June 4 news

WORTHINGTON – Executive Director for the Minnesota West Foundation Jim Smalley announced Monday the capital campaign for the Center for Health and Wellness on the Worthington Campus of Minnesota West has passed the $100,000 mark. The goal for the renovation and new building of the facility is $400,000.

Smalley said the support from the community has been outstanding, and volunteers and staff have worked hard to get the campaign off to a great start. Naming opportunities for larger dollar amounts are available, Smalley said, and all donations will be recognized inside the new Center for Health and Wellness. Anyone with questions or who want to give to the organization can contact the foundation at 372-3475.

WORTHINGTON – As of Monday, pick-up times at the Worthington Post Office have undergone a slight change which could add an extra day to mail delivery. Mail will only be picked up at the Worthington facility once a day at 1:15 p.m. Mail collected after that time will be sent out the following day.

That mail will follow a different route than before – instead of heading to Mankato for processing, it will go to Minneapolis. The change will affect the 561 and 560 postal code area that was formerly serviced by the Mankato mail plant. Mankato is one of 229 mail processing plants across the country that will be consolidated by 2014 in an effort to save the US Postal Service to reduce costs nationwide. With the consolidations, the USPS is projected to save $2 billion annually by next year.

WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Optimist Club will have its Kids Fishing Derby from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Chautauqua Park. The derby is scheduled in conjunction with the Department of Natural Resources Take-a-Kid Fishing Weekend; adults fishing with a child do not need a license on that weekend.

Participants should bring a rod and reel, limited tackle will be available, and bait will be furnished by Marv’s Bait. Hot dogs and lemonade will be provided. Drawings for prizes will take place at the end of the derby; you must be present to win.

WORTHINGTON — The “Amazing” Worthington City Band will begin its summer season of band concerts Wednesday. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Chautauqua Park. Master of ceremonies will be Pat O’Neill. Intermission entertainment will be by Worthington High School Band state solo-ensemble contest superior medalists: Orissa Nitibhon, tuba; Cameron Jenson, trumpet; Erika Schutte, alto sax; Krista Vogt, trumpet.

Under the direction of Jon Loy, the band will play a variety of selections, including “Home on the Range,” “Praise to the Lord,” “Rock Around the Clock” and “Beer Barrel Polka.

WORTHINGTON — Minnesota West Community & Technical College will host Kids College July 29 through Aug. 1. The Kids College program is open to students entering the fifth through eighth grades in the fall of 2013 and will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

There is a $50 fee to attend. Lunch is provided for all students. Transportation is also provided for all students in the Nobles County Integration Collaborative service area which includes: Adrian, Ellsworth, Fulda, Round Lake/Brewster and Worthington School Districts.

Registration forms are available at www.mnwest.edu, at Minnesota West, or the Nobles County Integration Collaborative office. Registration is due by July 5. For more information, contact Marie Johnson (Minnesota West), 372-3472 or marie.johnson@mnwest.edu; or Lakeyta Potter (NCIC), 376-3300.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - A man working at the indoor ice arena under construction near the Bedell Family YMCA was injured Monday morning after becoming trapped under a skid loader. The victim, whose name has not been released, was treated on the scene and taken by ambulance to Lakes Regional Healthcare, where he was transported by helicopter to another hospital. The extent of his injuries and other details into the incident were not immediately available.

LAKE PARK, Iowa - A Marathon man was injured in a motorcycle crash Sunday on County Road M-27 south of Lake Park shortly after 4 p.m. The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office says 32-year-old Jimmy Foster was driving a 1996 Suzuki southbound in the curves just south of Highway 9 when he lost control. The motorcycle left the road and went into the ditch. Foster was transported by ambulance to Lakes Regional Healthcare with non-incapacitating injuries. Damage to the motorcycle was estimated at $3,000. Foster was cited for failure to have a valid motorcycle license and failure to maintain control.

ARNOLD’S PARK, Iowa - The Okoboji Foundation has announced its 2013 grant awards for various capital projects in the lakes area. $50,000 was awarded to the Lakes Area Hockey Association for an ice refrigeration system; Historic Arnolds Park will receive $30,000 to revamp the state pier to make it handicap accessible; the Pearson Lakes Art Center was awarded $20,000 for an outdoor electronic sign; $13,705 was granted to Lakeside Lab for a walking trail; and nearly $3,300 was awarded to the Dickinson County Conservation Board for a disc golf course. The latter two grant awards were made possible as a result of funds raised by the Youth in Philanthropy program.

Holly Skopec, Okoboji Foundation Executive Assistant, said the foundation received 18 grant requests totaling more than $514,000 from various non-profit groups from throughout the lakes area. Proceeds from the foundation's endowments provided $100,000 for 2013 awards. The Youth In Philanthropy program raised an additional $17,000 in funds for grants, Skopec said.

The foundation, which is observing its 25th anniversary this year, is kicking off it's 2013 fundraising campaign. Foundation President Mary Freiborg says the goal is to raise $3 million to make $250,000 available each year for vital capital projects, allowing the foundation to partner with more leadership projects each year.

Foundation President Mary Freiborg said everyone who contributes $1,000 or more to the campaign will receive free passes to the foundation's 25th anniversary celebration scheduled for June 29th at Boji Bay Pavilion. Since 1988, the Okoboji Foundation has given $2.4 million in grants to various nonprofit projects in the lakes area.

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