Von Ohlen injured in fall -
Oct 8, 2015
JACKSON - On 10/06/2015 the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office,
Jackson Ambulance and Alpha First Responders responded to 88790 600th Avenue for a report of an
individual falling from a grain bin. The individual was identified as 55 year old Nicholas Von Ohlen.
Von Ohlen was
transported to Sanford Jackson Hospital and later air lifted to the
Sanford Sioux Falls Hospital.
Council discusses transformer issue - Oct 7, 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 6:32pm with Councilman Brandon Finck the only member absent.
Bob Stewart addressed the council regarding an electric transformer being
placed in his daughter’s yard. The transformer will be
located just over 2 feet from the edge of the driveway.
Stewart was asking to council to look into an alternate location as he felt this
was a safety issue being so close to the driveway. Jeremy
Boogard with the electric department explained that there really wasn’t any
other place to locate the box. Mayor Wayne Walter advised
city staff to investigate the cost of putting posts around the transformer box.
In other action, the council approved a proposal Mary Ippel with Briggs
and Morgan as Bond Counsel for the PFA Loan, approved hiring Carey Simmons as an
EMT for the Ambulance Department and approved a new generator for Lift Station
The council also moved the first meeting in November to Monday, November
2nd at 6:30pm to avoid conflict with election night.
The council adjourned to closed session at 7:02pm.
Following closed session, the Council approved a proposal from Bolton and Menk
in the amount of $5,000 to play the former cable TV tower site for land to be
used for future housing development with the costs covered through council
unallocated funds. The council also authorized city staff to
negotiate with a private party that is interested in acquiring clay from a city
The next regular meeting of the Jackson City Council is scheduled for
Tuesday, October 20th at 6:30pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
JCC FFA to grill for farmers - Oct 4, 2015
JACKSON - The Jackson County Central FFA Members will be grilling at Cargill in Alpha and
at the FCA Coops in Lakefield and Jackson on Wednesday (Oct. 7th)
starting at 11:00 a.m. as a thank you to farmers.
Farmers should feel free to stop by and have a brat, chips, and cookies as a
thank you from the FFA chapter.
Diabetic Support Group to meet Monday
- Oct 2, 2015
SPIRIT LAKE, IA - The Spirit Lake area Diabetic Support Group will meet
Monday at 7 PM.
The topic of tonight’s program will be information around artificial sweeteners.
The local diabetic support group meeting is led by local patient facilitator,
Marcia Young, and is open to anyone dealing with diabetes, spouse, family
members, or friend.
The presentation will be held
Monday at 7 p.m. in the Big Spirit Room in
Lakes Regional Healthcare’s Education Center, on the hospital’s lower level.
Admission is free.
Photo Walk on Saturday
- Oct 1, 2015
ESTHERVILLE, IA - The 8th
Annual Worldwide Photo Walk™ – the world’s largest photo walk – is set for this
Saturday, Oct. 3 in thousands of cities all over the world, including
Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk, dubbed the world’s largest global and social
photography event, has grown immensely in size and popularity since the
inaugural walk in 2007. Last year, more than 30,000 photographers of all walks
of life and skill levels converged to explore their corners of the world through
photography and social community.
concept of a Photo Walk is simple. Photo Walks are created by Walk Leaders in
cities all over the world. Walkers meet up at a pre-designated location to spend
a few hours socializing, capturing images and sharing with like-minded people.
At the end of the photo walk, most groups convene at local restaurants or
taverns to share their images and experiences over food.
David Petrick, Coordinator of the Photography Diploma program at Iowa Lakes
Community College, is leading a walk in Estherville at Fort Defiance, starting
at 9:45 a.m.
event is free, but pre-registration is required. Register at
locate the Estherville walk and complete the free sign up form. Those interested
can also apply to be a photo walk leader in their area. This year, every photo
walker in encouraged to help support this year’s initiative to “Walk with a
Purpose” by donating $1 to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya.
addition to the event, photo walkers will be able to upload their favorite
picture to a popular Photo Walk contest for a chance to win a digital copy of
the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby.
A Grand Prize winner and 10 finalists will be named by Scott Kelby.
Additionally, participants can connect socially before, during and after the
event using the hashtag #WWPW2015 hash tag on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Or connect on Flickr at
information, local individuals may contact David Petrick at (712) 362-7954 or
detour extended - Sep 30,
MANKATO, Minn. –
Highway 4 motorists south of Sherburn can expect the detour to
continue until mid-October.
A project to replace bridges over the East Fork
of the Des Moines River and stream began on June 15 and was originally
projected to be complete in early October. However, workers were
surprised to find old footings from a previous bridge and the removal
of those footings added about two weeks to the work schedule.
Traffic is detoured to Martin County Roads 13 and
The bridges are located about one and one-half
miles north of Dunnell or five and one-half miles north of the Iowa
Minnowa Construction Inc., of Harmony is the
contractor on the $1,497,397 project.
When the project is complete, motorists will have
new, safer bridges that will help preserve the transportation system
for years to come.
For statewide travel information, visit
Kids honored - Sep 29, 2015
JACKSON - September’s Terrific Kids were recognized Tuesday afternoon at
Riverside Elementary in Jackson.
September’s Terrific Kids honored for being “Positive” were First Grader
Dominic Sargent, son of Nathan and Chelsey Sargent, Fourth Grader Andaysia
Tomlin, daughter of Krista Krieger and Fifth Grader Jack Pierson, son of Dan
Pierson and Lisa Reimer.
The Terrific Kids honored for being “Responsible” were Second Grader Teagen
Shelhamer, son of Eugene and Nichol Shelhamer, Third Grader Saige Theobald,
daughter of Keith and Amanda Theobald, Fourth Grader Jaden Carey, son of Brent
and Jennifer Hample and Fifth Grader Cameron Scholten, son of Chris and Cara
Terrific Kids honored for being “Safe” were Second Grader Savannah
Genzlinger, daughter of Amanda Genzlinger and Third Grader Kylie Jo Dehn,
daughter of Kyle and Crystal Dehn.
And the Terrific Kids honored for being “Respectful” were First Graders
Erin Beckel, daughter of Tyler and Jennifer Beckel and Kingston Anousone, son of
Sylvia Insixiengmay and Second Grader Meila Phaly, daughter of
Tony Phaly and Nousana Phaly.
The students honored as September’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 23nd 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
Harvest in full swing
- Sep 29, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Farmers were able
to harvest nearly one-quarter of Minnesota's soybean crop in the past
week, despite having only 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork.
According to the Minnesota crop report released Monday, the U.S.
Department of Agriculture says it was the least amount of days
suitable since the week ending Aug. 23.
Minnesota's soybean harvest is 34 percent complete, 10 days ahead
of last year and five days ahead of the five-year average. Soybean
condition is rated 79 percent good to excellent.
Farmers are starting to harvest corn for grain throughout
Minnesota. Sixty-seven percent of the state's corn acreage was mature,
10 days ahead of last year and two days ahead of average. Corn
condition is rated 88 percent good to excellent. Corn harvested for
silage is 86 percent complete, three days ahead of normal.
JCC Board approves maximum levy
JACKSON - The
Jackson County Central School Board met in regular session Monday
night. The meeting was called to order at 6:03pm with board
member Tim Thurmer and Superintendent Todd Meyer absent.
Greg Crowe with Ehlers, Inc. addressed the
board regarding the sale of refunding bonds for old construction.
The bonds were originally issued in 2002 and refinanced in 2006.
This is the final time the bonds can be refinanced with a potential
savings of just under $500,000 over the final 6 years of the bonds.
The board approved the sale.
