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JACKSON - The Jackson City Council Tuesday night approved a request from the Jackson Ambulance Service to purchase a new ambulance. Ambulance Director Mike Muchlinski told the city council that the ambulance service currently has the funds to pay for a new ambulance without requiring tax payer contributions. The estimated cost of a new ambulance is $150,000-$175,000 depending on ambulance type and options.
OKOBOJI, Iowa - An Okoboji man has hit some big money in the Iowa Lottery. Michael Mennenga won $100,000 on a scratch ticket. He bought it at the Okoboji Kum and Go store. Mennenga, who recently retired, claimed his prize Monday at the Iowa Lottery’s regional office in Storm Lake. He said the money could be used for a down payment on a country home. Mennenga claimed the fifth of nine top prizes of $100,000 in the 10X Cash” instant scratch game.
SHELDON, Iowa - The pathway has been cleared for the construction of a new multi-family residential unit in the new Trilogy development which is near Fieldcrest in Sheldon. At their Wednesday meeting, the Sheldon City Council approved the sale of lots four and five to a corporation known as 526LLC for $56,100. Justin Jonas, who represented the corporation at the council meeting, said this will be an muilti-family facility with eight condominium rental units in the Northeast corner of the development. Under the City’s ordinance approved by the council, this unit will benefit from a tax abatement for ten years.
The developers also asked the council for an option on another lot on the South side of the two they had purchased. The Council approved an agreement which will give the corporation the first right of refusal on this lot. If another buyer offers to purchase the lot, 526LLC will have ten days to exercise their right to acquire it.
In other business, the council approved a TIF application from White Wolf Web to build a new twenty thousand square foot facility in Sheldon’s Crossroads Industrial Park. The location will be on the east side of the industrial park, across from Ziegler Cat. The agreement provides for an $800,000 minimum assessment with a tax rebate for five years reduced annually on a sliding scale. Also, based on the guaranteed assessment, the price of the land on which the facility will be located is forgiven. The previous White Wolf Web building was ravished by fire recently, but Peter Wagner said the part of the building which is still standing can be refurbished and used for some of their work until the new one is built.
MINNESOTA — Three new wind energy projects in Minnesota and North Dakota would help Xcel Energy boost its Midwest wind portfolio by a third, the utility said this week.
Xcel said it submitted paperwork to state regulators to add 600 megawatts of wind energy to its portfolio, which is enough electricity to power 180,000 homes, officials said. The utility's Midwest presence covers parts of Minnesota, the Dakotas, Wisconsin and Michigan.
Two of the new wind projects are in southern Minnesota: Odell Wind Farm near Windom and Pleasant Valley near Austin. The third, Courtenay Wind Farm, is located near Jamestown, N.D. Both the Courtenay and Odell projects are under a power purchase agreement with Geronimo Energy, and the Pleasant Valley farm is a project Xcel would own after it's developed.
All three projects were expected to be completed by 2016, assuming they get regulatory approval. The projects are also expected to qualify for a federal production tax credit.
Xcel said the cost of wind has dropped in recent years, especially with the federal tax credit. But the future of the tax credit is uncertain. Congress has extended it only through the end of 2013.
The costs of other forms of electricity, especially nuclear power, have also been uncertain. Xcel has faced significant cost overruns for upgrades to its nuclear power plants.
HAWARDEN, IA — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on a single-vehicle accident that occurred Sunday on Cherry Avenue, eight miles north of Hawarden.
Deputies say they located a 1995 Chevy Blazer in the ditch about 3:30 Sunday afternoon. They say the SUV had been traveling northbound on Cherry Avenue when the driver apparently lost control and entered the west ditch where the vehicle, rolled. After the accident, the driver left the scene without reporting the accident and could not be located, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies were unable to determine if the driver sustained any injuries or sought medical treatment for any injuries. The Blazer sustained approximately $2,000 in damages.
Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may use the Text-a-Tip program.
CENTURIA, Wis. - After hundreds of volunteers joined law enforcement authorities in a day-long search for a missing 2-year-old, the body of Isaiah Theis was discovered in Polk County, Wisconsin, Wednesday night.
The sheriff’s office announced Isaiah’s body was found some time after 10 p.m. but no other details were immediately released. The boy wandered away from his home in a rural area near Centuria Tuesday evening. Isaiah’s parents said their son had been playing with his 7-year-old brother and was last seen around 7:30 p.m.
MINNESOTA - They’re not as valuable as the pieces by Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse that were stolen from a Netherlands gallery on Oct. 16, but they are quite meaningful to the Guthrie Theater, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Two banners that were stolen from the Guthrie 35 years ago were returned Wednesday by an anonymous man. The yard-long nylon pennants, one blue and one red, were hung on the street outside the old Guthrie on Vineland Place before they went missing. Who took them and why have been a mystery.
They were turned in by a man who walked up to the box office. He indicated that they had been stolen but did not say much else, said Guthrie communications manager Seena Hodges.
“As we’re celebrating our 50th anniversary, people have been bringing a lot of things to the theater,” she said. “Someone brought a poster from our inaugural season.”
The banners will probably be archived, Hodges said.