June 24 news

WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Relay for Life raised $67,146.13 this year –almost $9,000 short of their $76,000 goal. They have until August to raise the remainder. The chair auction, which was delayed during the Windsurfing Regatta due to weather, raised $1,870, with proceeds going toward the Relay total. This year, the American Cancer Society is celebrating 100 years of fundraising, education and research.

According to Greg Rossow, ACS Community Relations, the organization deems this the start of the last century for cancer. They are trying to put themselves out of business by finding a cure. The Nobles County Relay For Life is one of about 6,000 across the United States.

WORTHINGTON — The “Amazing” Worthington City Band will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Chautauqua Park. Master of ceremonies will be the Rev. Richard Ricker. Intermission entertainment will be by Kay Prunty’s Dance Academy.

Under the direction of Jon Loy, the band will present musical selections including “Beautiful Savior,” “Tunes of Glory,” “El Capitan March” and “Bugs.” In case of inclement weather, the concert will be in the auxiliary gym at Worthington High School.

LAKE PARK, Iowa - A Lake Park company is getting some state funding for a planned expansion. The Iowa Economic Development Authority Friday awarded Northern Iowa Die Cast $60,000 in direct financial assistance and tax benefits through the state’s High Quality Jobs program.

Northern Iowa Die Cast is planning a 12,600 square foot expansion of its operations in Lake Park. Company officials say the expansion will result in 18 new jobs, 10 of which are receiving a state incentive with a qualifying wage of $14.63 per hour.

Northern Iowa Die Cast manufactures, assembles and paints aluminum and zinc die castings for original equipment manufacturers, including John Deere. The company’s products are shipped to customers in eight states and four foreign countries. Northern Iowa Die Cast was founded in 1938.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa – The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office investigated a report of an accident between two motorcycles Sunday at 12:40 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 9 and Greene Street in Rock Rapids. According to the report, Nickolas Koel, age 19, of Rock Rapids was driving a 2000 Honda motorcycle westbound on Highway 9, when he collided with Aaron Stettnichs, age 21, who was also driving a 2000 Honda motorcycle. Stettnichs was attempting to turn north onto Greene Street when Koel's motorcycle struck the rear of Stettnichs' motorcycle. Both drivers received non-incapacitating injuries. Koel was transported to Sanford Hospital in Rock Rapids by the Lyon County Ambulance. Koel's motorcycle received $2,500 in damages and Stettnichs' motorcycle received $4,000 in damages.

SIOUX FALLS, SD — Sanford Health has changed the name of their air fleet. The air ambulance service that provides medical transport to critically ill or injured patients will now be known as Sanford AirMed. The service consists of a highly trained team of flight paramedics, flight nurses, pilots and mechanics chosen for their expertise in their fields. A flight paramedic, flight nurse and pilot is on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year at all four bases.

Sanford AirMed service can be activated by hospitals and first responders, such as the local ambulance service, fire department or law enforcement. Sanford AirMed will transport patients to the facility of their choice or to the nearest appropriate medical facility.

Sanford AirMed operates a fleet of four helicopters and four airplanes from bases in Bismarck, Fargo, Sioux Falls and Bemidji. With a dedicated Communications Center in Sioux Falls, Sanford AirMed can launch a helicopter within 10 minutes of accepting the flight from the referring hospital or first responder unit.

MINNESOTA – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says Minnesota’s lakes, streams and underground water supplies are recovering rapidly from last year’s drought. Many lakes and rivers hit historically low levels last year, but have been bouyed by recent heavy rains.

According to a DNR climatologist, stream flows across Minnesota are either at or above historical medians, in some cases well above. Other measures would be lake levels, which are rebounding nicely after being very low in the aftermath of the dry 2012. Groundwater levels are also on the rebound.

The DNR’s latest hydrologic report says nearly all of the Minnesota’s lakes are at or above normal levels.
Locally, a lack of rainfall last week caused four of Worthington’s six wells in the Lake Bella wellfield to see a drop in water level, according to Worthington Public Utilities general manager Scott Hain.

On Friday, Well 26 showed no change in water level, with the top of the water still measuring 23 feet, 6 inches from ground level. The level is 1 foot, 10 inches short of where it needed to be to reach 90 percent of the 10-year average, and thereby be cause to lift the city’s ban on nonessential watering. That, however, doesn’t take into account the rainfall accumulation from this past weekend’s storms.

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