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Prudence Lodge again fundraising for area food shelves
Dec. 18, 2014
JACKSON - Members of the Prudence Lodge #97 are
again conducting a fundraising campaign to help area food shelves.
All donations will be matched, up to $3,000.
Checks should be made out to Prudence Lodge #97,
with the food shelf you wish to have the donation go toward noted in
the memo line of the check. Checks can be dropped off at the
Donations need to be received by Monday, January
December Terrific Kids honored at Riverside
Dec. 18, 2014
JACKSON - December’s Terrific
Kids were recognized Thursday afternoon at Riverside Elementary.
For 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
December’s Terrific Kids honored for being
“Responsible” were Pre-K student Bently Runge, son of Andy Runge,
Fourth Grader Cameron Scholten, son of Chris and Cara Scholten, and
Fifth Graders Molly Turner, daughter of Kelly Antonson and Tom Turner,
Payton Handevidt, son of Chris and Tammy Handevidt and Landin Warmka
son of Justin and Stacy Warmka.
Terrific Kids honored for being “Respectful” were
First Grader Payton Hartley, daughter of Alissa Hartley and Second
Grader Erica Hanson, daughter of Nate and Kristin Hanson.
Terrific Kids honored for being “Positive” were
First Grader Isabella Moonen, daughter of Annette Noonen, Second
Grader Allie Robertson, daughter of Sara Robertson and Fourth Grader
Jack Pierson, son of Lisa Riemer.
And the Terrific Kid honored for being “Safe” was
Kindergartener Donovan Gray-Nohrenberg, son of Travis Nohrenberg.
The students honored as November’s Terrific Kids
received a Certificate proclaiming them as a Terrific Kid, a magnet, a
button, pencil and certificates from the sponsoring businesses.
JCC Board moves forward with building security
Dec. 17, 2014
JACKSON - The JCC School board met
Tuesday night and approved the 2014 Payable 2015 Levy Limitation and
Certification in the amount of three million ninety-seven thousand
dollars, which is approximately one and a half percent lower than
They approved authorizing I.S.G. to prepare
plans and specs for a
JCC Building and Security Improvement
project. Plans are to do the work over the summer and have the
improvements complete for the start of school next fall.
The board approved changing the dates for
parent teach conferences for Riverside and Pleasantview Elementary to
Thursday, February 19th and Monday, February 23rd.
Middle and High School Conferences will remain as originally scheduled
on Thursday, January 22nd and Monday, January 26th.
They approved the hiring of Lindsey
Chapman-Nesseth as the new school nurse, starting in January, hiring
Danyelle Swanson as Middle School Assistant Cook effective
immediately, and hiring Patty Morton as part-time high school Lunch
Cashier, strating in January. Approved one year of service wage
increases for pool lifeguards: Jeremiah Manwarren, Ana Dunlavey and
In other action the board approved Riverside’s One School One Book Project
Fundraiser, accepted several donations, and set Monday, January 5th
at 6pm at the date and time for their annual Reorginzation Board
Jackson Commissioners approve final levy
Dec. 16, 2014
The Jackson County Board of Commissioners
met Tuesday morning and approved the 2015 Final Tax Levy at nine
million eight hundred eighty two thousand dollars, a three point six
percent increase over 2014.
They set elected officials salaries for
2015; approved a three year tentative contract with the highway
maintenance union calling for a 1% increase in 2015, 1.5 in 2016 and 2
percent in 2017.
Board members salaries were set for 2015 at
$18,500 for each commissioner and $19,000 for the board chair; a
fifteen hundred dollar increase from 2014. The per deim rate will stay
at $75 per meeting, the same as 2014.
The board held a joint conference call
meeting with commissioners from
County regarding Judicial
Ditch numbers thirteen and forty-five. They appointed Chuck Brandel of
I and S Group as the engineer for the improvement of both Judicial
Land Management Director Andy Geiger
presented a plan to prevent Aquatic Invasive Species in
County which was approved
by the board:
In other action, the board authorized
official notice for the sale of Jackson Speedway; approving the Legal
Notice, Bid Conditions and Bid form for the sale and directed County
Coordinator Jan Frantsen to publish the documents. In order to sell
the property, it must be advertised in the County’s legal newspaper
for three consecutive weeks and once in a newspaper of area general
The board designated the Personnel
Committee to hear and act on a grievance request filed by two deputies
in the Law Enforcement union regarding wages.
