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KTD Clue #3 – Please bring medallion to the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce on Third Avenue to claim your prize.
Out past the golf course & the Homestead
To find a place to park your bed.
Stop to rest, to picnic, or play
Bring your pole to fish all day.
WORTHINGTON – Just a quick reminder, all U.S. flags are to be flown at half-mast today in honor of the nearly three thousand innocent men, women, and children who lost their lives in attacks meant to terrorize our Nation. A proclamation from President Barack Obama states we can honor those we lost by building a Nation worthy of their memories. As we mark the anniversary of September 11, the president invites all Americans to observe a National Day of Service and Remembrance by uniting in the same extraordinary way we came together after the attacks. Like the Americans who chose compassion when confronted with cruelty, we can show our love for one another by devoting our time and talents to those in need. He encouraged all Americans to visit www.Serve.gov to find ways to get involved in their communities.
WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Police Department and Nobles County Sheriff’s Office are once again joining forces with Worthington Taxi to offer “Safe Cab,” which will provide free rides home from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday night after Turkey Day festivities. Local taxi drivers and law enforcement will be behind the wheels of taxis designated to bring King Turkey Day partygoers home safely. If you need a ride home Saturday night, simply call Worthington Taxi and they’ll make it happen, with the help of local sponsor Hagen Distributor and other area businesses.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners set the 2014 not-to-exceed levy at 5.69 percent during a special board meeting Tuesday afternoon. They have until December to lower the levy if they choose, but can't levy more than the amount now set. A 5.69 percent levy increase over the 2013 levy means that the county will increase its revenues in 2014 to $10.2 million. Adding in the county's bonds and indebtedness of $1.2 million, it equates to a total proposed payable 2014 levy of $11.5 million.
Both the not-to-exceed levy and the 2014 budget were approved on a 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Marv Zylstra opposed. With the higher levy, the commissioners hope to gain ground on the county's transportation system. Despite $200,000 in an estimated wheelage tax revenue that begins in 2014, the county is hoping to dedicate more funds from the levy toward roads and bridges.
WORTHINGTON -- District 518 will be hosting public meetings to address the upcoming Nov. 5 election regarding the building bonds and the excess operating referendum. The district encourages the public to participate in these meetings and take the opportunity to learn more about the request for facilities and operating funds. All meetings will be at 7 p.m., with the first this coming Monday at the Worthington High School Cafeteria. On October 10, a second meeting will take place at the cafeteria, and a third will be on October 24 at Prairie Elementary.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa —The operator of an excavator was injured in an accident Tuesday morning while demolition of the old Spirit Lake city hall was taking place. Dwight Dohlman, the city’s Public Works Director, said the injured worker is employed by the contractor that was retained by the city to tear down the structure. The backhoe they were using to demolish the structure fell through the floor and landed on its side in the basement. The operator was apparently shaken up and had some cuts from broken glass. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital. The injuries weren’t believed to be serious.
Some special equipment was being brought to the scene to lift the backhoe out of the hole. Demolition of the old Spirit Lake city hall got underway Tuesday. Dohlman said incident shouldn’t affect the timeline of the project.
MINNESOTA - Pheasant country in Minnesota has taken a hit, but we're not alone. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' annual August roadside wildlife survey released this week, Minnesota's 2013 pheasant index is 64 percent below the 10-year average and 72 percent below the long-term average. South Dakota, meanwhile, has seen a 64 percent decrease in its brood survey, and North Dakota's most recent rooster crowing count is down 11 percent from a year ago. Iowa has reported a 19 percent decrease in its roadside count.
The good news for local hunters is that they're sitting in what could be considered the lone bright spot in Minnesota. In the southwest corner of the state, observers reported 51 birds per 100 miles of survey driven - the highest pheasant count in the state, the DNR said.
SPIRIT LAKE – Several people were arrested Saturday after a routine traffic stop turned into a little something more than routine. Around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, members of the Spirit Lake Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a 1991 Ford Probe at Gary Avenue and 19th Street. The car was driven by 41-year-old James Edwin Kell of Ames.
During the traffic stop, the police department’s canine "Cairo" conducted a sniff of the air around the vehicle, leading officers to find alleged crystal methamphetamine inside the vehicle. Kell was arrested and transported to the Dickinson County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine and an improper brake light.
Upon further investigation, police obtained and executed a search warrant at Emerald Isle Tattoo and Body Piercing at 805 Lake Street. During the search, numerous alleged controlled substances, as well as alleged numerous items of drug paraphernalia were found.
The occupants of the business, 23-year-old Samual Alexander Blatcher of Spirit Lake, 32-year-old Jesse Loren St. John of Estherville and 19-year-old Sandra Sinai Navarrette Osegueda of Okoboji were all arrested and taken to the Dickinson County Jail.
All three were charged with drug-related crimes, including possession of a controlled substance, gathering where drugs are used, unlawful possession of prescription drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
NATION - President Barack Obama addressed the nation Tuesday on the conflict in Syria. The president asked leaders of Congress to postpone a vote on a military strike, to see if a diplomatic agreement can be worked out in which Syria would turn it’s chemical weapons over to the United Nations.
The president said no one disputes that Syria used chemical weapons against civilians on August 21st, and said failure to respond would make it easier for other tyrants and terrorists to acquire and use similar weapons.
Obama also stated clearly that he would not put “American boots on the ground.” He said targeted strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would deter him from using the chemical weapons.
Obama’s announcement capped a day in which more Minnesota House members and Senators clarified their positions on Syria.
U.S. Congressman John Kline announced earlier Tuesday that he would not back the president’s request. Kline said that Obama has not made a strong case for intervention in Syria. Last week Kline tentatively favored an attack to weaken Syria’s chemical weapon capabilities.
That report comes just one day after another Minnesota Congressman, Tim Walz also announced he would not support the current proposal for a strike against Syria.
In fact, amongst Minnesota’s House delegation only Representatives Keith Ellison and Betty McCollum have indicated support for military action.
In the Senate, Senator Al Franken said Tuesday he was afraid the current proposals were too broad. Last week, he too had indicated he would be likely to support a military strike.