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JCC places two at State Speech Meet -
LAKEVILLE - Jackson County Central had two place winners at the
2015 Class A State Speech Meet held Friday at Lakeville North High School.
Junior Nick Reed placed fourth in Storytelling.
This is Reed’s third time advancing to the State meet where he
has placed all three years.
Sofia Stumph, an 8th Grader, placed
fifth in Creative Expression. This was Stumpf’s
first year advancing to the State meet.
Sophomore Jenna Sassenrath also competed for JCC
at the State Speech Meet.
The Class 2A State Speech meet is being held on
There will be a Speech Showcase at 1pm on Sunday,
May 3rd at the Historic State Theater in Jackson.
All three state qualifiers will perform along with Senior
Maddie Isaacson. The public is invited to hear
these great performances. Awards will be handed out
after the performances. Concessions will be
Highway 60 expansion to continue in May -
MANKATO - The expansion of Highway 60 from two
lanes to four lanes between Mountain Lake and Butterfield is expected
to officially begin May 11, however motorists may already have seen
crews working on drainage and relocating utilities.
Initially, traffic will be maintained on the
existing two lanes of Highway 60 while construction of the additional
two lanes takes place on the south side. A two-month detour
later in the summer will be necessary to build the connections on both
ends of the project.
The project, which includes grading, paving,
concrete repair and lighting, is expected to be complete in October.
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.
Minnesota Crop Report for April 14
- Apr 14
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota farmers have gotten a jump on
small grain planting this spring.
Although only 3.5 days were suitable for fieldwork for the week
ending Sunday, the U.S. Department of Natural Resources says small
grain planting by Minnesota farmers is 3.5 weeks ahead of last year's
Twenty percent of Minnesota's spring wheat is planted, five days
ahead of normal. Seventeen percent of oat acreage is planted, almost
four weeks ahead of last year. Barley planting is 10 percent complete,
which is a month ahead of last year and a day ahead of the five-year
Sugar beet planting is 11 percent complete, 30 days ahead of last
Most farmers are waiting for warmer weather to start planting corn,
although there are scattered reports of corn planting in southern
Holmberg and Brinkman Lions students of the
JACKSON - Jackson County Central High School Seniors Hannah
Holmberg and Joseph Brinkman were honored Monday night as the Jackson
Lions' Students of the Second Quarter.
Hannah, daughter of
Mark and Ramona Holmberg, is ranked 5th in her senior class of 95
students. She has an overall grade point average of 3.942. Hannah's
activities in school include Choir, Band, Jazz Band, Key-Club, and FFA
where she serves as Treasurer. She is also a member of the National
Honor Society and 4-H. Holmberg's classes include American Government,
Spanish II, and academic reading. She is also involved with youth
group at church.
Holmberg will be attending school this
Fall in Madison, Wisconsin.
Joe Brinkman is the son of Mike and
Mary Brinkman. Joe is ranked 6th out of his senior class of 95. His
activities at JCC have included Basketball and Golf. Brinkman serves
on the Student Council, is a member of the National Honor Society and
is involved with his youth group at church. His classes have included
physics, calculus, economics, and American Government.
Brinkman outlined his plans to attend Mount
Marty College in Yankton, SD this fall.
As the Jackson Lions'
Students of the Quarter, Holmberg and Brinkman were each presented a
framed certificate recognizing them as the Lions' Student of the
Quarter and a check for $100.
sends 3 to State Speech Meet -
ST. PETER - Jackson County Central had
three entries qualify for the State Speech Tournament next weekend.
The Section 2A meet was held Friday in St. Peter.
Sofia Stumpf was the section champion in Creative
Expression and Nick Reed in Storytelling and Jenna Sassenrath in
Dramatic Interpretation were section runners-up.
The top three in each category advance to state.
Other placewinners for JCC were Becca Dose
finishing 4th in Extemporaneous Reading, Josie Nunez
finishing 5th in Poetry and Logan Kooistra finishing 6th
in Extemporaneous Speaking.
Also competing for Jackson County Central was
Maddie Isaacson in Original Oratory, Tara Porter and Alix Schmidt in
Duo, Glory and Liberty Meyer in Duo and Camden Schmidt in Creative
Martin County West had one finalist, Tristan Rabbe was 6th in
The class A State Speech Meet will be held on
Friday, April 10th at Lakeville North High School.
host events on Sunday
ALPHA - There are a couple of events happening at
area churches this weekend.
The annual Ice Cream Social will be held at
Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Alpha on Sunday from 11am to 1pm.
Everyone is invited to enjoy homemade soups,
sandwiches and desserts along with homemade ice cream and toppings.
Free will donations will be accepted.
At 2pm on Sunday, Immanuel Lutheran Church in
Dunnell will be hosting a gospel concert featuring Glenn Henriksen,
Jeff Hagen and the quartet Songquest, Millie Kittleson and Bill
Refreshments will be served after the concert.
A free will offering will be accepted.
Prom is Saturday -
JACKSON - Jackson County Central High School will
be holding their 2015 prom “A Whole New World” Saturday night.
The Grand March is scheduled for 6:15pm in the
High School Main Gymnasium with the dinner at 7pm.
Hypnotist Jason Mystic will provide entertainment at 8:30 with the
dance from 10pm to 12:30am.
Post prom will start at 12:30am in the High
Bomb Scare closes Spencer Hy-Vee
SPENCER - The Hy-Vee in Spencer was closed for several hours
yesterday afternoon after a bomb threat was received at the corporate
headquarters in Des Moines.
Just after noon, officials report receiving the threat and the
store was evacuated. After a thorough search, the
store re-opened around 3pm.
