August 28 news

WORTHINGTON – The heat advisory is once again in place in our listening area until 7 p.m. this evening. High temperatures in the 90s combined with dew points in the upper 60s to mid 70s will again result in afternoon heat index values averaging in the upper 90s to around 105 degrees. Take precautions when working outside.

Windom Schools will again release early today, with Winfair students dismissing at 1 p.m. and Middle and High school at 1:15p.m. Jackson County Central will dismiss at 12:30 p.m. Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn will dismiss at 1:15 p.m.

WORTHINGTON - Pavement restoration work on Park Avenue at six locations from West Oxford Street to near West Clary Street is scheduled to begin late today. Park Avenue will continue to be closed to through traffic. Access to Lakehill Drive and Park Avenue is only available from the West Clary Street intersection. Weather permitting and construction proceeding as planned, Park Avenue pavement work should be completed and normal traffic restored in mid September.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - A local organization that assists the less fortunate is putting out an urgent call for help. Deb Weir of the Upper Des Moines Opportunity Food Pantry in Spirit Lake says their cupboards are the next thing to being bare. Weir said they are short of cereal, pancakes, hamburger helper, macaroni and cheese, fruits and vegetables and other staples.

Weir says donations tend to drop off this time of the year, but she says the demand certainly doesn’t. The food pantry gets 40 to 60 families through each week and it is getting harder to keep shelves stocked.

Donations may be dropped off at the Spirit Lake Upper Des Moines Opportunity office Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

WORTHINGTON — Information released Monday by the State of Minnesota shows that many counties who were expecting to work with a state-imposed 3 percent levy limit in 2014 will actually have to rely on fewer dollars than previously thought. During a special six-hour budget session Tuesday, Nobles County Administrator Tom Johnson told commissioners that Nobles is among 57 of the state’s 87 counties that will be required to implement a no-net-gain property tax levy. Johnson said two-thirds of Minnesota’s cities are in the same boat, including Worthington.

The calculated levy limit for Nobles County for 2014 was set at $10,147,812 — less than the county’s certified levy in each of 2012 and 2013. In those cases, the state said the greater amount will need to be used for the 2014 levy. In the case of Nobles County, the property tax levy limit will remain the same as it was in 2013 — at $10,942,427.

The county’s proposed 2014 budget, as presented Tuesday, was $30,373,920, up from this year’s $27,819,216 budget. The property tax levy, meanwhile, was slated to increase from $10.9 million to more than $11.3 million.

Now, the county will need to crunch numbers further — to the tune of about $400,000.

JACKSON - A Lakefield man is facing three counts of criminal-sexual conduct in Jackson County District Court. According to the criminal complaint, the alleged incident happened back in July. The victim told authorities 18-year-old Dillon Becker had sexually assaulted her after drinking at a party. During an interview, Becker allegedly told investigators he had crossed a line and admitted he forced himself onto the victim more than he should have. Becker is scheduled to make a court appearance in Jackson County on September 3.

SHERBURN - A 16-year-old rural Sherburn girl was injured in a one-vehicle rollover at about 4:50 p.m. Monday. According to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, Taryn Tumbleson was driving a 2003 Ford Explorer on 185th Street in Elm Creek Township, about a mile southwest of Trimont.

Tumbleson lost control on the gravel road, overcorrected and the vehicle slid sideways onto the north shoulder and ditch of the road and began to roll over. The vehicle left eight impact marks during the course of rolling over before it landed upright on the road.

Tumbleson was taken to the Emergency Room at Mayo Clinic Health System Fairmont and later airlifted to a hospital in Rochester.


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