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Jackson Council looks into spraying - May 20, 2015 

JACKSON - The Jackson City Council met in regular session Tuesday night at City Hall in Jackson.  Brandon Finck was the only council member absent.

Drew Hage with the Southwest Regional Development Corporation presented the Active Living plan to the council.  No action was taken.  Chuck Dunker also addressed the council regarding building concerns.  The council informed Dunker that they were working on the issue.

In action items, the Council approved repair of the stabilization pond outfall and approved a $500 Community Foundation grant for an upgrade of the city website. 

The council also reviewed options regarding spraying for mosquitos in Jackson.  The company that has been used in previous years no longer does spraying.  City staff is looking at other companies.  Councilman Dave Cushman asked if we could look into purchasing the necessary equipment to do the spraying ourselves.

The meeting was adjourned around 7:30pm.  The next regular meeting of the Jackson City Council is scheduled for 6:30pm on Tuesday, June 2nd.

County board approved Horse Arena Project - May 20, 2015

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

They approved an improvement project for the Horse Arena at the Jackson County Fairgrounds. Minion Excavating’s quote of $30,700 was accepted; a grant of $3,100 from the Minnesota Horse Council and the 4-H Horse Club will also do some fundraising to help pay for the project. The rest of the cost will be covered by funds from the sale of the Jackson Speedway. The quote includes getting the work completed by early July.      

The board took action to notify Cottonwood County about the termination of the verbal agreement for a shared Parks and Trails position. The effective date is contingent upon acceptance by Cottonwood County, at which time Jacqueline Knips will go from working sixty percent of the time in Jackson and forty percent of the time in Cottonwood, to one hundred percent in Jackson County. The increased cost to Jackson County will be about $18,000 per year.      

Dennis Fredrickson from the New Ulm office of the Department of Natural Resources made a presentation to the board.            

The board held a public hearing on the impoundment/abandonment WPA Restoration Project by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Pheasants Forever and Ducks Unlimited. After the hearing they took action on partial abandonment of the drainage system and accepted the project as complete.      

Among other action items were an approval of  lighting replacement projects at the Law Enforcement Center and Building Maintenance Shop Area parking lots, approval of a liquor license for the Jackson Speedway, approval of a raffle for the Jackson Lions Club during the County Fair, utility permits, policy revisions, and participation in the State 2015 Performance Measurement Program.       

The next meeting of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Tuesday, June 2nd at 9 a.m.

Coffee Break Program on Wednesday in Lakefield - May 19, 2015 

LAKEFIELD - The Lakefield Library Afternoon Coffee Break Program will conclude tomorrow with Home Health Care by Ruth Hansen. 

Hansen will talk about the services available through the Des Moines Valley Health and Human Services Public Health Department, formerly known as Community Health Services.          

The program will be in the meeting room at the Lakefield Library at 1pm. 

JCC Board votes to retain Boyson - May 19, 2015 

JACKSON - The Jackson County Central School Board met in regular session Monday night in the Board Room at the JCC High School.  The meeting was called to order at 6:02pm with Kirk Dunlavey the only Board member absent.

Dawn Timmer, Justin Ambrose and Renae Bahr were on the agenda to speak on behalf of Pleasantview principal Bryan Boyson.  Board Chair Rhonda Moore informed the full house that each speaker would be given three minutes to speak then told to wrap it up.

After the guests spoke, the board recessed from 6:45-7pm to review the information presented to them, then went into closed session at 7:10 to discuss the resolution terminating the contract of Boyson.  The board reconvened at 7:45, in a 4-2 voice vote, the board voted against the resolution terminating Boyson.  Board members Jeff Johnson and Jody Thrush voted in favor with Holli Arp, Brad Anderson, Rhonda Moore and Tim Thurmer voting against.   

In other action the board approved membership in the Minnesota State High School League for the 2015-16 school year, approved purchase of a 3-door reach-in freezer for Pleasantview’s kitchen for just over $5,700, approved purchase of an AM Select Dishwasher for the JCC High School kitchen for just over $15,000, approved purchasing a new roof for the JCC Middle School for just under $49,000, approved hiring Kari Smith as a special education teacher at the JCC Middle School for 2015-16, approved purchasing a 2015 International 77-passenger bus for just over $75,000, approved insurance renewals, approved revising the 2015-16 school year budget and approved changing the regular June meeting from June 22nd to the 29th.

The meeting was adjourned at 8pm.  The board will meet in special session on June 8th to review bids for the safety construction project at Riverside Elementary.

One hurt in 2-vehicle accident north of Jackson - May 18, 2015 

JACKSON - A Jackson man received minor injuries as the result of a two vehicle accident around 7pm Sunday night just outside Jackson.

16 year-old Jacey Edlin of Jackson was driving a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer southbound on County Road 23 and failed to stop at the stop sign at County Road 34 and collided with a 2009 Ford Pick-up driven by 49 year-old James Gumto of Jackson, who was westbound on County Road 34.  Edlin’s Trailblazer ended up on its side.

Gumto received minor injuries.  Both vehicles sustained moderate to severe damage.

May WBR and "Paws"-itive Performers announced - May 17, 2015 

LAKEFIELD - Pleasantview Elementary in Lakefield has announced the Husky Pride winners for May 2015.

Students recognized for Without Being Reminded include Kindergartener Carson Doescher, First Grader Landen Tidyman, Second Graders Aiven Farmer and Kyra Timmerman, Third Grader Kennedy Praska, Fourth Grader Drew Nichols and Fifth Graders Taylor Post and Emma Singler.

Students recognized as “Paws”-itive Performers include Kindergarten Students Ryan Fricke and Jace Jorgensen, First Graders Ava Fisher and Austin Rodriquez, Second Graders Emerson Hendrickson, Aiven Farmer, Ayden Johnson, Alissa Dutton and Kylie Zishka, Third Graders Elese Paplow and Isabelle Schultz, Fourth Graders Landon Andrews and Drew Nichols and Fifth Graders Charles Wagner, Carter Henning, Kaden Cother and Addison Fisher.

MnDOT announces I-90 closures - May 15, 2015 

MANKATO - Interstate 90 travelers in Jackson County are advised of lane restrictions, reduced speeds and periodic ramp closures for the majority of the construction season beginning May 26.

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

Timelines of ramp and rest area closures include:

Westbound Highway 71 ramps and rest area at Jackson on May 26th for a period of 21 days.

