February 5 news

WORTHNGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved an agreement with the Minnesora Department of Transportation for use of Highway 16 as a detour route when construction begins this year on Minnesota 62 between Fulda and Windom. The $14 million project will go out for bid in March.

Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder said MnDOT will reimburse the county up to $6,500 for use of the roadway during the detour. It will also repair any damage created by the additional traffic. Schnieder said traffic on the road will see an additional 800 to 900 vehicles daily during the detour, which may affect the 20-year-old highway.

The commissioners also received a report of the annual report of tax delinquency from County Auditor-Treasurer Beth Van Hove. A total of $286,227.76 in tax revenue was not paid by property owners as of the end of 2013, which Van Hove said is about average. She said there are 10 or less properties involved, many of which are perpetually delinquent.

Commission Chair Marv Zylstra reported the Nobles County Fair Association has decided to extend the fair by one day in 2014. Commissioners also congratulated Sheila Erwin of Nobles County Community Services for receiving the January Excellence in Performance Award.

WORTHINGTON – A small airplane went off the runway Monday evening at the Worthington Municipal Airport, coming to rest upside down, but luckily causing only minor injuries. The pilot apparently got into some deeper snow while landing when the plane blew slightly off course.

The Federal Aviation Administration has examined the crash as required, and as of Tuesday, airport crew were waiting for winds to subside so they could flip the plane back over.

WORTHINGTON - Minnesota West Community and Technical College still has seats available for tonight’s performance of the Music Man at 6 p.m. in the Commons area. The performance is free to the public. For more information, contact Le Lucht at 507-372-3423. People can call to reserve seats just show up at the door tonight.

WORTHINGTON — Minnesota West Community & Technical College Customized Training will offer a six-week Hatha yoga class beginning Tuesday. This class will meet once a week on Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. in room 302 in the Center for Health and Wellness on the Worthington Campus of Minnesota West. Instructor will be Margaret Hurlbut Vosburgh. Students will learn a range of yoga poses and gentle stretches to revitalize and keep the body in natural alignment. Registration deadline is Friday. For more information contact Roxanne Hayenga, (507) 372-3468, email roxanne.hayenga@mnwest.edu

WORTHINGTON — The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging Inc. (MNRAAA) is seeking interested persons to fill a three-year term, at-large vacancy on its board, effective immediately. The vacancy is for an individual of minority status who represents the ethnic/racial diversity of south central/western Minnesota. The board provides governance to the MNRAAA.

Applications are due by Feb. 21. To request an application, or for more information, contact Erica at (507) 389-8879 or erica@rndc.org.

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Two northwest Iowa residents have been appointed by Governor Terry Branstad to serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission.

Royd Chambers of Sheldon was appointed to the Judicial District 3A Nominating Commission and Delana Ihrke of Le Mars to the Judicial District 3B Nominating Commission. The terms were effective February 1st and will run through January 31st, 2020.

The appointments are not subject to Senate confirmation.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - A local hospital is receiving some special recognition. Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake has been awarded the Patient Safety Grand Prize by the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative. The award will be presented at a statewide Patient Safety Conference March 12th.

The award recognizes healthcare providers and organizations for outstanding leadership and achievement in patient safety. It is based on improving patient safety, reducing the risk of human harm and keeping patients at the center of care.

According to hospital records, Lakes Regional Healthcare had a readmission rate of 7.9 percent in 2012, compared to slightly more than six percent in 2013. The national average in 2012 was 18.4 percent.

SIOUX FALLS, SD - Another Sioux Falls casino was robbed at gunpoint early Wednesday morning. Police say two men armed with handguns entered Fireside Casino on Carolyn Ave. around 1 a.m. and demanded money.

An eyewitness said he and one other customer were inside the casino at the time of the robbery. He said the suspects ordered both of them to lay face-down on the floor.

The two suspects made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police have not released any details on the suspects yet.

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