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WORTHINGTON - Water main work on Park Avenue from Oxford Street to West Clary Street is scheduled to begin today, according to the City of Worthington Engineering Department. Park Avenue will be closed to through traffic. Access to Lakehill Drive is available from the West Clary Street intersection, and will shift to the West Oxford Street intersection as work progresses. West Oxford Street at Park Avenue will be closed to through traffic for approximately two days. Weather permitting and construction proceeding as planned, Park Avenue pipe and pavement work should be completed and normal traffic restored in late July to early August.
SLAYTON – An order filed Friday in U.S. District Court gives Murray County Medical Center and CEO Mel Snow through July 1 to respond to a complaint filed last month by physician assistant Dan Woldt. The response was originally supposed to be made within 21 days of the May 13 filing.
In the lawsuit filed by Woldt, he accuses the medical center and Snow of defamation of character and creating an intolerable work environment. Woldt has requested a jury trial and is asking for all relief afforded by the law for economic damages arising from past and future income and punitive damages.
CURRIE - A 2007 Volvo semi pulling a tanker was southbound on Highway 59 Monday when it ran off the road and rolled at the Highway 30 intersection at Pete’s Corner. Driver Robert Pottratz, age 31, of Tyler, was taken to the Murray County Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The damage to the semi was severe.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - A single-vehicle mishap early Monday morning in which a portion of a vehicle wound up in East Lake Okoboji sent one person to the hospital. Spirit Lake police say shortly before 1 a.m. 17-year-old Kiley Cousins of Arnolds Park was driving a 2003 Volkswagon bug westbound in the outside lane of Highways 9 and 71 in Spirit Lake when she collided with the curb. The vehicle fishtailed through a grassy area and bike trail, collided with a tree and went down an embankment, coming to rest with its rear in the lake.
A passenger, 18-year-old Kiley Christensen of Spirit Lake, was taken by ambulance to Lakes Regional Healthcare. $10,000 in damage was estimated to the vehicle.
FAIRMONT – A body found shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday along the shore of Hall Lake has been identified by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office as that of 38-year-old Wanita Jo Hoppe of Fairmont, who had been reported missing just before midnight the night before. The sheriff’s office is awaiting a report from the medical examiner’s office. No foul play is suspected, and there is no danger to the public.
WORTHINGTON — Producers from around the area will sell locally grown food starting June 25 at the Worthington Farmers Market in downtown Worthington. The market will be every Tuesday during the growing season from 4 to 7 p.m. in the former Campbell Soup parking lot at the end of 10th Street in Worthington.
The Saturday Worthington Farmers Market will begin July 6 in the parking lot at Ace Hardware along Oxford Street. The markets will feature a wide variety of locally produced products, including fruits, vegetables, eggs, homemade baked goods, plants and other items. The Saturday market runs every Saturday during the season from 6:30 a.m. to noon.
Producers who would like to sell fresh produce and/or baked goods at the Worthington Farmers Markets can call the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, 372-2919, to register.
WORTHINGTON — In recognition of Flag Day, the Worthington Elks Lodge and Boy Scout Troop 134 will conduct a flag retirement ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, weather permitting, in Worthington’s Olson Park. American flags that are no longer useable can be dropped off at the Elks Lodge, 1105 Second Ave., or at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 1117 Second Ave.
SHELDON, Iowa - The city of Sheldon, Iowa says it will have to spend $350,000 this summer to dig a new 600 foot deep groundwater well to make sure the city has enough water to go around. A main reason a new well is needed has to do with a failure in federal funding for the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System.
Sheldon City Manager Scott Wynja said his city was to have been hooked up and receiving water from Lewis and Clark last year, but that didn’t happen, and doesn’t look like it will be happening anytime soon.
The federal government authorized Lewis and Clark 13 years ago as a joint buy in program: cities who wanted water would pay 10% of the cost and the federal government would pick up the rest.
Like the city of Worthington, Sheldon has paid it's share; nearly $2.5 million. The federal government hasn't. And with each passing year, the cost of materials continues to climb.
This leaves Wynja to wonder if Sheldon will have to pay for the feds share if it has any hope of ever getting Lewis and Clark water. One possible scenario: Sheldon says "enough", pulls out of the project and gets their investment back. Wynja said if he project is deemed as abandoned, the existing members are obligated to pay back the other members that aren’t connected.
If Sheldon pulls out they may get their money back but they still won't get any water. In which case, the city may decide to buy water from near-by rural water companies, putting a further strain on existing water sources in northwest Iowa.
ST. PAUL — A statewide Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign that ran from May 20 to June 2, resulted in 10,342 motorists cited for not wearing seat belts, according to preliminary results from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety.
Campaign results were reported by 323 agencies. Included in the citation count were 256 child passenger safety seat and booster seat violations. Booster seats are the law for children who have outgrown a forward-facing restraint. It is safest to keep a child in a booster until the child is 4 feet 9 inches tall, or at least age 8. Boosters raise children up so seat belts fit properly.
In a similar campaign last May, 12,639 motorists were cited.
There are around 120 unbelted traffic deaths each year in Minnesota. In the last three years in Minnesota, (2010–2012), there were 852 vehicle occupant traffic deaths of which 361 (42 percent) were not buckled up. Of the unbelted deaths, 84 percent were in Greater Minnesota and 42 percent were motorists ages 16–29.