April 4 news

LAKE PARK, Iowa -The Lake Park Players bring their latest production to the stage this weekend, presenting the musical “Fiddler On The Roof.” The production involves both adults and students from throughout the area. Tickets are available at Savings Bank in Lake Park or at the door. Show times are 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday with a matinee at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Lake Park High School Auditorium.

MILFORD, Iowa - Dickinson County is moving ahead with plans to build a new road maintenance shop in Milford. The Board of Supervisors approved a proposal to retain Christensen Brothers Construction of Estherville for $12,000 to serve as a consultant on the project. The firm will assist the county in preparing the project for bids.

Plans call for the new facility, which may also house an office and storage space for the County’s Conservation Board, to be located on land the county owns on County Road A-34 on the east edge of Milford.

County Engineer Dan Eckert told the supervisors the goal is to have the shell of the new building up before the ground freezes this coming fall. Funding for the project is included in the road department’s budget.

JACKSON - The Jackson County Fair’s effort to replace the bleachers in the Olson Pavilion moved one step closer to reality recently thanks to a donation from ITC Midwest. The company, which owns and operates the high-voltage electric transmission lines in the area, contributed $10,000 to the bleacher replacement project. The contribution means the Fair has passed the halfway point in its effort to raise the $70,000 need to cover the materials and installation of the new bleachers.

New aluminum bleachers will replace the old wooden bleachers that have served Olson Pavilion for many years. The new bleachers will have additional hand rails, guard rails and other safety features, as well as space designated for individuals who are in wheelchairs.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - The reconstruction of Highway 86 in Iowa between Highway 9 and the Minnesota border is scheduled to start Monday. Cedar Valley Corporation of Waterloo submitted the low bid of $7.4 million for the project to the Iowa Department of Transportation. The low bid was below the engineer’s estimate of $12.4 million.

The reconstruction is being divided into two projects. The north project will realign the curves at the state line. The south project from Highway 9 north to 110th Street will improve the alignment of the highway and include paved shoulders to provide for better safety.

The detour will be Highways 9 and 71 through Spirit Lake and north on Highway 71 through Jackson to Interstate 90. Motorists may also be using Dickinson County Road M49 along the west side of Big Spirit Lake, which connects in Minnesota with Jackson County Road 4 which goes over to Highway 86.
The project is expected to take most of the summer construction season and is scheduled to be completed by this fall.

FARGO, ND - Volunteers in Fargo began filling a million sandbags Wednesday in preparation for what could be one of the top five worst floods in their history. A storage shed for garbage trucks was transformed into “Sandbag Central,” and for 10 days, volunteers will be manning three “Spider” machines that can produce 5,000 bags an hour.

There’s a 50 percent chance the Red River will crest just above 38 feet and a 10 percent chance it could crest over 40 feet–similar to flood predictions in 2009, when the river crested at 40.84 feet, an all-time record. Fargo city engineers anticipate constructing nearly 6 miles of clay levees and three miles of sandbag dikes.

In Washington, Congress is considering whether to help fund a nearly $2 billion permanent flood diversion channel in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

MINNESOTA - The owner of American Manufacturing Company in central Minnesota has received a preliminary injunction protecting him from a new federal requirement to provide contraception coverage to his employees.

Owner Greg Hall is a Roman Catholic deacon who says his religious beliefs don’t allow him to offer health insurance that covers contraception, sterilization and abortion drugs. He is suing the government over the federal mandates.

Hall's attorney said Hall was conflicted with owning a company that would provide the types of insurance that he finds morally offensive and objectionable.

The Affordable Care Act requires employers to provide health insurance that includes contraception coverage or risk penalties.

NATION - Kia and Hyundai, sister auto companies based in Seoul, Korea are recalling 1.6 million vehicles. The cars, it seems, share a defect in their brake lamps. The problem is compounded because it sends incorrect signals to the cars' electronic brains.

Various vehicle systems rely on signals from the brake lamp to detect when the brakes are, or are not, being applied. Bad signals can cause the gear selector to become stuck in "park." They can also sporadically render the push-button engine start feature useless and create intermittent interference with the cars' cruise control systems.

Seven Hyundai models and six Kia models are involved in the recall.
The Hyundai cars involved are 2007-2009 Accents and Tucsons, 2007-2010 Elantras, 2010-2011 Genesis Coupes, 2007-2011 Santa Fes, 2011 Sonatas and 2008-2009 Veracruzes.
The Kia models involved are 2011 Optimas, 2007-2010 Rondos and Sportages, 2007 Sendonas, 2007-2011 Sorentos and 2010-2011 Souls.

NATION - Subaru is recalling about 200-thousand of its Legacy and Outback vehicles from 2005 to 2009 because of a problem with the brake lines.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration described the issue in a recall notice.
It says the brake lines may corrode if they're splashed by salt water through a gap in the fuel tank protector, making it more difficult to stop. Subaru said there hadn't been any reports of accidents as a result of the issue, and that the Japan-based company was simply being "super conservative." Subaru plans to notify owners and fix the problem at dealerships free of charge.

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