October 10 news

WORTHINGTON —Minnesota West Community and Technical College Culture Corner, in partnership with the Southwest Crisis Center and the Nobles County Integration Collaborative, will host an information and resource fair from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday in the Commons on the Worthington campus. Following the fair, “Minnecanos” will be presented from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the theater on the Worthington campus. There will be free food and activities during the resource and information fair. For more information, contact Le Lucht, 372-3423, or by email at le.lucht@mnwest.edu

WORTHINGTON - Minnesota West Community & Technical College will host an Open House of the Center for Health and Wellness from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, October 27 in the Lobby of the Worthington Campus Center for Health and Wellness. The Open House is open for the public to attend and attendees are invited to tour the facility. For more information please contact Marie Johnson by email at marie.johnson@mnwest.edu or by phone at 507-372-3472.

JACKSON - The Jackson Public Library will celebrate fall with two pumpkin-related events. Teen Read Week next week will be highlighted by a special event for teens while patrons of all ages will have the chance to participate in a pumpkin decorating contest.

The library’s pumpkin painting event for teens will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. for students in sixth through 12th grades. Pumpkins, paint and paint supplies will be provided alongside a fun snack. The teens are encouraged to enter their pumpkin into the contest, which will run in conjunction with Teen Read Week through next Thursday, Oct. 17. Register by calling 847-4748.

The pumpkin decorating contest at the library is open to the public, and all ages beginning with kindergarten may enter a pumpkin. Pick up a pumpkin at the library — or use your own — between Oct. 10 and 16. The pumpkin must be decorated, not carved. Return the decorated pumpkin to the Jackson library on or before Thursday, Oct. 17. Judging will be done by library patrons from Oct. 18 to Nov. 4. Patrons will vote for their favorite by placing money into a jar by the corresponding pumpkin. The money earned will be used by the Teen Advisory Group to purchase more teen books, e-books or items for the teen section or for programming.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - What started as an investigation into a noise complaint resulted in Spirit Lake police making two drug-related arrests Wednesday. Police say officers were called around 11:00 a.m. to the 2700 block of Adams Avenue. Upon arriving they made contact with two occupants of the residence and discovered they were allegedly growing marijuana.

20-year-old Anthony Rolon and 21-year-old Ketzell Zeledon, both of Spirit Lake, were arrested and booked into the Dickinson county jail on charges of manufacturing a controlled substance; failure to affix a drug tax stamp; prohibited acts; possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - The Spirit Lake city council this week approved a request to rezone several lots in the Matuska Subdivision and to vacate some street right-of-way in the same area. The council voted to waive the second reading and adopted the third reading, giving final approval to rezone the lots from multi-family residential to Highway Commercial. The council took the action following a public hearing.
The council also approved a request from the same developer that requested the rezoning for the city to vacate and sell a portion of right-of-way for 37th Street located east of Zenith Avenue, also in the Matuska Subdivision. A stipulation in the agreement calls for the city to be reimbursed for some $54,000 in sidewalks it had installed along the right-of-way.

There was also some discussion regarding the proposed outdoor ice skating rink at Memorial Park. Public Works Director Dwight Dohlman told the council it will cost somewhere between $2,500 and $5,000 to put in a special liner for the ice rink. The council took no action on the matter, saying they want some input from the city’s Parks and Recreation Committee as well as the public.

SHELDON, Iowa — A pair from Michigan face drug charges after they were cited in a motel room in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that they cited 49-year-old Patrick Kus, and 53-year-old Bambi Earl, both of Clio, Michigan, at a room in the Holiday Inn Express on Tuesday. The citations occurred about 11 p.m. that night.

Both Kus and Earl were charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Kus was taken into custody and transported to jail in Primghar. Earl was cited on complaint and released.

SOUTH DAKOTA - Three South Dakota livestock associations have set up a relief fund to help ranchers devastated by last week's blizzard.

The South Dakota Cattlemen's Association, South Dakota Stockgrowers Association and South Dakota Sheep Growers Association established the South Dakota Rancher Relief Fund to provide support and relief assistance. The organizations are also partnering with the Black Hills Area Community Foundation.

The fund will be administered by the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association and the South Dakota Sheep Growers Association for the direct benefit of the livestock producers impacted by this devastating blizzard.

To donate to the Rancher Relief Fund visit, www.giveblackhills.org and search "Rancher Relief Fund".
Donors can also mail checks to Black Hills Community Area Foundation/SD Rancher Relief Fund made out to the "Rancher Relief Fund." Address: PO Box 231, Rapid City, 57709.

ST. PAUL - Officials with Minnesota's new online health insurance marketplace say major glitches with the website have been fixed. MNsure executive director April Todd-Malmlov says 96 percent of people trying to create accounts Wednesday were having success and no trouble verifying their identities. She says most of those still struggling with the website were providing inaccurate answers to personal security questions.

At one point, identity-verification problems had kept half of interested shoppers from creating accounts and pricing health benefits on the site.

The early glitches were frustrating to many Minnesotans who were excited by the opportunity to shop for health insurance. It's unclear how many Minnesotans have actually used the site already to buy health insurance for 2014. MNsure officials won't disclose a number until Oct. 16.

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