Eastbound Highway 71 ramps at Jackson and Eastbound Highway 4 ramps at Sherburn from mid-June to early July.

Westbound Highway 4 ramps at Sherburn in July.

Eastbound rest area at Jackson from mid-July to early August.

Highway 86 ramps at Lakefield will be closed in 2016.       

Motorists are advised to check online at 511mn.org before they travel for up-to-date ramp closures and corresponding detours. 

Constructed in the 1970’s, the I-90 pavements are nearing the end of their service life. MnDOT is investing $50 million in savings and $30 million of District 7 funds over the next few years into the rural interstate system to improve performance. The $80 million investment will improve 120 miles of some of the poorest interstate pavements and an additional $20 million will be invested to repair the bridges.

Fair poultry exhibits canceled - May 15, 2015 

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — All poultry shows have been canceled at the Minnesota State Fair and county fairs across the state this year as authorities try to stop the spread of bird flu.

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health is also prohibiting birds from being included in swap meets, exotic animal sales and petting zoos.

Dr. Beth Thompson, the board's assistant director, says in a statement Friday that the state needs to do everything possible to get rid of this virus, and preventing the commingling of birds from different farms is one way to do that.

As of Thursday, 87 Minnesota turkey and chicken farms had been hit by confirmed or presumed outbreaks of the H5N2 avian influenza virus, which has cost the state's producers around 5.8 million birds.

KKOJ/KRAQ's Johnson inducted in MN Broadcasters HOF - May 13, 2015 

ST. PAUL - KKOJ/KRAQ General Manager Doug Johnson is one of 9 members of the 2015 class being inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

Johnson started his 50-year radio career as a police dispatcher for a Twin Cities TV Station while attending the University of Minnesota where he majored in Broadcast Journalism.  Following Graduation in 1968, he became the news director at KWLM in Willmar, MN, and later on, morning announcer and salesman for their sister station, KQIC.

In 1975, he joined his brother, Craig, at KMSD in Milbank, SD where he became sales manager.  In 1980, Kleven Broadcasting started KKOJ in Jackson and Johnson was appointed Manager and later became part-owner.

Doug’s father, Arv Johnson, who worked for WCCO radio as their Government Correspondent, was inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2009.

The other 2015 inductees include producer/director at WTCN-TV and Vern Gagne’s American Wrestling Alliance Al DeRusha; Meteorologist, author, radio and TV broadcaster Paul Douglas; Producer of “Minnesota Bound” and owner of Raven and Ron Schara Productions Ron Schara; WCCO restaurant and food reporter Sue Zellickson; the “Voice of Small Town Radio” Odis “Oats” LeGrand;  Owner of four Lakeland Broadcasting stations Steve Linder;  longtime broadcasting instructor at Riverland College and News Director for KAAL-TV and KAUS Radio John O’Rourke and Longtime radio engineer Rey Lark.

The 13th Annual Minnesota Hall of Fame ceremony will be on Saturday, September 13th at the Sheraton West Hotel.  Johnson will join more than 160 local broadcasting professionals that have been inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

Professor Marvel kicks off Summer Reading Programs - May 13, 2015 

JACKSON - Professor Marvel’s Musical Magic Show will kick off the 2015 Jackson Library Summer Reading Program tomorrow.  There will be shows at Immanuel Lutheran and Riverside Elementary tomorrow and at Heron Lake and Pleasantview Elementary schools on Friday.  A Free Public show will be held at 6:30pm tomorrow night at the JCC Performing Arts Center.  Carrie Dose, with the Jackson Library talks about Professor Marvel…

Magicial Robert Halbrook "Professor Marvel" provides a fun, interactice playground where kid's natural creativity can be inspired.  The show is filled with non-stop action as six different books are featured and then illustrated with his trademark magic and illusion woven throughout the pages.

Everyone is invited to tomorrow’s free Professor Marvel’s Musical Magic Show at 6:30pm in the JCC High School Performing Arts Cemter.

Big Buddies online auction open until May 20th - May 12, 2015 

JACKSON - The Big Buddies Online Auction is going on now.  Go online to mybigbuddy.org to register and bid on items.  There are themed gift baskets, art and home decor, gift certificates, tickets and much more available for bid.

The Big Buddies program receives no federal funding and relies on fundraisers like the auction and the Bowl-A-Thon to fund their programs.  Your tax-deductable donation will help over 180 youth increase their self-esteem, acheive better grades in school and avoid participating in "risky" behaviors such as alcohol, drugs, tobacco and teenage sexual activity.

For more information, contact Big Buddies Coordinator Stacy Solderholm at 507-847-2632, ext. 3103 or by e-mail at stacy.soderholm@wcainc.org.

Jackson EDA extends Half-Price Lot Sale - May 12, 2015 

JACKSON - The Jackson EDA’s Half-Price lot sale has been extended through Oct. 15, 2015. 

If you are interested in this program, or if you have any questions, contact the Jackson EDA office at 507-847-4423.

Federated awards 8 scholarships - May 12, 2015

JACKSON - The Federated Rural Electric Trust recently awarded eight $700 scholarships. One scholarship was awarded in each of the six Federated districts, plus two more to the son/daughter of a Federated member for District At-Large where remaining applicants had a second chance to win. These are the same districts used for the co-op’s director elections.

The recipients from each district are listed:

·         District 1: Katelyn J. Henkels from Heron Lake-Okabena High School. Henkels is the daughter of Sam & Lori.

·         District 2: Kaylee Burmeister, Lakefield from Jackson County Central High School. Burmeister is the daughter of Bruce & Lonna.

·         District 3: Brody Anderson, Jackson from Jackson County Central High School. Anderson is the son of John & Kris Peterson.

·         District 4: Bailey Schneekloth, Jackson from Jackson County Central High School. Schneekloth is the daughter of Kent & Jo.

·         District 5: Laura Huebert, Welcome from Fairmont Area High School. Huebert is the daughter of Brian and Laura Cole-Huebert.

·         District 6: Shelby Quinn, Truman from Martin Luther High School. Quinn is the daughter of Doug & Laurie.

·         At-Large District: Michelle Buresch, Lakefield from Jackson County Central High School. She is the daughter of Mike & Sue.

·         At-Large District: Alex Saxen, Sherburn from Martin County West High School. He is the son of Jon & Jennifer.

