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Orientation to be held in Jackson County -
Jan. 22, 2015
LAKEFIELD - New 4-H families or those
interested in learning about 4-H are encouraged to attend a new member
orientation on February 7th. The event will be from
10:30am to noon at the Lakefield Multi-Purpose Building.
This informal meeting for both youth and
parents include information on project ideas, 4-H, county fairs, and
much more! Youth activities will be led by Ambassadors while an
informational meeting is being held for adults.
Please RSVP to the Jackson County Extension
Office at 507-662-5293 by February 6th.
Rock the Roof on Friday -
ARNOLDS PARK - The Iowa RockNRoll Music
Association will be hosting the University of Okoboji Winter Games
Rock the Roof tomorrow night at the Pavilion at Arnolds Park.
Doors will open 6:30pm with the dance and show from 7:30-10pm.
Opening the show will be the winners of the
2014 Battle of the Bands, Black Diamond from Carroll. Sly James & the
New City Council will headline the show and dance. South Dakota and
Iowa Hall of Fame Inductee Kevin King (Hot Rod Chevy Kevy) from Des
Moines leads this talented group of musicians. On bass guitar and
vocals will be Hall of Famer Shane Von Holdt from Sac City.
Spirit Award winner Tyler Pedersen (BB & the Bullfrogs) is the
For complete information you can go online
Tickets are only $10 each and available at
the door - no advance ticket sales. Kick off the 2015 University of
Okoboji Winter Games with Rock the Roof, tomorrow night at the
Pavilion at Arnolds Park. Doors open at 6:30pm with the show and
dance starting at 7:30pm.
Sheriff's office investigating break in at
MN West -
Jan. 20, 2015
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is investigating a break-in at
MN West Community and Technical College in the city of Jackson last week.
Last Monday, January 12th,
the suspects gained entrance into the college through a rear door and
once inside the college, broke into an ATM machine. An undetermined
amount of cash was taken from the machine.
Anyone with any information is
urged to contact the Jackson County Sheriff's Office at 507-847-4420.
IA Jazz Band Contest this week -
Jan. 20, 2015
ESTHERVILLE - The annual Iowa Jazz Band Contest
for area high schools will be tomorrow and Thursday at
Iowa Lakes Community College
in Estherville. Fifteen schools will perform and compete for
first, second and third place ratings in three classes. Each
band will also be given valuable feedback from experienced judges.
Class 1A and 3A schools perform on Wednesday with
Class 2A schools performing on Thursday. 1A schools
start at 9am with awards at 10:25. 3A schools start
at 10:30 with awards scheduled for 3:45pm tomorrow.
Class 2A schools start at 9am Thursday with
awards scheduled for 1:15pm. All performances take
place in the Iowa
Community College gymnasium.
There is no admission for this event and the
public is invited to attend. Please contact Linda Kautz at
712-362-8345 or check the Iowa Lakes
website at iowalakes.edu for more details.
JCC HS One Act Play to perform/compete -
Jan. 19, 2015
JACKSON - The JCC High School One Act Play will
be competing in the Sub-Section 9 Contest on Saturday, January 31 at
Springfield High School. JCC will be performing the
one act play “The Invasion of Earth as It Began in Grover’s Mill, New
Jersey” by J. R. Mimbs.
This one act play is based upon the radio play by
Orson Welles from 1938. The plot takes you into the lives of the
people listening to the Welles radio play to see the effects upon
17 JCC students will perform during the One Act
Play. They include Hannah Guggisberg, Derek Somnis,
Katrina Stoltenberg, Nick Reed, Rebecca Dose, Josie Nunez, Nic Koehne,
Abby Brinkman, Janice Zhang, Teague Schultz, Maddie Isaacson, Maggie
Post, Isaac Johnson, Ashley Kennedy, Jenna Sassenrath, Kristin
Stoltenberg, and Tara Porter. The One Act Play is
directed by Tracy Steiner.
Seven schools will perform at
the Sub-Section Contest on January 31st to see who moves on
to the Section contest. The performances begin at
10:30 with JCC performing sixth at approximately 2:00 P.M. Each
play is about 30 minutes long. Admission is $6 for
adults and $4 for students.
