ST. PAUL -- Influenza is back in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health says across the state, 36 people were newly hospitalized with influenza during the week ending Saturday. That brings total hospitalizations in the state to 104 so far this season. The new hospitalizations were a 50 percent increase over 24 new hospitalizations the previous week, according to numbers released Thursday.
LAKE WILSON – Citizens interested in finding our more about the Stoneray Wind Project should attend the public hearing at 6 p.m. January 14 at the Lake Wilson American Legion building on Broadway Avenue.
The proposed project includes up to 62 wind turbines on 29,500 acres in Murray and Pipestone Counties. The turbines will range from 1.7 to 3.2 MW, up to a total of 105 MW. Associated facilities would include transmission lines, a project substation, access roads, meteorological towers and an operation and maintenance building.
LUVERNE – Two South Dakota residents suffered non-life threatening injuries in the early morning hours of Christmas Day when their vehicle rolled on I-90 near mile marker 6 in Rock County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2003 Toyota Corolla driven by Matthew Gappa, age 33, of Dell Rapids, lost control on the icy highway, entered the median and rolled. Gappa and his wife, 34-year-old Nicole Anderson-Gappa, were taken to Sanford Luverne for medical treatment.
WORTHINGTON – The ad hoc committee that evaluated the football and other athletic programs at Minnesota West Community and Technical College released its report earlier this month, which President Richard Shrubb has now released to Radio Works. According to Shrubb, he and his staff need to review the report with the MnSCU System’s Office for possible revision prior to implementation, so the recommendations have not yet been adopted by the college.
WORTHINGTON— In observance of the holidays, some local businesses will close early today for Christmas Eve and most will be closed Christmas Day. All financial institutions will be closed Christmas Day, and will vary hours today. Worthington Federal Savings Bank, Rolling Hills Bank, the Fulda Area Credit Union and United Prairie will close at noon today, Bank of the West and Wells Fargo will close at 2 p.m., and First State Bank Southwest at 3 p.m.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - Arraignment has been set for a Spirit Lake man accused of killing a Jackson woman. Arraignment for 21-year-old Tailer Handsaker is set for 9:30 a.m. December 30th in Dickinson County District Court.
WORTHINGTON – According to information released Thursday evening, Minnesota West Community and Technical College President Richard Shrubb will retire in July, which is when his contract is complete. Shrubb is currently in his sixth year as president at Minnesota West.
Shrubb said with the college on sound footing and prepared to meet the needs of the region and state, the timing is good for him to pursue new professional challenges.
WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Police Department is investigating a burglary that took place in the overnight hours Tuesday night and was reported Wednesday at BenLee’s Café. The theft was discovered at approximately 7:20 a.m. Wednesday morning. According to Director of Public Safety Mike Cumiskey, about $170 is missing. Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to contact the Worthington Police Department at 295-5400. The investigation continues.
WORTHINGTON – Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved the salaries of all county elected officials, just shortly after accepting the resignation of County Assessor Joe Udermann. The commissioners also approved a 2 percent increase in their own salary, on a 3 - 2 vote. Commissioners Marv Zylstra and Matt Widboom voted against the increase, both mentioning that the timing of the vote was not appropriate. Both said it should have been brought up much sooner in the budget process, rather than waiting until last minute.
JACKSON – A Buick LaSabre collided with a road grader Monday morning on Highway 71 in Jackson County, causing non-life threatening injuries to the passenger in the vehicle. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Pamilyn Tracey, age 62, of Jackson was passing the road grader when it made a left-hand turn and the two collided. Gregory Ahrens, age 57, of Jackson, who was driving the road grader, was uninjured. Samuel Tracey, age 61, of Jackson, received non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Jackson Sanford.