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Murder investigation continues
- December 11, 2013
SPIRIT LAKE -
Authorities have not released any additional details regarding their
investigation into the death of 36 year old Sarah Grimmius of
County Sheriff’s Department was called at 10:25 Sunday night to a
report of an unresponsive woman at a residence at 1, 28th
Street near East Lake Okoboji. The woman….later identified as
Grimmius….was dead when Sheriff’s deputies arrived.
old Tailer James Handsacker of Spirit Lake was arrested and charged
with First Degree Murder in connection with the alleged murder of
Grimmius. Handsacker made his first appearance in Dickinson County
Court Tuesday morning. Bond was set at a half-million dollars. A
preliminary hearing was scheduled for Friday, December 20th
at 4 o’clock.
indicate the murder may have taken place several days before
authorities were called to the residence. A criminal complaint
filed Tuesday indicated Handsacker was charged with first-degree
murder for killing another person quote….”willfully, deliberately
and with premeditation”….unquote….on or about Thursday, December 5th.
Authorities have not given any interviews about the case as their
Snowmobile Safety Course to be held in Jackson
- December 11
JACKSON - A CD
based Snowmobile Safety Class is being offered in Jackson on
December 28th . Conservation Officer Mike Gruhlke said
the course will be held in the meeting room in the cattle barn at
the Jackson County Fairgrounds at 9 a.m.
Minnesota born after December 31st, 1976 are required to
successfully complete a snowmobile safety course in order to operate
a snowmobile in Minnesota. Residents 11 years old and older can
take the course. Those wanting to take the course need to complete
the C.D. portion prior to the class on December 28th.
Pre-registration is required by calling Robert and Heather Wood at
847-4698 on or before December 26th. A fee of up to
5 dollars may be collected by the instructor for any fees they incur
to conduct the class. Each student will also pay an on-line
DNR fee of 5 dollars upon completion of the course.
Southwestern Mental Health to hold ribbon cutting
- December 11
The Southwestern Mental Health Center at 1210 Fifth Avenue in
Worthington will have an open house this Friday from 3 to 5. The
public is invited to attend and see their new office complex and
participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony. Tours of the building
will be conducted and refreshments will be served.
Community Christmas Tree at the Jackson Library
- December 11, 2013
JACKSON - The
public is invited to help decorate a community Christmas tree at the
Jackson County Library. The community tree is in the lobby of the
library in Jackson waiting to be decorated. Bring in an ornament to
hang on the tree during library open hours through December 23rd.
Let the kids make an ornament to hang on the tree. Old ornaments,
new ornaments, photo ornaments, or strings of popcorn and
The library is
also accepting non-perishable food and paper products for those less
fortunate this holiday season.
Handsacker makes first appearance in Court
- December 10, 2013
SPIRIT LAKE -
Twenty-one year old Tailer James Handsacker made his initial
appearance in court Tuesday morning at the Dickinson County
Courthouse in Spirit Lake. Handsacker was arrested Sunday night and
charged with First Degree Murder in the alleged murder of 36 year
old Sarah Renee Grimmius of Jackson. Handsacker is currently being
held on 500,000 dollars bond.
County Sheriff’s Office was called to 1, 28th Street of
rural Spirit Lake at 10:25 Sunday night for a call of an
unresponsive woman. The woman was deceased when Sheriff’s deputies
arrived. She was identified as Grimmius. The death is being
investigated as a homicide.
formerly from Jackson, was arrested and booked into the Dickinson
County Jail on a charge of First Degree Murder.
County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Iowa
Division of Criminal Investigation, Spirit Lake Police, Arnolds Park
Police, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Dickinson County Attorney’s
Office, Spirit Lake Rescue and the Lakes Regional Healthcare
other details have been released as authorities continue their
(Note: Handsacker is the correct
JCC holds their Annual Crop Show and Degree Night
- December 10
JACKSON - The
Jackson County Central FFA Chapter held their annual Crop Show and
Degree Night Monday night at the JCC High School.
members received their Greenhand Degrees. They included Zach
Bargfrede, Bailey Boyer, Jacey Edlin, Nico Feroni, Peter Ignaszewski,
Darrius Johnson, Michaela Kellner, Keegan Klontz, Emmalee Krosch,
Ryder Lesch, Derek Pederson, Haley Price, Matt Strom, Jordan Winter,
Hunter Heser, Warren Darling, Kate Wigans, Karli Cavness, Jacob
Christopher, Ryan Christopher, Bailee Fischer, Riley Johnson, Sophie
Johnson, Annika Lilleberg, Natalie Neal, Kayla O’Connor, Alexa
Palmer, Emily Pederson, Erica Pietz, Ally Ringeisen, Clair
Smith, Sidney Sorbe, Josh Ulbricht, Maddy Vancura, Ryker VanderWoude
and Wyatt Weier.
