April 11 news

WORTHINGTON – Tina Smith, candidate for Lt. Gov for Mark Dayton, stopped in Worthington Thursday to visit with constituents and tout Dayton’s cause, talking with other Democrats about health care, infrastructure, roads and water. Smith, who is currently Dayton’s Chief of Staff, said she and her family moved to Minnesota 30 years ago, where she worked for General Mills before becoming involved in politics.

She told the group of 20 or so people she was pleased to be out campaigning while the governor was stuck back at the State Capitol.

WORTHINGTON – The Minnesota West Community and Technical College Law Enforcement program on the Worthington Campus is hosting Child Safety Day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Room 408 of the Center for Performing Arts.

The event is being held in conjunction with National Crime Victims Rights week and in collaboration with the Polly Klaas foundation. Polly was kidnapped and murdered in 1993. The foundation developed a child safety kit with information on abduction prevention and finding missing children.

Law enforcement students will be ready to help parents fingerprint their children and fill out information in the kit, which can be kept in the unfortunate event their child is ever missing or abducted.

Representatives will be on hand from the Nobles County Integration Collaborative, the Southwest Crisis Center and there will be information on victim’s rights available.
The law enforcement program hopes to make the Child Safety Day an annual event.

FULDA – Due to the recent fire at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, their Palm Sunday service will take place a t 5 p.m. Saturday at St. Columba Church in Iona.

WORTHINGTON - The Nobles County Library will be holding its Spring Book Sale next week from Wednesday, April 16 to Saturday, April 19. The book sale will be downstairs in the conference room during regular library hours.

MINNESOTA - President Barack Obama is praising Minnesota lawmakers for raising the state's minimum wage.

In a statement, Obama says Minnesota joins a growing number of states, cities, counties and businesses that have taken action to "do the right thing for their workers and their citizens."

Obama also is urging Congress to follow Minnesota's lead and raise the federal minimum wage.

Minnesota lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to a bill that pushes the state's hourly rate to $9.50 by 2016 and enables automatic increases in the future.

The bill now goes Gov. Mark Dayton, who has promised to sign it.

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