October 1 news

DUNDEE – A fire in rural Dundee Monday destroyed two hog barns, but a third that had been burning was saved. The Fulda Fire Department was dispatched at approximately 2:45 p.m. Monday to 34700 130th Street. At 3:01 p.m., mutual aid from Brewster was requested. There were no hogs in the barns, but the two barns that were a complete loss had machinery and some round bales inside. The third also held machinery.

According to Fulda Fire Department First Assistant Chief David Baumhoefner, the two barns were fully engulfed when they arrived and had already begun to collapse. The third building was burning, but firefighters were able to knock the fire down. Firefighters went through about 50,000 gallons of water and remained on the scene until after 7 p.m.

Neither of the structures had power, and Baumhoefner believes the cause of the fire could have been spontaneous combustion of the round bales. Approximately 25 firefighters assisted at the scene.

WORTHINGTON – The Southwest Crisis Center is hosting an informational session called “Human Trafficking in Minnesota, Trends and Challenges.” The meeting will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the U of M Extension Office Conference Room at 1527 Prairie Drive. Human trafficking is the second largest and fastest growing criminal industry in the world. The public is invited to join the Southwest Crisis Center and the Northern Tier Anti--‐Trafficking Consortium as they explore trafficking in Minnesota and share information about the services available in southwest Minnesota.

JACKSON - A Spirit Lake woman has pleaded guilty to stealing money from a Lakefield business. 35-year-old Michelle Banks pleaded guilty last week in Jackson County District Court to one count of theft through the diversion of corporate property, a felony. Banks had been accused of bilking more than $72,000 over a two and-a-half year period from Habilitative Services of Lakefield.

As part of a plea agreement, Banks was placed on supervised probation for up to 20 years, was fined $500 and was ordered to pay out of pocket expenses to the firm of nearly $33,000.

IOWA - Iowa farmers will be able to carry heavier loads of corn, soybeans and other items for the next two months. Governor Terry Branstad signed a proclamation Friday allowing the heavier loads, a move Iowa governors usually take in the fall to help farmers efficiently move crops after harvest. The proclamation allows people to haul loads of soybeans, corn, hay, straw, silage and stover up to 90,000 pounds of gross weight without a permit for 60 days. The temporary allowance doesn't apply to interstate highways.

ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa - The Okoboji Foundation is inviting representatives of various non-profit groups in the area to a special event next month. Foundation President Mary Freiborg says they’ll be holding their second annual Nonprofit Partnership Summit Tuesday, November 5th from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the Hedberg Theatre at the Okoboji Spirit Center, or the Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum building in Arnolds Park. The event, which includes a lunch, is being offered free of charge.

Freiborg says the event will include a review of the Lakes community Nonprofit Survey results; establishing long-term thinking with donors and how to make the Endow Iowa Tax Credit Work for your non-profit group; and on boards and non-profit leadership. A working lunch will consist of a question-and-answer session.

Those planning to attend the November 5th event in Arnolds Park should RSVP by email to mary@okobojifoundation.org or by phone at 332-7177. More information about the event is also available at those contacts.

MINNESOTA - Special hunts to prevent overpopulation of deer and protect resources will take place this fall at several Minnesota state parks, and access to the parks will vary during these hunts, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said. The date to apply for the special permit to hunt the parks has already passed.

Some parks will remain open to all visitors, some will have limited access and some will be open only to hunters with special permits and closed to the general public. According to the DNR listing, Blue Mounds State Park in Rock County and Lake Shetek State Park in Murray County will be closed to visitors during the special hunt dates. Lake Shetek will be closed Oct. 26 and 27, and Dec. 7 and 8. Blue Mounds will be closed Dec. 7 and 8.

No hunting will take place at Split Rock Creek State Park near Ihlen or Kilen Woods State Park near Jackson.

MINNESOTA - Wildlife artists can submit entries for Minnesota’s walleye stamp from Monday, Oct. 7 through Friday, Oct. 18, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The contest, which offers no prizes, is open to Minnesota residents only.

Entries must be sent or delivered to 2014 Walleye Stamp Contest, DNR Fish and Wildlife Division, Box 20, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4020.

The walleye must be the primary focus of the design. Other fish species may be included in the design if they are used to depict common interaction between species or are common inhabitants of Minnesota’s lakes and rivers.

Judging will take place at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, at DNR headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul. Contest judges will have expertise in art, ichthyology, fishing, aquatic habitats and/or printing.

For complete contest criteria and information contact the DNR Information Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4020. Information also is available by calling the Information Center at 651-296-6157 or toll-free at 888-646-6367, or on the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/contests/stamps.html.

RAPID CITY, S.D. - A South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper shot a person after a chase that ended on the west side of Rapid City. The Pennington County sheriff says it started Monday afternoon in Meade County and finished near Interstate 90 and Deadwood Avenue when the suspect's vehicle crashed into the ditch.

Troopers arrested one of the men in the vehicle immediately. But the other man ran away and was chased down by a trooper in the parking lot of the nearby Butler Machinery dealership. There was a confrontation and the trooper shot the suspect around 3:30 p.m. Mountain Time Monday.

Authorities have not released the extent of the man's injuries.

WASHINGTON - Congress has missed the deadline for averting the first partial government shutdown in 17 years.

As the clock struck midnight Monday, House Republicans were demanding that the Senate negotiate their demand for a one-year delay in making millions of people buy health insurance under President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law. Minutes before midnight, the White House ordered a shutdown.

The Democratic Senate on Monday twice rejected GOP demands to delay key portions of what has become to known as Obamacare as a condition for keeping the government open.

An estimated 800,000 federal workers faced furloughs though many were told work a half day today. Critical functions like air traffic control and military operations will continue. Social Security benefits will be paid. National parks and most federal offices will close.

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