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Manufacturing Week is this week
Oct. 20, 2014
JACKSON - This week is Minnesota
Manufacturing Week. Tune in each morning throughout the week
for interviews with local businesses sponsored by the Jackson Area Chamber of
Commerce…a chance for you to find out more about the valuable community
Also, between 7 and 8am on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday,
you’ll have a chance to win a great prize from one of these businesses by
answering a trivia question.
Be sure to be listening all week long for interviews and
prize give-aways during Minnesota Manufacturing Week.
We'll be visiting with Full Tilt, Ziegler, FCA Coop, AGCO
and Tri-County Implement. If you missed any of our interviews, they will
be on our website. You can find a link on our home page at kkoj.com.
Youth injured in accident north of Windom
Oct. 19, 2014
WINDOM - A 17 year old girl was injured in a one car accident around 11:50
Friday night near milepost 76 on Highway 30 in Cottonwood County.
The name of the girl and her hometown were not released.
According to the State Patrol, the girl was driving a 2005 Chevy Classic west on
Highway 30 when she lost control, causing it to roll. She was
taken to the Windom Hospital by the Mountain Lake Ambulance with non-life
The car the girl was driving was estimated as totaled.
The Cottonwood County Sheriff’s Department assisted the State Patrol at the
Four injured in accident near Brewster
Oct. 17, 2014
BREWSTER - Four people were injured in a
three-vehicle accident Thursday morning on Highway 60 near Brewster.
Just before noon Thursday, a 2004 Honda CR-V
driven by 65 year-old Gail Klassen of Windom and a 2012 Ford Focus
driven by 57 year-old Todd Dibble of Westbrook were westbound on
Highway 60 when they collided with a 2008 Dodge Dakota driven by 82
year-old Amedia Colan of Dundee in the intersection of County Road 1.
Colan, Dibble and a passenger in Dibble’s
vehicle, 89 year-old Jacob Wieler of Mountain Lake were all
transported to the Sanford Worthington Hospital with non-life
threatening injures. Klassen was transported to the
Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls with non-life threatening injuries.
Severe damage was reported to all three vehicles.
The Nobles County Sheriff’s Office assisted the State Patrol at
Beyond Blue to perform at Pearson Lakes Art Center
Oct. 17, 2014
OKOBOJI - “Beyond Blue” with Debby Ankeny
and Mike Springer is coming to the Pearson Lakes Art Center for the
first time on Thursday, October 23rd at 7:30pm.
“Beyond Blue” vocalist and musician, Debbie
Ankeny, has had a long career in the entertainment industry. Debbie
has sung and performed with the legendary Anne Murray for over 30
years, traveling the world, recording records, and making a name for
herself among music professionals. Guitarist Mike Springer is a gifted
musician with over 30 years of experience, playing and singing with
the rock band, “Rambone”.
This is an Open House show on
Thursday, October 23rd at 7:30 pm in the Pomerantz Hall. This show is
free. Enjoy an evening of great entertainment.
Call the boxoffice at 712-332-7029 or go
for more information.
Bull at large in Jackson
Oct. 15, 2014
JACKSON - At approximately 3 p.m. last Saturday, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office
responded to the report of a bull at large on Ashley Street nearing River Street
in Jackson. The bull had escaped from the Jackson Livestock Exchange and several
employees, both on foot and in trucks were attempting to herd it safely back to
the sale barn.
In the process of herding the bull back, it rammed two pickups owned by
employees of the sale barn and a Jackson County Sheriff's Office squad car.
Minor damage was found on all vehicles.
The bull was successfully herded back to the sale barn via Ashley Street by the
employees and Jackson County deputies.
The Sheriff’s Office reported a few issues with people in vehicles attempting to
see what was going on. People are reminded that when an event such as this
occurs, please stay away from the area until the area is deemed safe by
JHCF now accepting grant proposal applications
Oct. 14, 2014
JACKSON - The Jackson Health Care Foundation is now accepting grant proposal
applications through October 30th. Applications are available at Bank
Midwest and United Prairie Bank, both in Jackson and can be returned to Bank
Midwest or mailed to PO Box 124, Jackson, MN 56143.
Any community group is welcome to submit a grant proposal
that will help support health and wellness in Jackson County. Last year,
the Jackson Healthcare Foundation donated $8,200 to four local organizations.
