October 3 news

WORTHINGTON - A collaboration between the local Soil and Water Conservation District, Nobles County Environmental Services and two watershed districts is seeking public input as it prepares to amend the county’s 10-year comprehensive water plan. The plan, up for a five-year review, encompasses everything associated with water quality, from feedlot runoff and septic systems to stormwater and ag drainage.

Efforts to amend the county’s water plan are ongoing, with local agricultural groups as well as state agencies asked to weigh in on the effort. Public comment will be collected through Oct. 11 and can be done by contacting either the Nobles SWCD office or Nobles County Environmental Services (NCES) Director Wayne Smith. The draft plan can be viewed online at www.noblesswcd.org.

WORTHINGTON - The Trojettes YMCA clinic- k-5 kids will be dancing at the half time of the football game Friday. There will also be a pork chop fundraiser for the dance team.

Trojettes Dance Team tryouts for all girls in 7-12 grade will be on Monday, Oct. 21.

MELVIN, Iowa — The estimate of a manure spill from a northwest Iowa dairy producer has jumped from 200,000 gallons to 1 million gallons. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday the owner of High Plains Dairy near Melvin increased the estimate for the spill, which occurred Sunday night.

Dairy workers dammed a dry creek bed to contain the manure and then were working to pump it out and apply it to nearby fields. The DNR says it advised the dairy owner to pump clean water into the streambed and flush the remaining manure downstream. Because the creek was dry, no fish have been killed. A pump failure was blamed for the spill.

WORTHINGTON — The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will offer a 55+ Driver Improvement refresher course from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Hy-Vee Community Room, 1235 Oxford St. There is a fee, and pre-registration is requested. For more information or to register, visit www.mnsafetycenter.org or call 1-888-234-1294. People age 55 and older who complete the course qualify for a 10 percent discount on auto insurance premiums for three years, according to Minnesota law. First-time participants must complete the initial eight hours of training and a four-hour refresher class every three years to maintain the discount.

JACKSON - The Jackson City Council this week reviewed and approved the highest bids received for the sale of several surplus public works buildings. Following a closed session, the council approved the bids received. The one building that still has not been sold is a 90x65-foot steel building. No bids were received for five of the structures. The buildings must be removed or vacated by the city no later than March 31, 2014. The area has been purchased by the EDA and is being cleared for a future proposed housing development.

The council also voted 5-1 to approve a resolution requesting the Minnesota Department of Transportation reduce to 30 miles per hour the speed limit on Highway 71 North from the point that Highway 71 divides to four lanes to where the current 30 mile per hour speed limit is posted.

JACKSON - A teenager who recently attended three years of school at Jackson County Central is now being considered an endangered runaway, more than two months after disappearing from her Spencer, Iowa, home. Brena Steven, 16, was living with her dad and going to school in Spencer when she was last seen on July 29. According to her mother, the teen had no money or clothing with her when she left, and didn’t stop at her place of employment to pick up her paycheck.

The missingkids.com hotline is (800) THE-LOST (843-5678) and the Spencer Police Department can be reached at (712) 262-2151.

SANBORN, Iowa — A Sanborn man has been arrested on felony drug charges after authorities picked him up on a warrant and searched his home. The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Great Lakes Task Force recently reported that on Monday afternoon, September 23rd, O’Brien County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 23-year-old Tyler Jacob Schons at his home in Sanborn.

Schons was arrested on an O’Brien County Arrest Warrant on two counts of Delivery of Methamphetamine, a class “C” Felony. A search warrant was later obtained and served at Schons’ apartment and he was later charged with Possession of Drug paraphernalia.

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Sanborn Police Department. At last report, Schons was being held at the O’Brien County Jail on a $1,000 bond.

SIOUX FALLS, SD – The South Dakota Department of Corrections and law enforcement officials are searching for a juvenile that left a private placement in Sioux Falls without authorization Tuesday night with her young son, according to Michael Winder, DOC communications manager.

Kimberly Guerra, 17, left a residential treatment program that serves pregnant women and mothers with small children at approximately 7 p.m. Tuesday. She climbed out of a second story window with her 3-year old son, Jo'Angel. Guerra is a Hispanic female. She is 5-feet-2 inches tall and weighs approximately 135 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes.

The Department of Corrections has released the name of the juvenile based on the department's responsibility as guardian and the department's belief that releasing the juvenile's name is necessary to protect her and her child from harm.

MINNESOTA - Jurors have found Jeffery Trevino guilty of second-degree murder without intent in the killing of his 30-year-old wife, Kira Steger. He was found not guilty of second-degree murder with intent. The jury of eight men and four women deliberated Tuesday and Wednesday before announcing the verdict was reached around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Steger last was seen alive on Feb. 21 while on a date night with Trevino at the Mall of America. He reported her missing to police on Feb. 24, and her body was recovered from the Mississippi River on May 8. Prosecutors say that Trevino killed Steger at their home, because she was having an affair and wanted out of the marriage. They say he then tried to cover the murder up by dumping her body in the river, and leaving her car at the Mall of America.

Trevino is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 25. He could face a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.

IOWA - Iowa state Senator Kent Sorenson has resigned, following an ethics investigation that suggests he received pay from at least one presidential campaign in front of the 2012 Iowa caucuses.

Sorenson stepped down hours after an independent investigator found “probable cause” that Sorenson broke ethics rules by accepting payments from a political action committee associated with U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann. The report also indicates that Sorenson’s denials of taking such money may be a felony under Iowa law.

Bachmann’s campaign is said to have paid Sorenson $7,500 a month. In an affidavit, former Bachmann chief of staff Andy Parrish revealed how the payments were routed through a company owned by Guy Short, who served as the national political director of Bachmann’s presidential campaign.

On two separate occasions Sorenson issued hand written notes to the Iowa Senate Ethics Committee denying the Bachmann Campaign paid him. Bachmann has also denied the allegations that her campaign paid Sorenson.

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