May 23 news

WORTHINGTON — Students from Worthington High School (WHS) who are involved in the Nobles County Integration Collaborative are hosting a fundraiser to send care kits to families in Venezuela as part of the “Change Starts with You” project. They will have a Zumbathon fundraising event from 6 to 8 p.m. today in the St. Mary’s gymnasium, 1206 Eighth Ave.

The Zumbathon will be a festive event featuring glow sticks, face painting, neon colors and lots of dancing. The “Change Starts with You” goal is to provide 250 kits and ship them off by May 30.Donations of household items will be accepted until May 30 and can be dropped off at the NCIC at the West Learning Center, 117 11th Ave.

WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County Planning Commission approved several new or expanding livestock facilities during a Wednesday night meeting, including the construction of a new beef feedlot in a wellhead protection area south of Worthington.
Aaron Nystrom, Worthington, was granted a conditional use permit to construct a deep-pitted cattle barn in the east half of the southeast quarter of Section 14, Bigelow Township. The barn will house approximately 200 head of calves from weaning weight to about 500 pounds, Nystrom told commission members.

The commission approved a conditional use permit for Nick Einck, Wilmont, to operate a used car dealership on his property in Section 19, Bloom Township. Einck said he needed to be permitted to have up to five cars on the 3-acre site to obtain a Minnesota state dealer’s license, and said he has no intention of having his yard look junky. He will be able to erect a 4-foot by 8-foot sign advertising the cars for sale. The condition placed on the permit included that there be no more than six cars available for sale at any one time.

That action and several others now advance to the Nobles County Board of Commissioners for consideration and action at their June 3 meeting.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - The Dickinson County Conservation Board is seeking input from the public about county parks, wildlife areas and nature programs.

As part of a Dickinson County Conservation planning process, residents are invited to share their thoughts and suggestions on current and potential county conservations facilities and programming at a public meeting at 6pm on Wednesday, June 11 at the Dickinson County Nature Center. The meeting will be facilitated by Jane Nolan Goeken, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach community development specialist.

Anyone with questions or needing additional information should contact Goeken at 712-240-2504 or by email at jngoeken@iastate.edu.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa-- A Spirit Lake man sustained minor injuries in a motorcycle accident Wednesday evening in the Triboji Beach area. The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office says 30-year-old Brian Hinders was driving a 2003 Harley Davidson on Lincoln Boulevard, or 151st Street, when he lost control.

Hinders was taken by ambulance to Lakes Regional Healthcare. $500 in damage was estimated to the motorcycle. Authorities say the incident, which took place shortly after 10:00 p.m., remains under investigation and that charges may be pending.

SPENCER, Iowa - Authorities in Clay county say they've charged two suspects in connection with a residential burglary that took place last month in Royal. Cash, jewelry and change were reported taken.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says an investigation into the incident has resulted in 36-year-old Heather Peterson and 30-year-old Cory Woodrow, both of Spencer, being charged with burglary in the 3rd degree, theft in the 2nd degree and trespassing. Woodrow was being held on a $5,000 bond. Peterson was released after posting a bond in that amount.

SIOUX FALLS, SD - The South Dakota Supreme Court is allowing a $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit to proceed against television network ABC over its coverage of a meat product that critics derided as "pink slime."

The decision on Thursday allows the plaintiffs to potentially depose news anchor Diane Sawyer, two of the networks correspondents and other defendants.

Dakota Dunes-based Beef Products Inc. sued the network in 2012 for its coverage of the meat product the industry calls "lean, finely textured beef." BPI alleges that the coverage led to plant closures and layoffs because it misled consumers into believing the product was unsafe.

Attorneys for ABC in court filings say the network in each of its broadcasts stated the FDA deemed the product safe to eat. The network didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

MINNESOTA - Minnesota motorists can feel more refined this holiday weekend as they head down the highway fueled by $3.49 a gallon gasoline. Oil refinery shutdowns that produced a price spike at the pump a year ago are safely in our rear view mirror. In fact, the Associated Press reports no state has seen gas prices fall as much as the 78 cent drop in Minnesota’s average per gallon cost.

At this time last year there was much grumbling as the state’s gas prices reached a record high around $4.30 a gallon. Much of that price surge was attributed to two refineries that serve the region being out of commission simultaneously.

Now those refineries are equipped to handle cheaper crude oil coming in from Canada, the AP says, and they’re pumping out more gasoline than they previously were.
That’s a key reason the Midwest has the country’s lowest prices. Nationwide the $3.64 average for a gallon of gas is nearly identical to the Memorial Day prices of last year and the year before.

Modest gas prices and an improving economy are factors in AAA’s prediction that more Americans will take to the roads this weekend than on any Memorial Day holiday since 2005.

While Minnesota’s 78 cent price drop from one Memorial Day to the next topped the country, our neighbors were not far behind. North Dakota has seen prices fall 64 cents; Iowa 55 cents; and in South Dakota they’re down 42 cents.

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