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Council approves Airport Phase II
The Jackson City Council met in regular session Tuesday night at City Hall in
Jackson. The meeting was called to order at 6:35pm with Chris Vee the only
council member absent.
Chelsea Honnette and Kristy Thurmer, co-Presidents of the Jackson Women of
Today, requested use of the Jackson Trails from Riverside Elementary, up
Springfield Parkway and around to Pond Drive for a Monster Dash, 5K run/walk on
October 25. Proceeds from this event will go to the Riverside and Pleasantview
PTO’s. The request was approved.
Jackson Ambulance Director Mike Muchlinski requested permission to purchase a
new ambulance for around $160.000 in 2015. One current ambulance has over
100,000 miles and another is around 82,000 miles. The council approved the
a late addition to the agenda, the council was requested to approve Phase II of
the Jackson Airport Master Plan Study for just under $27,000, a 10% share. City Adminstrator Jennifer Bromeland advised the council that if this was not
approved at the meeting, the project would have to start over if the city wished
to continue the process. Councilman Dave Cushman asked why these requests come
in last minute. There was a similar request this summer where a decision had to
be made that meeting as well. City Administrator Bromeland said that if the
city went forward and didn’t like the project, they could back out. Councilman
Fred Bern said the City should move forward, that businesses didn’t want to
waste time and that made the airport expansion more important. The council
voted 4-1 to proceed with Phase II, with Councilman Cushman casting the lone no
City Administrator Bromeland contacted MnDOT regarding excessive vehicle noise
signage in Jackson. There is a sign on the north side of Jackson on southbound
71 entering Jackson, however the sign is small and not easily noticeable. The
Council approved moving forward with bigger signs and placing them on southbound
71 entering Jackson from the north, eastbound county road 34 entering Jackson
from the west and northbound 71 entering Jackson from the South.
other action, the council approved the development agreement between the city
and Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership Street E Townhomes, LLC and approved
the city moving forward with the Library Construction Grant Program Application.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:15pm, to be continued at a special city council
meeting at 12:15pm on Wednesday, September 24th.
DMVHSS receives UCare Community Grant
WINDOM - Des Moines Valley Health and Human Services is
pleased to announce that it has received a $50,000 UCare Community Grant to make
healthy living readily available to more people.
The UCare grant will support the work of the
Statewide Health Improvement Program (or SHIP) in Jackson, Cottonwood and Nobles
Counties. This grant will allow SHIP to partner with communities to create
active living plans to improve walking and bicycling, support promotional
activities related to active living, assist healthcare organizations in
addressing obesity and tobacco use among patients and wo work with schools to
increase physical activity and nutrition for students and employees.
Many schools in Jackson, Cottonwood and Nobles
Counties have partnered with SHIP over the last five years to improve school
nutrition and school activity including the Farm2School program, salad bars,
school gardens, healthy snacks and vending.
For additional information, you can contact
Diane Marsden, SHIP Coordinator for Des Moines Valley Health and Human Services
Two killed in two-vehicle
accident near Fulda
FULDA - Two people were killed in a two vehicle
accident Sunday north of Fulda. 38-year old David Schultz of Worthington was
driving a 2009 Toyota Rav4 southbound on Highway 59 around 3:20pm Sunday, and 24
year-old Charles Goode of Lewisville NC was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Impala
westbound on County Road 3, when the vehicles collided in the intersection.
A passenger in Schultz’s vehicle, 34 year-old
Kerry Schulz of Worthington and a passenger in Goode’s vehicle, 24 year-old
Kristen Boynton of Perry, GA were pronounced dead at the scene. Both drivers
were transported to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale with serious
injuries. Two other passengers in Schultz’s vehicle, both minors, were
transported to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls with non-life threatening
The Fulda Police Department, Murray County
Sheriff’s Department, the Slayton Police Department, Fulda Ambulance, Slayton
Ambulance and Fulda Fire Department assisted the State Patrol at the scene.
ILCC Farm Field Day & Expo
EMMETSBURG- The Farm Lab of Iowa Lakes Community College
will host its annual Farm Field Day and Expo Thursday starting at 4pm in
Emmetsburg. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig will be the featured
Van tours of the college crops and animal
enterprises will be given from 4 to 6pm. A free dinner will be served from 5 to
6pm with Deputy Ag Secretary Naig speaking at 6pm.
The Farm Expo will be held rain or shine. The
College Farm Laboratory is located on US Highway 18, about 5 miles west of
Emmetsburg. For more information, contact Iowa Lakes at 712-852-5259 or visit
them online at iowalakes.edu.
Jeffers male arrested on sexual conduct charges
JACKSON - An 18 year-old male from Jeffers was
arrested by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday. Taylor
Lopez was charged with one count of criminal sexual conduct in the
During the investigation, Lopez admitted that
he had sexual intercourse with a 15 year-old Jackson youth.
Lopez was released from custody after posting a
"Mission Impossible" this week
OKABENA - The Heron Lake-Okabena Homecoming
coronation will be held tonight at 7:30pm in Okabena. Queen
candidates are Desiree Crews, Rachel Mathias, Sarah Schmid and
Kailey Wendland. King candidates are Isaac Fest, Jacob Getzel,
Garrett Schumacher and Hunter Timko.
Junior attendants are Haley Ruesch and Chad
Sophomore attendants are Jessica Reyes and
Freshman attendants are Tessla Crowell and
8th Grade attendants are Jessica
Rossow and Eli Becker.
And 7th Grade attendants are Madison
Ruesch and Brandon Hinkeldey.
The theme for this year’s homecoming
festivities at Heron Lake-Okabena is “Mission Impossible”. Daily
activities continue through the week. Tuesday is Gender
Blender/Undercover Day. Wednesday is Class Color Day with Powder
Puff Football and Powder Tough Volleyball. Thursday is Suit Up MIB
day with a volleyball match against WWG at 7:30pm in Okabena.
Activities wrap up on Friday with Wildcat
Spirit Day. There will be a Homecoming Parade and Pepfest at 1pm in
Okabena, the Homecoming game against RCW is at 7pm in Heron Lake
with the Homecoming dance to follow the game in Okabena.
Agroforestry event planned in Waseca
WASECA - Interest
in alternative bioenergy feedstocks and producing multi-value
perennial plants using Agroforestry systems is expanding. Several
research programs/projects are underway in Minnesota to document
practical bioenergy production systems from perennial plants.
willows, hazelnuts, grasses, poplar and other perennial plants will
be the focus of a “Walk & Talk” event on Tuesday, September 16, from
1 to 4 PM at the University of Minnesota, Southern Research and
Outreach Center (SROC) in Waseca. This event and tour is free to
the public. The program will begin at the SROC Administration
Building in the conference room.
landowners and natural resource professionals you will learn options
for producing biomass for energy using Agroforestry practices, get
an update on the hazelnut research being done in Minnesota and the
Midwest, learn about the willow variety study for biomass use and as
living snow fences, perennial crop research for bioenergy and
bioenergy crop landscape positioning studies.
This unique field
day will provide an opportunity to learn and ask questions about a
diverse set of topics around agroforestry. For more information
about this tour contact Gregg Johnson, SROC, 507-837-5617.