JCC will be doing a preview performance on
Friday, January 30, at 7:30 P.M. in the JCC Performing Arts Center.
Admission for this performance will be free.
Lakefield Business Association meets -
Jan. 18, 2015
LAKEFIELD - The Lakefield Business Association held their annual
meeting Sunday night at the Hi-Lo Club in Lakefield.
A summary of 2014 events and treasurer reports were reviewed.
In Board action, Heather Hussong was elected to
the Board to fill the seat vacated by Tracy Wheeler.
JCC gets ready for Winterfest -
Jan. 17, 2015
JACKSON - Winterfest will be next
week at JCC. This year’s theme is “Winter
Wonderland”. Coronation will be at 8pm on
Monday, January 26th in the High School Auditorium.
Senior Royalty is Hannah Guggisberg and Brandon
Schmit, Macy Kalfs and Paden Moore, Riley Schneekloth and Scott
Ringquist and Jessica Jandera and Jack Ringkob.
Freshman attendants are Kelsey Kannenberg and
Hunter Gustin, Sophomore attendants are Jayni Anderson and Chris Gumto
and Junior attendants are Emma Pohlman and Bodey Behrens.
Dress up days for Winterfest week are Pajama Day
on Monday, Tuesday is Twin Day, Wednesday is White Out, Thursday is
Thrift Shop and Friday is Husky Day.
There will be a Winterfest Dance from 9pm to
midnight on Friday, January 30th in the Auxiliary Gym.
Two injured in one-vehicle accident Friday -
Jan. 12, 2015
JACKSON - Two people were hurt in
a one vehicle accident just west of Jackson on Interstate 90 Friday
33 year-old Jeffrey Barnes of Rapid City, SD was
driving a 2010 Ford Expedition eastbound on I-90 around 2pm on Friday
when he left the roadway and entered the median.
Two passengers, 34 year-old Sarah Brashear and 8
year-old Taycen Barnes, both of Rapid City, SD were transported to the
Sanford Jackson Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Jackson
Fire and Ambulance assisted the State Patrol at the scene.
Long-term camping applications available
from DNR -
Jan. 10, 2015
ST. PAUL - Those who want to stay longer than a week or two at a Minnesota state park
should act now to nab one of the few campsites available for longer stays,
according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
If demand exceeds availability at a particular park, a lottery
will be held on Monday, Feb. 2, and the park will notify applicants whether or
not they were selected. If sites are available after this date, they will be
administered on a first-come, first-served basis. No preference will be given to
monthly or seasonal campers from prior years.
At a limited number of state park campsites, visitors can stay for a whole month
or even a full season. Reservations for these opportunities in 2015 are due by
Saturday, Jan. 31.
Nine Minnesota state parks have monthly and seasonal openings for camping in
2015. Kilen Woods State Park will offer monthly and seasonal camping from
May 22 to Sept. 6 at three sites with electric hookups. Call Phil Nasby at
507-831-2900, ext. 225, for information.
Luverne wind farm investors file for
Jan. 9, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS - Farmers and land owners who invested in two small wind farms in
southwest Minnesota have filed for bankruptcy reorganization.
Regulatory filings say the 360 owners stand to lose their investment and the
wind farms may eventually have to shut down.
The two Minwind Energy projects are located near Luverne. Minwind says the
turbines have needed extensive repairs and it can no longer afford the
Minwind has also failed to file some paperwork with the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission since 2006 and has a $1.9 million liability. Minwind's
attorneys have told the government the owners are "unsophisticated" about
regulatory matters and should be excused for the filing lapse.
The Minwind farms went online with 11 turbines in 2002 and 2004. The
electricity is sold to Xcel Energy and Alliant Energy.
Operation Round Up deadline is Feb. 9th -
Jan. 9, 2015
JACKSON - February 9th is the next deadline to request Operation Round Up funds
from Federated Rural Electric’s Trust Board.
