October 24 news

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington High School Concert Choir has been invited to perform at the 111th annual St. Olaf Choral Day at 4 p.m. November 3. Parents of choir members interested in riding a chartered bus to St. Olafs to watch the performance can sign up for the bus and boxed meal by visiting the website at www.isd518.revtrak.net or call Community Education at 376-6105. Reading Bus Lines charter bus will leave the WHS parking lot at noon, with estimated arrival back home at 9:30 p.m. The ride home will be in conjunction with the Concert Choir buses so everyone will arrive at the same time.

WORTHINGTON — The Worthington FFA Chapter is in the midst of its annual fruit sale and will take orders until Nov. 6. To order, contact an FFA member or call the Ag Office, 727-1152.

HAWKEYE POINT, Iowa - The community is invited to an “Old Fashioned Fall Gathering” to be held at Hawkeye Point, Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event includes a community tractor ride, antique tractor displays, apple cider press demonstration, musical entertainment, hand corn shelling demonstrations and hay rides. Kids activities will include face painting, pumpkin painting, bean bag toss, horse shoes and much more. A Pancake & Sausage meal begins at 11:30 a.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend to see some of the many improvements including our new 14’ x 32’ observation deck and the other things happening at Hawkeye Point.

One great addition to the day’s activities is a tractor ride from Ocheyedan to Hawkeye Point. The Hawkeye Point Foundation in cooperation with the family of Roger Sixta is organizing the ride in memory of Roger, beginning at the Ocheyedan school parking lot. Tractors can begin unloading at 9:30 a.m. and the ride to Hawkeye Point will begin at 10 a.m. Once arriving at Hawkeye Point, the tractors will be on display for the visiting public. A hayride will be held for kids and those young at heart beginning around 11:30 a.m.

JACKSON - Following an update about the history of the Anderson Building at the Fairgrounds by County Attorney Bob O'Conner, the Jackson County Commission this week unanimously approved a recommendation to the Fair Board to continue to designate the building as the R.O. Anderson Building and to construct a new sign for the building subject to approval by the Fair Board.

The issue of the Anderson Building arose when Craig Anderson, grandson of Reynard O. Anderson claimed that the contingent request of the building being gifted to the fairgrounds was not being complied with and therefore demanded return of the building. Anderson cited that the signage on the building that states it's the Anderson Building has not been maintained, which was contingent as part of the building being gifted to the County.

O'Conner told the Commissioners it took awhile to research the history of the Anderson Building. No formal resolution can be found, but apparently the City gave the buildings to the Fair Board. The building now known as the Anderson building was actually sawed in half and then moved up to the fairgrounds. Fair Board member Sandy Phillips told the Commissioners that the Fair Board replaced half of the signs on the buildings at the fairgrounds last year. She said the other buildings need signage as well as funds allow. She said the intentions are to update the rest of the signage next year.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa — Officials say it’s a wonder no one was hurt when a car and a semi collided around 11 a.m. Tuesday on Highway 9 about three miles east of Rock Rapids. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says 55-year-old Marlyn VanTol of Lake Park was driving a 2005 Freightliner semi westbound and 24-year-old Katy Gilbert of Doon was driving a 2003 Buick Rendezvous eastbound. Deputies say Gilbert crossed over into the westbound lane, causing VanTol to move over onto the shoulder of the road. Authorities say Gilbert’s vehicle continued to drift into the westbound lane and sideswiped the semi. Troopers say both vehicles came to rest on the shoulders of the road. $1,000 in damage was estimated to the semi; the Buick sustained an estimated $4,000 in damage. Gilbert was cited for failure to yield half of the roadway.

RUTHVEN, Iowa —Clay county authorities are now offering a reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction of whoever put two fake $20 bills in a payment box at Rohan’s Firewood and Pumpkin stand near Ruthven. Authorities say the incident took place sometime between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. October 13th.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office says the fake bills have 10 digit serial numbers on them ending in 917 C and 389 D. One is 2009 series; the other is 2004.

The $200 reward for information in the case is being offered by the Clay County Crime Stoppers. Anyone with information should call (712) 262-6655 or go to www.claycountysheriffsoffice.com and click on text-a-tip.

MINNESOTA - Reser's Fine Foods of Topeka, Kan. is recalling 22,800 pounds of chicken, ham and beef products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency discovered the problem using microbiological testing.

The products were distributed to retailers and distributors in more than 25 states, including Minnesota. There is a long list of products associated with the recall.
The company has not received reports of illnesses due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider.
Consumers and media with questions about the recall should contact the Reser's Fine Foods Consumer Hotline at 1-888-257-7913.

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