Twenty JCC FFA
members received their Chapter Degree. They included Kyanna Hall,
Jack Ziemer, Matt Ascheman, Haley Bass, Emmalie Benson, Connor Boell,
Rebecca Dose, Ana Dunlavey, Jordon Ellefson, Wyatt Ignaszewski,
Elyse Johnson, Dylan Lucht, Michael Miller, Dalton Mortenson, Gavin
Mulder, Curtis Pell, Justin Petersen, Maggie Post, Colton Timmer,
and Caleb Kolander.
was presented a trophy for being the JCC FFA’s top fruit salesperson
selling approximately 1800 dollars worth of fruit this year.
Cleland was also last year’s top fruit salesperson selling
approximately 2200 dollars worth of fruit.
presentation of the Greenhand and Chapter Degrees took place in the
JCC Performing Arts Auditorium. Guest speakers for the program were
Justin Lessman of Livewire Printing Company and Dave Maschoff of
The Crop Show
was held in the shop area of the Ag Room at the High School. The
judges were Brad Henning, Matt Benda and Tim Fransen.
Champions of the Crop Show included…..For the Shelled Corn….Jordan
Winter was the Champion and Maggie Post was the Reserve
Soybeans….Jordan Winter was the Champion and Reserve Champion.
Corn…..Megan Edlin was the Champion and Reserve Champion.
Crop/Small Grains….Megan Edlin was the Champion and Michelle Buresch
was the Reserve Champion.
Megan Edlin was
the Premier Showman and Maggie Post was the Reserve Showman at this
year’s Crop Show.
was the Top Senior….Megan Edlin was the Top Junior….Maggie Post was
the Top Sophomore….and Jordan Winter was the Top Freshman.
In addition to
trophies, premium money donated by the Levi Buresch Memorial was
awarded to the Crop Show lot winners and overall champions.
JCC Officer Team includes Josh Christoffer who serves as President,
Jenna Hartzler as Vice-President, Michaela Vancura as Secretary,
Hannah Holmberg as Treasurer, Sydney Eddy as Reporter, Paige
Anderson as Sentinel, Bailey Schneekloth as Historian and Megan
Edlin serves as Student Advisor.
County Central FFA’s Annual Banquet will be held on April 13th.
Jackson woman victim of homicide in Spirit Lake
- December 9, 2013
SPIRIT LAKE - Twenty-one year old Tailer James Handsacker of Spirit
Lake has been arrested and charged with First Degree Murder in the
alleged murder of 36 year old Sarah Renee Grimmius of Jackson.
The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office was called to "one" 28th
Street of rural Spirit Lake at 10:25 Sunday night for a call of an
unresponsive woman. The woman was deceased when Sheriff's
deputies arrived. She was identified as Grimmius. The
death is being investigated as a homicide.
Tailer Handsacker, formerly from Jackson, was arrested and booked into the Dickinson County
Jail on a charge of First Degree Murder.
The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by
the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Spirit Lake Police,
Arnolds Park Police, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Dickinson
County Attorney's Office, Spirit Lake Rescue and the Lakes Regional
No other details have been released as authorities continue their
JCC Robotics 6th at Regionals
- December 9, 2013
Josh Christoffer spotting and Lucas Stoltenberg
driving. Photo by Beth Schmidt
FARGO - The
Jackson County Central Robotics team finished 6th out of
32 teams competing at the Northern Plains Regional BEST Competition
in Fargo this past weekend. The competition was held at the Fargo
Civic Center and hosted by North Dakota State University.
All 32 teams competed
in an 8-match preliminary round with the top 8 teams advancing to a
3-match semi-finals. The top 4 teams in the semi-finals advanced to
the 3-match final round. JCC was 6th after the
preliminary round and 6th in the semi-finals. The JCC
robot drivers were Andrew Tusa, Bradley Gustafson, Rob Seivert,
Andrew Holmberg and Lucas Stoltenberg. The robot spotter was Josh
The robot competition
was won by the team from Glastonbury Connecticut. The BEST award
was won by Central Lakes Robotics from Fergus Falls, MN. The BEST
award is a combination of the robotic competition, exhibit booth,
marketing presentation, engineering notebook and team spirit.
Over 600 students
participated in the weekend events representing schools from
Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York
Iowa Lakes hosts
FIRST LEGO Regional Competition
- December 9
Iowa Lakes Community College hosted 17 teams at the Estherville
campus Saturday as part of the FIRST LEGO League Regional Qualifying
Competition. Three teams have been invited to advance to the
Championship event at Iowa State University in January.
