May 9 news

PIPESTONE - Celebrity chef and fiery reality TV personality Gordon Ramsey is bringing his series “Hotel Hell” to a historic resort in southwestern Minnesota later this month. Ramsay and his crew will be shooting at the Calumet Inn in Pipestone May 28 to June 1 for part of its second season.

The objective of the series is to whip struggling hotels back into shape under the direction of the painfully blunt Ramsay. People can try to book a room or a table for dinner — possibly prepared by Ramsay — by sending an email to

The premiere date for the second season of “Hotel Hell” and the Calumet Inn episode have not yet been announced.

JACKSON — Ground was broken Tuesday on another major expansion for the AGCO plant in Jackson.
Company officials say the $42 million dollar expansion project over the next three years will bring 75 more jobs to Jackson, bringing the total number of employees at the facility to more than 1,200. They add the expansion will increase capacity of its tractor and sprayer assembly lines by 25 percent.

Plans call for the first phase to be completed this coming fall. It will consist of a 30,000 square foot expansion that will increase capacity by 20 percent. It will include the installation of a robotic welder and a sheet laser.

The remaining phases will include an in-line paint system and a cutting-edge testing system for finished products.

Positions are still available as a result of the last expansion, and 75 new, permanent jobs will be created over the course of the next three-year expansion. Job postings can be found on the company’s website,

SPENCER, Iowa - A disturbance Tuesday at Spencer Livestock landed a Windom man in jail. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were called around noon to a report of a possible assault at that location. Upon investigating deputies determined that 61-year-old Russell Maras of Windom had entered the business and was told to leave. Authorities say he refused to leave and instead started to act violently.

Maras was arrested and booked into the Clay county jail on charges of trespass and disorderly conduct.

WORTHINGTON — On Saturday, letter carriers across the country will collect food for families in need. Both city and rural carriers will participate locally in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive. People are asked to collect and bag non-perishable food items. Acceptable items include commercially canned meats, soup, juice, vegetables, pasta, cereal and rice. Do not include items that have expired or that are in glass containers. The bags should be placed by a mailbox for a letter carrier to pick up and deliver to the local food shelves.

WORTHINGTON — The opening reception for an exhibit of artwork by students from the Worthington Area Learning Center will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at A Piece of Work Inc., 1619 Hill Ave., downtown Spirit Lake, Iowa. The “Classroom to the Gallery” project will include a variety of pieces in different mediums. A Piece of Work is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Phone (712) 336-1077, or visit

WORTHINGTON — Auditions for the Fourth of July Melodrama performances at Pioneer Village will be from 6 to 9 p.m. May 18 in the Fire Station at Pioneer Village.The production, “Dogsbreath Devereaux,” will be performed three times during the Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration. Rehearsals will be in June. The play has roles for four men, six women and an assortment of extras.

IOWA - The U.S. Small Business Administration is making available federal disaster loans to certain private, nonprofit organizations as part of a federal disaster declaration in five northwest Iowa counties. The SBA disaster assistance is available in Dickinson, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola and Sioux counties. Those who are eligible should register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which will determine qualification for either a grant through the agency’s Public Assistance program or referral to the SBA for a low-interest federal disaster loan.

Up to $2 million dollars is available for lending by the SBA to assist private, nonprofit organizations to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other assets.

More information and application information is available online at the SBA’s website or by calling 800-659-2955.

MINNESOTA - A bill that would prevent private employers from asking job applicants about their criminal histories is headed to the governor’s desk. The Minnesota House approved the “ban the box” measure Wednesday 107 to 26. A similar bill was passed by the state Senate last month.

Supporters of the bill have said they want to prevent applications from being automatically discarded when the criminal history box is checked in the affirmative and allow applicants a chance to explain their pasts to prospective employers during the interview process.

The exception includes employers who are prohibited by law from hiring certain offenders such as nursing homes and hospitals.

ST. PAUL — A man law enforcement officials say was plotting a terror attack in Montevideo will stay in federal custody while more information is gathered. Buford “Bucky” Rogers, 24, has been charged with one count of felony possession of a firearm. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said his arrest potentially stopped an attack in the city.

The hearing was continued Wednesday at the request of Rogers’ attorney, Andrew Mohring. Mohring told U.S. Magistrate Jeanne Graham authorities have released false information about Rogers. He also argued some information provided possibly violated local district court rules.

Federal authorities seized explosive devices and weapons, including guns, pipe bomb materials and Molotov cocktails from his parents’ home last week in a coordinated effort by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, the FBI said.

ST. CLOUD — A St. Cloud man is under arrest after police say he tried to carjack at least one vehicle, assaulted a man at a motel and sprayed the arresting officer with a fire extinguisher. Police say the 44-year-old man told a cabbie to get out of a cab around 6 a.m. Wednesday. When the cabbie refused, the man approached another vehicle, pulled on the locked door handle and yelled at the driver. The man then went to a motel and began fighting with a guest. Police say the suspect took a fire extinguisher, approached another man and demanded his keys. When an officer tried to intervene, the suspect sprayed the officer in the face with the fire extinguisher.


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