October 28 news

WORTHINGTON – Beginning today, the Clothesline Project will be on display on the lawn of the Government Center in Worthington from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The display will be there every day this week, as a reminder of the devastation and loss that follows domestic violence. The Clothesline Project involves t-shirts turned into art by survivors of domestic violence. Tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Minnesota West Commons, there will be a United Against Domestic Violence Reception, with Worthington Mayor Al Oberloh as speaker. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

WINDOM — Worthington’s District 518 schools are not alone in southwest Minnesota in seeking a new operating levy referendum this fall.

Voters in both the Windom and Ellsworth school districts will go to the polls Nov. 5 to decide on levy referendums. In Windom, school board officials opted to ask voters to continue supporting the district at its current levels. Due to changes in state law, local taxpayer levies from the school district would remain stable or decrease slightly should the existing referendum of $1,137.41 per pupil unit be renewed. If passed, the current operating levy for Windom school district would be renewed for another seven years.
In addition to the Windom vote, the Ellsworth school district will ask for an increase in its operating levy.

District voters approved a $1,139-per-pupil-unit cost in 2010, but due to recent decline in student enrollment the district is asking voters to approve a figure of $1,845 — making it a $705 per pupil increase. The Ellsworth district is urging voters to approve its long-range plan to keep money in the reserves to avoid cuts.

Voting in the Ellsworth school district will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Ellsworth Elementary School library. For an absentee ballot, voters are asked to go to the Nobles County Auditor Treasure’s Office.

Voting in the Windom school district will take place from 2 to 8 p.m. in the lobby of the high school gymnasiums. Absentee voters are encouraged to call the district Office at (507) 831-6901.

LINCOLN COUNTY – A 22-year-old Tyler man died Sunday when his 1999 Ford Contour rolled in the early morning hours. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Kurtis Dougherty was declared dead at the scene at approximately 3:24 a.m.. He was northbound on Highway 75 near mile marker 57 when his vehicle left the roadway and rolled. Dougherty was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Lake Benton Rescue assisted at the scene.

JACKSON - The Jackson County Central Robotics team will give two presentations before their BEST Robotics competition on November 2nd at South Dakota State University in Brookings.

The team will host an open house from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on October 28th at the JCC High School during parent-teacher conferences. The public is invited to watch the robot being tested at the open house. The team's other presentation will be held at the Lakefield Kiwanis Club meeting on Thursday, October 31st at noon at the Multi-Purpose Building in Lakefield.

Other organizations interested in having the robotics team do a presentation can contact team mentor Leane Gustafson.

JACKSON - More people are employed in Jackson’s industrial park at present than at any point in history — a testament, Mayor Wayne Walter says, to local manufacturers and industries. An annual employment survey conducted by the city of Jackson’s economic development office shows 2,392 people are employed in Jackson’s industrial park at present. That’s 179 more than in 2012, 655 more than in 2011, 872 more than in 2010, and reflects a more than 60 percent increase from 2007, when consistent survey results began being tabulated.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - Here’s a sign that road construction season is starting to wind down. The Dickinson County Engineer’s Office announced Friday that some county roads that had been closed earlier for paving have now been reopened. They include 213th Avenue from Highway 86 to county road A34; old highway 71 south of Milford and 242nd Avenue in the Moore Lake area.

Highway 86 between Highway 9 and the Minnesota border remains closed.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa — A Rock Rapids man accused of felony sexual abuse has turned himself in at the Lyon County Jail.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that 22-year-old Cole Zimbelman of Rock Rapids surrendered himself to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday (10/26/13). Zimbelman had four outstanding Lyon County Warrants charging him with four Counts of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree, all Class C Felonies.

The charges stem from an incident which allegedly took place at his home on October 5th, 2013. On October 10th, 2013, officers carried out a search warrant at Zimbelman’s home for evidence pertaining to the investigation. Zimbelman is currently being held in the Lyon County Jail on a $10,000 cash-only bond.

LINCOLN COUNTY, SD - The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says the body of what is believed to be a young Hispanic male was found late this morning in the ditch along 281st St. between Highway 115 and Highway 11 in Lincoln County.

According to Lincoln County Sheriff Dennis Johnson, the male, who is believed to be in his 20's, was found by a passerby. The identity of the male was unknown as of Sunday night. The victim's body appeared to have sustained trauma and foul play is suspected.
An autopsy will be conducted today. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, DCI and Highway Patrol are involved in the investigation. Anyone with information in this matter is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office at 605-764-5651 or Crimestoppers at 1-877-367-7007.

MINNESOTA - Minnesotans who receive food stamps, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will see a drop in benefits this week. Congress increased the amount of money each household gets in food stamps as part of the 2009 stimulus. The temporary hike was intended to help families affected by the economic downturn. That hike expires Friday, Nov. 1. The change means that a family of four will receive $36 less each month. The report said that 537,000 Minnesotans receive food stamps.

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