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WORTHINGTON – Nobles County Commissioners Tuesday approved two conditional use permits – one for Ocheda Dairy of Worthington, and one for Andy Weiss of Adrian.
Ocheda Dairy, on recommendation from the county’s planning and zoning commission, was given permission to construct an underground pipeline for liquid manure. Approximately one-half mile of underground manure pipeline will be constructed on environmentally sensitive ground, while the remainder of the pipeline will continue to be above ground at this time. The pipeline involves several sections of Bigelow Township.
In Adrian, Andy Weiss can construct a 102- by 192-foot total confinement barn with a concrete pit below for 2,400 finishing swine in Westside Township. Conditions on the permit include that the barn be no less than 1,000 feet west of an existing home, there be a dead animal containment structure, manure be incorporated and the good neighbor policy be adhered to.
Representatives from the Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council gave an annual report to Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday, stating that more than half of the displaced Farley and Sather employees have found new work. Board Chair Bob Demuth stated there has been considerable interest in the Round Lake facility, according to the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp.
The Commissioners recognized Cindy Frederickson as Nobles County’s Excellence in Performance award recipient for May. Frederickson, a public health nurse, was nominated for going above and beyond the normal work day to assist with the Emergency Preparedness team during the April ice storm response.
Second half appropriations were approved for $13,307 to the Nobles County Historical Society; $3,565 to the Nobles County Art Center; and $11,110 to the Nobles County Fair Association.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - A Milford man involved in a construction accident Monday in Spirit Lake has died of his injuries. The accident involving a skid loader occurred at the indoor ice arena under construction near the Bedell Family YMCA.
The victim, identified as 40-year-old Cory Ritzer, was transported to Lakes Regional Healthcare and was life-flighted to a Sioux Falls hospital, where he later died.
IOWA – Northwest Iowa has had more than its share of fires in the past few days. A barn in rural George was destroyed by fire Sunday evening and is considered a total loss. George Fire Chief Bill Sprock said they focused their efforts of saving nearby buildings. No animals were inside the barn at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported.
In Alston, a building was damaged, and a classic tractor and a late model Harley motorcycle were destroyed in a fire Sunday evening. The Alton and Orange City Fire Departments responded to a structure fire one mile southwest of Alton at 6 p.m. and found the building completely engulfed. Luther Hofmeyer, age 19, of Alton had been working on an antique 1941 Farmall H tractor when he reported that a fire started on the tractor inside the building. The Farmall, a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle, and several tools were lost in the fire; total damages from the fire are estimated at $30,000. Hofmeyer sustained minor injuries and was later transported to the Orange City Hospital by private vehicle for treatment of minor injuries.
The Sheldon Fire Company was paged to a fire at White Wolf Web in Sheldon at about 1:20 a.m. Tuesday morning. Ashton, Boyden and Sanborn Fire Departments assisted Sheldon to help bring the blaze under control. The fire burned out of control most of the early morning.
According to Assistant Fire Chief Dennis Kruger, when firefighters arrived, flames were coming through the roof of the building. Kruger says although the State Fire Marshal’s Office was on scene on Tuesday, the cause of the blaze has yet to be determined. No injuries were reported, but Kruger estimates that two-thirds of the facility was destroyed.
HOSPERS, Iowa — A Hospers, Iowa man died Tuesday morning in an accident on Highway 60 near Alton.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports 50-year-old David De Jong of Hospers was driving a 1997 Chevrolet C35 pickup northbound on Highway 60, two miles south of Hospers shortly after 5:15 a.m. when a semi truck driven by 45-year-old Henry Wingate of Sioux City struck the rear of the pickup. Both vehicles entered the ditch and rolled.
De Jong was ejected from his vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by the Sioux County Medical Examiner. Wingate was transported by the Hospers Ambulance to the Orange City Hospital for treatment of severe injuries; he was later transported to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.
MINNESOTA - After spending eight years in office, Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in 2014.
Ritchie, 61, became a national figure during the 2008 U.S. Senate recount where Sen. Al Franken narrowly defeated former Republican Sen. Norm Coleman. The two-term Democrat from Minneapolis also presided over the recount in the 2010 race for governor between Gov. Mark Dayton and Tom Emmer.
Ritchie was first elected in 2006, when he defeated incumbent Republican Mary Kiffmeyer. He won re-election in 2010.
MINNEAPOLIS - A Minnesota high school cheerleader is accused of prostituting a younger student. Eighteen-year-old Montia Marie Parker of Maple Grove faces charges of sex trafficking and promoting prostitution.
Parker was a senior at Hopkins High School. She allegedly set up a Backpage.com ad for a developmentally disabled 16-year-old, driving her to an apartment to have sex with a man, and taking the $60 the girl made. Authorities allege Parker and the girl drove to another home the next day, but left after the man refused oral sex.
The girl's mother called police after reading text messages between her daughter and Parker on the girl's cell phone. Parker is scheduled to appear in court next week.