USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Tuesday announced grants for 71 projects spanning 42 states and the District of Columbia that support the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) efforts to connect school cafeterias with local farmers and ranchers through its Farm to School Program.
WORTHINGTON – New weight restrictions have been posted on a bridge that spans Jack Creek just south of Brewster on County State Aid Highway 1. Nobles County Public Works Director Steve Schnieder informed commissioners Tuesday that the annual bridge safety inspection has been completed and a report sent to the state.
Twenty-seven of the bridges in Nobles County are posted as restricted, Schnieder said – approximately seven percent of the 360 bridges in the county.
MINNESOTA - A sentencing hearing for a serial bank robber known as the “Man in Black” was canceled Monday after the defendant requested to have his six guilty pleas withdrawn. Mark Edward Wetsch is accused of holding up 31 banks, including the bank in Brewster, in a 2012 robbery spree, averaging one bank every eight days over an eight-month period. He ultimately pocketed more than $108,000.
He changed his name in July from Wetsch to Sheik Bilaal Muhammad Arafat, and has previously maintained he is being persecuted because he sympathizes with the terrorist group al-Shabab.
ROUND LAKE – Ferrara Candy Company is asking the city of Round Lake, Nobles County and the Round Lake-Brewster School District for a three-year tax abatement on their Round Lake facility, the former Farley & Sather’s facility. A hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 26.
WORTHINGTON - The Southwest Crisis Center’s annual Fall Online Auction Fundraiser begins today and runs through Friday at www.charityauctionstoday.com/store/swcrisiscenter.
Hundreds of items are included in this year’s auction, with more items added daily, thanks to the generosity of area businesses. This year’s challenge includes a local match on all funds raised through our online auction up to $10,000. All funds raised will go to providing services to victims of domestic and sexual violence and their children in the crisis center’s five county service area.
Earlier Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements. The proposed rule released by the EPA lowers the required consumption of conventional renewable fuel to 13.01 billion gallons, despite the law mandating consumption of 14.4 billion gallons, and below the 2013 level of 13.8 billion gallons. It also provides that biodiesel remains at 1.28 billion gallons; EPA has also proposed to reduce the total advanced biofuels requirement, which also limits the opportunities for biodiesel.
(Washington, DC) – On Thursday, November 14th, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Al Franken (D-MN), Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) led 28 of their Senate colleagues in a bipartisan letter urging the Obama Administration to support the American biodiesel industry in its upcoming 2014 regulatory proposal for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Current projections indicate that the industry will produce 1.7 billion gallons of biodiesel in 2014, continuing its pattern of exceeding annual RFS targets.
WORTHINGTON – Charges have been filed against three Worthington residents who were found to be in possession of several handguns registered as stolen from Borch’s Sporting Goods in Marshall last week.
Michele Lopez, 38, and Julio Hernandez, 19, are charged with possessing a pistol after a felony conviction, possession of stolen property and possessing a pistol without a permit. A 17-year-old juvenile from Estherville was also arrested and charged.
WORTHINGTON – Back in the south corner of the Ground Round parking lot, construction is underway on something that will be the first of its kind on the state of Minnesota. A Tesla Supercharger station with several stalls is being built.
JACKSON – Jackson native David Ellefson, bassist for the band Megadeth and author of “My Life with Deth” will be in Jackson at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the Jackson County Central Performing Arts Center for an open Q&A with the audience.
Ellefson will autograph his new autobiography and one Megadeth item per person.