June 9 news

WORTHINGTON - Sanitary sewer work is tentatively scheduled to begin this week on Nobles Street from Woodcrest Avenue to Orchard Road, according to the City of Worthington Engineering Department. Water main reconstruction work continues on Nobles Street from Highway 60 to Woodcrest Avenue.

WORTHINGTON - Union workers at the JBS pork processing plant in Worthington have ratified a new contract about a month after authorizing a strike.

The five-year contract covers about 1,800 members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1161. The deal will provide wage increases of 12.8 percent over five years, and includes a retroactive pay increase for hours worked since the previous contract expired June 30, 2013, the union said Friday.

The union also said that under the new contract, it would retain its current 401(k) plan and maintain affordable health care costs for employees with only minor health plan changes.

Local 1161 president Mike Potter said in a statement the agreement is great, not only for for JBS workers, but for the entire Worthington community.

A month ago, Local 1161 authorized a strike, saying that JBS was offering workers no wage increases and deep cuts in health care. Greeley, Colo.-based JBS USA is a subsidiary of the Brazilian meat-industry giant JBS.

SLAYTON – The Murray County Commissioners, Slayton City Council and Murray County Medical Center Board of Directors and township officials will hold a special joint meeting at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 25 in the medical center cafeteria to discuss the possible creation of an ambulance service taxing district. All interested parties are welcome to attend.

CURRIE - Saturday, June 14 is National Get Outdoors Day! Minnesota’s 75 state parks and recreation areas are all offering free admission this day and many of them have planned special activities to introduce people to the fun of geocaching, kayaking, camping, and other family-friendly activities.

The Friends of Lake Shetek State Park will be hosting their Annual Open House Porkburger Feed Fundraiser event that day from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lake Shetek State Park picnic shelter. The annual membership meeting will follow the meal. There will be pork burgers, hotdogs, beans, chips, cookies, ice cream and drink for $5 per person. The proceeds from the fundraiser are used to support park improvement projects and programs for the park. Some examples of park improvements funded by the Friends include picnic tables, interpretive programming, First Aid AED and the solar-powered boat landing light.

SPENCER, Iowa - Travelers will encounter some delays this week at a major intersection on the north side of Spencer. The Iowa Department of Transportation's Cherokee Construction Office says a re-surfacing project at the north intersection of U.S. Highways 18 and 71, or the North Y, will result in lane closures from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. today and Tuesday, weather permitting. A pilot car will assist traffic through the construction zone.

Officials say a new surface about a half inch thick will be installed over the existing pavement in that area.

ROYAL, Iowa - An investigation into a burglary at a concession stand at the football field in Royal has led to charges against four male juveniles. The Clay County Sheriff's Office says it was notified of the incident around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. After arriving on the scene, a deputy discovered the door to the concession stand and a door to a women's bathroom had been kicked in. The deputy also learned that four male juveniles had been seen in the area when the incident occurred.

Upon further investigation, deputies made contact with the four suspects, all from Royal. All four were charged with burglary in the 3rd degree, a class D felony, along with trespassing. Two were also charged with criminal mischief and the two others were additionally charged with theft in the 5th degree. All four were released to the custody of a parent.

ROCK VALLEY, Iowa — A Sioux County Sheriff’s Deputy was taken to a hospital to get checked out after an accident on Thursday near Rock Valley.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 4:45 p.m., 19-year-old Robin Maassen of Hull was northbound on Goldfinch Avenue in a 2003 Chevy. Forty-two-year-old Sioux County Sheriff’s Deputy Waylon Pollema of Hull was westbound on 290th Avenue in a 2013 Chevy. Both roads are gravel roads.

The trooper’s report says that the intersection of those two roads is uncontrolled and traffic approaching the intersection is not regulated by any stop or yield signs. As the cars approached the intersection, the report says Maassen failed to yield right-of-way to Deputy Pollema’s Tahoe. As the deputy passed through the intersection, the front driver-side corner of Maassen’s Chevy collided with the rear driver-side wheel of the Tahoe, causing the Tahoe to spin and slide into the south ditch just west of the intersection. As it did, it turned onto and came to rest on its passenger side. Maassen’s car came to rest still on the road just north of the intersection.

Pollema was transported to Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley by Rock Valley Ambulance as a precautionary measure. Maassen’s Chevy received $3,000 damage. The Sheriff’s Tahoe received $10,000 in damages.

Northwest Iowa — The Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Iowa are headed to northwest Iowa on Thursday.

Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds are set to appear in Primghar at 11 a.m. They will tour O’Brien County Ag Supply at 320 South Hayes Avenue in Primghar.

O’Brien County Ag Supply is the former Black’s Farm Store. They have recently expanded the services offered by adding chemical sales and sprayer parts. The O’Brien County Economic Development Corporation assisted through an O’Brien County Revolving Fund Loan.

That afternoon, the governor and lieutenant governor plan to be in Inwood. At 2 p.m., they will attend a groundbreaking ceremony at Oak Street Station in Inwood. It will be held at the new site on the southwest corner of the intersection of Highway 18 and Highway 182.

Oak Street Station was selected to receive $125,000 in cost share funding to support the increased usage of higher blends of both ethanol and biodiesel through the “Fueling Our Future” pilot program. They are building a new site in Inwood that will offer renewable fuels in five dispensers.

After their appearance in Inwood, it’s on to rural Sibley. At 4 p.m., Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds will visit Hawkeye Point and Hawkeye Point Campground, two miles north of the junctions of Highways 9 and 60.

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