October 23 news

WORTHINGTON – Administrative Assistant Barb Williams was presented with a certificate of appreciation Tuesday during the Nobles County Board of Commissioners meeting in Worthington. Williams is retiring after more than 25 years of service in Nobles County. She started with the county working in the Minnesota Extension office, eventually working her way over to administration, and said it will be hard to walk out the door. Friendships she has made during her years of service, she said, will last forever.

The commissioners reviewed a 2013 local water management plan, updating the 5-year plan. Priority concerns of the plan include water quality, drainage management and the public water supply. With the commissioners’ approval, the plan will now go to the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources for review, then come back to the commissioners for a resolution to accept the plan.

They also approved grants for Emergency Management and Prism implementation, along with a GIS Initiative grant. Veterans Service Officer Bill Brockberg presented a state grant for operations improvement for a $7,500 grant plus an additional $2,500 based on the number of vets in the county. The grants will be used for advertising and outreach as Brockberg continues to reach out with veteran resources and information to the approximate 1,490 vets in the county. Brockberg said he is hearing from veterans of the first Gulf War, and still working to reach out to vets from Vietnam, Korea and World War II.

The commissioners also approved a request to make approximately $60,000 in repairs to elevator No. 3 at the Nobles County Government Center.

WORTHINGTON – With the amount of creativity and fun, tough choices had to be made, but the voting panel made their picks in the fourth annual scarecrow contest, sponsored by Radio Works and the Retail Business Committee of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce. First and second place will be awarded chamber bucks.

Congratulations to the talented scarecrow crew at Schaap Sanitation, whose final creation showed a wonderful sense of humor, according to the voting panel. Second place is awarded to Sanford Equipment, for a scarecrow that was full of creativity. According to the voting panel, effort put into their creation was time well spent.

OKABENA - Around 1:50 Saturday afternoon, a Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy made a traffic stop on a vehicle at the intersection of County Road 9 and East St. Paul Street in Okabena. The driver was suspected of allegedly speeding and crossing the fog line.
The driver of the vehicle allegedly provided the deputy with a false name and date of birth, but was eventually identified as 35 year old Jamie Harvey of Coon Rapids, formerly of Windom.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Harvey exited the vehicle he was driving with a container in his hand. When the deputy asked Harvey about the container, Harvey admitted that it contained methamphetamine.The deputy seized the container and Harvey allegedly began to run. The deputy pursued Harvey in his squad car and then by foot. Harvey was then apprehended and placed into custody.

The container contained over 9 grams of methamphetamine. Harvey was also allegedly in possession of Hydrocodone pills.

He was formally charged with Second Degree Possession of a Controlled Substance, First Degree Driving While Under the Influence, Obstruction of the Legal Process, Providing a Peace Officer with a false name and date of birth, Fifth Degree Possession of a Controlled Substance, Fleeing a Peace Officer on Foot, and Driving after cancellation of driver license-inimical to public safety.

ROUND LAKE — Having received a Four-Star Parent Aware rating earlier this year, the Round Lake-Brewster School District was recently named as a recipient of a Minnesota Department of Education’s Early Learning Scholarships Pathway II award.

The Four-Star rating recognizes a high quality of prekindergarten and preschool programs, Head Start and child care within school districts’ attendance boundaries. After receiving the four-star rating, RL-B applied for the financial award of $25,000 and was selected. The award and rating will help parents find programs that go above and beyond to prepare children for school and life.

The Early Learning Scholarships program is designed to increase access to high-quality early childhood programs for children with the highest need prior to kindergarten in order to improve school readiness of all young children. The 2013 Legislature appropriated $23 million in the 2014 budget year for the program, with money to be distributed throughout the state as much as possible.

Previously, the award had been only given directly to families who also met the eligibility requirements. It became available to school districts in 2011.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - The Iowa State Patrol is the recipient of three driving simulators it plans to use as part of a public education campaign. Trooper Vince Kurtz, a Safety Education Officer with post 6 of the state patrol office in Spencer, said the simulators were made possible by a $25,000 grant provided by State Farm Insurance. While the simulator is intended for use by people in all age groups, that it’s especially targeted for younger drivers and can show them different scenarios in a controlled environment.The simulator can include visibility issues such as rain or snow, potential crash conditions by other drivers and more.

Kurtz says the simulator will be available for demonstrations with schools, community groups, and others. Those interested in arranging a session should contact him via email at Kurtz@dps.state.ia.us or by calling the State Patrol Office in Spencer at (712) 262-1424.

WORTHINGTON - With Minnesota’s small game, waterfowl, and archery deer seasons underway, and the firearm deer season set to begin Nov. 9, conservation officers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) remind hunters that there is one sure way to avoid landowner concerns associated with trespassing: “Always Ask First.”
According to DNR enforcement director Col. Ken Soring, trespassing is the biggest problems landowners have with hunters. If hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts would just make it a standard practice to alsways ask permission before entering private land, Soring said, relationships would improve. Especially when you consider that in some parts of the state such as southwestern Minnesota about 95 percent of the land is privately owned.

Soring encourages all hunters and landowners to obtain a copy of the 2013 Hunting and Trapping booklet and review the trespass information beginning on page 6. Trespass penalties range from a $50 civil fine to a criminal penalty of a several thousand dollars, confiscation of vehicles and hunting equipment, and revocation of hunting privileges for 2 years.

Callers are urged to contact the Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline at 800-652-9093 to report any alleged wildlife violation, including hunter trespass. Cell phone users can dial #TIP. Information must include precise time and location, along with a full description including a license plate number of any vehicle believed to be involved.
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