February 11 news

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council on Monday had a first reading of a land rezoning in the city bounded by Oxford Street, Rowe Avenue, Stower Drive and McMillan Street, which will rezone the area into general manufacturing. A public meeting on the subject was held last week.

The council also approved Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH) to design the 10th Avenue bridge over Whiskey Ditch and had a discussion regarding the remapping of the floodplain.

A $1,500 for sponsorship for the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp.’s 2014 Bioscience Conference was also approved.

WORTHINGTON – City, county, school and township officials have been invited to two meetings next week to discuss ways the various entities can work together to solve problems in Nobles County from housing to project collaboration. Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp will be included and the public is also invited to attend.

The informational meetings will include details local officials learned during a recent presentation on the Scott County Association for Leadership and Efficiency (SCALE) that focuses on governmental leadership and efficiency.

The first meeting will be next week at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Brewster City Hall, with the second meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Countryside Inn, Adrian.

FULDA – The Iron Horse Motorcycle Club will host a chili cook-off Saturday at the Fulda Community Center. If you have an award-winning pot of chili to share, bring it to the center by 4 p.m. to be entered for the chance to bring home a winning trophy. The chili feed begins at 4:30 p.m., with chili served until gone. $5 per person includes the meal and a chance to win prizes.

JACKSON - The musical lineup for the annual Rhythm of the River music festival in Jackson was announced by organizers at a fundraiser Saturday evening.

On tap for the July 11-12 festival are local favorites “The Windom Area Chordhustlers;” the gospel, roots, soul, jazz and blues stylings of the “Chastity Brown Band;” “Useful Jenkins,” a high-spirited bluegrass band from Mankato; southern-Minnesota based folk/rock band “The Last Revel;” old-time string band “Mike in the Wilderness;” “Americana Showcase,” made up of Charlie Roth, Erik Koskinen and Brandon Sampson; locals Connor Cregeen, Nic Weets and Jerry Gieffer; pop, folk, swing, reggae and gypsy jazz artists “i like you;” Irish music group “Ring of Kerry” and The St. Paul Irish Dancers; and the hard-hitting bluegrass of “The Burbillies.” The festival will again take place in Ashley Park.

SIBLEY, Iowa - A Rushmore man wanted on assault and false imprisonment charges has been arrested in Osceola County. The Osceola County Sheriff's Office says 25-year-old Myles Paplow was taken into custody Monday. He's accused of forcing an individual into a room at a residence and once inside displayed a dangerous weapon, refusing to let the victim leave. Paplow was booked into jail on a $3,000 bond.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - A Spirit Lake man faces several charges after police say he wouldn't cooperate with them as they were trying to arrest him on some warrants.

Spirit Lake police said shortly after 7 p.m. Friday an officer made contact with the suspect, identified as 58-year-old Daniel Stillmank, at the intersection of Ithaca Avenue and Lake Street. Stillmank was wanted on warrants charging him with assault and trespass stemming from an alleged incident earlier that same day. Police say an altercation took place as they attempted to arrest Stillmank on the warrants.

Stillmank was charged with interference with official acts, possession of a controlled substance, operating while intoxicated and possession of contraband. He was booked into the Dickinson County Jail.

SPENCER, Iowa - A search warrant executed over the weekend at a Spencer residence has resulted in the arrest of a Spencer man on a drug charge.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says the search was executed shortly after 6:30 a.m. Saturday at 703 3rd Avenue East. It resulted in authorities seizing a little more than 29 grams of marijuana.

31-year-old Jerry Mosley was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, 3rd offense. He was booked into the Clay county jail on a $2,000 cash or surety bond.

Authorities say the case is still under investigation and more arrests are expected.

MINNESOTA - Ripples from a railroad accident that forced evacuation of a town near Fargo have reached Washington, D.C.

Both the House and Senate have scheduled hearings on rail safety this month. Some of the impetus came from Casselton, N.D., where oil tankers crashed into a derailed soybean train in December. The explosion and fire created a cloud of smoke that led authorities to clear the town.

The hazards posed by a derailment or accident have risen along with the proportion of trains carrying crude oil. With pipelines in the region already at capacity, much of the oil from North Dakota’s Bakken Formation is shipped by rail.

At the state level, Gov. Mark Dayton made proposals aimed at improving rail safety last week when members of a railroad workers union protested Canadian Pacific’s safety practices outside the company’s U.S. headquarters in Minneapolis.

Investigators are looking into what caused a Canadian Pacific train to splatter about half a tanker car of oil along tracks between Red Wing and Winona. A missing cap or valve was preliminarily listed as the cause.

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