The grants will be awarded at the Third Annual Holiday Gala
held on December 5th.
Power outage affects more than 2,000 on Friday
Oct. 13, 2014
JACKSON - More than 2,000 Federated
members lost power around 7:45pm Friday after a farmer hit a
transmission line pole in Petersburg Township with his equipment.
Federated Rural Electric crews worked for
nearly two hours to restore power. East Chain, Wilbert, Dunnell,
Ceylon, Middleton and Enterprise Substations were affected. Federated
crews worked with Great River Energy to reroute and restore power
The first substations where power was
rerouted includes Enterprise and Wisconsin at 8:09 p.m. The other
substations had power rerouted between 9:16 p.m. and 9:41 p.m. The
transmission line pole will be replaced. The farmer will be billed for
the transmission line pole replacement and crews’ labor.
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church to host concert Oct. 21
Oct. 13, 2014
JACKSON - Dave Anderson and Roger Walck
will present a worship concert at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church at 7:00
PM, Tuesday, October 21st. A light supper will be served at 6:00
PM. A free will offering will be received to benefit Shepherd's
For more info call Our Redeemer Lutheran
Church at (507) 847-3693.
Counselors to help with Medicare enrollment in Jackson Co.
Oct. 13, 2014
JACKSON - The Medicare Open Enrollment period
begins on Wednesday and continues through December 7th.
To help with the enrollment process, a trained counselor will
be available on Wednesday in Lakefield and on Friday in Jackson.
Appointment times on Wednesday are from 10am
until 2:30pm at the Lakefield Library, and on Friday from 10am until
3pm at the Jackson Library. You can call the Senior
LinkAge Line at 800-333-2433 to schedule an appointment at either
If you have Medicare Part D drug coverage
questions, or want to enroll in a Medicare Part D plan or switch to
another Medicare Part D plan, you are encouraged to visit with a
You can schedule an appointment by calling the
Senior LinkAge Line at 800-333-2433. Appointments
are available at the Lakefield Library from 10am to 2:30pm on
Wednesday and at the Jackson Library from 10am to 3pm on Friday.
PEBC hosting Halloween Hike Oct. 24
Oct. 11, 2014
LAKEFIELD - The Prairie Ecology Bus Center will
be hosting a Halloween Hike from 8 to 9:30pm on Friday, October 24th
at Sparks Park in Lakefield. You will have no
fear of the dark night after this enlightening walk - especially after
you've seen what's NOT lurking out in the woods!
Participants will try night vision tricks, sniff
tests, stealth maneuvering and more! Join the PEBC naturalists and
learn how to "super-size" all your senses with fun nighttime
activities on a hike though Sparks Park. Dress for the weather and
wear good walking shoes.
This event is open to families and adults.
To pre-register, you can call 507-662-5064 or email
Donations sought for Fall Sales MLHS
Oct. 10, 2014
NORTHRUP - Donations to the Fall Rummage
and Bake Sale at Martin Luther High School, Northrop will be accepted
Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and
from 8 a.m. until noon on Wednesday.
Items of fall and winter clothing in good
condition, household items, toys, furniture, baked goods and garden
produce are appreciated. Appliances, computers or exercise equipment
cannot be accepted. For larger items please call ahead. Volunteer
workers to help set up and during the sale are welcome.
Sale hours will be from 4-8 p.m. on
Thursday, October 16, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, October 17 and
from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 18th. For more information go
online at martinlutherhs.com
or call 507-436-5249.
Crest of Martin County to hold training
Oct. 9, 2014
The volunteer caregivers organization “CREST” of
Martin County will be hosting a training session for anyone that is interested
in becoming a CREST volunteer. It will be held on Thursday, October 23rd
at 7pm in the board room of the Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in
CREST has volunteer opportunities in friendly
visiting, telephone reassurance, home helper, transportation, minor home repair,
and respite care. Refreshments will be served and reservations are required so
volunteer manuals can be ordered. Please call 235-3833 by October 21st
if you are interested in attending.
Jackson City Council moves forward with airport Phase II
Oct. 8, 2014
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 6:30pm with all members
Angela Neumann from Des Moines Valley Health and
Human Services addressed the council regarding an Active Living Plan.
Neumann asked the council to consider partnering with the
Southwest Regional Development Commission to work on improving walking
and biking options in and around the city of Jackson.