Melissa Aschlager and Tammy Timko discussed
a tour of Europe being planned for the summer of 2017. The tour
would not be sponsored by the school, but would be open to students
currently in their junior or sophomore years. An informational
meeting will be held on October 7th at 6pm.
In action items, the board approved levying
the maximum on the 2015 payable in 2016 levy limitation certification,
approved bids from Minnesota Life for life insurance and from Sun Life
for long term disability insurance, approved an interagency agreement
between the JCC School District and Western Community Action Head
Start, approved raising the hourly minimum wage for lifeguards,
approved Family Medical Leave for Kim Albers, approved Cynthia Simmons
and Amy Gathercole as long term substitutes and approved Monica
Knutson and Dawn Potthoff as paras at Riverside Elementary.
In other action, the board approved a
resolution for the 2015 MSBA Legislative Platform to support students
in concurrent enrollment courses in Minnesota High Schools. The
Higher Learning Commission, which accredits many colleges and
universities in Minnesota, is reviewing procedures that would make it
more difficult for students to take college level classes in high
school and receive credit for both. Right now, JCC offers 11
classes. If the rule changes, that would drop to 3.
meeting was adjourned at 7:18pm. The next regular meeting of the
JCC School Board is scheduled for Monday, October 26th at
Radio to have new owners
- Sep 28, 2015
JACKSON - For
the first time since going on the air in 1980, KKOJ Radio will have a
new owner. Effective October 1st, Community First Broadcasting
will take over the operational reigns of KKOJ-AM and KRAQ-FM from
Kleven Broadcasting of Minnesota. Community First Broadcasting
currently operates KUOO in Spirit Lake, KUQQ in Milford and KUYY in
General Manager Doug Johnson says that term of the sale were finalized
over the weekend. Neil Lipetzky of Community First Broadcasting
told KKOJ/KRAQ that they look forward to working with the community of
Steven Duncan to be new County
- Sep 28, 2015
JACKSON - The Jackson County Board of
Commissioners announces that Steven Duncan has accepted their offer of
employment as the next County Coordinator of Jackson County.
Duncan will replace current Coordinator Janice Fransen who will be
retiring at the end of this year.
Steven Duncan most recently was the County
Coordinator for Menard County, Illinois where he worked for 8 years.
Before that, he was an Assistant City Administrator in the City of
Eureka, Missouri. Mr. Duncan holds a master’s degree in Public
Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.
will begin his duties on November 30, 2015.
DNR reports increase in zebra mussels
- Sep 26, 2015
SPIRIT LAKE -
Iowa Department of Natural Resources officials have reported a growing
number of zebra mussels being noticed in the Iowa Great Lakes.
DNR officials are asking lakeshore
property owners and service providers to be vigilant while taking out
boat hoists and docks this fall and report any sightings of zebra
mussels to the DNR.
Zebra mussels were first noticed in East
Lake Okoboji and Upper Gar in the fall of 2012 and have been
increasing in numbers and distribution since. Spirit Lake is now
the only lake in the Iowa Great Lakes chain where adult zebra mussels
have not been found.
reminds everyone it’s illegal to possess or transport zebra mussels
and other prohibited aquatic invasive species in Iowa. It’s also
illegal to transport any aquatic plants on water-related equipment.
Water must be drained from boats and equipment before leaving a water
access and drain plugs must be removed or opened during transit.
10th Annual Buddy Walk is Sunday
- Sep 25, 2015
ARNOLDS PARK -
The Northwest Iowa Down Syndrome Society will celebrate its 10th
annual Buddy Walk n Sunday, September 27th with breakfast
9 o’clock in the Roof Garden near the
Arnolds Park Amusement Park. Registration begins at noon for the
walk that will begin at 1 o’clock near West Lake Okoboji.
The walk is only a mile-long, but past
events have covered a lot of ground. Four families were able to
attend the National Down Syndrome Congress National Convention thanks
to local generosity. Funds have also been used to purchase
communication and therapy equipment for families.
Sunday’s Buddy Walk involves both adults
and children with Down syndrome. Activities will include a
silent auction, rides at Arnolds Park Amusement Park and a trip on the
Queen II and an ice cream social.
event helps spread the message that individuals with Down syndrome
possess a wide range of abilities and are active participants in their
of O Bike Ride is Saturday
- Sep 24, 2015
OKOBOJI - The
Oktoberfest Bike Ride at the University of Okoboji will be held
Saturday, Sept. 26. This ride is part of the National Rails to
Trails Day and commemorates the recognition of the Spine Trail as mile
number 5,000 of rails to trails nationwide.
The Arrowwood Resort is headquarters for
today’s event which features about a 25 mile ride. Registration
is from 8 to 10 this morning at Arrowood and is 35 dollars. The
ride will start at 10.
Proceeds from the ride contribute to the
ongoing success of the Dickinson County Trails. Registration
includes a long sleeve T-Shirt, food, and music by Dave Rowley at
Minerva’s, and samples of West O’s Okotoberfest Brew at Alex Danbom
Park adjacent to Terrace Park Beach. Director Ken Hanson says
over 200 riders and one politician is expected to participate in the
weekend also features golf, tennis, fishing, boating, nature walks,
leaf watching, college football games and just enjoying the Iowa Great
Schumacher to be honored by NHLGPA
HERON LAKE -
Dean Schumacher has been honored as the 2015 North Heron Lake Game
Producers Association’s Person of the Year.
A member of the North Heron Lake Game
Producers Association since 1976, Schumacher will be recognized at the
Association’s 50th annual duck hunters’ banquet Saturday in
In his nearly 40 years as a member,
Schumacher has witnessed and been a contributor to the positive
changes the game producers have brought to the area’s wildlife.
banquet will be held at the Heron Lake Community Center. Funds
raised at the event will go towards conservation projects sponsored by
the Game Producers Association.
MN harvest ahead of schedule
- Sep 22, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's fall harvest is running well ahead of last
year's pace for most crops.
In its weekly crop progress and condition report for Minnesota, the U.S.
Department of Agriculture said Monday that farmers took advantage of dry weather
last week. The harvest advanced for dry beans, corn for silage, potatoes, and
sugarbeets, and harvesting has now begun for corn for grain and soybeans.
Fifty percent of potatoes and 77 percent of dry beans have been harvested.
Fifteen percent of the sugarbeet crop has been lifted, the fastest pace in
the last 50 years.
Sixty-seven percent of the corn for silage has been harvested, and 12 percent
of the soybean crop has been harvested.
The third cutting of alfalfa hay is 95 percent complete, over two weeks
ahead of last year.
Jackson Council delays decision on Speedway
charge - Sep 16, 2015
JACKSON - The Jackson City Council met in regular session
Tuesday night in the Council Chambers at City Hall. Following
a prayer by Pastor John Schuetz, the meeting was called to order at 6:30pm with
all members present.
Dee Nestegard gave the council a report on the Summer Lunch
Program held at Central Park. They served 557 meals over the
summer, and average of around 40 per time. There one request
was for an electric outlet in the gazebo at Central Park to help keep food warm.
Mayor Wayne Walter thanked Nestegard for what they are doing and advised
city staff to look into what it would take to add electric outlets to the
Councilman Ken Temple asked to review a recommendation from
the Public Utilities Committee to drop the electric demand charge for the
Jackson Speedway for 2015 and review the demand charge yearly.
With the Speedway being sold to a private owner, Temple was concerned
that this would set precedence and invite other private companies to request
their demand charge dropped. Speedway promoter John McCorkle
said that he has always paid the electric bill as it has been part of his
contract with the county for the last 15 years and is the same with the Speedway
owned to Todd Quiring. He also added that if he knew that the
demand charge would be added to his bill, he would not have agreed to the new
contract as the additional $18,000 charge makes the business model unfeasible.
