August 15 news

WORTHINGTON – A notice from the City of Worthington Engineering Department states storm sewer work on Fourth Avenue from Lake Street to Ninth Street is scheduled to begin today. Fourth Avenue will be closed to through traffic from Lake Street to Ninth Street. Restricted local access on Fourth Avenue will be available as construction permits. Lake Street at Fourth Avenue will be closed to through traffic beginning this afternoon and lasting approximately two days. Weather permitting and construction proceeding as planned, traffic should be restored to normal in about three weeks.

WORTHINGTON – During a special meeting of the Worthington City Council Wednesday morning, Pat Shorter of the Worthington Fire Department asked for an increase in the department’s pension plan. The last increase in the firefighters' pension plan was in 2007, and there is currently a $15,000 deficit in the fund.

As of now, members get a total of $54,500 for 20 years of service. Shorter offered two options to increase the pension plan. The first would be a .9 percent increase per year, or 4.5 percent over five years. That would offer a total increase of $2,452.50 for 20 years of service, or $122.63 per year of service, and bring the total for 20 years of service to roughly $57,000. The other was a .5 percent annual increase, or 2.5 percent over five years, which would be $1,362.50 total or $68.13 per year of service.

The council did not take any action, but agreed to put the request on the agenda at a future meeting. Reviewing an increase on an annual basis was also discussed.

ROUND LAKE - Relay for Life of Nobles County is hosting a Poker Run Aug. 24, beginning with registration from 11 a.m. to noon at the Round Lake Legion.

The ride begins at noon and includes stops in Bigelow, Rushmore, Adrian, Lismore, Wilmont, Brewster and Lake Park, Iowa, before wrapping up at Ellenbecker Communications near Round Lake. A pork chop dinner and beverages will be served starting at 6 p.m. for an additional cost. Participants will get a card at each of the stops, and the top three best poker hands will be awarded prizes.

For more information, contact Danielle at Danielle@ellcom.us.

JACKSON - The search is under way for a new 4-H program coordinator for Jackson County. The vacancy was created when Jen Schoenfeld accepted a job as an agriculture teacher with the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton school district. Her resignation was effective on July 30.

Regional Extension Educator Kia Harries gave the Jackson County Commissioners an update on the effort to fill the position. There is a search committee of nine local people working to fill the position and they hope to have someone in place by Oct. 1. Harries said applications for the position are being accepted.

While the search is under way, Anita Whisney will be working in the extension office 20 hours per week.
SPIRIT LAKE - The Lakes Area Hockey Association has received $20,000 donation to assist in the construction of the Boji Bay indoor ice arena in Spirit Lake. The donation from Liberty National Bank of Okoboji is earmarked for naming rights for the first four locker rooms in the facility, marking the beginning of the third phase of construction on the project.

The organization is also campaigning to sell 1,800 sections of the rink floor at $100 each. They’re also requesting private support of 15 percent of the project to come from the public in Dickinson, Clay and Emmet counties.

More information on the project and how to donate can be found at www.lakeshockey.com.

SPENCER, Iowa - Spencer police are asking for the public's help in locating a missing teen. Authorities say 16-year-old Brenna Steven of Spencer has been missing since late July. Her father at the time classifed her as a runaway. Steven is described as being 5'5" tall, weighing 115 pounds with black hair and hazel eyes.

Authorities say they've made numerous attempts to make contact with the teen after receiving reported sightings to no avail. Police are now classifying Steven as an "endangered missing person".

Anyone with any information on her whereabouts should contact Spencer police at (712) 262-2151 as soon as possible.

SPIRIT LAKE - Work continues on the rebuilding of Highway 86 between Highway 9 and the Minnesota border. Tony Babcock, a resident construction engineer with the Iowa Department of Transportation’s regional office in Cherokee said paving should start soon. There is currently about two miles of grading to finish, then rock will be put down. Concrete will likely be put down around the first week or two of September, and if weather permits, the road will open around Thanksgiving.

Babcock says utility relocation issues have also been posing some special challenges during the project, but most of those have since been taken care of.

ROCK VALLEY, Iowa — Sioux County authorities are investigating a stabbing that occurred in the Rock Valley area Tuesday night. Officers are looking for a Hispanic male in his 20′s in connection with the stabbing. He was last seen wearing a tan or gray shirt and he has a thin beard. He was last seen near Dove Avenue, about two and a half miles south of Rock Valley.

If you see a man matching this description, you are asked to contact local law enforcement immediately.

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