The Spencer Police Department, Clay County Sheriff’s Office,
Spencer Fire Department, Clay County Emergency Management, Iowa State
Patrol, State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Algona Police Department
assisted at the scene.
The incident remains under investigation by Spencer police and the
Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.
Commissioner declare April Child Abuse Prev Mo
JACKSON - The Jackson County Board met at 9:00
Tuesday morning with Commissioner David Henkels absent.
The board approved a resolution accepting the
recommendation of the Revolving Loan Fund Committee for a loan to
Round Lake Vineyards and Winery, LLC for one hundred thousand dollars
for fifteen years with a five year balloon and at 5 percent interest.
The board approved a resolution proclaiming April
as Child Abuse Prevention month in
Jackson County after hearing a presentation from
Angie Hillmer and Sarah Krause from Family Services Network.
Krause and Hillmer also discussed the need for people willing to
provide foster care, respite care and day care. More after school and
summer programs for kids would also help with prevention.
April was also proclaimed as County Government
Month by the Commissioners; in recognition of the
County government plays in
the lives of citizens.
In other action, the board approved conditional
use permits for Wanzek Construction in connection with the Odell
Windfarm Project and for Knife River Construction for an asphalt plant
on property owned by Larry Christopher. The site will be used for the
Interstate 90 project. They denied a modification request to a
conditional use permit for New Fashion Pork. They approved advertising
for road overlay and sealcoat projects, approved a resolution for a
five year bridge repair priority schedule, and approved the purchase
of Handy Hitch Packer/Roller from Bruellman Blading and Road
Maintenance of Blue Earth for just over $34,000.
They approved the reappointment of Rocky Seiler
to the Revolving Loan Fund Advisory Board, accepted the resignation of
Jason Freking from the Planning and Zoning Board, and recognized and
thanked retiring board and committee members: Jana Mueller from the
Library Board, Gordon Ruskell from the Revolving Loan Fund Board, Ardy
Palmer from the Extension Committee and Robert Untiedt from the
Housing Redevelopment Authority Board.
The board approved advertising for a replacement
for Sherrif’s Office Records Clerk Patty Prom who has resigned
effective June 18th. The Sheriff’s Office is also
anticipating losing several part-time deputy positions in the upcoming
months. The board approved a request to fill part-time Deputy
positions, not to exceed five. The Commissioners heard presentations
from three search firms with proposals to aid in the search and hiring
of a new County
to replace Janice Fransen who is retiring at the end of December.
Waters and Company Executive Recruitment, David Drown Associates, and
Sicora Consulting made presentations. The board hopes to choose a firm
at their next meeting on April 21 and have a new person hired by
October or November.
Jackson Council approved bid for DP4 Project -
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 6:35pm with all members present.
Greg Mitchell with Bolton & Menk presented
the council with the bid tabulations for the DP4 project at Highway 71
and Industrial Parkway. The bid from Svoboda Excavating came in
18% under estimate. The council approved proceeding with the full
At 7:05pm the council convened the local
board of Appeal and Equalization Meeting. County Assessor Jason
McCaslin presented a report on the current process of assessing
property values in Jackson County. Two Jackson residents brought
appeals to the meeting. Larry Hanson of Circle Drive asked why
his property value has increased over 25% in the last 2 years.
Assessors will view his property again and the board will convene
again on April 21st at the next council meeting to discuss.
RE Schenk of White Street asked why his
property value increased 15% from 2014-15 and 47% from 2015-16.
Schenk acknowledged that some renovations had been done but were not
complete. McCaslin pointed out that when an assessor came to
view the renovations, access was denied so they had to make
assumptions as to what was done and assess accordingly. Schenk
said that he has a right to privacy and answered all the questions
asked by the assessor. No action was taken by the council.
The council meeting continued at 8:25pm.
In action items, the council approved a burn permit for Jerry Kinney
on his property at 115 Deer Run, approved a modified resolution
supporting the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership project with a
clawback clause for property not being developed, approved an amended
and restated development agreement, assessment agreement and
assessor’s certification for the SWMHP project.
The meeting was adjourned at 9pm. The
next regular meeting of the Jackson City Council is scheduled for
6:30pm on Tuesday, April 21.
Flour Shop Bakery to open in Lakefield -
LAKEFIELD - After many months of planning and developing, the Lakefield EDA announced Friday
that a signed purchase agreement for the sale of the bakery was officially
The Flour Shop Bakery will be opened by Lakefield resident, Dayla Smith.
The purchase agreement includes the familiar recipes and the additional space
previously occupied by the barber shop, which can be used for potential
announces 2015 road projects -
MANKATO - The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced their
construction projects for 2015. There are several projects
scheduled for our area.
Work is scheduled to start in May on Interstate 90 from the Round Lake
exit to the Sherburn exit. Westbound lanes are scheduled to
get concrete and bituminous overlay with eastbound lanes getting bituminous
The highway 60 expansion project will continue in May with a section of
the road between Mountain Lake and Butterfield going to 4-lanes.
There is expected to be a three month detour with this project.
Jackson Library to show devices at Coffee Choices -
JACKSON - The Jackson Library will be coming to
Coffee Choices on Friday from 9-10am with devices that are available
from the library.
Both Kindle Fire HDX’s and iPads are available
for 2 week checkouts from the library.
The devices will be at Coffee Choices for
customers to play with and learn more about eBooks and eMagazines that
are available for free from the library.