McCorkle also noted that their peak usage is on Saturday nights, which is
not during peak demand hours. Temple stated that this
arrangement has been wrong all along and needed to be fixed.
The item was eventually tabled on a 4-2 vote with Temple and Councilman Fred
Bern voting against.
In other action, the Council approved the resignation of
Lead Liquor Store Clerk Brooklyn Drahota effective September 4th and
approved hiring Melissa Voss as the new Lead Liquor Store Clerk.
The council also approved a memorandum of Understanding regarding DP4
Assessments and Development.
The council adjourned to executive session at7:22pm to
discuss the asking price for city owned land located along Ballard Avenue.
No action was taken.
Following executive session, the council reconvened to
discuss an agreement for Improvement and Special Assessment for 96 South 4th
Street in Jackson. A serious break occurred in the private
water service line extending from the City’s main line to the property.
The property owned asked the city to repair the line and assess against
the property. The Council agreed to bill 105% of the cost
back to the property in equal installments over 15 years with interest at 4% per
The next regular meeting of the Jackson City Council is
scheduled for Tuesday, Oct 6th at 6:30pm.
Commissions raises 2016 premilinary levy
Sep 16, 2015
JACKSON - The Jackson County Board of Commissioners met
Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. at the Courthouse with all members present.
Ron and Don Vrchota spoke at a public hearing regarding
additions to the County Development Code. Concerns and questions about how large
scale solar energy companies might adversely affect Jackson County
were raised and discussed. Following the public hearing and a presentation from
Andy Geiger and Jared Baloun from the Land Management Office the board approved
the Subdivision of Land and Solar Energy Ordinances as recommended by the
They approved the preliminary tax levy for taxes
collectible in 2016. It represents a net increase of just under four hundred
eighty thousand dollars or 4.85 percent over 2015. The final levy can be
lowered, but must not exceed the preliminary levy. A meeting to discuss the 2016
budget and allow for citizen input was set for Thursday, December 3rd
at 6:00 p.m.
Following a public hearing, they approved a revised
engineer’s report and project for improvements to Judicial Ditch 35. If there
are no appeals during the thirty day appeal period the project will then go out
They approved the bond sale for the Judicial Ditch 46
project to Dougherty and Company of Minneapolis. The net
interest rate is just under 3.2 percent. The amount of the bonds is nine hundred
They accepted a proposal from Walker Custom Siding for
repairs on four buildings at the fairgrounds that damaged in the June 22nd
wind storm. Cost is just over twenty five thousand dollars and is covered by
The Director of the Southwest
Crisis Center, Sara Wahl, reported that in the past year in Jackson County the center served seventy victims
of domestic violence and nine victims of sexual assault, up significantly from
forty one for domestic violence and four for sexual assault the previous year.
Wahl said they currently provide services to residents of
County through their satellite office
in Windom, but they are looking for office space in Jackson to improve their service.
The board approved allowing Drainage
Supervisor Dave Macek and Drainage Engineer Tim Stahl to use their discretion in
ordering redeterminations on all ditches that have open ditches in the county.
Macek and Stahl reported that this action will aid them in dealing with the new
buffer law and help make purchasing the buffer a consistent process for all
They set the Judicial Ditch 24 proposed improvements
preliminary hearing for Tuesday, October 20th at 11:00 a.m. in the
County Board Room.
They approved a request to classify five tax forfeited
parcels of land as non-conservation land and requested approval from the
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources of the classification and the sale of
They approved subsurface sewage treatment system loans in
the amount of eight thousand dollars each to Kayle and Jessica Pauling, Adam and
Melanie Onken and Alan and Patricia Schulz; approved accepting Deputy Justin
Hesse as a member of the Public Employees Police and Fire Plan as a part-time
officer; approved the appointment of Paul Henning to the Planning and Zoning
Board and Chuck Lucht to the Board of Adjustment; and approved three liquor
license renewals for Bergen Bar and Grill, Horse Barn and Hunt Club and Jackson
The board will be meeting with the finalists for the County Coordinator
position on Thursday, September 24th. The next regular meeting of the
Jackson County Board is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6th at 9:00 a.m.
High School students at risk of losing
College credit - Sep 13, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — High school students around
Minnesota are at risk of losing access to college-level classes in
their schools due to new requirements that teachers have a master's
degree or at least graduate-level credits in those subjects.
The change could be a major blow to a growing
number of students who rely on dual-credit classes to earn college
credits to take a bite out of their future higher education costs.
Hundreds of high school educators in Minnesota
could soon be barred from teaching the classes, forcing students to
take courses at a local college or university or forgo them all
The problem arose because the Higher Learning
Commission recently updated its standards for college instructors. The
HLC accredits nearly 1,000 colleges and universities in 19 Midwestern
states including 114 in Minnesota.
Windom School Board to meet Monday
- Sep 12, 2015
WINDOM - The
Windom School Board will hold their regular monthly meeting at 6:30
Monday night at the Windom City Hall Council Chambers.
On the consent agenda, the Board will
take action on the resignation of gymnastics coach Cheryl Bass, give
consideration for two Family Medical Leave Act requests and consider
hiring an ECFE Parent Educator. The Board will also consider
approving additional paraprofessional time, increase time for Bridges
Preschools and approve revised coaching assignments, including the
hiring of new gymnastics coach Jordan Bussa and girls hockey coach
In regular action items, the board will
review the Superintendent’s evaluation. The Board will also
consider a lease agreement with the BARC Center, consider an auto
insurance proposal and discuss the proposed Prairie Meadow housing
Windom School Board will also review the 2016 School District Levy,
set the Truth in Taxation hearing, and act on a bond proposal.
ILEC to construct solar array in Estherville
- Sep 12, 2015
Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative is planning to construct a solar array
on land located directly east of its headquarters facility in
President and CEO Rick Oleson said the
Cooperative should receive word soon on a USDA Rural Energy for
America Program grant that would provide 25 percent of the cost of the
Locating the solar array adjacent to
their headquarters will increase the visibility of the project,
provide oversight and help reduce maintenance costs.
475,000 dollar investment would be offset by the Federal grant.
If approved, construction on the solar array could begin this Fall.
Authorities warn of scams -
Sep 12, 2015
SPENCER - Authorities are warning area
residents using automatic teller machines (ATM’s) and card reading
devices at gas stations to be on the lookout for skimming devices that
could be attached to them.
The Spencer Chamber of Commerce has
issued a special alert to its members. It comes on the heels of
notification from the FBI regarding complaints it’s been receiving
about skimming devices showing up throughout Iowa.
Investigators report a group of eastern
Europeans based out of Des Moines has been attaching skimmers to
drive-up ATM machines. They say the suspects have been able to
get the account information from each card used at the machines.
The information is then sold weeks after it’s taken.
Any businesses with an ATM are urged to
be vigilant and to report to authorities anything that looks tampered
Jackson Co Libraries to go Outside the Lines
- Sep 11, 2015
Jackson County Library announces its participation in Outside the
Lines, a bold campaign designed to reintroduce the library to the
Jackson County community and get people thinking – and talking – about
the library in a whole new way. Outside the Lines is a weeklong
celebration, continuing until Saturday, demonstrating the creativity
and innovation in libraries.
