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WORTHINGTON – Nobles County Emergency Management Director Joyce Jacobs announced that applications are now available to apply for funds from the $250,000 appropriated by the Minnesota Legislature for disaster costs not eligible for federal assistance from the April 9-11 winter ice storm.
Eligible applicants must apply through the county of their residence and then the county will act as a grantee to disburse the funds as approved by the Minnesota Recovers Task Force. Several factors are considered for funding determination including benefit to the community versus the cost of the project.
Applications must include the form available on the Nobles County website along with supporting documents to show that the expenses were related to debris issues and not covered by insurance. Copies of invoices or bids for future planned debris-related work must be included. Applicants must have a minimum of $500 in damage/debris removal to apply. Priority will be given to cemeteries, churches, parks, public nonprofits, schools and political subdivisions.
More information and the application for assistance are available on the Nobles County Website at www.co.nobles.mn.us under the Emergency Management Department. Applications are due to the county by July 19, 2013. Questions may be directed to Jacobs at 507-295-5212.
WORTHINGTON - Minnesota West Community and Technical College has announced Ann Mills has accepted the position as Biology Instructor on the Worthington Campus. Mills has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from University of Minnesota, Morris, a Master’s degree in Biology from the University of Nebraska and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Minnesota State University Mankato. Most recently Ann has worked as an adjunct instructor with Minnesota West since 2010 and previously taught college Biology and Chemistry courses with Ridgewater College. Ann will begin her new position in the fall of 2013.
WORTHINGTON - The Southwest Minnesota Chapter of the American Red Cross is seeking board members to represent Nobles, Rock, Jackson, Martin and Murray counties. New board members are elected by the existing board for a term of three years and report to the board chair. The time commitment is one to two hours for bimonthly meetings, one to two hours for bimonthly committee/project meetings, and time to represent the Red Cross in the community and financial development activities. Anyone interested can contact Executive Director Jennifer Hyk at 372-4702 or by email at Jenn...@redcross.org.
WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County Corn & Soybean Growers, along with the Rock-Nobles Cattlemen’s Association, will host its annual Golf Open June 25, beginning with a 2 p.m. shotgun start, at the Adrian Country Club. A steak supper will be served at 5 p.m. The event is free to members of the county’s corn and soybean or cattlemen’s associations. Individuals may register to become a member at the golf tournament. For more information, contact Dave DeBoer at (507) 227-6155.
HERON LAKE - An Okabena man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle rollover Saturday evening near the shores of South Heron Lake. According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Lloyd Kalfs, 24, was eastbound on 850th Street in a 2005 Grand Prix approaching the Okabena Road when he lost control, entered the south ditch and rolled several times. Kalfs was ejected from the vehicle. He was transported by the Lakefield Ambulance to Sanford Worthington Hospital with injuries sustained in the crash. He was later transferred to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.
OWATONNA – A woman who drowned Sunday in Owatonna Lake has been identified as Reyna Sanchez, age 47. Witnesses said Sanchez had been swimming, but was then spotted face down in the water. She was then pulled to shore, and crews performed CPR and used defibrillators in the unsuccessful effort to save Sanchez. The coroner’s office is investigating the cause of death.
MINNESOTA - A Republican state lawmaker from Rochester plans to challenge DFL U.S. Rep. Tim Walz. Two-term state Rep. Mike Benson planned to formally announce his bid for Congress on Monday. Benson said he was concerned about the federal government foisting an increasing number of mandates and regulations on states.
A longtime former Postal Service employee and in recent years an associate professor of business at Crossroads College, Benson said Walz has not passed anything that directly matters to the people he represents. Benson would be the first Republican to announce a 2014 bid for Walz’s First Congressional District seat, although a handful of others are giving the race serious consideration. Walz, a 49-year-old former Mankato high school teacher, is a four-term incumbent.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A man accused of using a violent tattoo to menace a Minneapolis police officer has pleaded guilty to making terroristic threats. Twenty-one-year-old Antonio Jenkins Jr. was sentenced Monday to probation. As Hennepin County Judge Lyonel Norris accepted the plea, he told Jenkins he needed to learn to control his impulses. Prosecutors offered Jenkins a deal after he had parts of the tattoo obliterated with black ink.
The homemade tattoo showed a person holding a pistol to the mouth of a pig wearing a Minneapolis police uniform. The pig carried the badge number of an officer Jenkins told police he was angry with. Jenkins was charged last November after a sheriff's deputy spotted a photo of the man's tattoo on Facebook.