May 30 news

WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Area YMCA and City of Worthington Aquatics Center outdoor pool is undergoing minor repairs related to winter-weather related cracking and will open as soon as the repairs are finished and weather permits.

According to YMCA Aquatics Director Connie Carlson, there is no definite date set for the repairs to be finished, but further updates regarding the pool’s status will be announced as soon as possible.

WORTHINGTON – The Achievement Center annual rummage sale continues this week through Friday at the Worthington Ice Arena – sale hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

LUVERNE — Rock County youths who have completed first through fourth grade are invited to attend “Let’s Go Camping Day Camp.” Sponsored by Rock County 4-H and Luverne Community Education, Day Camp is from 9 a.m. to noon June 7. Kids will learn about camping activities through games, crafts, snacks and more.

Youths do not need to be enrolled in 4-H to attend. Call Luverne Community Education at (507) 283-4724 to register or for more information.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - The Spirit Lake city council Tuesday approved the final reading of an ordinance increasing water and sewer fees by roughly four percent.

In other business, the council approved the second reading of a proposal to rezone property at 1412 Hill Avenue from residential to commercial. Plans call for a flower shop to open in a house on that property that’s currently vacant. A neighbor who lives adjacent to the property spoke out in opposition to the proposed rezoning, citing concern over traffic on 15th Street. The matter will come back to the council for a third reading and possible adoption at its next regular meeting. The Council took no action on a request from the Lakes Area Community Gardens for discounted water service.

Spirit Lake city hall will temporarily relocate in the former antique store/Sound and Speed building, less than a block away from the current city hall, on Highways 9 & 71. The city council Tuesday approved a lease agreement with the owner of the building under which the city will lease it for $1,000 a month for 12 months, or longer if need be, depending on how construction of the new city hall moves forward.

PAULLINA - A rural Paullina man escaped injury Monday when a pickup he was driving went through some water that was flowing over a road, sweeping it into the south ditch which had about three feet of water in it. The pickup was being driven by Kevin Bolkema of rural Paullina. Damage to the pickup was undetermined. The incident took place shortly after 4:30 a.m.

IOWA - Governor Terry Branstad issued a disaster proclamation Tuesday for 13 Iowa counties due to recent storms and flooding. State resources will be deployed to those counties to help recover from the storms. The Governor’s proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of these storms, including the removal of debris and wreckage on publicly or privately owned property that may threaten public health and safety.

Low-income households in the counties can apply for grants to help cover the cost of home repairs and other expenses.

SHELDON, Iowa — RISE Ministries, the organization behind RiseFest, has announced the final additions to their schedule for Friday night, June 14. In addition to late night worship, dance party, and camping, RiseFest’s Friday night will open with inflatables and the band, Loftland.
Activities will continue into Saturday, June 15 with the RiseFest Ride and Run and a full day of music, Kid’s Zone, vendors, and speakers. Information on tickets, registration for campsites and the Ride and Run, as well as the schedule can be found at www.riseministries.com

ST. PAUL — St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson has filed the first lawsuit under a new Minnesota law that allows victims of child sexual abuse to bring claims decades later.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Ramsey County District Court on behalf of an unnamed 51-year-old man, accuses the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona of negligence for allowing a known pedophile to continue working with children for years.
The plaintiff, identified as "Doe 1" seeks a court order to force the church to release an internal list of "credibly accused child molesting priests" and accuses the church of creating a public nuisance by keeping the names secret. The man also seeks more than $50,000 from the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, the Diocese of Winona and former priest and alleged abuser Thomas Adamson.

The lawsuit accuses church authorities of covering up allegations of sexual abuse by Adamson as far back as 1964. In some cases, Adamson admitted to the abuse but was allowed to continue working with children, the lawsuit said. The abuse of "Doe 1" allegedly took place in 1976 and 1977 while Adamson served as a priest at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in St. Paul Park.

MINNESOTA - The eight-year battle over unionizing in-home child-care providers bounced from the State Capitol back to the courtroom Wednesday, where anti-union providers are seeking to block a union election authorized days ago by the DFL-controlled Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court on Wednesday, takes aim at one of the last major acts of the Minnesota Legislature before it adjourned: passage of a union-supported bill that gives some child-care providers and personal care assistants the right to vote on unionization. While personal care assistants are relatively new to the battle, unions have worked years to organize child-care providers.

Hollie Saville and another provider-plaintiff, Becky Swanson of Lakeville, also were plaintiffs in a nearly identical suit that the court ruled on last year. That suit, filed by Doug Seaton, the same attorney representing them this year, succeeded in blocking the DFL governor from ordering a union election by executive order.

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