During Outside the Lines, participating
organizations from across the world will host either an event or
campaign that helps people understand how libraries have changed into
dynamic centers for engagement, and how they are more relevant than
ever to people’s lives. Learn more online at getoutsidethelines.org.
of the Jackson County libraries will be decorating the towns’
sidewalks to spread the message. There will also be ‘medallions’
available for pick up around town. The libraries are encouraging the
community to pick one up, give it their personal artistic flair, and
return them to one of the libraries by September 20th,
2015. The medallions that are returned will be used in an artistic
display showcasing the integral part that the community plays in the
libraries, as well as how crucial libraries are to the community.
Sons of Norway to host Lefse
Sep 11, 2015
WINDOM - The local Sons of Norway
Stavanger Lodge will host their next monthly meeting on Thursday at
the Cottonwood County Historical Society in Windom. The meeting will
begin at 7:00 PM with a program by the Lefse Ladies.
The Lefse Ladies began rolling out lefse thirty years ago.
The four women, who are all from Jackson, have over the past few
years, developed a “culinary musical comedy” show that is sure to
please one and all. The Lefse Ladies will
certainly be 'on a roll' as they also explain what beverages go best
when preparing lefse and more!
The Ladies state that they are dedicated to
carrying on the traditions of their Northern European ancestors, or at
least making some new traditions to pass on to their Scandinavian
offspring. Be sure to find out more about the Lefse Ladies on their
The public is cordially invited to come and attend this
special program free of charge. Guests are always welcome at any Lodge
meeting. Refreshments will be served at the meeting as well. This
meeting is also the annual membership meeting. A brief presentation
about the Sons of Norway will be included.
The mission of the Sons of Norway is to promote, preserve and
cherish a lasting appreciation for the heritage and culture of Norway
and other Nordic cultures while growing soundly as a fraternal benefit
society and offering maximum benefits to its members. The local
Stavanger Lodge was chartered in 1974 and currently has approximately
For more information about Sons of Norway or the September
meeting, please contact Harvey Pederson, Sons of Norway President, at
to meet Monday -
WINDOM - Compassionate
Friends, a self-help support group for parents and families of
children who have died at any age from any cause, whether recently or
some time ago, will meet on Monday at 7:00 PM at the BARC in Windom.
For more information, please call Carol at
MN Revenue continues to exceed
Sep 10, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Robust corporate,
sales and income tax receipts have led to another month where
Minnesota's revenues far exceeded forecaster expectations.
The Department of Minnesota Management and Budget said Thursday
that the state took in $113 million more than it was counting on in
August, or 8.5 percent better than projected.
Officials said almost one-third of that was from one-time corporate
tax payments that they don't think will be repeated.
Larger-than-expected income tax withholding resulted in $37 million of
The monthly reports don't look at state spending patterns. And
officials caution there can be wide swings. Still, this one is part of
an overall trend that suggests Minnesota might have a bigger surplus
for lawmakers to work with when the next full economic forecast comes
out later this fall.
Prairie Winds Kite Fly is
Saturday - Sep 9, 2015
The Prairie Ecology Bus Center’s 13th Annual Prairie Winds
Kite Fly is this Saturday from 10am to 4pm at the Jackson Municipal
Airport. New this year, the worlds largest parafoit kite
(with over 2,000sq ft of surface area) will make it's midwestern
debut. There will be pro-kite flyers from seven states
flying their giant show kites, plus you can fly your own kites.
There will also be kite making for kids, Bol races, kids candy
drop, a scavenger hunt, concessions and more.
This family event is free and open to the public.
For more information, you can visit the Prairie Ecology Bus
Center online at ecologybus.org.
Everyone is invited to the 13th Annual
Prairie Winds Kite Fly, this Saturday, from 10am to 4pm at the Jackson
Pioneer Days Saturday - Sep
JACKSON - Pioneer Days
is this weekend at Fort Belmont in Jackson. Hours
Saturday are from 9am to 4:30pm and on Sunday from 10am to 4pm.
There will be an 1840’s Buckskinner Camp with traders, vendors and
trade blankets. There will also be demonstrations of
blacksmithing, butter churning, weaving, rope making, wood carving and
hawk and knife throwing along with pioneer kids games, toys and more.
Guided tours of Fort Belmont will be available along with consessions.
There will be horse drawn wagon rides on Saturday and on Sunday,
the Minnesota Raptor Center will have programs on an Owl, Falcon, Hawk
and Bald Eagle at 10am and 1pm.
also be raffle drawings Sunday at 1pm.
Everyone is intited to Fort Belmont’s Pioneer
Days, this Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.
MN Crops remain ahead of average
- Sep 9, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Warm, humid
weather is helping keep development of Minnesota's corn and soybean
crops ahead of last year's pace.
According to the USDA's weekly crop report, there were 5.3 days
suitable for fieldwork in Minnesota for the week ending Sunday.
The report says 85 percent of Minnesota's corn acreage was in or
beyond the dent stage — 11 days ahead of last year and a week ahead of
the five-year average. With corn starting to mature, the crop's
condition is rated 88 percent good to excellent.
Sixty-one percent of the soybean acreage was turning color or
beyond, 10 days ahead of last year and six days ahead of average.
Fourteen percent of soybean acreage was dropping leaves, slightly
ahead of normal.
The small grain harvest was wrapping up across Minnesota.
IA Crops remain in good shape
- Sep 9, 2015
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's corn and
soybean crops endured the hottest week of the year so far last week
but largely remain in good shape.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture in its weekly crop report
released Tuesday says 10 percent of Iowa's corn crop is mature. That's
three days ahead of last year but nine days behind the five-year
average. Seventy-nine percent of the crop is in good to excellent
Farmers report some fields are showing signs of disease stress.
Soybean development is three days ahead of last year but a day
behind average with 76 percent of the crop in good to excellent
State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says the first week of September
was the hottest week of the year. Temperatures as a whole averaged 10
degrees above normal.
Okoboji Middle School defeated for second time
- Sep 9, 2015
OKOBOJI, IA -
For the second time, voters in the Okoboji School District voted
against building a new middle school. Turnout was higher this
time around, and so was the margin of defeat. 1,310 voted
against while 1,006 voted in favor. There were a total 1,485
votes cast on the first ballot attempt.
million project would have been funded by increasing the district's
Physical Plant and Equipment Levy to $1.34 per thousand dollars of
valuation over 10 years.
MN State Fair attendance sets final day
record - Sep 8, 2015
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — The final
day of the 2015 Minnesota State Fair has set a Labor Day attendance
Fair officials say 178,867 people attended the Great Minnesota
Get-Together on its final day Monday. The previous Labor Day turnout
record was 164,227, set in 2013.
In total, 1,779,738 people visited the fair over its 12-day run.
That's the fourth-highest attendance in fair history. The total
attendance record of 1.8 million visitors was set last year.
The State Fair also saw more than 30,000 entries for agricultural
and craft competitions, the debut of 40 new fair foods and 96,847 fans
in the seats for Grandstand shows.
The 2016 Minnesota State Fair will run Aug. 25 through Labor Day,
Good Samaritan identified
- Sep 8, 2015
MANKATO - A
man who helped a State Trooper rescue another man from a fiery crash
near Heron Lake Monday afternoon has been identified.
Paul Langseth of rural Worthington is
being hailed as a hero by the State Patrol after he stopped to assist
with the accident while on his way to the State Fair.
Langseth and his wife were stopped in
traffic waiting for a funeral procession when a 2003 Volvo semi driven
by Michael Junker of Trimont collided with a 2014 Freightliner semi
driven by Michael Schultz of Lake Crystal on Highway 60 at 400th
Avenue near Heron Lake.