 49 students completed Federated’s short scholarship application.                            

This is the 25th consecutive year that Federated has dedicated money to high school scholarships. This is the 20th year of Operation Round Up scholarships. They total $87,300.

Federated is a Touchstone Energy cooperative that provides electric service to more than 5,000 members in Jackson and Martin Counties.

Minnesota farm update - May 12, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota farmers are planting soybeans at a near-record pace.

Despite only four days suitable for fieldwork, the USDA says over one-third of Minnesota's soybean acreage was planted during week ending Sunday. That ties for the most planted in this week in 30 years.

Soybean planting is 70 percent complete, the most planed by this date in 30 years.

Minnesota's corn planting is nearly complete, and 39 percent of the corn crop has emerged, the second most in 30 years.

Small grain seeding also is nearly complete. The barley crop is 78 percent emerged, well ahead of last year — when none of the crop had emerged by now — and just over three weeks ahead of the five-year average.

Oats and spring wheat progress also is ahead of last year.

Gov. Dayton proposes 2% education increase - May 12, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota schools may get extra money from the state's final budget deal.

Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday he'd like to give a 2-percent bump to the per-pupil funding formula for K-12 schools. That's more than double what was passed in the GOP-controlled House. Senate Democrats proposed 1 percent increases for the next two years.

The governor's comments come as he and top lawmakers try to hash out a budget deal ahead of the May 18 adjournment date.

House Speaker Kurt Daudt and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk say they're open to increasing school funding. But Daudt says he needs to how that extra funding would be covered.

Dayton says the additional money shouldn't nix his idea to implement preschool statewide. Lawmakers have been cool to that proposal.

Bird Flu grows to 85 Minnesota Farms - May 12, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — One new Minnesota turkey farm has been hit by bird flu, raising the state's total to 85 since the outbreaks were first confirmed in early March.

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health says the latest case is in Swift County. The flock size hasn't been reported yet, but Minnesota turkey and chicken producers have now lost nearly 5.7 million turkeys and chickens to the disease.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture now reports over 140 findings of highly pathogenic avian influenza across the country, which have affected more than 30 million chickens and turkeys.

Minnesota, the country's top turkey producing state, has had the most farms hit by the H5N2 virus, but Iowa, the country's top egg producer, has lost by far the most birds at more than 24 million.

Haggling continues on Iowa Budget - May 12, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Budget haggling continues in the Iowa Legislature, as lawmakers seek a compromise financial deal for the next fiscal year.

Leaders in the Republican-led House and Democratic-majority Senate were working to resolve their differences Monday. The two sides must agree on an overall spending level and how much new money to provide for K-12 education. A compromise could include an increase in basic aid for K-12 schools, plus a one-time payment.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, a Council Bluffs Democrat, says he would "love to get done" with the budget this week, which would mean they could adjourn. But he cautioned that might not be possible.

Rep. Chuck Soderberg, a Le Mars Republican who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, says there are limited new dollars available, making for tight budgets.

Coffee Break programs kick off with a "buzz" - May 11, 2015 

LAKEFIELD - The Lakefield Library Afternoon Coffee Break Program will begin tomorrow with Bees, Hives and Honey by Anthony Almodovar.  The program will be in the meeting room at the Lakefield Library at 1pm. 

There have been many reports regarding the plight of the honey bee and what would happen if this population decrease continues.  Join us to hear about this and gain a greater understanding of the life of the bee and proactive steps we can take to help sustain the population.

Big Sandy Lake to host 2016 MN Gov Fishing Opener - May 11, 2015 

TOWER - Governor Mark Dayton had his best outing ever Saturday morning at the 68th Annual Minnesota Governor Fishing Opener held on Lake Vermillion in the Tower and Cook area.  Governor Dayton invited DFL State Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk of Cook and Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt to go fishing with him.  There fishing guide was Tim “Buck” Lescarbeau.  When they returned for the noon shore lunch, Senator Bakk had caught 14, House Speaker Daudt had caught 12 and Governor Dayton caught 9 walleye. 

Activities surrounding the Governor’s Fishing Opener culminated with the Celebration banquet held Saturday evening at the Fortune Bay Resort and Casino.  Plaques were presented to the largest fish caught in the catch and release contest for those attending the governor’ opener.  Joe Woodward of Gander Mountain caught the largest smallmouth bass at 18 ½ inches, Karen Hollingsworth of North Branch had the largest Northern that was 32 and a half inches in length and Eric Norberg of Tower has the largest walleye at 24 inches.

Also at the banquet, it was announced that Big Sandy Lake at McGregor will be the host of next year’s Minnesota Governor Fishing Opener.  McGregor is located between Duluth and Brainerd.  It will be the first time the area will play host to the Governor’s Fishing Opener.

Red Cross Blood Drice on different days in Jackson - May 10, 2015 

JACKSON - The Jackson Red Cross Blood Drive will be on a different scheduled this month.  The drive will be from 1-7pm on Wednesday, May 13th and from 8am -1pm on Thursday, May 14th at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Jackson.

All eligible donors are encouraged to do participate.

Lakefield Blood Drive is Tuesday - May 10, 2015 

LAKEFIELD - Lakefield’s Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 1-7pm on Tuesday, May 12th at the Immanuel Activity Center in Lakefield. 

Everyone eligible to donate is encouraged to do so.

Public invited to Memorial Day in Delafield Township - May 10, 2015 

JACKSON - The public is invited to attend the annual Delafield Township Cemetery Association Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 25 at 1:30 pm at the Delafield Township Town Hall.  Lunch will be served following the service.

Orleans Beach shelter house dedication Saturday - May 9, 2015 

ORLEANS - A dedication of the Ainsworth-Orleans Beach park and shelter house on the south shore of Big Spirit Lake will take place 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony honoring the newly improved park owned by the Dickinson County Conservation Board. The family of Bob and Delaine Olson, former resort owners in the Iowa Great Lakes area, donated the funds to build a shelter house at the park, and it will be dedicated in honor of the Olsons’ legacy.

Bob Olson was a former councilman and mayor of Orleans.

In addition to the Olsons and the Dickinson County Conservation Board, donations for park improvements were received from the city of Orleans, Spirit Lake Protective Association and a memorial in the name of Harry Perkins.

JCC Band and Choir to perform concerts - May 7, 2015 

JACKSON - The Jackson County Central Jr. and Sr. High Schools Choirs will be performing Friday night at the JCC High School Performing Arts Center.

