November 25 news

WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce Community Improvement Committee and Worthington Public Utilities are once again sponsoring the local Holiday Lighting Contest. All Worthington residences and businesses with decorations are eligible. Judging will take place the second week in December. Criteria will include best use of color; most original, best composition, most spectacular and best expression of Christmas.

Prizes in the residential category are: first place, $100 credit on December utility bill and $100 in Chamber Checks; second place, $75 credit on utility bill and $75 in Chamber Checks; third place, $50 credit on utility bill and $50 in Chamber Checks. Business prizes are: First place, $100 off Chamber dues and $100 credit on December utility bill; second place; $75 off Chamber dues and $75 credit on December utility bill.

Nominations are welcomed; contact the chamber office at 372-2919 by Dec. 6.

WORTHINGTON — The First Lutheran and Westminster Presbyterian congregations will have a combined Thanksgiving Eve service at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Geneva Hall at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 230 Clary St., Worthington. Pie will be served following the service.

WORTHINGTON — A scam targeting veterans trying to reach the Department of Veterans Affairs National Call Center or GI Bill Call Center has been reported, according to information from Nobles County Veterans Service Officer Bill Brockberg.

A marketing company has established two fraudulent numbers that differ from the two official VA call center numbers by one digit. If the fraudulent number is dialed by mistake, the answering party will offer a gift card and try to obtain personal and financial information, including credit card information, from the caller. The answering party may even transfer the caller to the VA after the caller’s information is obtained.

The VA will never ask for a credit card number or banking information over the phone. In all cases, before giving personal sensitive information over the phone, make sure you know who you are taking to. VA has notified law enforcement authorities to address the situation, and will provide additional information and guidance as necessary.

WORTHINGTON - Chad and Kristin Jaycox of Jaycox Implement Inc. in Worthington attended Kubota Tractor Corporation’s 2013 National Dealer Meeting in Memphis, Tenn., joining more than 1,000 Kubota dealers from across the country for an exclusive first look at the latest Kubota product introductions and innovations. One of the meeting’s product highlights included the introduction of the new Kubota RTV X-Series –— the RTV-X900, X1120D, and the X1100C — the next generation in work utility vehicles. During the meeting, representatives from Jaycox Implement also attended field demonstrations and classroom sessions, gaining hands-on operator experience with Kubota’s latest products.

FULDA – The first annual Fulda Parade of Lights will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, presented by the Fulda Community Club. Join grand marshal Santa at Antonio’s from 4:30 to 6:15 p.m. for pictures with Santa. The parade route begins at St. Pauls’ Lutheran Church heading north down Maryland Ave. The parade route will end at the Fulda Senior Center. Follow up the parade fun with crafts and the movies “Home Alone” or “Arthur Christmas” at the Fulda High School for a free will donation. For questions call 507-360-5007.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa – The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, November 22, investigated a report of a rollover crash. At approximately 10:20 p.m., Cade Knobloch (16 years old) of Rock Rapids, was operating a 1998 Pontiac Bonneville southbound on Larch Avenue. Knobloch was attempting a U-turn at the intersection of Larch Avenue and 270th Street when he misjudged where the edge of the roadway, entered the northeast ditch and rolled over onto its hood. All three occupants of the vehicle were able to exit the car with no assistance and they reported no injuries. The car sustained approximately $2,500 in damages and is considered totaled.

PIPESTONE - The Pipestone City Council has followed the Pipestone County Commissioners in supporting a solar energy project proposed by Geronimo Energy LLC that would contain a 2 MW solar project in northwest Pipestone. The 25.7-acre parcel of land under consideration for the project, owned by Pipestone County Commissioner Jerry Remund, is located north of the neighborhood that fronts Second St. NW across from Westview Park. The project would be built on the western 16 acres of land and would end up being half within Pipestone city limits and half outside.

The 2 MW site would be part of a larger $250 million, 100 MW solar energy project that would be built on 25 different sites in Minnesota. Driving the project is a Public Utilities Commission (PUC) mandate that Xcel Energy have an additional 150 MW of electricity generated through a renewable energy source by 2017, with up to 500 MW by 2019.
The project would tie into the city’s local distribution station, with the energy produced enough to power the equivalent of roughly 500 Pipestone homes annually. The PUC’s decision is expected in early 2014. If the Geronimo project is chosen, construction is expected to begin in 2015, with operations online in 2016.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Health officials say 95 cases of a contagious bacterial infection that causes diarrhea have been reported in northwest Iowa's Woodbury County. The Siouxland District Health Department's deputy director Tyler Brock said the majority of those sick are children, but a number of adults have also contracted shigellosis.

Most people who are infected with Shigella have frequent watery stools that could be bloody, as well as fever and stomach cramps, starting a day or two after exposure to the bacteria. Symptoms usually last several days. Woodbury County recorded a single case of shigellosis last year. But as of Friday, 95 cases had been reported. About 20 of those had been diagnosed in early November.

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