April 18 news

MILFORD, Iowa - The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office is investigating a double fatality motor vehicle crash that took place at approximately 7 p.m. Wednesday in the 1800 block of 310th Ave near Milford. Two vehicles were involved, one being a northbound semi tractor/trailer and the other a southbound passenger vehicle. The two occupants of the passenger vehicle were killed in the accident. The driver of the semi was unharmed. The names of the deceased have not yet been released pending notification of family.

WORTHINGTON — Exciting news came through the Radio Works lines this morning, as Nobles Cooperative Electric would like to report that all members should have electricity. All major lines have been restored. If you are a Nobles Cooperative Electric member without power, please call the cooperative immediately at 1-800-397-4592.

Meanwhile, office personnel is compiling the costs from the ice storm for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Preliminary estimates show the cost to restore power is just over $3 million. Total costs to re-store power and to make permanent repairs is estimated at $10.9 million.

With the area forecast to get up to five to eight inches of snow, with winds increasing to 20 to 35 MPH through Friday, Nobles Cooperative Electric encourages members to keep the cooperative’s number handy in case outages occur: 1-800-397-4592.

JACKSON - A local lineman is recovering from injuries sustained while working to restore power to the city of Jackson in the wake of last week’s ice and snow storm. Doug Schuett of Jackson, an employee of Missouri River Energy Services, sustained burns to his hands and elbow last Thursday in Jackson while in the line of duty. He was transported to Sanford Jackson Medical Center and then transferred to a hospital in Minneapolis specializing in burns. Schuett was able to return home Friday, according to his wife, Amy.

WORTHINGTON - The impact of last week's ice storm will be felt for quite some time as people still struggle without power, trees that have stood tall for years are removed after breaking and the economic impact continue to pile up. Along with those things comes the make-up days for students and staff of area schools.

Worthington did not have school three days last week and, on Tuesday, the school board voted on how to make up those days. District 518 will add a full day on Friday, May 17 and Monday, May 20, along with a half day Tuesday, May 21.

The original District 518 calendar has early dismissal on May 17. However, with graduation on May 17, seniors will not be required to return to school. There will be a teacher in-service day on May 22 and a teacher work day on May 23. Of the three days missed, two full days will be made up by students.

Other schools in the area are also adding extra days to the end of the year.In Fulda, student were scheduled to finish up school May 24, but now they will have class May 28, 29 and 30.
Edgerton Public also missed three days and will add the days at the end of the year. According to Principal Brian Gilbertson, the last day of school will be May 17 for seniors and May 22 for the underclassmen.

Southwest Christian in Edgerton also missed three days, but is still in discussion about how to make up the days.

Hills-Beaver Creek missed three days last week, but one of those three days had been built in as a snow day. A proposal the board needs to act on has students attending school May 16 and 17, with staff coming back to finish up on Monday, May 20.

Adrian also missed three days last week as the community struggled with power issues, pushing the date of dismissal back from May 16 to May 21.

In Iowa, Harris-Lake Park missed only Thursday and will make it up at the end of the year. The last day of school will now be May 21.

WORTHINGTON — The city of Worthington will participate in statewide tornado drills at 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. today. The drills are part of Minnesota Severe Weather Awareness Week.

JACKSON - A 42-year-old Fairmont man is being held in the Jackson County Jail on drug charges.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a person lying in a ditch near Anderson Park in Minneota Township on April 8. The person was identified as David Kimmet.
When the deputy awoke Kimmet, he was found to be disoriented and confused. He was unable to tell anyone how he had gotten there. Prior to transporting Kimmet to Jackson, a deputy had asked him to empty his pockets. As he was doing so, the deputy saw a small baggie allegedly containing approximately 1.5 grams of methamphetamine.

Kimmet was arrested and transported to the Jackson County Jail, where he is being held on $70,000 bond. He was charged with possession of controlled substance crimes in the third and fifth degree.

Assisting at the scene were Conservation Officer Mike Gruhlke and the Lakefield Ambulance Department.

JACKSON - Preliminary discussions are under way regarding the possibility of constructing a joint community event center and clubhouse at the Jackson Golf Club.

Both Jackson City Council member Dave Cushman and Jackson Golf Club President Don Wachal on Tuesday said the idea is still very much conceptual, though discussions have reached a point at which Wachal felt compelled to bring it in front of the golf club’s stockholders at a special April 24 meeting.

Wachal said the purpose of the meeting, which will take place at 8 p.m. at the current clubhouse, is to inform stockholders of the idea and to get input. A vote of all the stockholders present will take place that night, Wachal said, and if the majority is in favor of exploring the possibility further, the idea could be presented to the full City Council.

(Milford)—A local school district has been informed that a logo it’s using may be a copyright infringement. Gary Janssen, Superintendent of the Okoboji Community Schools, said he’s received a letter from the University of Oregon stating that Okoboji’s logo is too similar to the university’s. Janssen says they’ve responded to the university’s letter and is waiting to hear back from its attorney as to whether or not Okoboji is actually going to be forced to change its logo. While they’re waiting to hear back, Janssen says they’re calling on the public to submit ideas for a new logo in the event the district does have to replace it.

WEST, Texas - Rescue workers searched rubble that witnesses compared to a warzone early Thursday for survivors of a fertilizer plant explosion in a small Texas town that injured dozens of people and killed an unknown number of others. The blast left the factory a smoldering ruin and leveled buildings for blocks in every direction.

The explosion in downtown West, about 20 miles north of Waco, shook the ground with the strength of a small earthquake and could be heard dozens of miles away. It sent flames shooting into the night sky and rained burning embers, shrapnel and debris down on shocked and frightened residents.

"They are still getting injured folks out and they are evacuating people from their homes," Waco police Sgt. William Patrick Swanton said early Thursday morning. "At this point, we don't know a number that have been killed. ... I think we will see those fatalities increase as we get toward the morning."

Among those believe to be dead: A group of volunteer firefighters who responded to a fire call at the West Fertilizer Co. about an hour before the blast. They remained unaccounted for overnight.
The explosion that struck around 7 p.m. leveled a four-block area around the plant that a member of the city council, Al Vanek, said was "totally decimated." Other witnesses compared the scene to that of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, and authorities said the plant made materials similar to that used to fuel the bomb that tore apart that city's Murrah Federal Building.

Although authorities said it will be some time before they know the full extent of the loss of life, they put the number of those injured at more than 100.



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