April 18 news

LAKEFIELD - The Lakefield Fire Department’s annual open house, dance and raffle will take place Saturday, April 26. The open house runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the fire hall. The dance begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Lakefield VFW.

Firefighters will serve up a meal of pork burgers, chips, beans and all the fixings starting at 11 at the fire hall. Rides in a Lakefield fire truck will be provided to children, with all of the department’s firefighting equipment will be on display outside the fire hall as well. General raffle tickets available at the dance, special raffle tickets are available now from any members.

ST. CLOUD – The St. Cloud Police Department is seeking the public’s help locating a Level 3 predatory offender. Dagan Michael Lasart, age 32, recently left the St. Cloud area. He is 5’8”, weighs approximately 155 pounds, and has brown hair and hazel eyes. Lasart was last seen in the Bloomington area and is currently not in compliance with Predatory Offender Registry requirements to provide current location information to law enforcement. Anyone with information on Lasart’s whereabouts is urged to contact St. Cloud PD at 320-251-1200.

WORTHINGTON – On April 10, the last of 30 days allotted for a legal response from Northland Mall owner Mike Kohen, Brad Chapulis, Director of Community and Economic Development received an email stating Kohen’s demolition company would visit the mall within the next 10 days to check out the K-mart section.

In the email, Kohen says roof work on the entire mall is already being done, and ceiling tiles damaged by active leaks will be replaced immediately after the roof is fixed. HVAC and ventilation would be repaired after the roof is fixed.

Chapulis has not yet heard back from the demolition company. He asked Kohen for the contact information to obtain a clearer understanding of what work they would be doing and what the timeline would be, which would give the city a chance to determine of the plan of action was acceptable.

Chapulis is not taking chances – he has a structural assessment team scheduled to come at the end of the month in the event Kohen’s plans don’t come to fruition. According to Chapulis, Kohen gave himself a two week window, but the city plans to take action if the plans are not valid.

That action does not happen overnight. There are court ordered waiting periods and state statutes must be followed. Kohen collects old malls and lets them fall into disrepair until he is forced into action. Chapulis said one such mall in Toledo, Ohio is now being demolished – a process that was started in 2011.

WORTHINGTON - The Nobles County Historical Society (NCHS) has scheduled a series of open forums to discuss how the Society and local residents can best work together to preserve their community's unique heritage. The meetings will be on Monday, April 21, at 7 p.m. at Wilmont City Hall, Tuesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. at Ellsworth Fire Hall, Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m. at Lismore City Hall and Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at Adrian City Council Chambers.

The NCHS volunteers will also show the attendees what historic objects the Society has been able to collect for each town. Anyone interested in history and preserving their community's heritage for future generations is encouraged to attend. For more information, feel free to contact Collections Committee member, Jerry Fiola, at (507) 376-5610 or (507) 350-9808 or by emailing fiolajerry@gmail.com.

WORTHINGTON — Virtual Instruction by Excellence (VIBE) will be hosting an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Worthington Alternative Learning Center (ALC), 117 11th Ave. The event is an opportunity to learn more about the VIBE K-12 online public school option. For more information, visit the VIBE website at www.isd518.net/vibe, or call ALC Principal Nate Hanson at 372-1605.

HARRIS, Iowa - Meeting in a joint session Thursday, the boards of supervisors of Dickinson and Osceola counties voted unanimously in favor of proceeding with an engineering study into proposed improvements to a drainage ditch that empties into Silver Lake at Lake Park.

The ditch, roughly 5.4 miles long, is in Drainage District one, comprised of portions of eastern Osceola and western Dickinson county, and a small part of southwestern Jackson county in Minnesota. Officials aren't sure yet whether the Minnesota portion would be involved in either the study or any work that would be done.

Officials say large amounts of sediment, phosphorous and other nutrients are threatening the ecology of Silver Lake. The cost of the study, not to exceed $26,000, will be split evenly between Dickinson County and the city of Lake Park. It will be conducted by the Jacobson-Westergard Engineering Firm and is to be completed sometime in August.

Officials say that while some of the cost of any improvements made to the district would be assessed to land owners, they hope to minimize as much as possible by seeking alternative funding, such as grants.

In addition to improvements to the drainage ditch, they may also look at dredging Trapper's Bay.

SHELDON, Iowa — Two Sheldon residents have been arrested and charged with arson, following an 11-month investigation into a fire that destroyed Buddz’s Sports Bar & Grill in Sheldon in May of last year.

Sheldon Police say that 36-year old Kristina Manasil, and 36-year old Adam Sickles, both of Sheldon, were arrested Wednesday on warrants charging them with two counts each of Arson in the First Degree. Both subjects were transported to the O’Brien County Jail, where bond was set at $25,000.

Arson in the First Degree is a Class B felony, punishable by an indeterminate 25 year prison term.

According to the complaint, Manasil was the owner of Buddz’s.

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