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Motorists urged to use caution during July 4th travel - June 7, 2015 

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges motorists to use extra caution while driving through highway work zones during the July Fourth holiday.

“While we shut down many projects over the Fourth of July holiday, there are still many work zones around the state that will affect travel,” said MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle. “We ask drivers to pay attention in work zones, plan ahead and perhaps consider alternate routes. Check www.511mn.org to get advance information about road construction and detours.”

Highway projects that may affect weekend travel July 3-5 include:

Central Minnesota 

· I-94 between Rogers and St. Michael – lane shift, narrow lanes and reduced speeds, expect delays

· Highway 169 along south shore of Lake Mille Lacs – bypass lanes, traffic delays

· Highway 10 between St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids – all lanes of traffic will be open for the weekend

Southern Minnesota    

· I-35 Owatonna to Albert Lea – single-lane traffic in both directions, slow traffic

·  Highway 63 south of Spring Valley to Iowa border – closed, detour

· I-90 between St. Charles and Eyota – single-lane traffic in both directions, slow traffic

· I-90 near Alden, Jackson and between Adrian and Rushmore – two-way, two lane traffic with crossovers, ramp closures, reduced speeds

·  Highway 59 in Marshall – short detour

For a complete list of projects, including construction dates and traffic impacts, visit www.mndot.gov/roadwork/current.html. Motorists may also sign up to receive email updates for major projects at www.mndot.gov/emailupdates.

MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.          

To learn about funding Minnesota’s transportation system, visit Get Connected at www.dot.state.mn.us/getconnected.   

Two injured in accident on Highway 60 - June 30, 2015 

WINDOM - Two people were injured in a two vehicle accident Monday on Highway 60 east of Windom. 

A 2010 Jeep Wrangler, driven by 25 year-old Avery Herrig of Windom, and a 2011 Freightliner Cascadia semi driven by 31 year-old Jibril Rahmeto of Minneapolis were both westbound on Highway 60 when the vehicles collided.

Herrig was transported to the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls with serious injuries.  A passenger, 22 year-old Rachel Herrig of Windom was transported to the Windom Area Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Rahmeto sustained no apparent injuries.

Moderate damage was reported to Rahmeto’s Freightliner, Herrig’s Wrangler was considered a total loss.

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

JCC Board hears about "Why We Play" - June 30, 2015 

JACKSON - The Jackson County Central School Board met in regular session last night.  The meeting was called to order at 6:05pm with all members present.

JCC Activities Director Eric Tvinnereim presented the board with information from the Minnesota State High School League about “Why We Play”.  The State League is focusing on how coaches interact with student athletes in an effort to eliminate the “win at all costs” mentality.  Tvinnereim explained that while our goal will still be to win championships, our purpose will be to increase the value of the student athlete.

Superintendent Todd Meyer gave an update on the security project construction.  Work began last week at the High School and began this week at Pleasantview.  The material needed for the Middle School should arrive this week and work will begin there, and they expect to start digging at Riverside the week of July 13th.

The board approved the resignation of Middle School Principal Mary Morem after one year at JCC.  Morem thanked the board for all their support during the last year and said that JCC is definitely headed in the right direction.  The board also approved the resignations of Riverside 5th Grade Teacher Tina Bosma, Pleasantview Para Katelyn Lusk, cooks assistant Tami Koskovich and Riverside food service employee Susan Fields.

In other action, the board approved the School Handbooks for each building for the 2015-16 school year, approved the 2015 Fall Coaches list, approved hiring Brandon Fredrickson and Claire Theoboald as part-time teachers, approved hiring Pat Rossow and Susan Pribyl as long term substitute teachers and approved the 2015-16 Fiscal Year Budget.

Upper Lakes was approved as the Food Service Department’s Prime Vendor Supplier for the 2015-16 school year, as was Dean Foods as the Dairy Supplier and Bimbo Bakeries as the Bread Supplier.  The Board approved the contract with Mark Steffen as Director of Building and Grounds through the 2017-18 school year and approved adopting several JCC School Board Policies.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:09pm.  The next regular meeting of the JCC School Board is scheduled for Monday, July 27th at 6pm in the Board Room at the JCC High School.  

12 vie for Town and Country Days royalty - June 25, 2015  

JACKSON - The annual Little Miss and Little Mr. Jackson Pageant will be held Thursday at 5pm at the Historic State Theater in downtown Jackson.  Twelve Jackson youth will take part in today’s pageant which is sponsored by the Jackson Women of Today.

The eight young ladies seeking the title of  Little Miss Jackson are Clara Brinks, daughter of Ryan and Jody Brinks; Josie Dvorak, daughter of Sara Dvorak and Justin Dvorak; Rylan Hansen, daughter of Kevin and Denise Hansen; Tieran Muongkhot, daughter of Estee Cregeen and Kham Muongkhot; Emmi Randolph, daughter of Brian and Katja Randolph; Madelyn Rowe, daughter of Mitchel and Laura Rowe; Hilary Stai, daughter of Tim and Katie Stai; and Hadley Wachal, daughter of Kip and Heather Wachal.

The four young men seeking the title of Little Mr. Jackson are Ben Botsch, son of Jeff and Amber Botsch; Jacob Cihak, son of John and Jill Cihak; Carson Kolander, son of Matt and Becky Kolander; and Austin O’Reilly, son of Patrick and Robin O’Reilly.

The participants will perform a dance routine chreographed by Meta Tewes and Ellie Maschoff.  Pastor Eric Hullstrom will be the master of ceremonies.

