December 4 news

WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners Tuesday approved a motion to abate 100 percent of the real estate taxes on the Ferrara Candy building in Round Lake for a period of three years. According to Ferrara, that savings of approximately $9,200 a year will be passed on to AGCO so they can use the facility as a warehouse, which could create 20 new jobs.

Last week, the Round Lake City Council opted to approve a 50 percent tax abatement for the same facility, which equals roughly $6,500 per year.

According to WREDC Manager Abraham Algadi, the Round Lake School District has chosen not to address the request, but if negotiations with the company between the city and county are successful, communication could still take place with the school district.

According to AGCO Senior Project Manager Scott Berglund, any decision regarding the partial abatement would come through the legal department in Georgia. He said his job was to find an adequate facility and start negotiations. A warehouse facility in the Round Lake building would only use 60 percent of the facility’s capacity, he said, which could allow them to add even more jobs in the future as they expand inside.

In other business, the commissioners heard the final presentation on the 2014 budget and tax levy. Proposed is a 4.31 increase in the levy, which amounts to $11.4 million for 2014. The adoption of that levy will be approved at the Dec. 17 meeting.

WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County Library, 407 12th Street, will be hosting its annual Holiday Open House today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is welcome to stop in and enjoy coffee, punch and homemade treats.

LUVERNE — Luverne Street Music of Luverne took first place in Grinnell Mutual’s Working Together, Making It Better grant promotion. The nonprofit organization will receive $2,000 to upgrade equipment, refurbish music lesson space, develop a website to coordinate lessons and provide subsidies for school-aged students.

Luverne Street Music is a community-driven music school that provides an opportunity for children and adults to access affordable music instruction previously not available in the community.

Grinnell Mutual invited Facebook users to nominate community projects for a Working Together, Making It Better grant. Thirty-four projects were submitted from nine Midwest states. More than 2,500 Facebook users voted for their favorite project from among 10 finalists to receive grant funds. The top three finishers received a total of $3,500 in grants.

JACKSON - The Jackson County Arts Guild has scheduled tryouts for their upcoming production of the musical comedy “Nunsense”. Any women interested in performing in the show are asked to come to auditions on Tuesday night, December 10th from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Good Shepherd School in Jackson. Please use the east door of the building and follow the signs.

The show, under the co-direction of artistic director Scott Place and music director Lori Grote, is slated for performance as a dinner theatre production on February 28th through March 2nd at the Good Shephard Hall in Jackson.

AUSTIN - A Storm Lake, Iowa man was injured in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday on Interstate 90 near Austin.

The Minnesota State Patrol says 63-year-old Ricky Fix of Storm Lake was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado westbound east of Austin at approximately 11:17 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle. The pickup left the road and crashed into a ditch or embankment. Fix was taken by ambulance to an Albert Lea hospital for treatment of non life-threatening injuries. Moderate damage was reported to the vehicle.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa-- Spirit Lake firefighters spent a portion of their morning battling a tree fire. According to Fire Chief David Kollasch, firefighters were called to the scene on 250th Avenue in the Pollard Subdivision shortly after 8 a.m. Upon arriving, Kollasch said firefighters discovered a fire burning in a tree, which was hollow. A local tree service was contacted to cut the tree down so firefighters could get at the blaze.

Kollasch says firefighters were able to contain the fire to the tree itself. Spirit Lake firefighters were on the scene about an hour and-a-half.

CHEROKEE, Iowa - A northwest Iowa man has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges in connection with an attack last month. 34-year-old Joseph Kosiba entered his written plea Monday in Cherokee County District Court.

Kosiba is charged with two counts of attempted murder and other charges including first-degree burglary and willful injury resulting in bodily injury.

Court documents say Kosiba had a claw hammer when he kicked in a woman's door on November 12th. Kosiba is accused of chasing the woman through her home, before she locked herself and her child inside a bathroom. Police say Kosiba hit a man with the hammer after he was confronted inside the home.

LE MARS, Iowa — A semi owned by a Hull business and driven by a Boyden man received heavy damage in a semi rollover near Le Mars on Tuesday morning.

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 8:45 a.m., 39-year-old Dwayne Hansmann of Boyden was driving a 2008 Peterbuilt tractor and fuel tanker trailer, owned by Hull Coop Association, eastbound on C44, about three miles south of Le Mars when he became distracted while trying to place a phone call. The truck went onto the south shoulder, and then entered the south ditch rolling three-quarters of the way over and coming to rest on the driver’s side.

The semi was hauling 7,300 gallons of #1 and #2 diesel fuel. At that point there had been no release of material at the scene. The Le Mars Fire Department was dispatched to the scene to assist with the hazmat situation.

Damage to the truck and trailer was estimated at $175,000. Hansmann was ticketed for failure to maintain control.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa – The Lyon County Sheriff's Office, Lyon County Ambulance, Rock Rapids Fire Department, and the Iowa State Patrol responded Tuesday to a report of a man who had a tractor loader bucket fall on him. The incident took place at 11:55 a.m. at 1734 Hwy 75. The victim was transported to Sanford Rock Rapids by the Lyon County Ambulance.

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