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Motorists urged to use
caution during July 4th travel - June
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
to get advance information about road construction and detours.”
that may affect weekend travel July 3-5 include:
I-94 between Rogers
and St. Michael – lane shift, narrow lanes and reduced speeds, expect
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
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
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
Motorists may also sign up to receive email updates for major projects
MnDOT urges motorists to always be
attentive, drive with caution, slow down in
and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.
To learn about
funding Minnesota’s transportation system, visit Get Connected at
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Coordinator rather than a County
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
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
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 -
· 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,
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
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.
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.
Board approves Riverside Bid - June
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
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
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
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
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.
near Kilen Woods Saturday - June 8,
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
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
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
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
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
Access to Adrian at State Hwy 91 remains open in both directions with temporary
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
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 -
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
For statewide travel information, visit
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
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
The council approved paving the driveway for the
water department storage building and approved acceptance of a SHIP
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.
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
- 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
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
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
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.
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
Cost is $40 per person, which includes green fees
and a steak dinner. Proceeds will benefit the Lions
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
Golf carts are not included.
Call 507-764-8381 to reserve a cart.
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
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
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,
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
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
The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri,
Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.
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
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,
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
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
New MN West President
introduced in Jackson - May
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
Prior to being named president of Minnesota West,
Gaalswyk served as executive vice president of Western Nebraska
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
Riverside Farmer's Market manager Kristina
Johnson says that they will have other activities planned throughout
May 27, 2015
Faculty Lecture series kicks off June 2nd -
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
One injured in accident on CR
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
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.
detours announced - May 22,
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
For statewide travel information, visit
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Timelines of ramp and rest area closures
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
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
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,
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.