July 11 news

WORTHINGTON – The City of Worthington Engineering Department has been busy this week, completing two projects while working on another. Turf restoration on the Nobles Street water and sewer reconstruction project from Minnesota 60 to Orchard Road was completed Wednesday, as was the drainage structure work on the concrete walkway project at Lake Street and Seventh Avenue.

Work continues along Lake Street and Lake Avenue from near Seventh Avenue to East of May Street.

Water main reconstruction began Tuesday at the intersection of Omaha Avenue and Dover Street, with work progressing toward Clary Street.

LUVERNE – The Minnesota Department of Transportation has restricted Highway 75 north of Luverne to a six ton road with no over-size or over-weight permits allowed, effective immediately. The restriction on Highway 75 is from Rock County Road 8 to Rock County Road 20 and will be in place until a damaged culvert can be repaired or replaced.

MnDOT crews have been monitoring the culvert located five miles north of Luverne since the heavy rains in June. Recent reviews have determined that the damage to the box culvert has gotten worse resulting in the need to restrict weight over the culvert on Highway 75.

LUVERNE - Blue Mounds State Park will re-open Monday, following flood damage that forced the park to close on June 18, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Campers will be able to make reservations at the park by visiting www.mndnr.gov/reservations, or by calling 866-857-2757 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. The swimming area will continue to be closed as DNR engineers decide how to address the damaged spillway and dam.

In spite of the damage, no visitors to the park were injured. The park’s bison herd weathered the storms and remain in good health.

The park also continues to resolve the discovery of E.coli bacteria in the park’s water system earlier this spring, Drummer said. Flush toilets are available, but the park’s showers and sinks are closed. Water spigots within the campground and park are tagged as unsafe to use. Campers and visitors are encouraged to bring their own water. The cities of Pipestone and Luverne both have trailer dump stations. Campers can fill up water tanks at those locations for no charge. Camden, Split Rock and Lake Shetek state parks have also all agreed to provide water to fill campers.

Updates and more information on the park can be found at www.mndnr.gov/bluemounds. Questions can be directed to the park office at 507-283-6051.

SLAYTON - The Murray County Historical Museum in Slayton will extend their hours this weekend during the Murray County Draft Horse Show Classic. The museum will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and is within walking distance of the horse show.

The main museum building will be open as well as the farm machinery (Sierk) building. Special this year, just for the Draft Horse Show, they are hosting a display of model draft horse sets that were donated for use by Daryl Boots of the Draft Horse Show Committee. These miniature models of horses in harness are fun to look at while marveling at the intricate workings of a draft horse harness. The museum is open to the public for free, however donations are appreciated.

SLAYTON - The Murray County Early Childhood Initiative is looking for members of the community willing to spend time “in jail” for the benefit of our youngest citizens at the 9th Annual Jail and Bail event. The fundraiser will take place during the Murray County Fair on Wed., August 13th.

The Murray County Early Childhood Initiative was established in 2006 with a $1,000 gift and has since been awarded 11 grants and received over 2,500 independent donations. ECI sponsors educational programs targeted to children from birth to age 5, like the Families Reading Every Day events, children’s music concerts, the family fair, and outreach programs to increase school readiness and support families.

Participating community members will be charged with crimes like “conspiring with others for the betterment of the community” or “contributing to the well-being of minors” in this lighthearted fundraiser. “Imprisoned” citizens must raise a minimum of $100 to bail themselves out of jail. Everyone is invited to visit the jailed community members on the east lawn of the Murray County Courthouse in Slayton from 2-7 p.m. and help raise funds for Early Childhood Initiative activities in Murray County.

For more information on the Jail and Bail event, contact Marilyn Carlson at 836-6552 or toll free at 1-800-348-0021.

SPENCER, Iowa - A Sioux Rapids man is being held in connection with the stabbing of a Spencer teen.

The Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office says Clay County deputies were called to an accident Wednesday evening on Highway 71 south of Spencer and discovered a passenger was suffering from multiple stab wounds and was taken to the Spencer Hospital. The victim, 19-year-old Chayton Quail of Spencer, was then taken by ambulance to Spencer Hospital and later transferred to a Sioux Falls hospital for surgery.

Buena Vista County deputies and Sioux Rapids police determined the stabbing occurred at 210 Thomas Street in Sioux Rapids. After investigating, 43-year-old Pedro Orozco of Sioux Rapids was charged with willful injury, a class "C" felony. He was arrested Thursday morning by the Osceola County Sheriff's Department.

The investigation into the stabbing continues with interviews of witnesses and a search of the crime scene to be conducted.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Texas company wants to run through Iowa a pipeline that would carry crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken oil fields to Illinois.

The underground route through Iowa would begin in Lyon county and slice southeast through 15 other counties, exiting at Lee county.

Energy Transfer Partners LP, of Dallas, is proposing the pipeline, which would carry at least 320,000 barrels of crude oil a day and end in Patoka, Illinois. Energy Transfer Partners says there would be railroad access from Patoka to several markets.

The project faces Iowa regulatory reviews from the Utilities Board and the Department of Natural Resources. The company wants to begin operation of the pipeline by the end of 2016.

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