League is an international program, created by FIRST and LEGO
designed to get children interested in….and excited about….Science,
Technology, Engineering and Math subject areas.
Regional qualifying teams that have been
invited to the Championship event include the Techno Indians of
Spirit Lake who were the Overall Champions along with the Honorable
Mention teams of the West Bend Probots and Lake Mills Robotics.
included the Robot Performance award in which the West Bend Probots
were the winners, and the Lake Mills Robotics received honorable
Design winners were the Winnebago Warriors and the Estherville Elks
Autobots received honorable mention.
Award winners were the HTTP-Hospers Tech Team Programmers, and the
Spencer Inventors-Sigma received honorable mention.
The Core Values
winners were The “A” Team from Sibley, while Team Antivirus of
Spirit Lake took honorable mention.
Teams came from
12 communities including Buffalo Center, Estherville, Forest City,
Hospers, Humboldt, Harris-Lake Park, Sibley, West Bend, two teams
from Lake Mills, two from Mason City, two teams from Spencer, and 3
teams from Spirit Lake participated.
stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and
Technology” releases a new challenge each year that engages teams in
hands-on robotics design and scientific research. This year, the
challenge was to use research and robotics to explore solutions for
dealing with natural disasters. The Northwest Iowa Regional
Qualifying Tournament at Iowa Lakes was sponsored by John Deere,
Rockwell Collins, Iowa State University College of Engineering and
Iowa Lakes Community College.
Holiday Fest Parade and Sled winners announced
- December 8, 2013
JACKSON - Jackson Holiday Fest Parade
Saturday night featured 20 lighted and decorated entries. Sharon
Henning of the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce said it was a great
parade. Judges in the crowd viewed the entries and selected
three to receive top honors. The Jackson Boy Scouts placed
first, Heser Auto and Detailing was second and the Jackson Lions
Club was third.
By winning the
top honors, the Jackson Boy Scouts will receive a traveling trophy
and 75 dollars in Jackson Bucks. Heser Auto and Detailing will
receive 50 dollars in Jackson Bucks for placing second and the
Jackson Lions Club will receive 25 dollars in Jackson Bucks.
The winners of
the two kids sleds drawn for after the parade were Lilly Nestegard,
daughter of Brad and Holly Nestegard and Austin O’Reilly, son of Pat
and Robin O’Reilly.
said anyone interested in joining the Holiday Fest Committee is
welcome to join the group. Contact the Jackson Chamber Office for
Jackson Health Care Foundation awards funds
- December 7, 2013
JACKSON - Funds
raised this year by the Jackson Health Care Foundation were awarded
to four organizations at Friday night’s Health Care Foundation
Holiday Gala fundraiser at the Jackson Golf Club.
A total of
8,200 dollars was awarded.
Mercy Health Care Center received 3,000 dollars to go towards the
purchase of a power examination table for the clinic. A power exam
table can be raised and lowered depending on the needs of children;
the elderly and handicapped patients to provide care in a dignified
and safe manner. The 3,000 dollars from the Health Care Foundation
will cover about half of the funds needed.
Ambulance Service has Lucas Two Chest Compression Systems in two of
their three ambulances. A third one is needed to provide for
appropriate care from all three vehicles. The Lucas system allows
better administration of CPR to a patient with heart issues,
providing consistent chest compressions even while in a moving
vehicle. The Health Care Foundation awarded 3,000 dollars towards
the purchase of another Chest Compression System for the Ambulance
from JCC’s Fitness Center requested that funds be granted to assist
with the purchase of a cable cross-over machine, a Roman Chair and a
multi-hip machine. These pieces of equipment will help to provide a
well-equipped fitness center for students and community members.
1,000 dollars was awarded towards the project.
Swimming Pool is in need of equipment for the pool that will help
keep the community fit and to encourage all ages to use the pool
more according to Pool Manager Kelly Turner. Help is needed to
purchase more kick-boards, baby changing tables, aqua joggers, water
basketball hoop and water volleyball sets. 1,200 dollars was
awarded to assist in the purchase of those items.
Health Care Foundation thanks all applicants that applied for grants
and congratulates the 2013 recipients. They also thank everyone who
attended Friday night’s Holiday Gala.