Join the library at Coffee Choices on Friday from
9-10am to learn more about devices available through the Jackson
purchases two LUCAS CPR machines -
SPIRIT LAKE - Thanks to the generosity of
donors throughout the area, Lakes Regional Healthcare was able to
purchase two LUCAS CPR machines after a community-wide fundraising
Lakes Regional Healthcare Foundation
Executive Director Sonja Hamm said it was heartening to see the
outpouring of support for these machines. The amount raised covered
the cost of one unit and a good portion of the second and Lakes
Regional Healthcare Foundation agreed to fund the difference.
The two machines will be kept on the two
primary ambulances at Lakes Regional Healthcare. The Lakes Regional
Healthcare Foundation hopes to still raise funds to cover the cost of
a third unit to be utilized in the Emergency Room.
The LUCAS CPR machine delivers
uninterrupted compressions at a consistent rate and depth and can be
used while paramedics provide other valuable care to the patient
Demonstrations of the LUCAS CPR machine
will be held at a Public Safety Open House at the Milford Fire
Department on Wednesday, May 13 from 5:00 until 7:00 pm.
Those interested in contributing can
contact Lakes Regional Healthcare Foundation Executive Director Sonja
Hamm at 712-336-8791.
Luverne man killed in accident near Ellsworth -
ELLSWORTH - A Luverne man was killed in a two
vehicle accident on Monday north of Ellsworth.
59 year-old Steve Hup of Luverne was driving a
2003 Chevrolet Silverado westbound on Nobles County Road 6 when he
collided with a trailer hauling a skid steer pulled by a 2008 Ford
Super Duty driven by 25 year-old Brock Jacobs of Adrian.
Jacobs was stopped on County Road 6 making a left turn to go
north on Highway 91 when the accident occurred.
Hup was killed in the accident.
Jacobs and a passenger in his vehicle, 19 year-old Benjamin
Taracena sustained no apparent injuries.
The Ellsworth Fire and Rescue and Nobles County
Sheriff’s Office assisted the State Patrol at the scene.
Teriffic Kids honored at Riverside -
Mar 31, 2015
JACKSON - March’s Terrific Kids were recognized
Tuesday afternoon at Riverside Elementary in Jackson.
March’s Terrific Kids honored for being
“Positive” was First Graders Kade Freking-Leu, son of Linette Freking
and Mike Leu and Aidan Rowland, son of Richard and Tori Rowland,
Second Grader Miles Allen, son of Derek and Melissa Allen, and Third
Graders Caden Thurmer, son of Matt & Darci Thurmer and Tanner Mathias,
son of Lee and Rachel Mathias.
The Terrific Kids honored for being “Responsible”
were Third Grader Kasey Grimmius, grandson of Earl and Mary Lee
Aylward, Fourth Grader Ashlyn Bohl, daughter of Jason and Andrea Bohl,
and Fifth Graders Sarah Genzlinger, daughter of Adam and Amanda
Genzlinger and Emma Swan, daughter of Rachel Truong and William Swan.
The Terrific Kids honored for being “Respectful”
were First Grader Caledon Lessman, son of Justin and Amber Lessman and
Second Grader Aden O’Neill, son of Crystal Ringling.
And the Terrific Kid honored for being “Safe” was
Second Grader Samantha Henning, daughter of Brad and Ann Henning.
The students honored as March’s Terrific Kids
received a Certificate proclaiming them as a Terrific Kid, a magnet,
button, pencil and certificates from the sponsoring businesses.
This is 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
2nd, MCW 5th in 2A South Subsection Speech -
Mar 31, 2015
FAIRMONT - Jackson County Central took 2nd
place out of ten teams competing in the Class 2A South Subsection
Speech Meet on Monday in Fairmont. JCC advances 11
students in 9 entries to the Section Meet in St. Peter.
Advancing as subsection champions for for JCC
were Sofia Stumpf in Creative Expression, Jenna Sassenrath in
Dramatic Interpretation, Logan Kooistra in Extemporaneous Speaking,
and Nick Reed in Storytelling. Finishing second
were Becca Dose in Extemporaneous Reading and Maddie Isaacson in
Original Oratory. Also advancing were Tara Porter
and Alix Schmidt, fourth in Duo, Glory Meyer and Liberty Meyer, fifth
in Duo and Josie Nunez, fifth in Poetry.
There was a change this year as Class 2A went
from three subsection locations to two. The Class
2A North Subsection meet will be today in Janesville.
The top six from each sub-section advance to the Section meet
on Friday, April 10th in St. Peter where to top 3 advance
Fairmont was the team champion
advancing 29 entries. Martin County West finished 5th
in the team standing advancing seven entries.
Tristan Rabbe was subsection champion in Discussion, Logan Potthoff
was third in Discussion, Brandon Kluver and Abby Bachenburg were third
in Duo, Sierra Tumbleson was fourth in Extemporaneous Reading, Alexi
Schafer was fourth in Storytelling, Kate Ebling was fifth in
Storytelling and Jackie Frerichs was sixth in Extemporaneous Reading.
Pleasantview recognizes "Paws"itive Performers -
Mar 30, 2015
LAKEFIELD - Pleasantview
Elementary in Lakefield has announced the students being recognized
for WBR (Without Being Reminded) and “Paws”itive Performers.
Those recognized for WBR include Kindergarten
Student Kason Farmer, First Grader Paige Ysker, Second Graders Ean
Green and Alissa Dutton, Third Grader Emily Blaskey, Fourth Grader
Emma Bond and Fifth Graders Levi Lindley and Audien Ybarra-Kraft.
The WBR students will celebrate with pizza on Wednesday.
