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March 21 news

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota State Senate opted to give an additional day of consideration to the Senate Tax Bill (HF 1777) on Thursday, and will take up the bill today.. The bill includes federal income tax conformity, rescission of the gift tax, and estate tax reform. Senator Bill Weber was pleased to see language approving a new senate office building was not included.

The last thing Minnesota taxpayers need is to spend $90 million on a lavish new building for politicians, he said.


March 20 news

JACKSON - The Jackson City Council met in regular session this week and Councilman Chris Vee was administered an Oath of Office for the seat he was appointed to March 4th.

A public hearing was conducted regarding AGCO’s application for Minnesota Investment Funds through the Department of Employment and Economic Development. Jackson Economic Development Coordinator Sue Persig explained AGCO was seeking $375,000 in forgivable funds from DEED using Minnesota Investment Funds for their Fast Forward program.


MN West Interim President-Elect announced

WORTHINGTON – The Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Wednesday appointed Dr. Barbara McDonald as interim president of Minnesota West Community & Technical College. Her appointment becomes effective July 1, 2014.


March 19 news

WORTHINGTON – ISD#518 on Tuesday approved the concept of the Nobles Housing Initiative, making Abraham Algadi and the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp three for three. Algadi had previously gotten the same concept approval from Nobles County and the city of Worthington. Now, he said, he needs to go talk to the small towns and school districts in the county.


March 18 news

WORTHINGTON – The Interim President-Elect for the Minnesota West Community and Technical College will be announced at 1 p.m. Wednesday during a Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of trustee meeting. Chancellor Steven Rosenstone will make the recommendation during a meeting which will be live-streamed at www.mnscu.edu/board.

The public is invited to come meet the new Interim President-Elect at 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 24 in room 22 of Minnesota West – Worthington Campus.


Day on the Hill

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MCGA Members During the Day on the Hill

SHAKOPEE, Minn. (March 17) -- While corn farmers wait for the last of the snow to melt before spring planting, they went to St. Paul to meet with legislators during the Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s “Day on the Hill” Thursday, March 13 at the State Capitol.


March 17 news

WORTHINGTON – Congratulations to two area students, William Dudley of Worthington High School and Dillon John of Adrian High School. They were each named the male recipient of Minnesota State High School League statewide Triple A award – Dudley in Region 2AA and John in Region 3A.

Both attended the 26th annual Academics, Arts & Athletics 2014 awards banquet Saturday in Minneapolis and were named state-level winners in Class AA and Class A, making them also the recipients of $4,000 college scholarships.


CEO Mel Snow leaves Murray County Medical Center

SLAYTON— Medical staff has been leaving in droves, and now the CEO has resigned from the Murray County Medical Center.

From a news release issued by Davis Communications Management: “Murray County Medical Center's chief executive officer, Meldon Snow, formally left his position effective Friday, March 14. The hospital's seven member board accepted Snow's resignation and will be launching a search for his replacement.”

“We appreciate Mel’s years of service to our community. The Board will begin the search for a new CEO immediately,” said hospital board chair Bob Moline.


Overnight burglaries reported in Osceola County

SIBLEY, Iowa – The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help after receiving two burglary complaints early Saturday.

The first complaint was reported at 5 a.m., and came from Pete’s Bar in Ashton, Iowa. A second burglary complaint was called in to the sheriff’s office around 6:30 p.m. It came from Jake’s Meat Market in Sibley, Iowa.

Both incidents, authorities believe, happened sometime Friday night or in the early morning hours Saturday.

Officials said the two burglaries appear to be related, but are still under investigation.


March 14 news

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BREWSTER – The Brewster Fire Department responded around 1 p.m. Thursday to a report of a ditch on fire between Highway 35 and 790th Street. Mutual aid was requested from Round Lake when firefighters from Brewster arrived at the scene and found a pile of burning hay bales. Eyewitness reports state a truck loaded with smoldering bales had stopped on the road and offloaded the bales into the ditch before leaving the scene.