Mankato, Minn.—Minnesota is cementing its role as a leader in the biodiesel industry by becoming the first state to move to a 10 percent biodiesel blend (B10) in its diesel fuel supply. Beginning July 1, diesel fuel sold in Minnesota will contain a B10 blend during the summer months.
Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed May 18-24 as Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Awareness Week in an effort to draw attention to the destructive bug and encourage Minnesotans to not spread the pest around the state.
With nearly one billion ash trees, the most of any state in the nation, Minnesota could suffer a great loss from EAB. The insect is a major threat to the tourism and lumber industries, and the state's natural landscapes and recreational areas.
There's something simple Minnesotans can do to ensure they're not helping spread EAB. Don't move firewood. Here's why:
MINNESOTA STATE NEWS -- Today, the Minnesota House passed a bonding bill that includes $846 million in bonds and an additional bill that includes $200 million in further investments in infrastructure projects. In the House bill, money has been set aside to help finance the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System that will provide desperately needed water to several communities in southwestern Minnesota.
WORTHINGTON -- Detective Sgt. Kevin Flynn has been appointed interim director of public safety for the Worthington Police Department. The department’s current chief, Mike Cumiskey announced his retirement Monday. On Tuesday, the civil services commission gave the go-ahead for City Administrator Craig Clark to appoint Flynn to the interim position. Flynn, who has been with the Worthington Police Department for 23 years, will begin his new duties at 5:00pm on Friday.
JACKSON -- A fire erupted early Sunday morning at the AGCO manufacturing plant in Jackson, damaging some paint equipment but resulting in no injuries.
Eric Fisher, director of operations at AGCO Jackson, said the plant’s fire suppression systems performed just as designed and contained the damage to the origin of the fire. He also credited AGCO employees and local emergency responders for their swift response.
JACKSON -- After more than a month with no permanent staff, the Jackson County Extension office welcomes three new employees in May.
WORTHINGTON – Worthington Police Chief Mike Cumiskey will retire at the end of May, he officially announced Monday. He began to let staff know Thursday and Friday of last week, and got all paperwork filed by the end of the week.
Cumiskey has been in law enforcement for 28 years, with almost 15 of those years in the city of Worthington.
WORTHINGTON – Worthington Police Chief Mike Cumiskey will retire at the end of May, he officially announced today. He began to let staff know Thursday and Friday of last week, and got all paperwork filed by the end of the week.
“After much soul searching and a lot of talk and prayer, I will retire from law enforcement,” he said this morning. “I’ve spent 28 years in law enforcement.”
On the hutch behind his desk are the hats he has collected for years and he admitted he has no idea what he’ll do with them. Or most of the things in his office, for that matter.
WORTHINGTON – This Thursday, the Center For Active Living will celebrate its first year of existence with an open house and plenty of activities. Located at 211 11th St., a program with comments by Worthington Mayor Alan Oberloh will kick off the open house at 1 p.m., followed by recognition of retiring advisory committee members Sharon Johansen, Bobbie Korthals, Chuck Moore, Mike Woll and Bob Petrich.
Amanda Walljasper-Tate, owner of Schafer’s Health, will present a program at 2 p.m. on “Health Naturally” as part of the CAL’s Sanford Wellness Partners program.
WORTHINGTON – When Rep. Rod Hamilton called Worthington Mayor Alan Oberloh last week to say he had just been informed the House had pulled the Lewis and Clark funding from their bonding bill, Oberloh was shocked. He had spoken to Rep. Alice Hausman, Chair of the Capital Investment Committee, less than 24 hours beforehand, and had been assured that the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System Funding was still in the bill.
“Then Rep. Hamilton called and he’s madder than a hornet,” Oberloh stated. “I think it’s pretty safe to assume there are games being played.”
WORTHINGTON - Large hail and isolated tornadoes were reported throughout the area Thursday, with a confirmed tornado near St. James.
The storms in southwest Minnesota produced hail that ranged in size from that of peas to quarters and in some instances even golf balls. The hail fell in Beaver Creek, Edgerton, Windom and Pipestone and many places in between.
PIPESTONE - Pipestone Area Schools is considering spending an estimated $370,000 on new tennis courts later this year to replace courts north of the middle/high school that are no longer usable.