February 28 news

WORTHINGTON - This year, the Southwest Crisis Center celebrates its 30th year of helping victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence. To acknowledge those who have contributed to the mission of the Southwest Crisis Center over the past year, recipients of the annual Faces of Hope award will be honored during a special event April 5th at BenLee’s Café in Worthington.

A social hour will begin at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m., followed by the presentation and a dance. Tickets for the event are $35 per person, and there will be a 50/50 raffle and a cash bar. All money raised will help fund direct services to victims and children of domestic and sexual abuse in southwest Minnesota.

The recipients were nominated by staff and the public. From each of the five counties, the Faces of Hope this year are:
Donna Marcy, law enforcement from Cottonwood County; Barb Spaeth, court administration from Jackson County; David & Sally Anne Benson, Former Board Member and Former County Commissioner from Nobles County; Luann Bosma, Volunteers in Mercy from Pipestone County ; and Connie Wieneke, a volunteer from Rock County.

Tickets are available from any current board member or call 376-4311. More information can be found at www.mnswcc.org.

WORTHINGTON – The 9th annual Sunset Hospice Cottage fundraiser will be April 9 at American Reformed Church in Worthington. Social time begins at 5:45 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 and entertainment at 7:30. Tickets are $35 each or $400 for a table of eight. For tickets, contact Sharon Lynn at 507-360-3463 or Deb Scheidt at 507-360-6657. More information can be found at www.hospicecottage.com.

ESTHERVILLE, Iowa - Estherville police have released details into the murder of a woman that took place Wednesday night at a residence in the city. Police say 30-year-old Michaela Jordan of Estherville died of a single gunshot wound at 2302 3rd Avenue South, Lot 108 in Estherville.

A suspect, 35-year-old Scott Sudbeck of Estherville, has been taken into custody on a charge of 1st degree murder. Authorities say Sudbeck was arrested and charged based on a search warrant they obtained and executed on a residence at 721 North 7th Street in Estherville.

The search, executed by the High Risk Entry and Arrest Team, or HEAT, turned up a firearm and other evidence related to the shooting. They say additional evidence linked to the shooting was obtained when two additional search warrants were obtained and executed on a motor vehicle involved, and another on Jordan's residence.

Sudbeck is being held in the Emmet county jail on a two million dollar cash only bond. Authorities say they've determined Jordan was the sole of target of Sudbeck and that no one else was in danger.

ST. PAUL - Marty Seifert, a Republican candidate for governor, on Thursday named a suburban state legislator as his running mate.

Seifert and Rep. Pam Myhra made their public debut at a Capitol news conference. Myrha is a two-term lawmaker and former CPA from Burnsville. Seifert, who hails from Marshall, sought to contrast the rural-suburban nature of his ticket with that of Gov. Mark Dayton. The incumbent Democrat recently tapped Tina Smith, his former top aide, as his second-term running mate; the two both hail from Minneapolis.

Myhra was elected to the House in 2010 by defeating a Democratic incumbent, and re-elected in 2012. She has not been a high-profile member of the House, where she has concentrated on education issues. She said her focus as lieutenant governor would be to promote literacy, and Seifert said she would serve as a legislative liaison for his administration. Myrha said she would not run for re-election.

ST. PAUL - The House Tax Committee voted to move forward with legislation to cut taxes for middle class families and to repeal business-to-business taxes on Thursday. The $514 million tax cut bill would reduce taxes for hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans, largely by conforming to federal tax changes. Just three days into the session, the House is moving at a fast pace to bring these tax cuts forward.

Whenever Congress changes federal tax law, the Legislature must decide whether to conform to the changes at the state level or not. Last session the House included federal tax conformity for tax year 2013 and beyond. However, this did not end up in the final budget signed into law. The legislation passed by the House Tax Committee today would provide $200 million in middle class tax cuts through permanent federal tax conformity.

The House Tax bill also would repeal three business-to-business taxes - warehousing and storage services, commercial equipment repair, including farm machinery, and telecommunications equipment - that were passed as part of the 2013 budget. Last year those taxes were part of a Senate package that paid for an upfront capital sales exemption for businesses and provided property tax relief by eliminating sales taxes for cities and counties. Then, the legislature faced a $600 million budget deficit and owed our schools $800 million. Since, Minnesota’s economy has improved and the state budget has stabilized. The last economic forecast projected a budget surplus of about $800 million.

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