Dickinson County Sheriff investigating theft
- December 7, 2013
TERRIL - The
Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in
their investigation in the theft of a gravity grain wagon from a
farm just west of Terril. The wagon was stolen sometime between
5:30 Tuesday night and 4:30 Wednesday afternoon. The wagon is
described as a Brent model 640, red in color with a black two-foot
extension on the top.
this wagon pulled down the road, or having information about the
theft is asked to contact the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office in
Spirit Lake at 712-336-2525, or call Dickinson County Crimestoppers
Estherville Police investigating grain wagon theft
- December 6, 2013
Estherville Police are asking for the public’s help in their
investigation into the theft of a grain wagon from an implement
Police received a call from Ernie Williams John Deere in Estherville
that a grain wagon had been stolen from their property sometime
overnight. The 2001 Brent Model 744 gravity flow wagon valued at
13,500 dollars was on the Ernie Williams lot at 4 o’clock Tuesday
afternoon and discovered missing Wednesday morning.
Police encourage anyone that may have seen anything suspicious
Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning….or has information in
regards to the theft….to contact Estherville Police at 712-362-3515,
e-mail police at
firstname.lastname@example.org, send the information via Facebook
(Estherville Police Department) or Twitter to the Estherville Police
Estherville man injured in Jackson County accident
- December 6, 2013
JACKSON - An
Estherville man was injured in a one vehicle accident around 10
o’clock Thursday morning on Jackson County Road 23, about a
half-mile north of 700th Street in Petersburg Township.
old Dakota Michael Knaack was driving a 1997 Chevy pickup that left the
roadway and went into the ditch striking a driveway embankment. Knaack told Deputies he lost control of the vehicle on the icy
roadway before striking the embankment.
taken by ambulance to the Sanford Jackson Medical Center for
treatment. Severe damage was reported to his pickup.
Ambulance Service assisted the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department
at the scene.
Fulda man injured in semi accident
- December 6, 2013
Forty-nine year old William Curtis of Fulda was injured in a semi
accident around 11:30 Thursday morning on Highway 59 near Fulda.
driving a 2006 International truck on Highway 59 when it went off
the road and into the ditch due to weather conditions. Curtis was
taken to the Murray County Medical Center in Slayton with non-life
There was no
report on the extent of damage to the semi.
County Sheriff’s Department assisted the State Patrol at the scene.
No injuries in vehicle and deer accident
- December 6, 2013
AYRSHIRE - No
one was injured in a vehicle and deer accident in the 3700 block of
430th Street in Palo Alto County.
of Ayrshire was driving a 2006 Chevy Uplander eastbound on 430th
Street when a deer came out of the north ditch and struck his
vehicle. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at 3800 dollars.
The mishap was
investigated by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office.
JCC Robotics Team competing at Regionals
- December 5, 2013
JACKSON - The Jackson County Central Robotics team
will be competing in the Northern Plains BEST Regional Championship
at North Dakota State University in Fargo this Friday and Saturday.
JCC qualified for the regional competition by winning the Jackrabbit
BEST competition at South Dakota State University in Brookings on
The Northern Plains Championship spans two-days,
with exhibits and marketing presentations being judged on Friday and
the robot competition on Saturday. There are two other regional
championships being held this weekend at Auburn University in
Alabama and the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.
JCC will be one of over 30 teams competing in the
Northern Plains Regional Championship. There will be other teams
from Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and
Connecticut competing during the weekend.
Anyone interested can watch a live stream of the
robot competition on Saturday at
City Council approves keeping trails open
- December 4, 2013
JACKSON - The
Jackson City Council Tuesday night approved keeping the walking
trails through the downtown district open through the end of the
year. However, if it takes more than a Bobcat broom to clear the
trails due to a lot of snow, the trails will be closed. City
Councilman and Park Board member Dave Cushman said keeping the
trails open through the holidays will be an experiment this year.
In the past, the trails have not been plowed by city crews during
the winter months.
action, the Council held their Truth-In-Taxation Hearing for the
Final 2013 Tax Levy Collectible in 2014.
The total final
2013 tax levy collectible in 2014 is 1,345,218 dollars. This is an
increase of 71,285 dollars over the total 2012 tax levy collectible
in 2013. It was noted that the tax abatement levies do not impact
the City’s tax rate. Consequently, the impact “felt” by city
taxpayers is 63,338 dollars, or approximately 5.8 percent over the
2012 tax levy that was collectible this year.
January 1st, 2014, cities and counties will be exempt
from sales and use tax on purchases used to provide certain
government services. Moving forward, the City will use sales and
use tax savings to help reduce the property tax levy.
There were no
questions from the public or the Council during the Truth In
Taxation Hearing. The final city budget and tax levy will be
adopted and certified at the December 17th City Council
approved second reading of Ordinance 74 which prohibits the use and
sale of Coal Tar Sealant Products within the City. The ordinance
follows a new State Law that will go into effect on January 1st
that will ban the sale and use of Coal Tar Sealant Products in
Minnesota. Scientific studies on the use of driveway sealers have
demonstrated a relationship between stormwater runoff and certain
health and environmental concerns.
