August 22 news

WORTHINGTON - A special session for storm relief is set for September 9th at the State Capitol. Lawmakers presumably will approve state matching money for federal assistance granted to 18 counties following June's severe storms and flash flooding. Governor Dayton wants two additional counties in the mix:

“I would hope to include Nobles and Rock County, the southwestern counties who suffered their own disaster last winter with the ice storm,” Dayton said.

He added the state just received a letter last week indicating that local expenditures in Rock and Nobles counties exceeded the limit they received federal funding for. The state and federal assistance goes to local governments to repair storm-damaged infrastructure.

WORTHINGTON –Indications received from the Worthington City Council are that the city intends to give the former pool site land to Nobles County as a “no cost alternative” to partnering with the county on a potential library if legalities can be worked out, according to Worthington City Administrator Craig Clark. The same deal would be used if the county decided to use the Campbell Soup property, Clark added.

With the pool site, however, it may not be easy. The land was deeded to the city as part of the E.O. Olson Trust in 1945, and stipulations about the land and its use exist. But it may not be just the trust stipulations that need to be sorted out. According to Clark, the city charter could be more problematic. There is legal work to be done, he said, as well as more investigation.

According to the charter, “No ordinance or resolution authorizing the lease or sale of any public utility or duly dedicated park owned by the city shall be valid until the same shall have been submitted to the electors of the city and approved by a majority of those voting thereon.” In other words, the city can’t just hand the land over to the county. According to Clark, the city may have to get permission from the taxpayers through a public vote for the city to release the land.

As far as the E.O. Olson Trust issues, Clark said stipulations could possibly be overcome simply by having heirs to the trust give legal approval for the pool site to be used as a public library – something they have already done less formally by way of a letter authorizing that section of land for library use. Clark said the city attorney is looking into the situation for both the trust and the charter issues.

WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Fire Department will host its 11th annual Firefighters Fundraiser from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the fire hall downtown. There will be an open house with tours of the hall, inflatables for the kids and performances by Mr. Magic throughout the afternoon. An extrication drill demonstrating rescue of a person trapped in a car will be at 3 p.m.

Pork sandwiches, chips and pop will be served for a free-will donation. Numerous door prizes will be given away throughout the day and raffle tickets will be sold for the major prize drawing, which begins at 5 p.m.

Donations will be used by the department to purchase a smaller hand-held thermo-imaging camera. Those unable to attend who want to make a donation should make checks payable to the Worthington Firefighters Relief Association. Donations may be mailed to the Worthington Fire Department, P.O. Box 279, Worthington 56187.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - The annual Spirit Lake Community Fire Department dance is from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday night at the Dickinson County Expo Center. A long-time area favorite, the Senders, will provide the musical entertainment. Fire Chief Dave Kollasch said this is one on the primary fundraisers for the Fire Department, with proceeds helping to update and maintain equipment. Flyers have been mailed to area residents with information and $5 tickets attached.

JACKSON - Southwest Star Concept High School in Okabena will be a staging ground for police officers and deputy sheriffs from across the region next week as they undergo a rigorous training program led by two recently certified local law enforcement officers.

The “Active Shooter” training course is designed to equip law enforcement officers with the knowledge of how to respond to situations in schools and businesses in which there has been a report of a shooter or a potential situation involving an assault or treat. Jackson County Sheriff Roger Hawkinson said his office has received the training in the past and has called on other trainers for that training, but now he has the experts in house.

DOON, Iowa — The Doon Steakhouse in Doon has been burglarized for the second time in three days — and this time the burglars stole the whole safe.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that it appears that the suspect or suspects entered through the same door and removed the safe out of the office area. Anyone with information relating to these burglaries is asked to call the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department at 712-472-8300.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa - The Lyon County Sheriff's Department investigated a one vehicle accident which occurred on Cherry Avenue just north of 220th Street at approximately 6:50 a.m. Tuesday.

Christian James Bouwman, age 18, of Inwood, Iowa was operating a white 2000 Pontiac Grand Am northbound on Cherry Avenue. Cherry Avenue turns into gravel from pavement at 220th Street. When Bouwman went onto the gravel road he lost control of the vehicle, entered the east ditch, and then into the cornfield on the east side.

The vehicle, owned by Karen Bouwman, also of Inwood, was totaled with a loss of approximately $2,000. The cornfield, owned by Damon Bahnson of Inwood received approximately $25 in damages. No injuries were reported.

SPENCER, Iowa - The Clay County Sheriff’s office is seeking help from the public following an apparent hit-and-run which occurred on Highway 18 and 200th Avenue on Tuesday, August 20 at 10:24 p.m.

Authorities say a City of Spencer 2013 Peterbilt, driven by 33 year old Bradley Pitts was traveling west on Highway 18 and slowing to turn south onto 200th Avenue when a white straight truck traveling west passed the City truck in the intersection. The white truck reportedly sideswiped the Peterbilt, and left the scene. The accident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Clay County Sheriff’s office at 712-262-3221.

MINNESOTA - Rob Farnsworth, a 35-year-old special-education teacher from Hibbing, announced Wednesday that he will seek office to be Minnesota’s next governor. He said he intends to seek the GOP endorsement.

Farnsworth ran for the 8th District congressional seat in 2010. He dropped out of the race after Chip Cravaack got the republican endorsement, but now Farnsworth said he can help broaden the republican base in Minnesota.

Farnsworth, the son of a miner, has been a union member for 15 years and previously served as a union local president while working as an educator for the Department of Corrections. Farnsworth earned an undergraduate degree in history from the University of St. Thomas and a master’s degree in special education from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

He joins Scott Honour, Jeff Johnson, Dave Thompson and Kurt Zellers in chasing the GOP endorsement to challenge Gov. Mark Dayton in 2014.

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