January 24 news

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Regional Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors got together on a chilly Thursday morning for an annual meeting to talk about the part year’s accomplishments and plan for the coming year.

2013 Board Chair Jason Turner ran through the activities of the past year, with the big one being the hiring of WREDC Manager Abraham Algadi. Turner said Algadi started in May and hit the ground running.

Turner talked about the new WREDC logo, the Social Media Breakfast meeting that have been established, and the updated website, as well as the BioTechnology Advancement Center and the Bio-Science Conference. A particularly pleasing accomplishment was assisting in turning an almost abandoned structure in Round Lake into a building that created jobs.

The WREDC currently has 11 active loans totaling almost $150,000 and has funds available. More than 50 jobs have been retained and 100 created with the revolving loan funds.

Another very positive thing Turner believes happened this year is collaboration, cooperation, and an overall feeling of trust between different entities that are involved in making economic development.

Bruce Heitkamp took over the position of board chair for 2014, and laid out a list of priorities the WREDC is striving for this year, including the creation of a housing initiative, putting funding in place to build and equip the BAC Laboratories, work on Northland Mall redevelopment and creating a one stop shop for economic development and business support.

WORTHINGTON - As the Worthington School District continues to move forward with 21st Century Learning, they are asking parents, students and teachers to part in a survey, designed to assist the district in planning for the future.

The survey, at no cost to the district, will be conducted now through the middle of February and can be found on the district’s main web page at http://www.isd518.net under the label BrightBytes. Once this survey has been completed the district will receive a customized plan for improvement that will help to continue to make impacts on student learning.

WORTHINGTON – Seniors Ariana Lopez and Will Dudley are the 2014 Minnesota State High School League’s (MSHSL) academics, arts and athletics Triple “A” award recipients from the Worthington High School. Both are involved in music and athletics, and receive exceptional grades at WHS.

Lopez plans to attend the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, S.D., while Dudley said his most likely destination next year is the University of Nebraska, where he intends to major in biological systems engineering.

LAKE WILSON – 21-year-old Kristen Fritz of Tyler received non-life threatening injuries Thursday morning when the Dodge Avenger she was driving rolled. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Fritz was southbound on Highway 91 when she lost control of the vehicle entered the ditch and rolled. She was taken to the Murray County Medical Center.

DOON, Iowa – Charges have been filed in Lyon County, Iowa against an Ireton man in connection with seven burglaries that took place in Doon in August. 32-year-old Adam Edward Smith is charged with seven counts of burglary, two counts of theft and several counts of criminal mischief. The burglaries happened at Hiller Lumber, Corner Cafe, Doon Steakhouse, DJ's Service Station, Farmer's Elevator and Sparkle Car Wash Equipment.

Class D Felonies carry a penalty of not more than 5 years of confinement and a fine of up to $7,500 if convicted. Smith is currently incarcerated in the Sioux County Jail in Orange City on other charges not related to these cases. The Lyon County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Sioux County Sheriff's Office in these investigations.

JACKSON - A Lakefield man was injured in a three vehicle accident around 8:20 Wednesday morning at the intersection of Highway 71 and Industrial Parkway Road in Jackson.

According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, a 1990 Buick Park Avenue driven by 89 year old Elgin Schmidt of Lakefield was exiting Belmont Lane onto Highway 71 when his car was struck by a 2005 Buick Rendezvous driven by 16 year old Emma Lee Pohlman of rural Windom. Schmidt’s vehicle then hit a 2005 Volkswagen Passat driven by 53 year old Mark Medill of rural Jackson and came to rest in the southeast ditch of Highway 71 and Industrial Parkway.

Schmidt was taken to the Sanford Jackson Medical Center by the Jackson Ambulance and later transferred to a Sioux Falls hospital. No other injuries were reported.

JACKSON — The Friends of the Jackson County Library will host a book sale in February to celebrate “I Love to Read Month.” The sale will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Feb. 13; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 14; and a $2 bag sale will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 15, at the Jackson County Library, 311 Third St., Jackson. Proceeds of the book sale will be used to purchase ebooks, downloadable audio and other materials available for checkout to library patrons.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa – The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people on January 19 for drug-related charges. The K-9 Deputy stopped a Chrysler Concorde driven by Samantha Wiefand, age19, of Spencer, Iowa for a traffic violation at the intersection of Highway 71 and Highway 86. A vehicle search turned up a substance believed to be marijuana. Wiefand and her passenger, Kamila Hofmeyer, age 20, of Spencer, were arrested and booked into the Dickinson County Jail for possession of a controlled substance.

LUVERNE — A feature on Luverne’s Verne Drive-In will be part of an upcoming episode of Pioneer Public Television’s “Postcards” program to be aired at 7 p.m. Feb 2. The 30-minute episode will be repeated at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 3; and 7 p.m. Feb. 6. The program will also be available for online viewing after Feb. 3 at www.pioneer.org.

The original owner and founder of the Luverne theater, Walter Deutsch, is interviewed about the unorthodox promotion strategies he used to get people to come to the theater in the early days, which included placing canoe based signage on top of his family car to promote the movie “Deliverance.”

Current owner Glenn Burmeister talks about how he remodeled and invested in the theater where Deutsch left off; constructing new buildings, concession stands and a sound system. Today, the Verne is one of the few drive-in theaters left in the state.

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