There will be a Pre-Pops concert showcasing solos and small groups starting at 6:30pm with the choirs to perform at 8pm.

The JCC Music Boosters Club will have a snack fundraiser in the Auditorium Lobby between the concerts, approximately 7:30pm.

The JCC Middle School, High School and Jazz Bands will present their Spring Concert at 8pm on Monday in the JCC High School Performing Arts Center.

Everyone is invited to attend these performances. 

Make-A-Wish Benefit on Saturday - May 7, 2015  

JACKSON - A silent auction and benefit for Make-A-Wish in honor of Elizabeth Skrove will be on Saturday from 11am to 5pm at the Jackson American Legion.  There will be carriage rides, face painting, Bingo, face painting and DJ by Good Times Karaoke.  A free will lunch will be served by the Jackson Lions Club from 11am to 2pm. 

Elizabeth, a 3rd Grader at Riverside Elementary, was recently able to go to Disney World through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  This benefit is to help the Make-A-Wish foundation in Minnesota grant more wishes.

Compassionate Friends to meet on Monday - May 7, 2015  

WINDOM - Compassionate Friends, a self-help support group for parents and families of children who have died at any age from any cause, whether recently or some time ago, will meet on, Monday at 7:00 PM at the BARC, just off the Courthouse Square in Windom. 

For more information, please call Carol at 507-831-4235.

Council votes to bypass alternate truck route - May 5, 2015

JACKSON - The Jackson City Council met in regular session Tuesday night.  The meeting was called to order at 6:30pm.  Councilman Donnie Schoenrock was the only member absent.

Isaac Rinkenberger with DGR Electrical went through the 2015 electric project bid results.  The low bids for the power cables and padamount switches were from Dakota Supply Company, and the low bids for the single phase and 3-phase transformers were from Irby.  All four low bids were accepted at a cost of just under $280,000.

Fort Belmont Chairman Barney Olson presented the Annual Fort Belmont Report.  The Fort had just under 1,500 visitors in 2014 from 41 states and 18 foreign countries.

Chuck Dunker addressed the council regarding a property issue with a neighbor.  Dunker said that his neighbor has buildings that are actually on his property and that the city had sent a letter in 2013 stating these buildings needed to be taken down.  Mayor Wayne Walter told Dunker that city staff would look into the matter.

Mayor Walter proclaimed the week of May 4-8 as Small Business Week and recognized all the small businesses that make the city of Jackson and Jackson County as successful as it is.

In other action, the council voted against posting an alternate truck route for Highway 71 during the bridge construction next year.  A Jackson business had expressed concern over the city promoting truck traffic detouring away from the city.  Councilman Dave Cushman said he would rather have the truckers decide to bypass Jackson rather than the council.

After much discussion, the council approved a Cooperative Construction Agreement with MnDOT for the Highway 71 project.  Chris Bower with MnDOT assured the Council that nothing in the plan was finalized, and there would be another meeting in July to discuss the project.  The council also approved a limited use permit for a non-motorized recreational trail along highway 71.  It was noted that the trail would be open during non-snow months. 

The meeting was adjourned at 7:25pm.  The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Jackson City Council is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19th at 6:30pm.

JCC Students compete at State History Day - May 5, 2015 

MINNEAPOLIS - Jackson County Central High School had three entries in the National History Day Minnesota on Saturday, May 2nd at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Emily Stubbe, Tara Porter and Kristin Stoltenberg placed 5th in Senior Group Performance with “An Element for All the People.”

Katelynn Dorschner received an honorable mention in Senior Individual Exhibit Board with “Soldiers Never Die.”

Jessica Christoffer also participated for JCC.

Libraries to host Device Advice sessions - May 4, 2015 

JACKSON - The Jackson and Lakefield Libraries will be holding “Device Advice” sessions on Friday to help to provide personal assistance with your device.

The session will be held in Lakefield from 12:00 until 2:00 PM and in Jackson from 3:00 to 4:30 PM. Staff will be on hand to help patrons one-on-one through all their questions.  The libraries also have devices available for checkout for anyone who does not have a device and wants to give eReading a try.

A Device Advice session is an excellent way to get a tutorial on a device that they can then test drive for two weeks. There is limited space and registration is necessary. Please bring along your library card and account passwords. 

For registration or more information, please call either the Jackson library at 847-4748 or the Lakefield Library at 662-5782.

JCC Speech showcases talent - May 4, 2015 

JACKSON - The Jackson County Central Speech Team held a Speech Showcase and Awards program Sunday afternoon at the Historic State Theater in Jackson.

State speech qualifiers Jenna Sassenrath, Nick Reed and Sofie Stumpf, along with senior Maddie Isaacson performed their speeches.  Awards were handed out after the performances.

Nick Reed was named outstanding Varsity Speaker, Sofie Stumpf was outstanding Jr. High Speaker, EmmaLee Krosch was Varsity Rookie of the Year, Logan Kooistra was Jr. High Rookie of the Year, Maddie Isaacson was the Most Improved Varsity speaker and Camden Schmidt was awarded Most Improved Jr. High speaker.

Windom man dies in accident near Mt. Lake - May 3, 2015 

MT. LAKE - A Windom man was killed in a two vehicle accident on Highway 60 near Mountain Lake on Friday.

23 year-old Jacob Beckius was driving a 2014 International 4000 southbound on 570th Avenue when he turned to go eastbound on Highway 60.  68 year-old Robert Richardson of Windom was driving a 2003 Buick LeSabre eastbound on Highway 60 when the vehicles collided.

Richardson, was transported to the Windom Area Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  A passenger, 66 year-old Loretta Richardson sustained non-life threatening injuries.  Beckius sustained no apparent injuries.

Serious damage was reported to the International truck.  Peterson’s LeSabre was a total loss.

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

JCC Students compete at State History Day - May 2, 2015 

JACKSON - Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.

To celebrate Children’s Book Week, library staff at each of the Jackson County Libraries will be available this Tuesday to help children sign up for an OverDrive account to access e-books.  Each child registering for a new OverDrive account will receive a neon net backpack! E-books can be accessed on a personal computer, tablet, iPad or e-reader.

The Lakefield Library will be holding a movie and popcorn day on Thursday at 3:30. This free movie is open to children of all ages!