Bern suggested putting a notice in the monthly city utility bills
informing the city’s residents and do-it-your-selfers about the ban
on the use of Coal Tar Sealant Products within the city.
action, the Council approved a lawful gambling permit for the
purpose of raffles for the Des Moines Valley Chapter of the
Minnesota Deer Hunters Association’s Banquet at the Jackson National
Guard Armory on Saturday night, March 8th.
also approved a request from Airport farmland tenant Travis
Harmening to sublet 60 to 70 acres to AGCO. AGCO plans to farm the
property and use it to demonstrate equipment.
approved the payment of 3,012 dollars to Struck and Irwin Paving,
Incorporated for work completed in conjunction with the Airport
Pavement Maintenance Project.
also given to the list of new and renewal municipal permits and
licenses for 2014 contingent upon receipt of all fees and required
paperwork. The permits pertain to sidewalk permits, On Sale 3.2
Beer sales, Liquor Licenses and Sunday Liquor sales.
Jackson County Commissioners approve merger
- December 3, 2013
JACKSON - The
Jackson County Commission Tuesday morning unanimously approved a
Joint Powers Agreement between Jackson County and Cottonwood County
for the permanent formation of “Des Moines Valley Health and Human
The Jackson and
Cottonwood County Commissioners have been working since June of 2012
to form a joint Health and Human Service Department.
Powers Agreement approved Tuesday will form a permanent Health and
Human Service Department between the counties that will be known as
“Des Moines Valley Health and Human Service”.
Health Services Administrator and Public Health Director Pat Stewart
said approval of the merger culminates months of work by the Joint
Powers committee and the County Commissioners. One of the
benefits of the merger will be more efficiency.
action, the Commissioners approved a Conditional Use Permit for Amy
Allen to operate a kennel and animal boarding shelter near
Petersburg. In other business, the Commissioners approved an
extension to the Solid Waste Management Plan. There are 10 to 12
counties that have plans that are due prior to July 1st,
2014, thus there was a need to ask for an extension to assure work
continues on the regional plan and continuance to receiving SCORE
Commissioners approved the purchase of a 2014 GMC 1500 pickup for
the County Highway Department from Ranger GM of Hibbing. The new
pickup is being purchased through a state contract for 33,621
dollars. The new pickup will replace the Assistance Maintenance
Supervisor pickup. The existing pickup…..with over 100,000
miles….will be sold through sealed bids.
Commissioners approved a lease agreement between Technical Services
for Electronics and the County for the lease of 4500 square feet of
storage at the Jackson County Fairgrounds from November 25th
until May 31st. The lease is for the north half of the
Middle building of the three new building at the fairgrounds. The
rate is a 1.25 per square foot, or 5,625 dollars for the term of the
Commissioners approved the Southwest Mental Health Contract pending
approval by the County Attorney.
gave the Commissioners an informational overview of the Family
Services Network. As of December 2nd, the Family
Services Network has been serving Jackson County for 18 years. The
Family Services Network of Jackson County is a Family Services and
Children’s Mental Health Collaborative. The Collaborative partners
include parents, schools, and service providers who work together to
help meet the needs of children. Family services provided by the
Network include the back-to-school drive, children’s mental health,
coats for kids, family fun fair, parenting classes, project
intercept, resource and referral, respite care, school prevention
and education, social skills groups, truancy prevention and
diversion and the youth coordinating council.
Commissioners approved the amended Jackson County Fee Schedule
effective January 1st following a public hearing this
morning on the fees. Revisions to the fee schedule include the
addition of a fee for a Precious Metals Dealer License…..deletion of
Human Services and Public Health fees due to the merger….and a
change in the wording regarding septic system site evaluation and
Commissioners also adopted revisions to the Jackson County Employee
Policy Handbook effective on December 3rd. The revised
policies pertain to leave benefits regarding sick
time….Classification Plan and Performance Appraisal….and Alcohol and
Other Drug Use. The revised Alcohol and Other Drug Use Policy will
require all new employee hires to be screened for drugs. It also
allows Department Heads or supervisors to order screening if there
is a reasonable suspicion of possible drug use by an employee. The
policy does not include random drug testing. There are already
Federal laws for random testing regarding those working with a
Commercial Drivers License. Also as part of the revisions is the
deletion of a policy on Performance Steps and the addition of a new
policy for an Employee Recognition Program.
