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WORTHINGTON – Sanford Worthington has announced that Martin Fedko, MD has joined its team of health care providers as an emergency department (ED) physician. Dr Fedko began providing patient care at the Sanford Worthington Emergency Department July 1, 2013. As an employed physician he will also serve as the Emergency Department Medical Director.
Dr. Fedko received his medical degree from St. Matthew’s University in Grand Cayman, BWI. He completed his internship in general surgery from Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN and completed his medical residency in emergency medicine from Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. In addition, Dr. Fedko is board eligible with the American Board of Emergency Medicine.
WORTHINGTON - On Wednesday, Nobles County Environmental Services will hold a tire collection, allowing people to bring old tires in to two locations for disposal. Tires can be brought to Nobles County Public Works at 960 Diagonal Road in Worthington, or to the Nobles County Highway Shop at 201 County Road 35 in Adrian. The collection begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m., and no tires on rims will be accepted. There is a fee for the disposal, based on the tire size, which ranges from $4 each for passenger car tires to $13 for semi tires. Contact Environmental Services at 507-295-5322 for more information.
LUVERNE —Motorists in Rock County will once again be able to travel Highway 23, as the detour is scheduled to be removed during the week of July 22.Traffic has been detoured since May 6 to reconstruct the pavement. The Highway 23 detour included Interstate 90, Highway 75, Rock County Road 12 and Pipestone County Road 1.
The Highway 23 project extended 17 miles from I-90 to Jasper and included removing the asphalt pavement and replacing with concrete. Some areas were graded to correct the subsurface. The $9.5 million project was awarded to PCI Roads, LLC.
DES MOINES-- Governor Terry Branstad has a couple of stops planned in the area for Friday of this week. The Governor's office says Branstad will visit Simonsen Iron Works in Spencer at 3:00 p.m. and GKN Wheels in Estherville at 5:00 p.m.
MINNESOTA - Minnesota residents 18 and older can now take the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ firearms (DNR) safety hunter education course online. The new training option includes a virtual field day that emphasizes responsible gun handling and hunting safety. Students who complete the course are issued a voucher that they can use to complete their certification immediately or attend an instructor led field day.
Minnesota and Iowa are the first states to offer this option for adults. The online course takes about nine hours to complete and is interactive with narration, quizzes and final exam. Both the main course and field day include a virtual range where students can shoot various firearms and action types at a variety of targets and distances. There’s even instruction on how to properly sight-in rifles and pattern a shotgun.
Take the course at www.huntercourse.com/usa/minnesota/.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - Officials are spotting another critter in the Iowa Great Lakes not typically seen. John Wills of the Cleanwater Alliance says they’ve been seeing a form of what’s known as cleanwater sponges in several of the Iowa Great Lakes. Unlike some things that have been spotted recently, such as zebra mussels, Wills says seeing the sponges is actually a good thing.
Wills says several factors are likely behind the abnormally clear water most of the Iowa Great Lakes have been experiencing so far this summer that’s resulted in the freshwater sponges, including the lack of heavy rainfall in the area and less runoff into the lakes. Wills says the sponges are also good in that they serve as a food source for aquatic invertebrates.
MINNESOTA - The senior legislative assistant to Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann is out of a job after being accused of a series of thefts from the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington DC.
The U.S. Capitol Police announced Monday that 37-year-old Javier Sanchez of Virginia was arrested last Thursday and has been charged with misdemeanor Theft II in connection with the string of break-ins reported earlier this year.
It’s unclear exactly what was taken, but various reports indicate Sanchez was initially arrested for stealing money from Bachmann’s office. A spokesman for Bachmann said Sanchez was no longer employed with the office as of last Friday. Sanchez was one of Bachmann’s top aides and was often seen with her around the Capitol, including several times last week.
Sanchez is denying the charges.
ATLANTA (AP) — A giant panda named Lun Lun gave birth Monday at Zoo Atlanta to two tiny cubs, the first twin pandas born in the United States since 1987, zoo spokeswoman Keisha Hines announced.
The 15-year-old panda went into labor Monday afternoon and gave birth to the first cub at 6:21 p.m. EDT and the second two minutes later. Hines said zookeepers who had been anticipating only one cub based on a recent ultrasound were surprised by the first-ever twin panda births at Zoo Atlanta.
An ultrasound on June 30 determined that Lun Lun was pregnant with her fourth cub. Hines says zookeepers weren't expecting the tiny duo, however.
The twin cubs are the first giant pandas to be born in the United States in 2013, Hines added.
Zoo officials are working with animal care workers from the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, where Lun Lun and her 15-year-old partner, Yang Yang, were born. There was no immediate report on the size or weight of the cubs at birth, nor the condition of the offspring and mother.