Two killed in accident on I-90 near Jackson - June 23, 2015  

JACKSON - Two people were killed in a two vehicle accident Monday night on Interstate 90 near Jackson.

67 year-old Richard Hedeen of Davenport, IA was riding a 2008 BMW motorcycle westbound on Interstate 90 when he lost control and veered over the centerline in the construction zone just west of Jackson, where he collided with a 2012 Honda Odyssey driven by 40 year-old Sharon Rowlet of West Des Moines, IA.

Rowlet was transported to the Sanford Jackson Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.  Hedeen and a passenger on his motorcycle, 66 year-old Francois Hedeen, also of Davenport, IA, were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Three juvenile passengers in the Rowlet vehicle sustained no apparent injuries.

Both vehicles were considered a total loss.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson Fire Department and the Minnesota Department of Transportation assisted the State Patrol at the scene.

Boji Bantam Children's Theater to stage shows - June 22, 2015 

OKOBOJI - The Boji Bantam Children’s Theatre will produce four shows this summer, featuring student actors.  Miss Nelson is Missing! will run this week from Wednesday through Saturday at 10:30 am each day.   Other shows scheduled for this year include Charlotte’s Web, The Berenstain Bears on Stage, and The Commedia Rapunzel.  Each production this season is inspired by a book!

Miss Nelson is Missing! Is a funny classroom musical that offers something for everybody to learn.  Miss Nelson’s class is the worst behaved in the enitre school. But when the students of Room 207 discover that Miss Nelson has turned up missing and is replaced by a scary substitute teacher, the students set out to find their beloved Miss Nelson. 

All tickets are $5 and all performances begin at 10:30 am.  If you would like to bring a large group, call the Box Office at 712-332-7773.  Otherwise, there is no reservation necessary. 

Accident south of Lakefield injures four - June 19, 2015 

LAKEFIELD - Four people were injured in a two-vehicle accident just south of Lakefield Friday morning.

55 year-old Carolyn VanHorn of Lakefield was driving a 2001 Ford Focus southbound on Highway 86, when she collided with a 2014 Kia Sorento driven by 48 year-old Sandra Stoterau of Sioux Falls, which was eastbound on Interstate 90.

VanHorn and three passengers in the Stoterau vehicle, 17 year-old Tre Stoterau, 14 year-old Breeya Picotte and 16 year-old Kaleb Matthies all of Sioux Falls, were taken to the Sanford Jackson Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.  Sandra Stoterau and another passenger in her vehicle, 31 year-old Jennifer Sombke of Sioux Falls, sustained no apparent injuries.

Both vehicles were considered a total loss.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office,  Lakefield Ambulance and Jackson Ambulance assisted the State Patrol at the scene.

Sherburn man killed near Alpha - June 19, 2015

ALPHA - A Sherburn man was killed in a two vehicle accident near Sherburn Thursday night.

A female Juvenile from Estherville was driving a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix southbound on Jackson County Road 29.  The driver failed to stop at the intersection of Jackson County Road 34 and collided with a 2007 Dodge Charger driven by 65 year-old Dwight Krogman of Sherburn.  The Dodge started on fire as a result of the accident.

The driver of the Pontiac and two juvenile passengers were transported to the Sanford Jackson Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Krogman was pronounced dead.

Both vehicles were considered a total loss.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Alpha Fire Department, Jackson Ambulance and Jackson Fire Department assisted the state patrol at the scene.

Loon Lake hosts 3rd Annual Relay for Life tourny - June 18, 2015  

JACKSON - The 3rd Annual Jackson County Relay for Life Golf Tournament will be held tomorrow at Loon Lake Golf Course in rural Jackson.

This is a three-person best ball tournament.  Registration starts at 4:30am with a shotgun start at 5:30.  Registration is $25 per person and includes green fees and a cart.  $5 of the fee will go towards a payback pot for the top 3 teams with more than 50% of the registration fee going toward Relay for Life.

There will also be individual contests for men and women on three holes for an additional $10 with half of the proceeds going to Relay for Life.

Raffle tickets will also be available for a number of items donated by Jackson Businesses.

The Tournament is limited to the first 18 teams with paid registration.  You can register at the Loon Lake Golf Course or by calling 507-847-4036.

Jackson Credit Union Grand Opening on Monday - June 18, 2015 

JACKSON - The Grand Opening of the Jackson Branch of the Fulda Area Credit Union will be tomorrow from 4-6pm with a ribbon cutting at 3:45pm.  The Jackson Branch is located at 169 Industrial Parkway in Jackson.

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Jackson Council approves Lilbrary Renovation Bid - June 17, 2015 

JACKSON - The Jackson City Council met in regular session last night.  The meeting was called to order at 6:30pm.  All members were present.

 Jackson Chamber of Commerce Director Sharon Henning updated the council on the upcoming Franks-A-Lot and Town & Country Days Celebration.

Bob Zimmerman with BTZ Architects presented the lone bid for the Library renovation project.  Four companies had expressed an interest with two coming to the pre-bid meeting.  Salonek Construction provided the only bid, which was just over $100,000 over the budget forecast.  Councilman Fred Bern pointed out that some of the overage came from the board requesting additional work be done than what was originally planned.  The council voted to approve the bid from Solonek, with any overages to be covered by funds from the Hospital Sale Reserve fund.

In other items, on a 5-1 vote, the Council approved hiring Brooklyn Drahota as a lead liquor store clerk.  Councilman Dave Cushman cast the lone dissenting vote.  They approved amending the MPFA Purchase and Project Loan Agreement, approved collateral assignment of interest in TIF revenue Note for SWMHP project.  The council also reviewed a bird control request from Jim Hatten.  After discussion with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, it was determined not to offer exemptions to the city’s firearms code.