One injured in 3-vehicle accident in Sherburn
SHERBURN - One person was injured in a three
vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon in Sherburn. Around 3:17pm, 26
year-old Jacob Korte of Fairmont was driving a 2003 Dodge Ram
eastbound on county road 13 in Sherburn. Korte crossed Highway 4 to
enter eastbound I-90 and collided with a 1994 Ford Taurus driven by
16 year-old Ily Schlenk of Sherburn. After the initial collision,
Schlenk’s Taurus collided with a 2008 Winnebago Motorhome driven by
67 year-old James Hall of Cambridge, MN.
A passenger in Schlenk’s vehicle, 16 year-old
Allissa Weber of Trimont, was transferred to the Mayo Clinic Health
System in Fairmont with non-life threatening injuries. There were
no other apparent injuries.
Korte’s Dodge was estimated as totaled. No
damage was reported to Schlenk’s Ford or Hall’s Winnebago.
The Martin County Sheriff’s Office and the
Sherburn Police Department assisted the State Patrol at the scene.
Commissioners support Road
to Recovery Center
Sept. 9, 2014
JACKSON - The Jackson County Board of Commissioners met
in regular session Tuesday morning at the Jackson County Courthouse with all
Chrystal Dunker, Executive Director of the
Prairie Ecology Bus Center, addressed the council about a bathroom and storm
shelter project at Sparks Park in Lakefield. With the increase in classes and
usage at the park, there has become a need for an all-season restroom and storm
shelter. Initial estimates for the project are $125,000. Dunker said that the PEBC is contributing $10,000 and is seeking outside grants and funding for the
project. A donation of $25,000 was requested from the County. The request was
tabled until the September 23rd meeting to address concerns.
Shelby Boone asked the Commissioners to
consider sending a letter of support to the Fountain Centers and Mayo Health for
the Road to Recovery Center in Jackson. Boone outlined how vital this is to the
community of Jackson and Jackson County and that there are number of citizens
who are able to lead functional lives because of this Center. The Commission
emphatically approved sending an official letter of support to Mayo and copying
it to all four of our state legislators.
The Commissioners set civil penalties for
failed alcohol compliance checks at $100 for the first offense and $500 for a
second offense in a 24-month period. In a recent compliance check, 6 out of 17
business checked did not comply, approved a conditional use permit for M. Rowe
Properties for crushing and stockpiling concrete and block on the old DeKalb
Seed property with conditions, approved a liquor license renewal for the Bergan
Bar and Grill.
A public hearing was held to approve changes to
the Jackson County Development Code. There were no comments and the change was
The Commission also heard a review of the 2013
Audit reports from Jim Murray, CPA at Baker Tilly.
In other action, the Commissioners declared the
old Fish Lake siren as surplus and donated it to the Round Lake Camp Ground, set
a public hearing for 9:30am on September 23rd regarding improvements
on Judicial Ditch #46 and approved the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office working
with Mark McDonough to choose and train a new K-9 to replace the retired Bear.
Federal Drug Forfeiture funds were used to fund the initial training.
The meeting went into closed session to discuss
a property forfeiture and labor negotiations. The next regular meeting of the
Jackson County Commission will be Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 9am at the Jackson County
Grape Escape in Spirit Lake Sept. 20
Sept. 9, 2014
SPIRIT LAKE - The Lakes Regional Healthcare Foundation will
be hosting their third annual Grape Escape wine dinner and auction on Saturday,
September 20 at Okoboji Classic Cars. The event will consist of a wine tasting
upon arrival, a five course dinner, each paired with a select wine, immediately
followed by a reverse raffle and auction.
Live auction items include an eye procedure at ReBe Skin Clinic, a hunting trip to West River, SD or a condominium in Naples,
FL, and a captained pontoon for 26 guests.
The reverse raffle is a new event this year.
There will be one winner at the end who wins $5,000, although every tenth name
drawn will receive a nice door prize. Reverse raffle tickets are $50 and can be
purchased in advance separate from the Grape Escape tickets.
Tickets are $100 each, of which $25 is tax
deductible, and can be purchased at Lakes Regional Healthcare’s patient
registration desk, by calling 712-336-8799 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
anytime. Proceeds for the event will benefit the advancement of healthcare in
the Iowa Great Lakes.
Human Trafficking awareness event in Estherville
Sept. 8, 2014
ESTHERVILLE - Trinity Lutheran Church in Estherville will be
hosting a Human Trafficking Community Awareness Event Wednesday, September 10th
at 7pm. The presenter will be Milford native Stephanie (Fisk) Mendez, the
European Director of Men Against the Trafficking of Others).
Mendez has been combating human trafficking in
Southern Spain since 2010 and mentors women who have chosen to leave their life
of prostitution and helps them reintegrate into society.
Everyone is invited to attend this event.
Refreshments will be served. For more information, you can call the church at
712-362-3335 or go online to trinityestherville.org.
2 injured in
one-vehicle accident near Windom
Sept. 7, 2014
WINDOM - Two people were injured in a one-vehicle
accident Saturday night on Highway 86 near Windom. 59-year old Lynette Stellmacher of Redwood Falls was driving a 2002 Chevry Trailblazer northbound on
Highway 86 around 6:30pm when she fell asleep, woke and overcorrected. The
vehicle entered the ditch, rolled and came to rest on its side.
Stellmacher and a passenger in her vehicle, 73
year-old Richard Stellmacher, also of Redwood Falls, were both transported by
the Windom Ambulance to the Windom Area Hospital with non-life threatening
Stellmacher’s Trailblazer sustained severe
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office assisted
the State Patrol at the scene.
Little Tykes Storytime coming to Jackson Library
JACKSON - Little Tykes Storytime will be held at the
Jackson Library on Mondays from 10-10:45am starting next Monday, September 15th,
for toddlers and preschoolers.
Each week will consist of theme-based stories,
finger plays, songs, rhymes and crafts. In addition, storytimes provide
opportunities for children to interact with one another, engage in dramatic
play, learn new words and concepts and help gradually increase their attention
Registration is requested. For more
information, or to register, call the Jackson Library at 847-4748.
September is Library Card Sign-up Month
Sept. 3, 2014
JACKSON - September is Library Card Sign-up Month
and the Jackson County Libraries want to make sure that everyone in
Jackson County has the smartest card of all – a library card. During
Library Card Sign-up Month get a free library card protector with a
new library card or replace a lost card free of charge!
Getting a card is easy and
free. People of all ages can receive a card. Stop in your local
library today and register for a library card. You will need to
fill out a short form and provide some proof of identification.
Children need a parent’s signature.
Use the library card to
check out a variety of materials: books, ebooks, DVDs, books on CD,
CD-ROM games, magazines, cake pans, music CDs, and large print
books. Library cards can be used from
home, too. Our libraries offer access to an online catalog and
For more information on how you can sign up for your
library card and for programming events, call or visit your local
library. You can call the Jackson Library at 847-4748, Lakefield
Library at 662-5782 or Heron Lake Library at 793-2641.