Students recognized as “Paws”itive Performers
include Kindergarten students Kason Farmer and Jayden Leckey, First
Graders MacKenzie Ehlers and Paige Ysker, Second Graders Grant
Freking, Jocelyn Schwarztrauber, Bailee Pohlman and Emma Ruden, Third
Graders Alexis Cother and Tristan Zinnel, Fourth Graders Emma Bond and
Braxton Pavelko and Fifth Graders Avery Jensen, Mario Piatz, Tanner
Haar and Gavin Thies.
invited to color eggs in Welcome
WELCOME - The Welcome Fire Department is inviting
kids of all ages to help color Easter Eggs at 6pm on Wednesday at the
Welcome Legion Hall. The eggs will be used for the
Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday at Hansen/Keck park starting at 9am.
Walleye Weekend is May 2-3 -
Mar 27, 2015
OKOBOJI - The 33rd Annual Iowa
Great Lakes Walleye Weekend is scheduled for May 2-3 this year.
Cost to register is $25 for entrants 16 and over and $15 for those
15 and younger.
There is an additional charge of $15 to
take part in the extended contest for those who want to try catching a
tagged walleye after the contest. First walleye caught during
the extended contest will take home 20% of the proceeds from the
tournament, the second 15% and the third 10%.
Different this year is the number of tagged
walleye will double from 6 to 12, increasing your chance to snag the
$33,000 grand prize commemorating the 33rd anniversary of
Registration forms are available online at
okobojichamber.com. For more information regarding the 33rd
Annual Walleye Weekend you can call 712-332-2107.
JCC Drama Dept presents "Bird
Mar 26, 2015
JACKSON - The Jackson County Central High School Drama
Department will present the play Bird Woman: The Story of Sacagawea Friday and
Saturday night at the JCC Performing Arts Center. Show times
are at 7:30pm each night.
Tickets are available at the door and activity
passes will be honored. Everyone is invited to see
the JCC High School Drama Department’s production of “Bird Woman: The
Story of Sacagawea” Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm at the JCC
Performing Arts Center.
Lake Men's Choir to perform Sunday -
Mar 25, 2015
MOUNTAIN LAKE - The Mountain Lake Men's Choir will be performing their annual concert this
Sunday at 3pm at Lakeview Gospel Church located 1002 North 10th Street Mountain
A free will offering will be received, and together with supporting funds from
Thrivent, all proceeds will be donated to Loaves and Fishes, the local food
Iowa to perform Cinderella -
Mar 25, 2015
SPIRIT LAKE - OPERA Iowa will be performing Cinderella at 7pm Monday at
the Sami Center in Spirit Lake.
OPERA Iowa is an outreach program of the Des Moines Metro Opera.
Friends of the Sami Center present this program as part of its sixth
season, bringing a variety of high-quality performances to the school and
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and will be available at
the door or online at samicenter.org.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
History Day students advance to state -
Mar 24, 2015
JACKSON - All five students competing for JCC in the Regional History Day competition
Monday qualified for the State competition.
The theme this year is Leadership and Legacy in History. Qualifying were
Sophomore Katelynn Dorschner with an exhibit titled “Soldiers never die until
they are forgotten, tomb guards never forget”, Freshman Jessica Christopffer
with a website titled “The Key to our Future on Earth” and freshmen Kristin
Stoltenberg, Emily Stubbe and Tara Porter with a play titled “An Element for All
Junior Nick Reed, who qualified for the national competition for the last two
years is a mentor for this years students.
The State competition will be on Saturday, May 2 at the University of Minnesota
at which time they may also qualify for the National competition in June at the
University of Maryland College Park.
JCC Board approves Music Dept
Mar 23, 2015
JACKSON - The Jackson County Central School
Board met in regular session Monday night. The meeting was
called to order at 6:02pm. Tim Thurmer was the only board member
Riverside Third Grade teacher Robyn Reed
and students Ava Brinkman, Spencer Nestegard, Taryn Lessman and Luke
Anderson presented their proposal for a Third Grade Lemonade Stand
Fundraiser. The Board approved the fundraiser for April 9th
and 10th with funds raised going toward the purchase of new
books for the Riverside Library.
JCC Music instructors Erica Colby and
Garrett Geesman presented the proposed itinerary for the Music
Departments Spring 2016 trip to New York City. Students would
leave on Thursday, March 10th and return on Tuesday, March
15th. While in New York, the choir would sing at St.
John’s Cathedral and the band would play in the Lincoln Center.
The trip was approved by the board.
Riverside principal Joel Timmerman outlined
the plan for both Riverside and Pleasantview Elementary Schools along
with the JCC Middle school to participate in a Color Run Fundraiser.
The event would be held on Friday, May 8th. All
students from preschool through 8th grade would take part
in either a 3k or 5k run or walk. After the students have
completed the course, they would be given color packets that can be
thrown in the air. Any funds raised would go toward playground
equipment, field trips or other activities. The board approved
In other action, the board approved the
2015-16 school calendar, approved a quote from Four Season roofing to
replace the High School roof over the office area for just over
$45,000, approved a quote from Haldeman-Homme to replace all the
lockers in the High School varsity lockers rooms for the boys and
girls, approved hiring Katelyn Lusk Beyer as a para at Pleasantview
elementary, approved a one year leave of absence request for
Pleasantview 5th grade teacher Teresa Van Epps and approved
accepting five AmeriCorps tutor grants for the 2015-16 school year.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:02pm.
The next scheduled meeting of the JCC School Board is Monday, April 27th
at 6pm in the Board Room at the JCC High School.
Vehicle driven into
apartment injures three
Mar 23, 2015
SPIRIT LAKE - Three people sustained injuries when a vehicle drove into a Spirit Lake
apartment building early this morning.