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

County Board hears from DNR - June 17, 2015

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

Department of Natural Resources representative Randy Markl presented information to try to explain why they cut down trees in their Wildlife Management Areas.  Markl confirmed that the DNR has agreed to postpone cutting in the Sangl and Husen WMAs until after September 1st. It was discussed that better communication and public education will help people understand the delicate balance regarding birds, bees, butterflies and other concerns.

The board received a letter and packet from Heron Lake Watershed District Board Manager Roger Hartman. Hartman is questioning the Watershed District’s payment of health insurance premiums for Administrator Jan Voit which he thinks were higher than the agency’s Personnel Policy stated. Jackson County Attorney Sherry Haley told KKOJ/KRAQ News, quote, “that the matter was referred to Law Enforcement. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department conducted an investigation and has now sent the findings of that investigation back to the County Attorney’s Office for review and to determine whether or not any charges should be filed. That determination has not been finalized or issued at this point in time.” Unquote.

The board authorized the application for the Minnesota Housing and Finance Agency Family Homelessness Prevention and Assistance Program. Western Community Action Family Support Director Angela Larson said forty-five Jackson County households were served by the program in the past two years, and also talked about what people in danger of becoming homeless should do.

The commissioners approved the process to proceed with five Regional Designation Applications for Anderson, Brown, Brown South and Robertson Campgrounds along with the Loon Lake Trail.

 The other action they decided to proceed in seeking a new County Coordinator rather than a County Administrator to replace Jan Fransen who will be retiring at the end of the year. The vote was 4-1 with Commissioner Rose Schultz dissenting. The job description for the Coordinator position will be modified from the description that was in place when Fransen was hired eighteen years ago.

They accepted a quote from Hohenstein Electric of Lakefield to replace existing electrical service and add ten new sites at the Jackson County Fair Campgrounds. The quote is for $4,700.  They approved advertising for bids for the removal of Bridge 1804 in Round Lake Township, and replacement of Bridge 1706 in Petersburg Township and Bridge 2809 in Kimball Township.  They approved replacement of a part-time jailer; approved utility permits; approved appointment of Mike Curley and Jay Takle (tackle) to the Red Rock Rural Water Board; and approved a Subsurface Sewage Treatment System Loan to Bryce and Laura Vancura.

The next meeting of the Jackson County Board is scheduled for Tuesday, July 7th at 9:00 a.m.

I-90 ramp closure is extended - June 15, 2015 

MANKATO - The Interstate 90/Highway 71 ramps at Jackson will remain closed until the week of June 22 due to a combination of weather and pavement problems, according to MnDOT officials.  The extended closure also delays the opening of the Jackson westbound rest area.

Motorists are advised to check www.511mn.org before they travel for up-to-date ramp closures and corresponding detours.  Estimated timelines of ramp and rest area closures include:

·   WB Highway 71 ramps at Jackson closure - May 26 to week of June 22

·   WB rest area at Jackson closure - May 26 to week of June 22

·   EB Highway 71 ramps at Jackson closure - mid-June to early July

·   EB Highway 4 ramps at Sherburn closure - mid-June to early July

·   WB Highway 4 at Sherburn closure - July

·   EB rest area at Jackson closure - mid-July to early Aug.

·   Highway 86 ramps at Lakefield closure - TBD in 2016

Information on all I-90 work in southwestern Minnesota can be found www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/projects/I90preserve/ where the public is encouraged to sign up for e-mail updates.

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.

Benefit for Jim Nygaard is Saturday - June 11, 2015 

SPIRIT LAKE - A benefit dinner and auction for Jim Nygaard will be held on Saturday from 4-7pm at the Dickinson County Expo Building in Spirit Lake.  Burger, Beans, Chips and bars will be served with a free will donation accepted.  A live auction will start at 7pm.

Jim is a volunteer firefighter from Superior and was injured during a local grass fire.

Monetary donations and auction items can be brought to any Bank Midwest location.  The benefit is being sponsored by the Superior Fire and Rescue, First Presbyterian Church in Spirit Lake, Village West and Bank Midwest.

Everyone is invited to a benefit dinner and auction for Jim Nygaard on Saturday from 4-7pm at the Dickinson County Expo Building in Spirit Lake.

Youth Theater to present "Fractured Fairy Tales" - June 10, 2015 

JACKSON - Jackson County Community Education along with the Jackson County Arts Guild will present “Fractured Fairy Tales” Thursday night in Jackson. 

32 area youth have been participating in a two week long theater camp.  Their performance will be at 7pm, Thursday in the JCC HS Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and preschoolers are free.

The stories they will tell are fairy tales with a twist.  The play is intended for the entire family. 

Everyone is invited to see “Fractured Fairy Tales”, Thursday night at 7pm in the JCC HS Performing Arts Center.  Adults are $5, Students $3 and preschool are free.

Lakefield Council approves Ranger purchase - June 9, 2015

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

The council approved the purchase of a Polaris Ranger 6-wheeler for the Lakefield Fire Department, approved a seal coat bid from Caldwell Asphalt, approved rain gutter covers for the North Park Shelter from Lakefield Lumber, accepted the resignation of Ray Gamble from the Planning and Zoning Board and approved a conditional employment offer to Justin Hess for the position of part-time police officer.

In other action, the board approved amending the wording for the City Code relating to recreational vehicles and approved adding a penalty for violation of the city’s Chicken Code.  The board also approved a shelter dance and outdoor beer garden for the Shed during Summerfest.

The next regular meeting of the Lakefield City Council is scheduled for 7pm on Monday, June 22nd at City Hall in Lakefield.