Trailer home destroyed in fire
Sept. 3, 2014
HERON LAKE - Around midnight on Sunday, August 31st,
a passerby reported a house fire in La Crosse Township.
The Heron Lake and Okabena Fire Departments
responded to the scene and a trailer house was fully engulfed.
The trailer house was rented by 42 year-old Michael
Johnson of Heron Lake, who was not home at the time of the fire.
The trailer house is considered a total loss.
The MN State Fire Marshall was contacted and deemed
the cause of the fire as undetermined and is most likely electrical.
Libraries to hold technology classes
Sept. 3, 2014
JACKSON - Get connected with free technology
classes at the Jackson County Library on Thursday, September 18th at
1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Participants will learn how to download
eBooks, audio, and magazines from the PCLS digital collection using
a Kindle Fire HDX tablet. A library card is required. If you don’t
have a card you may sign up for one at the class. Kindle tablets
will be provided and may be checked out after the class.
Class size is limited. Please pre-register by
calling or visiting the library. 847-4748
This program is made possible by a grant
through the Blandin Broadband Community Project.
City Council oks fiber optic line through Jackson
Sept. 3, 2014
JACKSON - The Jackson City Council met in
regular session Tuesday night in the Council Chambers at City Hall
with all members present. City Attorney Steve Handevidt was absent.
Paul Erickson of Midcontinent Communications
addressed the council regarding a proposed fiber optic line that
would run through the city of Jackson. The line is intended to
connect Sioux Falls to the 511 building in Minneapolis, creating a
third access point to the 511 building and providing greater
service. The proposed line would enter Jackson on the west side and
run down Sayles Drive, then North Highway to Highway 71, then to
Industrial Parkway and out of Jackson on the East toward Sherburn.
Councilman Donnie Schoenrock expressed concern
regarding the homes on Sayles Drive. Many of these were new
construction and he was concerned about the right of way being torn
up and not replaced on these newly landscaped properties.
Schoenrock questioned why the route did not follow County Road 34 to
Highway 71 and then up to Industrial Parkway. Erickson explained
that route was considered first, but they would have to lay the
cable under the sidewalks through the downtown area, and that was
not feasible. Erickson also stated that they do a lot of work with
Sanford in the Dakotas, and by taking this route, they would pass
right by the Sanford Jackson Medical Center and allow greater
service and security for them. Erickson also assured the council
that all properties would be returned to an acceptable appearance.
The council approved the permit for Midco Communications.
Mary Muir addressed the council regarding
reducing engine breaking noise. She had spoken with Ken Wenkel at
MnDOT and was advised that they could put signage up regarding noise
reduction, but needed a resolution from the City Council before they
could start. Councilman Fred Bern said he believed that something
had already been done as signs had been up before. Councilman
Schoenrock said that there was an ordinance already in place that
addressed this. The council referred it to city staff to review and
will revisit the issue at the September 16th council
In other action, the council approved a
resolution of Tax Levy Collectable in 2015. The preliminary 2014
tax levy is just under $1.4 million dollars, an increase of around
$54,000 of 4% from 2013.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:15. The next
meeting of the Jackson City Council is Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 6:30pm.
responds to multiple break-ins
Sept. 2, 2014
JACKSON - The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office
responded to a couple of weekend break-ins in Jackson.
On Saturday, officers responded to a break-in
at Leach Decorating in Jackson. Entrance was gained through a rear
door of the business and an undetermined amount of money was taken.
Also reported on Saturday was a second break-in
at Coast True Value Marine/Radio Shack. A padlock and hasp was
pried and opened and it is believed tools were missing.
Last Wednesday, officers responded to an
apparent break-in at the Good Shepard Catholic Church. A screen on
the parsonage garage had been torn to gain access to the garage.
It appeared that access was attempted into the parsonage which is
attached to the garage. Nothing was reported missing.
Anyone with information regarding these
break-ins is urged to contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
One injured in
two vehicle accident in Jackson
Sept. 2, 2014
JACKSON - One person received minor injuries in
a two-vehicle accident in Jackson around 12:30pm on August 28th.
88-year-old Beverly Benes of Jackson was driving a 2003 Pontiac
Bonneville eastbound on White Street and pulled into the
intersection of Highway 71.
67-year-old Donald Sebby of Jackson was driving
a 2012 Chevrolet pickup northbound on Highway 71 when the vehicles
collided in the intersection.
Benes was treated for minor injuries by the
Both vehicles sustained moderate damage.
Local talent on display tonight at the MN State Fair
Aug. 31, 2014
ST. PAUL - Southwest Minnesota will be
well represented in the Grandstand at the MN State Fair tonight
during the State Talent contest finals.
Claire Gerhardt representing Jackson County and
Rebecca Dose representing Martin County will be competing in the
teen division finals of the County Fair Talent Contest, and Alaina
Wolff of Jackson will be in the preteen finals of the Amatuer Talent
The competition starts at 7:30pm tonight.
JCC Schools to host technology session
Aug. 31, 2014
JACKSON - The Jackson County Central technology
committee will be holding a Schoology Technology session on Monday,
September 8th in the High School Auditorium beginning at 6:30pm.
All High School and Middle School parents are invited to come learn
how they can check their child's calendar, assignments, and
materials using Schoology. Assistance with usernames and passwords
will also be available after the meeting.
There will also be a
short demonstration of the new JCC website at 6:00pm that night in
the High School Auditorium. See how to navigate the new website on
both a computer and a web enabled mobile phone.
Bee & Butterfly Festival Friday in Dickinson County
Aug. 30, 2014
OKOBOJI - Bask in the beauty of bees and butterflies during the
first combined Bee & Butterfly Festival from 4 to 8 p.m. this Friday
at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji.
Participants can tag a monarch butterfly as part of
the University of Kansas Monarch Watch’s citizen science program
which helps scientists track and study monarchs on their migration
to Mexico. You can even check to see if your monarch made it to
Mexico by tracking it online in February.
Children can also take part in several bee and butterfly crafts.
They can decorate butterfly wings they can then wear, roll beeswax
candles, create handmade paper, make a thumbprint bee, paint a
stepping stone or assemble a native bee home.
Anyone interested in gardening and beekeeping will enjoy chatting
with our vendors, and other local beekeepers will be on hand to chat
with people about honeybees.
Steve Anderson, a Dickinson County Conservation Board member and
local beekeeper, will hold a presentation on beekeeping at 5 p.m.
Naturalist Karess Knudtson will talk about native plantings at 5:30
p.m. and 6:30 p.m., showing examples in the new pollinator gardens
outside the renovated Butterfly House.
Door prizes will be awarded at 6:45 p.m. and Lisa
Laird and Pockets Full of Fun will present a puppet and magic show
about butterflies and insects at 7 p.m. in the amphitheater.
For more information, call 712-336-6352 or go online to
Alley Cats to perform in Okoboji
Aug. 30, 2014
OKOBOJI - The Alley Cats will be
performing at 7:30pm this Thursday at the Pearson Lakes Art Center
The Alley Cats began at Fullerton College in
California, and landed their first professional gig at Disneyland's
"Blast to the Past." Soon after, they appeared on TV, radio shows,
fairs, festivals, and even a USO show aboard the John C. Stennis
aircraft carrier welcoming home the troops from Iraq. Currently, the
CATS are the opening act for Jay Leno in Las Vegas.