The new and
revised policies were reviewed by the County’s Policy Committee and
Management Team and were recommended for adoption by the County
action, the Commissioners approved a resolution extending the
Voluntary Leave Without Pay program from January 1st
through December 31st, 2014.
Two facing drug charges in Jackson County
- December 2, 2013
Details have been released regarding the arrests last week of 35
year old Jamie Harvey of Windom and 48 year old Thomas Benson of
Jackson for the alleged possession of controlled substances.
On November 23rd,
a Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy was involved in a high speed
pursuit which began in Ewington Township and progressed into Round
Lake Township in Nobles County. Deputies from the Jackson and
Nobles County Sheriff’s Departments were involved in the pursuit.
The pursuit was terminated when visual contact with the vehicle was
pursuit, the Sheriff’s Office received information that said the
driver of the vehicle was Jamie Harvey of Windom. Harvey allegedly
threw drugs and a gun out of the window of the vehicle during the
On November 25th,
the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting two
suspicious men walking the ditch wearing ski masks on County Road 34
in Ewington Township. This was the same area that the pursuit had
occurred on November 23rd.
The two men
were identified as Jamie Harvey of Windom and 48 year old Thomas
Benson. Harvey was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant out
of Brown County. During a search of Harvey, syringes and a small
amount of methamphetamine were found.
Benson was also
arrested for misdemeanor warrants out of Watonwan County. A vehicle
belonging to Benson was towed from County Road 34 to the Jackson County
Sheriff’s Office. In a search of the vehicle, a silver handgun was
On November 26th,
members of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the Sheriff’s
Department’s canine Bear, and officers from the Lakefield Police
Department walked the ditches where the pursuit occurred. They
located approximately 4 ounces of methamphetamine that was believed
to have been allegedly thrown out of the vehicle by Harvey.
charged with three counts of possession of a controlled
substance-methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Harvey was previously arrested on October 19th by the
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in Okabena for possession of
methamphetamine and was released after posting bond
Harvey is being
held at the Jackson County Jail on a 250,000 dollars bond.
On November 27th,
the Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 234 River Street
in Jackson after receiving a tip from a resident. As a result of
the search warrant, Thomas Benson of Jackson was arrested and
formally charged with one felony count of Fifth Degree controlled
Deputies located two small zip lock baggies believed to be
methamphetamine. Benson appeared in court and is currently being
held under 20,000 dollars bail.
Fire destroys semi truck
- December 2, 2013
MILFORD - Fire
destroyed a semi truck over the weekend in Dickinson County. The
Milford Fire Department was called around 3:20 Sunday morning to the
intersection of Dickinson County Road A-34 and 213th
Avenue on the west edge of Milford. Firefighters found the semi
engulfed in flames. There was no report of any injuries. The cause
of the fire is still being determined.
Fire Department used over 3,000 gallons of water to extinguish the
fire. They were on the scene for about 90 minutes.
The Milford and
Arnold Park Police Departments and Dickinson County Sheriff’s
Department assisted the Milford Fire Department at the scene.
Sheldon man charged with theft
- December 2, 2013
SPENCER - 36
year old Brandon Lee Theison of Sheldon was arrested following the
alleged theft of two vehicles in Palo Alto County.
The Palo Alto
County Sheriff’s Department was called around 2:35 Saturday morning
about a vehicle stolen from a residence in Emmetsburg Township. The
2008 Toyota Tundra was taken sometime around 2:30 Saturday morning.
When deputies arrived, a 1996 GMC Sonoma was found near the
residence. That vehicle had been reported stolen from Emmetsburg
around 1:30 Saturday morning.
Toyota was entered into the National Crime Information Center
database. The Sheriff’s Office received information a short time
later that Spencer Police had recovered the Toyota after a pursuit
that ended with an accident.
charged with theft of a motor vehicle, and operating a motor vehicle
without the owner’s consent regarding the vehicle taken from
In addition to
the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Department, Emmetsburg and Spencer
Police were involved in the investigation.
No injuries in traffic accident near Ayrshire
- December 2, 2013
AYRSHIRE - No
one was injured in a two-vehicle accident one-and-a-quarter miles
southwest of Ayrshire at the entrance into a farm driveway on 430th
street. Involved was a 2001 Jeep Cherokee driven by Janice Wallace
of Emmetsburg and a 2010 Chevy Malibu driven by Todd Maschino of
estimated at 5700 dollars to Maschino’s Chevy and 5,000 dollars to
issued a citation for Failure to yield upon a left turn.
JCC to conduct technology survey
- December 2, 2013
JACKSON - As technology is being integrated
into the classroom at Jackson County Central schools, a survey will
be conducted to get the public’s input on their thoughts about how
the technology implementation is working. This year, Middle School
students are using I-Pads for their classes, homework and lessons.