They approved the legislative platform to
be presented to the legislators representing Jackson County.
The board met in closed session for the
county coordinator’s annual performance review.
MCW School Board approves levy
Dec. 16, 2014
SHERBURN - The Martin County West School Board
met in regular session Monday night. The meeting
was called to order at 6:04pm with all members present.
Joel Stencel, an auditor from Eide Bailey
presented the 2013-14 School District Audit which was approved.
In other action, the board certified the Final
2014 Payable in 2015 Levy for just over $2,250,000, approved letting
bids for building improvement projects, approved child care leave for
Leah Rode-Mulder, accepted the resignations of Jannee Wagenman,
paraprofessional at Sherburn Elementary and Cindy Nelson, food service
staff at Sherburn Elementary with regrets and authorized the South
Central Service Cooperative to conduct the request for proposal
process as is required by the Health Insurance Transparency Act.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:05pm.
The next regular meeting of the MCW School Board will be at
6:30pm on Wednesday, January 21st with a reorganizational
meeting scheduled for 6:15pm.
Butterfield teen killed in accident
Dec. 14, 2014
MADELIA - 16 year old Ross Blomgred of Butterfield died as
a result of a one car accident on Highway 60 near Madelia on Saturday night.
A 17 year old Butterfield male was driving a 2003 Chevrolet
PT Cruiser westbound on Highway 60 when he entered the center median and rolled
several times coming to rest upside down.
The driver along with two passengers, 16 year old Julie
Hiebert and 17-year old Rose Martinez received non-life threatening injuries.
The PT Cruiser was a total loss.
The Madelia Police, Lake Crystal Police, Watonwan County
Sheriff, Madelia Fire Department, Madelia Ambulance and Lake Crystal Ambulance
assisted the State Patrol at the scene.
Nutcracker Ballet to be performing in Spirit Lake
Dec. 12, 2014
SPIRIT LAKE - Ballet Nebraska, along with Iowa Great Lakes Nutcracker, is excited to present
The Nutcracker Ballet at the Sami Bedell Center for the Performing Arts in
Spirit Lake on this weekend. Show time for is 7:30 pm with a matinee being
presented at 2:00 pm on Saturday.
Performances will feature 67 local young dancers from Jackson, Fairmont,
Worthington, Spirit Lake, Estherville, Spencer, Sheldon, and Storm Lake
including Makenna Richter who has been cast to play Clara.
Follow the magical story as Clara braves fearsome giant mice and is transported
to a beautiful land of snow. With the Nutcracker Prince as her guide, she is led
to a fabulous kingdom where she is entertained by characters from around the
Tickets are available online now at tututix.com
and enter Spirit Lake Nutcracker to purchase tickets for either show.
Nebraska, along with Iowa Great Lakes Nutcracker presenting The Nutcracker
Ballet this weekend at the Sami Bedell Center. Friday night at 7:30pm with
a Saturday matinee at 2pm.
Jackson County Libraries hos "Device Advice" sessions
Dec. 12, 2014
JACKSON - The Jackson and Lakefield Libraries will be holding “Device Advice” sessions for
those who have questions regarding their technology devices.
Bring your device to the library and staff will help you with your questions.
They will also help you set up accounts on your device to checkout e-books
through OverDrive and e-magazines through Zinio.
The Lakefield Library session will be on Tuesday, December 16 from 2:00-3:00 PM.
The Jackson session will be on Thursday, December 18 from 2:00-3:00 PM.
Please bring your library card with you.
For more information please call either the Jackson Library at 847-4748 or the
Lakefield Library at 662-5782.
Riverside to perform "The Incredible Reindeer"
Dec. 11, 2014
JACKSON - The Riverside 2nd and
3rd grade classes will perform “the incredible reindeer” at
1pm Thursday afternoon at the JCC Performing Arts Center in Jackson.
Fog is rolling in on Christmas Eve and
Santa is getting a little nervous. The elves aren't worried because
good old Rudolph will guide the sleigh. Not this year...Rudolph played
a little too much snow football and is sick! What is Santa going to
do? With Christmas not happen? Join us to see if Santa can figure out
a solution to his Christmas Eve problem.