If you love the 50s and 60s A Capella Doo-Wop sound, then we are
pleased to present The Alley Cats. These guys are considered one of
the top A Capella groups in music today.
For tickets, or more
information, you can call the boxoffice at 712-332-7029 or go online
CREST of Martin County to host chiletti dinner
Aug. 30, 2014
FAIRMONT - The volunteer caregivers
organization “CREST” of Martin County will be hosting a chiletti
dinner on Sunday, September 14th from 11am to 1pm at the
Trimont Community Center.
Chiletti is a combination of chili and
spaghetti, and there will also be cheese, onions and beans that can
be added. There is a suggested donation of $5 per bowl and proceeds
will help support the CREST program in Martin County.
Bentz named new Fifth Judicial District Judge -
Aug. 27, 2014
FAIRMONT - Minnesota’s Fifth Judicial District has a new
judge. Governor Mark Dayton appointed Darci Bentz to replace the Honorable
Linda Titus, who retired earlier this year. Bentz will be chambered in Jackson.
Bentz is an Assistant Public Defender for the Fifth
Judicial District where her practice focuses on representing adults and
juveniles in criminal cases. Previously she was an attorney at Scott, Nielsen &
Bentz representing clients in worker’s compensation, unemployment and civil
Bentz received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota
and her J.D. from the Hamline University School of Law.
Minnesota’s Fifth Judicial District consists of Blue Earth,
Brown, Cottonwood, Fairbault, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Murray, Nicollet,
Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock and Watonwan counties.
Youth hunting Rendezvous to
be held in Windom
Aug. 27, 2014
WINDOM - A youth hunting rendezvous will be held at the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife service in Windom from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, September
6th. Scheduled events include: Pointing and water dog
demonstrations, field dressing wild game birds, goose decoy and hunting
presentations, big game tracking and a duck calling seminar and youth calling
On-going activities include spear target toss, camouflage
face painting and bracelet weaving, free wood duck, bluebird and bee house
construction, gun safety and BB gun shoot and a shooting simulator.
A free lunch will be served from 11:30am to 1pm, and
conservation officers will be available to answer questions.
For more information, call 800-577-2875 or visit their
website at midwest.fws.org/windom.
Sen. Weber appointed to
Rural Task Force
Aug. 26, 2014
LUVERNE - State
Senator Bill Weber (R-Luverne) was
appointed to the Minnesota State Senate’s Rural Task Force. The group will study
the needs of Minnesota’s rural communities, including nursing home and health
care access, education, transportation, economic development, and property
taxes. The group will have its first meeting Wednesday, August 27th.
The bipartisan panel is made up
of four Republicans and four Democrats, all from rural communities. It will also
feature involvement from The Association of Minnesota Counties, the League of
Minnesota Cities, the Minnesota Association of Townships, the Coalition of
Greater Minnesota Cities, the Minnesota Rural Caucus, the Minnesota Association
of Small Cities, and members of the Governor’s administration.
The group will meet once per
month during the interim and bring forward potential legislation when the 2015
legislative session convenes.
Arch Allies close out 2014 Live at the Lake series -
Aug. 26, 2014
- The final
2014 Live at the Lake concert at Arnolds Park Amusement Park will be at 7:30pm
this Saturday featuring the music of the Arch Allies.
Allies are a triple threat paying tribute to Journey, Styx and REO. Only the
best of the best will be performed from each of these classic rock bands.
Touring all over the Midwest the Arch Allies have gained a strong fan base with
their lively band tours. Great music and highly talented performers, the Arch
Allies put on an energetic show with creative costumes to keep the audience
engaged and moving.
join us on Preservation Plaza Saturday for our final concert of the season, Arch
Allies. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m., don’t forget your lawn chair.
SW MN Red Cross holding golf
Aug. 26, 2014
WORTHINGTON - The Southwest Minnesota American Red Cross will
be holding its First Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser on Monday, September 8th
at the Prairie View Golf Course in Worthington.
The tournament is a 9-hole scrambler with
registration at 2:30pm and a shotgun start at 3:30pm. Dinner will be served at
6:30pm. Tickets are $55 per individual or $200 for a team of four and include
golfing, cart and dinner.
All proceeds go to the Southwest Minnesota
American Red Cross to provide services to the communities in Jackson, Martin,
Nobles, Murray and Rock counties.
Tickets can be purchased online at redcross.org/mn/worthington
or by calling the chapter office at 507-372-4702.
Purple Ribbon Auction set new records Saturday -
Aug. 25, 2014
ST. PAUL - The 35th 4-H Purple
Ribbon Auction again set new records Saturday night at the Minnesota
State Fair. Eight new records were set and two more were tied as
the auction rose more than $490,000 in additional premium dollars
from 101 head for Minnesota 4-H youth and Animal Science programs.
Gavin Mulder of Jackson County set a new
Minnesota record for Champion Market Beef Steer with his Champion
Division II Crossbred Steer. Ames Construction had the successful
bid of $20,000. The Reserve Champion Market Beef, owned by Blake
Heideman of Freeborn County, received a winning bid of $11,500 from
Minnesota Farmers Union Industries.
The Champion Market Gilt brought a new record
of $10,000 for Lance Becker of Martin County. The Minnesota Farmers
Union was the bidder. Isaac Ihnen of Jackson County tied the
Reserve Champion Market Gilt record with a bid of $5,000 by New
Fashion Pork and AgStar Financial.
This year’s Grand Champion Barrow received a
bid of $12,000 for Kenny Strobel of Waseca County. Levi Becker of
Martin County received a record setting bid of $10,000 for the
Reserve Champion Barrow.
The Grand Champion Market Lamb shown by Brok
Miller of Brown County received a record bid of $7,350. The Reserve
Champion Market Lamb exhibited by Jessica Wiebe of Cottonwood County
brought a bid of $4,000.
Other bids for Market Beef included $8,000 to
Carlie Jackson of Cottonwood County, $7,000 to Adriane Rentschler of
Jackson County, $6,000 each to Ben Freking, Jayma Benda and Cole
Lusk, all of Jackson County and $5,000 to Nathan Hinkeldey of
Market Swine bids included $6,800 to Luke
Becker of Martin County, $6,700 to Larissa Becker of Martin County,
$3,800 to Ran Franz of Cottonwood County, $3,100 each for Nolan
Hohenstein, Joshua Ulbricht, Darick Vancura and Jon Harmening of
Jackson County and Bruce Adrian of Cottonwood County, $3,000 each to
Elijah Ihnen and Michaela Vancura of Jackson County and Cole Jackson
of Cottonwood County, $2,900 to Melanie Adrian of Cottonwood County
and $2,750 to Mikaela Smith of Cottonwood County.
Jordann Schneekloth received a bid of $3,100
and Bailey Schneekloth $3,000 for their Market Sheep.
Leo's Lions and UMDF Fundraiser today -
Aug. 21, 2014
JACKSON - There will be a special fundraising
event for Leo’s Lions and the United Mitochondrial Disease
Foundation today at the ExpressWay BP and Dairy Queen in Jackson.
