December 16 news

WORTHINGTON — The public is invited to a community forum Tuesday regarding the health needs of the Worthington area. Sponsored by the Open Door Health Center, the forums will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Area Learning Center on 11 Avenue.

ODHC is based out of Mankato and currently provides medical, dental and behavioral health care to thousands of individuals in southern Minnesota. Patients can be uninsured or insured, citizens and non-citizens, from a variety of ethnic backgrounds and of all ages. They offer mobile medical and dental services in Marshall, Slayton, Dodge Center and Gaylord, but have identified a need for services in Worthington.

ODHC officials are working to understand the area’s needs, and looking for public input.

WINDOM — The Southwest Minnesota Highway 60 Action Corp. will have a meeting at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Guardian Inn, 1955 First Ave., Windom. Items on the agenda include election of officers and a presentation by a Minnesota Department of Transportation representative on current and upcoming projects. For more information, contact the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce at 372-2919 or email wcofc@frontiernet.net.

WORTHINGTON — Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU), a nine-week course providing families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success, is coming to Worthington.
FPU classes will be at First United Methodist Church, 408 11th St. The classes will begin at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 5.

The course meets once a week, during which a different lesson is taught by Ramsey on DVD followed by a small-group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing.

For more information or to register, contact the Rev. Daren Flinck at 376-5520.

WORTHINGTON — A new book club is being sponsored by the Nobles County Library’s Friends of the Library group, which will begin in January. “Kill Artist” by author Daniel Silva is the selection for the first meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 27 in the basement of the Nobles County Library.

Different volunteer leaders will guide the discussion at the book club meetings, which are initially scheduled to last an hour, and extra copies of each book club choice will be available for check-out at the Nobles County Library.

Subsequent 2014 book club selections are “The Light Between Oceans” by M.L. Stedman (for April 28), “Heat Wave” by Richard Castle (for July 28) and “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand (for Oct. 27).

For more information about the new Friends of the Library book club, Friends of the Library meetings/membership, or the winter adult reading program, contact the Nobles County Library at 507-295-5340, or visit the Nobles County Library at 407 12th St., Worthington.

JACKSON - Area residents are being warned about a phone scam that is underway in the area. Numerous people received phone calls Friday from a person or automated system that says there is a security problem with Bank Midwest debit cards or credit cards and they have been blocked. The calls are a scam. Do not provide any information or financial information to the caller. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department has received calls about the scam. Bank Midwest is aware of the problem and wants residents to know that the phone calls are a scam and not to provide any personal or financial information to the caller.

ESTHERVILLE, Iowa - The sale of three Case-IH farm implement dealerships in Estherville, West Bend, and Spencer is expected to close this coming week. Randy Hinton of Bancroft Implement, the Case-IH dealership in Bancroft, and his five children are purchasing the locations from West Bend International.

The 62-year old Hinton has six other Case-IH dealerships in Humbolt, Mason City, Manson, New Hampton, Corwith, and Greene, which was the last dealership he acquired in 2012. He was part of the organization when it was founded in Bancroft 41 years ago by his father, Jim Hinton.

Hinton said he has about 160 employees. The purchase price was not disclosed.
Hinton explained that there are several advantages for customers at a multi-location dealership. Hinton said not only do they have a much larger equipment inventory than you’ll find in any one location, but their parts inventory far exceeds what any one store might have on hand, allowing them to provide much better customer service.

IOWA - Farmers in several northwest Iowa counties are eligible for assistance as the result of a recent disaster declaration by the U.S. Department of Agriculture stemming from drought conditions.

44 counties, including Buena Vista and Pocahontas in northwest Iowa, have been included as primary disaster areas under the declaration. Producers in counties contiguous to the primary disaster are also eligible for assistance. Locally, that includes Cherokee, Clay, Kossuth, O'Brien and Palo Alto counties.

Qualified farm operators in the designated areas are eligible for low interest emergency loans through the USDA Farm Service Agency. Farmers that are eligible have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply.

Those with questions or needing more information should contact their local FSA office.

SHELDON, Iowa — Sheldon emergency crews were called to a one-car accident on Highway 60 southbound, about a half mile south of Sheldon, at 1:50 a.m. Saturday morning. According to on-scene reports, the driver was transported to Sanford Sheldon Hospital. No further information is available.

Responding were the Sheldon Community Ambulance Team, Sheldon Fire and Police and Sheldon EMA, along with the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

HULL, Iowa — A Hull woman has been arrested in connection with the alleged assault of a child.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Monday evening, December 9, they were called by the Iowa Department of Human Services regarding a seven-year-old child residing with 31-year-old Latisha Bosma of Hull.

Upon further investigation deputies suspected that Bosma had assaulted the child; it was found that the assault allegedly occurred on Sunday, December 8 at her home.

Bosma was arrested and charged with serious assault and child endangerment.
The child did not require medical attention and was placed into protective custody by DHS.

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