Langseth assisted State Patrol Sargent
Ron Richards in removing Junker from his semi after it started on
fire. After Langseth assisted the Trooper, he was told he was
free to go. However, the State Patrol had been looking for
Langseth since the accident to recognize his assistance.
Langseth came forward Thursday and was
recognized Friday morning in Mankato.
sustained non-life threatening injuries and was released from a Sioux
Falls hospital on Wednesday. Junker wrote a statement thanking
Langseth, Richards and two nurses who stopped to assist.
Youth Hunting Rendezvous Saturday in
- Sep 8, 2015
WINDOM - The
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold its annual Youth Hunting
Rendezvous on September 12th at its Wolf Lake office, just
east of Windom on County Road 17. The event will be held from 11
a.m. to 3 p.m.
The day will feature free Pheasants
Forever Ringneck membership for all youth up to age 15, and a free
drawing for youth ages 12 to 18 for a local guided pheasant hunt with
guides provided by Pheasants Forever.
The day will also feature pointing and
water dog demonstrations, a waterfowl decoy presentation, a predator
hunting seminar and an instruction on waterfowl calling, concluding
with a calling contest.
There will also be a spear target toss,
bracelet weaving, use of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s shooting
simulator and a question and answer session with local conservation
officers. New activities this year include an inflatable BB gun
range and wildlife tattoos.
The event is free of charge and open to
all youth interested in learning about hunting and enjoying the great
lunch will be provided by Friends of the Windom Wetland Management
FFA Results from State Fair
- Sep 8, 2015
ST. PAUL - Here are the JCC FFA results from the 2015 Minnesota State
CHAPTER GROUP – JACKSON COUNTY CENTRAL
Class 4 Commercial Ewe, 8th Place
Class 3 Whiteface Market Lambs, 3rd Place
Class 5 Blackface Market Lambs, 10th Place
Class 1 Blackface Market Lambs, 3rd Place
Class 6 Blackface Market Lambs, 4th Place
Class 9 Blackface Market Lambs, 1st Place
Pen of 3 Class 2, 2nd Place
RESERVE CHAMPION HEAVYWEIGHT MARKET LAMB
RESERVE CHAMPION SHOWMAN
Class 8 Blackface Market Lambs, 6th Place
Class 6 Blackface Market Lambs, 5th Place
Class 7 Blackface Market Lambs, 6th and 9th
Shorthorn Plus Senior Heifer Calf, 1st Place
CHAMPION SHORTHORN PLUS SENIOR HEIFER CALF
RESERVE CHAMPION RED ANGUS COW/CALF PAIR
Crossbred Breeding Gilt Class 2, 2nd Place
Crossbred Breeding Gilt Class 6, 5th Place
Crossbred Breeding Gilt Class 3, 2nd Place
Crossbred Breeding Gilt Class 7, 1st Place
Grand Champion Crossbred Breeding Gilt
Crossbred Breeding Gilt Class 3, 5th Place
Crossbred Breeding Gilt Class 4, 1st Place
Duroc Early January Gilt, 1st Place
Grand Champion DurOC Breeding Gilt
Crossbred Breeding Gilt Class 5, 1st Place
Crossbred Breeding Gilt Class 5, 7th Place
Crossbred Breeding Gilt Class 7, 2nd Place
SUPREME CHAMPION BREEDING GILT – Dalton
RESERVE CHAMPION BREEDING GILT – Nolan
Market Pen of 10 – Jackson County Central
Class 4 Purebred Market Hogs-Hampshire, 1st Place
GRAND CHAMPION HAMPSHIRE BARROW
Class 15 Middleweight Division, 1st Place
Class 20 Heavyweight Division, 5th Place
Class 22 Heavyweight Division, 7th Place
Class 10 Market Barrow Lightweight Division, 4th
Class 19 Market Barrow Heavyweight Division, 1st
Class 19 Market Barrow Heavyweight Division, 3rd
RESERVE CHAMPION CROSSBRED MARKET BARROW HEAVYWEIGHT
SHOWMANSHIP, 5TH PLACE
Class 10 Market Barrow Lightweight Division, 3rd
Class 14 Market Barrow Middleweight Division, 2nd
Class 15 Market Barrow Middleweight Division, 3rd
Class 25, Market Barrow Pen of Three – 1st Place
GRAND CHAMPION SHOWMAN
Class 11 Market Barrow Lightweight Division, 4th
Class 12 Market Barrow Lightweight Division, 5th
Class 20 Market Barrow Heavyweight Division, 7th
Class 22 Market Barrow Heavyweight Division, 1st
Class 13 Market Barrow Lightweight Division, 4th
Class 15 Market Barrow Middleweight Division, 4th
Class 22 Market Barrow Heavyweight Division, 5th
Class 27, Market Barrow Pen of Three – 1st Place
Class 14 Market Barrow Middleweight Division, 1st
Class 16 Market Barrow Middleweight Division, 3rd
Class 17 Market Barrow Middleweight Division, 3rd
RESERVE CHAMPION CROSSBRED MARKET BARROW MIDDLEWEIGHT
Class 18 Market Barrow Heavyweight Division, 2nd
SHOWMANSHIP, 4TH PLACE
Class 16 Market Barrow Middleweight Division, 8th
Class 19 Market Barrow Heavyweight Division, 6th
Class 16 Market Barrow Middleweight Division, 6th
Class 19 Market Barrow Heavyweight Division, 7th
Class 17 Market Barrow Middleweight Division, 7th
Class 18 Market Barrow Heavyweight Division, 1st
Class 18 Heavyweight Division, 4th Place
CHAMPION CROSSBRED MARKET BARROW HEAVYWEIGHT
Class 18 Market Barrow Heavyweight Division, 8th
Class 20 Market Barrow Heavyweight Division, 3rd
Class 22 Market Barrow Heavyweight Division, 10th
Class 30, Market Barrow Pen of Three – 1st Place
Grand Champion CROSSBRED MARKET HOG – GAVIN
reserve Champion CROSSBRED MARKET HOG –
Grand Champion OVERALL MARKET HOG – GAVIN
reserve Champion OVERALL MARKET HOG – NOLAN
Reserve Champion High Point Chapter –
Jackson County Central
GRAND Champion Overall High Point
Individual – Maggie Post
RESERVE Champion Overall High Point
Individual – MEGAN EDLIN
Grand Champion Ear Corn – Megan Edlin
Grand Champion Shell Corn – Jordan Winter
Best of Show Ear Corn – Megan Edlin
State Patrol seeks Good Samaritan
Sep 2, 2015
Sep 2, 2015
JACKSON - The Jackson County Board of Commissioners met
Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. at the Courthouse with all members present.
They narrowed the field of applicants for the County
Coordinator Position to four candidates. Interviews and department head meetings
with the four finalists will be scheduled for Thursday, September 24th.
They heard an informational presentation from a
representative from the Minnesota Chapter of the American Lung Association. Erin
Simmons talked about the impact of tobacco use and specifically the issue of
tobacco free grounds policies for workplaces including counties.
The board heard an annual update on the Southwest Initiative Foundation. Cheryl Glaeser thanked the board for their past support and presented
examples of the foundation’s efforts in
The board awarded a project to remove bridge 1804 in Section 28 of Round Lake
Township to Svoboda Excavating of Jackson for just over $79,700; they approved advertising
projects at Engineer Tim Stahl’s discretion for the replacement of Bridge 32504
in Round Lake Township
and replacement of a Culvert on County Road 76 in Section 15 of Belmont
They passed resolutions relating to employees health insurance and ancillary
benefits; approved a gambling permit for the Windom Area Youth Hockey
Association for a raffle to be held during the Jackson Sprint Car Nationals this
They set Tuesday, September 2 as the time for the board to meet to
review and discuss the 2016 Budget and Levy.