Students enjoy using the new technology to learn. Plans move
forward to integrate the High School and elementary schools into the
new technology as well. JCC School Board member Jody Thrush said
the purpose of the survey is to gather the public’s input on how the
technology innovations have been working.
will be available on-line after the first of the year.
Fire claims life of Estherville man
- November 30, 2013
Ralph “Bud” Lyons of Estherville died Friday afternoon in a house
fire. The Estherville Fire Department was called to the fire just
before 1:15 Friday afternoon at 515 South Eighth Street. When
firefighters arrived, smoke was coming from the windows of the
firefighters entered the house, they found Lyons dead. The
fire was contained to the living room. The Iowa State Fire Marshall
determined the cause of the fire was due to a cigarette.
Fire Department, Estherville Police, Estherville Ambulance Service,
Emmet County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa State Fire Marshall
assisted the Estherville Fire Department at the scene.
were on the scene for about 3 hours.
Organ donors to be honored at Tournament of Roses Parade
- Nov. 27
JACKSON - The
late Rita Cihak of Jackson and the late Kaitlyn Berg of St. James
are among the five Minnesotans that will be honored as part of the
11th annual Donate Life float in the Tournament of Roses
Parade on News Year’s Day. Cihak, Berg and the others are being
honored for their gifts of organ, eye or tissue donations.
Cihak, Berg and
two other Minnesotans are among 81 memorial floragraphs, or floral
portraits, that will adorn the float. Each floragraph represents a
donor who gave the gift of organ, eye or tissue donation upon their
death. The fifth Minnesotan will walk alongside the float as part
of 12 living donors who were inspired to donate their kidney to a
family member, friend or stranger.
Rita Cihak of
Jackson loved the outdoors and all animals. Earlier this year, at
age 31, Cihak suffered a fatal epileptic seizure. She became an
organ, cornea and tissue donor in keeping with her nurturing and
giving spirit , and with the hopes of helping more than 60 people
through her gifts. She is being honored by the South Dakota Lions
Eye and Tissue Bank. In addition to being honored at the Tournament
of Roses Parade, Rita Cihak is being honored at a tribute ceremony
on Thursday, December 5th at 2 o’clock at the Sanford USD
Medical Center in Sioux Falls.
Kaitlyn Berg of
St. James was just four years old when she was killed in fatal car
accident. Her mother Marlene Seerup knew Kaitlyn would want to help
others have a chance at a better, healthier life via organ
donation. Kaitlyn’s heart was transplanted into a 29-month old
girl, her kidneys went to a 38-year-old woman, and her liver saved a
two-year-old boy. Kaitlyn is being honored by LifeSource.
Darwin Mathwig from Arlington was a retired
20-year member of the Arlington Fire Department and served on
numerous boards and committees. He was a member of the Arlington
Lions Club for 31 years. Mathwig died from pancreatic cancer at age
58. He donated his eyes to research. Mathwig is being honored by
the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank.
Salisbury from Maple Grove was a musician that had mastered nearly
every instrument. At the age of 24, Salisbury died from a rare
cancer only 11 months after first being diagnosed. Because his
father was a cornea recipient, Salisbury was familiar with donation
and transplantation. Salisbury was able to give the gift of sight.
walker is Kevin Lucien Noyes from North Branch. In March of 2011,
the need for donation became personal when he learned that Marlin,
his high school math teacher and father of a close friend, needed a
kidney transplant. Noyes underwent testing and was found to be a
match for Marlin. The only glitch was that Kevin needed to lose
weight, which he accomplished. Noyes hopes his story inspires
others to explore the opportunity to donate and offer hope of a
restored life for someone like Marlin. Kevin Noyes is being honored
by American Donor Services in partnership with Bacterin
Estherville Holiday Parade of Lights
- November 27, 2013
The Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce Holiday Parade of Lights
featured 20 floats this year, almost double the size of last year’s
parade. The evening also featured the Chocolate walk with a large
number of participants.
The 2013 Parade
of Lights Float Contest winners included the Presbyterian Church of
Estherville who won the top honors in the non-commercial category
with their manger scene.
Electric Cooperative won the commercial float entry with their
Christmas in Hawaii theme.
Chamber thanks all who participated in this year’s parade.
Ginger Bread House entries being sought
- November 27, 2013
Entries are being sought for this year’s Holiday Fest Gingerbread
House Contest. Sharon Henning at the Jackson Area Chamber of
Commerce said entries can be submitted at the Jackson County Library
starting on Monday, December 2nd.
