May 3 news

WORTHINGTON – Worthington Director of Public Safety Mike Cumiskey would like to remind people there is no open burning in the city of Worthington with the exception of recreational fires. Burning piles of branches does not qualify as recreational burning, Cumiskey said.

WORTHINGTON – Worthington Area YMCA CEO Andy Johnson Thursday presented 9-year-old Jaden Nickel with a check for $1,400 for the American Heart Association Healthy Heart Walk, which the Nickel family and supporters will participate in Saturday in the Twin Cities.

More than 140 people came together to form Team Jaden, and together logged in 363, 099 miles of walking. The goal for each team was to walk 170 miles, the distance between Worthington and Target Field. Johnson said each and every team exceeded that goal, and on the average, participants collectively logged in more than 45,000 miles per week for eight weeks.

Jaden is excited about the opportunity to be recognized at Target Field. She and her family are still dealing with her heart issues, and will be for a lifetime.

SIBLEY, Iowa – The Iowa State Appeal Board this week sustained the 2014 Osceola County Budget as it was adopted, but expects the Board of Commissioners to comply with budget and funding methods when certifying a 2015 budget.

A petition protesting the 2014 budget was filed in March, stating an objection to the method used to determine the public safety budget each town and unincorporated area of Osceola County is required to pay for law enforcement service. The petition states some taxpayers are paying more than their share of the public safety budget for Unified Law Enforcement. Remedies, the petitioners said, would require a forensic audit to determine the correct member contributions, levies and distribution required by statute.

An order filed by the appeal board states Osceola County does not follow the statutory requirements in regard to how the contribution of each member is determined. Unless or until Iowa Code can be modified, the commission and other members should comply with the statute, the order states.
If necessary, the county auditor will have to exercise statutory responsibility to reduce the levies of any members not in compliance, the order states.

ROCK COUNTY – According to Mn/DOT, construction begins Monday on Highway 23 in Rock County, with traffic being detoured to I-90, Highway 75, Rock County Road 12 and Pipestone County Road 1.

The Highway 23 project extends 17 miles from I-90 to Jasper and includes removing the asphalt pavement and replacing with concrete. Some areas will include grading to correct the subsurface. The $9.5 million project should be complete by mid-August.

MnDOT plans an additional pavement project on Highway 23 from Pipestone to Jasper that will be done under traffic also starting in May

IOWA - Current Iowa Ag Secretary and Spirit Lake native Bill Northey says he will NOT seek the nomination for the open U.S. Senate Seat. In a posting on his Facebook page, Northey said he made the decision after thoughtful consideration and consulting with his family. He said he was humbled by those who urged him to consider the nomination, but feels he would be more effective serving Iowans as Secretary of Agriculture. Northey added he will give his support to Congressman Steve King should King decide to run for the seat.

ARNOLD’S PARK, Iowa - The Okoboji Foundation Youth In Philanthropy program has announced its 2013 grant awards. The group this year raised $17,000 which will assist in the development of a new walking trail near Lakeside Lab in the Miller's Bay area of West Lake Okoboji and to assist with a new disc (frisbee) golf course at Kenue Park.

The Youth In Philanthropy group was created in 2010. Each year about 25 students from Okoboji and Spirit Lake high schools meet once a month from October through May to learn about the impact of Okoboji Foundation grants and tour non-profit facilities that have been assisted with funding by the foundation. Students learn how to read and score grant requests and raise their own funds through sponsorships for grants steered by their group decision.

Youth In Philanthropy in 2012 assisted with the Spirit Lake Kiwanis splash pad project at Memorial Park and with repairs at Discovery House. In 2011 the group funded a new roof for the chapel at Camp Foster YMCA.

SIBLEY, Iowa - A representative of Senator Tom Harkin’s office will be making a couple of stops in northwest Iowa next week. Amanda Nelson will be making appearances in next Friday, May 10th, in Sibley and Sheldon. She’ll be at the public library’s in each town—Sibley from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and Sheldon from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m.

Nelson will hold listening sessions at each location to hear from constituents on various issues and to assist those seeking help from a federal agency.

JACKSON - Minor injuries were reported in a motorcycle accident on the Minnesota-Iowa State line on 480th Avenue in Minneota Township. According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, 17-year-old Lacey Birmingham was driving a 2009 Suzuki northbound on 480th Avenue and entered a curve on the roadway. She lost control, entered the east ditch and was thrown from the motorcycle.

Birmingham was transported by the Spirit Lake Ambulance to Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake with minor injuries. Assisting was the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Department.

LYON COUNTY, Iowa – According to an investigation by the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa State Patrol, the driver of a vehicle involved in a double fatality crash in March was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. Charles Jermaine Rice of Sioux Falls, SD, was turning into the Grand Falls Casino when his vehicle was struck by a northbound semi. Rice, who was pronounced dead at the accident scene, had a blood alcohol level over twice the legal limit of .08 BAC. Rice's passenger, Kristin Loudermilk also died in the accident.

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