The next regular meeting of the Jackson County Board is scheduled for Tuesday,
September 15th at 9:00 a.m.
injured in two semi accident
- Sep 1, 2015
HERON LAKE - A Trimont man received minor
injuries in a two vehicle accident yesterday on Highway 60 near
49 year-old Michael Junker of Trimont was driving
a 2003 Volvo Semi eastbound on highway 60 when he collided with a 2014
Freightliner semi driven by 54 year-old Michael Schultz of Lake
Crystal. Junker was transported to Sanford Hospital
in Sioux Falls with non-life threatening injuries.
Schultz sustained no apparent injuries.
Severe damage was reported to Schultz’s
Freightliner. Junkers Volvo was considered a total
The Heron Lake Police Department, Jackson County
Sheriff’s Office, Windom Police Department, Heron Lake Fire and
Ambulance and Windom Fire and Ambulance assisted the State Patrol at
JCC Board approves contract with teachers
- Aug 25, 2015
JACKSON - The Jackson County Central School Board
met in regular session last night. The meeting was
called to order at 6:02pm with all members present.
The board approved the 2015-17 agreement with the
JCC Teachers. Superintendent Todd Meyer noted that
90 out of 97 teachers voted in favor of the agreement.
They also approved the 10 year Long-Term Facilities Management
Plan. It was noted that this was not a firm
schedule, but rather a guideline to help keep a handle on what needs
to be done. The Truth in Taxation meeting was
scheduled for December 14th at 6pm.
In other action, the board approved a resolution
for board member Jody Thrush to continue working as a substitute
teacher in the JCC School District,
approved Family Medical Leave for Wendy Fredrickson.
The Board also approved hiring Cheryl Bass as an ELL teacher,
Brandon Fredrickson as a Social Studies teacher at the High School,
Maria Hustedt as a reading teacher at Riverside, Mary Benson as a para
at the High School, Lori Kroger as a para at the Middle School, Ashley
Johnson, Melissa Polz, Crystal Ringling, Shirly Slater and Blaike
Smith as paras at Riverside and Tiffany Mathias and Rachel Truong
as paras at Pleasantview.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:43pm The next
regular meeting of the JCC School
board is scheduled for 6pm on Monday, Sept 28.
Disc Golf tournament Sept 12 in Okoboji
- Aug 24, 2015
OKOBOJI - Okoboji Disc Golf Course will be
the host for the first Professional Disc Golf Association tournament
on Saturday, September 12.
The Battle at the Border event will be a
full-day of competition, education and fun for disc golf players of
all skill levels.
Registration begins at 8am at the course in
Kenue Park in Okoboji. A players meeting will be held at 9:45am
with tee off scheduled for 10:15am. Players can register in pro,
advanced, intermediate or junior. Pro level competitors will
play for cash awards with other skill levels receive player packs with
a custom-dyed disc and T-shirt.
Competitors can also play in a team of
five, and if multiple teams sign up a team trophy will be given out to
the group with the lowest combined score.
Following the tournament will be a free
putting and driving clinic put on by Ascension Disc Golf staff, and
anyone is invited to attend, including people who do not wish to
participate in the tournament.
The Battle at the Border will also feature
a longest drive contest, which costs $1 per disc throw, and a raffle
for a disc golf basket valued at $220. Raffle tickets will be sold for
Registration is $50 for pros, $40 for
advanced players, $30 for intermediate and $25 for juniors. An extra
$10 fee will be charged to those competitors not members of the PDGA,
but the additional fee is waived for competitors 16 and younger. The
Dickinson County Conservation Board will receive $5 from each entry
For more information on the tournament,
email@example.com. To learn more about the Okoboji
Gold Disc Golf Course, contact the Dickinson County Nature Center at
712-336-6352 or go online to
Ruby's Pantry in Jackson on Tuesday
- Aug 23, 2015
JACKSON - Ruby’s Pantry returns to Jackson today
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.
Ruby’s Pantry will be in Jackson from 4:30 to 6pm
today at the Jackson National Guard Amory.
Appreciation Days Aug 28-29
- Aug 22, 2015
ALPHA - Alpha will hold their annual Appreciation
Days August 28-29. On Friday, the beer garden opens
at 6pm with burgers, brats and more. The Alpha Fire
Department Street Dance featuring the Nectorines starts at 8:30 with
no cover charge.
On Saturday is the Grilled Pork Chop Supper
featuring a pork chop dinner for $10 or a pork burger dinner fro $6.
There will be kids games and a beer garden.
At 7pm is Karaoke with Larry Clymer with fireworks at 9:30.
Don’t forget about the huge raffle Saturday night.
That Alpha Appreciation Days, next weekend,
August 28th & 29th in Alpha.
Truck vs Cow accident south of Jackson
- Aug 22, 2015
JACKSON - The Jackson County Sheriff’s
Office investigated a car vs. cow accident on the Petersburg Road
south of Jackson on Monday, August 17th.
55 year old Jeff Fiala of Jackson was
southbound on Petersburg Road when a cow ran onto the roadway. Fiala
struck the cow with his 2013 Chevy pick-up causing major damage. The
cow was found deceased.
The owner of the cow was determined to be
60 year old Mark Olson of Jackson. The cow had gotten loose from the
Jackson Sale Barn approximately 1 week earlier.
continues into death in Brewster
- Aug 20, 2015
BREWSTER - Authorities in Nobles County continue
to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a Brewster
Nobles County Deputies responded to a 911 call
around 2:40 Wednesday morning reporting a woman had been shot.
Inside, investigators located the body of a 40-year old female
who was the victim of an apparent gunshot wound.
Two other individuals inside the home at the time of the shooting were
The woman’s body was taken to the Ramsey County
Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy and formal identification.
The Brewster Fire and Rescue Department and the
Worthington Ambulance Service assisted at the scene yesterday.
The incident remains under investigation.
holds 80th Annual Meeting
- Aug 19, 2015
FAIRMONT - A large crowd attended Federated
Rural Electric's 80th
Annual Meeting August 18 at the
Martin County Fair Arena.
Members elected director: Jon Saxen, Sherburn,
for District At-Large. On the Nominating Committee Steven Landsteiner,
Sherburn, was elected for District 5; while Lowell Spee, Fairmont, was
elected for District 6. Members also passed amendments to Federated’s
Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws; these changes allowed for fair
representation of the new Alliant members with redistricting, setting
a higher level of indebtedness, eliminates membership fees and
provides flexibility on the annual meeting order of business during
President David A. Hansen and General Manager
Richard Burud provided a cooperative update on 2015 highlights. Hansen
welcomed the former Alliant customers as new Federated member-owners,
where they cast ballots in their first Federated elections. Hansen
told the membership that General Manager Richard Burud will retire
January 6, 2016; the Board of Directors is working with the National
Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s consulting agency on hiring
the best possible candidate as general manager. Hansen also reported
on a successful state legislative session that “allows cooperatives to
apply a reasonable fixed charge that requires members generating their
own power to pay their fair share of the co-op’s lines and substation
when selling excess power on the grid, instead of it being subsidized
by the rest of the Federated members.”
reported that 2015 was a year of financial stability with equity
growing from $27.9 million to $30.4 million in 2014. “Residential
electric rates are also stable, with the possibility of slight
increase in wholesale power costs in 2016,” Burud stated. He also
thanked state and federal legislators, especially for passing the
federal water heater legislation. Burud voiced concern over the next
legislative hurdle for the industry being “the EPA’s ruling on coal
generation emissions effecting your rates and ultimately what members’
energy costs are.”