The event will be held from 10am to 7pm.
All proceeds from Dairy Queen food and ice
cream sales will be donated to Leo’s Lions and the UMDF along with
$.10 of every gallon of BP gas purchased. In addition, for every
dollar that you donate to Leo’s Lions and the UMDF you will receive
a coupon good for a small DQ cone.
There will also be a Twins Ticket Raffle, two
drawings for 4 dugout box tickets to a Twins Game.
Come out today from 10am to 7pm at the
ExpressWay BP and Dairy Queen off Highway 71 just south of I-90 in
Jackson for this special fundraising event. KKOJ/KRAQ will be
broadcasting live throughout the event.
Scoops of Blessing Ice Cream Social
Aug. 21, 2014
JACKSON - The annual Ice Cream Social, “Scoops
of Blessings” will be held today from 6:45 to 8pm at the Good
Samaritan Society in Jackson. Due to the forecasted heat, the event
will be held inside.
Everyone is invited to enjoy ice cream, cake,
lemonade and popcorn. The Blue Water Gospel Group will provide
Come enjoy food, fun and fellowship at the
annual “Scoops of Blessings” Ice Cream Social from 6:45-8pm tonight
at the Good Samaritan Society in Jackson.
Appreciation Days this weekend -
Aug. 21, 2014
ALPHA - Alpha Appreciations Days is this
weekend in Alpha. Tomorrow at 6pm the Beer Garden opens along with
Pork Burgers, Brats and more. The Alpha Fire Department Street
Dance gets underway at 8:30pm featuring the music of "The Nectorines".
There is no cover charge for the Street Dance.
On Saturday, there are rummage sales from 10am
to noon and kids games from 4 to 7pm. The Beer Garden opens at
4pm and the Grilled Pork Chop Supper starts at 5pm. Get a pork
chop dinner for $10 or a pork burger dinner for $6. Larry
Clymer will have Karaoke from 7pm to midnight with fireworks around
Everyone is invited to Alpha this weekend for
their annual Appreciation Days.
Jackson Council sets public hearing
for Hwy 71 work -
Aug. 20, 2014
JACKSON - The Jackson City
Council met in regular session Tuesday night in the Council Chambers
at City Hall. The meeting was called to order at 6:30pm with all
council members present.
The meeting was opened to a
public hearing where Jeff Gladis with Western Community Action
updated the council on the Small Cities Development Program Grant.
Since the grant was issued in 2013, there have been 28 homes
approved for grants. Of those, 2 are done, 16 are in progress, 5
are out for bid and the last 3 are in inspection. Gladis said that
they are on schedule and the projects are coming in within budget.
Chris Bower with MnDOT addressed
to council on the Highway 71 bridge project. MnDOT has heard the
concerns expressed by Jackson residents and businesses and presented
a new proposal that would allow for a southbound thru lane, a left
turning lane and two uphill lanes. In addition, this proposal would
move the trail 15 feet from the roadway. There were two locations
where that distance would be closer. In tradeoff, the thru lanes
were narrowed from 12 to 11 feet, the turning lane from 15 to 13
feet and the shoulders from 8 to 4 feet. The council felt this was
a good compromise and a public hearing was set for 6:30pm on
Tuesday, October 7th for public comment.
Jodi Edlin with the Jackson
Promotions Committee addressed the council requesting one block of
main street be blocked off from 9am to 7pm on Thursday, September 18th
for a the annual Craft Fair. The council authorized the closure of
main street from Ashley Street to Sherman Street be blocked off for
Greg Mitchell with Bolton and
Menk presented quotes for the sealcoat project in Jackson. The
council approved the bid of just over $72,000 from Pearson Brothers
of Hanover. The project was estimated at over $102,000.
In other action, the council
approved a vacant land purchase agreement with Southwest Minnesota
Housing Partnership pending notation stating that the JEDC would not
be responsible for any of the costs and approved contracting for
crosswalk and parking stall striping for 2014.
The meeting was adjourned to
closed session at 7:10pm. The next regular meeting of the Jackson
City Council is scheduled for 6:30pm on Tuesday, September 2nd.
PEBC Star Party
Aug. 20, 2014
LAKEFIELD - The Prairie Ecology Bus Center Star
Party will be Friday night from 8:30 to 11pm. The program will
start at Sparks Park in Lakefield with a presentation by 30-year
amateur astronomer, Kevin Hlavac of Lakefield and Dr. Paul Seifert,
physics professor at Minnesota West in Worthington.
Participants will become familiar with some of
the objects that will be observed through telescopes, as well as
view photos and information on telescopes at Mauna Kea in Hawaii and
Kitt Peak near Tuscon, Arizona.
Following the indoor presentation, participants
will caravan to Sandy Point County Park where there will be a
variety of telescopes to observe Saturn, Mars, the summer Milky Way
and many other astronomical objects.
Pre-registration is required at 507-662-5064 or
by email at Marilyn@ecologybus.org.
JCC schedules HS iPad meetings -
Aug. 20, 2014
JACKSON - Mandatory
iPad Meetings for JCC high school students will be held on Monday,
August 25th or Wednesday, August 27th at 6:30 p.m. in the JCC High
School Auditorium. All high school students and 1 parent in grades
10 and 11 must attend one of these iPad meetings in order for their
student to receive his/her iPad for this school year.
Any Senior students
and parents who did not attend senior orientation must also attend
one of these meetings. Paperwork will be available for parent and
student signatures and iPads will be issued to students after the
Please visit our
website www.jccschools.com for more information.
Reading Buddies volunteers needed -
Aug. 20, 2014
JACKSON - The Jackson Public Library is in need
of volunteers who are willing to donate a half to an hour of their
time each week to help with the Reading Buddies program. The
Reading Buddies program offers 2nd and 3rd
grade students at Riverside Elementary time to sit down and do some
oral reading with a partner. The students will have the same buddy
Many of the younger readers are working on
their accelerated reading goals for the year. The buddies will meet
once per week at the library for a half hour at a time.
Anyone interested, or for more information,
please contact Carrie Dose at the Jackson Public Library at
JCC Board approves staff positions as school starts -
Aug. 19, 2014
The Jackson County Central School
Board met in regular session Monday night. The meeting was called
to order at 6pm. Gary Place was the only Board Member absent.
The Board approved a resolution
relating to the election of school board members and calling for the
School District General Election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.
number of new hires were approved, Tori Kroger as a reading
integration teacher, Zach Johnson as a First Grade Teacher at
Riverside Elementary, Emily Anderson as the Human Resources/Finance
Clerk for the central office, Amber Lessman as a half-time Preschool
Teacher, Joseph Heckard as a paraprofessional at the High School,
Amy Gilmore as a paraprofessional at the Middle School, Cindy
Kolander as a paraprofessional at Pleasantview Elementary, Ashly
Linscheid, Ashley Morrison, Nichol Shelhamer, Lisa Ringkob, Amanda
Taylor and Kathy Conners as paraprofessionals at Riverside
Elementary, Emily Arduser and Kristoffer Saunders as Minnesota
Reading Corps Aides at Riverside and Katherine Clymer as a part time
Minnesota Reading Corp Aide and part time paraprofessional at
Board also approved the Food Service Workers agreement for
2014-2016, approved the Square 1 Art Fundraiser and approved a
resolution for Board Member Jody Thrush to continue working as a
substitute for the JCC School District.
meeting was adjourned at 6:47pm. The next regular meeting of the
JCC School Board is scheduled for Monday, September 22 at 6pm at the
JCC High School.