The application form can be downloaded from Federated’s website,
federatedrea.coop. You can also call Federated at 507-847-3520, 728-8366 or
1-800-321-3520. Ask for Andrea to request an application or by e-mail to
Since 1995 Federated's Trust Board has distributed more than $450,000 to local
organizations including senior dining, hospice, fire/ambulance departments and
as high school scholarships. Details on Federated’s Round Up scholarships for
high school seniors will be announced in the April 1 electric bills and April
Organizations that serve Federated members in Jackson or Martin
Counties can request funds for projects involving community service, community
leadership programs, disaster relief, environmental programs, youth education or
Federated is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative serving 5,000 members in Jackson
and Martin Counties.
Moore elected JCC Board Chair -
Jan. 8, 2015
JACKSON - The Jackson County Central School Board
held their reorganizational meeting Wednesday night in the Board Room
at the JCC High School. The meeting was called to
order at 7:02pm. Tim Thurmer was the only board
The Oath of Office was given to newly elected
board members Brad Anderson, Holli Arp and Rhonda Moore.
Rhonda Moore was elected the new Board Chair, with Jody Thrush
elected Vice-Chair, Kirk Dunlavey elected Clerk and Jeff Johnson
The board approved increasing board compensation
by $10. Board meeting compensation for regular
board members and compensation for committee meetings is now $55,
Compensation for Chair and Clerk for board meetings is set at $65 and
all day in-services and workshops are set at $85.
This is the first increase for board members since 1998 and it was
noted that JCC Board is still among the lowest paid in our area.
The Board recognized and thanked Gary Place for
his service on the board this past year. Place
stepped in when there was an vacancy and really went above and beyond
while filling in.
The meeting went into closed session at 7:30pm
for Superintendent review.
The next regular meeting of the JCC School Board
is scheduled for Monday, January 26th.
Jackson Council tables roundabout approval
Jan. 7, 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.
Donnie Schoenrock was the only council member absent.
The Oath of Office was given to Mayor Wayne
Walter, then to elected council members Mike Handevidt, Brandon Finck,
Ken Temple and Dave Cushman.
Chris Bower with MnDOT addressed the council
regarding the Highway 71 bridge project and the proposed roundabout at
the intersection of Highway 71 and Industrial Parkway.
Bower says if the city moves forward with the roundabout, they
could delay parts of the bridge project until 2016. The project
would have to be approved in 2015 for funding, but the majoritity of
work could be postponed until 2016 leaving Highway 71 to be closed for
only 1 year, rather than 2.
The council tabled action approving the
roundabout until the next council meeting.
Susan Reiter of Coffee Choices asked the council
to consider eliminating the 2 hour parking limit in the downtown
business district. Reiter said that the current parking limit is
not welcoming to those wanting to shop and stay downtown. No
action was taken on the request.
In other action, the council approved Ordinance
83 regarding Fees, Rates and Charges for 2015, eliminated the Sidewalk
Display Permit requirement, authorized hiring Blaike Smith as a
part-time liquor store clerk at the Jackson Liquor Store, approved
Fred Bern as Mayor Pro Tem and moved the January 20th
meeting to January 27th.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:00pm.
The next regular meeting of the Jackson City Council will be at
6:30pm on Tuesday, January 27.
Jackson man arrested for marijuana -
Jan. 6, 2015
JACKSON - A Jackson man is under arrest
following the execution of a Search Warrant in Jackson last Friday.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s office seized
approximately ˝ pound of marijuana and two indoor hydroponic marijuana
grow boxes during the execution of the Search Warrant. No marijuana
plants were found growing at the time.
Arrested was 66 year old Clarence Franklin
Higdon of Jackson. Higdon stated he purchased the grow boxes online
for approximately $6000. The boxes were manufactured exclusively to
Higdon was released after posting a $5000
Henkels elected Board Chair -
Jan. 6, 2015
JACKSON - The Jackson County Board of
Commissioners met this (Tue 1/6/15) morning and approved the
re-appointment of Roger Hartman to the Heron Lake Watershed Board of
Managers for a three year term. The vote was 4-1 with Commissioner
Rose Schultz voting against the motion. A letter of interest for the
position was also received from Lloyd Kalfs.