In addition, Burud thanked the Federated
membership as it’s his last annual meeting address. “In my past 42
years of working for Federated, I’ve enjoyed my employment immensely,”
he stated. “I want to thank you for your support and patronage. It has
been a true honor to represent you.”
Burud also recognized two other employees who
will be retiring as well in the next few months. Jerald “Festus” Hagen
is the assistant line superintendent in Welcome with 49 years at
Federated. Meanwhile, Brian Hansen is Federated’s
warehouseman/mechanic and he will retire this fall with 29 years at
Members attending the Annual Meeting received
two LED light bulbs as attendance gifts, along with two $5 food
tickets to use at local fair food vendors.
Twelve children ages nine and under each won
$17 worth of Midway ride tickets at the fair.
nearly 45 door prizes were awarded to the members. The top three prize
Federated is a Touchstone Energy
cooperative serving 6,700 electric members in Jackson and Martin
- Curtis Luetgers, Fairmont, won a $300
Federated gift certificate.
- Wade Krenz, Fairmont, won a Hitachi
LI-ION impact driver.
- Ronald Blair,
Winnebago, won a Hitachi 18-volt cordless drill
Jackson Council approves library changes
- Aug 19, 2015
JACKSON - The Jackson City Council met Tuesday
nightt in regular session. Mayor Pro-Tem Fred Bern called the meeting
to order with Mayor Wayne Walter the only member absent.
The council approved engaging JMCM Consulting to
apply for grant funding for the Fire Department. Gary Reif from the
Fire Dpartment told the council that the firm charges 5% if they help
get a grant approved, but there is no fee if their help does not
result in getting grant approval.
They adopted Ordinance Number Eighty-seven
amending fees, rates and charges for 2015.
They reviewed and
approved the engineer's recommendation to Award the Sanitary Sewer
Extension Project Contract to Svoboda Excavating. It is hoped that
the work can begin this fall and be completed in 2016.
They approved change orders totaling just over
twenty thousand dollars for the Library Expansion and Renovation
Project. The change orders involve performing soil correct6ions and
converting the library's electric service from overhead to
underground. Both change orders are within the project budget.
The council approved recommendations from the
Planning Commission including a variance for New Fashion Pork to build
an addition to their present office building at 164 Industrial Parkway
that will be fourteen feet from the side property line; and an interim
use permit for Holi and Davin Amara to operate an office-professional
business in a zoned residential area at 97 Muir Avenue.
They approved a one day temporary liquor license
for the Jackson Knights of Columbus Steak and Brew Fundraiser on
September twelfth, and a one day temporary liquor license for the
Jackson American Legion Post One Thirty for a wedding reception at the
Jackson National Guard Armory on September nineteenth.
The next regular meeting of the Jackson City
Council is scheduled for Tuesday September first.
set public hearing
- Aug 19, 2015
JACKSON - The Jackson County Board of
Commissioners met Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. at the Courthouse with all
They approved a recommendation letter and
resolution authorizing David Drown Associates to solicit bids for the
sale of drainage bonds for the Judicial Ditch Forty-six Improvement
Project in the amount of nine hundred fifteen thousand dollars. The
sale will tentatively be held on September fifteenth with the project
funded on October first.
They set the Judicial Ditch Thirty-five final
public hearing for the purpose of considering the revised Final
Engineers Report in the matter of the proposed drainage improvement
for Tuesday, September fifteenth at 1:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria of the
Government Center East
They approved a letter of support for Western
Community Action’s proposal to bring E.B.T.-card acceptance to our
local farmers markets in Southwest Minnesota, including the Riverside
Farmers Market in Jackson.
Health Educator Angela Naumann (NEW-mun) from the Statewide Health
Improvement Program told the commissioners that the goal is to provide
a central terminal for all vendors at the farmer’s market.
In other action, the commissioners approved a
request for a two day temporary on-sale liquor license for American
Legion Post One Thirty to provide services during the National Sprint
League Jackson Speedway Nationals at the Fairgrounds on September
fourth and fifth.
They set a public hearing on two separate
ordinance additions. The planning commission will hold public hearings
for the adoption of the Subdivision of Land and Solar Energy
Ordinances at their regular meeting on August twenty-sixth. The full
board will then hold a public hearing on the ordinance additions and
amendments at the September fifteenth meeting at 9:30 a.m. Anyone
interested in viewing the ordinance amendments may do so at the
Jackson County Auditor/Treasurer’s Office or the Jackson County Land
Management Office during regular office hours. The document can also
be viewed online. (www.co.jackson.mn.us)
They supported a resolution initiated by
County to propose that the
state use the budget surplus to repair unsatisfactory roads and
bridges. The board met in closed session to discuss real estate
negotiations. No action was taken when they returned to open session.
The next regular meeting of the Jackson County
Board of Commissioners is set for Tuesday, September first at 9:00
Deputies investigate stolen ATV in Jackson
- Aug 18, 2015
JACKSON - The Jackson County Sheriff’s
Office responded to a reported theft of a youth sized ATV on Friday.
The theft occurred at Jackson Sports located in Industrial Parkway in
The ATV was removed from a crate and is
described as a 2015 Polaris ATV-15 Outlaw, blue in color with a
reported value of $1,000.00
Anyone with any information is urged to
contact the Sheriff’s Office.
Domestic assault in Jackson County leads
- Aug 17, 2015
JACKSON - A 25 year-old male was arrested
last weekend in Iowa after a reported domestic assault. At
approximately 10:30am Saturday, deputies responded to a domestic
assault in Minneota Township in Jackson County.
A 23 year old victim reported that they
were assaulted by their 25 year old boyfriend, Wesley Hanson.
The victim told deputies an altercation
occurred with Hanson earlier that morning when he reportedly threw her
to the ground, slapped and punched her and held a lit torch next to
her face. The victim attempted to call her mother and Hanson
reportedly took the phone from her preventing her from calling.
Hanson left and returned around 9:30 a.m.
to retrieve a work torch. He allegedly placed his hands around the
victim’s neck and told her he was going to kill her. It was also
reported that he kicked her several times.
A warrant was issued for Hanson’s arrest
and was arrested in Palo Alto County in Iowa. He waived extradition
and is expected to appear on felony terroristic threats-second degree,
felony assault and domestic assault.
Hanson remains in custody.
Seal Coat project delayed until Wednesday
- Aug 17, 2015
JACKSON - Due to the rain Monday and forecast for Tuesday, the contractor has put the
seal coat work on hold until Wednesday.
They will leave the signs in
place, but cars can be parked in the affected streets until then.
Weaver to seek 4th District Seat
- Aug 16, 2015
CLEAR LAKE, IA - Kim Weaver of
Sheldon has announced she’s running as a Democrat for the 4th
District Congressional seat in Iowa. Weaver made her announcement at the
Democratic Wing Ding event Friday evening in Clear Lake.
Weaver is a
single mother of three children. She said her campaign will be centered on
fighting income inequality and preserving a strong middle class.
IA man arrested
for counterfeit currency
- Aug 15, 2015
EMMETSBURG, IA - At
approximately 10:25 Friday morning, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office
arrested 43 year old Brian Stowe of Waverly, Iowa on a valid Federal Arrest
Warrant for Manufacturing Counterfeit Currency and Dealing in Counterfeit
arrest, Stowe was taken to the Palo Alto County Jail in Emmetsburg to await
transport by the U.S. Secret Service to Federal Court in Cedar Rapids.
injuried in motorcycle accident Friday
- Aug 15, 2015
ST. JAMES - A Butterfield
man was injured when his motorcycle struck a deer around 5:30 Friday afternoon.
the State Patrol, 58 year old Timothy Steinle was driving a 1991 Honda south on
Highway 4 near mile marker 41 in Watonwan County when three deer crossed the
roadway. Steinle struck one of the deer and laid the motorcycle down.
