August 21 news

WORTHINGTON – We have a message from Dwayne Haffield of the city of Worthington. The grading and reapplication of dust control on Paul Avenue from I-90 to 240th Street and on 240th Street/27th Street from Paul Avenue to TH 59 is tentatively scheduled to be completed on Saturday, August 24. Use of these roads by all traffic should be avoided during and immediately following this work.

The City would also like to remind drivers that use of local gravel roads to bypass the TH 59 detour is creating problems for people living along those roads and for drivers that must use them. Through traffic should be utilizing the TH 59 detour to reduce impacts to the gravel roads and to residents along them. Only local traffic should be utilizing roads other than the TH 59 detour.

WORTHINGTON - Voters in District 518 will head the polls Nov. 5 to decide whether two existing district buildings should be remodeled and expanded. The District 518 school board approved a resolution Tuesday to revoke the existing $1,000 per-pupil referendum authorization. That move enabled the board to approve a new per-pupil authorization and call a special election on the question.

Included on the ballot will be a request for the proposed remodeling and expansion, as well as construction of a new intermediate (grades 3-5) school.

WORTHINGTON - The Nobles County Historical Society will be hosting an exhibit on the history of King Turkey Day featuring photos and memorabilia on Saturday, September 14th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Nobles County Historical Society Museum, located underneath the Nobles County Library. All are invited to journey through the years of this grand tradition as they take part in this year’s celebration.

WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners Tuesday chose to pursue the former outdoor pool site as a location for a potential new library, picking the site over the other three they were considering. Originally it was recommended by library staff they eliminate two of the four possible sites, focusing on the pool site as number one and keeping another in mind as a backup, but the commissioners decided there would be nothing to gain from picking a number two at this time.

If things don’t work out for some reason with the pool site, the commissioners can then decide which of the remaining three to pursue next. According to public comment garnered during a series of town hall meetings and the county fair, most people favored the pool site, and the next highest amount of votes and comments went to the former Campbell’s Soup site, with Lamperts close behind.

The old pool site is owned by the city of Worthington. It was deeded to the city in May of 1945 as part of the E.O. Olson trust, and there are stipulations involved. Chairman Bob Demuth addressed that concern, stating that from what he knows of the trust, there may be obstacles to the city transferring the property to the county.

According to the deed, the land was conveyed to the city to aid in the development and beautification of the lake. No part of the premises shall be used for private purposes, the deed states.

Commissioner Matt Widboom made clear that his vote to move forward with pursuing the site did not mean he was ready for a long-term vote on a new library. He said he was prepared to vote for the motion to pursue the former pool site for the proposed library primarily so staff could move forward with getting dollar costs. There are so many unknowns, he said, and it was unclear to him what entities would be part of the library process. He said longer range votes would depend on those developments, he said.

In other business, the commissioners approved a 2013-2014 contract renewal between Nobles County Community Services and Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center for 72-hour holds. They also approved a new mission statement for the county. The newly altered statement reads, “"In cooperation with our citizens, we improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities by fostering a healthy economy and environment.”

LUVERNE – Two Sioux Falls, SD men received non-life threatening injuries when their vehicle rolled on I-90 just east of the Minnesota/South Dakota border early Tuesday morning, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Driving a Peterbilt straight truck, Clint Curry, age 27, lost control and rolled into the ditch. He and passenger Mark Knaus, age 33, were taken to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls for treatment.

ROCK VALLEY, Iowa - The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says two northwest Iowa men were caught red-handed trying to burglarize a rural Rock Valley business on Saturday.

Deputies report that three minutes before midnight on Saturday night, 20-year-old Joshua Humphrey of Granville and 21-year-old Johnathan Oldenkamp of Primghar were caught in the act of committing a burglary at Post Equipment Corporation at 2553 320th Street, a mile south of Rock Valley. Humphrey and Oldenkamp were both arrested on charges of third degree burglary and second degree theft.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Rock Valley Police Department.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - Patsy Donovan has been named the Dickinson County Coordinator for the Northwest Iowa RSVP Volunteer Program. She began her new position August 6.

RSVP is a national program that matches volunteers with service opportunities to meet community needs. Although RSVP volunteers must be 55 or older, they serve people of all ages. RSVP is sponsored in Northwest Iowa by Iowa Lakes Community College.

A resident of Dickinson County for the past 16 years, Donovan has spent the past 19 years as a director for Buena Vista University, Storm Lake. She recently retired from BVU and is looking forward to serving Dickinson County in a new capacity.

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