November 18 news

WORTHINGTON - The Southwest Crisis Center’s annual Fall Online Auction Fundraiser begins today and runs through Friday at www.charityauctionstoday.com/store/swcrisiscenter.

Hundreds of items are included in this year’s auction, with more items added daily, thanks to the generosity of area businesses. This year’s challenge includes a local match on all funds raised through our online auction up to $10,000. All funds raised will go to providing services to victims of domestic and sexual violence and their children in the crisis center’s five county service area.

WORTHINGTON – The $67 million investment in Highway 60 at Worthington will be celebrated by local and state dignitaries at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22 with a ribbon cutting at the Highway 59/60/CR 33 roundabout in Worthington Refreshments and remarks will follow at the Worthington Christian Church, 1501 N. Douglas Ave. The public is welcome to attend.

Highway 60 is expected to open this week. Finishing work is very dependent on weather.

The work on Highway 60 spanned over 3 years and included construction of a continuous four-lane expressway from Nobles County Road 4 to Interstate 90. Intersections were improved and accesses were reduced for improved safety. A new railroad overpass was built for the Union Pacific Railroad. Aesthetics and a trail system were included to enhance the quality of life for Worthington residents. The project included building roundabouts at County Road 35, Oxford Street and I-90 eastbound ramps.

WORTHINGTON — During a special three-hour work session Friday, Nobles County commissioners whittled away at a proposed levy increase of 5.69 percent for 2014 by cutting staff requests and building projects and placing more money into the public works budget for road and bridge improvements. By the end of the work session, the levy increase was lowered to 4.31 percent, although the board has until Dec. 3 to adopt its final levy. Due to printing deadlines, however, the property tax statements to be mailed later this month include the 5.69 percent levy increase.

Changes made Friday that will impact Nobles County’s final levy included denying a request by the county assessor’s office to add two staff, which took nearly $92,400 out of the proposed 2014 budget, and the decision to split the construction costs for a garage expansion at the Prairie Justice Center and a new shop at Adrian into two years, which cut another $560,000 from next year’s budget.

WORTHINGTON — The annual Deep Freeze Dip will take place at 3 p.m. January 18 at Sunset Park on Lake Okabena. This year, proceeds from the fundraiser will help fund youth sports programs in the region by supporting the Wayne Klumper Heals Fund. The fund gives money to the sports and recreation clubs for youth sports in Worthington, Round Lake, Brewster, Rushmore, and Adrian. Dollars raised will be divided appropriately according to the size of the community.

The Deep Freeze Dip is coordinated by Radio Works and the Southwest Minnesota Fishing Club. Participants must be at least 18 years old to jump, and must raise at least $250. Participants must register at Radio Works and be issues an official pledge card. All money must be turned in at the Winterfest Opening Ceremony at 5 p.m. January 17 at the Hickory Lodge banquet room. All participants will receive an official 2014 Deep Freeze Dip T-shirt.

ARNOLD’S PARK - While a decision on a route is still far off, local officials say they want to see if there’s support among community members, law enforcement and others who would play a critical role in the event RAGBRAI should happen to eye a route that would either go directly through the Iowa Great Lakes, or near the lakes. Stacy Rosemore of Okoboji Tourism said there is an informational meeting will be held this coming Thursday for that very purpose. Rosemore says the final selection of a route lies with a committee in Des Moines, and that input from the meeting will go into consideration by that group prior to finalizing a route.
Thursday’s meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Arnold's Park Pavilion.
ORLEANS, Iowa - Officials say additional zebra mussels have been found on the Iowa Great Lakes and that fears of an actual infestation are now being realized. Mike Hawkins, a fisheries biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said they’ve been finding zebra mussels attached to numerous boat hoists as they’re being removed from the water this fall. Hawkins said almost every hoist from the south side of East Okoboji has zebra mussels, and more have been found on Lower Gar and West Okoboji.

So far, Hawkins says, none have been found on any of the hoists that have been inspected from Big Spirit Lake. This latest development doesn’t come as much of a surprise to Hawkins after the discovery of some juvenile zebra mussels on the lower chain of lakes previously. Now that these have been found, he said, the infestation is likely to grow quickly.

Hawkins again reminds boaters to clean, drain and dry their boats and equipment before moving from one body of water to another.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - At approximately 12:40 Friday morning, Spirit Lake Police made a traffic stop of a car being driven by 19 year old Taran Bosch of Spirit Lake in the 2300 block of Keokuk Avenue. During the traffic stop, the Police Department’s canine “Cairo” conducted a sniff of the free air around the vehicle which later led officers to find alleged marijuana. Bosch was subsequently arrested and booked into the Dickinson County Jail on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance-Marijuana-first offense and Failure to Use Head Lamps when required.

Also in the vehicle was a 16 year old juvenile from Spirit Lake. The juvenile was charged and referred to the Juvenile Court Services of Dickinson County on Possession of a Controlled Substance-Marijuana-first offense. The juvenile was later released to a family member.

JACKSON - Three people were injured in a two vehicle accident around 11:30 Friday morning at the intersection of 830th Street and 490th Avenue in Belmont Township.
According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, involved was a vehicle driven by 35 Jamie Gilmore of Lakefield and a 2009 Chrysler van driven by 73 year old Betty Crowell of rural Windom.

The collision caused both vehicles to end up in the northwest ditch.
Both drivers were injured and taken to the hospital by ambulance. A passenger in Crowell’s vehicle, 74-year-old Clifford Crowell of Windom, was also injured and transported by ambulance.

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