Rock Valley Mayor declares State of Emergency; volunteers needed for sandbagging

ROCK VALLEY, Iowa – Due to storms and flooding in Rock Valley, Iowa, Mayor Kevin Van Otterloo has declared a State of Emergency.

Please stay off the roads. If you are not volunteering, stay off city streets to allow emergency services to provide assistance to those who need it the most.

Volunteers for sandbagging are needed. Please go to Trinity Church (2020 8th Street SE) for further instructions. For safety purposes, please wear proper work clothing, including shoes or boots and gloves. Do not wear flip flops or sandals. Transportation to emergency areas can be provided.

Lyon County officals declare no travel allowed

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa – The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office has declared no travel is allowed in the county as of 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. This includes gravel, blacktops and state highways in Lyon County. Authorities report there are bridges washed out and water over roads.

Travel conditions are considered dangerous. Rivers are rushing after up to 10 inches of rain fell to start the week. Because the ground was already saturated, rain that fell had nowhere to go.

June 17 news

WORTHINGTON – According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation website, a variety of highways and roads are still closed this morning due to flooding. Motorists are asked to use extreme caution when traveling and to respect any barriers in place.

Extreme weather causes road closures in Rock County

LUVERNE – From the Minnesota Department of Transportation:

The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol closed Highway 75 north of Luverne in Rock County at 3:30 p.m. due to flooding/water over the road.

Highway 23 near Jasper is reported to have water running over the road – use extreme caution.

A semi tipped on its side is blocking lanes on I-90 between Luverne and Magnolia.
Motorists area asked to prolong their travel until weather has cleared and find an alternate route.

Highway 75 will remain closed until further notice.

June 16 news

BIGELOW – The rain caused significant problems over the weekend, but lightening strikes were also an issue. The Bigelow Fire Department was called to a house fire shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday on King Avenue just 4 miles west of town, according to Fire Chief Steve Hohensee.

Lightening had struck the roof of the Scott Peterson home, and when firefighters arrived, fire was in the attic. Hohensee said flames were coming out one side of the house. The Sibley Fire Department was called for mutual aid, then requests were also made for aid from Rushmore and Little Rock.

Regatta weather update

WORTHINGTON – With weather an issue, we’ll do our best to keep you updated on happenings at the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival as decisions are made.

From Ken Moser:
Race director reporting sailing should be going on by 2, any lightening will delay racing.
The music will be at Ben Lees in downtown Worthington. Larry Myer takes the stage at 1 p.m., Land Shark at 3 p.m. At 6 p.m., Tinder Box takes the stage, followed by Ride at 8 p.m.
No decision on whether or not the Beer Garden will be open.

June 13 news

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival continues today with more exciting activities for every age group. The skippers meeting starts at 9 a.m. with racing to follow. Starting at 11 a.m., chainsaw artist Marc Kurtz will demonstrate his craft at Second Avenue and Lake Street through 6 p.m. The Arts on the Shore vendors also open at 11 a.m. and continue through 8 p.m., as do the food vendors. The beer tent opens at 3 p.m. and will serve through 11:59 p.m.

Free MN State Park Admission on National Get Outdoors Day

Minnesota state parks celebrate National Get Outdoors Day with free admission and family fun on June 14!

The Department of Natural Resources will waive the requirement for a vehicle permit ($5 one-day or $25 year-round) and provide free admission at all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas on Saturday, June 14 in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day. The goal of National Get Outdoors Day is to introduce first-time visitors, especially families with young children, to the fun of outdoor recreation at state parks, state trails, fishing piers and other public lands.

June 12 news

WORTHINGTON – Day two of the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival is underway today with another exciting line-up. For the windsurfers, the skipper’s meeting is at 9 a.m., with racing to follow. From 9 a.m. to noon, there’s a workshop for parents and kids with artist Kevin Reese, artist Shawn McCann is at the VFW from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The food vendors are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., the beer tent from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

2014 Worthington Windsurfing Regatta & Unvarnished Music Festival

The Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival officially kicks off today and continues through Sunday, with a weather forecast that should be a crowd pleaser for guests and windsurfers alike.

Worthington plays host this year to the US Windsurfing Nationals, which has already brought people from around the nation to compete. Registration begins today, and the sight of surfers shooting across Lake Okabena will be a common on in the coming days.