May 8 news

WORTHINGTON - Jeff Rotert is the new Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation executive director. Currently the chief operating officer at Sanford Worthington Medical Center, he will start in the new position June 2.

Foundation board chair Paula Chapulis said Rotert was chosen from 18 applicants for the executive director spot, and that he has the background, the ability, and the versatility of knowledge required to take the foundation to the next level.

WORTHINGTON — Alex Tang, a Worthington High School senior, took first place in Microsoft Office User Specialist in Powerpoint 2010, along with second place in Medical Office Procedures, at the 2014 Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference Sunday in Indianapolis, Ind.

Tang, who has been involved in BPA all four years of his high school career, scored 935 out of 1,000 on the interactive Powerpoint test. He now advances to the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship, scheduled for June 20-22 in Atlanta, Ga.

JACKSON - The Jackson Economic Development Corporation announced plans for a new retail and commercial development in Jackson this week. The area is in the southeast corner of Highway 71 and Industrial Parkway.

Jeff Greischar, a developer from Fairmont, has purchased eight acres of land for the site of the development, to be known as "Jackson Crossing", in the area County Road 38, or Industrial Parkway, and Highway 71 in Jackson.

Greischar, an experienced developer in the restaurant and hospitality industry, plans to build a 5,000 square foot retail/commercial business at the site. Greischar owns Tech Builders in Fairmont.

Jackson Economic Development Coordinator Sue Pirsig says the purchase of the land was finalized May 1st. She says the goal is to create a new retail/commercial corridor along Highway 71. She says a total of about 35 acres of land is available in that area for development.

In addition to retail and commercial opportunities, Pirsig says it will also offer an opportunity for a housing development.

The Jackson City Council Tuesday approved the development agreement and the development package, which includes a land exchange agreement for a parcel that contains the city shop. The city will also extend infrastructure to the site in phases as development occurs in the area. A Tax Increment Financing District will also be established in the area of the proposed development.

The council approved a loan of $300,000 from a revolving loan fund which will assist the Jackson Economic Development Corporation in purchasing the site.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - Separate traffic stops Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning in Spirit Lake have resulted in the arrests of two men on drug charges.

Tuesday's evening's stop took place around 10 p.m. on Highways 9 and 71 near Erie Avenue in Spirit Lake. An investigation assisted by the department's K-9 Unit resulted in officers finding alleged marijuana in the vehicle. The driver, 18-year-old Triston Handsaker of Spirit Lake, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, 1st offense; possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to have a valid driver's license.

The stop shortly after 4 a.m. Wednesday morning took place on Highways 9 and 71 near the Shamrock Inn. An investigation involving the department's K-9 resulted in officers finding alleged marijuana in the vehicle. The driver, 27-year-old Andrew Darby of Spirit Lake, was arrested and booked into jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, 1st offense; and failure to give notice of an address and name change.

Spirit Lake police were assisted by the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office in the stop Wednesday morning.

ALTON, Iowa — A murdered Sioux County law enforcement officer is one of four officers killed in the line of duty who will be honored Friday by the State of Iowa and Governor Terry Branstad.

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, on Saturday March 25, 1911, Alton Town Marshal Joseph Kashmetter was shot and mortally wounded as he was walking near the Alton Depot, around 2 a.m.

Marshal Kashmetter reportedly encountered two men who pointed revolvers at him and ordered him to throw up his hands. As Kashmetter was complying, he said to the men, “I am the Town Marshal.” At that point, both men are said to have opened fire on Kashmetter, hitting him in the chest and stomach. As the suspects fled, Marshal Kashmetter reportedly drew his own revolver and fired several shots.

Alton citizens, alerted by the gunfire, carried Kashmetter to the home of a local doctor, where he passed away two days later. The murder of Kashmetter remains unsolved to this day, over 100 years later.

Friday’s ceremony will be held at the Iowa Peace Officer Memorial, which is located at the Oran Pape State Office Building in Des Moines. In addition to Kashmetter, other officers to be honored at Friday’s ceremony include: Officer Jamie Buenting of the Rockwell City Police Department who was shot and killed during a stand-off with a suspect on September 13, 2013; City Marshal Robert C. Coulter of the Farmington Police Department, who was shot and killed as he attempted to make an arrest on December 21, 1902; and City Marshal Reuben Fenstenmaker, also of the Farmington Police Department, who was shot and killed by a suspected horse thief that he was guarding during the man’s arraignment.

Friday’s ceremony will serve as the kick-off of the observation of National Police Week, which runs May 11th through 17th.

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