A special story hour will be held at the Heron Lake Library on Friday at 10:00 a.m.  The mothers of the children attending story hour will read their favorite books.

Brown Bag Program to focus on genealogy - April 26, 2015

JACKSON - The Jackson Library’s Brown Bag Lunch Series continues Wednesday with “Welcome to Genealogy” by Mark Titus.  Mark will offer a brief introduction to genealogy and the best resources for researching your family history.  Come hear about techniques and ideas which will hopefully get you started on your way to fulfilling a lifetime of tracing your family tree. 

Brown Bag Lunch programs are at noon each Wednesday in the meeting room of the Jackson Library.  Bring a sack lunch with you if you wish, the library will provide coffee and tea.

Girls Night Out is Thursday - April 26, 2015 

JACKSON - "Night Under the Stars" is the theme for the 6th Annual Girls Night Out to be held this Thursday from 4:30-8pm at the EconoLodge in Jackson. 

There will be over 30 vendors on hand, along with great food, wine tasting, live entertainment, a silent auction and a style show.

Tickets ar $15 in advance or $18 at the door.  Advance tickets are available from Ashleys Hallmark, Bridget's Bucksnorts, the Red Barn and Bank Midwest.

Jackson Center for the Arts to meet Tuesday - April 26, 2015 

JACKSON - The Jackson Center for the Arts will be meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) at 5:30pm in the Jackson Library meeting room.

The goal of the meeting is to continue setting the groundwork to help Jackson's art center to become a reality. Anyone with questions can contact Linda Clarksean.

May Friendship Day is Friday - April 25, 2015 

JACKSON - Church Women United will hold their annual May Friendship Day at 9:30am this Friday at Belmont Lutheran Church in rural Jackson.

The Fellowship of the least coin will also be observed.

Ruby's Pantry in Jackson on Tuesday - April 25, 2015

JACKSON - Ruby’s Pantry returns to Jackson on Tuesday 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.

April Terrific Kids recognized at Riverside Elementary - April 25, 2015

JACKSON - April’s Terrific Kids were recognized Friday afternoon at Riverside Elementary in Jackson.

April’s Terrific Kids honored for being “Positive” were Second Grader Tanner Nelson, son of Chad and Charlene Nelson, Fourth Graders Rory Schley, son of Ryan Schley, and Brigan McCarthy, son of Carey Simmons and Galen McCarthy and Fifth Graders Lucas Vesey, son of Paul and Tami Vesey, Emma DiBrito, daughter of Mike and Shelly DiBrito and Trevor Christensen, son of Nathan and Jade Christensen.

The Terrific Kids honored for being “Responsible” were Kindergarten student Thomas Bidne, son of Mike and Laura Bidne and Fifth Grader Shaun Anderson, son of Trevor and Paulette Anderson.

And the Terrific Kids honored for being “Respectful” were First Grader Kallee Nelson, daughter of Chad and Charlene Nelson, Second Grader Corynn Oye, daughter of Jason and Jessica Oye and Fourth Graders Joseph Mohr, son of Mark and Carrie Mohr and Noah Knakmuhs, son of Timothy and Krista Knakmuhs.

The students honored as April’s Terrific Kids received a Certificate proclaiming them as a Terrific Kid, a magnet, 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, the AmericInn, the JCC Swimming Pool, the Pizza Ranch, Casey’s, Dairy Queen and KKOJ/KRAQ.  The Terrific Kids are chosen from nominations that are submitted by teachers and staff during the past month.

WBR and Pawsitive Performers April 2015

Pleasantview announces April WBR and "Paws"itive Performers - April 25, 2015 

LAKEFIELD - Pleasantview Elementary in Lakefield has announced the students being recognized for WBR (Without Being Reminded) and “Paws”itive Performers.

Those recognized in April for WBR include Kindergarten Student Brielle Mouw, First Grader Olivia Thies, Second Graders Madilynn Singler and Isabelle Thies, Third Grader Hannah Perhson, Fourth Grader Emma Hendrickson and Fifth Graders Isaac Somnis and Destiny Timmer.  The WBR students will celebrate with pizza on Wednesday.

Students recognized as April’s “Paws”itive Performers include Kindergarten students Leah Nichols and Kain Titterington, First Graders Bennett Eidhammer and Cailee Jo Pauling, Second Graders Kaylee Kaderabek, Karsen Phillips, Ian Titterington and Kash Luebben, Third Graders Tate Eidhammer and Aubree Tidyman, Fourth Graders Maci Farmer and Shala Voehl and Fifth Graders Mason Bobb, R.J.Clymer, Paul Troe and Riley Poelaert.

City of Jackson in good financial shape - April 22, 2015

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

The meeting opened with the continuation of the Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting.  Larry Hanson had requested the Assessor’s office visit his property on Circle Drive as he felt the valuation was too high.  After reassessment, it was determined that actual valuation was about $7,000 higher than what was previously assessed.  The board voted 4-2 to accept the new assessment with Councilmen Brandon Finck and Ken Temple voting against.

Joel Stencel, Auditor with Eide Bailly, gave the 2014 Audit Presentation.  At the end of 2014, the City is in great financial shape with around $5.5 million in the General Fund.

Dee Nestegard informed the Council that they would be doing the Kid’s Lunch in the Park program again this summer.  They will serve lunch on Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 11am to noon in Central Park.  The location was changed to help reach kids that are attending programs at the Library, which end at 10:45 on those days.  Nestegard asked the Council to consider moving 5 picnic tables to Central Park so kids attending had a place to sit and eat, which the council approved.

In other action, the Council reviewed and approved a letter of support to Phil Nasby for a boat launch at Ashley Park.

Jackson Economic Coordinator Sue Persig gave their monthly update to the Council.  There continues to be a lot of activity with both the JEDC and JBDC.

The meeting was closed to executive session at 7:35 to discuss the possibility of purchasing an old squad car from Jackson County for use as a courtesy car at the airport.

The next regular meeting of the Jackson City Council is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5th at 6:30pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

Commissioners table action on JD 11 - April 22, 2015

JACKSON - The Jackson County Board of Commissioners met in regular session yesterday at 9am (Tue) in the Board Room at the Jackson County Courthouse with all members present. After dealing with planned agenda items, they adjourned and reconvened as the drainage authority. After considerable discussion during a public hearing on a County Ditch Number Eleven Outlet Petition from the City of Lakefield, the board tabled action on the petition until after the City of Lakefield receives a conditional use permit and approval from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The petition is part of a proposed wastewater treatment project south of Lakefield near Interstate 90. The vote to table action was 3-1 with Commissioner Dave Henkels dissenting and Commissioner Rose Schultz absent. They also held public hearings regarding ditches numbers 22 and 31. There were no public comments at those hearings and action was taken to approve abandonment of some of the old tiles and turn maintenance of the tiles back to the land owners.