Prior to the program, the 2nd
and 3rd grade classes will be holding an art show in the
conference room across from the auditorium. The students have
been busy creating masterpieces and their ceramic projects will be on
display starting at 11:30am. Everyone is invited to the art show
then encouraged to stay for the program at 1pm.
Compassionate Friends Candle Lighting is Sunday
Dec. 11, 2014
WINDOM - Compassionate Friends of Windom
will host a special holiday Candle Lighting starting at 6:30 PM on
Sunday evening, December 14th, at the Cottonwood County
Historical Society located at 812 4th Avenue in Windom.
The event is free and open to all area parents and families of
children who have died at any age from any cause, no matter how long
ago their child died.
Doors will open at 6:00 PM and materials
will be provided for people to make a special tree ornament for their
child or they may bring an ornament of their own to place on the tree.
Everyone who attends will have the opportunity to light a candle for
their special child. There will be refreshments afterward.
For more information, call Carol Hartman at
507-831-4235 or 507-822-2781.
Highway 86 to be detoured on Friday
Dec. 11, 2014
MANKATO - Highway 86, at the junction of Highway
60 near Wilder, will be detoured tomorrow (Fri 12/12) for track repair
by the Union Pacific Railroad.
The UP Railroad will be setting up the detour and
motorists are advised to watch for signs. The
Railroad estimates Highway 86 will detoured from 8am to around
Jackson County Historical Society received grants
Dec. 10, 2014
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Historical Society
(MNHS) announces the most recent recipients of over $1 million in
funding from three grant programs that collectively preserve, conserve
and enhance access to Minnesota’s cultural heritage.
The Jackson County Historical Society
received 2 of the 64 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small
Grants. A grant for $10,000 was awarded to purchase a microfilm
reader/printer and $8,000 was awarded to microfilm newspapers.
In all, 31 counties were awarded more than $520,000 in grants.
Funded by the Legacy Amendment, small
grants of up to $10,000 each provide a valuable opportunity for
Minnesota’s non-profit and educational organizations, government units
and tribal organizations to preserve and share the state’s history and
All grants are competitive and are awarded
according to program guidelines and criteria and professional
Heron Lake man arrested in joint investigation
Dec. 10, 2014
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office cooperated with the Cottonwood County
Sheriff’s Office and the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension with a drug
investigation last Thursday.
As a result of the investigation, 55 year-old Antonio Garcia Nieblas of Heron
Lake, MN was arrested in Windom, MN for a 1st degree controlled
substance crime after selling methamphetamine to an undercover agent.
A search warrant was issued on the residence where Nieblas was residing in the
city of Heron Lake. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office K9 Unit, Bosco, was
deployed and approximately 2 ounces a possible controlled substance was located.
This is the same residence where approximately 1 year ago, the Jackson County
Sheriff's Office and the MN BCA arrested 51 year-old Esteban Chavez-Cruz and
located 5 pounds of marijuana, 3 pounds of methamphetamine, and seized over
Chavez-Cruz was prosecuted federally and is currently serving a 22 year sentence
for controlled substance crimes.
The Heron Lake Police Department also assisted with the search warrant.
JCC FFA Hosts Crop Show and Degree Night
Dec. 9, 2014
JACKSON - The JCC FFA Crop Show and Degree Night was held Monday night at the JCC High
School. The Shelled Corn Champion was Clair Smith. Jordan Winter was the
reserve champion. Soybean Champion was Michaela Kellner. Jacob
Christopher was the reserve champion. The Ear Corn Champion was Jacob
Christopher. Megan Edlin was the reserve champion. And the Specialty
Crop/Small Grains Champion was Zach Bargfrede. Maggie Post was the reserve
The Premier Showman was Maggie Post, Reserve Showman was Megan Edlin. Top
Senior was Megan Edlin. Top Junior was Maggie Post. Top Sophomore
was Jordan Winter. And Top Freshman was Ashley Keck.
Guest speakers were the JCC FFA Veterinary Science Team
members Jacey Edlin, Hannah Holmberg, Alexa Palmer and Elyse Johnson. They
competed at the National FFA Convention and finished 11th in the Team standings,
earning a Gold. The team members spoke about what the competition consisted of,
their preparations for competing at the National FFA Convention and their
Convention experience. The other guest speaker was Justin Petersen who told
about his experience serving as a Barnyard Assistant at the Miracle of Birth
Center at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair.
