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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council Wednesday awarded a contract to McLaughlin and Schulz of Marshall for improvements to 10th Street and First Avenue Southwest for just under $722,000. Council members also agreed to move forward with plans for the 2013 bituminous overlay project for Fox Farm road. Bids are to be received at 2 p.m. on July 8 and will be considered at the council meeting that night. In the engineering department, the council approved a temporary access agreement for TruShine Truck Wash from the intersection of Cecilee Street and Pauline Avenue.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Girl Scouts will have day camp from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 20-21. There is a fee to participate. For more information, contact Barb, 372-5049, or Chaz, 295-2192.
LUVERNE — The Luverne Farmers Market will take place tonight from 4 to 7 p.m. at Redbird Field. The market will be open every Thursday evening through the summer and fall. For more information, contact the Luverne Area Chamber of Commerce at (507) 283-4061.
WINDOM — Three local nursing homes have received national recognition for their commitment to quality care. Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial, Windom, Good Samaritan Society, Jackson and Maple Lawn Nursing Home, Fulda, were all awarded the Bronze Commitment to Quality award recently through the National Quality Award program of the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL).
The three southwest Minnesota facilities were among five others in the state to receive the award. Each facility submitted an application to the AHCA/NCAL to earn the recognition.
SPENCER, Iowa - A rural Spencer woman was seriously injured Tuesday when a tractor she was operating flipped over on top of her. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office says authorities were called to 3525 200th Avenue around 7 p.m. after getting a report of a woman trapped under a tractor. Upon investigating deputies learned 52-year-old Diane Kiepe and her husband were attempting to pull an implement when the tractor she was operating flipped over.
Kiepe was transported to Spencer Hospital with unknown injuries and was later life-flighted to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.
JACKSON – Preliminary autopsy reports should be available in a few days for Cassidy Voss, a 23-year-old Lakefield man whose body was found partially submerged in Clear Lake last week, according to Jackson County Sheriff Roger Hawkinson. The autopsy could provide answers on the cause of death and time of the accident. A report from the Minnesota State Patrol accident reconstruction team could take two months to complete.
Voss was found dead inside a 2005 Mazda located near a dock in the water on the northeast side of Clear Lake in the evening hours of June 7. A report from the sheriff’s office said Voss missed a curve and hit a lake approach, vaulting his vehicle into some trees before it came to rest in the lake.
EVERLY, Iowa - Plans to replace a bridge on U.S. Highway 18 over the Ocheyedan River in Clay County will be the topic of a public information event the Iowa Department of Transportation will be hosting later this month. The bridge is located 2.3 miles west of Clay County Road M-27.
The come-and-go event will be held Tuesday, June 25th from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Everly Community Center in Everly. D.O.T staff will be on hand to informally discuss the proposed project and answer questions.
Plans call for traffic to be detoured around the site using O'Brien/Clay County Road M-22 and Clay County Roads B-24 and M-27 through the city of Everly.
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin state Senate approved a bill Wednesday mandating that women seeking abortions get ultrasounds. After hours of debate Tuesday, Democrats used a procedural move to block a final vote. The debate continued shortly after 8 a.m. and was quickly shutdown by Republicans after about 30 minutes.
The bill passed 17-15 with all Republicans in support and Democrats against. The proposed legislation will go to the Assembly today. If passed, Republican Gov. Scott Walker has said he’d sign it.
The measure would require that a physician or ultrasound technician display a sonogram and describe to the patient the heartbeat and physical description of the fetus. The woman would not be required to look at the image.
Cases of rape, incest and imminent medical emergencies are the exceptions.
ST. PAUL - The state’s legal bills for a lawsuit brought by ex-Minnesota Senate employee Michael Brodkorb have topped $200,000.
Brodkorb is suing the Senate over his 2011 dismissal, which came in the wake of his affair with then-Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch. He is claiming gender discrimination, alleging that female employees who had affairs were permitted to keep legislative jobs.
The latest bill, which has yet to be approved for payment, of $27,700 will add to the more than $196,000 the state has already paid.
The Senate has not yet scheduled a Rules Committee meeting to approve the most recent bill. The case is scheduled for trial in 2014.
Last week, Brodkorb revealed that he had recorded conversations with senators and staff members about his firing.