August 29 news

WORTHINGTON – Once again the heat advisory from the National Weather Service continues until 7 p.m. tonight, with afternoon heat index values averaging in the mid 90s to 105 degrees.

Schools closing early due to heat include the Worthington Christian School, which will dismiss at noon today and Friday. Bus transportation will not be available as the district will remain in session. In Windom, Winfair students will dismiss at 1 p.m., middle and high school students at 1:15 p.m. At Jackson County Central, there will be no school today and Friday. Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Schools will dismiss at 1:15 until further notice. Hull Christian School will dismiss at 11:55 a.m. today.

WORTHINGTON – The City of Worthington is recommending a 1.3 percent increase in the levy for 2014 to cover an increase in debt service for that year. The total for the bond/special levy is $936,948, an increase of less than $42,000 over last year. The final certification will be November or December this year, where the number could even go down. The city will actually spend more money in 2014 than it did in 2013, other revenue sources -- such as local government aid (LGA) -- will offset those costs for the taxpayers. The general fund budget for the city of Worthington is around $7.2 million.

PIPESTONE – The Pipestone Sheriff’s Office and Ambulance responded to a report of a motorcycle crash just after 11 a.m. Wednesday on Highway 30. John Schroeder, age 70, of Del Rapids, SD, was travelling eastbound when he lost control on loose gravel and went down. He was taken to Pipestone Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. His 2001 Honda received moderate damage, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

SIBLEY, Iowa — The heat is prompting at least one area hospital to open their air conditioned facility to those who may not have air conditioning or for whatever reason need a break from the heat. Administrators of the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley advise that since the local area is currently under a heat advisory that has been extended through Saturday, they are opening their doors to the public.

Osceola Community Hospital Director of Nursing Julie Schroder says that the hot and humid conditions will create a heightened risk of heat-related stress and illness, especially for the young, the elderly and those without air conditioning. Schroeder says anyone spending time outdoors should be alert to the signs of heat exhaustion as well.

If you do not have access to air conditioning or a cool place and need assistance, you are invited to call Osceola Community Hospital at 712-754-2574. They say the hospital will be available for anyone who needs it 24/7.
WORTHINGTON -- An employer seminar, "Unemployment Insurance 101: "What Minnesota Employers Need to Know..." will be from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 11 at the Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington campus.

This session is designed for Human resource professionals, business owners and managers, attorneys, accountants, consultants and others who are interested in learning about their rights and responsibilities under the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Law. It will also be helpful for HR employees and business owners who want more information about Unemployment Insurance regulations.

The seminar is sponsored by Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development (DEED)-Business Services, Minnesota West, Southwest Human Resource Association, SW MN Small Business Development Center and the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce.
Please email denise.myhrberg @state.mn.us or call 507/537-6236 for seminar flyer and registration information. Registration deadline is September 6.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - A flat market for recycled glass has the city of Spirit Lake thinking about discontinuing its pick up of glass recycling. The city council discussed the issue Tuesday but took no action. City officials say they want to research some possible alternatives first. One of those would have the city hauling the glass to a firm in LeMars to collect it for a brewery. It was estimated the city would have to haul the glass once a month at a cost of roughly a thousand dollars.

Councilman John Chappas says he doesn’t want to see glass going to the landfill, but adds the city may not have any other choice that’s feasible. City officials admitted glass that is currently picked up is being taken to the landfill. They say they started doing that already a year ago when the market for recycled glass dried up.

Several other northwest Iowa cities, including Sioux City, are also looking at possible alternatives for glass recycling.

ORANGE CITY, Iowa - Additional arrests have been made in connection with a series of burglaries that took place this past January and February and earlier this month at a rural Rock Valley company.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says 20-year-old Drew Kersten of Sheldon, 18-year-old Jasmine Prellwitz of Spencer, 18-year-old Angie Padilla of Hawarden and a 17-year-old juvenile have been arrested and charged with 3rd degree burglary and 3rd degree theft.

That’s in addition to two other suspects arrested during an August 17th burglary at Post Equipment Corporation. 20-year-old Joshua Humphrey of Granville and 21-year-old Johnathan Oldenkamp of Primghar were charged with 3rd degree burglary and 2nd degree theft.

SLAYTON - A lifetime of art appreciation is the legacy left to her family by Rose Setterberg, of Slayton, upon her death at this time last year. Remarkably, the bulk of the collection was created by well known artist, Carl Georg Setterberg, who painted from the 1920s until the time of his death in 1982.

Local Setterberg family members Dorothy Bloemendahl, Eleanor Norton, Loretta Pryor and Fran Pederson, all nieces of Rose, find themselves the curators of the collection, and will be lending it for display at the Slayton Public Library's art gallery. The collection will eventually be split up and given to various family members, but before that happens, it will be shared for the public to appreciate in a two-month exhibit.

GRANITE FALLS - Court documents say the Minnesota woman interviewed in a South Dakota investigation into the deaths of two newborns has admitted giving birth to the babies.

A petition to have Kelly Jean Anderson-Person civilly committed states that she acknowledged being pregnant in 2009 and 2011 and that the infant remains found in eastern South Dakota last fall were her babies. The court document does not say how the babies died or how the remains were located in a tree grove near Fish Lake, S.D. Anderson-Person has not been charged.

A commitment hearing is scheduled for Friday in Yellow Medicine County. The petition says Anderson-Person pulled a gun and held it to her head when authorities executed a search warrant at her Clarkfield home Aug. 13.

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