June 5 news

WORTHINGTON - A section of the concrete spillway’s floor inside the Lake Bella dam’s spillway has been repaired, having been eroded over the years by rocks that were removed from the riprap along the lake’s shoreline and tossed into the dam structure by vandals.
This is the only time in 25 years the spillway has been completely dry, so the problem could be seen and repaired, according to Dan Livdahl, Okabena-Ocheda Watershed district administrator.

Steps were taken immediately to fix the structure, with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources rushing through a permit request and then contacting the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the agency that designed the dam and conducts annual inspections of it.

In addition to repairing the structure, workers created an angular slope to the concrete floor so that, in the future, the water flowing into the spillway would push the rocks out of the dam. The cost for the repairs is anticipated to be about $6,000.

The repair work was completed on May 24, and Livdahl said when he checked on the structure last week, vandals had already tossed more rock into the spillway — along with a bucket of bullheads that could not escape, died and had begun to decay there.

LUVERNE – A head-on collision Wednesday afternoon on Highway 23 in Rock County cause non-life threatening injuries to two out-of-state drivers. Michael Juhler, age 44, of Sioux Falls, SD, was travelling east attempting to pass another vehicle. Albert Sterret, age 60, of Dakota City, Neb, was travelling west and swerved his Chevy Express van to try to avoid the Chevy Silverado of Juhler, but was struck. Both men were taken to Pipestone Medical Center for treatment.

SHELDON, Iowa — Maintainer Corporation of Iowa, Inc. has announced plans to expand the production capacity at its Sheldon manufacturing plant.

Maintainer’s administration announced to its employees last week that it plans to break ground this month on a plant addition that will increase factory space by 30 percent.
The expansion, which is expected to be fully completed by spring 2015, will add 17,750 sq. ft. to the existing manufacturing facility. Maintainer also plans to add 3,000 sq. ft. to its office space.

Maintainer General Manager Shelley Morris says that interest in Maintainer truck bodies continues to grow. He says the company needs to increase capacity as soon as possible, and this expansion will give them the space to make that happen. He says it also allows them to upgrade their technology to help their employees work more efficiently and safely.

In order to make room for more inventory, Maintainer is working with the City of Sheldon and the Sheldon Chamber and Development Corporation (SCDC) to improve its grounds to the west of the existing building. The entire project cost is estimated to be in the $1.25 to $1.5 million range. Maintainer is now hiring and expects to add a minimum of 15 new jobs, but 20 or more new jobs are possible.

SPENCER, Iowa - Authorities believe arson was the probable cause of a fire that consumed a vehicle Tuesday afternoon in Spencer. Police responded around 4:00 p.m. to a report of a vehicle that had been stolen from the parking lot at Burger King. Shortly after taking the report, officers were called to the Ace Rental Storage units at 120 12th Street Southwest for a vehicle that was on fire. Upon arriving they found the stolen vehicle with its interior on fire. The Spencer Fire Department responded to the scene and put out the fire.

Police say whoever had been driving the vehicle fled the scene. They're asking for the public's assistance on the matter. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Spencer Police Department at 262-2151.

The 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier was a total loss.

SPENCER, Iowa - A Spencer woman faces a drunk driving charge after a vehicle she was allegedly driving crashed into a convenience store.

Spencer police say officers were called to the Casey's Convenience Store on West 18th Street in Spencer around 5:20 p.m. Tuesday. Upon arriving they discovered a vehicle had driven through the front wall of the building, causing about $10,000 in damage to both the structure and the vehicle.

Upon further investigation police determined the driver, 60-year-old Georgia Adams of Spencer, was under the influence of alcohol. She was arrested and booked into jail on charges of operating while intoxicated...2nd offense; and driving while revoked.

No one was hurt in the incident.

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