JCC Board approves Riverside Bid -  June 9, 2015

JACKSON - The Jackson County Central School Board met in special session Monday night in the board room at the JCC High.

 The board approved a bid of just over $600,000 from United Builders for the Riverside Elementary Security Improvement Project.

The next regular meeting of the JCC School Board will be on Monday, June 29th at 6pm at the JCC High School.

Pheasants Forever halts restorations - June 9, 2015 

JACKSON - The local Pheasants Forever Chapter #8 was notified late Monday afternoon that all further tree cutting on WMA and WPA sites in the county would be stopped by the end of the day.  The contractor will be allowed to clear the down trees to piles and then requested to remove all equipment.

The local chapter thanks the national Pheasants Forever organization for assisting in getting this work stopped.

The chapter extends a sincere appreciation for all the citizens that expressed concerns, as well as Jackson County Attorney, Sherry Haley, and her work with the County Commissioners.

A public meeting with all the community and organizations involved is being planned for a later date.  The local chapter is working hard to develop policies for future public informational meetings involving future restoration projects.

Fox Lake Game Refuge meeting on Wednesday - June 9, 2015 

WELCOME - The DNR will hold a public meeting Wednesday night, June 10th, at 7pm at the Welcome Legion in Welcome to receive comments related to the proposal of having the Fox Lake Game Refuge closed to Canada Goose hunting during the 2015 waterfowl season.  In the past, the refuge has been open a few days each fall for the hunting of Canada Geese.

If you are unable to attend tomorrow’s meeting, you can send comments to Randy Markl, Area Wildlife Manager at 175 County Road 26, Windom, MN  56101 or you can call 507-831-2900.

Fulda woman killed Saturday near Heron Lake - June 8, 2015  

HERON LAKE - A Fulda woman was killed Sunday morning in a two vehicle accident on Highway 60 just northwest of Heron Lake. 

A 2015 Dodge Ram driven by 32 year old Charles Johnson of Blaine was eastbound on Highway 60 when it collided with a 2014 Volkswagon Jetta driven by 91 year-old Evelyn Behr or Fulda, which was southbound on County Road 9. 

Behr along with a passenger in Johnson’s truck, 30 year-old Kristina Johnson of Blaine were taken to the Windom Area Hospital.  Johnson sustained non-life threatening injuries.  Behr was pronounced dead.  Two juvenile passengers in the Johnson vehicle sustained no apparent injuries.

The Windom Ambulance, Heron Lake Police and Fire Departments assisted the State Patrol at the scene.

Former JCC Teacher killed in CA accident - June 8, 2015 

FAIRFIELD, CA - A former Jackson County Central teacher was killed in an accident Sunday morning in Fairfield, California.

Katie Anderson, who taught at Riverside Elementary in Jackson from 2008 to 2011, was among three who died in the accident.

Anderson was a teacher at C.A. Jacobs Middle School.

Motorcyclist killed near Kilen Woods Saturday - June 8, 2015 

LAKEFIELD - A Jeffers man was killed in a four-vehicle accident on Jackson County Road 17 near Kilen Woods State Park on Saturday.

26 year-old Leonard Busswitz of Jeffers was riding a 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on County Road 17.  Busswitz swerved to miss an animal in the roadway and collided with a 2006 Dodge Pickup driven by 49 year-old Jody Rossow of Lakefield.

57 year-old Rory Johnson, riding a 1999 Harley Davidson and 50 year-old Vaughn Corwin of Windom also riding a Harley Davidson collided with each other and Busswitz.  All vehicles came to a rest in the east ditch.

Busswitz was pronounced dead at the scene.  Johnson, Rossow, Corwin and a passenger on his motorcycle, 49 year-old Traci Corwin were all transported by ambulance to the Windom Area Hospital.  Johnson was later airlifted to another hospital.

All vehicles sustained severe damage.  The accident remains under investigation.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Minnesota State Patrol and the Lakefield Police Department.

Free Movie Monday at Historic State Theater - June 7, 2015 

JACKSON - The Historic State Theater in Jackson will be showing the free movie “The Mark” at 7:30 on Monday.  The public is invited to attend.

A free will donation will be accepted to benefit the Kids Lunch in the Park Program.

Jackson man injured near Rochester Friday - June 6, 2015 

ROCHESTER - A Jackson man was injured in a two vehicle accident Friday afternoon west of Rochester.  53 year-old Ivan Jones of Jackson was driving a 2003 Chevy Tahoe westbound on Highway 14 when he collided with a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe driven by 68 year-old Barbara Miller of Rochester which was southbound on County Road 104.

Jones was transported to St. Mary’s in Rochester with non-life threatening injuries.  Miller sustained no apparent injuries.

Severe damage was reported to both vehicles.

 The Olmstead County Sheriff’s Office assisted the State Patrol at the scene.

Motorists advised of I-90 work in Nobles Co - June 3, 2015

MANKATO - Interstate 90 motorists in Nobles County can expect lane restrictions and ramp closures from Adrian to Rushmore beginning June 15 as crews resurface the pavement on the eastbound lanes.

I-90 traffic will be carried two-way on two lanes; however construction staging will dictate ramp closures.  Motorists are advised to check www.511mn.org before they travel for up-to-date ramp closures and corresponding detours. Related traffic impacts include:

·                   Access to Adrian at State Hwy 91 remains open in both directions with temporary signal lights

·                   Nobles CR 13 at Rushmore exit- EB ramp closed

·                   EB Rest Area at Adrian closed

The project, which includes a concrete overlay, lighting, and signals for a smoother, safer ride, was awarded to PCI Roads, LLC of St. Michael for $7,239,175 and will be complete in September.

