April 2 news

WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp. (WREDC) has hired Abraham Algadi, as its new manager. Most recently the city administrator in Pine Island, Algadi officially accepted the position on Monday. He brings experience in the biosciences, city planning and loan fund administration. Algadi is expected to begin his duties May 1.

WORTHINGTON - Sanford Worthington Cancer Center has hired two new providers — hematologist and oncologist Dr. Liangping Weng, and certified nurse practitioner Robin Uithoven — and together with the team already in place, the Sanford Worthington Cancer Center will now provide comprehensive oncology care. Currently working out of the Sanford Clinic on Diagonal Road, Weng said he and Uithoven will move to the Sanford Worthington Cancer Care building, attached to the Worthington Sanford Medical Center, by mid-summer. Weng will also provide outreach clinics to Jackson, Slayton, Tracy, Windom and Sheldon, Iowa, while Uithoven will be primarily based in Worthington. As a CPN, Uithoven will perform exams, order and interpret tests and prescribe medication and therapies to patients 17 and older.

WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County Art Center annual Area Art Show will open with a reception from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The juried exhibit will feature works in a variety of mediums by artists from throughout the region. Artists interested in exhibiting their work are encouraged to call 372-7254 or email noblearts@knology.net for a registration form. The show will continue through April. The Nobles County Art Center is located in the lower level of the Nobles County Library, 407 12th St., Worthington. Hours are 2 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

WORTHINGTON – The American Red Cross announced yesterday that Jenifer Hyk, Executive Director of the Southwest Minnesota Chapter will also serve as Executive Director of the Prairie Winds Chapter. The American Red Cross will also be hiring a part-time emergency services coordinator to work with Hyk to strengthen the disaster preparedness and response capabilities in both chapters.

The Southwest Minnesota Chapter serves the residents of Jackson, Martin, Murray, Nobles, and Rock Counties, with an office at 716 Oxford Street in Worthington, MN. The Prairie Winds Chapter serves the counties of Lincoln, Lyon, Pipestone, and Yellow Medicine. Office space within the Prairie Winds Chapter is currently being evaluated.

As Executive Director, Hyk will work to increase visibility, recruit volunteers, and raise needed funds to support the delivery of Red Cross services in the Prairie Wind Chapter and the Southwest Minnesota Chapter. She has been with the American Red Cross since 2012.

JACKSON - Demolition of the former hemp plant-turned-highway shop headquarters in Jackson began Monday morning before 11 a.m. and is expected to continue all week. All concrete and asphalt material on the site will be recycled, with other materials disposed of via landfill, according to contractor Civil Ag Group.

A new joint Jackson County Public Works and City of Jackson Street Department headquarters will rise on the same site this year, with heated storage of the city and county's trucks targeted for completion Nov. 1.

DICKINSON COUNTY - A man who illegally re-entered the U.S. from Mexico has been sentenced to nine months in federal prison. 28-year-old Eliseo Hernandez-Pacheco was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Sioux City after pleading guilty in December of last year to one count of illegal re-entry. At the plea hearing, Hernandez-Pacheco admitted he had been previously deported from the U.S. four different times.

He came to the attention of Homeland Securities investigators on October 9 of last year when he was arrested in Dickinson County for driving while suspended and improperly tinted windows. He is being held in the custody of a U.S. Marshal pending transport to a federal prison.

MINNESOTA - After a one-week spring break, Minnesota state lawmakers return to the Capitol today with a long list of things they want to accomplish before an expected adjournment in mid-May.

Gov. Mark Dayton has offered a revised budget proposal for the next two years that aims to pull the state out of a forecast $627 million budget deficit, in large part by raising taxes on the wealthy. If Dayton’s plan were approved, more than 54,000 Minnesota tax filers would have to pay higher rates. Separately, Dayton plans to soon unveil a detailed bonding bill proposal for about $750 million worth of spending on public works projects, including some for state Capitol renovation.

House and Senate committees last month approved legislation that would legalize gay marriage in the state, a high-profile issue that has drawn even more interest as the U.S. Supreme Court is considering a federal law that withholds federal benefits from gay married couples, even in states where gay marriage is legal. A vote is expected in the full House and Senate after budget battles are settled.

Testimony on legislation aimed at curbing gun violence has sparked passionate testimony this session. Early proposals to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines do not have widespread support. Debate now is focused on whether to expand background checks for gun buyers.

Lawmakers have lots of other legislation on their plates, from a proposed minimum wage hike to a wolf hunt moratorium.

IOWA - An Iowa Senate committee has approved tax breaks that reward green energy, charitable food donations and preserving historical sites. The Senate Ways and Means Committee passed multiple tax break bills last week that will now move before the full Senate.

One bill would provide $5 million in state dollars to fund income tax breaks for individuals, farmers and businesses who want to install a fueling station for electric or natural gas-powered vehicles. The Senate approved a similar bill with bipartisan support two years ago but it failed in the House.

The panel approved a proposed income tax break for farmers who donate excess produce to local food banks.

Another bill would raise historic preservation credits for Iowa communities to $60 million. Credits cover 25 percent of rehabilitation costs for eligible historic buildings.

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