(St. Paul, Minn) -- The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is concerned about the health and safety of the state's farming families and their livestock during this cold spell. The current propane shortage not only jeopardizes farm families' ability to heat their homes, but also to provide adequate care for their livestock. Governor Mark Dayton issued a Peacetime State of Emergency yesterday to stand up the state's emergency operations center to assist farm families and producers who are facing propane shortages and need help.
The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) submitted comments on Monday, January 27th to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider the agency’s 2014 proposed volume standards. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 was passed into law by the United States Congress. MFBF stated that the EPA should follow the law as written.
WORTHINGTON – As he enters his 16th year as Nobles County Sheriff, Kent Wilkening has announced his candidacy for the 2014 ballot, which he said will be his fifth term if elected.
Wilkening began his service in Nobles County in 1987 as a deputy, and in 1998 ran for the sheriff’s position. He took office in 1999.
Wilkening also talked about some upcoming changes being pondered by the county in courtroom security. The coded keypads that guard many of the doors in the building are being upgraded, and consideration to upgrading other security measures is underway as well.
WORTHINGTON – Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chief executive officer Chancellor Steven Rosenstone visited the Minnesota West Community and Technical College Worthington Campus on Monday to ask students, staff and faculty what they were looking for in an interim and permanent president for the school. Current President Richard Shrubb announced his decision to retire about a month ago.
BREWSTER – The Brewster man killed in a snowmobile crash in the early morning hours Sunday had rolled his sled and was ejected, according to Nobles County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Jay Clark.
Dana Stenzel, age 29, formerly of Heron Lake,was snowmobiling just north of the Minnesota Soybean Processors plant in Brewster when he hit a field approach, Clark said. Stenzel was ejected from the sled as it rolled, and his body hit a street sign, causing chest cavity trauma.
Stenzel was sledding with one other person, who was approximately a half-mile behind.
WORTHINGTON - Winds howling up to 60 miles per hour whipped up fresh snow Sunday, closing highways in southwest and central Minnesota and causing hundreds of school closings amid a new round of bone-chilling cold. More than one area lost electricity Sunday evening, due to the blizzard.
BREWSTER – A snowmobile crash near the Minnesota Soybean Processors plant in Brewster resulted in a fatality early Sunday morning, according to reports. Killed in the crash was Dana Stenzel of Brewster, formerly of Heron Lake.
Incident reports show authorities and emergency response units were alerted at 12:13 a.m. about a crash with injuries. The Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, Brewster Rescue and the Worthington Ambulance responded. Because of Sunday’s winter storm, law enforcement officials were not available to release more information at this time.
WORTHINGTON – According to MnDOT, all Minnesota highways in southwest and south central Minnesota are in the process of closing as of 5 p.m. Sunday. Snow plows are being pulled in, and gates are coming down. Full closure is expected by 5:30 p.m.
HERON LAKE – Authorities seized four pounds of methamphetamines and five pounds of marijuana during a search early Friday morning at a residence in Heron Lake.
WORTHINGTON – U.S. Senator Al Franken will be in southwest Minnesota this afternoon to meet with local leaders and economic development officials about water and renewable fuel standards.