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SLAYTON - Health officials are reminding Minnesotans to use mosquito repellent after a report that the West Nile virus was found in a Murray County resident. The report is the first 2013 human case of the disease in Minnesota. Officials say the man became sick with West Nile fever earlier this month but is recovering.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the virus can be life threatening. Minnesotans are urged to use mosquito repellents to reduce the risk of a bite from a disease-carrying insect. David Neitzel with the MDH said in a statement that it is now high-risk season for the virus, which will continue through early autumn.
WORTHINGTON -- The U.S. Highway 59 detour will expand for about two months beginning Aug. 5 for construction on the north edge of Worthington as the city replaces culverts and makes other infrastructure changes. The detour for Highway 59 motorists north of I-90 will include Nobles County Roads 25, 7 and 14.
Worthington was awarded a Transportation Economic Development (TED) grant to extend the 4-lane divided section of Hwy 59 north 1,200 feet, and to construct and extend turning lanes. These improvements will open up 750 acres for a new industrial park and create access to a new bioscience park. The new industrial park is expected to create 440 jobs in the next five years. South of I-90, U.S. 59 motorists continue to be detoured to Nobles County Road 10 until the completion of the Minnesota 60 reconstruction this fall.
In the city of Worthington, sewer main repair work in the 1600 block of South Shore Drive has been postponed, with a new date undetermined at this time. Work on 10th Street from First Avenue to East Ninth Avenue continues, as does the water main reconstruction on Park Avenue from West Oxford Street to West Clary Street. Cold milling on First Avenue Southwest from west of Knollwood Drive to the elementary school entrance has been postponed to Saturday, and the bituminous overlay from west of Knollwood to near Pleasant Drive is tentatively scheduled to begin Friday, August 2.
WORTHINGTON – The grand opening of the Worthington Goodwill kept all employees hopping Thursday as customers walked through the doors in droves. They may have simply been searching out a bargain, but according to Vilay Keokenchanh, chief operations officer, Goodwill is much more than a thrift store. They offer computer recycling, document shredding and the Connection Center.
Inside the Connection Center, employment specialist Geo Torres was busily testing computers and making sure things were ready to go. The center, one of the things funded by the sale of donated items, is designed to remove barriers for people looking for a job. According to Torres, people can use the center for job searching, online course work, resume building and more. The Connection Center will be staffed by people who are bilingual, currently covering English, Spanish and several African dialects. The staffers will be available for one on one time with users, helping them with something as simple as starting an email account to working through a tutorial for Excel or Power Point. At Connection Centers throughout the region, more than 500 people have been placed in jobs this year, according to Keokenchanh.
It’s really the hidden secret of the Goodwill, he said. The retail side of the Goodwill is the engine that drives the other services. He encourages people to clean out closets and attics, and drop off the goods at the store to help keep projects such as this funded.
Goodwill and the Connection Center are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa – The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office responded Wednesday to a report of a fight at the midway of the Lyon County Fair. Samuel Chadwick Dory, age 25, of Indianola, Iowa was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. Dory is accused of displaying a knife during the altercation. Also arrested was Billy Jack McGonigle, age 29, of Oelwein, Iowa. He was charged with Disorderly Conduct, a simple misdemeanor. Both men were housed in the Lyon County Jail.
WORTHINGTON -- Hoon Ge of MEG Corp, a nationally recognized fuel expert, will host a public workshop on biodiesel from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Worthington Travelodge, 2015 N. Humiston Ave.
Biodiesel is a cleaner-burning alternative to traditional petroleum diesel, and is already in widespread use in Minnesota. During the workshop, Ge will explain recent changes to diesel fuel, and biodiesel's growing role as a transportation fuel in the tri-state region.
The workshop is sponsored by the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, Twin Cities Clean Cities Coalition and the American Lung Association in Minnesota.The event is free, but seating is limited. Contact Chelsey at (651) 262-5084 or Chel...@alamn.org to register.
PIPESTONE – Cheerleaders in the Pipestone schools are back by popular demand. They will return to the sidelines at Dutchman football games this fall after several students expressed to Principal Brian Gilbertson their interest in forming a squad, according to the Pipestone Star.
Gilbertson presented their request to the School Board during its July 16 meeting and the board allocated $500 for a coach to lead cheerleaders for football games.
School Board member Loren Gunnink said the district had allocated about $1,200 or $1,500 for a cheerleading coach in the past to lead a squad that cheered at football and basketball games, but the position was cut several years ago to reduce expenses. Several volunteer coaches have led the squad since then.
The district will only provide a stipend for a coach and the cheerleading squad must pay for any expenses beyond that. Further details of the program, such as transportation to away games, will be determined once the squad is formed. Gilbertson said he would talk to teachers to find out if anyone was interested.
The Board will reevaluate the program in October to gauge interest.