June 25 news

WORTHINGTON — The Worthington City Council approved the Athletic Facilities Master Plan and Needs Assessment Monday night, which outlines potential improvements to Worthington’s current athletic facilities. They discussed a need for a joint powers agreement for members of the Athletics Facilities Plan Team, which includes the city of Worthington, School District 518, Minnesota West Community and Technical College and the Worthington Convention and Visitors Bureau. Through the facilities plan, the council and other groups involved hope to maximize their resources and reduce redundant athletic facilities within the community. The plan, which outlines recommendations regarding athletic facilities for the city and the other entities involved, does not obligate the participating groups to take any of the steps listed.

ST. PAUL – Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson has announced the recipients of the state’s latest round of Livestock Investment Grants. Nearly 100 producers were selected to share $1.1 million in grants aimed at boosting the state’s livestock sector.

In Murray County, William Post of Middleroad Acres Dairy is beginning a generational transition through barn upgrading and automation, while beef farmer Anthony Zins will increase his efficiency with a new manure spreader.

Mitchell Cox Farms, a beef operation in Nobles County, is expanding his farm with a beef finishing facility.

In Pipestone County, Justin Butman of Cottonwood Angus Farms will complete wind damaged building construction and add fencing for winter breeding stock, Neil Johnson will replace and expand his calving barn and cattle handling facilities and Scott Wassink can increase his efficiency and capacity with a manure stacking slab.

Jeremy Hoff of RJ Pork in Rock County will expand his swine operation with new hog barn and manure pit construction, and Cody and Chad Lubben of Lubben Dairy will construct a new dairy barn.

The Livestock Investment Grant Program is made possible through the Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) fund established by the legislature to advance Minnesota’s agricultural and renewable energy industries.

MDA will begin accepting applications for a new round of grants July 1, 2013. Qualifying producers are reimbursed ten percent of the first $500,000 of investment, with a minimum investment of $4,000.

WORTHINGTON — The Historic Dayton House, 1311 Fourth Ave., will have its monthly coffee event from 8 to 11 a.m. Thursday. A variety of homemade pastries, fresh fruits and coffees will be served. For more information, call 727-1311.

BREWSTER — The Indian Lake Progressives 4-H Club will host a Wild 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m., July 20, beginning in the Brewster City Park. Registration begins at 8 a.m. All ages and fitness levels are welcome to participate. There is an entry fee and the funds will be used to benefit the Brewster Park play equipment.

For registration information, contact Dina Lubben at (320) 333-4892 or email dina.lubben@gmail.com. Registration forms can be found at http://www.worthingtonmnchamber.com/events/wild-5k-runwalk or RadioWorks station websites.

IOWA - Residents living along the West Fork of the Des Moines River from the Iowa-Minnesota border through Estherville to near Wallingford are being told to get ready for flooding. The National Weather Service Monday issued a flood warning for that stretch of the river, which will remain in effect in until further notice.

In Estherville, flood stage is eight feet. Forecasters expect the river will rise to near 9.1 feet today and will remain at that level through Saturday morning before it starts to slowly fall. Forecasters say any additional heavy rain on top of what has already been received will likely aggravate the situation.

MILFORD, Iowa—The Executive Director and founder of Cherish Center is announcing her retirement from the position. Jan Turner is stepping down from the position she has held since the non-profit organization was formed some 14 years ago. A reception to honor Turner will be held Thursday, June 27th from 3 to 5 p.m. at Cherish Center in Milford. The public is invited.

Cherish Center was originally formed as Shepherd’s Fold in 1999 with the purpose of building a maternity home called Cherish House. Turner led the drive to raise $400,000 to purchase a lot in Spirit Lake and to fund construction of the house in 2004 and 2005. It opened in 2006 and to date has served 45 teen mothers, their babies and their extended families.

She has also put into place mentoring and parenting programs, the No Apologies program and most recently professional counseling services. Turner also oversaw the startup of Thee Garage Sale, Plants to Cherish and the Father-Daughter-Dance.

Laurie Simington, current President of the Cherish Center Board of Directors, has agreed to serve as interim director while the board completes the search and interviewing process for the new Executive Director.

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have released new witness information in connection with the slaying of two Iowa cousins last year. The Evansdale Police Department announced Monday that witness information indicates a white SUV was parked on or near Meyer's Lake on July 13, 2012. It's the day Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook disappeared after riding their bikes in the area. Their bodies were found in December.

Police say they want to speak with the person or people in the full-size SUV, which was an older model of possibly a Chevy Suburban, Ford Bronco or something similar. The public is encouraged to contact investigators if they're able to identify the person or people.

Police say the individual is not considered a suspect or person of interest, but may provide important information to the investigation.

SOUTH DAKOTA – In South Dakota, an execution date for Rodney Berget has been set for sometime during the week of January 12, 2014. Berget was convicted of murdering correctional officer Ronald "RJ" Johnson during a failed prison escape. Berget attempted to appeal the death sentence, but was denied a new hearing in May.

Once scheduled, the warden of the prison will announce the exact date within 48 hours of execution.

Berget is one of three men convicted in Johnson’s death. Eric Robert was executed for his role in Johnson's death in October, and Michael Nordman received a life sentence for supplying the murder weapons.

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