February 10 news

ADRIAN - Friends and family of Sara Vortherms will be holding a benefit on her behalf Saturday, February 22, 2014. The benefit will be held at the Adrian American Legion building from noon to 8 pm. There will be a silent and live auction, bake sale, games and food and beverage.

Sara was diagnosed with large B-cell non-hodgins Lymphoma in October of 2013. She is undergoing chemotherapy treatment and will have her last treatment in February.
Sara works for the Sanford Surgical Unit as a surgical tech. and is continuing to work half days as able. She was previously a volunteer on the Adrian Ambulance crew and a paraprofessional at Adrian Schools.

Anyone wanting to donate to the silent or live auction can contact Megan Vortherms at 507-227-3279, Sheila Anderson at 605-351-3169, Stacy Kopp at 507-227-7919 or Linda Brady at 507-920-7207. An account has also been set up on Sara’s behalf at the State Bank of Lismore.

ROCK RAPIDS – According to a press release issued Saturday, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office arrested 26 year-old Seth Pourier of Rock Rapids Feb. 1 after a pursuit that began in Rock County at 2:30 a.m. A deputy initiated a traffic stop on Highway 75 in Rock County, but Pourier eluded the deputy and continued into Lyon County, stopping at a residence on South 10th Avenue in Rock Rapids and fleeing into the house on foot. While law enforcement was apprehending Pourier, they discovered marijuana and drug paraphernalia at the Pourier residence.

In Iowa, Pourier is charged with operating while impaired, his third offense, and possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Charges in Minnesota for traffic violations and eluding an officer are pending.

As a result of the drugs and the drug paraphernalia being found in the house, Reanna Pourier, 26, was cited into court for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

JACKSON – The Jackson City Council last week approved a recommendation from the Industrial Revolving Loan Fund Committee for the AGCO Fast Forward Project. The amount of the loan to AGCO is $25,000 for their Fast Forward project. The entire amount of the city’s loan will be forgiven if the company creates at least 75 new jobs, retains 1,191 jobs, and invests at least $42 million in capital on the Jackson campus for the project. The loan is contingent on the award of the Minnesota Investment Fund forgivable loan to AGCO in the amount of $375,000.

YANKTON, SD - Two people were killed in a two-car crash just north of Yankton, Friday. One of those people was 64-year-old Lloyd Mork, mayor of Irene, SD.

Becky Marie Leapley, 57, of Yankton, was driving southbound when her vehicle crossed the center line into the oncoming lane. Mork was northbound driving a Chevy pickup. He then moved into the southbound lane but Leapley's vehicle returned to that lane. The vehicles collided head-on and came to rest in the middle of the highway.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts. Both were dead at the scene.

MINNESOTA - Republican gubernatorial candidates are hitting up donors, crisscrossing the state and popping up in surprising places as they claw for any edge in a crowded and wide-open GOP field.

The candidates face an expensive campaign that features a millionaire and a former House speaker, and which will not be decided at a state endorsing convention in late May. Several candidates have said they will not honor their party’s endorsement and will press on to the Aug. 12 primary.

Their first test behind them — a caucus straw poll — the race now begins in earnest for Republicans looking to unseat DFL Gov. Mark Dayton.

Candidate Jeff Johnson is balancing his campaign with his duties as a Hennepin County Board commissioner. Johnson is on a particularly limited clock, as one of those who has pledged to drop out if he fails to get endorsed.

In a bid to win potential delegates, state Sen. Dave Thompson is already promoting his running mate; former House Speaker Kurt Zellers served as a keynote speaker for a wholesale beer sellers event; and Orono businessman Scott Honour has a New York City fundraiser set for next month. Along with Johnson and former House Minority Leader Marty Seifert, the five are locked in a grueling schedule of drumming up cash, making late-night calls to activists and popping up at diners and VFW halls around the state.

Dayton heads into the campaign season buoyed by a strong economy, low unemployment and a state budget surplus approaching $1 billion. He already has raised more than $1 million, hired four full-time staffers and last week rolled out his new running mate, his chief of staff Tina Smith.

MINNESOTA - The propane shortage is still regarded as a crisis in rural Minnesota, and on Saturday night it got the attention of U.S. Sen. Al Franken.

Franken visited a farm in Nerstrand in Rice County to talk to local farmers about their problems in getting adequate supplies of the fuel. It’s estimated that 250,000 Minnesota homes, farms and businesses rely on propane for heat.

Franken said he was on a fact finding mission to see if producers are trying to profit from the propane shortage.

Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman accompanied Franken, and said his department is watching the propane distribution chain to for any evidence of price gouging. He sent a letter to the propane industry stating they were being watched for price gouging.

MINNESOTA - Deep snow and bitter cold are making this a tough winter for northern Minnesota’s deer herd. The Department of Natural Resources has decided against feeding wild deer, though – leading to disappointment among hunters.

The leader of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association said it’s the second straight winter that’s stifling the deer population. Mark Johnson said it is all about keeping the small population of deer in a target area alive and producing fawns to raise the number of deer in that area.

But the DNR says feeding deer is not very effective and can lead to the spread of diseases such as bovine tuberculosis or chronic wasting disease as animals congregate at feeders.


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Thank you for those who helped raised money for helping the community. - Aldo Disorbo

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