August 6 news

WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously opposed a motion that had been tabled from their last meeting limiting the Lao Buddhist Temple to four 3.2 beer permits per year. The motion was tabled two weeks ago after it was decided more information should be gathered as to why the county planning and zoning committee had limited the temple to three permits per year in 2008, and how many 3.2 beer permits a year could be given out to one entity.

Commissioner Robert Demuth said he sat in on the decision in 2008, and that three was an arbitrary number, with nothing magical about it. He said he would like to see the matter go back to planning and zoning to see if the number can be raised. Other than a few complaints about dust, there have been no issues reported when major fundraising events take place at the temple, Commissioner Gene Metz reported.

A representative from the temple said he only has the events as fundraisers to keep building, and that people come from all over southwest Minnesota and other states to visit the temple.

In other county business, the commissioners accepted a bid from Henning Construction for approximately $1.5 million for the replacement of three bridges in Nobles County. Public Works Director Steven Schnieder said work would begin on the Seward Township bridge south of Fulda, then progress to the County State Aid Highway 1 bridge north of Brewster. The third replaced will be the County State Aid Highway 17 bridge south of Adrian.

Schnieder was hopeful that the concrete forms needed for the CSAH 1 bridge could be built quickly, but construction has to wait until after September 1 because of nesting swallows.

The commissioners also approved a contract with Avera Medical Group Worthington for a satellite site for the WIC clinic that had previously been located at the West Learning Center. Because of a space shortage at the center, a contract was worked out with Avera for $100 per month, which is included in the WIC funding formula. The hope is to have the satellite office up and running by August 20.

A contract for legal services with Kayla Johnson was also approved. Because the Nobles County Attorneys office is currently short-staffed and anticipates staffing changes at year’s end, Johnson will assist with several cases that should be concluded by the end of the year. Nobles County Attorney Kathy Kusz said she expects to work out an agreement with Johnson and her brother Travis Smith in a joint law firm after he likely takes the position as Murray County Attorney in 2015.

Changes in the Nobles Home Initiative were approved that will allow the county to make tax abatement reimbursements once a year, instead of the initially planned twice a year. There was a conflict with when tax payments were due and the turn-around on getting the second payment out. According to Worthington Regional Economic Development Corporation Director Abraham Algadi, details for the Initiative are still being fine-tuned, but the program has been very successful thus far.

Those who have taken advantage of the 5-year 100 percent tax abatement program will still be required to pay the taxes when the home is built, but will be reimbursed the money once a year for 5 years.

The July Excellence in Performance Award with given to Nan Henning, who is the Chairperson of the Wellness and Recognition Committee.

WORTHINGTON – Over at the Nobles County Fair, things officially kick off today, when the 4-H building open at 10 a.m. The 4-H Dairy show begins at 11 a.m., with the District Dairy Show to follow. The Commercial Buildings open at noon and the 4-H Rabbit show is at 4 p.m.. In the Grandstand on tonight is the tractor pull, starting at 7 p.m.

Thursday is Senior Day at the Nobles County Fair. There are fun things going on all day long – the 4-H swine show starts at 8 a.m., the 4-H and commercial buildings open at 10 a.m., and from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dain’s Dutchmen perform in the grandstand. The 4-H poultry show is from 2 0 4 p.m., the 4-H goat show starts at 4 and the 4-H Cloverbud pet show is at 6 p.m. From 6 to 7 p.m. Sean Benz & the SD Three perform in the grandstand, and the 4-H pet show starts at 6:30 p.m. The MK 5k Ran & Family Fun Walk starts at 7 p.m. and from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Surfin’ Safari performs in the grandstand.

MERIDEN, Iowa — One person is dead after an accident on Monday near Meriden.
The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 11:55 p.m., a driver was westbound on Highway 3, about a mile east of Meriden in a 1996 Plymouth. Twenty-one-year-old Joseph Meyer of Rock Valley was eastbound on 3 in a 2007 Peterbilt semi, loaded with a load of hogs. It was owned by Double M Trucking of Hull.

The trooper says that for an unknown reason, the Plymouth crossed the center line and entered the path of the semi driven by Meyer. Both vehicles entered the north ditch following the collision. The driver of the Plymouth was pronounced dead at the scene.
The name of the driver of the Plymouth is being withheld at this time pending notification of relatives.

Meyer did not appear to be hurt as he was not transported to a medical facility, according to the trooper’s report.

MINNESOTA - In honor and remembrance of Police Officer Scott Patrick, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset, today.

Officer Patrick was 47 years old, a 19-year veteran of the Mendota Heights Police Department and the department’s senior officer.

Officer Patrick died on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, after being shot in the line of duty. At the direction of the Governor, Minnesota flies its flags at half-staff following the death of Minnesota police officers killed in the line of duty, on the day of interment.

NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. - State archeologists are investigating some human remains that were found buried along Interstate 29 in Union County.

The South Dakota Attorney General's office says the remains were unearthed by a utility company crew digging in the right of way near Exit 2.

Spokeswoman Sara Rabern on Tuesday said the scene discovered Thursday appeared to be an "old, old grave."

Rabern says the Division of Criminal Investigation secured the area over the weekend, and investigators did not deem the remains to be evidence of a crime.

The scene has been turned over to the South Dakota State Historical Society.

MINNESOTA - Brooklyn Center police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 17-year-old girl and her 9-month-old daughter, who are believed to be in danger.

Police say Shatearra Nash, 17, took her daughter Maggie Nash from a foster home. The baby has a medical condition that requires regular doses of medication, police say, and without it she could have a seizure.

The two are believed to be traveling with Shandrel Nash, 38, who is Shatearra’s father, and that he “poses a risk to their safety.” Police say he has been charged in connection with a felony assault on Shatearra, and an arrest warrant has been issued.

The teenager and her baby are both wards of the state, according to Brooklyn Center Police Cmdr. Brian Peters. Police say the three may be heading to Georgia or Florida, and might be hitchhiking because they don’t have a vehicle.

Authorities are asking the public to watch for them at discount hotels. They may also use business phones at gas stations and other locations open to public use, KSTP reports. Police say they may also seek medical care for Maggie.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hennepin County sheriff’s office at 763-525-6215, or call 911.

NATION - Kids around the country are getting ready to go back to school and their safety is always top priority for parents. Back to School is the perfect time for AlertID and the National Crime Prevention Council (home to McGruff the Crime Dog®) to share an important new app.

AlertID is the free national online and mobile service, which helps to reduce crime while providing a safe way for people to receive and share trusted public safety alerts and information. Download the McGruff Mobile smartphone app (powered by AlertID) and enroll for a free membership. Once enrolled, members are able to view an interactive map displaying crimes and sex offenders in their neighborhoods.

They will be able to receive alerts and information via email or mobile device for multiple locations such as their homes, schools, offices, or current locations. After signing up, members then have the ability to receive law enforcement emergency alerts, crime and sex offender alerts, prevention tips, and much more. It also includes a virtual neighborhood watch where members can share photos and information regarding suspicious activity with neighbors, police, and even Homeland Security.

The McGruff Mobile app is available for download on iTunes or the Android market. To sign up for a free AlertID account, or for more information, go to www.AlertID.com.

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