April 8 news

WORTHINGTON - The Worthington High School Business Professionals of America organization is hosting fundraisers to send six students to attend the BPA National Leadership Conference next month in Orlando, Florida. Each student needs to raise $1,000 to cover trip expenses. Starting today and continuing through April 30, members will be selling May Day baskets after school and during lunch hours. Baskets will be sold for $3 and will include a beverage, candy and popcorn. Personalized basket will cost an additional $1. Baskets will be delivered during second hour May 1.

RUSHMORE – Rushmore Fire and Rescue will host a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Rushmore School Gym, serving pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs and juice and coffee. Free will offerings will be accepted, and the event is open to the public.

WORTHINGTON — On May 18, the city will host a Grand Opening Gala for its Worthington Event Center, featuring a catered meal and entertainment by three local bands. Tickets are on sale for the event at city hall, the Chamber of Commerce, Shafer’s Health & Gifts and the Worthington Liquor Store. The formal-attire event is open to the public and will give people a chance to see the new facility. The social hour begins the night with hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting from the liquor store. The dinner, catered by BenLee's will begin at approximately 7 p.m. The entertainment will follow with music from Tommy Gunn, Sideline and Starfire.

LAKEFIELD - The bakery in Lakefield has new owners - Scott Richie and Jamie Gilmore of Ceylon have purchased the bakery from Nick Wheeler. Wheeler announced last month that he had accepted a job as a baker for a grocery store chain in the Grand Forks area and would be closing the bakery at the end of March.

The Lakefield Economic Development Authority worked with Wheeler in an effort to find a new owner and keep the bakery open. Lakefield Mayor Darrell Nissen said the EDA approved a loan of $39,280 for the new owners to purchase the bakery and keep the business open. There has been a bakery in Lakefield for nearly 100 years.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa – The Sioux Falls Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care System invites all veterans and their families to an open house and Veterans Benefits Fair from 4 to 7 p.m. April 30 at the Spirit Lake VA outpatient clinic at 1310 Lake Street. A special invitation is extended to veterans who currently do not use VA services. Staff will explain VA eligibility and health care and compensation benefits. To assist in applying for benefits, veterans should bring copies of their DD214 and their 1040 last income tax form. Call 712-336-6400 with any questions.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - The reconstruction of Highway 86 in Iowa between Highway 9 and the Minnesota border scheduled to start today has now been moved back a week, and is scheduled to begin April 15.

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.

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.

WORTHINGTON - The National Weather Service, Nobles County Emergency Management and the Worthington Fire Department will host a regional weather spotter training Monday, April 29 at 7 p.m. in the Minnesota West Community and Technical College Fire Arts Theater. The class will last around 2 hours and includes a multimedia presentation. Training is intended for storm spotters or potential storm spotters, but is open to the public and is free of charge.
WORTHINGTON — A fire last week in a Heron Lake home temporarily displaced a family of five. Volunteers from the American Red Cross responded with help for the victims’ immediate emergency needs.
Every nine minutes, the Red Cross responds to a fire or other disaster somewhere in the United States. In cases like this, the Red Cross works to meet the emergency physical needs of a family for food, shelter and clothing as well as providing emotional support.

IOWA - Emmetsburg police are alerting the public to yet another scam involving bank accounts. Authorities say the latest involves people receiving calls claiming there is an issue with their bank accounts. The caller states that there is a problem with account numbers being incorrect or missing on deposits and statements.

Police say it's another attempt by perpetrators to get personal information through unsuspecting victims. They say if you get such a call that you should simply hang up. If you have any questions about your bank accounts, you should contact your financial institution directly.

MINNESOTA - Lt. Eric Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol confirmed that at least three people were killed and more injured in a three-vehicle crash involving a minivan rollover on westbound Interstate 94 early Sunday afternoon. The crash happened at about 1:10 p.m. near 49th Avenue in north Minneapolis, local media reported.

Three people were hospitalized at North Memorial in critical condition, one in serious condition. Roeske said investigators did not suspect alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - Don't put away those snow shovels and blowers just yet. The National Weather Service says a late season snow storm could impact the region this week.

It's still too early to tell for sure just how much snow could fall, but forecasters say the possibility for measurable snowfall exists across a good deal of the region starting late Tuesday night and continuing all the way through Thursday of next week.

Temperatures through Tuesday will remain warm enough for just plain rain. But forecasters say temperatures will start to fall by late Tuesday night, changing any precipitation over to snow, with snow to continue through the day Wednesday into Wednesday night and Thursday.

MINNESOTA - Gov. Mark Dayton today is expected to reveal a list of his highest-priority construction projects as part of what is expected to be a $750 million bonding bill proposal for the Legislature.
The measure is expected to include proposals for capital projects all over the state. Lawmakers have lots on their wish lists: More than 150 requests topping $3 billion for trails, community centers, roads, bridges and other projects.
Dayton is expected to have trimmed that down dramatically to less than $1 billion.
The bonding bill would require Republican help for passage in the DFL-controlled Legislature because it takes a three-fifths vote to approve a bonding bill, and Democrats are short of that margin.

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