Around 1am, a 2002 Dodge Durango driven by 24 year-old Quentin Karlyle of
Spirit Lake drove into the Summerfield Apartments on Sunner Avenue in Spirit
Three occupants in two apartments were treated at the scene for minor
injuries. Damage to the building is estimated at $50,000.
Karlyle’s Durango is a total loss.
Karlyle was arrested by Spirit Lake Police on charges of Operating while
intoxicated, 1st offense, Reckless Driving and Failure to maintain
control and was transported to the Dickinson County jail.
The Okoboji, Arnolds Park and Milford Police Departments, Dickinson
County Sheriff’s Office, Spirit Lake Fire Department, Spirit Lake Ambulance and
Dickinson County Emergency Management assisted the Spirit Lake Police Department
at the scene.
This incident remains under investigation and additional charges are
registration Friday at Riverside
Mar 23, 2015
Riverside Elementary will be holding Kindergarten Registration for
students that are eligible to attend kindergarten next fall on Friday, March 27th
during the day.
A letter will be sent to parents informing them of further details of the
program. If a parent of an eligible kindergarten child does
not receive a letter, please call the Riverside office at 847-5963.
Entrance age for kindergarten has been set by the Board of Education at
five on or before September 1st. Please bring along
proof of age, a photocopy of a birth certificate of similar document.
JCC Speech team has
strong showing at SMSU
Mar 22, 2015
MARSHALL - The JCC Speech Team had another strong showing Saturday at the SMSU Meet
in Marshall. Sofia Stumpf was 1st in Creative
Expression, Nick Reed placed 2nd in Storytelling, Placing third were
Josie Nunez in Poetry and Rebecca Dose in Extemporary Reading and placing sixth
was Jenna Sassenrath in Drama.
Receiving Ribbons of Excellence were Rebecca Dose in Poetry, Nick Reed in
Humor and the Duo team of Tara Porter and Alix Schmidt. JCC
placed 2nd as a team in the limited entries division.
The JCC Speech team will next compete in the sub-section competition next
Monday in Fairmont.
hosts first ever Big South Conf Speech meet
Mar 20, 2015
JACKSON - Jackson County Central hosted the
first ever Big South Conference Speech Meet Thursday.
12 schools and almost 250 students took part in the meet.
All-Conference awards were given to first place
finisher in each category, with 2nd place receiving
runner-up recognition. The top six speakers in each
category made the finals.
Three Jackson County Central speakers received
All-Conference Awards. Sofia Stumpf was the
champion in Creative Expression, with Becca Dose in Extemporary
Reading and Nick Reed in Storytelling receiving runner-up awards.
Josie Nunez was a finalist for JCC in Poetry.
The JCC Speech Team will compete at the SMSU meet
in Marshall on Saturday.
in Jackson leads to arrest -
Mar 19, 2015
WORTHINGTON - A Worthington man was arrested earlier this week
following a report of a stolen vehicle in the city of Jackson.
19 year-old Jose Pineda was arrested on one count of theft of a
vehicle, one count of possession of stolen property and one count of
driving after suspension.
Worthington Police observed a vehicle matching the description of
the stolen vehicle traveling southwest on Minnesota Highway 60.
Pineda was pulled over and arrested without incident and is
expected to appear in Nobles County District Court later this month.
NHS inducts 14 Wednesday
Mar 18, 2015
SHERBURN - The Martin County West chapter of
the National Honor Society grew by 14 members during their induction
ceremony Wednesday morning.
New seniors inducted were Dakotah Bahrenfuss,
Molly Klima, Rachel Mahin, Jacob Sinn and Taryn Tumbleson.
Junior inductees include Reilly Geistfeld, Jordan Gregory,
Ellie Kuehl, Morgan Lange, Morgan Larson, Seth Melson, Ean Sinn,
Whitney Smith and Erin Swanson.
Current NHS members include Sam Baker, Haley
Jensen, Chris Kahler, Tanner Lange, Sarah Potthoff, Cole Spear, Ellyn
Swanson, McKenna Taylor and Matt Vielsselman.
purchase of truck-
Mar 18, 2015
JACKSON - The Jackson City Council met in regular
session Tuesday night. The meeting was called to
order at 6:30pm with all members present.
A Public hearing has held regarding USDA RD
Community Facility Grant Funding for the Library Renovation and
Expansion Project. There were no public comments
and no action was taken.
The second reading of an ordinance amending fees,
rates and charges for 2015 was tabled by the council.
The ordinance adds a fee of $1 per foot for fiber optic cables
being laid in the city of Jackson. There was
concern that this may deter development in the city of Jackson.
City staff will survey other communities to see what is being
The council also discussed plans for the Fort
Belmont Trail. No action was taken.
Councilmen Brandon Finck and Dave Cushman were appointed to a
committee to further discuss the trail.
The council reaffirmed to PFA for the Sanitary
Sewer Extention Project and approved purchase of a new Bucket Truck
from ABM Equipment for just over $100,000. It was
noted that $165,000 was in the 2015 budget for this truck.
An open house for the Library Renovation and
Expansion project was set for Tuesday, April 7th at 5:15pm.
The Council will convene at the Library and then move the
meeting to the Council Chambers at City Hall.
The Meeting was adjourned at 7:17.
land purchase -
Mar 18, 2015
JACKSON - The Jackson County Board of
Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday morning at 9am in the
Board Room at the Jackson County Courthouse with all members present.
The board took action to give Watonwan County
six months notice to terminate their shared County Assessor
contract. Assessor Jason McCaslin requested the action. McCaslin has
been serving both counties, but the workload has resulted in more
hours than anticipated. By serving only
County, McCaslin stated
that he would have more time with his young family.
