September 5 news

SUPERIOR, Iowa - Area fire departments were called Wednesday morning to battle a round bale fire that burned just west of the junction of highways 9 and 71. Approximately 370 round bales owned by Dustin Lindsey were destroyed by the fire at an estimated cost of $73,000. It's believed that the bales started on fire by spontaneous combustion as they were put up approximately one month ago.

Fire Departments from Superior, Spirit Lake, Terril, Milford, Estherville, Lake Park, Arnolds Park-Okoboji and Jackson responded. The Dickinson County Emergency Management Office and local law enforcement agencies also responded. Help was also requested from Wedeking Construction to move the burning bales away from the nearby buildings and out into an open pasture east of the residence.

Highway 9 & 71 was closed between 290th Avenue and the Jackson 'Y' due to the proximity of the bales to the highway and rerouted onto local gravel roads. The highway was re-opened at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Persons traveling in the area should be aware that there will be smoldering hay bales on the east side of this residence for several days. Drivers should be prepared to slow down in the event that the smoke affects the highway. The Iowa Department of Transportation has portable message signs ready should the smoke cause issues for motorists.

JACKSON - The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department is investigating several thefts. On Saturday, deputies were called to a residence in Enterprise Township where a couple gallons of roofing cement had been taken from a building project.

The sheriff’s department is also investigating several reports of stolen or missing bicycles in Jackson.
Also under investigation is the theft of flower pots taken from Riverside Cemetery in Jackson and the theft of a boating tube from a residence in Minneota Township.

PIPESTONE -- EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) of Minneapolis is moving forward with plans to construct a wind farm on Buffalo Ridge. The majority of the project will be located in portions of Rock and Burke townships in Pipestone County and a small amount will also be in Chanarambie Township, located in Murray County.

Planning for the Stoneray Wind Project began several years ago. Depending on the turbines selected, up to 59 will be installed within the final project boundary. When completed, the Stoneray Wind Farm station will connect to the Chanarambie station, also owned by EDF RE, and produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of 30,000 homes.

The date for the project's groundbreaking is still undetermined, and depends on permitting requirements and signing a purchase power agreement. EDR RE, a United States subsidiary of Energies Nouvelles based in France, purchased EnXco Energy about a year ago. The sale included the Chanarambie Wind Farm near Chandler and the plans for the Stoneray Wind Farm.

Like the wind farm slated for construction by Xcel Energy in Jackson and Cottonwood counties, the project is advancing as the deadline for the U.S. Department of Energy's wind production tax credit program draws closer. If EDF RE begins construction before Dec. 31, or if it spends a minimum of five percent of the project's total cost, it would qualify for the program. Projects of similar size to the proposed Stoneray Wind Farm generate about $5.2 million in revenue from the production tax credit program.

WORTHINGTON -- The Nobles County Library in Worthington is now observing winter hours of 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. The library will be closed Sept. 14 for King Turkey Day.

WINDOM -- The Cottonwood County Historical Society will host its annual fall fundraiser from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Monday at the museum, 812 Fourth Ave., Windom. Proceeds will be used for building improvements. Attendees will also have the opportunity to view the exhibit in the Remick Gallery by Windom artist David Strom, "D. Strom: the search never ends," which showcases more than 50 works of art.

MINNESOTA - Representative Tim Walz will host a “Congress on Your Corner” event in St. Peter to hear directly from southern Minnesotans to help inform his decision regarding the upcoming vote on whether to authorize military force against the Syrian government.

Walz said authorizing the use of military force is one of the most serious votes Congress can take, and before taking this vote, invites all who are interested to share their thoughts. Those unable to make the meeting are asked to call his office, email or tweet.
Rochester: 507-206-0643
Mankato: 507-388-2149
Washington: 202-225-2472

Visit www.walz.house.gov and click on the “Contact Tim” button in the upper left hand corner of the screen.

Tweet Rep. Walz @RepTimWalz and use #Syria

MINNESOTA - Andrew Joseph Dikken remains at-large, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Dikken is being sought by law enforcement as a person of interest in a homicide that occurred Monday morning in Granite Falls.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner has identified the victim as Kara Ann Monson, 26, of Granite Falls, who died of multiple gunshot wounds. In addition, Christopher Allen Panitzke, 28, of Redwood Falls, is being treated at Hennepin County Medical Center for multiple gunshot wounds sustained during the same incident.

The 1996 GMC Sierra pickup believed to be driven by Dikken was found Wednesday in a remote location approximately five miles north of Belview off of Redwood County Road 7.

Anyone with information on Dikken's whereabouts is urged to contact the Granite Falls Police Department, the Yellow Medicine Sheriff’s Office, or 911. Dikken should not be approached as he may be armed and dangerous.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting in this active and ongoing investigation.

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