Jackson man arrested on drug charges -
Aug. 19, 2014
JACKSON - A Jackson man is under arrest on drug
charges. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office arrested 30-year old
Roland Ybarra of Jackson for 4th degree felony sale of a
According to the Sheriff’s Office, on August 1st,
Ybarra sold approximately a half gram of methamphetamine to a
Officers executed a search warrant at Ybarra’s
residence. Additional methamphetamine was located and seized along
with approximately $600 in quarters.
Additional charges are pending at this time.
Friends of Jackson Libraries gets $5,000 grant -
Aug. 18, 2014
JACKSON - The Friends of the Jackson County
Library has been awarded a $5,000 grant from ITC to purchase e-books
and digital audio. The addition of new titles will help meet
the demand for registered borrowers not only from Jackson County,
but the entire Plum Creek Regional Library System.
Jackson County Library Director Tamera Erickson
says with more library users purchasing readers and tables, the
demand for e-books and digital audio is growing.
Open House Wednesday at Spirit Lake VA Clinic -
Aug. 17, 2014
SPIRIT LAKE - The Spirit Lake VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic
invites area residents to an open house on Wednesday to celebrate
their seventh anniversary in the community.
The open house will be from 11:00am to 1:30pm at the Clinic at 1310
Lake Street in Spirit Lake. There will be facility tours, live music
by Jessie James and the Outlaws and refreshments.
VA staff will be available to explain Veterans’ benefits and
services and encourages Veterans who are not enrolled for VA care to
Message boards to be installed on I-90 and Hwy 60 -
Aug. 17, 2014
MANKATO - By October motorists on Highways 60 and Interstate 90 will
have another way to get real-time information during road
Permanent electronic message boards will be installed beginning
August 25. Motorists can expect shoulder closures on Highway 60
near Worthington, Windom, St. James, Madelia and Lake Crystal. On
Interstate 90 the locations include Jackson, Worthington, Fairmont
and Blue Earth.
The electronic message boards will only be used for events and
emergencies that impact traffic. The Minnesota Department of
Transportation and State Patrol will partner in the use of and
responsibility for the messages. The project is part of the Toward
Zero Deaths effort, which includes staff from MnDOT, State Patrol,
Public Safety and Emergency Services.
Messages typically include a statement of the problem, effect on the
motorist and an action or suggestion for the motorist.
Examples of traffic conditions ahead that warrant the use of the
signs include: Crashes, Closures, Construction and hazardous
The message boards will also be used for Amber Alerts and other
public safety messages.
By providing real-time information to the motorists, the signs can
improve route selection, reduce travel time and mitigate the
severity/duration of incidents.
Jackson County Sheriff's Office investigating break-ins -
Aug. 16, 2014
JACKSON - The Jackson County
Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help regarding a couple of
recent break-ins in the city of Jackson.
On Tuesday, August 12th,
the Sheriff’s Office responded to a break-in at Vet’s Oil Company in
Jackson. The suspect removed an undetermined amount of cash from
On Friday, August 15th,
the Sheriff’s Office responded to a possible break-in at the Good
Hair Day Salon in Jackson. No forced entry was found and an
undetermined amount of cash was taken.
Anyone with information regarding
these break-ins is requested to contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s
I-90 bridge work to change directions -
Aug. 15, 2014
MANKATO - Bridge
work on the I-90 bridge over Highway 1 in Jackson will shift from
the westbound lane to the eastbound lane next week. The change
is expected to occur around Wednesday, August 20th.
When the shift occurs, motorists
will be able to access I-90 westbound from Highway 71 in Jackson,
but a detour will be posted for eastbound traffic exiting to
Jackson. Eastbound traffic eill be routed off of I-90 at
Highway 86 near Lakefield and detoured on Jackson County Road 34
Rumbles to perform at IRRMA's Hall of Fame -
Aug. 15, 2014
ARNOLDS PARK -
Legendary band and Iowa Hall of Fame inductees, The Rumbles will
kick off the Iowa Rock n Roll Music Association’s Hall of Fame
Induction Spectacular on Labor Day Weekend at the Roof Garden in
Arnold’s Park. With a legacy that spans 50 years, The Rumbles were
inducted into the Iowa Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
The Rumbles will
perform at the Roof Garden in Arnold’s Park on Friday, August 29,
beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 for IRRMA members, and $10.00
for non-members. Tickets for the concert, as well as for The Hall of
Fame Induction Ceremony and Concert are now available by calling
712-330-0889. Details may be found online at iowarocknroll.com.
City and School
Board ballots are set -
Aug. 13, 2014
JACKSON - The November ballots for City and
School Board elections are set. In the city of Jackson, Mayor Wayne
Walter is running unopposed for his second term. In City Council
Ward 2, incumbents Dave Cushman and Ken Temple are seeking
re-election. Also on the ballot will be Jeff Gay. In City Council
Ward 1, there are two seats open and nobody filed to fill those
seats. Incumbents Dennis Hunwardson and Chris Vee elected not to
In Lakefield, Mayor Darrell Nissen is running
unopposed, as are council members Bruce Bakalyar and Andrea Monson.
There are three seats open on the Jackson
County Central School Board. Holli Arp and Rhonda Moore are seeking
re-election. They will be joined on the November ballot by Brad
Anderson and Ron Anderson.
Aug. 12, 2014
JACKSON - The Jackson County Board of
Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday Morning. The meeting
was called to order at 9am with all members present.
A public hearing was held regarding tax
abatement for TP Holdings, LLC in Jackson. The requested abatement
is for no more than $1,291/year for 15 years, with an overall
maximum abatement of $19,365. There were no comments from the
public and the abatement was approved.
A public hearing was held to review the Jackson
County Capital Improvement Program for 2015-2019. There were no
comments from the public and the CIP was approved.
The Board approved the purchase of a Trimble
Robotic Total Station and controllers for just over $41,000. The
current total station is 14 years old and not functioning properly.
The Commissioners also approved a one year permit for an individual
to cut and remove dead fall trees and branches from Jackson County
Parks, approved a Conditional Use Permit for IJ Sether Limited
Partnership to require perimeter tile testing once every 5 years and
set a public hearing for September 9th at 9:30am for
revisions to the Jackson County DepartmentCode.
In other action,
Commissioners Rosemary Schultz and Bill Tusa were appointed to the
Election Canvassing Board and a framed print and plaque were gifted
to the county.
The next regularly
scheduled meeting of the Jackson County Commissioners is on Tuesday,
August 26th at 9am.
Aug. 12, 2014
WINDOM - Highway 62 from Fulda to
Windom will be detoured into September as the major resurfacing
project has been delayed due to the June flooding.