The Commissioners approved the purchase of
ninety-seven acres by the Department of Natural Resources from Mark
and Merle Hassebrook located in Section 31 of LaCrosse Township.
Jackson County Fairboard President Mike Stade
presented four priorities for improvements at the fairgrounds. Stade
stated that they hope that some of the proceeds from the sale of
Jackson Speedway could be used for these projects. Horse Arena
improvements and upgrading the camping area top the list. Stade
said blacktopping more of the walking paths and doing something with
the wildlife building also top their list. The Commissioners asked
Stade to compile more precise bids and other costs for consideration
at future meetings.
The board approved the purchase of equipment for
mowing the county parks and snow removal of parking lots and sidewalks
from Tri-County Implement of Jackson for $31,250.
They met with representatives of Loon Lake Golf
Course before approving their liquor license for the coming year.
Lake Golf failed a
compliance check for selling to an underage person in the last twelve
months. Annual training and a policy of frequently reminding employees
of the importance of checking I.D.’s has been implemented. Liquor
licenses were also renewed for the Hi-Lo Club, Loon Lake Store and
Bait Shop and for Round Lake Vineyards and Winery.
The board approved a utility permit for Wanzek
Construction of the Odell Wind Project for boring electrical collector
lines within the project boundaries in Kimball Township; they approved
the re-appointment of Ken Hunter to the Revolving Loan Fun Advisory
Board; they met in closed session regarding attorney-client
priviledge, then adjourned and reconvened for public hearings on
proposed improvements to Judicial Ditches 46 and 35. They tabled
any action on JD 35. They took action to approve the final engineers
report for JD 46.
The next regular meeting of the Jackson County
Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Tuesday, April 7th
at 9:00 a.m.
Library seeks help for new logo -
Mar 17, 2015
JACKSON - The Friends of the Jackson County
Library are inviting the public to help design a new logo for the
Jackson County Library. Entries should reflect the
libraries service to the communities of Jackson, Lakefield and Heron
Lake in Jackson County. The winning logo will be
used for all three Jackson County Libraries.
The contest is open anyone that resides in
Jackson County, MN. Entries will be accepted
starting Wednesday, April 1st and must be submitted by
Friday, May 1st. The winning entry will
win a $50 award.
The top five designs will be displayed for
feedback from the general public. The final winning
design will be chosen by the Board of Directors for the Friends of the
Jackson County Libraries.
Driver's testing to be once per month in Jackson Co -
Mar 16, 2015
MANKATO - Starting on May 1st, the
Jackson County Driver’s License office will see a change to the
number of days that testing can be done in Jackson.
The State License Examiners will only be in Jackson one day
per month and the new day will be the first Wednesday of each month.
Written testing will be done between 10 and
11:15am. Road testing can be done from 9am to
2:45pm. Road tests can be scheduled online at
dvs.dps.mn.gov or by calling the Mankato exam office at 507-344-2799
Applications for renewal, address change and ID
Cards will have no change at the Jackson County Office.
Speech wins awards in St. Peter -
Mar. 14, 2015
JACKSON - The Jackson County Central Speech
team had another great showing in St. Peter on Saturday, bringing
home second place in the small schools category.
Nick Reed placed first in both Humorous
Interpretation and Storytelling, Jenna Sassenrath placed 7th
in Dramatic Interpretation and EmmaLee Krosch was 4th in
Novice Poetry. In all, 9 members competed at St.
Jackson County Central will host the first ever
Big South Conference Speech Meet this Thursday.
Federated/Basin Scholarships awarded -
Mar 12, 2015
JACKSON - Two local students received Federated/Basin Scholarships.
Briana Gratz of Fairmont and Brandon Schmit of Jackson were both awarded
Gratz is the daughter of David and Kathy Gratz and is a sophomore at
Concordia University Wisconsin. She is majoring in Sports
Schmit is the son of Michael and Lori Schmit and is a senior at Jackson
County Central. He plans on attending Dakota State University
with a double major in business finance and business management.
This is the eighth year that the Federated/Basin scholarships have been
awarded, and the sixth time they have gone to two students.
Applications were judged by retired school personnel.
A total of 25 scholarship applications were received.
Truck Weight Limits go in effect Wednesday -
Mar. 9, 2015
MANKATO - Spring truck weight restrictions on
state highways will begin on Wednesday, March 11th, in
the South, Southeast and Metro frost zones.
Winter load increases in the Central, North Central and North frost
zones remain in place.
Most roads in southern Minnesota have a 10 ton
restriction, with portions of highway 285 in Martin County and Highway
4 in Watonwan and Brown counties at 7 tons.
Complete road restriction maps showing the locations of weight
restricted routes can be found online at dot.state.mn.us/materials.
NHS inducts new members -
Mar. 6, 2015
JACKSON - The Jackson County Central National Honor Society held their 2015
Induction Ceremony last night where 20 new members were inducted.
New members include exchange students Marte Gabrielle, Eduard Gruy and
Nora Schaer, Seniors Jessica Jendera and Mackenzie Mohning and Juniors Haley
Bass, Emmalie Benson, Abigail Brinkman, Christian Cleberg, Rebecca Dose, Ana
Dunlavey, Nicolas Koehne, Michael Miller, Sydney Nyborg, Maggie Post, Luke
Pygman, Nicholas Reed, Stephanie Sauter, James VanWesten and Janice Zhang.
Advice session at Jackson County Libraries -
Mar 5., 2015
JACKSON - The Jackson and Lakefield Libraries will be holding “Device Advice” sessions on
Thursday, March 13th to help with any of those pesky problems people
are having with their devices.