County Coordinator Jan Fransen informed the
board that a new County 4-H coordinator has been hired. Her name is
Sarah Jacobs and she grew up in 4-H in Nobles
and is currently teaching in
Marshall. She will begin her new duties on
January 12. Another new county hire is Heavy Equipment Operator Randy
Schubert, who also begins January 12. The list of candidates for the
open Assistant County Attorney position have been narrowed to four.
Information Systems Department Head Dennis
Fields requested and the board approved authorizing the filling the
full time position of PC/Network Specialist One. The position is
currently held by Damon Radcliffe, who has accepted a position with
another company. They also reclassified at part-time Information
Systems Administrative Assistant position, which is currently vacant,
to a full-time Administrative Assistant/Software Specialist position
and to also advertise and fill that position.
Sheriff Roger Hawkinson asked the board to
approve a request that results in Deputy Brad Nestegard resigning his
full-time position and remaining with the county as a part-time
deputy. Part-time Deputy Adam Cook is interested in moving from
part-time to full time. The board approved the request.
County Attorney Sherry Haley was pleased to
report that Jackson County was approved to receive a little over
seventy-eight thousand dollars in state grant money to implement
e-citations throughout the entire county.
Commissioner Dave Henkels was elected board
chair. Henkels also presented a prepared statement outlining county
accomplishments in the past six years and his vision for the future.
Rose Schultz was elected vice-chair. Don Wachal was welcomed as a new
board member, and retiring board member Gary Willink was thanked for
Regular board meetings in 2015 will be held
on the first at third Tuesday of each month at 9:00 a.m. Garren
Paulson and Dave Hargan were reappointed to the Planning, Zoning and
Parks Board; Commissioner Rose Schultz was reappointed to the Plum
Creek Library Board; appointments to board committees were made; the
2015 Summary Budget was approved which includes estimated State and
Federal Aid revenues; they accepted the proposals to publish all Board
Proceedings, the annual financial statement and list of delinquent
real estate taxes in the Jackson County Pilot, Lakefield Standard and
Tri-County News; the Jackson County Pilot was designated official
newspaper; and it was reported that the Jackson Speedway For Sale
official notice will be published in the paper starting this week and
that bids will be received until 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 30th.
Lakefield Council names Bakalyar Mayor Pro Tem
Jan. 6, 2015
LAKEFIELD - The Lakefield City Council met in
regular session Monday night at City Hall in Lakefield.
The Council named Bruce Bakalyar Mayor Pro Tem,
approved a quote for crushing a concrete pile, and received an offer
to purchase property near the cell phone tower, which was declined.
The meeting was adjourned around 7:30pm.
The next regular meeting of the Lakefield City Council will be
at 7pm on Tuesday, January 20th at the City Hall in
Jackson Co Historical Society sets 2014 Annual Meeting
Jan. 5, 2015
LAKEFIELD - The Jackson County Historical Society
will hold their 2014 Annual Meeting at 1:30pm on Saturday, January 17th
at the Museum in Lakefield.
The Agenda includes the business meeting followed
by Board elections. After that is the program
consisting of 2014 in review and a retrospect of photographer Harold
Strom operated a photography store in Jackson
until he passed away in 1953 at the age of 54. On
display will be a sampling of his photographs which will include both
family and professional pictures alike.
Refreshments will be serviced.
The 2014 Annual Meeting of the Jackson County
Historical Society will be at 1:30pm on Saturday, January 17th
at the Jackson County Historical Society Museum in Lakefield.
IRRMA names 2015 Hall of Fame Class
Jan. 4, 2015
ARNOLDS PARK - The Iowa RockNRoll Music Association has chosen 24 musicians and music related
entities for induction into the IRRMA Hall of Fame in 2015.
Bands slated for induction include: Smokin’ Clams (Sioux City), Windfall Jac
(Fayette), Inner Lite (Marshalltown), Castels (Milford), FreeStyle (Des Moines)
and Interstate Cruisers (Sibley). The Out-of-State honorees this year will be
Jan & Dean.
Individual musicians to be honored include: Scott Cochran (Des Moines), Craig
Bavender (Waterloo), Dave Christopherson (Waterloo), Carey Crowson (Ankeny),
Kevin Lind (Laurens), Andy Avery (Burlington) and Taylor Mills (Des Moines - in
the Women Who Rock category).
