August 26 news

MINNESOTA - The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory which went into effect Sunday for northwest Iowa and a large portion of southern Minnesota, as well as parts of South Dakota.

Forecasters suggest those who work or spend time outdoors reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening hours. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks for those who work outdoors. Additionally, they suggest wearing light-weight and loose-fitting clothing, and drink plenty of water.

The Weather Service advises checking on relatives and neighbors who may at risk, especially the very young and the elderly. Do not leave children or pets in unattended vehicles. Provide plenty of water and shade for pets.

Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Officials say heat stroke does constitute an emergency, and to call 911 if you are experiencing symptoms.

We have a couple of schools releasing early due to the heat. Jackson County Central will dismiss at 12:30, and there will be no middle school sports. Football for grades 9-12 will be at 6 p.m. Elementary cheer clinic will go on as planned from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the high school commons. Windom Area Schools have early dismissal also for both today and Tuesday – Winfair will dismiss at 1 p.m., and the middle and high school at 1:15 p.m. Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Schools will dismiss at 1:15 until further notice. Russell-Tyler Ruthton will dismiss at 1 p.m. today, and West Lyon will dismiss at 1 p.m. today and Tuesday.

LAKEFIELD — Food for Kidz is in the middle of its annual fundraising effort as it prepares to bag meals for children in need from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Sept. 27 and noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Immanuel Activity Center in Lakefield. The minimum goal for the project is $15,000. Each bagged meal costs 15 cents; the group will be able to bag 100,000 meals if the goal is met. Half of the meals this year will go to Honduras, where there is an orphanage and a street children feeding station the group supports. The other half of the meals will go to Afghanistan through the Lamia Afghan Foundation and the Bayat Foundation.

Donations can be sent to Food for Kidz at 908 N. Pleasant St., Lakefield 56150. For more information or to volunteer to bag meals, contact Marless Cuperus at (507) 662-5254 or by email at marless@frontiernet.net.

STORM LAKE, Iowa - Storm Lake Police are asking for the community’s assistance in solving a burglary and attempted arson at a local business. On Thursday at approximately 1:30 p.m. the Storm Lake Police Department was dispatched to Los Portales, a new restaurant preparing to open at 504 Erie Street.
Upon arrival police met with the reporting party who advised that sometime between 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday, a person or persons entered the business through a window. While inside the person(s) started several fires which apparently burned themselves out with no substantial damage. In addition the suspects reportedly stole two boxes of ceramic plates and some tools. Damage to the business is estimated at $500.

Police processed the scene and an investigation is underway.

The Storm Lake Police Department is offering a cash reward to anyone with information that leads to the arrest of conviction of those responsible for the burglary to Los Portales. Anyone with information regarding the burglary should contact the Storm Lake Police Department at 712-732-8010.

LUVERNE - Fire crews in Luverne had their hands full after an early morning house fire on Sunday. It happened on the 700 block of South Donaldson Street. Neighbors said they woke up to see the fire just before 2:00 a.m., Sunday. The home, a rental belonging to Nate and Trista Perkins, was unoccupied at the time of the fire and no one was injured. Fire Departments from Luverne, Beaver Creek and Hills were on-scene to put out the blaze. The cause of the fire has not yet been released.

EMMETSBERG, Iowa - Minnesota corn farmers may soon be sending an ethanol plant the by-products of their crop — while the grain goes elsewhere for food or livestock feed.

MPR reports a first-of-its-kind ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa, has begun hiring and plans to open early next year. Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels plans to make ethanol from corn waste — cobs, husks, and leaves — but not the kernels. A company official said construction is underway in Emmetsburg, managers are being hired, and a number of Minnesota farmers are expected to send material to the plant.

MINNESOTA - A contingent of 16 Minnesota state legislators will be on hand to represent the state for U.S. Navy’s commissioning of its newest fast attack submarine, the USS Minnesota.

The lawmakers who will travel to the Sept. 7 ceremony in Virginia include several with Navy service. Rep. Ernie Leidiger, R-Mayer, a retired Navy Lieutenant Commander, is organizing the trip. Other naval veterans in the Legislature include Rep. Bob Dettmer, R-Forest Lake, and Sen. Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth. Leidiger said no state funds will be used for the trip.

Construction began in February 2008, and the sub was christened last October. The last Navy vessel to bear the name “Minnesota” was a Connecticut-class battleship commissioned in 1907 that saw service in World War I. Before that, the Navy’s first USS Minnesota was a wooden steam frigate commissioned in 1857 that saw action during the Civil War.

ST. PAUL — State and federal officials are concerned that when some Minnesotans become severely intoxicated they may not receive the care they need to safely sober up.

According to a Minnesota Department of Human Services report, about a third of detox facilities in Minnesota have closed over the past decade. During the same period, admissions to detox facilities fell by 20 percent. But the report concludes there is no reason to believe fewer people are using alcohol and drugs.

The shortage of detox services has led to a state and federal review scheduled for completion late this month that state and federal officials will use to try to develop new ways of providing detox services throughout the state.

The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is conducting a review of detox services in Minnesota that will soon recommend changes, said its director, Dr. Westley Clark.

Officials also are studying ways to use technology to help cut the cost of detox. Department of Human Services officials say they hope to have a detox proposal ready for consideration in time for the 2014 legislative session.

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