The project, which consists of
reclaiming the old pavement and paving a new surface, was projected
to be complete in late August.
The detour, which has been in place
since June 2, includes Highway 59, Nobles County Road 16, Jackson
County Road 24 and Highway 60.
Lakes area to host pair of car shows-
Aug. 12, 2014
MILFORD - The Black Knights
Car Club will be holding an event called “Spectacular Cars Weekend’'
Saturday August 16th 2014. This is one of
Northwest Iowa's largest Car Shows with 29 classes and 3 special
awards. Trophys will be awarded to top three in each class.
Sunday is the 3rd annual
“Cruise the Lakes” which is approximately a 2-hour cruise around the
Iowa Great Lakes.
Both events start at The
Classic Car Museum in Milford, Iowa just west of Perkins on Highway
On-Farm GAP's Workshop to be held in
Aug. 11, 2014
LAKEFIELD - The University of Minnesota On-Farm
GAP’s Education Program and University of Minnesota Southwest
Regional Sustainable Development Partnership are partnering to
provide a day-long on-farm GAP’s workshop at Brandt Gardens &
Greenhouse in Lakefield.
This workshop is intended for
commercial fruit and vegetable farmers. Participants will learn the
most recent food safety information including GAPs audits and the
Food Safety Modernization Act and what it may means for producers.
They will also have an opportunity to tour the packing, washing, and
storage facilities, learn about potential food safety issues on the
farm, practiced food safety SOPs and risk assessment statements.
This training will be held on
Friday, August 22nd from 9:00am to 4:00pm at Brandt
Gardens and Greenhouse in Lakefield, MN. The cost for this training
is $15 which will cover lunch and snacks.
To participate in this daylong
training, participants will need to register online by Tuesday,
August 19th at
For additional information or
questions, contact Bill Brandt at
email@example.com or 507-662-5631.
Primary elections on Tuesday-
Aug. 11, 2014
JACKSON - Primary elections will be held tomorrow for
several open spots on the November General Election ballot.
Republican candidates for Governor include
Marty Siefert, Kurt Zellers, Jeff Johnson, Scott Honour and Merrill Anderson.
GOP candidates for US Senate are Mike McFadden, Jim Abeler, David Carlson,
Patrick Munro and O. Savior and GOP candidates for US District 1 Representative
are Jim Hagedorn and Aaron Miller.
DFL voters can choose between State Auditor
Candidates Rebecca Otto and Matt Entenza. Governor Mark Dayton and US Senator
Al Franken also face primary opponents.
Independence party voters can select between US
Senate candidates Steve Carlson, Kevin Terrell, Jack Shepard, Stephen Williams
and Tom Books.
Registration dates set for
Martin County West Schools
Aug. 11, 2014
SHERBURN - Registration for Martin County West Sherburn
Elementary will be Tuesday through Friday this week, and Monday through Friday
next week from 9am to 3pm.
Trimont Elementary registration will be Monday,
August 18th through Friday, August 22nd from 8am to 4pm.
Conferences will be held
Wednesday, August 27th from noon to 8pm and on Tuesday, September 2nd
from 8am to noon. Parents of students grade K-6 are encouraged to sign up for a
conference time when you register your children.
Registration for MCW Junior and
Senior High students will be from Monday, August 18th through Friday,
August 22nd from 7:30m to 3pm.
There will be a 7th and 9th
Grade & New student “Transition Day” on Thursday, August 28th from
8:30am to noon. There will be orientation-type activities designed to assist
students to this building and make a positive and effective transition to the Jr/Sr
Three injured in
2-vehicle accident south of Windom
Aug. 10, 2014
WINDOM - Three people were injured in a
two-vehicle accident Highway 71 south of Windom on Saturday
17 year-old Katherine Kelly of Windom was
driving a 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser southbound on highway 71 around
1:20pm Saturday when she collided with a 2006 Chrysler 300 driven by
24-year old Geoffrey Krumweide of Trimont.
Kelly, a passenger in her car, 24 year-old Liam
Kelly and a passenger in Krumweide’s car, David Krumweide, were all
transported by Windom Ambulance to the Windom Area Hospital with
non-life threatening injures. Geoffrey Krumweide and another
passenger in his car, 23 year-old Nick Mahle suffered no apparent
Damage to both vehicles was not reported.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office assisted
the State Patrol at the scene.
found after 17 hour search
Aug. 9, 2014
BERGAN - After nearly 17 hours of searching,
the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office located a missing woman. 54
year-old Sandra Clark was reported missing from her daughters
residence south of Bergan around 10:30pm Friday.
Clark was located around 3:15 Saturday
afternoon, approximately three quarters of a mile west of the
residence in CRP acres. An extensive ground search was conducted
and Clark was located with the aid of a plane owned and operated by
Richard Hample of rural Jackson.
Clark was transported to the Sanford Jackson
Medical Center via Jackson Ambulance.
Back to School nights planned at JCC
Aug. 8, 2014
JACKSON - Back to
School nights are planned for JCC Schools.
Back to School Night
for JCC Middle school students & parents will be held on Thursday,
August 14th in the JCC Middle School Auditorium. Orientation for
6th grade students & parents will begin promptly at 6pm. 7th & 8th
grade students & parents will join the 6th grade group in the
auditorium at 6:30 for important information regarding the 1:1 iPad
project. After the session, parents will have the opportunity to
complete the necessary paperwork so students are able to take their
iPads home the first week of school. Students will also be able to
meet teachers and pick up your schedules.
9th Grade Orientation will be held Monday, August 11th at 7:00 p.m.
Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. Come and take a tour of the building.
Remember on Saturday in Spirit Lake-
Aug. 8, 2014
SPIRIT LAKE - Lakes Regional Healthcare
Hospice, Schuchert-Lentz Funeral Home and Turner Jenness Funeral
Home have teamed up to honor those who have passed away and those
that are currently in hospice care by hosting Walk/Run to Remember
5K event on Saturday, August 9.
The event will begin at 9:30am at Lakes
Regional Healthcare’s new patio area, south of their new east
entrance. There will be an opening ceremony followed by a butterfly
release to remember those that have passed away.
The walk/run will begin at approximately
10:00am from the east patio and proceed to the YMCA. Individuals of
all ages are welcomed to participate. It is not a race or
competition, so walkers can take as long as needed to finish, or
walk as far as they are able to. Snacks and refreshments will be
served upon returning to the east patio. There is no need to
register for this event. Those with questions can contact Missy
Hilgendorf at 712-338-9998.
KKOJ gives away final birthday
Aug. 6, 2014
JACKSON - KKOJ Radio turned 34 in July and to
celebrate, we gave our birthday presents to our listeners.
Mallory Nosbusch of
Jackson was the winner of our last present, the Weekend Getaway.
Mallory registered at Dr. Debby Christopher’s in Jackson.
Winners were drawn from the remaining entries
for a pair of tickets to various locations.
Winning pairs of tickets to Moose Mountain were
Leo Porter, Jill Winter, Brenda Schlager, Tammy Handevidt, Sandee
Svoboda, Nikki Austin, Brenda Bachenberg, Kelly Baker, Linda
Torgerson and Nathan Schlager.