The Border Band honoree for 2015 is Steve Ellis & the Starfires from Pipestone,
The late Dick Dale from Algona is the recipient of the Matousek Family Lifetime
Achievement Award. Receiving the IRRMA Lifetime Achievement Award will be Bob
Gamble (Spirit Lake), the late Richard (Dick) Burns from Woodbine, Jerry LeMire
of Minneapolis and Darwin Eaton from Pocahontas.
Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines, Catamount Studios in Cedar Falls and Hi-Way
Gardens of Stanwood, and the Riviera Ballroom at Janesville will also be
In addition to the Hall of Fame Induction, IRRMA will honor the band November 35th
from Sioux City and Barbara Lancaster of Arnolds Park with the 2015 Spirit Award
for their continued efforts to preserve the music and its history now and into
The 2015 IRRMA Hall of Fame Induction Spectacular weekend, full of exciting
activities, will take place on Sept. 4-6 in Arnolds Park. For more details, go
online to iowarocknroll.com.
Two injured in Worthington rollover accident
Dec. 30, 2014
WORTHINGTON - Two people were injured in a one
vehicle rollover accident near Worthington late Monday night.
47 year-old Michael Bousema of Worthington was
driving a 2008 Ford F350 pickup southbound on Nobles County Road 25,
turning eastbound onto Interstate 90 when he lost control, skidded off
the road and rolled into a dry waterway.
Bousema was taken by Worthington Ambulance to the
Sanford Worthington Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
A passenger, 17 year-old Olivia Bousema of Worthington also
sustained non-life threatening injuries.
Severe damage was reported to the F350 pick up.
The Nobles County Sheriff’s Office and the
Worthington Police assisted the State Patrol at the scene.
Kemna-Asa undergoing changes in
Dec. 29, 2014
JACKSON - The Kemna-Asa Auto Plaza
is taking another step forward come January first as the store will
officially become Asa Auto Plaza under the leadership of local dealer
Asa has annouced that he has finalized the
transaction to assume full ownership from longtime partner Ken Kemna,
who continues to operate dealerships in Algona and Fort Dodge, Iowa.
Asa, and longtime partner Ken Kemna, purchased
the former Hedenquist Motors in December of 1998 with the goal of Asa
eventually taking over.
Plans are in the works for a grand opening event
and sale in the
near future. Details will be available in the coming
Housing Funds available in Northwest Iowa
Dec. 29 2014
SPENCER - The Northwest Iowa Regional Housing
Trust Fund, Inc announces the release of almost $340,000 from the
state Housing Trust Fund for fiscal year 2015. The
money was released from the Iowa Finance Authority who administers the
State Housing Trust Fund.
This financial assistance, along with over
$63,000 in matching funds from participating counties will provide
financial assistance to low and moderate income homeowners in making
necessary repairs to their homes. Financial
assistance will be in the form of both grants and low interest loans.
The Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund is
a non-profit housing organization that promotes the creation and
preservation of affordable housing in Dickinson, Emmet, Osceola, Lyon,
Buena Vista, O’Brien and Sioux Counties. The Trust
has awarded over $1,000,000 in loans and grants to 192 low and
moderated income households.
For additional information, you can contact
Sherry Zinn at Northwest Iowa Planning and Development Commission at
712-262-7225 extension 139.
Conservation Corp accepting applications -
Dec. 29, 2014
ST. PAUL - Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa is accepting
applications for 2015 AmeriCorps field crew member positions from
individuals, ages 18 to 25, who have an interest in working outdoors.
The priority application deadline is Dec. 31, but applications will be
accepted until all positions are filled.
These positions are
for an AmeriCorps service term that runs Feb. 16 – Dec. 11.
