November 5 news

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Convention and Visitors Bureau, in conjunction with Smith Trucking, is asking for the public’s help in designing a tourism-themed design to go on the side of a trailer that will be driven nation-wide. Mike Smith said he designed the first two concepts, but in this third year of having a Worthington trailer out on the road, he wants to get the community involved. He’s asking that submissions show what Worthington means to them.

Smith Trucking and the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce will be selecting the winning designs on Dec. 1. The truck should be rolling by the beginning of January.
All designs must be turned in before Dec. 1. A PDF file of a design may be sent to Ashley Goettig of the Chamber at agoettig@frontier.com. Paper-drawn entries should be mailed to the CVB at 1121 Third Ave., Worthington 56187.

WORTHINGTON – Just a reminder, today is the day for residents of Independent School District 518 in Worthington to get out and vote on two referendums. Voting is taking place in the auxiliary gym at the Worthington High School until 8 p.m.

There are two questions on the ballot. One would commit the district to another 10 years of a $1,000 per pupil excess operating referendum. The other involves $38.9 million in a building bond referendum, which would provide funds for a new intermediate school for grades 3 through 5 and an addition of approximately 56,000 square feet to the high school.

WORTHINGTON — The United Way of Nobles County is hosting its annual telethon from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Worthington High School. Funds raised by the United Way Nobles County are distributed to non-profit organizations and other local agencies. Twenty-one agencies have applied for funding this year. The goal for the United Way of Nobles County for this year is $160,000.

The telethon will be televised live on Worthington Cable TV 3 and can be heard on all Radio Works stations from 5 to 5:30, then on FM 104.3 The Party and AM 730 KWOA until the end of the event. People are also encouraged to head down to the high school to check out a variety of vendors and hear live entertainment. The Taste of Nobles County event includes 11 vendors and is serving from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the high school lobby. The cost is $5.00 per plate to sample tastes from local businesses and organizations. The silent auction has over 100 items up for bid and is a great way to get some holiday gift shopping done while supporting the United Way.

JACKSON - The Jackson County Central Robotics team won both major awards at the 2013 Jackrabbit BEST Robotics Competition Saturday in Brookings, SD. The Huskies took 1st Place in the Robotics Competition as well as 1st place in the overall BEST Competition. There were 12 teams competing from SW Minnesota and Eastern South Dakota.

This was the first year that JCC competed in the BEST award category. The Huskies also won the award for the best Marketing Presentation. In addition, JCC won the award for the Most Robust Robot. This was presented to the team whose robot required the least maintenance between rounds and is generally considered the best robot in the competition. JCC also won the Founders Award for Creative Design. This is presented to the team that makes the best use of the creative process.

The JCC Robotics team qualifies for the Regional event that will be held at NDSU in Fargo, ND on December 6th and 7th.

JACKSON - 32 year old Timmy Kongphonthakhoun of Jackson is facing charges of possession of methamphetamine, driving after cancellation inimical to public safety and providing a false name to a Peace Officer following a traffic stop south of Jackson.

Around 9:30 Thursday night, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office initiated the stop on a vehicle with an expired registration on Highway 71. Kongphonthakhoun allegedly provided a false name to the deputies, who were already aware of his identity. In a search of his vehicle, an alleged pocket scale and a large amount of cash was found. After a canine unit was deployed and “alerted” on the vehicle, it was towed to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office where a search warrant was executed. Deputies found a small safe in the vehicle allegedly containing approximately one ounce of methamphetamine. Kongphonthakhoun remains in custody at the Jackson County Jail under a $40,000 bond.

A passenger in the vehicle was identified as 31-year-old Thomas Reynolds of Jackson. Reynolds was arrested for a probation violation after allegedly failing a court ordered urine test. Reynolds remains in custody at the Jackson County Jail.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa – A second close call for duck hunters was reported in Spirit Lake, Iowa. According to Steve Riggert, a Conservation Officer with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, authorities were called to West Hottes Lake northwest of Spirit Lake Sunday morning regarding a father and son from Orange City whose canoe capsized.

They were able to make it to shore, Riggert said, but could not make it back against the strong wind. They contacted a relative in Estherville, who called for help. Spirit Lake Fire and Rescue contacted Riggert, and working together they managed to reach the hunters.

An earlier incident took place around 10:30 a.m. on Loon Lake. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says it received a report of people floating in the water about a quarter a mile from shore near the north Island. Deputies learned the four had been duck hunting earlier on the island and were leaving in a 16-foot boat when it capsized. A resident on the north side of the lake who had come out to investigate after the power went off at his residence heard screams coming from the north shore of the island. Luckily all four victims were able to swim to shore.

In both incidents authorities say the wind had increased dramatically since the parties involved had first ventured out.

MINNESOTA - Deer hunting should be good when Minnesota’s firearms hunting season opens Saturday, Nov. 9. That’s the word from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), whose biologists report deer populations are stable across much of the state due to mild winters and generally conservative deer management.

Hunters may find farmland conditions more challenging due to this year’s later corn harvest, which results in a substantial amount of standing corn.

Last year, Minnesota’s nearly 500,000 deer hunters harvested 186,000 deer. A similar harvest is expected this year.

Deer permit management designations that limit hunters to one, two or five deer are largely the same as last year. The limits reflect the department’s interest in rebuilding or maintaining the deer herd in certain portions of the state by managing the harvest.
Based on 2013 population estimates, almost 80 percent of permit areas are at population goal. Antlerless and bonus deer permit availability decreases as overly abundant populations are brought into line with department goals.

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