Entries will be
accepted until December 6th. Winners of the Gingerbread
House Contest will be chosen by public vote during Holiday Fest on
December 7th and announced December 9th.
Voting will take place at the library during normal hours from 10 to
3 on December 7th.
Also as part of
the Holiday Fest activities, in addition to the adopt a tree at
Festival Park, downtown Jackson businesses have also been decorating
the planters in front of their business.
information about Holiday Fest activities, or to get an entry into
the parade on December 7th, contact the Jackson Chamber
Office at 847-3867.
JCC joins Big South Athletic Conference
- November 26, 2013
Jackson County Central will be joining the Big South Conference.
The JCC School Board unanimously voted Monday night to have JCC join
the new Big South Athletic Conference next year. The Board voted to
withdraw JCC’s membership from the Southwest Conference and become a
member of the new conference effective at the end of this school
The new Big
South Conference is proposed to include 13 school districts. 10
school districts, including JCC have now approved joining the new
conference. The Pipestone, Redwood Valley and Luverne School Boards
are scheduled to vote on the matter this week.
Redwood Valley and Luverne school boards give their approval, the 13
school districts that will make up the new Big South Conference will
include Jackson County Central, Luverne, Marshall, Pipestone,
Redwood Valley, Windom and Worthington from the Southwest Conference
and Blue Earth Area, Fairmont, New Ulm, St. James Area, St. Peter
and Waseca from the South Central Conference.
JCC seeks proposals for snow removal/lawn
- November 26, 2013
JACKSON - At
their regular monthly meeting, the Jackson County Central School
Board approved sending out Requests for Proposals for snow removal
and lawn mowing and landscaping of all JCC School District Schools
and properties. Snow removal would include parking lots and
sidewalks at the High School and Elementary School in Jackson and
the Middle School and Pleasantview Elementary in Lakefield.
Lawn-mowing would include Riverside Elementary School and its
playground and the High School and its adjoining softball, baseball,
football and track fields all in Jackson…..Pleasantview Elementary
School and its playground and track, Middle School, and all practice
fields and football and baseball fields on Milwaukee Street in
Lakefield. Those interested should contact School District Office.
action, the Board approved hiring Todd Schumann as the Girls
Freshman Basketball Coach for the 2013-2014 season. The Board
approved hiring Gina Gillum as the new Nursing Para at Riverside
Elementary starting November 25th. Gillum fills a
vacancy created when Angela Naumann (new-man) resigned on November 1st.
Approval was also given to hire Tricia Simmons as a Title 1 Para at
Riverside Elementary, also starting on November 25th.
approved a new High School Music Department gourmet coffee
fundraiser. The gourmet coffee fundraiser will begin in January.
business, the Board approved the 2013-2014 Teacher Seniority
List….approved a request for maternity leave for Kim Albers starting
approximately March 28th and ending at the end of the
school year in May, 2014….and approved the amended Family Services
Network Collaborative Joint Power Agreement.
also given to the payment of 19,969 dollars to the City of Lakefield
for the Street Project Assessment of property on Menage Avenue in
Lakefield….and approved a quit claim deed for the sale of property
that is occupied by Lakefield's City Pool to the City of Lakefield
for one dollar.
The Board also
approved a policy regarding school board procedures and rules of
order. A contract with Schoology was also approved for a web-based
learning management systems for December 1st, 2013
through January 31, 2015. The cost is 7,050 dollars for training,
subscriptions, initial setup services and consultation.
California woman involved in traffic accident
- November 25, 2013
LUVERNE - A
California woman was taken to the Avera-McKennen Hospital in Sioux
Falls following a one-vehicle rollover at 4:30 Monday morning in the
westbound lane of Interstate 90 east of Beaver Creek.
the State Patrol, 20 year old Allyson Austin of Ventura, California
was driving a 1994 Ford Explorer on I-90 when she lost control and
entered the median and rolled.
There was no
information regarding any injuries sustained by Austin. Severe
damage was reported to her vehicle.
The Rock County
Sheriff’s Department, Beaver Creek Fire Department, and Rock County
Ambulance assisted the State Patrol at the scene.
Fire damages storage building
- November 24, 2013
Damage was estimated at 15,000 dollars following a fire Sunday
afternoon in a storage building in the 1500 block of Albion Avenue
west of the Dairy Freeze in Fairmont.
Fire Department was called to the scene around 12:50. It’s believed
the fire started due to an electrical malfunction in an exhaust
fan. The fire spread to the attic of the building. Firefighters
had to remove a portion of the ceiling to extinguish the blaze.
There was no report of any injuries. Firefighters were on the scene
for about an hour.