This project and other I-90 work can be found www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/projects/I90preserve/

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.

Highway 4 bridge to be replace south of Sherburn - June 3, 2015 

MANKATO - Highway 4 motorists south of Sherburn should expect a detour beginning June 15 as crews work to replace bridges over the East Fork of the Des Moines River and stream.

Traffic will be detoured to Martin County Roads 13 and 8 until early October.

The bridges are located about one and one-half miles north of Dunnell or five and one-half miles north of the Iowa State line.

Minnowa Construction Inc., of Harmony is the contractor on the $1,497,397 project. 

When the project is complete, motorists will have new, safer bridges that will help preserve the transportation system for years to come.

For statewide travel information, visit www.511mn.org .

Bird Flu could affect corn prices - June 3, 2015

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota farm management analyst says the spread of bird flu could affect corn prices.

Kent Thiesse vice president of MinnStar Bank in Lake Crystal said the ripple effect of the virus could undercut the price of corn.

Thiesse says the rule of thumb is one bushel of corn per year per laying hen. He estimates producing a turkey from start to finish would be similar.

With millions of birds lost to flu, Thiesse says "suddenly you got a number that starts to impact."

Kandiyohi (kan-dee-YOH'-hye) County in west-central Minnesota is the county hardest hit by bird flu in the state, with presumptive positive test results from a 39th flock announced Tuesday. Local corn prices in that area are 20 to 30 cents less than they are elsewhere.

Jackson Council discusses mosquito control - June 3, 2015 

JACKSON - The Jackson City Council met in regular session Monday night.  The meeting was called to order at 6:30pm.  All council members were present.

Jadee Menke asked the council for an outside dance permit for Pillars Pub from 9pm to 1am on Friday, June 26th which the council approved.

Jim Hatten requested a variance so he could use a pellet or BB gun on grackles that were nesting in his back yard.  The council tabled the request so that staff could review with law enforcement.

Ron Sinn addressed the council regarding a parking issue on his property.  He had put a trailer on his property to store items which resulted in complaints to the city.  Sinn advised that they would be doing an extensive remodel of their house and wanted to put the furniture in a trailer on his property while the remodel was being done.  The council referred Sinn’s request to the Planning and Zoning commission for a recommendation.

Chuck Dunker addressed the council regarding an ongoing property matter with one of his neighbors.  City Attorney Steve Handevidt informed Dunker that the boundary issue was in litigation and that a letter had been sent to the neighbor stating that the loop building was to be removed within 90 days or the city would take action.  Dunker asked about the other building, which was a bigger concern to him.  City staff advised Dunker that they were still working on it.

Bridget Kolander addressed the council regarding street closures around Bridget’s Bucksnorts for Franks-A-Lot and Town and Country Days as well as temporary liquor licenses for June 18th and for Rhythm of the River on July 10th and 11th which were all approved.

In action items, the council discussed mosquito control in Jackson.  City Administrator Jennifer Bromeland informed the council that she had received a quote of $4,000 from Clark for 2 applications and that the cost for the city to invest in spraying equipment would be around $30,000.  The council sent this to the finance committee for a recommendation.  They discussed possible improvements to the skate park near City Hall.  Councilman Schoenrock said it was important to invest in the skate park because we need to have activities for kids to do in Jackson.  No action was taken.

The council approved paving the driveway for the water department storage building and approved acceptance of a SHIP mini-grant award.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:52pm.  The next regular meeting of the Jackson City Council is at 6pm on Tuesday, June 16th.

Commissioners review "fowl" issues - June 2, 2015

JACKSON - The Jackson County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. at the Jackson County Courthouse will all members present.

They approved a negotiated agreement with the Department of Natural Resources regarding two wildlife management areas and tree removal during the nesting season for Blue Herons, a protected bird.  Haley also informed the commissioners that notice has been received that Pheasants Forever is not conducting any volunteer tree removal work in the Sioux Forks Waterfowl Production Area where bald eagles have been nesting.

The commissioners also approved the relocation of the current recycling site located at what is known as the four-mile corner at the junction of Highway 86 and County Road 34.

 In other action the board approved a resolution to fill a full-time position of Heavy Equipment Operator in the Public Works Department due to the retirement of Tom Brooks; they approved a request for subordination from the Hi-Lo Club to allow them to refinance a mortgage with better terms; they approved an agreement pending the county attorney’s review with the Minnesota Department of Transportation in connection with the Fort Belmont Trail to be constructed as part of the Highway 71 Project. The vote was 4-1 with Commissioner Kim Hummel dissenting.

The commissioners and the general public are invited to an open house at the new Public Works facility in Jackson on Monday, June 15th from 4:30 until 8:00 p.m. Employees will be on hand at the open house to show off the new combined maintenance building and to show how the various departments are working together in one facility. Refreshments will be served.

 Jackson County resident Mike Handzus also appeared before the board with many questions ranging from human services benefits to limiting government ownership of county land. County department heads and individual commissioners answered questions and thanked Handzus for his input.

The board also met with David Drown Associates to map out detailed plans for replacement of County Coordinator Jan Fransen who is retiring at the end of the year.

The next regular meeting of the Jackson County Board will be on Tuesday, June 16th at 9:00 a.m.

Jackson Lions honor JCC Students - June 2, 2015 

JACKSON - The Jackson Lions Club honored several JCC High School Seniors at their meeting Monday night.  Sarah Brandt and Macy Kalfs were honored as the Lions’ Students of the Fourth Quarter. 