Steinle was taken to the
St. James Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
damage was reported to motorcycle.
The St. James
Fire Department, St. James Ambulance and Watonwan County Sheriff’s Office
assisted the State Patrol at the scene. The State Patrol is investigating
I-90 construction to wrap up for 2015
- Aug 15, 2015
MANKATO, Minn. – Interstate 90 motorists in Jackson
and Martin County should see traffic restrictions removed on Aug. 18 as the
construction wraps up for 2015. The Jackson County Road 29 ramp opened Friday.
Drivers need to continue to use caution as workers install
interchange lighting and work on culverts off the roadway.
In 2016, construction will resume between Jackson County
Road 5 and Highway 86 (Lakefield).
This $36 million project, consisting of both concrete and
asphalt work between Round Lake and Sherburn, is being designed and built at the
same time and should be complete in July 2016.
Information on all I-90 work in southwestern Minnesota can
www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/projects/I90preserve/ where the public is
encouraged to sign up for e-mail updates.
Motorcycle accident in Spirit Lake claims
- Aug 15, 2015
SPIRIT LAKE, IA - A Logan, Iowa
woman died from injuries sustained in a traffic accident Friday afternoon in
Just before 2
o’clock, Police were called to an accident involving two motorcycles on Highway
71, just south of 36th street in Spirit Lake. According to
police, both motorcycles were travelling south on Highway 71. The driver,
53 year old Julie Coolman from Logan, Iowa collided with the rear of a
motorcycle driven by 45 year old Laura Levell of Magnolia, Iowa. Both
drivers were taken by ambulance to Lakes Regional Healthcare. Coolman
later died from her injuries. Levell sustained serious and incapacitating
Police were assisted at the scene by the Spirit Lake Fire Department, Lakes
Regional Healthcare Ambulance, Spirit Lake First Responders, Okoboji Police and
the Iowa State Patrol.
JCC hosts Back
to School nights
- Aug 12, 2015
JACKSON - Students entering the 12th grade at Jackson County Central are
encouraged, along with their parents, to attend a 12th grade
orientation Thursday at 7pm at the JCC High School Auditorium. Doors will
open at 6:15pm and iPads will be distributed.
On Monday, there will be an FFA Orientation at 5:30pm in the High School Ag
Room, then at 7pm there will be a 9th Grade Orientation in the High
School Auditorium. All incoming freshman and at least one parent are
encouraged to attend. Doors will open at 6:15pm. iPads will be
distributed and schedules will be available.
On Tuesday, there will be an open house for students entering 10th
and 11th grade from 4-7pm in the High School Auditorium.
Students and at least one parent are encouraged to attend. Schedules and
iPads can be picked up that night.
There will be a Middle School Back to School Night on Thursday, August 20th.
6th grade students and their parents are encouraged to attend an
orientation from 6-6:45pm in the Middle School Auditorium. The technology
department and Southwest Coaches will be on hand to discuss iPads and
transportation. Classrooms will be open from 6:45-7:30pm for students and
parents to meet the staff. 7th and 8th grade
students are encouraged to come after 6:45pm unless you have a brother or sister
in 6th grade.
MN Crops continue to excel
- Aug 11, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's small-grain farmers are making substantial
harvest progress while the state's corn and soybean crops are in great shape.
In its weekly crop progress and condition report for Minnesota, the U.S.
Department of Agriculture said Monday that almost half the state's barley crop
was harvested last week, the second-largest portion harvested in one week on
record, trailing only a 1990 mark. Thirty-three percent of the spring wheat
acreage has been harvested, three weeks ahead of last year's pace and slightly
ahead of average.
Minnesota corn and soybean conditions are rated at their best levels since
2010. The report says 89 percent of the corn crop is in good to excellent
condition, up 2 percentage points from last week. Soybean condition is rated 83
percent good to excellent, up 2 points.
80th Annual Meeting Aug 18th
- Aug 10, 2015
JACKSON - Attend Federated Rural Electric’s 80th
Annual Meeting Tuesday, August 18, and learn about the electric cooperative’s
The meeting is at the Martin County Fair in Fairmont
in the Martin County Arena. Federated members receive free admittance to the
fair between 3:30-6 p.m. by registering at the northwest gate (look for the
Federated sign). Members may park in the north fair lot. They can walk over to
the northwest gate or catch a free Federated golf cart shuttle up to the gate.
During meeting registration, members receive the
co-op’s Annual Meeting attendance gift — two LED light bulbs. Besides election
ballots, Federated members receive two $5 coupons to use at preapproved local
fair food vendors. While waiting for the meeting to begin, attendees can listen
to acoustic pop music by Elyse Barnard and visit Federated's booths for
information on Federated's money-saving programs, Exede Internet, Heartland
Security Services and electric grills.
The 41st round of Operation Round Up funds
from this spring will be highlighted at 5:30 p.m. with a slide show.
Approximately $17,888 was awarded to 17 local organizations, which included
$5,600 as eight Operation Round Up scholarships. Operation Round Up is a program
where participating Federated members' electric bills are rounded up to the
nearest dollar. This money goes to a trust fund, which the Trust Board oversees,
and is awarded twice a year to organizations serving Jackson and Martin
The meeting starts at 6 p.m., Federated members will
learn about the cooperative's highlights for the year and welcome the former
Alliant customers at their first Federated Annual Meeting. President David
Hansen and General Manager Richard Burud will give reports on the year in review
and a preview of 2016.
Members will also elect one director and two members
to serve on the Nominating Committee; terms for all positions start December 1,
2015. Director candidates for District At-Large are: Donald E. Tietje, Fairmont;
and Jon Saxen, Sherburn.
The Nominating Committee candidates for District Five
are Kelvin Klunder, Ceylon; and Steven Landsteiner, Fairmont. District Six
candidates are Larry Cowing, Granada; and Lowell Spee, Fairmont.
Following the business meeting more than 40 prizes will be given away. The top
five prizes are:
$300 Federated electricity gift certificate
Hitachi Li-On impact driver
Hitachi 18V cordless drill
Dremel Ulta-saw tool kit
$100 Welcome TV & Sales gift certificate
Federated members’ children ages nine and under can register for prizes
too. Federated will give away $17 worth of Midway ride tickets to 12 kids.
Members must be registered to win.
Federated members should bring along their August
Connections newsletter, which includes their registration card.
Federated is a Touchstone Energy electric cooperative serving 6,700
members in Jackson and Martin Counties.
Clay Co Fair
looking for Farm Gadgets
- Aug 10, 2015
SPENCER, IA - The 2015 Clay County Fair is excited to host a Farm Gadget Show for the first
time this year. Exhibits will be displayed in and around the Innovation
Pavilion in the southwest corner of the fairgrounds.
Each entry will need a laminated written description of the project, its
intended use and safety qualities. Entries are due on or before August 15. To
see the complete rules and regulations to enter in your gadgets go to
www.claycountyfair.com for more information.
"Take It All In" September 12-20, 2015 at the Clay County Fair in Spencer, Iowa!
Known as "The World's Greatest County Fair" since 1917, the Fair attracts more
than 300,000 people each September for world-class Grandstand events, daily
livestock and horse shows, more than $140,000 in free entertainment, thousands
of competitive exhibits, and the largest farm machinery show at any fair in the
United States! For more information, visit online at claycountyfair.com.