Corps field projects are completed on public land in cooperation with
nonprofit organizations and government agencies, such as the Minnesota
Department of Natural Resources. These jobs provide technical field
experience and professional certifications for future natural resource
careers. Many DNR employees got their start in natural resources with
the Conservation Corps, formerly known as Minnesota Conservation
Corps members receive on-the-job training in natural resource
management and put those skills into practice working on habitat
restoration projects. Typical work includes exotic species management,
prairie and oak-savanna restoration, stream bank stabilization, trail
building and maintenance, prescribed burning and wildland fire
suppression. AmeriCorps positions with the Conservation Corps involve
physically challenging, team-oriented work to accomplish habitat
restoration and emergency response projects. Projects are usually
completed outdoors, and about 70 percent involve camping near the
Applicants should have an interest in working in a team setting,
giving back to their community and exploring professional development
opportunities. Crew members receive a living stipend of $1,235 a
month, health insurance, student loan forbearance during the service
term and a post-service AmeriCorps Education Award that may be used
for college expenses or to repay qualified student loans.
apply, visit online at
conservationcorps.org/apply, contact the recruitment coordinator
email@example.com or call 651-209-9900, ext. 31.
Libraries hosting Device Advice in January
Dec. 29, 2014
JACKSON - The Jackson and Lakefield Libraries will be
holding “Device Advice” sessions on January 9, 2015 for those who have questions
regarding their technology devices.
The Lakefield session will be held from
12:00- 2:00 pm and the Jackson session will be held from 3:00-4:30 pm.
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.
Please bring your library card and account passwords.
Call or stop at the library to register for
a time slot. Space is limited and registration is required. For more
information please call either the Jackson library at 847-4748 or the
Lakefield Library at 662-5782.
ILCC Hosting "Express Registration Days"
Dec. 28, 2014
ESTHERVILLE - Iowa Lakes Community College
is hosting two ‘Express Registration Days’ in January in an effort to
help individuals get registered for college classes in a short amount
The days will be on Monday, Jan. 5, from
3-6:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, Jan. 6, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Express
Registration Days will be held in Emmetsburg, Estherville and Spencer.
The goal of ‘Express Registration Day’ is to provide a wide range of
services for individuals interested in completing the entire admission
and registration process in one session. Spring classes at Iowa Lakes
Community College begin Jan. 14.
Those interested are encouraged to arrive
no later than 5 p.m. on the 5th and by 2 p.m. on the 6th
to ensure they get all their questions answered. Students should bring
their diploma, ABE/HiSET/GED certificate, ACT scores and college
transcripts to the admission office when they arrive on campus, if
they have them.
In addition to applying for admission,
attendees may meet with staff, take placement testing and begin the
registration process without taking very much time out of their busy
work schedules. One-on-one financial aid application assistance from
the college's financial aid staff, assistance with the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and information on
scholarships, work study and student loans will also be available.
For more information on Express
Registration Day, contact Iowa Lakes Community College Estherville
Admission Office at 800-521-5054 or e-mail
Those registering in Algona and Spirit Lake
may register any weekday starting Jan. 2, 2015. Regular business
hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
on Friday. Those who are registering in Algona and Spirit Lake may
wish to call in advance to ensure a speedier response.
Registration information can also be found on the college website
online at iowalakes.edu.
Lakefield woman escapes injury in rollover accident
Dec. 28, 2014
SPIRIT LAKE - A Lakefield woman escaped
injured in a one vehicle rollover early Wednesday on Highway 86 in
According to the Iowa State Patrol,
18-year-old Shelby Rademacher was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Impala
northbound on Highway 86 around 3am when she lost control on the
ice-covered road while rounding a curve. The vehicle slid off the road
and went into the west ditch before travelling into a field where it
rolled once coming to rest on its wheels.
The vehicle was a total loss.
Ruby's Pantry will distrubute for third time in Jackson
Dec. 23, 2014
JACKSON - Ruby’s Pantry returns to Jackson
Tuesday from 4:30 to 6pm at the Jackson National Guard Armory.
This will be the third distribution in Jackson.
There are no income or residency requirements to
participate in Ruby’s Pantry. Everyone
participating needs to bring two large boxes or laundry baskets and a
$20 donation for the abundance of food that you will receive.
Ruby’s Pantry will be in Jackson from 4:30 to 6pm
Tuesday at the Jackson National Guard Amory.
MnDOT considers delaying part of Hwy 71 project
Dec. 22, 2014
MANKATO - The Minnesota Department of
Transportation is exploring options to reduce the duration of detours
for work planned on Highway 71 in Jackson.