Sarah is the daughter of Neil and Mary Brandt.  She had a fourth quarter Grade Point Average of 3.8 and an overall GPA during her high school career of 3.887.  Sarah was ranked 10th out of her senior class of 95 students.  Her classes and activities have included being a member of the Concert, Jazz and Pep Bands, a member of the National Honor Society, Track and Field Manager, and a volunteer at her church.  Sarah plans to attend Mount Marty College in Yankton this Fall to double major in Business and Accounting.        

Macy Kalfs is the daughter of Chad and Lisa Kalfs.  Macy had a fourth quarter Grade Point Average of 3.905 and has an overall GPA of 3.833 for her high school career.  She was ranked 11th in her class of 95.  Macy was a member of the National Honor Society, JCC FFA Floriculture Team; Nita’s School of Dance and was on the “A” honor roll.  She plans to attend the University of Minnesota-Rochester to major in health sciences/professions degree.

As the Lions Students of the Fourth Quarter, Sarah Brandt and Macy Kalfs were each presented a framed certificate proclaiming them at the Students of the Quarter and a check for 100 dollars.

The Lions last night also presented the JCC Class of 2015 Student Awards.   Hannah Guggisberg was honored as the Lion’s Fine Arts Student of the Year.

Hannah, the daughter of Dave and Pam Guggisberg, was involved with the school musical, JCC Carolers, Jazz Band, Pep Band and Ensemble.  JCC High School Band Director Erika Colby was on hand to speak about Hannah’s accomplishments in music while attending JCC.  Colby presented Hannah a framed certificate and she also received a check for 100 dollars as the Jackson Lion’s Fine Arts Student of the Year. 

Joseph Brinkman was honored as the Lions’ Male Athlete of the Year.  Joseph is the son of Mike and Mary Brinkman.  JCC Golf Coach Keith Eggink spoke about Brinkman’s accomplishments as a member of the JCC Golf Team.  In addition to Golf, Brinkman also played football and basketball during his high school career.  Eggink presented Brinkman with a framed certificate and he was also presented a check for 100 dollars as the Lion’s Male Athlete of the Year.  Brinkman said he appreciated the honor from the Jackson Lions Club. 

 Rachael Johnson was honored as the Lions’ Female Athlete of the Year.  Rachael, the daughter of Brian and Carla Johnson, was a three sport athlete throughout her high school career playing volleyball, basketball and softball.  Softball Coach Shelly Hotzler said Johnson’s determination and hard work is why she’s so successful.  Johnson was presented a framed certificate and a check for 100 dollars as the Lions’ Female Athlete of the Year. 

Luke Norland, son of Denise and Kelly Norland, was honored as the Lions Student of the Year.  Norland was ranked first out of his senior class of 95.  He had a fourth quarter grade point average of 3.933 and an overall GPA of 3.988 for his high school career.  Norland was unable to attend last night’s Lions Club meeting and will be presented a certificate and check at a future meeting.

Lions to host fundraiser for Jackson Legion - June 2, 2015 

Everyone is invited to attend a fundraiser Thursday evening, June 4th, at the Jackson American Legion.  The Lions will be serving pork loin, baked beans, chips and a dessert from 5-8pm in the Legion club room. 

Proceeds will go toward building repairs for the Jackson American Legion. 

Lions to host golf touney to benefit diabetes - June 2, 2015 

JACKSON - The Jackson and Sherburn Lions Clubs will be hosting an 18 hole, 4-person best shot golf tournament on Friday June 12th.  Registration will be from 11-11:45am with a shotgun start at noon at Fox Lake Golf Course in Sherburn.

Cost is $40 per person, which includes green fees and a steak dinner.  Proceeds will benefit the Lions Diabetes Foundation.

If you don’t want to golf, you can attend the social hour and dinner for $20.

To RSVP, contact Mark Wohlhuter at 507-764-4943 or by email at mwohlhuter32@gmail.com.

Golf carts are not included.  Call 507-764-8381 to reserve a cart. 

Fire damages Spirit Lake Camp - June 2, 2015 

SPIRIT LAKE - Fire damaged a house at Lakeside Lutheran Camp just south of Spirit Lake Monday afternoon.  Firefighters were called to the scene around 2pm and remained on site for several hours.  Fire was visible from outside the building as crews arrived at the camp.

The camp’s summer scheduled does not start until June 7th, so there was no risk to guests.

The Spirit Lake Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Arnold’s Park-Okoboji Fire Department, Spirit Lake Police Department, Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office and Dickinson County Emergency Management.

Lakeside Lab hosts Artist-in-Residence - June 1, 2015 

OKOBOJI - This summer the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory will host five Artists-in-Residence. These residencies mark the third full year of the Lab’s Artist in Residence Program, which was created to partner artists and scientists in unique collaborations that reflect the Iowa Lakes’ environmental concerns. The program is also linked with Long Term Ecological Reflections, a national program of arts-science partnerships of which Lakeside Lab is a part. 

Artists Amanda Breitbach (Nebraska), Ellyn Hurst (Michigan), Alex Braidwood (Iowa), Rachel Kauff (Iowa), and Lisa Johnson (Michigan) will each be in residence for two to four weeks. Artists will work among scientists, students, and community to create works of art that are rooted in ecology.

Lakeside Lab will have an open studio event for the community while their artists are on site. The Open Studio will be on Monday, June 15 (7pm-8:30pm in Pammel Lab). Open Studios are a fun and free chance to talk with artists about their work-in-progress.

In addition, last year’s artists-in-residence are showing their work, The Tonic of Wilderness, at Pearson Lakes Art Center through June 15.

