July 3 news

WORTHINGTON - In honor of Independence Day, all state, county and city offices will be closed on Friday,as will all financial institutions. Fareway will be closed Friday, but Hy-Vee and Walmart will observe normal business hours.

The City of Worthington and the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring the fireworks on the Fourth of July. The fireworks will be over Lake Okabena at dusk. Centennial Park, the beach and the Beach Nook in Worthington will be closing at 2 p.m. on Friday for firework set up. The park is cleared out for safety purposes. People will not be allowed to watch the fireworks from Centennial Beach. In case of inclement weather, the rain date is July 5th.

Our Radio Works offices will be closed on Friday for the holiday, but you can enjoy your favorite programming on each of our stations. We’ll be back on Monday. Have a great holiday weekend, from all of the staff at Radio Works.

LUVERNE – Bail was set Wednesday afternoon at $20,000 with conditions for Christopher Michael Weber, age 25, who was charged in Rock County District Court with two counts of vehicular homicide or operation in the death of Andrea Boeve of Steen.

According to the criminal complaint, Boeve was riding her bicycle eastbound Monday on Highway 270 at about 11:28 a.m. pulling her two children in a trailer when she was struck by Weber’s pickup, which was also eastbound. Weber allegedly told law enforcement he was accessing online banking on his cell phone and looking to see what button to push while he was driving, and didn’t see Boeve.

When the trooper arrived, Weber and another person were performing CPR on Boeve. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The two children, ages 4 and 1, received non-life threatening injuries.

Weber, a member of the Army National Guard who served a tour in Afghanistan four years ago, is originally from Madison, South Dakota. According to information Judge Gordon Moore read from a bail study in court, Weber has been living in Hills with a co-worker for the past 10 months. Under questioning in court, Weber said he works as an electrician and was living in Brandon, SD, before moving to Hills. He is the father of two children.

Assistant Rock County Attorney Jeff Haubrich asked for a bail amount of $50,000 with no condition or $20,000 with conditions, which include staying in contact with the court, reporting any change of address, limiting travel to the states of Minnesota, South Dakota or Iowa unless approved by the court, no operation of commercial vehicles and no cell phone use while operating a vehicle.

Weber offered no objection to the bail amounts, and Judge Moore agreed to Haubrich’s request. During Wednesday’s hearing, Moore signed an order granting Weber a public defender. Weber’s next court date is set for July 14.

FULDA -Fulda Game and Fish Club is looking for funds to replace three aerators that have been used in the winter months on Fulda Lakes since 1973, according to Club President, Keith Hakeneis. They want to replace the older units with Powerhouse Ice Eaters, known as bubblers, which would cost about $1,500 each.

The current aeration system that is used works with two pumps in a pumphouse at Seven Mile Park. Those pumps force air through tubes that lay on the bottom of the lake. The bubblers would float in the lake.

Hakeneis said that if the system is to be changed, the work needs to be done this summer to ensure that the new aeration system will be ready for the winter season. Old equipment will have to be removed from the lake.

Anyone who would like to contribute toward the purchase of the bubblers can contact Keith Hakeneis at 507-425-2663.

JACKSON – During a Jackson City Council meeting Tuesday, Chris Bower from MnDot provided update on the Highway 71 project. With the trail being added along Highway 71, there is only room for three lanes of traffic. The original plan included a truck lane heading up the hill toward Interstate 90. After an internal review at MnDOT, their new proposal is one lane going up the hill with a turn lane added coming down Highway 71 into Jackson. The city will review and address the proposal at their next meeting.

Semi braking along highway 71 was also addressed. Councilman Fred Burn said there used to be signs along Highway 71 advising no engine braking but those signs are no longer up. Bower said signage can be addressed as they continue work on the highway.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa — Rock Rapids Mayor Jason Chase says the clock is ticking for a certain type of assistance for flood victims in northwest Iowa. He said Iowans affected by last month’s flooding might be eligible for a state grant.

Governor Terry Branstad issued a disaster proclamation on June 25 that allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of these storms.

The proclamation activated the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for seven counties. These seven counties had previously been included in a proclamation of disaster emergency to allow state resources to be utilized for response to the floods and severe weather. The counties eligible for Iowa Individual Assistance are Buena Vista, Cherokee, Franklin, Lyon, Palo Alto, Plymouth and Sioux.

The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or a maximum annual income of $39,580, for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and for the expense of temporary housing. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website.

Chase emphasizes that potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim. That means the deadline is August 11th. Grant applications are available at http://dhs.iowa.gov/disaster-assistance-programs and can be turned in to Mid-Sioux Opportunity in Sioux Center or any Community Action agency office.

MINNESOTA - The Minnesota Legislature passed scores of new laws this spring, and many of them took effect Tuesday. Here's a look at some of the more notable:

1. Vaping restrictions start
Starting Tuesday, there's no more vaping in day care centers, hospitals, clinics and other health care facilities. Ditto for buildings owned or operated by governments ranging from townships all the way up to the state, plus the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities systems.

Health organizations didn't get the broad restrictions they pushed for at the Capitol this spring. Restaurants and bars aren't included in the ban, as private businesses are left to decide whether they want to do anything on their own to block use of e-cigarettes on their premises.

Other restrictions will be phased in over the next few months, including a ban on selling e-cigarettes at kiosks and a requirement that the liquid used in e-cigarettes come in child-resistant packaging.

The e-cigarette restrictions were part of a broader health policy law that, also starting Tuesday, blocks people younger than 18 from tanning beds that use ultraviolet light.

2. Steps taken toward adding smartphone kill switches
Minnesota this year became the first state to pass legislation requiring a kill switch for smartphones as a way to make them less attractive to thieves.

The law starts small. On Tuesday, Minnesota dealers in used phones must begin keeping detailed records of every acquisition, including information on the device and the seller, plus a statement signed by the seller that says the phone isn't stolen. Dealers also have to install video equipment to record the faces of people who sell used phones.

The full force of the legislation doesn't kick in until July 2015. That's when all smartphones bought or sold in Minnesota have to have the kill switch technology.

3. People seeking medical help for drug overdoses can't be charged with possession
Lawmakers took several steps aimed at the epidemic in heroin use. Starting Tuesday, people who seek medical help for someone having a drug overdose can't be charged with drug possession if the evidence came from their call for help.

The other major part of the law takes effect Aug. 1, when more people -- mainly police and emergency responders -- are allowed to carry a medication that's effective against opiate overdoses.

4. Spending bill brings help for bees
Help is on the way for the honeybees that are so important to food supplies. A big spending bill for environmental projects includes $864,000 for the University of Minnesota to identify food sources for pollinators, plus another $326,000 to research how neonicotinoids -- a class of insecticide -- affect bees.

5. Law enforcement agencies can no longer hire part-time officers
Part-time police officers will become a thing of the past under a law that took effect Monday. Law enforcement agencies can no longer hire part-time officers. Current part-timers -- the state has 175 of them -- can keep their jobs until they retire, but they can't move to new agencies. Supporters of the law said it was necessary to professionalize the state's police officers.

6. New law changes restraint for prisoners during childbirth
A Minnesota law taking effect July 1 sets new requirements for state prisons relating to care of inmates during pregnancy and childbirth.

It's the first Minnesota law to relate directly to pregnant women in correctional facilities.

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4th of July

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