the driveways, and water run-off during heavy rains is washing away gravel and parts of the property.  The council agreed to set up a meeting with city personnel, county personnel and representatives from Bolton & Menk to view the property on site and come up with recommendations.

On a five-to-one vote, the council approved the State Grant agreement for Phase II of the Jackson Airport.  Councilman Dave Cushman voted no. 

In other action, the council approved moving forward with larger “Vehicle Noise Laws Enforced” signs on Highway 71 both Southbound on the north side of Jackson and Northbound on the south side of Jackson, approved the 804 funds as a revolving loan fund, approved a professional services agreement with Bolton and Menk for design of Highway 71 bridge and roadway improvements and proclaimed October 20-24 as Manufacturers week in Jackson.

The meeting was adjourned at 8pm.  The next regular meeting of the Jackson City Council is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 6:30pm.  As a reminder, the first meeting in November will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 5th at 6:30pm due to the general elections on Nov.4th.


Commissioners approve Speedway lease - Oct. 7, 2014

JACKSON - The Jackson County Board of Commissioners met this morning and approved a two year lease for the Jackson Speedway to Jon McCorkle. Terms include lease of the track at $6,000 per year and the County agreeing to pay Svoboda Excavating $5,000 for about 3300 yards of dirt that has already been hauled to the track. McCorkle will be responsible for moving and sifting the rocks out of the dirt. The Racing Committee has explored the financial feasibility of shortening the Jackson Speedway and may have more seriously considered it if they could have convinced McCorkle to more than a two year contract.

In other news County Engineer Tim Stahl updated the board on road work progress and Stahl was joined by Pete Fillipi (Fill’-uh-pie) to update the progress on the Public Works Facility. After considerable discussion the board approved a change order request of $42, 400 to be taken out of contingency funds with the stipulation that the City of Jackson also approves.

The board tabled action on a proposal for the Parks Information Committee after presentation and discussion with Parks and Trails Director Jacqueline Knips. Knips has been working to restructure the parks department and presented that it is in the best interest for Parks to separate from Planning and Zoning. Commissioner Bill Tusa made the motion and Commission Dave Henkels seconded to table the proposal for the Parks Information Committee until another meeting can be held with the people involved. There seems to be concerns and confusion with some people about the new proposal. The motion to table carried on a 4-1 vote with Commissioner Kim Hummel casting the no vote.

In other action the board approved the appointments of Dave Hulstein and Gary Schimbeno to the Red Rock Rural Water System Board, approved advertising for a new assistant county attorney; advertising for an eligibility list for the Jailer/Dispatcher position and fill the position due to the retirement of Sherri Field; approved a new wellness incentive policy for employees and approved a proclamation declaring October 20th through the 24th as Manufacturer’s Week in Jackson County.

The commissioners also met in closed session to discuss real estate negotiations.


Counterfeit bill investigated in Jackson - Oct. 6, 2014  

JACKSON - Last week, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office investigated a counterfeit $20 bill that was passed at a local business.  This is the only report received.

The bill, along with video of the person that passed the bill, was forwarded to the US Secret Service Department in Minneapolis, MN.      


FCA Coop leases Rabbe Grain facilities - Oct. 4, 2014   

JACKSON - The FCA CO-OP has entered into a Lease agreement to operate the Trimont and Sherburn grain assets of Rabbe Grain Company, owned wholly by Rabbe Farms. LLP. The Rabbe Grain Company facilities in Ormsby and Odin, MN are not part of the lease agreement.  The transaction closed on Friday October 3, 2014.

The agreement involves the leasing of two grain facilities located in Trimont and Sherburn with a combined grain storage capacity of 2.17 million bushels. FCA CO-OP will assume contracted corn that is physically on site and may purchase some or all of the other grain held in inventory on the closing date as part of a separate agreement.  FCA CO-OP will also assume all the forward purchase contracts with local growers and assume the grower contracts with farmers who grow Non-GMO soybeans.

FCA CO-OP is a farmer owned cooperative with sales exceeding $200 million per year offering grain, agronomy, feed and energy products and services to members and non-members in the Southwestern Minnesota communities of Jackson, Lakefield, Okabena, Wilder, Round Lake, Sherburn and Trimont.


September Terrific Kids recognized at Riverside - Oct.1, 2014 

JACKSON - September’s Terrific Kids were recognized Tuesday at Riverside Elementary.

September’s Terrific Kids honored for being “Positive” included Third Grader Caden Thurmer, son of Matt and Darcy Thurmer, Forth Grader Mackenzie Roland, daughter of Jeremy and Kim Roland and Forth Grader Alaina Lilleberg, daughter of John and Sheri Lilliberg.

Terrific Kids recognized for being “Respectful” included First Grader Jolyne Zimmerman, daughter of Dale and Teresa Carr, Second Grader Rece Johnson, son of Scott and Christina Johnson and Taryn Lessman, daughter of Justin and Amber Lessman. 

Terrific Kids honored for being “Safe” included First Grader Kristoph Olsem, son of Bob & Jessica Olsem and Second Grader Serena Szafryk, daughter of Gregory Szafryk and Tammy Somnis.

Terrific Kids honored for being “Responsible” include Kindergartener Julie Bidne, daughter of Michael and Laura Bidne, First Grader Mason Foster, son of Shawn and Melissa Foster, Fifth Grader Emma Swan, Daughter of William Swan and Rachel Truong and Fifth Grader Brayden Adams, son of Terry and Jessica Adams.

