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WORTHINGTON – Duininck, Inc. on Thursday announced the acquisition of Worthington Excavating, Inc. In a deal that was finalized last week, Susanne Murphy will remain as General Manager to the 17 current employees.
Worthington Excavating was founded in 1978 by Tom Murphy as TR Murphy Contracting. After his sudden heart attack in 1998, the company was carried forward by a group of dedicated employees led by his wife Susanne. She said it is great to be able to offer the expanded resources Duininck brings to the table.
The company will operate under the name Worthington Excavating, LLC, a subsidiary of Duininck Inc. Trevor Duininck, President of Duininck, Inc, called the acquisition an expansion of capabilities for Duininck in a geography where they have other resources. He said they look forward to building on the strengths of Worthington Excavating.
LUVERNE — In a recent update on the E. coli bacteria in Blue Mounds State Park, Scott Roemhildt of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the situation has not improved. Water in the park is now deemed unsafe for drinking showering and food preparation, so accessible taps and faucets have been shut off.
The bacteria originally showed up May 12 in the main water system for the campground. Park officials restricted water use and a thorough treatment of the pipes began. Recent tests of the water, however, show the bacteria remains in the system.
Finding the source of the outbreak is a main objective for health officials, but that may take a while. Roemhildt said new water sources for the park might be an option if the problem isn’t solved soon.
Thankfully, business for the park hasn’t slowed. Campers will be provided with drinking water and encouraged to fill any of their water containers at the beach, which hasn’t been affected by the bacteria. The city of Luverne is also allowing campers to shower at the pool and fitness center. For additional information, contact the park office at (507) 283-1307 or Roemhildt at (507) 995-9832.
FULDA - Fulda’s annual Wood Duck Festival is Thursday, June 19th through Sunday, June 22nd. “50 Years of Quality Service” is the 2014 Fulda Wood Duck Festival Theme.
New to this year’s Fulda Wood Duck Festival will be a free Street Teen Dance. It will take place on Friday evening from 9 a.m. to midnight. Also new for adults is a “50/50 Split the Pot.” This will be done after the fireworks on Friday night, during the street dance on Saturday night, and at Sunday in the Park.
Festival t-shirts are available at Maynard’s Food Center. Festival buttons are now available at Fulda area businesses and at Fulda City Hall.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa -- Authorities have released additional details into a high speed pursuit early Wednesday in Dickinson county that resulted in multiple charges against a Spirit Lake man.
The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office says it started shortly before 1 a.m. when a deputy pulled over a vehicle in the 2700 block of Highway 9 for expired registration. It was discovered the driver, 46-year-old Samual Perkins, had a suspended driver's license. When the deputy returned to Perkins' vehicle and asked him to step out, Perkins instead took off at a high rate of speed, exceeding 90 miles-per-hour at times.
The vehicle was eventually disabled after running over some stop sticks that had been deployed by the Spirit Lake Police Department near the intersection of Highway 9 and County Road M56, or the boat ramp east of Spirit Lake.
Perkins was charged with driving while suspended, no valid insurance, eluding, expired registration, fraudulent use of registration, obstructed view, three counts of failure to obey a stop sign, and excessive speed.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - One of the lakes area's largest employers has been designated as a "Blue Zones Worksite".
It was announced Thursday that Pure Fishing of Spirit Lake has achieved the accreditation by meeting certain criteria. At least 25 percent of employees have registered and are engaged under terms of the Blue Zones initiative. Other criteria include leadership, purpose, habitat and physical environment, engagement and creation of social networks, policies and benefits and well-being solutions.
Pure Fishing is the first manufacturing company in the area to achieve the Blue Zones Worksite designation.
Pure Fishing is a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation.
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa — A Sioux Falls man has been found guilty in an indecent contact case in Lyon County.
The Lyon County Attorney’s Office reports that 45-year-old Jason Alan Stowell, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was found guilty of Indecent Contact with a Child, an Aggravated Misdemeanor, by a jury of his peers.
The charge stems from a complaint that states on or about September 28, 2014 Stowell had indecent contact with a 12-year-old child. Law enforcement and the victim testified on behalf of the State in the one-day trial. Sentencing will be scheduled for a later date.