October 8 news

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Public Utilities Power and Light Commission on Monday approved a resolution supporting the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System joint powers board funding request, which will allow the group to ask the state of Minnesota for $63.9 million on a bonding bill. That is the amount needed to get the Minnesota portion of the water system built, according to Worthington Public Utilities Manager Scott Hain.

Hain admitted the chances of getting the entire amount at one time is slim, but hopes if it is asked for they could get increments over the next several bonding bills to get the Minnesota infrastructure in place.

The Senate bonding tour will be in southwest Minnesota on Oct. 17, while the House of Representatives bonding tour will be in the area on Nov. 7.

As the proposed Nov. 1 date for a non-essential water ban approaches, water levels are still dropping at the Lake Bella Well 26, Hain reported, getting closer to the 70 percent of the 15-year-average, a point already agreed upon by the commission for a ban to be implemented.

WORTHINGTON — Minnesota West Community and Technical College will host a fall star party from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday near the softball diamonds. Parking is available on the south side of campus off Lexington drive. The public is invited to use telescopes that will be set up on-site and observe the skies over Worthington. Attendees can also invited bring their own telescope or binoculars and learn how to use them. The possibility of seeing naked-eye Comet ISON, which will be visible in the beginning of December, will also be discussed.

For more information, contact Paul Seifert at paul.seifert@mnwest.edu or by phone at 372-3432. It will be cancelled in case of clouds or inclement weather.

PIPESTONE —Maurice Bickford, who studies and collects information about flags, will be the presenter at the Pipestone County Museum’s next Brown Bag Lunch scheduled for noon Oct. 17. Part of Bickford’s flag collections is currently on display at the museum as this quarter’s “Community Collection” and will remain there through the month. The exhibit includes a self-guided tour of 18 3x5 flags with an information sheet that provides the history of each flag, as well as information about the origins of Flag Day and the Pledge of Allegiance and smaller flags from other countries.

The Brown Bag Lunch series is free to the public. The community is invited to bring a sack lunch and eat while listening to the presentation. Brown Bag lunch programs at the Museum are generally scheduled for the third Thursday of every month. The Pipestone County Museum is located at 113 S. Hiawatha Ave., Pipestone. For more information, call the museum at (507) 825-2563 or email pipctymu@iw.net.

SHELDON - The winners of a Powerball ticket good for a $1 million dollar prize have stepped forward. Debbie and Dave Schilling of Sheldon claimed their winnings Monday at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Des Moines. Even after learning she’d won a $1 million Powerball prize, Debbie still went into work for a few hours Monday morning before heading to the lottery to claim her winnings. She said it was payroll and she had to make sure everyone got paid. She works in human resources at V.H. Manufacturing in Rock Valley.

Debbie bought the winning ticket at a Casey’s Convenience Store in Sheldon. It was one of five across the country that won a $1 million prize. The tickets matched the first five numbers in Saturday’s drawing but missed the Powerball. The Schillings say they plan to use the winnings to help out their kids and to put some of it away for retirement.

JACKSON - The Jackson Lions Club is inviting area residents to attend this Saturday’s Diabetes Expo at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Jackson, Luverne, Worthington and Fairmont Lions Clubs have chartered buses to take people to the Expo. Jackson Lions Club Member Tim Olson said there are still a few seats available on the bus. The cost to attend is only 25 dollars. There will be many exhibits and information available on diabetes research and issues related to diabetes. To reserve your seat on the bus for this Saturday’s Diabetes Expo, stop by United Prairie Insurance in Jackson, or call 507-847-4541.

RUTHVEN - The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in their investigation into a break-in early Monday morning at the Lakeland gas station in Ruthven.

At 1:48, the Sheriff’s Office received a call that the front door of the gas station had been broken out. Upon arriving at the scene, deputies determined that someone had broken the door glass and entered the building. Damage to the door was estimated at 1500 dollars. It’s not yet known if anything was taken as the investigation continues.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office asks that anyone with information on the break-in or any suspicious activity to contact them at 712-852-3535.

FULDA- There will be a benefit for Lance and Leah Baumann of Heron Lake on Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Fulda Community and Legion Hall. Lance Baumann had a seizure on July 29 while playing softball and a tumor was found and removed on Aug. 16. He is now home and continues to recover from the surgery.
Leah Baumann is the principal and seventh- and eighth-grade teacher at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Fulda.

Proceeds from the benefit will help the family with medical expenses. There will be a silent auction and a meal at the benefit.

PARK RAPIDS -- A duck hunting accident in northern Minnesota has taken the life of a young newlywed. Twenty-three-year-old Adam Poole and a friend were hunting in a boat on a channel in Hubbard County over the weekend. Sheriff's officials say both stood up in the boat at the same time to shoot some ducks. Poole's hunting partner lost his balance. His shotgun discharged and Poole was shot in the head.

First responders rushed to the remote location in Crow Wind Lake Township by boat, but Poole died of his injuries before they arrived. Poole married his wife, Allison, last month.

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