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

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


Two 1st District House Debates scheduled - Sept. 30, 2014

BLUE EARTH - Two debates between DFL incumbent Tim Walz and Republican challenger Jim Hagedorn for the 1st Congressional district have been scheduled. 

The first will be on Tuesday, October 7th from 7 to 8pm at Century High School in Rochester with doors opening at 6:30.  The second will be held Wednesday, October 15th from 7 to 8:30pm at South Central College in Mankato with doors opening at 6:30pm.  Both events are open to the public. 


3rd Annual Walk for PAWS is Saturday - Sept. 29, 2014

JACKSON - The 3rd Annual “Walk for Paws” will be held this Saturday, October 4th in Jackson.  The walk will start at 10am in Ashley Park and will follow the trail by the river to Albertus Fields and back.  The walk is approximately one mile.

There is a $10 registration fee for each walker and includes a decal.  Pets are encouraged on the walk, but must be up to date on all their shots.

Prizes will be available to the walkers with the most pledges.  Pledge forms, and more information, is available at their website online at pawsofjackson.com.


Transit Authority brings "Chicago" sound to PLAC - Sept. 29, 2014  

SPIRIT LAKE - The Big Horn Sound of “Chicago” comes to the Pearson Lakes Art Center with Transit Authority, performing in the Lauridsen Performing Arts Theatre on Thursday, October 9th at 7:30 pm. Transit Authority is the premier tribute band to the historic music of Chicago. This 8-piece powerhouse ensemble includes some of the Midwest’s most talented musicians. Each show is a high energy, spot-on tribute to some of the greatest music of all time.

Transit Authority is the most highly acclaimed “Chicago” tribute show in the country.  If you love the music of Chicago then this is the show for you!! !

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


Stubbes to kick off Library Brown Bag series Wed. - Sept. 28, 2014  

JACKSON - The Jackson Library Fall brown bag lunch series starts this Wednesday Dave and Laura Stubbe presenting A Change of Heart.

Two weeks after giving birth to their fifth child, Laura suffered a major heart attack.  Dave and Laura will talk about how they made it through that difficult time, what they learned and how they are doing now.

Brown bag lunch programs are at noon each Wednesday at the Jackson Library.


Nuñez to compete in Minnesota Sings - Sept. 27, 2014  

ST.PAUL - The first annual Minnesota Sings Competition will be held Sunday in St Paul.  There will be fifty contestants in this inaugural competition, including Josephine Nunez, winner of Jackson Sings this summer, who will be representing Jackson.

The winner of Minnesota Sings will take home a prize of $2,500 along with $500 to be presented to the winners favorite local charity and $250 to the Chamber they represent.

Contestants placing second and third will also win prize money, and fourth and fifth place contestants will win music gear.


Korks & Kegs to be Thursday at PLAC - Sept. 27, 2014   

SPIRIT LAKE - The Iowa Lakes Community College Foundation will host the 6th Annual Korks & Kegs Scholarship Fundraiser from 5 to 8pm on Thursday, October 2nd at the Pearson Lakes Art Center in Spirit Lake.

Tickets are $25 per person and include a souvenir wine glass, wine and beer samplea and hors d’eouvres.  There will be an art auction and a raffle for two tickets for Chanhassen Dinner Theater along with a one night hotel stay.  Raffle tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. 

Proceeds from the event will provide scholarships for Fine Arts Students attending Iowa Lakes.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, call the Iowa Lakes Community College Foundation Office at 712-362-0425 or by e-mail at events@iowalakes.edu.


MCW Homecoming kicks off Monday - Sept. 26, 2014   

SHERBURN - Homecoming week activities at Martin County West kick off Monday, September 29.  Coronation will be at 7:30pm in the Jr/Sr High Gymnasium.  Homecoming Queen candidates are Hailey Leiding, Ellyn Swanson, Haley Jensen, Taryn Tumbleson and Lexi Ringnell.  King candidates are Tanner Lange, Nick Holm, Chris Kahler, Sam Baker and Parker Leiding.

There are activities scheduled throughout the week, with the parade at 1:45pm Friday followed by an All-School Pepfest at the football field.  The Mavericks will take on Wabasso at 7pm in the Homecoming game.

The Senior Class will be holding their annual Chili/Soup Supper on Friday from 4:30pm until around half-time of the football game.  Tickets are available from any Senior class member, or at the door.


Bentz to be sworn in Friday - Sept. 25, 2014   

JACKSON - Minnesota’s new Fifth Judicial District judge, Darci Bentz will be sworn in during a public ceremony at 3:00pm this afternoon in the district courtroom at the Jackson County Courthouse.  Bentz replaces the Honorable Linda Titus, who retired earlier this year. 

Bentz was an Assistant Public Defender for the Fifth Judicial District where her practice focused 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.


Local students name new K9 "Bosco" - Sept. 23, 2014 

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 and Judge.

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 after training. 


JCC School Board met Monday - Sept. 23, 2014  

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

The board 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 Wilking.

In other action, the board approved the resignations Kathy Clymer and Cindy Kolander, the retirement of Harold Voehl and approved a multitude of donations.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:45pm.  The next regular meeting of the JCC School Board is Monday, October 27th at 6pm.