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WORTHINGTON – For those who commute to Worthington from the north or head south out of town, good news – the detour on Highway 59 just north of I-90 is gone and the highway is now open to through traffic. Barricades were removed Tuesday afternoon.
WORTHINGTON – Refinancing bonds for the Prairie Elementary school will save taxpayers approximately $1.3 million over the next 10 years, District 518 Superintendent John Landgaard told school board members Tuesday night during a board meeting. That figure came in with a higher projected savings total than expected, Landgaard said. The board had earlier granted the administration approval to seek refinancing of the remaining bonded amount on the 2001 elementary building.
Official school enrollment figures for District 518, effective Oct. 1, were released. For the 2013-14 school year, the district has a total of 2,823 students, with 1,169 at Prairie Elementary, 784 at Worthington Middle School, 778 at Worthington High School and 92 at the Alternative Learning Center. An additional 194 students attend either St. Mary’s Catholic School, Worthington Christian School or are homeschooled. The total of non-public students has remained roughly constant over the past 20 years.
The final public information meeting about the Nov. 5 levy referendum is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Prairie Elementary cafeteria, and the date for canvassing results of the Nov. 5 election was placed at 7:15 a.m. Nov. 12
MANKATO – According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Interstate 90 resurfacing project from Worthington to Jackson County Road 5 that took place in July and August includes the installation of 10 miles of cable median guardrail from Jackson County Road 5 through Worthington. High-tension cable median guardrail prevents traffic from crossing the median and hitting oncoming traffic. Installation of the guardrail is currently underway and motorists are advised to travel with caution and watch for workers, equipment and traffic control devices.
WORTHINGTON – With interesting timing, yet another new scam has made its way to the area, according to the Worthington Police Department. This new scam involves the “do not call list.” The victim receives a call from a person posing as a representative of the National Do Not Call Registry, claiming to provide the victim with an opportunity to register their phone number, limiting the number of telemarketing calls they receive.
The caller than asks for personal information, such as name, social security number and address. Some scammers try to charge a fee to join the registry. In either case, hang up the phone. The National Do Not Call list is a free service from the federal government, and private companies cannot register phone calls on behalf of consumers. Those who would like to register on the National Do Not Call list will have to wait until after the government shutdown. Once that ends, they can go to donotcall.gov or call 888-382-1222.
WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County Library, 407 12th Street, is hosting a Halloween Zombie Land Party Thursday and Friday for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade. Zombie Land will be available on Thursday from 9:30 to 11 a.m., noon to 1:30 p.m., or 2 to 3:30 p.m.; and on Friday from noon to 1:30 p.m. or 2 to 3:30 p.m. Registration can be completed for one of these times by stopping in at the library or calling 295-5340.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Area YMCA will celebrate its Halloween Family Carnival from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Y. Children and their families will have the opportunity to enjoy carnival games, a 45-foot obstacle course, inflatables, walking tacos and treats while supplies last. There will be a family swim and “spooky activities” such as crafts, face painting and family Halloween photos. Youths can dress up as their favorite hero or goblin if they desire.
The event is free of charge; all families are asked to bring at least one non-perishable/canned food item per person attending. These items will then be donated to Manna Food Pantry the following week. For further information, contact the Y at 376-6197.
LARCHWOOD, Iowa - The Lyon County Sheriff's Department investigated a two vehicle accident which occurred at approximately 1:52 PM this morning on Highway 182 north of county road A-26, three and a half miles south of Larchwood.
Alvin Floyd Meyer, age 62, from Baltic, SD was operating a 2000 International semi-tractor pulling a 2009 Wilk semi-trailer, both owned by 3-D Transportation out of Maurice, Iowa. Roy Lee Schrank, age 47, from Valley Springs, SD was operating a 2013 Kenworth Dump Truck owned by Myrl and Roys Paving, Inc. out of Sioux Falls, SD.
Meyer was northbound on Highway 182, stopped in a road construction work zone with a construction personnel directing traffic. The traffic director instructed Meyer to proceed north on Highway 182. Just as Meyer began to accelerate, his vehicle was rear-ended by the Kenworth being operated by Schrank who was also northbound on Highway 182.
The 2013 Kenworth was a total loss of $125,000. The 2009 Wilk trailer received approximately $10,000 in damages. Schrank was transported to Avera McKennan Hospital of Sioux Falls, SD by the Lyon County Ambulance for treatment of his injuries. Schrank was cited for Following Too Closely.
JACKSON - Nine people kayaking and canoeing on the Des Moines River were all found safe Monday night. Around 9 p.m., the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was called to a report of missing kayakers on the Des Moines River. Deputies responded to the area of the Black Bridge Road under the Interstate 90 overpass where they were met by 30 year old Hillary Christenson, a paleontology professor at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.
Christenson told the deputies that a group of nine people, mostly students, had begun kayaking and canoeing near the Lilleberg Bridge in search of bison bones or other bones they could find. They encountered heavy rain and abandoned their kayaks and canoes for the shoreline where four people became separated from the others, including a 13 year old.
Bryan Beckel and Steve Lusk of Jackson assisted in the search and found the missing kayakers on the river shoreline near the Mike Garber residence on the Black Bridge Road. From there they, along with the deputies, were assisted by Elizabeth Garber of Jackson in getting everyone to the Garber residence. All persons were accounted for, uninjured and safe. All the kayaks and canoes were left on the river shore for collection at a later time.
Jackson County Sheriff Roger Hawkinson thanks Elizabeth Garber, Bryan Beckel and Steve Lusk for their help in assisting the missing kayakers and canoeists.
GEORGE, Iowa - The Lyon County Sheriff's Department responded to a report of a sexual assault that had taken place in George on Saturday. The victim reported that a male subject had sexually assaulted her while she was in her residence. Upon investigation, it was determined that Joseph Albert, age 35, of Le Mars, had committed the act. Joseph Albert was subsequently arrested and charged with Sexual Assault in the third degree, which is a class c felony. Joseph is currently being held in the Lyon County Jail on a $10,000 bond.
EMMETSBURG, Iowa —Palo Alto county authorities say foul play is not suspected in the shooting death of a West Bend man Monday evening. The Sheriff’s Office says deputies were called to an apartment building at 18 3rd Street southeast in West Bend shortly before 8:00 p.m. after getting a report of shots being fired in the building. The caller reported a gun had been discharged twice. Upon arriving deputies reported hearing a third shot. The building was then evacuated. Authorities attempted to make contact with the man inside the apartment from where the shots were heard, but they received no response. The Multi-Agency Response Team then entered the building and found the body of a deceased man identified as 49-year-old Gregory Bernhard of West Bend.