SLAYTON – A former Avoca resident who was convicted of receiving stolen property back in 2009 is now told he can not apply to be a member of any fire departments in Minnesota. Joshua DeGuara, age 36, of Winona, was recently convicted of probation violation in Murray County District Court. In 2008, he was charged with receiving stolen property after stealing thousands of dollars worth of equipment, fuel and turnout gear from the Avoca Fire Department. He was sentenced to a year in jail, and after serving his sentence moved to Winona.
LUVERNE. – Interstate 90 travelers heading east between Luverne and Magnolia should be aware of lane restrictions and possible delays beginning Sept. 3, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Traffic will be managed with one lane in each direction in the westbound lanes.The Minnesota Department of Transportation has scheduled a project that includes resurfacing 8 miles of I-90 eastbound and constructing approach panels, new railing and new surface to the Rock County Road 3 Bridge. The project is expected to be complete in early November.
WORTHINGTON – Mediacom customers in several areas including Worthington are experiencing problems with video, internet and phone, according to a recording at their local phone number. The recording states their expected time of repair is approximately 2 p.m. today and there is nothing customers need to do at this time.
WORTHINGTON - A special session for storm relief is set for September 9th at the State Capitol. Lawmakers presumably will approve state matching money for federal assistance granted to 18 counties following June's severe storms and flash flooding. Governor Dayton wants two additional counties in the mix:
“I would hope to include Nobles and Rock County, the southwestern counties who suffered their own disaster last winter with the ice storm,” Dayton said.
WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday voted to pursue the former pool site as their first choice for a location for a potential new library. During the meeting, Chairman Bob Demuth Jr. stated that knowing what he did of the E.O. Olson Trust, which deeded the land to the city in 1945, the county might face obstacles in attaining the property from the city. During a follow-up interview this morning, Demuth reiterated, stating there was language in the trust that if the city was to sell the property to someone else, certain restrictions exist.
WORTHINGTON – We have a message from Dwayne Haffield of the city of Worthington. The grading and reapplication of dust control on Paul Avenue from I-90 to 240th Street and on 240th Street/27th Street from Paul Avenue to TH 59 is tentatively scheduled to be completed on Saturday, August 24. Use of these roads by all traffic should be avoided during and immediately following this work.
WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners today chose to pursue the former outdoor pool site as a location for a proposed new library, picking the site over the other three they were considering. Originally it was recommended by library staff they eliminate two of the four possible sites, focusing on the pool site as number one and keeping another in mind as a back up, but the commissioners decided there would be nothing to gain from picking a number two at this time.
WORTHINGTON - Notice from the City of Worthington Engineering Department: Resurfacing of Tenth Street from First Avenue to East Ninth Avenue is tentatively scheduled to begin Wednesday. Work will begin with surface milling and conclude with a bituminous overlay. Tenth Street will be open to restricted traffic during milling and cleanup, however, traffic will be diverted around milling operations as it progresses up and down the street. No parking will be allowed in the blocks where milling and cleanup is planned for the day.
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Two recent legal decisions have found a Stearns County farmer improperly handled and illegally sold food without a license.
Last week a Stearns County jury found Alvin Schlangen guilty of five misdemeanor counts of food handling and storage, including failure to have a food handler’s license, improperly storing eggs at the correct temperature and misbranding food.
SLAYTON – The City of Slayton will be without water Tuesday for most of the day due to some water valves and hydrants being replaced. The water is slated to come back on around 5 p.m. Water system pressure will drop to a point that harmful bacteria could enter the water system. A precautionary water boil advisory has been issued. After the water comes back on, residents should boil their water for one minute before using for drinking or food preparation. The city will inform residents when the boiling advisory is removed. For more information, contact city hall at 836-8534.