MnDOT staff will be at the Tuesday, January 6th
City Council meeting in Jackson, and will be available from 5:30-6:30
before the meeting at City Hall to discuss the proposed roundabout at
the intersection of Highway 71 and Industrial Parkway.
The Highway 71 bridge over the Des Moines River
in Jackson is currently scheduled to be replaced in 2015, with work on
the Industrial Parkway intersection scheduled for 2016.
Both require detours.
MnDOT is exploring the possibility of
constructing some of the Highway 71 bridge replacement and resurfacing
project under traffic in 2015 and completing the project in 2016 when
the highway is expected to be detoured for the Industrial Road
Anyone with questions, or for more information,
is encouraged to attend the Tuesday, January 6th Jackson
City Council Meeting at 6:30pm at City Hall in Jackson.
MnDOT staff will be available from 5:30pm until the time of the
K9 Bosco awarded vest
Dec. 22, 2014
JACKSON - The Jackson County Sheriff’s
Office K9, Bosco, has been awarded a ballistic vest thanks to the
nonprofit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., and a private
sponsor, Abby Norbin of Arizona, who donated $950.00 to the nonprofit.
Ms. Norbin, an animal lover, opted to have the vest embroidered in
memory of her beloved companion dog, Bandit.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3)
charity located in East Taunton, MA. whose mission is to provide
bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law
enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Each
vest costs $950.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was
established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this
potentially lifesaving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers.
Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s,
Inc. provided almost 1,200 law enforcement dogs in 40 states with
protective vests since 2009 at a cost of over $1 million.
New K9 graduates as well as K9's with
expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law
enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months
Spirit Lake woman injured in accident
Dec. 22, 2014
WINONA - A Spirit Lake woman was injured in a two
vehicle accident Sunday night on Interstate 90 near Winona.
24 year-old Paige Swanger of Spirit Lake was
driving a 2001 Pontiac Sunfire westbound on I-90 when the vehicle
stalled on the shoulder and was struck by a 2000 Freightliner Semi
driven by 48 year-old Tad Farrey of Apple Valley.
Swanger was taken to Winona Health in Winona with
non-life threatening injuries. Farrey had no
Moderate damage was reported to Farrey’s semi.
The Sunfire was a total loss.
The Winona County Sheriff’s Office assisted the
State Patrol at the scene.
Pleasantview recognized December students
Dec. 20, 2014
LAKEFIELD - December WBR and “Paws”itive
Performers were recognized at Pleasantview Elementary.
Recognized for WBR (Without Being Reminded) were
Kindergartener Leah Nichols, First Grader Bennet Eidhammer, Second
Graders Karsen Phillips and Alex Koster, Third Grader Mariah Vancura,
Fourth Grader Dillon Burgy and Fifth Graders Trinity Schultz and Emma
“Paws”itive Performers were Kindergarteners
Elliot Anderson and Hunter Schwering, First Graders Rylie Allen and
MacKenzie Ehlers, Second Graders Logan Henderson, Madilynn
Singer, Xander Schultz and Isabelle Thies, Third Graders
Tristan Zinnel and Joshua Clymer, Fourth Graders Skyler Andrews and
Avre Brunk and Fifth Graders Trayton Kolander and Emma Singler.
Jackson Crossing progressing
Dec. 20, 2014
JACKSON - Progress continues on
the new Jackson Crossing Development in Jackson. The Jackson
Economic Development Corporation has spent the last few months
organizing and detailing a marketing plan for the new development.
The public works building that
were on the site have been removed, and the city will install a hard
surface street, curb and gutter, water, sanitary sewer and a detention
pond in the development.
Jeff Greischar, owner of Tech
Builders in Fairmont,
plans to build a 5,000 sq. ft retail/commercial business on the land
he owns adjacent to the JEDC property.
According to Jackson City
Administrator Jennifer Bromeland, the city is exploring the
possibility of relocating the
liquor store to the Jackson Crossing Development.
Incentives are available for
those assisting in the recruitment process. Anyone
who assists in finding a new retail business that creates 2 or more
full time jobs in Jackson would receive a $1,000 reward for
doing so. Another program offers $5,000 to anyone
who helps in finding a new business or industry that creates 10 or
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.