During their regular meeting they took action to approve a loan to Nic Osterberg from the county revolving loan fund. The $100,000 loan will help aid Osterberg in his plans to purchase his father’s funeral home businesses in Jackson, Lakefield and Heron Lake. Terms of the loan include a 4.5% interest rate, a 15 year amortization and a seven year balloon payment.

            They approved a new Campground Host Program for the Loon Lake County Parks. Parks Coordinator Jacqueline Knips says the idea is to have a friendly face, someone who knows the area well and someone who is at the campground much of the time. In exchange for their help, they would receive camping space at no cost.  Those interested in the Campground Host Program should contact Knips for an application.

The board approved the hiring of David Drown Associates of Faribault as the search firm to help in the recruitment and hiring of a new county coordinator at a cost not to exceed $13,500.  Current Coordinator Janice Fransen will be retiring at the end of the year. They approved the purchase of a 2015 Chevy Silverado Pickup through the State Contract from Thane Hawkins Polar Chevrolet of White Bear Lake for just under $40, 700; approved the purchase of a 2015 Chevy Malibu through the State Contract from Ranger GM of Hibbing for just under $19,800; approved the replacement of three copiers for the Assessor’s, Coordinator’s and Extension Offices for a total of about $25,000; approved a quote from B & W Control Specialists to maintain trees along drainage ditches; they directed the funds received from the dissolution of the Red Rock Ridge Learning Center be designated for use in setting up the fiscal office of the Des Moines Valley Health and Human Services in the Government Center East building. The amount of the funds is just under $22,000.

The Commissioners heard an annual report from Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water CEO Mark Johnson. Johnson reported that they had a good year and continue to meet the challenges of serving all or parts of ten Minnesota counties including the Southwest Corner of Jackson County.

There was also an annual report from the Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust that Jackson County is a part of for property, casualty and worker’s compensation coverage; the board approved the appointment of John Hay to the Planning and Zoning Board; approved a six-month three-two liquor license Eastside Acres Campground; approved utility permits and set the Judicial Ditch 33 final public hearing for the impoundment/abandonment WPA Restoration Project by the US Fish and Wildlife, Pheasants Forever and Ducks Unlimited on Tuesday, May 19th at 10:00 a.m.; and also approved the redetermination plan for Judicial Ditch 73 to explore possible improvements.

The next regular meeting of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5th at 9:00 a.m.

MCW Board approves new busses - April 21, 2015 

SHERBURN - The Martin County West School Board met in regular session on Monday.  The meeting was called to order at 6:31.  Ken Janssen was the only board member absent.

The board approved bids on two busses from Hoglund Bus Company.  Both busses are 71 passenger/77 body busses.  Bids were just over $81,000 for one with an under carriage and around $80,000 for the other and a bid of around $38,500 was accepted from Hawkins Chevrolet for a 2015 Suburban school vehicle.

The board accepted the resignations of LuAnn Lenning, Administrative Assistant at MCW Sherburn Elementary, Marlene Roesler, Assurance of Mastery instructor and Diane Pearson, food service worker at Trimont Elementary.  The board approved hiring Tammy Holm as the K-12 Food Service Director effective May 27th, hiring Summer Stevens, Kayla Traetow and Brooklyn Maiers as a full time Elementary Teachers starting August 31st, approved reassigning Darcy Young as the Lead cook for the Trimont Site effective August 31st  and approved hiring Nick Mahle as a volunteer Baseball coach.

In other action, the board approved the joint powers agreement with Southern Plains Education Cooperative, approved the 2015-16 student handbooks and approved several donations.

The next regular meeting of the Martin County West School Board is scheduled for Monday, May 18th at 5:30pm.

JCC FFA Annual Banquet held Sunday - April 20, 2015 

LAKEFIELD - The Jackson County Central FFA chapter held their annual banquet last night at the Immanuel Lutheran Activity Center in Lakefield.

Certificates of Appreciation were presented to businesses and individuals for their support of the JCC FFA Chapter over the past year.  The teams that competed at the 2014 State and National Conventions and Minnesota State Fair were also recognized.

The JCC FFA Officers presented Jordana Thompson with an Honorary Chapter Degree.  Thompson coached the small animals/vet science team that placed 11th in the nation in October.

FFA members receiving their State Degrees at the State FFA Convention at the end of the month include Justin Peterson, Emmalie Benson, Ana Dunlavey, Sydney Eddy, Maggie Post and Michael Miller.

2015 Proficiency Recipients were Patrick Tate, state winner in Turf Grass Management and Kilen Warmka with a 3rd place finish in Ag Mechanics.

This year’s FFA Officers were recognized for all their work during the past year.  This year’s Officer Team included President Michaela Vancura, Vice-President Sydney Eddy, Secretary Bailey Schneekloth, Treasurer Hannah Holmberg, Reporter Michelle Buresch, Sentinel Megan Edlin, Historian Grace Rossow and Student Advisor Rebecca Dose.

The Star Greenhand award was presented to Jessica Christopher.  Chapter Star in Placement was Kilen Warmka and the Chapter Star in Entrepreneurship was Patrick Tate.

The Leadership Award for behind the scenes efforts was presented to Patrick Tate and Christian Goyne-Yarns.  The Levi Buresch Memorial $300 scholarship and the Frank Hlavka $250 scholarship were both awarded to Bailey Schneekloth.

The 2015 MN State FFA Convention will be held next week in St. Paul.  JCC FFA advisors are Jeff Voss, Laura Bidne and Stephanie Porter.

JCC places two at State Speech Meet - Apr 17 

Jackson County Central had two place winners at the 2015 Class A State Speech Meet held Friday at Lakeville North High School. 

Junior Nick Reed placed fourth in Storytelling.  This is Reed’s third time advancing to the State meet where he has placed all three years.

Sofia Stumph, an 8th Grader, placed fifth in Creative Expression.  This was Stumpf’s first year advancing to the State meet.