In many cases, there would be grants available that could limit
or eliminate any financial responsibility from the City.
The partnership was approved.
Robin Henning addressed the council regarding
their property at 105 Oak Street. Recent street
projects have made it almost impossible to use portions of the
driveways, and water run-off during heavy rains is washing away gravel
and parts of the property. The council agreed to
set up a meeting with city personnel, county personnel and
representatives from Bolton & Menk to view the property on site and
come up with recommendations.
On a five-to-one vote, the council approved the
State Grant agreement for Phase II of the Jackson Airport.
Councilman Dave Cushman voted no.
In other action, the council approved moving
forward with larger “Vehicle Noise Laws Enforced” signs on Highway 71
both Southbound on the north side of Jackson and Northbound on the
south side of Jackson, approved the 804 funds as a revolving loan
fund, approved a professional services agreement with Bolton and Menk
for design of Highway 71 bridge and roadway improvements and
proclaimed October 20-24 as Manufacturers week in Jackson.
The meeting was adjourned at 8pm.
The next regular meeting of the Jackson City Council is
scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 6:30pm. As a
reminder, the first meeting in November will be held on Wednesday,
Nov. 5th at 6:30pm due to the general elections on Nov.4th.
Commissioners approve Speedway lease
Oct. 7, 2014
JACKSON - The Jackson County Board of
Commissioners met this morning and approved a two year lease for the
Jackson Speedway to Jon McCorkle. Terms include lease of the track at
$6,000 per year and the County agreeing to pay Svoboda Excavating
$5,000 for about 3300 yards of dirt that has already been hauled to
the track. McCorkle will be responsible for moving and sifting the
rocks out of the dirt. The Racing Committee has explored the financial
feasibility of shortening the Jackson Speedway and may have more
seriously considered it if they could have convinced McCorkle to more
than a two year contract.
In other news County Engineer Tim Stahl
updated the board on road work progress and Stahl was joined by Pete
Fillipi (Fill’-uh-pie) to update the progress on the Public Works
Facility. After considerable discussion the board approved a change
order request of $42, 400 to be taken out of contingency funds with
the stipulation that the City of Jackson also approves.
The board tabled action on a proposal for
the Parks Information Committee after presentation and discussion with
Parks and Trails Director Jacqueline Knips. Knips has been working to
restructure the parks department and presented that it is in the best
interest for Parks to separate from Planning and Zoning. Commissioner
Bill Tusa made the motion and Commission Dave Henkels seconded to
table the proposal for the Parks Information Committee until another
meeting can be held with the people involved. There seems to be
concerns and confusion with some people about the new proposal. The
motion to table carried on a 4-1 vote with Commissioner Kim Hummel
casting the no vote.
In other action the board approved the
appointments of Dave Hulstein and Gary Schimbeno to the Red Rock Rural
Water System Board, approved advertising for a new assistant county
attorney; advertising for an eligibility list for the
Jailer/Dispatcher position and fill the position due to the retirement
of Sherri Field; approved a new wellness incentive policy for
employees and approved a proclamation declaring October 20th
through the 24th as Manufacturer’s Week in Jackson County.
The commissioners also met in closed
session to discuss real estate negotiations.
Counterfeit bill investigated in Jackson
JACKSON - Last week, the Jackson County Sheriff’s
Office investigated a counterfeit $20 bill that was passed at a local business.
This is the only report received.
The bill, along with video of the person that passed
the bill, was forwarded to the US Secret Service Department in Minneapolis, MN.
FCA Coop leases Rabbe Grain facilities
JACKSON - The FCA CO-OP has entered into a Lease
agreement to operate the Trimont and Sherburn grain assets of Rabbe Grain
Company, owned wholly by Rabbe Farms. LLP. The Rabbe Grain Company facilities in
Ormsby and Odin, MN are not part of the lease agreement. The transaction
closed on Friday October 3, 2014.
The agreement involves the leasing of two grain
facilities located in Trimont and Sherburn with a combined grain storage
capacity of 2.17 million bushels. FCA CO-OP will assume contracted corn that is
physically on site and may purchase some or all of the other grain held in
inventory on the closing date as part of a separate agreement. FCA CO-OP
will also assume all the forward purchase contracts with local growers and
assume the grower contracts with farmers who grow Non-GMO soybeans.