For more information about the residencies or the artists’ open studios, please contact: Lisa Johnson, 906-281-0723 or 14brushes@gmail.com.

Minnesota crops ahead of average - June 1, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's corn and soybean crops continue to develop ahead of the five-year average.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 95 percent of Minnesota's corn crop has emerged. That's 17 days ahead of last year and 16 days ahead of average.

Corn condition is 70 percent good or excellent, a slight increase over the previous week.

Soybean planting is 94 percent complete. Seventy-four percent of the soybean crop has emerged, 12 days ahead of last year and 11 days ahead of average.

Farmers only had three days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, because of above average rainfall and cool temperatures. But for the first time this season, Minnesota had no subsoil moisture listed in very short supply.

Producers remain concerned about the spread of bird flu in both turkeys and chickens.

Wet weather keeps Iowa farmers out of fields - June 1, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Wet weather kept farmers out of fields last week, but most of the corn crop is planted and doing well.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says cool and wet condition made for only 2.3 days suitable for fieldwork last week.

About 97 percent of the corn crop has been planted and 78 percent of soybeans have been planted. Both are slightly behind last year's progress at this time.

The USDA says 80 percent of the corn crop was rated good to excellent.

Midwest Economy shows slower growth - June 1, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A report on a May survey says slower economic growth likely is ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states.

The survey report issued Monday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped to 50.4 last month from 52.7 April.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he highlighted drops in economic activity for companies linked to energy production and agriculture.

The survey results from supply managers are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests economic growth, while a score below that suggests decline.

The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

State agencies plan for shut down - June 1, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Some Minnesota state agencies are moving ahead with plans to shut down operations if legislative leaders can't reach an agreement on a budget by July 1.

Lawmakers are still haggling over major, unresolved portions of a two-year state budget.

Beginning Monday, thousands of state employees are expected to receive 30-day layoff notices as a precaution against a budget impasse. Any government shutdown would be more limited than the one in 2011, but taxpayers would still notice. It could mean campground closures, fewer insurance regulators on the job and a thinly-staffed agriculture department.

Gov. Mark Dayton and House Republican leaders remain at odds over how much of the state budget surplus to direct to public schools. Education spending is key in negotiations ahead of an anticipated special session to finish work on the budget.


Zebra mussels found in Big Spirit Lake - May 29, 2015

ORLEANS, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials say they've found evidence that invasive zebra mussels have reached Big Spirit Lake.

State fisheries biologist Mike Hawkins says that two larval zebra mussels were found in a recent water sample. He says more tests will be performed this summer to confirm the presence.

The mussels can attach themselves to pipes or other structures, damage boat motors and reduce the ability to draw water into facilities such as water treatment and power plants. The city of Spirit Lake recently contracted for a system to keep zebra mussels from clogging its intake pipes.

State officials say signs of zebra mussels already have been found in nearby East Okoboji, West Okoboji and Upper Gar lakes.

Invasive plant has resurgence in IA Great Lakes - May 29, 2015

OKOBOJI, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say they have few options to control the resurgence of an invasive plant that may return next year in one of Iowa's Great lakes.

The the curly-leaf pondweed competes with native plants and can interfere with recreational activities.

This year the weed had its largest boom in more than 30 years at East Lake Okoboji, but authorities say it is expected to die out late next month or in early July. State fisheries biologist Mike Hawkins says applying a herbicide now would be ineffective.

Hawkins says the lake had prime growing conditions during the winter, which included clear water and short ice cover. He says the weed grows underneath the ice cover.

New MN West President introduced in Jackson - May 29, 2015

JACKSON - Terry Gaalswyk will be introduced as the new president of Minnesota West today.  The introduction is scheduled for 10am in the commons area of the Jackson Campus.

Prior to being named president of Minnesota West, Gaalswyk served as executive vice president of Western Nebraska Community College.

KLIP program to return on Monday - May 29, 2015 

JACKSON - Kids Lunch in the Park will kick off their second year tomorrow (MON) with several changes.  The lunch will be served at Central Park in Jackson, near the Government Building and the hours will be from 11am to noon.  Also new this year, the lunch will be held twice per week, on Monday’s and Wednesday’s.

Bosco, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department K-9, will be at Monday's lunch.

Martin Co Humane Society to host bake sale - May 29, 2015 

FAIRMONT - The Martin County Humane Society will be holding a bake sale Saturday, May 30th from 9am to 1pm at Fleet & Farm in Fairmont.

All proceeds will be used to care for the animals at the Martin County Humane Society.

Riverside Farmer's Market opens - May 28, 2015 

JACKSON - The Riverside Farmer’s Market kicks off their second season today.  They will be open from 2-6pm at Ashley Park in Jackson.  There will be a wide assortment of baked good and gluten free products again this year.  They will also have some leaf vegetables, radishes, kohlrabi and fresh mushrooms.

Riverside Farmer's Market manager Kristina Johnson says that they will have other activities planned throughout the summer.

Lakeside Faculty Lecture series kicks off June 2nd - May 27, 2015  

OKOBOJI - The 2015 Lakeside Faculty Lecture series will kick off on Tuesday, June 2 at 7:30 PM in Mahan Hall with a presentation on a new research buoy recently installed on Lake West Okoboji.

Dr. Evelyn Gaiser, from Florida International University in Miami, will discuss how data generated by the buoy benefits the global scientific and Iowa Great Lakes communities through linkage to the Global Lake Ecology Observation Network (GLEON).  Installed this spring, the GLEON buoy continuously monitors water quality and weather data that is accessible to the public online at wqdatalive.com/public/470.  