Sophomore Jenna Sassenrath also competed for JCC at the State Speech Meet. 

The Class 2A State Speech meet is being held on Saturday.

There will be a Speech Showcase at 1pm on Sunday, May 3rd at the Historic State Theater in Jackson.  All three state qualifiers will perform along with Senior Maddie Isaacson.  The public is invited to hear these great performances.  Awards will be handed out after the performances.  Concessions will be available.

Highway 60 expansion to continue in May - Apr 16  

MANKATO - The expansion of Highway 60 from two lanes to four lanes between Mountain Lake and Butterfield is expected to officially begin May 11, however motorists may already have seen crews working on drainage and relocating utilities.

Initially, traffic will be maintained on the existing two lanes of Highway 60 while construction of the additional two lanes takes place on the south side.  A two-month detour later in the summer will be necessary to build the connections on both ends of the project.

The project, which includes grading, paving, concrete repair and lighting, is expected to be complete in October.

This is the second of three projects planned to complete the expansion of Highway 60 to a four-lane facility.  The section from Mountain Lake to Windom is planned to begin in 2017. 

Minnesota Crop Report for April 14 - Apr 14

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota farmers have gotten a jump on small grain planting this spring.

Although only 3.5 days were suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, the U.S. Department of Natural Resources says small grain planting by Minnesota farmers is 3.5 weeks ahead of last year's pace.

Twenty percent of Minnesota's spring wheat is planted, five days ahead of normal. Seventeen percent of oat acreage is planted, almost four weeks ahead of last year. Barley planting is 10 percent complete, which is a month ahead of last year and a day ahead of the five-year average.

Sugar beet planting is 11 percent complete, 30 days ahead of last year.

Most farmers are waiting for warmer weather to start planting corn, although there are scattered reports of corn planting in southern Minnesota.

Holmberg and Brinkman Lions students of the quarter - Apr 14 

JACKSON - Jackson County Central High School Seniors Hannah Holmberg and Joseph Brinkman were honored Monday night as the Jackson Lions' Students of the Second Quarter.

Hannah, daughter of Mark and Ramona Holmberg, is ranked 5th in her senior class of 95 students. She has an overall grade point average of 3.942. Hannah's activities in school include Choir, Band, Jazz Band, Key-Club, and FFA where she serves as Treasurer. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and 4-H. Holmberg's classes include American Government, Spanish II, and academic reading. She is also involved with youth group at church.

 Holmberg will be attending school this Fall in Madison, Wisconsin.

Joe Brinkman is the son of Mike and Mary Brinkman. Joe is ranked 6th out of his senior class of 95. His activities at JCC have included Basketball and Golf. Brinkman serves on the Student Council, is a member of the National Honor Society and is involved with his youth group at church. His classes have included physics, calculus, economics, and American Government.

Brinkman outlined his plans to attend Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD this fall.

As the Jackson Lions' Students of the Quarter, Holmberg and Brinkman were each presented a framed certificate recognizing them as the Lions' Student of the Quarter and a check for $100.

JCC sends 3 to State Speech Meet - Apr 11  

 ST. PETER - Jackson County Central had three entries qualify for the State Speech Tournament next weekend.  The Section 2A meet was held Friday in St. Peter.

Sofia Stumpf was the section champion in Creative Expression and Nick Reed in Storytelling and Jenna Sassenrath in Dramatic Interpretation were section runners-up.  The top three in each category advance to state.

Other placewinners for JCC were Becca Dose finishing 4th in Extemporaneous Reading, Josie Nunez finishing 5th in Poetry and Logan Kooistra finishing 6th in Extemporaneous Speaking.

Also competing for Jackson County Central was Maddie Isaacson in Original Oratory, Tara Porter and Alix Schmidt in Duo, Glory and Liberty Meyer in Duo and Camden Schmidt in Creative Expression.

Martin County West had one finalist, Tristan Rabbe was 6th in Discussion.

The class A State Speech Meet will be held on Friday, April 10th at Lakeville North High School.

Area Churches host events on Sunday - Apr 10  

ALPHA - There are a couple of events happening at area churches this weekend.

The annual Ice Cream Social will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Alpha on Sunday from 11am to 1pm.

Everyone is invited to enjoy homemade soups, sandwiches and desserts along with homemade ice cream and toppings.  Free will donations will be accepted.

At 2pm on Sunday, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dunnell will be hosting a gospel concert featuring Glenn Henriksen, Jeff Hagen and the quartet Songquest, Millie Kittleson and Bill Hanson.

Refreshments will be served after the concert.  A free will offering will be accepted.

JCC Prom is Saturday - Apr 10   

JACKSON - Jackson County Central High School will be holding their 2015 prom “A Whole New World” Saturday night.

The Grand March is scheduled for 6:15pm in the High School Main Gymnasium with the dinner at 7pm.  Hypnotist Jason Mystic will provide entertainment at 8:30 with the dance from 10pm to 12:30am.

Post prom will start at 12:30am in the High School Commons.

Bomb Scare closes Spencer Hy-Vee - Apr 10  

SPENCER - The Hy-Vee in Spencer was closed for several hours yesterday afternoon after a bomb threat was received at the corporate headquarters in Des Moines.

Just after noon, officials report receiving the threat and the store was evacuated.  After a thorough search, the store re-opened around 3pm.

The Spencer Police Department, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Spencer Fire Department, Clay County Emergency Management, Iowa State Patrol, State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Algona Police Department assisted at the scene.

The incident remains under investigation by Spencer police and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

Commissioner declare April Child Abuse Prev Mo - Apr 7  

JACKSON - The Jackson County Board met at 9:00 Tuesday morning with Commissioner David Henkels absent.

The board approved a resolution accepting the recommendation of the Revolving Loan Fund Committee for a loan to Round Lake Vineyards and Winery, LLC for one hundred thousand dollars for fifteen years with a five year balloon and at 5 percent interest.

The board approved a resolution proclaiming April as Child Abuse Prevention month in Jackson County after hearing a presentation from Angie Hillmer and Sarah Krause from Family Services Network.  Krause and Hillmer also discussed the need for people willing to provide foster care, respite care and day care. More after school and summer programs for kids would also help with prevention.

April was also proclaimed as County Government Month by the Commissioners; in recognition of the role County government plays in the lives of citizens.