Alpha man arrested in Jackson
Dec. 9, 2014
JACKSON - A 23 year-old Alpha man was arrested last Thursday by the Jackson County
Deputies responded to a report of a person slumped over the steering
wheel of a vehicle at the Super America parking lot around 9pm.
The vehicle was running and they woke an individual identified as Joshua
Joe Kauffman of Alpha.
Jackson County Sherriff’s Office K-9 Bosco was deployed and located
approximately 11.2 grams of methamphetamine in the vehicle.
Kaufman was arrested and charged with a controlled substance crime in the
2nd degree and 4th degree DWI. He
remains in custody under a $25,000 bail.
IRRMA to host December "Third Saturday"
Dec. 9, 2014
OKOBOJI - The Iowa RockNRoll Music Museum in Arnolds Park will host “Third Saturday” with
a Christmas carol sing-along and the opportunity to taste delicious holiday
treats this Saturday. All those who would like to share their favorite holiday
candy are invited to bring a plate of their tasty delicacies along with copies
of the recipe if you are willing to share.
Special guest will be Don Bourret, the original drummer for the famous Velaires
from Sioux City. He will talk about the band’s early years and travels with Dick
Clark’s Caravan of Stars. Don will also answer questions from the audience.
Hot coffee and cider will be served along with everyone’s Yuletide nibblies.
“Third Saturday” begins at 1 p.m. and concludes at 2:30. There is no admission
charge to join in the fun, enjoy Don’s interesting stories, sing your favorite
holiday songs, satisfy your sweet tooth and take home a recipe or two to try for
The Iowa RockNRoll Music Museum is located on Lake Street next to the Amusement
Park. Winter hours are Thursday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more
information call the IRRMA office at 712-330-0889.
JHCF awards almost $14,000 to 5 organizations
Dec. 8, 2014
JACKSON - Six organizations were awarded a
total of almost $25,000 from the Jackson Healthcare Foundation during
their 3rd Annual Holiday Gala held Saturday.
Awards presented include $3,557 to Sacred
Heart Mercy Health Center for a digital scale and 24-hour BP monitor,
$3,500 to the JCC School District to help install three Halsey Taylor
water bottle filling stations at Riverside Elementary, Pleasantview
Elementary and the JCC Middle School. $3,500 to the Jackson
County Food 4 Kids Program. $2,096 to the Good Shepherd Church
for an AED Plus system and $1,200 to the Alpha Youth Group to build an
ice rink at the park in Alpha.
The Jackson Health Care Foundation presented the
Jackson Ambulance Services with an donation of $10,500 at the 3rd
Annual Holiday Gala. The Jackson Ambulance Service receives an annual
donation from the Foundation to be used for training and equipment
purchases. The Jackson Health Care Foundation recognizes the
importance of having such a great crew and appreciates everything the
Jackson Ambulance crew does for our community and citizens.
Iowa Lakes names new Executive Dean
Dec. 8, 2014
ESTHERVILLE - Iowa Lakes Community College
has a new Executive Dean of Instruction and Development.
Scott Stokes was officially named the
Executive Dean at the Board of Trustees meeting in October. He
was selected from a field of five finalists.
Stokes has nearly 12 years of experience at
Iowa Lakes having most recently served as Executive Dean of the
Estherville campus. Before that, Stokes was the college
Registrar for six years and started at the college with housing and
assistant coaching responsibilities.
During his tenure at Iowa Lakes, he has
served on several college committees including academic policies,
curriculum, advising and enrollment management.
Robert (Bob) Leifeld was hired as Executive
Dean for the Estherville campus of Iowa Lakes Community College
Bob has worked as an administrator, a
coordinator of online programming at a university, a coordinator of
cooperative programs as well as having served as a faculty member.
Leifeld plans on being actively involved in
the Estherville community.
Those interested in more information about
Iowa Lakes Community College may refer to the college website at
JACKSON - The Holiday Fest Parade was Saturday night in Jackson.
Judges selected the top three entries in the lighted parade. First
place honors went to the float by Jackson Cub Scout Pack 80....Second
Place to Tri-County Implement and Third Place honors to the Jackson
Cub Scouts take Holiday Fest Parade honors
Dec. 8, 2014
There was a drawing for two kids' sleds after the
parade. Winners were Ben Botsch and Hailey Petticord.
