October 29 news

WORTHINGTON – During a special meeting Monday morning, the Worthington Council opted to not increase storm water rates, meaning the current funding will add approximately $30,000 to the capital improvement reserve fund. That reserve could be used to fund a flood mitigation plan in the city, which would have to be implemented in phases. The flood plan would not mean that all basements would be stopped from taking on water, but it would remove homes from the flood plain, changing homeowners’ need to purchase flood insurance.

During a discussion involving equipment at Prairie View Golf Links, councilmember Mike Kuhle chastised management for not checking with local venders for the purchase of a new mower. When Prairie View Superintendent Kevin Black jokingy asked if Sioux Falls was local enough, Kuhle said it was not a laughing matter and asked him to check with vendors in Worthington and the surrounding area.

Tom Jansa from Dakota Golf Management presented a plan for a five-year lease for golf carts for Prairie View Golf Links.The council decided on new E-Z- GO electric carts. Electric work will need to be done at the cart barn, but Jansa said he hadn’t heard back from local electricians about converting the hook-ups.

Worthington Fire Chief Rick Von Holdt was in attendance to discuss a new tanker truck, which the city hoped could be purchased in conjunction with the city’s need for a new tanker. Worthington Public Utilities Manager Scott Hain later explained the tanker is used almost daily by utilities employees, which would make sharing a truck difficult.
The council also approved doubling the zoning fees across the board. The fees haven’t been changed since the 1990s, and the result would be an estimated $1,000 to $2,000 increase in revenue.

During a regularly scheduled meeting Monday night, the council heard a report of local businesses that failed alcohol compliance checks for underage alcohol consumption or furnishing alcohol to a minor. Travel Express, Video Lupita, El Horizonte, El Taco, Tacos Lupe, Bob and Steve’s Shell, Panda House, Tienda La Morenita and the Worthington Liquor Store were all issued a first-offense violation. Ground Round was issued a second offense.

WORTHINGTON – Due to the chilly temperatures, a last minute change was made to the Clothesline Project, hosted by the Southwest Crisis Center. Instead of setting up on the lawn of the Government Center, the display will be indoors. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, it will be in the conference room next to Community Services, and on Friday, will be in the Farmer’s Room. The display will be up from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

JACKSON - Former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Paul H. Anderson will be visiting Jackson on Monday, November 4. Anderson will speak to JCC High School students at the JCC Performing Arts Center and tour the High School Monday morning. At noon, Anderson will attend and speak at the Jackson Kiwanis Club meeting, then tour AGCO before visiting the Jackson office of Costello, Carlson and Butzon, LLP Monday afternoon. Anderson will also attend a private reception Monday evening at the courthouse in which Ashley Schmit will be sworn-in as an attorney by Fifth District Judge Linda Titus. Schmit graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School this spring and recently received word that she passed her bar exam.

LAKE PARK, Iowa - In honor of Veterans Day, the dedication of the Dickinson County Freedom Rock/Lake Park Veterans Memorial in Lake Park Iowa will be at 10 a.m. on November 9. The Veterans Memorial is located at 903 South Market Street, just east of the Lake Park Community Building.

During the dedication, a family member of each of those honored on the Freedom Rock will help to uncover the Freedom Rock. Each military branch rock and it’s flag will be honored, plus the flag of our state and POW/MIA. Artist Ray “Bubba” Sorenson II will give some remarks; the keynote address will be given by Ernie Kupp, Dickinson County Veterans Foundation. Following the program, a meal will be served in the Lake Park Community Building for a free will offering.

SIOUX FALLS, SD - Police have identified a Sioux City, Iowa, man whose body was found in a roadside ditch near Sioux Falls. Sioux City police Lt. Mark Kirkpatrick says 20-year-old Adrian Rojas Hernandez, of Sioux City, was killed by a single gunshot to the head.

Lincoln County Sheriff Dennis Johnson says Hernandez's body was discovered about noon Sunday by a driver on a gravel road between Canton and Sioux Falls. Johnson says there had been an attempt to set the man's body on fire.

Sioux City police have Ricardo Jaime Vital, 22, in custody and are searching for Martin Castellanos, 20, in connection to the death. Castellanos is a Hispanic male, 5-foot-8-inches and 180 pounds. Police believe he may be driving a silver 2003 Audi A4 with Iowa plate 892 YSD.

Kirkpatrick says all three were acquaintances and were together earlier in the evening.

SHELDON, Iowa — Several rings are missing after a break-in at a Sheldon jewelry store. According to O’Brien County Sheriff Michael Anderson, the Sheldon Police Department is investigating a burglary at Mastbergen Jewelry in Sheldon. The break-in is believed to have occurred during the evening hours of Wednesday, October 23 or early morning hours of Thursday, October 24. Authorities say “limited access” to the business was gained by breaking a front display window. The suspects reportedly created a hole in the window that was big enough for them to be able to reach inside and take several rings.

The Crime Dusters program is offering a $400 reward to anyone who provides information on this crime that leads to the arrest and conviction of the offenders.


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