It will be held in Lakefield from 12:00 until 2:00 PM and in Jackson from 3:00
to 4:30 PM. Staff will be on hand to help patrons one-on-one through all their
questions and to help set up their devices for reading eBooks on OverDrive and
eMagazines on Zinio. The libraries also have devices available for checkout for
anyone who does not have a device and wants to give eReading a try.
A Device Advice session is an excellent way to get a tutorial on a device that
they can then test drive for two weeks. There is limited space and registration
is necessary. Please bring along your library card and account passwords.
For registration or more information, please call either the Jackson library at
847-4748 or the Lakefield Library at 662-5782.
Jackson Council approved ambulance purchase -
Mar. 4, 2015
JACKSON - The Jackson City Council met in regular session Tuesday night in the Council
Chambers at City Hall in Jackson. The meeting was called to order at 6:34.
Councilman Donnie Schoenrock was the only member absent.
Jackson Ambulance Director Kirk Dunlavey addressed the council with a request to
purchase a new ambulance to replace Ambulance 17 which currently has over
118,000 miles on it. The cost of a new ambulance is around $165,000, of
which they already have in their funds. Dunlavey said that the Ambulance
would not need any additional funding if given authorization to purchase.
The council approved the authorization.
City Administrator Jennifer Bromeland asked the council to approve a resolution
supporting dedicated state funding for city streets. This was a request
from the League of Minnesota Cities for cities with a population under 5,000.
The resolution was approved.
Jackson Economic Development Coordinator Sue Persig asked the council to approve
a resolution supporting greater latitude for using MIF (Minnesota Investment
Funds) in Jackson. Grants are given to cities show can loan funds to
businesses for expansion. Currently these fund can only be used for
industrial use only, and may not be used for retail or service businesses.
Persig said that by allowing these funds to be used on a wider basis could
greatly help the city of Jackson. The council approved the resolution and
will send it to our legislators in the Twin Cities.
In other action, the council approved submittal of a DNR Outdoor Rec grant
application for a Memorial Park Project, which has been requested before,
approved an ordinance providing for right-of-way management, approved the first
reading of an ordinance that amends the fees, rates and charges for 2015 to
reflect the ordinance allowing for the city to charge $1 per foot for cables
laid in the right-of-way and set March 17th at 6:30pm for a public
hearing regarding a USDA RD Grant for the Library Project.
The meeting was adjourned to closed session at 6:54pm to consider the possible
purchase of land for a proposed new liquor store and to consider preliminary
allegations against an individual subject to the City Council’s authority.
The next regular meeting of the Jackson City Council is scheduled for Tuesday,
March 17th at 6:30pm in the council chambers at City Hall.
Board approves sale of Speedway -
Mar. 3, 2015
JACKSON - The Jackson County Board of Commissioners met in regular session at 9am
Tuesday morning with Commissioner Rosemary Schultz absent.
They formally approved the sale of the Jackson Speedway to Tod Quiring of
Windom. The five year contract for deed includes a purchase price of $500,000, a
down payment of $100,000 and a 3 percent interest rate.
Proceeds were designated to go to the county’s capital projects fund. County
Attorney Sherry Haley reported that the purchase agreement is being finalized
and county staff was authorized to execute the documents as soon as they are
They tabled a request from the Department of Natural Resources to
purchase land in section 31 of LaCrosse township. The 97 acres currently owned
by Mark and Merle Hassebrook would be added to the Oxbow Wildlife Management
Area. Board members said they are not opposed to the sale, but
would like input from County Ditch Supervisor Dave Macek and other information
such as where tiling in the area is located before taking action.
A revolving loan fund request from Scott and Jennifer Ellenbecker of the
Round Lake Vineyards and Winery was postponed to a future meeting.
The commissioners approved cleaning contracts for the Public Works
buildings in Jackson and Lakefield and for the restrooms in the county parks was
approved with S & J Cleaning of Jackson.
They set public hearings on April 21st regarding the City of Lakefield’s petition for an outlet into County
Ditch 11, and tile abandonments near Judicial Ditches 22 and 31. A joint
Judicial Ditch board with Martin
County was requested for
JD number 48. Commissioners William Tusa, Kim Hummel, Dave Henkels and Don
Wachal will represent Jackson
County Attorney Sherry Haley gave the annual report to the
board from her office. Haley said transition from retiring County Attorney Bob
O’Connor was the main focus last year
In other action the board approved the re-appointment of Brandon Finck to
the Housing and Redevelopment Authority for a five year term; approved the
filling of an Environmental Services Summer Worker Position; and they approved a
letter of support for the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities funding
for the Jackson Library addition and renovation project.
The next Jackson County Commissioners meeting is scheduled for Tuesday,
March 17th at 9:00 a.m.
students featured at PLAC in March -
Feb. 28, 2015
OKOBOJI - March is Youth Art Month and to
celebrate, the Pearson Lakes Art Center will feature over 300
artworks by Kindergarten through High School students from Okoboji,
Harris-Lake Park, Spirit Lake, and Graettinger-Terril in nearly
every gallery in the building.
This exhibition is a celebration of young artists and art
education in Dickinson County. Students chosen to display their work have
shown exceptional visual skills in their school classes and have been selected
by their art teachers to exhibit. The show is judged and awards are given at
the reception on March 7.
Join friends and family to view the artworks
and recognize our young artists during the opening day of the show, Saturday,
March 7 from 12-3pm. Cookies and punch will be served at this free event, with
the Awards Program at 1:00 p.m. in the Lauridsen Performing Arts Theatre.
The Dickinson County All School Show is made possible by a grant through the
Dickinson County Endowment Fund. This exhibition will be on view
March 7 through April 11. For more information, call the Pearson Lakes Art
Center at 712-332-7013.
