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ROUND LAKE – Residents of the Round Lake – Brewster School District are encouraged Tuesday to head to the polls and vote on whether or not to consolidate the districts into one.
Currently, the two districts are separate, and student projections show both would be in unstable financial positions by the end of the 2014-2015 school year. If that were to happen, further consolidation efforts would be prohibited by the Minnesota Department of Education, causing both districts to dissolve. If voters opt to consolidate the districts, a plan is in place to close the high school and the ninth through 12th grade students would attend neighboring school districts on a tuition basis. Pre-kindergarten through fifth grade elementary school and sixth through eighth grade middle school students would attend the facility in Brewster.
All registered voters in the Round Lake and Brewster school districts can vote from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The polling location for Brewster ISD 513 will be the Brewster School Gym. The polling location for Round Lake ISD 516 will be the Round Lake School Cafeteria. Anyone unable to vote on Tuesday can cast an absentee ballot at the Nobles County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office until 5 p.m. on Monday.
WINDOM - Windom's Riverfest celebration officially kicked off earlier this week night with the crowning of Riverfest royalty at the BARC Auditorium. Megan Theesfeld was crowned Miss Riverfest. She is the daughter of Rod and Mary Theesfeld of Windom. Mikaila Bolin, the daughter of Jim and Simoine Bolin of Windom, was first runner-up and was also Miss Photogenic. Emily Axford was voted Miss Congeniality.
Also, for the first time, the Windom Women of Today held a Junior Miss Riverfest Pageant, with Mia Hockel the winner. A seventh-grader, she's the daughter of Mark and Karla Hockel of rural Windom. Londyn Espenson, the daughter of Mike and Dee Dee Espenson of rural Windom was first runner-up and was voted Miss Photogenic. Kayla Chester was Miss Congeniality.
Ada Smith was crowned Little Miss Riverfest. A second-grader, she's the daughter of Kyle and Jess Smith of Windom. Her name was drawn from 19 second-graders.
The royalty will reign over the Windom Riverfest celebration, with most of the events taking place today through Sunday.
FARGO, N.D. - Dakotas-based Sanford Health is streamlining management in a plan estimated to save the growing system $10 million per year. According to Sanford CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft, 38 administrators have accepted early retirement or a new position in the restructuring and 12 more will be bought out.
Sanford also is planning to centralize management of system-wide functions such as laboratory services. That will mean a new office building next to the $500 million medical center being built in Fargo, ND. Top corporate offices will remain in Sioux Falls, South Dakota's largest city.
Sanford Health runs nearly three dozen hospitals and more than 140 clinics in eight states. It has about 26,000 employees. It's adding 80 positions to handle a Medicare billing system that will be based in Fargo.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - The poor condition of a street in the Triboji Beach area was a topic of discussion at Tuesday’s Dickinson county board of supervisors meeting. A couple that lives on a stretch of Lakeview Drive requested the county do something to improve it, saying they pay property taxes and that they feel they’re being discriminated against because they’ve maintained the street on their own in the past.
Assistant County Attorney Lonnie Saunders responded, saying the county has no jurisdiction over the street because it is a private road. He says that while the some of the streets in the Triboji Beach area were accepted into the county’s road system back in 1983, that particular street was not. He suggested the couple take their concerns to the Triboji Beach Betterment Association.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - While a new city hall is under construction in the city of Spirit Lake, the civil defense siren needs to be relocated.
The Dickinson county board of supervisors Tuesday deferred action on a request from the city of Spirit Lake to relocate the siren to an area next to the county’s communication’s tower on 19th Street. Supervisor Paul Johnson expressed concerns over the two being close together, saying that if the tower should fall for some reason, that it would take the siren along with it. There was also concern over whether or not there would be an interference issue with the siren being that close to the county’s communications tower. The issues will be researched further.
Dwight Dohlman, the city’s Public Works Director, told the supervisors while work at city hall would be temporary, the city would like to see the siren permanently relocated. Dohlman said the city is looking at two other possible sites, including the municipal parking lot on Gary Avenue or at the police station. But he says the site near the county’s communication tower is their number one choice.
MINNESOTA - Think you have what it takes to get to the big leagues? The Minnesota Twins are holding an open tryout June 19 at the Metrodome.
Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. outside Gate H. Candidates must have graduated high school, reached their junior year of college, or be 21 years or older.
Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press tried out in 1966 and was signed by the Twins. He pitched in the majors three years later. The last player signed out of a tryout was Mark Hamburger in 2007. He’s currently pitching for the St. Paul Saints.
GRAND FORKS - A 58-year-old man working for a Twin Cities contractor was killed when he became trapped under a slow-moving concrete grinding machine Thursday morning north of Grand Forks, ND. The man, whose identity is being withheld pending notification of family, was at a construction zone on northbound I-29 a mile south of Manvel working for Diamond Surface Inc. of Rogers.
The machine, weighing thousands of pounds, is used to mill concrete while being ridden by its operator. The worker was next to the machine as it crept along when his legs got caught and pulled him under, according to a North Dakota State Patrol Sgt. No one was seated on the grinder at the time, he said.