March 18 news

WORTHINGTON – The Interim President-Elect for the Minnesota West Community and Technical College will be announced at 1 p.m. Wednesday during a Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of trustee meeting. Chancellor Steven Rosenstone will make the recommendation during a meeting which will be live-streamed at

The public is invited to come meet the new Interim President-Elect at 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 24 in room 22 of Minnesota West – Worthington Campus.

WORTHINGTON – Attention high school seniors - have you filled out the Free Application for Student Aid yet? Minnesota West will host a free FAFSA workshop at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and offer assistance in filling out FAFSA. Parents are encouraged to come. Please stop by the Student Services Office or call 727-1134 for more information and a list of what documents you will need to bring.

WORTHINGTON - The public is invited to attend the opening weekend showing of “God’s Not Dead” for no charge. The first showing starts at 4:45 p.m. Friday, and various showings will continue through Sunday. Local churches and private donators have raised the $13,000 to $14,000 needed to offer movie viewings throughout the weekend for free.

SHELDON, Iowa— RiseFest, the Christian music festival held annually in Sheldon, has recently joined the Christian Festival Association (CFA). RiseFest is the 23rd festival added to the group that also includes LifeLight and 21 of the largest Christian music festivals across the nation. RiseFest was nominated to join the association by Alan Greene of LifeLight and Bob Lenz of Lifest.

President and Founder of RISE Ministries, Rob Roozeboom said to be accepted into the CFA is very humbling. It is something they have thought about in the past, but to be nominated and accepted is a real honor, he added.

RiseFest features well known and up and coming Christian artists. In addition to musical acts, attendees can visit seminars and listen to speakers. Children can play games and make crafts in the Kid’s Zone. RiseFest 2014 marks the festival’s ninth installment, the third in Sheldon after being held in Orange City since 2005. RISE Ministries, along with its sponsors, partners, and volunteers seek to make the atmosphere of the event fun and meaningful for all ages.

To learn more about the CFA and other festivals visit their website,

For more information on RiseFest and RISE Ministries visit, stay connected with RISE through social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, email or call 712-324-9763.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa – The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in investigating two burglaries reported over the weekend.

On Friday, deputies investigated a burglary report at the Bucksaw Bar in Little Rock, Iowa. It is believed it happened shortly after 5 a.m. on Friday morning and that two subjects were involved.

On Sunday, deputies investigated a burglary at the ATLAS building in Rock Rapids. It is believed it occurred between 4 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday.

Anyone with any information on this burglary is asked to call the Lyon County Sheriff's Office at 712-472-8300.

SPENCER, Iowa - The Spencer Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a house fire on Sunday afternoon at 604 East 18th Street. Upon arrival, fire crews noted flames were coming out through the roof of the structure.

Fire crews used over 11,000 gallons of water to extinguish the blaze. There was no one occupying the residence at the time of the fire, and officials say there were no injuries, however, the house is considered a total loss.

More than 20 personnel were on the scene for over 4 hours. An investigation is continuing to determine the cause of the fire. Spencer Fire was assisted by Spencer Police and Spencer Hospital Paramedics at the scene.

MINNESOTA - Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken is renewing his call to expand the free school lunch program to cover children who now pay a reduced price for their meals.
Franken had lunch Monday with kindergarteners at Meadow Lake Elementary School in New Hope to call attention to his proposal. School officials say 79 percent of the students at Meadow Lake qualify for free or reduced lunches.

Right now, students whose parents make between 130 percent and 185 percent of the federal poverty rates qualify for reduced-priced lunch, which cost 40 cents per meal. Families who are beneath the 130 percent poverty rate qualify for free lunch.

Franken wants to eliminate the “reduced price” tier, and have all students who live up to 185 percent of the poverty line get free lunch. The regular price of a school lunch varies by school district and by grade level, but it generally ranges between $2 and $2.75.

Franken, a member of the Senate Education Committee, has introduced his bill twice before but it hasn’t became law.

MINNESOTA - A bill pending in the Minnesota Legislature would deal a small blow to local newspapers.

At issue is an old law that requires an array legal notices – meeting notices, agendas, minutes, new ordinances, financial reports, and election information – to be printed on a page in the local newspaper of record. The new measure would allow municipalities to scrap the costly practice and let them focus on putting notices where more people might see them – online.

At least 43 of the state’s 87 counties have approved resolutions in favor of the bill.
The newspaper industry objects to the bill, which would create a loss of revenue.

In an editorial, the Duluth News Tribune argues that the old law helps preserve the watchdog role of Minnesota’s 342 newspapers – and brings them much needed revenue.

The News Tribune asks: “Local governments already are free to post notices and proceedings on their websites, as the legislation seeks. Curiously, few do. Yet they want to take over the task entirely?”

MINNESOTA - The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld the state’s “implied consent” law that gives police the right to arrest a driver for refusing to be tested for intoxication. The opinion basically says a law enforcement officer does not actually need to get a warrant to conduct a DWI test on a driver if the officer could have gotten a warrant.

The three-judge panel released its opinion in the case of William Bernard Jr., who was charged in August 2012 with two felony counts of refusing to submit to a sobriety test. South St. Paul police arrested him at a public boat ramp after witnesses identified him as the driver of a truck that had gotten stuck while trying to pull a boat out of the water. Bernard denied being the driver, but he was holding the keys in his hand and smelled strongly of alcohol.

Bernard refused to take a breath test to determine his blood alcohol content. Police charged him with DWI under the “implied consent law,” which gives police the right to test a driver without a warrant because the alcohol in the person’s system could dissipate by the time a search warrant was obtained. When you drive in Minnesota, you agree to be tested for driving under the influence — that’s the “implied consent.”

A lower court judge dismissed the charges against Bernard last July, saying the police should have obtained a warrant to show they had cause to test Bernard for DWI. The appeals court basically ruled that because there was plenty of evidence against Bernard, getting a warrant for the test would not have been a problem. And because there was so much evidence, the police didn’t need a warrant.

The ruling reinstates the charges against Bernard and sends the case back to district court.


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