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WORTHINGTON — A meeting for those interested in applying for funds through the Small Cities Development program for homeowners and rental property projects in Worthington will be on August 20 at an as-of-yet undetermined location. Worthington’s portion of the funds – nearly $600,000 - is enough to cover 22 homeowner properties and six rental units within the specified region. That region’s borders are Oxford Street on the north, Okabena Street on the south, Humiston Street on the west and the railroad tracks on the east.
Projects funded include those for necessary repair based on health, safety or energy efficiency. Roof repair, window replacement or insulation is among the work that qualifies.
Through the program, up to 70 percent of a project’s cost can be covered. The other 30 percent is the responsibility of the owner. Funds cannot be disbursed until September.
WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Trojans girls’ soccer team is hosting a soccer camp to teach young girls the game of soccer. Girls will participate in drills, training exercises, and game situations to develop their skills while learning the game and having fun. Camp will be held July 15-18 from 9am to 11am at Prairie Elementary Soccer Fields. Coach Emily Ahlquist will be leading the camp, cost is $20. For more information call Community Education at 507-376-6105.
WORTHINGTON - For many backyard cooks, the season of summer is all about grilling. On Tuesday, Community Education is offering a grilling class, led by Troy Wietzema of W-2 Meats. He’ll show his students how to prepare a grill, get poultry ready, how to grill it and provide samples of the finished product. The class will be from 6 to 8 p.m., right outside the Worthington HS Ag. Room. Cost is $20 for this fun class. Call Community Education at 507-376-6105 and register and make sure there is enough food.
ROUND LAKE - Tuition agreements between Round Lake/Brewster and neighboring school districts are expected to be finalized Tuesday, according to Superintendent Cornelius Smit. With the overwhelming ‘yes’ vote to consolidate the two districts that took place earlier this week, there are now a number of things that need to be done. After the election votes are canvassed and sent to the Minnesota Board of Education, the newly formed district will be assigned a number. A discussion regarding the name of the district is scheduled to take place during a school board meeting Monday. New federal and state tax ID numbers must be applied for, and details such as getting a new checking account must be seen to.
With the consolidation, high school students will attend other area schools by tuition agreement, and students pre-kindergarten to eighth grade will attend the school in Brewster.
OKOBOJI, Iowa - Governor Terry Branstad was the keynote speaker Thursday as the Iowa Association of Business and Industry concluded its annual convention in Okoboji. Branstad had positive news on several fronts, including the fact the state is ending the fiscal year with a revenue surplus. He talked about key accomplishments during the legislative session, which included tax reform, education and healthcare reform and job creation. Branstad predicted this will be the third year in a row the state of Iowa has seen an approximate $100 million reduction in unemployment tax for Iowa employers.
LAKE PARK, Iowa - No injuries were reported in house fire Thursday afternoon in Lake Park. Lake Park Fire Chief Brandon Ehret said firefighters were called to the Rick and Melanie Bruns residence at 109 East 4th Street around 2 p.m. The initial report indicated someone may have been trapped in the house, which was fortunately not the case. A resident tried to extinguish the fire himself before evacuating the house, Ehret said. A cause has not yet been determined. Fire damage, which Ehret said is fairly extensive, includes portions of the kitchen and living room, and the bedroom in which the fire started.
The Lake Park Fire Department was assisted by the Spirit Lake and Milford Fire Departments, Dickinson County Emergency Management, the Lake Park Police Department and the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office.
MINNESOTA - Charitable gifts totaling $6.5 million will fund a new effort to improve care for heart attack patients in rural Minnesota. The American Heart Association announced Thursday that it’s pulled together the money for its Mission: Lifeline Minnesota program. The Associated Press reports it will provide rural hospitals and emergency crews with equipment and training to make a faster diagnosis of heart attacks caused by blocked arteries.
Heart attacks are the second leading cause of death in Minnesota and the type of heart attacks known as STEMI (ST-elevated myocardial infarction) are especially deadly without fast treatment. The heart association says that currently two-thirds of STEMI patients fail to receive the best treatment to restore blood flow.
While there are several components to the grant, a centerpiece is the move to equip rural ambulances with electrocardiogram machines.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Believe it or not, a third of Minnesota is still rated as abnormally dry or even in drought. While the drought is over in the eastern half of Minnesota thanks to all the rain, Thursday's update from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows much of western Minnesota has not caught up.
A pocket of moderate-to-severe drought persists centered on parts of Renville and Redwood counties, while our area in southwestern Minnesota is mostly under an abnormally dry classification.
ST. PAUL - Hundreds of pounds of medicinal drugs were confiscated from a St. Paul market this week after several overdoses involving such substances were reported, including one that was fatal.
On Tuesday, local and federal law enforcement officers seized piles of unmarked or misbranded pills, drugs and syringes, including suspected sodium cyanide, steroids, penicillin and opiates, from more than 15 vendor stalls operating inside the Hmongtown Marketplace at 217 Como Av., the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department said.
The Hmongtown Marketplace, formerly known as the International Marketplace, is a year-round indoor-outdoor market with more than 200 vendor stalls that carry wares ranging from DVDs and produce to children’s toys and traditional Hmong clothes.
The Ramsey County Violent Crime Enforcement Team and the Federal Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations have been probing the distribution of the drugs at the market for the past several months.
Over the past six months, one death and five overdose poisonings have been linked to the kinds of substances sold by vendors at the market, said Sheriff’s Department spokesman Randy Gustafson. Victims included adults and children.