One injured in two-car accident near Mt. lake
Dec. 8, 2014
MT. LAKE - One person was injured in a two
vehicle accident early Monday morning on Highway 60 near Mountain Lake.
72 year-old James Forman of Windom was driving a
2013 Chevrolet Pick-up eastbound on highway 60 and 62 year-old James
Dykstra of Butterfield was driving a 1992 Olds 88 Royale southbound on
County Road 1 when the vehicles collided in the intersection.
Forman was transported to the Windom Area
Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Dykstra sustained no apparent injuries. Moderate
damage was reported to both vehicles.
The Cottonwood County Sheriff’s office assisted
the state patrol at the scene.
Spirit Lake apartment building destroyed in fire
Dec. 8, 2014
SPIRIT LAKE - A Spirit Lake Apartment was
destroyed by fire this weekend. The Spirit Lake
Fire Department was called to Hill Avenue Apartments around noon on
Sunday. Upon arriving, the firefighters found the
entire building engulfed in flames.
Initial reports say the call came in as a report
of a kitchen fire in one of the apartments. It
wasn’t reported the number of residents in the building.
At least one person was hospitalized.
The Arnold’s Park-Okoboji, Superior, Milford and
Lake Park Fire Departments assisted at the scene.
The American Red Cross set up a shelter at Spirit
Life Fellowship Church in Spirit Lake for those affected by the fire.
Donations of new clothes, including socks, shirts and pants of
all sizes may be dropped off at Spirit Life Fellowship Church.
City Council declares parks "Tobacco Free"
Dec. 3, 2014
JACKSON - The Jackson City Council met in regular session last night. The meeting
was called to order at 6:30pm with all members present.
The meeting opened to a public hearing for a Truth-In-Taxation hearing for the
Final 2014 Tax Levy collectable in 2015. There were no comments.
City Administrator Jennifer Bromeland commented that the final levy is an
increase of just under $54,000 from 2013, or just under a 4% increase.
Luke Ewald with Public Health addressed the council regarding a Tobacco Free
Parks Policy. Councilman Donnie Schoenrock said this was the most
troublesome decision he has faced as a member of the council. On paper, it
looks great, but we have to look at everyone. Councilman Dave Cushman said
he has struggled more with this decision than any during his two years on the
council. Councilman Chris Vee said that the Park Board fully supports this
policy and urged the council to support as well. The council split the
vote, with councilmen Fred Bern, Dennis Hunwardson and Vee voting in favor and
councilmen Ken Temple, Schoenrock and Cushman voting against. Mayor Wayne
Walter cast the deciding vote in favor of the policy basing his decision on the
fact it was only a policy.
Greg Mitchell with Bolton and Menk addressed the council regarding the Lift
Station #1 bid results. The low bid was by Beemer Companies in Fairmont
for just under $390,000. The council voted to award the bid to Beemer.
In other action, the Council proclaimed January 3-10, 2015 as a week of
celebration for Community Options and Resources (COR’s) 40th year of
service, approved hiring Michael Johnson, Cody Steen and Tom More as new
firefighters at a rate of $12/hr, approved the renewal of a planned services
agreement with Johnson controls for the Jackson Library and approved hiring
Singvongsa Landscaping and Snow and Ice Management to remove snow and ice at
The meeting was adjourned at 7:14pm. The next
regular meeting of the Jackson City Council will be on Tuesday, December 16th
at 6:30pm at City Hall in Jackson.
Snowmobile Season open in MN
Dec. 1, 2014
ST. PAUL - Snowmobilers can legally ride any of
the more than 22,000 miles of Minnesota’s state and grant-in-aid
snowmobile trails, from Dec. 1 through the end of March, according to
the Department of Natural Resources.
The Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association
estimates the economic impact of snowmobiling in Minnesota to be
approximately $1 billion each year. Minnesota
snowmobile registrations totaled 216,144 last season.
head out on the trails, the DNR urges them to ride safely and
Snowmobile trail maintenance costs are partially
funded through snowmobile registrations, trail pass sales, and gas tax
attributed to snowmobile use. Donations, fundraisers, and volunteer
work by trail clubs make up the remainder of the costs and efforts to
operate these trails.
Snow depth and trail conditions are
updated every Thursday after 2 p.m. throughout the winter months at
Printed maps are available at local DNR
offices and also can be ordered by calling the DNR Information Center
at 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday
through Friday or sending an email message to email@example.com.
