June 24 news

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council approved the authorization to reject all bids and re-advertise for the Okabena Street water main extension project during their Monday night meeting. Three bids on the project were rejected due to confusion on a reimbursement form attached to the bid. All three bidders have been informed and will be given the opportunity to re-bid the project.

The council did approve a bid for the Taxiway B joint and crack repairs project at the Worthington Municipal Airport, subject to receipt of a federal grant to fund 90 percent of the project cost.

In other council business, a public meeting for review of the city’s storm water pollution prevention plan was presented by Dwayne Haffield, the city’s director of engineering.

WORTHINGTON - Sanford Worthington, Radio Works, the Daily Globe and Ground Round Worthington will host a blood drive on Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Worthington Ground Round to help boost the blood supply for Sanford Worthington. All who donate will receive a special $5.00 food voucher, compliments of Ground Round and a commemorative All American Blood Donor t-shirt.

According to Community Blood Bank Executive Director Ken Versteeg, they are experiencing an extremely high need for blood types O+, O – and A+ at this time. It is crucial that the blood supply is at an adequate level leading up to the July 4th holiday for use in treating patients in need throughout the holiday weekend.

Community Blood Bank is a non-profit, cooperative of Sanford Medical Center and Avera McKennan Hospital. In addition to supplying Worthington, the blood bank services many other local hospitals.

Donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 years old with signed parent consent form), weigh 110 lbs or more and be in good general health the day of the blood drive. Please bring a form of I.D. with you. For more information log onto www.cbblifeblood.org. Walk-ins are welcome.

MILFORD, Iowa - The city of Milford has a new Mayor and council member. Bill Reinsbach was appointed Mayor, filling the seat vacated by Don Lamb, and Rody Petersen was appointed to a council seat vacated by Rick Kilts. Reinsbach and Petersen were the only applicants for the respective seats. Anyone opposed to either appointment has 14 days in which to file a petition calling for a special election for the specified seat.

Lamb and Kilts both resigned a couple of weeks ago, citing differences with several other council members over what they said was a desire to dismiss Matt Skaret as City Administrator without due process, claiming newly-elected council members had a so-called "hit list", something they denied.

The council voted 4-1 Monday to approve a severance package for Skaret. Councilman Jason Simpson cast the lone opposing vote. Simpson, who serves on the city's Personnel Committee, said he feels the matter surrounding Skaret didn't go through the proper procedure. He called on fellow council members to adopt a formal procedure and follow it in the future. City Attorney Christina Gigstad confirmed Skaret has signed off on the severance package, which includes four months of severance pay including health insurance and unused vacation and sick time.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - An investigation early Saturday into a noise complaint at a Spirit Lake apartment landed two men in jail on drug charges. Spirit Lake police say officers were called around 4 a.m. to 707 Lake Street, Apt. 3. The occupants of the residence were found to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

20-year-old Matthew Rogne was arrested and booked into jail on charges of 1st offense possession of a controlled substance, possession of alcohol under the legal age, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

26-year-old Brandon Chonko was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. He was cited into court and release.

SPENCER, Iowa - Officials with the Clay County Fair say they don't want to let the fairgrounds go to the dogs. They're implementing a new policy when it comes to man's best friend.

Fair General Manager Jeremy Parsons says effective July 1st, all pets on the grounds must be on a leash and owners will be responsible for cleaning up after them.

For those who use the fairgrounds as a place to release their pets and then follow behind them in a vehicle so they can run, Parsons says they will still be able to do that, but only in the parking lot that's north of West 18th Street.

Parsons says failure to abide by the new rules will result in expulsion from the fairgrounds.

EVERLY, Iowa - An Everly man was seriously injured Sunday when a pickup rear-ended his tractor and hay rack.

66-year-old Karl Brandt of Everly was driving the tractor and hay rack southbound on County Road M-27. Authorities say a Ford F-350 pickup driven by 16-year-old Bailey Stimson of Everly came up from behind and couldn't stop in time, colliding with the hay rack. The impact caused Brandt's tractor to enter the east ditch.

Brandt was transported by ambulance to Spencer Hospital with incapacitating injuries. Stimson was issued a citation in connection with the incident.

The Ford pickup driven by Stimson suffered $5000 in damage while Brandt's 1950 Ferguson tractor received $500 in damage. The hay rack's damage was estimated at $1,000.

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