October 2 news

WORTHINGTON – It’s been a long summer of detours in Worthington, but the target date for the Highway 59 project opening is October 11. According to City Engineer Dwayne Haffield, the hope was to have the detour gone by the end of this week, but delays in the work complicated the process.

When the project is done, a new culvert will be in place, there will be full turn lanes from the north and south on Bioscience Drive, and infrastructure will be in place on the west side of the highway for future growth. Bioscience Drive will be extended to the west to make it available for more development, Haffield said. Before MnDOT would allow another street to be set up, they wanted turn lanes in so those streets have the least impact on the through traffic.

The total cost of the project is just over $3.56 million. The city’s share is $1.45 million, with other money coming from the state.

JACKSON - The Jackson Public Library will once again offer an interesting variety of presentations during its fall Brown Bag Lunch programs on Wednesdays from Oct. 2 through Oct. 30.

The sessions will run from noon until 1 p.m. in the library meeting room. The public is welcome to attend and bring a sack lunch. The library will provide coffee and tea.

The first program is today, featuring “Getting Ready for Fall with Your Landscaping” presented by Gail Dunker. This program will provide ideas on how to landscape a yard during autumn. Dunker will discuss whether to put away or transition containers into the next season. She will show trimming and covering techniques for shrubs and roses. Attendees will also learn how to protect trees from rabbits and deer.
Future programs include “The Ultimate Road Trip – North to Alaska,” “Germany and Denmark, Summer of 2013,” “Loon Lake Cemetery” and “Crafting with Gourds.” For more information, contact the Jackson Public Library at 847-4748.

LAKE PARK, Iowa — A couple of dozen goats spent this past weekend at a lake in northwest Iowa, doing their part for a shoreline restoration project. The goats grazed along the shore of Silver Lake, which is on the edge of the city of Lake Park in Dickinson County.

The goal is water quality, according to Catherine Sereg, the watershed coordinator for Silver Lake. She said the goats come in and clear away all the unwanted vegetation eating away all the leafy plants, so big trees can be cleared out.

Once the goats and bulldozers have completed those tasks, native prairie grasses will be planted along the shoreline. The animals doing the initial work at Silver Lake come from “Goats on the Go” — an Ames-based company that rents goats to help clear away weeds, brush and invasive plants without the use of chemicals. The goats arrived at Silver Lake Thursday and grazed there through Sunday.

Silver Lake covers more than a thousand acres and has almost 10 miles of shoreline. Trappers Bay State Park is on the north side of the lake and the city of Lake Park wraps around the east and south sides.

EMMETSBURG, Iowa - A North Carolina man was seriously injured Tuesday morning in a construction accident at the Project Liberty construction site near Emmetsburg. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office says 31-year-old Elvin Diaz of Greensboro, North Carolina was working on the top of some cooling towers when he lost his footing and fell about 37 feet onto some concrete.

Diaz was transported by ambulance to the Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg and was later transferred by air to a Sioux Falls hospital. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office and paramedics with the Palo Alto County Ambulance Service were called to the scene around 9:18 a.m.

SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office is asking the public for help in finding a burglary suspect. David Jeremy Neuroth Jr. of Sioux Falls is suspected in a burglary call that occurred last Wednesday night around 7:30.

The Sheriff's Office was dispatched to 6601 N. 9th Ave. in Sioux Falls for a burglary in progress. The caller said a man with a gun had broken the window in the front door and was trying to get inside. The occupants locked themselves in a bathroom, called 911 and waited for officers to arrive. The victims identified 36-year-old Neuroth as the suspect. Neuroth is also wanted on an unrelated outstanding warrant.

The Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office does not want members of the public to approach Neuroth, but is asking for information as to his whereabouts.

Anyone with information should call 911, or crime stoppers at 605-367-7007.

MINNESOTA - Five Minneapolis girls who had been reported missing Tuesday have all been found safe. According to a post on the Facebook page that was set up to find the missing girls, they have all been found. The families had been looking for the girls for more than 24 hours, as they had gone missing following school on Monday.

The girls who went missing range in age from 11 to 13 years old. All five girls are sixth- or seventh-graders at Seward Montessori.

MINNESOTA - Minnesota’s online health insurance marketplace is active. MNsure went live Tuesday, after a slight delay pushed the opening of the site into the afternoon. MNsure launched around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
While the site is up and running, it wasn’t without its glitches. Some links of the site opened to unavailable pages. Certain aspects of MNsure are not quite ready yet. MNsure Executive Director April Todd-Malmlov said there would be some delays in certain aspects of the site, including for small businesses who want to buy insurance for their employees.

Todd-Malmlov also asked that Native Americans wait a week before they sign up, because the system was having trouble with special provisions for tribal members.

Consumers can survey options according to ZIP code. Premiums in Minnesota will vary depending on a person’s age, where they live and whether they smoke.

While there was a delay in Minnesota to get the site up and running, for some perspective, there are reports it was a tough opening for many of the exchanges nationwide, with heavy traffic and some sites struggling to handle it.

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