Project supporters include the Okoboji Foundation, Okoboji Protective Association, Dickinson County Clean Water Alliance, Friends of Lakeside Lab, State Hygienic Lab, University of Iowa Office of Research and Economic Development, Iowa Lakeside Lab Regents Resource Center, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and Danbom Engineering.

Jackson Community Foundation holds annual banquet - May 26, 2015 

JACKSON - The Jackson Community Foundation recently held their 2015 banquet.  Several area organizations received grants from the Jackson Community Foundation.

Rhythm of the River received $1,000, The Jackson Library and Friends of the Library each received $750, the City of Jackson, FAST Food Shelf and Reason for Hope each received $500 and Fort Belmont received $300.

Eight Jackson County Central graduates received Kristi Elaine Teigen Memorial Scholarships.  2015 JCC graduates receiving scholarships were Lauren Buhr, Hannah Guggisberg, Julie Schumann, Sydney Eddy and Mackenzie Mohning.  Robert Seivert and Jayde Price received scholarships for the second year and Spencer Johnson received one for the third year.

JCC Community Ed presents Theater Camp - May 26, 2015 

JACKSON - The Jackson Area Children’s Theater will be presenting “Fractured Fairy Tales” in June.  Youth ages 8-15 are encouraged to participate. 

The camp will be in the JCC High School Performing Arts Center and will run Monday, June 1st through Friday June 5th, then again Monday, June 8th through Thursday, June 11th, with a public performance on June 11th.

Students will learn about the theater and theater skills.  There will be auditions and rehearsals for the  public performance.

Registration is $50 and must be received by Thursday, May 28th.  Registration forms can be found online at jccschools.com, click on community then Community Education.  Or for more information, call 847-6627.

One injured in accident on CR 34 - May 25, 2015  

WORTHINGTON - One person was injured in a two vehicle accident east of Worthington late Sunday morning.

41 year-old Holli Arp of Jackson was driving a 2015 Chrysler 2LM eastbound on County Road 35 when she collided with a 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer driven by 67 year-old Y.V. Nguyen of Worthington which was headed northbound on Highway 264.

Nguyen was transported to the Sanford Worthington Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.  Arp sustained no apparent injuries.

Moderate damage was reported to Arp’s Chrysler.  Severe damage was reported to Nguyen’s Lancer.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Noble’s County Sheriff’s Office, Brewster Fire Department and Worthington Ambulance assisted the state patrol at the scene.

Worthington Windsurfing Regatta June 12-14 - May 23, 2015 

WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival is just around the corner, and with the sailboards and breeze comes the music. This year, the event, which takes place June 12-14, will be singing a slightly different tune.

According to Ken Moser, some bylaw changes have been made that will allow for more current or popular music.

Friday night is Country Night, featuring opening act Todd Hurst, followed by headliner Maiden Dixie. The YMCA’s UV Run will also finish up at Sailboard Beach that night.

Saturday afternoon starts with Too Drunk to Fish, followed by Rebel Queens and The Big Red Rawkit Riot. There’s a break in the musical action for the chair auction to benefit Pheasants Forever, then the Guilty Pleasures Orchestra will take the stage.

On Sunday there’s a Zumba dance party and more entertainment from DJ Barry Roberts.

Moser said to expect a few other changes, such as new food vendors and some slightly different layouts. Anyone interested in serving on the festival board or volunteering with the Regatta in any capacity should contact the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, 372-2919. You can find more details at the official Worthington Winsdsurfing Regatta website at worthingtonwindsurfing.com/home/.

Ruby's Pantry in Jackson on Tuesday - May 23, 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.

Highway 60 detours announced - May 22, 2015

MANKATO, Minn. – Motorists can expect a detour on Highway 60 from Mountain Lake and Butterfield beginning June 1 for about two months.

The detour consists of Cottonwood County Roads 1 and 16, and Watonwan County Roads 10 and 5.  The detour adds approximately 8 miles.  The two-month detour is necessary to build the connections on both ends of the project.

The project, which includes grading, paving, concrete repair and lighting of two additional lanes to expand Highway 60 to a four-lane facility is expected to be complete in October.

Mathiowetz Construction of Sleepy Eye was awarded the contract with a bid of $12,424,000. 

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.  For more project information and a detour map, visit www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/projects/hwy60stjames/ .

For statewide travel information, visit www.511mn.org .

May Terrific Kids announced at Riverside - May 21, 2015 

JACKSON - May’s Terrific Kids were recognized Thursday morning at Riverside Elementary in Jackson.

May’s Terrific Kids honored for being “Positive” were Third Grader Megan Benson, daughter of Matthew and Jill Benson, Fourth Graders Lilly Mohning, daughter of Chris and Nicole Mohning and Andrea Benson, daughter of Pete and Becky Benson and Fifth Grader Lucas Vesey, Son of Paul and Tami Vesey.

The Terrific Kids honored for being “Responsible” were Kindergarten Student Marcus Vongsy, son of Jessica Hanson, First Grader Carson Kolander, son of Matt and Becky Kolander, Second Grader Astrid Olsom, daughter of Bob Olsem and Jesika Mitchell, Fourth Grader Erin Gallagher, daughter of Gina Gallagher and Ed Gallagher and Fifth Grader Mia Reed, daughter of Rick and Robyn Reed.

The Terrific Kid honored for being “Safe” was Renae Vancura, daughter of Bryce and Laura Vancura.

And the Terrific Kids honored for being “Respectful” were First Grader Milliani Insichienmay, daughter of Nike and Melanie Insichienmay and Fourth Grader Dylan Withers, son of Rob and Sarah Withers.

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

This has been 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.

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.


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