August 14 news

WINDOM -- A donation fund has been set up for Lindsay Krick, who is battling colon cancer. Krick, the son of Lexy Hudson, now lives in Portsmouth, Va. He attended grade school in Worthington, high school in Slayton and is a U.S. Navy veteran. Donations can be sent to Lindsay Krick Medical Fund, Midwest Bank, Box 189, Windom 56101.

GARVIN - Another construction project on US 59, this one near Garvin, will begin the end of August or the beginning of September, according to Nick Klisch, Project Engineer with the Minnesota Department of Transportation District 8B, Marshall, MN. Just north of Garvin, crews will be milling off about two inches of pavement and replacing it. It will end a mile or two south of Marshall. Near Garvin Park, a guardrail will be replaced.

Klisch said that traffic will experience ten to fifteen minute delays as one lane will be in use and traffic will be guided by flagman and pilot cars. The construction can be expected to last four or five weeks, with completion expected in the middle of September.

JACKSON - Remodeling projects continue at Sacred Heart Mercy Health Care Clinic. Last October, a new pitched steel roof was installed, replacing the flat roof. In May, a new heating and air conditioning system was installed.

Sister Mary Raphael at Sacred Heart Clinic said future projects include replacement of the front door. Other planned improvements are an automatic door opener for the back door, new flooring in the clinic’s front lobby and a new exam table. Donations to accomplish the improvements are welcome. For more information, or to make a donation, stop at the clinic at 803 Fourth Street or call the clinic at 507-847-3571.

JACKSON - Jackson County Commissioners’ concern for safety amid rarely-slowing truck traffic through Sioux Valley has led them to pursue buying and removing the old Sioux Valley Store. The county board gave the OK to offer $30,000 plus the remainder of a rural water assessment for the building, which sits much too close to the intersection of Highways 4 and 9 to be safe. The government body intends to try to sell and move the building off the site or else have it burned or demolished.

SIOUX FALLS, SD - Police have confirmed that a woman has died after an early morning house fire in Sioux Falls. The fire started sometime after 1 a.m. this morning at the corner of South St. Paul Avenue and Nye Street, just west of the I-229 on-ramp on East 10th St. The fire has been extinguished, but as of 5 a.m. Sioux Falls Fire Rescue was still checking the area for hot spots. Neighbors said the woman had several children who luckily were staying at a friend's house. The fire stayed mainly on the first floor on the east side of the house. No other civilians or fire fighters were injured during the fire.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - The Dickinson county board of supervisors voted four-to-one Tuesday to approve a request from the Iowa Great Lakes Industrial Board to transfer $133,000 in economic development funds that have been set aside by the county in the current fiscal year’s budget. The county in the past maintained its own fund to assist in various economic development projects.

Representatives of the Iowa Great Lakes Industrial Development Board informed the supervisors that its revolving loan fund was nearly depleted due to loans to assist in previous expansions in the past, and two new ones. Kathy Evert, President and CEO of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation told the supervisors it was crucial the fund be replenished in order to court any new prospective industries or expansions of existing ones. Supervisors Mardi Allen and Chairman David Gottsche expressed concern over the county making the transfer. Both sited previous concerns they had received from the public about such a proposal.

The Iowa Great Lakes Industrial Development Board already has a committee and process in place that reviews and acts upon various requests when they come in.

DES MOINES, Iowa — MidAmerican Energy Company has announced that they are pleased by the Iowa Utilities Board’s recent decision, which allows the company to move forward with wind development of up to 1,050 megawatts of additional wind generation in Iowa by the end of 2015 — some of it in O’Brien County.

MidAmerican Energy announced plans May 8, 2013, to invest up to $1.9 billion to expand its wind generation fleet in Iowa. The company continues working with county officials and landowners and has secured development and interconnection rights for the wind farm sites, which are planned to be located in Grundy, Madison, Marshall, O’Brien and Webster counties. Construction is expected to begin in September 2013, and all projects are planned for completion prior to the end of 2015.

The wind expansion will enhance economic development and provide in excess of $360 million in additional property tax revenues over the next 30 years. Landowner payments totaling more than $3 million per year also are expected as a result of the expansion. During construction, approximately 460 jobs will be added to the Iowa economy, and nearly 50 new permanent jobs will be added when the expansion is complete.

MINNESOTA — Michael Hartmann, the southern Minnesota dairy farmer who last year pleaded guilty to charges of illegally selling raw milk, could be jailed following a recent stop for transporting unpasteurized milk. The Sibley County prosecutor said Hartmann has violated the terms of his parole and "continues to ignore the laws of the state." His office has asked a district court judge to order that Hartmann be taken into custody for violating the terms of his parole.

The move comes after a state patrol officer stopped Hartmann last week in Anoka County. Prosecutors say during that stop Hartmann was discovered "to again be transporting food for sale including unpasteurized milk."

According to state law, raw milk can only be sold on the farm where it is produced. Hartmann's attorney, Zenas Baer, said he has a constitutional right to sell the milk.

In 2010, state authorities said Hartmann's unpasteurized products sickened more than a dozen people. He faces several more criminal charges stemming from his raw milk sales.

A hearing date has not yet been set on the Sibley County request that Hartmann be jailed.

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