Rock Valley Mayor declares State of Emergency; volunteers needed for sandbagging

ROCK VALLEY, Iowa – Due to storms and flooding in Rock Valley, Iowa, Mayor Kevin Van Otterloo has declared a State of Emergency.

Please stay off the roads. If you are not volunteering, stay off city streets to allow emergency services to provide assistance to those who need it the most.

Volunteers for sandbagging are needed. Please go to Trinity Church (2020 8th Street SE) for further instructions. For safety purposes, please wear proper work clothing, including shoes or boots and gloves. Do not wear flip flops or sandals. Transportation to emergency areas can be provided.


Lyon County officals declare no travel allowed

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa – The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office has declared no travel is allowed in the county as of 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. This includes gravel, blacktops and state highways in Lyon County. Authorities report there are bridges washed out and water over roads.

Travel conditions are considered dangerous. Rivers are rushing after up to 10 inches of rain fell to start the week. Because the ground was already saturated, rain that fell had nowhere to go.


Road Closures as of June 18th (12:30 p.m.)

The following roads are closed at this time

Iowa Highway 9 between US 75 and County Road K60 (near Rock Rapids). The road is closed because of flooding

US Highway 18 from South Dakota State Line to Iowa County Road K42 near Rock Valley, the road is blocked due to flooding

Iowa Highway 10 at South Dakota Border (near Hawarden). The road is blocked because of flooding.


Extreme weather causes road closures in Rock County

LUVERNE – From the Minnesota Department of Transportation:

The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol closed Highway 75 north of Luverne in Rock County at 3:30 p.m. due to flooding/water over the road.

Highway 23 near Jasper is reported to have water running over the road – use extreme caution.

A semi tipped on its side is blocking lanes on I-90 between Luverne and Magnolia.
Motorists area asked to prolong their travel until weather has cleared and find an alternate route.

Highway 75 will remain closed until further notice.


Phone Scam Claiming FSA Relations

It has been brought to the attention of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) that a phone scam is being perpetrated on FSA customers.

The caller, who identifies themselves as a Farm Loan Services representative out of Washington, D.C. states that FSA “owes” you disaster assistance funds and proceeds to request your checking account information or requests a credit card number alleging that funds will be credited to these accounts.

SHOULD YOU RECEIVE A SIMILAR CALL, DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, PROVIDE PERSONAL OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION TO THE CALLER.


Southwest All-Conference Boys Tennis Team

The Southwest Conference has released their 2014 All-Conference Boys Tennis team

All-Conference
Carter Lindner, SR, Worthington
Andrew Johnson, JR, Worthington
Ben Doeden, SR, Worthington
Bryan Doeden, SO, Worthington
Andrew Jelken, SR, Luverne
Jonny Vajgrt, SR, Luverne
Blake Ziegler, SR, Luverne
Cory Stroeh, JR, Luverne
Tyler Hagen, SO, Redwood Valley
Connor Hagemyer, JR, MACCRAY


Southwest All-Conference Baseball Team

The Southwest Conference has released their 2014 All-Conference Baseball team

All-Conference
Alex Purdy, SR, Worthington
Ryan Lee, SR, Worthington
Nathan Braaksma, SO, Worthington
Jack Mellstrom, JR, Windom
Sam Huska, SO, Windom
Mitchell Macek, SR, Jackson County Central
Josh Slieter, SR, Luverne
Kendall Meyer, SR, Luverne
Gunnar Olson, SR, Luverne
Logan Norman, SR, Luverne
Connor Hoffman, JR, Luverne
Drew Hmielewski, SO, Marshall
Conner Winkelman, JR, Marshall
Noah Winkelman, JR, Marshall
Bryce Johnson, SR, Marshall
Brady Bos, SR, Pipestone
Dominic Freese, JR, Pipestone


Southwest All-Conference Softball Team

The Southwest Conference has released their 2014 All-Conference Girls Softball team

All-Conference
Paige Kinley, SR, Worthington
Brittany Woodke, SR, Jackson County Central
Moira Carlson, JR, Jackson County Central
Kelsey Kannenberg, 8th, Jackson County Central
Blaney Markman, JR, Jackson County Central
Ellen Dahl, SR, Luverne
Ashley Olson, SR, Luverne
Tara Sudenga, SR, Luverne
Callie Graff, JR, Marshall
Miranda Fischer, JR, Marshall
Ashley Stattelman, SO, Marshall
Brittany Evans, SR, Pipestone
Shelby Bloemendaal, 8th, Pipestone
Tayla Sysavath, JR, Pipestone


Dudley finishes 8th in Class AA State Pole Vault

Worthington Trojan senior Will Dudley finished in 8th place at the Class AA State Track and Field Meet in the Pole Vault, clearing 13 feet even


SW MN representative incumbents will face DFL challengers in November election

WORTHINGTON – Both Republican representatives from southwest Minnesota will be facing opponents in the 2014 general election in November.

In District 22A, incumbent Joe Schomacker will face a newcomer to the political field.

Diana Slyter has lived in the small town of Florence for about four years after retiring from the U.S. Postal Service and moving to the area from west central Minnesota after living in the Twin Cities. She has experience as a city leader, having been elected to the Florence City Council in the 2012 election.