Winning pairs of tickets to Sea Life Aquarium
were Jeremiah Manwarren, Ginny Krejci, David Doppenberg, Connie
O’Shea, Diane Stoltenberg, Marcy Hassing, Clarice Nasby, Laura Bidne,
Lyn Theobald and Gavyn Rowland.
Winning pairs of tickets to the Minnesota Zoo
were Lori Rossow, Elaine Schentzel, Heidi Farrell, Barb Bern, Ivan
Buhr, Ron Kjergaard, Holly Schmit, Lori Olson, Lila Smith and Holly
Winning pairs of tickets to Nickelodeon
Universe were Crystal Nelson, Marcy Chapman, Peg Sasker, Linda
Clarksean, Shelly DiBrito, Mackenzie Henning, Sonja Koch, Jenny
Eicholz, Mary Voda and Angie Hillmer.
Winning pairs of tickets to the Renaissance
Festival were Mary Bezdicek, Kristi Herrig, Deb Schuller, Laura
DeKok, Mindy Pell, Kevin Nelson, Kay Hummel, Randy Olson, Lucas
Beseke, Donna Taemiltz and Jean Pike.
Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate
Delays expected on Highway 86
Aug. 6, 2014
MANKATO - Motorists are advised to expect delays on Highway 86 from
I-90 to Highway 60 beginning Monday, Aug. 11 through Thursday, Aug.
14, weather permitting, as maintenance crews apply a seal coat.
The seal coat is a preventative maintenance measure that provides a
protective layer, reducing deterioration due to sun and moisture.
Highway 86 traffic should anticipate lane closures during
operations. Traffic will be controlled with flaggers and a pilot
car. Motorists should slow down, drive with caution and watch for
workers, equipment and traffic control devices.
For updated road condition information, call 511 or go online at
Council-MnDOT still disagree on Highway 71
Aug. 6, 2014
JACKSON - The Jackson City Council met in regular session
Tuesday night in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The meeting was called to
order at 6:30pm with all members present.
A public hearing was held regarding a tax
abatement request by TP Holdings, LLC. The requested abatement would not exceed
$3,345 per year for a maximum of 15 years. The Gruhlkes plan on investing over
$600,000 in developing the property which has a current tax value of just under
$66,000. When completed, the property would have a new tax value of over
$332,000. There were no comments from the public. The council approved the tax
Larry Olson of the Jackson Fire Department
addressed the council regarding the Jackson Fire Relief Retirement Fund. They
have excess funds in the account and want to increase from $1,700 per person per
year to $1,800. The council approved the increase.
Dennis Hampel advised the council of the 50th
Anniversary Open House at Minnesota West in Jackson. The event will be held on
September 20. Bridget Kolander-Gilbert requested and was approved for a one day
temporary liquor license to serve beer and wine at the social on September 20th.
Chris Bower from MnDOT talked about the plans
for Highway 71 in Jackson. The Jackson Economic Development Corporation had
written a letter to MnDOT expressing the concern of several Jackson businesses
regarding the removal of a truck passing lane going up the hill. Bower said
that the council needed to approve the joint powers agreement with MnDOT so that
they could begin working with Bolton & Menk on the projects engineering. Once
this was completed, they would have definite options that would be presented for
approval during a public hearing. Bower assured the council and the city that
MnDOT would not move forward without the city’s consent.
Councilman Donnie Schoenrock asked what would
happen if they could not come to an agreement. Bower said that it would go to
arbitration, but that hasn’t happened before and he doubted it would happen
here. Councilman Dave Cushman asked everyone to remember the purpose of highway
71. It was designed to move traffic in and out of Jackson. That meant truck
traffic, implement traffic and car traffic. And while he supports the trails,
and uses them himself, moving bicycle and pedestrian traffic was secondary. If
the trail was going to cause the city to lose a lane on highway 71, the city
could find an alternate route for the trail.
Bower advised that once they were able to
conduct the engineering study, they would have more definitive options for the
city to consider. After Bower assured the council that they were not agreeing
to any specific option for highway 71, the council approved moving forward with
the joint powers agreement with MnDOT.
Greg Mitchell addressed the council regarding sealcoating city streets. This has not been done in a couple years and a recent
inspection showed 8 or 9 streets covering about 35 city blocks were in need of
sealcoating. Mitchell asked for authorization to go out for bids for this
project. His estimated cost was around $100,000. City Administrator Jennifer
Bromeland said that the council had $150,000 in this year’s budget for
sealcoating. The council approved getting bids for sealcoating.
Councilman Fred Bern asked again what was
happing with making Riverside Drive two-way. The council had approved making it
2-way temporarily while traffic is detoured to 71 from the I-90 bridge project
and this has not happened yet. City Administrator Bromeland advised that she
was working with the state to make sure that they would not lose any trail money
due to the trail being closed on Riverside Drive. Bern said that he had heard
from a constituent that said that they were tired of asking him to address the
council with concerns only to have them not addressed.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:00pm. The next
regular meeting of the Jackson City Council will be at 6:30pm on Tuesday, August
City says "Thank You" to
Aug 6, 2014
JACKSON - An open house was held prior to Tuesday’s City
Council meeting to thank State Senator Julie Rosen and State Representative Bob
Gunther for their work in securing funds for the Jackson Library Renovation and
Expansion project and in increasing Jackson’s Tax Abatement Capacity.
City Administrator Jennifer Bromeland said that it is great
to have legislators that are so willing to work with the city when issues arise.
State Senator Rosen explained that it was a pleasure to
work with Jackson. She said that there are a number of legislators that are
excited about what is happening here and are willing to help push for projects
that benefit Jackson.
One injured in
rollover accident near Alpha
Aug. 4, 2014
ALPHA - An Alpha man was injured in a one
vehicle rollover north of Alpha late Friday night. The Jackson
County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Alpha Fire Department and
Jackson Fire Department and Ambulance Service were dispatched around
11pm Friday night to a one-vehicle rollover on County Road 29, just
north of 820th Street.
Upon arrival, they located a 2002 Ford pickup
on its top in a field on the east side of County Road 29. They did
not find anyone at the scene. The vehicle was owned by 38 year-old
Daniel Schultz of rural Alpha.
Deputies were able to contact Schultz, who had
been driving the vehicle, and met with him at the Sanford Jackson
Medical Center where he was treated and released.
The pickup was a total loss. The accident is
still under investigation.
arrested following reported assault
Aug. 4, 2014
JACKSON - A Jackson man is under arrest
following a domestic disturbance in Jackson on Monday, June 28th.
52 year-old Robert Peterson of Jackson is charged with felony
assault with a dangerous weapon, 5th degree controlled
substance crime and open bottle.
29 year-old Theresa Ingvall of Estherville
reported that she was threatened with a knife by Peterson and was
chased by Peterson and 32 year-old Jacob Stammer of Jackson in a
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office located
Peterson and Stammer near Clear Lake, where both men were placed in
custody. During a search of Peterson, a knife was located in his
A search warrant was executed on Peterson’s
residence where a small amount of methamphetamine was located.
Peterson was released after posting $20,000
bond. Charges against Stammer were dropped and he was released from