February Terrific Kids honored at Riverside -
Feb. 27, 2015
JACKSON - February’s Terrific Kids were recognized Friday
afternoon at Riverside Elementary.
February’s Terrific Kids honored for being “Respectful”
were First Grader Hailly Russell, daughter of Steven and Maricel Russell and
Fifth Grader Georgie Wentzel, daughter of Wade and Brenda Wenzel.
The Terrific Kid honored for being “Positive” was First
Grader Melik Malloy-Mclaughlin, son of Zakiyyah Mclaughlin.
And the Terrific Kids honored for being “Responsible” were
Kindergarten student Luke Simmons, son of Bryan and Tricia Simmons, First
Graders Rylan Hanson Daughter of Kevin and Denise Hansen and Madelymn Rowe,
daughter of Mitchel and Laurie Rowe. Second Grader Patience
Adams, daughter of Nathan Adams and Becky Adams, Fourth Grader Thomas Freking,
son of Brad and Meg Freking and Fifth Graders Evan Insichienmay son of Nick and
Melanie Insichienmay, Heather Willemssen, daughter of Brian and Kaylene
Willemssen and Jeremiah Reilly, son of Ford and Tonya Bolen-Florine.
The students honored as February’s Terrific Kids received a
Certificate proclaiming them as a Terrific Kid, a magnet, button, pencil and
certificates from the sponsoring businesses.
This is 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
Board approves all-day preschool pilot -
Feb. 24, 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 6:02
with all members present.
Carrie Dose updated the Board on the JCC Music
Boosters club. They meet the first Monday of each
month and are open to Middle or High School Parents or members of the
community that want to support the music programs at JCC.
ECFE Director Amber Lessman presented the outline
for the all-day preschool pilot program to the board.
The pilot would be held next year at Riverside Elementary.
Right now, the preschool program at JCC is receiving praise
from the staffs at Pleasantview and Riverside Elementary schools and
drawing interest from other districts who are trying to better their
own programs. The two concerns driving the pilot
are that some parents have to choose between paying for daycare or
preschool and the teachers would like more time to work with the
students. The Board approved the pilot program for
Tammy Tinko and Tara Boogard updated the Board on
Teacher Growth, Development and Evaluation Plan changes.
Most were changes to the law that needed to be reflected in our
districts plan. It was noted that the teachers
union had already approved the changes and the board did as well.
The board approved moving forward with Phase I of
the Cardio Room Project. This phase includes
converting a storage room to a cardio room to utilize some bikes that
were donated to the school. There would be a cost
of around $1,500 to wire and outlet and add a TV to the room for those
using the bikes. If the project is successful, the
school will look at moving the elliptical machines and treadmills from
the weight room into the cardio room and add different doors and
windows to the room. Board Member Jeff Johnson said
that Tri-4-Health would donate $1,000 toward this project.
Board Member Kirk Dunlavey said that while he fully supports
the project, he could not justify spending, even $500, on something
that would have no bearing on the effectiveness of the equipment.
Students using the bikes would get the same result with or
without the TV. The board voted 6-1 to approve
Phase I with Dunlavey casting the lone “No” vote.
In action items, the board approved the contract
with the Southwest Service Cooperative for Region VI services for the
2015-16 school year, approved the fiscal year 2016 achievement and
integration budget for JCC and the Red Rock Ridge Integration
Collaborative, approved the JCC Music Boosters fundraiser selling
Husky Car decals, approved hiring Pat Rossow as a long term sub for
second grade at Pleasantview Elementary and Amy Gathercole as a long
term sub for elementary art, approved the Wellness pilot program
memorandum agreement, and approved Family Medical Leave for Tina Bosma
starting approximately May 11, 2015.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:50pm.
The next regular meeting of the JCC School Board is scheduled
for Monday, March 23rd at 6pm in the Board Room at the JCC
Krueger to speak in Martin County
Feb. 23, 2015
FAIRMONT - Bestselling author William Kent Krueger will present a pair of programs
on Thursday. At 2pm, Krueger will speak at the Sherburn
Theater and at 6pm he’ll speak at the Martin County Library in Fairmont.
This program is free and open to the public and is make possible by a
grant from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the Traverse des
Sioux Library Cooperative.
For more information, or any questions, you can call the Martin County
Library at 507-238-4207.
Pantry in Jackson Feb. 24 -
Feb. 23, 2015
JACKSON - Ruby’s Pantry returns to Jackson tomorrow 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. You are asked to make sure that all stickers and
markings are removed from your baskets or boxes to ensure you go home with the
Ruby’s Pantry will be in Jackson from 4:30 to 6pm tomorrow at the Jackson
National Guard Amory.
Speech takes first in small schools at Mankato East-
Feb. 21, 2015
L-R: Tara Porter, Alix Schmidt, Jenna Sassenrath, Nick Reed, Stephanie
Garcia, Camden Schmidt, Sofia Stumpf and Rebecca Dose.
MANKATO - The Jackson County Central Speech team
took first place in the small school division, and fifth overall, at
the Mankato East Fiesta Meet on Saturday, with only nine members
Sofia Stumpf was first in varsity Creative and
third in varsity Extemporaneous Reading, Nick Reed was second in
varsity Humor and Jenna Sassenrath was fourth in varsity Drama.
Tara Porter and Alix Schmidt were first in novice
Duo and Camden Schmidt was sixth in novice Creative.
Also competing for JCC were Rebecca Dose in
Extemporaneous Reading, Stephanie Garcia in Drama and Josie Nunez in
The JCC Jr. High team will compete in Marshall on
Tuesday and the varsity team will compete at Martin County West on