More information on snowmobile and winter travel opportunities in
Minnesota can be found at www.exploreminnesota.com.
Spring Turkey permits applications now available
Dec. 1, 2014
ST. PAUL - Hunters can apply for early season
spring wild turkey hunting permits now through Friday, Jan. 9,
according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
The spring season, which runs from April 15 to May 28, is divided into
eight time periods. Only people age 18 and older who want to hunt
during the first three time periods (A-C) need to apply for a spring
turkey permit. Permits for the last five time periods and youth
licenses for any time period are sold over-the-counter starting March
1. Surplus adult licenses from the first three time periods, if
available, are sold starting around mid-March.
hunters can hunt wild turkeys in spring and fall, but spring turkey
hunting is much more popular. The first spring hunting time period
begins on Wednesday, April 15.
Turkeys rear their young after
the spring hunting season, and nesting success can influence how many
turkeys are present during the fall hunting season that runs from
early October through early November.
For more information on
turkey hunting, see www.mndnr.gov/hunting/turkey.
Crohns and Colitis group forming in Jackson
Nov. 30, 2014
JACKSON - A Crohn’s and Colitis support group is
forming in Jackson. There will be informational
meeting on Wednesday at 7pm at the Jackson Library meeting room.
The goal is to create a support group that can
meet regularly where people who suffer from these diseases and their
loved ones can share stories, seek emotional support, find answers to
their questions and connect with a community who share their
challenges. The meeting is free.
If there is interest, additional support group
meeting will be scheduled. For more information,
you can contact facilitators Dawn Duncan at 847-6684 or Darcey Schultz
That’s an information meeting for a Crohn’s and
Colitis support group forming in Jackson. The
meeting will be at 7pm on Wednesday in the meeting room at the Jackson
Federated Rural Electric Trust awards 40th Round Up
Nov. 26, 2014
JACKSON - The Federated Rural Electric Trust awarded over $17,000 to 26 local
organizations through Operation Round Up. This is the 40th
round of funding for Operation Round Up. Organizations receiving awards
include $2,000 to Salvation Army Heatshare to assist Federated members with
emergency energy assistance and $1,000 each to the Jackson County Historical
Society, Reinbows, Inc in Windom and the MCW Early Childhood Family Initiative,
$940 to Heron Lake-Okabena High School, $800 to Truman Public School Preschool,
$785 to the Jackson Fire Department and $750 each to the Prairie Ecology Bus
Center in Lakefield and Martin Luther High School in Northrup.
Other organizations receiving awards include Pleasantview Elementary, MCW
Community Education, Welcome and Sherburn Fire Departments, WESCAP Angel Tree
and Big Buddies programs, Riverside Elementary, JCC High School, FAST in
Jackson, Dunnell/Lake Fremont Fire Department, Girls Scouts swim team, MCW
Swimming pool, Lakefield Fire and Rescue, Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce and
the JCC Middle School Media Center.
The Board received 31 applications totaling almost $35,000 for this 40th
round of funding. The Board will meet again in the spring to determine the
next round of funding. The deadline for applying is February 9th,
Interested organizations may go online to
federatedrea.coop to download the application form and information, e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org for an application or call Andrea at 507-847-3520.
Federated is a Touchstone Energy cooperative serving 5,000 members in Jackson
and Martin Counties.
Norland and Heiden Lions students of First Quarter
Nov. 25, 2014
JCC High School Seniors Luke Norland and Dustin Heiden were honored last
night as the Jackson Lions Club's Students of the First Quarter.
Norland, son of Kelly and Denise Norland, is ranked first in his class of 93
seniors. He had a first quarter Grade Point Average of 4.0 and has a overall
Grade Point Average since his freshman year of 3.992. Luke is a member of the
Student Council, National Honor Society, volunteers to help with Meals on
Wheels, and also volunteers at the Dickinson County Courthouse. His first
quarter classes included physics, college calculus, academic reading,
American Government and accounting. He is a member of the JCC Wrestling team.
Norland to attend Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and major in
Dustin Heiden is the son of Chad and Jodi Heiden.
He is ranked second in his senior class of 93 students. Dustin had a first
quarter grade point average of 3.917 and has an overall GPA since his freshman
year of 3.962.
