OMAHA, Neb., Nov. 5, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq:GPRE) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire two ethanol plants of BioFuel Energy Corp. ("BIOF") from an entity composed of its lender group. The ethanol plants are located in Wood River, NE and Fairmont, MN. BIOF had previously agreed to transfer the ethanol plants to the lender group entity pursuant to a deed in lieu of foreclosure. Following the transfers, Green Plains will purchase the ethanol plants and certain related assets from the lender group entity.
WORTHINGTON – Both the building bond and the excess operating referendum failed Tuesday during a referendum vote for Independent School District 518 in Worthington.
Both ballot questions failed Tuesday during a referendum vote for Independent School District 518 in Worthington.
The first question addressed a building bond referendum for $38.9 million to build a new intermediate school for grades 3, 4, 5, an addition of approximately 56,000 square feet to the high school and some other remodeling. It failed with 965 yer votes and 1,756 no votes.
WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Convention and Visitors Bureau, in conjunction with Smith Trucking, is asking for the public’s help in designing a tourism-themed design to go on the side of a trailer that will be driven nation-wide. Mike Smith said he designed the first two concepts, but in this third year of having a Worthington trailer out on the road, he wants to get the community involved. He’s asking that submissions show what Worthington means to them.
JACKSON – Four people had to swim to shore Sunday morning when their boat capsized on Loon Lake about a quarter mile from shore. According to a report from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, authorities received notice of four people floating in the water around 10:30 a.m. near the north island on Looon Lake. The four were duck hunting when their boat capsized. A resident who had just gone outside because his power had gone out heard screams and contacted authorities.
(Pipestone Systems) -- The Pipestone System has recently cooperated with the Pipestone County Sheriff’s Office in response to a complaint of animal mistreatment by a former employee. The complaint was lodged by Jessica Marie Buck, a former Pipestone System employee, who we believe to be an undercover activist with the Mercy for Animals organization. It’s our understanding that the Pipestone County Prosecutor has determined not to bring any charges against any of the employees on the farm at this time.
SIBLEY, Iowa — Two eighth-grade football players facing charges of assault with sexual intent as a result of a bullying incident were expelled from school for the remainder of the semester during a Saturday closed-door meeting of the Sibley-Ocheyedan school board. If the two boys return to school at S-O next year, they’ll face in-school suspension, and will also be required to do a presentation on bullying to the middle school, take part in counseling and perform community service. They are also banned from all extracurricular activities for the remainder of the school year.
WORTHINGTON – According to Worthington Public Utilities General Manager Scott Hain, the non-essential water ban proposed weeks ago by the Water and Light Commission went into effect today. At this morning’s check of well levels at the Lake Bella well field, the static level at Well No. 26 was 30 feet 2 inches, which is 4 feet 8 inches below the 15-year average.
WORTHINGTON – During a brief hearing Thursday, Nobles County District Court gave the city of Worthington permission to have access to the Kmart portion of Northland Mall, for the purpose of identifying the next steps to renovate or demolish the former Kmart building. Mall owner Mike Kohan did not make an appearance.
WORTHINGTON – Two vehicle crashes kept Nobles County responder entities busy today. Shortly before 8:30 a.m., James Schultz, age 21, of Bigelow, rear-ended a feeder wagon on Minnesota 59, 1.3 miles north of I-90. The wagon was pulled by a tractor being driven by John Widboom, 68, of Worthington. Schultz suffered non-life threatening injuries. Both vehicles were southbound on 59 at the time of the crash. The road was dry, but fog was still thick when the crash occurred. Worthington Rescue, the Nobles County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota State Patrol responded.