July 30 news

WORTHINGTON – Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation Executive Director Jeff Rotert and Board Chair Paula Chapulis met Tuesday with Nobles County Relay for Life Co-Chairs Kim Lambert and Sheila Koob to pass over a check for more than $100,000 for the American Cancer Society. The Relay raised more than $51,000, which the Foundation matched 100 percent up to $50,000. The grand total raised was $100,939.51, which Lambert said was very exciting. Their initial goal for the year was $82,000.

WORTHINGTON - The filing period for municipal offices opened Tuesday and continues through Tuesday, August 12, which is also the date of the primary election.
In the city of Worthington, Mayor Alan Oberloh’s term is up, as are the terms of councilmen Ron Wood and Mike Kuhl.

In Independent School District 518, the terms of board members Lori Dudley, Mark Shepherd and Scott Rosenberg are up.

City of Jackson seats open this year include Mayor, Ward-1 council seat currently held by Dennis Hunwardson and the Ward-2 seats currently held by Ken Temple and Dave Cushman. A special election will be held to fill the Ward-1 seat that was vacated by Jim Lutz earlier this year.

Jackson County School Board members up for re-election this year include Rhonda Moore, Holli Arp and the seat currently occupied by Gary Place. Place was appointed to the Board to fill the seat held by Luke Henning.

We’ll update you on filings around southwest Minnesota after the filing period closes.

ADRIAN - The American Legion Riders are riding across Minnesota raising money for the Legacy Scholarship Fund and Adrian has been included as a scheduled stop in the southern portion of the ride. The riders will be arriving in Adrian at approximately 8:45 a.m. on August 2. They will be stopping at the Adrian American Legion building for breakfast. The breakfast is open to the public and is a free will donation. All money raised will go to the Legacy Scholarship Fund. Donation posters and buckets have also been set in businesses around town or you can mail a donation Legion Argonne Post, PO Box 61, Adrian, MN 56110.

STORM LAKE, Iowa - A Storm Lake nursing home has been fined more than $31,000 after an incident in which a woman fell on her head while being transferred onto a bed and later died from the injury. North Lake Manor was cited in June by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals for failing to protect residents from harm and failing to provide adequate care.

Reports said 87-year-old Darlene Carbaugh died a day after she fell from the mechanical lift used to transfer her to bed on May 17th.

The home is owned by two companies controlled by Sioux City Accountant Joseph P. Dewitt. Neither he or his attorney immediately responded to a message from the Associated Press seeking comment.

ST. PAUL - Mowing the state highway rights of way is in full swing after the wet spring delayed Minnesota Department of Transportation maintenance workers from starting the job earlier. MnDOT crews mow approximately 45,000 acres of land annually.

MnDOT, like other landowners in the state, is required to control plants on the Department of Agriculture’s restricted noxious weed list. Mowing is one way MnDOT controls them. Many of the plants seen along roadsides display vibrant colors when in bloom, but to the trained eyes of MnDOT’s roadside vegetation crews, they are invasive and a threat to native plants, animals and ecosystems.

MnDOT also uses prescribed burns and biological controls to control weeds.

MINNESOTA – Placement of campaign signs and other unauthorized objects in state highway rights of way is not allowed under state law, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. In addition, campaign signs may not be placed on private property outside of the right of way limits without landowner consent.

Highway rights of way include the driving lanes, inside and outside shoulders, ditches and sight corners at intersections. MnDOT crews will remove any unlawfully placed signs and impound them at one of its local maintenance truck stations.

Violation of the law is a misdemeanor. Civil penalties also may apply if the placement of such material contributes to a motor vehicle crash and injures a person or damages a motor vehicle that runs off the road.

In addition, the Minnesota Outdoor Advertising Control Act prohibits placing advertising materials on public utility poles, trees and shrubs, and painting or drawing on rocks or natural features.

Political campaign signs are treated in the same way as any other signs wrongly placed on state highway property by businesses, churches, private citizens or charitable groups.

For information regarding the proper placement of campaign signs or where to find signs that have been removed, contact the local MnDOT office at 507-304-6100.

MINNESOTA - Under a new law that goes into effect Friday, a person who commits a domestic violence crime or stalks another person will lose access to firearms.

The law prohibits a person subject to an order for protection in a child or domestic abuse case from possessing weapons for the length of the order under certain circumstances. It also requires them to surrender their firearms.

This is the same for someone convicted of domestic assault or stalking, if being prohibited from possessing firearms is part of their punishment. Supporters of the law have said there were 38 domestic violence-related deaths in Minnesota last year – 10 of those were by firearms.

MINNESOTA - Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura has prevailed in his lawsuit against the late author of the book “American Sniper,” and was awarded $1.8 million by a jury on Tuesday.

The 10-member jury in the U.S. District Court trial in St. Paul had struggled to come to a unanimous decision. The jury sent the judge a message Monday saying they couldn’t come to an agreement, but he sent them back to try again. They reconvened Tuesday morning, their sixth day of deliberating.

Lawyers huddled with the judge several times Tuesday morning, and ultimately lawyers agreed to waive the unanimous verdict rule, a provision allowed by federal law. The jury sided in Ventura’s favor 8-2.

Ventura, a former pro wrestler and Navy SEAL himself, who has gone on to become a TV personality, hotly denies that the fight ever happened. He sued Chris Kyle’s estate, claiming the book anecdote harmed his reputation and caused him lost income.

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