Dustin's activities include Football, National Honor
Society, he is a member of the National Youth Leadership Forum, Choir and Honor
Choir. His classes have included American Government, Western Civilization and
college courses physics and academic reading.
Heiden plans to attend Mount Marty College in Yankton,
SD an major in Forensic Science.
As the Lions Students of the First
Quarter, Norland and Heiden were each presented a framed certificate proclaiming
them as the Lions Students of the Quarter and a check for 100 dollars.
Pheasants Forever Banquet Held on Friday
Nov. 24, 2014
JACKSON - The Jackson County Pheasants Forever Banquet was held Friday night at
the National Guard Armory in Jackson. The annual event raises
funds for Pheasants Forever Conservation and Habitat projects.
Kent Bargfrede was honored as the Conservationist of the Year, Committee member
Leigh (Lee) Hohenstein was the recipient of the Long Spur Society Award.
Jen Tewes of Jackson was the winner of this year’s Pheasants Forever
Two local businesses were recognized at the banquet from the State Pheasants
Forever organization. Bob’s Fleet Supply, along with
KKOJ/KRAQ Radio were awarded the Long Tail Feather Award in deep appreciation
and recognition of their contributions to the mission of Pheasants Forever.
JCC Board approves purchase of new bus
Nov. 24, 2014
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 6pm, board
members Gary Place and Kirk Dunlavey were absent.
Kyle Meyers of Abdo, Eick & Meyers, LLP
presented the Fiscal Year 2014 Financial Audit to the Board. The
District’s total net position increased by around $1.3 million and the
expenditure per pupil remained steady at around $10,700, up $400 from
JCC Softball Coach Shelly Hotzler and
Baseball Coach Mike Wierson talked to the Board regarding a proposed
spring trip. Board Chair Holly Arp said the board needed to
think through everything before doing anything and said she
appreciated the coach’s time and efforts. No action was taken.
In action items, the board approved the
Protection and Privacy of Pupil Records policy, approved the Dewey
Street Connector Trail Grant Application, approved the 2014-15 JCC
Teacher and Non-Certified staff Seniority Lists, approved hiring Tori
Rowland as a Discovery Place Preschool paraprofessional, approved a
Family Medical Leave request for Rachael Mitchell for March 2 through
April 24, 2015, approved a Family Medical Leave request for Molly
Strom for Nov 11, 2015 through Jan. 19, 2015 and approved hiring Jody
Thrush as the long term substitute for Molly Strom with Jody Thrush
In other action, the board approved
purchasing a 2013 International Bus from Hogland Bus Company for
$67,000, approved the resignation of Head Volleyball Coach Teresa
VanEpps, approved the resignation of Nicole Mohning as an assistant
cook and approved a number of donations.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:40pm.
The next regular meeting of the JCC School Board will be at 6:15pm on
Tuesday, December 16.
November WBR and "Paws"itive winners
Nov. 23, 2014
LAKEFIELD - The November WBR and “Paws”itive
Performers were drawn at Pleasantview Elementary.
WBR Winners include Kindergartener Adria Ambrose,
First Grader Cailee Jo Pauling, Second Graders Brylee Sachtjen and
Kendra Haar, Third Grader Aubree Tidyman, Fourth Grader Tyron Collins
and Fifth Graders Avery Jensen and Noah Steckman
“Paws”itive Performers are Kindergarteners Jayden
Lecky and Xavier Schultz, First Graders Ava Fischer and Jadyn Polke,
Second Graders Brylee Sachtjen, Emerson Hendrickson, Alex Koster and
Ian Titterington, Third Graders Hannah Hash and Mariah Vancura, Fourth
Graders Drew Nichols and Braxton Pavelko and Fifth Graders Trayton
Kolander, Trinity Schultz, Alana Freking and Paul Troe.
County announces potential sale of Speedway
Nov. 21, 2014
JACKSON - The Jackson County Board of Commissioners announced
the potential sale of the Jackson Speedway by open bid. The Speedway was
previous offered for sale in 2012, but there was no successful bidder at that
Commissioner Bill Tusa, Chair of the Racing Advisory Committee,
stated “there has been renewed interest in the Speedway and the County Board
would like to explore the benefits that the sale of the Speedway would bring to
the citizens of Jackson County.”
No official action has been taken, and
further discussions are expected in December.