FCA CO-OP is a farmer owned cooperative with sales
exceeding $200 million per year offering grain, agronomy, feed and energy
products and services to members and non-members in the Southwestern Minnesota
communities of Jackson, Lakefield, Okabena, Wilder, Round Lake, Sherburn and
September Terrific Kids recognized at Riverside
JACKSON - September’s Terrific Kids were
recognized Tuesday at Riverside Elementary.
September’s Terrific Kids honored for being
“Positive” included Third Grader Caden Thurmer, son of Matt and Darcy
Thurmer, Forth Grader Mackenzie Roland, daughter of Jeremy and Kim
Roland and Forth Grader Alaina Lilleberg, daughter of John and Sheri
Terrific Kids recognized for being “Respectful”
included First Grader Jolyne Zimmerman, daughter of Dale and Teresa
Carr, Second Grader Rece Johnson, son of Scott and Christina Johnson
and Taryn Lessman, daughter of Justin and Amber Lessman.
Terrific Kids honored for being “Safe” included
First Grader Kristoph Olsem, son of Bob & Jessica Olsem and Second
Grader Serena Szafryk, daughter of Gregory Szafryk and Tammy Somnis.
Terrific Kids honored for being “Responsible”
include Kindergartener Julie Bidne, daughter of Michael and Laura
Bidne, First Grader Mason Foster, son of Shawn and Melissa Foster,
Fifth Grader Emma Swan, Daughter of William Swan and Rachel Truong and
Fifth Grader Brayden Adams, son of Terry and Jessica Adams.
The students honored as September’s Terrific Kids
received a Certificate proclaiming them as a Terrific Kid, a magnet, a
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, KKOJ/KRAQ,
the AmericInn, the JCC Swimming Pool, the Pizza Ranch, Casey’s and the
Dairy Queen. The Terrific Kids are chosen from
nominations that are submitted by teachers and staff during the past
Two 1st District House Debates scheduled
Sept. 30, 2014
BLUE EARTH - Two debates between DFL incumbent Tim Walz and Republican challenger Jim
Hagedorn for the 1st Congressional district have been scheduled.
The first will be on Tuesday, October 7th from 7 to 8pm at Century High School
in Rochester with doors opening at 6:30. The second will be held Wednesday,
October 15th from 7 to 8:30pm at South Central College in Mankato with doors
opening at 6:30pm. Both events are open to the public.
3rd Annual Walk for PAWS is Saturday
Sept. 29, 2014
JACKSON - The 3rd Annual “Walk for Paws” will be
held this Saturday, October 4th in Jackson. The
walk will start at 10am in Ashley Park and will follow the trail by the river to
Albertus Fields and back. The walk is approximately one mile.
There is a $10 registration fee for each walker and
includes a decal. Pets are encouraged on the walk, but must
be up to date on all their shots.
Prizes will be available to the walkers with the most
pledges. Pledge forms, and more information, is available at
their website online at pawsofjackson.com.
Transit Authority brings "Chicago" sound to PLAC
Sept. 29, 2014
SPIRIT LAKE - The Big Horn Sound of “Chicago” comes
to the Pearson Lakes Art Center with Transit Authority, performing in the
Lauridsen Performing Arts Theatre on Thursday, October 9th at 7:30 pm. Transit
Authority is the premier tribute band to the historic music of Chicago. This
8-piece powerhouse ensemble includes some of the Midwest’s most talented
musicians. Each show is a high energy, spot-on tribute to some of the greatest
music of all time.
Transit Authority is the most highly acclaimed
“Chicago” tribute show in the country. If you love the music of Chicago
then this is the show for you!! !
For more information, or to order
tickets, you can call the boxoffice at 712-332-7029 or go online to
Stubbes to kick off Library Brown Bag series Wed.
Sept. 28, 2014
JACKSON - The Jackson Library Fall brown bag
lunch series starts this Wednesday Dave and Laura Stubbe presenting A
Change of Heart.
Two weeks after giving birth to their fifth
child, Laura suffered a major heart attack. Dave
and Laura will talk about how they made it through that difficult
time, what they learned and how they are doing now.
Brown bag lunch programs are at noon each
Wednesday at the Jackson Library.
