August 16 news

WORTHINGTON – Here’s a look at our weekly construction update from the City of Worthington Engineering Department. Storm Sewer reconstruction on Fourth Avenue from Okabena Lake to Ninth Street began this week. Fourth Avenue will be closed to through traffic from Lake Street to Ninth Street. Restricted local access will be available as construction permits.

On 10th Street, cold milling is tentatively scheduled to begin late next week, with the bituminous overlay to be completed by the following Monday.

Over on Park Avenue from Oxford Street to West Clary, water main reconstruction has been completed and concrete pavement reconstruction could begin as early as next Thursday.
According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, a short section of Highway 60 from I-90 to Armour Road (by Ron’s Repair and JBS) and the I-90 eastbound ramps are expected to open to local traffic only today.

Work has progressed to a point on the Highway 60 project to allow local traffic on the short segment of Highway 60 that provides access to JBS and other businesses in the area, however, motorists are advised to use caution as crews will continue working in the area.

The existing detours will remain in effect for Highway 59 and 60 thru traffic.

As work progresses, the closure of Nobles County Road 33 from west of Nobles County Road 5 to Oxford Street is needed beginning Monday, Aug. 19. The County Road 33 closure will remain in place until project completion later this fall.

LISMORE — The Lismore Fire Department was called to a hog barn fire at 7:30 a.m. Thursday northwest of Lismore at the Jeff Tweet farm on 160th Street. Approximately 150 pigs were killed in the blaze, which was mostly burned out when it was discovered. Originally Wilmont Fire Department was called in for mutual aid, but cancelled when it was discovered the fire had burned itself out.

The barn housed roughly 600 pigs, some of which were found alive underneath the collapsed roof, protected by the steel gates that made up their pens. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they used water hoses to cool down the surviving pigs, which were then transferred to other barns.

Fifteen firefighters responded to the fire from the Lismore Department. They remained on the scene for about three hours, according to fire chief Jim Weidert. He said the cause of the fire is believed to be electrical.

LAKE PARK, Iowa - A man described as one of California's most wanted parolees has been arrested by the Lake Park Police Department. 26-year-old Travis James Hunt was wanted by authorities in Antelope Valley, California, who listed him as "a dangerous individual" adding that he "must be apprehended.” California authorities say Hunt recently walked away from a chemical dependency program in Santa Monica, California.

Hunt has a criminal history of corporal injury to a spouse, second-degree robbery, vandalism, battery on an inmate and DUI.

Hunt was arrested Wednesday by the Lake Park Police Department. Police Chief Joe Hoover says he was acting on information that indicated Hunt was at a residence at 105 Avenue D West in Lake Park. Hoover says Hunt was located at that residence and was taken into custody without incident. He is being held without bond in the Dickinson county jail pending extradition back to California.

PRIMGHAR, Iowa - A northwest Iowa county says it has run out of money to help scores of residents with their psychiatric medication and counseling. O'Brien county leaders say they're tapped out, because Iowa is shifting to a new system and because the Governor vetoed $13 million that legislators approved to help counties make the transition.

County board of supervisors chairman Thomas Farnsworth says under the old state system, counties financed much of the care for their residents, even if those people lived in other counties. That arrangement ended July 1st, and counties now are responsible for the costs for everyone living within their borders.

Farnsworth says O'Brien County has solid residential treatment facilities for the mentally ill that have attracted several people from outside the county.

WORTHINGTON – Worthington Community Education is planning a trip on Monday, August 26th for senior citizens to travel from Worthington to the Minnesota State Fair. A Reading Bus Lines chartered bus will leave Worthington Shopko parking lot at 6:30am and travel to the State Fairgrounds for the day. It is Senior Day at the MN State Fair and the cost for the admission fee and chartered bus ride is only $35.

Bus will leave the grounds at 6:30pm and make a rest stop on the way home. Participants are responsible for their own meals. But letting someone else navigate crazy Twin Cities traffic and parking is worth the price itself, according to Community Ed’s Anne Foley.

Call Worthington Community Education at (507) 376-6105 to reserve a spot.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Former presidential candidate Howard Dean will appear at an Iowa Federation of Labor event next week.

A spokesman for Dean's Democracy for America organization says Dean will speak at the labor convention in Altoona next Wednesday. Neil Sroka says the speech will focus on ways for Democrats to pick up more seats in state legislatures.

Dean founded the political action committee Democracy for America after his failed 2004 presidential bid. He served as governor of Vermont from 1991 through 2003. After his presidential effort, he served as president of the Democratic National Committee.

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