July 18 news

LUVERNE — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Rock County as a primary natural disaster area due to heavy precipitation, flooding and hail that occurred from June 11 through June 18.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he and President Obama are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation’s economy by sustaining the successes of America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities through these difficult times.

Farmers and ranchers in Murray, Nobles and Pipestone counties in Minnesota also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Lyon County, Iowa and Minnehaha and Moody counties in South Dakota also qualify.

Statewide, damage from last month's flooding has surpassed $50 million and is still rising, Gov. Mark Dayton said. State and local officials are waiting for the federal government to declare a disaster. Dayton said he expects that declaration to be issued soon — securing federal funding to help state and local communities repair damaged roads, bridges and other public property.

All qualified farm operators in the designated areas are eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity. Farmers can apply for up to $500,000 in low interest loans.

SLAYTON - Murray County Central Activities will hold its Fall Sports Eligibility Meeting on Monday, August 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the Central auditorium. All grade 7-12 students planning on participating in football, boys and girls cross country, volleyball, or cheerleading during the fall season and a parent/guardian are required by the Minnesota State High School League to attend this meeting.

Coaches will meet with student-athletes and parents after a general meeting. Practice and game schedules will be distributed. Payment of activity fees and completion of the 2014-15 MSHSL Athletic Eligibility Brochure will take place at this meeting.

A physical completed within the last three years must be on file in the MCC Activities Office in order for a student-athlete to practice and compete. The Murray County Clinic will offer sports physicals to high school students residing in Murray County on Friday, August 1st, and Thursday, August 7th from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Slayton. Cost is $5 and proceeds are donated to the Murray County Food Shelf.

OKOBOJI, Iowa - Okoboji RAGBRAI officials are seeking help with set-up and clean-up this weekend around the Lakes Area.Stephanie Parks with the Showers, Sanitation and Recycling Committee says, the set-up detail begins Saturday morning. Anyone who would like to help with set up can show up at one of the campgrounds by 8 a.m. Residents along the route are encouraged to put trash receptacles out.

Details on campgrounds, routes, shuttles and more may be found at www.okobojiragbrai.com

DES MOINES, Iowa - A northwest Iowa attorney has been elected President of the Iowa State Bar Association. Joe Feller of Sibley became the association's 128th President in late June.

Feller, a sole practitioner in the firm of Koopman Kennedy and Feller, is the second president in 56 years from Sibley to lead the statewide association of more than 8,000 Iowa-licensed attorneys.

Feller says he plans to ask the bar to rededicate its mission to serving the members, supporting the legal community and the justice system, and serving the community at large.

The Iowa State Bar Association has been in existence since 1874

PRIMGHAR, Iowa — Two Granite Falls teens were taken to the hospital after an accident on Monday near Primghar.

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 2:10 p.m., 16-year-old Sheldon Blue of Granite Falls was westbound on B46, three miles south and about a mile west of Primghar in a 2008 Chevy.

The deputy’s report says Blue lost control of the vehicle on the gravel surface. He over-corrected, and the car skidded across the roadway and entered the north ditch where it rolled onto its top.

Both Blue and a passenger in the vehicle, 18-year-old Hoksida Mountain of Granite Falls, were transported to Baum Harmon Mercy Hospital in Primghar by Primghar Ambulance.
Blue’s Chevy received $5,400 damage. He was charged with Failure To Have A Valid Driver’s License and Failure To Maintain Control.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa — A Sioux Falls resident wanted on a Lyon County felony burglary charge has recently been arrested in connection with the incident.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office has just informed us that one of their deputies recently arrested 20-year-old Lawren Barse of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on an active Lyon County arrest warrant.

Barse’s charges stem from an incident that happened in December, 2013 in which he was charged with one count of Third Degree Burglary, a Class D Felony; and Operation Without Owner’s Consent, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.

Barse was picked up at the Minnehaha County Jail and transported to the Lyon County Jail where at last report he was being held.

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