Nuñez to compete in Minnesota Sings
Sept. 27, 2014
ST.PAUL - The first annual Minnesota Sings
Competition will be held Sunday in St Paul. There
will be fifty contestants in this inaugural competition, including
Josephine Nunez, winner of Jackson Sings this summer, who will be
The winner of Minnesota Sings will take home a
prize of $2,500 along with $500 to be presented to the winners
favorite local charity and $250 to the Chamber they represent.
Contestants placing second and third will also
win prize money, and fourth and fifth place contestants will win music
Korks & Kegs to be Thursday at PLAC
Sept. 27, 2014
SPIRIT LAKE - The Iowa Lakes Community College
Foundation will host the 6th Annual Korks & Kegs
Scholarship Fundraiser from 5 to 8pm on Thursday, October 2nd
at the Pearson Lakes Art Center in Spirit Lake.
Tickets are $25 per person and include a souvenir
wine glass, wine and beer samplea and hors d’eouvres.
There will be an art auction and a raffle for two tickets for
Chanhassen Dinner Theater along with a one night hotel stay.
Raffle tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10.
Proceeds from the event will provide scholarships
for Fine Arts Students attending Iowa Lakes.
For more information, or to purchase tickets,
call the Iowa Lakes Community College Foundation Office at
712-362-0425 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
MCW Homecoming kicks off Monday
Sept. 26, 2014
SHERBURN - Homecoming week activities at Martin
County West kick off Monday, September 29.
Coronation will be at 7:30pm in the Jr/Sr High Gymnasium.
Homecoming Queen candidates are Hailey Leiding, Ellyn Swanson,
Haley Jensen, Taryn Tumbleson and Lexi Ringnell.
King candidates are Tanner Lange, Nick Holm, Chris Kahler, Sam Baker
and Parker Leiding.
There are activities scheduled throughout the
week, with the parade at 1:45pm Friday followed by an All-School
Pepfest at the football field. The Mavericks will
take on Wabasso at 7pm in the Homecoming game.
The Senior Class will be holding their annual
Chili/Soup Supper on Friday from 4:30pm until around half-time of the
football game. Tickets are available from any
Senior class member, or at the door.
Bentz to be sworn in Friday
Sept. 25, 2014
JACKSON - Minnesota’s new Fifth Judicial District
judge, Darci Bentz will be sworn in during a public ceremony at 3:00pm
this afternoon in the district courtroom at the Jackson County
Courthouse. Bentz replaces the Honorable Linda
Titus, who retired earlier this year.
Bentz was an Assistant Public Defender for the
Fifth Judicial District where her practice focused 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 litigation cases.
Bentz received her B.A. from the University of
Minnesota and her J.D. from the Hamline University School of Law.
Local students name new K9 "Bosco"
JACKSON - The Jackson County Sheriff’s
Department is getting a new K-9, and it now has a name. Middle
School students in Jackson County were given a list of five names to
choose from and the students at the JCC, Immanuel Lutheran and Heron
Lake-Okabena chose the name “Bosco” for the new K-9.
Bosco received 89 votes, followed by Diesel
with 76 and Maverick with 74. The other choices were Cash, Grizz
Former Jackson County Sheriff’s K-9, Bear,
retired in the spring due to an injury.
Bosco is coming from the Czech Republic and
will be assigned to K9 Deputy Nick Schwalbe. Bosco will hopefully
join the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department in the spring of 2015
JCC School Board met Monday
Sept. 23, 2014
County Central School Board met in regular session Monday night.
The meeting was called to order at 6pm with all members present.
approved setting the Truth and Taxation hearing for December 16th
at 6pm in the Board Room, approved hiring Alexis Johnson as
Superintendent’s Administrative Assistant starting September 30th,
approved hiring Arica Svoboda as a paraprofessional at Riverside
Elementary and Dallas Murray as a paraprofessional at the High
School and approved Middle Management Contracts
The Board also
approved a quote from NAC Mechanical & Electrical for just under
$84,000 for installation of boilers at the High School, a quote from
MAVO Systems for just under $2,000 for asbestos abatement and
approved Family Medical Leave requests for Joan Voss and Aline
action, the board approved the resignations Kathy Clymer and Cindy
Kolander, the retirement of Harold Voehl and approved a multitude of
was adjourned at 6:45pm. The next regular meeting of the JCC School
Board is Monday, October 27th at 6pm.