In other action, the board approved conditional use permits for Wanzek Construction in connection with the Odell Windfarm Project and for Knife River Construction for an asphalt plant on property owned by Larry Christopher. The site will be used for the Interstate 90 project. They denied a modification request to a conditional use permit for New Fashion Pork. They approved advertising for road overlay and sealcoat projects, approved a resolution for a five year bridge repair priority schedule, and approved the purchase of Handy Hitch Packer/Roller from Bruellman Blading and Road Maintenance of Blue Earth for just over $34,000.

They approved the reappointment of Rocky Seiler to the Revolving Loan Fund Advisory Board, accepted the resignation of Jason Freking from the Planning and Zoning Board, and recognized and thanked retiring board and committee members: Jana Mueller from the Library Board, Gordon Ruskell from the Revolving Loan Fund Board, Ardy Palmer from the Extension Committee and Robert Untiedt from the Housing Redevelopment Authority Board.

The board approved advertising for a replacement for Sherrif’s Office Records Clerk Patty Prom who has resigned effective June 18th. The Sheriff’s Office is also anticipating losing several part-time deputy positions in the upcoming months. The board approved a request to fill part-time Deputy positions, not to exceed five. The Commissioners heard presentations from three search firms with proposals to aid in the search and hiring of a new County Coordinator to replace Janice Fransen who is retiring at the end of December. Waters and Company Executive Recruitment, David Drown Associates, and Sicora Consulting made presentations. The board hopes to choose a firm at their next meeting on April 21 and have a new person hired by October or November.

Jackson Council approved bid for DP4 Project - Apr 7 

JACKSON - The Jackson City Council met in regular session Tuesday night in the Council Chambers at City Hall.  The Meeting was called to order at 6:35pm with all members present.

Greg Mitchell with Bolton & Menk presented the council with the bid tabulations for the DP4 project at Highway 71 and Industrial Parkway.  The bid from Svoboda Excavating came in 18% under estimate. The council approved proceeding with the full project.

At 7:05pm the council convened the local board of Appeal and Equalization Meeting.  County Assessor Jason McCaslin presented a report on the current process of assessing property values in Jackson County.  Two Jackson residents brought appeals to the meeting.  Larry Hanson of Circle Drive asked why his property value has increased over 25% in the last 2 years.  Assessors will view his property again and the board will convene again on April 21st at the next council meeting to discuss.

RE Schenk of White Street asked why his property value increased 15% from 2014-15 and 47% from 2015-16.  Schenk acknowledged that some renovations had been done but were not complete.  McCaslin pointed out that when an assessor came to view the renovations, access was denied so they had to make assumptions as to what was done and assess accordingly.  Schenk said that he has a right to privacy and answered all the questions asked by the assessor.  No action was taken by the council.

The council meeting continued at 8:25pm.  In action items, the council approved a burn permit for Jerry Kinney on his property at 115 Deer Run, approved a modified resolution supporting the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership project with a clawback clause for property not being developed, approved an amended and restated development agreement, assessment agreement and assessor’s certification for the SWMHP project. 

The meeting was adjourned at 9pm.  The next regular meeting of the Jackson City Council is scheduled for 6:30pm on Tuesday, April 21.

The Flour Shop Bakery to open in Lakefield - Apr 4 

LAKEFIELD - After many months of planning and developing, the Lakefield EDA announced Friday that a signed purchase agreement for the sale of the bakery was officially approved.

The Flour Shop Bakery will be opened by Lakefield resident, Dayla Smith.  The purchase agreement includes the familiar recipes and the additional space previously occupied by the barber shop, which can be used for potential expansion. 

MNDot announces 2015 road projects - Apr 3  

MANKATO - The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced their construction projects for 2015.  There are several projects scheduled for our area.

Work is scheduled to start in May on Interstate 90 from the Round Lake exit to the Sherburn exit.  Westbound lanes are scheduled to get concrete and bituminous overlay with eastbound lanes getting bituminous overlay.

The highway 60 expansion project will continue in May with a section of the road between Mountain Lake and Butterfield going to 4-lanes.  There is expected to be a three month detour with this project.

Jackson Library to show devices at Coffee Choices - Apr 1

JACKSON - The Jackson Library will be coming to Coffee Choices on Friday from 9-10am with devices that are available from the library.

Both Kindle Fire HDX’s and iPads are available for 2 week checkouts from the library.

The devices will be at Coffee Choices for customers to play with and learn more about eBooks and eMagazines that are available for free from the library.

Join the library at Coffee Choices on Friday from 9-10am to learn more about devices available through the Jackson Library.

LRH purchases two LUCAS CPR machines - Apr 1 

SPIRIT LAKE - Thanks to the generosity of donors throughout the area, Lakes Regional Healthcare was able to purchase two LUCAS CPR machines after a community-wide fundraising initiative.

Lakes Regional Healthcare Foundation Executive Director Sonja Hamm said it was heartening to see the outpouring of support for these machines. The amount raised covered the cost of one unit and a good portion of the second and Lakes Regional Healthcare Foundation agreed to fund the difference.

The two machines will be kept on the two primary ambulances at Lakes Regional Healthcare.  The Lakes Regional Healthcare Foundation hopes to still raise funds to cover the cost of a third unit to be utilized in the Emergency Room.

The LUCAS CPR machine delivers uninterrupted compressions at a consistent rate and depth and can be used while paramedics provide other valuable care to the patient

Demonstrations of the LUCAS CPR machine will be held at a Public Safety Open House at the Milford Fire Department on Wednesday, May 13 from 5:00 until 7:00 pm.

Those interested in contributing can contact Lakes Regional Healthcare Foundation Executive Director Sonja Hamm at 712-336-8791.

Luverne man killed in accident near Ellsworth - Apr 1 

ELLSWORTH - A Luverne man was killed in a two vehicle accident on Monday north of Ellsworth. 

59 year-old Steve Hup of Luverne was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado westbound on Nobles County Road 6 when he collided with a trailer hauling a skid steer pulled by a 2008 Ford Super Duty driven by 25 year-old Brock Jacobs of Adrian.  Jacobs was stopped on County Road 6 making a left turn to go north on Highway 91 when the accident occurred.

Hup was killed in the accident.  Jacobs and a passenger in his vehicle, 19 year-old Benjamin Taracena sustained no apparent injuries. 

The Ellsworth Fire and Rescue and Nobles County Sheriff’s Office assisted the State Patrol at the scene.

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